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The Indian Institutes of Management will conduct a computer based Common Admission Test 2019 (CAT 2019) on November 24, 2019 in two sessions. 

Admission to the two year post graduate programmes in IIMs is based on merit and involves a rigorous selection process comprising of a Personal Interview, Written Ability Test / Group Discussions, and scores in the Common Admission Test which is commonly known as CAT. CAT is a management aptitude test conducted by the IIMs primarily to evaluate and shortlist candidates for the post graduate programme. It is a computer-based exam and a candidate has to follow the due process of registering in order to appear for this exam conducted once a year.

As per Government of India norms, IIMs reserve 15% seats for SC candidates, 7.5% seats for ST candidates, 27% seats for NC - OBC candidates and up to 10% seats for EWS candidates. 5% seats are also reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities. IIMs also provide scholarships to deserving students who need financial support.

The Indian Institutes of Management are leading institutions providing management education in India with the older IIMs having been established more than 50 years ago. Today, there are 20 IIMs established in different parts of India. 

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CAT 2019 Conducting Body

Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognised by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University / Institution. In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University / Institution. If any University/Institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree / equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University / Institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree / equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate. IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process.
  • Candidates applying for CAT 2019 should fulfill any one of the following conditions:
    • Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks* 
    • Completed professional degree (CA / CS / ICWA) with required percentage*. 
    • Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage*.

* SC / ST / PWD candidates should have minimum 45%. For General and NC-OBC candidates, minimum is 50%.

  • The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100.
  • IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at the website www.iimcat.ac.in. Applicants should note that the mere fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for short listing by IIMs. Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process.

Reservation

  • As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% of the seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC). Up to 10% of the seats are reserved for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) candidates.
  • For the purpose of being considered for reservations, the applicable Central Government list as on the last date of CAT registration shall be binding. No subsequent changes will be effective for CAT 2019 and any subsequent selection process of the IIMs. For an updated central list of state-wise OBCs eligible for availing of the benefit of reservation and information in respect of the creamy layer, visit the website http://www.ncbc.nic.in.
  • As per the provisions of The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016), 5% seats are reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD). “Person with Benchmark Disability” means a person with not less than forty percent (40%) of a specified disability where a specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and includes a person with disability where the specified disability has been defined in measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority. “Specified disability” means the disabilities as specified in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016. The categories of disability are:
    • a)      Blindness and low vision
    • b)      Deaf and hard of hearing
    • c)     Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.
    • d)      Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness
    • e)      Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d).
    • f)      Other 'specified disabilities' mentioned in 'The Schedule' of the RPwD Act 2016
  • The candidates belonging to the reserved categories need to note the eligibility requirements carefully before applying. It should be noted that while it is the endeavor of IIMs that the candidates belonging to SC / ST / NC - OBC / EWS / PwD categories join the Programme in proportions mandated by the law, they have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria and a certain minimum level of performance to be considered for the admission process.
  • The candidates should read the updated description of selection process followed by each IIM on their respective websites. No change in the category will be entertained after CAT registration; hence, the applicants are advised to give attention while registering.

CAT Exam Centers 2019

Online Dates

Date Centers
24/11/2019 Port Blair, Guntur, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Rajahmundry, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram, Itanagar, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur, Arrah, Aurangabad, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Chandigarh, Bhilai, Bilaspur, Raipur, Delhi, New Delhi, Mapusa, Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Ambala, Faridabad, Hisar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Rohtak, Gurugram, Shimla, Jammu, Bokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Ranchi, Belgaum, Bengaluru, Gulbarga, Hubli, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udupi, Dharwad, Kalaburagi, Ernakulam, Kannur, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Thiruvananthapuram, Thrissur, Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain, Ahmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Palghar, Pune, Raigad, Satara, Solapur, Thane, Ulhasnagar, Vasai, Shillong, Aizawl, Kohima, Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Amritsar, Bathinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Sangrur, Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur, Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Tirunelveli, Vellore, Tiruchirappalli, Puducherry, Hyderabad, Karimnagar, Warangal, Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Greater Noida, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Noida, Varanasi, Dehradun, Haldwani, Roorkee, Asansol, Bankura, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri

CAT 2019 Important Dates

EventsStart DateLast Date
Application Form07/08/2019 25/09/2019
Admit Card Release Date23/10/2019 -
CAT 2019 Exam Date Online Dates
  • 24/11/2019
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    Additional Information for SC, ST, NC - OBC, and PWD Candidates

    • If a candidate belongs to SC or ST categories, respective caste / tribe must be listed in the Government of India schedule. The caste certificate that the candidate submits to IIM should be in the Government approved format and should clearly state: (a) Name of the caste/tribe; (b) Whether the candidate belongs to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe; (c) District and the State or Union Territory of candidate’s ordinary residence; and (d) the appropriate Government of India schedule under which candidate’s caste / tribe is approved by it as Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.
    • A copy of the SC / ST / NC - OB C / PWD certificate(s) must be uploaded at the time of CAT Application registration. Failure to upload a copy of the caste / class certificate will result in the rejection of your CAT registration.
    • The SC / ST / NC - OBC / PWD certificate(s) must be shown and a photocopy should be submitted at the time of interviews. Moreover, the certificate(s) must be submitted at the time of joining the programmes of any of the IIMs. Failure to do so during the post CAT selection process will result in the candidate not being considered under the reserved category.

