About CAT 2019

CAT or Common Admission Test, the most popular national level management entrance exam was conducted on November 24 by Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode for admission to 20 IIMs and in more than 1000 B-schools across India. The candidates response sheet for CAT has been released on November 29. The admit card for CAT 2019 was released on October 23. The notification for the same was released on July 26. Around 2.5 lakh MBA aspirants have reportedly appeared for the test this year. CAT 2019 was a 3-hour computer-based test consisting of 100 Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) and Non-MCQ type questions. There were three sections, namely Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR). CAT 2019 was held on in two slots - Forenoon (9 AM to 12 PM) and Afternoon (2:30 PM to 5:30 PM). The result of CAT 2019 will be announced by January 6, 2020, and the selection procedure initiates with the release of CAT cutoff. Each of the participating institutes of CAT 2019 will execute their individual admission process, however, the shortlisting would be done based on CAT 2019 cutoff. Next, the shortlisted candidates will be called for further selection rounds, namely, Group Discussion (GD) or Writing Ability Test (WAT) or both and Personal Interview (PI) rounds for the final admission. Additionally, the newly formed IIMs will administer the Common Admission Process (CAP) where the shortlisted aspirants from all participating IIMs need to appear for WAT and PI rounds.

Exam level: National Level Exam
Frequency: Once a year
Languages English
Conducting Body: Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
Duration 3 Hours

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CAT 2019 Important Dates

Past Dates and Events

04 Dec, 2019 - 06 Dec, 2019

Answer Key - Raise Objection | Mode: Online

29 Nov, 2019

Answer Key | Mode: Online

29 Nov, 2019

Response Sheet of CAT - Start Date | Mode: Online

24 Nov, 2019

Exam | Mode: Online

23 Oct, 2019 - 24 Nov, 2019

Admit Card | Mode: Online

16 Oct, 2019

Mock test - Start Date | Mode: Online

28 Sep, 2019 - 30 Sep, 2019

Application Correction - Correction Date | Mode: Online

07 Aug, 2019 - 25 Sep, 2019

Application | Mode: Online

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CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria

IIM Kozhikode has formulated the CAT 2019 eligibility criteria. As per the official eligibility criteria of CAT 2019, a candidate should meet the following parameters-

  • Obtain a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline with minimum 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA from a recognised university or educational institute.
  • The reserved category candidates, such as Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD), should secure minimum 45 percentage in Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognised university or educational institute.
  • The final year students of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification exam and those who have completed degree course and are awaiting results can apply for CAT 2019 as well.
  • Aspirants with any professional degree with requisite percentage of marks will be eligible to appear for the exam.
  • Age Limit: There is no limit pertaining to age for appearing in CAT.
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Mode of Application : Online

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IIM Kozhikode opened the online application process of CAT 2019 from August 7, 2019 till September 25, 2019. The authorities have extended the last date of CAT registration 2019 till September 25, 2019. The application is a three-step process, CAT registration, filling the application form, and paying the application fee. Post-registration, candidates receive a User ID and Password on their registered email and mobile number which has to be used to login to the official website to fill the CAT application form 2019. Candidates needed to select four exam centres as per their convenience.

CAT 2019 application fee- The application fee could be paid through net banking, debit card, credit card, BillDesk, PayU and Paytm.

  CAT Registration/Application Fee                                                                              



Category            

Application Fee

        
            

General and NC-OBC

            

Rs. 1900

SC, ST and PWD            

Rs. 950

        

Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
OBC, General Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 1900
OBC, General PWD Online Transgender ₹ 950
ST, SC Online Transgender ₹ 950

Student Appearing Vs Seat Available

Year Student Appeared Seats Available
2018 209405 None
Verbal ability and reading comprehension
Data interpretation and logical reasoning
Quantitative ability (qa)

Perseverance, strategic planning and execution clubbed with positivity pave the path towards success in the most coveted entrance exam, CAT. Candidates would need to start preparing at least 6-8 months prior to the exam to yield the best results. 

Thorough knowledge of the CAT 2019 Syllabus along with the concepts should be the primary focus for all the aspiring test takers followed by practice of previous years' question papers and sample papers. Candidates are advised to take as many timed mock tests as possible to enhance their proficiency. Apart from academic preparation, one should be cautious about their health as well. Staying fit and positive is immensely important until the exam day.

As per the CAT 2019 exam pattern, the computer-based test had three timed sections (VARC, DILR, and QA) carrying a total of 100 questions. The types of questions are both MCQ as well as Non-MCQ questions. Following were the three CAT sections including the sectional durations and marks allotted-    

CAT Exam Pattern 2019                   

            

Name of Section        

            

No. of Questions

        
            

Total Marks

        
            

Duration

        
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)            

34

        
            

102

        
            

60 minutes

        
            

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)        

            

32

        
            

96

        
            

60 minutes

            

Quantitative Ability (QA)

            

34

        
            

102

        
            

60 minutes

        
            

Total

        
            

100

        
            

300

        
            

180 minutes

        


The IIM Kozhikode will conduct CAT 2019 and it has released the official mock test of CAT on October 16. The mock test or the practice test released explains the exam format, pattern as well as the marking scheme and the navigation system to the prospective test takers.

The total duration of CAT mock test 2019 is 3 hours and it included the following-

  • Exam instructions
  • Mock questions pertaining to each section (VARC, DI & LR, and QA)

The Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode issued the online CAT 2019 admit card on October 23, 2019 onwards. It will comprise of candidates' personal and test venue details along with exam day guidelines. It is a mandate for all candidates to carry their CAT admit card 2019 on the day of the exam. 

