CAT 2019 Exam Date, Pattern, Eligibility, Registration, Preparation

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is regarded as the biggest MBA entrance test in India for the admission to more than 5000 seats in all IIMs and hundreds of top MBA colleges including FMS Delhi, JBIMS Mumbai, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IITs, XIMB, IMT, IMI, TAPMI, and others. This year the CAT exam is going to be held on 24th Nov 2019 by Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) of Kozhikode. Test cities are mentioned in the CAT website and the name of the test center is in the Admit Card. The candidates who want to get admitted in the management programs at IIMs in India and other top B-schools have to qualify in the Common Admission Test (CAT). 

Latest Updates:

CAT-2019 Admit Card Released by IIM-Kozhikode. Download Here

The  IIM-Kozhikode released the mock test series for CAT 2019. Login Here

IIM Kozhikode to conduct CAT 2019 Examination this year. Read More

CAT 2019 Registration starts from 7th Aug 2019.  Know Details Here.

JNU accepts CAT scores: MBA admissions 2019, Read Details.

CAT Exam Details: Eligibility, Cut-off, Top colleges and more. Click here to read.

CAT-2019 Mock test will be available in the official site by October 16, 2019.

The CAT Score is valid for 1 year.

CAT will be conducted in centres spread across around 156 test cities.

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Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a mobile phone number throughout the selection process.

CAT is a computer-based (Online) test. The test scores of a candidate will be calculated on the basis of Quantitative Ability (QA), Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI), Verbal Ability (VA) and Logical Reasoning (LR). The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on the rotation policy.

CAT Official
CAT 2019 Conducting BodyIIM Kozhikode
Mode of ExamComputer-Based
Exam Date 24th November 2019
Exam Duration3 hours
Exam EligibilityGraduation with 50% (Aggregate)
Exam ShiftsMorning and Evening
Application FeeRs.1900/-(For all) and Rs.950/- (For SC, ST and Pwd)

CAT 2019 Schedule:

The detailed schedule for the exam is below:

CAT 2019 Application Form Release
August 7, 2019 (10:00 a.m)
CAT 2019 Application Form Last Date
September 25, 2019 (5:00 p.m)
CAT 2019 Form Correction Window Duration
September 28- September 30, 2019
 CAT Admit Card 2019 Download
October 23 - November 24, 2019
CAT 2019 Exam Date
November 24, 2019
CAT Result Date 2019
2nd Week of January 2020 (Tentative)

CAT 2019 Admit card:

Candidates can download the admit card for CAT 2019 from 23rd Oct 2019. The candidates can check the admit card on the official website of CAT. However, the admit card will not be sent by any other means to the candidates.

The admit card will consist of the name, roll number, date of birth of the individual with the time slot and exam center with the address.

Without the admit card, no individual will be permitted to enter the exam hall.

How To Download CAT 2019 Admit Card Online?

Go to the official website of CAT 2019

Log in to the website using the login credentials (User ID & Password)

Find and click on the ‘Download Admit Card’ link

Check the details on the admit card

Download and take a print out for the exam

Details Present in the Admit Card:

Candidate's name

Caste category

Date of birth

Registration number

Date and time of the exam

CAT exam centre

Google map link to locate exam centre

Emergency contact number

Test system number to identify your examination room

Exam related instructions

Sample Admit Card:

CAT 2019 Syllabus:

Mathematics or Quantitative Section:
Number system
Profit & Loss
Geometric Progression
Ratios & Proportion
Work and time
In-equations Quadratic & linear equations
Partnership (Accounts)
Surds & Indices
English or Verbal Section:
Fill in the blanks
Para Completion & Inference
Verbal Logic
Reasoning Verbal 
Contextual usage
Different usage of the same word
Sentence completion
Foreign language words in English
Reading Comprehension
Jumbled paragraphs
Sentence correction

1-word substitution

Analytical Reasoning Section:
Blood Relations
Seating Arrangement
Clocks & Calendars
Venn Diagram
Direction Sense
Data Arrangement
Data Structures
Coding & Decoding
Family Tree
Binary Logic

Data Interpretation Section:
Line Graphs
Pie Charts

Data Sufficiency

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CAT 2019 Exam Pattern:



Exam Mode 
Online Test
3 hours
Type of Question
Multiple choice and Subjective type
No. of Question
Marking Scheme
3 marks for each correct answer
(-) Marking
1 mark deduction for each wrong answer

