IIM Entrance Exam 2020 - Every year more than two lakh candidates register themselves to take admission in Indian Institute of Management through IIM entrance exam. CAT i.e. Common Admission Test is the entrance exam of IIM. Any candidate who wishes to take admission in any of the 20 Indian Institutes of Management will be required to first clear the CAT entrance exam. For the academic year 2021 admissions IIM entrance exam 2020 registration will begin from the first week of August. To register for IIM entrance exam, no age restriction is set by IIMs i.e. any candidate without any specific age limit can give the exam and take admission in IIMs. Candidates who will clear the entrance exam of IIM will be called for further selection rounds which will include WAT, GD-PI. CAT is a National level entrance test which is conducted once in a year by IIMs on a rotational basis. In this article of IIM entrance exam, Careers360 will discuss CAT, registration for the upcoming session, eligibility criteria, pattern of exam and what after the entrance exam of IIM.

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IIM Entrance Exam - CAT 2020

The entrance exam which is the gateway to India’s top MBA institutes i.e. any of the 20 IIMs or other top B-Schools than IIMs is Common Admission Test. CAT 2020 will be conducted in the last week of November in computer-based mode. The exam is usually conducted in two sessions because of wide audience engagement and participation. Due to high no. of registration and execution of IIM entrance exam in two sessions, CAT normalization process is used by IIMs. Note that the CAT 2020 result shows both scaled scores and percentile scores, hence to scale the scores, the normalization process is important.

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Registration of IIM Entrance Exam 2020

To take admission in IIMs or any other top institute for the academic year 2021, candidates will have to register themselves for the IIM entrance exam i.e. CAT. It will be conducted by one of the six designated Indian Institutes of Management as per the rotational basis criteria. The IIM entrance exam registration process will begin tentatively in the first week of August and will continue till the third week of September as per the exam dates of CAT 2020. IIM will also provide the facility to correct the application form tentatively in the last week of September in case there is any discrepancy. While filling the application form, candidates will have to select any four test cities whereby they are comfortable giving the entrance exam of IIM. These test cities will be the CAT 2020 exam centres.

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IIM Entrance Exam Eligibility Criteria 2020

Details related to the age limit, qualifying exams, marks required to appear, nationality etc., are included in the eligibility criteria of CAT 2020. According to the IIM entrance exam CAT, the eligibility criteria of CAT 2020 will be defined by the respective IIM. Complete details related to the CAT eligibility criteria 2020 will be mentioned in the notification released by IIMs for CAT. Candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria before filling up the application form of IIM entrance exam. Given below is the eligibility criteria of IIM entrance exam which can be referred by candidates.

  • Educational Qualification - All candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree from any 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

  • Qualifying Marks - Candidates belonging to the General, EWS and NC-OBC categories must have an aggregate score of at least 50% or equivalent CGPA. While 5% relaxation is given to candidates belonging Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories every year for IIM entrance exam

  • Final Year - Candidates who are in their final year of college are also allowed to appear for the entrance exam of IIM i.e. CAT on the condition that they have to present their qualifying scorecards within the stipulated time

  • Age Limit - To appear for IIM entrance exam, no age limit is set by IIMs


IIM Entrance Exam Pattern 2020

Before starting the IIM entrance exam preparation candidates must have a look on the exam pattern of CAT 2020. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability will be the three sections of the IIM entrance exam which is to be solved by candidates in three hour time duration. As per the exam pattern of IIM 2020, for every correct answer three marks will be awarded and each wrong answer will lead to deduction of one mark. Entrance exam of IIM i.e. CAT 2020 will be conducted in computer-based mode most likely in two sessions.

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Exam Pattern of IIM Entrance Exam

  • Sections - Three i.e. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability

  • Mode of Exam - Computer-based exam

  • Time Duration - Three hours i.e. 180 minutes

  • Sectional Duration - 60 minutes to each section

  • Marking scheme - 3 marks for every correct answer and -1 for every wrong answer


What After IIM Entrance Exam: CAT 2020

Qualified candidates of IIM entrance exam will be called for further admission rounds. The selection procedure of IIM requires candidates to appear for Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. The final merit list will be prepared on the basis of combined activities i.e. IIM entrance exam, Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI), work experience, academic profile and much more. The result of CAT (IIM entrance exam) will contain complete details of the candidate’s performance. CAT percentile is calculated on the basis of scaled scores obtained by candidates. On the basis of the final result of IIM entrance test and selection procedure, candidates will be able to take admission in Master of Business Administration or PGP courses.

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cat cutoff marks for agribusiness management in IIM lucknow?

harshita sharan Student Expert 27th May, 2020

Hello aspirant,

If you belong to general category, then the cut off for you at Indian Institute of Management Lucknow for Agri business management course is 85 percentile with sectional cut off of 80 percentile.

For more details on IIM Lucknow cat cut off visit the link below:


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I have a 9 CGPA in 10th, 89% in 12th, 5.8 CGPA in B.Com. and 6 CGPA in M.Com. So how much do I need to score in CAT for admission in NIBM, Pune being a General? Also, I have done internships in reputable organisations along with few diplomas.

Anuja 27th May, 2020

Dear Aspirant,

NIBM is one of the finest Institute in India

According to some past year data, the cut off through CAT ranges between 85-90 percentile general category

But the safer score could be more than 90 percentile. As cut off may differ every year depending upon how many candidates appear the exam and difficulty level of the exam

Hope this helps

All the best


i am a ca student My profile Class 10th 10 cgpa Class 12th 95% Bcom (open) 71% Ca cpt AIR 10 Marks 92.5% Ca ipcc 67% Went into depression in feb 2018 Recovered now But lost my interest in ca Now aiming for cat 2020 will i get good iim if I score well in cat?

Yash Dev Student Expert 27th May, 2020

Hello student yes you've a very well academic background you'll definitely get admission in top MBA colleges if you've score good marks in CAT entrance examination and PI. But if your first aim was CA and you've clear till 2nd stage with good score I'll suggest you not to Quit now its okay if you get demotivated for some time but CA course need lot of patience and hard work you're just few step away to become a chartered accountant so ask yourself if you really want to quit or its something else.

Feel free to comment if you have any doubt

Good luck


93% in 10th(ICSE), 84% in 12th(CBSE), 8.0 CGPA in grads(B.E Jadavpur University). Please evaluate my profile for top IIMs through CAT.

Shivang Dubey 27th May, 2020

Hey Mohit

Indian Institute of Management have set criteria for calling candidates for Interview round to which 10th, 12th and Graduation marks contribute. The AR is very crucial for overall CAT score, which is calculated through 0.5*(10th marks) + 1.5*(12th marks) + 2.5*(Graduation marks). [for IIM Ahmadabad]

In your case, you need to score at least 99.5+ percentile in CAT written examination to be called for esteemed and old IIMs'.

Later to which, you will be facing WAP and Personal Interview round, and if you excel in all rounds, your admission would be successful.



harshita sharan Student Expert 27th May, 2020
Hello aspirant,

Master of Business Administration (MBA) program at Department of Business Economics and DFS delhi CAT cut off is high and It is around 80-85 percentile for sc students.
The cut of for Master of Business Administration (MBA) in University Business School (UBS CHANDIGARH) is around 65 percentile for sc category students.

However the cut off changes every year so you must try scoring more than the approximate percentile to be on a safer side.

Good Luck
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