CAT 2019 - This article is all about CAT 2019, including CAT eligibility criteria, registration dates, application process, syllabus, exam pattern, question paper, books, preparation tips, admit card, result, cutoff etc. The Common Admission Test, popularly known as CAT is a management entrance examination conducted by the IIMs on a rotational basis. The official notification of CAT 2019 will be released in the month of July, 2019 (last Saturday of the month, i.e. July 27, 2019). It will be in this notification that candidates will get to know about CAT exam date. CAT 2019 Exam is likely to be held on the lst week of November 2019. CAT is the most sought-after yet competitive MBA entrance exam of India is taken by around 2 lakhs management aspirants every year. CAT 2019 score is accepted by all the 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools across India. CAT 2018 was conducted on November 25, 2018 in two slots at 374 centres across 147 cities of the country. The computer-based exam (online) is conducted for a duration of 180 minutes with three timed sections, namely VARC, DILR, and QA carrying a total of 300 marks. Around 4,000 seats are offered through 20 IIMs for PG management programmes. Last year, the application fee of CAT had been increased to Rs. 1900 for General/ NC-OBC candidates and Rs. 950 for SC, ST & PWD candidates from Rs. 1800 and Rs. 900, respectively.
Careers360, in this article, brings the detailed information on CAT 2019 including the notification, important dates, eligibility criteria, registration procedure, application form, exam pattern, exam analysis, result, cutoff, selection process etc.
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CAT 2019 Highlights
Name of test
Common Admission Test (CAT)
Purpose of test
Qualifying test for admission to the post-graduate management program
IIMs on a rotational basis
Once in a year
Score or Grade Validity
Total Number of Registrations
2,40,338 in 2018
Number of Test Takers
2,09,405 in 2018
Pattern of Test
MCQs and Non-MCQs
Number of Questions
+3 for every correct answer
-1 for each wrong answer in MCQs
No negative marking for Non-MCQs or TITA
Questions from VARC, QA and DI & LR
Mode of Conduct
CAT 2019 Convener
Yet to be decided
Reservation of seats in IIMs and B-schools
As per the Government of India regulations
CAT 2019 Official Website
Yet to be released
CAT 2019 Helpdesk contact details
Yet to be announced
CAT centre office contact details
Yet to be announced
Score or Grade Used by
IIMs and various participating B-schools in India
Following the previous years’ trend, the CAT 2019 conducting IIM will release the important dates of CAT 2019 in the last week of July, 2019. Here, CAT 2019 aspirants can check the tentative dates to prepare themselves. The aim to know CAT 2019 exam date well in advance is to draw a preparation strategy.
CAT Important Dates
Release of CAT 2019 Notification
Last Saturday of July, 2019
Second week of August, 2019
Last date to apply
Last week of September, 2019
Re-upload of blur/improper photograph in CAT Application form
Last week of September, 2019
Issuing Admit Card
Last week of October, 2019
CAT 2019 Tutorial/Mock Test
Third week of October, 2019
CAT 2019 Exam
Last week of November, 2019 (Forenoon slot - 9 am-12 pm)
Last week of November, 2019 (Afternoon slot - 2:30 pm-5:30 pm)
Candidate Response File
Last week of November, 2019
Releasing of Answer Key
First week of December, 2019
Last date to file objection (if any) based on the official answer key
First week of December, 2019
Announcement of CAT 2019 Result
First week of January, 2019
CAT Application Trends
The application trends for CAT for the past ten years are given below in the table and they indicate an increase in the number of candidates who have appeared in the entrance exam.
Application Trends for CAT
No. of Registration
No. of Test Takers
CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019
According to the official eligibility criteria of CAT 2019, applicants should fulfil the parameters as stated below -
Candidates should obtain a Bachelor’s Degree across disciplines from a recognised University or Institute
General and OBC-NC category candidates must secure at least 50 per cent marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage to obtain is 45.
The duration of the graduation programme in any discipline should be minimum three (3) years.
Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply for CAT 2019 provided they complete their undergraduate studies within the stipulated schedule.
