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Common Admission Test 2019

Computer Based Test

CAT Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 1,800
  • Number Of Attempts:1
  • Examination Modes:Computer Based Test
  • Exam Conducting Body: Indian Institute of Management (IIM)
  • Courses:MBA
  • Streams:Management

CAT 2019: Result (Out), Answer Key (Released), Counselling

Updated On - January 04 2020 by Kartik Arya

CAT 2019 Result is released on 04 January 2020. CAT Answer Key has been released on 29 November 2019. Common Admission Test is organized by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode. India’s most commonly known examination for graduates who wish to pursue Management Courses after their Graduation is the CAT (Common Admission Test). CAT being a National Level examination, is conducted annually and applicants from across India can participate and can get admissions into PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP, PGP-HRM, PGPEM, PGPPM courses offered by more than 200 B-Schools, apart from IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management). The examination is conducted in rotation by one of the 6 older IIMs.

CAT Latest Update:

  • CAT 2019 Result is declared on 04 January 2020.
  • CAT 2019 Answer Key & Individual Responses to questions has been released on 29 November 2019.

CAT 2019 Important Dates

CAT 2019 Important Dates are mentioned in the table given below:

CAT 2019 Exam Dates



Release of Notification

07 August 2019

Commencement of Online Registration

07 August 2019

Last date of Online Registration

25 September 2019 (Extended)

Window for Corrections

28 September 2019

Release of Admit Card

23 October 2019

CAT 2019 Exam Date

24 November 2019

Answer Key

29 November 2019

Declaration of Results

04 January 2020

Link to download the CAT information brochure is given below on this page only.

CAT 2019 Result

CAT 2019 Results is announced on the official website 04 January 2020. Candidates qualifying the examination will be allowed by the individual institutes to appear for the Personal Interview/Group discussion rounds based on their merit and number of applicants applying and various other criteria.

  • Once the centralized result is announced, candidates will have to apply individually for various colleges and appear in their Interview and Group Discussion rounds if they get a call from the colleges. 

CAT 2019 Score

Candidates' CAT 2019 scorecards will be made accessible on the CAT official website. Candidates may also be intimated individually by SMS.

  • CAT 2019 score is valid only till 31 December 2020, and will accordingly be accessible on the website.
  • Thereafter, no queries related to the issuance of CAT 2019 scorecards will be entertained by any institution.

CAT 2019 Counselling

CAT 2019 Counselling will commence after the result declaration but will not be centralized, will be conducted individually by colleges accepting the CAT 2019 Result as their criteria.

CAT 2019 Top Institutes & Courses

Below listed are the institutes which are known for the highest cut-off rankers:

  • Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi, Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi & Kolkata
  • Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA)
  • Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)
  • Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC)
  • Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIML)
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai
  • Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon
  • P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai
  • XLRI – Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur

Apart from the above-mentioned colleges, a total of 20 IIMs and 500 other MBA colleges offer admission through CAT.

The courses offered after qualifying in the CAT written test, Interview and Group discussion held by individual Institutes are listed below:

  • Fellow Programme in Management (PhD)
  • Two-Year Post Graduate Programme in Management (MBA)
  • Two-Year Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agri-business Management (MBA-FABM)
  • One-Year Full Time Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (MBA-PGPX)
  • Faculty Development Programme (FDP)
  • Armed Forces Programme (AFP)
  • ePost Graduate Programme (ePGP)
  • Executive Education Programmes (EEP) etc.

Above mentioned are a few courses that the Institutes offer under which there will be multiple branches of those courses which can be found in the individual websites of colleges in which the candidates are interested in taking admission IIMs:

Seats Availability in IIMs

CAT Seats Available in IIMs
S.No. Institute Seats Offered
1 IIM Ahemdabad 385
2 IIM Calcutta 462
3 IIM Bangalore 412
4 IIM Lucknow 436
5 IIM Kozhikode 375
6 IIM Indore 451
7 IIM Trichy 180
8 IIM Amritsar 60
9 IIM Rohtak 240
10 IIM Bodhgaya 60
11 IIM Sambalpur 160
12 IIM Sirmaur 60
13 IIM Jammu 45
14 IIM Ranchi

PGDM - 120

PGD HRM - 48 

15 IIM Raipur 210
16 IIM Kashipur 210
17 IIM Shilong 120
18 IIM Udaipur 180
19 IIM Nagpur 126
20 IIM Visakhapatnam 60

CAT Previous Year Cut-Off

IIM Campus Percentage
IIM Ahmedabad 81.53
IIM Bangalore 90+
IIM Calcutta 95+
IIM Lucknow 90+
IIM Indore 90
IIM Kozhikode 95.5
IIM Rohtak 90+
IIM Trichy 96
IIM Udaipur 90

CAT 2019 Answer Key

Candidates can check the CAT 2019 Answer Key as it has been released on 29 November 2019 by the official authority. The answer key is available through online mode only on the website.

  • Individual responses to questions along with the official answer key have been published by the authority. 
  • Applicants can challenge the answer key until the second week of December 2019 by filling the objection form.
  • Candidates can log in by using user ID & password to view answer key & question paper.

CAT 2019 Application Form

CAT 2019 Application Form will be available on the Official Website on 07 August 2019 and last until 25 September 2019. There is no other way to process the application form but online. Candidates are requested to follow the below-mentioned guidelines while filling up the CAT 2019 Registration form to avoid mistakes:

  • The photograph and signature uploaded during the time of applying for CAT 2019 Examination will be used for the admission process.
  • Any application which is incomplete in any respect and does not have the required valid documents will be rejected.
  • Fill in the details in the CAT exam form correctly and must upload correct and valid documents.
  • Candidate must ensure the successful submission of their application in the portal failing to which their candidature will be cancelled automatically.

