CAT (Common Admission Test) 2019 for admission into the top IIMs to be conducted on 24th November 2019. This year, the entrance examination will be held in 156 cities across India, which will be conducted by IIM Kozhikode, the convener for this year’s exam. Year 2018 witnessed the maximum number of applications, with an all-time high of 2.41 lakh candidates.
The registration window for CAT 2019 will open from August 7, 2019 till September 18, 2019. After successful registration, candidates will be able to download their admit cards for the examination from October 23, 2019.
What is CAT?
CAT is one of the most competitive entrance tests held in India for admission into the management courses of the prestigious IIMs and B-Schools of the country. The candidate is scored on the basis of four sections- Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR).
The Quantitative Ability section comprises of questions based on fundamental mathematics, covering concepts like- Arithmetic, Algebra and Geometry. The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section serves to test the candidate’s usage of standard English grammar, focusing mainly on reading comprehension, vocabulary and grammar correction. The Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section focuses on questions based on the given data, which could be in the form of graphs, charts, tables or paragraphs.
According to the selection procedure, the candidates will have to undertake and clear the Written Ability Test (WAT), rounds of Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) to secure a seat into the B-Schools and IIMs.
The candidates will have to clear the minimum cut-off for each section to be eligible for the further rounds of interview process. The minimum marks required to qualify for each section varies according to the range of difficulty of these sections.
The exam results will reportedly be declared by January 7, 2020. IIMs and other B-Schools will begin with the selection procedure after the declaration of CAT scores, shortlisting candidates for the next rounds of the admission process.