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CAT Mock Test 2019: Free CAT Mock Tests Series
Updated on April 01, 2019


CAT Mock Test 2019 release will be done by IIMs in mid October 2019. The CAT 2019 official Mock test to guide about the CAT question paper will provide more than a month to practice with the free mock test for CAT 2019. It will be officially provided by IIMs to all the candidates preparing for the CAT exam.  The CAT actual test on November 24, 2019 will be based on CAT Mock Test 2019 released by IIM Kozhikode which is conducting CAT exam this year. However, IIMs do not release CAT Mock Test Pdf nor you can download CAT Mock Test from IIM CAT website.


Last year was the first time that the CAT 2018 official mock test with 100 questions was released by IIMs even before the release of CAT Admit Card. The CAT 2018 official Mock test contained 100 questions divided into 3 sections. The number of questions, pattern of questions section wise as appeared in CAT 2018 official mock test remained the perfect guide for the candidates to plan their preparation strategy. 


The CAT Mock Test by IIM is the most authentic source to familiarize yourself with the actual CAT exam pattern, changes in topics in CAT syllabus, sectional composition, type and pattern of questions expected in CAT exam and the scoring pattern.


Key Features of IIM-CAT Mock Test
Going by the current trends, IIMs will be making three important changes in CAT 2019 Mock Test release:

  1. It is a single Mock and not CAT Mock Test Series
  2. It is not CAT Mock Test Pdf. You need to practice CAT Mock on IIM CAT Mock Test link
  3. Since the CAT Mock test pdf is not available, you cannot download the same for future
  4. Separate CAT Mock Test Navigation Guide PDF is available to familiarize yourself with CAT pattern
  5. Separate login link provided for candidates with normal vision to get access to CAT mock test free
  6. Login Link separately provided for the candidates who have low vision with two magnifying glass icons at the top of the screen. You can click on icon to zoom-in and click on icon to zoom out the question.
  7. Please note that it is the Free Mock Test for CAT 2019 and can be practiced as many times as possible without any registered login id or password 

CAT Mock Test Navigation Guide
Official CAT Mock Test navigation Guide is separately released as PDF alongwith the CAT  Mock Test by IIMs. The CAT Mock Test Navigation guide is divided in two parts - A and B.


Following important aspects to familiarise the prospective CAT exam takers through CAT Mock Test by IIM have been elaborated in the CAT Mock Test Navigation guide PDF.


Section A:  8 Steps to Access CAT 2019 Official Mock Test  

  1. Click on Mock Test Link available on CAT official website
  2. Click on Sign in. No need to enter your Registration ID and password
  3. Read through the “General Instructions for Candidate”
  4. Click on NEXT to move to the next page
  5. Read through “Other Important Instructions for Candidate”
  6. Click on the disclaimer check box on “Other Important Instructions for Candidate:”
  7. Click on “I am ready to begin” to start your CAT Mock Test free  
  8. Candidates will see the first question of first section and the CAT Mock Test 2019 starts

Section B: 10 Steps Guide to Solve CAT Mock Test on Screen  

  1. Using the Calculator
  2. Timer on Screen
  3. Question Palette to attempt CAT questions
  4. Expanding the question area
  5. Scrolling Process
  6. Answering a question
  7. Process how to Change the Answer
  8. Navigating through the CAT test sections  
  9. Using the Zoom-in Icon
  10. Using Zoom-Out Icon

Important Note: CAT Mock Test Pdf
IIMs release official CAT Mock test on CAT website and provide a link to solve it. In no case IIMs offer CAT Mock test pdf and as such you cannot download it. Another key point to note in regard to CAT Mock test by IIM is that it is a single full length CAT Mock test. IIMs do not release the CAT Mock Test series.  


