CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria

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

CAT Eligibility Overview

No Restriction.
Bachelor degree. General: 50% aggregate. SC/ST/ PwD: 45% aggregate.
Seats Reserved: SC-15%, ST- 5% NC-OBC-27%, PwD-3%.

CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria 2019

Before applying for the CAT 2019 Candidates should check the CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria set by the IIMs. All the details of the eligibility criteria are described below. If a person has satisfied all the mentioned criteria then he or she may read the CAT Syllabus and begin his or her preparation.

Criteria Description

 Number of Attempts

No Limit

Minimum Qualification

Graduation with 50% - General/ OBC-NC

Graduation with 45% - SC/ST/ PWD


CA/CS/ICWA Degree with 50% - General/ OBC-NC

CA/CS/ICWA Degree with 45% - SC/ST/ PWD

Final Year Candidates

Will be Admitted on a Provisional Basis if Qualified.

Age Limit

No Limit

CAT Exam Eligibility based on Qualification

CAT Exam can be taken by students who possess a certain qualified degree from certain registered universities.

Qualification University Percentage Required

Engineering Degree – B.Tech/ BE

Recognized by



45% - SC/ ST/ PWD

Bachelor’s Degree from any University

Recognized by UGC


45% - SC/ ST/ PWD

Final Year Candidates

Continuing Graduation from a University Recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE/ UGC /AMICE 


45% - SC/ ST/ PWD

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Technology of 4-years duration completed after 10+2 or Post B.Sc. or Post Diploma.
  • Candidates with CA/CS/ICWA degree recognized by ICAI, ICSI, and ICMAI.
  • Qualification equivalent to 3 years bachelor’s degree recognized by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.
  • A degree equivalent to a bachelor degree in Engineering and Technology of Professional Societies recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE such as AMIE by Institution of Engineers, India or AMICE by Institute of Civil Engineers of India.
  • A candidate with any other qualification not listed here can also apply but they will have to produce an equivalency certificate issued by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.
  • If you are a student of foreign origin and aspiring to take CAT Exam 2019, you are allowed to attempt the CAT, considering you satisfy all the above-mentioned eligibility criteria.

CAT Exam Eligibility for Final Year Students


Eligibility Criteria


For Post-Graduation Programmes in IIMs

Shortlisted CAT 2019 candidates will be able to take part in CAT 2019 Admission Process on a provisional basis only if they submit a certificate, stating they have completed all the requirements (the results may, however, be awaited) for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/ equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate.

CAT 2019 Admission for Post-Graduation Programmes in IIMs will be confirmed only after the original mark sheet and degree certificate of having passed the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification referred to in the certificate issued by Principal/Registrar of their college/institute is submitted. 

Must have obtained at least 50% marks or equivalent to be eligible for CAT 2019. They must submit a photocopy of the mark sheets and degree certificate.

For B-Schools

CAT 2019 Candidates should show an original certificate from the Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar/Director of the University/Institution certifying that they have obtained 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of reserved category) based on latest available grades/marks.

Candidates should submit a set of photocopy of the original certificates at the time of CAT 2019 Interview.

  • If you are a student of foreign origin and studying in the final year of your graduation or post graduation, and aspiring to take CAT 2019, you can fill the CAT 2019 form. If one satisfies all the above-mentioned final year of UG or PG eligibility criteria, as notified by the conducting authority one can apply for the exam.

CAT Exam Reservation scheme

  • Reserved Seats: For CAT 2019, Reserved seats are 52.5% of the total seats.

    CAT 2019 Reserved seats 

    Scheduled Caste (SC)

    15% of the total seats.

    Scheduled Tribes (ST)

     7.5% of the total seats.

    Physically Disabled

     3% of the total seats.


     27% of the total seats.

CAT Exam CGPA-Percentage Conversion

  • CGPA calculation: To convert your CGPA  to Percentage, you have to first Divide your CGPA by maximum possible CGPA and then multiply it with 100. This can be used to check CAT 2019 Eligibility in absence of any percentage conversion scheme in the University.
  • Percentage Conversion: If your university already provides the result of graduation and post graduation degree in the percentage format then, the percentage must be calculated on the basis of conversion schemes followed by the concerned university/institution.

CAT 2019 Percentage to CGPA

  • Final year students: CAT 2019 Applicants in the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to fill the CAT Application Form 2019.

CAT Exam Eligibility Key Points

  • Age: There are no criteria for CAT 2019 Age Limit. The individual of any age can appear for the CAT 2019 Exam.
  • Shortlisting: Just fulfilling the CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria will not ensure the Short Listing by the CAT 2019 IIMs.
  • Percentile: The CAT 2019 Percentile or CAT 2019 Score will be used to shortlist the candidates and the CAT 2019 Rank List will be updated.

