CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019
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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019 - Indian Institute of Management which will conduct the Common Admission Test will provide CAT 2019 eligibility criteria. Candidates who will be appearing for the entrance exam must ensure that they meet CAT eligibility criteria 2019 before they start filling the application form. According to the eligibility criteria of CAT 2019, candidates must meet the requisite academic credentials that have been laid down by the authority which will conduct the exam. CAT eligibility criteria 2019 also mentions the category wise parameters which are laid down by the authorities. CAT is conducted every year in computer-based mode for candidates who are aiming to pursue a management degree from the IIMs as well as for those who wish to take admission in other B-schools which admit candidates on the basis of CAT score. To know all details about CAT 2019 eligibility criteria such as the nationality, educational parameters, reservation criteria, read the full article that is given on this page.

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CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria - Academic Details

The authorities which will conduct the Common Admission Test 2019 will define the eligibility criteria of CAT 2019 related to academic parameters which the candidates must meet. 

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  • Candidates who are in the final year of graduation, they would be eligible to apply for CAT 2019 

  • Candidates who have completed their graduation and are waiting for the result to be announced,, they would be eligible to apply for CAT 2019.However, according to CAT eligibility criteria 2019 such candidates would be offered provisional admission. The admission of the candidates will be confirmed only after they provide a certificate from the registrar or principal of the institution or university mentioning that the aforesaid candidate has met all the necessary requirements to obtain the bachelor’s degree.

  • Candidates belonging to the general category must score at least 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA. They must have completed their graduation by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956.

  • Those candidates will also be eligible to appear for CAT 2019 who possess an equivalent qualification that has been accorded recognition by Ministry of Human Resource Development. 

  • Candidates who belong to Scheduled Tribe (ST),  Schedule Caste and persons with disability must score at least 45 % marks in their graduation to be eligible to appear in CAT 2019.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019 - Calculation of marks to be eligible for Common Admission Test

  • If the candidate has scored marks in CGPA format, then in such a case, the marks would be converted as per the guidelines laid down by the respective institute or university. 

  • If the institute does not follow any conversion policy, then in such a case the equivalent marks would be calculated by dividing the CGPA of the candidate by the maximum possible CGPA and the result will be multiplied by 100.

CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria - Reservation Criteria

As per the eligibility criteria of CAT 2019, certain percentage of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to SC, ST, OBC and persons with disability.

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Reservation and category





Scheduled Tribe (ST)

7.5 per cent


Scheduled Caste (SC)

15 per cent 


Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to non-creamy layers

27 per cent  


Persons with disability 

3 percent 

PwD category will include candidates with the following disability are:

  • Candidates who have hearing impairment 

  • Candidates with low vision blindness 

  • Candidates with locomotor disability or cerebral palsy

Candidates will be able to apply under the PwD category only if any they suffer from disabilities that have been mentioned above and are not less than 40 %. The extent of disability under which the candidates will be considered eligible to apply is mentioned by medical authority and also explained in the said PWD Act, 1995 (Section 39).

According to CAT eligibility criteria 2019, candidates  belonging to the reserved category must meet the requisite cutoff as determined by the IIMs. 

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019- Details which the candidates belonging to reserved category must be aware

  • Candidates who will be applying under the reserved category must ensure that the Schedule Tribe and Scheduled Caste category is mentioned in the schedule of the government of India.  The following details must be mentioned in the caste certificate: 

  • Original residence details about the district, state or union territory of the candidate 

  • Name of the tribe or the caste 

  • Candidate must mention whether the candidate is an SC or ST

  • The tribe or the caste should be approved under the requisite schedule of Government of India 

  • Candidates belonging to the reserved category they will have to upload caste related documents while filling the CAT application form 2019. If such candidates do not upload the documents then it is likely that their application will get rejected. 

  • At the time of the admission, candidates will have to provide their original documents in lieu of their caste and tribe 

CAT 2019 Application Form

The authorities will issue the CAT application form 2019 in online mode tentatively in second week of August. The end date for filling the form will be last week of September. All the management aspirants must ensure that they meet the requisite eligibility criteria of CAT 2019 before they start filling the registration form. 

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