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CAT 2019 Notification, Exam Date, Registration, Eligibility, Fees, Syllabus, Test Centers

CAT 2019 Exam Notification

CAT 2019 Notification: Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will be released the notification for the CAT (Common Admission Test) 2019 in newspapers across the country on July 28th, 2019 (Sunday). The test will be held on November 24th, 2019. The registration for CAT 2019 will open on August 7th, 2019 and will close on September 18th, 2019. CAT 2019, the entrance examination which is being held for admission to premier management institutes in the country, will be conducted in test centers spread across approximately 156 cities. IIM Kozhikode is the coordinating institute of the test this year.

List of IIMs – Indian Institutes of Management Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Bodh Gaya, Calcutta, Indore, Jammu, Kashipur, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Nagpur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Sambalpur, Shillong, Sirmaur, Tiruchirappalli, Udaipur, Visakhapatnam.

CAT 2019 Important Dates

  • Registration opens: August 07th, 2019 (10:00 am)
  • Registration closes: September 18th, 2019 (5:00 pm)
  • Admit card download: October 23rd, – November 24th, 2019
  • CAT 2019 Test Date: November 24th, 2019
  • CAT 2019 Result declaration: 2nd week of January 2020 (Tentative)

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IIMs Programme Offered

The Indian Institutes of Management will conduct a computer-based Common Admission Test 2019 (CAT 2019) on Sunday, November 24th, 2019 in two sessions. CAT 2019 will be conducted by IIMs as a pre-requisite for admission to various management programs of IIMs. These programs are:

A. Post Graduate Programmes in Management (PGP)



Website Addresses

IIM Ahmedabad


IIM Amritsar


IIM Bangalore


IIM Bodh Gaya


IIM Calcutta


IIM Indore


IIM Jammu


IIM Kashipur


IIM Kozhikode

PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, EPGP (Kochi Campus & IL)

IIM Lucknow


IIM Nagpur


IIM Raipur


IIM Ranchi


IIM Rohtak


IIM Sambalpur


RGIIM Shillong


IIM Sirmaur


IIM Tiruchirappalli


IIM Udaipur


IIM Visakhapatnam


B. Fellow Programmes in Management (FPM) (Doctoral)

Institutes Programmes
IIM Ahmedabad PhD
IIM Amritsar FPM
IIM Bangalore FPM
IIM Bodh Gaya PhD (FPM)
IIM Calcutta Doctoral
IIM lndore FPM
IIM Kashipur FPM, EFPM
IIM Kozhikode FPM
IIM Lucknow FPM
IIM Ranchi PhD, EPhD
IIM Sambalpur PhD
RGIIM Shillong FPM
IIM Sirmaur PhD
IIM Tiruchirappalli FPM
IIM Udaipur PhD
IIM Visakhapatnam FPM

Separate advertisements may appear for programs other than PGP, specific to each participating IIM.

Before a prospective Applicant makes a decision to appear for CAT 2019, he/she must visit the website and/or read the programme advertisement of the concerned IIM and specific programmes to ensure accurate and updated information on the programmes he/she wants to apply for, including eligibility requirements and admission processes.

The CAT 2019 scores are allowed to be used by listed non-IIM member institutions. The list of non-IIM member institutions that have registered to avail of the CAT 2019 scores is provided at Please note that IIMs have no role in the selection process of non-IIM institutions.

CAT Registration 2019

The CAT 2019 registration window opens on August 7th, 2019 and will close at 5:00 p.m. on September 18th, 2019. The details will be available in the registration guide.

At the time of registration, the Applicants have to select any four test cities, as per their preference, from a drop-down menu. After the last date of registration, Applicants will be allotted one among the four preferred cities subject to availability. In the rare case that an Applicant is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted a nearby city. The applicants can download the admit cards from October 23rd, 2019 until November 24th, 2019.

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CAT 2019 Registration Fee

  • Rs.950/- for SC, ST and PwD Applicants.
  • Rs.1900/- for all other Applicants.

Please note that an Applicant needs to pay the registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for. SC, ST and PwD Applicants must upload a copy of their SC/ST/PwD certificates at the time of registration. Fees once paid cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

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CAT 2019 Eligibility

The Applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of Applicants belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognised by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. The percentage of marks obtained by the Applicant would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In the case of grades/CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/Institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the Applicant’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100.

Applicants appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such Applicants, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their University/Institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate. IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process.

For more details on eligibility, Applicants are advised to visit the “CAT 2019 Eligibility” section of the CAT website.

Applicants must note that the mere fulfillment of the minimum eligibility criteria would not ensure consideration for shortlisting by IIMs.

