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CAT Question Papers: IIM Kozikhode will release the CAT 2019 question papers in the first week of December 2019. In 2017, it is for the first time that official question paper of CAT was released by IIM Lucknow then IIM Calcutta for CAT 2018 as well. CAT 2019 will be conducted on November 24, 2019. Students will download the CAT 2019 question paper to know the structure and difficulty level of the exam. CAT 2019 question paper will contain four sections which are logical reasoning, verbal ability, data interpretation and quantitative aptitude and comprehension. With the help of previous question papers of CAT, candidates know about the type of questions, topics covered in the exam and the pattern of the exam. By solving the CAT question papers, candidates will be able to understand the marking scheme of the exam, syllabus, exam duration, etc. In this article, candidates will find that how to download the CAT question papers, benefits of CAT 2019 question papers, exam pattern etc.
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Important dates of CAT Question Papers 2019



CAT 2019 Exam

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

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

Releasing of CAT 2019 Answer Key

First week of December, 2019 (tentative)

CAT 2019 Result Announcement

Second week of January, 2020

How to download CAT Question Papers 2019

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CAT Exam Pattern 2019

Before knowing the question papers, let’s have a look at the CAT exam pattern. It will allow candidates to understand the CAT question paper in a better way.

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CAT Exam Pattern


No. of Questions

Total Marks


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)



60 minutes

Quantitative Ability (QA)



60 minutes

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)



60 minutes





The exam is divided into three sections as mentioned in the above table. The duration of the exam is 3 hours and each section gets 1 hour. Each question carries 3 marks which means each correct answer will get 3 marks and each incorrect answer will deduct 1 mark. The exam will have both subjective questions (type the answer) and multiple choice questions (options given to choose the right answer).

Benefits of CAT Question Papers 2019

  • After solving the CAT question papers 2019, candidates will manage their time according to the exam duration. It is very important to complete the exam in a given time so candidates have to manage and save your time.

  • With the help of CAT 2019 question papers, candidates will be clear about their strong point and weak point. CAT question papers will help candidates to identify their weak and strong areas.

  • It will also allow the candidates to enhance their time management skills. They will also get to know how immediately they need to solve a question, which question to attempt and which question to leave, etc.

CAT Sample Papers 2019

Candidates can use CAT sample papers to prepare for the exam. With the help of CAT sample papers, candidates will understand the exam pattern, type of questions asked in the exam, and the marking scheme. Candidates can download the CAT sample papers by following the below steps:

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CAT Question Papers

Question: How many times in a year CAT exam is conducted?


CAT is conducted only once a year.

Question: How should candidates start their preparations for CAT 2019?


Candidates must form their strategies planning before the preparations for CAT. Some of the strategic planning are:

  1. Follow exam pattern and syllabus

  2. Time management

  3. Basic strong and chapter-wise preparation

  4. Make a preference to opt for coaching centres or self-study

  5. Take Mock tests and solve sample papers

Question: Will there be any age limit for taking the CAT 2019 exam?


No, there is no age limit for appearing in the CAT 2019 exam.

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I wished to apply for the CAT exam but now its not possible to apply because I was too late to apply bur when is the next CAT exam conducted so that I can apply and I need some recommendations and guidance from the authorized management so that I can prepare well for the upcoming year exam

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 21st Oct, 2019
Dear Harini, we can suggest some books. Before that, we shall help you with the exam pattern. CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:

Quantitative Ability
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

NCERT books will sharpen your basics and you need strong basics for preparing for any entrance examination. Once your basics are in place, because the time period for preparation is quite less, your preparation should be extensive and thorough.

Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.

Preparation tips:

Because this section involves mathematics and takes most of your time, your focus should be on solving the problems efficiently in the beginning. Even if it takes time, practise upto perfection. Practise as many questions as you can in the conventional way. As and when you get a grip on the subject, you can go for short cuts. Memorise tables, square roots, cube roots, conversion from percent to fraction, etc. Solve sample papers on Mathematics. In the beginning, do not worry about the time it takes. As you practise, you will get the hang of the subject and it will be easier for you.

In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.

Preparation tips:

Read articles from time to time. Follow newspapers, magazines, and watch the news channels and browse the internet to keep yourself updated. You will need a lot of reading to help you in the comprehension section. You will need speed to help you in this section and you can achieve that only by thorough practise and reading. Take time to understand the question because most answers are interlinked.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.

Preparation tips:

As this is the most tricky section, this needs a lot of practise. Solve as many sample papers as possible to get the hang of the section. Make notes when required. Regular practise can help you understand and solve the questions easily as time goes on.

Overall,once you know the syllabus, it's easier from there on.Go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections. Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months. We can recommend a few books for you:

  • NCERT books to cover the basics from 6th to 10th Class

  • Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Saxena

  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum for CAT by Sarvesh Sharma

  • How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma

  • Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by Abhijit Guha

You can also download free downloadable e books at:


I pursuing b. tech 2 yr when should I start preparing for CAT

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 20th Oct, 2019

Dinesh, CAT is the entrance examination for admission to all the 20 IIMs and more than 1000 participating Institutions which include India's top B-Schools. So the competition is tight and you need to prepare as hard as possible. No time is early for preparing for an exam like CAT. IIMs do not have a specific syllabus for CAT. An assumption is drawn based on previous question papers. So, it inviolves Mathematical formulae and analytical thinking. For being good at these, you need to start preparing as early as possible. You are eligible for appearing for CAT once you are in your final year. So, if you start from this year as well, you can get into a decent top B-School.


What is cat exam syllabus, subject?

Papeya Dubey Student Expert 20th Oct, 2019

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.

There are mainly three sections in CAT-

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation which includes topics such as Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets, Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism etc.

Quantitative Aptitude which includes topics such as Geometry, Algebra, Time and Work, Mensuration, Number System etc.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension which includes topics such as Sentence completion, Questions based on reading comprehension, Para-jumbles & para-summar, inferences etc.

To know the detailed topics, kindly go through the following link-

cat exam is available for engineering.?

Anupam Kumar Student Expert 20th Oct, 2019

Hey there

If you want to ask engineers are eligible for CAT exam then yes engineers are eligible for CAT exam. For CAT either you should be in final year of graduation or have passed your graduation.

check detailed eligibility for CAT

Good luck


I have applied for CAT exam This year.Can I use this score for getting addmision in Anna University for joining MBA during2020.If no what can I do further to get addmission in 2020 joing batch

Sonali Sahu Student Expert 20th Oct, 2019


You can't use current year marks or rank to get an admission in coming year as it will be unfair to other candidates as your paper features may be different with theirs like it might be a easy paper when you gave and in the coming year if paper gets hard then that will change the evaluation process differently. It will be even unfair to you. So the board don't entertain these kind of forwarding previous year results for next year to get an admission.

If you want to get an admission in year 2020 then you have to appear the exam in year 2020 as you gave this year. You have to do each and every step and follow the process as a normal candidates does in 1st attempt. like you can take you are giving it as a fresh.

Hope it helps!

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