CAT 2020: Registration, Exam Date, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Admit Card, Result, Exam Analysis

Exam Date : November 20, 2020
Result Date : January 4, 2021

Common Admission Test commonly known as CAT Exam is conducted for MBA admissions into top-notch b-schools. This entrance exam is conducted by an IIM every year. CAT 2020 is likely to be conducted by IIM Indore.

  • CAT Exam is one of the management entrance exam conducted by IIM. Candidates will be ranked based on the CAT score to get admitted into the best management colleges in India like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, and IIM Calcutta, etc. This exam is conducted online and the results are announced on the common official website iimcat.ac.in. Here are the updates that will help you to crack CAT Exam 2020.
  • CAT 2020 registration will start tentatively from August 7, 2020. The last date to apply for CAT will be September 25, 2020 (expected). Candidates can use CAT reference books available at our portal to prepare and do well in the exam.

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What is CAT Exam?

The full form of CAT is the Common Admission Test. CAT Exam is the most popular national-level management entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) for admission to 20 IIM's and more than 100 B-schools across India. It is conducted and administered by one of the IIMs on a yearly rotational basis.

CAT exam 2020
What is CAT Exam?
CAT 2020 Summary
Exam Name Common Admission Test
Acronym CAT
Level National
CAT 2020 Conducting Body Indian Institute of Management (IIMs)
Courses Offered MBA/ PGDM
CAT 2020 Exam Mode Online i.e. Computer-based Test (CBT)
Medium English
CAT 2020 Exam Duration 3 Hours or 180 Minutes
CAT 2020 Official Website www.iimcat.ac.in
Helpdesk 1800 209 0830; [email protected]
  • Purpose: CAT exam helps management course aspirants to get admission in Top Management Colleges in India. The number of applicants for CAT 2020 is expected to be more than 2 lakh. Last year around 2.41 lakh candidates had registered themselves for this exam. It is conducted once every year.
  • PG Management Programmes: Through CAT, IIMs offer MBA, PGP, PGP-FABM, PGPEM, PGDM, EPGP PGPSM, PGPWE, PGDHRM, PGPEX, and PGPBM.
  • Difficulty: CAT is an aptitude test designed to evaluate an applicant's Quantitative, Verbal/reading, Data Interpretation, and Reasoning Skills. After analyzing CAT previous year papers, it is evident that Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) has always been the toughest section in the paper. VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension) section complexity is mostly moderate and QA so far has always been the easiest.
  • CAT Percentile: CAT Scorecard contains percentile marks. Candidates attempting 63-67 questions with the right responses can expect a decent CAT Percentile. However, the percentile is a relative measure of the performance as it depends on how good/bad other test takers perform.
  • Payment: Payment of CAT 2020 Application Fee can be made online via Debit Card/ Credit Card/ Internet Banking only. Offline payment is not entertained.
  • Placement: More than 50 institutes offering masters or postgraduate diplomas in management across India consider the CAT exam score as the valid criteria for admission, every year.

CAT 2020 Exam Date

  • The conducting authority will declare the CAT 2020 exam date and other important dates tentatively in July on the official website.
  • IIM will commence registrations tentatively from August 7, 2020. The last date to apply for CAT 2020 is expected to be September 25, 2020.
CAT 2020 Exam Dates
Important Events Dates (Tentative)
Official Notification July 28, 2020
CAT 2020 Application Form Start Date August 7, 2020
CAT 2020 Application Form Last Date September 25, 2020
CAT Tutorials on the official website October 16, 2020
CAT 2020 Admit Card Availability October 23, 2020 to November 20, 2020
CAT 2020 Exam Date November 20, 2020
CAT 2020 Results Announcement January 4, 2021

Note: All the dates mentioned above are tentative and will be updated once the conducting authority mentions it on the official website.

CAT 2020 Eligibility

  • To satisfy CAT 2020 eligibility, candidates need to have completed their graduation degree with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks or an equivalent CGPA from a recognized university or educational institute. The college or institute that a candidate has studied in shall abide by the 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 recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
  • Candidates who are in the final year of their UG courses are also eligible to apply for CAT 2020. Further, if that candidate gets admission into an IIM he or she will be allowed to join the programme provisionally only if a candidate produces a certificate from the principal or registrar of the institute or university in which he/she has studied. The certificate must state that the student has completed all the necessary procedures for a Bachelor's degree. Moreover, this certificate must be issued on or before the stipulated time mentioned by the particular IIM in which the student got admission.
  • Applicants who have a CA/CS/ICWA degree will also be considered eligible to apply for CAT. General category candidates and candidates under the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) need to have obtained a minimum score of 50% in any of the Bachelor's degree programs, whereas reserved category (SC/ST/PWD) candidates must have obtained a minimum of 45% aggregate marks.
  • Under CAT 2020 eligibility, there is no restriction for the upper age limit of a candidate. Also, there is no limit to the number of attempts. Candidates need to fill information about work experience (if any) in the application form, however, it is not a criterion to be fulfilled to attempt the entrance exam. Check the table below for the minimum percentage required for the following categories:
CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria
Category Percentage of minimum marks
General and OBC/ EWS 50
Scheduled Caste (SC) 45
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 45
Persons with Disabilities (PwD) 45

Aspirants have to mention caste or community details as per CAT Caste Certificate Format specified in the application form. Students belonging to OBC (NCL) caste must produce the pertaining certificate for CAT Exam 2020.

