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About CAT

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer-based test held in India. The test scores a candidate on the basis of Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR). The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and uses the CAT score for selecting students for their business administration programs. The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation.

CAT exam is the largest MBA entrance test leading to admission in top MBA colleges of India. CAT 2019 will offer admission opportunity for MBA admission in 2020 to 20 IIMs and more than 500 other top MBA/PGDM colleges including FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, among others. CAT 2019 exam will have a combination of MCQs and Non-MCQs to provide level playing field to the students of all streams. No change in the CAT 2019 exam pattern has been announced. The CAT exam duration remains of three hours with 100 questions divided in three sections, as was the last year.

CAT Full Form

CAT is the abbreviated form of the Common Admission Test. For the last 5 decades since IIMs have been conducting the Common Admission Test for admission to their various PGDM programmes, the full form of CAT is seldom used except in the release of CAT notification, advertisement and other official CAT documents. So despite carrying the official full form Common Admission Test, the exam is more known by CAT the abbreviated form of Common Admission test. 

CAT 2019 Application fees

The Application fee for the CAT 2019 exam is revised upwards to Rs. 2000/- from earlier Rs.1900/-. There is no separate application fee to apply for any of the 20 IIMs.

Who Conducts CAT Exam?

CAT Exam is conducted every year by one of the top six IIMs. For example IIM Kozhikode conducted CAT in the year 2012; IIM Indore conducted CAT exam in 2013 and 2014; IIM Ahmedabad conducted CAT in 2015; IIM Bangalore conducted CAT in 2016; IIM Lucknow conducted CAT exam in 2017, IIM Calcutta conducted CAT 2018 exam on November 25, 2018. It is expected that CAT 2019 exam will be conducted by IIM Kozhikode again.

CAT Important Dates

CAT 2019 Exam date is November 24, 2019. The IIM CAT 2019 for admission to 20 IIMs and other top MBA colleges in India will be conducted by IIM Kozhikode in two sessions on Sunday Nov 24, 2019 as computer-based test at more than 400 testing venues across the country. More than 2 lakh candidates appear in Common Admission Test (CAT) conducted by one of the older IIMs every year. Last year 2.41 lakhs candidates had registered and applied for CAT exam.

CAT Notification

The CAT Notification 2019 will be published on July 27 and after one week of its publication IIM CAT 2019 exam registration will start. The Notification of CAT 2019 will contain details about CAT Registration dates, CAT Admit card dates, CAT exam date and CAT Result Date. Apart from this, the CAT 2019 official notification has details about the CAT Eligibility criteria and the details about the MBA programmes offered by all the 20 IIMs.

CAT 2019 Tentative Dates

CAT 2019 Events Dates
CAT 2019 Notification Date July 27, 2019
CAT 2019 Registration Start Date August 5, 2019
Last Date to Apply for CAT 2019 September 20, 2019
CAT 2019 Registration & Application Fee Rs.2000/-
CAT 2019 Admit card Download Start date October 24, 2019
Last Date for CAT 2019 Admit Card Download November 24, 2019
CAT 2019 Exam date November 24, 2019
CAT 2019 Result date January 7, 2020

CAT Eligibility

CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria for General & Reserved category candidates define different percentage of marks in the qualifying graduation degree. However, there is no age bar for either category candidates to apply for IIMCAT 2019 exam.

CAT 2019 Eligibility for General & NC-OBC Candidates

  • The candidate must hold bachelor degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA.
  • Candidates in final year of Graduation are also eligible to apply for CAT 2019
  • If selected, the final year candidates will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if she/he submits a certificate latest by June 30, 2020 from the Principal/ Registrar of the College/Institute (issued on or before June 30, 2020) stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate
  • Candidates who have completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with 50% marks

CAT 2019 Eligibility for SC/ST/PwD Candidates

  • Reserved category candidates applying for CAT 2019 are eligible if they possess one of the following qualifications:write here some content
  • Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA) category candidates need 45% marks in graduation
  • Candidates in final year of Graduation are also eligible to apply for CAT 2019
  • Candidates who have completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with 45% marks

Reservation Criteria for CAT Exam

  • As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the non-creamy layer (NC-OBC).
  • For the purpose of being considered for reservations, the applicable Central Government list as on the last date of CAT registration shall be binding. No subsequent changes will be effective for CAT 2019 and any subsequent selection process of the IIMs. For an updated central list of state - wise OBCs eligible for availing the benefit of reservation and information in respect of the creamy layer, visit the website
  • As per the provisions of The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016), 5% seats are reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD). Person with benchmark disability means a person with not less than forty percent (40%) of a specified disability where specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and includes a person with disability where specified disability has been defined in measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority. Specified disability means the disabilities as specified in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016.
  • The candidates belonging to the reserved categories need to note the eligibility requirements carefully before applying. It should be noted that while it is the endeavor of IIMs that the candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD/NC-OBC categories join the Programme in proportions mandated by the law, they have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria and a certain minimum level of performance to be considered for the admission process
  • The candidates should read the updated description of selection process followed by each IIM on their respective websites. No change in the category will be entertained after CAT registration; hence, the applicants are advised to give attention while registering

CAT 2019 Application Forms

CAT is the largest MBA entrance exam conducted every year by IIMs for MBA admission in 20 IIMs and other top MBA colleges of India. CAT 2019 will be held on November 24, 2019 in two separate sessions by IIM Kozhikode. The Common Admission Test (CAT) CAT 2018 will have a combination of MCQs and Non-MCQs to provide level playing field to the students of all streams.

