CAT - Common Admission Test 2019

Exam Date : November 24, 2019
Result Date : January 7, 2020

CAT Exam is one of the management entrance exam conducted by IIM CAT. Candidates will be ranked based on CAT score to get admitted into the best management colleges in India like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, and IIM Calcutta, etc. The exam is conducted online and the results are announced on IIMs common official website iimcat.ac.in. Here are the updates that will help you to crack CAT Exam 2019.

  1. What is CAT Exam?
  2. CAT Course
  3. CAT Exam Date
  4. CAT Exam Eligibility
  5. CAT Syllabus
  6. CAT Preparation
  7. CAT Exam Pattern
  8. How to Apply for CAT Exam?
  9. CAT Admit Card
  10. CAT Result
  11. CAT FAQs
  12. Related Exams

What is CAT Exam?

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 Kozhikode.

CAT Exam 2019

Purpose: The CAT exam 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. Last year around 2.41 lakh candidates had registered themselves for the CAT exam.

Frequency: CAT is conducted once every year.

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

CAT Exam Details
Exam Name Common Admission Test
Acronym CAT
Level National
Conducting Body Indian Institute of Management (IIMs)CAT 2019 - IIM Kozhikode
Courses Offered MBA/ PGDM
Mode Online i.e. Computer-based Test (CBT)
Exam Date November 24, 2019 (Tentative)
Medium English
Duration 3 Hours or 180 Minutes
Official Website https://iimcat.ac.in/
Helpdesk 1800 2663 549 cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in

Difficulty: CAT is an aptitude 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) has always been 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: CAT Scorecard contains percentile marks. 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 CAT 2019 Application Fee can be made online via Debit Card/ Credit Card/ 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 2019 score as the valid criteria for admission, every year.

CAT Course Details:

Candidates can take admission in various postgraduate management courses by CAT 2019. The courses are listed below

Courses Offered after CAT Exam
S.No. Courses Offered
1 MBA/PGDM
2 Executive MBA/PGDM
3 Distance MBA/PGDM

CAT 2019 Exam Date:

CAT 2019 Official Notification is expected to be released in the month August 2019. Conducting authority, IIM Kozhikode will release the CAT exam date for CAT 2019 on the official CAT Website in due time. Dates given below are tentative.

Application Window: IIM Kozhikode will commence registrations from August 5, 2019. The last date to apply for CAT 2019 will be September 20, 2019.

CAT 2019 Dates
Important Events to CAT 2019 Exam Date
Application Form Start Date August 5, 2019
Application Form Last Date September 20, 2019
Correction Window for CAT Application Form 4th Week of September
Admit Card Availability October 24, 2019
CAT Exam Date November 24, 2019
Results Announcement January 7, 2020

CAT 2019 Eligibility

To be eligible to write CAT 2019, candidates need to have completed their graduation degree with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks or an equivalent CGPA from a recognised university or educational institute. Candidates who are in the final year of their UG courses 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.

Under CAT exam eligibility, there is no restriction for the upper age limit of the candidates. Also, there is no limit to the number of attempts also. Although CAT application form does ask for Work experience, it is not mandatory. Check the table below for the minimum percentage required for the following categories:

CAT Eligibility Criteria
Category Percentage Required (%)
General and OBC 50
Scheduled Caste (SC) 45
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 45
Persons with Disabilities (PwD) 45

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.

CAT 2019 Exam Syllabus

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

CAT Syllabus
Quantitative Ability Data Analysis & Sufficiency Logical Reasoning Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Geometry Graphs Critical Reasoning Verbal Reasoning
Arithmetic Progression Column Graphs Visual Reasoning Syllogisms
Instalment Payments Bar Graphs Assumption-Premise-Conclusion Contextual usage
Ratios and Proportions Line Charts Assertion and reasons Analogies
Arithmetic Mean Pie Charts Statements and assumptions Sentence completion
Logarithm Graphs representing Area Matrix arrangements Idioms
Work and Time Venn Diagram Coding and Decoding Sentence Correction

How to prepare for CAT?

We all think to achieve the maximum in CAT Exam. We study a lot for it. We prepare for all sorts of problems that will be there in the exam. 

But, let me ask you one thing. What if the CAT exam is different than your expectations? What will you do? How can you go for the maximum if you don't know how to secure the respectable minimum marks? Now, the question arises, how to do that?

Doing nothing is equally good as doing everything.

The basic thing to know is that you dont have to do a lot of hard work to get to the 50 percentile mark. It is analyzed that if any applicant doesn't even attempt any question of CAT Exam, he/she will be still able to reach the 50 percentile mark. So, getting 50+ percentile is not a big deal to crack.

