CAT 2019
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CAT Result 2019 is expected to be released on January 6, 2020

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CAT 2019 - IIM Kozhikode has activated the objection management tab against the CAT 2019 answer key on December 4. Candidates can challenge the incorrect answers as per the format prescribed by IIM KOzikhode till December 6 (5:00 p.m). Earlier IIM Kozikhode released the CAT 2019 candidate response sheet for Slot 1 and Slot 2 on November 29, 2019. Candidates can know their response and know the correct answer for the same. The final answer key of CAT 2019 will be released tentatively on December 7, 2019. Authorities conducted slot 1 and slot 2 of CAT 2019 across 156 cities. The second slot ended at 5:30 p.m and candidates in both the slots found the VARC section difficult as compared to previous year. According to the candidates, the CAT 2019 was moderately difficult as compared to past years this year the candidates found the Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension section time consuming and slightly difficult. Most other candidates found DI easy and Quantitative Ability section difficult. Check the CAT analysis by leading institutes over here. The authorities had released the CAT 2019 test day guidelines. The details about the guidelines have been given in the link that is provided in the article. Authorities released a detailed workflow which the candidates must follow on the day of CAT 2019. It includes all the information related to the admit card of CAT 2019, Do's and Dont's to be followed on exam day as well as the exam pattern. CAT was held at 376 centres in 156 cities across India with more than two lakh students expected to appear for the exam. CAT 2019 result is expected to be announced by the second week of January 2020 and the validity of CAT scores is till December 31, 2020 only. The admission process is separate for each IIM as well as other institutes and candidates must apply separately for each. The selection process includes consideration of valid CAT 2019 scores and factors like performance in WAT, GD and PI. To know all pertinent detailed information about CAT 2019 like important dates, eligibility criteria, application form, exam pattern, syllabus, vital preparation tips and more, read the article below.
Latest: IIM Kozikhode activates the link to challenge CAT 2019 Answer Key on December 4. Candidates can raise objections till December 6 ( till 5: 00 p.m). CAT 2019 response sheet is now available along with the question paper that was released on November 29.

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CAT is a computer-based national level entrance examination for admission to MBA/PGDM courses at 20 IIMs as well as more than 1000 B-Schools across the country. CAT registration 2019 began from August 7 and the last date to apply online was extended till September 25. The authorities closed the CAT 2019 correction window on September 30. The edit window had opened on September 28 at 10:00. Candidates could edit their signature and photograph only. CAT registration 2019 ended on September 25, 2019. The total number of candidates who registered for CAT 2019 is 244,169 and 2,09, 926 candidates appeared for the exam. Last year 240,338 candidates had applied for CAT and 2,09,405 appeared for the exam. IIM Kozhikode had released the CAT 2019 percentile calculation method on September 16. The institute started CAT registration from August 7, 2019 at 10 am. The authorities had released all the important details related to CAT 2019 on its official website iimcat.ac.in which was launched on July 28.

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Earlier, IIM Kozhikode has released the CAT admit card on October 23, 2019. Candidates can download the CAT 2019 admit card by entering the CAT id and password. The authorities had released the CAT mock test on October 16. The authorities had also provided the link of the mock test of CAT 2019 for PwD category candidates. Candidates can practice the mock test and get an idea about how to navigate between the sections and also know the type of questions that will be asked. CAT 2019 was conducted on November 24.

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CAT 2019 Highlights

Particulars

Details

Name of test

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Purpose of test

Qualifying test for admission to the PGP, FPM programmes at the IIMs and PGDM as well as MBA programmes at other B-Schools