Age Limit - There is no age limit for applying or appearing in CAT 2019 exam
The CAT 2019 application form will be released by the conducting IIM and the registration window will remain open for around 50 days from the date of release. Last year, IIM Calcutta released the application on August 8 and the last date to apply was September 26, 2018 (11:59 PM). The mode of CAT 2019 registration process will be completely online and applicants will have to visit the official website to fill the application form.
How to fill CAT Application Form 2019?
For filling the CAT 2019 application form, applicants, first need to register themselves and create their unique User ID and Password. Post registration, they need to login again and fill up the application form by entering the required information accurately. The application form of CAT 2019 will be divided into the following categories -
Work Experience, if any
Selecting IIMs to apply to
Selecting Test Centres and Interview Cities
After filling up information on each page, applicants need to click on the tab ‘Save & Next’. Then, they would be prompted to upload their photograph and signature in the stipulated dimension. The last step is to pay the application fee through Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking.
CAT 2019 Application Fee
Last year, the application fee of CAT had been revised to Rs. 1900 for General/ NC-OBC candidates and Rs. 950 for SC, ST & PWD candidates. Earlier the CAT registration fee was Rs. 1800 and Rs. 900 respectively. Additionally, a new CAT payment partners were added, namely BillDesk, PayU and Paytm.
Application Fee of CAT 2019
Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking, BillDesk, PayU and Paytm
CAT Application Form Status
After submitting the CAT 2019 registration/application form in online mode, a pop-up message will appear on the display screen with information pertaining to the application status (success/reject). Also, an SMS on the registered mobile number and an email to the registered email ID will be sent confirming the same.
Once the application form is successfully submitted, the application status appears as “Successfully Submitted.” In case there has been an error it will appear as “Application Rejected.”
CAT 2019 Application Form Correction
During the process of online form-filling, it might occur that applicants enter incorrect details due to typo, lack of information or any other reasons for that matter. To overcome this challenge, the CAT 2019 conducting IIM will open a correction window for a limited period of time to edit and correct the mistakes, if any. This will be activated after the submission of the CAT online application form 2019. However, applicants will be allowed to make corrections only in certain fields like percentage of secured marks, work experience and programmes selected. Information like personal details, academic details, exam city preference etc. cannot be edited, once selected. The correction window might be opened in the fourth week of September 2019 by the conducting IIM.
CAT Exam Pattern 2019
The comprehensive CAT 2019 exam pattern is formulated for a period of three hours/180 minutes. As per the exam pattern of CAT 2019, it is designed as a computer-based test comprising 100 objective type multiple choice (MCQs) and non-multiple choice type questions (non- MCQs). The areas or sections from which the questions are prepared include Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR). The marking scheme includes negative marking for the MCQs only.
The detailed table below displays the CAT exam pattern 2019 -
CAT 2019 Exam Pattern
No. of MCQs
No. of Non-MCQs
Questions from each section
Time allotted to each section (minutes)
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Marking Scheme –Each question will carry three (3) marks. For each incorrect/wrong answer, there will be a negative marking of one mark. However, it has to be noted that there will be no negative marking for non-MCQs or TITA (Type In The Answer) questions.
CAT Marking Scheme 2019
Type of Question
MCQ (multiple choice questions)
CAT 2019 Syllabus
IIMs will not release any syllabus for CAT 2019, officially. It is only through the experts that the CAT syllabus could be formulated. Mostly, CAT syllabus 2019 will be based on the previous years’ exam analysis and the topics covered in CAT question papers. With a few alteration/s in the topics and CAT questions, the primary structure of the CAT 2019 syllabus will most likely be unchanged or unaltered.
CAT 2019 Syllabus
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Caselets and Tables
Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)
Bar Graphs and Column Graphs
Grammar or English Usage
LCM & HCF
Correction in Sentence
Profit, Loss & Discount
Line Charts & Pie Chart
Fill in the blanks
Combination of two or more types linked to each other
Speed, Time & Distance
Number and Letter Series
Time & Work
Calendars, Cubes and Clocks
Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage
Simple & Compound Interest
Ratio & Proportion
Analogies and Reverse Analogies
Quadratic & Linear Equations
Facts Inferences Judgements, etc.
Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration, etc.
Sequences & Series
Blood Relations, etc.
Surds & Indices
Probability, Permutation and Combination
Functions & Geometry
Mixtures & Allegations
CAT Question Paper 2019
IIM Lucknow first released the official question paper of CAT in the year 2017 which was followed by IIM Calcutta for CAT 2018 as well. The trend will continue. It is expected that the question paper for 2019 will also be declared by IIMs in the first week of December, 2019. Candidates aspiring to appear for CAT 2019 must download the CAT question paper in order to know the types of questions and topics to expect in the upcoming CAT 2019.
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CAT Sample Paper 2019
After applying for CAT 2019, the first question that will occur in candidates’ minds is how to get the sample papers of CAT exam! Candidates can download the CAT 2019 Sample Papers from the Careers360 Sample Paper Store for free. By solving the CAT sample papers, prospective test takers will be able to analyse their preparation status, understand the flow of the exam and last but not the least, be familiar with the test-taking process that helps in the management of time.
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CAT 2019 Exam Centres
374 CAT 2019 exam centres will be located across 147 cities in India. Last year, two new exam states have been added- Mizoram and Nagaland.
While filling the CAT 2019 registration form, CAT applicants are required to select four exam centres city in the order of preference. The final CAT exam centre will be allotted by exam conducting IIM and the exam centre details including address and Google map will be printed on the CAT admit card 2019.
List of CAT 2019 exam centres
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Chittoor, Kurnool, Nellore, Kakinada, Guntur, Chirala, Rajahmundry, Vizianagaram
Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur
Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea, Aurangabad, Gaya, Darbhanga
Bhillai, Raipur, Bilaspur
Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Mehsana
Panipat, Rohtak, Hisar, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal
Jammu and Kashmir
Bokaro, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh
Belagavi(Belgaum), Bengaluru, Dharwad, Hubballi(Hubli), Kalaburagi(Gulbarga), Mangaluru(Mangalore), Mysuru(Mysore), Shivamogga(Shimoga), Udupi
Kannur, Ernakulam, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Trivandrum
Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain
Amravati, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad-Maharashtra, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Raigad, Satara, Solapur, Ulhasnagar
Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, Sambalpur
Amritsar, Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Sangrur
Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Tirunelveli, Trichy
Karim Nagar, Warangal, Hyderabad
Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Varanasi
Roorkee, Dehradun, Haldwani
Asansol, Bankura, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri
CAT Admit Card 2019
All applicants who will successfully fill the CAT registration 2019 form, within the stipulated deadline with appropriate documents and fee will be able to download the CAT admit card 2019. The most important document for CAT 2019 is none other, but CAT admit card 2019 which must be carried on the exam date and kept handy until the completion of admission process.
The admit card of CAT 2019 is expected to be released in the month of October, 2019. The mode of issuance of CAT 2019 admit card is completely online. CAT conducting IIM will not send the admit card through post, hence applicants must ensure that they download the admit card before the exam date, by logging in their registration credentials.
The CAT Admit Card/Hall Ticket 2019 will contain the following -
Name of the candidate
Date of birth of the candidate
CAT 2019 Registration Number and User ID
Category – Whether the candidate belongs to General category or Scheduled Caste/Scheduled Tribe or Differently Abled
Date and slot of CAT 2019
Name of the CAT exam centre including address
Exam day instructions
Note - A new inclusion since last year: Google Map Link- The exact location of the test centre will be displayed on the admit card which can be checked on Google Maps by clicking on the Google Map link.
How to download CAT 2019 Admit Card?
Open the CAT 2019 official website
Login using CAT User ID and Password (created during registration)
Click on the tab ‘Admit Card’
The admit card of CAT 2019 will appear on the screen
Download the admit card and keep a soft copy for future use
Take print copies and keep it safe.
How to correct errors in CAT Admit Card 2019?
For any discrepancy in the CAT 2019 Admit Card/Hall Ticket, applicants must contact the exam authority immediately to get it rectified/ corrected. It is ideal to contact the CAT Helpdesk at the following details for any modifications/corrections that must be made in the CAT admit card 2019:
Details of the previous year -
CAT Toll-Free Number: 1800-266-3549; Call on the Toll-free number, Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (excluding National holidays).
