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CAT 2019 – Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode will conduct Common Admission Test (CAT 2019) tentatively on November 24. CAT is a computer based national level entrance examination for admission to MBA/PGDM courses at 20 IIMs as well as more than 1000 B-Schools across the country. CAT 2019 notification will be released on July 28 with registration starting tentatively by August 8. CAT will be held at 374 centres in 147 cities across India with more than two lakh students expected to appear for the exam. Admissions to around 115 B-Schools including one in Singapore and 114 in India will be on the basis of CAT 2019 scores. It is to be noted that the validity of CAT scores is one year only. Admission process is separate for each IIM as well as other institutes and candidates must apply separately for each. Selection process includes valid CAT 2019 scores and factors like performance in WAT, GD and PI. To know all pertinent detailed information about CAT 2019 like important dates, eligibility criteria, application form, exam pattern, syllabus, vital preparation tips and more, read the article below.
Latest: CAT notification 2019 to be released on July 28. IIM Kozhikode expected to announce dates and other details along with it.

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CAT 2019 Notification
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode which is the conducting body will release CAT notification 2019 tentatively on July 28, 2019. Soon after the publication of CAT 2019 notification, the authorities will start the registration process tentatively by August 8. All the important dates pertaining to CAT eligibility criteria, application form, CAT 2019 admit card, response sheet, answer key and CAT result 2019 will be announced in CAT notification. The information about the MBA programmes offered at twenty Indian Institutes of Management will also be stated in CAT notification 2019.

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CAT 2019 Highlights


Name of test

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Purpose of test

Qualifying test for admission to the PGP, FPM programmes at the IIMs and PGDM as well as MBA programmes at other BSchools

Conducted by

IIM Kozikode

Exam type

National level


Once in a year

Score or Grade Validity

One Year

Total Number of Registrations

2,40,338 in 2018

Number of Test Takers

2,09,405 in 2018

Pattern of Test

MCQs and Non-MCQs

Number of Questions


Test Duration

3 hours

Negative Marking

+3 for every correct answer

-1 for each wrong answer in MCQs

No negative marking for Non-MCQs or TITA


Questions from VARC, QA and DI & LR

Mode of Conduct

Computer-based test

CAT 2019 Convener

IIM Kozikode

Reservation of seats in IIMs and B-schools

As per the Government of India regulations

CAT 2019 Official Website

CAT 2019 Helpdesk contact details

Yet to be announced

CAT centre office contact details

Yet to be announced

Score or Grade Used by

IIMs and various participating B-schools in India

CAT 2019 Important Dates
It is an important part of exam strategy to be aware of the exam deadlines and other dates. CAT 2019 dates are listed below for the reference of all CAT aspirants. Knowing the important dates of CAT 2019 will aid them to avoid missing applying on time, chalking a preparation strategy for success and check all important information on time. 

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CAT Important Dates

Dates (Tentative)

Release of CAT 2019 Notification 

July 28, 2019

Application Commencement

Second week of August, 2019

Last date to apply

Last week of September, 2019

Re-upload of blur/improper photograph in CAT Application form

Last week of September, 2019

Issuing Admit Card

Last week of October, 2019

CAT 2019 Tutorial/Mock Test

Third week of October, 2019

CAT 2019 Exam

November 24, 2019 (Forenoon Slot – 9 am-12 pm)

November 24, 2019 (Afternoon Slot – 2:30 pm-5:30 pm) 

Candidate Response File

Last week of November, 2019

Releasing of Answer Key

First week of December, 2019

Last date to file objection (if any) based on the official answer key

First week of December, 2019

Announcement of CAT 2019 Result

First week of January, 2020

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2019
According to the official eligibility criteria of CAT 2019, applicants should fulfil the parameters as stated below – 

Candidates should obtain a Bachelor’s Degree across disciplines from a recognised University or Institute

General and OBC-NC category candidates must secure at least 50 per cent marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage to obtain is 45.

The duration of the graduation programme in any discipline should be minimum three (3) years.

Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply for CAT 2019 provided they complete their undergraduate studies within the stipulated schedule.

Age Limit – There is no age limit for applying or appearing in CAT 2019 exam

CAT 2019 Registration & Application Process
The CAT 2019 application form will be released by the conducting IIM tentatively around August 8 and the registration window will remain open for around 50 days from the date of release. Last year also, IIM Calcutta released the application on August 8 and the last date to apply was September 26, 2018 (11:59 PM). The mode of CAT 2019 registration process will be completely online.

How to fill CAT Application Form 2019?
For filling the CAT 2019 application form, applicants, first need to register and create their unique User ID and Password. Post registration, they need to login again and fill up the application form by entering the required information accurately.

Step 1 – Click on the official link to register 

Step 2 – Fill the necessary details and generate the login id and password 

Step 3 – Relogin and fill the application form of CAT 2019
Step 4 – Upload all the documents while registering for CAT 2019

Step 5 – Pay the fee for the application form of CAT 2019

Step 6 – Submit the CAT 2019 application form 

Step 7 – Download and take print out of the form 

The application form of CAT 2019 will be divided into the following categories – 

Personal Details

Contact Details

Academic Details

Work Experience, if any

Selecting IIMs to apply to

Selecting Test Centres and Interview Cities

After filling up information on each page, applicants need to click on the tab ‘Save & Next’. Then, they would be prompted to upload their photograph and signature in the stipulated dimension. The last step is to pay the application fee through Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking.

CAT 2019 Application Fee


Fee (Rupees)

Payment mode



Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking, BillDesk, PayU and Paytm



CAT 2019 Exam Centres
374 CAT 2019 exam centres will be located across 147 cities in India. Last year, two new exam states have been added- Mizoram and Nagaland.
While filling the CAT 2019 registration form, CAT applicants are required to select four exam centres city in the order of preference. The final CAT exam centre will be allotted by exam conducting IIM and the exam centre details including address and Google map will be printed on the CAT admit card 2019.

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