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CAT 2019

CAT 2019

CAT 2019 exam was conducted on the 24th November 2019 by the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode. The registration process started on 7th August and ended on 25nd September 2019. Below, the complete details of CAT 2019 exam are given including the important dates, registration details, eligibility, exam pattern, and other preparation materials.

CAT 2019 Exam Details

CAT 2019 Conducting Institute IIM Kozhikode
CAT Exam Mode Online Only
CAT 2019 Exam Date 24th November 2019
Question Types in CAT Exam MCQs and TITA (Non-MCQ)
Total Questions in CAT exam 2019 100 (QA-34 + VARC-34 + LRDI- 32)
CAT 2019 Scorecard Validity 1 Year
Helpline Number 18002090830
CAT 2019 Official Website

It should be noted that the CAT 2019 was the most important exam for the MBA aspirants as the scores are considered for admissions not only by all the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) but also by numerous other top MBA colleges across India.

Every year almost a quarter of a million MBA aspirants take the exam, making one of the most competitive exams in the country. So, it is important for the aspirants to get themselves acquainted with all the important CAT exam details for 2019 and prepare for the exam more effectively.

Important Dates For CAT 2019

Event Dates (Tentative)
CAT Exam 2019 Registration 7th August to 25th September 2019
Correction Window (Only for Photograph Re-upload) 28th – 30th September 2019
Releasing of Admit Card 23rd October 2019
Availability of CAT Mock Tests October Last Week (in the official portal)
CAT 2019 Exam Date 24th November 2019
Releasing of Answer key and Objection Form 29th November and 6th December 2019
CAT 2019 Results Declaration 4th January 2020

Eligibility For CAT 2019

CAT eligibility is extremely simple and does not include much conditions. It should be noted that the verification process of the IIMs is very strict and the candidature of an candidate can be immediately canceled in case of any discrepancies. So, it is extremely important that the MBA aspirants check the detailed eligibility before applying for the exam. Check the latest CAT eligibility 2019 here.

CAT 2019 Application Fees

The application fee is expected to increase this year and will be updated as soon as it is reflected on the official CAT website. Below, the application fee for last year is given to give an idea of it.

Category Application Fee
General/ OBC Rs. 1900/-
SC/ ST/ PWD Rs. 950/-

It should be noted that candidates will only have to pay this amount for the entire application process and there are no separate fees to pay for applying to any of the 20 IIMs. Institutes other than IIMs may charge an application fee.

Registration Process for CAT 2019

The whole registration process of CAT 2019 was the same as the year before it. The registration process started on 7th August 2019 and ended on 25th September 2019. The admit card was released on 23rd October 2019. The CAT 2019 registration was an online-only process and candidates had to register themselves on the official portal to fill the complete application form.

Check step by step registration for CAT and get completely acquainted with the overall registration and application form fill up process.

CAT Exam Pattern 2019

Just like the previous year, the CAT exam had 3 sections including quantitative ability, verbal ability and reading comprehension, and logical reasoning and data interpretation. There were 100 questions in total. Candidates can check the details CAT 2019 exam pattern here and below an overview is also given.




Duration (in minutes)

Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 34 102 60
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 32 96 60
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 102 60
Total 100 300 3 Hours

Marking Scheme:

  • For each correct answer, candidates are awarded with 3 marks i.e. +3
  • For each incorrect answer, 3 marks are deducted i.e. -3.
  • 0 marks are awarded for unattempted questions.

It should be noted that the negative marking is only applicable to MCQs and there is no negative marking for TITA or Type In The Answer questions.

CAT 2019 Cutoff For Institutes

After the commencement of CAT 2019 exam, IIMs and other prestigious institutes had released the overall and sectional cut-offs for their admissions. There were various factors that affect the cutoff like the number of seats, total test-takers, etc. Candidates can check the previous year CAT cutoff of IIMs and other colleges to get an idea about it.


Category Name

Percentage of Reserved Seats

SC (Scheduled Caste) 15%
ST (Scheduled Tribe) 7.5%
OBC- NC (Other Backward Class – Non-Creamy Layer) 27%
PWD (Person with Disability) 3%

CAT Results and Scorecard

CAT 2019 result was declared on 4th January 2020 and the scorecard was available on the official website. It should be noted that the scorecard will be valid for only 1 year and will include the overall and sectional percentile while will be then required by IIMs and other institutes to shortlist candidates for GD/ WAt and PI.

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