CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria - Indian Institute of Management will release the CAT eligibility criteria 2020 along with the release of notification. Candidates aspiring to appear for CAT must ensure to adhere to the eligibility criteria of CAT 2020 before filling the registration form. Students must note that those failing to meet CAT eligibility criteria 2020, their candidature will stand cancelled. As per the CAT 2020 eligibility criteria, educational qualifications and other requisites to be met by the candidates of different categories will be described. Once criteria is fulfilled students can fill the registration form of CAT 2020. CAT 2020 is expected to be held in fourth week of November 2020. CAT is a national level entrance examination conducted annually for admission to IIMs and other coveted B-Schools. Read this complete article to know in detail about eligibility criteria pertaining to nationality, academic qualifications, category and reservation.

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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Age Limit, Qualification, Marks

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Educational Qualifications

  • As per the CAT 2020 eligibility criteria candidates must hold a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized or statutory institute/college as incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognised by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India

  • Students must have an aggregate score of at least 50% or equivalent CGPA for general, EWS and NC-OBC categories. Whereas, aspirants belonging to reserved category (Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories) must have an aggregate of 45% or equivalent CGPA.

  • Candidates who are appearing for the qualifying examination or the results are awaited can also apply, however their admission will be provisional. Such students, if selected, must ensure that they submit a certificate from the registrar/principal of their institute/university stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s or equivalent qualification.

  • Aspirants of CAT 2020 must fulfill any of the following conditions:

    • Completed graduation with the minimum percentage of marks.

    • Should be in the final year of qualifying examination with minimum percentage of marks

    • Should have completed a professional degree (CS/CA/ICWA) with required percentage.


CAT Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Calculation of Marks

  • Aggregate percentage of marks will be calculated on the basis of the practice followed by the respective institute or university from which the student has graduated.

  • In case of CGPA and grades the marks will be converted into percentage on the basis of procedure certified by the respective institute or university.

  • Other case, if any institute or university doesn’t provide any scheme for conversion then the percentage will be calculated by dividing the student’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and the result will be multiplied by 100.

  • For instance,

If a CGPA of a candidate is 7.7 and the maximum CGPA is 10, then,

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7.7/10 = 0.77

Multiplying the result with 100= 0.77 X 100= 77 %

Note - Mere fulfillment of eligibility criteria of CAT 2020 does not guarantee admission to IIMs or other top B-Schools.

CAT Eligibility Vs IIMs Eligibility Criteria

Only difference between CAT eligibility criteria and IIM eligibility criteria is that a student has to complete his/her graduation (with minimum three years of education) or must be in final year to appear for CAT. whereas, to fulfill IIM eligibility criteria, one has to meet minimum CAT percentile to get shortlisted for the admission procedure of IIMs.

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CAT Reservation Criteria 2020

As per the legal requirements of CAT 2020, the seats for different categories will be reserved as per the following criteria:


Percentage of seats

Scheduled Caste


Scheduled Tribe


Other Backward Classes (Non-Creamy)


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Person with Benchmark Disability*


Person with Benchmark Disability* it refers to person who is not less than 40% of a specified disability.

Specified disability will include the following disabilities as specified in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016:

  1. Blindness and low vision

  2. Deaf and hard of hearing

  3. Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.

  4. Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness

  5. Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d)

  6. Other ‘specified disabilities’ mentioned in ‘The Schedule’ of the RPwD Act 2016

Note - Candidates are hereby advised to read the description that will be provided by each IIMs during the selection process. No change of category will be entertained during the registration of CAT 2020.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Additional Information for Reserved Categories

In case a candidate belongs to ST or SC category, then the caste certificate which will be provided by the Government of India must clearly state the following details:

(a) Name of the caste/tribe

(b) Whether the aspirant belongs to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe

(c) District and State or Union Territory of the student’s ordinary residence

(d) The appropriate Government of India schedule under which the candidate’s caste/tribe is approved by it as Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe

  • Students must not forget to upload the necessary caste certificate at the time of CAT 2020 registration. Failure to which student’s candidature will stand cancelled.

  • Students must get the caste certificate and its photocopy at the time of interview process.

