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What Is The CAT Exam?

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a competitive aptitude test conducted annually in the month of November/December and is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management. CAT is a gateway for aspirants to study in the IIMs and other institutes which consider the CAT score for short-listing and admission. The date for CAT 2019 exam is 24th November 2019. The CAT exam is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams and tests a candidate's reasoning ability, mathematical prowess and proficiency in the English language. It also tests the ability to solve problems in a timed and high-pressure environment. Last year, CAT 2018 was taken by approx 2 Lakh people and 11 candidates scored 100 percentile.

Webinars: How To Prepare For CAT Exam 2019?

How to start preparing for CAT is something which comes first in your mind, if this is your first attempt to crack CAT and get into your dream b-school. But that's not it, it is equally important for someone for whom this might not be their first attempt. The question which crosses their path is, how can they scale their existing score or improve. So, in-order to tackle that we have got a list of webinars conducted by CL faculty and current students of top b-school tackling different problems relating to CAT preparation.

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 CAT Important Dates

CAT 2019 Examination Date 24th November, 2019 (Sunday)
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Admit Card 24th October - 25th November, 2019
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CAT Result 2018 5th January 2019

CAT Results 2018 - Updates, Where To Apply, WAT/PI Shortlists, And More

CAT results 2018 will be out today i.e. on 5th January by 1 pm. Nobody knows when the results are going to be out but we won't be surprised if the CAT results will be declared before that.
Here's everything you need to know post CAT 2018 results.

  1. Where Should You Apply? Should You Take CAT Exam Again?
  2. Which B-Schools To Apply For At Different Percentiles?
  3. What To Do If You Have Calls from Old IIMs?
  4. What To Do If You Have Calls From New IIMs?
  5. What To Do If You Have Calls From Non-IIMs? And much more!

Who is Eligible for CAT Exam?

According to the official CAT 2019 Website:

CAT Eligibility Criteria for General and NC-OBC

A candidate, with atleast 50% marks in his bachelor's degree/equivalent degree or higher or is in final year of pursuing the same from a university or professional institution recognised by the Parliament or State legislature or Ministry of HRD, Government of India or is a Deemed University, can apply for CAT exam 2019.

  • Submission of caste/class certificate at the time of registration for NC-OBC candidates

CAT Exam Eligibilty Criteria for SC, ST and PwD

Any candidate, who secured more than 45% marks in his/her bachelor's degree/equivalent or professional degree or higher can apply for the CAT 2019.

  • Should upload the caste/class certificate at the time of CAT form registration.


Min. Graduation Marks Required

Caste/Class Certificate Required


General 50% No 1900
NC-OBC 50% Yes 1900
SC 45% Yes 950
ST 45% Yes 950
PWD 45% Yes 950


Why CAT Exam 2019?

The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 is a direct gateway to the most prestigious management institutes of the country. If you feature above the 99th percentile of all applicants, you are highly likely to be shortlisted for management institutes such as IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, IIM Kozikhode and 14 other top IIMs.

You are also eligible to be shortlisted for premier non-IIM Institutes.

All of these institutes are responsible for refining and polishing a student to be at the top of the corporate ladder. At these institutes, you will be equipped with the most in-depth knowledge and technical expertise required to be at the helm of an organization. With Faculty having decades of invaluable experience and peers who belong to the creme de la creme of the country, your personality is likely to grow exponentially.

What's more, you are likely to be recruited by top global and Indian companies such as Hindustan Unilever, Nestle, ITC Limited, Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan Chase, McKinsey & Company, The Boston Consulting Group, TATA Administrative Services, Aditya Birla Group, and many more such market leaders.

There is likely to be a significant escalation in your paycheck, along with the opportunity to work at some of the best offices across the globe.

But make no mistake, CAT or even admission into an IIM is not a guarantee of ready-made success. However, belonging to a premier management institute can be a safety net.


Why MBA?

Many a times aspirants are asked in b-school inteviews, why MBA? What is something that they are looking forward to from an MBA? or something which they will only get after pursuing an MBA?

There are several questions which comes to your mind while deciding to do pursue MBA or appear for CAT or being asked to you during the interviews.

  • Why Finance or Why MBA in Finance?
  • MBA with work experience or MBA as a fresher?
  • Why MBA in Operations?
  • Why HR?

What is The CAT Exam Pattern/Syllabus?

The CAT exam pattern and syllabus has been ever-evolving, going online in 2009, followed by multiple significant changes to the CAT paper pattern. CAT 2019 will follow the same pattern as CAT 2018.