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Applicants can check the CAT exam pattern from below:

  • Exam Mode: This exam will be organized in a digital or Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • Exam Duration: The total exam duration will be 180 minutes. Sixty minutes duration has been allotted to complete each section.
  • Type of Question: The questions will be multiple choice type and subjective type.
  • Number of Question: The question paper will comprise of total 100 questions.
  • Marking Scheme: Three marks will be awarded for each correct answer.
  • Negative Marking: For multiple-choice questions, one mark will be deducted for a wrong answer and for questions other than MCQs no marks will be deducted.
Section No. of Question Duration Total Marks
Quantitative Ability 34 60 Min 102
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 34 60 Min 102
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 60 Min 96
Total 100 180 Min 300

CAT Syllabus

There will be not any such fixed syllabus for CAT examination.

  • Applicants may attempt the mock test to understand the syllabus and exam pattern.
  • The CAT syllabus will comprise of four sections, i.e. Quantitative Ability or Mathematics, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & English and Logical Reasoning.
  • Questions will be asked from the above-mentioned topics.
  • To score better in the examination, students are advised to consider the whole syllabus for exam preparations.

How to Prepare for CAT

  • Correct strategy & time schedule is the key to crack any exam.
  • Prepare a proper timetable according to your daily schedule and manage your time equally for all the subjects.
  • Gather all the details about the syllabus and cover every single topic in your preparation.
  • Find out the best CAT books and study materials for CAT preparations.
  • Practice from previous year question papers will help you to know more about the exam pattern.
  • Take a healthy & nutritious diet and do exercise & yoga it will help you to remain physically fit.

CAT 2019 Reservation

As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) Applicants, 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) Applicants, 27% for Other Backward Classes Applicants belonging to the “Non-Creamy” layer (NC-OBC), up to 10% for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) Applicants and 5% for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD).

As defined in the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016), “Person with Benchmark Disability” means a person with not less than forty percent (40%) of a specified disability where the specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and includes a person with a disability where the specified disability has been defined in measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority.

 “Specified disability” means the disabilities as specified in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016.

The categories of disability are:

  • blindness and low vision,
  • deaf and hard of hearing,
  • locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy,
  • autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and mental illness, and
  • multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d)
  • other ‘specified disabilities’ mentioned in ‘The Schedule’ of the RPwD Act 2016.

For the purpose of being considered for reservation, the applicable Central Government list as on the last date of CAT registration shall be binding. No subsequent changes will be effective for CAT 2019 and any subsequent selection process of the IIMs.

The Applicants belonging to the reserved categories need to also note the eligibility requirements carefully before applying. It should be noted that while it is the endeavor of IIMs that the Applicants belonging to SC/ST/NC-OBC/EWS/PwD categories join the program in proportions mandated by the law, they have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria and a certain minimum level of performance to be considered for the admission process. The Applicants should read the updated description of the selection process followed by each IIM on their respective websites.

No change in the category will be entertained after CAT registration; hence, applicants are advised to pay attention while registering.

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CAT 2019 Test Centers

CAT will be conducted in centers spread across around 156 test cities. Test cities will be mentioned on the CAT website and the name of the test center will be indicated in the Admit Card.

IIMs reserve the right to change or cancel any test center/city and/or change the test time and date at their discretion.


Applicant’s CAT 2019 scorecards will be made accessible on the CAT website. Applicants may also be intimated individually by SMS. The CAT results are likely to be declared by the 2nd week of January 2020. The CAT 2019 score is valid only till December 31st, 2020 and will accordingly be accessible on the website. Thereafter, no queries related to the issuance of CAT 2019 scorecards will be entertained.

CAT 2019 Admission Process

Please note that each IIM is independent to mandate their own eligibility criteria (including academic cut-offs and relative weights) and follow different selection processes. Performance in the CA

2019 examination is an important component for consideration in the selection process. IIMs may also use the previous academic performance of the Applicants, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short-listing of Applicants at various stages of the selection process. For more information, refer to the admissions policies of individual IIMs on their respective websites.


Instances of any incorrect information or process violation detected at any stage of the selection process will lead to immediate disqualification of the Applicant from the selection process and he/she will not be allowed to appear for CAT in future. If such instances go undetected during the current selection process but are detected in subsequent years, such disqualification will take place with retrospective effect.

Applicants must retain this Information Bulletin for future reference. Any dispute concerning CAT 2019 would be subject to the jurisdiction of the competent courts within the territorial jurisdiction of the city of Kochi only.

Important Note: Applicants must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a mobile phone number throughout the selection process.

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