CAT 2020 Syllabus

CAT 2020 syllabus is based on questions asked from various topic backgrounds. CAT exam syllabus is divided into 3 sections which test the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), Verbal Ability (VA), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). There is no General Awareness section and testing. Syllabus for CAT usually remains the same for consecutive years. The only difference lies in the manner in which the questions are put up. For more information, visit CAT 2020 Syllabus.

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

  • As per the exam pattern for CAT 2020, the paper will consist of 3 sections with a total of 100 questions. You need to ensure that you score a high score in every section as there is also a sectional cut off in IIMs for shortlisting.
  • 3 marks will be awarded for each correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer. CAT 2020 examination will be conducted Online (Computer-based test). CAT 2020 paper will consist of 2 types of questions: MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) as well as non-MCQs.
  • There will be a total of 100 questions in all. Sections like Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension will be covered in CAT exam pattern. Candidates will be provided 3 hours to complete the exam which counts to an hour per section.
CAT 2020 Exam Pattern
Category Details
Mode Online i.e. Computer-based Test (CBT)
Question Type Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ's)
Duration 3 Hours or 180 Minutes
CAT 2020 Total Marks 100
CAT 2020 Marking Scheme

+3 Marks for Correct Answers

-1 Marks for Wrong Answers

Medium English

CAT 2020 Registration Process

Online CAT 2020 application form will be rolled out on August 7, 2020 (tentatively). The last date to apply for CAT 2020 is expected to be September 25, 2020. The application form will be available online on the official website iimcat.ac.in.

CAT 2020 registration form is a 5-page document. Following are some facts related to it:

  • The CAT 2020 application process will last till September 25, 2020.
  • Once a candidate completes CAT registration 2020, IIM Kozhikode (conducting authority) will send registration ID and password to the candidate which have to be used to login to the official website and complete the application process.

Documents required to fill the application form

Following documents are required to fill CAT 2020 application form:

  • Scanned images of your passport size photo and signature.
  • An attested SC/ST/OBC certificate.
  • PwD Certificate signed and attested by respective authorities.

How to apply for CAT Exam?

The application process of CAT 2020 is a four-step procedure which is mentioned below:

  • Step 1: Registration: Go to the official website www.iimcat.ac.in. Register yourself by entering your email id, phone number, and date of birth. Candidates are advised to provide a valid and working mail ID & phone number as all further communications will be notified on the same.
  • Step 2: Fill CAT Application Form: This step will ask a candidate to provide details like personal details, contact information, academic details, work experience, program preference and exam centre preference for CAT 2020 Application Form completion.
  • Step 3: Uploading Documents: Upload scanned images of your recent passport size photograph, signature and other required documents as asked in the process. Make sure you check the specifications before uploading any of these files. Candidates belonging to reserved category have to produce the necessary documents. For instance, OBC candidates must produce the OBC Certificate for CAT Exam.
  • Step 4: Payment of Application Fee: CAT 2020 registration fees can be paid online using a debit/credit card or net banking. Find category-wise application fees for CAT 2020:
Category Fee (INR)
General/OBC 1900/-
PWD 950/-
SC/ST 950/-

CAT 2020 Application Form

On successful completion of the application process an email, a message on the registered mobile number will be sent confirming the status of the candidate's CAT 2020 application form.

The application status is “Successfully Submitted” if the application gets accepted or else “Application Rejected” is shown indicating any mistake made during the process.

CAT Application Form Correction

Candidates tend to make mistakes while filling the application form. Since CAT is a major career deciding exam, the authority facilitates the candidates with an Application Form Correction window during which candidates can make changes to the information provided in their application.

How to Register for Non-IIM participating institutes in CAT Exam?

Follow the steps given below to register to Non-IIM institutes:

  • Step 1: Visit the official website iimcat.ac.in
  • Step 2: Navigate to CAT 2020 link which will be available on the right part of the screen.
  • Step 3: Click on "Downloading of MOU and the Application Form".
  • Step 4: Pay the required fees.
  • Step 5: Carefully fill CAT 2020 Application Form and MOU. Then send the scanned copies duly filled-in, signed and stamped along with the required enclosures (mentioned inside application form) through email.
  • Step 6: Stamped and signed MOU (2 copies), Application Form (single copy) in original and other hard copies of documents as specified along with Application Form must be sent duly filled to the Admissions Office of IIM Kozhikode to its address given below:

    CAT Centre, C/o Admissions Office, Indian Institute of Management - Indore,

    Prabandh Shikhar, Rau - Pithampur Rd, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, PIN CODE - 453556

    Note: The program brochure can be sent exclusively or separately along with the other required hard copies as stated above.

CAT 2020 Admit Card

CAT 2020 Admit Card will be available for download from the official website from October 23, 2020 onwards. CAT 2020 Hall Ticket will have the applicant's personal details and information regarding the test such as test venue, session, etc. Hall ticket will facilitate a candidate's entry into the examination hall provided it is presented with any other valid Govt. ID Proof of the candidate. Candidates belonging to reserved categories in CAT exam should verify whether the right category has been mentioned.

