CAT Exam 2020 - Exam Date, Eligibility, Application Process, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Result

CAT Exam

CAT 2020 will be conducted by IIM Indore on 29th November 2020. The Common Admission Test (CAT) is considered as one of the most competitive examinations that assess student's Intelligence quotient, scholastic aptitude and problem-solving skills for admission to MBA courses. It is a national-level examination conducted by 20 IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) on a rotational basis. Apart from IIMs, the CAT score is accepted for admission in more than 100 management institutions.

CAT 2020 Latest Notification:

CAT admit card 2020 is available for download on the official website from today, 5 PM until November 29 (CAT exam day). Candidates can download their respective admit cards by using their CAT login ID. CAT admit card is a mandatory document to be carried to the exam centre. Failure in carrying the CAT 2020 admit card at the exam centre can lead to disqualification from taking CAT exam. Thus, the candidates must download their admit cards before the CAT exam day. This year, the CAT exam will be conducted by following the COVID-19 guidelines issued by the Government of India. IIM Indore, the CAT 2020 convening institute, is expected to release the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and guidelines to be followed by the candidates at all the CAT exam centres. Go through this page to know more such details about CAT 2020 examination.

Candidates who will score more than 90 percentile in the CAT 2020 exam can take admissions in the top IIM institutes across the country; however those who have scored less than 90 percentile, can still participate at the listed non-IIM member institutions.

CAT 2020 Highlights:

Name of the Exam

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Purpose

For admission to MBA courses offered by 20 IIMs and 100+ Business schools

Conducting Authority

Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM Lucknow)

Official Website of Exam Conducting Authority

https://www.iiml.ac.in

CAT Website

https://iimcat.ac.in

Exam Level/Occurrence

National Level/Once a year

Score Validity

1 year

Paper Language

English

No. of Questions

100

Exam Pattern

MCQs and Non-MCQs

Exam Duration

3:00 Hours

Mode of Exam

Computer-based (Online)

Marking Scheme

3 marks for each correct answer and -1 for each wrong answer (no negative marks for Non-MCQs)

Exam Date

29th November 2020 (Officially Declared)


CAT Exam 2020 Important Dates

Exam Events

Important Dates (Tentative)

CAT 2020 Official Notification Released

29th July 2020

Online Registration starts

05th August 2020

Online Registration closure

16th September 2020

Issuance of Admit Card

28th October 2020

CAT 2020 Exam Date

29 November 2020

Availability of Answer Key

December 2020

Result Announcement

second week of January 2021


CAT Exam 2020 Pattern & Syllabus

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern:

The candidates appearing in the Common Admission Test will face 75 MCQs and 25 non-MCQs, carrying 100 marks. Questions will be asked from 3 important sections -

  1. Section I: Verbal ability & reading comprehension
  2. Section II: Data interpretation & logical reasoning
  3. Section III: Quantitative ability

The duration of the test will be 3 hours.

Section

Number of Questions

Total Questions

Time Allotted (in minutes)

 

MCQs

Non-MCQs

 

 

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC)

24

10

34

60

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

24

8

32

60

Quantitative Ability (QA)

27

7

34

60

Total

75

25

100

180

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CAT 2020 Syllabus:

The syllabi Common Admission Test 2020 comprise the following three sections -

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Ability

Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)

Caselets and Tables

Number Systems

 

Grammar or English Usage

Bar Graphs and Column Graphs

LCM & HCF

Correction in Sentence

Venn Diagrams

Profit, Loss & Discount

Fill in the blanks

Line Charts & Pie Chart

Percentages

Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage

Combination of two or more types linked to each other

Speed, Time & Distance

Analogies and Reverse Analogies

Number and Letter Series

Time & Work

Meaning/Usage Match

Calendars, Cubes and Clocks

Simple & Compound Interest

Verbal Reasoning

Binary Logic

Ratio & Proportion

Summary Questions

Seating Arrangement

Averages

Reading Comprehension

Syllogism

Quadratic & Linear Equations

Facts Inferences Judgments

Logical

Complex Numbers

 

Matching

Logarithm

 

Logical Sequence

Binomial Theorem

 

Logical

Sequences & Series

 

Connectives

Surds & Indices

 

Blood Relations

Inequalities

 

 

Probability, Permutation and Combination

 

 

Set Theory

 

 

Functions & Geometry

 

 

Mixtures & Allegations

 

 

Trigonometry

 

 

Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration

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CAT Exam 2020 Eligibility

Educational Qualification -

  • An applicant must hold a Bachelor’ Degree with 50% marks (SC/ST/PWD candidates must possess 45% marks)
  • If a candidate is in the final year or is waiting for the results, he is eligible for the exam. If selected, such candidates need to produce a certificate from the Principal of their Institution, which would state that they are eligible for obtaining the Degree or equivalent certificate.
  • In case, an applicant has done professional courses like ICWA, CS, CA, etc. with the required percentage (50%), he is certainly eligible for the entrance test.

