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Common Admission Test 2020

Admit card: 28 Oct - 29 Nov 2020

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Admit card: 28 Oct - 29 Nov 2020

CAT Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 2,000
  • Number Of Attempts:1
  • Examination Modes:Computer Based Test
  • Exam Conducting Body: Indian Institute of Management (IIM)
  • Courses:MBA
  • Streams:Management

CAT 2020 (29 Nov): Application Correction (Open), Exam Patter, Admit card

Updated On - September 29 2020 by Kumar Deepanshu

CAT 2020 has opened the Application form correction window from 27 September 2020 to 29 September 2020. The exam is scheduled to be conducted on 29 November 2020 by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode. The candidates can apply online on the official website from 05 August to 23 September 2020. India’s most commonly known examination for graduates who wish to pursue Management Courses after their Graduation is the CAT (Common Admission Test). CAT being a National Level examination, is conducted annually and applicants from across India can participate and can get admissions into PGP, PGP-FABM, PGP, PGP-HRM, PGPEM, PGPPM courses offered by more than 200 B-Schools, apart from IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management). The examination is conducted in rotation by one of the 6 older IIMs.

Latest Updates

  • Application form Correction window is opened from 27 September (10:00 am) till 29 September 2020 (5:00 pm).
  • CAT 2020 is to be held on 29 November 2020.
  • The online registration is ongoing from 05 August until 23 September 2020(extended).
  • The candidates will be able to download the admit card from 28 October 2020.

CAT 2020 Important Dates

CAT 2020 Important Dates are mentioned in the table given below:

CAT 2020 Exam Dates
Commencement of Online Registration

05 August 2020

Last date of Online Registration
16 September 2020

23 September 2020

Window for Corrections

27 September- 29 SEptember  2020

Release of Admit Card

28 October 2020

Exam Date

29 November 2020

Declaration of Results

January 2021

Link to download the CAT information brochure is given below on this page only.

CAT 2020 Application Form

CAT 2020 Application Form is available on the Official Website from 05 August 2020 and last until 23 September 2020. There is no other way to process the application form but online. Candidates are requested to follow the below-mentioned guidelines while filling up the CAT 2020 Registration form to avoid mistakes:
  • The photograph and signature uploaded during the time of applying for CAT 2020 Examination will be used for the admission process.
  • Any application which is incomplete in any respect and does not have the required valid documents will be rejected.
  • Fill in the details in the CAT exam form correctly and must upload correct and valid documents.
  • Candidate must ensure the successful submission of their application in the portal failing to which their candidature will be cancelled automatically.
Following are the steps candidates have to go through while applying for CAT 2020 
  • Registration of the Individual candidate
  • Uploading the required Documents
  • Application Fee Payment
  • Confirmation of Application

CAT 2020 Application Fee

CAT 2020 Application Fee is given Category/gender wise which must be paid Online after the completion of the Application form:
CAT Application Fee 2020
Application fee

Rs. 1900/-


Rs. 950/-

Online fee payment can be done via Net Banking/Credit card/Debit card/e-wallets etc.

CAT 2020 Form Correction

IIM Kozhikode allows the candidates to make correction in their CAT Application Form after submission, but only in the uploaded images. The candidates can change their uploaded scanned photo and signature only.

What details can be corrected?
  • Photo
  • Signature
For correction in all other details?

Contact [email protected] The candidates have to mention their errors and if CAT authorities allow they can go ahead for changes as per the instructions given.

To make correction in the images the candidates have to log in on using their User ID and password. They can then access their dashboard and edit their images in the form therein.

CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

CAT 2020 Eligibility is mentioned for all aspirants concerning their categories, age, educational qualification etc.
  • Age Criteria: There will be no age limit prescribed for appearing in CAT entrance exam.
  • Qualifying Exam: Applying aspirant must have passed his/her Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized Board/University.
  • Minimum Marks: Candidate must have passed his/her qualifying exam with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. For the aspirants belonging to ST/SC/PWD category must have passed with a minimum of 45% marks in the qualifying examination they last appeared in.
  • Appearing candidates: Candidates appearing in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent can also apply with valid proof of documents at the time of admission otherwise their candidature will be cancelled.
NOTE: Candidates who possess an equivalent exam degree recognized by MHRD, Government of India (including AMICE of the Institution of Civil Engineers) are also eligible.