Conducted by

IIM Kozhikode

Exam type

National level

Periodicity

Once in a year

Score or Grade Validity

Till December 31, 2020

Total Number of Registrations in 2019

2,44,169 and 2, 09,926 candidates appeared in the exam

Number of Test Takers in 2018

2,09,405 out of 2,40,338 registrations

Pattern of Test

MCQs and Non-MCQs

Number of Questions

100

Test Duration

3 hours

Negative Marking

+3 for every correct answer

-1 for each wrong answer in MCQs

No negative marking for Non-MCQs or TITA

Syllabus

Questions from VARC, QA and DI & LR

Mode of Conduct

Computer-based test

CAT 2019 Convener

IIM Kozhikode

Reservation of seats in IIMs and B-schools

As per the Government of India regulations

CAT 2019 Official Website

https://iimcat.ac.in/

CAT 2019 Helpdesk contact details

Dr. M.G. Sreekumar

Head, Media Relations, IIMK |

+91- 9447654066 |

mgsree@iimk.ac.in

CAT centre office contact details

+91- 9447654066

mgsree@iimk.ac.in

Score or Grade Used by

20 IIMs and 1000 plus B-schools in India

What's New in CAT 2019

  • CAT 2019 will be conducted in 156 cities. In 2018, the exam was held in 147 cities across India. This means an increase of 9 exam cities where students can appear for CAT.
  • CAT 2019 Scores are valid till December 31, 2020 only. Therafter no queires regarding its issuance will be entertained by IIM Kozhikode.

CAT 2019 Official Website iimcat.ac.in looks like:

CAT 2019 Website Screen

CAT 2019 Important Dates

It is an important part of exam strategy to be aware of the exam deadlines and other dates. CAT 2019 dates are listed below for the reference of all CAT aspirants. Knowing the important dates of CAT 2019 will aid them to avoid missing application deadlines, chalking a preparation strategy for success and checking all important information on time.

CAT Important Dates

Events

Dates

Release of CAT 2019 Notification

July 28, 2019

Application Commencement

August 7, 2019 (10 a.m)

Last date to apply

September 25, 2019 (ended)

Re-upload of blur/improper photograph in CAT Application form

September 28, 2019 (10:00 am to September 30, 2019 (5:00 pm)

Issuing Admit Card

October 23, 2019 (5 p.m)

CAT 2019 Tutorial/Mock Test

October 16, 2019

CAT 2019 Exam

November 24, 2019 (Forenoon Slot - 9 am-12 pm)

November 24, 2019 (Afternoon Slot - 2:30 pm-5:30 pm)

Candidate Response File

November 29, 2019

Releasing of Answer Key

November 29, 2019

Last date to file objection (if any) based on the official answer key

First week of December 2019

Announcement of CAT 2019 Result

January 6, 2020

CAT Score valid till

December 31, 2019

CAT Answer Key 2019

IIM Kozhikode has activated the link to raise objections against the CAT Answer Key. Candidates can raise the objections till December 6 (till 5:00 p.m after which the link will be deactivated). Moreover, candidates who will challenge CAT answer key or questions, they will hvae to pay Rs.1200 per question. 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.The official answer key of CAT 2019 was released on November 29, 2019. With the help of the answer key, test takers can 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.

CAT Candidate Response File 2019

The CAT 2019 IIM has released the Candidate Response File (CRF) on November 29, 2019 along with the answer key tab. The candidates who appeared for the exam can 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 finalk answer key tentatively on December 7, 2019.

CAT Percentile Predictor

Once CAT is over, many students are anxious to check their probable scores and analyse their performance so that they can prepare for admissions. The CAT Percentile Predictor is the answer. A tool that is designed exclusively for CAT test takers, it allows candidates to predict their CAT percentile right after appearing in the exam. The CAT Percentile Predictor tool allows candidates to estimate their overall and sectional CAT percentile even before the actual result is announced. It can aid them in estimating their chances of securing admission in popular IIMs Like IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta and Lucknow etc or new IIMs like Amritsar, Ranchi, Sirmaur, Sambalpur etc. , FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, IITs, to name a few institutes. The best time to use the CAT percentile tool is after checking the CAT 2019 answer key. Furthermore, using the CAT percentile predcitor will help aspiring candidates prepare accordingly for the selection rounds of whichever management institutes or B-schools they wish to apply to.

