CAT 2019

Exam Details

CAT is conducted every year for admission to 19 IIMs across the country. Besides, more than 100 other B-Schools use CAT score to shortlist students for admission to their MBA programs. Around 2.5 Lakh applicants fight it out for approximately 4000 seats in the IIMs. The exam is appeared by some of the best minds in the country, and is considered to be one of the most competitive exams in the world. However, contrarily to popular belief, any average student can get a good score and a seat in an IIM with consistent effort, planning and guidance.

CAT 2019 Exam Dates

The official notification for CAT 2019 will be released in the month of July along with the exam dates. Candidates are given 1 month period to apply for CAT exam. Here is the  schedule for CAT 2019 application form availability, exam dates and announcement of results.

Events Dates
CAT 2019 Registration Starts 1st Week of August, 2019
CAT 2019 Registration ends  2nd Week of Sept. 2019
CAT 2019 Admit Card Download 3rd Week of Oct. 2019
CAT 2019 Test Date 4th Week of Nov. 2019
CAT 2019 Result announcement First week of January 2020

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

CAT exam is extremely volatile and its pattern keeps on changing frequently. On a broad level, the overall syllabus can be divided in three sections: Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude. The marks allotted for each section is given in the table below:

The exam will have 3 sections :

Sections No Of Questions Sectional Duration
 Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension 34 60 Minutes
 Quantitative Aptitude 34 60 Minutes
 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 60 Minutes
The entire scheme of examination is detailed in the table below:

Mode of Examination Offline Computer Based Test
Number of Questions 100
Maximum Marks 300
Duration of Exam 180 minutes
Sections on Paper

3 Parts- Quantitative Aptitude  Data, interpretation and logical reasoning,

and Verbal comprehension and learning

CAT 2019-20 Syllabus for MBA/IIM Preparation

CAT Qualitative Aptitude Syllabus 2019-20

The syllabus for Quant Section for CAT contains fragments of fundamental mathematics that one must have covered way before in 9th and 10th grade. Although the questions asked in this section are pretty much the basics, one must not take this section with ease as the questions asked in this section can be one of the trickiest in the entire CAT exam syllabus. However, in order to thoroughly go through this section one must practice problems related to the following topics:

Topic Sub-Topics
Binomial Theorem
Complex Numbers
Higher Degree Equations
Linear Equations
Quadratic Equations
Clocks & Calendars
Simple Interest & Compound Interest
Mixture & Alligations
Profit, Loss and Discount
Ratio & Proportion
Speed, Time & Distance
Time & Work
Lines & Angles
Co-ordinate Geometry
Base System 
Properties of Numbers
Successive Division 
Mean, Median & Mode
Set Theory & Venn Diagram
SEQUENCE & SERIES Arithmetic Progressions
Harmonic Progressions
Geometric Progressions

CAT DI & LR Syllabus 2019

The data interpretation section deals with questions which are asked on the basis of certain information that is provided. The data that needs to be interpreted and solved in these questions are usually given in the form of charts, tables, graphs, and paragraphs. These questions are aimed to test the ability of the student to solve them accurately. Logical Reasoning questions, on the contrary, checks the ability of the candidate to logically evaluate problem statements and then derive the solutions.

Topic Sub-Topics
DATA INTERPRETATION Charts (Column, Bar & Pie)
Graphs (Line & Area)
Venn Diagram 
Data Sufficiency
Clocks & Calendars
Binary Logic
Blood Relations
Linear & Matrix Arrangement
Seating Arrangement
Coding & Decoding
Statements & Assumptions
Fact Inference Judgement
Logical Deduction
Statement & Assumption
Strong & Weak Arguments

CAT Verbal Section Syllabus 2019

The verbal ability section of the CAT exams has a dynamic approach towards checking how good is the candidate with English as a language. Here, in this section one is bound to be tested on how well he/she can form sentences. Not only this, the sentence formation skills of the student is further used as a benchmark to create paragraphs and determine the correct usage in English. The following are the 9 question types that are asked in this section.

