About CAT 2020

Common Admission Test which is the full form of CAT which is a national level management entrance exam, conducted by Indian Institute of Management i.e. the IIMs on a rotational basis. CAT exam opens the gateway for candidates to take admission not only in 20 IIMs but more than 1000 B-Schools across India. Candidates who are planning to appear in CAT exam must check the eligibility criteria. The application form of CAT exam 2020 will be available tentatively in the first week of August. Whereas the notification related to CAT 2020 exam will be released by the authorities tentatively in the last week of July. CAT 2020 exam will be a three-hour computer-based test. Candidates will be required to answer 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) divided into three major sections i.e. Quantitative Ability (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC). To make candidates aware of the CAT exam pattern, authorities will also release the mock test tentatively in the third week of October. As per the important dates, CAT 2020 exam date is likely to be in the last week of November. The result of CAT 2020 will be declared in the first week of January 2021 post which the IIMs and the CAT 2020 participating institutes will undertake their selection process. On the basis of the CAT 2020 cutoff, shortlisted candidates will be called for further rounds of Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). Note that a Common Admission Process (CAP) will be conducted by the newly formed IIMs in order to shortlist the candidates for WAT/GD and PI rounds.

What is CAT Exam?

IIM CAT exam is the computer-based entrance exam which is conducted for admission to the business administration programmes which are offered at the 20 IIMs spread across the country as well as various prestigious institutes. The overall score of CAT exam is based on the candidate's performance in each section such as verbal ability and reading comprehension, quantitative ability, data interpretation and logical reasoning.  In the CAT 2020 exam, candidates will be asked both MCQs as well as Non-MCQ. 

CAT 2020 Highlights

Full Exam Name Common Admission Test
Short Exam Name CAT
Conducting Body Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode
Frequency of Conduct Once a year
Exam Level National Level Exam
Languages English
Mode of Application Online
Application Fee (General) 1950 Rs [Online]
Mode of Exam Online
Mode of Counselling Offline
Participating Colleges 1076
Exam Duration 3 Hours

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29 Nov, 2020 (Tentative)

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IIM will define the eligibility criteria of CAT 2020. Before filling the application form of CAT 2020, all candidates must carefully check the eligibility criteria. Below mentioned eligibility criteria of CAT 2020 can be checked by candidates and should be considered before registration-

  • Educational Qualification: All candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from any recognised university or educational institute.
  • Minimum Marks Required: In Bachelor's degree a minimum of 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA will be mandatory for all candidates. 
  • Category Requirement: Candidates belonging to the reserved category {Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)}, will be required to have minimum 45 percentage in Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from any recognised university or educational institute.
  • Appearing Candidates: The final year candidates who will be appearing in Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification exam at the time of commencement of registration and those who have completed degree course but are awaiting results will be able to apply for CAT 2020.
  • Age Limit: To fill the application form of CAT 2020, authorities will not put any age limit/ age restriction.
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CAT 2020 conducting IIM will tentatively start the registration process in the first week of August. Eligible candidates will be able to fill the application form tentatively till the third week of September. IIM also provide the facility to make corrections in the CAT 2020 application form even after final submission. Registration of CAT 2020 will be completed in a three-step process which will include- CAT 2020 registration, filling the required details and submission of application fee amount. On successful registration of CAT 2020, candidates will receive a User ID and Password which can be used for future login. 

Application Process of CAT 2020

Step 1- CAT 2020 Registration
Step 2- Fill the details
Step 3- Payment of CAT 2020 Application fees

CAT 2020 Application Fee- After filling the application form, candidates will have to pay the required application fees. The fee for application will be accepted by IIM through Debit/Credit card/Net banking/BillDesk/PayU/Paytm.

 CAT Registration/Application Fee

CategoryApplication Fees
GeneralRs. 1950
SC, ST, OBC, PwDRs. 950


Application Fees

Category Quota Mode Gender Amount
General Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 1950
SC, OBC, ST PWD Online Male, Female, Transgender ₹ 950

Student Appearing Vs Seat Available

Year Student Appeared Seats Available
2018 209405 None

CAT 2020 Syllabus

Verbal ability and reading comprehension

Data interpretation and logical reasoning

Quantitative ability (qa)

Determination, planning and execution all three bounded together will positive energy will guide the candidates to the successful journey of getting in IIMs by clearing CAT 2020. Complete dedication of 6 months would be enough for candidates to crack India's toughest management exam with great marks and results. 

