CAT 2019

CAT 2019 – In India, Common Admission Test (CAT) is the biggest national level exam for admission to Management courses. Indian Institute of Management (IIM) holds the responsibility to conduct the exam. CAT 2019 scores are accepted at 20 IIMs and other 100+ Non-IIMs. It is a computer-based exam having 100 MCQ and Non-MCQ questions. In the CAT 2019 Exam, there is a negative marking of 1 mark for each incorrect response. Any notification regarding the exam releases on For more information CAT 2019 Registration, Preparation, Syllabus, etc, scroll down below.

CAT 2019

IIM conduct CAT exam in two sessions a day. It is likely that 2.4+ Lakh students will apply for CAT 2019. For the academic session 2020-22, IIMs offer more than 4576 seats. CAT 2019 is the first step to get into IIMs, FMS, SP Jain, DTU, etc. So, check the upcoming events of CAT 2019 from the table below.

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.

 Exam Conducting Body
Check IIMs who conducted the CAT exam in previous years.

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

CAT 2019 Notification

The notification for CAT 2019 is expected on 28 July. The IIM CAT releases precise information about the exam on the official website and in the national newspapers. It contains details related 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.

IIM releases paper notification and online media release. The notification on the national newspapers releases the next day of the online notice. The CAT 2019 notification sample is available below.

CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria

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 OF MCQ and Non-MCQ questions

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.

CAT 2019 Important Topics – There is no official or a fixed syllabus for the Common Admission Test. Still, the important 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

Recommended Books for CAT 2019

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
Do I need Books for CAT Preparation?
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. However, the mocks should be taken in online mode only. For exams like IIFT 2020, you can take mock tests from books as well.

CAT Previous Year Question Papers

Candidates must practice the previous year question papers. As the IIM started conducting online since 2013, there are no official question papers between 2013-2016. Form 2017, IIM itself start releasing the official papers.

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.

Suggested Reading

Five Effective Tips For CAT 2019 Study Plan

CAT exam 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 Mock Test

IIM releases the official CAT Mock Test a few days before the exam. CAT 2019 login applicants can access it using the user id and password. The motive of the mock test is to familiarise the candidates with the test environment. There is no relationship between the difficulty level or types of questions in the mock test with the content of the upcoming exam. In case of any issues, candidates can also refer to the last year Mock Test Guidelines.

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.

 Registration Guide for common admission test 2019

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 via debit/credit card or net banking. The expected fee for this year process is as follows.

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

Which courses to choose in IIM CAT 2019 Form?

There are many courses offered by IIMs. Check what their description and if the work experience is required to apply for these programs. For more details regarding eligibility, candidates must visit the official website of the college.

Programs to select in CAT 2019 Form Description Work Experience Required
PGP Post Graduate Programme in Management No
PGP-FABM PGP program in Food and Agriculture Management No
E-PGP PGP in Electronic Mode Yes
FPM Fellowship Programme in Management or Ph.D. Master’s Degree
PGPEM Postgraduate program in Enterprise Management Yes
PGPPM Postgraduate program in public policy and management Yes
PGP-SM Post Graduate Management in Sustainability Management No
PGP-ABM Post Graduate Management in Agribusiness Management No
PGPEX Post Graduate Program for Executives – Managing Business in India and China Yes
EPGPX Executive PG Diploma Programme in Management Yes
PGPWE Post Graduate Management for Working Professional Yes
PGDHRM Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management No
PGPBM Postgraduate Programme in Business Management (for Working Executives) Yes

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 Admit Card

CAT 2019 Question Paper

IIM CAT issues the question paper of CAT 2019 after the exam. The question paper consists of all the questions that are asked in the exam. As the paper is either different or questions are shuffled for each student, the paper has the question codes. So, there is a unique 10 digit numeric code to a question. You can use the codes to challenge the answer key, tally the answers, etc. The question paper is accessible after logging in using the user id and password.

CAT 2019 Response Sheet

The question paper and CAT 2019 Response Sheet releases together in the single PDF. Each option has a unique code in the response sheet. In there only the chosen option is present. So, you can’t evaluate if the marked answer is correct or not. Thus, refer this sheet to cross verify the response with the official answer key.

CAT 2019 Answer Key

Once the exam is over, the exam conducting body releases the official CAT 2019 Answer Key. IIM CAT issues it in the one PDF. In there, the correct response is available in green and incorrect in red. You can calculate the raw scores using the answer key and response sheet.

From the last two years, IIM has started releasing the official key. It issues on the candidate’s login at The answer key contains the right answer to all the 100 questions asked in the exam.

In case there are errors, students can also challenge the key. The objection last year was Rs 1200/- per objection. After the submission of all the doubts, IIM releases the final answer key. If the challenge is valid, the objection amount is refunded back to the candidate.

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.

IIMs call candidates on the basis of profile and the CAT percentile. New IIMs call students for Centralized Admission Process (CAP). In this round, the common interview takes places for Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Bodh Gaya, Jammu, Trichy, Sambalpur, Sirmaur, and Udaipur. Non-IIMs also release shortlist and cut-off to call the students for the next round. It is important to fill the forms of these colleges in addition to CAT 2019 Form.

Normalization of CAT 2019 Scores

As the CAT exam takes place in multiple session, there is a possibility that the difficulty of the exam varies. This is evaluated on the basis of score distribution across location, sessions, etc. So, to maintain equity and fairness, scores are scaled or mormalized for each section.

For example, if the average score of session 2 is 150 wheres for session 1 is 170. Then, it gives an idea that session 2 is comparatively harder. So, the scores of students either in session 2 will increase or in session 1 will decrease.