CAT Result 2019

CAT 2019 result will be released in online mode on January 6, 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. Candidates should take print out of the CAT 2019 scorecard and preserve the CAT result until the entire admission process is completed. CAT 2019 scores will only be valid till December 31, 2020.

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 the result of CAT 2019 (pdf format)

CAT Normalization Procedure

IIM Kozikhode has released the CAT percentile calculation method on September 16. As CAT 2019 will be conducted in multiple slots across single day window, CAT scores will be normalized to ensure equivalence in difficulty levels of the exam for both slots. IIM Kozhikode will normalize the CAT 2019 scores using perentile equivalence. The process includes adjustment for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms and then the scores will be further normalized across different sections. The scaled scores thus obtained will be converted into percentiles for shortlisting and selection purposes.

CAT Question Paper 2019

IIM Kozhikode is expected to release the question paper for 2019 tentatively in the first week of December, 2019 for both the slots. Candidates aspiring to appear for CAT must download the CAT question paper in order to know the types of questions and topics to expect in the upcoming CAT 2019. CAT question papers are available since the past two years unlike the previous years when they were not released.

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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

Category

VARC

DILR

QA

Overall Percentile

General

70

70

70

80

NC-OBC cum Transgender

65

65

65

75

SC

60

60

60

70

ST

50

50

50

60

PWD (General, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC)

60

60

60

70

PWD (ST)

50

50

50

60

CAT 2018 Cutoff for IIM Bangalore

Section

General

OBC-NC

SC

ST

PwD

VARC

85

75

70

60

50

DILR

80

70

65

60

50

QA

80

70

65

60

50

Aggregate

90

80

75

70

60

CAT 2018 cutoff for IIM Calcutta

Category

QA

DILR

VARC

Overall Percentile

General

80

80

80

90

NC-OBC

75

75

75

85

SC

65

65

65

70

ST

60

60

60

70

PWD/DA

60

60

60

70

CAT 2018 cutoff for IIM Lucknow

Category

VARC

DILR

QA

Total

General

85

85

85

90

NC-OBC

77

77

77

82

SC

55

55

55

70

ST

50

50

50

65

PWD

50

50

50

65

CAT 2018 cutoff for IIM Indore

Category

QA

DILR

VARC

Overall Percentile

General

80

80

80

90

OBC (NC)

70

70

70

80

SC

55

55

55

60

ST

45

45

45

50

PWD

45

45

45

50

CAT 2019 Cutoff for top colleges -

B-School

Expected Cutoff of CAT 2019

FMS, Delhi

98.20 Percentile

DMS, IIT Delhi

98+ Percentile

SJMSOM, IIT Bombay

99+ Percentile

MDI Gurgaon

95+ Percentile

National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai

95+ Percentile

DMS, IIT Madras

95+ Percentile

XIMB Bhubaneswar

90+ Percentile

IMT Ghaziabad

90+ Percentile

SPJIMR Mumbai

85+ Percentile

TAPMI Manipal

85+ Percentile

CAT Selection Procedure 2019

Each participating institute conducts its individual admission process and thus has its own CAT selection procedure 2019. 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 conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) where the shortlisted candidates from all participating IIMs have to appear for WAT and PI rounds. The CAT 2019 selection procedure will be followed by an announcement of the merit lists where each IIM will publish its own merit list for final admission. 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.

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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

Category

Percentage

PWD (Person with Disability)

3

ST (Scheduled Tribe)

7.5

SC (Scheduled Caste)

15

OBC-NC (Other Backward Class – Non-Creamy Layer)

27

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. CAT scores are used as a screening test for exams like MICAT 2020 for admissions to PGDM courses offered by MICA.

Check the fee, number of seats and programmes offered by IIMs in the table given below:

S.No.

