CAT Exam 2019 (Eligibility, Application Process & Exam Pattern)

CAT Exam- 2019: The CAT (Common Admission Test) exam for the year 2019 is set to be held on the last Sunday of November 2019. As per the recent news, IIM Kozhikode seems to have chosen their partner TCS to conduct the exam and be their testing partner. The process, including the registration for the exam, is supposed to start by the first week of August and end by September.

In this segment, you are brought to light about the crucial details regarding the CAT exam of 2019. Essential information such as registration processes, eligibility criteria, the pattern of CAT 2019, and other data has been assembled for you to get a better idea of this examination.

An Overview:

Conducting Institute IIMCAT
Mode of Examination Online
Duration of the Exam 3 Hours
No. of Applications Received in 2019 2,44,000
Offered Courses MBA/PGDM
CAT 2019 Exam Date 24th November 2019 (tentative)
Type of Questions MCQs and TITA (Non-MCQ)
Total No. of Questions 100 (QA-34 + VARC- 34 + LRDI- 32)
CAT Scorecard Validity 1 Year
Helpline Number 18002090830
Official Website

About CAT Exam:

The CAT exam is one of the most anticipated reviews in the country and very important for those candidates who wish to pursue an MBA degree. Doing well in the CAT exam would place you in the top MBA colleges in the country. As far as the reputation of the CAT exam goes, this exam is supposedly a challenging one for the candidates to crack, and hence, you would require a lot of practice and do well in it. The high competition for this exam is backed by the top MBA colleges in the country, and thus, three is a huge turn up of candidates each year.

So, if you want to get ahead of the competition and do well in the CAT exam of 2019, you must understand the curriculum of this exam and prepare accordingly.

Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2019

Here is a detailed segment that would clarify all doubts regarding the eligibility criteria of the CAT exam. However, it must be noted that the general rule for appearing in the CAT exams has not been subjected to significant changes over the years and thus, there is very little to no moderations in this segment.

Age Limit For CAT None
Educational Eligibility Graduate
Work Experience None
Minimum Marks Percentage in Graduation 50% (45% for Reserved Category)
Reservation As per Category

So, if you are an aspirant of the CAT exam, you must know whether or not you are eligible to appear in this exam.

Here are the most distinct points upon which the appearance of a particular individual in the CAT exam is based on:

1. The review of CAT is related to the educational qualification of the candidate.

2. Graduates in their final years can appear for the CAT exam.

3. The review of CAT is subjected to the candidates who currently have a backlog.

4. The exam of CAT is submitted to candidates with particular reservation stature.

Academic Qualification:

Qualification Required Affiliation Required Pass Percentage
Engineering Degree – B.Tech/ B.E. Recognized by MHRD/AICTE  50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)
Bachelor’s Degree (from any University) Recognized by UGC 50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)
Students who are in their final year of Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) are also eligible to take CAT Exam Continuing graduation from University Recognized by MHRD/AICTE or UGC 50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)


For the general rule of calculation of a candidate’s percentage in his or her bachelor’s degree, the procedure is followed as per the stated curriculum in their University’s practice. If for some reason, the concerned college or UniversityUniversity fails to provide the scheme for calculating their candidate’s performance in percentage, the CGPA of the appearing candidate would be divided with the maximum CGPA that is granted by the institution and multiplied by 100 to get the result in a percentage. Though this general rule is seen to be varying for different candidates who appear for the CAT exam, this is the method that is followed if there are any complications in the process mentioned previously.

CAT Eligibility with Backlogs

For candidates who currently succumb to backlogs in their bachelor’s degree, are eligible to appear for the CAT exam. There is no documentation of the fact that candidates with a prior delay are not allowed to look for the CAT exam.


Category % of Reserved Seats
SC 15%
ST 7.5%
OBC- NC (Other Backward Class – Non-Creamy Layer) 27%
PWD (Person with Disability) 3%

Application Fee:

The exam of CAT, which is witnessed to be held in November, every year has to deal with candidates in huge numbers. Usually, each year, around 2-3 lakh candidates are observed appearing for the CAT exam.