CAT Helpdesk email address: [email protected]
CAT 2019 Mock Test
CAT conducting IIM will release the CAT 2019 mock test around mid-October 2019, to help the applicants understand the exam pattern/structure of CAT 2019. The mock test enables the test takers to practice and get accustomed with the online test format and navigation process. The test applicants are advised to take at least 8-12 CAT mock tests prior to appearing the main exam which might be scheduled in the last week of November, 2019. Last year, IIM Calcutta had released two mock tests. One was for all the candidates and the other for the PwD candidates with low vision. Both the test links were made available on the official website (iimcat.ac.in).
CAT 2019 mock test will be designed in such a way that candidates will be able to check the usage of the online calculator and timer along with the question pattern of CAT. However, aspirants must note that the mock test of CAT 2019 will be meant for practice purpose only and the questions should not be treated as sample questions as there will hardly be any qualitative similarity in the questions.
How to prepare for CAT 2019
CAT is considered to be one of the most competitive entrance tests and it measures the aptitude of aspirants who are aspiring to pursue management studies. Now, “How should aspirants prepare for CAT 2019?”
What one needs is a lot of hard work accompanied by smart strategy and accurate planning. For ensuring a higher rate of success in CAT, Careers360 brings some important tips and tricks pertaining to CAT 2019 preparation -
Be thorough with the CAT syllabus 2019
Check the basic concepts, especially Mathematics and English
Prepare a day-to-day timetable
Plan for dedicated study hours
Practise Previous Years’ CAT Question Papers and Sample Papers
Evaluate the CAT papers and work on the weaker sections
Take more and more Mock Tests which will give you the real feel of the actual exam
Refer to the important CAT Books that cover the entire syllabus.
Apart from the smart strategy and planning, the most important aspect of CAT 2019 preparation includes taking good care of one’s health and stay positive for the entire tenure of CAT preparation 2019.
Do's and Don'ts for CAT test day
Candidates should reach CAT exam centre on time as candidates will have to undergo frisking before entering the hall.
Cooperate with Test centre staff during document Verification and Frisking
Use the Reference Number printed on CAT 2019 Admit Card, to check the location of Exam Lab from the List displayed on the Notice Board at the Test Centre
Return Writing Pad with all pages intact and Pen post the Exam to the Invigilator
Ask for any help only from Test Centre Invigilator during the exam
Provide attendance in the Form with the signature when asked for in the Exam Lab
Post the Exam, hand over Admit Card duly signed to Invigilator present in the Exam Lab
Don'ts for CAT test day:
One cannot appear for CAT 2019 exam more than once. Candidature will be cancelled if a candidate is found to appear for both the exam slots.
Do not request entry to the CAT exam centre after the closing time as mentioned on the admit card of CAT 2019.
Do not involve yourself in any arguments with fellow test takers or Test centre staff or attempt to copy or cheat. The decision of concerned authority will be treated as final on the test day.
Do not use the keyboard at any point in time; this will lock your computer system.
Do not request for change of CAT Test Centre/Exam Lab/Console on the Exam Day.
Do not waste writing pad pages as it is will be distributed only once per candidate during the tenure of the exam.
What documents are allowed inside the CAT 2019 exam hall?
Admit Card of CAT 2019 (clear copy)
Photo Identity Proof
Required Medical certificate and Scribe affidavit (if applicable)
Socks, plain Pullovers / Sweaters / Cardigans (without any pockets) are allowed
Candidates with the metal implant, pacemaker, etc. in their body should bring a medical certificate of the same at the CAT Test Centre.
What are the things NOT allowed inside the CAT exam hall?
If CAT 2019 candidates get the above mentioned articles along with them, they must submit the same outside the exam hall and collect them after the completion of the examination.
