CAT 2019

Exam Date : 25th November 2019
Result Date : 15th January 2020

CAT 2019 Results, Cut-off, Seat Allocation, and Counselling

CAT Overview

CAT Exam 2019 Introduction

  • About: Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most popular National level management entrance exam conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) for admission to 20 IIM's and more than 100 B-schools across India. The exam is conducted and administrated by one of the IIMs on a yearly rotational basis. CAT 2019 will be conducted by IIM Lucknow.

  • Purpose: The CAT score helps management course aspirants to get admission in Top Management Colleges in India. The number of applicants for CAT 2019 is expected to be more than 2 lac.

  • Frequency: CAT is conducted once every year.

  • PG Management Programmes: Through CAT, IIMs offer PGP, PGP-FABM, PGPEM, PGDM, EPGP PGPSM, PGPWE, PGDHRM, PGPEX, and PGPBM.

  • Difficulty: CAT is an annual test designed to evaluate an applicant's Quantitative, Verbal/reading, Data Interpretation, and Reasoning Skills. After analyzing CAT previous year papers, it is evident that Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) is always set to be the toughest section in the paper. VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension) section complexity is mostly moderate and QA so far has always been the easiest.

  • CAT Percentile: Candidates attempting 63-67 questions with the right responses can expect a decent CAT Percentile. However, the percentile is a relative measure of the performance as it depends on how good/bad other test takers perform.

  • CAT can be considered one of the toughest competitive entrance exams conducted in India and has a success rate of 1 in 200.

  • Payment: The payment of application fee can be made online via Debit/Credit cards/internet banking / E-Wallet only. The offline payment mode is not entertained.

  • Placement: More than 50 institutes offering masters or postgraduate diploma in management across India consider CAT score as the valid criteria for admission, every year.

CAT Exam 2019 Highlights

Exam Name

Common Admission Test





Conducting Body

Indian Institute of Management (IIMs)

CAT 2019 - IIM Lucknow

Courses Offered



Online i.e. Computer-based Test (CBT)

Exam Date

25th November 2019 (Tentative)




3 Hours or 180 Minutes

Official Website





CAT Exam 2019 Important News

  • Starting 2017, CAT test takers have been allowed to raise objections regarding answers once the official answers key is released. It is expected to be the same for CAT 2019 exam.

  • Good news! You can now predict your probable CAT percentile and estimate the rank accordingly, with us. Feel free to check CAT 2019 Percentile Predictor.

  • For the 6 old IIMs (B, L, A, C, K, I), there will not be any centralized counseling.

  • The GD has been replaced with a common written analysis to assess the candidate's communication and comprehension skills. However, this is only applicable for the six new IIMs (Raipur, Rohtak, Ranchi, Udaipur, Trichy, and Kashipur). There is no official confirmation from the other (older) IIMs regarding this.

  • Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is the latest addition to the list of non-IIMs accepting CAT score for admissions to its PG Management programmes.  

CAT Exam 2019 Courses:

S.No. Courses Offered
2 Executive MBA
3 Distance MBA 

CAT Exam 2019 Dates (Tentative)

  • CAT 2019 Official Notification is expected to be released on 9th August 2019.

  • For 2019, conducting authority IIM Lucknow will release the complete schedule on the official CAT Website in due time.

  • Application Window: IIM Lucknow will commence registrations from 9th August 2019. The last date to apply for CAT 2019 will be 25th September 2019. 

Important Events to CAT 2019 

Dates (Tentative)

Application Form Start Date

9th August 2019 

Application Form Last Date

25th September 2019 

Correction Window for CAT Application Form

4th  Week of September

Admit Card Availability

25th October 2019 

CAT Exam Date

25th November 2019 

Results Announcement

15th January 2020 

CAT Exam 2019 Eligibility

  • To be eligible to write CAT, candidates need to have completed their graduation degree with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks. Candidates pursuing the final year of their UG course can also apply for CAT 2019.

  • Applicants who have a CA/CS/ICWA degree will also be considered eligible. General category candidates need to have obtained a minimum score of 50% in any of the mentioned degrees whereas reserved category (SC/ST/PWD) candidates must have obtained a minimum of 45% aggregate marks. 

  • For CAT there is no restriction for the upper age limit of the candidates. Also, there is no limit in the number of attempts.

  • Check the table below for minimum percentage required for the following categories:


Percentage Required (%)

General and OBC


Scheduled Caste (SC)


Scheduled Tribe (ST)


Persons with Disabilities (PwD)


Note: During the application process, candidates are advised to provide all the correct information. Failing to do so will result in the rejection of the candidate's application.

  • Candidates who successfully make it to the interview have to present the required set of documents. Failing to do so will result in the rejection of the candidate's application.

  • Read detailed information about CAT 2019 Eligibility.

CAT Exam 2019 Reservation Statistics:

  • There are certain reservations for the seats offered by IIMs for reserved category candidates. The exact count is as shown below:


Reservation (in %)

 Scheduled Caste (SC)


Scheduled Tribe (ST)


Non-Creamy–Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC)


People with Disability/Disabilities (PwD)




CAT Exam 2019 Application Form

  • CAT 2019 Online Form was rolled out on 9th August 2019. The last date to apply for CAT 2019 was 25th September 2019. Application Process was carried out online on the official website
  • CAT Online Registration Form facts:
    • The registration form is a 5-page document.