Attempting the ones you know.

Now, the next big thing is to clear the sectional cut off. This is where your instincts can relly come handy. Focus on each and every question individually. Check and see whether you're able to do that or not. Remember that you can't afford to lose any marks since CAT has negative marking. Don't attempt the ones you are unsure about at all. This is the damage that you have to prevent yourselves from doing.

Prepare with the best.

Use the best study materials to prepare for CAT. There are plenty of good books which will prepare you to solve the questions in a snap. Believe it or not, there is a formula to solve each and every type of question in seconds. So, keep practicing and find the best books in the business. Ah! Alright, I will give you one of the great books to prepare from. It's Fastrack Arithmetic by Arihant Publications.

Use breaks while studying.

It's an old saying that "All work and no play makes jack a dull boy." Hence, it is good to keep your mind in this game. Give your mind the time to recharge. Reward yourselves with your favourite food or activity. Scientifically, this creates a habit of performing well knowing that you get rewarded after every achievement. This will help you to keep yourselves keep competitive.

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 2019 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: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension.

Exam duration: Candidates will be provided 3 hours to complete the CAT 2019 exam 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 2019 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 a high score in every sections as there is also a sectional score cut off in IIMs for shortlisting.

CAT Exam Pattern
Mode Online i.e. Computer-based Test (CBT)
Question Type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ's)
Duration 3 Hours or 180 Minutes
Total Marks 100
Marking Scheme  +3 Marks for Correct Answers-1 for Wrong Answers
Medium English 

CAT Exam Registration

Online CAT 2019 Application Form will roll out on August 5, 2019. The last date to apply for CAT 2019 will be September 20, 2019. Application Process will be available online on the official website iimcat.ac.in.

CAT Online Registration Form Facts:

The CAT 2019 Registration form is a 5-page document. Following are some facts related to CAT Registration Form:

  • The application process for CAT every year will be available for a minimum of 45 days.
  • Once a candidate registers for CAT 2019, IIM Kozhikode (conducting authority) 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.  

Documents Required to fill the CAT 2019 Application form:

The following documents are required to fill the CAT Application 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?

The application process of CAT 2019 is a four-step procedure which is mentioned below:

Step 1: Registration:

Go to the official website www.iimcat.ac.in. 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 details like personal details, contact information, academic details, work experience, program preference and exam centre preference for the CAT 2019 Application Form completion.

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.

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:

CAT Application Fee
Category Fee (INR)
General/OBC 1900/-
PWD 900/-
SC/ST 900/-

Application Form

On successful completion of application process an email, a pop-up message on the screen and a message on the registered mobile number will be 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.

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 iimcat.ac.in

Step 2: Navigate to the CAT 2019 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 CAT 2019 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.

Step 6: The stamped and signed MOU (2 copies), Application Form (single copy) in original and other hard copies of documents as specified along with Application Form must be sent duly filled into Admissions Office of IIM Kozhikode to its address given below:

CAT Centre, C/o Admissions Office, Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode 
IIMK Campus P. O., 
Kozhikode, Kerala, India, 
PIN - 673 570 

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

Reservation Statistics

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

CAT Reservation
Category Reservation (in %)
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5
Non-Creamy–Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC) 27
People with Disability/Disabilities (PwD) 3
Total 52.5

CAT 2019 Admit Card:

CAT 2019 Admit Card will be available for download on the official website October 24, 2019 onwards. The admit card will be considered as hall ticket. The CAT 2019 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. Candidates can also find the Google map link on their admit card to locate their CAT 2019 exam centre.

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: cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in

Documents Required to be carried along with Admit Card

The following documents are needed that a student will need to carry with himself/herself along with CAT hall ticket. Only one out of the below Photo ID proofs is needed by the candidate at the time of appearing for the CAT.

  • Aadhaar Card
  • Voter ID Card
  • Passport
  • PAN Card
  • Driving License
  • Photo ID issued by current education institute or the employer.

IIM CAT Result:

IIM Kozhikode 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.

After the CAT 2019 Result are announced, different institutes will start publishing their CAT 2019 Cut-off percentiles for further processes. The step-wise process to obtain CAT result 2019 is given below:

  1. Visit the official website.
  2. Navigate to click on the "Download CAT 2019 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

The table below provides some statistics of CAT 2017 Exam. This exam had 20 perfect scorers out of the total 1.99 lac candidates. This will let you know how competitive the CAT exam is.

CAT 2017 Stats
Total candidates who appeared for the exam 1.99 lacs
Perfect scorers 20
Non-engineers in top 20 3
Women in the top 20 2
Total female candidates 78,009
Total seats offered in IIMs 4,000

CAT Percentile Predictor

CAT 2019 Results will be announced on January 7, 2020. Candidates can download their scorecard from the official website. Candidates can predict their percentile using the CAT Percentile Predictor. This will help them to target the specific colleges for admission.

