CAT 2020 Syllabus, Eligibility , Exam Dates, FAQs

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is regarded as the biggest MBA entrance test in India for the admission to more than 5000 seats in all IIMs and hundreds of top MBA colleges including FMS Delhi, JBIMS Mumbai, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IITs, XIMB, IMT, IMI, TAPMI, and others. The Schedule for the CAT 2020 will tentatively be released in July 2020 by the conducting authority (IIMs). CAT is conducted in two slots across various cities in India that are mentioned in the CAT website and the name of the test center is mentioned in the Admit Card. The candidates who want to get admitted to the management programs at IIMs in India and other top B-schools have to qualify in the Common Admission Test (CAT). 

Latest Updates:

1. CAT 2019 Result Announced, Check Here

2. CAT-2019 Admit Card Released by IIM-Kozhikode. Download Here

3. The  IIM-Kozhikode released the mock test series for CAT 2019. Login Here

4. IIM Kozhikode to conduct CAT 2019 Examination this year. Read More

5. CAT 2019 Registration starts from 7th Aug 2019.  Know Details Here.

6. JNU accepts CAT scores: MBA admissions 2019, Read Details.

7. CAT Exam Details: Eligibility, Cut-off, Top colleges and more. Click here to read.

8. CAT will be conducted in centers spread across around 156 test cities.

9. Know how to crack GD/PI and WAT for CAT-2018? Read here


Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a mobile phone number throughout the selection process.

CAT is a computer-based (Online) test. The test scores of a candidate will be calculated on the basis of Quantitative Ability (QA), Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI), Verbal Ability (VA) and Logical Reasoning (LR). The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on the rotation policy.

CAT Official
CAT 2020 Conducting BodyTo be announced
Mode of ExamComputer-Based
Exam Date November/December (Tentatively)
Exam Duration3 hours
Exam EligibilityGraduation with 50% (Aggregate)
Exam ShiftsMorning and Evening
Application FeeRs.1900/-(For all) and Rs.950/- (For SC, ST and Pwd)

CAT 2020 Schedule:

Cat 2020 Is conducted by IIMs for admission into their popular PGDM/PGP programs. Every year the Exam Schedule is released by the conducting body which students eye on. The registration process is expected to start in the month of August 2020 and will continue till the month of September

The tentative schedule for the CAT exam 2020 is below. It will be updated once the official schedule is released.

Date( Tentative)
CAT 2020 Application Form Release
First week of August 2020
CAT 2020 Application Form Last Date
Last week of September 2020
CAT 2020 Form Correction Window Duration
Last week of September 2020
 CAT Admit Card 2020 Download
October 2020
CAT 2020 Exam Date
Sunday November/December(tentative)
CAT Result Date 2020
January 2021

The candidates aiming for CAT 2020 must start their preparation accordingly depending on their subject wise strengths and weaknesses. The official Answer Key with the Response sheet is released in the official website few days after the exams where the students can check their raw scores. 

CAT 2020 Admit card:

Candidates who register for CAT 202 examination can download the admit card from the official website. The dates are yet to be released and hence will be updated accordingly. However, the admit card will not be sent by any other means to the candidates. The admit card will consist of the name, roll number, date of birth of the individual with the time slot and exam center with the address. Without the admit card, no individual will be permitted to enter the exam hall.

How To Download CAT 2020 Admit Card Online?

1. Go to the official website of CAT 2020

2. Log in to the website using the login credentials (User ID & Password)

3. Find and click on the ‘Download Admit Card’ link

4. Check the details on the admit card

5. Download and take a print out for the exam

Details Present in the Admit Card:

1. Candidate's name

2. Caste category

3. Date of birth

4. Registration number

5. Date and time of the exam

6. CAT exam center

7. Google map link to locate exam center

8. Emergency contact number

9. Test system number to identify your examination room

10. Exam related instructions

Exam day Guidelines

Below are the exam day guidelines released by the conducting body in the official website of CAT. Admit Card is the most important document on the Exam Day. Download Admit Card from CAT Website and recheck the details mentioned in the Admit Card

Dos for Candidates:

1. Print the Admit card on an A4-size Paper, preferably using a Laser Printer - Admit Card is valid only if the Candidate's photograph and signature images are legibly printed.

2. Make necessary arrangements for travel, food, accommodation (if any) and any other expenses (including those on account of medical emergencies).

3. Before leaving for the Test Centre, Candidates are requested to verify and carry their original ID proof and the printed CAT 2019 Admit card.

