Tue. Nov 19th, 2019

CAT 2019

CAT Exam 2019
The Common Admission Test or CAT exam is a computer-based MBA entrances test for admissions into the “INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT” and various other B-schools of India. The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a rotation policy. The candidate gets scored on the bases of Quantitative Ability(QA), Verbal Ability(VA) and Reading Comprehension(RC), Data Interpretation(DI) and Logical reasoning(LR).


NAMECOMMON ADMISSION TEST
TYPECOMPUTER-BASED STANDARDIZED TEST
ADMINISTRATIONINDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT
YEAR STARTED1961
PURPOSEADMISSION TO POST-GRADUATE MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS
DURATION 180 MINUTES with 60 MINUTES ALLOTTED TO EACH SECTION
SKILLS TESTEDQUANTITATIVE ABILITY (QA),
VERBAL ABILITY (VA )and READING COMPREHENSION (RC),
DATA INTERPRETATION (DI) and LOGICAL REASONING (LR).
SCORE-100 to +300
VALIDITY1 YEAR
OFFEREDONCE A YEAR (NOVEMBER / DECEMBER)
APPLICANTS2.44 LAKH (as per CAT 2019)
FEE ₹950 for SC, ST and PwD candidates.
₹1900 for all other candidates.
(as per CAT 2019)

HISTORY

Till 2009, CAT was a paper-based test conducted on a single day for all the candidates.ON 1 May 2009, an announcement was made that CAT would be a COMPUTER BASED TEST w.e.f 2009. American based firm “Prometric” was assigned to conduct the CAT exam for 2009 to 2013. The very first computer-based CAT was impaired by some technical barriers. It made convenor to provide a report to the Government of India about the appropriate reason behind the fault. The report specified that the “Conficker” and “W32 Nimda” the two viruses that attacked the system display of the test, Which slowed the server down. Since 2014 CAT has been conducted by Tata Consultancy Services (TCS).CAT 2015 and CAT 2016 were 180-minute tests consisting of 100 questions.


ELIGIBILITY For CAT

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognised by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
  • The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In the case of grades/CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/Institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their University/Institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate. IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process.

CAT 2019 ANALYSIS and CUT OFF


The pattern for CAT 2019 would be the same as the previous year, but it is expected that CAT 2019 would be more difficult. In CAT 2018 Data Interpretation and Logical reasoning with Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension was far easier as compared to previous years. On the other hand, Quantitative ability was highly difficult. It is expected to see QA as an easier area to score in CAT this year. Cut off for CAT 2109 depends on the difficulty of the test. Higher the difficulty lower the Cutoff. If CAT this year would be easier than previous years,175 would be required to get 99%ile and in case of higher difficulty 160-165 would enough to get 99%ile. Students must have a clear idea about the number of questions they should attempt to score 99%ile.


CAT 2019 EXAM PATTERN

Exactly like CAT 2018, CAT 2019 will also be of 180 minutes with 60 minutes allotted to each section. 100 Multiple-choice and TITA (non-multiple choice) questions will be asked. No moment will be allowed across the section.

The Order for sections will be:

  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
  3. Quantitative Ability

CAT 2018 PATTERN:

SECTIONMCQNon-MCQTOTAL
1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VA&RC)24 10 34
2.
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
24 8 32
3.
Quantitative Ability (QA)
27734
TOTAL7525100

MARKING SCHEME

  • +3 Marks for every correct answer.
  • -1 for every wrong question.
  • Negative marking is not applicable to non-MCQ or TITA type questions.
  • The basic on-screen calculator for calculations will be allowed.

CAT 2019 SYLLABUS

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Quantitative Ability
1. Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based).
2. Grammar or English Usage.
3. Correction in Sentence.
4. Fill in the blanks.
5. Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage.
6. Analogies and Reverse Analogies.
7. Meaning/Usage Match.
8. Verbal Reasoning.
9. Summary Questions.
10. Reading Comprehension.
11. Facts Inferences Judgements.
1. Caselets and Tables.
2. Bar Graphs and Column Graphs.
3. Venn Diagrams.
4. Line Charts & Pie Chart.
5. Combination of two or more types linked to each other.
6. Number and Letter Series.
7. Calendars, Cubes, and Clocks.
8. Binary Logic.
9. Seating Arrangement.
10. Syllogism.
11. Logical.
12. Matching.
13. Logical Sequence.
14. Logical.
15. Connectives.
16. Blood Relations.
1. Number Systems.
2. LCM & HCF.
3. Profit, Loss & Discount.
4. Percentages.
5. Speed, Time & Distance.
6. Time & Work.
7. Simple & Compound Interest.
8. Ratio & Proportion.
9. Averages.
10. Quadratic & Linear Equations.
11. Complex Numbers.
12. Logarithm.
13. Binomial Theorem.
14. Sequences & Series.
15. Surds & Indices.
16. Inequalities.
17. Probability, Permutation, and Combination.
18. Set Theory.
19. Functions & Geometry.
20. Mixtures & Allegations.
21. Trigonometry.
22. Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration.

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