CAT 2019 Preparation, Strategy, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Books, Registration

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CAT 2019 Preparation, Strategy, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Books, Registration

CAT 2019: CAT is a national-level entrance examination conducted by India Institutes of Management (IIMs) every year. According to the latest notification, registrations for CAT will begin in 1st or 2nd week of August 2019 and will close by 3rd or 4th week of September 2019. Admit cards will be issued in October 2019 and finally, the exam will be conducted in November 2019. It will be conducted in two slots: Morning (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.) and evening (2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.). The final result will be declared in January 2019.

CAT 2018 Preparation, Strategy, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Books, Registration
CAT 2018 Preparation, Strategy, Eligibility Criteria, Exam Pattern, Books, Registration


Know all about your strengths and weaknesses. Conduct your own SWOT (Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis in relation to the exam.

2. Time management

Time management is the only way to give the best possible contribution towards preparation and regular practice, especially for working aspirants.

3.Coaching vs. self-study

This is the biggest problem faced by aspirants. Select the coaching institute that best suits you if it is really needed. But If you are confident about cracking exam with self-study, not a big deal!

4.Strategy-wise preparation

Make your own strategy of preparation that best suits your routine time-table and be determined to follow it.

CAT 2019 Eligibility Criteria

  1. Students must have completed his/her graduation from any recognized College or University and should have scored minimum 50% marks (45% for SC/ST/PWD).
  2. There is no age limit for taking CAT.
  3. Candidates appearing for final year of graduation are also eligible to apply.

CAT 2019 Entrance Exam Dates:

Besides examination date, other dates like registration form date admit card date etc also mentioned here!

Events Dates
Date for Notification 30th July 2018
Online registration form date start August 2018, 1st week
Application form Last date 3rd week of Sept 2018
Last date of correction the Application Form 30th September 2018
Admit card date Release last week of October 2018
CAT 2018-19 Exam date announce last week of November 2018
Result date announcement 2nd week of January 2019

CAT 2019 Registration

The registration portal for CAT 2019 is expected to open in 1st or 2nd week of August 2019. This process will be completely online.

#Application fee:

  • General/OBC candidates- INR 1800
  • SC/ST/PWD candidates- INR 900

#Documents to be uploaded:

  • Signature – 80mm×35mm
  • Coloured photograph- 35mm×45mm
  • Caste or disability certificate (PDF format) in case of SC/ST/OBC/PWD candidates
  • Mode and medium of examination

CAT 2019 will be a computer-based test, i.e., online and will be conducted in English only.

CAT Registration Link : Click Here

CAT 2019 Exam pattern and Marking scheme

  1. The duration of exam is 3 hours and will be conducted online.
  2. The paper shall have both objective-type questions (MCQs) and subjective-type questions and shall carry 3 marks per question.
  3. There will be a negative marking of 1 mark per 1 incorrect objective question, while there is no negative marking for the subjective questions.


Quantitative ability (102 marks)

  • 24 MCQs and 10 Non-MCQs (60 min.)

Verbal ability and reading comprehension (102 marks)

  • 24 MCQs and 10 Non-MCQs (60 min.)

Data Interpretation and logical reasoning (96 marks)

  • 22 MCQs and 8 Non-MCQs

(TOTAL)- 300 marks

A candidate after clearing the online exam search for cutoffs of different IIMs. The institutes take into account overall profile such as CAT’s score, 10th, 12th and graduation marks, extra-curricular activities, etc. After that only, they are called for group discussion (GD) and personal interview (PI), i.e., GDPI rounds. The cumulative scores of all rounds are considered for final cut-off for each institute.

List of books for CAT

  1. How to prepare for data interpretation by Arun Sharma (TMH publication) – only for Basics
  2. How to prepare for quantitative aptitude by Arun Sharma (TMH publication)
  3. Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma (Arihant publication) – for nonengineers
  4. The Pearson guide to quantitative aptitude and data interpretation by Nishit Sinha
  5. How to prepare for verbal ability and reading comprehension by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Sharma (TMH publication)
  6. English grammar and composition – Wren and Martin
  7. English grammar and composition- Wren and Martin

Besides these books, newspapers (The Hindu and the economic times) editorials along with magazines (business world and frontline) must be read to prepare well.

Don’t take a decision in blithe, be calm and rationale.Good wishes!