CAT 2020: Registration (Started), Exam Dates, Preparation, Pattern, Syllabus, Admit Card
CAT 2020 - Indian Institute of Management, Indore has started the registration window for CAT 2020 on August 5. Authorities had activated the official website of CAT 2020 exam, iimcat.ac.in on July 29. Common Admission Test 2020 will be held on November 29 in two sessions. Candidates can do their CAT 2020 registration till September 16. Candidates will have to pay the increased registration fee of Rs 2000 (gen candidates) and Rs 1000 (reserved category) through online means. They will have to choose 6 exam cities instead of 4 while filling the application. The CAT 2020 mock test will be available from October 16. There is no change in the CAT exam pattern this year. CAT is a computer based test for admissions to 20 IIMs, IITs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IMI, JBIMS & 500 plus Bschools across the country. CAT exam will be conducted in 156 cities across India.
Latest : CAT 2020 registration begins from August 5. CAT 2020 to be held on November 29.
IIM Indore will facilitate the CAT 2020 admit card download from October 28. CAT 2020 result will be announced in the second week of January 2021. CAT scores will be valid for one year only. IIM selection process includes CAT scores and qualifying in WAT, GD and PI. More than 2,40,000 students had registered for the CAT exam in 2019.
What is CAT exam?
Common Admission Test is the full form of CAT. It is a computer based test held by one of the six designated Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in rotation. Cat exam for what - IIM and other MBA admissions are through the exam. CAT exam is designed to gauge the quantitative ability, verbal ability and reading comprehension, data interpretation and logical reasoning skills of the candidates who appear for it to try for admissions at the IIMs and other leading BSchools. CAT exam scores are used not just by the IIMs but also by the Indian Institutes of Technology which also offer MBA programmes.
CAT 2020 - Overview
Full name of the exam
Common Admission Test
|IIM conducting CAT 2020||Indian Institute of Management Indore|
|CAT 2020 Convenor||Professor Harshal Lowalekar, Faculty for Operations Management and Quantitative Techniques|
|CAT exam 2020 Official Website||iimcat.ac.in|
Periodicity of CAT exam
Once a year
CAT exam type
Computer based national level exam
CAT 2020 exam date
November 29, 2020
CAT eligibility and age
|No age limit; any graduate with 50% can appear for the CAT exam|
CAT exam pattern
Questions: 100 Multiple Choice Questions
Sections in CAT exam with number of questions
|Time Limit per section in CAT 2020||1 hour per section|
CAT 2020 application fee
Rs. 2000 (general category); Rs 1000 (reserved category)
|CAT Registration Process|
|Number of CAT Exam Centres|
376 centres across 156 cities (2019). Students have to choose 6 cities instead of 4.
CAT Participating Institutes and score using institutes
20 IIMs, IITs, MDI, FMS, SPJIMR, JBIMS and more than 500 management schools in the country
Admission Process after CAT exam
Separate applications to all IIMs and other MBA colleges. However, students do not need to pay a separate application fee for IIM admissions.
|CAT Score is valid till|
December 31, 2021
|No of CAT applicants (2019)||2,44,169 - 75004 female, 134917 male and 5 transgender candidates|
What's New In CAT 2020
- There is an increase in CAT application fee 2020. It is Rs 2000 for general category and Rs 1000 for the reserved category In 2019, it was Rs 1900 and Rs 950 respectively
- In wake of COVID 19, candidates can select 6 exam centres according to the preference as compared to 4 cities last year
IIM Indore has announced that CAT 2020 exam date is November 29. CAT exam dates are mentioned in the table below. Candidates can use the same to keep track of the important CAT exam events and plan their preparation.
CAT 2020 Dates
Release of CAT 2020 notification
August 2, 2020.
CAT registration dates
August 5 to September 16, 2020
Application correction date
Last week of September 2020
Mock test release date
October 16, 2020
Issue of CAT admit card 2020
October 28, 2020
CAT 2020 exam date
November 29, 2020
Release of candidate's response sheet
First week of December 2020
Release of CAT answer key 2020
Second week of December 2020
CAT 2020 result date
Second week of January 2020
Validity of CAT Score
Till December 31, 2021
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Applicants appearing for the exam must meet the CAT 2020 eligibility criteria which includes academic qualifications, age and nationality and other parameters as given below
- Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institute or university (students from all backgrounds like engineering, humanities, science, commerce, arts etc can apply)
- Candidates who are in the final year of graduation are eligible to apply for CAT exam 2020
- General and OBC-NC category applicants must have scored at least 50 percent marks in aggregate or equivalent in their graduation. Reserved category candidates must have scored 45 percent in their graduation
- CAT 2020 exam has no age criteria.
