CAT 2019 Analysis compared to previous CAT Exams

It is important for the candidates to understand the previous CAT Exams and their analysis before the CAT 2019 Analysis can be done. The analysis for CAT 2018, CAT 2017, CAT 2016, CAT 2015 and CAT 2014 are given below.

CAT 2018

CAT 2018 was similar to CAT 2017 and the preceding papers in terms of the CAT Exam Pattern. However the surprise that always seems to be prevalent in the CAT Exam happened in CAT 2018 as well with the candidates being lulled into a false sense of security. The VARC and DILR Sections were quite easy to several candidates' relief. However the twist in the tail came as IIM Calcutta held true to its reputation and produced an extremely difficult QA section. Given the difficulty of the QA section, the cut off for the sought-after 99%ile mark decreased. In CAT 2018, a score of 154 was sufficient to get 99%ile when the mark had been around 174 in CAT 2017.

Section Number of Questions Number of non-MCQs Difficulty Level Good Attempts
Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension 34 7 Easy 28+
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 8 Moderate 16+
Quantitative Ability 34 12 Difficult 15+
Total 100 27   60+
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CAT 2017

CAT 2017 did not throw up any surprises wrt the paper format. The level of difficulty of the paper changed this year as compared to last year. While VARC continued to be easy, DILR was more difficult than last year with sets that took more time to solve as well. Quant was also easier and similar to CAT 2015 in level and marginally easier than 2016. On first impressions, an overall raw score of around 160 should fetch a student a 99%ile in CAT 2017. LRDI would not be the differentiator this year, since all students would be lumped in smaller categories. Quant, being easy, would play the role of differentiator. The overall structure of the CAT paper was as follows:

Section

No. of Questions

No. of non-MCQ questions

Difficulty Level

Good Attempts

Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension

34

7

Easy-moderate

26-27

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

32

8

Difficult

12-14

Quantitative Ability

34

8

Easy-Moderate

25-26

Total

100

 23

 

63-67

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CAT 2016

CAT 2016 did not undergo any changes in its pattern and as expected the level of difficulty went up because of which the percentile went down and only a scaled score of 153+ was required for a 99+ percentile which was much lower as compared to 2015.

Section Name No. of Questions Marks/Q Total marks
Section 1 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 34 (60 minutes) 3 102
Section 2 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 (60 minutes) 3 96
Section 3 Quantitative Ability 34 (60 minutes) 3 102
Total 100 300
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CAT 2015

CAT 2015 underwent few changes. There were 100 questions spread across 3 sections: QA, DILR and VARC and the sections were timed. The weightage of each section remained the same as observed in CAT'14. QA + DI was 34+ 16 and VA+ LR was 34 + 16; in 2015, it remained the same with sections being shuffled as QA-34, LR+DI-16+16 and VARC-34. The 2015 exam was conducted by IIM -Ahmedabad, which had earlier conducted the 2009 CAT (which also had three sections), therefore the level of difficulty was similar to that as observed in 2009. IIM-A experimented with minor additions such as introduction of on-screen calculator and non-MCQs. As the changes in the pattern were not many and the new additions only eased the paper because non-MCQs were introduced with no negative marking, there was not much drop in the level of difficulty as sectional time limit was introduced. The raw score required for a 99-percentile dropped marginally to 177+ which was lower as compared to 2014 scaled down score.

Section Name No. of Questions Marks/Q Total marks
Section 1 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 34 (60 minutes) 3 102
Section 2 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 (60 minutes) 3 96
Section 3 Quantitative Ability 34 (60 minutes) 3 102
Total 100 300
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CAT 2014

As compared to CAT 2013, CAT 2014 underwent few changes in its pattern. The time duration went up to 170 minutes for 100 questions with no sectional time limits. The changes in its pattern brought about a drop in the level of difficulty and as a result the scaled down score for a 99 percentile went upto 190+

Section Name No. of Questions Marks/Q Total marks
Section 1 Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation 50 (=34+16) 3 150
Section 2 Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning 50 (=34+16) 3 150
Total 100 300
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CAT 2019 Analysis and Cut Off basis the past 5 years' analysis