4. Use the Google map link embedded on the electronic version of the Admit card to locate the Test Centre. Identify mode of transport and commute time at least a day before the Exam Day in order to reach the Test Centre on time on the day of the Exam.

5. Ensure to affix the Photograph, as required, in the space provided on the Admit Card before handing over for verification at the Test Centre. Affix the same photograph which was uploaded during the application process.

6. Report at the Test centre at 7:30 a.m. IST for the Forenoon Session and at 1:00 p.m. IST for the Afternoon Session.

7. Deposit all personal belongings such as mobile phone, bag, wallets, jackets, jewellery, watch, electronic gadgets, stationary items, etc. at the Test Centre Entrance Gate.

8. Maintain silence and remain in Queue during (a) entry to the Test Centre (b) frisking process (c) document verification and (d) biometric verification and (e) exiting the Test Centre.

9. Cooperate with Test Center staff during document Verification and Frisking.

10. Use the Reference Number printed on the Admit Card, to check the location of Exam Lab from the List displayed on the Notice Board at the Test Centre.

11. At the Console, use the Mouse to select the right Option as answer for an MCQ and to use the on-screen Keyboard to answer a non-MCQ.

12. Return Writing Pad with all pages intact and Pen post completion of the Exam to the Invigilator.

13. Ask for any help required in course of the Exam from Test Centre Invigilator present in the Exam Lab.

14. Mandatorily provide your attendance in the Form with signature when asked for in the Exam Lab.

15. After the Exam, handover the duly signed Admit Card to the Invigilator present in the Exam Lab.

Don’ts for the Candidates:

1. Avoid attempting to appear for CAT 2019 Exam more than once. Candidature will be cancelled if a candidate is found to appear for the test multiple times.

2. Do not request entry into the Test Centre post 8:45 a.m. for the Forenoon Session and post 2:15 p.m. for the Afternoon Session.

3. Do not carry any prohibited items such as electronic gadgets etc. inside the Exam Lab.

4. Do not attempt to cheat or copy answers from others during the Exam.

5. Do not involve yourself in any arguments with other Candidates or Test center staff. Decisions of concerned authority will be treated as final on the test day. 

6. Do not use the keyboard at any point of time; this will lock your computer system.

7. Do not disturb other Candidates.

8. Do not request for a bio-break while inside the Exam Lab unless it is a Medical emergency.

9. Do not have friends and relatives accompany you beyond the Test Centre gate.

10. Do not request for change of Test Centre/Exam Lab/Console on the Exam Day.

11. Do not wear any jewelry (or any item(s) containing metal), jackets and footwear inside the Exam Lab.

12. Do not use Mobile phones, Electronic Gadgets, Watches, Calculators, own Stationery items, Wallets, and/or Goggles.

13. Do not provoke any other Candidate to commit or participate in any form of malpractice.

14. Do not waste Writing pad pages as it is distributed only once per Candidate the during course of the Exam.

15. Do not carry any page from the Writing Pad outside the Exam Lab after the test.

Document Verification:

After completion of the frisking process, Candidates would be asked to proceed for Document Verification. Candidate’s Admit Card with affixed photograph), and original photo identity proof and other documents (if any) would be checked at this Desk.

After successful Document Verification –

a. Candidates would be allowed to move to their respective Exam Lab.

b. After entering the Test Lab, Candidates wouldnot be allowed to leave the Test Lab before the Exam ends, unless it is a medical emergency.

c. Candidates would be advised to remove their footwears outside the Exam Lab.

Biometric Registration:

Post Document Verification process, Candidates would be asked to proceed for the

Biometric Registration -

a. During the Registration process, the Candidate’s left thumb impression and

the photograph would be captured.

b. Candidates would be required to sign the Attendance Sheet.

c. The assigned Invigilator would read out the Instructions before the Exam begins.

9. Exam Commencement

The Invigilator would inform Candidates to log in to the Console. The candidate would be

allowed to use the mouse or on-screen keyboard on their allocated system to log in.

Breaks during the Test:

Once the Invigilator has signed-in a Candidate, Candidate would not be allowed to leave the Test Lab until the end of the Test period. If for any unforeseen requirement, the Candidate would need to step out of the Test Lab, the same would be allowed only with an escort.