Here is the detailed information regarding the exam pattern:


SubjectsTime AllottedNo. of QuestionsTotal marks
Sec IVerbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
60 minutes
Sec IIData Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
60 minutes
Sec IIIQuantitative Ability
60 minutes
Total                         _180 minutes


Sectional Timing:

CAT 2019 has a sectional time limit. Candidates will not be allowed to choose any section to start with or switch from one section to another. Each section will have a time limit of 60 minutes and have to attend in a chronological manner, which is:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 

Quantitative Aptitude

CAT Pattern over the years

CAT 2019 Cutoff:

The cut off is the minimum mark required to qualify the exam. The cut off is decided by the conducting authorities of CAT 2019. However, the cutoff mark gets affected by some factors. Which are: 

  • Number of applicants
  • Exam difficulty level
  • Seats available 
  • Previous years’ cut off-trend                                                                            

Here is the list of cut-offs of management colleges:
Name of Institution/Management collegesCAT cut off
IIM, Ahmedabad
IIM, Bangalore
IIM, Calcutta
IIM, Lucknow
IIM, Shillong
FMS, Delhi
IIT, Bombay
IIM, Indore
IIM, Kozhikode


Here is the list of Non-IIM institutions accepting CAT scores:

  • Faculty of Management Studies (FMS Delhi)
  • Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi
  • Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, SOM, IIT Bombay
  • Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras
  • Management Development Institute, Gurgaon
  • SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai
  • Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB)
  • Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad
  • National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE)
  • T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal
  • Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai

Here we have given the information about the total seat number available in different IIMs:


Total Number of Seats

IIM Ahmedabad395
IIM Bangalore
IIM Calcutta 
IIM Lucknow
IIM Indore
IIM Kozhikode
IIM Shillong
IIM Rohtak
IIM Trichy
IIM Udaipur
IIM Ranchi
IIM Kashipur
IIM Raipur
IIM Amritsar
IIM Bodhgaya
IIM Nagpur
IIM Visakhapatnam
IIM  Jammu
IIM Sambalpur
IIM Sirmaur

CAT 2019 Application form:

15% and 7.5% seats are reserved for SC and ST candidates respectively. 27% of seats are reserved for OBC (Other Backward Classes) candidates of “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC).

5% seats are reserved for Persons with Disabilities (PwD).

A copy of the SC or ST or NC-OBC or PwD certificate(s) will be uploaded at the time of CAT Application registration.


An updated state-wise central list of OBCs eligible for availing the benefit of reservation and information with respect to the creamy layer will be available on

How to Apply for CAT 2019?
Step 1 (Registration)

Go to and click on the ‘Register’ button under the New Candidate Registration header to create your own user profile. The Registration form window will open in your browser.

Create your own User Profile by completing the registration process and generate the OTP by clicking on to the OTP button. It will redirect to CAPTCHA to fill and submit the OTP number received on your mobile for verification.

As soon as the submission of your Registration Form, you will receive your User ID on the registered email address from the Administrator with the subject line CAT 2019 Login Details. 

Step 2 (Filing the Application Form and Payment)

Login to CAT Website.

Fill Application Form which includes Personal, Communication Address, Academic and Emergency Contact Details, Upload Documents

Select the Programme and the Interview City for that Programme as per the cities listed from the respective drop-down list.

The applicant can select any four Test Cities as per his or her preference from the drop-down menu.

Click on Save and proceed to the Payment section.

Select the Payment Mode. After selecting, the respective payment gateway will open for you.

Fees can be paid through Online mode only i.e by Credit card/ Debit card/ Net Banking.

Payment confirmation will be open. Save the receipt of the transaction as proof.

After the successful payment, Candidates will receive an email to their registered Mail Id.

Candidates will take a printout of their application form for further use.

Documents to be Uploaded

Candidates Photograph- jpeg format

Candidates signature- jpeg format

The photograph should be clearly visible and the signature is legible enough to be eligible.

CAT 2019 Application Fee:

Rs. 950 for SC, ST and PwD candidates.

Rs. 1900 for all other candidates.