With the pattern of CAT 2019 remaining the same as previous year, there is a possibility that the CAT 2019 Exam could be more difficult. The VARC and DILR sections of CAT 2018 sprung a surprise on candidates by being easier compared to the previous years. This could mean an increase in the difficulty level of the above mentioned sections in CAT 2019. The QA section, on the other hand, was significantly more difficult in CAT 2018 compared to previous CAT Exam which means that the difficulty of the section would most likely reduce in CAT 2019. Cracking CAT 2019 is thus a matter of a sound strategy. If the difficulty level of the overall CAT 2019 paper increases, it would lead to a decrease in the CAT Cut Off in terms of the marks with a score between 160 and 165 being sufficient for getting a 99%ile mark. On the other hand, a decrease in the difficulty level of the overall CAT 2019 paperwould mean an increase in the CAT Cut Off score to get a 99%ile mark (around 175+). The test taker must have a clear idea about the number of questions they must attempt for a 99+ percentile. CL's open mock in October would be a good representation of what you can expect in CAT 2019.

Go through the previous year CAT exam analysis to be prepared for surprises

About CAT 2019

CAT (Common Admission Test) is the premium entrance exam held by IIMs for admissions into top business schools. The CAT Exam score is accepted as a qualifier in over a 100 Business Schools. These also include the best MBA colleges such as IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, ISB Hyderabad, etc. It is the most popular amongst the MBA Entrance Exams due to the vast number of colleges accepting the CAT Score. The number of colleges means that there is a college available for every student.

During the year 2017, IIMs, for the first time, released the CAT Question Paper and Answer Key, and this practice has continued in CAT 2018 as well. With this transparency leap, CAT exam, which is an official Indian Entrance exam, is now being accepted by international business schools as well. Singapore Management University in 2017 declared CAT score acceptance for admissions into their business programs making it the first international university to open its gates to CAT aspirants.

The CAT Exam is also quite simple in terms of the procedures to be followed. It starts with the CAT 2019 Notification which is expected to be released in the last week of July. The CAT 2019 Notification is announced in all the newspaper dailies and informs the candidate on the CAT 2019 Exam Date and the CAT 2019 Registration Process. Following the release of the CAT 2019 Notification, the candidates must fill the CAT Registration form. This is an essential step for the candidate where they also fill in their preference of the CAT Exam Center. The CAT Registration is followed by the CAT 2019 Exam itself in the month of November. A CAT Mock is released just prior to the CAT 2019 Exam to give the candidate an idea of what to expect in the CAT 2019 Exam. The final stage is the CAT 2019 Result and the selection procedures followed by the colleges to pick the best candidates for their college.

Read below for further details regarding CAT 2019 notification, exam pattern, syllabus, important dates, eligibility criteria, preparation strategy, and more.

How to Approach the final month before CAT 2019

This is the final stretch of the CAT 2019 Exam. As such, there should be certain things that you need to be doing in order to maximize your CAT 2019 Score. Some of these things will be talked about here:

  • Ensure that you are giving equal importance to your strengths and weaknesses. This is not the time to be learning new concepts but ensuring that you are at the peak of your powers in your areas of strength.
  • Give as many mocks as possible because they will help refine your CAT 2019 exam day strategy. It will also expose you to several different types of questions and make sure that you are on your toes the entire time.
  • Remember to analyze the mocks as before. This will ensure that you can identify any issue that has slipped your notice before and work on it before the actual CAT 2019 Exam.
  • As much as possible try to keep your preparation and mocks in the same time period as the actual CAT 2019 Exam. This will ensure that your body is working at full efficiency at the time of the CAT 2019 Exam.
  • The most important thing to do during this period is to ensure that you are relaxed and calm at the time. Getting yourself worked up will only hinder your performance so treat the CAT 2019 Exam as any other exam and give it your best shot.

These are some of the things that you should be doing in order to make the most of your time before the CAT 2019 Exam. For more information about general CAT 2019 Preparation, please visit this page.