    • The application process for CAT every year will be available for a minimum of 45 days.

    • Once a candidate registers for CAT, IIM conducting the exam will send registration ID and password to the candidate which have to be used to login to the official website and complete the application process.  

CAT Registration/ Application Process 2019 :

Necessary Documents to fill the form:

  • Academic history details

  • Mark sheet of 10th /12th/ Degree/Diploma

  • Work experience (if applicable)

  • Certificates of achievements (if any)

  • Scanned image files of your passport size photo and signature

  • A valid debit/credit card/net banking/E-Wallet for application fee payment.

How to Apply for CAT Exam 2019:

The application process is a four-step procedure as mentioned below:

Step I: Registration:

  • Go to the official website Register yourself by entering your email id, phone number, and date of birth. Candidates are advised to provide a valid and working mail id & phone number as all further communications will be notified on the same.

Step 2: Fill CAT Application Form:

  • This step will ask the candidate to provide the following details: personal details, contact information, academic details, work experience, program preference and exam center preference.

Step 3: Uploading Documents:

  • Upload scanned images of your recent passport size photograph, signature and other required documents as asked in the process. Make sure you check the specifications before uploading any of these files. Check image specifications and detailed information regarding CAT 2019 Application Form.

Step 4: Payment of Application Fee:

  • CAT 2019 Application Form fees can be paid online using a debit/credit card or net banking. Find category-wise application fees for CAT 2019: 



Fee (INR)







CAT Application Form Status:

  • On successful completion of CAT 2019 Application Process an email, a pop-up message on the screen and a message on the registered mobile number are sent confirming the status of the candidate's application form.

  • The application status is “Successfully Submitted” if the application gets accepted or else “Application Rejected” is shown indicating any mistake made during the process.

CAT Application Form Correction:

  • Candidates tend to make mistakes while filling the application form.

  • Since CAT is a major career deciding exam, the authority facilitates the candidates with an Application Form Correction window during which candidates can make changes to the information provided in their application.

  • Get more information about CAT 2019 Application Process.

How to Register for Non-IIM participating institutes in CAT Exam #

Follow the steps given below to register to Non-IIM institutes:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website

  • Step 2: Navigate to the CAT # link which will be available on the right part of the screen.

  • Step 3: Click on ‘Downloading of MOU and the Application Form’

  • Step 4: Pay the required fees.

  • Step 5: Carefully fill the Application Form and MOU. Then send the scanned copies duly filled-in, signed and stamped along with the required enclosures (mentioned inside application form) through email.

Note: The program brochure can be sent exclusively or separately along with the other required hard copies as stated above.

  • Step 6: The signed and stamped MOU (two copies), Application Form (single copy) in original and other supporting documents (hard copies) as specified in MOU and Application Form must be sent duly filled into Admissions Office of IIM Lucknow to its address at CAT Centre, C/o Admissions Office, IIM Lucknow, IIM Rd, Prabandh Nagar, Mubarakpur, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226013.

CAT Exam 2019 Syllabus:

  • An official CAT Syllabus is never released by IIMs. Find below the curated syllabus for CAT 2019 based on questions asked from various topics in previous year papers. 
  • Syllabus: The CAT 2019 Syllabus is divided into 3 sections which test the Logical Thinking, Verbal Ability, and Mathematical Analysis. There is no General Awareness section and testing.

Quantitative Ability

Data Analysis & Sufficiency

Logical Reasoning

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension



Critical Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning

Arithmetic Progression

Column Graphs

Visual Reasoning


Installment Payments

Bar Graphs


Contextual usage

Ratios and Proportions

Line Charts

Assertion and reasons


Arithmetic Mean

Pie Charts

Statements and assumptions

Sentence completion


Graphs representing Area

Matrix arrangements


Work and Time

Venn Diagram

Coding and Decoding

Sentence Correction

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern:

  • Marking Scheme: 3 marks will be awarded for each correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for an incorrect answer.

  • Mode of Exam: The CAT 2019 examination will be conducted Online (Computer-based test).

  • Type of Questions: CAT paper will consist of 2 types of questions: MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) as well as non-MCQs.

  • Total Questions: There will be a total of 100 questions. 

  • Sections: Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

  • Exam duration: Candidates will be provided 3 hours to complete the test which counts to an hour per section.

  • Negative marking (MCQs): There will be a total of 75 questions which if answered wrong will incur negative marking.

  • Without negative marking: There will be a total of 25 questions which will not incur any negative marking even if answered wrong.

  • The exact CAT pattern cannot be predicted and is changed a little every year. So far now, no such change has been notified by IIM

  • As per the revised exam pattern, CAT 2019 will consist of 3 sections with a total of 100 questions. You need to ensure high score in each of the sections as there is also a sectional score cut off in IIMs for shortlisting.

  • Get detailed information about CAT 2019 Exam Pattern.


Online i.e. Computer-based Test (CBT)

Question Type

Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ's)


3 Hours or 180 Minutes

Total Marks


Marking Scheme

 +3 Marks for Correct Answers

-1 for Wrong Answers



CAT 2019 Admit Card:

  • CAT 2019 Admit Card will be available for download on the official website 25th October 2019 onwards.