  • The CAT exam consists of 3 sections - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VA RC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI LR), Quantitative Ability (QA).
  • The VA RC section consists of 34 questions, the DI LR section consists of 32 questions and the QA section consists of 34 questions, making a total of 100 questions to be solved.
  • Questions in each section must be solved within a time limit of 60 minutes, therefore amounting to a total of 180 minutes for the exam.
  • The exam has negative marking, deducting 1 mark for each wrong answer and allocating 3 marks for each correct answer.
  • The exam questions consist of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Type In The Answer (TITA) format of questions. The TITA questions do not have any negative marking. read more
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Webinar: How To Prepare For MBA Interviews - GD/PI/CAD/WAT

Believe it or not, CAT Exam is just a doorway to apply for the b-school you wanted to get into and doesn't guarantee anything. The actual preparation starts only after the CAT results are out. So, in order to help you with the selection process, we have a got you guys webinars' conducted by current students of top b-schools like IIM Calcutta, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Lucknow, etc. to help with the selection process of b-school, how can you tackle the questions asked during the interview, etc.

CAT 2018 Analysis: TIME Vs CL Vs IMS Vs 2IIM Vs HitBullsEye

CAT 2018 was a paper with unexpected surprises and challenges, and the Quantitative Ability section caused many aspirants to struggle.

In this article, experts assess the difficulty level of the test and estimate cut-offs. Read more..

Which Institutes Consider The CAT Exam Scores?

A total of 111 management institute across the country consider an applicant's CAT score for the admission process, including 20 IIMs and non-IIM institutes such as SPJMIR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, JBIMS Mumbai, FMS Delhi, IRMA, IMT Ghaziabad, XIMB, Great Lakes Institute of Management etc.

When Is The Next CAT Exam?

The next CAT exam will be CAT 2019 on 24th November 2019 (Sunday). The exam pattern will be the same as of CAT 2018.

The registration fees are expected to be Rs. 1900, as was for CAT 2018.

How Many People Give CAT?

Over 2 Lakh applicants give the Common Admission Test every year. For instance, 2.31 Lakh applicants gave CAT 2018.

Also, read: 50 Things To Know About IIMs


  1. I am not an Engineer. Will I still be able to crack CAT 2019?

    Yes, you most certainly stand an equal chance as anyone else to crack CAT. CAT is an exam which is increasingly being designed to cater to non-engineers as well. While it is true that Engineers may have an additional advantage in dealing with numbers, that is not the case for everyone. Furthermore, top management institutes such as IIMs also have points for diversity, which is an added advantage for non-engineers.

  2. I am weak at Maths. How do I prepare for the QA section? 

    Not everyone is highly proficient in mathematics. Therefore, to become good at number crunching, one must practice as much as possible. There are multiple online and offline resources to help you do this. A candidate very weak in Mathematics will take anywhere between 5-6 months to become CAT-ready. It is achievable.

  3. How to improve your reading speed and comprehension for CAT?

    Reading Comprehension for CAT is one of the important topics which you can't left un-attended. People usually find it difficult to cope up with the speed with the limited time span allotted to candidates during the CAT. So, how should one tackle it. Read more

  4. What happens after CAT? 

    If you meet the selection criteria set by various management institutes, you will be given a short-list call and will be invited for the next set of rounds to gain admission into the institute. This set of rounds will involve Academic Writing Tests, Personal Interview, Group Discussions and Extempore. Selection criteria for institutes can be different. For instance, the Common Admission Process consists of a GD round, but IIM Ahmedabad substitutes that with an AWT round.

  5. Which are the top institutes I should aim for? 

    So, after 5 years of swatting away requests for a ranking from our users, we have finally given in. We did a simple thing. We asked our users – only those registered as MBA/CAT Aspirants on the platform to tell us how desirable each of the 48 of India’s top business schools is on a scale of 1 to 100.

    The ranking below will tell you how India’s brightest students are likely make decisions when choosing business schools to join. top mba colleges in India Read more

  6. How much time does it take to prepare for the CAT exam? 

    Ideally, a candidate will require 6-8 months to prepare well for CAT, although CAT 99 percentilers have been known to prepare for CAT in a duration of just 3-4 months as well.

  7. How long will my CAT score be valid for?

    Unlike other MBA competitive exams such as GMAT and GRE, the CAT score is valid only for a period of one year. However, if you would like to work/continue working for a year before joining your institute, some B-Schools can provide you with deferred admission as well.

  8. Can I prepare for CAT while working?Should I quit my job to prepare for the exam?

    You most certainly can prepare for CAT while working. In fact, it is recommended that you attempt CAT without leaving your job. Management institutes have marks for work experience, and this can boost your chances of being at a top B-School. Further, a lot of campus recruiters at your MBA institute would prefer industry experience, in which case you will have an advantage.

  9. What do I need to do to get into IIM Ahmedabad? 

    If you belong to the General Category, you would need a score upward of 99 percentile to ensure a shortlist call from IIM A. Also, a good academic score in Class 10th, 12th and Graduation will play a major role in getting a shortlist call. An ideal candidate should have (90/90/80) in their 10th, 12th and Graduation. However, it is common for aspirants to be shortlisted with graduation scores as low as 60% (although that would have to be compensated for by a high CAT score). IIM Ahmedabad also provides diversity points to non-engineers whom it categorizes under 7 academic streams - A1 to A7.

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