Application Trends for CAT

Year No. of Registrations No. of Test Takers
2018 2,40,338 2,09,405
2017 231,000 1,99,632
2016 2,32,434 1,95,000
2015 2,18,664 1,79,602
2014 1,96,988 1,67,829
2013 1,94,516 1,73,714
2012 2,14,000 1,95,000
2011 2,05,000 1,86,000
2010 2,04,000 1,85,000
2009 2,41,000 2,30,000
2008 2,90,000 2,76,000
2007 2,50,000 2,30,000

First Register and then fill up CAT 2019 Application Form

The 1st part of CAT online application form requires your basic details and is called the Registration form. You need not pay any fee for the basic CAT Registration.

Immediately after login on IIM-CAT website with your basic details, IIMs will send you CAT Application ID and CAT password. With this unique CAT 2019 ID, you will login to CAT 2019 exam online application form which will have more pages to fill up and can be submitted only after making CAT application fee payment.

Documents Needed to Complete CAT 2019 registration and CAT 2019 Application

Following are the mandatory items of information you need during the CAT registration and CAT 2019 online application process

  • Educational history
  • Mark sheets (10th /12th/ Degree/Diploma)
  • Work experience, if any
  • Applicable Certificates to upload
  • Scanned images of your passport size photo and signature. (The photo should not be more than six months old and should have a white background)
  • Scanned image of Passport size photo with the dimensions 35mm X 45mm along with the scanned image of your signature with the dimensions 100mm X 35 mm. is required to be uploaded at the time of registration for CAT 2019. Please note that the documents file format should be .jpg or .jpeg and the file size should not be more than 80KB each. The image should be clear with a minimum resolution of 150px.
  • List of the IIM programmes to which you wish to apply
  • CAT exam fee payment instruments to pay CAT 2019 exam fee like Debit/Credit cards, Net banking

CAT 2019 Exam Registration Process

Registration process for CAT 2019 starts after a week from the date of CAT exam notification. As such the CAT registration process will start on August 5, 2019 at 10 AM and will remain open for more than one and a half month. During the last three years, CAT exam application last date was extended by 5 to 7 days due to various reasons. The last date to apply for CAT 2019 exam is to close on September 20, 2019 going by the past trends.

How to register for CAT Exam

CAT 2019 registration steps are simple and can be completed within the specified time although candidate can login again and again to complete the process as follows:

  • Create a Profile at CAT website
  • Log in with system generated User ID and Password to complete the 6 page CAT Application Form
  • Submit Application after entering details and making online payment through Net banking/Credit card/Debit card

Guidelines for CAT 2019 registration process

  • Once you create a profile after login as new candidate and receive your system generated OTP to get User ID and Password through SMS and on mail, next login should be as registered candidate with the received ID & Password
  • Keep the entire information ready before filling up the CAT 2019 application form
  • The work experience is to be entered in completed months in CAT registration form
  • The CAT 2019 online application form need not be completed in one go. You can revisit the CAT application form several times and complete it in steps
  • You will not be allowed to continue your CAT registration process, if mandatory information is not filled up.
  • Wherever needed, required Certificates, scanned images of photographs, signature are to be uploaded, else your registration will remain incomplete.
  • If you forget your password during the CAT online registration process, you may click on the Forgot Password button on the Existing User login window. The new password will be sent in the email to you, and not as an SMS.
  • Once you have completed the last section of CAT application form, i.e. Payment, your CAT 2019 application form is considered complete and you will receive a confirmation mail. After this, changes to any information on the application form are not possible.

Important points to note about CAT registration

  • CAT 2019 registration is online process only
  • CAT 2019 registration remains open till September 20, 2019
  • When you register for CAT 2019, you will automatically apply online for CAT 2019
  • Applying online for CAT 2019 will mean that you have to opt for the relevant management programmes in all the 20 IIMs mentioned in the CAT 2019 registration form
  • The CAT 2019 exam fee is Rs.2000/
  • In case of filling incorrect information in CAT 2019 online application form not only the candidature of the aspirant will be treated as invalid but the CAT registration fee will also be forfeited
  • CAT 2019 registration can be completed in 3 steps
  • Read the instructions at the start of the CAT registration form before beginning to fill up the CAT application form
  • You can save and exit the CAT 2019 registration form any number of times to edit and complete it later or can Save & Continue each section till you submit the application
  • Fee for CAT exam is to be paid after completing your CAT online registration 2019 and CAT 2019 online application form
  • If you do not pay the CAT 2019 exam fee after completing your CAT 2019 registration form, your CAT 2019 application form will remain incomplete and you will not be allowed to appear in CAT 2019 exam

CAT Exam Pattern

CAT 2019 will be held on November 24, 2019 as a computer based test of 3 hours duration in Morning and afternoon slots. IIM Kozhikode will conduct CAT 2019 and brings about aspirant friendly changes in CAT exam 2019.