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).

CAT Cut off

Minimum percentile required to clear CAT Cutoff for different sections are provided below. Previous year CAT cut off can be very helpful to the students to plan carefully for the current year's exam.

CAT Minimum Percentile
Category VRC DILR QA Overall
General 70 70 70 80
NC-OBC 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PWD 60 60 60 7

CAT 2019 Counselling

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

Counselling Date: The CAT Counselling process will start from January 22, 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 & WAT Candidates are shortlisted based on:

CAT Exam Weightage
CAT Score 28
Xth standard Marks 10
XIIth standard Marks 10
Total 50 (48 + 2 Gender Diversity Factor)

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

CAT Final Weightage
Particulars Weightage
CAT Score 15
Personal Interview 24
Written Ability Test (WAT) 5
Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor's Degree (ADFB) 2
Work Experience 4

Courses Offered by IIMs in 2019 after CAT

Following are the courses offered at the prestigious IIMs to the candidates which qualify CAT with flying colours.

Courses Offered by IIMs after CAT
Institutions Programmes
IIM Ahmedabad PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP
IIM Amritsar PGP
IIM Bangalore PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM
IIM Bodh Gaya PGP
IIM Calcutta PGP-PGDM
IIM Indore PGP (Indore, Mumbai), EPGP, PGP-HRM
IIM Jammu PGP
IIM Kashipur PGP, EPGP
IIM Kozhikode PGP
IIM Lucknow PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM
IIM Nagpur PGP
IIM Raipur PGP, PGPWE
IIM Ranchi PGDM, PGDHRM
IIM Rohtak PGP, EPGP, EPGPX
IIM Sambalpur PGP
IIM Shillong PGP, PGPEX
IIM Sirmur PGP
IIM Tiruchirappalli PGP, PGPBM
IIM Udaipur PGP
IIM Vishakapatnam PGP

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. IIMs which provide the FPM and EFPM are compiled below in the table.

FPM and EFPM courses at IIMs
Institutions Programmes
IIM Ahmedabad FPM
IIM Amritsar FPM
IIM Bangalore FPM
IIM Calcutta FPM
IIM Indore FPM
IIM Kashipur FPM & EFPM
IIM Kozhikode FPM
IIM Kozhikode FPM
IIM Raipur FPM & EFPM
IIM Ranchi FPM
IIM Rohtak FPM
RGIIM Shillong FPM
IIM Tiruchirappalli FPM
IIM Udaipur FPM

CAT Registration Trend over the years

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

CAT Exam Trends
Year Approximate Number of Registration
2010 2,04,000
2011 2,05,000
2012 2,14,000
2013 1,95,000
2014 1,97,000
2015 2,19,000
2016 2,32,000
2017 2,31,000
2018 2,40,338

CAT 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 the 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. The cutoff for different IIMs is enumerated below:

CAT 2018 Interview Cutoff
Institute Interview Cut Off Percentile Cut off percentile for admission
IIM Ahmedabad 96 90
IIM Ranchi 96 90
IIM Raipur 96 90
IIM Trichy 96 90
IIM Udaipur 1 90

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 mark sheet 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 only write the exam in the specified 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 2019 exam scheduled? 

Ans. It is scheduled on November 24, 2019. 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 2019

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 2019 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. What is the minimum percentage required to be eligible for the CAT 2019?

Ans. A bachelor’s degree from a recognized institute is compulsory and mandatory for writing the CAT 2019  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. The admit card of CAT 2019  can be downloaded on and after October 24, 2019. The candidates can download it from the official website. 

Q. If I lose my hall ticket at the exam centre, can I still be able to appear for the exam?

Ans. Yes, you can download the admit card 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. Candidates are prohibited from carrying anything except admit card and the photo ID. A pen and 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 travelling 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 centre?

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 this right, that the 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 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 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 2019 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 2019 application Form:

  1. Open the official CAT 2019 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 2019 ?

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:

Doc Size Specified format
Recent passport size photograph not more than 80KB 30mmX 45mm .jpg or .jpeg. minimum resolution of 150 px/ inch.
Signature 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: cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in.

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 2019?

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

Section QA DI & LR QA
Number of questions 34 32 34
MCQs 24 24 27
Non- MCQ 10 8 7

Q. What are the most important points and exam tips regarding CAT  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 Exam Important News

Impoortant news related to CAT is given below:

  1. Starting in 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.
  2. Good news! You can now predict your probable CAT percentile and estimate the rank accordingly, with the help of CAT Percentile Predictor.
  3. For the 6 old IIMs (B, L, A, C, K, I), there will not be any centralized counselling.
  4. The GD has been replaced with a commonly 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.
  5. Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) is the latest addition to the list of Non-IIMs accepting CAT 2019 Score for admissions to its PG Management programmes.

