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.
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.
|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 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|
|Mode of Examination||Offline Computer Based Test|
|Number of Questions||100|
|Duration of Exam||180 minutes|
|Sections on Paper||
3 Parts- Quantitative Aptitude Data, interpretation and logical reasoning,
and Verbal comprehension and learning
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:
|Higher Degree Equations|
|Clocks & Calendars|
|Simple Interest & Compound Interest|
|Mixture & Alligations|
|Profit, Loss and Discount|
|Ratio & Proportion|
|Speed, Time & Distance|
|Time & Work|
|Lines & Angles|
|LCM & HCF|
|Properties of Numbers|
|PROBABILITY & PERMUTATION|
|Mean, Median & Mode|
|Set Theory & Venn Diagram|
|SEQUENCE & SERIES||Arithmetic Progressions|
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.
|DATA INTERPRETATION||Charts (Column, Bar & Pie)|
|Graphs (Line & Area)|
|LOGICAL REASONING||Logical Sequence|
|Clocks & Calendars|
|Linear & Matrix Arrangement|
|Coding & Decoding|
|Statements & Assumptions|
|ANALYTICAL REASONING||Course of Action|
|Fact Inference Judgement|
|Statement & Assumption|
|Strong & Weak Arguments|
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.
|VERBAL ABILITY||Cloze Test|
|Fill in the blanks|
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:
|CAT 2019 RESERVATION CRITERIA||PERCENTAGE REQUIRED|
|Persons with disabilities||45%|
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.
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|
CAT 2019 Application forms will be available in the month of August. Intersted candidates can apply online on iimcat.ac.in. The application process is usually a four-step process.
|Category||CAT 2019 Application Fee|
|Year||Candidates Registered (In lacs)|
2.31 (231, 067)
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’s 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.