The first milestone that every CAT aspirant looks forward to is the CAT 2019 Notification. The CAT 2019 Notification marks the start of the fervent CAT Season in earnest. The CAT 2019 Notification is the time when the serious CAT aspirants start counting down their days for preparation. The CAT 2019 Notification may reveal some details about the CAT 2019 Exam like:

  • CAT 2019 Exam Date
  • CAT 2019 Exam Registration: Beginning and Deadline
  • Number of Centers in CAT 2019
  • Any Changes in CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Some other details about the CAT 2019 Notification and subsequent Registration are:

CAT 2019 Notification: Important Dates

  • Official CAT notification: 28th July 2019
  • CAT 2019 Registration Begins - 7th August 2019
  • CAT 2019 Registration Deadline - 25th September 2019
  • CAT 2019 Admit Card Download - 23rd October 2019 onwards
  • CAT Exam Date - 24th November 2019

CAT 2019 Notification

CAT 2019 Registration Process

  • CAT registration is held exclusively online and is expected to be opened by 2nd week of August 2019.
  • Visit www.iim.ac.in.
  • Click on the 'registration' tab.
  • Enter details as asked.
  • On successful registration you will receive a unique User Id and password via mail/SMS.
  • Log in to the official website with given user id and password.
  • Complete the application form for CAT exam.

CAT 2019 Online Application

The CAT 2019 online application form is usually divided into the following sections:

  • Personal Details
  • Contact Details
  • Academic Details
  • Work Experience
  • Choosing IIMs you want to apply for
  • Choose Test Centre and Interview City

On completing the information on the form, click 'Save & Next' option. As the next step, you will be required to upload your photograph and signature in the respective sections. The last step of the CAT 2019 registration process is the payment of the application fee via Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking.

CAT 2019 Application Fee

  • The application fee for General category candidates is INR 1800.
  • The application fee for SC/ST/PWD category candidates is INR 900.
  • The mode of application fee payment is through Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking.

As per the eligibility criteria of CAT 2019 charted by IIMs, candidates should fulfill the following parameters:

  • Candidates should have a Bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a recognized university or institute.
  • General and OBC-NC category candidates should obtain at least 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage to secure is 45.
  • The duration of the graduation programme should be minimum 3 years.
  • Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply for CAT 2019 provided they complete their programme within the stipulated schedule.
  • There is no age limit for applying or appearing in CAT 2019.

CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria for Reserved Categories

The CAT 2019 eligibility criteria for reserved categories as decided by IIMs are as follows:

  • 15% of seats are kept reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC);
  • 7.5% of seats are kept reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST);
  • 27% of seats are kept reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBC);
  • 5% of seats are kept reserved for Persons with Disability (PWD). The categories of disability include:
  • a) low vision blindness,

    b) hearing impairment,

    c) locomotor disability/cerebral palsy

  • Any candidate who wishes to apply for this category will be eligible if only he/she suffers from any listed disabilities to the extent of less than 40%, as certified by a medical authority.
  • Candidates applying for reserved categories are required to score a minimum cut-off score as per the norms of the IIMs.

Following the 2018 pattern, CAT 2019 will run for 180 minutes with 60 minutes allotted to each section. There will be 100 multiple-choice and non-multiple choice questions. No movement will be allowed across sections.

The order of sections will remain the same: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA).

The use of basic on-screen calculator for computations is allowed.

Find CAT 2018 pattern below for reference:

SECTION

MCQs

NoN-MCQs

TOTAL

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC)

24

10

34

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

24

8

32

Quantitative Ability (QA)

27

7

34

Total

75

25

100

Marking Scheme

  • Every correct answer carries 3 marks.
  • Every wrong answer carries -1.
  • Negative marking do not apply to non-MCQs or TITA (type in the answer) questions.
  • The order of attempting the sections is pre-determined.
  • Sections start with VARC, followed by DILR, and ends with QA.

Based on the previous years' question papers, the subjects for CAT 2019 can be classified under the following categories:

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Ability

Each of these sections contains different types of questions. A highly-effective CAT preparation strategy includes dense familiarity with all the topics that fall under these categories.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Verbal and Reading Comprehension sections comprises of Reading Comprehension passages. Thorough practice of RC passages will aid in better understanding of longer and complex texts.

