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CAT Admit Card 2019

The admit card of CAT 2019 will be released on October 23, 2019 in online mode. Candidates will have to login and download the same as IIM Kozhikode will not send the CAT admit card through any other means. Only applicants who have successfully completed their CAT registration 2019 will be able to download the CAT admit card 2019. Since the admit card of CAT 2019 is an important identity document, it must be carried to the exam hall on the exam day for identification purposes. Candidates are advised to keep the CAT admit card safe till the completion of admission process.

How to download CAT 2019 Admit Card?

  • Open the CAT 2019 official website
  • Login using CAT User ID and Password (created during registration)
  • Click on the tab ˜Admit Card'
  • The admit card will appear on the screen
  • Take print copies and keep it safe
  • Download the admit card and keep a soft copy for future use


CAT Exam Pattern 2019

  • Duration: Three hours/180 minutes
  • Mode of exam: Computer-based test
  • Total Questions asked: 100 objective types multiple-choice (MCQs) and non-multiple-choice type questions (non- MCQs).
  • Sections: Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR).
  • Marking Scheme - Each question will carry three (3) marks. For each incorrect/wrong answer, there will be a negative marking of one mark. However, it has to be noted that there will be no negative marking for non-MCQs or TITA (Type In The Answer) questions.


The steps described below are followed to calculate the CAT 2019 overall and sectional percentile scores obtained by a candidate.

While illustrating the percentile score calculation process, the QA section is chosen as an example. A similar process is followed for the overall percentile score calculation and for the other two sections, i.e. DILR and VARC in CAT 2019.

Step 1:
Calculate the total number of candidates (N) who appeared for CAT (i.e. including both morning and afternoon sessions).

Step 2:
Assign a rank (r), based on the scaled scores obtained in the QA section, to all candidates who appeared for CAT. In the case of two or more candidates obtaining identical scaled scores in the QA section, assign identical ranks to all those candidates.
As an illustration, suppose exactly two candidates obtain the highest scaled score in the QA section, then both of those candidates are assigned a rank of 1. Moreover, the candidate(s) obtaining the second-highest scaled score in the QA section are assigned a rank of 2 and so on.

Step 3:
Calculate the percentile score (P) of a candidate with rank (r) in the QA section as:

P = (N-r)/N  x 100

Step 4:
Round off the calculated percentile score (P) of a candidate up to two decimal points.

For example, all percentile scores greater than or equal to 99.995 are rounded off to 100, all percentile scores greater than or equal to 99.985 but strictly less than 99.995 are rounded off to 99.99 and so on.

A methodology similar to the one described above is used for the computation of the overall CAT percentile scores and for the percentile scores of other sections.

CAT 2019 Syllabus

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) Quantitative Ability (QA)
Caselets and Tables Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based) Number Systems, LCM & HCF
Bar Graphs and Column Graphs Grammar or English Usage Profit, Loss & Discount, Percentages
Venn Diagrams Correction in Sentence Speed, Time & Distance, Time & Work
Line Charts & Pie Chart Fill in the blanks Simple & Compound Interest
Combination of two or more types linked to each other Reading Comprehension Ratio & Proportion, Averages
Number and Letter Series Verbal Reasoning Logarithm, Binomial Theorem
Calendars, Cubes and Clocks Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration, etc
Binary Logic Meaning/Usage Match Complex Numbers, Quadratic & Linear Equations
Seating Arrangement, Syllogism Analogies and Reverse Analogies

Sequences & Series, Surds & Indices,  Inequalities

Logical Matching, Connectives. Sequence Summary Questions

Probability, Permutation and Combination

Blood Relations, etc Facts Inferences Judgements, etc

Set Theory, Functions & Geometry, Mixtures & Allegations, Trigonometry

CAT Candidate Response File 2019

The CAT 2019 IIM will release the Candidate Response File (CRF) tentatively in the last week of November 2019. The candidates who appear for the exam will be able to check their responses by logging in to the official website using their CAT user id and password. It will allow them to check and verify whether their responses were registered correctly or not during the exam. After the release of the candidate response sheet, IIM officials will release the answer key in the first week of December 2019, tentatively.

