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Important highlights for CAT 2019 exam

Common admission test -2019 registration, changes made, pattern, syllabus and cut offs.

Officially announced by IIM Kozhikode, CAT is the mandatory entrance exam for admission to MBA 2020 in 20 IIMs and other top MBA colleges in India. The exam which will be conducted on 24th November-19, is therefore referred to as IIM CAT and is conducted by IIMs on annual basis by one of the 6 older IIMs.

 

 

Following are the highlights of CAT 2019

 

CAT 2019 exam date

November 24, 2019

Exam sessions

Conducted in 2 sessions – Morning – Afternoon; same day

CAT 2019 Convening IIM

IIM Kozhikode

Type of exam

Computer based exam but not an online exam

Application Fee & Process

Rs.1900/-, online application process

Application fee for IIMs

Registration Fee covers application fee of all 20 IIMs 

Maximum Age Limit

No Age Limit, Graduates with 50% marks can apply

Number of Questions in CAT 2019

100 questions divided under 3 sections

Time duration

3 hours; individual time limit of 1 hour for 1 section

Name of sections and number of questions

VARC-34 Questions; DILR-32 questions; Quant-34 questions

Difficulty level of CAT exam

Moderate –Difficult

Order of Sections

Pre-fixed, no changes allowed

Colleges Accepting CAT 2019 for MBA admission

20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs, IMI, JBIMS & 500 different MBA colleges

CAT 2019 Important Dates

Events

Important Dates

CAT Exam Notification in News Papers

July 28, 2019

CAT 2019 Registration Start Date

August 7, 2019

Last Date to Apply for CAT 2019

September 25, 2019 (Extended)

CAT Admit card Download Start date

October 23, 2019

Last Date for Admit Card Download

November 24, 2019

CAT 2019 Exam date

November 24, 2019

CAT 2019 Result date

January 7, 2020 

 

Documents required:

The required items of information and main documents required for CAT 2019 online completion of registration and application form are:

  • Documents related to Educational history from class 10 onwards.
  • Mark sheets Class-10.
  • Mark Sheet Class 12th.
  • Mark sheet Bachelor’s Degree/Diploma.
  • Final Year Certificate from the HoD/Principal (If in final year of graduation);  also previous year mark sheet.
  • Work experience certificate, if any.
  • Applicable Certificates to upload for Category/Affidavits.
  • Scanned images of passport size photo (dimensions 35mm X 45mm) and signature (1000mm X 35 mm); (not to be more than six months old and in a white background) to be uploaded at the time of registration. The documents file format should be .jpg or .jpeg and the file size should not more than 80KB each. A clear image with a minimum resolution of 150px.
  • Fee payment instruments to pay exam fee – like Debit/Credit cards, Net banking

Changes made this year:

  • It is conducted by IIM Kozhikode.
  • Number of Test Cities for CAT 2019 has increased to 156 from last year.
  • Students can choose 4 out of 156 test cities while applying.
  • Only 'Delhi NCR' as test city is available for the candidates from Noida, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurgaon.
  • Tutorials to understand the test format and question pattern will be available on the CAT website from October 16th, 19.

Exam Pattern

  • This exam is a computer delivered test of 3 hours duration but it is not an Online Exam.
  • The exam will have 100 questions divided in 3 sections of VARC, DILR and Quantitative Ability.
  • Out of 100 questions, more than 25 questions will not have negative marking. Paper is divided into MCQ and Non-MCQ pattern and the Non-MCQs do not carry negative marking. In few cases, non-MCQ has negative marking; a few MCQs are changed to no negative marking questions.
  • More than 70% questions are on MCQ format and will carry penalty of 1/3 negative marking.
  • A Minimum qualifying score between 70 and 90 percentile is required by IIMs in each of the 3 sections to shortlist candidates for final admission round.
  • Apart from High score in each of the 3 sections in exam, you need to have good academic profile to get into IIMs.

Cut offs for Admission 2020

The CAT score cut offs for the batch 2020-22 is expected as:

Name of the IIM

Required CAT 2019 Percentile

Weightage for Shortlisting in 2020-22 batch

IIM Ahmedabad

80

70%

IIM Calcutta

90

56%

IIM Bangalore

90

40%

IIM Lucknow

90

60%

IIM Indore

90

20%

IIM Kozhikode

90

75%

IIM Tiruchirappalli

90

100%

IIM Ranchi

95

100%

IIM Visakhapatnam

90

100%

IIM Udaipur

90

40%

 

Source: www.mbauniverse.com

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Educational requirement before opting AI:

- Mathematics, extending to mathematical logic. Particularly, topics such as algorithms, algebra, probability, calculus, and statistics.

- Sciences, mainly physics also plays a crucial part and also neural nets, graphical modeling, cognitive science theory, and robotics.

- Some knowledge of biology, mainly related to physiology and psychology is necessary

- The theory of computer science and how it actually works.

- Programming languages and coding is an complete must. It is important to learn at least 2 to 3 universal coding languages which is used for machine language coding; like C++, Java, and Prolog to name a few.

If you have a sufficient background knowledge related to AI, then the next obvious step would be to figure out where to pursue a course/degree in AI. If you want to study abroad, then there are an umpteen number of universities in the US. However, if you want to do the same in India, then IIT Madras, IIT Kharagpur, and IISc Bangalore offer the same courses.

Some institutes in India which offer courses in Artificial Intelligence are:

The career domains that include AI are many and vast. Some common domains include:

- Private and Public organizations.

- Education, both primary and advanced.

- Advanced Healthcare facilities.

- Government agencies and committees related to research.

- Military.

Various roles available in these sectors include:

- Software, Electrical and Mechanical engineers, developers, and analysts.

- Research scientists

- Manufacturing and maintenance engineers.

- Computer engineers, Game programmers, developers and algorithm specialists.

- Surgical technicians

Artificial Intelligence is being utilized by more and more companies to create products and services at breakneck speed. Thus, in near future, Artificial Intelligence is going to outperform human performance by leaps and bounds. With a rich range of talent in the sector of computer science, data science and the related fields, India is making its mark in the AI world market. With a more success rate, more talent will eventually be pooled into this trendy field in the country and we are already on our march to raising our rank in the AI competition!

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