CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria, Qualification, Age – Check Here Category Wise Eligibility

CATThe authority conducting the review will publish CAT Eligibility 2019. It will be conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) on a rotation basis. The CAT 2019 (Common Admission Test) is conducted by the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode. This exam is held annually for admissions in top B-Schools and all the IIM (Indian Institute of Management).

Every year many students appear for this exam. Everyone won’t be eligible for giving the CAT exam 2019. The students must also be having some questions in their mind like what is the CAT Exam eligibility and criteria? In this article, we will tell you about the CAT exam Eligibility. And will also provide with the solutions to all the queries asked for CAT exam Eligibility.

50% marks in Graduation
According to CAT 2019 eligibility, a candidate is eligible to appear in CAT 2019, if he/she holds a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA.  The candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA) categories need only 45% marks.

Final year students eligible to apply
CAT exam eligibility criteria further clarify that candidates in the final year of Graduation are also eligible to apply for CAT 2019.

The numbers for students will be more than lakhs. These students strive hard to compete with other students. The Exam is not too easy to crack. Only the students with high memory power and proper planning pass with good results. This is one of the most competitive exams in the Country which attracts graduates from all the streams. A student with a good percentile will get a rewarding career in the Management Industry. The packages of the Management Companies is very high. The authorities have the right to change the exam pattern any time if they feel so. Till now the authorities have changed patterns many times.

Change in Eligibility Criteria

CAT Examination authorities don’t change the eligibility criteria most frequently. But they have the right to change it anytime. This year the criteria are not authorized by the authorities to change for this year.

Over the past years, the exam criteria remain the same for the CAT exam without any changes. Since 2014, the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) MBA and CAT Exam have faced many clashing points. However, candidates can appear for the CAT Exam. There is no age bar to appear for this CAT Exam but to get admission in the B-School there is a minimum requirement of Completion of Graduation. This is where both of them Clashes. You can appear for CAT exam just after two years of appearing for the Graduation. But for this year that is for 2019 the CAT Exam eligibility and Syllabus both remains the same.

Marks in Graduation for CAT exam

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According to the CAT Exam eligibility, any person can appear for the CAT (Common Admission Test) Examination who have secured minimum 50% of percentage or the equal equivalent of CGPA in Graduation. This CAT Exam eligibility criterion is for open castes. The candidates belonging to different casts that are the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST) and the Other Backward Classes (OBC) have 45 % of criteria or equal amount of CGPA.

According to CAT Authorities, the students appearing in Last year degree course that is the last year graduation can appear for their CAT exam. If these students get selected then the students can appear for the MBA courses in different colleges who provide it.

These students can join the provisional program of MBA but only if the candidate submits its Passing Certificate or result. A letter has also to be submitted by the student given by the Principal/ Registrar of the college/ Institute stating that the candidate has completed all the study and research work required for the Bachelor’s degree or for the completion of Graduation.

General Eligibility:

  • Students should have passed a bachelor’s degree from any recognized university or college.
  • In graduation, candidates should have obtained minimum 50% marks for general candidates and 45% marks for SC, ST & PwD/DA candidates.
  • The percentage of marks secured by students will be calculated on the basis of practice followed by the college/university from where candidates have obtained the bachelor’s degree.
  • Students appearing in the final year of a bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification are also eligible to apply.
  • Students appearing in the qualifying exam are required to produce a certificate from the principal/registrar of their college latest by 30th June 2017 stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification.

Qualifying Examinations:

Students have to qualify/appearing in any one of the following examinations to get eligible for CAT 2017:

  • Bachelor’s degree in engineering/ technology or BE/B. Tech equivalent examinations of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE.
  • Any qualification recognized by AIU, New Delhi, which is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree awarded by colleges/ universities recognized by UGC.

New  Click here to view detailed CAT 2019 Eligibility.

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Key Points to ensure your CAT Exam Eligibility

  • There is no age bar for appearing in CAT Exam.
  • The marks or the percentage obtained by the candidates would be calculated based on the practice by the respected University or the Institution.
  • In a case of Grades or CGPA obtained, then the percentage is calculated with respect to the guidelines provided by the authorities who conduct the exam.
  • Also, CAT Exam eligibility further allows the candidate to appear in the next CAT exam if a person has completed their graduation from the old system of 2 years of graduation. But there are 3 conditions that have to be fulfilled. 1) The candidate must have completed a Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks. 2) The candidate must have completed any of the professional degrees that are CA/CS/ICWA with the required percentage or grade. 3) The candidate should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree course with the required percentage or CGPA.
  • If any University or Institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting the CGPA obtained then the CGPA will be multiplied after dividing each candidates CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA. Multiply the result with 100 will give you the CAT Exam eligibility criteria.
  • The minimum requirement for the CAT exam eligibility criteria will finally be disclosed by the respected Universities or the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management).
  • The candidate has to maintain a valid and unique email account to send in all the notifications of the exam.
  • The candidates are also requested to give them the working phone number so that any queries can be solved easily and smoothly.

Selection procedure

The IIMs may verify many different aspects of personal details in various levels of the selection process. If they found any wrong data then they have all the right to cancel the admission of that candidate.

The eligibility of the CAT exam doesn’t change much frequently. But they may change the pattern without any notice given to the students. So the students should be prepared for any changes in the question as well as the paper pattern.

Reservation in CAT exam

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There are also some seats reserved for the candidates. 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) and 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates. 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC).

As per the authorities, 3% of seats are also reserved for persons with Disability (PWD). The three categories of disability are 1) Low Vision Blindness 2) Hearing impairment 3) Locomotor disability/cerebral palsy. This seats can be claimed only if the candidate is disabled from the above-listed disabilities to the extent of not less than 40% disabled. The certificates should be provided by the renowned Doctor in that Field.

The Clashing point in IIM and CAT Exam Eligibility

Over the years the eligibility for CAT has more or less remained the same although, with some changes in CAT exam eligibility since 2014, IIMs MBA eligibility and CAT exam eligibility criteria have faced few clashing points.

CAT eligibility for 2019 mandates the display of an “ageless bar” on the CAT 2019 exam, or IIM MBA eligibility limits applicants to an application based on the age of the bar. However, one of the eligibility points for the CAT exam and the IIM MBA eligibility is that even though you may appear on the CAT 2019 exam with 2 years of graduation in the previous system, you will not take the administration course unless you have a degree obtained with a minimum of 3 years. With the exception of this fact, CAT eligibility for 2019 and IIM MBA eligibility for Course 2019-21 remain unchanged.

If you have any other queries about CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019, you can leave your query below in the comment box.



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  1. RAJ says:

    Kya 50% see kam Wala student bhi paper de sakta h kya

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