CAT Exam Syllabus, Pattern & Analysis

CAT – Common Admission Test

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Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode



CAT examination is countrywide-level management entrance examination carried out with the aid of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). aside from 20 IIMs, CAT rankings are used for admission to numerous management institutes across the country.

CAT 2019 will to be held on 24th November 2019.CAT 2018 was conducted on November 25, 2018. The exact notification for CAT 2018 was launched in July/August. The 2018 year CAT examination was conducted through IIM Calcutta.

The CAT 2018 results were introduced on January 7, 2019. 20 candidates scored a hundred percentile another time. The applicants can download their scorecards from the authentic internet site. Admission procedure through CAT at IIMs and different B-colleges is presently underway.

The CAT question paper and answer keys were released for the first time in 2018 (for CAT 2017 examination) and the candidates have been allowed to elevate objection to answers they observed any incorrect.

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Eligibility criteria for CAT:
1.The candidate should own a Bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% for SC, ST and PWD/DA category).
2.percentage received in bachelor’s degree could be calculated on the premise of practice observed through the involved college/institution. In case of grades/CGPA, the conversion might be based on the manner defined via the involved university/ organization.
3.In absence of any percent conversion scheme, candidate’s CGPA could be divided through most possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.
4.applicants appearing for the very last year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to apply for CAT.

Exam Dates

Get detailed information about all CAT 2019 important dates such as exam date, registration date, application date, result date and much more on CATKing.

Below are the tentative exam dates of CAT 2019:
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STEP 1: CAT 2019 Application Procedure
CAT 2019 application form is to be submitted online with payment of application fee through Credit Card, Debit Card or Net Banking.

STEP 2: CAT 2019 Admit Cards
CAT 2019 admit cards will available for download on the official website. CAT aspirants must download their admit cards from the official website as they won’t be sent to them by post.

STEP 3: CAT 2019 Results
CAT 2019 result will be mostly declared in January 2020. The test takers can check their scores and download their scorecards from the official website. Based on their scores they will be invited by the IIMs for the further rounds. CAT score is accepted by most of management institutes in India.

Verbal Ability:

CAT Exam Syllabus

CAT analyses the skills of the aspirant in four sections: Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Logical & Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation. It is also a test of time management.

1. Mathematics or Quantitative Section
Some of the core concepts in maths and quant subjects are:

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2. English or Verbal Section
Prominent topics in this section are:
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3. Analytical Reasoning Section
Important topics under AR are:
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4. Data Interpretation Section
Problems related to organised and unorganised data are quite common in this section. Core topics are as follows:
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CAT Preparation:

Exam Pattern

1.Applicants will be given 180 mins to answer the questions. every section is allocated 60 minutes. The applicants cannot select any phase to begin with or switch from one segment to another. they will need to comply with the question paper chronologically, from segment 1-3.
2.Total marks of CAT 2019 paper will be 300. every question will carry three marks. There can be negative marking of -1 for each wrong attempt. There won’t be any deduction of marks in case a candidate chooses not to attempt a given question.
3.A few questions in every section may not be of more than one choice type, therefore the solutions will need to be typed at the display.
4.Use of fundamental onscreen calculator will be allowed for computation.

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CAT D-DAY Strategy:

Exam Analysis

The CAT is India’s top management entrance exam and it is a gateway to 20 IIMs and over 8000 other business schools in India.
The CAT 2018 exam was held in two sessions on Nov 25, 2018. The first session was held from 10 am to 1 pm and the second session will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm.
The question paper of CAT 2018 first slot consisted of 100 questions. There were 34 Quantitative Ability (QA) questions, 34 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) questions and 32 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning questions(DILR).

CAT 2018 question paper:For Both Slots Combine(1&2)
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
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Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
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Quantitative Ability
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Difficult IIM Interview Question:

Exam Centers

CAT 2018 was conducted at 140 exam centers across India.

CAT 2019 is expected to be conducted at the following centers:
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However, the final allotment of seats shall be done on the basis of the total number of applicants.

Application Form

CAT 2019 application form is to be submitted online with payment of application fee through Credit Card, Debit Card or Net Banking.
CAT registration process is a three-step online process.
The three step registration process involves – registration, log in and filling the application form. After registering, applicants have to fill the application form on the official website.
As per the rules:
Candidates will have four options to select the test cities in order of preference. Candidates need not to rush during the initial registration days to block slots.
Candidates do not have the option to choose exam centre. They will be granted their first preferred city as test centre. In case, they do not get the first preference, the same process will be repeated for the second, third and fourth preferred city.

Test Fees
The registration fee is Rs 1800 for General and NC-OBC candidates and Rs 900 for SC/ST/PWD (DA) categories(Fees mentioned was for last year expected to be the same for this year exam also).
Mode of Payment
The test fee can be paid via Debit/Credit cards or through internet banking.
To register for CAT 2019, the aspirant will have to log in to the official website as new user. On successful registration, user ID and password will shared with the aspirant on email. Thereafter, the applicants can fill the form using the user ID and password.
Candidates will have four options to select the test cities in order of preference. Candidates do not need to rush during the initial registration days to block slots.
Candidates will be given their first preferred city. In case, they do not get the first preference, the same process will be repeated for the second, third and fourth preferred city. It will be allotted by CAT Centre on random basis. Candidates do not have the option to choose.
Things to keep in mind:
1.Do not leave vacant any field that is marked mandatory
2.Incomplete forms will be rejected
3.Enter correct information as if any information is found to be incorrect, candidate’s admission can be cancelled
4.Cross check all the information filled thoroughly before hitting submit/save key
5.Once submitted, the form cannot be edited

Admit Card

Admit card for CAT 2019 will be available for download from the scheduled date till the examination date. Registered candidates can download their admit cards by using their login ID and password.
The test takers must download their admit cards and take a printout of it before the last date as no hard copies will be sent by post.
Admit card is a mandatory document to be carried to the exam hall. Any candidates found without the admit card will not be allowed to take the test. Thus, the candidates must keep their admit cards safe.
To download the admit card, a candidate needs to follow the below mentioned steps:
1.Visit the official website
2.Enter registration ID and password
3.Once logged in, click on CAT 2019 Admit Card tab
4.Download the admit card
5.Take a print out of the admit card

The admit card will carry following details:
1.Candidate’s name
4.Registration Number
5.Date and time of exam
6.Instructions regarding exam
The candidates must check the information printed on the admit card and incase of any error, must immediately contact the exam conducting body to get it rectified or obtain a duplicate card.
Paste a recent passport size colour photograph on the admit card and sign it.
Candidates appearing for the exam must ensure that they preserve the admit card even till the end of admission process.
Candidates also need to carry an identity proof along with the admit card to the exam centre. They are advised not to carry mobile phone, calculator, IPad or any other gadget to the exam hall. Anybody found carrying any such article will be barred from the exam.

Answer Key

CAT 2019 answer key is expected to be released 4-5 days after the CAT 2019 exam. The answer keys are released online on the official CAT website. The candidates can check their responses by login into the CAT website by using their CAT ID and password.
CAT answer key carries, each candidate’s name, registration number, questions and his/her responses.
The following is displayed in the CAT answer key:
Name of the candidate
CAT registration number
CAT 2019 exam center
Test date
Test time
Question type
Question ID
Right option/answer