  • 180 Minutes Exam: CAT exam is a computer delivered test of 3 hours duration but it is not an Online Exam
  • 100 Questions: CAT 2019 exam will have 100 questions divided in 3 sections of VARC, DILR and Quantitative Ability
  • 25% No Penalty Questions: Out of 100 questions in CAT 2019, more than 25 questions will not have negative marking. CAT 2019 is divided into MCQ and Non-MCQ type of questions and the Non-MCQs do not carry negative marking. In case any non-MCQ has negative marking, a few MCQs are changed to no negative marking questions.
  • 70-75% CAT Questions with Negative Marking: More than 70% questions in CAT 2019 are of MCQ type and will carry penalty of 1/3 negative marking.
  • Minimum CAT Score Requirement by IIMs: A Minimum qualifying score between 70 and 90 percentile in CAT 2019 is required by IIMs in each of the 3 sections to shortlist candidates for final admission round.
  • Other Criteria with CAT 2019 score: Apart from High score in each of the 3 sections in CAT 2019 exam, you need to have good academic profile, diversity, to get into IIMs

CAT Syllabus

CAT 2019 Syllabus is based on the past CAT exam pattern and the changes introduced by IIMs in the forthcoming CAT exam. IIM Kozhikode will conduct CAT exam on November 24, 2019 in two sessions - Morning and Afternoon. The CAT question paper with 100 test questions of MCQ and Non-MCQ type is based on updated topics contained in CAT syllabus 2019. If you wish to crack CAT 2019 with high score, you should prepare in accordance with CAT exam syllabus which goes on modified and changed every year.

CAT Syllabus is not pre-defined by IIMs. However, every year, the CAT Syllabus is updated by CAT experts with anticipated changes in CAT exam pattern and the topics that can be included in CAT syllabus. Accordingly, the CAT exam 2019 syllabus shared below is based on revamped and updated Syllabus of CAT Exam, the structure of which stands totally changed. Since 2015, CAT exam syllabus has gone through many changes. Here is the updated CAT syllabus for all the 3 sections of VARC, DILR and QA including some forgotten topics which may appear again in CAT exam

Section-1: CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

CAT Section Highlights: Common Admission Test (CAT) exam Syllabus for VARC section in CAT 2019 is divided into 2 parts. The 1st part of CAT syllabus covers topics on Reading Comprehension passages and the 2nd part of CAT exam syllabus on VARC covers topics on Verbal Ability.

Part-1: CAT 2019 Syllabus for Reading Comprehension (RC)

  • Current affairs making impact on Social Life, International Affairs, Govt policies and Schemes for example Triple Talaq, Clean India Mission, Migration of people from one country to other, Growing intolerance across the Globe
  • Business & Economic RC Passages for example Global economic changes, economic development at the cost of environment, Impact of Demonetization in India, Wasteful expenditure by Governments
  • RC passages from various English Literature books, from articles authored by great philosophers, thinkers, from various speeches of great personalities like passages from Charles Dickens, Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi, Churchill among others
  • Passages on Science & Culture including the journey to Modern world; Fading culture with the advancement of technology
  • Abstract topics and fiction are also included in the Reading Comprehension Syllabus for CAT. These passages make the candidates think much leading to put themselves in the authors shoes before answering the questions following these passages since they are opinion based
  • RC Passages on Historical events leading to social changes for example French Revolution, War of Roses, Social changes in Indian History and thoughts shared by various activists which are very much relevant even today
  • RC Passages from Mythology. These passages try to correlate the Mythological events with the current social structure and answers to the questions on them have to be inferred

Key Facts on RC Syllabus in CAT & Type of questions

  • Number of Questions: 24
  • Sectional Weightage in CAT Syllabus: 34%
  • Type of passages in CAT Exam Syllabus on RC: 3 Long and 2 shorter
  • Division of questions: 6 questions based on each long passage and 3 questions based on each shorter passage. Sometimes uniform number of 5 questions follow 4 RC passages and 1 RC Passage is followed by 4 questions
  • Type of Questions: All of MCQ type with penalty of 1/3rd negative marking
  • Format of questions: Questions based on information in RC passage; explanation of the words & phrases as used in the passage; In context of the passage - True/false statements; Authors view on various issues raised in the RC passage; Inference from the passage; main idea of RC passage; Purpose of the RC passage
  • Length of RC passages in CAT Syllabus: Longer RC passages are of around 900 words; shorter passages are of around 600 words in CAT exam syllabus as reflected in last 3 years
  • Past trends of topics in RC Syllabus for CAT: Genetics, Second World War; Plastic Pollution; Elephant society; Consumer Behaviour; Status of Languages in 2115; Education System; Sustainable Economic Development; Anthropology /Excruciating Rituals & Reasons; Govt. Definition of Poverty and treatment of Household work

Part-2: CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability

  • Essence of short paragraph/Para summary - (3-4 questions);
  • Jumbled Paragraphs (3-4 questions)
  • Out of Context Sentence in Jumbled paragraphs (2-3 questions)
  • Error Correction of Verb, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb and other parts of speech in the Sentences
  • Correcting the sequence of sentences in the paragraph for example correct use of conditional sentence, time clauses, reported speech, passive writing
  • Vocabulary usage - picking the correct pair of words
  • Vocabulary usage in RC passages - finding out the correct synonyms and antonyms
  • Fill in the blanks with correct vocabulary words
  • Completion of last sentence of Paragraphs
  • Analogies
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Sentence Completion
  • Facts, Inference and Judgement
  • Irrelevant Statements
  • Phrasal Verbs Usage

Key Facts on Verbal Ability Syllabus in CAT & Type of questions

  • Number of Questions: 10
  • Sectional Weightage in CAT Syllabus: 10%
  • Type of Questions: All of Non-MCQ type with No penalty for wrong answer
  • Format of questions: Essence of paragraph questions are based on around 5-6 sentences; questions on Jumbled paragraphs and out of context jumbled paragraphs have 4 -5 jumbled sentences which are to be placed in a coherent manner. The out of context sentence has to be picked out.

