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EXAM PATTERN 2019 - Details

  • Category : CAT

CAT is just three months away now and date of exam is Nov24, 2019. CAT is digitally based test, conducts annually in a year.CAT is the mandatory exam for taking participation in admission process of IIMs. Common Admission Test or CAT scores are accepted by many other top Non-IIMs business schools such as IMT Ghaziabad, IMI Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, FMS Delhi and many more. Scoring good percentile is necessary for taking admission into top business school.CAT is being conducted once in a year in two sessions – Morning and Evening. Every year any of the IIMs conduct CAT and this year it will be conducted by IIM Kozhikode. Score of this 3 hours test will let you ahead in journey of making selection in IIMs.

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern – Highlights

Mode of ExamCAT is being conducted online.

Duration of ExamCAT will be test of 3 hours duration and conduct on single day in two sessions – Morning and Evening Shift

Type of Questions- There can be two type of question –MCQs and Non MCQs.

Section Segment – There will be three section in the exam – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretations & Logical Reasoning (DI&LR) and Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Negative Marking Scheme – There will be negative marking scheme of ¼ marks for wrong answer.

Conducting AuthorityIIM Kozhikode will be conducting CAT 2019.

To make a point to chime the CAT 2019 with high score you have to start your CAT test preparation plan 2019 without holding up any more.

CAT Test Pattern which conveys slight changes for CAT 2019, has gone with detectable changes since 2014 in CAT structure as well as in syllabus. Going by the show in changes in different kind of questions in CAT, you can't limit a substitute CAT 2019 Exam plan. Be that as it may, regardless of number of changes achieved during most recent 4 years in CAT test pattern, the nuts and bolts of the CAT have not changed. CAT Exam pattern since 2015 has stayed on similar lines. CAT 2019 test pattern is furthermore expected to remain as per the latest 4 years CAT plan, in spite of the way that there could be some minor changes in number and sort of questions and their sectional course of action.

CAT 2019 Exam will include three sections – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VA&RC), Data Interpretations & Logical Reasoning (DI&LR) and Quantitative Aptitude ( QA) with total of 100 questions. Each section will be 60 minutes specifically. CAT needs efficient proper time management calibre to maintain accuracy. Candidates need to understand the basic point that they have to qualify cut off for each section along with overall percentile to make sure their place in IIMs for further process.

Sectional Divisions:-


 No. of MCQs

No. of Non- MCQs

 Total Question

  Time Allocated

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension(VA&RC)

       24 or 27

        7 or 10


       60 Minutes

Data Interpretations & Logical Reasoning ( DI& LR)




       60 Minutes

Quantitative Aptitude

( QA)

     23 or 27

       7 or 11


       60 Minutes





     180 Minutes




CAT SYLLABUS 2019 - Details

  • Category : CAT

CAT is one of the most important exam for management aspirants to take admission into top business school and 20 IIMs. Many colleges have their own specific exam for their admission process .CAT is accepted by more than 2000 colleges in India for taking admission into management programme. But for IIMs it’s mandatory to give Common Admission Test or CAT.

Before giving any exam it’s important to know the syllabus so that you can analyse it properly to score well in exam and same goes with your CAT Exam.

CAT is conducted by any of the IIMs every year and this year IIM Kozhikode will be conducting exam .Although IIM doesn’t release any constant syllabus notification for exam but we can help you to know the detailed syllabus on the basis of past pattern of CAT Exam.

On the basis of last year’s pattern of the CAT Exam, CAT Syllabus has been classified into three sections –

  1. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension with 34 Questions
  2. Data Interpretations & Logical Reasoning with 32 Questions
  3. Quantitative Aptitude with 34 Questions

CAT is just 3 month away. You must start preparing for exam without holding it up any longer.CAT Syllabus will help you understand the component in intricate manner so that you can prepare each & every topic .If you get hold on some important topic at earlier stage you can practice it more and can know your weak area so that can put more attention on that too.

CAT exam is on 24 November 2019 so you should start adopt customized approach to solve question so that you can score good in each sections .You have to deal with time management skills and accuracy both on parallel sides.

CAT  Exam 2019 Syllabus are divided according to sections 

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Syllabus contains below topic –

  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 Judgments


Verbal Ability CAT Syllabus 2019

On the basis of pattern of past CAT Exam, this section consist of question like –

Para- Jumbled Sentences

Summary of Short Paragraphs

Error correct of Grammar, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb and other part of speech.

Correct pair of words

Correct Synonyms and Antonyms (Vocabulary)

Fill in the blanks

Completion of last sentence of Paragraphs

Sentence Completion


Jumbled Paragraphs

Phrasal Verb Usage

Critical Reasoning

Sequence of sentences in paragraphs

Reading Comprehension Syllabus CAT 2019

Reading Comprehension Passage connected with Business & Economic environment like Changing environment business, Global factor changes, Government policy , Impact of budget , Impact of demonetisation , impact of Jammu & Kashmir issue, GDP Growth Rate .