CAT 2019 Eligibility for Work Experience:

  • It is not mandatory for candidates to hold any prior work experience.
  • Although CAT Application Form does ask for it, it not a necessary condition to fulfill.
  • It must be noted that at the time of final selection, this work experience may be given some weightage by some IIMs. However, the exact weightage never revealed and it varies from one IIM to another.
  • The bottom line is that work experience does not come into play till the last stage of final selection and even then it does not play a deciding factor.
  • IIMs have been known to have a mixed batch comprising of both fresh graduates and students with work experience. 

CAT 2019 Number of Seats in IIMs

CAT Exam Seats Available

IIMs Seat offered (Expected) Official Website 

IIM, Ahmedabad


IIM, Amritsar


IIM, Bangalore


IIM, Bodh Gaya


IIM, Calcutta


IIM, Indore


IIM, Kashipur


IIM, Kozhikode


IIM, Lucknow


IIM, Nagpur


IIM, Raipur


IIM, Ranchi


IIM, Rohtak


IIM, Shillong


IIM, Trichy


IIM, Udaipur


IIM, Visakhapatnam


IIM, Jammu


IIM, Sambalpur


IIM, Sirmaur


Institute wise CAT Cutoff in percentile:

CAT Exam Cutoff

Name of the IIM

CAT Cut off in Percentile

 IIM, Ahmedabad


IIM, Bangalore


IIM, Calcutta


IIM, Lucknow


IIM, Rohtak


IIM, Kozhikode


IIM, Indore


IIM, Trichy


IIM, Raipur



Q. I have completed my Bachelor's degree should I produce my overall percentage of marks as per university standards?

  • Ans: According to CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria, you must submit your overall percentage of marks as per your university norms or standards.

Q. I am in my Final year, so what marks should I enter in the Application Form?

  • Ans: As per CAT Exam Eligibility, you should enter the total mark percentage available on the last mark sheet that you received from the university for your previous semester exam.

Q. Is there an age limit for someone aspiring to take CAT Exam?

  • Ans: No, as per CAT Criteria, there is no age limit for a candidate appearing for CAT Exam.


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Discussion Forum

Eligibility criteria for CAT 2017.

What is the eligibility criteria to attempt the CAT exam 2017?

Asked By: Ashok M,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The eligibility criteria to get enrolled in CAT 2017 are: 

  • To be eligible, the applicant must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised institution with minimum 50% marks or an equivalent CGPA (45% for SC, ST and PWD/DA category) in her/his bachelor's.
  • Students in the final year are eligible for CAT 2017, followed by some CAT Eligibility qualification criteria.
  • Percentage obtained in bachelor’s degree is calculated on the basis of conversion schemes followed by the concerned university/institution. In the case of grades/CGPA, the conversion would depend on the equivalent certificate awarded by the concerned university/institution and that score can be used to satisfy CAT eligibility.
  • In absence of any percentage conversion scheme, candidate’s CGPA is divided by maximum possible CGPA and the result is multiplied by 100 and that is used to check CAT eligibility.
  • Applicants appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to appear for CAT.

Only once the candidate has satisfied the CAT Eligibility will he/she be eligible to appear for CAT.

Eligibity Criteria

Who is eligible to take the test?

Asked By: Arjun Kapoor,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The candidate interested to take up CAT should,

  • hold a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 50% or equivalent CGPA
  • candidates belonging from SC or ST or OBC or any reserved category have 45% minimumum marks
  • candidates appearing for  final year of Bachelor's degree can also apply

Age limit for CAT Exam.

What is the age limit to appear for CAT Exam?

Asked By: Stanley Fernandez,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

There is no age-limit to take CAT Exam.

Reservations for Physically Challenged candidates

Are there any reservations for Physically Challenged candidates in CAT?

Asked By: Vivek Ajith,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes, there is. The board has set apart 3% of the total qualified candidates to the Physically Challenged ones.

Eligibility criteria for CAT

I have not completed any graduation course but I am in the final year of a professional course, am I eligible for CAT 2016?

Asked By: Sushant Kumar,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise
  • Yes, you are. Just make sure you clear your final year with the required percentile to be eligible for admission.

In case of eyesight disability

Is there any condition for scribe being used by a blind student?

Asked By: Sakshar Mathur,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise
  • There are no conditions for scribe being used by a blind student. The candidate must indicate the use of scribe/reader in the CAT application form. And the candidates are advised to arrange the scribe/ reader by themselves.