About CAT 2020
CAT or Common Admission Test, the most popular national level management entrance exam conducted by Indian Institute of Management for admission to 20 IIMs and more than 100 B-schools across India. Around 2.5 lakh MBA aspirants appear for the test every year. CAT 2020 will be a 3-hour computer-based test consisting of 100 Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) and Non-MCQ type questions. There are likely to be three sections, namely Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR). CAT 2020 will tentatively be held in last week of November in two slots – Forenoon (9 AM to 12 PM) and Afternoon (2:30 PM to 5:30 PM).
The result of CAT 2020 will be announced in first week of January, and the selection procedure initiates with the release of CAT cutoff. Each of the participating institutes of CAT 2020 will execute their individual admission process, however, the shortlisting would be done based on CAT 2020 cutoff. Next, the shortlisted candidates will be called for further selection rounds, namely, Group Discussion (GD) or Writing Ability Test (WAT) or both and Personal Interview (PI) rounds for the final admission. Additionally, the newly formed IIMs will administer the Common Admission Process (CAP) where the shortlisted aspirants from all participating IIMs need to appear for WAT and PI rounds.
CAT 2020 Important Dates
|CAT Notification release date||Last week of July, 2020|
|CAT 2020 Registration Start Date||First week of August, 2020|
|CAT 2020 Last date for Online Registration||Last week of September, 2020|
|CAT 2020 Issue of Admit Card||Last week of October, 2020|
|CAT 2020 Exam Date (Tentative)||Last week of November, 2020|
|Releasing of Answer Key||1st week of December, 2020|
|CAT 2020 Result Announcement||Second week of January, 2021|
CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria
Candidates applying for CAT 2020 should fulfil any one of the following criteria:
- Candidates must be completed Bachelor Degree with the 50% marks (45% in case of SC/ST)
- Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage.
- Candidates must be in the final year of graduation with required percentages.
CAT 2020 Application Process
Mode of Application : Online
Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | NEFT | Paytm | Other
IIM will open the online application process of CAT 2020 from second week of August to last week of September. The application was a three-step process, CAT registration, filling the application form, and paying the application fee. Post registration, candidates receive a User ID and Password on their registered email and mobile number which was to be used to login to the official website to fill the CAT application form 2020. Candidates needed to select four exam centres as per their convenience.
CAT 2020 application fee- The application fee could be paid through net banking, debit card, credit card, BillDesk, PayU and Paytm.
CAT 2020 Preparation Tips
Perseverance, strategic planning and execution clubbed with positivity pave the path towards success in the most coveted entrance exam, CAT. Candidates would need to start preparing at least 6-8 months prior to the exam to yield the best results.
Thorough knowledge of the CAT 2020 Syllabus along with the concepts should be the primary focus for all the aspiring test takers followed by practice of previous years’ question papers and sample papers. Candidates are advised to take as many timed mock tests as possible to enhance their proficiency. Apart from academic preparation, one should be cautious about their health as well. Staying fit and positive is immensely important until the exam day.
CAT 2020 Exam Pattern
As per the CAT 2020 exam pattern, the computer-based test had three timed sections (VARC, DILR, and QA) carrying a total of 100 questions. The types of questions are both MCQ as well as Non-MCQ questions. Following were the three CAT sections including the sectional durations and marks allotted-
CAT Exam Pattern 2020
|Sl. No.||Subjects||No. of Question||Full Marks|
|1.||Verbal and Reading Comprehension||34||34|
|3.||Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||32||32|
CAT 2020 Mock Test
The IIM which will conduct CAT 2020, it will release the official mock test of CAT. The mock test or the practice test will be released to explain the exam format, pattern as well as the marking scheme and the navigation system to the prospective test takers.
The total duration of CAT mock test 2020 is 1 hour and it included the following-
- Exam instructions
- Mock questions pertaining to each section (VARC, DI & LR, and QA)
CAT 2020 Admit Card
The Indian Institute of Management will issue the online CAT 2020 admit card in last week of October. It comprised of candidates’ personal and test venue details along with exam day guidelines. It was a mandate for all candidates to carry their CAT admit card 2020 on the day of the exam.
The admit card of CAT 2020 was available only online. Candidates needed to download the admit card from the official website using their login credentials (user ID and password) and take prints of the same for the exam day, which will be held in last week of November.
CAT 2020 Exam Centers
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||Port Blair|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Jammu|
|Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar|
Documents Required at Exam
- CAT 2018 admit card
- Photo ID
CAT 2020 Answer Key
IIM which will conduct the exam will release the answer key of CAT 2020 in the first week of December 2020. The answer key consists of CAT 2020 questions along with the correct answers marked in Green colour. The CAT 2020 answer key is available for download on the official website of the exam. The document is available for all the test takers. Candidates who will appear for the exam in last week of November can login to the official website to download the pdf file of the answer key.
Test takers are permitted to file an objection if they find any discrepancy in the CAT answer key 2020. The objection filling can be done till second week of December by paying a fee of Rs. 1200. Last year, the fee for filing objection was Rs. 1000.
CAT 2020 Result
The result of CAT 2020 will be announced by the exam conducting IIM in the first week of January. The CAT 2020 result will be made available in online mode only. Based on the result, test-takers will be shortlisted for further selection rounds by respective IIMs and other CAT 2020 participating institutes.
For downloading the result of CAT 2020, candidates need to insert their login credentials created during registration (User ID and Password). The CAT 2020 scorecard reflects the sectional and overall scores and percentiles obtained by the examinee.
CAT 2020 Cutoff
The minimum marks or percentile any test taker must secure in order to qualify for further selection rounds is called the CAT cutoff marks/scores. All the IIMs and other participating institutes will release the CAT 2020 cutoff to shortlist the candidates for the selection procedure.
The factors that affect the cutoff of CAT 2020 are-
- The total number of CAT 2018 test takers
- The level of difficulty of the exam
- Number of test takers qualifying for the next rounds
- The total number of seats
- Institute of repute or ranking.
CAT 2020 Selection Process
The selection procedure of CAT 2020 is a two-step process followed by all the IIMs and other CAT score accepting management institutes. Candidates will first have to appear for CAT 2020. Based on the performance of the test, examinees will be shortlisted for the second CAT selection process. All shortlisted candidates will be called for Group Discussion (GD), Writing Ability Test (WAT), and Personal Interview (PI). The participating institutes and IIMs will render some weightage to each mentioned factor as per their respective admission processes before finalising the students for admissions to management programmes.
Documents Required at Counselling
- 10th, 12th, graduation, and professional (if applicable) mark sheets
- 10th, 12th, graduation, and professional (if available) degree certificates
- Proof of date of birth
- Caste certificate (if applicable)
- Admission letter
- CAT admit card
- Address proof of parents
- Passport size photographs (colour/black & white)