IIMs

Fee INR (Lakh)

Number of Seats

Offered Programme

1

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

22

385

PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP

2

Indian Institute of Management Amritsar

10.5

60

PGP

3

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

21

412

PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM

4

Indian Institute of Management Bodh Gaya

11

60

PGP

5

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

21

462

PGP-PGDM

6

Indian Institute of Management Indore

16

550

PGP (Indore, Mumbai), EPGP, PGP-HRM

7

Indian Institute of Management, Jammu

10.5

45

PGP

8

Indian Institute of Management Kashipur

12.5

210

PGP, EPGP

9

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode

17.5

353

PGP

10

Indian Institute of Management Lucknow

14.16

436

PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM

11

Indian Institute of Management Nagpur

11

60

PGP

12

Indian Institute of Management Raipur

12

210

PGP, PGPWE

13

Indian Institute of Management Ranchi

14

155

PGDM, PGDHRM

14

Indian Institute of Management Rohtak

12.3

180

PGP, EPGP, EPGPX

15

Indian Institute of Management, Sambalpur

10

140

PGP

16

Indian Institute of Management, Sirmaur

9

60

PGP

17

Indian Institute of Management Shillong

12.68

120

PGP, PGPEX

18

Indian Institute of Management Trichy

14

180

PGP, PGPBM

19

Indian Institute of Management Udaipur

12.6

180

PGP

20

Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam

10.5

60

PGP

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. Most of the experts of various coaching institutes are of the view that quantitative ability section was overall difficult but easy as compared to last year. Verbal ability and reading comprehension section was not that was easy but it was time consuming. Data interpretation and logical reasoning section was moderately easy. Quantitative Ability section was moderately difficult but easy as compared to past years. the toughest followed by Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning.


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Previous Year’s CAT Analysis

Name of Section

Number of Questions

Number of Non-MCQ questions

Level of Difficulty

Good Attempts

Quantitative Ability (QA)

34

12

Easy-moderate

25-26

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

32

8

Difficult

12-14

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

34

7

Easy-Moderate

25-27

Total

100

23

-

64-68

CAT Admit Card 2019

The admit card of CAT 2019 released on October 23, 2019 in online mode at 5:00 pm. Candidates have to login and download the same as IIM Kozhikode will not send the CAT admit card through any other means. Only applicants who have successfully completed their CAT registration 2019 will be able to download the CAT admit card 2019. Since the admit card of CAT 2019 is an important identity document, it must be carried to the exam hall on the exam day for identification purposes. Candidates are advised to keep the CAT admit card safe till the completion of admission process and they must also check all the details that are mentioned on the admit card. It is important for the candidates to print the admit card of CAT 2019 on A4 size paper. While doing so candidates must ensure that their signature and photograph are legibly printed. Also, candidates must affix the photograph as required in the space provided on the admit card before they hand over the same to the invigilator.

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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 will appear on the screen

  • Download the admit card and keep a soft copy for future use

  • Take print copies and keep it safe.


The CAT Admit Card/Hall Ticket 2019 will mention the following details -

  • 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

  • Candidate’s signature

  • Candidate’s photograph

  • 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.

  • Reference Number

  • Emergency Number

How to correct discrepancies 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. Helpline details are as follows

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:
cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in

Do's and Don'ts for CAT test day

Do's :

  • Candidates should reach CAT exam centre at least an hour early 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

  • Candidates will have to undergo biometric registration wherein the candidates left thumb impression and photograph would be captured


Don'ts :

  • 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.

Documents 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.

Things NOT allowed inside the CAT exam hall

  • Mobile phone

  • Bag, wallets

  • Jackets

  • Jewellery

  • Watch

  • Electronic gadgets

  • Stationery items

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 Exam Day Workflow for Candidate: Tips/Guidelines

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CAT Exam Pattern 2019

Candidates can understand the exam pattern of CAT 2019 from the details below

  1. Duration: Three hours/180 minutes.
  2. Mode of exam: Computer-based test
  3. Total Questions asked: 100 objective types multiple-choice (MCQs) and non-multiple choice type questions (non- MCQs).
  4. Sections: Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR).
  5. 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

Correct Answer

Wrong Answer

MCQ (multiple choice questions)

3

-1

The table below displays the detailed CAT exam pattern 2019 -

CAT Exam Pattern

Section

No. of MCQs

No. of Non-MCQs

Questions from each section

Total Marks

Time allotted to each section (minutes)

