CAT Registration 2020
Updated on Dec 26, 2019 - 4:51 p.m. IST by Richa Kapoor
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CAT Registration 2020 - Indian Institute of Management which will conduct the Common Admission Test, will begin CAT 2020 registration in online mode tentatively from the first week of August. The last date for CAT registration 2020 will be third week of September. IIM is likely to provide edit window for candidates if they had made any mistakes in the CAT registration form. In order to fill CAT 2020 registration form candidates will have to generate a login id and password. The fee for CAT registration form 2020 for candidates belonging to the General category will be Rs 1950 while for SC/ST, it will be Rs 950. Every year the Common Admission Test will be conducted for candidates who want to aspire to take admission in the 20 IIMs and more than 1,000 B-Schools that are present all over India. CAT will be conducted in the last week of November. Read the full article to know all the details related to CAT 2020 registration such as important dates, what are the documents that need to be uploaded, application fee, what are the steps that need to be followed, etc.

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CAT 2020 Registration - Important Dates

Candidates who will be appearing for the Common Admission Test, can check the dates that are given below in the table so that they do not miss onto any important event.

Important Dates of CAT Registration 2020

S.No

Event

Date

1

CAT 2020 Notification

Last week of July 2020

2

Start date for CAT registration 2020

First week of August 2020

3

End date to register for CAT 2020

Last week of September 2020

4

Reupload of scanned image in CAT 2020 application form

Last week of September 2020

5

CAT 2020

Last week of December 2020

CAT Registration Trends

Year

Number of Applications

Year

Number of Applications

Year

Number of applications

2019

2,44,169

2018

2,41,000

2017

2,31,000

2016

2,32,292

2015

2,18,664

2014

1,96,988

2013

1,94,516

2012

2,14,000

2011

2,05,000

2010

2,04,000

2009

2,41,000

2008

2,90,000

What to keep ready before filling CAT 2020 registration form?

Candidates need to keep the following documents and information ready before they start filling the CAT registration form 2020:

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  • Email address

  • Mobile number

  • Scanned image of the candidate

  • Scanned image of the signature of the candidate

  • PwD Certificate

  • EWS/NC-OBC/SC/ST Certificate

The specifications of the documents which need to be uploaded are given below in the table:

Image/ Documents

Dimensions

Format

Image Resolution

File Size

Photograph

30 mm (width) x 45 mm (height)

JPEG/JPG



150 px/inch (min)

Not more than 80 KB

Signature

80 mm (width) x 35 mm (height)

PwD Certificate

Candidates will have to download the PwD certificate from the CAT website and provide all the necessary information. The document has to be self-attested and scanned as PDF and uploaded

EWS/NC-OBC/SC/ST Certificate


Web browser required to fill CAT Registration Form 2020

Candidates can use any one of the following browsers that are listed below so that they do not face any technical problems while filling CAT 2020 registration form:

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  • Internet Explorer 8 and above

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Steps to fill CAT Registration Form 2020

CAT 2020 registration form has to be filled in online mode. The steps that are listed below need to be followed while filling the application form of CAT 2020.

Step 1 - Click on the official website of CAT 2020 and generate user id and password

Step 2 - Login to the CAT 2020 website

Step 3 - Fill CAT 2020 application form which will include the following information

  • Personal details

  • Academic Qualifications

  • Work Experience

  • Programmes

  • Selection of test city

  • Payment of application fee

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CAT Registration 2020 - Key points to remember

It is important for the candidates to remember the following points as they register for CAT 2020.

  • It is mandatory to fill all the fields which are marked “*”

  • Fill all the important information

  • Ensure that there are no spelling mistakes

  • After filling each section in CAT 2020 registration form click on ‘Save & Continue'

  • For CAT registration 2020, candidates will have to use the mouse instead of “tab”

  • Candidates will be able to fill the form in multiple sessions. However, before logging out candidates must save whatever information they have filled

  • Changes in the application form could be made only till the time fee for the same is not paid

How to fill CAT Application Form 2020

For CAT registration 2020, candidates will have to click on the official website link which is www.iimcat.ac.in and then click on the tab which states, “ New Candidate Registration” Now candidates will have to provide the following information for CAT 2020 regsitration.

Name of the candidate - Candidate will have to put their name as has been mentioned in their Class X or SSC certificate. If there has been a change in the name of the candidate due to marriage or any other reason, then candidates will have to provide a valid document or court affidavit in support of it.

Date of Birth - In CAT 2020 registration form, candidates will have to use the virtual calendar wherein they will have to first mention the day followed by month and year.

Email Address - At the time of CAT registration 2020 candidates will have to provide a valid email address as the authorities will send all the information on this address. It is pertinent for the candidates to ensure that the email address given by them is correct.

