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CAT 2019 - Common Admission Test acronym as CAT is conducted on the National level by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)- the topmost B-schools of India - to provide admission to the candidates into Post Graduate level Management Degree/Diploma programs from world-renowned IIM’s(give below).

Some of the other prestigious management institutes of India also consider CAT scores as the criterion to give admission to management aspirants. Performance in Common Admission Test or CAT, followed by Group Discussions and Personal Interviews, serves as the basis for admission. 

IIM's providing Post Graduate Programmes in Management are:

S.No Name of the IIM Programmes
1 IIM Ahmedabad PGP and PGP-FABM
2 IIM Amritsar PGP
3 IIM Bangalore PGP, PGPEM and PGPPM
4 IIM Bodh Gaya PGP
5 IIM Calcutta PGP-PGDM
6 IIM Indore PGP and EPGP
7 IIM Jammu PGP
8 IIM Kashipur PGP and EPGPM
9 IIM Kozhikode PGP
10 IIM Lucknow PGP and PGP-ABM and PGPSM
11 IIM Nagpur PGP
12 IIM Raipur PGP and PGPWE
13 IIM Ranchi PGDM and PGDHRM
14 IIM Rohtak PGP and EPGP
15 IIM Sambalpur PGP
16 RGIIM Shillong PGP and PGPEX
17 IIM Sirmaur PGP
18 IIM Tiruchirapalli PGP and PGPBM
19 IIM Udaipur PGP
20 IIM Visakhapatnam PGP

IIM's providing Fellow Programmes in Management (FPM) - equivalent to Ph.D. are:

  1.  IIM Ahmedabad
  2.  IIM Bangalore 
  3.  IIM Calcutta
  4.  IIM Indore
  5. IIM Kashipur
  6.  IIM Kozhikode
  7.  IIM Lucknow
  8.  IIM Raipur
  9.  IIM Ranchi
  10. IIM Rohtak
  11.  RGIIM Shillong
  12. IIM Tiruchirapalli
  13. IIM Udaipur

and EFPM program in:

  1. IIM Kashipur and 
  2. IIM Raipur

Full Forms of the program are:

  • PGP ----Post Graduate Program
  • FABM----Food and Agri-Business Management
  • PGPEM---Post Graduate program in Entrepreneurship Management
  • PGPPM---Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management 
  • PGDM----PGP Post Graduate Diploma in Management
  • EPGP----Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management
  • PGPSM---Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets
  • PGPWE---Post Graduate Programme in Management for Working Executive
  • PGDHRM--Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
  • PGPEX---Post Graduate Program for Executives
  • PGPBM---Post Graduate Program in Business Management
  • EFPM----Executive Fellow Management Program


CAT 2019 Important Dates

Date of Notification and Start of Online Application Forms

  • 7th August 2019

Last Date for Submission of Online Application Forms

  • 18th September 2019

Date of Download of Admit Card

  • 23rd October 2019

Date of Entrance Exam

  • 24th November 2019

CAT 2018 was held on:

  • 25th November 2018


CAT Exam 2019 Eligibility

The candidate must have a bachelor's degree with a minimum of 50% marks. In the case of the SC and ST, a minimum of 45% mark is sufficient. However, this eligibility may vary from institute to Institute and from course to course as well. Like in some of the special courses run by the various IIM’s eligibility criteria are as follows:

Course Eligibility

  1. PGP (Post Graduate Program in Management) - Bachelors Degree, with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.
  2. PGP-ABM (Post Graduate Program in Agri-Business Management in IIM Ahmadabad) - Bachelor’s or Master’s Degree in Agriculture Sciences or in Agriculture-related disciplines, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. Or
    Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.
  3. PGSEM (PGP in Software Enterprise Management) - Bachelors degree from a recognized university along with a minimum of two years of work in the software industry.
  4. PGPPM (Post Graduate Program in Public Policy and Management) – (i) Eligible Government Officials, (ii)Civil society functionaries,(iii) mid-career executives belonging to PSUs and Corporate Undertakings and (iv)Individuals with minimum 7 years of professional experience.
  5. PGDCM (Post Graduate Diploma in Computer Aided Management) - Bachelors Degree, with a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate.
  6. Ex-PGP (Post Graduate Program in Management for Executives) - Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA with a minimum of 5 years of managerial/ entrepreneurial/ professional experience obtained only after graduation.
  7. PGP-ABM (PGP in Agri-Business Management in IIM Lucknow) - Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture Science / Agricultural Engineering or allied subjects with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA from any of the recognized Universities. Or
    Bachelor’s degree or equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks. He/she must entail a minimum of three years of education after completing Higher Secondary schooling or equivalent with at least two years experience or strong interest in the field of Agriculture or allied sector.

Note: In the case of the SC and ST, a minimum of 45% mark is sufficient for all the categories.


CAT 2019 Exam Syllabus 

There is no defined syllabus for the CAT exam. It is designed to assess the natural ability of a person towards their preferred field. Mainly, the questions are asked from

  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) sections


CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

the CAT 2012 will have only two sections. The first section will focus on Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation; the second on Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. These two sections will be implemented sequentially with separate time limits. The examination will be for 140 minutes. Candidates will have 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section which will have an on-screen countdown timer. Once the time ends for the first section, they will move to the second section and will no longer be able to go back.
A 15-minute tutorial will be provided before the start of the test, and candidates are advised to go through that carefully before starting the main examination. The total duration will be two hours and 35 minutes including the tutorial. A practice test to provide candidates with a feel of the timed sections, as well as navigation and functionality of the actual test is available on the CAT website . Candidates are advised to go though it carefully to familiarise themselves with the screens, layout, and navigation.CAT 2012 will have two sections.

