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CAT 2019: Registration, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Pattern, Syllabus, Cut Off

CAT 2018 Notification has been released on July 29th 2018. Common Admission Test (CAT 2018) will be conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) on a rotation basis. It will be organized for providing admission to various management courses offered by the IIMs. CAT (Common Admission Test) is a national level examination. On the basis of CAT score, Applicants can also get admission into other management colleges. This year, it will be regulated by IIM, Calcutta. In this article page, we have mentioned complete information about CAT 2019 registration, application form, exam dates, eligibility, syllabus, exam pattern.

CAT 2019 Notifications – Released

CAT 2018 Examination will be conducted on November 25th, 2018. Check here for other dates.

CAT 2019 Exam Date

Check here official dates of the CAT 2019 examination. Other dates will be updated soon:

Events Dates
Notification Release July 29th 2018
Online Registration Starts August 8th 2018
Last date for Registration September 19th 2018
Application Correction Starts 4th week of September 2018
Admit Card Downloading Starts 24th October 2018 onwards
Mock Test 3rd week of October 2018
CAT Aptitude Test 25th November 2018
Cut Off Release Last week of November 2018
Answer Key Release 1st week of December 2018
Result Announcement 2nd week of January 2019

CAT Registration 2019

In this section, Applicants can get information about CAT 2019 registration details such as starting date, fee, documents, etc.

The registration window for the exam will be opened from the August 8th 2018 through online mode.

Applicants will register for exam till the September 19th 2018.

Upload your images (Photogrpah Dimension: 30mm X 45mm, Size: not more than 80KB) and (Signature Dimension: 80mm X 35mm, Size: not more than 80KB) in a JPG/JPEG format.

At the time of registration, Applicants must upload their category certificate (If belong to NC-OBC/SC/ST/PwD category).

During registration, Applicants also have to fill choices of four test cities as per their preferences.

Take a print copy of CAT application form 2019 for further use.

Registration Fee:

Applicants can pay the registration fee through online payment modes.

The online payment modes are credit cards (Visa/Master/Amex/Diners Club), debit cards (Visa / Master / Rupay), net banking and Cash Card & Wallet.

The application fee details are given below:

Category Fee
All other categories Rs. 1900 + Transaction Procession Fee
SC, ST and PwD Rs. 950 + Transaction Procession Fee

Check Here – How to Fill CAT 2019 Application Form

Application Correction:

The institution will provide the correction facility in the application. All correction related details are mentioned below:

Applicants can make a correction in the application in the fourth week of September 2018 through online mode.

The CAT 2019 application correction will be done only in some particulars.

Last year, the correction will be allowed only in some personal details such as address, category, gender, work experience, educational information, interview city preference, exam city preferences, etc.

If Applicants have made mistake in personal details, other personal details, communication address, uploaded documents, then they have to register again with a new email ID.

Applicants will do the correction through User ID & password.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019

The detailed CAT eligibility 2019 is given here:

Age Criteria:

There will be no age restriction for taking the CAT examination.

Qualification Criteria:

Qualifying Exam: Applicants must have a bachelor’s or its equivalent degree.

Minimum Marks: Pass the above exam with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% marks for SC/ST/PwD categories).

Appearing Applicants of the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination can also apply.

Applicants, those possess an equivalent examination recognized by the MHRD, Government of India (including AMICE of the Institution of Civil Engineers (India) as an equivalent qualification) can also apply.

CAT Exam Pattern 2019

Applicants, check this section to know complete details about CAT exam pattern:

Exam Mode: The examination will be digital or Computer Based Test (CBT).

Session: The examination will be held in two sessions.

Duration: The duration of the examination will be 180 minutes (3 hours).

Type of Questions: In the examination, objective & subjective type questions will be asked.

Number of Questions: Total 100 questions will be asked in the examination.

Marking Scheme: For the correct answer, three marks will be allotted to the Applicants.

Negative Marking: The will be no negative marks for subjective type questions, For MCQs type question, one mark will be deducted for the wrong answer.

