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CAT 2019: All that you need to know about the exam

Mar 28, 2019 12:08 IST

    As per the latest notification released by IIMs, the CAT exam notification will be out by 1st week of July 2019. Read on to find out all about CAT Exam details from eligibility criteria to important dates and result date here.

    CAT 2019
    CAT 2019

    CAT 2019: CAT exam is a gateway to 20 IIMs and more than 100 non-IIM institutes across India. Every year the associated IIMs bring changes in their admission policy. However, CAT exam remains the first choice of MBA aspirants to seek admission in MBA/PGDM courses. The exam is known for its high difficulty level to test the aptitude of aspirants, coupled with stringent admission policy released by each IIM separately to shortlist the creamy layer of candidates aspiring to pursue MBA programmes. Every year approximately 2 lakhs MBA aspirants take the prestigious MBA entrance exam to seek admissions in IIMs and other top MBA institutes in India.

    The CAT 2019 registration process will begin from August 2019, onwards and the application window shall remain open for a period of 45 days i.e. till September 2019. CAT 2019 exam is expected to be held in the month of November 2019. Aspirants can visit the official website of IIM CAT for online registration of CAT Exam.

    So here are important details of CAT exam that will help you get registered without any hassles:      

    Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2019

    Eligibility is the first and foremost step that clarifies if you can appear for the exam or not. This year, the IIM which will be entitled the responsibility of conducting the CA T2019 exam will roll out a list of basic criteria that one must fulfill in order to appear for the CAT exam. So before applying for the exam, carefully read the list of criteria so that you do not have to face any disqualification during the selection stage.

    To find out eligibility criteria of CAT exam, click here!

    How to Register for CAT 2019

    After eligibility, comes another crucial aspect i.e. registration process. Every MBA entrance has its own way of getting the candidates registered. This year IIM Calcutta is the convener of CAT 2019 and with the latest official announcement, the CAT 2018 registration 2018 has commenced from 1st week of August 2019 onwards. The registration window will remain open for a span of 45 days. Aspirants can register for CAT 2019 exam till September 2019. The CAT application form is available on the official website of IIM CAT and applicants can register for the CAT Exam through online mode only. The application fee for the General category candidates was INR 1900/- for the CAT 2018 exam. As a precautionary measure, aspirants are advised to fill all the necessary details correctly because once the details are submitted; it cannot be changed at a later stage. Incorrect details can lead to cancellation of admission also.

    Know the process of registering for CAT Exam here

    CAT 2019 Exam: Exam pattern and Structure

    Exam pattern is a crucial aspect for the aspirants that help them clear the exam with structured preparations. Every year aspirants find additional changes in the CAT exam, but since last two year, not much has been changed in the exam pattern. The computer based test is sub-divided into 3 sections, as per the trends followed in the previous years.

    CAT is a MCQ based online MBA exam that tests the aptitude of the test takers in 180 minutes. Along with MCQ based questions, there are a few non-MCQ based questions as well. Aspirants must be wary of the negative marking that often brings down the percentile in the exam. During the admission process, IIMs not only consider the overall percentile but sectional percentile also for admission. To CAT aspirants have a challenge to score well in all the sections of the exam to make it to the IIMs.

    You can also make effective utilization of CAT Previous Year Papers to gain deeper understanding of the type of questions and exam pattern being followed in the CAT exam. In addition, In addition, a thorough reading of CAT Question Paper Analysis will help you evaluate the difficulty level of questions faced by the test takers. This will enable you to kick start systematic preparation plan to ace CAT 2018.

    To know more details about the CAT exam pattern, click here.

    CAT 2019: Exam Syllabus

    In order to clear MBA entrance exam, the basic requirement for preparation is to find out the syllabus of the exam. Syllabus is your holy book that helps you prepare for the targeted exam. Syllabus of CAT exam is more or less similar to other MBA entrance exams but there are some distinct topics that make CAT a tough call for the aspirants.

    So take a detailed look at the topics covered in each section and prepare a thorough study plan that will help you cover all the topics to score good percentile in the CAT Exam.

    Find out CAT Exam syllabus here

    CAT 2019 Admit Card

    As per the official sources, the Admit card for CAT 2018 will be available for download from second week of October 2019 onwards. Aspirants can download the admit card from the official website of IIM CAT. Being an important document which is required for entry at the examination hall, aspirants must carry CAT Admit card to the test center. Without the admit card, aspirant might be debarred from appearing in the exam. So make sure to download the CAT admit card and keep its hard copy safely for future reference.

    Know how to download the admit card here

    List of IIMs that accept CAT Scores for admission

    Indian Institute of Management is considered as the most prestigious MBA institute of India. IIMs have earned various accreditations and accolades across the globe and excellent faculty and curriculum makes them one of the most sought after MBA colleges in the world. Not only this, IIMs are known to offer best placement exposure to the MBA aspirants. In fact hefty placement packages and 100 per cent placement are a proof of the quality of education being impacted by them.

    Find out top MBA institutes that accept CAT scores here     

    Important Dates for CAT 2019

    If you are appearing for CAT exam, then do not miss out on the important dates. Every event related to the CAT exam has a definite deadline and missing out on a single deadline can cost a year’s preparation. Follow the deadlines earnestly until you get admission in the top MBA institutes.


    Date (Tentative)

    CAT 2019 Notification

    July 2019

    CAT Exam Registration commencement

    August 2019 to

    September 2019

    CAT Admit Card

    October 2019

    CAT Exam

    November 2019

    CAT Exam Result

    January 2020

    About CAT 2019 Exam

    CAT 2019 exam will be conducted by one of the 20 IIMs this year. Last year IIM Calcutta had the onus to conduct the CAT Exam and it did so wonderfully without much ado. CAT 2017 was conducted by IIM Lucknow, in a single slot during 10 AM to 12 Noon on November 26.  The exam was conducted smoothly across all test centres in India. CAT Scores are a gateway to get admission in institutes such as all the top 20 IIMs along with FMS, MDI, IMI, NITIE, SPJIMR, IMT, JBIMS, BIMTECH, TAPMI, XIMB, Great Lakes among others.

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