CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Exam Date : November 29, 2020
Result Date : January 5, 2021

This exam makes a candidate eligible for PGDM courses related to MBA. Therefore anyone applying for the exam must have completed a Bachelor’s degree from any recognized college. Framed CAT Eligibility Criteria does not specify any age limit for the applicant. Work experience has points in the interview post the exam but is not a basic CAT Exam Eligibility Requirement. 

CAT Eligibility 2020

Before applying for the CAT 2020 candidates should check the eligibility for CAT exam set by the IIMs. All the details of the eligibility criteria are described below. If a person has satisfied all the mentioned criteria then he or she may read the CAT 2020 Syllabus and begin his or her preparation.

CAT Eligibility Criteria
Criteria Description
 Number of Attempts No Limit
Minimum Qualification Graduation with 50% - General/ OBC-NC/EWS
Graduation with 45% - SC/ST/ PWD
Equivalent CA/CS/ICWA Degree with 50% - General/ OBC-NCCA/CS/ICWA Degree with 45% - SC/ST/ PWD
Final Year Candidates Will be Admitted on a Provisional Basis if Qualified.
CAT exam eligibility age No Limit

Certification Requirements

CAT Exam can be taken by students who possess a certain qualified degree from certain registered universities. All the aspirants who are in the final year of the graduation and are waiting for their results are eligible to apply for the test.

However, those candidates will be provisionally admitted into the course only if the candidate produces a certificate from the principal/ the registrar of the institution or university stating that the student has completed all requirements of the UG degree.

CAT Eligibility
Qualification Percentage Required
Basic Bachelor's Degree (Certificate given by an institution or university recognized  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 recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government
of India

50% - General/EWS/OBC-NC

45% - SC/ ST/ PWD

Who is eligible for CAT?

  • Students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks as mentioned above.
  • Completed a professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with the required percentage.
  • Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage.
  • There is no age limit for the CAT exam. So, anyone can appear for CAT.

CAT Eligibility Criteria for Final Year Students

CAT Eligibility criteria are discussed in the table below for the final year students. 

CAT Eligibility for final year students
College Eligibility Criteria
 For Post-Graduation Programmes in IIMs Shortlisted CAT 2020 candidates will be able to take part in CAT 2020 admission process on a provisional basis only if they submit a certificate, stating they have completed all the requirements (the results may, however, be awaited) for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/ equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate.
CAT 2020 admission for Post-Graduation Programmes in IIMs will be confirmed only after the original mark sheet and degree certificate of having passed the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification referred to in the certificate issued by Principal/Registrar of their college/institute is submitted. (Last date is December 31, 2020)
Must have obtained at least 50% marks or equivalent to be eligible for CAT 2020. They must submit a photocopy of the mark sheets and degree certificate.
For Interview CAT 2020 Candidates should show an original certificate from the Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar/Director of the University/Institution certifying that they have obtained 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of reserved category) based on latest available grades/marks.
Candidates should submit a set of photocopy of the original certificates at the time of CAT 2020 Interview.

If you are a foreign national and studying in the final year of your graduation or post-graduation, and aspiring to take CAT 2020, you can fill the CAT 2020 form. If one satisfies all the above-mentioned final year of UG or PG eligibility criteria they are eligible to apply for the exam.

CAT Exam Reservation Scheme

The following table provides the percentage share in the total number of seats for the CAT aspirants who are eligible to apply for reservation. NC in the table stands for Non-Creamy (NC) Layer.

CAT Reservation
CAT 2020 Reserved seats 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15% of the total seats.
Scheduled Tribes (ST)  7.5% of the total seats.
Physically Disabled  5% of the total seats.
Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) upto 10 % of seats
NC-OBC  27% of the total seats.

Persons with Disability

As per 'The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016)', a disabled person is someone who does not have a disability which is not less than 40 % (for a specified disability) as certified by a competent authority.

The act clearly specifies the following as 'the specified disability',

  • blindness and low vision,
  • deaf and hard of hearing,
  • locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims
    and muscular dystrophy,
  • autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and mental illness, and
  • multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d)
  • other 'specified disabilities' mentioned in 'The Schedule' of the RPwD Act 2016.

Note: Candidates to avail the benefits or concessions under the pretext of 'Reserved Category' have to fulfill the required criteria as specified. Aspirants can challenge or claim the reservation until the last date of the CAT Registration.

Instructions for SC/ST Candidates

A copy of the caste/ class certificate must be added to obtain the concessions of reservation. If it is not uploaded the registration of the candidate will be cancelled. Moreover, the SC/ST candidate belonging to a certain tribe or caste is eligible for reservation only if the name of the tribe or caste is mentioned on the Government Schedule List.

The community certificate that the candidate produces during the IIM Admission must clearly mention the following details.