Sections Subjects Time Allotted Number of Questions Total Marks
Section I Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 60 minutes 34 102
Section II Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 60 minutes 32 96
Section III Quantitative Ability 60 minutes 34 102
Total 180 minutes 100 300

CAT Syllabus 2019

There will be no prescribed syllabus for the CAT 2019 examination. Applicants can prepare for the examination as per the sections, i.e. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning & Quantitative Ability. The detailed CAT 2019 syllabus are given below:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC):

Reading Comprehension: It includes comprehension passages of medium length, carrying 250 to 500 words. The question will be asked direct and inferential.

English Usage: It includes questions from grammar and verbal reasoning such as Fill in the blanks, Grammar, Sentence Correction, Verbal Reasoning, Synonyms, Antonyms, etc.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR):

Data Interpretation: Bar Graph, Data Sufficiency, Combination of Graphs, Line Graph, Caselet, Pie Chart, Tables, etc,

Logical Reasoning: Blood Relations, Binary Logic, Matching Puzzles, Clocks and Calendars, Seating Arrangement, Family Tree, Proposition, Venn Diagram, Statements, Sets, Syllogism, etc.

Mathematics or Quantitative Ability (QA):

Number System, Algebra, Geometry, Higher Maths, Arithmetic, Modern Mathematics, Mensuration, Trigonometry, etc.

CAT Preparation Tips

Applicants should check some CAT preparation tips & tricks for How to prepare for CAT exam:

  • Firstly, understand the exam pattern & syllabus by going through previous years question papers & official guidelines.
  • Study from the reliable study material & CAT books.
  • Make short notes on short tricks & important topics.
  • Avoid unhealthy food/drinks and stay fit & healthy.
  • Try to solve one online mock test every day.
  • Revise each section of the exam within a week.

Click here to view more FAQs on CAT 2018

CAT Admit Card 2019

Applicants will download their admit card in the October 24th, 2018. For some more information, Applicants can check this section.

  • The CAT 2019 admit card will be issued through online mode only.
  • Applicants will get the CAT hall ticket only after by entering their USER ID & Password.
  • There will be no offline mode to get the admit card.
  • On the day of the exam, Applicants should bring a valid admit card along with one photo ID proof.

CAT Cut Off 2019

The admission to management programme will be based on CAT 2019 Cut Off marks. Check here cut off releasing date, mode, previous year cut off etc.

  • The cut off will be released after a few days of examination through online mode in the last week of November 2018.
  • The cut off will be announced as per the categories, sections & IIMs.

Check last year cut off marks below:

Institutions Categories
General NC-OBC SC ST DA/PwD
IIM, Ahmedabad 80 75 70 60 70
IIM, Bangalore 90 80 75 75 75
IIM, Calcutta >90 >85 >70 >70 >70
IIM, Kozhikode 90 80 65 55 55
IIM, Indore 90 80 60 50 50

CAT Answer Keys 2019

The answer key along with CAT question paper will be published in the first week of December 2018. Applicants will get the CAT 2019 answer key only through online mode on the website.

Applicants will challenge the answer key by filling objection form & submit it till the last date. The answer key & question paper can be checked through login by using user ID & password.

CAT Result 2019

The result details including releasing date, mode, score card, etc are given here:

  • Applicants will view their results in the second week of January 2019.
  • The list of shortlisted Applicants for the next level of selection will be published through online mode on the website.
  • CAT score card 2019 will be available through online mode on the official website.
  • The Institution will also intimate the individual Applicants by SMS.
  • The scorecard will be valid for one year
  • Applicants can download the scorecard by entering User ID & Password.

CAT 2019 Admission Procedure

There will be no centralized counselling conducted by the Institution.

Each Institution has its own eligibility & admission criteria (including academic cut-offs and relative weights) for admission into management courses.

Each IIM will send interview call letters to the shortlisted Applicants directly. The selection criteria for shortlisting vary from IIM to IIM.

After qualifying CAT exam, Applicants have to appear in the Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) & Personal Interviews (PI) rounds.

The admission will be given on the basis of Applicant’s previous academic performance, relevant work experience & short-listing of Applicants.


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