CAT 2020: Application, Exam Dates, Syllabus PDF, Eligibility


CAT or Common Admission Test is conducted by IIM-Kozhikode (Indian Institute of Management). CAT 2020 exam was conducted on 24 November 2019. It is a National Level Examination that helps candidates to acquire Management courses. Moreover, 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. To procure brilliant minds around the country, the level and pattern of exam changed every year. Furthermore, this exam is only for those who want to pursue Post Graduation in Management field only. Also, CAT 2020 is generally considered a tough one and students need to be persistent throughout the mock test. Further, they need to rectify and improve their weaker areas. Its preparation generally takes the time of 03 to 12 months. Therefore, aspirants commonly start preparing for the exam almost a year before the actual exam. Then, the preparation is followed by mock tests. As it is well known that it requires a lot of practice and time management skills to ace this exam.

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  • CAT 2020 Answer Key will be released on 30 November 2019.
  • CAT 2020 registration has been started from 07 August 2019.
  • Candidates can try the mock exams for preparation.
  • The admit cards can be downloaded between 23 October and 20 November 2019.
  • Read about CAT Cutoff and Percentile Requirements Here.

CAT 2020 Important Dates and  Registration date

The schedule provided below is released by the board responsible to hold the exam. Aspirants need to keep an eye on the calendar as not much time is left. The results will be out soon after the exam date passes. Also, exam takers who are very eager to know their result can check the unofficial answer keys. These will be released as soon as the exam ends with many coaching institutes. Though it should be made sure that these are not the final answers and the solutions of the official answer sheet might differ from them a bit.

Events Dates
CAT 2020 Notification 28 July 2019
Online Registration Available 07 August 2019
Last date to fill the application form 18 September 2019
Image correction window opens 4th week to last week of September 2019
Mock Test 3rd week of October 2019
Admit card Download 23 October 2019
CAT 2020 Exam 24 November 2019
Release of Answer Key 30 November 2019
Announcement of Results 2nd week of January 2020

CAT Result 2020

  • CAT Result 2020 will be announced on the official website today i.e, on  2nd week of January 2020. Applicants can check their Results on the official website i.e,
  • CAT scorecard will be made 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 2019.
  • 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.
  • Over two lakh candidates had appeared for the CAT that was conducted on 25 November 2018, Sunday.

How to download CAT Result?

  • 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 2018 is conducted in multiple slots.
  • And, It is necessary to normalize the scores of test-takers from both slots.
  • IIMs normalize the CAT 2018 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%

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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

  • 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 2020 Application Form

The application form for Common Admission Test (CAT for IIMs Admission) is released by IIMs CAT conducting body.

  • The Application Form was started on 07 August 2019.
  • 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.

  • 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.

Download the CAT 2020 Information Bulletin Here.

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 Notification

CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The candidates interested in CAT 2020 must check that they fulfil the eligibility requirements before filling up the form and applying for the exam. These eligibility requirements have been decided by the Conducting Authority. Every candidate should ensure that these are strictly met:

  • 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.
  • 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%
  • In case, an Applicant’s Degree issuing Institution follows a different method of awarding scores such as grades/ CGPA, instead of marks in percentage format, the conversion of marks will be done based on conversion procedure recommended or followed by that respective university / Institute/ College.
  • If any University does not have such a score conversion scheme then a standard procedure will be followed for converting CGPA to equivalent marks.
  • The score equivalence will be drawn by dividing the applicant’s CGPA by the maximum CGPA possible. And the result of which will then be multiplied with 100.
  • Applicants who are currently in their final year of the Undergraduate Degree Program or a Degree Program that is equivalent and Recognised by the Government of India. (or)
  • such applicants who have completed their Final year but are still awaiting the results can also apply.
  • Upon being selected, such candidates will be given the liberty to join the Management Degree program provisionally.
  • However, such candidates will be required to produce and submit their Undergraduate qualifying Degree Certificate latest by 30 June 2019.
  • The final score submitted should meet the primary requirements stated in the CAT eligibility criteria.
  • IIMs will verify the legitimacy of the applicant’s documents and if they fulfil the eligibility requirements at various steps of the way.
  • However, Candidates must only furnish correct documents and information throughout the admission process.
  • If, any wrong or intentionally misleading information is found it will result in the rejection of applicants’ candidature.
  • The selection procedure for IIMs is usually very intensive and rigorous.
  • Moreover, simply meeting the eligibility criteria is not enough to ensure a place at one of the IIMs or any top-notch Management Institution.

Read about the Updated CAT Eligibility Criteria Here.

Exam Pattern CAT 2020

  • 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.
  • 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 2020 Syllabus

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

CAT 2020 Admit Card will be available to the candidates form 23 October 2019. Candidate can download their respective admit cards by entering user ID and Password. The hall ticket will contain information like:

How to Download CAT 2020 Admit Card?

  • 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 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.


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

CAT Exam Centres

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

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.

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