Verbal Reasoning questions involve analyzing the form and content of passages. Sometimes the questions herein can surprise the candidates. Previous years' paper contained the following types of questions under Verbal Ability:

  • Passage-based questions (5 passages; 3 passages with 6 questions each and 2 passages with 3 questions each)
  • Summary-based questions (3 questions)
  • Ordering sentences (4 questions)
  • Odd-sentence out (3 questions)

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR) consists of charts and graphs of all kinds i.e. line, bar, and pie. These may appear individually or along with tables or other elements.

The questions in the Logical Reasoning sections are fundamentally word problems. However, they may also combine word problems with any of the aforementioned data forms. The form of questions asked in the DILR section may slightly seem complex and hence, consistent practice is the key.

Quantitative Aptitude

The question progression in the Quantitative Ability (QA) section may indeed seem heavy. From fractions to profit and loss to triangles and circles to exponents, etc., the escalation continues. Nonetheless, the calming feature of this section is the uniform pattern.

Questions under the QA section include algebra, arithmetic, geometry, modern math (including set theory, polynomials, probability, progressions, and permutations/combinations), and number systems (e.g. integers, primes, exponents).

The subjects' syllabus of CAT exam is definitely not confined. However, it follows a logical and standard pattern. This only means that once you're very familiar with the pattern, preparation gets more effective. Good luck for CAT 2019!

 

Visit our CAT 2019 Preparation Strategy page to know how you can follow a highly-effective preparation strategy for CAT devised by our MBA experts.

Despite the absence of rigid CAT syllabus, our experts have analyzed and provided a tentative CAT 2019 syllabus based on the past CAT trends. While there could be additions of new topics or removal of the old, CAT syllabus is expected to remain same for the year 2019.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Ability

  • Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)
  • Grammar or English Usage
  • Correction in Sentence
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage
  • Analogies and Reverse Analogies
  • Meaning/Usage Match
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Summary Questions
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Facts Inferences Judgements
  • Caselets and Tables
  • Bar Graphs and Column Graphs
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Line Charts & Pie Chart
  • Combination of two or more types linked to each other
  • Number and Letter Series
  • Calendars, Cubes and Clocks
  • Binary Logic
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Logical
  • Matching
  • Logical Sequence
  • Logical
  • Connectives
  • Blood Relations
  • Number Systems
  • LCM & HCF
  • Profit, Loss & Discount
  • Percentages
  • Speed, Time & Distance
  • Time & Work
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Averages
  • Quadratic & Linear Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Sequences & Series
  • Surds & Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Probability, Permutation and Combination
  • Set Theory
  • Functions & Geometry
  • Mixtures & Allegations
  • Trigonometry
  • Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration

 

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CAT 2019 Admit Card

The CAT 2019 Admit Card has been released on 23rd October 2019. Candidates can download their admit cards online by logging into the official website (www.iimcat.ac.in) with their unique credentials.

Some of the more important details which are mentioned in the CAT 2019 Admit Card are:

  • Center Name: The entire address of the center along with the college name is mentioned in the CAT 2019 Admit Card. It is generally advisable for the candidate to visit the center prior to the CAT 2019 Exam if they are not aware of the location. This will ensure that you, as the candidate, do not face any undue trouble on the day of the CAT Exam.
  • Time Slot: There are 2 slots of the CAT 2019 Exam - the forenoon slot and the afternoon slot. The forenoon slot begins at 9:00 am and will end at 12 noon. For this slot, the entry for the center will begin at 7:30 am and the candidates are expected to be in their allotted seat by 8:45 am. The afternoon slot begins at 2:30pm and will end at 5:30 pm. The entry for the slot will begin at 1:00 pm and the candidates are expected to be in their seats by 2:15 pm.
  • Personal Details: The CAT 2019 Admit Card contains certain personal details about the candidate such as their name, their date of birth, their category, their contact number and images of the candidate & its photograph.

The candidates are required to take a printout of the CAT 2019 Admit Card and paste their photograph on the Admit Card. This CAT 2019 Admit Card has to be carried to the exam center along with one Photo ID to be allowed entry into the center. Please go through the instructions in the CAT 2019 Admit Card to ensure that you are aware of all the details required to appear for the CAT 2019 Exam.

CAT 2019 timeline is similar to that of CAT 2018. The main exam will be held on the 24th November 2019, and with the CAT 2019 Notification released on 28th July 2019. Online application for the exam shall remain open from 7th August 2019 to 25th September 2019.

