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).
|Exam name||Common Admission Test (CAT)|
|Organised by||Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)|
|Frequency||Once a year|
|Mode of exam||Computer-based|
|Number of IIMs||20|
|Application fee||Rs 1900|
|Admit card mode||Online|
|Duration of the exam||3 hours|
|Type of questions||MCQ and Non-MCQ|
|Help desk number||1800-209-0830|
Aspiring candidates should check all the important dates such as registration date, application date, admit card date, exam date, result date and counselling 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)|
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 iimcat.ac.in to explore all the information about the CAT 2019 examination.
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.
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.
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|
|2||IIM Calcutta||West Bengal||1961|
|4||IIM Lucknow||Uttar Pradesh||1984|
|5||IIM Indore||Madhya Pradesh||1996|
|12||IIM Tiruchirappalli||Tamil Nadu||2011|
|15||IIM Bodh Gaya||Bihar||2015|
|18||IIM Sirmaur||Himachal Pradesh||2015|
|19||IIM Visakhapatnam||Andhra Pradesh||2015|
|20||IIM Jammu||Jammu and Kashmir||2016|
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.
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.
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:
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.
|Andaman & Nicobar Islands||Port Blair|
|Andhra Pradesh||Guntur, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Rajahmundry, Tirupathi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam|
|Assam||Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Silchar|
|Bihar||Aurangabad, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea|
|Delhi||Delhi, New Delhi|
|Gujarat||Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara|
|Haryana||Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Palwal, Panipath, Rohtak, Sonipat|
|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|
|Odisha||Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Rourkela|
|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|
|West Bengal||Asansol, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri|
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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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