CAT Exam

CAT 2019 exam date is November 24, 2019. IIMs will conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 exam on the last Sunday of November 2019 in two sessions. IIM-CAT 2019 is the MBA entrance exam for admission to 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other highly ranked and internationally recognized top MBA colleges in India. The CAT 2019 Registration and application process will begin in the first week of August, 2019 and will remain open for more than 45 days. CAT is now conducted as  a computer based test.  More than 2 lakh candidates appear in CAT exam every year.


Last opportunity to Apply to Top B-schools with CAT & XAT Scores

BITS Pilani Admissions 2019 IFIM Bangalore Admissions 2019
BIM Trichy Admissions 2019 MICA Admissions 2019
NIA Pune Admissions 2019 IMT Admissions 2019

The Application fee for the CAT 2019 exam is revised upwards to Rs. 2000/- from earlier Rs.1900/-. There is no separate application fee to apply for any of the 20 IIMs. 


CAT exam is considered as the mother of all MBA entrance exams. Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 remains the biggest MBA entrance test in India leading to admission to more than 5500 seats in all the 20 IIMs including IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow.


Apart from the 20 IIMs, hundreds of top MBA colleges including FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, JBIMS Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IITs, IMT, IMI, XIMB, TAPMI and others also accept CAT score as their key admission criteria.



CAT Exam Date: Key Trends

Since 2009 CAT exam has changed to computerised testing format. CAT exam dates till 2013 remained spread in 20 days and more than 40 sessions. In 2014, the CAT exam dates were restricted to two days and four sessions. With effect from 2015, CAT exam date has become a single day and two session event. Accordingly, the CAT 2019 exam date is also expected to be over in one day and two sessions.


Since 2010, the number of CAT applicants has grown from 2.04 lakhs to 2.32 lakhs.

CAT exam year
Total Candidates registered for CAT exam (In lakhs)
2.41 (241,000)
2.31 (231, 067)
2.32 (232,434)
2.19 (218,664)

Source: CAT data from IIMs and analysis


Who Conducts CAT Exam?
CAT Exam is conducted every year by one of the top six IIMs. For example IIM Kozhikode conducted CAT in the year 2012; IIM Indore conducted CAT exam in 2013 and 2014; IIM Ahmedabad conducted CAT in 2015; IIM Bangalore conducted CAT in 2016; IIM Lucknow conducted CAT exam in 2017, IIM Calcutta conducted CAT 2018 exam on November 25, 2018. It is expected that CAT 2019 exam will be conducted by IIM Kozhikode again.


What is the CAT Exam Structure?
CAT is a computer based test of 3 hours duration. IIMs release a guide and mock test one month before the CAT Exam date to apprise the CAT aspirants how to appear in CAT exam and what type of questions they will face in CAT exam.


CAT exam over the past 7 years since it was computerised in 2009 has gone for perceptible changes. Till 2008, CAT Exam was paper-pen based. Now the CAT exam format has changed as computer based test. Since 2015, CAT exam has remained almost similar. Read more


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10 Key Facts about CAT Exam?

  • There are 100 questions in CAT exam
  • Overall Time Limit to attempt CAT is Exam is 3 hours
  • Sectional Time Limit to attempt each section is 1 hour
  • Number of sections in CAT are three
  • CAT exam has 70 to 75 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with 1/3 Negative marking
  • Rest other questions in CAT are of Non-MCQ Type without negative marking
  • Marking Scheme in CAT is 3 marks for each correct answer
  • Section-1 is on Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) with 34
  • Section-2 is on Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) with 32 questions
  • Section-3 is on Quantitative Ability (QA) with 34 questions

When to apply for CAT 2019 Exam?
CAT 2019 Exam Notification will be released by the IIMs in the last week of July in all the leading news papers. For 2018, IIM Calcutta has released the notification for the CAT exam on July 29. The candidates who wish to seek MBA admission in one of the IIMs, have to register and apply for the CAT exam. The last date to apply for CAT 2019 exam for admission to IIMs through CAT exam is the last week of September, 2019. shares the detailed information about the CAT exam and publishes it immediately after IIMs release their CAT exam information.


CAT exam application is submitted online and the registration process begins in first week of August. CAT 2019 Exam Application Fee is expected to go up to Rs.2000/- from Rs.1900/- for  General Categpry candidates and Rs.1000/- for reserved category candidates Read more about CAT Exam Registration 


Who can appear in CAT Exam 2019?
If you have one or more of following qualifications with you, you can apply and appear in CAT exam

  • Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks, or
  • Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage, or
  • Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage
  • No Age bar is prescribed to register and appear in CAT exam

Read More about CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria


CAT 2019 is the next CAT Exam
With entire schedule of this year CAT exam out, the next CAT exam will be in 2019 and is expected to be held on Sunday November 24, 2019. You can apply for next CAT exam from August to September 2019 on CAT exam website.


How & When to get the Admit Card for CAT exam?
IIMs issue CAT Exam Admit card in the 3rd week of October on the CAT exam website and no hard copy of the CAT exam Admit card is sent to any candidate. For 2018 CAT exam, the Admit Card date is October 24, 2018. The CAT admit card will be live at IIM-CAT website. The Admit card for CAT exam will remain available till the CAT exam date. Candidates have to download the Admit Card from IIM-CAT website. The Admit Card is issued after 12 Noon as per the practice adopted by the IIMs.  Read More about CAT Exam Admit Card


Why to Appear in CAT Exam 2019?
CAT is the most sought after MBA entrance exams which attracts the cream of talent in India. The best talent of country aspires for IIMs who shortlist the candidates for final admission round on the basis of high overall and sectional CAT exam scores.


Apart from 20 IIMs, other top MBA colleges who accept CAT exam scores in MBA admission include FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, among others. Read more about Top MBA colleges accepting CAT Exam


CAT Not an Online Exam although Computer Based Test 
IIMs accept that CAT paper pattern is computer based but share that CAT is not an online test. CAT exam, according to IIMs is a digital or Computer Based Test (CBT) and is not an Internet-Based Test (IBT). A candidate will not take the CAT exam on an internet site. Instead of reading the questions in a paper booklet and darkening the ovals on the answer-sheet, a candidate will read the questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option.

CAT is Common Admission Test and does not require a specialist or professor in English, Maths or reasoning. CAT exam is to assess how you approach the question and how intelligently solve it in the shortest time. CAT exam also does not require you to attempt all the questions but the need is to maximise your correct attempts and minimise the wrong attempts.