Discrepancies: If any discrepancy is found in the CAT 2020 Admit Card, candidates must notify the authority for corrections. Moreover, if the candidate finds any difficulty with the registration or application form then he or she may contact CAT centre with the below-given contact details.

Documents to be carried to the exam centre

The following documents are needed that a student will need to carry with himself/herself along with CAT hall ticket to his/her allotted exam centre. Only one out of the below photo ID proofs is needed by the candidate at the time of appearing for CAT.

  • Aadhaar Card
  • Voter ID Card
  • Passport
  • PAN Card
  • Driving License
  • Photo ID issued by the current education institute or the employer.

CAT 2020 Exam Centres

CAT exam will be conducted in 156 cities across India in 2020. Students can select 4 exam centres i.e they can provide 4 preferences for the test venue in CAT 2020 Form. CAT Exam Centres in Bangalore are many, here below we have enlisted the names of test cities in Karanataka.

Karnataka Bengaluru, Belgaum, Bidar, Mangalore, Mysore, Shimoga, Udupi, Ramanagara, Davanagere, Chikballapur, Mandya, Kolar, Hassan, Tumkur

There are many test centres in India across different states. Students can choose the best test centre for them as per their convenience. Go through the complete list of CAT 2020 Exam Centres

CAT 2020 Result

IIM is expected to release CAT 2020 Results in the 2nd week of January 2021. Scorecards will be published online along with the results. Candidates will be notified about their percentile via SMS and the score will be valid for 1 year.

After CAT 2020 Results are announced, different institutes will start publishing their CAT 2020 Cut-off percentiles for further processes. The step-wise process to obtain CAT result 2020 is given below:

  1. Visit the official website.
  2. Navigate to click on "Download CAT 2020 Score Card" notification.
  3. You will be redirected to the login page.
  4. Provide your User ID and Password.
  5. You will be redirected to the candidate's account page.
  6. Click on the Download Scorecard link and download it for future reference.

CAT 2020 Reservation Statistics

There are certain seat reservations in CAT offered by IIMs for reserved category candidates. The exact count is as shown below:

CAT 2020 Reservation Statistics
Category Percentage of seats
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Non-Creamy–Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC) 27%
Economically Weaker Section (EWS) Up to 10%
People with Disability/Disabilities (PwD) 5%

Note:

  • During the application process, candidates are advised to provide all the correct information. Failing to do so will result in the rejection of a candidate's application.
  • Candidates who successfully make it to the interview have to present the required set of documents. Failing to do so will result in the rejection of a candidate's application.

Preparation Tips for CAT 2020 Exam

CAT is often considered as one of the most difficult exams in India. But if prepared in a strategic way anyone can ace this exam and get a very good score. CAT 2019 was recently conducted in November. Now the focus has been shifted to CAT 2020. Anyone preparing for the upcoming CAT exam can look into the syllabus and check the preparation tips given here.

  • Start with basics: Basics are very important and one has to be thorough with the basics to solve all kinds of problems. To begin with, you can focus on topics like Arithmetic, Numbers, Geometry and gradually build on your knowledge on other less important topics like Functions, Inequalities, Permutation, and Combinations, etc. It is also important to focus on small topics like Progressions, Logarithms, etc. As far as verbal and RC are concerned it is very important to read a lot. Reading on a variety of topics is very important to perform on the day of the exam. DI and LR practice a lot of puzzles and this will help you to ace this section.
  • Take Mocks: Equally important to basics is taking mocks. Take mocks in the beginning phase of your preparation. It will help you to gauge your strengths and weaknesses. Then you can build your strategies accordingly and work your way to glory.
  • Practice: It is important to stick to a practice regime and follow it religiously. Do a lot of practice for this will strengthen our conceptual knowledge as well as increase your speed. In this way, you can increase accuracy and the number of attempts.

CAT 2019 Paper Analysis

CAT 2019 November exam was conducted on 24th November in two slots: Slot-1 and Slot-2. This year IIM Kozhikode was responsible to conduct CAT exam. The difficulty of the CAT exam 2019 was moderate as most of the appeared candidates were confident in getting a good score.

CAT Slot-1 Analysis

It has been reviewed that CAT Slot-1 was moderately difficult overall. The complexity of the English Comprehension section gave the students a hard time understanding the crux of the topic. The Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section was moderately difficult and the Quantitative section was the easiest of all.

