About CAT 2019: Introduction, CAT 2019 Notification & Registration

The CAT 2019 notification will be released in all the newspaper dailies and will announce the CAT exam date and the CAT registration process as had been the practice in CAT 2018 notification and the CAT Exam notifications before that. The CAT 2019 Notification is likely to contain the details given below:

  • CAT 2019 Registration Begins - Second week of August 2019
  • CAT 2019 Registration Deadline - Fourth week of September 2019
  • CAT 2019 Admit Card Download - Fourth week of October 2019 onwards
  • CAT Exam Date - Last Sunday of November 2019
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CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria

There is an eligibility criteria for CAT 2019 like there is for any year’s CAT exam. The CAT 2019 eligibility criteria will be a part of the CAT 2019 notification. The following is the CAT eligibility criteria.

  • In order to be eligible for the CAT Exam, the candidate has to pass at least their Bachelor's degree with at least 50% (for General Category and for candidates from the NC-OBC caste). For SC/ST and Differently Abled (DA) candidates, the percentage required is 45%.
  • For the Degree to be counted, the University who has awarded the degree has to be recognized by the MHRD.
  • If the University awards grades or CGPA instead of marks, the conversion factor given by the University has to be used. If there is no conversion factor specified by the University, the CGPA has to be converted into percentage by direct conversion i.e. divide the CGPA received by the highest CGPA possible and multiply the result by 100.
  • Candidates who have completed their professional degrees with over 50% (45% for SC/ST/PwD) are also eligible for CAT.

CAT 2019 Registration

The final date for the CAT 2019 Registration will be announced in the CAT 2019 Notification. However, the previous year's trends gives us a brief idea about the approximate start and final date for CAT 2019.

CAT 2019 Registration and Application form

After the CAT 2019 notification is released, each candidate has to fill out the CAT 2019 application form from the official CAT 2019 site in order to appear for the exam.

If you have this question, how to register for the CAT 2019 exam then here is your answer. The steps in filling out the CAT 2019 Application forms are detailed below:

  • The candidate needs to register as a new user and fill out his/her personal details on the first page of the CAT 2019 application form.
  • Personal details of family members are to be filled in the form
  • Following this, the academic details have to be added to the form (the marks of all the subjects have to be used in calculating the aggregate percentage irrespective of the policy of the board).
  • The next section includes the work experience details
  • The penultimate form section to be filled includes the choice of programs that the candidate wishes to apply to (IIM A, IIM B, IIM C, New IIMs, etc.)
  • The final section to be filled includes the test center city in which the candidate wishes to appear for CAT Exam 2019. Most of the time, the centers are allocated according to the wishes of the student.
  • Following this, the payment of the application fee has to be made.
  • Upon payment, there will an email sent to the email ID filled as a confirmation of the payment as well as sharing the status of the application.
  • All future correspondence will be through this email ID.

Some of the documents required for this process includes:

  • Scanned photograph and signature of the candidate
  • Grade Sheet from Xth and XIIth standard
  • Other documents depending on the candidate's qualifications (Work Experience Letter, Graduation Certificate, etc.)

CAT Exam 2019 Application Fee

After the CAT 2019 notification is released, each candidate has to fill out the CAT 2019 application form from the official CAT 2019 site in order to appear for the exam. The CAT notification will also disclose the CAT application fee. Given below is the application fee of CAT 2018.

  • The application fee for General category candidate is expected to be 1900
  • The application fee for SC/ST/PWD category candidates is expected to be 950
  • The mode of application fee payment is through Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking

CAT Exam 2019 Syllabus

The CAT 2019 exam syllabus is expected to remain the same as the syllabus for CAT 2018. There are three sections in the form of:

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

The VARC and QA sections consists of 34 questions while the DILR section consists of 32 questions.

Here is the marking scheme of CAT 2019.

  • Each MCQ question has a marking scheme of +3/-1 while the TITA question has no negative marking which makes the marking scheme +3/0.
  • Each section is allocated 1 hour without exception and time is not carried over from one section to the other.

Therefore the candidate needs to be competent across all sections rather than scoring heavily in any one or two sections. In the same spirit, there is usually sectional cutoffs for most of the better colleges.

The VARC section is majorly interpretation based and not vocabulary due to which it does not have a fixed syllabus. Thus reading level and grammar rules of Class X and some practice would allow the candidate to adequately prepare for the CAT exam 2019 syllabus for the VARC section.

The DILR section has not fixed exam syllabus and only practice of different types of sets can be done for preparation by the aspirants.