Sample Admit Card:

CAT 2020 Syllabus:

Since 2015, the syllabus for the CAT entrance exam has gone under many changes. Every year, the CAT syllabus and pattern is updated by CAT experts with a little change in pattern and topics. Before starting your CAT preparation strategy, you should be aware of the syllabus for the CAT exam so that you can start your preparation as soon as possible. CAT is divided into three sections such as Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. The syllabus of each is given below

Mathematics or Quantitative Section:

This is one of the challenging sections where students face difficulty . It needs more attention from the candidate as it is more calculation based therefore a good grasp of fundamentals and thorough practice is needed to ace the Quantitative Ability section. 

It contains 34 questions including both MCQs & non-MCQs. The number of MCQs is approx 24-27 and the number of Non-MCQs is 7-9.

Below is the detailed syllabus:

The syllabus can be divided into Arithmetic, Algebra, Modern maths, Geometry and Number system 

Profit & Loss
Ratios & Proportion
In-equations Quadratic & linear equations
Partnership (Accounts)
Surds & Indices
Number system
Arithmetic and Geometric Progression
Work and time
English or Verbal Section:

The verbal ability is divided into verbal and reading comprehension sections. This section contains a total of 34 questions. The questions from Verbal Ability is majorly asked in Non-MCQ based which carries no negative marking. Reading newspapers, articles, editorials religiously will help you sail through this section.

Syllabus for the Verbal Ability

Essence of short paragraph/Para summary
Jumbled Paragraphs
Out of Context Sentence in Jumbled paragraphs 
Error Correction of Verb, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb and other parts of speech in the Sentences
Vocabulary usage in RC passages – finding out the correct synonyms and antonyms
Completion of the last sentence of Paragraphs
Critical Reasoning
Irrelevant Statements
Syllabus for the Reading Comprehension

The number of questions here is 24.  6 questions based on each long passage and 3 questions based on each shorter passage. Sometimes uniform number of 5 questions follow 4 RC passages and 1 RC Passage is followed by 4 questions

1. Current affairs making impact on Social Life, International Affairs, Govt policies and Schemes for example Triple Talaq, Clean India Mission, Migration of people from one country to other, Growing intolerance across the Globe,

2. Business & Economic RC Passages for example Global economic changes, economic development at the cost of environment, Impact of Demonetization in India, Wasteful expenditure by Governments

3. RC passages from various English Literature books, from articles authored by great philosophers,thinkers, from various speeches of great personalities like passages from Charles Dickens, Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi, Churchill among others

4. Passages on Science & Culture including the journey to Modern world; Fading culture with the advancement of technology

5. Abstract topics and fiction are also included in the Reading Comprehension Syllabus for CAT. 

6. RC Passages on Historical events leading to social changes for example French Revolution, War of Roses, Social changes in Indian History and thoughts shared by  various activists which are very much relevant even today

7. RC Passages from Mythology. These passages try to correlate the Mythological events with the current social structure and answers to the questions on them have to be inferred.

Syllabus for Data Interpretation and Analytical Reasoning Section:
This section contains a total of 32 questions and the level of difficulty has varied through years. The only way to prepare for this section in the CAT exam is by solving different types of questions and regular practice
Pie Charts
Bar Graphs
Line GraphsData Sufficiency
Venn Diagrams
Number and Letter Series
Calendars, Cubes, and Clocks
Binary Logic
Logical SequenceRoutes and Networks
Seating ArrangementBlood Relation

Read More: Know how to crack GD/PI and WAT for CAT?

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern:

The exam pattern of CAT has remained the same over the past few years and is expected to remain unchanged in the year 2020 unless notified.

The exam is conducted in two shifts on the same date:-
1. Forenoon Session – 9.00 am to 12.00 pm
(Candidates reporting time: 7.30 am)
2. Afternoon Session – 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm
(Candidates reporting time: 1.00 pm)



Exam Mode 
Online Test

180 minutes or 3 hours

240 minutes or 4 hours(Pwd Candidates)

Type of Question
Multiple choice and Subjective type
No. of Question
Marking Scheme
+3 marks for each correct answer
(-) Marking

-1 mark deduction for each wrong answer

and no -ve marking for TITA based Question

Here is the detailed information regarding the exam pattern:


SubjectsTime AllottedNo. of QuestionsTotal marks
Sec IVerbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
60 minutes
Sec IIData Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
60 minutes
Sec IIIQuantitative Ability
60 minutes
Total       _180 minutes


Sectional Timing:

CAT 2020 has a sectional time limit. Candidates will not be allowed to choose any section to start with or switch from one section to another. Each section will have a time limit of 60 minutes however the PwD candidates would be given an extra 20 minutes for each Section. The exam will have to be take in a chronological manner, which is:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 

Quantitative Aptitude

Some of the points released in the official website of CAT are:

1. For all Candidates, the Medium of the Exam is English

2. Some Questions would be of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type with Options to select and some would be non-MCQ type

3. For all MCQ type, a wrong answer would result in -1 Mark. There would be NO Negative Mark for a non-MCQ type question.