  • Quant Analysis: The quant section of CAT 2019 consisted of 34 questions. The paper had MCQ type questions and non-MCQ type questions as well. There was no negative marking for the non-MCQ type questions. Each correct answer awarded 3 marks to the candidate whereas every wrong answer had a penalty of 1 mark. Candidates had to finish this section within 60 minutes. The pattern of questions from Quant section was as follows:
    • Algebra: 8-10 questions
    • Arithmetic: 8-10 questions
    • Numbers: 6-8 questions
    • Geometry: 5-7 questions
    • Modern Maths: 1 or 2 questions
  • DI & LR Analysis: CAT 2019 had 32 questions from the DI & LR section and was moderately difficult for the candidates to comprehend. Time allocated to attempt this section was 60 minutes. The number of non-MCQ type of questions has increased from 27 last year to 31 this year.
  • English Comprehension Analysis: CAT 2019 exam had a tough English Comprehension part which had 34 questions. This section had to be finished in 60 minutes. The para jumbles this year had 4 sentences instead of 5. Rest of the questions asked were in below fashion:
    • Reading Comprehensions: 24 questions from 5 passages
    • Verbal Ability: 10 questions
    • Para jumbles: 4 questions
    • Para Summary: 3 questions
    • Out of content questions: 3 questions

CAT Slot-2 Analysis

The DILR section asked in Slot-2 was easier as compared to that of Slot-1. Quantitative Aptitude section was easy when compared to last year but was lengthier when compared to Slot-1. 15+ questions were asked from Arithmetic only. English Comprehension & Verbal section was of the same difficulty as Slot-1. It was difficult when compared to what was asked in CAT 2017 and CAT 2018.

  • VARC Analysis: As compared to the forenoon session of the CAT 2019 exam, the questions were no cakewalk for the students. Reading Comprehension part of VARC was very tricky and involved heavy reading. The difficulty level was higher than in the previous year's paper. RC section had 4 passages of 5 questions each and 1 passage of 4 questions. Verbal Ability section had 10 questions asked out of which 3 were Odd One Out-type, 3 were Para summary questions and 4 were PFQs.
  • DI & LR Analysis: The difficulty of the DI & LR section was easier when compared to the previous year's paper. This section had 8 sets with 4 questions each (32 questions in all). Out of these 8 sets, 4 sets were easier to solve which is unusual in CAT's history. Candidates who had conceptual clarity would have solved this section with ease.
  • Quant Analysis: The quant section of the forenoon session had questions from Arithmetic (Time, Work & Distance, Profit & Loss, Ratios, Equations, Interest), Geometry, Algebra, Numbers, and Mensuration. The questions were easy to solve because of the less worldly questions. Moreover, some questions would get solved in no time. The questions asked in this section were 34 in all.

CAT 2020 Percentile Predictor

  • CAT 2020 Results will be announced on January 4, 2021 (tentatively as per the official website). Candidates can download their scorecards from the official website. Candidates can predict their percentile using the CAT 2020 Percentile Predictor. This will help them to target specific colleges for admission.
  • Once the results have been declared, all participating institutes will release their cut off details for admissions. Candidates will be shortlisted based on their performance in CAT (percentile obtained).

CAT 2020 Cutoff

The minimum percentile required to clear CAT 2020 Cutoff for different sections is provided below. Previous year CAT cut off can be very helpful to the students to plan carefully for the current year's exam.

CAT Minimum Percentile
Category VRC DILR QA Overall
General 70 70 70 80
NC-OBC 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PWD 60 60 60 7

CAT 2020 Admission Process

Candidates have to submit the original documents during CAT 2020 Counselling. There is no specific date for CAT 2020 Counselling, as each IIM and each private college will conduct its admission or selection process on different dates. If a candidate is selected for a particular program in an IIM a mail will be sent to that shortlisted candidate. Criteria for shortlisting candidates also differ amongst the IIMs.

The list of shortlisted candidates for a particular IIM will be available on the website of the concerned IIM. Moreover, as each IIM follows a different admission process, one must visit the website of that particular IIM to learn about the admission policy followed.

Generally, the selection process involves a Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). CAT Score will be given the foremost importance for selection. Some IIMs might even consider some factors like previous academic records and work experience. However, the weightage given to each of these parameters varies from one IIM to the other.

  • CAT Score
  • Personal Interview
  • Written Ability Test (WAT)
  • Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor's Degree (ADFB)
  • Work Experience

Note: Each college gives a different weightage to the criteria mentioned above. Most colleges nevertheless provide the maximum weightage to CAT Score.

Documents to be carried at the admission centre

  • Original Marksheets (all semesters) and degree certificate
  • SC/ST/PWD/EWS candidates must produce relevant Class/Caste/Disability or pertaining certificate along with a photocopy.
  • Final year candidates must produce a certificate from the principal or registrar of the institute or university along with previous exam's mark sheet (minimum of 50% for General/EWS and 45% for SC/ST/PWD Category)

Courses Offered by IIMs in 2020 after CAT

The following are the courses offered at prestigious IIMs to the candidates who qualify CAT with flying colours.

Courses Offered By IIMs
Institutions Programmes
IIM Ahmedabad PGP, PGP-FABM, PGP
IIM Amritsar PGP
IIM Bangalore PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM, PGPBA
IIM Bodh Gaya PGP
IIM Calcutta MBA
IIM Indore PGP, PGP-HRM
IIM Jammu PGP
IIM Kashipur PGP, EPGP
IIM Kozhikode PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, EPGP (Kochi Campus & IL)
IIM Lucknow PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM
IIM Nagpur PGP
IIM Raipur PGP
IIM Ranchi PGDM, PGP-HRM
IIM Rohtak PGP, EPGP, EPGPX
IIM Sambalpur MBA
RGIIM Shillong PGP, PGPEX
IIM Sirmaur PGP
IIM Tiruchirappalli PGP, PGPBM, PGPM-HR
IIM Udaipur MBA
IIM Vishakapatnam PGP

Fellow Programmes in Management (FPM) [Doctoral]

Other than Diploma in Management, IIMs offer FPM and EFPM which are equivalent to Ph.D. programmes. EFPM stands for Executive Fellow Programme in Management and FPM stands for Fellow Programme in Management. IIMs which provide the FPM and EFPM are compiled below in the table.