CAT 2020 Admit Card

CAT 2020 Admit Card will be available on the official website from October 2020, candidates are requested to download and print their admit cards as it is an important document to be carried to the examination centre. Below mentioned guidelines for CAT 2020 Admit Card/Hall Ticket can be followed by the candidates:
  • If candidates are found without CAT Admit Card in the examination hall, there are chances that the authorities might not allow them to appear for the examination.
  • If there is any discrepancy found in the Admit Card particulars, the candidate must immediately get in touch with the Official Authority to get it rectified.
  • Visit the Exam centre before the final exam day if the venue is unfamiliar.
  • No query related to the hall ticket will be entertained on the day of examination.

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern is given below which contains information like mode of examination, duration of the examination, a number of type of questions asked, the language in which the exam can be taken by the candidates etc.
CAT Paper Pattern
Mode of Examination

Online (CBT)

Duration of Examination

180 minutes (3 hours)

No. of Questions asked


Type of Questions

MCQ (Objective) & Subjective

Marking Scheme

+3 for Correct and -1 for Incorrect

Medium of examination


Total Marks




Below mentioned is the section-wise division of examination and the total number of marks they carry each:
Time Allotted
Number of Questions
Total Marks

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

60 minutes




Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

60 minutes




Quantitative Ability

60 minutes





03 hours
100 questions
300 marks

CAT 2020 Syllabus

CAT 2020 Syllabus is mentioned below subject wise:

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:
  • Assumptions, Binary Logic, Blood Relations, Clocks and Calendars, Coding-Decoding, Data Arrangement, Data Structures, Direction Sense, Family Tree, Proposition, Puzzles, Seating Arrangement, Series, Sets, Statements, Syllogism, Venn Diagram
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:
  • Analogies, Antonyms, Contextual usage, Different usage of the same word, Fill in the blanks, Foreign language words used in English, Grammar, Idioms, Jumbled paragraphs, One-word substitution, Para Completion and inference, Para jumbles, Reading Comprehension, Sentence completion, Sentence correction, Syllogisms, Verbal Logic, Verbal Reasoning
Quantitative Ability:
  • Bars, Caselets, Data Sufficiency, Line Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables etc.

CAT 2020 Preparation Tips

CAT 2020 Preparation Tips are mentioned below for all the candidates who will be appearing for CAT 2020 Examination and are looking for guidance on how to go on CAT exam preparation:

  • candidates must prepare how to go on with each subject which includes the time distribution, management of resources and various other important factors.
  • Once the preparation chart is ready, start with the preparation which will include studying all the important topics in-depth, not so important topics in brief but do not miss on any topic as this exam tests the ability.
  • If the candidates are taking any coaching classes or external help, their guidance and all that candidates learn over there helps but same is the number of efforts they need to put in every day on their own.
  • Ample amount of sleep is a must.
  • Solving questions will give a reality check of the preparation and scope of improvement as well, apart from which candidates must solve one CAT previous year papers as it will give an idea of the exam pattern.
  • Join a test series and write tests every day as it will add up to the speed, accuracy and refinement in answering questions.
  • Write 2-3 mock tests every day and try writing a full-length paper at the time candidates will be writing the final CAT  Test 2020 Examination.

CAT 2020 Answer Key

Candidates can check the CAT 2020 Answer Key as it will be released in November 2020 by the official authority. The answer key is available through online mode only on the website.
  • Individual responses to questions along with the official answer key have been published by the authority. 
  • Applicants can challenge the answer key until the second week of December 2020 by filling the objection form.
  • Candidates can log in by using user ID & password to view answer key & question paper.

CAT 2020 Result

CAT 2020 Results will be announced on the official website in January 2020. Candidates qualifying the examination will be allowed by the individual institutes to appear for the Personal Interview/Group discussion rounds based on their merit and number of applicants applying and various other criteria.
  • Once the centralized result is announced, candidates will have to apply individually for various colleges and appear in their Interview and Group Discussion rounds if they get a call from the colleges. 

CAT 2020 Score

Candidates' CAT 2020 scorecards will be made accessible on the CAT official website. Candidates may also be intimated individually by SMS.

  • CAT 2020 score is valid only till 31 December 2020, and will accordingly be accessible on the website.
  • Thereafter, no queries related to the issuance of CAT 2020 scorecards will be entertained by any institution.

CAT 2020 Counselling

CAT 2020 Counselling will commence after the result declaration but will not be centralized, will be conducted individually by colleges accepting the CAT 2020 Result as their criteria.

CAT 2020 Top Institutes & Courses

Below listed are the institutes which are known for the highest cut-off rankers:

  • Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi, Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi & Kolkata
  • Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA)
  • Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)
  • Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC)
  • Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIML)
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai
  • Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon
  • P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai
  • XLRI – Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur

Apart from the above-mentioned colleges, a total of 20 IIMs and 500 other MBA colleges offer admission through CAT.