Section-2: CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Section Highlights: CAT 2019 Syllabus for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) has been revamped. As a separate section in CAT exam, DILR was re-originated after keeping the section in abeyance for 4 years. During this period the DILR questions were clubbed to Quant and Verbal Ability sections respectively.

CAT exam Syllabus for DILR section in CAT 2019 is divided in 2 parts - Syllabus for Data Interpretation and Syllabus for Logical Reasoning. Accordingly, the 1st part of CAT 2019 syllabus covers questions based on Data Interpretation (DI) and the 2nd part of CAT 2019 exam syllabus on DILR is based on questions on different topics on Logical Reasoning.

Part-1: CAT 2019 Syllabus for Data Interpretation (DI)

  • Data Tables
  • Data charts
  • Bar diagrams & Charts including Simple, Stacked, Composite Bar charts
  • Pie charts
  • Graphs - Line X-Y Graphs
  • Data analysis and Data comparison among others
  • Caselet based Data

Key Facts on Data Interpretation Syllabus in CAT & Type of questions

  • Number of Questions: 16 divided into MCQs and Non- MCQs
  • Sectional weightage in CAT Syllabus: 16%
  • Past trend of topics in CAT Syllabus for DI: Table (Student Pass percentages over 5 years; Comprehension - Marks in Two sections of papers; Films, Launch, Completion, Release and Profits; Table on Consumption of Veg and Non-Veg Protein; Happiness Index: 4 questions based on Table; Kids Learning in Rural Areas: Data table based 4 questions; Flight operation Questions were in the set of 4 questions
  • Questions on Data Interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), venn diagram, are asked. Data could be given in form of tables, charts or graphs. In this section it is tested that how candidates can interpret the given data and answer questions based on it.

Part-2: CAT 2019 exam Syllabus for Logical Reasoning (LR)

  • Clocks
  • Calendars
  • Binary logic
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Blood Relations (Family Tree)
  • Logical Sequence
  • Assumption
  • Premise
  • Conclusion
  • Linear and matrix arrangement
  • Team Formation
  • Direction sense and Decision Making
  • Input-Output
  • Series
  • Syllogism
  • Cubes
  • Rows
  • Set Theory, Venn Diagrams, Network Diagrams
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Puzzles
  • Logical Reasoning based on Rankings
  • Critical Reasoning

Key Facts on Logical Reasoning Syllabus in CAT & Type of questions

CAT entrance exam syllabus defines that questions in LR section can be individual or can be in the set of 4 questions.

  • Weightage of LR Syllabus questions in CAT exam: 16%
  • Total LR questions in CAT syllabus for 2019 exam: 16
  • Type of Questions: MCQs & Non MCQs
  • Past trend of topics in CAT LR Syllabus: Distribution/Arrangement; Venn Diagrams; Arrangement of files in folders; Students using various Trains and the fares for the same; Seating Arrangement; Direction sense for Cars; Ordering items; Burgers/Fries/ Ice Cream.

Section-3: CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability (QA)

Section Highlight: CAT exam syllabus 2019 for Quant section is very wide. Quantitative Aptitude (Quant) is the 3rd and last section in the revamped CAT exam pattern. CAT syllabus for Quant is vast and covers everything in Mathematics that you may or may not expect. CAT exam syllabus 2019 on Quant is based on questions on different topics on Arithmetic, Algebra, Modern Math, Geometry, Mensuration, Trigonometry among others.

CAT Quant Syllabus

  • LCM and HCF
  • Percentages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Averages; Ratio and Proportion and others
  • Number System (3-4) questions
  • Algebra (5-7 questions)
  • Geometry/Mensuration (6-8 questions)
  • Pure Math (1-2 questions)
  • Venn diagrams and other topic based questions are 2-3
  • Linear Equations; Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm; Progressions
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability Functions
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry

Key Facts on Quantitative Ability Syllabus in CAT & Type of questions

  • Number of Questions: 34
  • Sectional weightage in CAT Syllabus: 34%
  • Type of Questions: MCQs and Non-MCQs
  • Past trend in CAT exam syllabus for Quant shows that there are 24 to 27 MCQs and 7 to 10 Non-MCQs in Quant section of CAT exam
  • More emphasis on Arithmetic to promote academic diversity. Number of questions in Arithmetic: 10 to 12

Important Points about CAT 2019 Exam Syllabus

  • CAT 2019 exam syllabus is based on the mentioned guidelines and current structure of CAT exam
  • CAT Exam Syllabus has never had any boundaries and this fact also applies to define the CAT 2019 exam syllabus
  • CAT 2019 exam syllabus is based on recent trends in CAT exams and putting it the right way, the CAT syllabus is the outcome of the topics which have earlier appeared in CAT exam although the type of questions, their composition, format and number may change in each subsequent CAT exam
  • Past tendencies reflect that CAT exam syllabus and pattern overall tests the candidate on Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Quantitative Aptitude; Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
  • CAT exam Syllabus covers all the major topics on these three test sections which are further divided into sub-sections
  • The key point in CAT exam syllabus 2019 is that there is no repetition of CAT questions in any CAT exam although difficulty level of the questions in CAT exam would not go out of CAT exam syllabus