However, you can attempt complete CAT Mock test series of different difficulty level online at Attempt CAT Mock Test series here


CAT Test Papers by IIMs
IIMs released for the first time in 2017 the CAT question paper with solution PDF to help CAT test takers to check the errors and point them out in case of any anomaly. It is expected that IIM Kozhikode will also release the CAT question paper with solutions PDF after the CAT exam is over on November 24, 2019.


You can assess your CAT preparation with the official CAT Mock tests and exam papers released by IIMs. It will help you to make changes in your CAT 2019 preparation strategy as per the CAT question paper pattern:


2 very important points as observed in the CAT Mock paper 2018 released by IIMs were:

  • A few MCQs without any negative marking penalty existed in official CAT Mock test paper. The same pattern was followed in actual CAT question paper. 
  • Number of Non-MCQ type questions on LR topics in DILR section were reduced and added to DI section in CAT official Mock test

The CAT question paper Mock test contained 100 questions divided in 3 sections and was a complete guide on CAT syllabus, exam pattern and the process how to use the navigation tools during CAT exam.


The official CAT 2019 Mock test by IIMs in October, is also expected to be in conformity with the revamped CAT syllabus. The CAT Mock test 2019 released officially by IIMs is significant in the sense that it is a perfect guide about the forthcoming CAT exam pattern and CAT syllabus, type and number of questions in real CAT exam.


Solving the official CAT Mock test and scoring high in it, can help you in determining what percentile score you would get in CAT exam.


No-Penalty questions: Expect to 28
As has been the practice, the CAT official Mock test would contain 28 - 30 No-penalty questions in Non-MCQ format in CAT exam divided in 3 sections. This number can increase or decrease in the actual CAT exam. Instead of marking the answer option on computer screen, the CAT examinee will have to write the answer for the Non-MCQ in the given space on the computer screen.  The wrong answer to a Non-MCQ will not be penalized by any negative marking in CAT exam.


CAT Question Paper:


Section-wise composition of CAT Mock Test

Section Name
Total questions


Non-MCQs in last 3 years
Number of non MCQs, the No penalty questions in CAT exam has been in the range of 26 to 28. There would be 28 No-penalty questions in CAT 2019. Even a few MCQs without negative marking could be there in CAT 2019 Mock test. Non-MCQs were introduced in 2015 and their number is getting fluctuated every year.

CAT year
Number of Non-MCQs
Section-wise break-up in Actual CAT exam
VARC-8; DILR-8; QA-12
28 (As revealed in official CAT Mock)
VARC-10; DILR-8; QA-10
VARC-10;DILR-8; QA-7
VARC-10; DILR-8; QA-10

Non-MCQs offer higher scoring chances as the candidates have no fear of negative marking. The process to answer a Non-MCQ is that instead of marking the answer option on computer screen, the CAT examinee will have to write the answer for the Non-MCQ in the given space on the computer screen.


Scoring pattern in CAT

  • Each correct answer in MCQ or Non-MCQ will be awarded +3 marks
  • Each wrong answer in MCQ will attract negative marking of -1 mark
  • No penalty of negative marking is applied for Non-MCQs 

Key changes in CAT Mock
The CAT Mock test will be full length indicating the type and number of MCQs and Non-MCQs that you may expect on the day of CAT 2019 exam. The sample test reflects number of changes in the structure and content of CAT 2019. Candidates should now proceed to take the test to understand the changes in the test pattern that they are going to face on November 24, 2019.


The CAT 2019 official Mock test will continue to be available for the CAT aspirants till the CAT exam is over. The official CAT Mock test is the most authentic guide with sample questions right from the CAT exam convening IIMs and testing partner TCS. CAT aspirants can now very well familiarize themselves by practicing the sample questions as many times as they like.


