CAT 2020 Exam (Nov 29) - Common Admission Test for Admission to IIMs & Top B-Schools
CAT 2020 Exam - Common Admission Test which is popularly known as CAT exam is an aptitude test which is conducted every year by IIMs on a rotational basis. CAT 2020 exam is a gateway to 20 IIMs and over 1000 B-schools in India. CAT 2020 exam to be conducted on November 29, 2020. IIM Indore will conduct the CAT exam 2020 will be mentioned in the CAT notification 2020 which was released on August 2. In this article of CAT 2020 exam, Careers360 provides all major information on release of application form, exam dates, exam pattern, syllabus, preparation tips and much more. CAT will be held in three slots due to the prevailing situation of COVID-19. In CAT 2019, the number of candidates that registered for the exam was 2,44,169 lakhs and the number of candidates who actually appeared in the exam was 2,09,926 which itself is a record number in the past 10 years in the history of CAT.
Latest: CAT 2020 application form correction window open from September 27 (10:00 AM) to September 29 (5:00 PM). IIM Indore introduces certain changes in CAT 2020 exam pattern.
Overview of CAT 2020 Exam
Before enrolling for the two years MBA / PGP / Executive PGP of IIMs, candidates must know all the details associated with CAT exam 2020 like the complete exam name, level of exam, conducting body, common name, duration of exam, frequency of CAT and other such details. Candidates willing to take admission in IIMs or other B-Schools of India can refer to the below table in order to have a CAT 2020 exam overview.
Highlights of CAT Exam 2020:
Common Admission Test (CAT) / CAT Exam 2020
Indian Institute of Management, Indore
National Level Test
Mode of Exam
120 Minutes (40 minutes for each section)
100 Questions in MCQ and TITA Format
Number of Applications Received
2.3 Lakhs (Approx)
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CAT Exam Registration Trend Over the Years
Last year 2,44,169 lakhs candidates registered themselves for CAT 2019 and the number of candidates who actually appeared in the exam was 2,09,926 lakhs. Till date in the history of CAT exams, applications received for the CAT 2019 are the highest as notified. IIM Indore director Himanshu Rai stated that around 2.30 lakh candidates have registered for CAT 2020.
Who Will Conduct CAT 2020 Exam?
If we follow the past trends then only six IIMs have been designated to conduct the CAT exam. These IIMs are IIM Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Kozhikode and Indore. Last year CAT was conducted by IIM Kozhikode. This year IIM Indore will conduct CAT exam 2020.
CAT 2020 Exam: Important Exam Dates
CAT Exam 2020 Events
CAT 2020 Dates
CAT 2020 Notification
August 2, 2020
IIM Indore announced respective details
Start of Registration Process
August 5, 2020
Online registration opens
End of CAT Exam 2020 Registration
September 23, 2020
|Correction window||September 27, 2020||Edit the application form details|
Release of CAT 2020 Exam Mock Test
Third week of October 2020*
Official mock test will be released
Issue of CAT Exam 2020 Admit Card
October 28, 2020
Admit card to be available for download
CAT 2020 Exam
November 29, 2020
Exam will be held in three slots
Announcement of CAT Result 2020
Second week of January 2020
Release of scorecard on official website
CAT 2020 Exam: Eligibility Criteria
The minimum eligibility criteria of CAT exam 2020 to fill the application form is Graduation. Read the given points below for more details on CAT 2020 exam eligibility criteria-
A bachelor’s degree from a recognized institute or university is a must
Candidates in the final year can also apply
General and OBC-NC category applicants should have scored at least 50 percent marks in aggregate / equivalent in their graduation
Reserved category candidates should have scored 45 percent in their graduation as they are given 5 percent relaxation
CAT exam 2020 has no age criteria
CAT 2020 Exam: Registration Process
As per the exam dates, CAT 2020 registration began from August 5. Candidates were able to fill the CAT application form 2020 till September 23. The registration process was online and candidates willing to fill the application form were able to do that through the official website of CAT 2020 exam. The application fee was Rs 2,000 for General category and Rs 1000 for reserved category students on the basis of past trends.