CAT Mock Test

CAT 2019 Exam Mock Test by IIMs

IIMs will release the CAT exam full length Mock Test in the third week of October 2019. IIM-CAT official mock test with 100 questions helps and guides to understand the exact CAT exam pattern since the CAT pattern goes on changing every year. CAT Mock is a good preparation tool. It is released by IIMs about a month before the CAT exam. The official CAT 2019 Mock Test is the most authentic source to familiarise yourself with the actual CAT 2019 exam pattern, changes in topics in CAT 2019 syllabus, sectional composition, type and pattern of questions expected in CAT 2019 exam and the scoring pattern

CAT 2019 Mock: Key Points

  • Separate CAT 2019 Mock Test Navigation Guide PDF will be Released
  • Separate login link will be provided for candidates with normal vision
  • Login Link will be separately provided for the candidates who have low vision with two magnifying glass icons at the top of the screen. You can click on icon to zoom-in and click on icon to zoom out the question. Read More on CAT Mock Test and Previous Test Papers

CAT Admit Card

CAT 2019 Admit Card download will start immediately with the release of the CAT hall ticket by IIMs. IIMs will upload the CAT 2019 Admit card at 1 PM on October 24, 2019. The CAT admit card release date may be extended by a few days in case the last date of registration for CAT 2019 exam is extended. The last date to download the CAT Admit Card is CAT 2019 exam date.

5 Steps to Download CAT 2019 Admit Card

  • Logon to CAT official Website
  • Enter CAT Login ID & Password
  • Click on ˜Admit Card'
  • At Assessment drop down menu select Common Admission Test 2019
  • Click on Action-Download & Take Print of CAT Admit card

CAT Percentile Predictor

CAT Percentile Predictor for MBA admission 2019 is live now. Fill your details below and check your expected Score & Percentile. You will also be able to check the IIM and other top MBA college recommended for you after matching your percentile with CAT 2018 percentile predictor

How does the CAT percentile predictor work?

CAT 2019 Percentile will be based on 3 parameters:

  • Total number of candidates appeared in CAT 2018 exam
  • Your performance relative to your peers
  • Slot wise and section-wise difficulty level in CAT exam

How to use CAT Percentile Predictor & Get Accurate Percentile

The guidelines to get the best and accurate CAT percentile predictions are shared below:

  • Assess your CAT Performance: To get the accurate CAT Percentile Calculation through CAT 2019 percentile predictor, the best way is to use it immediately after your CAT exam is over before your memory begins to fade.
  • Check Your Performance Level: You are required to enter your section wise attempts as well as correct answers for both type of questions MCQs and Non-MCQs separately in VARC, DILR and Quant sections. This will result in more accurate CAT percentile prediction - overall as well as section wise. Please note the more accurate you are, the nearer is the CAT percentile prediction.
  • Review Your CAT 2019 Performance: Section wise percentile prediction in CAT 2019 is more important than only overall percentile to know your chances of shortlisting by IIMs. It is not suffice to gauge only your overall performance in CAT 2019. The accurate inputs in the percentile predictor format will let you know where you stand and how much are your chances to get shortlisted by top IIMs.

Format for CAT 2019 Percentile Predictor

The format to input data in CAT 2019 percentile predictor for your CAT 2019 performance is shared below. Make sure that you enter the correct data. For example, if there are 34 total questions in VARC and out of them 10 are non-MCQs, without any penalty of negative marking for wrong answers, your attempts for MCQs and Non-MCQs should not exceed the number of questions for the respective type of questions: 

Name of Section Number of total MCQs Attempted Number of correct answers for MCQs Number of total Non-MCQs Attempted Number of Correct answers for Non-MCQs

Please note that depending upon the increase/decrease in number of candidates, their relative performance in the exam, the percentile calculation result through the CAT percentile predictor 2019 may change as also happens before final CAT result is declared

Apart from a high CAT 2019 Percentile, you need a balanced sectional percentile in CAT 2019 as the basic criterion to remain eligible for shortlisting by IIMs. Although, the qualifying sectional percentile scores have been lowered by top IIMs, for example IIM Ahmedabad needs only 70 sectional and 80 overall percentile; IIM Calcutta requires 80 sectional and 90 overall percentile as the qualifying scores in CAT 2019 for shortlisting, the actual CAT percentile at the top IIMs go much higher

Reading Comprehension for CAT

Reading Comprehension (RC) Passages

Questions based on Reading Comprehension (RC) Passages in CAT exam occupy 70% share in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Section and 24% share in overall CAT exam. As such a high score in the RC based questions can get you through the CAT 2019 exam with a high percentile.

RC Passages: Important in all Exams

English Comprehension passages with questions and answer options following them constitute highest weightage from 20% to 70% in all the MBA entrance exams including CAT, XAT, SNAP, NMAT, IIFT, CMAT, MH CET, MAT, ATMA among others.

The RC Passage section in all the class-1 and class-2 officers grade competitive exams also consists of unseen passages or English Reading Comprehension questions based on RC Passages. To get expertise in it, one needs to attempt as many English Reading Comprehension passages with questions and answers so that a clear understanding is built up on how to approach the questions and answer them for different types of English RC Passages.

RC Passages in CAT: High Score is Must

One of the key tips to crack CAT 2019 is how to crack English Reading comprehension questions in CAT? Since there are only English Reading Comprehension passages or RC passages with questions in CAT, many students who not well practiced variety of English Reading Comprehension passages with questions and answers have find it difficult to infer the correct answers to RC based questions. These English Reading Comprehension Passages command 24% share in overall CAT exam and 70% share in VARC section.