4. A virtual keyboard would be displayed on the screen which is to be used for a nonMCQ. Use the mouse to operate the virtual keyboard.

5. Usage of external/physical calculator would not be allowed; however, a virtual Calculator on the screen would be available.

Candidates would also be able to view other details such as:

1. Question Paper: View the entire question of a particular Section at a time by clicking on the “Question Paper” button at the top right corner of the screen.

2. Profile: View information related to the Candidate profile by clicking on the “Profile” button at the right of the screen.

3. Instructions: View the Exam-related instructions at any point of time by clicking on the “Instructions” button at the top right corner of the screen

4. Calculator: Access the on-screen calculator, the icon of the same is located immediately above the Timer.

CAT Pattern over the years

CAT 2020 Cutoff:

The cut off is the minimum mark required to qualify the exam. The cut off of CAT 2020 will be released in January  2021 and will be decided by the conducting authorities of CAT 2020. However, the cutoff mark gets affected by some factors. Which are: 

  • Number of applicants
  • Exam difficulty level
  • Seats available 
  • Previous years’ cut off-trend                                       

CAT 2019 Cutoff Released by IIM Ahmedabad 

Minimum Cut-offs of CAT-2019 Percentile Ranks of PGDM program of IIM Ahmedabad

Verbal and Reading Comprehension percentile rank
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning percentile rank
Quantitative Aptitude  percentile rank
Overall percentile rank
General, EWS
PwD (General, EWS, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC)
PwD (ST)

CAT 2019 Cutoff Released by IIM Banglore for PGDM


CAT 2019 Cutoff Released by IIM Calcutta for MBA


List of previous year cut-offs of management college

Name of Institution/Management collegesCAT cut off
IIM, Ahmedabad
IIM, Bangalore
IIM, Calcutta
IIM, Lucknow
IIM, Shillong
FMS, Delhi
IIT, Bombay
IIM, Indore
IIM, Kozhikode


Here is the list of Non-IIM institutions accepting CAT scores:

  • Faculty of Management Studies (FMS Delhi)
  • Department of Management Studies, IIT Delhi
  • Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management, SOM, IIT Bombay
  • Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras
  • Management Development Institute, Gurgaon
  • SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai
  • Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneswar (XIMB)
  • Institute of Management Technology, Ghaziabad
  • National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE)
  • T.A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal
  • Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai

Here we have given the information about the total seat number available in different IIMs:


Total Number of Seats

IIM Ahmedabad395
IIM Bangalore
IIM Calcutta 
IIM Lucknow
IIM Indore
IIM Kozhikode
IIM Shillong
IIM Rohtak
IIM Trichy
IIM Udaipur
IIM Ranchi
IIM Kashipur
IIM Raipur
IIM Amritsar
IIM Bodhgaya
IIM Nagpur
IIM Visakhapatnam
IIM  Jammu
IIM Sambalpur
IIM Sirmaur

CAT 2020 Application form:

1. 15% and 7.5% seats are reserved for SC and ST candidates respectively. 27% of seats are reserved for OBC (Other Backward Classes) candidates of “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC).

2. 5% seats are reserved for Persons with Disabilities (PwD).

3. A copy of the SC or ST or NC-OBC or PwD certificate(s) will be uploaded at the time of CAT Application registration.


An updated state-wise central list of OBCs eligible for availing the benefit of reservation and information with respect to the creamy layer will be available on

How to Apply for CAT 2020?
Step 1 (Registration)

Go to and click on the ‘Register’ button under the New Candidate Registration header to create your own user profile. The Registration form window will open in your browser.

Create your own User Profile by completing the registration process and generate the OTP by clicking on to the OTP button. It will redirect to CAPTCHA to fill and submit the OTP number received on your mobile for verification.

As soon as the submission of your Registration Form, you will receive your User ID on the registered email address from the Administrator with the subject line CAT 2020 Login Details. 

Step 2 (Filing the Application Form and Payment)

Login to CAT Website.

