CAT 2019: Admit Card, Exam Dates, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

by Sandeep | Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2018

CAT 2018 Admit Card has been Released on 24th October 2018.  It will be conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) on a rotation basis.CAT full form is the Common Admission Test, and it is a national level examination. CAT 2019 exam is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) on a rotation basis.

This exam is organized for providing admission to various management courses offered by the IIMs. Candidates can get admission into other management colleges through CAT 2019 scores.

In this article complete information is provided about CAT 2019 application form, exam dates, eligibility, exam pattern, admit cards, and syllabus, etc.

CAT 2018 Notifications – Admit Card Released

New CAT 2018 Admit Card has been Released on 24th October 2018. Click Here to Check Admit Card Details.

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CAT 2018 Examination will be conducted on 25th November 2018. Check here for other dates.

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Notification (Released)Click Here
Important DatesClick Here
Application/Registration Form Click Here
How to Fill Application FormClick Here
Admit Card (Released) Click Here
Answer KeyClick Here
ResultClick Here
Counseling/Admission ProcedureClick Here
SyllabusClick Here
Exam PatternClick Here

CAT 2019 Highlights

Conducting bodyIndian Institute of Management (IIM)
Mode of CAT 2019Online (computer-based test)
EligibilityGraduation degree with 50% aggregate
Courses offeredAdmission to MBA/ PGDM courses
CAT 2019 Participating InstitutesIIMs, IITs, FMS, ISB and other business schools
Official NotificationReleased
Date of examination25th November 2018
Sections3 (Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)

CAT 2019 Exam Dates

Candidates appearing for entrance exam should know all important dates of CAT 2019.

CAT 2019 exam dates contain Notification Release, Application Correction Starts, Admit Card Downloading Starts, and CAT Aptitude Test, etc.

Check here Official dates of the CAT 2019 examination. Whenever actual dates are released, we will update below:

Notification Release29th July 2018
Online Registration Starts8th August 2018
Last date for Registration26th September 2018
Application Correction Starts27th September to 30th September 2018
Admit Card Downloading Starts24th October 2018 onwards
Mock Test17th  October 2018
CAT Aptitude Test25th November 2018
Cut Off ReleaseLast week of November 2018
Answer Key Release1st week of December 2018
Result Announcement2nd week of January 2019

CAT Admit Card 2019

Candidates who have applied have to download their CAT 2019 admit card from the official website of CAT 2019.

Candidates can only download the admit cards through online mode.

  • CAT 2019 Admit Card has been Released on 24th October 2018.
  • Note that all candidates have to carry their CAT 2019 admit card to their test center, if fails to they will not be allowed to appear for the entrance exam.

CAT Registration 2019

CAT Online Registration 2019 has been started from 8th August 2018 and the Last date Extended for Registration is 26th September 2018.

Fill and submit the application form before the due dates mentioned.

In this section, candidates can get information about CAT 2019 registration details such as starting date, fee, documents, etc.

  • The registration window for the exam will be opened from the 8th August 2018 through online mode.
  • CAT 2018 Registration Last date has been Extended till 26th September 2018 (5:00 PM).
  • CAT 2018 Image Correction (For improper/blur photographs ) has been Started from 27th September 2018 to 30th September 2018 through login.
  • The application can be filled Online only.
  • After filling application, candidates have to Upload their images (Photograph Dimension: 30mm X 45mm, Size: not more than 80KB) and (Signature Dimension: 80mm X 35mm, Size: not more than 80KB) in a JPG/JPEG
  • Upload your category certificate(If belong to NC-OBC/SC/ST/PWD category) at the time of registration.
  • Candidates also have to fill choices of four test cities per their preferences.
  • Candidates should keep a print copy of CAT application form 2019 for, further use.

Registration Fee: 

All candidates have to pay application fees according to candidate’s category wise. Payment can be done through online mode.

  • Candidates can pay the registration fee through online payment modes.
  • The online payment modes are credit cards (Visa/Master/Amex/Diners Club), debit cards (Visa/Master/Rupay), net banking and Cash Card & Wallet.

The application fee details are given below:

All other categoriesRs. 1900 + Transaction Procession Fee
SC, ST, and PWDRs. 950 + Transaction Procession Fee

Check Here – How to Fill CAT 2019 Application Form

Application Correction:

The institution will provide the correction facility in the application. All related correction details are mentioned below:

  • Candidates can correct the application from 27th September 2018 through online mode.
  • The correction will be done only in some particulars.
  • Last year, the correction will be allowed only in some personal details such as address, category, gender, work experience, educational information, interview city preference, exam city preferences, etc.
  • If candidates have made a mistake in personal details, other personal details, communication address, uploaded documents, then they have to register again with a new email ID.
  • Candidates will do the correction through User ID & password.

Courses Offered through CAT 2019

On the basis of CAT score, candidates can take admission to the following courses offered by 20 IIMs and other top B-schools in India:

List of courses offered via CAT 2019

1PGPEM (Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management)
2PGPBM (Post Graduate Programme in Business Management)
3PGP (Post Graduate Programme)
4PGPWE (Post Graduate Programme for Working Executive)
5PGPPM (Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management)
6EPGPM (Executive Post Graduate Programme)
7PGPSM (Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets)
8PGDHRM (Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management)
9PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management)
10PGPEX (Post Graduate Programme for Executives)
11PGP-Mumbai (Post Graduate Programme at Mumbai)
12PGP-ABM (Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management)
13PGP-UAE (Post Graduate Programme at UAE)

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019

Candidates should know full eligibility criteria of CAT 2019 examination. Before applying all candidates should check whether they are eligible to apply or not.