Reading Comprehension
Topic Sub-Topics
Error Spotting 
Fill in the blanks 
Sentence Correction
Word Usage
Paragraph Completion
Paragraph Summary

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019

In order to be eligible for CAT 2019, an aspirant must be a graduate degree holder in any stream. Candidates appearing in the final year/semester of their degree program can also apply for CAT 2019. They should have also scored the required percentage in their graduation degree. The category-wise percentage requirement for CAT 2019 is explained in the table below:

General 50%
Scheduled Caste 45%
Scheduled Tribe 45%
Persons with disabilities 45%

CAT 2019 Participating Colleges

CAT is conducted mainly for admission to MBA/PGDM programs offered at 20 IIMs. Apart from IIMs, other top management institutes like FMS, MDI, NTIE, SP Jain, Department of Management Studies at IITs, Manipal University, ITM Delhi, Chandigarh University and over 115 management B-schools also accept CAT score as a qualifying criteria for their management programs. The cut off percentile for IIMs and other top institutes may be above 90 percentile.

  1. IIM Bangalore
  2. IIM Ahmedabad
  3. IIM Calcutta
  4. Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras
  5. IIM Lucknow
  6. IIM Kozikhode
  7. IIM Indore
  8. Vinod Gupta school of Management, IIT Kharagpur
  9. FMS Delhi

CAT 2019 Cut off

After the results are declared, each IIM will declare a separate cut off list for shortlisting candidates for the selection procedure. The cut off comprises of an overall cut off and asectional cut off. Sectional cut off is the percentile a candidate must score in eachsection of the test paper. The overall cut off for the IIMs generally, falls in the bracket of 90-99 percentile.

CAT 2019 Expected Cutoff for IIMs

IIM Cut off in Percentile
IIM, Bangalore 90
IIM, Ahmedabad 80
IIM, Calcutta 90
IIM, Lucknow 90
IIM, Kozhikode 90
IIT, Roorkee 90
IIM, Indore 90
IIM, Rohtak 90
IIM, Raipur 90
IIM, Trichy 90

CAT Application Form 2019

CAT 2019 Application forms will be available in the month of August. Intersted candidates can apply online on The application process is usually a four-step process.

  1. Registration on CAT 2019 official website.
  2. Filing up of Application form that includes entering personal details, contact information, academic details, work experience, program preference and exam center preference.
  3. Uploading scanned copies of documents such as Photograph, Signature, Category certificate and disability certificate.
  4. Payment of application fee:- CAT 2019 Application fee is Rs 1800/- for General category. It can be paid online via net banking/credit card/debit card. Mentioned below is the category wise application fee for CAT 2019.
Category CAT 2019 Application Fee
General 1900 INR
OBC 1000 INR
SC/ST 1000 INR

Past year Total Number of Candidates Registered for CAT Exam

Year Candidates Registered (In lacs)
2.31 (231, 067)
2.32 (232,434)
2.19 (218,664)

Selection Procedure

After the declaration of results and cut- offs, shortlisted candidates appear in the selection process which is held separately by each of the IIMs. The selection procedure through CAT EXAM may consist of a Group Discussion and/or Written Ability Test round and, Personal Interview. In recent years, IIMs have been known to prefer Written Ability Test over Group Discussion.

Personal Interview is also an important part of the selection procedure and can prove to be a decisive factor in selection to IIMs. The final selection is based on performance in CAT and selection procedure rounds.

Written Ability Test comprises of one or more topics on which a candidate is required to write a brief essay. The time duration assigned to write essay on the given topic varies from IIM to IIM and can be anywhere between 15 minutes to 45 minutes.

Group Discussion round is less preferred these days but it is wise to prepare for this round as well. In this round, a group of 8-10 candidates is given a topic to discuss. Through this round, a candidate‚Äôs performance and group dynamics are assessed.

Personal Interview round is the final round. In this round, a candidate has to appear before a panel of 4-8 interviewers who test the candidate on their academic background, work experience, hobbies, interests etc.