  • CAT Hall Ticket will have the applicant's personal details and information regarding the test such as test venue, session, etc.

  • The hall ticket will facilitate the candidate's entry into the examination hall provided it is presented with any other valid Govt. ID Proof of the candidate.

  • Discrepancies: If any discrepancy is found in the CAT 2019 Admit Card, candidates must notify the authority for corrections. They will be required to contact the CAT Helpdesk using the following details:

    • Toll-Free Number: 1800-266-3549

    • Helpdesk email address:

Documents Required along with Admit Card

  • Aadhaar Card

  • Voter ID Card

  • Passport

  • PAN Card

  • Driving License

  • Photo ID issued by current education institute or employer among others.

  • Check details regarding the CAT 2019 Admit Card.

CAT Exam 2019 Results

  • IIM Calcutta is expected to release the CAT 2019 Results in the 2nd week of January 2019. The scorecards will be published online along with the results. The candidates will be notified about their percentile via SMS and the score will be valid for 1 year.
  • The step-wise process to obtain CAT result is given below: 
  1. Visit the official website.

  2. Navigate to click on ‘Download CAT Score Card’.

  3. You will be redirected to the login page. 

  4. Provide your User Id and Password.

  5. You will be redirected to the candidate’s account page.

  6. Click on the Download Scorecard link and download it for future reference.

CAT Result 2017 Highlights


Total candidates who appeared for the exam

1.99 lacs

Perfect scorers


Non-engineers in top 20


Women in top 20


Total female candidates


Total seats offered in IIMs


CAT Exam 2018 Percentile Predictor

  • CAT 2019 Results will be announced on 15th January 2020. Candidates can download their score from the official website.

  • Candidates can predict their percentile using the CAT Percentile Predictor on GetMyUni. Go to the URL:

  • Once the results have been declared, all participating institutes will release their cut off details for admissions.

  • Candidates will be shortlisted based on their performance in CAT (percentile obtained).

  • Get more information about CAT 2019 Results.

CAT Exam 2019 Counselling

  • Documents to be Submitted: Candidates have to submit the original documents during the CAT 2019 Counselling.

  • Counselling Date: The CAT 2019 counselling process will start from 22nd January 2020. 

    • The counselling dates allocated for each candidate depends on their score in CAT 2019 exam. 

  • Seat Reservation: According to the Indian Government Policy, seat reservation will be applicable for CAT 2019.

  • The CAT selection procedure is a two-step process. Candidates scoring equal or more than the cut-off marks will be invited for GD, WAT and Personal Interview at the colleges they have applied to. Every college will conduct its independent selection process, except for the new IIMs

  • The ratio of candidates shortlisted for admissions to the number of candidates finally getting admissions 4:1.

  • It must be noted that there is no Common Counselling Process for CAT. 
  • Candidates shortlisted for PI & WATCandidates are shortlisted based on:




CAT Score


Xth standard Marks


XIIth standard Marks



50 (48 + 2 Gender Diversity Factor)

  • Final Selection- For the final selection, the following things are taken into consideration: 




CAT Score


Personal Interview


Written Ability Test (WAT)


Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor's Degree (ADFB)


Work Experience


CAT Exam 2019 Courses by IIMs:



IIM Ahmedabad


IIM Amritsar


IIM Bangalore


IIM Bodh Gaya


IIM Calcutta


IIM Indore

PGP (Indore, Mumbai), EPGP, PGP-HRM

IIM Jammu


IIM Kashipur


IIM Kozhikode


IIM Lucknow


IIM Nagpur


IIM Raipur


IIM Ranchi


IIM Rohtak


IIM Sambalpur


IIM Shillong


IIM Sirmur


IIM Tiruchirappalli


IIM Udaipur


IIM Vishakapatnam


EFPM and FPM at IIMs:

  • Other than diploma in Management, IIMs offer FPM and EFPM which are equivalent to Ph.D. programmes. 

  • EFPM stands for Executive Fellow Programme in Management and FPM stands for Fellow Programme in Management.



IIM Ahmedabad


IIM Amritsar


IIM Bangalore


IIM Calcutta


IIM Indore


IIM Kashipur


IIM Kozhikode


IIM Lucknow


IIM Raipur


IIM Ranchi


IIM Rohtak


RGIIM Shillong


IIM Tiruchirappalli


IIM Udaipur


CAT Exam 2019 Cutoff

  • Minimum percentile Cutoff of CAT:































  • Get more about the CAT 2019 Cut-Off.

CAT Registration Trend over years:

  • CAT Registration over the year is shown in the table below:


Approximate Number of Registration



















CAT Approx Registrations

CAT Registration Trend:

CAT Year


Test takers 

CAT 2018



CAT 2017



CAT 2016



CAT 2015



CAT 2014



CAT 2013



CAT 2012



CAT 2019 Reservation Criteria:


Reservation (%)

Scheduled Caste (SC)


Scheduled Tribe (ST)


Non-Creamy – Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC)


People with Disability (PWD)


Total Percentage of Reserved Seats


CAT 2019 FAQs

  • Q. What is the marking scheme for non-MCQ questions in CAT #exam?
  • Ans. There will not be any particular marking scheme for non-MCQ/ TITA questions, but the right responses to these questions will add the score to the overall percentile.

