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CAT 2019 Eligibility

By: Sakshi Awasthi on September 06, 2018

Every year CAT Eligibility Criteria is prescribed by the IIM responsible for conducting the examination, but the basic eligibility criteria remain the same. The eligibility conditions determine if the candidate is eligible to write the Common Admission Test (CAT) or not.

Basic eligibility criteria for CAT are as follows:

  • The candidate must have passed graduation from a recognized university with a minimum of 50 percent aggregate from a recognized university.
  • The candidates belonging to Reserved Category will be provided a relaxation of 5 percent. Those candidates require a minimum of 45 percent aggregate from a recognized university.
  • There is no age limit to appear for CAT exam
  • There is no maximum limit to appear for the examination i.e. the candidate can attempt the exam numerously.

Details about CAT Eligibility:

Academic Eligibility:

  • The candidate aspiring to appear for CAT examination must possess a Bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a minimum of 50 percent aggregate from a recognized university or educational institute as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State Legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956.
  • The candidates of reserved category must possess 45 percent aggregate which means a relaxation of 5 percent is provided to the candidates of reserved category. The reserved category includes Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, and Persons with Disability.
  • The candidate studying in the final year of graduation can also apply for the examination. Those candidates whose result are awaiting can also apply for the examination. Such candidates will be provided with provisional admission till the time they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their University.
  • The percentage of the marks that is obtained by the candidate would be calculated on the basis of practice followed by a particular institution. If any university confirms that no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks exists, then it would be done by the division of candidate's CGPA by maximum possible CGPA, to multiply the result with 100.

IIMs can verify eligibility at different stages of the selection procedure. However, only fulfillment of eligibility criteria does not determine the selection of the candidate.

Reservation criteria for CAT:

  • 15% of seats are reserved for candidates of Scheduled Caste category. 
  • 7.5% of seats for reserved for candidates of Scheduled Tribe category. 
  • 27% of the seats are reserved for candidates of Other Backward Classes category belonging to non-creamy layer.
  • In accordance with Section 39 of PwD Act 1995, 3% of the seats are reserved for Persons with Disability candidates. The three categories of disability are detailed as Low vision blindness, locomotor disability problem, cerebral palsy and hearing impairment. The provision stands applicable if the applicant is suffering from the listed disabilities to the extent of not being less than about 40%, as prescribed by a medical authority.

To be considered for reservations, the Central Government List as on the last date of CAT registration shall stand final. There would be no subsequent changes that would be effective for CAT and any subsequent selection process of IIMs. The candidates who belong to the reserved categories should note the eligibility requirements before applying for the same. While the IIMs are willing to take the endeavor that candidates who belong to the SC/ST/PWD/NC-OBC Categories be eligible to join the program in accordance with the provisions of the law, minimum eligibility criteria and a minimum level of performance need to be undertaken to be considered for admission.

The candidates should read the selection process that is followed by the IIMs. No change in the registration category would be entertained after CAT registration is done, the applicants should be careful while registering.


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