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

24

10

34

102

60

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

24

8

32

96

60

Quantitative Ability (QA)

27

7

34

102

60

Total

75

25

100

300

180


Exam Pattern

CAT Syllabus 2019

IIMs do not release the syllabus officially for CAT. The syllabus given here has been formulated with the help of experts, exam analysis and the topics covered in CAT question papers from previous years. CAT 2019 syllabus will cover the following topics

CAT 2019 Syllabus

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Quantitative Ability (QA)

Caselets and Tables

Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)

Number Systems, LCM & HCF,

Bar Graphs and Column Graphs

Grammar or English Usage

Profit, Loss & Discount, Percentages

Venn Diagrams

Correction in Sentence

Speed, Time & Distance, Time & Work

Line Charts & Pie Chart

Fill in the blanks


Simple & Compound Interest

Combination of two or more types linked to each other

Reading Comprehension

Ratio & Proportion, Averages

Number and Letter Series

Verbal Reasoning

Logarithm, Binomial Theorem

Calendars, Cubes and Clocks

Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage

Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration, etc.

Binary Logic

Meaning/Usage Match

Complex Numbers, Quadratic & Linear Equations

Seating Arrangement, Syllogism

Analogies and Reverse Analogies

Sequences & Series, Surds & Indices,

Inequalities

Logical Matching, Connectives. Sequence

Summary Questions

Probability, Permutation and Combination

Blood Relations, etc

Facts Inferences Judgements, etc.

Set Theory, Functions & Geometry,

Mixtures & Allegations, Trigonometry

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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Preparation Tips By CAT Toppers

With the aim to help the future aspirants, CAT 2018 toppers share some valuable tips so that the students can sail through the exam with ease.

According to Manaswi, who scored 99 percentile in CAT 2018, he adopted a different strategy for each section. In order to strengthen his vocabulary as well as his English, he used to read newspapers every day and also novels. Each day, he used to choose 21 words from the newspaper and used to check and learn the meaning. This used to help him to enhance his vocabulary

As far as data interpretation and logical reasoning were concerned, at the coaching institute, Manaswi learnt that one should not attempt all the questions and answer only those about which they are confident. One must take up mock tests to strengthen their data interpretation and logical reasoning.

Another topper of CAT 2018, Jagesh Golwala who scored a 100 percentile is of the view that candidates appearing for common admission test (CAT), they must solve at least twenty to thirty mock tests ahead of the final exam. This will help them to identify their strong and weak areas.

Kaustabh Vyas, who got 99.99 percentile states that in order to do well in CAT one needs to manage their time well and practice mock tests without taking any break. The aim was not to get myself burnt out ahead of the exam and also ensure that I crack the exam by identifying my weak areas and overcoming them.

CAT Topper Interviews

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1Manaswi Kumar
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2Mihir Kapse
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3Rickshesh Manchanda
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4Mayur Arora
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5Jagesh Golwala
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6Niranjan P
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7Amit Bikram
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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.

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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.

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CAT 2019 Mock Test

IIM Kozhikode released the CAT 2019 mock test on October 16, 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 to 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 will be held on November 24, 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 is 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 is 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.


CAT Mock Test 2019 for PwD Category has been released in online mode for candidates with low vision. Such candidates will be given 20 minutes extra for each section. This means that the total time in which the candidates can complete the exam is 240 minutes.


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 Exam

Year

No. of Registration

No. of Test Takers

2018

2,44,169

2,09,926

2018

2,40,338

2,09,405

2017

231,000

1,99,632

2016

2,32,434

1,95,000

2015

2,18,664

1,79,602

2014

1,96,988

1,67,829

2013

1,94,516

1,73,714

2012

2,14,000

1,95,000

2011

2,05,000

1,86,000

2010

2,04,000

1,85,000

2009

2,41,000

2,30,000

2008

2,90,000

2,76,000

2007

2,50,000

2,30,000

CAT-Application-Trends-Yearly

CAT 2019 Notification

Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode, the conducting body released CAT notification 2019 on July 28. The notification of CAT 2019 gives all the important dates pertaining to eligibility criteria, application form, admit card, response sheet, answer key and result. Details of the participating IIMs and the programmes offered is available in the CAT notification 2019.