The admit card of CAT 2019 will be available only in online mode. Candidates needed to download the admit card from the official website using their login credentials (user ID and password) and take prints of the same for the exam day, which will be held in last week of November.

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Documents Required at Exam

  • CAT 2019 admit card
  • Photo ID

IIM Kozhikode conducted the exam and released the answer key of CAT 2019 on November 29. The answer key consists of CAT 2019 questions along with the correct answers marked in green colour. The CAT 2019 answer key is available for download on the official website of the exam. The document will be available for all the test takers. Candidates who appeared for the exam on November 24, 2019 can login to the official website to download the pdf file of the answer key.

Test takers are permitted to file an objection if they find any discrepancy in the CAT answer key 2019. The objection filling can be done December 6 by paying a fee of Rs. 1200. Last year, the fee for filing objection was Rs. 1000.

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The result of CAT 2019 will be announced by the exam conducting IIM in the second week of January. The CAT 2019 result will  be made available in online mode only. Based on the result, test-takers will be shortlisted for further selection rounds by respective IIMs and other CAT 2019 participating institutes.  

For downloading the result of CAT 2019, candidates need to insert their login credentials created during registration (User ID and Password). The CAT 2019 scorecard reflects the sectional and overall scores and percentiles obtained by the examinee.

The minimum marks or percentile any test taker must secure in order to qualify for further selection rounds is called the CAT cutoff marks/scores. All the IIMs and other participating institutes will release the CAT 2019 cutoff to shortlist the candidates for the selection procedure.

The factors that affect the cutoff of CAT 2019 are-

  •    The total number of CAT test takers 
  •    The level of difficulty of the exam
  •    Number of test takers qualifying for the next rounds 
  •    The total number of seats 
  •    Institute of repute or ranking.

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The selection procedure of CAT 2019 is a two-step process followed by all the IIMs and other CAT score accepting management institutes. Candidates will first have to appear for CAT 2019. Based on the performance of the test, examinees will be shortlisted for the second CAT selection process. All shortlisted candidates will be called for Group Discussion (GD), Writing Ability Test (WAT), and Personal Interview (PI). The participating institutes and IIMs will render some weightage to each mentioned factor as per their respective admission processes before finalising the students for admissions to management programmes.

Documents Required at Counselling

  • 10th, 12th, graduation, and professional (if applicable) mark sheets
  • 10th, 12th, graduation, and professional (if available) degree certificates
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Caste certificate (if applicable)
  • Admission letter
  • CAT admit card
  • Address proof of parents
  • Passport size photographs (colour/black & white)
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: When can we expect the CAT 2019 result to be announced?

Answer:

 As per the notification issued by IIM Kozikhode, it is likely to be  announced in the second week of January. Going by past years trends, CAT result 2019 will be announced on January 6. 

Question: Is there going to be a common cutoff for CAT 2019 for the next round of selection?

Answer:

Individual IIMs will release the CAT 2019 cutoff for the batch of 2020-2022.  Each IIM will release their own cuoff for the next round of selection. The cutoff of CAT 2019  that is released by individual institutes is different for various categories. 

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Top Institutes for MBA through CAT?

niharika cherry 7th Dec, 2019

Hello rajendra, for pursuing MBA, any one of the IIM's would be preferable, mostly the IIM ahmedabad would be excellent. So , now I tell you the top insititutes which offer MBA through CAT are-

  • IIM- Ahmedabad,Banglore,Kolkota, Lucknow,Indore,Kozhikode
  • Management Development Institute- Gurgaon
  • Faculty of Management Studies, university of delhi- Delhi

Hope this helps.

Thank you.

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CAT exam and MBA information??

Bhaskar Nakkina Student Expert 7th Dec, 2019

CAT is a National level Common Entrance test to pursue MBA in IIM's and Business Schools. To write CAT exam one  must have passed graduation from a recognised Board of University. Final year graduation students are also allowed to write the CAT exam. If you do MBA in an IIM or Top B school, the career and placement opportunities are excellent. As a fresher one can earn minimum 5-10 lakhs after MBA.

In addition to that CAT exam is of 3 hours duration comprising of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude.

All the best.,

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87 percentile in cat 2019 with 40.xx %ile in VA so which college is there in which I can consider?

Bhaskar Nakkina Student Expert 7th Dec, 2019

Hii,

The Cut off to IIM's and Business Schools depend on the Highest mark and difficulty level of the exam. As there is no official Highest mark, we have to wait till the Results are released. 87 percentile in CAT is a good Score. You can get good Business Schools but difficult to get IIM's.

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how many iim does not take PI WAT?

SAKSHI KULSHRESHTHA 7th Dec, 2019

Hi Swapnil

Most IIMs take WAT or the written ability test where one is given around 15- 30 minutes to write an essay on any given topic. Only two IIMs- Kozhikode and Shillong take GD. But all of them conduct Personal Interview or PI.

The weightage of CAT score, academic qualifications, work experience, GD/ WAT and PI differs from college to college. You can find the detailed list on the given link: https://www.imsindia.com/CAT/iims-shortlisting-criteria.html


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i m a sc candidate my overall cat percentile is 70 and 10th standard scored 10 cgpa,12th 82.33 and btech,7.43. can i expect any iim calll

Rohit 7th Dec, 2019

Dear aspirant

Whether you get a CAT call depend upon a lot of factors.First of it depends on which IIM you are looking to get into.Your grades in 10nth 12th and BTech is very good.But your CAT score is a little low.But it doesn't matter.IIMs like Indore give more weightage to your 10nth and 12th marks.Some don't even consider your undergraduate marks.So it all depends.I think you have a good chance of getting a CAP call for sure.All the best

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