The fee of application for appearing for the CAT exam of 2019 is rumored with an increased price. A detailed segment with regards to the application fee for appearing in the CAT exam is mentioned below:

1. For candidates belonging to the General category or OBC, the charge of registration is 1900 INR.

2. For candidates belonging to SC/ ST/ PWD category, the fee of the record is 950 INR.

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

CAT Exam Pattern 2019:

Although the pattern in which CAT conducts its exams has undergone a lot of changes over the years, however, this was done to make that the analysis of this test is stable, and the deserving candidates stay in the light.

Since 2015, the pattern of CAT has not seemed to change, and credentials such as the total marks of the test, the maximum time allotted, and the total number of questions, has seen no change. It must be known that it is crucial to be well acquainted with the pattern of the CAT exam, as this would increase the rate of progression in the review. Thus, it is highly recommended that candidates appearing for this exam solve some model CAT papers for a better approach.

The exam of CAT is, with no doubt, one of the most competitive exams which are held annually in India. Thus, to get ahead of the crowd and do well in this exam, one needs practice and determination.

Exam Pattern Overview:

Total Questions in CAT Exam 100
Total Marks 300
Total Sections 3
Total Exam Duration 3 Hours
Mode of Paper Online
Question Types MCQs and Non-MCQs (TITA)
Making Scheme +3 For Correct Answer
-1 For Incorrect Answer
0 For Unattempted Questions
Section Names 1. Quantitative Aptitude
2. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
3. Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

The CAT exam has the reputation of being one of the toughest exams to crack because there is no pre-defined syllabus of this exam to follow strictly. Moreover, the exam pattern is seen to change with time so that only the deserving candidates are allowed to be placed in the top colleges.

All this hype and confusion make it quite tricky and challenging for a candidate to do well in this already tough exam. Since the last changes in the exam pattern of CAT, which was done in the year 2015, there has been an introduction of a few more sections in the exam of CAT. One such type is the separate timing segment, where the candidate has to solve the questions of a particular part in a limited slot of time.

The TITA of Type in the Answer section is also relatively new in the exam of CAT. All of these newly introduced sections were seen to be repeated in the coming years, and thus, candidates appearing for the CAT exam know what kind of a paper to expect in the test. This year too, the exam pattern is expected to remain the same with no apparent changes in the way the exam is conducted.

The Sectional Pattern for the CAT Exam-2019:

Section Name Number of Questions Duration
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 34 60 minutes
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)  VA: 10, RC:24 60 minutes
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) DI: 16, LR:16 60 minutes
Total 100 180 min. (3 hours)

Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Pattern:

The CAT Quantitative Aptitude Pattern is a section of the CAT exam which involves only numerical based questions. The questions are generally in context with mathematical reasoning and logical thinking topics. There is a total of 34 items in this particular section.

The questions which are encountered in these particular sections are mainly comprised of the listed topics:

1. Basic Arithmetic.

2. Geometry.

3. Number System.

4. Modern Mathematics.

5. Algebra.

The exact distribution within the mentioned topics vary each year and thus, having a firm grip over these topics is a must to do well in this section of numerical.

As per the previous years’ CAT exam, a total of 8-10 marks worth of questions generally come about the topic Geometry. Thus, this is one of the most vital topics in this section. There has always been an introduction to the TITA questions in this section, as seen in the previous years, with a total of 8-9 items belonging to this type.

It is needless to say that this section comprises of questions which require a lot of practice. The difficulty of items in this section varies from easy to moderately severe, and thus, one can effortlessly solve the questions is they are well aquatinted with the mentioned ideas.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Pattern

This section of the CAT exam, which is the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Pattern, or also known as the VARC, mainly focuses on to check up on the English language skills of the appearing candidates. Thus, candidates must have a firm grip upon the English language to do well in this section. A candidate appearing for CAT has to interpret specific paragraphs in which they would be provided and understand the idea implemented through them.

