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CAT 2019 – Form, Eligibility, Syllabus, Preparation

CAT 2019 – IIM Kozhikhode has released application form for CAT 2019. The last date to apply if September 18 and the exam is due to be held on November 24, 2019. Common Admission Test is a national level examination, conducted by IIMs to fill seats in PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP, PGP-HRM, PGPEM, PGPPM courses. Apart from IIMs, more than 200 B-Schools also use CAT score for MBA admission. CAT 2019 will be an online exam, of 3 hours. You can check details regarding CAT 2019 form, application fee, syllabus, and more from this page.

Latest: CAT 2019 application form has been released. Click Here to Apply.

CAT 2019

Other than IIMs, there are other top colleges like FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs, IMI, JBIMS & 500 other MBA colleges which accpts CAT score. Check the expected schedule for CAT 2019 from the table below:

CAT 2019 Important Dates
Release date for CAT 2019 Notification 28 Jul 2019
CAT 2019 Registration starts from 07 Aug 2019 (10:00 AM)
Last date to submit CAT 2019 Application Form 18 Sep 2019 (05:00 PM)
Issuance of CAT 2019 Admit Card 23 Oct 2019
CAT 2019 exam date 24 Nov 2019
Release of CAT 2019 Answer Key To be notified
Declaration of CAT 2019 Result 02nd week of Jan 2020

CAT 2019 Exam Notification and Information Brochure

CAT 2019 Notification has been released on July 26 2019 by IIM Kozikhode. The notification for CAT 2019 exam has been released in the newspapers. The CAT 2019 notification consist of details like schedule for exam, details about CAT Eligibility criteria and the details about the MBA programmes offered by all the 20 IIMs.

  • Click Here to download CAT 2019 information brochure.

CAT 2019 Exam Overview

Check the key facts for Common Admission Test from the table below:

CAT Full Form Common Admission Test
CAT 2019 exam date November 24, 2019 (Confirmed)
CAT 2019 Exam sessions CAT exam is conducted in 2 sessions – Morning & Afternoon on same day
Which IIM will conduct CAT 2019? IIM Kozhikode
CAT 2019 Exam Covenor Prof. Shubhasis Dey
Mode of CAT exam Computer based exam
Age Limit for CAT 2019 No Age Limit; Graduates in any discipline with 50% marks can apply
Number of Questions in CAT 2019 100 questions divided in 3 sections – VARC, DILR and Quant
Duration for CAT exam 3 hours which is divided to 01 hour for 01 section respectively
Number of questions and name of the sections
  • VARC-34 Questions
  • DILR-32 questions
  • Quant-34 questions
What is the difficulty level of CAT exam? Moderate to Difficult
What is the order of section in CAT exam? Pre-fixed, no change allowed
Colleges Accepting CAT 2019 score for MBA Admission 20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs, IMI, JBIMS and 500 other MBA colleges

CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria

In order to apply for CAT 2019 it is important that the aspirants must first ensure that they fulfill the eligibility criteria or not. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in a any discipline from any recognised University/ Institute are eligible for CAT 2019. General and NC-OBC candidates should have obtained 50% marks or equivalent CGPA in the degree exammination, however, for SC/ST/PWD candidates, the minimum qualifying marks are 45%.

Those who are appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply for CAT 2019. However, such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their University/Institution stating that they have completed Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification.

Are candidates with a professional degree eligible for CAT 2019?

Yes, candidates who have completed professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA with the required percentage, i.e. 50% for General and NC-OBC candidates and 45% in case of SC/ ST/ PWD are eligible to apply for CAT 2019.

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

CAT 2019 is a computer-based test of 180 minutes duration. The test consist of questions in English language only. There are three section in CAT which you need to prepare. These are VARC, DILR and Quantitative Ability. Candidates can check the complete CAT 2019 exam pattern below:

  • Duration of the exam – The test is of 03 hours duration with an individual time limit of 01 hour for 01 section.
  • Mode of the exam – It is a computer-based test and not an online test. This means that you need to report at the exam center in order to take CAT exam.
  • Language of the Questions – In CAT 2019, the questions are asked in the English language only.
  • Number of Questions – There are a total 100 number of questions.
  • Type of Questions – There are two type of questions in the test – MCQ and Non-MCQ type. In the MCQ type questions, you will get four options out of which you need to select the correct option, whereas, in TITA or Non-MCQ type, you need to type the answers using the virtual keyword.

Check the distribution of questions in each of the sections from the table below:

Type of 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 Marking Scheme

It is important that the candidates must be well-aware of the marking of CAT exam. Out of 100 questions, more than 25 questions will not have negative marking. There is no negative marking for Non-MCQs. In case any non-MCQ has negative marking, a few MCQs are changed to no negative marking questions. It is to be noted that more than 70% questions in CAT 2019 are of MCQ type and will carry penalty of 1/3 negative marking.Check the marking scheme for CAT exam from the table below:

Types of Questions Marking Scheme
Correct MCQ or Non-MCQ +3
Incorrect MCQ -1
Incorrect Non-MCQ 0

CAT 2019 Syllabus

It has been observed that for the past 03 years, the syllabus for CAT exam has been changed. Major changes have been seen in the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Section. The topics and number of questions in VARC section have been changed. Likewise, a few other changes in CAT syllabus have been introduced in Quantitative Ability section also.