CAT 2019 eligibility criteria contain details Qualifying criteria, Age criteria, and Minimum Marks etc.

The detailed CAT eligibility 2019 is given here:

Age Criteria:

  • There will be no age restriction for taking the CAT examination.

Qualification Criteria:

  • Qualifying Exam: Candidates must have a bachelor’s or its equivalent degree.
  • Minimum Marks: Pass the above exam with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% marks for SC/ST/PWD categories).
  • Appearing candidates the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination can also apply.
  • Candidates, those possess an equivalent examination recognized by the MHRD, Government of India (including AMICE of the Institution of Civil Engineers (India) as an equivalent qualification) can also apply.

CAT Exam Pattern 2019

Candidates must know the CAT 2018/19 Exam Pattern and syllabus of CAT 2019 entrance exams.

The exam is conducted in online mode means digital or Computer Based Test. Complete paper within 3 hours no candidates will be given extra time.

Candidates, check this section to know complete details about exam pattern:

  • Exam Mode: The examination will be digital or Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • Session: The examination will be held in two sessions.
  • Duration: The duration of the examination will be 180 minutes (3 hours).
  • Type of Questions: In the examination, objective & subjective type questions will be asked.
  • Number of Questions: Total 100 questions will be asked in the examination.
  • Marking Scheme: For the correct answer, three marks will be allotted to the candidates.
  • Negative Marking: The will be no negative marks for subjective type questions, For MCQs type question, one mark will be deducted for the wrong answer.
Mode of examOnline
Number of questions100
Sections in paper3 (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability and Verbal and Reading Comprehension)
Maximum Marks300 marks
Marking Scheme+3 marks for every correct answer
Negative markingYes, one mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer
Duration of exam3 hours (60 minutes for each section)
The medium of languageEnglish
SectionsSubjectsTime AllottedNumber of QuestionsTotal Marks
Section IVerbal Ability and Reading Comprehension60 minutes34102
Section IIData Interpretation and Logical Reasoning60 minutes3296
Section IIIQuantitative Ability60 minutes34102
Total180 minutes100300

Preparation Tips

Candidates should check some preparation tips & tricks for How to prepare for CAT exam:

  • Candidates should know the exam patternsyllabus of CAT 2019 exam.
  • Candidates all doubt will be clean by going through previous years question papers& official guidelines.
  • Candidates can study from the reliable study material& books.
  • Make notes on important topics and study it before the exam.
  • Avoid stress and stay fit & healthy.
  • Candidates can solve online mock test every day.
  • Revise each topic from the chapter from the syllabus within a week.

CAT Syllabus 2019

Authority will not prescribe Syllabus for CAT 2019 entrance exam. Candidates have to be prepared for an Exam

Candidates can prepare for the exam as per the sections, i.e., Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning & Quantitative Ability. Study all topics from the chapter and give equal time to all subjects.

Verbal and Reading ComprehensionVerbal reasoning, antonyms and synonyms, analogies and reverse analogies, sentence correction, facts inference judgments, critical reasoning, fill in the blanks, syllogism, summary questions, passage-based questions
Data InterpretationArea graph, Venn diagram, Line and Pie Charts, Column and Bar graphs, Caselets and Tables
Logical ReasoningNumber and letter series, Syllogism, Clocks, calendars and cubes, Directions, Blood relations, Binary Logic, Coding-decoding, Logical sequence, Matrix, and linear arrangement
Quantitative AbilityNumber system, Geometry, Algebra, Permutation and Combination, Mixtures and Allegations, Ratio & Proportion, Logarithm, Time & Work, Functions, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry, and Mensuration

CAT Answer Keys 2019

Authority will issue the answer key along with CAT 2019 question paper on official portal.

It will be published in the first week of December 2018. Candidates will get the CAT 2019 answer key only through online mode on the website.

  • The CAT 2019 Answer key can be download through online mode on the website.
  • By using user ID & password, candidates can check the answer key & question paper.
  • To challenge the answer key candidates have to fill objection form & submit it till the last date

CAT 2019 Result

CAT 2019 Result will be issued in the second week of January 2019. Candidates got shortlisted for the next level will be published through online mode on the website.

  • Candidates attain exam can check CAT score card 2019  of entrance exam after a few weeks of the exam.
  • Authority will publish the results on the official portal.
  • The result contains the qualifying status of candidates.
  • Candidates can download their result by entering User ID & Password.

CAT 2019 Cut Off

The top 3 IIMs- Ahmedabad, Bangalore, and Calcutta have a cut of over 99 percentile.

Cut off for other top business schools like FMS, JBIMS, and SPIJMR is over 95 percentile.

The expected CAT cut off for top management colleges is-

Name of InstituteCAT Cut off in Percentile
IIM, Ahmedabad99.6
IIM, Bangalore99.5
IIM, Calcutta99.5
IIM, Lucknow99.5
IIM, Shillong98.5
FMS, Delhi99
IIT, Bombay98.5
IIM, Kozhikode96.3
IIM, Indore94.7
IIM, Ahmedabad8075706070
IIM, Bangalore9080757575
IIM, Calcutta>90>85>70>70>70
IIM, Kozhikode9080655555
IIM, Indore9080605050

CAT 2019 Admission Procedure

The Institution will not conduct centralized counseling. Each IIM will send interview call letters to the shortlisted candidates directly.

A merit list will be prepared on the bases of candidates score marks in CAT 2019 entrance exam

  • Candidates have to appear in the Written Ability Test(WAT), Group Discussion (GD) & Personal Interviews (PI) rounds.
  • Those who are invited for counseling have to remain present at that date for counseling.
  • At the counseling candidates have to carry there all required documents with yourself in counseling it will be needed for verification.


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