CAT 2020: Notification, Application Form, Eligibility Criteria


CAT 2020 or Common Admission Test 2020 will be conducted by IIM (Indian Institute of Management). It is a National Level Examination that helps candidates to acquire Management courses. Moreover, there are 19 IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) in India but only six of them took charge to conduct this exam since 2009. The exam panel conducts this exam on a regular yearly basis. Furthermore, this exam is only for those who want to pursue Post Graduation in Management field only. The CAT exam is generally considered a tough one and students need to be persistent throughout the mock test. Aspirants commonly start preparing for the exam almost a year before the actual exam.candidates can read the complete details regarding the CAT exam in the article below.

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CAT 2020-21 Exam Dates

The important dates of CAT 2020 are given in the table below:

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

CAT 2020 Application Form

The details regarding the CAT 2020 application form are given below:

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  • The Application Form will commence in August 2020.
  • The application form will release in online mode.
  • Candidates must fulfil the eligibility criteria to fill the online application form.
  • Upload your images (Photograph Dimension: 30mm X 45mm, Size: not more than 80KB) and ( Signature Dimension: 80mm X 35mm, Size: not more than 80KB) in a JPG/JPEG format.
  • If a candidate is belonging to NC-OBC/SC/ST/PWD Category, then they must upload the category certificate while filling the online registration.
  • Finally, Take a printout of the CAT application form 2020 for future reference.

CAT 2020 Application Form Correction Dates

  • The exact date for the application correction window to open is not confirmed yet. It is expected that the window will open 10 days after the last date of registration.
  • In the application, candidates are encouraged to provide a working email ID and a phone number.
  • Most of the information related to the admission procedure is communicated online through email or phone notifications/ text messages.

CAT Application Fee

The aspirants need to pay a sum of money to be eligible for the exam.

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  • The application fee will be Rs. 1900/- for General / NC-OBC candidates.
  • For SC / ST / PWD candidates form fee will be Rs. 950/-.
  • The application fee can be submitted by debit/credit cards or net banking.

Common Admission Test – CAT 2020

Admission for Indian students to the IIMs and mostly all good business schools are offered based on the performance of students in the Common Admission Test (CAT) and their overall percentile. Moreover some other prestigious Management Institutions apart from IIMs that consider a candidate’s CAT percentile for admission. Those institutes are S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (Mumbai), Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), MDI Gurgaon, IMT Ghaziabad, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi, etc. However, the weight-age given to the CAT scores may differ at different Management Institutes.

The CAT score and a lot of other factors together determine which Management Institutions the candidates will get a call from, for the next round of the admission process. Some important factors which are considered by these prestigious Business schools include work experience of a candidate, overall academic performance, participation in extracurricular activities, candidate’s performance in the Group Discussions (GD), writing assessment scores and Personal Interviews (P.I), etc.

CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The details regarding the CAT 2020 Eligibility criteria are given below:

  • Qualifying exam:
    • Applicants must have secured at least 50% marks in their Graduation or an equivalent score at an Institution that is Recognised by the Government of India.
  • Age Criteria: There is no such age limit prescribed for the CAT exam.
  • Appearing candidates: Candidates appearing in their final year of Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent can apply for the exam.
  • Reservation criteria:
    • In case of applicants who belong to the Reserved Category such as Scheduled Caste (SC), Schedule Tribe (ST), Differently Abled (DA) and People with Disabilities (PWD), the minimum score requirement to appear in this exam has been reduced to 45%.

Read about the Updated CAT Eligibility Criteria Here.

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The details regarding the CAT 2020 Exam pattern are given below:

  • Mode: The exam was organized on a digital or Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • Duration: The total exam duration will be 180 minutes. Sixty minutes duration has been allotted to complete each section.
  • Number of Questions: The exam will have total 100 questions.
  • Total Marks: The CAT exam will have a total of 300 Marks.
  • Marking scheme:
    • For every correct answer: +03 marks.
    • For every incorrect answer: -01 marks.
  • Sections: There are three sections in the CAT exam namely-

1.Quantitative Ability

2.Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension.

3.Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning.

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern


No. of MCQs

No. of Non-MCQs

Questions from each section

Total Marks

Time allotted to each section (minutes)

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)






Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)






Quantitative Ability (QA)












Marking Scheme

Correct Response Incorrect Response
+3 -1

Download CAT Exam Pattern Here.

