How to prepare for CAT 2020 - Common Admission Test commonly referred to as CAT is one of the top exams conducted by Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) Indore for admitting candidates in B-Schools across India. CAT 2020 will be conducted on November 29, 2020. Careers360 brings to you expert advice on how to prepare for CAT 2020? Candidates willing to take admission in Top B-Schools for the academic year 2021-2023 must crack the toughest competitive exam i.e. CAT 2020. With an application intake of around two lakh per annum, candidates must know beforehand the basis and easy to go strategies for CAT preparation. Candidates must devise a proper strategy if they are planning to appear for the Common Admission Test ( CAT ). Read complete article on how to prepare for CAT 2020 and CAT preparation as it highlights the important aspect that will help candidates to not only prepare but also score good marks.
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Exam Pattern of CAT 2020

IIM Indore prescribed the CAT 2020 exam pattern for the academic year 2021-2023. Candidates willing who are planning to fill the CAT application form 2020 must check the exam pattern beforehand in order to start their CAT preparation.

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Exam Duration

2 hours for all categories


Total no. of questions



Mode of CAT 2020



Marking scheme

  • Three marks for correct answer will be awarded

  • One mark will be deducted for incorrect answer



Verbal ability and reading comprehension

Data interpretation & logical reasoning

Quantitative ability

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Candidates who will be taking up CAT 2020 should know in advance the exam pattern and followed syllabus. Future candidates must start their CAT preparation early and not wait for the last moment. Early beginners can refer to the following strategy according to the three sections that will be part of the CAT 2020.

For Quantitative Ability:

  • Focus on enhancing your basics of mathematics.

  • Learn topics like profit and loss, number system, geometry as they will form key questions in CAT 2020.

  • Practice as much as you can and go for mock tests.

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For Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension:

  • Reading as much as possible is the best way to crack this section and score good marks.

  • Go through newspapers, journals, blogs, articles, etc to enhance your reading skills.

  • Try solving questions based on comprehension, inferences and para jumbles. Candidates can join any private tuition or take CAT coaching and prepare from the foundational booklets provided to them.

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For Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation:

  • Considered to be one of the toughest section in CAT exam, needs a lot of hard work to be done from the candidate’s side.

  • Check the previous year question papers of CAT and try to re-attempt those questions.

  • Try to study basic topics like seating arrangements, blood relations, syllogisms, etc to grip hands on this section. Do no use a calculator while solving questions.

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Basic and Easy to go Strategies on How to prepare for CAT 2020

Although there is no specific syllabus prescribed by IIMs for CAT preparation, on the basis of past year’s analysis, given below are the major points that will help candidates score good marks. Some basic and easy to go strategies are -

CAT 2020 Preparation: Basic Guidelines


Time Management


Analyze and Understand


Reverse Action


Focus on Strengths & Goal Accomplishment


Attempt Mock Tests


Practice Everything

Also check, CAT 2020: When and how to start preparation to know when to start your preparation and what should be your strategy.

Time Management

With 40 minutes time allotted to each section, candidates must devise their strategy so they can answer all questions. Managing their time will help candidates turn their efforts to fruitful results. Divide your 24 hours in such a way that you practice each section daily. Speaking about time management, Lakshya , CAT 2019 topper told us that he considered time management as fourth section apart from the other three provided by IIMs. For candidates appearing in CAT for the first time, time management will provide them with the following benefits at the time of CAT preparation-

  1. Enhance your efficiency

  2. Increase your productivity

  3. Lower stress level

Sharing his personal experience CAT 2019 topper Somansh said, “I believe time management is much easier when you are passionate about what you are doing, so simply realizing that makes a lot of difference”.

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Analyze and Understand

Before making any kind of strategy on how to prepare for CAT 2020, it is advisable that candidates first check the exam pattern of CAT 2020. Analyzing no. of sections, topics and sub-topics asked in previous years exam. Before taking up any kind of tests, analyze these points and try to figure out what your major areas are, which subjects require improvement, etc. The analysis is not only done prior to your CAT preparation but can be in between and at the end of your CAT preparation. CAT 2019 topper Ankit Desai , worked hard relentlessly, analyzed his mistakes and overcame them by scoring 99.91 percentile.

Focus on strengths & Goal Accomplishment

Rahul Manglik, CAT 2019 topper says, “Play your strengths and work on your weaknesses”. After analyzing which are your strong areas make them stronger by regular practice. Devise proper strategy on overcoming and correcting your areas of improvement. Whereas for CAT 2019 topper Ronit, “candidates must develop a concrete idea of their strengths as well as weaknesses”. In order to achieve good scores, candidates must capitalise on their strengths first and then move towards the lesser strong areas.