Your mission to crack CAT 2019 should be to focus more on RC Passages in CAT. Past CAT toppers with 100 and 99 percentiles share following tips to accomplish your Mission CAT 2019:

  • Read English Newspaper Editorials and Articles. It will help you get clarity on English Reading Comprehension passages with questions and answers that you should give to the questions.
  • Choose an English RC passage book like that of Arun Sharma that contains variety of English Reading Comprehension passages with questions and answers and practice on variety of questions.
  • After going through the English Reading Comprehension passage with questions visualize the answers
  • Make a summary of the English RC Passage with questions and answer them deploying your best efforts. Check your answers and match them with model answers. Please note that your RC Passage summary should be one third of the passage size
  • Check that all the key points are covered in the summary of RC passage
  • Frame on your own the English RC passage based questions and answer them
  • Improve your reading speed for English Reading Comprehension passages with questions and answers also
  • Since 2017, IIMs have started releasing CAT exam papers with answer keys, attempt the 10 RC passages from actual CAT test papers and answer questions on them.
  • Monitor your time to attempt the CAT RC passages. One RC passage followed by 5-6 questions should not take more than 15 minutes to answer

Type of Questions on English RC Passages

Different MBA entrance exams or other competitive exams ask different type of questions on Reading Comprehension (RC). Besides, the size and number of questions based on RC passages in prominent exams like CAT, XAT, SNAP, IIFT, NMAT, CMAT, ATMA, MAT, IBSAT vary. The questions on RC passages may be of MCQ type or non-MCQ type; they may carry penalty of negative marking or no penalty of negative marking.

For example, the current structure of CAT exam has 5 English RC passages followed by two types of questions based on Reading Comprehension:

Type of Questions MCQs Non-MCQs
Total RC Based Questions 22-24 0-2
Marks for each correct answer 3 3
Negative Marks for wrong answer 1 0

In contrast, there are other exams which prefer only short Reading Comprehension passages. While the RC passages are followed by most indirect questions in CAT, other exams place direct questions, the answers to which can be directly inferred from the contents of the passages.

Cracking the RC Passages require a bit of time to understand what are the skills needed to crack Reading Comprehension based questions and how can I improve my RC Reading skills. In fact, the Reading Comprehension exercises in exams and tests depend upon the type of exam and difficulty level of it. For example, MBA Reading Comprehension Passages in CAT and XAT are considered bit more difficult than the MBA Reading Comprehension for NMAT, MAT or ATMA.

What is the definition of Reading Comprehension (RC) Passages?

We have been comprehending the Reading right from the beginning. If we define the Reading Comprehension (RC) in simple words, it is an Unseen Passage which you should read to understand its meaning and then integrate it to what is already known.

5 basic skills required to answer questions and score high in RC passage are:

  • Good Vocabulary to know the meaning of words
  • Ability to know and understand meaning of a word relevant to the context in Reading Comprehension passage
  • Understand How the Reading Comprehension passage is organized and Identify antecedents and references in the RC Passage
  • Ability to draw inferences from the RC passage about its contents and understand and identify the Central Idea (Main Thought) of RC passage
  • Understand the Questions based on RC passage and recognize the directly or indirectly used answer in the RC Passage after identifying the Tone, situations mood, Purpose of the Reading Comprehension Passage

Reading Comprehension (RC) Passages with Q&A test not only your English Language skills but they also test your knowledge of vocabulary, accuracy and flow of thought in deriving the inferences, logical understanding of ideas and your skill of connecting the split ideas expressed in the Reading Comprehension passage while checking the Reading Comprehension Passages with Questions and Answers

Data Interpretation For CAT 2019

Preparing for Data Interpretation in CAT 2019 is an important part of overall CAT preparation. It commands 16% weightage in overall CAT exam and 50% weightage in DILR section. Scoring high in Data Interpretation can take you through the IIMs admission process.

Many candidates who scored 99 percentile in CAT could not get a call from any IIM only because of the reason that their score in DILR was below the IIMs cut off. The CAT Data Interpretation proved to be the most difficult and time-consuming section resulting in a low score for them.

This is not the story only of a few but of many CAT takers who scored high percentile. Candidates can hardly solve only a few DILR questions in CAT exam. Now, with creation of new section in CAT comprising only DILR questions, there are 3 sections in CAT.  Since 2015 CAT exam has been totally revamped. There are 32 questions in newly created DILR section out of total 100 in CAT exam.

The Data Interpretation for CAT is now not clubbed to Quantitative Ability Section. With the restructuring of CAT exam pattern in 2015 by IIM Ahmedabad, Data Interpretation Questions now form a separate section with Logical Reasoning. With 16 questions in MCQ and Non MCQ format, CAT Data Interpretation constitute 50% share of DILR Section which has total 32 questions.

The Data Interpretation Questions for CAT appear in the second section of IIM CAT exam now. However, the DI 2019 questions are to remain on the same pattern as were asked in last year CAT exam. CAT experts while sharing the CAT 2019 Data Interpretation Tips, are of the view that DI 2019 in CAT is as important as the other 2 sections as sectional cut offs announced by IIMs for DILR section are the same as applicable for Quant and VARC sections.

