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CAT 2019 - Introduction

  • Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all India Entrance test conducted by IIMs. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and is a pre-requisite for selecting students for their business administration programs.
  • This computer-based test is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for admission to their 2-year full time postgraduate programs in management. Other Indian business schools like IITs, FMS, S P Jain, MDI, and JBIMS also accept CAT scores as part of their selection process.
  • CAT is a computer based test wherein subjects are subdivided into different areas i.e.: Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency, Logical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning and Verbal Ability.
  • Until CAT 2013, the CAT was held over a window of a couple of weeks in October/November. In CAT 2014, when TCS started conducting the test, the structure of the test was changed, and the test window was reduced to two days. From 2015, CAT has become a one-day test and same pattern has been followed since then.
  • CAT 2019 exam will be conducted on 24th November 2019.

Eligibility for CAT 2019:

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor's Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PwD) categories] awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
  • Candidates applying for CAT 2019 should fulfil any one of the following conditions:
  • Completed Bachelor's degree with the required percentage of marks.
  • Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage.
  • SC/ST/PwD candidates should have minimum 45%. For General and NC-OBC candidates, minimum is 50%.

Paper Pattern for CAT:

The exam pattern for CAT has been changed several times in the past years by the conducting IIMs. Since 2015, the CAT pattern, with respect to the total marks, duration and total questions, have remained the same. It is extremely important for the CAT aspirants to know the CAT paper pattern as it helps to devise personal test-taking strategies. Here, the latest exam pattern followed by CAT 2018, which can help the CAT 2019 aspirants to get acquainted with the latest pattern and prepare accordingly.

Total Questions in CAT Exam 100
Total Marks 300
Total Sections 3
Total Exam Duration 3 Hours
Mode of Paper Online Only
Question Types MCQs and Non MCQs (TITA)
Marking Scheme +3 For Correct Answers
-1 For Incorrect Answers
0 For Unattempted Questions
Section Names 1. Quantitative Aptitude
2. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
3. Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation
Sectional Pattern for CAT:
Section Name Number of Questions Duration (mins)
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 34 60
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) VA:10 60
RC:24
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) DI:16 60
LR:16
TOTAL 100 180 (3 hours)

CAT 2019 Important Dates:

Events Dates
CAT tutorial to be available  Oct-19
Download CAT Admit card Oct-19
CAT 2019 Exam 24-Nov-19
Declaration of result Second week of January, 2020

Exam cities for CAT 2019:

CAT will be conducted in centres spread across around 147 test cities. Test cities will be mentioned in CAT website and the name of the test centre will be indicated in the Admit Card. IIMs reserve the right to change or cancel any test centre / city and / or change the test time and date at their own discretion.

All Capital cities and prominent cities in the state are test centers for the exam. Test Centres in Maharashtra and Gujarat are - Amravati, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Raigad, Satara, Solapur, Ulhasnagar, Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara.

Prominent Colleges accepting CAT 2019 Score

Sr. No. Institute Name Fee (Rs. in lakhs) Fee (Rs. in lakhs) Average salary (Rs. in lakhs)
1 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (IIM) AHMEDABAD 22 24.45
2 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (IIM) CALCUTTA 21 24.2
3 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (IIM) BANGALORE 21 22.76
4 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT ,LUCKNOW 16 18.45
5 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (IIM) INDORE 16 18.17
6 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (IIM) KOZHIKODE 17 17.1
7 IIM RANCHI 15.1 16.07
8 RAJIV GANDHI INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (IIM) SHILLONG 14 15.5
9 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (IIM) TRICHY 13 14.28
10 IIM UDAIPUR 13.54 13.16
11 IIM RAIPUR 13 12.45
12 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (IIM) KASHIPUR 12.5 12.19
13 IIM VISAKHAPATNAM 12 12.07
14 IIM NAGPUR 11.5 12.05
15 IIM SIRMAUR 10.34 12
16 IIM AMRITSAR 9 11.93
17 IIM ROHTAK 12.73 11.7
18 IIM BODHGAYA 11 10.6
19 IIM SAMBALPUR 11 10.55
20 IIM JAMMU 12.75
21 FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES (FMS) NEW DELHI 0.25 21.1
22 SYDENHAM INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES AND RESEARCH AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION (SIMSREE) MUMBAI 1.36 10.92
23 JAMNALAL BAJAJ INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES (JBIMS) MUMBAI 2 18.91
24 VINOD GUPTA SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT (VGSoM) IIT KHARAGPUR 6 16.29
25 DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES (IIT DELHI) NEW DELHI 8 16.54
26 NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING (NITIE) MUMBAI 8.5 17.09
27 INSTITUTE OF RURAL MANAGEMENT ANAND (IRMA) 12.1 11.39
28 T A PAI MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE (TAPMI) MANIPAL 13 12
29 GOA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (GIM) GOA 15.98 10.58
30 S. P. JAIN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT & RESEARCH (SPJIMR) MUMBAI 16 22.24
31 SHAILESH J MEHTA SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT (IIT BOMBAY) MUMBAI 16 19.06
32 INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE (IMI) NEW DELHI 16.95 12.23
33 XAVIER INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (XIM) BHUBANESWAR 17.3 12.91
34 INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY (IMT) GHAZIABAD 17.5 11.6
35 MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (MDI) GURGAON 21.34 19.17