Category

Marks/Cumulative Grade Performance Average (CGPA)

GENERAL

Minimum 50% aggregate marks or CGPA equivalent to 50%

SC/ST/PWD

Minimum 45%

Age Qualification: There is no age limit for appearing in the Common Admission Test 2019.

Note: The Indian Institutes of Management may verify the eligibility of the candidates at any stage of the selection procedure. Hence, the aspirants are suggested to maintain a valid and active email ID and a phone number throughout the entire selection process for hassle-free communication.

Candidates should note that the mere fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for shortlisting by IIMs”.

CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria - Check Here

CAT 2020 Seat Reservation -

IIMs and other government institutions strictly follow the below-mentioned reservation criteria:

Category

Seat Reservation Percentage

PWD

3%

ST

7.5%

SC

15%

OBC (Non-Creamy layer)

27%


CAT Exam 2020 Application Process

CAT 2020 registration will start from 05th August 2020 and will close on 16th September 2020. The application process will entirely be online. Interested candidates are suggested to visit the official web portal of CAT with all the essential documents such as scanned copies of signature, photograph, mark sheets of Class X, XII, Bachelor’s Degree, etc. The registration process is done in three steps –

  1. CAT registration
  2. Log in using the system-generated user ID and password
  3. Filling in CAT application form 2020

How to Fill CAT Application Form 2020 -

It comprises five important sections such as – Personal Details, Academics, Work Experience, Programmes and Payment.

  1. Personal Details: Here, the applicants need to provide details like their complete name, parent’ name, nationality, category, gender and address. They need to upload the scanned images of their signature, photograph and caste certificate.
  2. Academics: Provide your academic details right from class X till Masters. The details should include exam name, University or Board, maximum marks, marks obtained, etc.
  3. Work Experience: Have you worked for fulltime? If so, you need to enter the details right here. Remember, candidates with “only full-time experience after the graduation” are advised to enter the details.
  4. Programmes: Select your programmes and the Interview City name.
  5. Payment: Payment would be made online. General category candidates have to pay INR 1,900/-. Candidates belonging to reserved categories will pay INR 950/-.

Step by Step Guide to Fill CAT Exam Application Form - Click Here

CAT Registration Fee -

Irrespective of the number of colleges that a student is applying, he is required to pay the application or registration fee only once.

Category

Fee Amount

General Candidates

INR 1,900/-

SC/ST/PWD Candidates

INR 950/-

Candidates belonging to the reserved categories are suggested to upload a caste certificate during the registration process.

Note: The application fee once paid won’t be refunded under any circumstances.


Other Details

CAT Admit Card 2020

IIM released the Common Admission Test (CAT 2020) admit card at the official website by 28th October 2020. The last date to download and get a printout of the admit card is 29th November 2020. Candidates can log-in at the official website with their registered ID and password to download the admit card. It is mandatory to carry the admit card to the examination venue for making entry to the examination hall.

Details Mentioned on CAT 2020 Admit Card

The CAT 2020 hall ticket will have the following details:

  • Candidate's name
  • Caste category
  • Date of birth
  • Registration number
  • Date and time of the exam
  • CAT exam centre
  • Google map link to locate exam centre
  • Emergency contact number
  • Test system number to identify your examination room
  • Exam related instructions

CAT Exam Day Instructions

  1. The candidates must carry two copies of CAT 2020 admit card and a photo ID proof (original and photocopy).
  2. Only CAT 2020 admit card & photo ID card will be allowed inside the exam hall.
  3. Writing pad and pen will be provided for rough work, to be returned after the test. The candidates will be required to write their name and registration number on the writing pad.
  4. The candidates must reach the CAT exam centre before reporting time to complete identification process. Candidates should report at 7:30 AM for morning session, at 11 AM for the afternoon session and at 1:00 PM for evening session.
  5. Use the Reference Number printed on the admit card for identifying the door/wing/lab at the test venue on the day of the test.
  6. The candidates are not supposed to sign their CAT admit card beforehand. The admit card is to be signed only inside the exam hall in front of the invigilator.
  7. The candidates must affix their photo same as the one uploaded with the application form.
  8. Mobile phone, calculator, IPad or any other gadget is prohibited inside the examination hall.
  9. The candidates are advised not to carry bags or luggage to the CAT 2020 exam centre as you may not find any provision to keep it safe.
  10. Jewellery that contains metal, clothes with pockets, jackets and footwear are prohibited inside the exam hall.
  11. Candidates with a metal implant, pacemaker, etc. in their body will be required to bring medical certificate of the same.