Fellowship Program Offered by IIM
Institutions Programmes
IIM Ahmedabad PhD
IIM Amritsar FPM
IIM Bangalore FPM
IIM Bodh Gaya Ph.D. (FPM)
IIM Calcutta Doctoral
IIM Indore FPM
IIM Kashipur FPM & EFPM
IIM Kozhikode FPM
IIM Raipur FPM & EFPM
IIM Ranchi Ph.D., E.Ph.D
IIM Rohtak FPM, EFPM
IIM Sambalpur PhD
RGIIM Shillong FPM
IIM Srimaur PhD
IIM Tiruchirappalli FPM
IIM Udaipur PhD
IIM Vishakapatnam FPM

Note: Separate advertisements may be released for courses other than PGP by various IIMs. Candidates are expected to visit the official website of the concerned IIM and check the availability of the course, its eligibility criteria, admission process and then apply for it.

The list of non-IIM institutes that accept the CAT score is available on www.iimcat.ac.in. IIMs have no role to play in the admission process of a candidate in Non-IIM institutes.

Registration Trend over the years

CAT Registration over the years is shown in the table below:

Registration Trend
Year Approximate Number of Registration
2010 2,04,000
2011 2,05,000
2012 2,14,000
2013 1,95,000
2014 1,97,000
2015 2,19,000
2016 2,32,000
2017 2,31,000
2018 2,40,338

Contact Details

For any doubts or clarifications contact

Dr. M.G. Sreekumar
Head, Media Relations, IIMK
+91- 9447654066
[email protected]

CAT FAQs

  • Q. What was the IIM interview cut off last year?

    Ans. The cutoff for different IIMs is enumerated below:

    Institute Interview Cut Off Percentile Cut off percentile for admission
    IIM Ahmedabad 96 90
    IIM Ranchi 96 90
    IIM Raipur 96 90
    IIM Trichy 96 90
    IIM Udaipur 1 90
  • Q. What is the minimum percentage required to be eligible for the CAT 2020?

    Ans. A bachelor's degree from a recognized institute is compulsory and mandatory for writing the CAT 2020 exam, this must meet the minimum percentage requirement of 55% in the qualifying examination.

  • Q. Will candidates scoring less than the cut-off still get admission to the participating institutes?

    Ans. The candidate must clear the minimum cut off. Failing to do so the candidate cannot apply to any IIM. However, a private institute might still call you for an interview depending on their admission policy.

  • Q. When will CAT 2020 Admit Card be released?

    Ans. The admit card of CAT 2020 can be downloaded on and after October 23, 2020. The candidates can download it from the official website.

  • Q. If I lose my hall ticket at the exam centre, can I still be able to appear for the exam?

    Ans. Yes, you can download the admit card at the exam centre. You need to inform the authorities about the same and they will help you in downloading a duplicate admit card.

  • Q. What stationeries should I be carrying on the exam day?

    Ans. Candidates are prohibited from carrying anything except admit card and the photo ID. A pen and paper will be given to you at the exam centre for rough work which you must return to the authorities before leaving the exam hall.

  • Q. Is there any travel allowance for reserved category candidates?

    Ans. No travelling allowance will be issued to the candidates irrespective of the fact whether they are from reserved or non-reserved categories.

  • Q. What is the deadline to enter the CAT 2020 exam centre?

    Ans. For the morning shift exam, candidates will not be allowed to enter the exam hall post 8:45 AM. For the evening shift, candidates will not be allowed inside the exam hall post 2:15 PM.

  • Q. What are the items banned from being carried at the CAT 2020 exam centre?

    Ans. Candidates will not be allowed to carry any of the following items:

    • Mobile Phones
    • Pen, pencil
    • Books/ chits/ sheets/ clips
    • Electronic Gadgets
    • Watches
    • Calculator
    • Stationary
  • Q. Is a calculator allowed in CAT 2020 exam?

    Ans. Yes, but you will be provided with an on-screen calculator to calculate answers. You will not be allowed to carry your calculator as it can be tampered with.

  • Q. What is the fee for CAT 2020 exam?

    Ans. The registration fee for CAT exam is INR 1900/- for General/OBC candidates and INR 950 for SC/ST/PwD candidates.

  • Q. How long CAT score is valid?

    Ans. CAT score is valid until the 31st December of the year for which the admission will be taking place.

  • Q. Is this right, that the candidates are not allowed any bio-breaks during the exam hours?

    Ans. Yes, there will be no-breaks for candidates during exam hours.

  • Q.What kind of assistance will be provided to PwD candidates at the exam centre?