CAT Answer Key 2019

The official answer key of CAT 2019 is expected to be released in December 2019. With the help of the answer key, test takers will be able to check the correct answers and calculate their estimated scores. Candidates will need to login to the official website to view and download the CAT 2019 answer key. Moreover, IIMs also provide the option to challenge the CAT answer key or questions by paying Rs.1200 per question within a stipulated period of time. Based on the validity of the challenge, CAT 2019 conducting IIM would take appropriate action and refund the challenge application fee. However, if the challenge related to the CAT answer key 2019 is found inappropriate, the fee will be forfeited. 

CAT Percentile Predictor

Once CAT is over, many students are anxious to check their probable scores and analyze their performance so that they can prepare for admissions. The CAT Percentile Predictor is the answer. A tool that is designed exclusively for CAT test-takers, it allows candidates to predict their CAT percentile right after appearing in the exam.

The CAT Percentile Predictor tool allows candidates to estimate their overall and sectional CAT percentile even before the actual result is announced. It can aid them in estimating their chances of securing admission in popular IIMs Like IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta and Lucknow etc or new IIMs like Amritsar, Ranchi, Sirmaur, Sambalpur, etc. , FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, IITs, to name a few institutes. The best time to use the CAT percentile tool is after checking the CAT 2019 answer key. Furthermore, using the CAT percentile predictor will help aspiring candidates prepare accordingly for the selection rounds of whichever management institutes or B-schools they wish to apply to.

CAT Result 2019

CAT 2019 result will be released in online mode around the second week of January 2020. To download the result, test-takers need to login to the official website and follow steps to view and download the CAT result 2019 which would be published in the form of a scorecard. Candidates can login with their registered CAT user ID and password to download the PDF file of the result. The result or scorecard of CAT 2019 will consist of sectional and overall scaled scores and percentiles. Candidates should take the print out of the CAT 2019 scorecard and preserve the CAT result until the entire admission process is completed. CAT 2019 scores will only be valid till December 31, 2020.

How to Download CAT 2019 Result?

  • Open the CAT 2019 official website
  • Login using CAT user id and password.
  • Click on the tab ˜Score Card'
  • Check and download the result of CAT 2019 (pdf format)

CAT Normalization Procedure

IIM Kozikhode has released the CAT percentile calculation method on September 16. As CAT 2019 will be conducted in multiple slots across a single day window, CAT scores will be normalized to ensure equivalence in difficulty levels of the exam for both slots. IIM Kozhikode will normalize the CAT 2019 scores using percentile equivalence. The process includes adjustment for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms and then the scores will be further normalized across different sections. The scaled scores thus obtained will be converted into percentiles for shortlisting and selection purposes.

CAT Cutoff 2019

CAT cutoff 2019 refers to the minimum percentile to obtain in order to get shortlisted by the CAT participating institutes. The CAT 2019 cutoff will vary among various management institutes. The reputed B-schools have a higher range of cutoff and higher admission criteria. The cutoff of CAT 2019 will generally depend on factors like difficulty level of the exam, number of test-takers, number of seats among others

Here is the CAT 2018 cutoff for the IIMs who have released it officially

CAT 2018 cutoff for IIM Ahmedabad

Category VARC DILR QA Overall Percentile
General 70 70 70 80
NC-OBC cum Transgender 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PWD (General, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC) 60 60 60 70
PWD (ST) 50 50 50 60

CAT 2018 Cutoff for IIM Bangalore

Section General OBC-NC SC ST PwD
VARC 85 75 70 60 50
DILR 80 70 65 60 50
QA 80 70 65 60 50
Aggregate 90 80 75 70 60

CAT 2018 cutoff for IIM Calcutta

Category QA DILR VARC Overall Percentile
General 80 80 80 90
NC-OBC 75 75 75 85
SC 65 65 65 70
ST 60 60 60 70
PWD/DA 60 60 60 70

CAT 2018 cutoff for IIM Lucknow

Category VARC DILR QA Total
General 85 85 85 90
NC-OBC 77 77 77 82
SC 55 55 55 70
ST 50 50 50 65
PWD 50 50 50 65

CAT 2018 cutoff for IIM Indore

Category QA DILR VARC Overall Percentile
General 80 80 80 90
OBC (NC) 70 70 70 80
SC 55 55 55 60
ST 45 45 45 50
PWD 45 45 45 50