Following are the prominent features of CAT Mock Test and exam pattern:

  • You can attempt CAT official Mock Test as many times as you like.
  • You need not login with any specific user ID or password. Just click on CAT Mock Test on CAT website main page and the CAT official Mock opens.
  • You will be able to login to the CAT exam paper on November 24 with the ID/Password provided to you by the Test invigilator in the testing room. You cannot login with your CAT registration ID and password.
  • Official CAT Mock contains 100 questions. Same number of questions would appear in CAT 2019 exam.
  • CAT Mock test and the real CAT exam can be attempted in the pre-arranged order of sections moving from section-1 to Section-3.
  • No change in number of sections. CAT exam will be divided in 3 sections as were there in last 2 years of CAT exam.
  • There will be 34 questions in the 1st section-Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) ; in 2nd section on Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) there will be 32 questions and the 3rd section on Quantitative Ability (QA) will consist of 34 questions.
  • There will be 28 Non MCQ or No-penalty type of questions in CAT exam divided in 3 sections.  VARC – 10 Non-MCQs; DILR- 8 Non-MCQs; Quant - 10 Non-MCQs. Last year CAT had 28 Non-MCQs as Quant section contained 12 Non-MCQs and DILR had 8 Non-MCQs while VARC had 8 Non MCQs
  • No penalty of negative marking will be applied to wrong answer in Non-MCQs.
  • Total allotted time to complete the test will be 3 hours (180 minutes) divided in allocation of 1 hour time for each section.
  • You will not be allowed to move to and from between the sections unless the allotted time of 1 hour for that section is over
  • All MCQs will carry a penalty of 1/3rd negative marking
  • Scoring pattern has changed this year. Now each correct answer will be awarded with +3 marks for MCQs and Non-MCQs. Last year it was +1 mark awarded for each correct answer.
  • Negative marking for MCQs in CAT 2019 is to remain -1 mark.

CAT 2019 Official Mock Test as per revised CAT 2019 Syllabus
The official CAT 2019 Mock released by IIMs is as per the changed CAT 2019 syllabus. While the CAT aspirants have been taking CAT Mock tests from different sources, the Mock released by IIMs reflects the correct CAT exam pattern and Level of Difficulty (LoD) in the real CAT exam. Interestingly, IIMs make it clear that question pattern and type & number of questions as appear in official CAT Mock may be different from what you will find in real CAT exam, the question pattern and topics on which questions are placed in CAT Mock have remained on similar lines as appear in real CAT exam during last 2-3 years.



Since CAT 2019 exam remains on the same pattern as that of last year CAT, it is very important and in the interest of CAT aspirants to practice the last year CAT official Mock Test also, as if they are appearing in the real CAT exam.


The official CAT Mock reflects the correct CAT exam pattern, CAT exam syllabus and structure and content of the CAT questions that would be asked in CAT exam.


How important is CAT Official Mock Test  

  • The official CAT Mock test is the right source to know the exact CAT exam pattern
  • The LoD of CAT questions can be understood only by practicing official CAT Mock test.
  • In view of CAT toppers studying at IIM Ahmedabad, FMS Delhi, IIM Indore and other prominent B-schools, CAT Mocks are the most important preparation tool for CAT exam.

Exact number of questions proposed to be asked in CAT 2019 exam can be known only with the official CAT Mock test.


Instructions & sectional composition of CAT Mock


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During the last 2 years CAT exam has remained on the same pattern as reflected in CAT 2019 Mock test. Last year official CAT Mock  is also on the same pattern as that of CAT 2019 official Mock test. It is recommended to take this year CAT Mock as well as last year CAT mock as many times as possible to know exactly about CAT 2019 exam pattern.


RC Passage with MCQs


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There are 28% questions of Non-MCQ type. Same number is expected in CAT 2019. The last year official CAT Mock also had the same number of questions. Take this year as well as last year CAT mock as it helps you to know about the correct division of MCQs and Non-MCQs in CAT 2019 exam


Verbal Ability Non-MCQ question type


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CAT 2019 is a computer based test and is not an online exam. If you take official CAT Mock you will become conversant about the number of answer options, navigation tools in CAT exam, individual time limit for each of the 3 sections.


Navigation tools for CAT exam​


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