1. Fill Application Form which includes Personal, Communication Address, Academic and Emergency Contact Details, Upload Documents

2. Select the Programme and the Interview City for that Programme as per the cities listed from the respective drop-down list.

3. The applicant can select any four Test Cities as per his or her preference from the drop-down menu.

4. Click on Save and proceed to the Payment section.

5. Select the Payment Mode. After selecting, the respective payment gateway will open for you.

6. Fees can be paid through Online mode only i.e by Credit card/ Debit card/ Net Banking.

7. Payment confirmation will be open. Save the receipt of the transaction as proof.

8. After the successful payment, Candidates will receive an email to their registered Mail Id.

9. Candidates will take a printout of their application form for further use.

Documents to be Uploaded
Passport size photograph

The photo should be in white background

The photo should not be more than 6 months  older

The photo should be in .jpg or .jpeg format

Scanned Signature

The dimension of the signature should be within 80mm * 35mm

The signature should be in Black/Blue Ink on white background

NC-OBC/SC/ST Certificate

Download the category certificate form from CAT website

Fill the form, self-attest it and upload as PDF document

PwD Certificate

Download the PwD category certificate form from CAT website

Fill the form, self-attest it and upload as PDF document

CAT 2020 Application Fee:

Rs. 950 for SC, ST and PwD candidates.

Rs. 1900 for all other candidates.

CAT 2020 Exam Centres:

Exam State
Exam City
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh
Tirupati, Chittoor, Visakhapatnam, Chirala, Kurnool, Nellore, Kakinada, Guntur, Rajahmundry, Vizianagaram, Vijaywada
Arunachal Pradesh
Guwahati, Silchar, Jorhat, Tezpur, Dibrugarh
Patna, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Purnea, Darbhanga, Aurangabad
Raipur, Bilaspur, Bhillai
Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Vadodara, Surat, Ahmedabad, Mehsana, Anand
Karnal, Hisar, Panipath, Ambala, Rohtak, Kurushetra
Himachal Pradesh
Hamirpur, Shimla
Jammu and Kashmir
Samba, Jammu,
Ranchi, Bokaro, Jamshedpur, Hazaribagh, Dhanbad
Bengaluru, Mysuru (Mysore), Belagavi(Belgaum), Dharwad, Hubli, Gulbarga, Mangalore, Shimoga, Udupi
Trivandrum, Kollam, Kannur, Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Kottayam, Thrissur
Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal, Ujjain, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna,
Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Amravati, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Nashik, Satara, Solapur, Ulhasnagar, Raigad, Nanded
Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Cuttack, Berhampur, Balasore, Dhenkanal, Rourkela
Mohali, Amritsar, Bhatinda, Patiala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Pathankot, Sangrur
Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Alwar, Bikaner, Sikar, Kota
Tamil Nadu
Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore,Salem, Tirunelveli, Trichy
Hyderabad, Warangal, Karim Nagar
Uttar Pradesh
Agra, Varanasi, Jhansi, Aligarh, Lucknow, Bareilly, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and Moradabad
Dehradun, Haldwani, 
West Bengal

Asansol, Siliguri, Bankura, Kolkata, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Kalyani

CAT Mock Test:
The CAT Mock Test is  released soon in the month of October by the conducting body. It will help the aspirants to understand the question pattern better and in cracking a high score in CAT 2020.

Here are the steps to register for the official mock test:

1. Click on the CAT 2020 Mock Test link available at

2. Sign in by using the candidate registration number and password.

3. Click on F11 to go through the general instructions.

4. Then press the " Other important Instruction for the candidates.

5. Finally, click on the "I am ready to begin" to begin the mock test

Know here: How to score 100 Percentiles in CAT Exam ?

CAT 2020 Counselling:

The counseling for CAT is not a centralized process. The candidates are selected by their performance in the exam, educational qualification, professional work experience, and many other factors. The CAT selection process goes through 3 phases that are written test i.e CAT, GD/WAT and Personal Interview described as follows:

Screening On the basis of Written Test CAT:

The written test is a duration of 180 minutes and is divided into 3 sections each of 60 minutes. The candidate cannot do sectional jump and has to appear the exam in the following order. CAT has been following the same trend in the exam pattern for the last few years. Here are the details of the CAT written examination test:

1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension consists of a total of 34 questions carrying a total of 102 marks

2. Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation consists of a total of 32 questions carrying 96 marks in total 

3. Quantitative Aptitude contains 34 questions from varied topics carrying a total of 102 maks

The exam contains both MCQ and non-MCQ type questions. Each correct answer is awarded with +3 marks and -1 marks is deducted for each wrong answer. The Non-MCQ type questions carry no negative marking. No marks are awarded or deducted for unanswered questions.

