CAT 2019

CAT 2019 – Indian Institute of Management (IIM) conducts Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 on a rotational basis. This year, it is highly probable that IIM Kozhikode will conduct CAT 2019. The registration for the exam starts in the month of August 2019. The expected CAT 2019 Exam Date is 24 November. So, candidates who wish to take admission to IIMs, IITs, DTU, and other top b-schools must start the CAT Exam 2019 preparation. Gear up for the exam with the updated syllabus, exam pattern, and preparation tips. Well, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Read and delve more details about CAT 2019 Exam in the article below.

CAT 2019 Exam

More than 2 Lakhs candidates appear for the CAT exam every year. Moreover, with every subsequent year, the difficulty level of the exam is also increasing. So, do not wait until it gets too late. Start preparing for CAT 2019 now!

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CAT 2019 Exam Dates – CAT 2019 is around the corner. Thus, make sure that you do not miss any latest events dates of CAT 2019. So, bookmark this page to know any updates from IIM Kozhikode.

CAT 2019 Important Dates
Notification 28 Jul 2019
Registration Date 1st week of Aug 2019
Admit Card Release Date Fourth Week of Oct 2019
CAT 2019 exam date 24 Nov 2019
Declaration of Result 2nd week of Jan 2020

Which IIM will conduct CAT 2019?

IIM Kozhikode shall conduct CAT Exam 2019. IIM on the rotational basis organizes the exam every year. From the last 10 years, old and first-generation IIMs are conducting the test. So, IIM Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Calcutta, Indore, Kozhikode, and Bangalore have already organized the exam once until 2013. Thus, for the second cycle, IIM Kozhikode is the exam conducting body of CAT 2019.

This year exam convenor will also announce in the coming months. He/ She is the one who has the sole responsiblity to conduct the exam smoothly. Last year, Dr. Sumanta Basu from IIM Calcutta was the exam convenor.

Eligibility criteria for CAT 2019

Candidates who are planning for CAT 2019 must check the eligibility criteria. Although there is no age limit to appear for CAT Exam, the following specification required are as follows.


  • Candidates must have a graduate degree in any stream from a recognized board.
  • Final year candidates can also apply for the CAT Exam 2019.

Minimum Qualifying Marks

  • It is necessary to have atleast 50% aggregate in the graduate degree.
  • There is a relaxation of 5% marks ie a minimum of 45% for the SC/ST/PwD candidates.

Reservation Percentage

  •  In order to avail reservation, students must fill the correct category in the CAT 2019 form.
  • The percentage of reservation is 15%, 7.5%, 27% and 5% for SC, ST, PBC, PWD respectively.

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

In order to start the preparation for CAT, candidates must first look at the exam pattern. In this exam, question types may vary but overall pattern remains the same. So, check the detailed CAT exam pattern below.

Mode of the Examination

  • CAT is a computer-based test.
  • The duration of the test is 180 minutes or 3 hours
  • There is also a sectional limit of 60 minutes for each section.
  • Maximum Marks is 300.

Number and Type of Questions

  • There are 100 questions in the exam divided into three sections.
  • In the exam, there is a mixture of MCQ and Non-MCQ Problems.

Question Distribution in CAT 2019

Marking Scheme

  • +3 for each correct answer whether objective or subjective.
  • -1 for each incorrect objective type answer only.
  • There is no negative for Non-MCQ Questions.
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Quantitative Ability
Number of MCQ Questions 27 24 22
Number of Non-MCQ Questions 7 8 12
Total Marks 102 96 102

CAT 2019 Syllabus

The syllabus for CAT 2019 consist of Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & English, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability or Mathematics. Moreover, there is no official or a fixed syllabus for the Common Admission Test. Still, the common topics to prepare are as follows. Importantly, prepare the topics that appear last year from the CAT syllabus.

Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability Syllabus
Para Formation Verbal Reasoning
Summary Facts, Assumptions, Judgements
Analogies/ Reverse Analogies Para Odd Man Out
Jumbled Paragraph Word Meaning Based Questions
Jumbles Sentences Cloze Passage
Sentence Correction Fill in the Blanks
Reading Comprehension Antonyms/ Synonyms
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Syllabus
Tables Column Graphs
Pie-Chart Line Charts
Matrix Arrangements Venn Diagrams
Pipes and Cisterns Data Sufficiency
Caselets Calendars
Bar Graphs Cubes
Number and Letter Series Seating Arrangement
Binary Logic Logical Sequence
Syllogism Logical Connectives
Blood Relations Clocks
Quantitative Ability Syllabus
Mensuration Coordinate Geometry
Number System Geometry
Statistics Simple Equation
Trigonometry Operations-Based questions
Time and Distance Time and Work
Ratio, Proportion, and Variations Simple and Compound Interest
Quadratic Equations Inequalities and Modulus
Averages-Mixtures-Alligations Special Equations
Probability Quantitative Reasoning
Functions  and Graphs Indices and Surds
Logarithm Permutations and Combination
Data Sufficiency

CAT 2019 Books to Refer

Whether you have opted for self-study or coaching, it is necessary that you look at books to clear the concepts. There is a lot of study material available online, still, you can practice from books for comprehensive knowledge. Previous year question papers and mock test are also a good source of preparation. One of the best authors for CAT are Arun Sharma, R S Aggarwal, etc. More or less mentioned books are the same, you can pick any of it according to your inconvenience.