Mobile Number - Provide a mobile number that is in use as the conducting body of CAT will send the SMS on this number. The mobile number should be of India and must have at least 10 digits. If the mobile number does not belong to India then in such a case candidates must provide the area prefix

Generation of One Time Password (OTP) - After filling in all the details that have been mentioned for CAT registration 2020, candidates will have to click on “Generate OTP” tab. A new page will open and candidates will have to enter the security code that is displayed on the screen after which they will have to check the box outside of which is written 'I Agree.' After this candidates will have to click on the submit tab. CAT 2020 registration form will be authenticated

Login Details - Once the candidates have successfully completed CAT 2020 registration, they will receive the login credentials via email as well as through SMS.

Step 2 - Login to fill CAT Application Form 2020

On completion of CAT registration 2020, candidates will have to re-login by clicking on "Registered Candidate Login" button. Now enter the user id and password that was generated at the time of registration of CAT 2020. Candidates who have completed CAT 2020 registration, only they will be able to fill application form.

Step 3 - Fill CAT Registration 2020 Form

Candidates who will appear for the Common Admission Test, they will have to fill the following sections in the application form of CAT 2020. There are six sections which the candidates will have to fill.

  • Personal Details

  • Academic Qualifications

  • Work experience

  • Programmes

  • Test City

  • Payment

Section 1 - Personal Details

In this part of CAT registration 2020 form, the date of birth of the candidate will automatically be automated based on the information that was furnished at the time of the registration.

  • Father’s, husband’s guardian’s and mother’s name as applicable

  • Choose the category under which the candidate is applying. If the candidate belongs to reserved category then they will have to provide additional details such as Serial/Entry Number of Caste/Tribe, State/Union Territory of Caste/Tribe, and Caste/Tribe Name

  • Choose the nationality from the dropdown

In order to know the details related to Caste/Tribe name that is applicable, candidates must check National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) website: http://www.ncbc.nic.in/Home.aspx

Candidates can also download the EWS, NC-OBC, SC/ST Certificates from the CAT website and provide the necessary information and self-attest and scan as PDF documents and upload the certificates on the official website of CAT

Choose “yes” if one is person with disability. Also candidates will have to select details under PwD Category - Wheelchair Support and Scribe Requirement.

Contact Address

In this part of CAT registration 2020, candidates will have to mention the postal address correctly as all the communication by CAT authorities will be done at the given address. Also, candidates will have to provide an alternate email address and emergency mobile number while filling CAT registration 2020.

Documents to be uploaded in CAT 2020 Application Form

Candidates will be required to upload the scanned copy of their image as well as the signature while filling CAT registration form 2020. The documents that have to be uploaded should be in accordance with the specifications and dimensions that are mentioned in the table given above. While registering for CAT 2020, candidates must also ensure that the signature and the photograph is clearly eligible.

If required candidates will have to upload PwD certificates.

Section 2 - Academic Details

In the CAT registration form 2020, candidates will have to provide the academic details such as:

  • Class X/SSC/Equivalent Exam Scores

  • HSC/12th/Equivalent/Diploma Course Details

  • Graduation degree details

  • Post Graduation degree details

  • Other professional course details

With regard to each degree, candidates will have to mention the following information:

  • Name of the board

  • Aggregate marks or CGPA

  • Subjects

After filling the details, candidates will have to click 'Save & Continue'.

Section 3 - Work Experience

In this part of CAT 2020 registration form if the candidate has work experience then they will have to provide details for the same in completed months as on January 31, 2020. Only the full time work experience on completion of graduation should be considered.

Note: Candidates must remember that Internship, Articleship, Pre-graduation, project, part-time work experience will not be counted as work experience. Enter ‘save and continue’

Section 4 - Programmes

Candidates will have to choose the IIMs from where they want to pursue the programmes. From the dropdown, they will have to choose the city where they want to appear for the interview.

Candidates who are applying for the PGP courses at the IIMs which are listed below they will have to choose the same interview city for all selections owing to the Common Admission Process

If the candidate has selected PGP courses at IIM Kashipur, and at IIM Ranchi, then the interview city should be same for example, it is Chennai. The other choices of cities are:

  • Chennai

  • Bangalore

  • Delhi

  • Kolkata

  • Mumbai

Section 5 - Selection of CAT Test Centre

While filling the CAT 2020 registration form, candidates will have to choose at least four cities from the given list. In 2019, CAT was conducted in 156 cities and the test was conducted at 376 exam centres. On completion of the application form of CAT 2020, candidates will be allotted a test centre in one of the four preferred cities.

Section 6 - Pay the application fee for CAT Registration 2020

Once the candidate has filled the CAT 2020 registration form, they will have to pay the fee depending on the category to which they belong. Candidates will have to choose the payment gateway. After the candidates have chosen the payment gateway, they will have to select the respective payment gateway and enter the CAPTCHA that is given in the box after which they will have to check the declaration box. While registering for CAT 2020, candidates will have to choose the preferred mode of payment.