    TEST CENTRES

    CAT will be conducted in test centres spread across around 156 test cities. Candidates will be given the option to select any four test cities in order of their preference.

    IIMs reserve the right to change or cancel any test centre / city and / or change the test time and date at their discretion. 

    ADMISSION PROCESS

    Please note that each IIM is independent to mandate their own eligibility criteria (including academic cut-offs and relative weights) and follow different selection processes. Performance in the CA 2019 examination is an important component for consideration in the selection process. IIMs may also use the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short-listing of candidates at various stages of the selection process. For more information, refer to the admissions policies of individual IIMs on their respective websites.

    CAT 2019 shall be conducted in two sessions. Two different Test Forms shall be administered in two Test Sessions. In order to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances of candidates across different test sessions, the scores of candidates shall be subjected to a process of Normalisation. The Normalisation process shall adjust for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. After normalisation across different forms, the scores shall be further normalised across different sections. The Scaled Scores obtained by this process shall be converted into percentiles for purposes of shortlisting.

    CAT Application Form 2019

    Application Form Fee

    Rs 950 for SC, ST and PwD category candidates.

    Rs1900 for all other categories of candidates.

    Please note that a candidate needs to pay registration fees only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he / she is applying for. Fees once paid cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

    Application Form Filling Instructions

    You can register for CAT 2019 at the official CAT 2019 website, www.iimcat.ac.in between 10:00 am on August 7, 2019 and 5:00 pm on September 18, 2019. The registration steps are as follows:

    • Register to generate unique User ID and Password.
    • Log in with the generated User ID and Password to fill in the Application form.
    • Submit Application form after entering details and making online payment to complete the registration and application process.

    During registration, the mobile number and email address provided by the domestic candidates will be verified through an OTP sent to that mobile number and email address. Once the OTP is verified, the User ID will be sent to the email address and the Password will be sent to the registered mobile number to complete the registration process. Overseas candidates will receive the OTP on their email address only. Once the OTP is verified, both the User ID and Password will be sent to the registered email address. Using these credentials, you can login as a Registered User to fill up the Application form. Applicants do not have to complete the application form in a single session. Applicants can save their current session and login later to complete their Application form. This can be done multiple times. 

    Once the payment is made and the Application form is submitted, applicants will not be allowed to make any changes. You can only view and print the Application form after submitting the Application form. Details are available on the Application submission page.

    To understand the registration procedure for CAT 2019, see the Registration Video (which will be uploaded by 2.00 pm on August 7, 2019) on the CAT website.

    Before You Register

    Kindly follow the instructions given below before you start registering for CAT 2019.

    • Check your eligibility for CAT 2019 by referring to the Eligibility document on the website.
    • Ensure that you have a valid and unique email address and mobile number. Please ensure that you retain this  email address and mobile number until the CAT Admission process is completed as all official communications will be done using this email address and mobile number only. 
    • “*” (asterisk) indicates a mandatory field. The fields marked with this symbol must be filled in or you  will not be allowed to submit your application for CAT 2019.

    Gather all the information you need for filling the form before registering. Candidates are encouraged to skim through all six sections (i.e. Personal Details, Academic Qualifications, Work Experience etc.) to figure out the requirements during the application process. Scanned images of your passport size photo and signature are required for uploading. The photo should not be more than six months old and should have a white background. Please note that candidates will be required to bring printed copies of the same photograph on the examination day (November 24, 2019). Please carefully verify the accuracy and authenticity of the information submitted as part of CAT 2019 application form. For all subsequent admission processes, the information provided in this Application form will be taken as final and no request for change will be entertained at any future stage.

    • Step 1: Registration for User ID and Password
    • Step 2: Login to CAT Website
    • Step 3: Fill Application Form
      • The Application Form is categorized into the following six sections:
      • Personal Details
      • Academic Qualifications
      • Work Experience
      • Programmes
      • Test City
      • Payment

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    IMPORTANT

    Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a mobile phone number throughout the selection process.

    CAT Syllabus 2019

    • Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
    • Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
    • Section III: Quantitative Ability

    CAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for CAT preparation. However, you can attempt the mock test to understand the pattern of exam and types of questions. Check the CAT website regularly for the announcement of mock test.


