CAT 2020 Exam Notification
CAT 2020 Exam Dates
CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria
About CAT 2020 Exam
CAT 2020 Exam Pattern
CAT 2020 Syllabus
How to Apply
Admit Card & Other info
How to Prepare
Previous Year Exam Analysis
Previous Year Exam Cut-Off
As we know that IIM Indore is expected to conduct CAT 2020. IIM Indore will release the CAT Exam Notification on the last Saturday of July 2020. Then, CAT Registration will start in the first week of Aug-2020. CAT 2020 Notification is a comprehensive information document about the CAT exam 2020 and contains details about the MBA admission 2020 in various management programs offered by IIMs.
|Notification Date||Last Saturday of July-2020|
|Registration Starts||First week of August-2020|
|Admit Card Release||October-2020|
|Date of Computer Based Examination||29 November 2020|
If a candidate belongs to the SC or ST categories, the respective caste/tribe must be listed in the Government of India schedule. The caste certificate that the candidate submits to IIM should be in the Government approved format and should clearly state:
|Bachelor’s Degree(General)||least 50% marks|
|Bachelor’s Degree(SC/ST/PWD)||least 45% marks|
Note: Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply.
|Category||Percentage of Reserved Seats in IIMs|
|Scheduled Caste (SC)||15%|
|Scheduled Tribe (ST)||7.5%|
|Other Backward Classes of NC-OBC||27%|
You will be selected on the basis of:
After the completion of the entrance exam, various IIMs and other institutes will release their individual cut-offs.
Group Discussion or/and Writing Ability Test
You will be called for Writing Ability Test and/or a Group Discussion on the basis of your performance in CAT and several other factors
This is the final round where you will be judged on several factors such as communication skills, your academic performance, General Awareness, performance in the previous round and more.
Individual Final Merit List
All the IIMs then release the final merit list based on one or more of a few factors such as CAT score, your performance in WAT/AWA, Group Discussion and Personal Interview, 10th, 12th, Graduation marks, Gender Diversity, Work Experience and Reservations.
|Section||No.of MCQs||No.of Non-MCQs||Total Questions|
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension||24||10||34|
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||24||10||34|
CAT paper will have two types of question MCQs and Non-MCQs. Both types of questions will carry equal marks. There will be a total of 100 questions.
The table given below provides a brief of the marking scheme, expected to be followed for CAT 2019.
|Type of Question||Correct Answer||Incorrect Answer||Un-attempted Question|
CAT 2020 Exam Pattern: Section-wise Exam Pattern :
1.Verbal and Reading Comprehension
Important Topics for Verbal and Reading Comprehension :
|Sentence Correction||Word usage|
|Fill in the blanks||Para Jumble|
|Para completion||Fact Inference Judgement|
Expected Topic-wise Weightage for VA section in CAT
Section will have around 34 Questions and RC will have Heavy weightage and is the most important top.
|Topic Expected Weightage||Expected Weightage|
|Reading Comprehension||24Q (4 to 5 RC’s with 3-6 Questions for each RC|
|Odd one out||3Q|
2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Important Topics in Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
|Line Graph||Combination of Graphs||Sets|
|Pie Chart||Data Sufficiency||Venn Diagram|
|Tables||Venn Diagram||Data Arrangement|
|Seating Arrangement||Blood Relations||Assumptions|
|Syllogism||Puzzles||Clocks and Calendars|
Expected Topic-wise Weightage for DI-LR section in CAT
Important Topics in Quantitative Aptitude:
|Variation||Time and Work||Time, Speed and Distance|
|Linear and Quadratic Equations||Surds and Indices||Inequalities|
|Logarithms||Mensuration and Geometry||Table and Castellet|
|Probability/ Profit or Loss||Critical Path||Average and Partnership|
|Allegation and Mixture||Algebra||Percentage|
Expected Topic-wise Weightage for QA (Quant) Section in CAT
|Divisibility, Remainder Theorem||LCM-HCF 0-2 Q|
|Number System and related Questions||1-3 Q|
|Linear Equation||0-2 Q|
|Quadratic Equation||0-2 Q|
|Polynomial Equations||0-2 Q|
|Simple Interest and Compound Interest||1-2 Q|
|Profit and Loss||2-3 Q|
|Ratio, Proportions, and Mixture||2-5 Q|
|Time, Speed, Distance and Work||3-6 Q|
|Venn Diagram||1-3 Q|
|Functions and Graphs||1-3 Q|
|Probability and Combinations||1-3 Q|
|Progressions and Series||3-5 Q|
|Data Sufficiency||0-2 Q|
Given below is the CAT application fee for students belonging to the General and Reserved categories:
CAT Application Fee
General and NC-OBC
SC, ST and PwD
CAT admit card 2020 will be issued to the candidates in October 2020. They can download their respective admit cards from IIM CAT website by using their CAT login ID from 5:00 pm onwards. CAT 2020 admit card will be available for download till November 2020. The aspirants must download their admit cards before the exam as a hard copy of the same will not be issued.