CAT Result 2020

The result of CAT 2020 exam will accessible at the official website of IIM Kozhikode, from the second week of January 2021. Candidates can obtain their CAT 2020 scorecard by using the below guided steps:

  • Open the official CAT 2020 website.
  • The result link of CAT 2020 will be available on the screen, just click and open it.
  • Enter all the asked credentials and access the scorecard of CAT 2020 exam.

Note: The CAT score will be valid for complete 1 year.

After the announcement of the CAT result 2020, the list of selected candidates will be published on the website of the respective IIMs and Interview letters will be sent to the selected candidates. The second phase of selection includes Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI).

CAT Cut-off 2020

Candidates who will qualify CAT 2020 exam, can view the CAT 2020 cut offs offered by the IIMs and non-IIM member institutions. After the declaration of cutoff percentile, candidates will be required to apply for the Written Ability Test and Personal Interview round of IIMs.

The minimum cut-off marks for all the IIM institutes are 90 percentile of the candidates. However, those who are not able to fulfil this criterion can apply for other non-IIM institutes that also accepts CAT scorecard. The list is as follows:

Leading Management Institutes

CAT Cutoff percentile

IMI Delhi

90

IMT Ghaziabad

90

TAPMI, Manipal

80

SPJIMR, Mumbai

85

IIM, Shillong

70

BIMM, Pune

80

NIRMA University, Ahmedabad

80

Amity University (Raipur, Mumbai, Gwalior, Jaipur, Noida, Lucknow)

80

Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, Delhi

75

BITS-Pilani

80

Christ University – Institute of Management, Bangalore

80

Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida

75

Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME Kochi and Bangalore)

80

IIKM Business School, Calicut

75

Bengaluru School of Management Studies, GITAM University, Doddaballapur Rd., Bangalore

70

CAT 2020 Test Cities

Check out the indicated cities where CAT 2020 will be performed:

Port Blair

Hamirpur

Mumbai

Guntur

Jammu

Nashik

Nellore

Bokaro

Satara

Vijayawada

Dhanbad

Palghar

Kakinada

Hazaribagh

Ulhasnagar

Rajahmundry

Jamshedpur

Shillong

Visakhapatnam

Ranchi

Aizawl

Kurnool

Belagavi(Belgaum)

Kohima

Tirupathi

Bengaluru

Balasore

Vizianagaram

Hubballi (Hubli)

Cuttack

Itanagar

Mysuru (Mysore)

Sambalpur

Dibrugarh

Kalaburagi (Gulbarga)

Berhampur

Silchar

Shivamogga(Shimoga)

Dhenkanal

Guwahati

Dharwad

Bhubaneswar

Tezpur

Mangaluru (Mangalore)

Rourkela

Jorhat

Udupi

Puducherry

Aurangabad-Bihar

Kannur

Pathankot

Darbhanga

Ernakulam

Ludhiana

Arrah

Kollam

Amritsar

Muzaffarpur

Kottayam

Bhatinda

Bhagalpur

Kozhikode

Patiala

Patna

Thrissur

Jalandhar

Mohali

Trivandrum

Sangrur

Chandigarh

Bhopal

Ajmer

Bhilai Nagar

Jabalpur

Jaipur

Bilaspur

Ujjain

Sikar

Raipur

Gwalior

Alwar

Delhi

Sagar

Jodhpur

Faridabad

Indore

Udaipur

Gurugram

Satna

Bikaner

Ghaziabad

Bhopal

Kota

New Delhi

Jabalpur

Madurai

Greater Noida

Ujjain

Chennai

Noida

Gwalior

Salem

Meerut

Sagar

Trichy

Panaji

Indore

Coimbatore

Ahmedabad

Satna

Vellore

Mehsana

Amravati

Tirunelveli

Vadodara

Jalgaon

Hyderabad

Anand

Nagpur

Karimnagar

Rajkot

Pune

Warangal

Gandhinagar

Solapur

Allahabad

Surat

Navi Mumbai

Bareilly

Ambala

Ahmednagar

Kanpur

Hisar

Kolhapur

Muzaffarnagar

Karnal

Nanded

Agra

Kurushetra

Raigad

Gorakhpur

Panipat

Thane

Lucknow

Rohtak

Vasai

Varanasi

Shimla

Aurangabad

Aligarh

Jhansi

Moradabad

Dehradun

Haldwani

Roorkee

Asansol

Durgapur

Bankura

Burdwan

Kolkata

Hooghly

Kalyani

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