Candidates will have to divide their preparation strategy into smaller sections to understand the basic of CAT 2020.

CAT 2020 will be the computer-based test in which candidates will be required to answer 100 questions. Total of three sections namely VARC, DILR, and QA will be there. The types of questions will be MCQ as well as Non-MCQ questions. Given below will be the three CAT 2020 sections including the sectional durations and marks to be alloted-    

CAT Exam Pattern 2020            


Name of Section        


No. of Questions


Total Marks



Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)            





60 minutes


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)        






60 minutes


Quantitative Ability (QA)






60 minutes








180 minutes


CAT 2020 Mock Test

Exam conducting IIM will release the mock test of CAT 2020. The practice test or CAT 2020 mock test will be released to make candidates aware of the actual exam pattern. Candidates will be able to judge their preparation on the basis of CAT mock test 2020. Complete exam day simulated ambience will be created through CAT 2020 mock test.

The total duration of CAT mock test 2020 will be three hours and it is likely to include:

  • Complete exam day instructions
  • Mock questions pertaining to each section (VARC, DI & LR, and QA)

Note that mock test will have sectional timing similar to what candidates will face in CAT 2020 exam.

IIM will release the admit card of CAT 2020 tentatively in the third week of October. CAT 2020 admit card will be an important document as it will contain details related to CAT 2020 and candidate's personal information. Complete exam day guidelines will be mentioned on the CAT 2020 admit card. 

All candidates will be required to download the admit card of CAT 2020. Taking the CAT 2020 admit card hard copy will be mandatory for candidates. Without a hard copy of CAT 2020 admit card, no candidate will be allowed to enter the examination centre.

Note that admit card will be available only on the official website of respective IIM in the online mode. 

CAT 2020 Exam Centers

State City
Delhi New Delhi
West Bengal Kolkata
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Kerala Kannur
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Guntur
Assam Dibrugarh
Bihar Aurangabad
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh Bhilai
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Haryana Ambala
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Bokaro
Karnataka Belagavi
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Maharashtra Amravati
Navi Mumbai
Meghalaya Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima
Odisha Balasore
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar
Rajasthan Ajmer
Telangana Hyderabad
Uttar Pradesh Agra
Greater Noida
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Goa Panaji

Documents Required at Exam

  • CAT 2019 admit card
  • Photo ID

Before the declaration of CAT result, respective IIM will release the answer key of CAT 2020. Details related to the questions asked, along with the correct answers will be mentioned in the answer key marked in green colour to be most likely like previous years. The CAT 2020 answer key will be available to download from the official website of the respective IIM. The facility to check the answer key of CAT 2020 will be made available for only those candidates who will register and appear for CAT 2020.

The facility to raise an objection on CAT 2020 answer key will also be available for the test-taking candidates. The objection will be allowed to be raised only after paying fees of Rs. 1200 (Based on previous year's data). The same is likely to be revised if necessary.

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CAT 2020 Result

The result of CAT 2020 will be announced tentatively in the first week of January, 2021. Respective IIM will release the result on the official website and candidates will be able to check the result of CAT 2020 in online mode only. On the basis of the result of CAT 2020, shortlisted candidates will be called for further rounds of selection by respective IIMs and other participating institutes of CAT 2020. 

For downloading CAT 2020 result, candidates will be required to enter their registration details like User ID and Password which they will use at the time of filling CAT application form 2020. Complete details related to the sectional and overall scores will be mentioned in the CAT 2020 result. Along with sectional and overall scores, percentile obtained by candidates will also be included in the result of CAT 2020.

CAT 2020 Cutoff

CAT 2020 cutoff marks refer to the minimum marks or percentile that each candidate will be required to secure. Only those candidates who will qualify the CAT cutoff 2020 will be called for further rounds of the selection procedure by IIMs and other participating institutes of CAT 2020. The factors that are likely to affect the cutoff of CAT 2020 will be-

  •    No. of Candidates taking the test 
  •    Difficulty Level of CAT 2020
  •    Availability of seats 
  •    IIMs and other institutes ranking

CAT 2020 Selection Process

IIMs and other CAT 2020 participating management institutes will conduct the selection procedure of CAT 2020 in two-steps. The very first step involves giving the entrance exam i.e. CAT 2020. Candidates who will qualify CAT 2020, will be called out for the second step. After releasing the cutoff of CAT 2020, eligible candidates will be called for Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) round. On the basis of scores received by candidates, the final selection list will be issued.

