Find more on CAT 2020 Exam, CAT Application form, CAT Exam Date, CAT Syllabus, CAT Exam Results, CAT Exam Fees, CAT Exam Registration & Admission Procedures. Common Admission Test is an aptitude test that acts as a door for candidates to enter 20 IIMS and 1200 B-schools across India.

Indian Institute of Management (IIMS) conducts a Common Admission Test (CAT 2020), a national-level entrance exam on a rotational basis every year. The entrance test offers admission to management programs in various colleges and institutions in India. A number of private institutions and government management institutions provide admissions to MBA programs based on CAT 2020 scores.

CAT 2020 entrance exam was conducted by IIM Kozhikode on November 24th 2019 and the results were announced on January 4th 2020. The name of CAT 2020 convening institute for exam will be announced in May.

CAT Exam registrations begin in August and ends by end of September. CAT 2020 Registration will be executed online. The candidates have to fill an online application form and pay the fee of Rs.1900/- as exam fee.

Candidates can find the latest updates on CAT Exam Registration below:

CAT 2020 Events CAT 2020 Exam Dates
CAT 2020 notification release Last week of July 2020
CAT Registrations start First week of August 2020
CAT Registrations end Last week of September 2020
CAT form correction Last week of September 2020
CAT mock test release Second week of October 2020
Admit card release Third week of October 2020
CAT 2020 exam Last Sunday of November 2020
Answer key release First Week of December 2020
Result declaration First week of January 2021

The CAT 2020 registration steps include: Online CAT Exam Registration, Filling of CAT 2020 Application Form and Payment of Fees.  Based on the steps listed above, candidates have to first follow the registration process.

You have to open the website in a new window for CAT 2020 registration.  Next, click on New Candidate Registration. Enter details like date of birth¸ email-id, phone number and nationality.

Click to generate a one-time password (OTP) sent to your inbox. You have to verify the account by entering the OTP in the given fields.

After the verification process, candidates will receive a CAT user id and password.  Now you have to fill in the application form by following:

Login to the official CAT official website using the user id and password. Fill the details correctly in all the six sections of the CAT 2020 Application Form that includes: personal details, academic qualifications, experiences, programs, test city, and payment details.

Now upload the scanned copies of your passport size photo and signature within the dimensions specified. Review the CAT Application form 2020 and press Submit to proceed to the payment page.

Documents that are needed for Upload during CAT Registration 2020

Document Specification
Scanned Passport Size Photograph The photo should be with white background photo should not be more than six months. The photo should be within 30mm X 45mm dimension and in .jpg or .jpeg format. The photo should not be more than 150 px/inch in resolution
Scanned Signature The signature should be within the dimension of 80mm X 35mmThe signature should be clear and on white background
NC-OBC/SC/ST Certificate Download the category certificate form from the CAT Exam website. fill the form, self-attest it and upload as PDF document
PwD Certificate Download the PwD category certificate form from the CAT website.
Fill the form, self-attest it and upload as PDF document

Candidates can pay their CAT Application Form 2020 fees through debit card/credit card or even net-banking. Candidates must download the fee acknowledgment slip for the future.

CAT 2020 Application Form or CAT Exam Registration Fees

Category CAT 2020 Application Form Fee
General and NC-OBC Rs. 1900
SC, ST and PwD Rs. 950

CAT Eligibility Criteria

The CAT is primarily conducted for those seeking admission to MBA/PGDM courses offered by IIM’s and B-Schools across India. The CAT exam is conducted in November and the application filling process begins in August. The CAT 2020 exam date is announced by the IIM who are conducting the CAT exam.

Candidates appearing for the CAT exam 2020 need to refer the eligibility criteria before applying for these programs. The eligibility criteria are as under:

Candidates should be a graduate with a minimum of 50% marks aggregate. The candidate’s degree must be from a recognized Educational Board/University of India.

The candidates must score at least 50 % marks in Graduation or Equivalent in any stream.

Any candidate being in their final year of Graduation or awaiting results.

Candidates must have professional degrees such as CA/CS/ICWA with at least 50 % marks as aggregate.

Candidates who are from SC/ST/PwD categories must score 45% marks as aggregate in graduation or equivalent in any stream.

Candidates must have professional degrees such as CA/CS/ICWA with at least 45% marks as aggregate.