Author Book
Arun Sharma How to Prepare For Quantitative Aptitude for CAT
RS Aggarwal Quantitative Aptitude for competitive examinations
Arun Sharma How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for the CAT
Nishit K Sinha Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT
Arun Sharma, Meenakshi Upadhyay How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT
Dr. R S Aggarwal A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning

CAT 2019 Preparation

The preparation for the common admission test is not unique. The study pattern may vary from student to student. Also, on the current preparation level and time left for the exam. So, candidates must carefully analyze their weak and strong topics before starting the preparation. Here are some sources that you can follow.

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Five Effective Tips For CAT 2019 Study Plan

CAT 2019 Preparation Tips

1. SWOT Analysis

Analyze your strengths and weakness. If you are scoring less in language part, then devote extra 1 hour to this section. Importantly, do not push aside your strong areas in sake to improve in other areas. Maintain a fine balance between the two. Only when the exam approaching near, you can revise topics in which you are confident. Thus, keep weak topics in the second fiddle for a while.

2. Learn Concepts

First, note down the topics of the syllabus, then start learning or practicing the topics. Initially, prepare all the topics if you have enough time. Marking difficult and tricky questions also helps later. Also, keep the record of questions you do wrong and afterward discuss it with mentors/friends for the correct approach.

3. Mock Tests are Must

After solving questions of one topic, take sectional and full-length mocks. Do not think that “first I will complete the syllabus then only move forward for mocks“. It is a  wrong strategy, in CAT, you can expect a lot of unexpected questions. So, from the first day of preparation start taking the mocks.

4. Revision of Mocks

Just taking mocks do not complete the preparation. So, every time you take a test, revise it to solve the unattempted and incorrect questions. Learn new strategies to solve a question. You can maintain a notebook having important tricks and formulas. Use it from time to time to keep them fresh in mind.

5. Plan a Time Table

Prepare a time table as per the time left for the exam. Divide it into two parts ie learning concept and taking mocks. It will help to manage your studies well.  Also, you can easily score well in CAT with a proper study schedule.

CAT 2019 Notification

The notification for CAT 2019 issues on 28 July. The IIM CAT releases precise information about the exam on the official website and in the national newspapers. It contains details released to the exam date, eligibility, reservation, registration fees, important dates, test centre, and disclaimer. The complete and comprehensive details releases along with the starting of CAT registration.

CAT 2019 Online registration

In order to appear for CAT 2019, it is necessary that you apply online before the specified deadline. The CAT 2019 Registration starts in the month of August. The application form releases at Overall, there are three steps to apply for CAT ie registration, login, and application form. Further, the application form has 5-6 steps including the fee payment.

In precise, first, visit the official website of CAT. Thereafter, access the registration form and fill all the details. This data is uneditable once the registration part completes. Then, check the registered email id and mobile number to get the user id and password respectively. Next, log in using the credentials given by IIM CAT. Fill all the necessary details like name, address, qualification etc. Finally, upload the documents and pay the registration fees.

Application fee for CAT 2019

Candidates have to pay the CAT 2019 Application Fee debit/credit card or net banking. The expected fee for this year process is as follows.

  • The application fee amounts to Rs 2000/-for General / NC-OBC candidates.
  • SC/ST /PWD candidates have to pay Rs. 1000/- as an application fee.

CAT 2019 Admit Card

The admit card for CAT 2019 releases one month before the examination. It issues on the official website at the candidates’ login. Use user id and password to download the CAT Admit Card. Thereafter, paste a passport size photograph. On the exam day, it is important to carry, hall ticket and a photo identity proof. Also, make sure that you follow all the exam instructions and dress code on the exam day.

First, in the exam hall, you cannot wear closed footwear and clothes with lots of pockets. Second, reach the exam centre at least 90 minutes before the exam starts. As the document verification and biometric process take time. Importantly, do not use the keyboard of the computer as it closes the system by default. Last but not least, you can’t take bio-breaks except in an absolute emergency.

CAT 2019 Result

The result for CAT 2019 releases on the official website on the first of January. Candidates can easily download using the login id and password. The scorecard releases in the PDF format containing the sectional and overall percentile. The scores of the exam are acceptable at IIMs and other CAT accepting institutes. The final admission is on the basis of Group Discussion and Personal Interview Round.

About the Common Admission Test (CAT)

CAT is a milestone for the management students who wish to take admission in the top B Schools in India. It is considered as the most important management entrance test. Among all the national level exams, it has gained a high priority over the years. No doubt it is a gateway to get admission in IIMs, IITs etc. The motive of CAT Exam is to test aptitude, logical thinking and decision making the ability of a student. Thus, the CAT exam has a great significance for MBA admissions.

Official Website of CAT 2019:

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