CAT will be of three sections to be completed in 180 minutes. The students will be given exactly an hour to complete each section. The test will automatically move to the next section once a candidate spends an hour on one segment.

Also, a candidate cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a particular portion


How to Apply for CAT 2019?
Aspiring candidate can apply Online by visiting the official website i.e and following the instructions given there.


CAT 2019 Exam Fees
Application Fee for CAT is Rs.1900/- (Rs.950/- for SC/ST candidates).


CAT 2019 Exam Dates
CAT is normally held in the month of November.

CAT 2019 Exam Admission Process

The admission process to Indias topmost management institutes consists of following few steps:

  • Performance in CAT is the primary basis for shortlisting candidates for the second round of admission process, which comprises of GD(PI).
  • It is important to perform well in each section of the test as the scores in each section and the overall score are used to shortlist the candidates. These scores may also be used for final ranking. IIMs may use academic performance, relevant work experience and other similar inputs for ranking and shortlist candidates.
  • Each IIM shortlists candidates for Group Discussions (GD) and/or Personal Interviews (PI) independent of other IIMs.
  • Shortlisted candidates would also be sent letters from the respective IIMs. GD/PI are conducted by each IIM separately.
  • After the GD/PI round, admission offers are made by IIMs to successful candidates. The ranking and final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes and may include performance in CAT, performance in GD/PI, academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience, etc.

CAT 2019 Exam Test Centres
CAT will be conducted in around 135 centers across the country.


CAT 2019 Contact Details
CAT Website:
Help Desk Number: 1-800-209-0830


CAT Participating Institutes
CAT scores are valid for admissions at all the Indian Institutes of Management and other institutes. Here is a list of some of the Non-IIM member institutes.

National/Central Institutes

  • Faculty of Management Studies
  • Department of Management
  • National Institute Of Technology
  • Institute of Rural Management, Anand
  • Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology
  • University Of Delhi, Deptt. Of Commerce,
  • Department of Financial Studies and Deptt. Of Business Economics
  • National Institute Of Industrial Engineering(Nitie)
  • Faculty of Management Studies, BHU
  • IIT Kanpur
  • Chandigarh
  • Chitkara Business School


  • Amrut Mody School Of Management, Ahmedabad University
  • Mudra Institute Of Communications Ahmedabad
  • Institute Of Management, NIRMA University
  • School Of Petroleum Management,
  • Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University


  • Alliance University, Alliance School of Business
  • Adarsh Institute of Management & Information Technology
  • Kirloskar Institute of Advanced Management Studies
  • MP Birla Institute of Management
  • CMS Business School Jain University
  • Bhavan's Priyamvada Birla Institute of Management
  • T. A. Pai Management Institute, (Tapmi)
  • IFIM Business School (Institute of Finance and International Management)
  • Isbr Business School
  • National School of Business
  • Indus Business Academy (IBA-Bangalore)
  • International School of Management Excellence
  • International Institute of Business Studies
  • Prin L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research


  • Balaji Institute of International Business (BIIB)
  • Balaji Institute of Modern Management (BIMM)
  • Flame School of Business
  • Institute of Management Technology Nagpur
  • National Institute of Bank Management
  • K.J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research
  • Balaji Institute of Management and HRD (BIMHRD)
  • Balaji Institute of Telecom and Management (BITM)
  • Institute for Technology and Management, ITM
  • S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research
  • National Insurance Academy
  • Prin L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research


  • Institute of Agri-Business Management
  • Institute of Management JK Lakshmipat University


  • University of Petroleum and Energy Studies
  • Faculty of Management Studies
  • Doon Business School Global

Andhra Pradesh

  • Hyderabad Business School, GITAM University (Hyderabad Campus)
  • Institute Of Public Enterprise
  • Institute Of Management Technology, Hyderabad


  • Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management
  • FORE School Of Management
  • Vivekananda Institute of Professional studies-Technical Campus Delhi School Of Business
  • Apeejay School of Management
  • New Delhi Institute of Management


  • Haryana School of Business
  • National Power Training Institute
  • Management Development Institute, (MDI)


  • Rajagiri Business School


  • Asian School of Business Management
  • Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH)
  • Xavier Institute of Management
  • KIIT School of Rural Management

Tamil Nadu

  • Loyola Institute of Business Administration
  • Institute for Financial Management and Research (IFMR)
  • Bharathidasan Institute of Management
  • Vit Business School

West Bengal

  • Army Institute of Management
  • International Management Institute
  • Management Development Institute Murshidabad
  • Heritage Business School
  • Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management (IISBWM)
  • Eastern Institute for Integrated Learning in Management (EIILM)


  • Chandragupt Institute of Management Patna (CIMP)


  • Goa Institute of Management

Jammu and Kashmir

  • The Business School

Madhya Pradesh

  • Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Technology and Management


  • LM Thapar School of Management LovelyProfessional University

Uttar Pradesh

  • Indian Institute of Finance
  • Shri Ram Murti Smarak International Business School
  • Master School of Management
  • Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH)
  • INMANTEC (Integrated Academy of Management and Technology)
  • Institute of Advanced Management and Research