The courses offered after qualifying in the CAT written test, Interview and Group discussion held by individual Institutes are listed below:

  • Fellow Programme in Management (PhD)
  • Two-Year Post Graduate Programme in Management (MBA)
  • Two-Year Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agri-business Management (MBA-FABM)
  • One-Year Full Time Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (MBA-PGPX)
  • Faculty Development Programme (FDP)
  • Armed Forces Programme (AFP)
  • ePost Graduate Programme (PGP)
  • Executive Education Programmes (EEP) etc.

Above mentioned are a few courses that the Institutes offer under which there will be multiple branches of those courses which can be found in the individual websites of colleges in which the candidates are interested in taking admission IIMs:

Seats Availability in IIMs

CAT Seats Available in IIMs
S.No.InstituteSeats Offered
1IIM Ahemdabad385
2IIM Calcutta462
3IIM Bangalore412
4IIM Lucknow436
5IIM Kozhikode375
6IIM Indore451
7IIM Trichy180
8IIM Amritsar60
9IIM Rohtak240
10IIM Bodhgaya60
11IIM Sambalpur160
12IIM Sirmaur60
13IIM Jammu45
14IIM Ranchi

PGDM - 120

PGD HRM - 48 

15IIM Raipur210
16IIM Kashipur210
17IIM Shilong120
18IIM Udaipur180
19IIM Nagpur126
20IIM Visakhapatnam60

CAT Previous Year Cut-Off

IIM CampusPercentage
IIM Ahmedabad81.53
IIM Bangalore90+
IIM Calcutta95+
IIM Lucknow90+
IIM Indore90
IIM Kozhikode95.5
IIM Rohtak90+
IIM Trichy96
IIM Udaipur90

CAT 2020 Exam Centres

The candidates can checklist of test centres of CAT 2020 below in the table. 

State / Union TerritoryCity
Andaman and Nicobar IslandsPort Blair
Andhra PradeshGuntur, Kakinada. Kurnool, Nellore, Rajahmundry, Tirupathi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram
Arunachal PradeshItanagar
AssamDibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur
BiharAurangabad, Arrah, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Patna
HaryanaAmbala, Hisar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Rohtak
Himachal PradeshShimla
Jammu & KashmirJammu
JharkhandBokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
KarnatakaBelagavi (Belgaum), Bengaluru, DharwadHubballi (Hubli), Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Mangaluru (Mangalore), Mysuru (Mysore), Shivamogga (Shimoga), Udupi
KeralaKannur, Ernakulam, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Trivandrum
Madhya PradeshBhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain
MaharashtraAmravati, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Raigad, Satara, Solapur, Thane, Palghar, Navi Mumbai, Vasai, Ulhasnagar
OdishaBalasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, Sambalpur
PunjabPathankot, Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Sangrur, Amritsar
RajasthanAjmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
Tamil NaduMadurai, Trichy, Vellore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Salem
TelanganaHyderabad, Karimnagar, Warangal
Uttar PradeshAllahabad, Agra, Aligarh, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Varanasi
UttarakhandDehradun, Haldwani, Roorkee
West BengalAsansol, Bankura, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri
ChandigarhMohali, Chandigarh
ChhattisgarhBhilai Naga, Bilaspur, Raipur
Delhi NCRDelhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Meerut, New Delhi, Noida
GujaratAhmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara

CAT 2020 Highlights

Check all the details about the Common Admission Test 2020 examination given below:

Exam Name

Common Admission Test (CAT 2020)

Conducting Body

Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode


National Level


MBA, Fellow Programme in Management, etc.

CAT Official website

Exam Mode

Online (CBT)

Exam Purpose

To offer admission in various Management Courses Offered by the numerous Institutions across India

About Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode

Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode was the fifth IIM to be established. It is an independent business institution set up in 1996 by the government of India. It was started with a batch of 42 students at the temporary campus of National Institute of Technology, Calicut. It is ranked sixth amongst the management schools in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018. 

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CAT Important Dates

CAT 2019 Form Date05 Aug - 23 Sep 2020
CAT 2019 Exam Date29 Nov 2020

Common Admission Test 2020 Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

3 hours

Total Marks:


Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:


NOTE:One mark will be deducted for every wrong answer

1Local Reasoning32396
2Verbal Ability343102
3Quantitative Aptitude343102

Instructions:No Negative Marking for Non-MCQ type questions

Frequently Asked Questions


Form Start Date:

05 Aug 2020

Form End Date:

23 Sep 2020

The last date to submit the form was on 23 Sep 2020
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