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CAT Registration 2020 - Fees

Category

Registration Fees

Mode of Payment

SC, ST and PWD

Rs 950

Bill Desk, Paytm, PayU, BillDesk - Net banking, Credit/Debit Cards

General and NC-OBC

Rs 1900

Apart from the registration fees, candidates will have to pay the online transaction charge which is different for various modes of payment.

Transaction fee for CAT Registration 2020

Mode of payment

Transaction Charges

Credit Card (Visa/Master)

1.20 percent of the transaction amount and subject to a minimum of Rs. 5

Net Banking

Rs. 20 per transaction

Credit Card (American Express)

2.85 percent of the transaction amount and subject to a minimum of Rs. 5

Debit Card (Visa/Master)

0.75 percent of the Transaction amount for value up to Rs. 2000 and subject to a minimum of Rs. 5


1.00% of the Transaction amount for the value

Other Payment methods

BillDesk, PayU, and Paytm

Preview CAT Registration 2020

Candidates can preview the registration of CAT 2020 before paying the fee for the application form of CAT 2020. Once the payment has been made no change will be allowed to be made.

Confirmation Email for CAT Registration 2020

Once the fee for the registration form of CAT 2020 has been paid, candidates will receive a confirmation mail in this regard. Candidates will have the option to check the details about the CAT application form by logging in to it.

Forgot Password

If the candidate forgets the password to login then they will have to click on the forget password tab and then an email will be sent which will contain the new password.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CAT Registration 2020

Question: Is the registration process of CAT separate from the application process?

Answer:

Not really. CAT 2020 registration is part of the application process and it is the first step without which candidates cannot move on to apply for the CAT 2020 exam.

Question: Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address during CAT 2020 registration?

Answer:

No, candidates are not allowed to use someone else's email address in order to complete CAT registration 2020. They must register with a valid and unique email address which they use regularly on their own. Since all correspondence or information related to CAT 2020 and further admission process of IIMs would be communicated through the registered email address, hence, it must be a functional one which they regularly log in to and check.

Question: Is it mandatory to fill the application form immediately after CAT 2020 registration is successfully completed? Can I fill the form at a later point of time?

Answer:

No, Candidates will receive a User ID and password after successfully completing their CAT registration 2020. Thereafter they can fill the application form any day before the last date.

Question: I have done 5 years integrated course of B.Tech and MBA. As per my university norms first 3.5 years is considered to be B.Tech and remaining 1.5 years is considered to be MBA. How do I enter my marks?

Answer:

According to IIMs, candidates who have pursued integrated course have to enter the aggregate percentage of first 3.5 years under Bachelor’s Degree and the remaining 1.5 years under Master’s degree.

Question: I have completed a 5-year dual degree course (BTech+MTech, BS+MS, B.Tech+MSc etc.)? How do I enter my marks for the bachelor degree?

Answer:

As per the university norms and as stated by the CAT officials, candidates pursuing 5-year dual degrees have to enter the aggregate of marks that are equivalent to Bachelors’ Degree under the Bachelor’s Degree section and the equivalent Marks for the Masters’ degree under the Master Degree section under the CAT registration form.

Question: What are the timings to contact the Candidate Helpdesk?

Answer:

CAT Candidate Helpdesk is available by phone, Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. To 6:00 p.m.  The CAT Candidate Helpdesk is closed on Sundays and on National/Public holidays.

If you have any query, please contact the CAT Helpdesk:

Toll-free: 18002090830
Email: cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in

Question: When will CAT 2020 be held and can I choose an exam date during or after CAT 2020 registration?

Answer:

The CAT exam will be held tentatively in the last week of November 2020, in two slots (forenoon and afternoon). Candidates will not be given the option to select their slots. They would be allotted a slot at the CAT exam centre in one of the four preferred cities entered by them during the CAT registration 2020 process. The final venue and slot will be communicated to the candidates through the CAT admit card.

Question: Can I appear for more than one slot for CAT 2020?

Answer:

Candidates are not allowed to appear for more than one slot. Candidates who attempt to take the test more than one will be eliminated anytime during the selection process. In order to ensure that candidates appear only once, their CAT admit card, photo ID cards, biometrics would be scrutinized thoroughly.

Question: What if any candidate will attempt to take CAT 2020 twice?

Answer:

Candidates who attempt to take the test more than once will be eliminated anytime during the selection process.

Question: If I want to apply and register for more than one institute, should I pay the exam fee each time?

Answer:

You need to pay registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes you are applying to.

Question: I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in May-June 2020 but have backlogs, am I eligible to apply for CAT 2020?

Answer:

Yes, according to the CAT 2020 eligibility regulations, applicants who are completing their degree by May 2020 are eligible to appear for CAT. However, the candidate should select the option ‘Yes’ to the question “Are you in the final year of Bachelor Degree?”

Question: My University name is not mentioned in the drop-down list while filling the application form?

Answer:

If your university’s name does not appear in the drop-down list, you may select the option as “Others” from the drop-down and continue the registration process.

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