  • Q. Is there a marking scheme defined for MCQ type questions in CAT #?
  • Ans. 3 marks are awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

  • Q. What are some of the most important topics in QA section for CAT exam preparation?
  • Ans. Check the following:

    • Number system

    • Arithmetic

    • Algebra

    • Geometry

    • Permutation and combination

    • Set theory, trigonometry and

    • logarithms

  • Q. What are some of the most important topics in Verbal and Reading comprehension section for CAT exam preparation?

  • Ans. Check the following:

    • Fact Inference Judgment

    • Fill in the blanks

    • Grammar

    • Para Completion

    • Para Jumble

    • Sentence Correction

    • Verbal Reasoning

    • Word Usage (Vocabulary)

  • Q. How can I check my CAT result online?

  • Ans. A simple 4 step process to check the CAT result online is as follows:

  1. Visit the official website.

  2. Navigate to click on ‘Download CAT Score Card’.

  3. You will be redirected to the login page. 

  4. Provide your User Id and Password.

  5. You will be redirected to the candidate’s account page.

  6. Click on the Download Scorecard link and download it for future reference.

  • Q. What was the IIM interview cut off last year?

  • Ans.


Interview Cut Off Percentile

Cut off percentile for admission

IIM Ahmedabad



IIM Ranchi



IIM Raipur



IIM Trichy



IIM Udaipur



  • Q. I am still in my final year of Bachelor‘s Degree. While filling the application form what marks should I enter?

  • Ans. Mention the marks according to the last marksheet you received from the University.

  • Q. What is the maximum age limit for CAT exam?

  • Ans. No, there is no age limit for CAT eligibility.

  • Q. Can I write the exam in multiple slots?

  • Ans. No, a candidate can write the test only in one-time slot.

  • Q. What marks is a dual degree (B.Tech+M.Tech) holder supposed to enter in qualification column?

  • Ans. You will have separate columns for providing graduation (B.Tech) marks and post-graduation (M.Tech) marks.

  • Q. When is the CAT # exam

  • Ans. Its scheduled on #. Over 2 lac candidates are supposed to write the online test.

  • Q. Can I apply for offline CAT exam?

  • Ans. No, there is no provision for an offline exam. CAT was conducted in offline mode until 2009.

  • Q. How many seats are offered by the IIMs for admissions through CAT score?

  • Ans. There are 4300 seats. It has been the same for the last two years and there has been no official notification regarding any increase in the no. of seats.

  • Q. How many candidates have registered for CAT 2019?

  • Ans. Approximately 2.3 lac candidates have registered for CAT #

  • Q. Are seats reserved in IIMs for female candidates?

  • Ans. No, there is no separate reservation for female candidates in IIMs.

  • Q. How many institutes in total will use CAT # score to provide admissions?

  • Ans. Almost a total of 100 institutes and 20 IIMs will consider CAT 2019 score for admissions to post-graduate management programmes.

  • Q. Do I have to apply separately for admission in different colleges?

  • Ans. Yes, except for the IIMs any other participating institution will require the candidate's separate application for admission.

  • Q. How to prepare for CAT exam?

  • Ans. A bachelor’s degree from a recognized institute is compulsory and mandatory for writing the CAT # exam, this must meet the minimum percentage requirement of 55% in the qualifying examination.

  • Q. Will candidates scoring less than the cut-off still get admission in the participating institutes?

  • Ans. The candidate must clear the minimum cut off. Failing to do so the candidate cannot apply to any IIM. However, a private institute might still call you for an interview depending on their admission policy.

  • Q. When will CAT 2019 Admit Card be released?

  • Ans. You have to download the CAT # Admit Card from the official website. The admit catd can be downloaded any day until #.

  • Q. If i lose my hall ticket at the exam centre, can I still somehow download it there?

  • Ans. Yes, you can download it at the exam centre. You need to inform the authorities about the same and they will help you in downloading a duplicate admit card.

  • Q. What stationeries should I be carrying on the exam day?

  • Ans. None, you need not carry any. A pen and a paper will be given to you at the exam centre for rough work which you must return back to the authorities before leaving the exam hall.

  • Q. Is there any travel allowance for reserved category candidates?

  • Ans. No traveling allowance will be issued to the candidates irrespective of the fact whether they are from reserved or non-reserved categories. 

  • Q. What is the deadline to enter the CAT exam centre?

  • Ans. For the morning shift exam, candidates will not be allowed to enter the exam hall post 8:45 AM, for the evening shift candidates, will not be allowed inside the exam hall post 2:15 PM. 

  • Q. What are the items banned from being carried at the CAT 2018 exam center?

  • Ans. Candidates will not be allowed to carry any of the following items:

    • Mobile Phones

    • Pen, pencil

    • Books/ chits/ sheets/ clips

    • Electronic Gadgets

    • Watches

    • Calculator

    • Stationary

  • Q. Is it a fact that candidates are not allowed any bio-breaks during the exam hours?

  • Ans. Yes, there will be no-breaks for candidates during exam hours.

  • Q. What kind of assistance will be provided to PwD candidates at the exam centre?