Documents Required at Counselling

  • 10th, 12th, graduation, and professional (if applicable) mark sheets
  • 10th, 12th, graduation, and professional (if available) degree certificates
  • Proof of date of birth
  • Caste certificate (if applicable)
  • Admission letter
  • CAT admit card
  • Address proof of parents
  • Passport size photographs (colour/black & white)
  • Others

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Question: When will CAT 2020 result be announced?


 As per the latest update, CAT 2020 result will be announced tentatively in the first week of January, 2021. 

Question: When will the registration of CAT 2020 begin?


Application process of CAT 2020 will begin tentatively from the first week of August.

Question: Will IIMs provide a common cutoff of CAT 2020 for the next rounds of selection?


Keeping in view the previous cutoff tracks of IIMs, individual cutoffs will be released by respective IIMs for the batch of 2021-2023.

Questions related to CAT

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is it neccesary to give CAT exam for pursuing In MBA?

Preeti Makhija 9th Apr, 2020

Dear Student,

CAT is the entrance exam for Top B-Schools in India. But  now there are other entrance exams as well like MAT,CMAT,XAT,etc for good MBA Colleges.

In Delhi/NCR there are many colleges who take MAT , CMAT score for admissions. some of them are:

IILM UNiversity Gurugram

Appejay school of Management

Amity University

SGT University etc...

All the universities have started with the admission process, please go through the websites and get all the details.


atleast how much percentile should i need in CAT exam to get admission in college which gives me package of mininum 7lakh..in MBA finance after completion of course.?help me plzz

Deepshikha Student Expert 9th Apr, 2020
College does not have a big role to play when it comes to placement. It's only a gateway for you to participate in the campus selection process. Colleges like Indian Institute of Management across India, TISS etcetra provide you with great opportunities. Big companies come here to hire students. So,you should try to score above 95-96 percentile to get into such colleges,after that your hardwork and dedication will help you get a good job.
Hope this helps.
Good luck.

Im a commerce student without maths can I clear the CAT exam .

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 8th Apr, 2020

Hii Abhinav,

Yes you for sure can but the amount of hard work you will have to put in will be more. The maths/quants part is pretty basic but is very tricky so it is tricks which you need to understand and apply.

CAT is an exam which tests your practicality and not how much you can learn by rote learning. You can start off by appearing for a mock test conducted free online and assess your performance that'll help you see and judge the areas you need improvement in and then decide if you need coaching or you can go on by yourself. You can either go for self study or Prepare with a tutor. For english prep. You can start off with Word Power Made easy, do this book twice, don't rush but read it and learn for 30-45 mins everyday. For Quants and LR-Di Arun sharma. Giving a mock a week and analyzing your strengths and weakness in terms of topics, score, percentile score and the time you are spending per question is really important.

Do take mocks religiously and you'll see how much it can affect your preparation in a positive manner.

You can read more about cat prep here- https://bschool.careers360.com/exams/cat


You can reach out to us for more help.

Hope it helps




10th -70% 12th -56% (Science) bcom - 80% (SC candidate), if I get 100 percentile in CAT, would have I got call from IIM A or C ??

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020

Hii Biton,

Yes, there is a possibility for you as you belong to the SC category. But still there are  alot of factors taken into consideration while accessing your profile for giving a call for interviews bu top Business schools of India. You have a good chance provided you work on your communication skills and other skills. Also try doing internships and building your profile as these things will affect and may decide if you will be getting a call or not.

Hope it helps,



How to start preparing for CAT 2020 from basics? Which are the books to refer from? Will self study be enough? I need an answer that can clear all my doubts and motivate me to start my preparation. Each answer will be appreciated, thanks.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 7th Apr, 2020
Almost all books available in the market are very similar in the nature of their content of study material but the important thing is what you make of it.

Here I can give you the list of books for each section that can help you accelerate your preparation to ace the tests.