CAT Exam 2020 Syllabus

Candidates can check CAT 2020 syllabus from the given below table:

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Quantitative Ability (QA)

  • Caselets and Tables
  • Bar Graphs and Column Graphs
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Line Charts & Pie Chart
  • Combination of two or more types linked to each other
  • Number and Letter Series
  • Calendars, Cubes, and Clocks
  • Binary Logic
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Logical
  • Matching
  • Logical Sequence
  • Logical
  • Connectives
  • Blood Relations, etc.
  • Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)
  • Grammar or English Usage
  • Correction in Sentence
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage
  • Analogies and Reverse Analogies
  • Meaning/Usage Match
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Summary Questions
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Facts Inferences Judgements, etc.
  • Number Systems
  • LCM & HCF
  • Profit, Loss & Discount
  • Percentages
  • Speed, Time & Distance
  • Time & Work
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Averages
  • Quadratic & Linear Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Sequences & Series
  • Surds & Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Probability, Permutation, and Combination
  • Set Theory
  • Functions & Geometry
  • Mixtures & Allegations
  • Trigonometry
  • Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration, etc.


How to Prepare for CAT?

This information is provided here to encourage the candidates to perform better Academically. Also, to ask them to prepare well for the exams if their dream is to study at one of the top business schools.

Tips to prepare for CAT 2020

  • CAT Is the exam for you to crack and achieve an MBA Degree from reputed colleges of India like IIM.
  • Candidates have to learn the basic topic of each Quant and Verbal.
  • Revise your class 8 to class 10 math concepts.
  • Make excellent command over puzzles.
  • You can also go for a regular classroom program.

Best Books For CAT 2020

Given below are some books which can help a candidate to score good marks in the exam.

Topic Books Author
Logical Reasoning How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Arun Sharma
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning The Pearson Guide To Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT Nisiht Sinha
Verbal Ability How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading  Comprehension for the CAT  Arun Sharma

CAT 2020 Admit Card

The details regarding the CAT 2020 Admit card are given below:

  • CAT 2020 Admit Card will be available to the candidates form October 2020.
  • Candidates can download the CAT 2020 Admit Card from the official website.
  • The admit card will be released in online mode.
  • Candidate can download their respective admit cards by entering user ID and Password.

Details mentioned in the CAT 2020 Admit card

The hall ticket will contain information like:

How to Download CAT 2020 Admit Card?

Candidates can check CAT 2020 admit card downloading process from the given below points:

  • Visit the official website.
  • Log in through your CAT Login ID and Password.
  • Click on the tab ‘CAT Admit Card’.
  • The admit card of CAT 2020 will appear on the screen.
  • Download the Admit card and keep a soft copy for future use.
  • As it the most important document to enter the examination hall.

Details about Reservation in CAT 2020 Exam

A definite number of seats are reserved for candidates belonging to any of these categories:

Category        Percentage of seats reserved
Scheduled Caste or SC – 15%
Scheduled Tribe or ST – 7.5%
Other Backwards Classes or OBC – 27%
Differently Abled – 3%
  • Candidates belonging to the Reserved Categories listed above must read the information booklet carefully.
  • Accordingly, they should abide by the rules laid down by the CAT conducting body.
  • Further, the Government has made provisions to accommodate people from all categories.
  • However, the candidates belonging to all these categories will still have to fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria to write the exam.
  • Not only this, they need to score a minimum required marks in the CAT exam to secure admission at one of the IIMs.
  • Also, candidates belonging to the OBC category must check an updated list of caste included in Central List by the National Commission of Backward Classes, Government of India.

CAT Result 2020

Candidates can check CAT 2020 result from the given below points :

  • CAT Result 2020 will be announced on the official website. Applicants can check their Results on the official website.
  • CAT scorecard is available via online mode through the Official Website.
  • Students will get admission in various IIMs based on the cut-off. 
  • The Answer key for the Common Admission Test (CAT 2020) was released in December 2020.
  • Candidates will be able to download their scorecards by Logging into the Official Website of CAT (
  • IIM Calcutta will send Individual SMS to the candidates informing them of their overall percentiles.

How to download CAT Result?

Candidates can check CAT 2020 result downloading process from the given below points:

  • Firstly, visit the Official Website of CAT.
  • Secondly, log in through your CAT Id & Password.
  • Also, click on “CAT Scorecard”.
  • Finally, your CAT Result will be displayed on the screen.
  • Also, download your CAT Result and print multiple copies of it.

CAT Normalization Procedure

  • Common Admission Test 2020 will be conducted in multiple slots.
  • And, It is necessary to normalize the scores of test-takers from both slots.
  • IIMs normalize the CAT 2020 Result and also provide scaled scores for each section along with percentiles.
  • The practice is done to equate the scores and to ensure that none of the candidates from either slot be in an advantaged or disadvantaged position.

Percentile calculation:
Percentile denotes the percentage of candidates scoring lower than that of a particular candidate. It is calculated as: Percentile = ( 1 – All India rank( No. of candidates in that subject) x 100%

Read about Normalisation of CAT Result Here.

CAT Cutoff

CAT 2020 Cutoff refers to the minimum Percentile a candidate must secure in order to get shortlisted by the participating institutes.