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CAT 2019 Application Form Correction

Applicants who have made mistakes in their CAT application form could make the changes in the image and in the signature. The authorities opened the correction window for images on September 28, 2019 at 10:00 a.m and the facility was available until September 30, 2019 (till 5:00 pm). For the rest of the fields, candidates need to contact the CAT help desk in cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in and Toll-free: 18002090830 do appropriately depending on your call.The correction window facility opened only after the completion of the CAT application process. Corrections will NOT be allowed in personal details, academic details, exam city preference etc. after submission of the application form. If candidates have made a mistake while filling the application form like ((Date of birth, email address, mobile number etc), candidates must register again with a new email ID. CAT 2019 application will be considered for the latest registration and the admit card will be issued for the same. Please note that candidates will not receive a refund or admit card for your earlier registration.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019

The CAT 2019 eligibility criteria specifies the following parameters-

  • Candidates should obtain a Bachelor’s Degree across disciplines from a recognized 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 a minimum of 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 to or appearing in CAT 2019 exam

CAT 2019 Registration & Application Process

CAT correct window will open on September 28 at 10:00 am and close on September 30 at 5:00 pm. Candidates can edit their photograph and signature only. The CAT 2019 application form was released by the IIM Kozikhode on August 7. The last date to apply for CAT 2019 was extended till September 25, 2019 (till 5:00 pm). Earlier the last date for registration of CAT 2019 was September 18 till 5 PM. The mode of CAT 2019 registration process was completely online.

How to fill CAT Application Form 2019?

For filling the CAT 2019 application form, applicants, first need to register 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.

Step 1 - Click on the official link to register

Step 2 - Fill the necessary details and generate the login id and password

Step 3 - Relogin and fill the application form of CAT 2019
Step 4 - Upload all the documents while registering

Step 5 - Pay CAT application fee

Step 6 - Submit the application form

Step 7 - Download and take print out of the form


The application form of CAT 2019 will be divided into the following categories -

  • Personal Details

  • Contact Details

  • Academic Details

  • 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

Category

Fee (Rupees)

Payment mode

General

1900

Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking, BillDesk, PayU and Paytm

SC/ST/PwD

950

CAT 2019 Exam Centres

CAT 2019 exam centres will be located across 156 cities in India and it will be conducted at 376 test centres. In 2018, two new exam states have been added- Mizoram and Nagaland and exam was held in 147 cities. 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 the 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

Exam State

Exam Cities

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Port Blair

Andhra Pradesh

Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Kurnool, Nellore, Kakinada, Guntur, Rajahmundry, Vizianagaram

Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar

Assam

Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur

Bihar

Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea, Aurangabad, Gaya, Darbhanga

Chandigarh

Chandigarh

Chattisgarh

Bhillai, Raipur, Bilaspur

Delhi-NCR

Delhi-NCR

Goa

Goa

Gujarat

Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Mehsana

Haryana

Panipat, Rohtak, Hisar, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal

Himachal Pradesh

Shimla, Hamirpur

Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu, Samba

Jharkhand

Bokaro, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh

Karnataka

Belagavi(Belgaum), Bengaluru, Dharwad, Hubballi(Hubli), Kalaburagi(Gulbarga), Mangaluru(Mangalore), Mysuru(Mysore), Shivamogga(Shimoga), Udupi

Kerala

Kannur, Ernakulam, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Trivandrum

Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain

Maharashtra

Amravati, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad-Maharashtra, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Raigad, Satara, Solapur, Ulhasnagar

Meghalaya

Shillong

Mizoram

Aizawl

Nagaland

Kohima

Odisha

Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, Sambalpur

Puducherry

Puducherry

Punjab

Amritsar, Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Sangrur

Rajasthan

Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur

Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Tirunelveli, Trichy

Telangana

Karim Nagar, Warangal, Hyderabad

Uttar Pradesh

Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Varanasi

Uttarakhand

Roorkee, Dehradun, Haldwani

West Bengal

Asansol, Bankura, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri

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 will be sent to the registered mobile number along with an email to the registered email ID confirming the same.
Once the application form is successfully submitted, the application status appears as “Successfully Submitted.” In case there is an error it will appear as “Application Rejected.”

