1. CAT 2019 Result Announced, Check Here
2. CAT-2019 Admit Card Released by IIM-Kozhikode. Download 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 Website||www.iimcat.ac.in|
|CAT 2020 Conducting Body||To be announced|
|Mode of Exam||Computer-Based|
|Exam Date ||November/December (Tentatively)|
|Exam Duration||3 hours|
|Exam Eligibility||Graduation with 50% (Aggregate)|
|Exam Shifts||Morning and Evening|
|Application Fee||Rs.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. It is important to know the CAT 2020 exam pattern to have a brief idea of the examination.
The tentative schedule for the CAT 2020 exam is below. It will be updated once the official schedule is released.
|CAT 2020 Registration Date ||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 2020 Admit Card Download||October 2020|
|CAT 2020 Exam Date||Sunday November/December(tentative)|
|CAT 2020 Result Date||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.
Check the eligibility criteria here
CAT 2020 Admit card
Candidates who register for CAT 2020 examination can download the CAT 2020 admit card from the official website after the end of the CAT 2020 registration process. 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 CAT 2020 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 CAT 2020 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 CAT 2020 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
Check the CAT 2020 Exam Pattern Here
CAT 2020 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 2020 Website and recheck the details mentioned in the CAT 2020 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.
CAT 2020 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.
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:
After the examinations, the CAT 2020 results will be declared by the conducting authority within a few days on the official website. The candidate will be selected on a merit basis which is based on the CAT 2020 cutoffs decided by various institutions for admission into their programs.
CAT 2020 Syllabus:
Since 2015, the syllabus for the CAT 2020 entrance exam has gone under many changes. Every year, the CAT 2020 syllabus and pattern is updated by CAT experts with a little change in pattern and topics. Before starting your CAT 2020 preparation strategy, you should be aware of the syllabus for the CAT 2020 exam so that you can start your preparation as soon as possible. CAT 2020 exam is divided into three sections such as Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.. Check the detailed CAT 2020 exam pattern.
Below is the detailed syllabus of CAT 2020:
Syllabus for 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.
The syllabus can be divided into Arithmetic, Algebra, Modern maths, Geometry and Number system
|HCF & LCM||Profit & Loss|
|Trigonometry||Ratios & Proportion|
|Algebra||In-equations Quadratic & linear equations|
|Partnership (Accounts)||Surds & Indices|
|Number system||Arithmetic and Geometric Progression|
|Inequalities ||Work and time|
Syllabus for 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.
Essence of short paragraph/Para summary
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
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
Number and Letter Series
Calendars, Cubes, and Clocks
Routes and Networks
Check the CAT 2020 eligibility criteria
Check the CAT 2020 registration process
Read More: Know how to crack GD/PI and WAT for CAT?
CAT 2020 Exam Pattern:
The exam pattern of CAT 2020 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)
Check the CAT 2020 complete schedule here
|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||100 |
|Marking Scheme||+3 marks for each correct answer|
-1 mark deduction for each wrong answer
and no -ve marking for TITA based Question
Here is the detailed information regarding the exam pattern:
|Subjects||Time Allotted||No. of Questions||Total marks|
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
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
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.
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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.
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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 after the CAT 2020 results are released. 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
CAT 2019 Cutoff Released by IIM Banglore for PGDM
|Category||Verbal and Reading Comprehension percentile rank||Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning percentile rank||Quantitative Aptitude percentile rank||Overall percentile rank|
|PwD (General, EWS, NC-OBC-cum-transgender, SC)||60||60||60||70|
CAT 2019 Cutoff Released by IIM Calcutta for MBA
List of previous year cut-offs of management college
|Name of Institution/Management colleges||CAT cut off|
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 Calcutta ||460|
If the candidate has scored equal to or more than the cutoff marks set by the institution then he/she is eligible for further rounds and the CAT 2020 counseling process.
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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 http://www.ncbc.nic.in
Before applying the CAT 2020 exam the candidate needs to fulfill the CAT 2020 eligibility criteria.
How to Apply for CAT 2020?
Step 1 (Registration)
1. Go to www.iimcat.ac.in 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.
2. 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.
3. 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
The dimension of the signature should be within 80mm * 35mm
The signature should be in Black/Blue Ink on white background
Download the category certificate form from CAT website
Fill the form, self-attest it and upload as PDF document
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.