The CAT 2020 cutoff varies from institute to institute. The expected CAT 2020 Cutoff is tabulated below:

For IIM Ahmedabad

Category VARC DILR QA Overall Percentile
General 70 70 70 80
NC-OBC cum Transgender 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PWD (General, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC) 60 60 60 70
PWD (ST) 50 50 50 60

For IIM Lucknow

Category VARC DILR QA Total
General 85 85 85 90
NC-OBC 77 77 77 82
SC 55 55 55 70
ST 50 50 50 65
PWD 50 50 50 65

For IIM Calcutta

Category QA DILR VARC Overall Percentile
General 80 80 80 90
NC-OBC 75 75 75 85
SC 65 65 65 70
ST 60 60 60 70
PWD/DA 60 60 60 70

For IIM Indore

Category QA DILR VARC Overall Percentile
General 80 80 80 90
OBC (NC) 70 70 70 80
SC 55 55 55 60
ST 45 45 45 50
PWD 45 45 45 50

For IIM Udaipur

Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
General 80 80 80 90
SC 50 50 50 60
ST 30 30 30 40
NC-OBC 60 60 60 78
DAP 30 30 30 40

For IIM Bangalore

Section General OBC-NC SC ST PwD
VARC 85 75 70 60 50
DILR 80 70 65 60 50
QA 80 70 65 60 50
Aggregate 90 80 75 70 60

CAT 2020 Cutoff for Non-IIMs

Check the CAT 2020 expected Cutoff for Non-IIMs from below:

CAT Cutoff

B-School Expected Cutoff
FMS, Delhi 98.20 Percentile
DMS, IIT Delhi 98+ Percentile
SJMSOM, IIT Bombay 99+ Percentile
MDI Gurgaon 95+ Percentile
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai 95+ Percentile
DMS, IIT Madras 95+ Percentile
XIMB Bhubaneswar 90+ Percentile
IMT Ghaziabad 90+ Percentile
SPJIMR Mumbai 85+ Percentile
TAPMI Manipal 85+ Percentile

IIMs Selection procedure through CAT

The IIM Admission procedure includes the three stages given below:

  • First phase: Shortlisting of candidates
  • Second phase: Written Ability Test (WAT) or Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) Rounds.
  • Third phase: Final selection

Common Admission Test 2020 Counselling

The details regarding the CAT 2020 Counselling are given below:

  • There is no provision of Counselling in CAT.
  • Admissions through CAT will be done based on the Written Ability Test (WAT) or Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI).

CAT Exam Centres

The list of CAT 2020 Exam centres are given below:

Two new exam states have been added to the list last year – Mizoram and Nagaland.

Exam State Exam Cities
Andaman and Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Chittoor, Kurnool, Nellore, Kakinada, Guntur, Chirala, Rajahmundry, Vizianagaram
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Assam Guwahati, Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur
Bihar Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea, Aurangabad, Gaya, Darbhanga
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chattisgarh Bhillai, Raipur, Bilaspur
Delhi-NCR Delhi-NCR
Goa Goa
Gujarat Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara, Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Mehsana
Haryana Panipat, Rohtak, Hisar, Ambala, Kurukshetra, Karnal
Himachal Pradesh Shimla, Hamirpur
Jammu and Kashmir Jammu, Samba
Jharkhand Bokaro, Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh
Karnataka Belagavi(Belgaum), Bengaluru, Dharwad, Hubballi(Hubli), Kalaburagi(Gulbarga), Mangaluru(Mangalore), Mysuru(Mysore), Shivamogga(Shimoga), Udupi
Kerala Kannur, Ernakulam, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Trivandrum
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain
Maharashtra Amravati, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad-Maharashtra, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Raigad, Satara, Solapur, Ulhasnagar
Meghalaya Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima
Odisha Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, Sambalpur
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar, Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Sangrur
Rajasthan Ajmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
Tamil Nadu Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Tirunelveli, Trichy
Telangana Karim Nagar, Warangal, Hyderabad
Uttar Pradesh Agra, Aligarh, Allahabad, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Varanasi
Uttarakhand Roorkee, Dehradun, Haldwani
West Bengal Asansol, Bankura, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri

CAT 2020 Highlights

Candidates can check CAT 2020 highlights from the table given below:

Name of Exam of Examination

Common Entrance Test

Commonly Known As


Exam Conducting Body

Indian Institute of Management

Examination Level

National Level Exam


Post Graduation

Purpose of Exam

Admissions into MBA/PGDM courses

Mode of Examination


Duration of the exam

3 Hours

NOTE: Last year an estimated 2,04,370 students competed for approximately 1600 seats making it one of the most competitive exams in the country.


When will the registration process start?

The Registration of CAT 2020 exam dates will release soon.

How can I fill the application form?

Candidates can fill the CAT 2020 application form through online mode from the official website.

Is there any Correction window avaialble?

yes, candidates can do the correction in the application form.

What is the application fee for CAT 2020?

The application fee is Rs. 1900/- for general candidates and Rs. 950/- for SC/ST/PWD candidiates.

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