CAT 2019 Exam Centres:

Exam State
Exam City
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh
Tirupati, Chittoor, Visakhapatnam, Chirala, Kurnool, Nellore, Kakinada, Guntur, Rajahmundry, Vizianagaram, Vijaywada
Arunachal Pradesh
Guwahati, Silchar, Jorhat, Tezpur, Dibrugarh
Patna, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Purnea, Darbhanga, Aurangabad
Raipur, Bilaspur, Bhillai
Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Vadodara, Surat, Ahmedabad, Mehsana, Anand
Karnal, Hisar, Panipath, Ambala, Rohtak, Kurushetra
Himachal Pradesh
Hamirpur, Shimla
Jammu and Kashmir
Samba, Jammu,
Ranchi, Bokaro, Jamshedpur, Hazaribagh, Dhanbad
Bengaluru, Mysuru (Mysore), Belagavi(Belgaum), Dharwad, Hubli, Gulbarga, Mangalore, Shimoga, Udupi
Trivandrum, Kollam, Kannur, Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Kottayam, Thrissur
Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal, Ujjain, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna,
Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Amravati, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Nashik, Satara, Solapur, Ulhasnagar, Raigad, Nanded
Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Cuttack, Berhampur, Balasore, Dhenkanal, Rourkela
Mohali, Amritsar, Bhatinda, Patiala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Pathankot, Sangrur
Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Alwar, Bikaner, Sikar, Kota
Tamil Nadu
Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore,Salem, Tirunelveli, Trichy
Hyderabad, Warangal, Karim Nagar
Uttar Pradesh
Agra, Varanasi, Jhansi, Aligarh, Lucknow, Bareilly, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and Moradabad
Dehradun, Haldwani, 
West Bengal

Asansol, Siliguri, Bankura, Kolkata, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Kalyani

CAT Mock Test:
The CAT Mock Test is going to be released soon in the month of October by the conducting body IIM Kozhikode. It will help the aspirants to understand the question pattern better and in cracking a high score in CAT 2019.

Here are the steps to register for the official mock test:

Click on the CAT 2019 Mock Test link available at

Sign in by using the candidate registration number and password.

Click on F11 to go through the general instructions.

Then press the " Other important Instruction for the candidates.

Finally, click on the "I am ready to begin" to begin the mock test

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CAT 2019 Counselling:

The counseling for CAT 2019 will not be a centralized process. The candidates are being selected by their performance in the exam, educational qualification, professional work experience, etc. The CAT selection process go through 3 sections that are written test, GD/WAT and Personal Interview described as follows:

Written Test:

The written test has 3 sections and here are the details of the CAT written test:

Mathematics or Quantitative

English or Verbal

Analytical Reasoning

Data Interpretation

The candidates who will qualify the 1st round i.e the written test can proceed towards the GD/WAT round. some of the Management institutes conduct both GD and WAT along with PI while some directly conduct the written test.


In GD, the candidates are divided in to groups of 8-10 each to check the thought process & teamwork abilities of the candidate. Only 15-45 minutes are given for the GD/WAT round.

Personal Interview:

After succeeding in the GD round, the candidate can attend the Personal Interview or PI round known as the last round of the process. In this round, the candidate has to face the questions coming from a panel consisting of 2-4 interviewers

The overall selection process depends upon some of the facts such as:

Overall CAT score

Academic Qualification

Work Experience

Extracurricular activities

Academic diversity

Gender diversity

Common Admission Process for CAT 2019:

Common Admission Process (CAP) is introduced to organize common counseling sessions for IIMs. The difference between CAP & other selection processes is that CAP doesn't have a GD round.

Basically the 3rd generation IIMs take part in the CAP process and they are:

IIM Kashipur

IIM Raipur

IIM Ranchi

IIM Rohtak

IIM Trichy

IIM Udaipur

IIM Bodh Gaya

IIM Sambalpur

IIM Sirmaur

IIM Jammu

Here is the procedure for Common Admission Process (CAP):

All the participating IIMs have to submit their individual short-list to the CAP coordinator for 2019 that is IIM Ranchi.

Then the host IIM will prepare a final short-list for CAP 2019.

Confirmation of the Candidate is needed for common counseling.

Candidates will appear for the CAP process and attempt WAT and PI.

The host IIM will send the CAP score to respective IIMs

All IIM then prepare their final admission list.

The centers for CAP 2019 are Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata. For the 1st CAP merit list around 14000 candidates are expected to be selected.

CAT 2019 Result:

The result for CAT 2019 will be declared by the authorities online. The students can check their result by logging in to the official website of CAT 2019. The result will be available in the form of a scorecard.

How To Check CAT 2019 Result Online?