How to be ready on CAT 2019 exam date

  • Carry a print out of your CAT Admit card to your exam center.
  • Ensure that the photograph on CAT 2019 admit card is identical to the one uploaded during the online registration.
  • Not that CAT Admit Card is only valid on clear and legible printing of admit card, i.e., the photograph and signature must be neatly visible.
  • Carry at least one original and valid photo identification card. This ID needs to be produced for verification at the CAT exam center on the day of the exam.
  • Photo IDs that are valid and acceptable are: College ID, Employer ID, Driving License, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhar Card, and Identification Affidavit.
  • The candidate's photograph and signature on the ID should match the same on Admit Card. The Photo ID card should not be damaged or smudged.
  • Locate your allocated CAT exam center and its accessibility a day before the test so there will be no defaults on the exam day.

CAT 2019 Exam Date: Do's and Don'ts

Do's

  • Do reach the allocated CAT exam center one and a half hours before the CAT exam is supposed to commence.
  • Please carry only your Admit Card & Photo ID Card inside the CAT test hall, nothing else is allowed.
  • Do allow candidates with disabilities to get into test center first as they are allowed entry on priority.

Don'ts

  • Do not carry your cell phones, electronic gadgets, calculators, stationary items, papers, wallets, or similar things as they are not allowed inside the exam center on CAT exam date.
  • Do not wear any jewelry or other metal accessories because you will be asked to remove them before entering the exam hall.
  • Do not ask your friends or relatives to accompany you as they will not be permitted inside the test center.

Locating your seat at your CAT exam center

There is Test System Number in your CAT Admit card. This unique number is provided for the purpose of identifying the floor / wing and your designated seat at the exam center.

For any other correspondence with your CAT exam center, you should provide your Registration Number and not the Test System number. Test System number is only needful for seat location/identification during the main exam date.

Inside the CAT exam hall

  • Before you enter the exam hall, you should use the washroom as you will not be permitted to go to washroom during the exam.
  • You will be given a rough pad and pen for rough work. You should write your name and registration number on the rough pad. This rough pad will have to be returned at the end of the exam.

CAT 2018 Exam Centres

Similar to CAT 2018, CAT 2019 exam centers will be located in over 140 cities across India. The actual number of exam centers may vary depending on the number of participating candidates.

During the exam registration process, candidates will have to select three CAT exam centers in the order of their preference. The final allotting of exam center is decided by the IIMs which are then reflected on the official CAT Admit Card.

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CAT 2019 Mock Test

The official CAT mock test has been released by IIM Kozhikode in October. It is created and shared with the candidates some time before the actual CAT 2019 Exam. The major reason for this mock test is not to give the candidates a glimpse of the CAT 2019 Exam or its difficulty level but rather to familiarize them with the navigation and format of the CAT 2019 Exam. Candidates can also familiarize themselves with the usage of the online calculator and timer. However, it must be noted that the CAT mock test is intended for practice purposes only.


You can find the CAT 2019 Mock Test at the official CAT website (www.iimcat.ac.in) and watch Gautam Puri's (GP) opinions of the paper in the video given below.

CAT 2019 Question Paper

The CAT 2019 Question Paper will be available on the official CAT Website sometime post the actual CAT 2019 Exam. The basic features of the CAT 2019 Exam are expected to remain the same as the previous years including the CAT 2019 Exam Pattern and the CAT 2019 Syllabus. Some of the salient features of the CAT 2019 Question Paper are:

  • There will be 3 sections in the CAT 2019 Question Paper and the aspirant can only move on to the next section if the previous section is submitted.
  • The order of the CAT 2019 Question Paper is fixed without any flexibility given to the aspirant. The aspirants are required to solve the VARC section first followed by the DILR section with the final section to be attempted being the QA section
  • Each section has a time limit of 1 hour which is unaffected by the time remaining in the other sections. Therefore it is not possible for the candidate to devote extra time to any section based on time saved in another section.
  • The CAT 2019 Question Paper has two types of questions: multiple choice questions and subjective questions. The Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) have a marking scheme of (+3 / -1) while the Subjective questions (TITA-Type in the Answer) do not have negative marking.
  • For an attempt in the CAT 2019 Question Paper to count, the aspirant needs to save the answer and move on to the next question. This is extremely important for candidates to remember as it could cost them precious marks and percentile.

