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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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

        
            

Duration

        
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)            

34

        
            

102

        
            

60 minutes

        
            

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)        

            

32

        
            

96

        
            

60 minutes

            

Quantitative Ability (QA)

            

34

        
            

102

        
            

60 minutes

        
            

Total

        
            

100

        
            

300

        
            

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
Delhi
West Bengal Kolkata
Asansol
Bankura
Burdwan
Durgapur
Hooghly
Kalyani
Siliguri
Tamil Nadu Chennai
Coimbatore
Madurai
Salem
Tirunelveli
Tiruchirappalli
Vellore
Kerala Kannur
Ernakulam
Kollam
Kottayam
Kozhikode
Thrissur
Thiruvananthapuram
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Guntur
Kakinada
Kurnool
Nellore
Rajahmundry
Tirupati
Vijayawada
Visakhapatnam
Vizianagaram
Assam Dibrugarh
Guwahati
Jorhat
Silchar
Tezpur
Bihar Aurangabad
Arrah
Bhagalpur
Darbhanga
Muzaffarpur
Patna
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh Bhilai
Bilaspur
Raipur
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Anand
Gandhinagar
Mehsana
Rajkot
Surat
Vadodara
Haryana Ambala
Hisar
Karnal
Kurukshetra
Panipat
Rohtak
Gurgaon
Faridabad
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu
Jharkhand Bokaro
Dhanbad
Hazaribagh
Jamshedpur
Ranchi
Karnataka Belagavi
Bengaluru
Dharwad
Hubballi
Kalaburagi
Mangaluru
Mysuru
Shivamogga
Udupi
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Gwalior
Indore
Jabalpur
Sagar
Satna
Ujjain
Maharashtra Amravati
Ahmednagar
Aurangabad
Jalgaon
Mumbai
Kolhapur
Nagpur
Nanded
Nashik
Pune
Raigad
Satara
Solapur
Ulhasnagar
Thane
Palghar
Navi Mumbai
Vasai
Meghalaya Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima
Odisha Balasore
Berhampur
Bhubaneswar
Cuttack
Dhenkanal
Rourkela
Sambalpur
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar
Jalandhar
Ludhiana
Mohali
Pathankot
Patiala
Sangrur
Bathinda
Rajasthan Ajmer
Alwar
Bikaner
Jaipur
Jodhpur
Kota
Sikar
Udaipur
Telangana Hyderabad
Karimnagar
Warangal
Uttar Pradesh Agra
Aligarh
Allahabad
Bareilly
Gorakhpur
Jhansi
Kanpur
Lucknow
Meerut
Moradabad
Muzaffarnagar
Varanasi
Ghaziabad
Noida
Greater Noida
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Haldwani
Roorkee
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?

Answer:

 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?

Answer:

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?

Answer:

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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if i obtain 80 marks in quantitative aptitude 80 marks in data interpection and 80 marks in verbal reasoning what is my total percentile of cat because my 10th and 12 marks is low ?

Ankit Dahiya Student Expert 6th Apr, 2020
Hello,
Your CAT percentile has nothing to do with class X and XII marks.
The percentile indicates your performance relative to the other candidates. For example if you get 80 percentile it means your score is more than 80% of the appearing students.
The percentipe is calculated as:
P=(R/N) 100
where R=Rank of student and N=Number of students who appeared.

Follow this link for more information
https://www.google.com/amp/s/bschool.careers360.com/articles/how-calculate-cat-percentile/amp

Good luck
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I have 96% in 10th 94 %in 12th and 7 3 cgpa in btech and around 18 months of work experience..how much do I need to score in CAT 2020 to get a call from IIMA/B /C or FMS ?

Prakarsh Kaushik 5th Apr, 2020

Hello,

For getting in top B-schools of India like IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, FMS Delhi etc. you need good marks not only in in CAT but also in Class 10th, 12th and your graduation. If you have some work experience then it gives you more advantages.

There is no specific cutoff of percentile on which you can get into top IIMs. Since your marks in 10th, 12th is above 90% and in graduation above 7 CGPA with work experience, you can expect a call from IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C if you have at least 99 percentile in CAT .

For FMS also you should aim for 99+ percentile in CAT and also keep in mind that if you score 95+ percentile in VARC Section it will increase your chances of getting in.

Click at this link to know more about CAT - https://bschool.careers360.com/exams/cat

Hope this was helpful

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which is the best book for cat self study to crack cat examination

KUNAL LANJEWAR 5th Apr, 2020

Hello,

Given below are the best books to refer for preparing for CAT examination:

1. For Quantitative Aptitude:

  • How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT 2019 by Sarvesh K Sharma

2. For Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation :

  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by Nishit K Sinha

3. For Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension :

  • Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis
  • Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT by Ajay Singh
  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

Best Wishes.

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how should I crack cat examination

sushmitha M 5th Apr, 2020

hi,

Preparing in the right direction is very important for any competetive exams and mainly inportant for CAT. Firstly you need to know the syllabus for CAT and practice the topics that you are not unsure about and put more strss on them and then solve as many mock papers as possible and also go through the previous years papers of CAT and prepare in the right direction.

For sample papers of CAT please visit:

https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-sample-paper

Hope this helps

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How much percentile would be good in CAT to get admission in MBA from IIT Delhi for a general category participant?

anurag khanna 5th Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Till now IIT Delhi has not released its cut-off for CAT for admission to MBA courses. According to last year's trend you should score more than 90 percentile if you belongs to general category and want to pursue MBA from IIT Delhi.

For more details about cut-off for MBA program in IIT Delhi you should read this article .

I hope this answer helps you.

Good Luck!!

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