CAT 2019 Participating Institutes
A total of 115 B-schools accept CAT scores out of which 114 are in India and one is in Singapore. Since last year, an international CAT participating institute was added. It is none other but Singapore Management University, who joined the list of CAT participating institute and became the first ever international B-school to accept the CAT score. It is expected that more than 100 B-schools in India and abroad will register for being the CAT 2019 participating institutes. Out of the total number of participating institutes, 20 are IIMs (including old and new IIMs)
CAT 2019 participating institutes include public and private institutes. The noted public institutes are IITs, NITs, FMS Delhi, MANAGE Hyderabad, IISc Bangalore to name a few. The top private participating institutes include MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, IMT Ghaziabad to name a few.
From the academic year 2019-21 onwards, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, will also accept the CAT score for admission to its MBA programme offered by the School of Management and Entrepreneurship.
Check the fee, number of seats and programmes offered by IIMs in the table given below:
Fee INR (Lakh)
Number of Seats
PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP
PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM
PGP (Indore, Mumbai), EPGP, PGP-HRM
PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM
PGP, EPGP, EPGPX
Fellow Programmes in Management (FPM) [equivalent to Ph.D]
FPM & EFPM
FPM & EFPM
CAT Percentile Predictor
CAT, once conducted gives rise to anxiety and apprehension. The CAT result or score is the reason of this worry! Test takers will become curious about their CAT performance in terms of score and percentile. The wait for CAT 2019 result may seem too long for them. So, for the benefit of CAT test takers, Careers360 has designed a special tool called CAT Percentile Predictor tool wherein candidates will be able to predict their CAT percentile right after appearing in CAT 2019.
The CAT Percentile Predictor tool allows candidates to estimate their overall and sectional CAT percentile even before the actual result is announced. They will also be able to estimate their chances of securing admission in top B-schools like old IIMs (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow etc.), new IIMs (Amritsar, Ranchi, Sirmaur, Sambalpur etc.), FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, IITs, to name a few institutes. The best time to use the CAT percentile tool to calculate the score and analyse the performance will be after checking the CAT 2019 answer key. Furthermore, using this tool will help aspiring candidates prepare accordingly for the selection rounds of whichever management institutes or B-schools they are looking forward to.
CAT 2019 Analysis
After the conclusion of CAT exam, it is customary that experts of various coaching institutes release the CAT analysis. The CAT analysis includes both sectional and overall scrutiny for the convenience of the test takers. As per the previous year’s CAT analysis by experts, the overall difficulty level was moderate to tough. Quantitative Ability section was the toughest followed by Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. On the other hand, the Verbal Ability section was the easiest. In terms of comparison between slots, Slot 2 was slightly tougher than that of the Slot 1.
Previous Year’s CAT Analysis 2019
Name of Section
Number of Questions
Number of Non-MCQ questions
Level of Difficulty
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
CAT Candidate Response File 2019
The CAT 2019 IIM will tentatively release the Candidate Response File (CRF) in the last week of November, 2019. The candidates who appear for the exam will be able to check their responses by logging in to the official website using their CAT user id and password. It will allow them to check and verify whether their responses were registered correctly or not during the exam. After the release of the candidate response sheet, IIM officials will release the answer key in the first week of December, 2019, tentatively.
CAT Answer Key 2019
The official answer key of CAT 2019 is expected to be released in December, 2019. With the help of the answer key, test takers will be able to check the correct answers and calculate their estimated scores. Candidates will need to login to the official website to view and download the CAT 2019 answer key. Moreover, IIMs also provide the option to challenge CAT answer key or questions by paying Rs.1200 per question within a stipulated period of time. Based on the validity of the challenge, CAT 2019 conducting IIM would take appropriate action and refund the challenge application fee. However, if the challenge related to CAT answer key 2019 is found inappropriate, the fee will be forfeited.
CAT Result 2019
CAT 2019 result will be released in online mode around the first week January, 2020. To download the result, test takers need to login to the official website and follow steps to view and download the CAT result 2019 which would be published in the form of a scorecard. Candidates can login with their registered CAT user ID and password to download the PDF file of the result. The result or scorecard of CAT 2019 will consist of sectional and overall scaled scores and percentiles.
The result is available in online mode alone, the exam conducting officials will not send it to the test takers through post. Candidates should take print out of the CAT 2019 scorecard and preserve the CAT result until the entire admission process.
