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Common Admission Test or CAT 2020 will be held on the last Sunday of November or first week of December by the Indian Institutes of Management. CAT notification 2020 will be released in the last week of July. CAT 2020 dates will be announced with the notification. While the details of the IIM conducting CAT 2020 will be announced in the last week of July, it is highly likely that Indian Institute of Management, Indore may organize it if past trends are considered. Common Admission Test scores will be used for MBA admission 2021 at the IIMs and other top MBA colleges in India. CAT 2020 registration will start by the first week of August. The authorities will activate the CAT mock test in the third week of October, 2020. The admit card of CAT 2020 can be downloaded soon after in the last week of October.
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CAT 2019 saw 2,44,169 candidates registered out of which 2,09, 926 appeared for the exam. CAT 2020 result will be announced in the first week of January 2021 following which candidates must apply for IIM admissions. Read the full article on CAT 2020 to know all the information such as important dates, eligibility criteria, application process, exam pattern, syllabus, mock test, hall ticket, answer key, result, etc.
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Common Admission Test is the full form of CAT. It is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management with one of the six designated IIMs organizing it every year in rotation. CAT is a computer based test to gauge the quantitative ability, verbal ability and reading comprehension, data interpretation and logical reasoning. The scores of CAT are used to screen admissions to post graduate management programmes at the IIMs and leading Bschools in the country.
As per past trends, only six IIMs have been designated to conduct CAT. These are IIM Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Kolkata, Kozhikode and Indore. Check the trends below
Full name of the exam
Common Admission Test
Type of exam
National Level Exam
Validity of the CAT Score
December 31, 2021
CAT Exam Pattern
Multiple Choice Questions
Total number of questions
CAT 2020 Exam Duration
CAT Exam Mode
Computer based exam
Convener of CAT 2020
CAT helpdesk contact details
To be notified
CAT Exam Centres (2019)
376 centres across 156 cities
Number of colleges using CAT 2020 score
20 IIMs and more than 1000 plus B-schools
Candidates can avail the notification for CAT 2020 tentatively in the last week of July. CAT 2020 notification will include the date for the release of the application form, the last date to register, the admit card release date, answer key and announcement of result. Other details mentioned in the CAT notification will include details of the participating institutes.
Only students who meet the specified eligibility criteria of CAT 2020 can fill the application form and appear for the exam. The CAT 2020 eligibility criteria specifies the academic qualifications, age and the nationality and other parameters.
Management aspirants can check the CAT 2020 exam dates and other dates in the tabel below. Since the CAT 2020 notification will be available in the last week of July, the CAT dates given below are tentative. This would enable them to prepare well not just for the CAT 2020 exam but also other related events of the exam.
Release of CAT 2020 Notification
Last week of July 2020
CAT 2020 registration starts from
First week of August 2020
Last date to register for CAT
Third week of September 2020
CAT 2020 Application Correction Dates
Last week of September 2020
Release of CAT Mock Test 2020
Third week of October 2020
Issue of CAT Admit Card
Last week of October 2020
CAT 2020 Exam Date
Last week of November 2020
Release of Candidate Response Sheet
First week of December 2020
Release of CAT answer Key 2020
Second week of December 2020
Announcement of CAT 2020 Result
First week of January 2020
Validity of CAT Score
Till December 31, 2021
Applicants can register and fill CAT 2020 application form tentatively in the first week of August. The last date of CAT 2020 registration will be third week of September. CAT application form can be filled in 4 easy steps as given
Step 1 - Generate CAT user id and password
Step 2 - Login for CAT 2020 Registration and fil details
Step 3 - Upload required documents and images
Step 4 - Pay the CAT 2020 application fee through debit card or credit card and submit
SC, ST and PwD candidates
All other candidates
*as per 2019
CAT 2020 Application Form - Important Guidelines
Keep Personal Details, Academic qualifications and Contact details handy to fill the form easily
Make a list of the IIMs you wish to apply to. It will be convenient to enter them during CAT 2020 registration.
Work experience if any must be mentioned in the application form of CAT. Hence its advisable to keep the details handy.
Choose four cities from the given CAT 2020 test centres and the interview cities. Since these cannot be changed at a later stage, due consideration must be given to this.
