Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most popular entrance exam for Management courses. CAT exam is conducted by Top most college of India that is Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). CAT exam is one of the toughest exams for MBA courses. Every year, around 2.5 lakh MBA aspirants appear for the CAT exam. Scores of CAT is considered as a medium for admission in 20 IIMs and various other management institutes across the country and the scores are valid upto one year only. It is a computer based exam which held once in a year usually in the month of November/December. Before 2009, CAT test was conducted in pen and paper mode only on a single day for all the candidates. The question paper of CAT has gone through considerable number of variations over the years. CAT became a computer based online test for management courses with effect from 1st May 2009. CAT Exam is conducted to test the skills of candidates based on Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning. CAT Exam scorecard is valid for admission to only Post-graduate management programs. CAT is the most preferred Entrance exam for Management courses as it provides a chance of getting enrolled in the top most colleges of India. It is most preferred as well as one of the toughest exam for Post graduate management courses. CAT scores are used by top most colleges for short listing candidates for admission to their courses. But merely qualifying CAT exam is not sufficient for getting admission for the top colleges of Management courses. After qualifying CAT, candidates are required to appear for the further procedure of admission like Group discussion round and personal interview round. Questions asked in this exam are based on the syllabus of 12th class. CAT paper consists of 100 each of 3 marks which are required to be answered in 180 minutes. CAT 2019 Notification is mostly likely to be published in the month of july and the application form will be available on the website in the first week of August.
For appearing in CAT exam the candidates must meet the eligibility criteria as formulated by the Indian Institute of Management. The candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50 % marks from a recognised university. For reserved category candidates, there is an exemption in eligibility criteria. The candidates from reserved category like Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD), can appear for CAT Examination by securing a minimum of 45% marks in Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognised university. There is no age limit in appearing for CAT.
It is expected that the CAT Exam online registration will start from 7th of August 2019 and close on 18th September 2019. The exam will be conducted on 24th of November 2019 and as regards result, it will be declared on 2nd week of January, 2020.
This Exam is conducted once in a year usually in the month of November/December on online mode. CAT question paper consists of three sections divided as Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). The question paper contains 100 questions to be solved in 3 hours. 3 marks are assigned for correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for wrong answer in CAT Exam. English is the only medium of answering the questions. Each question consists of four choices from which only one is correct, candidates have to select the right answer from the given options.
CAT syllabus is not officially released by IIM. However, the Questions in CAT Exam are based on the curriculum of class 10+2. The questions asked in CAT are both Multiple Choice Questions and Non-Multiple Choice Questions. The syllabus for CAT is divided into three sections namely Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). The syllabus for VARC is divided into two parts, one is Reading comprehension passages and other is Verbal ability. DILR section is based on the questions of interpretation of data from Tables, charts bar diagram etc. and logical reasoning questions based on Binary Logic, Blood Relations, Series, and Seating Arrangement etc. The Syllabus of Quantitative ability covers every topic in Mathematics.
Online application process of CAT exam is expected to start from the second week of August to last week of September. The application form of CAT is released by the conducting IIM on the official website of it. Applicants are required to fill the form properly. The application is a four step process, it includes registration for CAT, filling of application form uploading of required documents and paying of fee. The fee can be paid through Credit Card, Debit Card or Net Banking. To register for CAT, candidates are required to log in to the official website as new user. User ID and password is shared with the candidate on email after successful registration. Thereafter the candidate can fill the form.
The CAT Admit Card 2019 can be downloaded from the official website of CAT. The Admit Card is likely to be made available on the official website iimcat.ac.in by IIMs in the month of October and the last day to download the CAT Admit Card will be 23th November 2019, the CAT exam day. After downloading the CAT Admit Card, it is must for a candidate to take a print out of it on A4 size paper. No hard copy of the CAT hall ticket will be sent to the candidates applying for CAT, it is required to download it. Admit Card is the most important document and no candidate is allowed to enter the exam hall without it. A candidate who has applied for CAT should immediately download the Admit Card once it has made available on the website to recheck the details mentioned on it.
The list of all the exam centers for CAT will be released by Conducting IIM at its official website. According to the last year’s data, CAT exam was conducted in 144 cities and at more than 400 test venues across the country. So, it is expected that number of CAT centers will go beyond 144 this year. IIMs hold a right to change or cancel any exam center or city or change the time and date at their discretion. IIM Lucknow previously added some new centers for the CAT examination in cities of Bhatinda (in Punjab), Samba in J & K, Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra, Purnea in Bihar, Dharwad and Gulbarga in Karnataka, Dhenkanal in Odisha, Waknaghat in Himachal Ernakulam in kerala and Bankura in West Bengal. The candidate can choose four cities of their preference for giving exam but the final exam center will be allotted by the Conducting IIM from the preferred location of the candidates.
It is expected that IIM Kozhikode will declare CAT 2019 result in the second week of January. To check the result candidates can visit the official website i.e., iimcat.ac.in. With declaration of results, the scorecards will also be released on the same official website. These scorecards can be downloaded by the candidate using their ID & Password. These scorecards are not only used by IIMs for admission but it is used many other institutions for admission in management courses. Admission to IIMs doesn’t depend on solely on qualification of CAT. The next step towards admission to the top most colleges of India for Management includes a group discussion round and a personal interview round.
Cut off marks are the minimum marks or percentile which a test taker must secure in order to qualify for further selection rounds. All the top colleges will release the CAT 2019 cut offs to shortlist the candidates for the selection procedure. Cut off for the top most colleges like old IIMs and other B-School like FMS, MDI Gurgaon etc. goes over 99 percentile every year. Cut off for the New IIMs like IIM Ranchi, IIM Raipur, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Rohtak, IIM Udaipur, IIM Trichy and IIM Kashipur and other top B-School goes over 90 percentile and above every year.
For cracking the CAT Exam, making the right choice of books and study material is the first choice in preparation of CAT. There are a lot of study materials and books which are available in the market for preparation. Due to presence of numerous books in the market it is quite hard for the students to select the best out of it. As selection of worthy study material is really important as this will work as a ladder towards the aim of cracking the CAT exam. But the best way to prepare for the exam is to take help from the last ten years Question papers, Question Banks and any one can practice from the practice test series provided by many websites.