CAT 2020: Exam Pattern and Test Structure
To have an additional advantage, all test takers of CAT 2020 must have knowledge of number of sections, types of questions, marking scheme and all. CAT question paper is divided into three sections. CAT 2019 toppers have admitted that time management is one the most important factors that can be considered as equally important. All three sections will have an equal time limit of 40 minutes each in which both MCQs as well as non-MCQs (TITA Questions) will be asked. Candidates can check the highlights of the CAT 2020 exam pattern in the below-mentioned table.
Exam Pattern of CAT 2020
Number of CAT 2020 sessions
Names of the three sections
Duration of exam and mode
120 minutes (2 hours) - online
Total number of questions
100 (MCQs and TITA)
300 (Three marks for each question)
3 marks for each correct answer
Negative marking of 1/3 (-1) for each wrong MCQ
No negative marking for wrong non-MCQ
Language of question paper
Changes in CAT Exam Pattern Over the Years:
In 2009, IIMs decided to move the CAT exam from offline mode to online mode. Since then, the exam pattern of CAT has witnessed several changes especially with respect to time allotted as well as total number of questions asked.
No. of Questions
QA & DI
LR & VARC
QA & DI
LR & VARC
CAT Preparation: Expert Tips and Topper Interviews
Getting confused while answering when to start preparation for the CAT 2020 exam is common and more common is its answer. The time to prepare for the CAT exam 2020 is NOW. To score 99+ percentile, it is mandatory for candidates to have three elements in CAT 2020 exam preparation which are conceptual clarity, continuous revision and timely practice. Careers360 has listed some key tips on how and when to start CAT 2020 exam preparation below:
Expert Tips and Topper Interviews for CAT 2020 Exam
Month-wise Strategy Division
6-4 Months in Hand
3-1 Months in Hand
1 Month in Hand
Tips and Tricks for CAT: Quick Links
CAT 2020 Exam Test Cities and Exam Centres
As mentioned above due to larger participation, CAT exam will be conducted in three slots at multiple exam centres. At the time of filling the application form of CAT 2020, candidates will have the option to choose any six CAT 2020 exam centres, out of which one will be allotted. Details related to the exam centre allotted are mentioned in the admit card. Check list of CAT 2020 exam centres.
CAT Exam Day Guidelines
Candidates who are to appear in CAT 2020 exam must carry the following documents to the exam centre to get entry inside the exam centre:
Admit card of CAT 2020 will be one of the major documents to be carried
One Photo ID proof
Name change document (if applicable)
MBA Admission Through CAT
After the announcement of CAT 2020 results, IIMs will further provide details regarding admissions. Separate CAT cutoff 2020 will be released by IIMs to shortlist candidates for GD-PI-WAT rounds. Some newly formed IIMs follow CAP, and admit candidates on the basis of IIM CAP rounds.
General Admission Process of IIMs:
Selection procedure for all the IIMs after CAT is conducted includes the following rounds in general-
Shortlisting of candidates (Based on CAT 2020 exam scores) for selection procedure of IIM
Written Ability Test or Group Discussion or Personal Interview (WAT/GD/PI)
Final Selection / Merit List
IIMs Accepting Score of CAT Exam 2020:
Candidates who give CAT, are eligible to take admission in any of the 20 IIMs (on the basis of cutoff and selection procedure). Apart from IIMs, more than 1000 B-schools across the country will accept CAT 2020 exam scores. Candidates can visit the given links to see the admission criteria and selection process of each IIM.
Top Institutes - All 20 IIMs
Final List From IIMs
Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CAT 2020 Exam (Nov 29) - Common Admission Test for Admission to IIMs & Top B-Schools
Question: What is CAT 2020 exam and how many times will it be conducted?
For providing admission to candidates in IIMs, CAT 2020 exam is conducted by IIMs on rotational basis. It is conducted once in a year only.
Question: Can candidates select their preference for shift and test centre?
While filling the application form of CAT 2020, candidates were able to select exam centres as per their preference out of which the final will be decided by IIM conducting the exam. However, candidates have no choice to choose the exam shift.
Question: What will be the application fee of CAT exam 2020?
The application fee for CAT 2020 was Rs 2000 for General category and Rs 1000 for reserved category students on the basis of past trends.