How to Download CAT Admit Card 2020?
To download the CAT 2020 admit card, you will be required to follow the steps given below:
CAT 2020 result will be announced by IIMCAT in the second week of January 2021 (tentatively on January 6, 2021). The exact date of the result declaration has not been announced by IIMCAT. CAT results are declared online on the official website of IIMCAT. The candidates can download their CAT scorecard by using their login ID and username.
How to Download CAT Result 2020?
The CAT result 2020 will be available on the official website of IIMCAT for download. Registered candidates can check their CAT 2020 results and download the scorecard by using their CAT login IDs. To check the CAT result 2020, the candidates need to follow the below-mentioned steps:
CAT 2018 – Exam Analysis
CAT 2018 was conducted by IIM Calcutta on November 25. More than two lakhs candidates appeared to take the test.
Check the table given below to get an idea about the section-wise analysis of CAT 2018 exam.
|Section||Total Number of Question||Non-MCQs||MCQs||Difficulty Level|
|Slot 1||Slot 2||Slot 1||Slot 2||Slot 1||Slot 2||Slot 1||Slot 2|
|Quant||34||34||12||12||22||22||Quite Difficult||Somewhat Difficult|
Previous Year CAT Cut off for IIMs
|IIM||Date of Release of Shortlist||Cutoffs||Fee (Rs. lakhs) for Batch 2019-20||Average Placement 2018 (Rs. lakhs)||Total Seats|
|IIM Ahmedabad||January 8, 2018||81.53||21.14||22.58||395|
|IIM Bangalore||January 8, 2018||90+||19.5||21.42||400|
|IIM Calcutta||January 13, 2018||95+||19||20.00||460|
|IIM Lucknow||January 15, 2018||90+||14.16||18.45||500|
|IIM Indore||January 15, 2018||90||14||16.23||450|
|IIM Kozhikode||January 9, 2018||95.5||16||17.14||375|
|IIM Rohtak||January 25, 2018||90+||12.20||12.3||240|
|IIM Trichy||January 25, 2019||96||12.35||13.3||180|
|IIM Udaipur||January 25, 2019||90||13.08||11.94||260|
Q. I have completed my Bachelor’s Degree. Do I need to submit the overall percentage of marks or as per my University standards?
Q. I am not pursuing or completed my Bachelor’s degree or any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc., Am I eligible to appear for CAT 2020?
Q. Is there any age restriction for taking the CAT exam?
Ans: No, there is no age restriction for taking the CAT exam.
Q. What is the fee for the CAT exam?
Ans: The fee is Rs. 1900 for General and NC-OBC Candidates. However, if you belong to the SC/ST/PWD category, the applicable fee is Rs. 950.
A candidate needs to pay registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for SC, ST and PwD test takers must upload a copy of their SC/ST/PwD certificates at the time of registration. Fee once paid cannot be refunded under any circumstances.
Q. Where can I pay the CAT exam fee?
Ans: You can pay the CAT exam fee during online registration. The payment of application fee should be done payment gateway. Use a valid credit card, debit card, or net banking facility.
Q. When and how do I register for CAT 2020?
Ans: Online registration for CAT 2020 began on August 2020 (10:00 a.m), onwards, and will close on September 2020, 5:00 p.m. Additional instructions for online registration and the application process are available in the Registration Guide and Registration video published on the website.
Q. Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address when registering for CAT?
Ans: No. You must provide a valid and unique email address. All correspondence pertaining to CAT 2020 and subsequent information during the selection stages of the respective IIMs will be communicated to the registered email address.
Q. I have done 5 years integrated course of B.Tech and MBA. As per my university norms first 3.5 years is considered to be B.Tech and the remaining 1.5 years is considered to be MBA. How do I enter my marks?