    Subjects


    CAT 2019 will have three sections:
    • Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
    • Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
    • Section III: Quantitative Ability

    CAT Admit Card 2019

    Admit Card Download Start Date

    23/10/2019

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    CAT 2019 Exam Day Instructions

    Online Dates

    • 24/11/2019

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    It is mandatory for every candidate to carry their CAT 2019 admit card to the exam centre. Any candidates found not carrying the admit card will not be allowed to take the test.

    CAT 2019 Admit Card Download Begins at 5:00 PM

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    CAT Results 2019

    Tentative Result DateSecond week of January, 2020 (Tentative)
    Result URLCheck your result here

    CAT Re-evaluation 2019

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    • NORMALISATION OF CAT SCORES IN 2019

    CAT 2019 shall be conducted in two sessions. Two different Test Forms shall be administered in two Test Sessions. In order to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances of candidates across different test sessions, the scores of candidates shall be subjected to a process of Normalisation. The Normalisation process shall adjust for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. After normalisation across different forms, the scores shall be further normalised across different sections. The Scaled Scores obtained by this process shall be converted into percentiles for purposes of shortlisting.

    For reporting purposes, Scaled Scores for each section (Section I : Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Section II : Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Section III : Quantitative Ability (QA) and Total along with the Percentiles shall be published.

    The process of Normalisation is an established practice for comparing candidate scores across multiple Test Forms and is similar to those being adopted in other large educational selection tests conducted in India, such as the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). For normalisation across sections, we will use the percentile equivalence.

    • Percentile Score Calculation

    Calculation of percentile score of a candidate :

    The steps described below are followed to calculate the CAT 2019 overall and sectional percentile scores obtained by a candidate. While illustrating the percentile score calculation process, QA section is chosen as an example. Similar process is followed for the overall percentile score calculation and for the other two sections, i.e. DILR and VARC in CAT 2019.

    • Step 1 : Calculate the total number of candidates (N) who appeared for CAT (i.e. including both morning and afternoon sessions). 
    • Step 2 : Assign a rank (r), based on the scaled scores obtained in the QA section, to all candidates who appeared for CAT. In the case of two or more candidates obtaining identical scaled scores in the QA section, assign identical ranks to all those candidates.
      • As an illustration suppose exactly two candidates obtain the highest scaled score in the QA section, then both of those candidates are assigned a rank of 1. Moreover, the candidate(s) obtaining the second highest scaled score in the QA section are assigned a rank of 3 and so on.
    •  Calculate the percentile score (P) of a candidate with rank (r) in the QA section as : P = ((N - r) / N)  x 100
    • Step 4 : Round off the calculated percentile score (P) of a candidate up to two decimal points.
      • For example, all percentile scores greater than or equal to 99.995 are rounded off to 100, all percentile scores greater than or equal to 99.985 but strictly less than 99.995 are rounded off to 99.99 and so on.

    A methodology similar to the one described above is used for the computation of the overall CAT percentile scores and for the percentile scores of other sections.



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    CAT 2019: Let me assist you in filling up the Application Form

    August 11, 2019

    CAT 2019 is announced and anyone who is interested has to apply by completing the registration process and filling up the online application form. The link to the application form is given here. Before one starts filling up the form, there are a few instructions, which one must-read. These instructions are given at the end of this article. The entire process starts with registering on the site. Once the login and password are received, the application filling process can be started. There are five sections to be filled up before the last section of payments is reached. Once payments are done, the information entered cannot be changed. The last step of the process is the submission of the form.

    Dates: The Registration started at 10 am on 7th August and will end at 5 pm on Wednesday, September 18, 2019.


    Steps for filling up the CAT 2019 Application Form:

    Step 1: Registration for CAT 2019 

    1. Please go to the new candidate registration button and complete the registration process.       
    2. Candidate must provide Correct Name, Date of Birth, Mobile Number and Email Address as these details cannot be changed once the registration is complete.
    3. Candidate has to fill in the above-mentioned details to receive the User ID and Password.
    4. The candidate will receive the User ID on the registered email address and Password as SMS on the registered mobile number. Overseas candidates will receive both User ID and Password on the registered email address.
    5. Candidate can log in with the User ID and Password to complete the application form for CAT 2019.

    Step 2: Fill up Personal Details

    After Registration, the personal details section of the application form has to be filled up.

