CAT 2018/2019 - Common Admission Test

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CAT Exam: 2019 Application, Eligibility, Syllabus & Pattern

CAT - Common Admission Test

Common Admission Test or CAT happens to be a computer based entrance examination which is conducted in India every year. It is a national level test which is conducted by the different IIMs for students who are willing to seek admission in different management programs offered by IIMs. The online registration for the test starts in August month. The question paper of the entrance examination includes Quantitative Ability, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability. The examination is based every year on the basis of rotation policy by each of the IIMs. In the year 2011, it was declared that Indian Institute of Science and Indian Institute of Technology will make use of CAT scores for the selection of candidates for their management courses.

The duration for completing the entrance test is 180 minutes. Candidates are allowed to make use of a basic on-screen calculator for computation during the exam. There is allotment of only 60 minutes for completing each section. It is not possible to switch from one section to the other while completing questions in one section. The on-screen timer is present which marks remaining minutes for the entrance examination. There will be a deduction of one point for each wrong answer whereas the candidate will be rewarded 3 points for every correct answer. Students will not be penalized for questions that are not answered.

The selection process of IIM is inclusive of Written Ability Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interview. Relevant work experience, academic performance of students and similar inputs are taken into account during the admission process.

CAT is believed to be an examination of ability and mental strength for taking the pressure. The manager of Business organizations requires undergoing severe stress for maintaining the position of the company. Owing to this, speed, time and pressure of aspirants are tested along with the language and quantitative skills.

CAT Exam Date

The tentative dates of CAT 2018 - 2019 are mentioned below:-



Notification Release Date

31st July 2018

Registration Date will begin

9th August 2018

Closing date of online application form

20th September 2018

Admit Card Availability Date

18th October 2018

Exam Date

26th November 2018

Result Declaration

2nd week of January 2019

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CAT Eligibility criteria

Candidates should have a graduation degree from a recognized university by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. General candidates should score at least 50% marks or CGPA equivalent to the same. ST, DA, PWD and SC applicants should score 45 % marks. Students attending final year graduation or equivalent or waiting for results have the eligibility to apply for CAT. In this context, the candidate should be submitting the latest required document within 30th June 2018


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CAT Application Form & fees

Indian Institute of Management outlined CAT notification 2018 for the candidates who are willing to get admission in different management programs. The students who want to seek admission in MBA should be filling registration form via online procedure with the required necessary details before the last date. The last date for filling the registration form is September 2018. Contenders who are willing to appear in the CAT 2018 examination should download the syllabus for 2018 for conferring better performance in the exam.

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CAT Syllabus & Exam Pattern

CAT Exam Pattern 2019

The CAT Exam Pattern 2019 is divided into various section such as Exam mode, Session, Duration, Number of Questions and so on:

  • Exam Mode: The examination will be in the form of digital or Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • Session: The examination will be held in separate two sessions.
  • Duration: The duration of the examination will be 180 minutes that is approx3 hours.
  • Type of Questions: In the examination two forms of questions will be asked, objective & subjective type.
  • Number of Questions: Total number of 100 questions will be asked in the examination.
  • Marking Scheme: For each correct answer, three marks will be allotted to the candidates.
  • Negative Marking: The will be no negative marks for subjective type questions, but for MCQs type question, one mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

There will be total three section divided as

Section I, Section II, Section III

And all have different time allotted with marks and number of questions. The following sections and marking will be as follow:



Time allotted

Number of questions

Total Marks

Section i

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension




Section ii

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning




Section iii

Quantitative Ability










Syllabus for CAT 2018-2019

The syllabus for CAT is divided into four different sections which include Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation, Quantitative Ability and Verbal Ability. The logical reasoning and data interpretation section consists of questions in accordance with the given data. The data may be in the form of tables, graphs, charts and paragraphs. Logical Reasoning tests the capability of candidates for evaluating and ratiocinating problems. The Quantitative Aptitude section consists of fundamental mathematics which is based on 10 + 2 level.

CAT Syllabus and Exam pattern:

The CAT syllabus- Canditate ca prepare for the exams according to the sections. There are total of three section. The following sections are:

Verbal ability and Reading Comprehension

Data interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Ability

The detailed CAT 2019 syllabus is mentioned below:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC):

Reading Comprehension: 

RC includes comprehension passages of medium length of 250 to 500 words. The question will be asked direct and derivable. 

English Usage: Questions from grammar and verbal reasoning such as

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Grammar
  • Sentence Correction
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Synonyms, Antonyms etc.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR):

Data Interpretation includes of understanding of  following:

  • Bar Graph
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Combination of Graphs
  • Line Graph
  • Case let
  • Pie Chart
  • Tables

Logical Reasoning includes of following basic reasoning such as: 

  • Blood Relations
  • Binary Logic
  • Matching Puzzles
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Family Tree
  • Proposition
  • Venn Diagram
  • Statements, Sets
  • Syllogism, etc.

Mathematics or Quantitative Ability

Mathematics or Quantitative Ability deals with various mathematical skills of the candidate and it includes following:

  • Number System,
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Higher Math
  • Arithmetic
  • Modern Mathematics
  • Mensuration
  • Trigonometry, etc.

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CAT Admit Card

CAT Admit card 2019 will be available on official website and it should be downloaded and kept with candidate after the release. Hall ticket will be released by IIM Calcutta.

CAT admit card is the mandatory document in order to appear for IIMs Common Admission Test (CAT). IIM Calcutta will issue CAT 2019 Admit card on the official CAT website as no hard copy will be sent to any candidate individually.

Candidate needs to login on CAT website and download the Admit card. Candidate should take at least 2-3 copies of Admit card and Hall ticket should be downloaded.