Course Offered by IIMs through CAT 2019 Exam:

PGPEM (Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management) PGP-ABM (Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management)
PGP-Mumbai (Post Graduate Programme at Mumbai) PGP-ABM (Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management)
PGPBM (Post Graduate Programme in Business Management) PGPSM (Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets)
PGPEX (Post Graduate Programme for Executives) EPGPM (Executive Post Graduate Programme)PGP (Post Graduate Programme)
PGPPM (Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management) PGPWE (Post Graduate Programme for Working Executive)
PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) PGDHRM (Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management)
PGP-UAE (Post Graduate Programme At UAE) -

Syllabus for CAT 2019:

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • Number System
  • Progressions
  • Averages
  • Allegations
  • Percentages
  • Profit and loss
  • Interest
  • Ratio, Proportion and variation
  • Time and work
  • Time speed and distance
  • Mensuration
  • Functions
  • Inequalities
  • Quadratic and other Equations
  • Logarithms
  • Permutation and combination
  • Probability
  • Set theory
Logical reasoning / Data Interpretation
  • Tables
  • Caselets
  • Bar Graph
  • Line chart
  • Column graph
  • Venn diagram
  • Pie chart
  • Other basic reasoning questions
  • Calendar
  • Number and letter series
  • Clock
  •  
  • Cube
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Binary logic
  • Logical Matching
  • Logical Sequence
  • Syllogism
  • Logical Connectivity
  • Blood Relations
Verbal Reasoning
  • English usage or Grammar
  • Vocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Sentence Correction
  • Cloze Passage
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Meaning-Usage Match
  • Analogies or reverse analogies
  • Summary questions
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Facts-Inferences-Judgments
  • Reading Comprehension

CAT 2018 Percentile vs Marks

Belos is the table containing information of Percentile vs Marks for CAT 2018. This will help you get an idea of average marks required to score 99+ percentile.

Percentile Overall (Scaled) Marks Verbal LR DI Quant
99 170+ 70+ 40+ 70+
98 160+ 67+ 38+ 67+
95 140+ 65+ 35+ 60+
90+ 120+ 55+ 30+ 50+
85+ 100+ 50+ 20+ 35+
80+ 90+ 45+ 20+ 30+




CAT 2019 Percentile Calculation Method

The steps described below are followed to calculate the CAT 2019 overall and sectional percentile scores obtained by a candidate. 


While illustrating the percentile score calculation process, QA section is chosen as an example. Similar process is followed for the overall percentile score calculation and for the other two sections, i.e. DILR and VARC in CAT 2019.

Step 1:
Calculate the total number of candidates (N) who appeared for CAT (i.e. including both morning and afternoon sessions).

Step 2:
Assign a rank (r), based on the scaled scores obtained in the QA section, to all candidates who appeared for CAT. In the case of two or more candidates obtaining identical scaled scores in the QA section, assign identical ranks to all those candidates.
As an illustration, suppose exactly two candidates obtain the highest scaled score in the QA section, then both of those candidates are assigned a rank of 1. Moreover, the candidate(s) obtaining the second highest scaled score in the QA section are assigned a rank of 3 and so on.

Step 3:
Calculate the percentile score (P) of a candidate with rank (r) in the QA section as:

P = (N-r)/N  x 100

Step 4:
Round off the calculated percentile score (P) of a candidate up to two decimal points.

For example, all percentile scores greater than or equal to 99.995 are rounded off to 100, all percentile scores greater than or equal to 99.985 but strictly less than 99.995 are rounded off to 99.99 and so on.

A methodology similar to the one described above is used for the computation of the overall CAT percentile scores and for the percentile scores of other sections.

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