In general, there are a total of 34 questions in this section. However, in the CAT Verbal Ability Section, there are ten questions each year, and they are remotely referenced form the mentioned topics:

1. Para Jumbles.

2. Completion and Correction of Sentences.

3. Questions and Contexts based on a precise summary.

Thus, a total of 10 questions comprise the Verbal Ability Section of the CAT exam. The remaining 24 questions are based on passages and comprehensions. There are a variety of subjects in this segment that are related to vocabulary and titles of various write-ups.

A piece of detailed information related to the pattern of VARC in the CAT exam has been mentioned below:

There are a total of 7-8 TITA questions in this section, and there would not be any options provided as the possible answers. The candidates must type their answers in the space provided for it.

The overall pattern of this section is of moderate difficulty and time-consuming. Hence, the candidates must try to wrap it up effectively and efficiently.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) Pattern

The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning segment evaluation is a means by which the ability of a candidate’s logical reasoning skills as well as reasonable assumptions skills are judged. In general, there is a total of 32 questions in this section of the CAT test. Particularly in the CAT Logical Reasoning Section, each year, there is seen to be an inclusion of 16 items. These questions vary from solving inequalities and other symbol operations. As these questions are based upon logical thinking ad thought processes, these questions are solvable, and thus, this section is considered to be high scoring.

However, the counterpart of this section, which is also known as the Data Interpretation Section, could sometimes be very tricky and challenging to attempt. In this section, several confusing data structures are provided as questions, and the candidates are meant to solve them based on the question’s structure. Thus, understanding each subject and answering them within a short period might get challenging. Thus, the items in this section must be explained very carefully as a single error in judgment might result in an incorrect answer.

In this segment, a total of 8-9 TITA questions are also included each year since the year 2015, and thus, candidates appearing for CAT 2019 must be prepared for such type of issues. Candidates must keep in mind that this section is known to be a tricky one, so to effectively solve the questions in this section, one must not hurry and take their time to solve the problems.

Other Important Points for CAT 2019 Exam Pattern:

  1. The CAT exam 2019 would be held on the last Sunday of November 2019. The review, however, would be conducted in two different sessions: Morning: 9 am to 12 pm and Evening: 2 pm to 5 pm.
  2. The CAT exam would be based entirely upon Computers (Only Online mode).
  3. The CAT exam would be accounted for a maximum of 300 marks, and the candidates are not allowed to switch between the sections. Once they are started with a particular section, it must be completed once and for all before heading towards the next one.
  4. No sorts of electronic devices are allowed at the time of the CAT exam. For calculation purposes, an on-screen calculator would be provided to the students.
  5. For every incorrect submission of answers, there would make a deduction of 1 mark from the candidate’s overall score.

As mentioned earlier, the CAT exam has a reputation for being one of the toughest exams in the country, and thus, to qualify this exam with decent score candidates must be well prepared and revised with the related ideas upon which the questions are generally based. It is needless to say that without a proper syllabus, no one can qualify an exam with absolute perfection, and thus candidates must start to prepare themselves with typical CAT exam questions and patterns.

The exam of CAT is seen to commence in November every year. The process of registration, however, starts by August. As of this year, the CAT exam is expected to be taken place on 24th November. All the prior notifications for the CAT exam are generally seen to release after July.

The marking scheme for CAT exam

1. For every correct answer, an award of 3 marks would be registered against their names.

2. For every incorrect answer, there would be a deduction of 1 mark from the candidate’s final score.

3. For every problem that has been left unsolved by the candidate, no marks would be rewarded nor deducted from the candidate’s final score.

Candidates must be notified that negative marks are only viable for the MCQs, and there would be no negative marking for TITA questions or type in the Answer questions.

CAT Result & Score Card

All the resources leading to the final result and Scorecard of the candidate in the exam of CAT would be cautiously declared by the first week of January. Thus, the candidates appearing for the CAT exam of 2019 would be handed over their Scorecard in January 2020. All the news and procedures about the score of candidates would be mentioned in the official site of CAT’s administration.

However, it must be known by the candidates that the results of CAT examinations are only valid for one year, and thus, they must get on with the procedures immediately after getting the results.

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