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)


Economically Weaker Section


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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I have 76% in 10th, 88% in 12th and 80% in graduation. Addition to that i have a 2 years work experience. How MUCH percentile do i need to score in cat to get a call from IIM ABC ?

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 30th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

As per the details provided, you have decent academic record and its really good that you have 2 years of work experience. It'll give you an edge in selection process. Also, if you belong to general category, then to get a call from IIM A,B,C you should focus on getting a minimum of 98 percentile in cat.

All the best


Hlo....mam or sir! Im Rajlaxmi frm Odisha.. How to preparation for CAT ... during bba 2nd yr... how to crack CATexam ..

Prateek Sinha 30th Mar, 2020

Prepare for the syllabus according to the weight age of each section.  Give mock tests and improve upon your timing skills. if you join a coaching class it would be good as you will get a clearer idea.


why these exams are conducting

Aniket Sharma 29th Mar, 2020

hi lramprasad,

CAT is commencing on 25th November in 2020. So it does not need to get postponed/cancel due to corona virus. The situation should get better till November. So, we can't argue why CAT is conducting.

Please elaborate your query and provide more details so that we can help you better!!



Can i apply for MBA at JK Lakhmipat University if i have not given CAT?

Megha 29th Mar, 2020

Hello Abhishek !

Yes ,you can apply at JK Lakhmipat University if you have not given CAT , because as per their eligibility criteria for getting admission their the candidates must have appeared in CAT/MAT/ATMA/XAT/CMAT or any other national level entrance test.

In case the candidate has not appeared for any of the mentioned tests, they will have to appear in the JKLU Management Entrance Test (MET) to qualify for the programme.

So, you can apply there by appearing in their Entrance test.

Hope it helps !


What is the CAT exam pattern ?

Aashima Puri 29th Mar, 2020

Hello aspirant, hope you are doing well!

CAT ( Common admission test) is a very reputed entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for admissions into various colleges for MBA. The duration of the exam is 3 hours for all the categories and 4 hours for the PwD category. The sectional duration for each section is 60 minutes each whereas it is 80 minutes for the candidates of the PwD category.

The total number of questions asked in the entrance exam are 100. It is a computer based examination.

Candidates lose 1 mark for each incorrect answer and gain 3 marks for every correct answer. No marks are deducted for the questions which the candidate didn't attempt.

The examination consists of 3 sections namely - Quantitative ability , Data interpretation & logical reasoning and Verbal ability and reading comprehension. These sections consists of 34,32 and 34 questions each respectively.

The candidates are not allowed to switch between the sections. He/she can move to the next section only after attempting the previous section which he/she was completing. Though, the candidates are allowed to switch between questions within the same section.

These were some of the main points to be kept in mind for the CAT exam.

Further you can go through this link to know everything about CAT exam.

Hope it helps! All the very best for your future endeavours!

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