In the scorecard, IIM mentions the scaled scores only. The process of normalization is similar to the process followed in examinations like GATE. Click Here to Know the CAT 2019 Normalization Process issued by IIM.

CAT 2019 Selection Process of IIMs

CAT 2019 score is a sole criterion for admission to the CAT accepting institute. The selection process for each IIMs and Non-IIMs is peculiar. Though the basic guidelines as mentioned on the IIM CAT website is as follows.


All the IIMs send the interview letter to students who clear the institutes cut-off. Candidates must visit their website for their detailed admission process.

Interview Rounds

Though the criteria are independent for each IIM. Group Discussion, Personal Interview, and Written Ability Test generally take place at the institutes.

Other Shortlisting Factor

Apart from CAT 2019 scores, institutes also consider work experience, academic scores, extra-curricular, etc. Each factor has different weight-age.

Eligibility Verification – At any stage of the admission process, candidates have to show the eligibility certificates. It includes mark sheets, degree certificate, reservation certificate, etc. Candidates in the final year can submit their mark sheet or certificates until December 31, 2020.

List of IIMs Accepting CAT Score

There are a total of 20 IIMs. All the institutes accept the CAT score and offer admission on the basis of a number of seats, performance in selection rounds, etc.

IIMs Name of the Course(s) Offered
IIM Calcutta PGP,  FPM
IIM Kozhikode PGP, EPGP, FPM
Amritsar PGP
IIM Bodh Gaya PGP
IIM Nagpur PGP
IIM Ranchi PGDM, PGP-HRM, Ph.D., E-PhD
IIM Sambalpur PGP
IIM Sirmaur PGP
IIM Udaipur PGP, FPM
IIM Visakhapatnam PGP, FPM

List of Non-IIMs Accepting CAT 2019 Scores

On the official website, IIM has listed the name of the management institutes that accept CAT 2019 scores. The list is available according to state wise. In total of 22 state college recognize Common Admission Test for admission.

Andhra Pradesh
Institute for Financial Management & Research (IFMR University) GITAM (Deemed to be University)
University Business School, Chandigarh Institute of Management
Adani Institute of Infrastructure Management MICA
Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India School of Petroleum Management, PDPU
Institute of Rural Management Anand Institute of Management, Nirma University
Gujarat National Law University
School of Management Sciences
Madhya Pradesh
Jaipuria Institute of Management (Indore) Indian Institute of Forest Management
LM Thapar School of Management University Business School – Ludhiana
Institute of Management Technology (IMT, Hyderabad) Hyderabad Business School
Institute Of Insurance and Risk Management (IIRM) University of Hyderabad (School of Management Studies)
Institute of Public Enterprise (IPE) Vignana Jyothi Institute of Management
West Bengal
International Management Institute (Alipore) Management Development Institute, Murshidabad
Eastern Institute of Integrated Learning in Management (EIILM) Institute of Engineering and Management
Army Institute of Management Indian Institute of Social Welfare & Business Management (IISWBM)
Praxis Business School
Jawaharlal Nehru School of Management Studies Vivekananda Institute of Professional Studies, Technical Campus
Faculty of Management Studies Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management
International Management Institute Department of Commerce, Delhi School of Economics
Jawaharlal Nehru University Apeejay School of Management
Asia-Pacific Institute of Management Fore School of Management
Fortune Institute of International Business New Delhi Institute of Management
National Institute of Financial Management Management Development Institute (MDI)
BML Munjal University
Indian Institute of Science Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Bangaluru
M S RAMAIAH INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT Alliance University(Alliance School of Business)
ABBS School of Management Indus Business Academy
Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI)
ISBR Business School International School of Management Excellence
GIBS Business School International Institute of Business Studies (IIBS)
Shri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara Institute For Management Development St Joseph’s Institute of Management
National Institute of Technology Surathkal (Karnataka)
Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai Flame School of Business (FLAME University)
K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research Institute For Technology And Management
S P Jain Institute of Management & Research Balaji Institute of Telecom & Management (BITM)
National Institute of Industrial Engineering Balaji Institute of Modern Management (BIMM)
Pune Institute of Business Management National Insurance Academy
Balaji Institute of Management and Human Resource Development (BIMHRD) Balaji Institute of International Business (BIIB)
National Institute of Bank Management
University of Engineering & Management, Jaipur Jaipuria Institute of Management (Jaipur)
JK Lakshmipat University Birla Institute of Technology & Science, Pilani
Uttar Pradesh
Motilal Nehru National Institute of Technology University Of Lucknow
Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Jaipuria Institute of Management (Noida)
Indian Institute of Information Technology Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology, Jais, Ameth
Asian Education Group (Asian Business School) NTPC School of Business
Galgotias University Shiv Nadar University
Institute of Management Studies (BHU) Birla Institute of Management Technology
Jaipuria Institute of Management (Lucknow)
Chandragupt Institute of Management Patna (CIMP) Development Management Institute
Goa Institute of Management
Jammu & Kashmir
Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University The Business School (University of Jammu)
SCMS Cochin School of Business SCMS School of Technology & Management
Saintgits Institute of Management (Dept of MBA, Saintgits College of Engineering) Rajagiri Business School
Xavier University Bhubaneswar KIIT School of Management at KIIT University
Birla Global University
Tamil Nadu
Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM) National Institute of Technology
VIT University Loyola Institute of Business Administration
Thiagarajar School of Management
University of Petroleum and Energy Studies Quantum School of Business, Quantum University
College of Agri-Business Management Doon Business School

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:
Helpline Number – 18002090830 

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