CAT Exam 2019

CAT 2019: Exam date, Eligibility, syllabus, registration and top colleges

Common Admission Test (CAT) is the basic eligibility criteria for getting admission to postgraduate management programs in Indian Institutes of Management or IIMs in the country. It is conducted by the consortium of regional IIMs on rotational basis usually on the last Sunday of November each year. The application process for this year’s CAT or CAT 2019 has already begun. Here is a quick look the exam date, dorm, syllabus, registration, fees, colleges that accept CAT score and other Frequently Asked Questions or FAQs regarding the examination. 

What is CAT Exam?

CAT or Common Admission Test is an aptitude test conducted by IIMs for admission to the postgraduate management programs or MBAs. As a basic eligibility criteria, all who wish to take admission in IIMs are required to qualify the examination and secure a basic percentile, as set by the respective institutes to be eligible to apply. Students may please note that the examination is only one of the eligibility criteria of IIMs.

Qualifying CAT does not guarantee the admission to IIMs. Besides CAT scores, IIMs also lay down other requirements (like per cent marks in graduation, class 10 and 12, work experience, etc.). Each college accepting CAT score has different set of requirements. Candidates also need to apply individually to the said colleges apart from applying for CAT examination.

When is the next CAT exam?

Next CAT examinations or CAT 2019 would be conducted on Sunday, November 24, 2019.

Who is conducting CAT 2019?

IIM Kozhikode would be conducting CAT 2019. Last year, in 2018, IIM Lucknow had conducted he examination.

What is the syllabus for CAT 2019?

CAT 2019 is divided into three subjects or sections – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA or Quant as commonly called). Candidates may please note that there is no definite syllabus as such. However, broadly, questions are asked from various topics that are listed below for each section.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) This section essentially tests a person’s ability to infer the passages provided and answer the questions that follow. An English language test, the passages may be picked from any topic including (and not exclusively from) current affairs, economic policy, international affairs or policies, environmental changes/ policies, research study, etc.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR): Data Tables & Charts, Bar diagrams & Charts including Simple, Stacked, Composite Bar charts, Pie charts, Graphs – Line X-Y Graphs, Data analysis and Data comparison among others, Case based Data, Clocks, Calendars, Binary logic, Seating Arrangement, Family Tree, Logical Sequence, Assumption, Linear and matrix arrangement, Team Formation, Decision Making, Input-Output, Series, Syllogism, Cubes, Rows, Set Theory, Venn Diagrams, Network Diagrams, Quantitative Reasoning, Puzzles, Logical Reasoning based on Rankings, Critical Reasoning

Quantitative Ability (QA) LCM and HCF, Percentages, Profit and Loss, Interest (Simple and Compound), Speed, Time and Distance, Time and Work, Averages, Ratio and Proportion, Number System, Algebra, Geometry/Mensuration, Pure Math, Venn diagrams (Set Theory), Linear Equations - Quadratic Equations, Complex Numbers, Logarithm, Progressions, Binomial Theorem, Surds and Indices, Inequalities, Permutation and Combination, Probability Functions, Co-ordinate Geometry and Trigonometry.

What is the eligibility for CAT 2019?

Bachelor’s degree in any discipline is required to be eligible to appear for CAT examination. Candidates need minimum 50% marks or equivalent CGPA in their graduation/ qualifying examination. The minimum requirement is 45% for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories. Degrees awarded by any recognized university or educational institute from any discipline is acceptable. Candidates who have completed CA (Chartered Accountancy) are also eligible to apply for CAT. 

Are distance education degrees eligible for CAT 2019?

Yes. Candidates who have completed their education in distance mode can apply for CAT examination. The degree, however, should be recognized and valid as per the UGC guidelines.

How to apply for CAT 2019?

Interested candidates are required to fill the online application form on iimcat.ac.in. The online application process for CAT 2019 is now open. To register, candidates would need to provide the details on the online application form and then pay the fees. No offline applications are accepted.

What is the fee of CAT 2019?

₹950 for SC, ST and PwD candidates and ₹1900 for all other candidates.

Do we have to fill separate CAT forms for admissions to different IIMs and other management colleges?

No, candidates have to fill online one application form for CAT examination. Based on one CAT registration, he/she can apply to any of the participating institutes. Also, there is no cap on the number of institutes you can apply to.

I am in final year of my graduation, am I eligible for CAT 2019?

Students in final year and also those who have appeared for their final examination and are waiting for their results can apply for CAT 2019. The candidates, however, must have completed their graduation by the time of admission and commencement of the post-graduation course.

How to convert CGPA to percentage marks for CAT 2019?

Candidates are required to provide percentage marks in the CAT 2019 online application form. In case their degree college provided them their score in CGPA, they need to ask the respective college the conversion criteria. Usually, the conversion if multiplying the CGPA score with 9.5.

This, however, may vary. In case the institute does not provide a formula for conversion of CGPA to percentage, the equivalent marks would then be calculated by dividing candidates' CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying with 100. For example, you have been awarded a 6 CGPA out of a total possible 8 CGPA score, then your per cent marks would be calculated by (6/8)*100, which would come out to be 75% marks.

Which colleges accept CAT score?

All the 20 IIMs accept CAT Score. Apart from the Indian Institutes of Management, the IIT or Indian Institutes of Technology like IIT Delhi and IIT Bombay which have a management faculty also accept CAT score. The examination is also the preferred criteria for most of the top university MBA programmes and also for some top private MBA institutes. A state wise list of institutes that accept CAT score is available on iimcat.ac.in. Source Times Now

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