Question: Is there an age limit set by IIM to appear for the CAT exam?
No, as per the eligibility criteria of CAT 2020, there is no age limit for giving CAT exam 2020.
Question: In the CAT 2020 exam, will there be any special provisions for PwD candidates?
Yes, like previous years, IIMs will provide special provisions for PwD candidates, like scribe assistance, mock test and extra exam hours.
Question: What will be the marking scheme for CAT 2020 exam? Is there any negative marking?
As per the CAT 2020 exam pattern, four marks will be given for correct answer and one mark will be deducted for wrong answer. Negative marking applies only for MCQs and not TITA questions in CAT.
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Questions related to CAT
If I get 574 marks neet ug 2020 from obc cat then what chances for getting govt college in rajasthan
As you have not mentioned your home state so considering it as Rajasthan according to your profile.
See it is little bit difficult to predict exactly whether you will get seat in any government medical college or not because different colleges have different cut-offs for State quota and All India Quota. Also, cut-offs are bound to change every year depending upon various factors such as the number of candidates appearing in an examination, the number of candidates qualifying an examination, difficulty level of the paper, and so on.
But if we go through previous years NEET cut-off trends in Rajasthan then there are good chances for you to get seat in some of the GMCs, the reason being is last year the lowest cut-off marks was 564 for Government Medical College, Barmer for Management quota seat under Home State quota for OBC category.
You can check the previous years cut-offs through the link given below :-
To have a list of all those colleges which you can get based upon your marks, category, and state you can use NEET College Predictor:-
I hope this information helps you.
I have scored 90.2% in 10 and scored 95.6% in class 12 with (commerce+maths) and currently I will be joining the University of Delhi for B.com.(Hons), I want to enrich my profile to make it CAT interview ready. please suggest some tips and activities which I should follow during this 3 year?
Hope you're doing well.
Your academics are quite strong. MBA colleges such as IIMs, FMS, etc , they look for people who have a good academic record, CAT percentile of more that 95, mostly. And, if you have a good hold of communication skills(professional), you'll surely be preffered.
Apart from CAT preparation, During your Bcom, just focus on your studies and try to keep your CGPA decent and good. Try to engage in extra curricular activities. Work on developing your skills. And, if you have working experience, more preference would be given to you. So, you should do a few internships and if possible get some job experience after completing Bcom. You should follow books like RS agarwal and arun sharma for a good hold of quantitative aptitude, logical reasoning, data interpretation, verbal and nonverbal reasoning.
All the best.
i got 48 rank in ews cat in bhu msc zoology do i have any chance of getting admission in bhu or its affiliated colleges..? please reply asap
As per your rank in EWS CAT in Banaras Hindu University, you are eligible to get admission in main campus. Also you are more preferable to get admission in affiliated colleges of Banaras Hindu University which offer Msc Zoology. Visit the official website for regular updates regarding counselling and other admission process.
I got 472 marks in neet 2020. i belong to BC-b cat . can i get mbbs seat in andhra pradesh under female quota? please suggest me the colleges in which there are chances to get seat
As per the NEET Marks you have secured & your Estimate RANK is 2409, As per marks specified by you and based on the community BC-B Women there is a chance to get MBBS seat in following colleges as per the last year admissions
1. Govt. Medical College Govt. General Hospital Road, Anantapur,
2. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Putlampalli, Cuddapah District,
3. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences Srikakulam, Srikakulam District,
4. G.S.L.General Hospital & Medical College NH-5, Laxmipuram, Rajahmundry-533294, East Godavari District,
5. Katuri Medical College Katuri Nagar, Chinakondrupadu, Guntur-522019, Guntur District.
As per the last year admissions with last rank admitted in various colleges,
For more details on NEET Cutoff, Fee, Colleges Information on NEET Predictor please refer below mentioned link :
how much time is required to prepare for CAT exams. Is Four months enough? would be completing BTech by 2021 July.
The preparation time totally depends upon your background knowledge and the source and method you are following. It really depends from people to people and 4 months is also good, if you have enough knowledge for preparing according.
In this 4 months you can solve sample paper and solve last years paper.
For more information ,go through the given link below:-