IIM Indore has released CAT 2020 application form from August 5. The last date of CAT exam 2020 registration is September 16. Steps to fill CAT application form are given below:
Step 1 - Generate CAT user id and password
Step 2 - Use CAT 2020 Registration Login and fill details
Step 3 - Upload required documents and images
- Photograph - 30 mm (width) x 45 mm (height) in JPEG/JPG format in a file not more than 80 KB
- Signature - 80 mm (width) x 35 mm (height) in JPEG/JPG format in a file not more than 80 KB
- PwD/ Category certificate if applicable
Step 4 - Pay the CAT exam fee through debit card/ credit card or net banking and submit.
CAT 2020 Registration Fee
SC, ST and PwD candidates
All other candidates
Check the steps to fill CAT application form below.
Mistakes in the application form can be corrected when the CAT application correction window opens after September 16 when the CAT 2020 registration process ends. To make the corrections, they must login and rectify the details and submit them in the CAT exam 2020 registration form. Students should note that not all fields can be corrected.
Also Read: CAT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 2020
CAT Application Statistics
No. of Registrations
No. of Test Takers
How to prepare for CAT 2020? Big question that is asked by most aspirants. However, there is no simple answer or shortcut for CAT preparation. It involves not just knowing CAT exam details but also checking out CAT subjects, books, tips from experts, CAT toppers and constantly solving CAT exam papers. The below table has been compiled keeping all these aspects in mind. Aspirants can use this concrete CAT 2020 preparation plan to ace the exam.
CAT Syllabus – Resources, Books and Materials
A crucial need to ace CAT exam 2020 is having the right CAT preparation material on hand. Now, most of these can be bought or even referred online. These cover the entire CAT syllabus and are a must for every CAT exam aspirant.
- CAT 2020 Preparation Material
- Best Study Material for CAT 2020
- Best Books for CAT Preparation
- CAT 2020: Important topics for preparation
CAT Preparation Strategy – 1 Year to Last Minute
It is well known that the CAT exam preparation strategy differs from stage to stage. A one year preparation would need different handling while the monthly preparation would need different strategy. The reason being that as time passes, students may get familiar with the subjects, topics and would need more revision and practice than studying.
- One Year Study Plan for CAT 2020
- How to Prepare for CAT 2020 in 6 months
- How to Prepare for CAT in 4 months?
- How to prepare for CAT 2020 in 3 months
- How to Prepare for CAT 2020 in 2 Months
- CAT Last Minute Preparation Strategy
What is the best way to prepare for CAT 2020?
Every student has a method of preparation. Each aspirant has his/her own limitations and way of working and studying. This is why CAT preparation strategy matters if one has to crack the exam. The various types of CAT preparation strategies are given below suitable for all types of aspirants appearing for CAT exam.
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- CAT 2020 Preparation Tips for Beginners
- How to crack CAT 2020 in first attempt?
- How to Prepare for CAT 2020 While Working?
- CAT Preparation 2020 - How to prepare for CAT without coaching
CAT Preparation Tips – Toppers and Experts
Most toppers who have cracked the CAT exam have some or other other personal experiences, tips that helped in this journey of theirs. Mentors also experts who have coached many such aspirants know strategies to prepare for CAT that help. While the fact is that most have succeeded with a lot of hard work and dedication, one can always see if there is some tip that may help in CAT preparation 2020. Check such experts and toppers just to be motivated, understand some good tips and aim for the best results.
IIMs don't specify any particular CAT exam syllabus. The CAT 2020 syllabus given below is based on the CAT exam analysis of the past years. Candidates can also download the CAT syllabus pdf to keep it handy during preparation.
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
Number Systems, LCM & HCF,
Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)
Caselets and Tables
Profit, Loss & Discount, Percentages
Grammar or English Usage
Bar Graphs and Column Graphs
Speed, Time & Distance, Time & Work
Correction in Sentence
Simple & Compound Interest
Fill in the blanks
Line Charts & Pie Chart
Ratio & Proportion, Averages
Combination of two or more types linked to each other
Logarithm, Binomial Theorem
Number and Letter Series
Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration, etc.
Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage
Calendars, Cubes and Clocks
Complex Numbers, Quadratic & Linear Equations
Sequences & Series, Surds & Indices,
Analogies and Reverse Analogies
Seating Arrangement, Syllogism
Probability, Permutation and Combination
Logical Matching, Connectives. Sequence
Set Theory, Functions & Geometry,
Mixtures & Allegations, Trigonometry
Facts Inferences Judgements, etc.
