CAT Exam

Common Admission Test Exam

What is CAT Exam?

CAT (Common Admission Test) is a national level entrance examination, which is conducted for admission to management programs in Indian Institutes of Management (IIM's) and top B-Schools across the country. It tests a candidate on his quantitative ability, data interpretation skills, verbal ability and logical reasoning.

CAT also serves as the eligibility criteria for being admitted into the business administration courses in various IIM's spread across the country. The test is designed to evaluate the management aptitude of students by testing his analytical and communication skills. It demands up to three to four months of intense preparation.

The test is open to all graduates. Usually, CAT examination will be held in November every year. CAT is conducted online at the examination centres. In August 2011, it was announced that the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) would also use the CAT scores, instead of Joint Management Test (JMET).

IIMs spread across the country offer post-graduate, doctoral and executive education programmes. The flagship programme is the two-year post-graduate programme, which is residential in nature. The admission to the two-year post-graduate programmes in IIMs is purely based on merit in the Common Admission Test (CAT).

CAT Exam Highlights 

Exam name  Common Admission Test (CAT) 
Organised by  Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)
Exam level  National 
Frequency Once a year 
Mode of exam Computer-based  
Number of IIMs 20
Application fee   Rs 1900
Application mode  Online 
Admit card mode  Online 
Duration of the exam  3 hours 
Type of questions  MCQ and Non-MCQ 
Official website
Help desk number 1800-209-0830

CAT 2019 Exam Dates

Aspiring candidates should check all the important dates such as registration date, application date, admit card date, exam date, result date and counselling date. 

Event Date
CAT 2019 Notification  July 28, 2019
CAT registration  August 7 to September 25, 2019 
CAT correction facility  September 28 to 30, 2019
CAT admit card  October 23, 2019
CAT exam date  November 24, 2019 
CAT answer key  December 2, 2019 (tentative) 
CAT result  January 7, 2020 (tentative) 

CAT Notification 2019 

The organising institute for Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 is IIM Kozhikode. According to the sources, the institute is expected to release the CAT notification 2019 on July 28. The registrations for the entrance exam will begin from the second week of August. The official website for CAT 2019 will be active after the release of notification. Interested candidates can visit to explore all the information about the CAT 2019 examination. 

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CAT Eligibility 

To apply online for the CAT examination, the candidate must hold a bachelor's degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of the candidates belonging to SC, ST and PWD categories. Students appearing for the final year bachelor's degree are also eligible for the examination. However, they have to produce the bachelor’s degree certificate at the time of admission. Candidates are advised to check the CAT eligibility details meticulously before applying online. 

Courses In IIMs Through CAT 

The CAT examination is conducted for admission to several Post Graduate Programmes (PGP), Doctoral and Executive programmes in IIMs spread across the country. Some institutes even offer Fellowship Programmes in Management (FPM) which is equal to PhD. List of courses offered in IIMs. 

  • PGP (Post Graduate Program in Management)
  • PGP- FABM (Food and Agribusiness Management)
  • PGPEM (PGP in Enterprise Management)
  • PGPPM (PGP in Public Policy and Management)
  • EPGP (Executive Post Graduate Program in Management)
  • PGPSM (PGP in Sustainable Management)
  • PGPWE (PGP in Management for Working Executive)
  • PGPBM (PGP in Business Management)
  • FPM (Fellow Program in Management)

List Of IIMs In India 

There are a total of 20 IIMs across the country. Explore the complete list of IIMs with the year of establishment and state located. 

S No Name Of Institute State Located Year Of Establishment
1 IIM Ahmedabad  Gujarat 1961
2 IIM Calcutta  West Bengal  1961 
3 IIM Bangalore Karnataka  1973 
4 IIM Lucknow Uttar Pradesh  1984 
5 IIM Indore  Madhya Pradesh  1996 
6 IIM Kozhikode Kerala   1996 
7 IIM Shillong Meghalaya  2007 
8 IIM Raipur  Chhattisgarh  2010 
9 IIM Ranchi  Jharkhand  2010 
10 IIM Rohtak  Haryana  2010 
11 IIM Kashipur  Uttarakhand  2011 
12 IIM Tiruchirappalli  Tamil Nadu  2011 
13 IIM Udaipur Rajasthan  2011 
14 IIM Amritsar Punjab   2015 
15 IIM Bodh Gaya Bihar  2015 
16 IIM Nagpur Maharashtra  2015 
17 IIM Sambalpur Odisha  2015 
18 IIM Sirmaur Himachal Pradesh  2015 
19 IIM Visakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh  2015 
20 IIM Jammu Jammu and Kashmir  2016

CAT Registration 2019 

Candidates who are aiming to appear for the CAT entrance test should submit the registration form successfully. The CAT online registrations will be accepted between August 8 and September 25, 2019. At the time of registration, candidates have to select any four Test Cities as per their preference from the drop-down menu. After the last date of registration, candidates will be allotted one among the four preferred cities subject to availability. In the rare case that a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted a nearby city. The candidates can download the admit cards in October/November. Explore the CAT registration process step by step. 

