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CAT is an important entrance exam for those who want to pursue education and a career in management. It is one of the best and the toughest entrance exam that tests your abilities to analyse, calculate and use logic. These skills are pertinent in studying management.
CAT 2019 is on the horizon. It is to be held on the 24th of November across 156 cities in the country. If you are appearing for the exam this year, many questions may be on your mind. There are many frequently asked questions online. Lets try and find answers to these questions so you are less anxious about taking the exam and are confident about it.
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If you are taking the CAT exam for the first time, which is most likely the case, there will be many doubts in your mind. Others have these common doubts too. Therefore, heres a list of frequently asked questions that will help you clear your doubts as well.
CAT 2019 is being conducted by IIM Kozhikode. There are a total of 13 IIMs spread across the country, and each year, one of the institutes is chosen to conduct the CAT according to their rotation policy.
Heres a step-by-step breakdown:-
Candidates belonging to the general category have to pay a fee of INR 1900/, while students belonging to the reserved category (SC/ST/OBC) have to pay a fee of INR 950/-. These fees have to be paid online while submitting your registration form.
CAT score validity is for 1 year only but a few institutes allow deferred admission. This means the institute can give you admission in next years MBA batch based on this years CAT score. However, this is purely at the discretion of the institute.
No, you cant bring your calculator, but since this is an online exam, you can use the virtual calculator given on your computer. It has all the basic calculation functions you may need during the exam.
The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) is the one who organises the CAT exam and considers its scores for giving students admission. There are close to 1500 other institutes who also consider CAT scores. But there are other entrance exams as well like CMAT, XAT, SNAP, ATMA, NMAT, etc. that are considered by other B-schools and MBA institutes. Therefore, it is not necessary to do CAT for MBA.
In CAT, you score in percentile. Percentile is confusing for some people. To simplify it, percentile depicts how many students have scored lesser than you. So, if you get 80 percentile, this means 80% of the students who appeared for CAT scored lesser than you. Students with even 60 percentile manage to get admission in decent B-schools.
CAT is the Common Admission Test conducted by Indian Institute of Management for admission to their MBA program. To be eligible, you need to have a bachelors degree from a recognised university and your degree score should be equal to or more than 50%. Reserved category students should have a degree score equal to or more than 45%.
What you scored in your 12th standard does not matter for your CAT exam. What you score in bachelor’s degree matters more. If you are from the general category, you cant have an average score of less than 50% and for the reserved category, you cant have an average score of less than 45%.
No, you cannot sit for the CAT exam after your 12th standard. You first need to enrol for a bachelors degree in a recognised university or institute. It will take you 3-4 years to get this degree, and only after you have scored more than 50% as your average degree score, can you sit for the CAT exam.
Yes, this is one of the toughest entrance exams in the country which tests your intelligence levels and other important skills. However, just like any exam, if you study and prepare well, you will score good marks and a chance to get admission in the MBA institute of your choice.
There is no limit to how many times one can appear for CAT exam. The exam is conducted once a year and you can take it every year. The only thing that matters is that you fit into their eligibility criteria.
There is no age restriction on taking the CAT exam. Many professionals even take the CAT exam each year to test their skills and intelligence, or simply as a challenge. There are many CAT prep institute proprietors as well who take the CAT exam each year and use their scores as a means to attract students.
There are many ways to prepare for CAT 2019 without any coaching. Here are a few ways you can try:-
CAT 2019 is scheduled to be conducted on the 24th of November. It will be held across 156 cities spread all over the country. It is conducted in 2 sessions – before noon and afternoon. You will face 100 questions and you will have 3 hours to attempt them.
No, there is no option to write the CAT 2019 in offline mode. This exam is conducted online. Before 2009, CAT used to be an offline exam conducted with pen and paper, but now there is no such option. Online is the only way.
CAT admits cards have been released on the 23rd of October. Candidates can download them from the official CAT website by logging in using their user ID and password provided at the time of registration. The admit card can be downloaded any time before the exam date, but it is better to log in and check for errors in advance.
Hopefully, the FAQ stated above will clear all your doubts and you will feel more confident about taking the exam. CAT 2019 will be tough, but if you have prepared well, you have nothing to worry about. All the best for doing well and getting admission into the MBA college of your choice.
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