CAT Registration 2020

IIM will begin the registration process of CAT 2020 tentatively in second week of August. Candidates will be able to fill the CAT registration form 2020 in online mode tentatively till fourth week of September. Also, students will get the opportunity to correct their application form in case of any error. The correction window is expected to begin in the last week of September 2020.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CAT Eligibility Criteria 2020 - Age Limit, Qualification, Marks

Question: Is there any age criteria to apply for CAT 2020?


IIM does not prescribe any age criteria to apply for CAT 2020.

Question: Can I apply if I have a retest/compartment in Bachelor’s degree?


Yes, candidates can apply despite having the backlog or if the result is awaited, however they must fulfill the criteria during the time of MBA admission.

Question: Through which professional degrees I can apply through?


Candidates having any of the professional degree - CA/ICWA/CS are eligible to apply.

Question: Is there any reservation criteria for candidates belonging to reserved categories?


Yes, as per the norms set by the Government of India the reservation policy has been mentioned above in the article for various categories.

Question: How can I know if I belong to NC-OBC category?


Candidates can know if they belong to NC-OBC category by visiting the website- 

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How to know the 2019 cutoff for mtech admisssions for EWS cat in various iits/nits?

Aman Raj Student Expert 3rd Apr, 2020

Hello Veeru

Gate Cutoffs varies from branches to branches and Categories to Categories.

As you have not mentioned an hence i am attaching a link of our Article which will give you the information about each and every IIT's. and NIT's.


Hi there! Im doing engineering in B. Tech Food technology and currently in 6th semester. Which career portion will be good for me , I should go for GATE Or CAT exam.

Aditi Amrendra Student Expert 2nd Apr, 2020

See, no course is good or bad.Both the courses are equally good and can enhance your chances if etting good jobs in future but you its you who has decide what you actually want to do,where your interest lies.MBA is about business,finance,sales,marketing,different types of management jobs etc. On the other hand if you work further in technology field or research/teaching then you should go with GATE.
Both will reward you good jobs in future if you are hardworking and determined.

Good Luck

My class 10th cgpa is 9.4,whereas my class 12th percentage is 94.6 and, graduation (b tech) Cgpa is 7.6. I am planning to appear for CAT in next exam. Is there any chance that i can get good IIMs Or any other good management clg, if I do well in my CAT exam.

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 2nd Apr, 2020

Hi Shivam,

Yes, absolutely. You have good academic scores apart from your graduation score. You can get call from some of the top colleges/universities like FMS, IIM Calcutta, Kozhikode, Shillong and other cap IIMs. Older IIMs are still a bit dicey in the matter and all the admissions will be mainly based on your CAT score. Given you are a Btech student then you should target a score of 99+ percentile to get a call from these B-school.

You can follow the link below for more information

You can reach out to us for more information regarding admissions entrance tests etc.

Hope it helps.



I scored 93% in 10th (CBSE), 74.2 % in 12th (Science) (CBSE). Im in my final year of BA and would finally score somewhere between 70-75% though from a reputed distance university. Do I stand any chance to get into IIM A/B and what should be the score I should be aiming for in CAT?

Manidipa Kundu Student Expert 1st Apr, 2020


see iim evaluated your academic score besides your cat score and there is also separate percentiles to clear like quant, verbal, reasoning. since you have already graduated right now you need to focus on your cat exam, need to work on your communications skills, the cutoff score is comes different for different category of students. I suggest you to regular practice. previous years IIM ahmedabad overall cutoff percentile was as follows,

general- 80




iim bangalore:

general- 85




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is droping a year after BBA for preparation of CAT is good option.

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 1st Apr, 2020

Hi Isha,

Don't take a complete drop instead work part-time/full time and prepare alongside for the Common Admissions test - CAT. Prepare step by step or get yourself enrolled for a weekends program with a good coaching institute depending on your preparation level. This will not only give you an edge over other freshers who will be applying but also will give you an idea on the stream/domain in which you want to pursue your MBA in.

For starters appear for a mock test or do a sample paper and access your preparation level as of now and then decide.

For more information on eligibility/entrance test/admission you can reach out to us.

Hope it helps,


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