  • Below is the process through which candidate can download CAT admit card:
  • Candidate needs to login into CAT official website to download admit card.
  • Candidate needs to click on icon window “Download Admit Card” on the main login page of CAT 2019 website.
  • Candidates are supposed to enter registered CAT 2018 under ID and Password in the space provided.
  • After successfully downloading admit card candidate is requested to stick the identical photograph in the given space.
  • Remember to carry your CAT Admit card to the CAT Exam center with at least one original photo ID proof as mentioned in CAT 2018 Admit Card.

Details to check in the CAT Admit Card:

Candidates need to check the following mandatory details in their CAT 2019 Admit card when they download it from CAT website:

  • Candidates Name as is it correct as per documents?
  • Correct date of exam is to be mentioned in the admit card.
  • In case the candidate is physically challenged, it should be mentioned in the CAT Admit Card.
  • Candidate test center detail, address will be mentioned in Admit card.

NOTE: Candidate is requested to read the instruction and dos and don’ts carefully in the admit card.

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CAT Results & Score Card

CAT 2019 result date will be the second week of January 2020. The CAT exam result will be released January 7 to January 9 for the previous last three years. CAT result is very important day for every aspirant who has appeared for CAT Exam and on the basis of their performance and hope to get into top IIMs College.

Steps to download CAT Score card:

Candidates needs to follow certain steps in order to download their score card

Step-1: Candidate needs to go to the CAT website to login and download the CAT result 2019 score card.

Step-2: To download your CAT Exam Result 2019, one needs to enter your registered CAT id and password at ‘Login for Score Card CAT 2019’ window on CAT official website,

Step-3: Now you can view and download your CAT 2019 score card. Please remember that after downloading your CAT 2019 Rank card, you should take print of the CAT Result 2019 as it contains your scaled and percentile scores.

CAT Exam Result on SMS

A glimpse of overall CAT 2018 result with your percentile score will be sent as SMS on candidate’s registered mobile number by IIM Calcutta. Detailed CAT 2019 result will be available for download on CAT 2019 website.

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CAT Counselling & Admission

Indian Institute of Management releases the dates for CAT counseling 2018. You need to download the Rank card after the declaration of the result. Next, to this, you need to check the counseling date for your ranking. 

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CAT Participating Colleges

Almost every Business school accepts the CAT scores.

List Of CAT Participating Colleges

Sr. No. Colleges City
1 Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
2 Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
3 Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
4 Indian Institute of Management Lucknow
5 Institute of Rural Management Anand
6 Xaviers Labour Relation Institute Jamshedpur
7 Management Development Institute Gurgaon
8 Indian Institute of Management Indore
9 S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research Mumbai
10 Indian Institute of Foreign Trade Delhi                                                                                          
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Ask & Answers

Calculator allowed inside the CAT Exam or in Centre they provide calculators for use?

Calculator not allowed in examination hall. any other types of electronics devices like mobile /ipad etc also not allowed inside CAT exam Hall.


Any guidelines for important topics  in Analytical Reasoning for CAT 2018?

  • Need to select books before starting the preparartion. topics which is there in CAT exam for Reasoning:
  • Coding-Decoding,Direction Sense,Data Structures,Series,Arrangements,Puzzles,Clocks and Calendars,Blood Relations .
  • Few Author which students prefer for CAT Exam Preparation, like Nishit sharma,Arun Sharam , Sarvesh Verma .


May I know the CAT Eligibility criteria and what is the percentage of seat reservation for SC/ST candidates?

CAT Eligibility Criteria:

  • Candidates should be qualified in their Bachelor’s degree or Equivalent recognized by Government of India.
  • Percentage criteria in CAT Eligibility: 50% aggregate marks (For SC/ST/PWD candidates, it is 45% marks).  
  • For ST Candidates, Reserved seats availability is 7.5%. 
  • For SC Candidates, Reserved seats availability is 15%.


which are the sections do we have in CAT Exam pattern and I want to know the duration of the CAT exam? 

CAT Exam pattern details:

  • In CAT Exam pattern, there will be 3 sections: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability, and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.
  • CAT exam will be scheduled online via Computer based test.
  • CAT Exam duration is of 3 Hours.
  • In CAT Exam pattern, there will be total questions of 100. 
  • In CAT exam, for each correct response, 3 marks will be provided.
  • 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong response in CAT exam. 


I want to know some Important CAT Preparation Tips? 

CAT Preparation Tips: 

  • The candidates must be well aware about the CAT syllabus.
  • One must need to be thorough with the CAT basic topics.
  • The candidates need to practice previous year CAT question papers.
  • One must practice CAT mock tests with all the levels i.e. easy, moderate and Difficulty. 
  • By this way the candidates will be aware about their strengths and weakness. 

I want to know the expected CAT cutoff for IIMS for General cadre? 

Expected CAT cutoff for IIMS for the year 2018:

  • The expected CAT cutoff for IIM Ahmedabad is 80.
  • The expected CAT cutoff for IIM Bangalore is 90.
  • The expected CAT cutoff for IIM Calcutta is 90.
  • The expected CAT cutoff for IIM Lucknow is 90.
  • Given above are some of the Expected CAT cutoffs for IIMs, But there are various other factors involved for the cutoffs i.e., on the number of applicants who appear for the CAT exam and the difficulty level of the exam.


I wanted to know the CAT Admission Process?

Details on CAT Admission Process:

  • The Top b-schools and IIMs shortlist the candidates depending upon the CAT cut-off marks.
  • Shortlisted candidates will be called for WAT (Written Ability Test) followed by Group Discussion and Personal Interview (PI).
  • CAT Admission process varies depending upon the B-school to B-schools.
  • IIMs will be having their own Admission criteria in order to provide admission.
  • Aspirant’s academics and work experience do matter at the time of admission.