Click here to know the detailed CAT 2020 Syllabus
The CAT 2020 Admit Card will be released on the official website after the successful registration of CAT 2020
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|
|Assam||Guwahati, Silchar, Jorhat, Tezpur, Dibrugarh|
|Bihar||Patna, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Purnea, Darbhanga, Aurangabad|
|Chattisgarh||Raipur, Bilaspur, Bhillai|
|Gujarat||Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Vadodara, Surat, Ahmedabad, Mehsana, Anand|
|Haryana||Karnal, Hisar, Panipath, Ambala, Rohtak, Kurushetra|
|Himachal Pradesh||Hamirpur, Shimla|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Samba, Jammu,|
|Jharkhand||Ranchi, Bokaro, Jamshedpur, Hazaribagh, Dhanbad|
|Karnataka||Bengaluru, Mysuru (Mysore), Belagavi(Belgaum), Dharwad, Hubli, Gulbarga, Mangalore, Shimoga, Udupi|
|Kerala||Trivandrum, Kollam, Kannur, Ernakulam, Kozhikode, Kottayam, Thrissur|
|Madhya Pradesh||Bhopal, Ujjain, Indore, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna,|
|Maharashtra ||Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Amravati, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Nashik, Satara, Solapur, Ulhasnagar, Raigad, Nanded|
|Odisha||Bhubaneswar, Sambalpur, Cuttack, Berhampur, Balasore, Dhenkanal, Rourkela|
|Punjab||Mohali, Amritsar, Bhatinda, Patiala, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Pathankot, Sangrur|
|Rajasthan||Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajmer, Jodhpur, Alwar, Bikaner, Sikar, Kota|
|Tamil Nadu ||Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore,Salem, Tirunelveli, Trichy|
|Telangana||Hyderabad, Warangal, Karim Nagar|
|Uttar Pradesh||Agra, Varanasi, Jhansi, Aligarh, Lucknow, Bareilly, Allahabad, Gorakhpur, Kanpur, Meerut, Muzaffarnagar and Moradabad|
|Uttarakhand||Dehradun, Haldwani, |
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 iimcat.ac.in.
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 2020
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 2020
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 2020 has been following the same trend in the exam pattern for the last few years. Here are the details of the CAT 2020 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 marks
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 Insiution like FMS also conduct Extempore followed by PI
Group Discussion(GD)/Written Ability Test(WAT):
After the CAT 2020 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:
The PI round is one of the most important rounds as it carries maximum weightage after the CAT 2020 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 Bodh Gaya
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)
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
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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.On the basis of the results, the candidates can apply to the colleges according to the CAT 2020 cutoff
set by the institutions.They must keep a check on the deadline for applying to the colleges. The scores will be valid for one year
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
After the results, the candidate will be called for the further rounds of admission and CAT 2020 counseling process. The candidate can check the top colleges accepting the CAT score and apply accordingly.
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 2020 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 2020 scaled score (overall)
7. CAT 2020 score (section-wise)
8. CAT 2020 percentile score (section-wise)
9. CAT 2020 percentile score (overall)
Sample of a CAT Score Card:
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
Check the detailed CAT 2020 scoring pattern. The candidates can check the previous CAT 2020 cutoffs according to their evaluated raw scores and apply to the institution accordingly
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 2020 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 2020 registration number
3. CAT 2020 exam centre
4. Test date
5. Test time
7. Question type
8. Question ID
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. To apply for the CAT 2020 exam the candidate must fulfill certain eligibility criteria. This is set by the conducting authority. These are the minimum criteria without which the candidate will not be allowed to appear the exam.
1. A candidate is eligible for CAT 2020 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 2020 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 2020 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.
Candidate should have passed the graduation degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent examination [45% in case of Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PwD) candidates] from any recognized university/institution/college.
After checking the eligibility criteria the candidate may proceed to fillup the application form.
There is no such age limit for appearing for the CAT 2020 entrance exam. But there is a certain age below which a candidate can not attempt the CAT 2020 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.
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
|Category||Eligibility||Percentage of Reservation Seat|
|Scheduled Tribe (ST) ||The candidates who belong to ST categories must have to secure 45% in their bachelor's degree.||15%|
|Scheduled Caste (SC) ||The candidates who belong to SC categories must have to secure 45% in their bachelor's degree.||7.5%|
|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.||27%|
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
|Category||Eligibility||Percentage of Seat Reserved|
|Physically challenged||The candidates who belong to this category must have to secure 45% in their bachelor's degree.||3%|
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.
Check the CAT 2020 exam pattern
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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
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