CAT 2019 topper Anumay said that his calm attitude and focused only on what was necessary. For cracking CAT with good percentile is not less than a challenge but everything is possible if you focus your mind on what you wish to achieve. CAT 2020 will be no different than previous exams.

Attempt Mock Test

Almost all the toppers accept that their success was somewhere dependent on the mock test they appeared for CAT exam. One of the best strategies for how to prepare for CAT 2020 is giving CAT 2020 Mock test as they give candidates a simulated environment of the exam. Benefits of mock test include self-assessment, time management, accuracy in answering the questions as well as understanding the exam day nervousness level.

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Practice everything you studied

Experts of CAT advise candidates to practice what they preach. Regularly practising what you know will help you in accessing what more is required at the time of CAT preparation. Study each topic and then practise them on a weekly basis to keep them fresh in your mind. For CAT 2019 topper Rahul , “Regular practice and lot of mock tests helped him achieve his goals”. Know what other CAT 2019 toppers have to say on preparation.

Reverse Action

While solving the mock test or the actual CAT 2019 if you find yourself surrounded with questions getting little difficult, you may choose for the reverse action and scan the answers given first. Many times it happens that answers contain imperative clues that can help you solve the questions more accurately.

CAT 2019 Toppers

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) declared the CAT 2019 result in online mode on January 4. Around 2.09 lacs candidates appeared for CAT 2019 out of which some of them made their way to the list of CAT toppers 2019. To know the stories of how CAT 2019 toppers achieved that position and their advice for future aspirants on how to prepare for CAT 2020, refer the table below:

CAT 2019 Toppers

Name of the Candidate Percentile Scored
Rahul Gupta 100
Rishi Mittal 100
Somansh Chordia 100
Lakshya Kumar 99.99
Rahul Manglik 99.99
Anumay Aashish 99.98
Ankit Desai 99.91
Ronit Banerjea 99.8
Sukumar Chowdary 99.03
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i got 470 marks in neet 2019 can i have any chance to get bds seat in govt colleges in ews cat

Krishna M V 18th Sep, 2020

HI Aspirant,

As per the NEET Score and Community which have mentioned by there is a chance to secure seat,

As per the last year admissions last rank admitted in various colleges as follows,

You have chance to get seat in

Chances in E.W.S category for Government Dental College and Hospital, Vijayawada but in U.R category it is 516 last year,

Under Private Colleges :

Drs Sudha and Nageswara Rao Siddhartha Institute of Dental Sciences, Gannavaram Mandal, Krishna

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My comedk rank is 40757. I belongs to GM non HKR cat. which best college i can get as per my rank.

Kritika 17th Sep, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

you can check the below college predictor link to know which type of colleges you may get :


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With a GOOD PERCENTILE IN CAT , TOEFL and ACCA with correspondence B.sc Accounting degree from OXFORD BROOKES UNIVERSITY and B.Com from University of Madras (distance education) will I stand a good chance in LIBA? I do not have a regular stream Bachelors degree.

Sushmita Singh 18th Sep, 2020

Hi Joshep

There is high possibility that you might get admission into LIBA. But nothing can be told with complete assurance. The best way to find out is that you should try contacting the college authorities and get your query answered directly by them.

You can open the official website of LIBA and there will be a pop up box for help there you can ask your query and provide your contact details and wait for their reply and then you can be sure about it also.

Hope this helps!! :-)


Actually I upload obc caste certificate in Cat20 Application form. but the caste certificate validity are over ...but after the submit application form now I renew my obc caste certificate . so I want to know that I am eligible for iims reservation or not..

anirudha vats 17th Sep, 2020


In such type of cases it is advisable that you should contact the CAT authorities via the CAT helpline numbers available on their website and inform them about the whole situation in order to avoid any kind of problem at the time of counselling. They will surely provide you with an optimum solution regarding your concern.

Website link: https://iimcat.ac.in/per/g01/pub/756/ASM/WebPortal/1/index.html?756@@1@@1

Hope that helps.

Thank you.


can I reapply CAT (with new mail id and mobile number)for some changes if my changes not be done by edit window

Mohit Gupta 17th Sep, 2020

Hello Aspirant

As per Cat rules, you can't do that as one person can do registration just once. If you did some mistakes in your form then you can apply for rectification by mailing on their official I'd. Also if you'll login you will get a option to edit details.

Moreover ,if you want to apply again then you can do that but if Cat officials caught you doing that, they will cancel both of your registrations.

I hope this information would be helpful for you.

All the best for your bright career ahead.

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