How to Prepare Data Interpretation for CAT 2019

Unlike other sections like Quant and Verbal, which have more formula based preparation, DI preparation for CAT requires different preparation strategy. Accordingly following are the most important CAT 2019 Data Interpretation Tips and points and on how to prepare Data Interpretation for CAT Exam:

  • Prepare as per latest trends on Data Interpretation questions in CAT
  • Read the Best Data Interpretation Book
  • Read and practice various types of Data Interpretation Questions and Answers
  • One of the key CAT Data Interpretation tricks by experts is to go for LOD=1 to LOD=3. The problem with DI questions is that they all need data comparison, data analysis and if you are correct in your analysis, you will hit the entire set of questions correct otherwise, you may lose your marks for entire set of 4 questions. If one goes wrong all may go wrong
  • Try to solve as many DI questions on all difficulty levels, as possible.  Never be shy of practice on DI.  Once it is done, you will develop the methodology and will come to know beforehand whether you will be able to solve a particular DI question, when it appears in the examination or should leave that and move ahead
  • Read CAT toppers' Data Interpretation Preparation Strategy
  • Take CAT Data Interpretation Mocks and Analyse Each One

DI Preparation for CAT 2019 as per Syllabus

The Data Interpretation Syllabus for CAT is little more defined than other CAT sections. CAT Data Interpretation syllabus covers almost all types of data comparison and data analysis questions that could be formed on data table; bar diagrams; graphs; pie charts among other data representative modules. With a regular practice and improving the skills on Data analysis and data comparison, the DI questions in CAT could be answered by applying these improved skills in shorter time.

The 16 questions in MCQ and Non-MCQ format in DI 2019 in CAT are expected on following topics:

  • Data Tables
  • Data charts
  • Bar diagrams
  • Pie charts
  • Graphs
  • Data analysis and comparison
  • DI questions are also based on Caselet Data Interpretation type of problems
  • Questions on interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), venn diagram, are asked
  • DI questions are formed to test how candidates can interpret the given data and answer questions based on it.

Logical Reasoning For CAT 2019

Good attempt of Logical Reasoning questions in CAT can be your score booster upto 48 core marks leading to an improvement of overall percentile by 20-25 in CAT 2019.

Logical Reasoning for CAT constitutes 50% share in the newly created Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation Comprehension (DILR) Section in CAT with 32 questions. As such, the goal of scoring high in CAT 2019 can be achieved with small but consistent efforts and time devoted to the DILR section.

LR in CAT 2019: As Important as Other Sections

Prior to 2015, CAT aspirants were not serious enough and did not take the CAT Logical Reasoning questions so seriously as it used to be a small part clubbed to Verbal Ability section. Many candidates made little or no attempt to it as they were able to score high percentile even without any LR preparation for CAT.

This is no more the case now. Good number of candidates who scored 99 percentile in CAT could not get a call from any IIM only because of the reason that their score in DILR was below the IIMs minimum cut off percentile. LR preparation for CAT was not upto the mark and the Logical Reasoning questions in CAT reduced their percentile instead of improving it.

LRDI : Separate 2nd Section in CAT exam

CAT exam is now totally revamped. There are 32 questions in newly created Logical Reasoning Data Interpretation (LRDI) section with a share of 16 Logical Reasoning questions for CAT, out of total 100 questions. With creation of new section in CAT comprising only DILR questions, there are 3 sections in CAT. 

However, the LR 2019 questions are to remain on the same pattern as were asked in last year CAT exam. CAT experts while sharing the CAT 2019 Logical Reasoning tips, are of the view that LR 2019 in CAT is as important as the other 2 sections as sectional cut offs announced by IIMs for DILR section are the same as applicable for Quant and VARC sections.

How to Prepare Logical Reasoning for CAT

Logical Reasoning questions in CAT are based on a guide to arrive at good decisions by following a systematic thought process. The questions are based on natural human instincts leading to arrive at right answer option by following the flow chart of Logical Reasoning. While the Quant and Verbal sections can be prepared by learning the formulae, concepts, grammar and vocabulary rules, LR preparation for CAT requires different preparation strategy. Accordingly following are the most important CAT 2019 Logical Reasoning Tips and tricks reflecting key points on how to prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT Exam:

  • Prepare as per latest trends on Logical Reasoning questions in CAT
  • Read the Best Logical Reasoning Book
  • Read and practice various types of Logical Reasoning Questions for CAT with solutions
  • One of the key CAT Logical Reasoning tricks by experts is to begin with LOD=1 and move to LOD-2 and finally to LOD=3 Logical Reasoning Questions
  • Try to solve as many LR questions on all difficulty levels, as possible.  Never be shy of practice on LR.  Once it is done, you will develop the methodology and will come to know beforehand whether you will be able to solve a particular LR question set, when it appears in the examination or should skip that
  • Get Updated CAT Logical Reasoning Preparation Material of Best Coaching Institutes
  • Read CAT toppers' Logical Reasoning Preparation Strategy
  • Attempt more CAT Logical Reasoning Mocks and Analyse your errors after completing each one

LR Preparation for CAT as per Syllabus

The Logical Reasoning Syllabus for CAT has limited number of topics on which Logical Reasoning questions are framed. CAT Logical Reasoning syllabus covers almost all types of reasoning questions, answers to which could be found by applying natural human instincts and logics. CAT reasoning puzzles are based on the belief that human brain is superior because it has the power to reason.

With a regular practice and improving the skills on practicing more Logical Reasoning questions for CAT; Caselet Logical Reasoning in accordance with CAT Logical Reasoning syllabus, you will develop on your own the get equipped with CAT 2019 Logical Reasoning tips and tricks to solve variety of Logical Reasoning questions for CAT.