Note that Google Chrome 3.0, Internet Explorer 8 and above and Mozilla 3.0 and above are the browsers allowed. So make sure these are installed and the CAT registrations goes smooth.
Keep images of the photograph and signature ready beforehand to upload while filling the application form. Photograph - 30 mm (width) x 45 mm (height) and signature - 80 mm (width) x 35 mm (height). These must be in JPEG/JPG and 150 px/inch (min) in a file not more than 80 KB. In addition certificate to be uploaded are PwD / EWS/NC-OBC/SC/ST as applicable.
after submission of the application form, the authorities will send a confirmation email and SM. In addition, CAT 2020 Application status will show “Successfully Submitted.”
Correction of CAT application form will be allowed for a short period of time. the facility to correct the application form of CAT will be opened in September after the conclusion of the CAT registration process. Candidates can use this facility to edit or correct any mistakes made in the details.
No. of Registration
No. of Test Takers
The exam will be held in 374 exam centres across 156 cities. At least four test cities must be chosen while filling the CAT 2020 registration form. The CAT 2020 test centre allotted will be mentioned on the admit card/hall ticket with clear 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
One important factor in CAT 2020 preparation is the knowledge of the exam pattern. Knowing how many sections, subjects types of questions, marking scheme etc will give an upper hand in cracking the exam and this is given in the CAT 2020 exam pattern as detailed in the table below.
Duration of CAT 2020
Mode of the CAT exam
Computer based mode
Total number of questions asked
Sections in CAT 2020 exam
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
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
There is no specific syllabus for the exam. However, preparation cannot be accomplished without know how of what to prepare. CAT 2020 syllabus has been garnered on evaluation of past test papers and expert as well as topper analysis. The 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.
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
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
One way to cement preparation is to put the amount of study done to test. This is where the previous year papers of CAT and sample papers as well as mock test plays a role. CAT previous papers must be used regularly to enable a student to change exam strategy if required and to know the areas to build on.
CAT Question Papers with Answer Key
All exams have students who excel and top them. The topper preparation strategies are useful to to make a good schedule, know which topics to give weightage to, how to plan the exam and more.
CAT 2019 topper Rahul Gupta put in five to six months of hard work. For English, he made his preparation fun with reading of fiction novels and combined it with a serious reading of newspapers on a daily basis. For quantitative ability, he strengthened his arithmetic concepts and practised mock tests regularly. Data interpretation and logical reasoning preparation was entirely through mock tests.
Rishi Mittal - CAT Topper only used his classroom material for study, practised regularly with mock tests to crack the exam.
Name of the candidate
Link of the Interview
A good and smart strategy combined with hard work can make cracking Common Admission Test 2020 easy. Given below are some pointers in this direction compiled from expert opinions and analysis. A little homework before starting preparation can yield good dividends. Students can know which books to refer to, how to hone each section and best practices to crack CAT 2020.
How to prepare for CAT 2020- Easy Pointers
Know the CAT exam pattern and the syllabus
Draw a time table and adhere to it
Be conceptually strong.
Solve as many past years question papers as you can
Take as many mock tests as possible
Study from the right books for CAT
Do not overexert yourself
Take care of your health
Best books for CAT preparation
CAT 2020: When and how to start preparations
How to prepare for CAT without Coaching
Sectional Time Management Tips for CAT 2019
The official mock test of CAT 2020 will be released tentatively in the third week of October. 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.
To appear for the exam, the admit card of CAT 2020 is a must. This can be availed after IIMs issue the CAT 2020 admit card tentatively in the fourth week of October. The CAT hall ticket can be only downloaded by the registered candidates after entering their login details. The admit card of CAT 2020 will mention exact address of the test centre and exam day instructions to be followed on the day of the test. CAT hall ticket must be printed on A4 size paper. The picture of the candidate and the signature must be clear on the admit card/hall ticket. Candidates are required to affix their photo in the space provided on the admit card in the presence of the invigilator and then hand it over. It is mandatory to carry a valid ID proof along with the CAT admit card 2020.
Any mistakes or discrepancies in the CAT hall ticket must be rectified by writing an email to the authorities at email@example.com or calling them on 1800-266-3549.