  • Ans. For PwD candidates, the following priveledges will be extended at the exam centre:

    1. Scribe/ reader- candidates who are suffering from a visual impairment or cerebral palsy will be allowed to bring along a scribe as an assistant, the scribe must have filled or submitted affidavits which ensure scribe’s authenticity. 

    2. Other allowed devices- an abacus without a calculator will be allowed for candidates suffering from a visual impairment or hearing impairment.

  • Q. What items are supposed to be carried to the exam centre on the day of the exam?

  • Ans. One must carry CAT # admit card, along with a valid Government photo ID proof.

  • Q. What are the different ID proofs that can work as valid photo Id proof?

  • Ans. Check the following:

    • College ID

    • Employer ID

    • Driving License

    • Passport

    • PAN Card

    • Voter ID

    • Aadhaar Card

    • Identification Affidavit

  • Q. During the application form correction window, what all details can be edited?

  • Ans. Only the following details can be edited:

    • Programs selected

    • Percentage of marks scored

    • Work experience

    Rest, cannot be edited within the form correction window. So candidates must be really careful while submitting their duly filled in application form.

  • Q. What steps are supposed to be followed to correct details in the CAT 2019 Application Form?

  • Ans. Follow the steps given below to edit details in the CAT # Application Form:

    1. Open the official CAT website #.

    2. Click on the “existing user” tab.

    3. Log in to the portal with the username and password.

    4. Check the date supplied in the fields.

    5. Edit the information that needs to be corrected.

    6. Click on “save “and continue once the whole form has been edited.

  • Q. Will transgenders be allowed to write the exam?

  • Ans. Yes, transgenders will be allowed to write the exam. Starting from 2015, transgenders have been allowed to take up CAT by the concerned authorities.

  • Q. What is the minimum required eligibility criteria to write CAT # ?

  • Ans. A bachelor’s degree from a recognized institute is compulsory and mandatory for writing the CAT #yearexam, this must meet the minimum percentage requirement of 55% in the qualifying examination.

  • Q. What are the particular information that must be kept handy before starting to fill the CAT application form?

  • Ans. The following information must be kept handy:

    1. Candidate’s name

    2. Candidate’s DOB

    3. A valid email address

    4. Educational history

    5. Mark sheet of the previous qualifying examinations

    6. Additional certificates to be uploaded

    7. Scanned images of the passport size photo

    8. List of IIMs in the order of application

  • Q. What are the details to be provided in the CAT Application Form?

  • Ans. You will find the following fields in the form:

    1. Personal details

    2. Academic details

    3. Work experience

    4. Programmes

    5. Payment of application fee

  • Q. I have worked as a part-time employee with a management firm. Will my experience be counted during CAT Registration?

  • Ans. No, part-time job experience will not be counted as work experience, only full-time job experience of graduates will be considered as work experience.

  • Q. What are the specifications for the photograph file to be uploaded with the CAT application form?

  • Ans. A scanned copy of the photograph and signature will be considered valid if the same meet the following requirements:



    Specified format

    Recent passport size photograph

    not more than 80KB

    30mmX 45mm .jpg or .jpeg. minimum resolution of 150 px/ inch.


    not more than 80 Kb

    80mmx 35mm, .jpg or .jpeg. minimum resolution of 150 px/ inch.

  • Q. Can I pay the CAT Application Form fee offline using a bank challan or something?

  • Ans. No, you cannot, Application Fees can be paid online only using a debit/credit card or net banking. Note that no other mode of payment is valid for CAT 2019 Application Process.

  • Q. What are the documents required to be submitted along with the CAT 2019 application form?

  • Ans. The candidates must upload the following compulsory documents along with the CAT Application Form:

    • A recent scanned photograph

    • Scanned image of the signature

    • SC/ST/OBC certificate must be signed by competent bodies and must be self-attested, and then scanned and uploaded.

    • PWD/DA certificate must be signed by authorities and self-attested thereof, thus scanned and uploaded.

  • Q. Is it required to send a hard copy of the completely filled and submitted the application form to the conducting authorities?

  • Ans. No, it will not be required. But candidates are advised to keep a print out of the same with them for future correspondence.

  • Q. Can the details in the application form be edited once I have paid the application fees?

  • Ans. No, all such edits can be made only before the fees has been paid. Certain information can be edited after the payment of application fee but most of it will be frozen and hence cannot be edited. The system thus provides you with the opportunity to register an account and login multiple times before actually hitting the final submit button.

  • Q. What are the details to contact CAT Helpdesk?

  • Ans. You can contact the authorities on:

    • Toll-free number: 1-800-266-3549

    • Email ID:

  • Q. Are degrees from Open Universities or correspondence recognized and accepted for CAT eligibility criteria?

  • Ans. It will be accepted provided it meets any of the following requirements:

    • Any Qualification recognized by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree awarded by UGC recognized University/ Institutions will be regarded as “Equivalent Qualification”.

    • In case the equivalent qualification possessed by the candidate is not covered in those mentioned above, then he/she will have to get an equivalence certificate from Association of Indian Universities New Delhi.

  • Q. How many non-MCQ type questions can one expect for CAT #year?

  • Ans. The data given below is curated after analysing the previous year paper patternss and close to an exact approximation of the same:



    DI & LR


    Number of questions








    Non- MCQ




  • Q. What are the most important points and exam tips regarding CAT 2019 exam pattern?

