If you are planning to pursue management studies from a dignified institute then the first major obstacle that you need to clear is the CAT exam and to bell, this CAT is not an easy task. With an increasing number of aspirants appearing every year the level of competition is also increasing and the question paper is becoming tougher day by day.
Let’s take a quick look at some major highlights about the CAT 2019 and get ready to make it a cake walk.
What is CAT?
CAT is a national level aptitude examination for MBA, PGDM and postgraduate management courses. The examination is held in 2 sessions and is mainly held for all IIM institutes in India.
Facts about CAT
|Hosted by||India institutes of management|
|Mode of examination||Online|
|Eligibility||Graduation with 50%|
|Courses offered||MBA and PGDM|
|Duration of exam||3 hours|
|Sections in exam||3|
Eligibility and fees for CAT 2019
The CAT exam will be held in the month of November this year and candidates with a graduation degree with 50% mark and apply for this examination. The application form for the same will be available from the second week of August 2019 with fees of Rs 1800 for general category students and Rs 900 for other categories
Students who are appearing for their final year exams can also apply for CAT 2019
Candidates who have a graduate equivalent degree can also apply for the exam
Understanding CAT 2019 exam pattern
The first thing that you must be aware of before appearing for any exam is its pattern. Let’s take a keen look at the pattern of CAT exam.
CAT is an online exam and is held in two sessions with a duration of 180 minutes where both objective and subjective questions are asked.
Total of 100 questions is asked with 3 marks for each correct answer and a minus 1 for every wrong answer.
The examination has a total of 3 sections: verbal ability and reading comprehension, data interpretation and logical reasoning and quantitative ability
CAT 2019 selection procedure
All the institutes that take the CAT score have their own criteria but a sectional cut off is released to make it clear whether you have cracked the exam or not.
Once you have cleared the CAT exam you need to appear for the group discussions, written ability tests, and personal interviews
In the written ability round students are given an essay to write on any topic for which a duration of 30 minutes is given.
In the group discussion, groups of 8 to 10 members are made and a topic is given to discuss.
The last round is the personal interview where a panel of 4-6 judges is there who will judge whether you are fit for the course or not.
After all the rounds have been conducted the institutes publish their final merit list and the students are offered courses based on this list.
How to fill the CAT application form?
Go through the guidelines given below to fil your registration form.
Login to the official website and register as a new user where you will be made to make a profile
Enter all your necessary details like: name, age, phone number etc.
Once you submit you will receive an OTP on your registered mobile number to verify your profile
Once verified, an email will be sent to you that will contain a username and password. Login with the credentials provided to complete your registration process.
Filling the form
Login with the username and password you received on your mail id
Enter all the information required regarding your educational qualification etc correctly and cross check them with the information on your papers too
Candidates will also be required to upload their passport size photograph, category certificate band signature
Do not forget to recheck the details entered by you to avoid discrepancies later on and finally click save and submit
Once everything is submitted the final step is making the payment
The fees can be paid only via online methods using debit/ credit cards, net baking or virtual wallets
You need to enter the details required for the payment and do not forget to save the receipt as a proof of payment made
Once done a confirmation mail will be sent to your id which you need to take a print out and keep it with you on the examination day
CAT 2019 admit card
The CAT 2019 admit cards are issued to the candidates who have successfully submitted their forms on time. The admit cards are released in the month of October and can easily be downloaded from the official site of CAT.
** no admit cards are sent to your home via post so stay in touch and well updated about the admit card details
Carry yourCAT 2019 admit card to the hall as you will not be allowed to enter the exam center premises without the card.
How to prepare for CAT 2019?
With almost ample amount of time in your hands to prepare for the exam, you would be better than you start focusing on your reading skills and read a lot if your want to excel in the exam. Reading will not only improve your verbal skills but will also help you in solving comprehensions and will help you in grammatical errors.
Let’s take a look at some major steps that we can do to bell the CAT successfully this year
Practice is the key to success
Practice as many papers as you can. Solve model test papers and go through the last 10-year exam papers. Lookout for sample papers available on the internet and solve them. keep a timer in front of you to track your speed and work on your weaker points.
Do not waste your time in questions you are not sure and move ahead so that you can save enough time to the subjective part.
Coaching for CAT 2019
There are a lot of institutes that offer full-time courses that are helpful in cracking the examination. You can also opt for crash courses that last for 15 days or can also enroll in the institutes just to get the study material for CAT
I hope this post has given you an ample amount of information about CAT 2019 and you will be completely satisfied and all ready to go and crack the score and come out with flying colors.