How to Download CAT 2019 Result?
- Open the CAT 2019 official website
Login using CAT user id and password
Click on the tab ‘Score Card’
Check and download result of CAT 2019 (pdf format)
CAT Normalization Procedure
As CAT 2019 will be conducted in multiple slots across single day window, it is necessary to normalize the CAT scores of test takers across both slots. CAT conducting IIM will normalize the CAT 2019 scores using a formula similar to that of GATE exam. The CAT 2019 result will reflect the scaled scores for each section along with percentiles. The practice is followed in order to equate the scores and ensure that none of the candidates from either slot be in an advantaged or disadvantaged position. This process is used for almost all the entrance examinations that are held in multiple slots.
CAT Cutoff 2019
CAT cutoff 2019 refers to the minimum percentile to obtain in order to get shortlisted by the CAT participating institutes. The CAT 2019 cutoff will vary among various management institutes. The reputed B-schools have a higher range of cutoff and higher admission criteria. The cutoff of CAT 2019 will generally depend on factors like difficulty level of the exam, number of test takers, number of seats among others.
Most of the IIMs and other participating institutes have already released the CAT cutoff 2018 for different categories. As the admission procedure has already begun, the table here projects the respective cutoff scores pertaining to CAT 2018 (academic batch -2019-21).
Here is the CAT 2018 cutoff for the IIMs who have released it officially.
CAT 2018 cutoff for IIM Ahmedabad
NC-OBC cum Transgender
PWD (General, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC)
CAT 2018 Cutoff for IIM Bangalore
CAT 2018 cutoff for IIM Calcutta
CAT 2018 cutoff for IIM Lucknow
CAT 2018 cutoff for IIM Indore
Expected Cutoff of CAT 2019
CAT Selection Procedure 2019
As per the CAT selection procedure 2019, each participating institute conducts individual admission process. The first step to shortlist candidates and this will be done considering the CAT 2019 cutoff. The shortlisted candidates will then be invited to appear for further selection rounds including Group Discussion (GD) or Writing Ability Test (WAT) or both and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. The new IIMs will conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) where the shortlisted candidates from all participating IIMs have to appear for WAT and PI rounds. Followed by the CAT 2019 selection procedure, each IIM will publish separate merit list for final admission.
The selection process of B-schools or the CAT selection procedure of different participating B-schools is based on multiple criteria such as performance in CAT 2019, GD/WAT & PI rounds, candidate’s profile, past academic records and/or work experience (if applicable). The criteria or parameters vary across institutes. All IIMs will release their detailed admission criteria after the CAT notification on an annual basis.
CAT Reservation Criteria 2019
IIMs and other Government management institutes follow the reservation criteria of candidates. The following table displays the category-wise seat reservation percentage.
Category wise seat reservation
PWD (Person with Disability)
ST (Scheduled Tribe)
SC (Scheduled Caste)
OBC-NC (Other Backward Class – Non-Creamy Layer)
CAT 2019 FAQs
Q.Do I need to submit the overall percentage of marks (bachelor’s degree) as per my University standards?
A. As per CAT eligibility criteria 2019, you have to submit the percentage as per your university norms and regulations.
Q.I am in final year of Bachelor’s degree. What marks do I need to enter in the CAT Application form 2019?
A. If you are in your final year of graduation, you have to produce your aggregate percentage up to the last marks statement received from the recognised University.
Q. Will there be any age limit for taking the CAT 2019 exam?
A. No, there will not be any age limit for appearing in the CAT 2019 exam.
Q. If I change my name abiding by due procedure after completing my degree, should I enter my name as per the degree certificate or the changed name?
A. You should enter your changed name and provide the supporting documents for change of name at the time of examination, interview, and admission process.
Q. Can I enter my coaching institute or a friend’s email address when registering for CAT 2019?
A. Not at all. You must provide your personal email address which should be valid and unique. All correspondence related to CAT 2019 and subsequent information during the selection stages of the respective IIMs will be communicated to the registered email address.
Q. I have done five (5) years integrated course of B.Tech and MBA. As per my university norms first 3.5 years is considered to be B.Tech and remaining 1.5 years is considered to be MBA. How do I enter my marks?