Blood Relations, etc
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The notification has mentioned that CAT 2020 will be held in 374 exam centres across 156 cities in the country. Candidates must choose six test cities while filling the CAT 2020 registration form. The CAT 2020 test centre allotted will be mentioned on the admit card/hall ticket with complete address details and the location code. The list of states and the number of CAT 2020 test cities are given below
CAT Exam Centres and States
|Name of state||Number of Test Cities|
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||1|
|Jammu and Kashmir|
There is no change in exam pattern of CAT 2020 as per the official CAT notification. One important factor in CAT 2020 preparation is the knowledge of how the CAT exam paper is like. Every aspirant has to know how many sections, subjects, types of questions, marking scheme etc to crack the exam. Check the CAT 2020 exam pattern detailed in the table below to know this and more.
CAT Exam Pattern
CAT exam duration
3 hours; 60 minutes for each section. Candidates cannot move from one section to the other randomly. They can move to another section after completing one.
Mode of the CAT 2020 exam
Computer based test
Total number of questions asked and type
100 Multiple Choice Questions
CAT exam subjects
3 marks for every correct answer and - 1 mark for every wrong answer. No negative marking for non-MCQs or TITA (Type In The Answer) questions
One way to cement preparation is to test what a candidate has studied. This is where the previous year question papers of CAT and sample papers as well as mock test play a role. CAT exam question papers of previous years must be solved by the candidates as it will help them to analyse the level of their prepration.
CAT Question Papers with Answer Key
|CAT 2019 - Slot 1 Question Paper||Download|
|CAT 2019 - Slot 2 Question Paper||Download|
The official mock test of CAT 2020 will be released on October 16. CAT mock test gives a true picture of the test. While IIMs only give one or two mock tests, candidates can get these on the net from various coaching centres and otherwise too. CAT mock tests should be an integral part of preparation as this allows students to know how exactly to time their answers, navigation between sections and more. The CAT official mock test (2019) can be used in the meantime to understand how the test goes.
IIMs have a separate mock test for PwD candidates. These candidates get twenty minutes extra for each section and need to complete CAT 2020 in four hours or 240 minutes. So the CAT mock test for PwD is released separately along with the regular one. The 2019 official CAT mock test for PwD candidates can be used for practice in the meantime.
It is mandatory for all candidates to carry and show the CAT 2020 admit card at the exam hall while appearing for the exam. CAT admit card 2020 can be downloaded by registered candidates from October 28 after entering their login details. The admit card of CAT 2020 will mention the exact address of the test centre and CAT exam day instructions to be followed . CAT hall ticket must be printed on A4 size paper. Any mistakes or discrepancies in the CAT hall ticket must be rectified by writing an email to the authorities at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling them on 1800-266-3549.
What to Carry to CAT Exam Centre?
Candidates must bring with a valid government identity proof along with the hall ticket
A Medical certificate is mandatory if the candidate requires a scribe
CAT 2020 dress code specifies that plain pullovers, sweaters, cardigans without pockets are permitted inside the test centre
Candidates with a metal implant, pacemaker, etc. in their body must bring the medical certificate to the CAT test centre.
CAT exam day - Do's and Don'ts
Some instructions are given for CAT exam by the authority and these are printed on the admit card. All candidates appearing for the exam must follow them. CAT 2020: 10 Dos and Don'ts for the exam day are a compilation of the instructions to be followed by candidates. Also the other important pointers to note are CAT 2020 Mistakes you must avoid on exam day
CAT 2020 Exam Day Guidelines
CAT Exam Analysis 2020
Post exam, CAT 2020 exam analysis will be provided for the overall and sectional papers. CAT exam analysis from students who have appeared for the exam will be available. In addition, in depth CAT 2020 exam analysis by experts from the coaching institutes will also be available after the exam concludes. The difficulty levels of the exam and expected cutoffs can be gauged from this analysis.
CAT Candidate Response File 2020
All candidates who have appeared for the exam can download their CAT 2020 response file after it is released by IIMs in the first week of December by entering the CAT login id and password. The response file of CAT 2020 will mention the answers which the candidate gave to a particular question. The details of the unanswered questions will also be given.