CAT Books For Quantitative Ability:
1.NCERT mathematics books (from 6th to 10th class) ::
These books are a good way to start if one needs to clear their basics and concepts. NCERT books are best to start your CAT Preparation with only if you have a lot of time before your exam date and need to brush up on concepts before solving advanced problems.

2.How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT (by Arun Sharma)
(publisher: Tata McGraw Hill)
This is a very popular book among CAT aspirants and really easy and simple to understand. This book also focuses on the basics first and has different levels of difficulties step by step.

3.Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations (by Abhijit Guha)
This book is quite comprehensive for various competitive exams, for both MBA aspirants and for those seeking jobs who need to prepare for the aptitude tests.
4.Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh Verma
It is an extensive book for students aspiring to go to IIMs. It has a very simple, lucid and tailor made content revolving around CAT.

5.Quantitative Aptitude for CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson focuses on in depth understanding of core topics for basic and advanced applications.

Verbal Ability Books For CAT:

1.How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT( by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay)
This book is good to brush up your verbal and reading comprehension skills. It covers three important topics: reading comprehension, verbal ability and verbal reasoning. It provides sufficient practice and mock papers for self-assessment.

2.Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT( by Nishit Sinha)
This book by Pearson provides not only an exhaustive resource for verbal ability. It also includes numerous tests as well as integral problem solving techniques and approaches.

3.Word Power Made Easy (by Norman Lewis)
This is the go-to book to improve your vocabulary. It is not a book to be read but a book to work with daily to enrich your vocabulary.

4.High School Grammar and Composition( by Wren and Martin)
It is a very good book for people who want to improve their grammar skills. It helps to understand and conceptualise different aspects of grammar and it is a must have book for anyone with poor grasp on verbal ability or who wants to make up with the basics of english.

Read books from different genres
The ultimate key to improve your verbal ability is to read extensively and to read books from different genres. This ensures that when the time for reading comprehension comes you are well acquainted with different writing styles and topics. Reading extensively also improves your reading speeding over a period of time. There are no shortcuts here.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Books For CAT:

1.A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning( by R.S. Agarwal)
This CAT book by R.S. Agarwal is to start with the most basic reasoning problem as it is quite simple to understand. It is segregated into different sections such as logic, statements, inferences and arguments, assumptions, conclusions, course of actions, logical puzzles, etc.

2.How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book by Tata McGraw Hill contains all topics to be considered under Logical Reasoning for CAT as well as other entrance exams. Each topic is explained with solved examples followed by a series of problems with varied difficulty levels to solve which gives an individual enough practice for this section.

3.How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT book (by Arun Sharma)
This book focuses on all areas of Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency. It provides and emphasizes on developing our calculations to get an edge with DI. This book also provides you with previous years questions, Model and Sample test papers.

4.Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT (by Nishit Sinha)
This book covers fundamental and advanced topics under the aforementioned section which are explained with the help of solved examples, case lets and exercises to do. It is useful for various other exams as well.

5.Data Interpretation (by Nishit Sinha)
Practice Book for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations( by Nishit Sinha):
This book provides adequate practice and to sharpen the skills for Data Interpretation. It is also quite useful for other competitive exams like NMAT, GMAT, SNAP, XAT, CMAT, etc.

Another CAT Preparation material or book to be considered is Previous Years Solved CAT Paper:
This ensures that you are familiar with the kind of questions that are asked in CAT providing you an edge. They can be taken as mocks and the analysis of the same can provide you with great insights for your preparation.

It is always better to read newspaper for CURRENT G.K. than trying to grasp all info at once. Some of the newspaper sources which you can use to prepare this section are The Hindu, Financial Express, and The Economist.

In case, you dont like reading newspaper daily, you can go with Manorama Yearbook or Current Affairs Yearly by Arihant for General Knowledge which is published every year.

In order to prepare for STATIC G.K. section, you need to broaden your overall scope in following sections: Sports, Politics, Entertainment, Biographies, etc. So, for this, you can use Static General Knowledge by A.P. Bhardwaj and S. Chands Advanced Objective General Knowledge. These books are okay to start with if you are not someone with a newspaper reading habit from the past.

There are plenty of other books for these topics in the market, but these are by far the most popular as well as helpful books for anyone preparing for entrance exams.

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