CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019
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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019 - Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode provided CAT 2019 eligibility criteria. Candidates who will be appearing for the CAT entrance exam ensured that they met CAT eligibility criteria 2019 before they started 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 IIM, Kozhikode 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 a 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. Correction window for CAT 2019 application form has been closed.
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CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria - Academic Details

IIM Kozhikode will conduct the Common Admission Test 2019 and it has defined the eligibility criteria of CAT 2019 related to academic parameters which the candidates should have met.

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

  • Candidates who have completed their graduation and are waiting for the result to be announced, they will be eligible to apply for CAT 2019. However, according to CAT eligibility criteria, 2019 such candidates will 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 percent marks or equivalent CGPA to appear in CAT exam entrance exam 2019. 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 exam 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 a 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).

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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 are:

  • Candidates who will be applying under the reserved category for the CAT 2019 exam must ensure that the Scheduled 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 released the CAT application form 2019 in online mode on August 7, 2019 (10 am). The end date for filling the form for the CAT exam was September 25 (5 pm). The authorities has now closed the correction window on September 30 at 5:00 pm. Admit card for CAT 2019 to be available on October 23, 2019.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019

Question: Is there any age restriction for taking the CAT examination?


No, there is no age restriction for taking the CAT examination.

Question: Which documents need to be uploaded while filling the application form?


Candidates need to be uploaded the following documents while filling the application form of CAT 2019:

1. If you have chosen EWS Or NC-OBC or SC or ST as the category, then you need to upload the relevant certificate.

2. If you are a PwD category applicant, then you need to upload the relevant PwD certificate

Question: I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in May-June 2019 but have a backlog. Am I eligible to apply for CAT 2019?


Yes, as per the CAT 2019 eligibility norms, candidates who are completing their degree by June 2019 are eligible to appear for CAT. However, the candidate should select “Yes” to the question “Are you in the final year of Bachelor’s Degree”.

Question: What are the timings to contact the Candidate Helpdesk?


The FAQs, online guides, and videos are designed to enable self-learning. You are requested to use these tools to guide you through the entire process and help answer most of your queries. In case you still face issues, the CAT Candidate Helpdesk is available by phone, Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. To 6:00 p.m. 

Note: The CAT Candidate Helpdesk is closed on Sundays and on National/Public holidays.

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Dear Aspirant,

You have to score a minimum of 99 percentile to get at least one good IIM call as your academics are not good. You could get a call from new IIMs if you score 99 percentile as the top tier IIMs will not give you a chance due to your poor acads.

Colleges you could look for are like IIM Nagpur, Kashipur, Shillong, etc. These colleges if you study well will provide you with a good package of 10-12 lpa.

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i have got 90 percentile in cat but my academic scores are quite low 80 percent in 10th,55 percent in 12 from bihar board and 65 percent in graduation from bihar board, would i get good clg

Rehan Alam Student Expert 18th Oct, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

You will not be able to get any good business school like top IIMs, MDI, IIFT, or FMS. However, you can still get a good MBA tier 3/4 college if you increase your percentile to 98 percentile.

However, according to your grads, you must not be disappointed if you don't get a call at 99 because your marks are not good.

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what is the syllabus of CAT exam it stream wise ...? which stream students is eligible for CAT ?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 18th Oct, 2019


Eligibility for CAT is graduate in any discipline from a recognized university with 50% aggregate, for SC/ST/PwD it's 45%.

So, people from any background can apply for CAT, provided they have required aggregate at their graduation level against their category.

Now, coming to the syllabus for CAT, there's no specific syllabus for CAT, one needs to rely on past years sample papers to get a fair idea about the pattern and weightage given to each topic and section.In general, questions are mostly from middle school level English and Mathematics.

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Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 18th Oct, 2019

See if you have failed in past then its bot necessary that you will fail again or you might get a very good percentile this time.The only thing that is your hand and by which you can perform well in CAT is my preparing with determination and consistency.
All you need to do is just give you best in the studies and then you will surely perform well in CAT.

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