Every Institution sets different parameters for their admission process. If the candidate clears the cut-off set by his/her desired institution in the first round, a call letter is sent by the Institution for the next round  i.e the  GD/WAT round. Some of the Management institutes conduct both GD and WAT along with PI while some directly conduct the written test. While Insitution like FMS also conduct Extempore followed by PI

Group Discussion(GD)/Written Ability Test(WAT):

After the CAT exam, the candidate goes through the next phase that is the GD-WAT round. In GD, the candidates are divided into groups of 8-10 each to check their thought process & teamwork. Only 15-45 minutes are given for the GD/WAT round. The candidates will be given topics either from burning issues, static affairs, abstract topic or case studies and is expected to remain aware of such issues that will help both for GD and WAT

GD and WAT topics can basically be of the following types based on current situation:

· Social 

· Political 

· Economics 

· Legal

· Technical 

Personal Interview:

The PI round is one of the most important rounds as it carries maximum weightage after the CAT score. After the GD round, the candidate can attend the Personal Interview or PI round known as the last round of the process. In this round, the candidate has to face the questions coming from a panel consisting of 2-4 interviewers. The panel may ask questions about yourself, general awareness and details present in your CV.

Read Know how to crack GD/PI and WAT for CAT?

Factors Affecting Selection Process

The participating institutes and IIMs give weightage to each mentioned factor as per their criteria to arrive at a Composite Score of the candidate. On the basis of this Composite Score, the candidate is offered admission into their B-schools.

Common Admission Process for CAT 2020:

Common Admission Process (CAP) is introduced to organize common counseling sessions for IIMs. The difference between CAP & other selection processes is that CAP doesn't have a GD round.

Basically the 3rd generation IIMs take part in the CAP process and they are:

IIM Kashipur

IIM Raipur

IIM Ranchi

IIM Rohtak

IIM Trichy

IIM Udaipur

IIM Bodh Gaya

IIM Sambalpur

IIM Sirmaur

IIM Jammu

Here is the procedure for Common Admission Process (CAP):

All the participating IIMs have to submit their individual short-list to the CAP coordinator for 2020.

Then the host IIM will prepare a final short-list for CAP 2020.

Confirmation of the Candidate is needed for common counseling.

Candidates will appear for the CAP process and attempt WAT and PI.

The host IIM will send the CAP score to respective IIMs

All IIM then prepare their final admission list.

The centers for CAP 2020 will be  Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Bengaluru, and Kolkata. For the 1st CAP merit list around 14000 candidates are expected to be selected.

Documents Required for Counselling Process

1. 10th, 12th, graduation, mark sheets, and degree certificates

2.  Professional Degree Certificate(if applicable)

3.Proof of date of birth

4.Caste certificate (if applicable)

5.Admission letter

6.CAT admit card

7.Address proof of parents

8.Passport size photographs (colour/black & white)

9. Other documents to be presented if asked to

CAT 2020 Result:

The result for CAT 2020 will be declared by the authorities online. The students can check their result by logging in to the official website of CAT 2020. The result will be available in the form of a scorecard.

How To Check CAT 2020 Result Online?

1. Visit the official website of CAT 2020

2. Find and go to the ‘Download Scorecard’ link

3. Login to the site using your ID & Password

4. You can find your result card on your account page

5. Download and keep a print out for future use

The marking system and scoring format of CAT are very confusing. The scoring of the CAT is based on 3 patterns:

1. Raw CAT mark

2. Scaled or normalized mark

3. CAT percentile

1. Raw CAT Mark

CAT consists of a total of 100 questions:

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) - 34 question

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) - 32 question

Quantitative Ability (QA) - 34 question

The CAT exam consists of both MCQs and Non-MCQs type of question. Each correct answer is awarded by +3 marks and each incorrect answer results in the deduction of -1 mark. So the total mark for the 100 questions is 300. The raw CAT mark is referred to as the total mark score from a total of 300 marks.