The tentative CAT 2020 exam dates are summarized below:

CAT 2020 Exam Events CAT 2020 Exam Dates
CAT 2020 notification release Last week of July
CAT Registrations start First week of August
Registrations end Last week of September
CAT form correction Last week of September
CAT mock test and official tutorial release Second week of October
Admit card release Third week of October 
CAT 2020 exam dateLast Sunday of November or first Sunday of December
Answer key release Second week of December
Result declaration First week of January

Candidates can refer the CAT exam 2019 Pattern for this year’s exam pattern prescribed by the IIM’s. The CAT question paper is divided into three sections.  

The questions will be in multiple-choice questions and Type in Answer formats respectively. The number of MCQ’s will be more than the TITA questions.

Some of the important points which needs much attention from the candidates are:

The three sections of the question paper – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability. The total number of questions are 100 and these are made in MCQ and Non-MCQ formats.

The time allotted for completing the exam is 180 minutes (approx.3hours). There is a time limit of 60 minutes (approx.1 hour) for each section. The exam will conclude online.

If there is any change in the CAT exam pattern, the concerned exam authorities will inform at the release of the CAT 2020 notification.

The authorities will release the CAT tutorial in October for the candidates to familiarize themselves with the actual CAT exam.

CAT 2020 Pattern
Number of sections
Duration of exam 60 minutes per section
Number of questions 100
Total marks 300
Language of question paper English
Number of answer choices 4
CAT Exam 2020 Section Questions Allotted Time
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 34 60 minutes
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI) 32 60 minutes
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 60 minutes
Total 100 180 minutes

Important Points for the CAT Exam 2020 Pattern

You are permitted to use the onscreen calculators for any calculation.

The availability of onscreen clocks will help the candidate to keep within time limit.

Rough papers will be provided for any rough work by the candidate and should submit these rough papers to the invigilator upon completion of the exam.

Candidates cannot start solving questions before the exam time begins.

All the computer screens will be switched on at the same time.

Candidates must be seated in their allotted seats only. If found sitting in any other seat, he/she will be barred from the exam.

CAT Results 2020

The CAT 2019/20 results were announced on 4th January 2020 at 12.00pm IST. The candidates can download their CAT Scorecard by entering their login id and password.

The CAT Scorecard contains information like candidate’s name, registration number, category, photo, sectional score, overall score, sectional percentile and overall percentile.

Download your CAT 2020 Scorecard

Candidates can download their scorecard by following:

  • Visit the official link of CAT 2020.
  • You will be directed to the CAT website for results after clicking on it.
  • Enter your login details.
  • Press the Login button.
  • Your scorecard will appear on the screen.
  • Check for errors and take a printout.
  • Keep it safe until the counseling procedure.

CAT 2020 Exam Cut Off Marks

The minimum cut off marks is the candidate’s minimum score percentage required to qualify for the exam. Cut off marks depends on several factors like availability of seats, number of candidates, number of candidates appeared, the difficulty level of the exam, and others.

A separate cut off list will be provided by various IIM’s for admission to eligible candidates.

CAT Exam 2020 Counselling

There is no Counselling procedure for CAT Counselling. Admissions to IIM’s and B-schools are implemented via Written Ability test or Group Discussions and Personal Interview. The selection criteria and minimum CAT Cut Off marks are fixed by the IIM’s individually.

Selection Procedure by IIM’s

IIM selects candidates based on CAT scores, Written Ability test or Group Discussions and Personal Interview and academic records. The procedure involves three stages:

  • Shortlisting of Candidates
  • Written Ability Test or Group Discussions and Personal Interview
  • Final Selection

A breakdown of CAT Parameters are:

CAT Parameters Weight
CAT 2020 25
WAT 10
PI 30
10th board 10
12th board 5
Graduation 10
Weighted Work Experience 10
Total 100

CAT Syllabus 2020 and Exam Preparation Tips

Candidates must chalk out subject wise plans for a successful qualification. The step-wise CAT Syllabus 2020 and Preparation Plan has been divided into the following:

Recheck the CAT 2020 Syllabus. Try to understand the CAT exam pattern and marking schemes.

Buy the best books as a study material, these will help you to understand the Most updated CAT 2020 Syllabus.

Join online study groups on Quora, WhatsApp, Facebook etc. Most of the all groups are Free and discuss the most relevant topics in CAT 2020 Syllabus

Make a monthly, weekly and daily time table based on CAT Syllabus 2020 and study accordingly.

Prepare by comprehending situations, vocabulary, grammar, and verbal ability.

Cultivate a reading and briefing habit.

Attempt previous year’s question papers and mock tests.