CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019
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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019 - Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode provided CAT 2019 eligibility criteria. Candidates who are 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 met the requisite academic credentials that have been laid down by IIM, Kozhikode which conducted 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 conducted 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 closed the correction window on September 30 at 5:00 pm. Admit card for CAT 2019 was released 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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I have scored 64 pecentile in cat do i hold any chance of getting call from any of the imt campus?

Sampriti Student Expert 17th Jan, 2020
You can get a call from IMT Hyderabad and Dubai campuses. The GE/PI rounds of IMT Nagpur, Hyderabad and Dubai campuses happen together and that for  the Ghaziabad happens separately. There's no separate process for the remaining 3 campuses. You'll be allotted either Hyderabad or Dubai campus based on your performance in the Group Exercise and Personal interview.

The CAT cutoff for IMT Ghaziabad is 90 percentile, for Nagpur campus it is 70 and for Hyderabad and Dubai it is 60. You'll get an email regarding the campuses you've been shortlisted for.

All the very best

is doon business school good for 70.8 cat percentile

Sampriti Student Expert 17th Jan, 2020
Doon Business School is an average college for management education but since you've a decent CAT percentile so you can look out for some better options. You can check out the following colleges
  • BIMTECH Noida
  • XISS Ranchi
  • Prin LN Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research Bangalore
  • IMT Nagpur and Hyderabad
  • IMI Kolkata
  • NDIM New Delhi
  • JIMS Rohini
  • ICFAI Business School
  • Globsyn Business School Kolkata
These are pretty good colleges and you can easily get a good company with an average compensation package of 6 lakhs. They also offer good ROI. Though some of the colleges like BIMTECH and ICFAI Business School charge a little higher fees which is 12lakhs and 14.1 lakhs respectively but plethora of reputed companies visit the campus offering high salaries.
For Doon Business School, though the fees is less than 5 lakhs but the placements are not up to the mark and with your percentile you can go for a better college.

All the best

which b school are the best if i have a cat percentile 70.8

Manisha Gupta Expert 17th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Based on this CAT score the chances are less to get a call from any of IIMs, But you can have the chances to get a call from the colleges.

IPE Hyderabad
Balaji Institute of Modern Management, Pune
Alliance School of Business, Bangalore
IISWBM Kolkata
Siva Sivani Institute of Management, Secunderabad
ITM Business School, Navi Mumbai
SDMIMD, Mysore

You can check your other best possibilities with CAT Pathfinder Tool.

Along with CAT score all the colleges in which you apply makes a merit list to call the students for the second round of interview and WSAT which is made in the basis of your aggregate score and which is based on different parameters such as CAT marks, 10th, 12th and graduation percentage, work experience, engineer or non-engineer, gender etc. whose weightage vary according to different colleges.

Good Luck!


my cat percentile is below 70, is there any chance that i will be further considered if i score well in micat?

Pranav Mishra 17th Jan, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

As far as last year cutoff is concerned which is 78 percentile in CAT you have no chance. Getting good score in MICAT can get you a call till 75 percentile at some conditions but getting less than 70, In my opinion there is no chance, However MICA also accept XAT score so, if you have good percentile like 75-80 in it than you have a chance to convert it.

I hope the above information is beneficial for you.

All the best.


without cat mat college for MBA and placement 100

Leon George 16th Jan, 2020

Hello Ravi,

MBA colleges that do not accept CAT or MAT score and placement is good are-

  • IILM Institute for Higher Education,  New Delhi- It conducts it's own entrance test followed by personal interview and group discussion. It also accepts GMAT, CAT etc. The placement is good here.
  • Symbiosis Institute of Business Management, Pune- The institute conducts it's own entrance test SNAP and accepts that score to give admission to candidates.The placement is good and mostly candidates gets placed.
  • Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies, Mumbai- The institute conducts it's own entrance test known as NMAT by GMAC. The placement committee places almost every candidate with good package.
  • Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi- It is an autonomous B school and one of the best foreign trade Institute in India. It conducts it's own entrance test and placement is good.
  • Xavier Institute of Management, Jamshedpur- It is a reputed management college with no introduction. It is known for its mix curriculum,  placement, faculty and all. It conducts it's own XAT entrance exam for admission. Placement is excellent.

I hope it helps and all the best

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