  • Ans. Check the highlight points below:

    • A total of 100 questions divided into three sections.

    • Test duration is 3 hours.

    • It is a Computer Based Test.

    • Test takers cannot switch between sections.

    • The medium of the paper will be English only.

    • Attempt TITA questions carefully.

  • CAT 2019 Guidelines:

CAT Guidelines

  • ID Proof: Admit Card and ID proof are mandatory for every candidate. Without ID card candidate are not allowed inside the examination hall.

CAT Guidelines

  • Report Early: The candidate must reach the exam centre at least 30 minutes before the commencement of the exam as the security checks, identity verification, and check-in may take a considerable time.


  • Latecomers Not Allowed: If a candidate reaches the exam centre after the commencement of the exam then the candidate will not be allowed to enter the examination hall.

CAT Guidelines

  • No Talking Inside the Examination Hall: The candidate is not allowed to talk to anybody during the examination. If the candidate is found doing the same, it will lead to cancellation of candidature or the candidate will be sent outside the examination hall without any warning.

CAT Guidelines

  • Restricted Items: Candidates shouldn't carry any Electronic Watches with a calculator, material printed or written, paper bits, mobile phone, pager or any other device, Calculators, Docu Pen, Slide Rules, Log Tables except the Admit Card, identity proof or any document inside the examination hall.


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CAT 2019 Important Dates

  • Exam Date: The Official Date of the Common Admission Test (CAT 2019) Notification CAT 2019 is on  25th November 2019 to 25th November 2019.

  • Registartion: The registration for the CAT2019 exam will begin on 9th August 2019 at 10.A.M to 25th September 2019 at 5.00 P.M.

  • Admit card: The Admit Card for CAT 2019 2019 will be available from 25th October 2019 (1 PM onwards) to December 4th 2019.

  • The results will be published on 15th January 2020. 

  • Admission: After the results announcement, admission process will be started.
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CAT 2019 Eligibility

  • Minimum criteria for general: The applicant must have a Bachelor's Degree from a recognized institution with minimum 50% marks or an equivalent CGPA. 

  • Minimum criteria for reservation: The SC/ST and PWD/DA category applicants have to have minimum 45% marks or an equivalent CGPA.

  • Respective percentile reservation: The CAT reservation for SC, ST, OBC and Physically challenged applicants is 15%, 7.5%, 27% and 3% respectively.

  • Eligibility: The percentage obtained in Bachelor's degree is calculated on the basis of conversion schemes. In the case of CGPA, the conversion would depend on the equivalent certificate awarded by the concerned University. The score calculated determines the applicant's eligibility.

  • Final Year Students can also apply: Students who in their final year are also eligible for CAT 2019.

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CAT 2019 Application Process

  • CAT 2019 application process starts on 9th August 2019 and will end on 25th September 2019. 

The 3 steps of Application Process are:

  • Registration

  • Logging in

  • Filling the application form

Documents Required:

  • Passport Photo.

  • Image of Candidate's signature.

  • NC-OBC/SC/ST Certificate if applicable.

  • PWD/DA Certificate if applicable.

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CAT 2019 Application Form Details

There are five sections in the CAT 2019 Application Form:

  • Personal Information: Candidates are required to fill in the personal details such as Father's Name, Gender, Category, Communication Address and upload the necessary documents that has been mentioned.  

  • Academics: Here the candidates have to fill in their 10th and 12th std marks, Graduation details, Postgraduate details and other professional details. 

  • Work Experience: Candidates can enter their work experience if they had any before. The work experience refers to the paid and full-time work done after the graduation.

  • Programmes: Candidates must fill the CAT program details such as select the number of CAT programs they wish to apply for and also select the city for the interview rounds from the respective drop-down list of CAT Centres.

  • Fee Payment: Here the candidates should pay the registration fee through online only.

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CAT 2019 Admit Card

  • Availability of admit card: CAT 2019 admit cards will be available on the official website and can be downloaded from 25th October 2019.

  • Necessary details: Candidates have to enter their Enrolment ID and Password to download the admit card. It is a compulsory document.

  • Eligibility: The admit card will be issued to the candidates who have met the eligibility criteria and completed their CAT 2019 application process successfully.

  • Profile: The admit card will be available on the official website in the applicant's profile.

  • Print out: The applicant has to save the admit card and take a print out of the same.

  • Information: The admit card will contain details such as Name, exam date, etc.

  • Discrepancy: If there is any discrepancy then the authorities should be informed.

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CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

  • Type of test: The CAT 2019 examination will be a computer-based test.

  • Duration: The CAT 2019 examination will be for a duration of 3 hours.

  • Subjects: The CAT 2019 exam will cover logical reasoning & data interpretation, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension and Quantitative Ability.

  • A number of questions: There are 100 objective questions.

  • Marking Scheme: 3 marks will be given for every correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

  • Duration for one section: Candidates will get 60 minutes for answering questions in each section.
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CAT 2019 Syllabus

  • Sections: CAT 2019 tests the candidate on 4 sections. They're Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Logical & Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation.

  • Maths: The mathematics syllabus covers percentages, geometry, ratios, etc.

  • English: The English syllabus covers reading vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, etc.

  • Analytical Reasoning: The analytical reasoning syllabus covers puzzles, series, direction sense, etc.

