CAT is an abbreviation for Common Admission Test.It can be said that MBA/CAT is the premier all-India level management entrance exam conducted by IIM’s. IIM’s are among the most prestigious management institutes which were established by an Act of Parliament. Apart from IIM, MBA/CAT exam plays a deciding role when securing admissions in numerous premier institutes like IIT, NIT, as well as many other reputed Government and Private colleges. As we mentioned, CAT or Common Admission Test is an all-India level. It is conducted every year and is a 3-hour computer based selection test. It is an important prerequisite for getting admissions into more than 100 top-notch management institutes spanned across India. Some reputed institutions (other than IIM, IIT, or NIT’s) that welcome students who clear the CAT exams are –
  • International Management Institute (IMI)
  • Management Development Institute, Gurgaon
  • National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE)
  • Faculty of Management Studies (FMS)
  • Institute of Management Technology (IMT)
  • SP Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), and many others.
The Common Admission Test exam is rigorous and acts as a benchmark to evaluate and shortlist the brightest of the bright candidates for post graduate programmes. Here are some stats from the MBA/CAT exams of 2018 that will help underline the gravity of this 3-hour test.
  • A total of 2.41 lakh+ candidates registered for CAT 2018.
  • More than 650 test venues and 147 cities conducted the test in a single day on November 25, 2018.
  • CAT 2018 had the highest number of applicants since 2010. 




All Bachelor’s degree holders with minimum 50% aggregate [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA)categories] are eligible to take CAT exam.The final year graduation students are also eligible to apply for the Exam. Apart from the eligibility criteria, as an aspirant, you should also keep an eye on the exam date and other relevant information that may impact you. You can bookmark the official CAT website and stay up to date.

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2019 exam dates

As mentioned, the official website( is your prime source of information regarding sudden changes, updates and any such thing related to examination date, admit card, registration etc. Nonetheless, below is the current schedule for upcoming CAT exams –
  • Online application Forms (Start date) – 1st week of August, 2019
  • Online application Forms (Closing date) – 3rd week of September,2019
  • Admit Card (Availability) – Last week of October, 2019
  • CAT 2019 Examination Date – Last week of November, 2019
  • Declaration of Results – 2nd week of January, 2020.

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