The QA section, like the VARC section, consists of topics from the CBSE Class X syllabus. The major topics in QA include:

  • Algebra
  • Arithmetic
  • Numbers
  • Geometry
  • Modern Maths

CAT 2019 Admit Card

The CAT 2019 Admit Card is one of the most crucial documents for every CAT 2019 Aspirant. It is required not only at the CAT 2019 Exam Center but also in some of the procedures post CAT 2019. The CAT Admit Card contains several details such as:

  • Name
  • CAT 2019 Exam Center
  • CAT 2019 Time Slot
  • Category
  • CAT Registration Number

The personal details have to be carefully examined at the time of release to ensure that there are no mistakes in the CAT 2019 Admit Card. If there are some errors, the authorities should be contacted at the earliest to clarify these mistakes as soon as possible.

CAT Exam 2019 Result

The CAT 2019 exam result will be uploaded on the official website (https://iimcat.ac.in) and each candidate will be able to download his/her scorecard in its entirety after logging in. The CAT Exam result will be applicable only for the current academic year and will be declared in the second week of January, 2020 tentatively.

This page will be updated once the official dates are declared.

Colleges Accepting CAT 2019

As mentioned above, the CAT Exam is held for admissions into some of the best MBA colleges in India. Some of these colleges include:

  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • IIM Bangalore
  • IIM Calcutta
  • IIM Lucknow
  • IIM Kozhikode
  • IIM Indore
  • IIM Shillong
  • IIM Ranchi
  • IIM Udaipur
  • IIM Trichy
  • IIM Raipur
  • IIM Kashipur
  • IIM Rohtak
  • IIM Nagpur
  • IIM Vizag
  • IIM Sambalpur
  • IIM Sirmaur
  • IIM Bodh Gaya
  • IIM Amritsar
  • IIM Jammu
  • SP Jain
  • MDI Gurgaon
  • NITIE, Mumbai
  • FMS, Delhi
  • JBIMS, Mumbai
  • SJSOM (IIT Bombay)
  • DMS- IIT Delhi
  • ISB, Hyderabad

...and many more Tier 2 and 3 college

It is important to note that ISB is the latest college to accept CAT Exam scores as a qualifying measure for their admissions.

CAT 2018 Notification & Registration: Important Dates

Until the official dates are released, the CAT 2018 Notification includes Important Dates and the CAT Exam Date 2018 can act as a guideline to the approximate timeline and how the aspirant can plan for the preparation of the exam. Some of these important dates are mentioned below:

Details Date
CAT 2018 Notification 29th July, 2018
CAT 2018 Registration Start 8th August, 2018
CAT 2018 Registration Deadline 19th September, 2018
CAT 2018 Admit Card Release 24th October, 2018
CAT 2018 Exam Date 25th November, 2018
CAT 2018 Result Declaration 5th January, 2018* (Preponed)

CAT 2017 Notification & Registration: Important Dates

In order to establish a trend, we can look at the CAT 2017 Notification so that we can check the important dates including the CAT 2017 Exam Date. This will give also give the aspirant an idea about the timeline. The important dates regarding the CAT 2017 Notification are:

Details Date
Details Date
CAT 2017 Notification 30th July, 2017
CAT 2017 Registration Start 9th August, 2017
CAT 2017 Registration Deadline 20th September, 2017
CAT 2017 Admit Card Release 18th October, 2017
CAT 2017 Exam Date 26th November, 2017
CAT 2017 Result Date 8th January, 2018

FAQs about CAT 2019

  • Are calculators allowed in the CAT exam?
    • - Physical calculators are not allowed in the CAT exam although the on-screen calculator is available on the computer
  • Are watches allowed in the CAT exam?
    • - No electronic gadgets are allowed in the CAT exam center. So no watches, calculators, etc. can be taken inside the exam hall
  • Is there any age limit for CAT 2019?
    • - There is a lower age limit of 20 (due to graduation requirement) for giving CAT however there is no upper age limit.
  • How many times can I give CAT?
    • - There is no limit to the number of attempts for giving CAT but people usually give it 2-3 times in order to get into their dream colleges.
  • How many years is the CAT score valid for?
    • - The CAT score is valid for one year before it expires.
  • In which month is CAT conducted?
    • - The exam dates are declared in the official CAT 2019 Notification along with the CAT 2019 Registration.
  • How much do I need to score in order to get 90%ile in CAT?
    • - There is no fixed score to score 90%ile as it depends on how other people score. In CAT 2015, one needed to score 124 to get 90%ile while CAT 2016 pushed down the score to 105 CAT 2017 was 118.