Note: All the candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email id and a mobile phone number throughout the selection process.

CAT Application Fee

Candidates have to pay the prescribed application fee to complete the CAT registration process. The application fee can be paid through net banking, debit card, credit card, BillDesk, PayU and Paytm.

  • For General Category Candidates – Rs 1900/-
  • For NC - OBC Category Candidates – Rs 1900/-
  • For SC/ST/PwD Category Candidates – Rs 950/- 
  • For All Others – Rs 1900/-

CAT Reservation Criteria 

As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC), 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates, 27% of seats for Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates belonging to the “Non-Creamy” layer (NC-OBC), and 5% for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD). The categories of disability are: 

  • Blindness and low vision
  • Deaf and hard of hearing,
  • Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy
  • Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness, and
  • Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d)
  • Other 'specified disabilities' mentioned in 'The Schedule' of the RPwD Act 2016

CAT Test Centres

The test is going to be conducted across 140 test cities. Test cities will be mentioned below and the name of the test centre will be indicated in the Admit Card. IIMs reserve the right to change or cancel any test centre/city/change the test time and date at their own discretion. 

State Test Cities
Andaman & Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Guntur, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Rajahmundry,  Tirupathi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Assam Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Silchar
Bihar Aurangabad, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh Bhilai, Raipur
Delhi Delhi, New Delhi
Goa Madgaon, Verna
Gujarat Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
Haryana Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Palwal, Panipath, Rohtak, Sonipat
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
Karnataka Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bidar, Chikkaballapur, Davanagere, Hassan, Kolar, Mandya, Mangaluru, Mysuru, Ramnagara, Shimoga, Tumkur, Udupi
Kerala Kasaragod, Kochi, Kollam, Kozhikode, Malappuram,  Thrissur, Trivandrum
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar
Maharashtra Ahmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur,  Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded,  Nashik, Pune, Ratnagiri, Satara, Solapur, Thane
Meghalaya Shillong
Odisha Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Rourkela
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar,  Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Ropar, Sangrur
Rajasthan Ajmer, Alwar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelvelli
Telangana Hyderabad, Karim Nagar, Khammam
Uttar Pradesh Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Greater Noida, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Noida, Varanasi
Uttarakhand Dehradun, Roorkee
West Bengal Asansol, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri

CAT Exam Pattern 

The CAT is a computer-based test carrying a total of 100 questions. It contains both multiple-choice questions (MCQ) and non-MCQ questions. The duration of the exam is three hours. Check the complete details of the CAT exam pattern here. 

Name of Section  No of Questions  Total Marks  Duration 
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 102 60 minutes 
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 32 96 60 minutes 
Quantitative Ability (QA) 34 102 60 minutes 
Total 100 180 180 minutes 

CAT Admit Card 2019 

The organising institute is responsible for issuing the CAT admit card. The online CAT admit card will be released during the last week of October. Candidates should download the admit card and check all the details such as personal and test venue details besides exam day guidelines. One should also save the soft copy of the admit card until the end of the admission process. According to the sources, the CAT admit card 2019 will be released on October 23. Check the steps to download CAT admit card online. 

CAT Syllabus 

The CAT exam consists of three subjects namely, Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC). The syllabus remains the same for every year despite the changes in the number of questions. We advise students to check the CAT syllabus before preparation that gives an overall view of weightage topics. Download the CAT syllabus pdf file here. 

CAT Question Papers 

The previous year question papers and sample papers help aspirants in preparation. One should start their CAT preparation by solving these papers. Aspirants can download CAT question papers here. 

CAT Result 2019

The CAT 2019 results will be tentatively available starting from the second week of January 2020 on the CAT official website. The list of candidates shortlisted for the next level of selection will be made available on the website of the respective IIM's. Each IIM will send interview letters to the shortlisted candidates directly. The criteria for shortlisting vary across all the IIM's.

CAT Exam Analysis 2018

The CAT 2018 examination was held across the country on November 25, 2018. The results of the examination were released in the second week of January. The competition in this examination will not be easy because this is the only way to get admission to the pioneer management institutes (IIMs) in the country besides top business schools. 

