IIM CAT 2020, Exam Date, Eligibility, Registration, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

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IIM CAT 2020: This year Common Admission Test (CAT-2020) will be held by Indian Institute of Management, Indore. Official schedule has released on 30th July, 2020. According to the recently announced schedule CAT-2020-21 online registrations start from 05th August. Once the registration begins, interested and eligible candidates can apply for the CAT 2020 examination online at iimcat.ac.in on or before September 16, 2020, until 5 pm. The entrance will be held on November 29, 2020.

CAT 2020 Notification by IIM Indore

IIM CAT 2020

CAT is the Common Admission Test for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes in 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other top MBA colleges like FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad and hundreds of other top MBA colleges in India.

IIM Indore CAT 2020 Highlights

CAT ParticularsDescription
Exam NameCommon Admission Test (CAT2020)
Conducting InstituteIndian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore
ConvenorProfessor Harshal Lowalekar, Faculty for Operations Management and Quantitative Techniques
Exam typeComputer Based National level exam
Exam dateNovember 29, 2020
EligibilityNo age limit
EducationAny graduate with 50%
Application Fee₹ 2000/- (For General category)
₹ 1000/- (For Reserved category)
Registration ModeOnline Process Only
Exam Centers376 centers across 156 cities (2019).
Students have to choose 6 cities instead of 4.
Participating Institutes20 IIMs, IITs, MDI, FMS, SPJIMR, JBIMS and more than 500 management schools in the country
Admission ProcessSeparate applications to all IIMs and other MBA colleges.
Score validDecember 31, 2021
CAT HelplineEmail: cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in
Official Websiteiimcat.ac.in

Each year, the CAT exam is conducted in the month of November/December, and over 2 lakh individuals appear for this exam to get shortlisted for admission by top IIMs. However, due to the Coronavirus, there is a lingering doubt in the minds of many aspirants that CAT 2020 may face postponement or even cancellation! There is also concern about the placements that IIMs will be able to provide in a seemingly uncertain job market. A CAT expert with over 20 years of experience coaching students answers 10 key questions about CAT 2020.

Schedule of IIM CAT 2020

Event NameDate of the Event
Date of CAT Notification 2020July 29, 2020
CAT 2020 registration starting dateAugust 5, 2020
Last date of CAT 2020 RegistrationsSeptember 16, 2020
Availability of CAT-2020 Admit CardOctober 28, 2020
Mock test release dateOctober 16, 2020
Date of CAT 2020 EntranceNovember 29, 2020
Release of candidate’s response sheetFirst Week December 2020
Release of CAT answer key 2020Second week of December 2020
Result Date of CAT 2020First Week January, 2021
Validity of CAT 2020 ScoreDecember 31, 2021

Eligibility for CAT 2020

In order to be eligible for CAT, an aspirant must be a graduate degree holder in any stream. Candidates appearing in the final year/semester of their degree program can also apply for CAT 2020.

  • Candidates with CA/CS/ICWA degree (Gen: 50% & SC/ST/ PWD: 45%) are also eligible.
  • As for CAT Age Limit, there is no minimum/ maximum limit defined. There is also no restriction on the number of attempts.
  • The percentage requirement for the exam is different for different categories. It is explained in the table below:
CategoryPercentage Required
General and OBC50%
Scheduled Caste45%
Scheduled Tribe45%
Persons with Disabilities45%

CAT Exam 2020 Application Fee

The CAT 2020 Notification has been released. Each candidate has to fill out the CAT 2020 application form (starting from the 5th August 2020) from the official CAT 2020 site by the 16th September in order to appear for the CAT 2020 exam. The CAT 2020 notification has also disclosed the CAT application fee:

CategoryCAT 2020 Application Fee
General₹ 2000/- INR
OBC₹ 1000/- INR
SC/ST₹ 1000/- INR
The mode of application fee payment is through Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking.

CAT Registration Form 2020

IIM Indore will release CAT 2020 application form from August 5. The last date of CAT exam 2020 registration is September 16. Steps to fill CAT application form are given below:

  • 1st Step: Generate CAT user id and password
  • 2nd Step: Use CAT 2020 Registration Login and fill details
  • 3rd Step: Upload required documents and images
  • 4th Step: Pay the CAT exam fee through debit card/ credit card or net banking and submit.

List of Documents Required for Registration

  1. Academic history
  2. Mark sheets (10th /12th/ Degree/Diploma)
  3. Work experience (if any)
  4. Certificates (if any)
  5. Scanned images of your passport size photo and signature
  6. Debit/Credit cards, Net banking.
IIM CAT Registration Steps

Syllabus for IIM CAT 2020

Quantitative Ability (QA)Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
Number Systems, LCM & HCF,Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)Caselets and Tables
Profit, Loss & Discount, PercentagesGrammar or English UsageBar Graphs and Column Graphs
Speed, Time & Distance, Time & WorkCorrection in SentenceVenn Diagrams
Simple & Compound InterestFill in the blanksLine Charts & Pie Chart
Ratio & Proportion, AveragesReading ComprehensionCombination of two or more types linked to each other
Logarithm, Binomial TheoremVerbal ReasoningNumber and Letter Series
Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration, etc.Jumbled Paragraph and Close PassageCalendars, Cubes and Clocks
Complex Numbers, Quadratic & Linear EquationsMeaning/Usage MatchBinary Logic
Sequences & Series, Surds & Indices,InequalitiesAnalogies and Reverse AnalogiesSeating Arrangement, Syllogism
Probability, Permutation and CombinationSummary QuestionsLogical Matching, Connectives. Sequence
Set Theory, Functions & Geometry,Mixtures & Allegations, TrigonometryFacts Inferences Judgements, etc.Blood Relations, etc
Table Source: https://bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

CAT 2020 Structure: CAT will be a three section test; duration of the test will be 180 minutes (60 minutes for each section).

  • Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • Section III: Quantitative Ability
  • 25% No Penalty Questions: Out of 100 questions in CAT 2020, more than 25 questions will not have negative marking. CAT 2020 is divided into MCQ and Non-MCQ type of questions and the Non-MCQs do not carry negative marking. In case any non-MCQ has negative marking, a few MCQs are changed to no negative marking questions.
  • 70-75% CAT Questions with Negative Marking: More than 70% questions in CAT 2020 are of MCQ type and will carry penalty of 1/3 negative marking.

CAT 2020 Exam Slots

CAT is usually held in 2 slots, the slot timings are as follows:

SessionExam DurationReporting TimeDeadline to reach center
Forenoon9 am to 12 pm7:30 am8:45 am
Afternoon2.30 pm to 5.30 pm1:00 pm2:15 pm

IIM CAT 2020 Qualifying Marks

Minimum CAT Score Requirement by IIMs: A Minimum qualifying score between 70 and 90 percentile in CAT 2020 is required by IIMs in each of the 3 sections to shortlist candidates for final admission round.

CAT 2020 Selection Procedure

After the declaration of results and cut- offs, shortlisted candidates appear in the selection process which is held separately by each of the IIMs. The selection procedure through CAT EXAM may consist of a Group Discussion and/or Written Ability Test round and, Personal Interview. In recent years, IIMs have been known to prefer Written Ability Test over Group Discussion.

Personal Interview is also an important part of the selection procedure and can prove to be a decisive factor in selection to IIMs. The final selection is based on performance in CAT and selection procedure rounds.

  • Written Ability Test comprises of one or more topics on which a candidate is required to write a brief essay. The time duration assigned to write essay on the given topic varies from IIM to IIM and can be anywhere between 15 minutes to 45 minutes.
  • Group Discussion round is less preferred these days but it is wise to prepare for this round as well. In this round, a group of 8-10 candidates is given a topic to discuss. Through this round, a candidate’s performance and group dynamics are assessed.
  • Personal Interview round is the final round. In this round, a candidate has to appear before a panel of 4-8 interviewers who test the candidate on their academic background, work experience, hobbies, interests etc.

Courses Offered with CAT 2020

Following are the various management programmes at IIMs in which admission is available through Common Admission Test 2020:

Name of the IIMName of the Course
IIM AmritsarPGP
IIM Bodh GayaPGP
IIM CalcuttaMBA
IIM KozhikodePGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, EPGP (Kochi Campus & IL)
IIM SambalpurMBA
IIM SirmaurPGP
IIM TiruchirappalliPGPM, PGPBM, PGPM-HR
IIM UdaipurMBA
IIM VisakhapatnamPGP

CAT 2020: Important Points

  • Low Cost Exam: CAT Registration and CAT exam application fee taken together comes to Rs.100 per IIM for General category and Rs.50/- per IIM for Reserved category. No fee to be paid to apply for any individual IIM
  • One Day Exam: CAT exam will be held in single day on Sunday November 29, 2020 in Morning and Afternoon sessions. CAT is a Computer Based Test. Earlier it was held in 15 to 20 days testing window till 2013 by IIMs. Since 2015, CAT exam testing window has been shortened to one day only.
  • 45 Days CAT 2020 Registration Window: The CAT Application process opens on August 5 and will close on September 16, 2020
  • Dual Degree Accepted: A candidate with dual bachelor’s degree should mention the academic scores of both the bachelor’s degree programme in CAT application form
  • Single Fee for MBA Admission: CAT 2020 provides admission opportunity in 20 IIMs with the single point payment of CAT registration fee
  • Choice of 50 MBA Programmes in IIMs: CAT 2020 offers a choice of more than 50 management programmes in 20 IIMs without any additional application fee for admission.

CAT 2020 Admit Card

The CAT 2020 Admit Card is one of the most crucial documents for every CAT 2020 Aspirant. It will be released on 28th October 2020 as per the CAT 2020 Notification. The CAT 2020 Admit card can be downloaded at any time till the date of the CAT 2020 Exam.

It is required not only at the CAT 2020 Exam Center but also in some of the procedures post CAT 2020. The CAT Admit Card contains several details such as:

  • Name
  • CAT 2020 Exam Center
  • CAT 2020 Time Slot
  • Category
  • CAT Registration Number

The personal details have to be carefully examined at the time of release to ensure that there are no mistakes in the CAT 2020 Admit Card. If there are some errors, the authorities should be contacted at the earliest to clarify these mistakes as soon as possible.

CAT Cutoff 2020

The minimum qualifying marks which are required by the candidates to be eligible for next round of selection are referred to as the CAT 2020 cutoff. The minimum percentile is generally referred to as the CAT cutoff 2020. Some of the important factors which are taken into account while determining the CAT cutoff 2020 are the overall difficulty level of the entrance exam, the total number of candidates who appeared for the entrance test, the seats that are offered in different programmes.

IIM Calcutta≥ 85≥ 75≥ 70≥ 65≥ 65

CAT Reservation Criteria 2020

All the IIMs and the management institutes follow the reservation criteria that has been laid down by the candidates. The category wise reservation percentage is given below in the table:

Category wise seat reservation

ST (Scheduled Tribe)7.5
PWD (Person with Disability)3.0
OBC-NC (Other Backward Class – Non-Creamy Layer)27
SC (Scheduled Caste)15

Year Wise CAT Application Statistics

YearNo. of RegistrationsNo. of Test Takers


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