Visit the official website of CAT 2019

Find and go to the ‘Download Scorecard’ link

Login to the site using your ID & Password

You can find your result card on your account page

Download and keep a print out for future use

Details Mentioned in the CAT 2019 Scorecard:

CAT 2019 registration number/user Id

Candidate's name, category, and gender

Date of birth

Date and time of examination

Candidate contact details and email id

CAT scaled score (overall)

CAT score (section-wise)

CAT percentile score (section-wise)

CAT percentile score (overall)

CAT 2018 Overview

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CAT 2019 Answer Key:

The answer key for CAT 2019 will be released soon after the commencement of the exam. The candidates will be able to get the answer key from the official website of CAT 2019. After the release, the candidates will be able to evaluate their performance and score as per the answer key.

Steps to Check the Answer Key:

Go to the official website of CAT

Click on the CAT Answer Key link

Login by providing ID and Password

The answer key will appear on the screen

CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria:

There is no age restriction to apply for CAT 2019 examination.

Candidate should have passed the graduation degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent examination [45% in case of Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates] from any recognized university/institution/college.

Candidates who are appearing for the final year of graduation degree or equivalent examination or are awaiting results or those who have completed degree requirements can also apply.

Candidates applying for CAT 2019 should fulfill any one of the following conditions:

The candidate must have any one of the following:

Should have completed graduation degree with the required percentage of marks.

Should have ompleted professional degrees like CA or CS or ICWA with the required percentage.

Should be in the final year of graduation degree with the required percentage.

Note: SC/ST/PwD candidates need to have a minimum of 45% marks and for that of General and NC-OBC candidates is 50%.

Reservation Criteria:

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CAT 2019 FAQs:

Q: Who conducts the CAT 2019 entrance test?
A: The CAT 2019 is being conducted by IIMs on a rotational basis. Last year, the exam was conducted by IIM Calcutta.

Q: What courses can I apply for if I pass CAT 2019?
A: The CAT 2019 entrance test allows candidates to apply for MBA, PGDM, and other postgraduate management courses.

Q: Is the syllabus of GMAT and CAT equal?
A: More like the CAT and GMAT syllabus similar to each other but the question level is tough for CAT in comparison to GMAT.

Q: What can I do If something is wrong in your admit card?
A: Once your registration is completed you can't do anything. The only thing you can do is put complaint at officials via email or phone.

Q: Is there any change in syllabus of CAT 2019? 
A: No there is no change in CAT syllabus. It is same as previous year syllabus.

Q: Can transgender fill the application form of CAT?
A: Yes. From 2015 CAT has changed their eligibility criteria for transgender. So now transgenders are eligible to apply the CAT.

Q: Is there any other option apart from online mode?
A: No. CAT was conducted in offline mode till 2009. But now the authorities conducted the CAT exam in online mode.

Q: Can you say, how many candidates put application form for the CAT?
A: Year by year the aspirant's number is increasing for CAT exam. So approximately around more than 2 lakhs candidates put application form for CAT.

Q: When will I received my CAT 2019 admit card? 
A: Admit card will not be sent to the candidate via email or post. Candidates have to download the admit card from the official website on 23rd October to 24th November 2019.

Q: My CAT score is low, am I eligible for IITs? 
A: Minimum cutoff mark is required for getting admission into the IITs. Below the cutoff mark, you can not get a chance for admission. But you don't have to worry about, there are a number of colleges who take low score students. 

Q: Is there any additional round after qualifying the CAT exam for admission? 
A: This thing varies from institutions to institutions. Some institutions have GD round including PI round, some institutions have PI round only and some institutions take the candidate directly by their CAT score.

Q: Can you give me a list of banned items in the CAT exam center? 
A: There are few restrictions for the candidates who go to the CAT exam center.
  • Mobile phone 
  • pen, pencil
  • Books/chits/Sheets/ clips
  • Electronics Gadgets
  • Watches
  • Calculator
  • Stationary

Q: What items must I carry on the day of the CAT 2019 exam?
A: A candidate must take the admit card along with the valid ID proof and colorful passport photo. 

Q: Can CAT 2019 application fee be paid in offline mode by bank challan?
A: No. CAT application fee only be paid by online (Credit card/Debit card/Internet banking). 

Q: What is the emergency contact number of CAT helpdesk?
A:  Toll-free number: 1-800-266-3549

      Email ID: [email protected]

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