    Ans. For PWD candidates, the following priveledges will be extended at the exam centre:

    1. Scribe/ reader- candidates who are suffering from visual impairment or cerebral palsy will be allowed to bring along a scribe as an assistant, the scribe must have filled or submitted affidavits which ensure scribe's authenticity.
    2. Other allowed devices- an abacus without a calculator will be allowed for candidates suffering from visual impairment or hearing impairment.
  • Q. What items are supposed to be carried to the exam centre on the day of the exam?

    Ans. One must carry CAT 2020 admit card, along with a valid Government photo ID proof.

  • Q. What are the different ID proofs that can work as valid photo Id proof?

    Ans. Check the following:

    • College ID
    • Employer ID
    • Driving License
    • Passport
    • PAN Card
    • Voter ID
    • Aadhaar Card
    • Identification Affidavit
  • Q. During the application form correction window, what all details can be edited?

    Ans. Only the following details can be edited:

    • Programs selected
    • Percentage of marks scored
    • Work experience

    Rest, cannot be edited within the form correction window. So candidates must be really careful while submitting their application form.

  • Q. What steps are supposed to be followed to correct details in the CAT 2020 Application Form?

    Ans. Follow the steps given below to edit details in the CAT 2020 application Form:

    1. Open the official CAT 2020 website.
    2. Click on the “existing user” tab.
    3. Log in to the portal with the username and password.
    4. Check the date supplied in the fields.
    5. Edit the information that needs to be corrected.
    6. Click on “save “and continue once the whole form has been edited.
  • Q. Will transgenders be allowed to write the exam?

    Ans. Yes, transgenders will be allowed to write the exam. Starting from 2015, transgenders have been allowed to take up CAT by the concerned authorities.

  • Q. What is the minimum required eligibility criteria to write CAT 2020?

    Ans. A bachelor's degree from a recognized institute is compulsory and mandatory for writing the CAT 2020 exam, this must meet the minimum percentage requirement of 55% in the qualifying examination.

  • Q. What are the particular information that must be kept handy before starting to fill the CAT 2020 application form?

    Ans. The following information must be kept handy:

    1. Candidate's name
    2. Candidate's DOB
    3. A valid email address
    4. Educational history
    5. Mark sheet of the previous qualifying examinations
    6. Additional certificates to be uploaded
    7. Scanned images of the passport size photo
    8. List of IIMs in the order of application
  • Q. What are the details to be provided in the CAT 2020 Application Form?

    Ans. You will find the following fields in the form:

    1. Personal details
    2. Academic details
    3. Work experience
    4. Programmes
    5. Payment of application fee
  • Q. I have worked as a part-time employee with a management firm. Will my experience be counted during CAT 2020 Registration?

    Ans. No, part-time job experience will not be counted as work experience, only full-time job experience of graduates will be considered as work experience.

  • Q. What are the specifications for the photograph file to be uploaded with the CAT 2020 application form?

    Ans. A scanned copy of the photograph and signature will be considered valid if the same meet the following requirements:

  • Q. Can I pay the CAT 2020 Application Form fee offline using a bank challan or something?

    Ans. No, you cannot, Application Fees can be paid online only using a debit/credit card or net banking. Note that no other mode of payment is valid for CAT 2019 Application Process.

  • Q. What are the documents required to be submitted along with the CAT 2020 application form?

    Ans. The candidates must upload the following compulsory documents along with the CAT 2020 Application Form:

    • A recent scanned photograph
    • Scanned image of the signature
    • SC/ST/OBC certificate must be signed by competent bodies and must be self-attested, and then scanned and uploaded.
    • PWD/DA certificate must be signed by authorities and self-attested thereof, thus scanned and uploaded.
  • Q. Is it required to send a hard copy of the filled and submitted the application form to the conducting authorities?

    Ans. No, it will not be required. But candidates are advised to keep a print out of the same with them for future correspondence.

  • Q. Can the details in the application form be edited once I have paid the application fees?

    Ans. No, all such edits can be made only before the fees have been paid. Certain information can be edited after the payment of application fee but most of it will be frozen and hence cannot be edited. The system thus provides you with the opportunity to register an account and login multiple times before actually hitting the final submit button.

  • Q. What are the details to contact CAT Helpdesk?

    Ans. You can contact the authorities on:

  • Q. Are degrees from Open Universities or correspondence recognized and accepted for CAT 2020 eligibility criteria?

    Ans. It will be accepted provided it meets any of the following requirements:

    • Any Qualification recognized by the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree awarded by UGC recognized University/ Institutions will be regarded as “Equivalent Qualification”.
    • In case the equivalent qualification possessed by the candidate is not covered in those mentioned above, then he/she will have to get an equivalence certificate from the Association of Indian Universities New Delhi.
  • Q. What are the most important points and exam tips regarding CAT 2020 exam pattern?

    Ans. Check the highlight points below:

    • A total of 100 questions divided into three sections.
    • The test duration is 3 hours.
    • It is a Computer Based Test.
    • Test takers cannot switch between sections.
    • The medium of the paper will be English only.
    • Attempt TITA questions carefully.