IIMs is expected to release the final CAT 2020 answer key in online mode around December 15. The final answer key will contain the correct responses to the questions asked in the test. Candidates can challenge it within a stipulated time with proof in support of their claim. They will be required to pay Rs 1200 per question. The authorities will refund the amount only for all challenges found correct. Candidates can gauge their probable CAT 2020 score.
Candidates can know their qualifying status in the second week of January when the authorities release the CAT 2020 result. To download their CAT 2020 scorecard, aspirants must use their registered CAT ID and password. The scorecard of CAT 2020 will contain sectional and overall scaled scores and percentiles. Candidates must take the print out of the CAT result 2020 and keep it safely till the completion of the admission process. CAT scorecard will be valid for a year.
Since the CAT exam is conducted in two slots, the equivalence of the papers is ensure through the normalization process adopted by the IIMs. The details of the CAT 2020 normalization process are given on the official website. The CAT normalization process takes adjustment for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms into account before the normalizing the scores. Achieved CAT scaled scores will be converted into percentiles to shortlist candidates for selection. The overall scaled score is computed by adding scaled scores of the three sections.
Once the exam concludes, candidates are curious to know about the likely percentile which they would score. The CAT 2020 percentile predictor is a tool which can be used by the candidates to know their probable percentile. BY using this tool, candidates will be able to know their overall and sectional score even before the announcement of CAT result. By knowing the percentile well in advance, candidates will get an idea as to which IIMs and other B-schools they can apply to. By judiciously using the CAT percentile predictor, candidates will be able to prepare for the next round of selection.
The minimum qualifying marks which are required by the candidates to be eligible for next round of selection are referred to as the CAT 2020 cutoff. The minimum percentile is generally referred to as the CAT cutoff 2020. Some of the important factors which are taken into account while determining the CAT cutoff 2020 are the overall difficulty level of the entrance exam, the total number of candidates who appeared for the entrance test, the seats that are offered in different programmes.
CAT 2019 Cutoff for top colleges
Expected Cutoff of CAT
CAT Selection Procedure 2020
Candidates who clear the entrance exam will have to participate in the selection procedure of CAT 2020 that include shortlisting of candidates by the IIMs for the next round of selection. IIM will comprise Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Some of the important components of CAT 2020 selection procedure include academic performance of the candidates at the school and college level, gender, requisite work experience etc. The respective IIMs determine their own cutoff on the basis of which they shortlist the candidates and also allocate weightage to different sections.
CAT Reservation Criteria 2020
All the IIMs and the management institutes follow the reservation criteria that has been laid down by the candidates. The category wise reservation percentage is given below in the table:
Category wise seat reservation
ST (Scheduled Tribe)
PWD (Person with Disability)
OBC-NC (Other Backward Class – Non-Creamy Layer)
SC (Scheduled Caste)
Candidates must understand that CAT participating institutes are of two types- IIIMs and Non- IIMs. About 115 CAT 2020 participating institutes allow admission to their MBS and postgraduate programmes. Non-IIMs have to apply to the conducting IIM before being declared one of the CAT participating institutes. 20 IIMs and other institutes like 6 IITs, NITs, IISc Bangalore, JNU, IPU, IMT Ghaziabad, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai to name a few use CAT scores.
IIM Programmes and Admission Criteria
Name of the institute
IIM Admission Criteria
PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP
PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM, PGPBA
PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, EPGP (Kochi Campus & IL)
PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM
|IIM Sambalpur Admission Criteria 2020-22|
PGPM, PGPBM, PGPM-HR
Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam
Contact Details for CAT Exam
Helpline: 1-800-209-0830 (Toll Free) - Monday to Saturday 9 am to 6 pm (excluding National holidays)
For Academic queries like eligibility, category and PwD certificate
Indian Institute of Management Indore
Rau - Pithampur Road,
Indore- 453556, Madhya Pradesh, India
Phone: +91-731-2439410 - Monday to Friday excluding holidays, from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CAT 2020: Registration (Started), Exam Dates, Preparation, Pattern, Syllabus, Admit Card
Question: Is CAT exam conducted twice a year?
CAT exam is conducted once a year. Its scores are also valid till December 31 of the admission year.
Question: Who is eligible for CAT?
Any graduate who has scored 50% and above will be eligible to sit for the CAT exam 2020. There is no restriction of the stream or age for CAT.
Question: Who will be conducting CAT 2020? What is the CAT exam date?
IIM Indore is conducting CAT 2020. It has announced that CAT exam date will be held on November 29 in two sessions.
Question: Will CAT 2020 happen?
Yes. IIM Indore is conducting CAT 2020. It has released the CAT 2020 notification and exam dates as well as the information brochure.