These are some of the more salient points that candidates should remember about the CAT 2019 Question Paper going into the CAT 2019 Exam.

CAT result 2019 is expected to be released in the second week of January, 2020. The official CAT 2019 score card can be downloaded online by entering your unique CAT ID and password on the official website www.iimcat.ac.in. The CAT score card will include your detailed sectional and overall scaled scores and percentiles. The score cards are available online alone, hence, take a print out for further admission processes

Past CAT Trends

The table below contains past exam-result trends as an attempt to lay down the past exam mechanism of CAT.

YEAR

EXAM

RESULT

2015

November 29th, 2015

January 8th, 2016

2016

December 4th, 2016

January 9th, 2017

2017

November 26th, 2017

January 8th, 2018

2018 (latest)

November 25th, 2018

January 5th, 2019

Steps to Check CAT Results 2019

Follow these steps to find/check your CAT 2019 results, and to download the rank card:

  • Step 1

    Go to the official CAT website www.iimcat.ac.in.

  • Step 2

    Enter User Id and Password and login to your account

  • Step 3

    Click on 'score card for CAT 2019'.

  • Step 4

    Take print out of your CAT Result 2019 for reference/record keeping.

Predict CAT 2019 Percentile with Career Launcher

Although the official CAT result is after almost two months, it is an added advantage and a peace of mind to have an insight on the performance. Keeping this in mind, Career Launcher experts have created a percentile calculator for the purpose of score assessment. The link below is to help you predict/calculate your CAT percentile, so you can begin your college picking plan ahead of time.

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CAT 2019 Normalization Procedure

Since CAT is conducted in morning and afternoon slots on a single day, it becomes necessary to normalize the scores of all candidates from both slots. Therefore, IIMs normalizes CAT scores by using a formula similar to that applied for GATE.

The scaled scores for each section along with percentiles are declared along with the result. This is practiced for transparency and for equalizing the scores. This way, no candidates from either slot are left in an advantaged or disadvantaged position.

CAT cut-off is an indication of the minimum percentile score that is expected of a candidate to achieve for getting shortlisted by the participating institutes. While top B-schools are known to have a higher CAT cut-off range, the minimum cut-off varies from institute to institute.

CAT cut-off is generally dependent on certain factors like difficulty level of the exam, number of test-takers, number of seats, etc.

Find the below the tabulated 2018 CAT cut-off of top-tier IIMs for reference:

IIM

SECTION

GENERAL

OBC-NC

SC

ST

PwD (except ST)

PwD (ST)

IIM Ahmedabad

VRC

70

65

60

50

60

50

 

DI&LR

70

65

60

50

60

50

 

QA

70

65

60

50

60

50

 

Aggregate

80

75

70

60

70

60

IIM Bangalore

VRC

85

75

70

60

50

 

DI&LR

80

70

65

60

50

 

QA

80

70

65

60

50

 

 

Aggregate

90

80

75

70

60

IIM Calcutta

VRC

85

75

65

60

60

 

DI&LR

80

75

65

60

60

 

QA

80

75

65

60

60

 

Aggregate

90

85

70

70

70

 

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CAT 2019 Selection Procedure

The selection procedure differs according to various participating institutes. However, the one uniform feature among all is the preliminary round selection where candidates are shortlisted based on CAT cut-off.

For the second round selection, candidates will have to appear for the Group Discussion (GD) or Writing Ability Test (WAT) or both and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. The new IIMs have in fact started to conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) where the shortlisted candidates from all participating IIMs appear for WAT and PI rounds jointly.

After the end of CAT selection procedure, each IIM release their separate merit lists. The final selection process of B-schools or the CAT selection procedure of participating B-schools is based on multiple criteria such as performance in CAT and GD/WAT and PI rounds and past academic records and or work experience. The criteria or parameters vary from institute to institute. IIMs release their detailed admission criteria after the CAT notification every year.

Other MBA Exams

Apart from CAT, the other MBA exams are XAT, IIFT, SNAP, NMAT, MICAT, TISSNET and a few others.

This diagram gives you a representation of all the important MBA exams and the timeline.