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

CAT Exam

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: Considering COVID-19 lockdown across the country, candidates who are planning to appear for CAT 2020 make sure to stay with the official page for more such important announcements related to the exam. Earlier on 09th January 2020, CAT 2019 Results has been declared at the official site. Find details here.

For the year 2020, candidates who have scored more than 90 percentile in the CAT 2019 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)


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

CAT Website

Exam Level/Occurrence

National Level/Once a year

Score Validity

1 year

Paper Language


No. of Questions


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 (tentatively)

CAT Exam 2020 Important Dates

Exam Events

Important Dates (Tentative)

CAT 2020 Official Notification Released

Fourth week of July 2020

Online Registration starts

First week of August 2020

Online Registration closure

Fourth week of September 2020

Issuance of Admit Card

Third week of October 2020

Exam Date

29 November 2020

Availability of Answer Key

First week of December 2020

Result Announcement

04th 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.


Number of Questions

Total Questions

Time Allotted (in minutes)






Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC)





Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)





Quantitative Ability (QA)










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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


Correction in Sentence

Venn Diagrams

Profit, Loss & Discount

Fill in the blanks

Line Charts & Pie Chart


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


Reading Comprehension


Quadratic & Linear Equations

Facts Inferences Judgments


Complex Numbers





Logical Sequence

Binomial Theorem



Sequences & Series



Surds & Indices


Blood Relations




Probability, Permutation and Combination



Set Theory



Functions & Geometry



Mixtures & Allegations






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.


Marks/Cumulative Grade Performance Average (CGPA)


Minimum 50% aggregate marks or CGPA equivalent to 50%


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:


Seat Reservation Percentage







OBC (Non-Creamy layer)


CAT Exam 2020 Application Process

CAT 2020 registration will start from the first week of August and will close on Fourth week of 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/-.

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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.


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 will release the Common Admission Test (CAT 2020) Admit card at the official website by the third week of 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.

CAT Result 2020

The result of CAT 2020 exam will accessible at the official website of IIM Kozhikode, by 04th 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


IMT Ghaziabad


TAPMI, Manipal


SPJIMR, Mumbai


IIM, Shillong


BIMM, Pune


NIRMA University, Ahmedabad


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


Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, Delhi




Christ University – Institute of Management, Bangalore


Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida


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


IIKM Business School, Calicut


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


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