Following are the steps candidates have to go through while apply for CAT 2019 :

  • Registration of the Individual candidate
  • Uploading the required Documents
  • Application Fee Payment
  • Confirmation of Application

CAT Application Fee

CAT 2019 Application Fee is given Category/gender wise which must be paid Online after the completion of the Application form:

CAT Application Fee


Application fee


Rs. 1900/-


Rs. 950/-

Online fee payment can be done via Net Banking/Credit card/Debit card/e-wallets etc.

CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria

CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria is mentioned for all aspirants concerning their categories, age, educational qualification etc.

  • Age Criteria: There will be no age limit prescribed for appearing in CAT entrance exam.
  • Qualifying Exam: Applying aspirant must have passed his/her Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized Board/University.
  • Minimum Marks: Candidate must have passed his/her qualifying exam with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. For the aspirants belonging to ST/SC/PWD category must have passed with a minimum of 45% marks in the qualifying examination they last appeared in.
  • Appearing candidates: Candidates appearing in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent can also apply with valid proof of documents at the time of admission otherwise their candidature will be cancelled.

NOTE: Candidates who possess an equivalent exam degree recognized by MHRD, Government of India (including AMICE of the Institution of Civil Engineers) are also eligible.

CAT 2019 Admit Card

CAT 2019 Admit Card is available on the official website from 23 October 2019, candidates are requested to download and print their admit cards as it is an important document to be carried to the examination centre. Below mentioned guidelines for CAT 2019 Admit Card/Hall Ticket can be followed by the candidates:

  • If candidates are found without CAT Admit Card in the examination hall, there are chances that the authorities might not allow them to appear for the examination.
  • If there is any discrepancy found in the Admit Card particulars, the candidate must immediately get in touch with the Official Authority to get it rectified.
  • Visit the Exam centre before the final exam day if the venue is unfamiliar.
  • No query related to the hall ticket will be entertained on the day of examination.

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern is given below which contains information like mode of examination, duration of the examination, number of type of questions asked, the language in which the exam can be taken by the candidates etc.

CAT Paper Pattern

Mode of Examination

Online (CBT)

Duration of Examination

180 minutes (3 hours)

No. of Questions asked


Type of Questions

MCQ (Objective) & Subjective

Marking Scheme

+3 for Correct and -1 for Incorrect

Medium of examination


Total Marks




Below mentioned is the section-wise division of examination and the total number of marks they carry each:



Time Allotted

Number of Questions

Total Marks


Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

60 minutes




Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

60 minutes




Quantitative Ability

60 minutes





03 hours

100 questions

300 marks

CAT 2019 Syllabus

CAT 2019 Syllabus is mentioned below subject wise:

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:

  • Assumptions, Binary Logic, Blood Relations, Clocks and Calendars, Coding-Decoding, Data Arrangement, Data Structures, Direction Sense, Family Tree, Proposition, Puzzles, Seating Arrangement, Series, Sets, Statements, Syllogism, Venn Diagram

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:

  • Analogies, Antonyms, Contextual usage, Different usage of the same word, Fill in the blanks, Foreign language words used in English, Grammar, Idioms, Jumbled paragraphs, One-word substitution, Para Completion and inference, Para jumbles, Reading Comprehension, Sentence completion, Sentence correction, Syllogisms, Verbal Logic, Verbal Reasoning

Quantitative Ability:

  • Bars, Caselets, Data Sufficiency, Line Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables etc.

Download Information Brochure of CAT 2019

CAT 2019 Preparation Tips

CAT 2019 Preparation Tips are mentioned below for all the candidates who will be appearing for CAT 2019 Examination and are looking for guidance on how to go on CAT exam preparation:

  • candidates must prepare how to go on with each subject which includes the time distribution, management of resources and various other important factors.
  • Once the preparation chart is ready, start with the preparation which will include studying all the important topics in-depth, not so important topics in brief but do not miss on any topic as this exam tests the ability.
  • If the candidates are taking any coaching classes or external help, their guidance and all that candidates learn over there helps but same is the number of efforts they need to put in every day on their own.
  • Ample amount of sleep is a must.
  • Solving questions will give a reality check of the preparation and scope of improvement as well, apart from which candidates must solve one CAT previous year papers as it will give an idea of the exam pattern.
  • Join a test series and write tests every day as it will add up to the speed, accuracy and refinement in answering questions.
  • Write 2-3 mock tests every day and try writing a full-length paper at the time candidates will be writing the final CAT  Test 2019 Examination.

CAT 2019 Highlights

Check all the details about the Common Admission Test 2019 examination given below:

Exam Name

Common Admission Test (CAT 2019)

Conducting Body

Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode


National Level


MBA, Fellow Programme in Management, etc.

Official website

Exam Mode

Online (CBT)

Exam Purpose

To offer admission in various Management Courses Offered by the numerous Institutions across India

About Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode

Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode was the fifth IIM to be established. It is an independent business institution set up in 1996 by the government of India. It was started with a batch of 42 students at the temporary campus of National Institute of Technology, Calicut. It is ranked sixth amongst the management schools in india by the National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018. 

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CAT Important Dates

CAT 2019 Form Date07 Aug - 25 Sep 2019
Application Correction22 Sep - 28 Sep 2019
CAT 2019 Admit card23 Oct 2019
CAT 2019 Exam Date24 Nov 2019
CAT 2019 Result01 Jan - 08 Jan 2020 (Tentative)

Common Admission Test 2019 Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

3 hours

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:


NOTE:One mark will be deducted for every wrong answer

1Local Reasoning32396
2Verbal Ability343102
3Quantitative Aptitude343102

Instructions:No Negative Marking for Non-MCQ type questions

Frequently Asked Questions