2. Scaled or normalized mark 

The raw mark is then converted into scaled or normalized marks. The CAT normalization process ensures fairness and equality in performance comparison across sessions. This process is also used by GATE. Various factors are taken into consideration while converting raw marks into scaled marks like, no. of. candidates appearing in the exam in the given year, the difficulty level of the exam, the slot number the candidate is appearing, etc. This scaled mark is then converted into a percentile.

The formula for obtaining the scaled mark of a candidate is:

S =  (Ar-G)*(A1-G1) / (Am1-G1) + G


S= Scaled Mark

R = Actual or raw marks obtained by the candidate

Ar = average mark obtained of the top 0.1% candidates in both slots

G = Sum of the mean and standard deviation of marks of all candidates in both slots

Am1 = Average mark of top 0.1% candidates in ith slot

G1 = Sum of mean and deviation mark of all the candidates in ith slot


Total Slots = 2


Total test takers = 2,00,000

Candidates in each slot = 1,00,000 (O.1% = 100)

R = 170 out 0f 300

Ar = (195 + 190)/2 = 192, (where 195 and 190 are average mark of top 100 candidates in slot 1 and 2 respectively)

G = 112

Am1 = 190 (let consider 1st slot)

G1 = 110

So Scaled Mark S = (192-112)*(170-110) / (190-110) + 112 = 172

3. CAT Percentile

The CAT percentile is referred to as the total percentage of candidates who scored less than or equal to a particular candidate. This means if a candidate scores 99 percentile, then his/her' performance was better than 99% of the total candidate that appeared CAT that particular year. To clear this confusion, the Cat percentile is not referred to the actual mark obtained by the candidate but it refers to the candidate's performance in comparison to the rest of the CAT aspirants.

The scaled score and corresponding percentile depends on the level of difficulty of the exam and the number of test-takers

Details Mentioned in the CAT 2020 Scorecard:

1. CAT 2020 registration number/user Id

2. Candidate's name, category, and gender

3. Date of birth

4. Date and time of examination

5. Candidate contact details and email id

6. CAT scaled score (overall)

7. CAT score (section-wise)

8. CAT percentile score (section-wise)

9. CAT percentile score (overall)

Sample of a CAT Score Card:

CAT 2018 Overview

Read Also: CAT Score Vs CAT Percentile - Get Clear of Your Confusion Forever

CAT 2020 Answer Key:

The answer key for CAT 2020 will be released soon after the commencement of the exam. The candidates will be able to get the answer key and their response sheet from the official website of CAT 2020. After the release, the candidates will be able to evaluate their performance and check their raw score as per the answer key.

Steps to download the Answer Key:

Steps to evaluate Raw Score from the Answer Key

1. For each correct answer award yourself +3

2. For each wrong answer deduct -1

3. To get the raw score subtract marks deducted from marks scored

Marking scheme

For MCQ based question each correct answer is awarded +3 and for each wrong answer -1 is deducted

For Non- MCQ based question which is also referred to as TITA based question each correct answer is awarded +3 marks and there is no negative marking for this.

No marks are awarded or deducted for unanswered questions

Challenging the Answer Key

If the candidate believes that any answer in the answer key released in the official website is wrong, he/she can challenge the answer key by filling the CAT answer key objection form.

An amount of Rs.1000 is to be paid online for each question raised.

Below are the steps to follow

1. Visit the official website of CAT 2020

2. Click on Login

3. Enter your CAT login ID and password

4. Go to the Objection tab

5. Click on ‘+’ sign to raise an objection

6. Check the question number from the PDF of the question paper on the official website

7. Pay objection fee i.e. Rs 1000 per objection online

You can challenge any number of question and fee once paid will not be refunded in any case

Details present in the Answer Key

1. Name of the candidate

2. CAT registration number

3. CAT  exam centre

4. Test date

5. Test time

6. Question

7. Question type

8. Question ID

9. Status

10. Correct Answer

CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria:

CAT (Common Admission Test) is a computer-based exam conducted by IIMs (Indian Institute of Management). Students take this exam for getting admission in B-school. CAT registration already started from 7th August and the closing date of CAT registration is 18th September 2019.

Eligibility Criteria

A candidate has to hold a certain qualification for CAT.

1. A candidate is eligible for CAT if she/ he has a bachelor's degree in B. Sc or B. A or B. Com from a recognized relevant University.

2. A candidate is also eligible for CAT if she/ he has a bachelor's degree in B. Tech, BBA, etc from a recognized University.