A. In your case, you will need to enter the aggregate percentage of first 3.5 years under Bachelor’s Degree and the remaining 1.5 years under Master’s degree level.
Q. Have completed a 5-year dual degree course (BTech+MTech, BS+MS, BTech+MSc etc.)? How do I enter my marks for the bachelor degree?
A. You must produce the aggregate of marks that are equivalent to Bachelor's’ Degree under the Bachelor’s Degree section and the equivalent Marks for the Masters’ degree under the Master Degree section.
Q. Can I appear for more than one slot for CAT 2018?
A. No. You cannot appear for more than one slot. To ensure that CAT applicants appear for one attempt, their admit cards, photo IDs, candidate’s pictures, and biometric information will be verified. Candidates who attempt to take the test more than once will be eliminated anytime during the selection process.
Q. If the website does not work or server id down and I am unable to complete my application, what should I do?
A. If the CAT registration website is not accessible for any reason, please close the Internet browser (delete browsing history, cache & cookies of the web browser) and try afresh.
Q. How much will be the CAT 2019 application fee and how can I pay the fees?
A. Last year, the fee of CAT was increased to Rs. 1900 for General and NC-OBC candidates and Rs. 950 for SC/ST/PWD category applicants. The fee is expected to remain the same for CAT 2019.
You can pay the CAT exam fee during online registration process. The payment of application fee should be done through online payment gateway by using a valid credit card, debit card, or net banking facility.
Q. If I want to apply and register for more than one institute, should I pay the exam fee each time?
A. You need to pay registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes you are applying to.
Q. I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in May-June 2019 but have backlogs, am I eligible to apply for CAT 2019?
A. Yes, according to the CAT 2019 eligibility regulations, applicants who are completing their degree by May 2019 are eligible to appear for CAT. However, the candidate should select the option ‘Yes’ to the question “Are you in the final year of Bachelor Degree?”
Q. My University name is not mentioned in the drop-down list while filling the application form?
A. If your university’s name does not appear in the drop-down list, you may select the option as “Others” from the drop-down and continue the registration process.
Q. Can I take the exam from any computer?
A. A candidate must take the exam on a workstation assigned at the exam venue based on the city selected while registering for CAT. The venue details including address and Google map link will be printed on the CAT Admit Card.
Q. Where can I select my preference of shift and test date?
A. The exam shift (forenoon or afternoon) is allocated for each registered candidate based on the city preference made at the time of application/registration. However, candidates will not be allowed to select their exam slots/shifts.
Q. Can I bring a calculator to the testing centre?
A. No. You are not supposed to carry calculators to the CAT exam centre. You may use the on-screen calculator that will be available throughout the exam though.
Q. How many non-MCQs are there in each section?
A. The number of questions varies and cannot be disclosed by the CAT conducting IIM.
Q. Will I get my CAT result 2018 on SMS?
A. Yes. Exam conducting IIM will send the overall CAT result 2019 to the registered mobile number of the candidates through the SMS service.
Q. How do I check if I belong to the NC-OBC category?
A. To know whether you belong to the NC-OBC category, check the following website: https://www.ncbc.nic.in. Refer to the updated list of state-wise OBCs eligible for availing the benefit of reservation/relaxation and information in respect of the creamy layer.
Q. What is the benefit provided to PwD candidates with Blindness or low vision/cerebral palsy?
A. PwD candidates suffering from low vision/blindness/cerebral palsy will be allowed to bring a scribe. Such candidates will also receive a time extension during the examination. Moreover, last year IIM Calcutta had released a special mock test for the PwD candidates with low vision.
Q. What will be the time extension given to a PwD candidate?
A. PwD candidates with or without Scribe requirement will be given a time extension of 20 minutes each section, which comes to a total extension of one hour for the full test.
Q. Is CAT score the decisive factor to get admission to IIMs?
A. No. Cat score 2019 will be used to shortlist candidates only. The final admission will be offered on the basis of various other parameters. They are -
GD/WAT & PI rounds
Candidate’s diverse profile
Past academic records
Work experience (if applicable)