    1. In the personal details section, scanning of photograph/signature/SC, ST, NC-OBC certificate/ PwD certificate / EWS certificate should be done using a scanner only.
    2. Please do not use a mobile phone or other mobile applications to scan your photograph.
    3. The NC-OBC/SC/ST/PwD/EWS certificate should be in the prescribed format issued by the competent authority. (Refer to the CAT 2019 website for sample format.)
    4. The self-attested scanned copy of the certificate should be clearly visible.
    5. Your name on the certificate should match with the name you have mentioned during Registration. If there is a name mismatch, please refer to the FAQs/Registration Guide provided on the CAT 2019 website.
    The uploading of the photo has to be according to the following:
    1. Please upload your recent passport size photograph.
    2. The photograph should not be more than 6 months old.
    3. It should be ahead and shoulders color photograph & should have a white/offwhite background.
    4. The dimension of the photograph should be 30mm x 45mm.
    5. Maximum file size: 1 MB File
    6. Formats Supported: Only JPEG, JPG Please upload the same photograph, which you will affix on the Admit Card on the day of the test (November 24, 2019).
    7. Ensure that the photograph is scanned properly using a scanner only.
    8. Please do not use a mobile phone or other mobile applications to scan your photograph.


    Step 3: Fill up the Academic Details.

    The next section to be filled up is the Academics section.

    1. In the academics section, in case of grades/CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective Board/University/Institution. If any Board/University/Institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate's CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.
    2. In the academics section, while filling up tenth standard marks, maximum marks (inclusive of all subjects) indicate the summation of maximum marks of all subjects (including electives, if any). For example, if there are five subjects with 100 marks assigned to each subject, the candidate should populate the ‘Maximum Marks (inclusive of all subjects)’ placeholder as 500. Total marks obtained (inclusive of all subjects) indicate the summation of actual marks obtained by the candidate in all subjects (including electives, if any). For example, if the candidate has obtained 457 marks by adding individual marks obtained in the five subjects, the candidate should populate the ‘Total marks obtained (inclusive of all subjects)’ placeholder as 457. For computing percentage of marks obtained in SSC/10th/Equivalent examination, the aggregate marks of all subjects including additional subjects that appear in the Mark Sheet/Grade Sheet would be considered irrespective of the Board's regulation.
    3. In the academics section, while filling up the 12th marks, maximum marks (inclusive of all subjects) indicate the summation of maximum marks of all subjects (including electives, if any). For example, if there are five subjects with 100 marks assigned to each subject, the candidate should populate the ‘Maximum Marks (inclusive of all subjects)’ placeholder as 500. Total marks obtained (inclusive of all subjects) indicate the summation of actual marks obtained by the candidate in all subjects (including electives, if any). For example, if the candidate has obtained 457 marks by adding individual marks obtained in the five subjects, the candidate should populate the ‘Total marks obtained (inclusive of all subjects)’ placeholder as 457. For computing percentage of marks obtained in HSC/12th/Equivalent/Diploma examination, the aggregate marks of all subjects including additional subjects that appear in the Mark Sheet/Grade Sheet would be considered irrespective of the Board's regulation. 
    4. In the academic section, while filling up the bachelor degree section, if one has a dual degree with both a Bachelor's and a Master's (BTech + MTech or BTech + MSc) enter the appropriate details in the Bachelor's and Master's degree sections.

    Step 4: Fill up entire work experience, if any.

    The third section of the application form is about your work experience details if any.

    1. In the work experience (if any) section, work experience is to be filled up as on July 31, 2019.
    2. Only Full-time experience after graduation must be entered.
    3. Part-time/Project/Internship/Articleship/Pre-graduation work experience should not be entered and will not be considered as work experience.
    4. Please enter the exact date you started working in an industry and the date you finally exited that particular industry.
    5. Moreover, please mention the number of months you temporarily exited the particular industry in the Break in Experience box.


    Step 5: Choosing the Programmes and the City for Interview.

    The fourth section is choosing the programs or course which one wants to apply for. The applicant can select any number of programs. For each programme selected, kindly select an interview city as well.


    Step 6: Filling up Test City Preference.

    The fifth section of the application form is about filling up Test city preference

    1. The applicant can select any four Test Cities as per preference from the drop-down menu.
    2. After the last date of registration, one among the 4 preferred test cities will be allotted (subject to availability) .
    3. In rare case, if an Applicant is not allotted to any of the preferred test cities, Applicant will be allotted to a nearby test city.


    Step 7: Payment and Submission section

    The sixth section is the last section, where the payment has to be done according to the details provided on the official website.

    1. Before completing the payment, the candidate can preview the application form and make any corrections, if required.
    2. Once the payment is done, no changes are allowed.
    3. Once done the candidate will agree to the declaration by ticking the appropriate box and submit the form.

    Special Instructions:

      1.    Please use Internet Explorer (version 11 and above) or Mozilla Firefox (version 50 and above) or Google Chrome (version 50 and above) to fill in the   Application Form.
      2.    Fields marked with* are mandatory.
      3.    Fill in all the required details and upload scanned copies of all required documents.
      4.    Click on Save & Continue to proceed to the next section.
      5.    Applicants do not have to complete the application form in a single session. Applicants can log in multiple times to complete the application form.



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