Ans: As per your University norms, you will enter the aggregate percentage of first 3.5 years under Bachelor’s Degree and remaining 1.5 years under a Master’s degree.
Q. When will CAT 2020 be held and can I choose an exam date?
Ans: The CAT exam will be held on Sunday, November 2020, with two sessions (forenoon and afternoon). Based on your selection of preferred test city, you will be allotted the session slot, test city, and test center, subject to availability.
Q. Can I appear for more than one slot for CAT 2020?
Ans: You cannot appear for more than one slot. It will be deemed as a fraudulent activity if you attempt to appear more than once for CAT 2020. To ensure that candidates have only one attempt, Admit Cards, photo IDs, candidate pictures, and biometric information will be verified. Candidates who attempt to take the test more than once will be eliminated anytime during the selection process.
Q. I have an SC/ST certificate in the format uploaded on the CAT 2020 website. Can I use the same certificate or do I have to download the certificate template from the CAT website and fill it again?
Ans: If your certificate fulfils the following conditions; you can upload the same certificate:
Q. I have changed my name with the due procedure after completing my degree. Should I enter my name as per the degree certificate or the changed name?
Ans: You must enter your changed name and provide the supporting documents for change of name at the time of examination, interview, and admission.
Q. Which screen appears after I log into the website post registration?
Ans: After successful registration, you can use the system generated User ID and Password to log in to the website. Upon logging in, you will first see the Registration Summary page. Click on Go to Application Form. This will direct you to the application form page.
Q. What should I do if I have not received the password or have lost the SMS?
Ans: If you have not received the password or have lost the SMS, click the Forgot Password option on the Existing User login page. You will be prompted to enter a Captcha string. The new password will be sent to your registered email address.
Q. I have received multiple passwords. Which password should I enter to login?
Ans: You need to use the password contained in the most recent SMS you have received. In case you are not able to login, you can simply use your user id and click ‘forgot password’. You will receive a new password through email on your registered email id.
Ans: If your university’s name does not appear in the drop-down, you may select the option as “Others” from the drop-down.
Q. What details will be mentioned in the CAT Admit Card 2020?
Ans: The admit card of CAT 2020 will contain the following information-
Q. Will the CAT 2020 Admit Card be sent to me as a hard copy or by mail?
Ans: The Admit card of CAT 2020 will be available on the CAT website only. You must log in using your CAT 2020 User ID to view/print the Admit card.
Q. When should the hall ticket/admit card be produced?
Ans: The CAT Admit Card 2020 is a mandatory document required to take the exam. You must print the Admit Card and bring it to the exam centre on the exam day. Follow the instructions provided in the Admit Card before coming for the examination. Please affix the same uploaded photograph in the physical admit card during the process of registration.
Q. How many sections are there in CAT 2020?
Ans: CAT 2020 will have three sections:
Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Section III: Quantitative Ability
Q. Can I bring a calculator to the testing center?
Ans: Candidates are prohibited from bringing calculators to the testing center. You may use the on-screen calculator that will be available throughout the exam.
Q. How many non-MCQs are there in each section?
Ans: The number of questions varies and cannot be disclosed.
Q. Are there negative marks for questions other than MCQs?
Ans: No, there are no negative marks for non-MCQ type questions.
Q. What is the marking/grading scheme for CAT? Is there negative marking for a wrong answer?
Ans: For questions other than MCQs, 3 marks are assigned for ‘correct answer’ and no marks for ‘incorrect answer or no attempt'.
The scoring scheme for Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) is as follows:
Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks.
An incorrect answer fetches -1.
No marks are given or deducted for unattempted questions.
Q. Does CAT 2020 have a syllabus for exam preparation?
Ans: No, the CAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for CAT preparation. However, you can attempt the mock test to understand the pattern of exam and types of questions. Check the CAT website regularly for the announcement of mock tests.
Q. Under which categories can I apply for CAT?
Ans: You can apply under the following categories:
Q. Who is eligible to take the test under the PWD category?
Ans: As per the “Persons with Disability Act, 1995”, a candidate qualifies to be a PWD candidate if he/she suffers from any of the listed disabilities to the extent of not less than 40 percent as certified by a competent medical authority in the prescribed format. The certificate format is available on www.iimcat.ac.in under the section Certificates. The following categories are defined by IIMs for PWD candidates:
Locomotive Disability/ Cerebral Palsy
Q. Will the extra one hour be distributed among three sections?