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CAT 2019

Question: Do I need to submit the overall percentage of marks (bachelor’s degree) as per my University standards?

Answer:

As per CAT eligibility criteria 2019, you have to submit the percentage as per your university norms and regulations.

Question: I am in final year of Bachelor’s degree. What marks do I need to enter in the CAT Application form 2019?

Answer:

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.

Question: 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?

Answer:

You should enter your changed name and provide the supporting documents for change of name at the time of examination, interview, and admission process.

Question: 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?

Answer:

 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.

Question: Can I take the exam from any computer?

Answer:

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.

Question: Where can I select my preference of shift and test date?

Answer:

 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.

Question: How do I check if I belong to the NC-OBC category?

Answer:

 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.

Question: What is the benefit provided to PwD candidates with Blindness or low vision/cerebral palsy?What will be the time extension given to a PwD candidate?

Answer:

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.

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.

Question: Is CAT score the decisive factor to get admission to IIMs?

Answer:

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)

Question: Who can apply for CAT 2019?

Answer:

Candidates must meet the eligibility criteria of CAT 2019 that is laid down by the IIM which will conduct the exam. Before filling the CAT application form 2019, candidates must ensure that they meet all the academic parameters as well as other conditions that are laid down by the exam conducting body. 

Question: 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?

Answer:

You should enter your changed name and provide the supporting documents for change of name at the time of examination, interview, and admission process.

Question: 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?

Answer:

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.

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Hello Pooja,

Your academic career seems very good.  You have done good in CAT. 80 - 83 Percentile range shows that you can definitely expect IIM.

Talking about IIMs, as you might have researched about the last few years' cutoff, the cutoff for OBC of all IIMs range from 80 Percentile and above.

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1. IIM Bangalore

2. IIM Ahmedabad

3. IIM Lucknow

4. IIM Calcutta

5. IIM Tiruchirappalli

You should definitely give priority for the above five IIMs and try to get admission there. Considering last few years' cutoff, you should definitely get admission in any of the IIMs.

Best wishes.




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Sharon Rose Student Expert 6th Dec, 2019
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I have got 84 marks in CAT 2019. Which are the best colleges i can apply for?

Yashu Shrivastava 6th Dec, 2019

Hello Rohit

There are many colleges where you can get admission if you got 80-85 percentile in CAT.

I am mentioning some best college where you can go with this score-

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  • Xavier Institute Of Management And Entrepreneurship,Bangalore
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I just appeared for the CAT 2020 and my projected percentile is around 88. I have CGPA 8.4 for 10th grade, 76.8 for 12th, and 6.78 CGPA for Graduation. I have 1 year of Work Experience as well. I would like to know if it is worth it to apply for XIMB. Usually the cutoff is around 90 percentile?

rishabh5978@gmail.com 5th Dec, 2019

Hello there. Hope you are doing good. The cutoff for XIMB goes around 90 percentile every year. It could be high or low depending on the cutoff scores that varies every year. Since your score is near to 90 percentile and if you have a work experience that is worth considering for admission into MBA program. Then you can at least give it a try. You never know what will be the exact situation in the upcoming admission processes.

So, my suggest for you is to definitely give it a try.

I hope you found this answer helpful. Good luck for your future.

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What is the cutoff for OBC in CAT & XAT for IRMA ? What is the good percentile to get converted in IRMA for OBC NCL?

rishabh5978@gmail.com 5th Dec, 2019

Hello there. Hope you are doing good. I would like to tell you that the cutoff varies every year. There are several factors determining the cutoff such as:-

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