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

Best Books for CAT Preparation 2019

One of the best authors for CAT are Arun Sharma, R S Aggarwal, etc. Books by these authors are available for all the test sections and the topics that appear in CAT exam. Each book consist of past and present pattern of CAT exam with the key changes in CAT pattern. Given below is the list of top books to crack CAT.

Name of the Book Author/ Publisher Price of the Book Buy Here
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Arun Sharma Rs. 537/- Click Here to buy
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum Sarvesh K. Verma Rs. 748/- Click Here to buy
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Nishit Sinha Rs. 516 Click Here to buy
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension for CAT Meenakshi Upadhyay and Arun Sharm Rs. 537 Click Here to buy
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT Arun Sharma Rs. 602 Click Here to buy
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation Arun Sharma Rs. 812.97 Click Here to buy
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation Nishit Sinha Rs. 318.90 (Kindle Edition) Click Here to buy

How to Prepare for CAT 2019 without Coaching?

In order to score high in CAT 2019, the method that you pick is one of the main considerations. The competition for CAT is very high given that in excess of two lakh applicants’ show up for the test for admission into 20 IIMs and around 500 top MBA colleges. There are many example of the students who scored a perfect 100 percentile without coaching and just by self-study.

When should I start Preparing for CAT 2019? Check Here

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 Cut Off 2019 for Various Colleges

For admission in IIMs a minimum qualifying score between 70 and 90 percentile in CAT 2019 is required in each of the 3 sections to shortlist candidates for the final admission round. It is expected that the cut off for CAT 2019 shall be as provided below:

Name of the IIM Required CAT 2019 Percentile Weightage in Shortlisting for 2020-22 batch
IIM Ahmedabad 80 70%
IIM Calcutta 90 56%
IIM Bangalore 90 40%
IIM Lucknow 90 60%
IIM Indore 90 20%
IIM Kozhikode 90 75%
IIM Tiruchirappalli 90 100%
IIM Ranchi 95 100%
IIM Visakhapatnam 90 100%
IIM Udaipur 90 40%

CAT 2019 Application Form

The application process for CAT 2019 is done completely by online mode only. No offline form is released for CAT 2019. To apply for CAT 2019, aspirants first have to register online by providing details like your name, email id, mobile number. It is suggested that  you should provide a valid and active email id or mobile number. Once the registration is done, you will receive the CAT login details on your email id. Then proceed to fill in details, and upload images in the CAT 2019 Application Form. Lastly, pay the application fee and submit the form.

Application Fees

In order to submit the CAT 2019 Form, aspirants have to pay the following amount of application fee. The aspirants need to application fee only once irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for. Pay the application fee by credit card/ debit card/ net banking.

Category Application Fee
SC, ST and PwD Rs. 950/-
For all other category candidates Rs. 1900/-

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CAT 2019 Test Centers

CAT 2019 is going to be conducted in test centres spread across approximately 156 cities​. Last year, the exam was conducted at 147 test cities​. Candidates can check the list of CAT 2019 Test Centers as per previous year iformation below:

State City
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Chirala
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Assam Dibrugarh
Bihar Aurangabad-Bihar
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh Bhilai Nagar
Delhi -NCR Delhi -NCR
Goa Goa
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Haryana Ambala
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Bokaro
Karnataka Belagavi(Belgaum)
Hubballi (Hubli)
Mangaluru (Mangalore)
Mysuru (Mysore)
Shivamogga (Shimoga)
Kerala Kannur
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Maharashtra Amravati
Meghalaya Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima
Odisha Balasore
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar
Rajasthan Ajmer
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Telangana Hyderabad
Uttar Pradesh Agra
Uttarakhand Dehradun
West Bengal Asansol
Singapore Singapore

CAT 2019 Admit Card

The admit card for CAT 2019 releases online at the official website only. No hard copy of the CAT Admit Card 2019 is sent to the candidates via post. In order to download the admit card, applicants require their user id and password. Candidates must take a print out of the CAT Admit Card on an A-4 size paper and should carry it on the day of the test. Along with you need to carry a valid id proof as well.

CAT 2019 Answer Key

IIM-Kozhikode releases the answer key for IIM CAT 2019 online. It is released at the candidate login and to download it, User ID and password is required. CAT Answer Key 2019 is to be used by the candidates to cross-check their answers and calculate their probable score. For calculating the marks follow the marking scheme, add marks for correct answer and deduct marks if there is an incorrect answer. With the release of the CAT Answer Key, you can also submit objection in it.

CAT 2019 Result

CAT Result 2019 is released in the form of scorecard at the official website of CAT. Candidates may also be intimated individually by SMS regarding the declaration of CAT 2019 Result. The score for CAT 2019 is valid only till December 31, 2020. IIMs call candidates on the basis of profile and the CAT percentile. New IIMs call students for Centralized Admission Process (CAP). Each IIM have their own differne admission criteria which shall include academic cut-offs and relative weights and may also use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short-listing of candidates at various stages of the selection process.

About Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode

The Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode (IIMK) started in 1997 with its Postgraduate Programme (PGP). It is on a high growth trajectory today, offering widest range of academic programmes in the field of management education. These include Fellow Program in Management, Executive PG Programs, Management Development Programs and Faculty Development Programs. Furthermore, the Institute set up a Satellite campus at Infopark, Kochi, in 2013 dedicated to Executive Education.

CAT 2019 Media Release

Official Website of CAT 2019:

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