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Colleges which accept [CAT]


Want to get in ?
Parshuramtn
Bachelor of Engineering [BE], batch of 2020
10 Jul 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
5/10

80000 for admission 

Cet will be the entrance examination

Cutoff depends upon category my category is Cat-1 i got 827 cet ranking



Want to get in ?
Nandini
Bachelor of Design [B.Des], batch of 2022
23 Jun 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
7/10

First of all, to get in NIFT we have to fill up the form which generally comes in the month of October every year and we have to be at least 10+2 passed for the exam. For the entrance test, we have three phases to get in nift, first of all, we have to give Cat that is creative ability test and gat general ability test in this will be asked about some questions to draw and its of 100 marks and then we will have a general ability test in which it's asked about current affairs, reasoning, English etc,the basic,and this exam is generally happened during jan-feb of every year and the result for the first phase will come during March and we will get selected if you have given your exam nicely then will go for the second test that is situation test and in this we will have material and they give us some topic to make the model and the write up part time given is less you have to be Abit fast and after this test our both the test marks are calculated and total marks are given outof 100 and you will have your own common merit rank and category rank which helps you in counselling where you will be called according to your rank and you allowed to choose centre and department according to availability.



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Vradhi
Master of Business Administration [MBA] (Marketing Management), batch of 2018
22 Jun 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
5/10

For applying in BIT for MBA program you need to take MAT, CAT, CMAT etc exam and if you're shortlisted then you will be called for group discussion and personal interview. But first of all, you need to complete your graduation this is the basic eligibility criteria for an MBA program. I gave MAT exam and scored 75% and got shortlisted and after that cleared group discussion and personal interview and got selected. At least you need to score 75% to get selected in any college through MAT.



Want to get in ?
Sakshi
Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2020
21 Jun 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  1. Any entrance exam you can give like CMAT, CAT, MAT.
  2. I gave CMAT exam.
  3. Normal average marks


Want to get in ?
Ajmal
Master of Business Administration [MBA] (Production and Operations Management Systems), batch of 2020
10 Jun 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
  1. 50% above in Under Graduation and admission procedure is get the marks cards to the university and the counselors will help in the admission procedure.
  2. MAT or CAT
  3. 50 % marks required in Under Graduation degree


Want to get in ?
Devipriya
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2020
10 Jun 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
9/10

Admission is based on the management exam scores ( CAT, MAT, XAT). Also 10th, 12th and graduation marks are considered. I took CAT, MAT and XAT and my admission was based on my XAT score. For 10th, 12th and graduation the typical cutoff is 50%.



Want to get in ?
Subrat
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2018
05 Jun 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
6/10

For getting into alliance school of business you need to give some entrance test like CAT, MAT, CMAT, NMAT etc..

if you have not given any of these entrances then also alliance is conducting their own entrance examinations so by giving those exams also you can get into the college.

their cutoffs are changing year by year in 2018 the cat cutoff was around 55-60 %.

 

 



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Vipul
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2020
22 May 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process

MHT CET, CAT, MAT these are exams cut off approach 60 percentile for admission. Hard studies required



Want to get in ?
Ravi
Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2016
22 May 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
10/10

Woxsen used to consider 4 parameters for selection:

1. Entrance examination: CAT, MAT, NMAT, CMAT

2. Writing ability

3. Overall profile - Marks in major exams and extra-curricular activities

4. Interview performance

The interview panel used to comprise of industry leaders and/or IIM pass-outs. The interview itself was a great experience.



Want to get in ?
Konsam
Master of Business Administration [MBA] (Marketing), batch of 2020
22 May 2019
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
8/10

The eligibility for MBA is any graduation passed with the minimum scored of 55%.

I took the JET Exam which was conducted in college itself.

the typical cutoffs for MBA ARE CAT, MAT, GMAT, JET etc



Discussion Forum



Q
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,

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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.


Q
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,

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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.


Q
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,

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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.


Q
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,

A
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.


Q
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,

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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.


Q
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,

A
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.


Q
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,

A
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:

http://www.getmyuni.com/colleges-accepting-cat-score-in-india


Q
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,

A
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.


Q
When and how do I register for CAT 2017?

When should I register for the CAT Exam 2017?

Asked By: Prabhu K,

A
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.


Q
FEE for the CAT EXAM 2017

What is the fee for the CAT exam 2017?

Asked By: Anuj L,

A
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.


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