Frequently Asked Questions

There will not be any particular marking scheme for non-MCQ/ TITA questions, but the right responses to these questions will add the score to the overall percentile.

3 marks are awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Check the following:

  • Number system
  • Arithmetic
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Permutation and combination
  • Set theory, trigonometry and
  • logarithms

Check the following:

  • Fact Inference Judgment
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Grammar
  • Para Completion
  • Para Jumble
  • Sentence Correction
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Word Usage (Vocabulary)

A simple 6 step process to check the CAT result online is as follows:

  1. Visit the official website.
  2. Navigate to click on ‘Download CAT Score Card'.
  3. You will be redirected to the login page.
  4. Provide your User Id and Password.
  5. You will be redirected to the candidate's account page.
  6. Click on the Download Scorecard link and download it for future reference.

No, a candidate can only write the exam in the specified one-time slot.

You will have separate columns for providing graduation (B.Tech) marks and post-graduation (M.Tech) marks.

It is scheduled on November 24, 2020. Over 2 lac candidates are supposed to write the online test.

No, there is no provision for an offline exam. CAT was conducted in offline mode until 2009.

There are 4300 seats. It has been the same for the last two years and there has been no official notification regarding any increase in the no. of seats.

No, there is no separate reservation for female candidates in IIMs.

Almost a total of 100 institutes and 20 IIMs will consider CAT score for admissions to post-graduate management programmes.

Yes, except for the IIMs any other participating institution will require the candidate's separate application for admission.

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Colleges which accept [CAT]


Want to get in ?

Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2021
12 Mar 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
8/10

The eligibility criteria is an undergraduate degree with 60%.  MAT/CAT/TANCET can be taken up to get through.

I wrote MAT exam, and the minimum marks required in MAT are 550 with 40% in English.

I was supposed to get through the Group Discussion and then the personal interview.



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Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2019
03 Mar 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
7/10

55%in graduation

CAT and MAT entrance exam

Category Cutoff
General 75%
OBC 75%
SC 75%
ST 75%
PWD 75%
Economically Weaker Section 75%


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Master of Business Administration [MBA] (Marketing Management), batch of 2014
16 Feb 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
10/10

Graduation 10+12+3/4 Years Degree course with any subjects. Graduation Marks should be minimum 50% for General Candidates and for SC/ST/OBC must have 45% and above.

Any national entrance exam score like CAT/MAT/CMAT/XAT/ATMA etc valid score.

Cut off is required as per college decision (a minimum 50% is a must).

Selection will depend on academic records, RCMB short entrance exam performance, National entrance exam performance and GD-PI performance.



Want to get in ?
Aayushi
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2021
13 Feb 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
7/10

The admission to the MBA course is through CAT/MAT/XAT score, followed by Group Discussion /Personal Interview. The merit list is prepared on the basis of the above exam score. Personal Interview is conducted through skype.

The candidate should be graduated from any recognized university in any stream with 60% in graduation.



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Bachelor of Business Administration [BBA], batch of 2019
01 Feb 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
7/10

There was no particular criteria for the course in my college, I have done BBA from krupanidhi degree college
I have taken CAT exam in 2019.
There were no typucal cutoffs for the course that I did in my college .



Want to get in ?
Rohit
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2019
21 Jan 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
7/10

The admission was based on MBA entrance exams like CAT, MAT, CMAT, MH CEAT, and admissions to place based on merit.

I took CAT and MH CEAT Entrance Exam.

If a student is able to secure 80-90 percentile in entrance exams, it'll be good enough to take admission in MITSOM.



Want to get in ?
Mukundhan
Master of Business Administration [MBA], batch of 2018
13 Jan 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
8/10

Eligibility criteria for the course was under graduation from any recognised universities with a minimum 50% overall score and no back logs. The admission procedure was to apply through their online website, after which the college admission faculty would contact and guide you for furthur formalities if selected after the initial application through their website.

Entrance exams accepted were CAT, GMAT with a 70% score. OR you took up the Jain Entrance Exam (JEE) which was very similar to GMAT.

The cut off was 60% marks in under graduation. 



Want to get in ?
Kumar
Post Graduate Diploma in Management [PGDM], batch of 2020
10 Jan 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
10/10

Candidates are required to have a bachelor's degree from a recognized university with a minimum aggregate of 50% for all subjects taken together (45% for SC/ST candidates). 

Must have qualified in one of the national level management entrance examinations, viz., CAT, XAT or GMAT.



Want to get in ?
Apurba
Master of Business Administration [MBA] (Finance), batch of 2012
06 Jan 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
8/10

A student should minimum hold 55 to 60% in graduation for admission and for undergraduates also minimum 55% to 60%. Icfai is the university website to apply online and candidates can come directly to the college city in Argora chowk ranchi for prospectus and admission.

From MAT,CAT for admission to MB with a Minimum of 45%.



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Getmyuni
MBA Finance and marketing, batch of 2020
06 Jan 2020
Eligibility Criteria and Admission Process
6/10

I am currently pursuing MBA at BNMIT. I secured a seat at the college through PGCET and the cut off ranking for the course is approximately 2000. The college also accepts the Scores of other state-level and national-level MBA entrance examinations like KMAT, CAT etc., to name a few. Those students who do not have a cutoff score or those who haven't appeared for the entrance test can get the admission through management quota. Students who choose to take up a management seat should have a minimum aggregate score of 70% in their undergraduation and the cost of the management seat is around Rs 4 lakh.



