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CAT 2019

Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all India test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for the management programs of IIMs at Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Bodh Gaya, Calcutta, Indore, Kashipur, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Nagpur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Sambalpur, Shillong, Sirmaur, Tiruchirappalli, Udaipur, Visakhapatnam, jammu and other top B-schools.

Common Admission Test (CAT) is the biggest MBA entrance test in India leading to admission at more than 5000 seats in all IIMs and hundreds of top MBA colleges including FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, JBIMS Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IITs, IMT, IMI, XIMB, TAPMI and others.


CAT 2019 Exam Dates



Notification Release

July/August 2018

Online Registration Starts

2nd week of August 2018

Last date for Registration

3rd week of September 2018

Application Correction Starts

4th week of September 2018

Admit Card Downloading Starts

3rd week of October 2018

Mock Test

3rd week of October 2018

CAT Aptitude Test

25th November 2018

Cut Off Release

Last week of November 2018

Answer Key Release

1st week of December 2018

Result Announcement

2nd week of January 2019


Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2019

Candidates must fulfill the following eligibility criteria to appear for CAT.

  • Candidate must be 20 years of age or above that.
  • The candidate must have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. It is 45% for SC, ST and PWD/DA category.
  1. Percentage obtained in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated on the basis of practice followed by the concerned university or institution.
  2. In case of grades or CGPA, the conversion would be based on the process defined by the concerned university or institution.
  3. Candidate’s CGPA will be divided by maximum possible CGPA and multiply the result with 100 in the absence of percentage conversion scheme.
  4. Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to sit for the CAT exam.

List of Equivalent Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2/Post B.Sc./Post Diploma) or B.E/B.Tech equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers -India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers India).
  • Any qualification recognized by Association of Indian Universities New Delhi, which is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree awarded by UGC recognized university/institutions.
  • Cases not covered above equivalency certificate to be produced from Association of Indian Universities New Delhi.

How to Register for CAT 2019

CAT 2019 Application Form filling procedure is completely online. In order to apply for CAT, candidates have to visit the official website of CAT 2019 and register themselves.

  • Log on to the official website
  • Register yourself with a valid Email ID and Phone number.
  • IIM will send the login credentials to the candidates through SMS and email.
  • After receiving the login credentials, candidates have to log into the application window and fill up the online application form which is divided into the following areas-
  1. Personal Details
  2. Contact Details
  3. Academic Details
  4. Work Experience
  5. Selecting IIMs to apply for
  6. Selecting Test Centres and Interview Cities
  • Candidates are advised to review the application form once filled. Upload the necessary documents with the form
  1. Candidates Photograph- jpeg format
  2. Candidates signature- jpeg format
  3. Photograph should be clear and the signature should be legible enough in order to be eligible.

Application Fee:

General: INR 1900

SC: INR 1000

ST/PWD: INR 1000

Paper Pattern for the CAT 2019

The CAT 2019 question paper will consist of the following sections:




Quantitative Aptitude (QA)


60 minutes

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)


60 minutes

Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)


60 minutes




  • CAT 2019 exam is Computer based Test (CBT) of 3 hours duration.
  • CAT exam is divided into 3 main sections of 60 minutes each
  • The 3 sections in CAT exam 2019 pattern are – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC); Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR); Quantitative Aptitute (QA)
  • There will also be sub sections within the 3 sections in revised CAT exam 2019 pattern. For example, the revamped CAT exam pattern for VARC consists of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension sub sections; DILR contains questions on Data Interpretation and Logical reasoning.
  • Candidates are not allowed to move between one section to other during the 1 hour assigned to the particular section.
  • CAT Test takers cannot leave their seats during the exam.
  • MCQs in CAT 2019 exam pattern will need you to pick out 1 correct answer choice out of 4
  • Non-MCQs in CAT exam pattern will require you to type-in the correct answer on the computer screen.
  • There may not be any answer choices for Non-MCQs in revised pattern of CAT 2019.
  • Each correct answer in CAT exam pattern will be awarded 3 marks whether it is MCQ or Non-MCQ
  • Each wrong answer for MCQ in CAT exam 2019 will be imposed penalty of 1/3 negative mark (-1 mark)
  • There will be no penalty of negative marking on wrong answers to Non-MCQs in CAT 2019 exam pattern
  • CAT exam pattern remains on the lines of CAT official Mock test released by IIMs a month before the CAT exam.

Syllabus of CAT 2019

1. Mathematics or Quantitative Section 

Some of the core concepts in maths and quant subjects are: 






Partnership (Accounts)


Profit & Loss


Ratios and Proportion

In-equations Quadratic and linear equations

Surds and Indices

Number system

Geometric Progression


Work and time



2. English or Verbal Section

Promiment topics in this section are:

Fill in the blanks

Verbal Reasoning

Sentence completion



Jumbled paragraphs

Para Completion and inference

Contextual usage

Foreign language words used in English

Reading Comprehension


Sentence correction

Verbal Logic

Different usage of same word




One word substitution

3. Analytical Reasoning Section

Important topics under AR are: 

Blood Relations



Direction Sense




Clocks and Calenders


Data Arrangement

Family Tree

Binary Logic

Seating Arrangement

Venn Diagram


Data Structures



4. Data Interpretation Section

Problems related to organised and unorganised data are quite common in this section. Core topics are as follows:


Pie Charts



Line Graphs

Data Sufficiency