Top 15 LR topics in CAT syllabus on which 16 questions in MCQ and Non-MCQ format in LR 2019 in CAT are expected could be on following topics:

  • Rankings
  • Team Formation
  • Seating Arrangements
  • Matching puzzles
  • Constraint based arrangements
  • Syllogism
  • Proposition based followed by either deductive or inductive argument
  • Assumptions
  • Statements
  • Set Theory
  • Binary logic
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Clocks and calendars
  • Blood Relations
  • Direction sense

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

Quantitative Ability (QA) in CAT exam is the last but most important section which can improve or reduce your CAT score substantially. CAT Quantitative Aptitude questions contribute 34% share in overall CAT exam. Out of 3 sections in CAT exam with 100 questions, the QA questions in CAT are divided into MCQs with negative marking and Non-MCQs without negative marking.

Quant 2019 in CAT will be a revamped section. IIMs have revamped the difficulty level in Quantitative Aptitude Questions for CAT and have tried to ensure that the Quantitative Aptitude Questions are not skewed towards a particular section of CAT test takers. Accordingly Quant 2019 may not be as difficult as it used to be.

Many of the CAT toppers without Mathematics background admit that they were weak on Quantitative Ability Questions for CAT and it took them time to march on Quant preparation for CAT.  But they could crack the Quantitative Aptitude for CAT with high score and are now studying in IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, FMS Delhi, MDI and other top B-schools.

Changes in CAT Quantitative Aptitude section

During the last four years, Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT has gone for substantial changes. Prior to 2015, around 70% part constituted Quantitative Aptitude questions and rest 30% was on DI questions. Before 2014, Quantitative Aptitude Questions For CAT were 20 and on DI they were 10. Now the number of Quantitative Aptitude questions for CAT has gone upto 34. Accordingly with the change in question type Quantitative Aptitude Questions with Solutions  and Quantitative Aptitude Practice Questions For CAT have also changed over the years.

Now the Quant Preparation for CAT should therefore, be focused on the current CAT exam trends. The key changes in Quantitative Aptitude questions are:

  • Quantitative aptitude questions for CAT have increased from 20 to 34
  • The negative marking questions in Quantitative Aptitude section are 24 to 27 rest are to remain No-Negative marking questions. This change was brought by IIM Ahmedabad in 2015
  • The difficulty level of CAT Quantitative aptitude section has reduced.

How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

Unlike other two sections which have 2 parts like Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension; Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Aptitude section in CAT consists of questions based only on Mathematics. Accordingly, it requires different preparation strategy focused only on Quantitative Aptitude questions on different topics. Following are the most important points to guide you on how to prepare Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Exam:

  • Prepare as per latest trends on Quantitative Aptitude questions in CAT
  • Read the Best books for CAT Quantitative Aptitude Section
  • Get Updated CAT Quantitative Aptitude Preparation Material of Best Coaching Institutes
  • Read CAT toppers' Quantitative Aptitude Preparation Strategy
  • Take CAT Quant 2019 Mocks and Analyse each one after attempting them

CAT Exam centres 2019

CAT 2019 will be held at 370 exam centres in 147 test cities across the country. All the 10 CAT test cities of Delhi NCR have been clubbed into one exam city. However, maximum candidates have been allotted the nearest test city to their address. In comparison to last year, number of CAT 2019 test cities have been increased to accommodate the test takers.

State Test Cities
Andaman & Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Guntur; Kakinada; Kurnool; Nellore; Rajahmundry;  Tirupathi; Vijayawada;  Visakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Assam Dibrugarh; Guwahati; Silchar
Bihar Aurangabad; Muzaffarpur; Patna; Purnea
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh Bhilai; Raipur
Delhi Delhi, New Delhi
Goa Madgaon; Panaji
Gujarat Ahmedabad; Anand; Gandhinagar; Rajkot; Surat;  Vadodara
Haryana Ambala; Bahadurgarh; Faridabad; Gurgaon; Hisar; Palwal; Panipath; Rohtak; Sonipat
Himachal Pradesh Simla; Waknaghat
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu; Samba
Jharkhand Bokaro; Dhanbad; Jamshedpur; Ranchi
Karnataka Banglore; Belagavi (Belgaum); Dharwad; Gulbarga; Hubli; Mangalore; Mysore; Udupi
Kerala Ernakulam; Kasaragod; Kollam; Kozhikode; Malappuram;  Thrissur; Trivandrum
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal; Gwalior; Indore; Jabalpur; Sagar
Maharashtra Ahmednagar; Amravati; Aurangabad; Jalgaon; Kolhapur;  Mumbai, Navi Mumbai; Nagpur; Nanded;  Nashik; Pune; Raigad; Satara; Solapur; Thane; Ulhasnagar
Meghalaya Shillong
Odisha Balasore; Berhampur; Bhubaneswar; Cuttack; Dhenkanal; Sambalpur; Rourkela
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Bhatinda; Chandigarh; Fatehgarh Sahib; Jalandhar;  Ludhiana; Mohali;  Pathankot; Patiala; Ropar; Sangrur
Rajasthan Ajmer; Alwar; Jaipur; Jodhpur; Kota; Sikar; Udaipur
Tamilnadu Chennai; Coimbatore; Madurai; Namakkal; Thanjavur; Tiruchirappalli; Tirunelvelli
Telangana Hyderabad; Karim Nagar; Warangal
Uttar Pradesh Agra; Allahabad; Barabanki; Bareilly; Ghaziabad; Gorakhpur; Greater Noida; Kanpur; Lucknow; Mathura; Meerut; Muzaffarnagar; Noida;  Varanasi
Uttarakhand Dehradun; Roorkee
West Bengal Asansol; Bankura; Burdwan; Durgapur; Hooghly; Howrah; Kalyani; Kolkata; Siliguri