Passages concerned with English literature, influencer, thinker, activist , great writers, philosophers. Speeches concerned with Great writers Mark Twain, Shakespeare, Stephen King , Ravindranath Tagore.

RC Passage associated with editorial articles also finds place in this section.

Passage related to social welfare, different schemes like clean India mission, Fit India mission, Ganga Clean Schemes, Tripal Talaq.

Passages related to constitutional rules laws related to Triple Talaq ,  road & transport rules , Article 370 and other.

Passages related to Historical Event like Second World War, French Revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte etc.

For scoring decent percentile in Reading Comprehension, you have to read a lot to understand the idea of paragraph, to catch the opinion about the paragraph so that you easily solve the questions.

Highlights of VARC Section –

        Key Fact

     Verbal Ability

     Reading Comprehension

No. of Question

        10 Question

             24 Question

Weightage in CAT Syallabus



Type of Question

 Non- MCQs with non negative marking

MCQ with negative marking scheme of 1/3th marks .

Frame of Question

Sentence based question, Jumbled paragraphs , Out of context paragraph sentence etc.

True false statement, Question Based on RC , Word & phrases based on RCs.

Question Asked

4-5 Sentence Based Question , 5-6 Para Jumbled Question

2 Short Passage and 3 Long Passage

Data Interpretations and Logical Reasoning

DI&LR Section are based on different tricks and approaches. In DI&LR section you have to deal with chart, graphs and pie charts.

DI & LR CAT Syllabus 2019

This part of DI&LR Section includes below topic –

  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. Matching
  11. Logical Sequence
  12. Connectives
  13. Blood Relations

DI&LR Section of CAT Syllabus includes two sub sections –

  1. Data Interpretations
  2. Logical Reasoning

Data Interpretation Syllabus for CAT 2019

  • Data Tables
  • Data charts
  • Bar diagrams & Charts including Simple, Stacked, Composite Bar charts
  • Pie charts
  • Graphs – Line X-Y Graphs
  • Data analysis and Data comparison among others
  • Caselet based Data

Logical Reasoning Syllabus for CAT 2019

  • Clocks
  • Calendars
  • Binary logic
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Blood Relations (Family Tree)
  • Logical Sequence
  • Assumption
  • Premise
  • Conclusion
  • Linear and matrix arrangement
  • Team Formation
  • Direction sense and Decision Making
  • Input-Output
  • Series
  • Syllogism
  • Cubes
  • Rows
  • Set Theory, Venn Diagrams, Network Diagrams
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Puzzles
  • Logical Reasoning based on Rankings
  • Critical Reasoning

        Key Fact

  Data Interpretation

    Logical Reasoning

No. of Question

        16 Question

             16 Question

Weight Age in CAT Syllabus



Type of Question

 Non- MCQs and MCQs

Non- MCQs and MCQs

Frame of Question

DI question , Pier Chart , Column Chart , Table Chart Venn Diagram

Seating Arrangements , Direction Question, Family Tree


Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus CAT 2019

This section include below topics:-

  • Number Systems
  • LCM & HCF
  • Profit, Loss & Discount
  • Percentages
  • Speed, Time & Distance
  • Time & Work
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Averages
  • Quadratic & Linear Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Sequences & Series
  • Surds & Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Probability, Permutation and Combination
  • Set Theory
  • Functions & Geometry
  • Mixtures & Allegations
  • Trigonometry
  • Coordinate Geometry & Menstruation

Students have to pay equal attention for every section because it’s important to qualify each sectional cut off along with your overall percentile for getting into participation in admission process of IIMs.


  • Category : CAT


Exam has been scheduled on 24 November 2019.And the registration process is ongoing. Before applying for CAT 2019, it’s better to know the detailed eligibility criteria because once you applied for CAT Exam and you find not able to fulfil all the eligibility criteria then your registration fees is not refundable.

Below are detailed Eligibility Criteria –

  1. There is no age bar.
  2. Candidates must have the Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 50% of marks for  Non reserved Category.
  3. The minimum percentage of marks in case of SC (Scheduled Caste), ST(Scheduled Tribes) and Person with Disabilities (PwD) is 45%.
  4. The degree must be 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 an University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognised by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
  5. 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.
  6. If the final year student get selected , he  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 issue of the certificate
  7. Candidates applying for CAT 2019 should fulfill any one of the following conditions: 
    • Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks (50% for Non - Reserved Category ad 45% for Reserved Category )
    • Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage (50% for Non - Reserved Category ad 45% for Reserved Category ).
    • Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage (50% for Non - Reserved Category ad 45% for Reserved Category )The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution.
  8.  In case of grades/CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/Institution.
  9. 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.

IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at the website www.iimcat.ac.in. Applicants should note that the mere fulfilment of the minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for short listing by IIMs. Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process.