3. Candidates from post Diploma are eligible for the CAT.

4. Final year or Semester or awaiting results students are eligible for the CAT exam.

5. Aspirants must secure an aggregate 50% marks or CGPA in his/her bachelor's degree.

6. Candidates from a reserved area have to secure 45% aggregate marks in bachelor's degree.

Age Limit:  

There is no such age limit for appearing for the CAT entrance exam. But there is a certain age 
below which a candidate can not attempt the CAT entrance. The candidate should have 
completed the age 20 to appear for the CAT exam but there is no such upper limit mentioned for the exam.  

Reservation Criteria:

IIMs follow the reservation criteria guideline by the Central Government for the admission procedure. Reservation is based on caste-based and another one is physically challenged based.

Caste Based Reservation

CategoryEligibilityPercentage of Reservation Seat
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 
The candidates who belong to ST categories must have to secure 45% in their bachelor's degree.
Scheduled Caste (SC) 
The candidates who belong to SC categories must have to secure 45% in their bachelor's degree.
Other Backwards Class- Non- Creamy Layer [ NC-OBC]
The candidates who belong to OBC categories must have to secure 5o% in their bachelor's degree.

 Physically Challenged -Based reservation: There is a separate reservation policy for the physically challenged candidates.

1. Hearing impairment

2. Low Vision blindness

3. Locomotor Disabilities/ Cerebral Palsy. 

Physically Challenged-Based Reservation

CategoryEligibilityPercentage of Seat Reserved
Physically challengedThe candidates who belong to this category must have to secure 45% in their bachelor's degree.


1. Reserved Category candidates must full fill their reservation category during the form fill up CAT.

2. The Original Caste certificate or Physically Challenged certificate upload during the CAT registration if required.

3. The Original Caste certificate (State or Central) or Physically Challenged certificate (Prescribed by doctors) is  very necessary during the document verification time.

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CAT 2020 FAQs:

Q: Who conducts the CAT 2019 entrance test?

A: The CAT 2019 is being conducted by IIMs on a rotational basis. Last year, the exam was conducted by IIM Khozikode.

Q: What courses can I apply for if I pass CAT 2020?
A: The CAT 2020 entrance test allows candidates to apply for MBA, PGDM, and other postgraduate management courses.

Q: Is the syllabus of GMAT and CAT equal?
A: More like the CAT and GMAT syllabus similar to each other but the question level is tough for CAT in comparison to GMAT.

Q: What can I do If something is wrong in your admit card?
A: Once your registration is completed you can't do anything. The only thing you can do is put complaint at officials via email or phone.

Q: Is there any change in syllabus of CAT 2019? 
A: No there is no change in CAT syllabus. It is same as previous year syllabus.

Q: Can transgender fill the application form of CAT?
A: Yes. From 2015 CAT has changed their eligibility criteria for transgender. So now transgenders are eligible to apply the CAT.

Q: Is there any other option apart from online mode?
A: No. CAT was conducted in offline mode till 2009. But now the authorities conducted the CAT exam in online mode.

Q: Can you say, how many candidates put application form for the CAT?
A: Year by year the aspirant's number is increasing for CAT exam. So approximately around more than 2 lakhs candidates put application form for CAT.

Q: When will I received my CAT 2020 admit card? 
A: Admit card will not be sent to the candidate via email or post. Candidates have to download the admit card from the official website.

Q: My CAT score is low, am I eligible for IITs? 
A: Minimum cutoff mark is required for getting admission into the IITs. Below the cutoff mark, you can not get a chance for admission. But you don't have to worry about, there are a number of colleges who take low score students. 

Q: Is there any additional round after qualifying the CAT exam for admission? 
A: This thing varies from institutions to institutions. Some institutions have GD round including PI round, some institutions have PI round only and some institutions take the candidate directly by their CAT score.

Q: Can you give me a list of banned items in the CAT exam center? 
A: There are few restrictions for the candidates who go to the CAT exam center.
  • Mobile phone 
  • pen, pencil
  • Books/chits/Sheets/ clips
  • Electronics Gadgets
  • Watches
  • Calculator
  • Stationary

Q: What items must I carry on the day of the CAT 2019 exam?
A: A candidate must take the admit card along with the valid ID proof and colorful passport photo. 

Q: Can CAT 2019 application fee be paid in offline mode by bank challan?
A: No. CAT application fee only be paid by online (Credit card/Debit card/Internet banking). 

Q: What is the emergency contact number of CAT helpdesk?
A:  Toll-free number: 1-800-266-3549

      Email ID: [email protected]


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