Discussion Forum



Q
Entering Marks to Common Admission Test (CAT) Application Form for Dual Degree holders

I have a dual degree (Bachelor’s + Master’s) of my own. How do I enter my marks while registering for CAT?

Asked By: Allen James,

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Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

While registering for CAT, if the candidate holds a dual degree, the following steps should be followed:

  • The first 3 years aggregate percentage will be taken as the Bachelors’ Degree Percentage.
  • The next 2 years will be taken as the Master’s Degree Percentage.

The candidates are advised to take an assessment of themselves and make sure you verify all the details before entering them on your CAT Application Form.



Q
Using calculator during CAT Exam

Can I use a calculator inside the CAT Exam hall or will they provide calculators for our use?

Asked By: Justin Jose,

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Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

No, you will not be allowed to enter the CAT Exam Hall with a calculator or any other Electronic Device for that matter.

Although, the candidates will be provided with the facility to use the on-screen keyboard.



Q
Analytical Reasoning Syllabus for CAT

What are the important topics I should look into while preparing for CAT 2017 for Analytical Reasoning?

Asked By: Mustafa Naushad,

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Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Individuals trying to clear CAT for getting admitted to IIMs' must have a good idea about the syllabus at hand.

The important topics to be covered under Analytical Reasoning are:

  • Direction Sense
  • Puzzles
  • Series
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Data Structures
  • Blood Relations
  • Arrangements
  • Coding-Decoding

Aspiring candidates can have a good view of the Syllabus on our web page.



Q
Common Admission Test CAT 2017

When will the registrations start for the 2017 CAT exam session and when will the exam take place?

Asked By: Shemeer Salim,

A
Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The registrations for CAT 2020 will begin on the 8th of August and will be closing by the 27th of September.

The CAT 2020 Exam will be held on the 4th of December and the Results will be released by the 2nd week of January 2020.



Q
To get admitted into IIMs'

What should be my average score for CAT in order for me to get admitted to one of the prestigious IIMs'?

Asked By: Manish Chopra,

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Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Candidates having 98, 98+, 99+ percentile in CAT, but lack past academic record, meaning, having 92, 96, 97, 99+ percentage in class 10 & 12 and 78, 80, 85, 88+ percentage in Bachelor’s again loses the chance of being shortlisted into IIMs'.

Another point which must be taken note of is that having an overall percentile of 99+ won’t make you eligible to get that call.

Along with it, you need to have a balanced and high percentile in all the three sections of CAT. Having 98 in QA, 99 in VARC but 75 in DILR would again mean losing that call.

So, If you're a candidate hoping to get admitted to any of the prestigious IIMs', I advise you to keep all your educational records top notch.



Q
IIM Bangalore and Goldman Sachs

I heard about a recent tie-up between IIM Bangalore and Goldman Sachs? What was it about?

Asked By: Rekha Sharma,

A
Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes, it is true.

IIM Bangalore had recently fired up an association with Goldman Sachs.

Goldman Sachs conducted a screening test for about 50 female students.

In the final level of this programme, top-12 business ideas were to be selected. But, instead, the final round saw 15 ideas getting selected by the panel.



Q
Management institutes for MBA through CAT in Mumbai

Which are the best management institutes in and across Mumbai, India that I could get admissions for through CAT?

Asked By: Mohammed Altaf,

A
Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

A candidate looking for admissions in Management studies is expected to clear the Common Admission Test or usually known as CAT.

Given below are a list of top institutes of Mumbai available for admissions through CAT:

  • Prin L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research, Mumbai
  • Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, [SJMSM] IIT Bombay, Mumbai
  • Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of CoOperative Management, Pune
  • Institute for Technology and Management, [ITM] Mumbai
  • Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship Development, [IMED] Pune

There are a lot more institutes offering admissions through CAT all over India. 

Have a look at the list of institutes offering admissions through CAT on the following link:

http://www.getmyuni.com/colleges-accepting-cat-score-in-india



Q
friend’s email address when registering for CAT 2017?

Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address when registering for CAT for the CAT Exam 2017?

Asked By: Prabhakar,

A
Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

No, You must provide a valid and unique email address. All correspondence pertaining to CAT 2017 and subsequent information during the selection stages of the respective IIMs will be communicated to the registered email address.



Q
When and how do I register for CAT 2017?

When should I register for the CAT Exam 2017?

Asked By: Prabhu K,

A
Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Online registration for CAT 2017 begins on Monday, 8th August 2017 10:00 a.m. and closes on Thursday, 22nd September 2017 05:00 p.m. Additional instructions for online registration and the application process will be available in the Registration Guide and Registration video published on the website.



Q
FEE for the CAT EXAM 2017

What is the fee for the CAT exam 2017?

Asked By: Anuj L,

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Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The fee is Rs.1700 for General and NC-OBC Candidates. However, if you belong to the SC/ST/PWD category, the applicable fee is Rs.850.


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