  • Data Interpretation: The data interpretation syllabus covers questions on organized and unorganized data.

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CAT 2019 Results

  • Dates: The CAT result will be announced on 15th January 2020.

  • Enter ID and Password: Candidates are required to enter their CAT ID and Password to see their outcomes.

  • Mobile number: The CAT results will be sent to candidate's telephone number.

  • Reservation: There is reservation of seats for the SC/ST/OBC and PWD class sorted out.

  • Cut-off: The cut-off imprints will be distributed once the outcomes are announced.

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CAT 2019 Counselling

  • Shortlisting: After the CAT results are out and cut-offs, the shortlisted candidates will have to appear in the selection process held in one of the old IIMs.

  • Rounds: Group Discussion and/or Written Ability Test round and Personal Interview are the different rounds for selection.

  • GD/PI: GD/PI round, along with CAT Score candidate’s academic work and relevant work experience will be also taken into account for shortlisting of candidates. 

  • WAT: In recent years, IIMs prefer Written Ability Test over Group Discussion.

  • Interview: Personal Interview is an important part of the selection procedure.

  • Participating Institutions: Other participating institutes also conduct selection process comprising GD/WAT and PI.

  • Performance Based: Based on performance in CAT exam and selection procedure rounds shortlisting of candidates is done.

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CAT 2019 Cut off

  • The candidates can check the IIM CAT Advanced Cut-Off for the previous years to get an idea of the current year CAT Advanced Cut-Off. The expected cut-off is compiled in the section.

  • The Cut-Off can vary on the difficulty of the question paper, performance of the applicants, seats available for CAT admission etc.

  • The candidates must clear CAT Advanced cut-off 2019 in order to proceed to next rounds.

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Colleges which accept [CAT]

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Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2020
01 Apr 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

1)The eligibility criteria for applying this program is to be graduated in any of the degrees and to clear the entrance exam like CAT, MAT, GMAT, etc.
2)The applied candidates have to clear the interview process. There are five levels of the interview process

  •  Micro Presentation
  •  Group Discussion
  •  Written Assessment
  •  Skill Assesment                               
  •  Personal Interview

3)The cut off for the entrance exam

  • A composite score of 450 or above in GMAT.
  • A composite score of 300 or above in GRE.
  • 70 percent or above in the Common Management Admission Test.
  • 70 percent or above in Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).
  • 70 percentile or above in Xavier Aptitude Test
  • 70 percentile or above in the Association of Indian Management Schools Test.


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Deepak kr.
Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2020
01 Apr 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Currently i am pursuing my PGDM degree from Ramaiah Institute of Management Bengaluru. 

I took admission in to this college through CAT anf MAT entrance exam. So the required eligibility criteria to take admission in to this college is to have minimum of 50% marks in graduation and should have scored 70 percentile in CAT and 75 percentile in MAT exam.

RIM college is good in terms of placement, infrastructure and faculties. They provides a lot of opportunities to their students to enhance their skills and abilities.

The course curriculum is designed in such a way that students will get all kinds of exposure, it can be team building, time management skill, decision making ability and their interpersonal skill as well.

There are various number of companies visiting in our college such as Goldman Sachs, deloitte, KPMG, EY, ICICI Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank providing an average package of 6 lakh.

So you can opt for this college if you want to get best return on investment in terms of placement.


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Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2020
01 Apr 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The eligibility criteria was a entrance test like MAT ,CAT  to be taken before i was allowed  to take  essay writing and  followed by personal interview  that was face to face based on option mentioned in the college application that as to be filled after you take up a entrance test.The students who can apply can be from the domain such as engineering,,BBA,Medical ,Science background etc..

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Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2019
25 Feb 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The Eligibility criteria for joining here is you should need to complete one of the following examinations like CAT, TANCET, and MAT.

I took the TANCET examination which is the State based examination.

The Typical Cutoff to enter is around 40 to 60 marks out of 100. Even after completion of the examination, they will do an interview with the candidate and choose them accordingly.

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Master of Business Administration [MBA] (Hospital Management), batch of 2020
13 Jan 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Graduated with 50% marks in any stream and valid cat mat score. 

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Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2015
10 Jan 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Got an admission here through referral. Very intense programme. I remember having sleepless nights on doing assignments. Many projects were given. Often had to give presentations. In the end, all the effort paid off. The faculty's advice helped me secure the right job in marketing. Usually, class avg percentage is 74-75. The selection process depends on this as well as GDPI. If your score is low, it will be hard. MAT score is usually taken 600+ is a good score to secure a seat. Nowadays ABBS takes CAT and XAT as well. Overall a wonderful experience made some good memories.

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Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2019
15 Dec 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Aims to accept admissions with PGCET with a rank of below 3k, they also take admissions with CAT scores with a percentile of 50+ and also with MAT scores with a percentile of 60+.

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Abhinaya U
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2019
01 Dec 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

Eligibility Criteria: Bachelor's degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% aggregate or a CGPA of 5.5 out of 10 for the candidates belonging to General and OBC categories. The minimum marks is 45% or a CGPA of 5.0/10 for SC/ST candidates. The entrance exam is CAT. The admission procedure for MBA course is as follows:

Round 1: Shortlisting of applications

Round 2: Group Discussion (elimination round)

Round 3: Personal Interview 

Cumulative scores of CAT exam (70% weightage), group discussion (10% weightage) and personal interview (10% weightage) are considered to finalize the eligibilty of a candidate.