  1. Name of the caste/tribe;
  2. Whether the candidate belongs to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe;
  3. District and State or Union Territory of the candidate’s original residence; and
  4. The appropriate Government of India schedule under which the
    candidate’s caste/tribe is approved by it as Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe

CAT Exam CGPA-Percentage Conversion

CGPA calculation: To convert your CGPA  to Percentage, you have to first Divide your CGPA by maximum possible CGPA and then multiply it with 100. This can be used to check CAT 2020 Eligibility in absence of any percentage conversion scheme in the University.

Percentage Conversion: If your university already provides the result of graduation and post-graduation degree in the percentage format then, the percentage must be calculated on the basis of conversion schemes followed by the concerned university/institution.

CAT 2019 Percentage to CGPA

Final year students: CAT 2020 Applicants in the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to fill the CAT Application Form 2020.

CAT 2020 Eligibility for Foreign Nationals

The eligibility that is needed for foreign nationals, PIO’s or NRIs is that they must have a Bachelors degree with a minimum of 50% (candidates of the SC/ST, PWD categories must have a minimum of 45%). The certification must be from any of the Universities that are accredited by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. Candidates who will be writing the final exam are also qualified to appear for the CAT exam. Those who have finished their studies and are expecting their results can submit an application for the exam too.

CAT Exam Eligibility Key Points

Age: There are no eligibility for age in CAT 2020. An individual of any age can appear for this exam.

Percentile: CAT 2020 percentile or CAT 2020 Score will be used to shortlist the candidates and rank list will be prepared.

CAT 2020 Eligibility for Candidates with Work Experience

It is not mandatory for candidates to hold any prior work experience.

It must be noted that at the time of final selection, this work experience may be given some weightage by some IIMs. However, the exact weightage is only revealed in the official website and it varies from one IIM to another.

The bottom line is that work experience does not come into play till the last stage of final selection and even then it does not play the role of a deciding factor.

IIMs have been known to have a mixed batch comprising of both fresh graduates and students with work experience from diverse backgrounds.

CAT 2020 Number of Seats in IIMs

The table below comprises of seats available through CAT percentile in IIMs throughout India.

CAT Exam Seats Available
IIMs Total Seats Offered Official Website 
IIM, Ahmedabad 385
IIM, Amritsar 60
IIM, Bangalore 412
IIM, Bodh Gaya 60
IIM, Calcutta 462
IIM, Indore 550
IIM, Kashipur 210
IIM, Kozhikode 353
IIM, Lucknow 436
IIM, Nagpur 60
IIM, Raipur 210
IIM, Ranchi 155
IIM, Rohtak 170
IIM, Shillong 120
IIM, Trichy 120
IIM, Udaipur 180
IIM, Visakhapatnam 60
IIM, Jammu 45
IIM, Sambalpur 140
IIM, Sirmaur 60

Table Source: TimesNowNews

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Discussion Forum

Eligibility criteria for CAT 2017.

What is the eligibility criteria to attempt the CAT exam 2017?

Asked By: Ashok M,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The eligibility criteria to get enrolled in CAT 2017 are: 

  • To be eligible, the applicant must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised institution with minimum 50% marks or an equivalent CGPA (45% for SC, ST and PWD/DA category) in her/his bachelor's.
  • Students in the final year are eligible for CAT 2017, followed by some CAT Eligibility qualification criteria.
  • Percentage obtained in bachelor’s degree is calculated on the basis of conversion schemes followed by the concerned university/institution. In the case of grades/CGPA, the conversion would depend on the equivalent certificate awarded by the concerned university/institution and that score can be used to satisfy CAT eligibility.
  • In absence of any percentage conversion scheme, candidate’s CGPA is divided by maximum possible CGPA and the result is multiplied by 100 and that is used to check CAT eligibility.
  • Applicants appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to appear for CAT.

Only once the candidate has satisfied the CAT Eligibility will he/she be eligible to appear for CAT.

Eligibity Criteria

Who is eligible to take the test?

Asked By: Arjun Kapoor,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The candidate interested to take up CAT should,

  • hold a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 50% or equivalent CGPA
  • candidates belonging from SC or ST or OBC or any reserved category have 45% minimumum marks
  • candidates appearing for  final year of Bachelor's degree can also apply

Age limit for CAT Exam.

What is the age limit to appear for CAT Exam?

Asked By: Stanley Fernandez,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

There is no age-limit to take CAT Exam.

Reservations for Physically Challenged candidates

Are there any reservations for Physically Challenged candidates in CAT?

Asked By: Vivek Ajith,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes, there is. The board has set apart 3% of the total qualified candidates to the Physically Challenged ones.

Eligibility criteria for CAT

I have not completed any graduation course but I am in the final year of a professional course, am I eligible for CAT 2016?

Asked By: Sushant Kumar,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise
  • Yes, you are. Just make sure you clear your final year with the required percentile to be eligible for admission.

In case of eyesight disability

Is there any condition for scribe being used by a blind student?

Asked By: Sakshar Mathur,

Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise
  • There are no conditions for scribe being used by a blind student. The candidate┬ámust indicate the use of scribe/reader in the CAT application form. And the candidates are advised to arrange the scribe/ reader by themselves.