Question: When should I start preparing for CAT 2020?
You should ideally start preparing as soon as you can as CAT requires more practice for speed and technique improvement. About 6 months of dedicated preparation is enough to crack CAT.
Question: What is the purpose of CAT?
CAT is for admissions to MBA and other PG management programmes at IIMs, IITs, NITs and other leading institutes and universities.
Question: How many attempts are allowed for CAT exam?
You can attempt the CAT exam only once in a year. There is no age restriction so you can attempt the exam every year.
Question: Do class 12 marks matter in MBA admissions?
Yes. For IIM admissions they do. The admission criteria for IIMs is based on not just CAT exam scores but also the academic performance in class 12 and graduation too.
Question: Can a weak student crack CAT?
There's no reason not to. CAT syllabus covers topics like reasoning, verbal ability, quantitative aptitude which has got more to do with the way a person thinks and logically applies his/her brain to. The CAT exam does not have any core subjects so a weak student who may be strong in these areas but disinclined to study core subjects may perform well in CAT 2020.
Question: What is new in CAT 2020?
The application fee has increased. Also candidates have to choose 6 exam cities instead of 4.
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Questions related to CAT
I obtained my EWS certificate on 22nd Feb 2020. Will it considered be invalid after 31st Match 2020? I need to fill the CAT exam form, can I upload this certificate for registration? Please enlighten.
No, your EWS certificate won't be considered invalid.
Since you have obtained it on 22nd of February 2020 , you can definitely use it for CAT 2020.
It can be used even after 31st of August 2020.
You can upload the EWS certificate on the portal during the registration for CAT 2020.
All the best.
what is final year certificate proforma in cat? should we upload it while registering for cat exam or we should submit it after the exam only after getting the call?
The final year pro forma certificate is a kind of provisional certificate that your college will issue to you until the original certificate or degree comes.
The official website of CAT 2020 says pro firmaofCertificate to be obtained from the Principal, HoD, Registrar or Director certifying the applicant has obtained at least 50% marks (45% in case of SC/ST/PWD candidates) or equivalent based on latest available grades/marks on College/Institution's Letterhead.
This pro forma of certificate is needed only when you get a seat at any institute and you want to proceed for provisional admission.
Hope it helps :)
Im in final year 7th semester engineering now but my 6th sem result are not yet out so What should I write in graduation part of cat form? should I write my 5th sem marks?
Abhishek,according to the Registration guide manual available at: https://cdn.digialm.com//per/g01/pub/756/ASM/WebPortal/17/PDF/Registration_Guide_CAT_2020.pdf, you need to enter the aggregate of marks or percentage obtained for the semesters completed to date. Going by that, even if you are in your 7th semester now, because you only have results announced until your 5th semester, you should calculate the aggregate or percentage of marks scored until the 5th semester and mention them in the given column. But before that please make sure that you have selected "Yes" for the question, "Are you in the final year of your Bachelor's degree?" Only then will you be able to fill in these details. Because you are in your Final year, you also need a proforma obtained by your Principal or HOD. https://cdn.digialm.com//per/g01/pub/756/ASM/WebPortal/17/PDF/Final_Year_Certificate_2020.pdf This certificate is to enable you to appear for CAT 2020 as you haven't yet completed your Graduation but are in your Final year of Graduation.
What to fill in CAT caste number column
Saurabh, you haven't mentioned your Category. This serial/entry/certificate number in the CAT registration form is for OBC Category students. Please visit http://www.ncbc.nic.in/User_Pane... (http://www.ncbc.nic.in/User_Panel/CentralListStateView.aspx) Click on your State and search for your Caste using Ctrl+F. Under the entry column, see the number corresponding to your Caste and enter that in the CAT application form. For example, lets say your Category number is 20, then you have to mention 20 as your Caste number in the Column.
what are the benefits in writing cat?how much minimum mark is required to get scholarship in cat? blue print and syllabus of cat 2020
CAT is the entrance examination for admission to Post Graduate Management Courses to as many as 20 IIMs and almost 1000 participating Institutions. So if you write CAT, you can apply for these Institutions to study MBA. And there is no minimum marks per se. Scholarships are offered by the Institutions in which you get admission in.
CAT is an online examination of 3 hours duration.The questions in the exam will be of MCQ and TITA type totaling 100 questions. MCQ are multiple choice questions, for which candidates get multiple answer choices. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark. However Type in the Answer questions are exempted from Negative Marking.
CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.
Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.
In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.