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mba in healthcare management , batch of 2020
23 Nov 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

The admission process for goa institute of mangement starts with entrance tests ( CAT,CMAT,GMAT,XAT) . after passing their criteria of entrance tests there is a group discussion round with other students, followed by a personal interview.

if you meet all these criteria you could also end up getting a spot offer . 

Want to get in ?
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2018
15 Nov 2018
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

10th and 10+2 passed, graduation from any stream. Candidate should apply for MAT/CAT/GMAT.

Discussion Forum

Entering Marks to Common Admission Test (CAT) Application Form for Dual Degree holders

I have a dual degree (Bachelor’s + Master’s) of my own. How do I enter my marks while registering for CAT?

Asked By: Allen James,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

While registering for CAT, if the candidate holds a dual degree, the following steps should be followed:

  • The first 3 years aggregate percentage will be taken as the Bachelors’ Degree Percentage.
  • The next 2 years will be taken as the Master’s Degree Percentage.

The candidates are advised to take an assessment of themselves and make sure you verify all the details before entering them on your CAT Application Form.

Using calculator during CAT Exam

Can I use a calculator inside the CAT Exam hall or will they provide calculators for our use?

Asked By: Justin Jose,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

No, you will not be allowed to enter the CAT Exam Hall with a calculator or any other Electronic Device for that matter.

Although, the candidates will be provided with the facility to use the on-screen keyboard.

Analytical Reasoning Syllabus for CAT

What are the important topics I should look into while preparing for CAT 2017 for Analytical Reasoning?

Asked By: Mustafa Naushad,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Individuals trying to clear CAT for getting admitted to IIMs' must have a good idea about the syllabus at hand.

The important topics to be covered under Analytical Reasoning are:

  • Direction Sense
  • Puzzles
  • Series
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Data Structures
  • Blood Relations
  • Arrangements
  • Coding-Decoding

Aspiring candidates can have a good view of the Syllabus on our web page.

Common Admission Test CAT 2017

When will the registrations start for the 2017 CAT exam session and when will the exam take place?

Asked By: Shemeer Salim,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The registrations for CAT 2017 will begin on the 8th of August and will be closing by the 27th of September.

The CAT 2017 Exam will be held on the 4th of December and the Results will be released by the 2nd week of January 2018.

To get admitted into IIMs'

What should be my average score for CAT in order for me to get admitted to one of the prestigious IIMs'?

Asked By: Manish Chopra,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Candidates having 98, 98+, 99+ percentile in CAT, but lack past academic record, meaning, having 92, 96, 97, 99+ percentage in class 10 & 12 and 78, 80, 85, 88+ percentage in Bachelor’s again loses the chance of being shortlisted into IIMs'.

Another point which must be taken note of is that having an overall percentile of 99+ won’t make you eligible to get that call.

Along with it, you need to have a balanced and high percentile in all the three sections of CAT. Having 98 in QA, 99 in VARC but 75 in DILR would again mean losing that call.

So, If you're a candidate hoping to get admitted to any of the prestigious IIMs', I advise you to keep all your educational records top notch.

IIM Bangalore and Goldman Sachs

I heard about a recent tie-up between IIM Bangalore and Goldman Sachs? What was it about?

Asked By: Rekha Sharma,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes, it is true.

IIM Bangalore had recently fired up an association with Goldman Sachs.

Goldman Sachs conducted a screening test for about 50 female students.

In the final level of this programme, top-12 business ideas were to be selected. But, instead, the final round saw 15 ideas getting selected by the panel.

Management institutes for MBA through CAT in Mumbai

Which are the best management institutes in and across Mumbai, India that I could get admissions for through CAT?

Asked By: Mohammed Altaf,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

A candidate looking for admissions in Management studies is expected to clear the Common Admission Test or usually known as CAT.

Given below are a list of top institutes of Mumbai available for admissions through CAT:

  • Prin L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai
  • Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, [SJMSM] IIT Bombay, Mumbai
  • Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of CoOperative Management, Pune
  • Institute for Technology and Management, [ITM] Mumbai
  • Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Development, [IMED] Pune

There are a lot more institutes offering admissions through CAT all over India. 

Have a look at the list of institutes offering admissions through CAT on the following link:

friend’s email address when registering for CAT 2017?

Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address when registering for CAT for the CAT Exam 2017?

Asked By: Prabhakar,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

No, You must provide a valid and unique email address. All correspondence pertaining to CAT 2017 and subsequent information during the selection stages of the respective IIMs will be communicated to the registered email address.

When and how do I register for CAT 2017?

When should I register for the CAT Exam 2017?

Asked By: Prabhu K,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Online registration for CAT 2017 begins on Monday, 8th August 2017 10:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, 22nd September 2017 05:00 p.m. Additional instructions for online registration and the application process will be available in the Registration Guide and Registration video published on the website.

FEE for the CAT EXAM 2017

What is the fee for the CAT exam 2017?

Asked By: Anuj L,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The fee is Rs.1700 for General and NC-OBC Candidates. However, if you belong to the SC/ST/PWD category, the applicable fee is Rs.850.