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CAT 2019 Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility Pattern

CAT is conducted every year for admission to 19 IIMs across the country. Besides, more than 100 other B-Schools use CAT score to shortlist students for admission to their MBA programs. Around 2.5 Lakh applicants fight it out for approximately 4000 seats in the IIMs. The exam is appeared by some of the best minds in the country and is considered to be one of the most competitive exams in the world. However, contrarily to popular belief, any average student can get a good score and a seat in an IIM with consistent effort, planning, and guidance.


CAT 2019 Exam Dates

The official notification for CAT 2019 will be released in the month of July along with the exam dates. Candidates are given 1 month period to apply for CAT exam. Here is the schedule for CAT 2019 application form availability, exam dates, and the announcement of results.


Events Dates
Notification released July 28, 2019
CAT 2019 Registration Start Date August 07, 2019
CAT 2019 Registration Last Date  September 18, 2019
CAT Exam Admit Card Download Start Date October 23, 2019
CAT 2019 Exam date November 24, 2019
Answer key & question paper release 2nd week of December 2019
Last date to submit an objection 2nd week of December 2019
Result announcement January 7, 2019

CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for CAT 2019, an aspirant must be a graduate degree holder in any stream. Candidates appearing in the final year/semester of their degree program can also apply for CAT 2019. They should have also scored the required percentage in their graduation degree. The category-wise percentage requirement for CAT 2019 is explained in the table below:

General 50%
Scheduled Caste 45%
Scheduled Tribe 45%
Persons with disabilities 45%

CAT 2019 Application Process

CAT 2019 Application forms will be available in the month of August. Interested candidates can apply online on  The application process is usually a four-step process.

  1. Registration on CAT 2019 official website.
  2. Filling up of Application form that includes entering personal details, contact information, academic details, work experience, program preference and exam center preference.
  3. Uploading scanned copies of documents such as Photograph, Signature, Category certificate and disability certificate.
  4. Payment of application fee:- CAT 2019 Application fee is Rs 1800/- for General category. It can be paid online via net banking/credit card/debit card. Mentioned below is the category wise application fee for CAT 2019
Category CAT 2019 Application Fee
General 1800 INR

Last year, IIM Bangalore had also allowed candidates with backlog or supplementary to appear in the CAT 2016 exam.

CAT Exam Pattern

CAT Exam pattern changes every year. This year too the same pattern is said to be followed. The marks allotted for each section is given in the table below:  

The exam will have 3 sections : 

 Sections  No Of Questions   Sectional Duration 
 Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension 34 60 Minutes
 Quantitative Aptitude 34 60 Minutes
 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 60 Minutes


CAT 2019 Participating Colleges 

CAT is conducted mainly for admission to MBA/PGDM programs offered at 20 IIMs. Apart from IIMs, other top management institutes like FMS, MDI, NTIE, SP Jain, Department of Management Studies at IITs, Manipal University, ITM Delhi, Chandigarh University and over 115 management B-schools also accept CAT score as a qualifying criterion for their management programs. The cut-off percentile for IIMs and other top institutes may be above 90 percentile.

  • IIM Bangalore
  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • IIM Calcutta
  • Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras
  • IIM Lucknow
  • IIM Kozhikode
  • IIM Indore
  • Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
  • FMS Delhi

CAT Structure

The exam is extremely volatile and its pattern keeps on changing frequently. On a broad level, the overall syllabus can be divided into three sections: Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude.

CAT 2018 Cut off

After the results are declared, each IIM will declare a separate cut off list for shortlisting candidates for the selection procedure. The cut off comprises of an overall cut off and a sectional cut off. Sectional cut off is the percentile a candidate must score in each section of the test paper. The overall cut off for the IIMs generally, falls in the bracket of 90-99 percentile. Find College Wise cut-offs

CAT 2019 Expected Cutoff for IIMs

IIM Cut off in Percentile
IIM, Bangalore 90
IIM, Ahmedabad 80
IIM, Calcutta 90
IIM, Lucknow 90
IIM, Kozhikode 90
IIT, Roorkee 90
IIM, Indore 90
IIM, Rohtak 90
IIM, Raipur 90
IIM, Trichy 90


IBT CAT Classes

We offer CAT classroom courses of different durations depending on the requirements of the students. Apart from the regular classrooms and online mock tests, the course comprises of one-on-one checkpoints for every student. This is our unique innovation in which we provide students with personal targets and schedules every 15 days. Thorough mock analysis sessions, Group discussion sessions, Personal Interviews from the perspective of different MBA colleges and chapter wise work-shops are conducted regularly. The students are provided with the best quality CAT study material and an online account to practice questions on different topics as well as appear for Mock tests.

All our CAT trainers have taken the CAT several times and have scored in excess of 98 percentile. So, no random Maths graduate walks in to take your advanced quant classes; only a CAT qualified professional does!  No other coaching center can claim this.

Experience Faculty Members

Experienced and expert faculty with 100 percentile score in their core subjects determine to guide students with dedication and by applying new strategies. At IBT faculty members come from top B-Schools backgrounds with vast experience in the field of an entrance exam. Quantitative aptitude by one of the best faculty in CAT coaching - Mr. Aditya Mishra and Mr.Vipendra Singh Chauhan.  Logical Reasoning -Miss Prabhjot Kaur and Mr. Shekhar prasad Verbal ability & Reading Comprehension - Mr. Rajgopal and Mrs. Amrita Mishra. 


Online Test Series

We offer a set of 20 online mock CATs that are closest to the actual CAT exams. In our country, we are obsessed with difficult questions, and it is reflected in the Mock CAT series provided by most of the players in the market. We keep our mocks to the actual CAT level. We believe that solving unnecessarily difficult questions is not going to help you much in cracking CAT. Developing a strong decision-making ability, selecting the questions to attempt and the ones to leave and proper time management are the more important skills that we focus on. After all, these are the skills that the IIMs are looking for from budding managers. Remember, they are not looking for Maths geniuses!

Study Material

Our study material has been designed by a group of experts who have taken CAT in recent years and scored well. We keep the books and materials updated as per the requirements of the students and as per the changing patterns of the volatile exam. New relevant topics are added, and non-relevant topics omitted from our books every year.

The online account comprises of multiple questions for students of different difficulty levels, to get them prepared step-by-step to the challenge of CAT. These questions are also accessible from the IBT mobile app.


At IBT, your CAT result is our responsibility. Come for the demo classes and feel the difference yourself

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