Around two lakh candidates appeared for the CAT 2019 examination at more than 140 test centres. The examination was held in two sessions – morning and evening. Aspirants who have appeared for the examination found that the quantitative section was tough. While other sections such as Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) were moderate compared to last year. 

Verbal Ability And Reading Comprehension (VARC)

This section was easier than expected to many test-takers. The pattern of the paper was different from the sample paper provided by the CAT organising body. The paragraphs in the reading comprehension consisted of around 500 words. For every passage, the candidates found 1-2 inference-based questions. In verbal ability, test takers have found four questions on para-jumbled, three questions on summary and three questions on odd sentence out.  

Data Interpretation And Logical Reasoning (DILR)

The DILR section surprised the candidates. The questions were easily cracked and there was an increase in the accuracy level. Very few sets had one difficult question. The logical reasoning sets were moderate to easy. However, the data interpretation questions were moderate. Many found that the questions on matrix adjacent cells, committees research/teaching/economist and petrol pumps were easy to do. 

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

The quantitative aptitude section is not a pleasant one to many candidates. This section could have affected the morale of the candidates who had not prepared this section effectively. If anyone compares the question paper with the last four years, they will find that the QA questions in the CAT 2018 were difficult. Out of 34 questions, 12 were non-MCQ questions. The options in the MCQ were confusing to many test-takers. The number system and logarithm questions had two questions each. However, the question paper was dominated by arithmetic and geometry. 

On the whole, the score of 150 to 155 could result in 99 percentile score in CAT 2018. A candidate who has attempted more than 60 out of 100 questions accurately can expect a good score. The good attempt for VARC and DILR is more than 28 and 16, respectively. However, a good attempt for quantitative aptitude is more than 15 questions. 

CAT 2019 Admit Card Released On Official Site

IIM Kozhikode has released the CAT 2019 admit card today, i.e., October 23 at 5 PM. Candidates who have registered online for the examination can download the admit card or hall ticket from the official website. 

Candidates should use their login details such as user ID and password to access the admit card. One should download the admit card and take a printout. Aspirants should also carry the other important documents such as identity cards for verification to the exam centre. 

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The CAT 2019 exam will be held on November 24 at more than 140 test cities across the country. The answer key will be released in December 2019. 

23 October 2019
CAT 2019: Mock Test Link Activated On Official Website

Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode has released the mock test of CAT 2019 today, i.e., October 16. Candidates who have registered for the CAT 2019 exam can access the mock test on the official website. 

Aspirants are advised to access the mock test available on the official site to get familiar with the exam pattern and weightage. It will also help candidates to boost exam preparation. The mock test link will be available on the homepage. One can use the on-screen calculator along with a timer placed on the screen. 

CAT exam will be held on November 24, 2019. The admit cards will be released on October 23, 2019. The CAT result will be declared during the second week of January 2020.

16 October 2019
CAT 2019: Correction Window Opens

IIM Kozhikode has activated the correction/edit window for CAT 2019 application form. Candidates who have made mistakes in uploading the error photograph and signature can change the same in the correction window. This facility will be available until September 30, 2019.  

To change the photograph or signature, candidates should use their login details on the official website. Candidates should note that they cannot edit the particulars such as date of birth, name, email ID, state and mobile number. 

The CAT 2019 will be held on November 24. The admit card will be available from October 23, onwards.

28 September 2019
CAT 2019 Registration Deadline Is Extended To September 25

IIM Kozhikode, the organising institute for CAT 2019, has extended the registration date for the entrance examination. The last date to register online for CAT 2019 is extended to September 25. Earlier, the registration window to close on September 18, 2019. 

Candidates who are aiming to earn a seat in IIMs spread across the country for admission to management programmes can register for the exam. It is advised to register for the exam early. 

The official notification reads that “CAT 2019 registration deadline is extended to September 25, 2019 (5:00 pm).” 

Earlier, IIMs released the CAT Percentile Calculation Method, which is available on the official website.

18 September 2019
CAT 2019: Last Date To Apply Online Is September 18

The online application window for CAT 2019 to close on September 18. Candidates who are aspiring to join IIM for management programmes can register online until the day after tomorrow. Aspirants can register online only through the official website of CAT. 

Candidates have to pay the application fee amount of Rs 1900 to complete the registration process. The application fee is Rs 950 for SC/ST/PWD category candidates. One should keep their scanned photograph and signature ready before starting the application process. 

Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode will be conducting the CAT 2019 examination on November 24. The admit card will be released a month before the exam date. The CAT 2019 result is likely to be announced on January 7, 2020.

16 September 2019
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CAT Answer Key 2018 Released On The Official Website
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