The day of the exam is crucial for all. It is vital to avoid any kind of mistake on that day. CAT 2020 exam day guidelines specify the do’s and don’ts to be followed in the exam hall. Other exam day guidelines include what to carry, what to avoid and such.
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.
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.
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 will release the final CAT 2020 answer key in online mode within a fortnight of the exam. 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 first 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 exam is conducted in two slots, the equivalence of the papers is ensure through the normalization process of CAT adopted by the IIMs. The details of the CAT 2020 normalization process can be availed 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.
Minimum Cut-offs of CAT-2019 Percentile Ranks
Verbal and Reading Comprehension percentile rank
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning percentile rank
Quantitative Aptitude percentile rank
Overall percentile rank
PwD (General, EWS, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC)
Legend: Economically Weaker Sections (EWS), Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Non-creamy Other Backward Castes (NC-OBC), Persons with disabilities (PwD).
Section 1 (VARC)
Section 2 (DILR)
Section 3 (QA)
Table 1: Minimum requirements of CAT percentiles for Stage I
Section – I
Section – II
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Section – III
Verbal Ability (VA)
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Expected Cutoff of CAT
DMS, IIT Delhi
SJMSOM, IIT Bombay
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai
DMS, IIT Madras
Candidates who clear the entrance exam will have to participate in the selection procedure of CAT 2020 that include sshortlisting of candidates by the IIMs for the next round of selection. CAT election procedure 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.
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:
ST (Scheduled Tribe)
PWD (Person with Disability)
OBC-NC (Other Backward Class – Non-Creamy Layer)
SC (Scheduled Caste)
All colleges which admit candidates on the basis of the score of CAT 2020 are deemed the CAT participating institutes. About 115 CAT 2020 participating institutes allow admission on the basis of the CAT scores. A total of 20 IIMs use CAT scores for admissions. Other public and private CAT participating institutes include at least 6 IITs, NITs, IISc Bangalore, IMT Ghaziabad, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai. Since 2019, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi, is also offering admission to the candidates on the basis of CAT score.
Name of the institute
Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad
PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP
Indian Institute of Management Amritsar
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM, PGPBA
Indian Institute of Management Bodh Gaya
Indian Institute of Management Calcutta
Indian Institute of Management Indore
Indian Institute of Management, Jammu
Indian Institute of Management Kashipur
Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, EPGP (Kochi Campus & IL)
Indian Institute of Management Lucknow
PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM
Indian Institute of Management Nagpur
Indian Institute of Management Raipur
Indian Institute of Management Ranchi
Indian Institute of Management Rohtak
Indian Institute of Management Sambalpur
Indian Institute of Management, Sirmaur
Indian Institute of Management Shillong
Indian Institute of Management Trichy
PGPM, PGPBM, PGPM-HR
Indian Institute of Management Udaipur
Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam
The CAT official website lists the non member institutes that allow admissions through CAT. the 115 institutes can also be looked at the students while compiling the list for admission purposes.
Contact Details: Will be updated in July after the announcement of CAT 2020 notification.
In order to know whether you belong to the NC-OBC category or not, you can check www.ncbc.nic.in/Home. Candidates can check the state-wise list of the OBC and find out if he or she is eligible to take advantage of reservation as well as get all the details related to creamy layer.
If you want to know if you are eligible to apply under the EWS category, then ins such a case, candidates can check the given link as it clearly mentions those who are from EWS category https://dopt.gov.in/sites/default/files/ewsf28fT.PDF.
Testing Assistive devices (TA devices) are such instruments which can enable the physically challenged candidates to perform particular tasks successfully.
Candidates who belong to the PwD category, they will have to arrange on their own the scribe and will have to carry the scribe affidavit available on the CAT website on the day of the website. PwD category candidates will be given one hour extra to complete the exam. For each section, candidates of the PwD category will be given 80 minutes.
At the time of filling the application form of CAT 2020, candidates will get an opportunity to choose four cities where they can appear for the exam.
There are only certain changes which the candidates can make in the application form. Some of the changes which the candidates cannot make are email address, mobile number, date of birth etc.
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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.
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.
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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,
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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.
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