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CAT 2020: Eligibility, Important Dates, Exam Pattern, Registration, Syllabus, Result & Cut-Off

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CAT stands for Common Admission Test is conducted on the last Sunday of November or the first Sunday of December 2020. The exam is the gateway to top Indian MBA institutes like IIMs and other thousand plus business schools. The CAT convening institute for the year 2020 will be announced in the month of May. In this article you would get to know about the complete process of CAT 2020 examination including the eligibility criteria, important dates, examination fees, syllabus, pattern of the exam, final result and cutoff.

Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2020

In order to appear for CAT 2020 the candidate must have

A graduation degree with 50% aggregate marks (45% aggregate for reserved category candidate) can apply for the CAT 2020 examination.

Also, candidates who are in the final year of their graduation degree are also eligible for the examination and can apply for it.

Important dates for the CAT 2020 Examination

CAT 2020 Exam EventsCAT 2020 Exam Dates
Notification releaseLast week of July 2020
Registration process beginsFirst week of August 2020
Registration process endsLast week of September 2020
Admit Card Releasing dateThird week of October 2020
Main examination date of CAT 2020Last Sunday of November month or the first Sunday of December 2020
Answer Key Expected one week after the exam
Result declaration First week of the year 2021

Registration Process: How to apply for the CAT 2020?

The process of registration usually begins at the first week of August every year, so it is expected to start within the first week of the August month 2020. The candidates are required to pay a requisite fee to register for the examination. The application form will be available on the website of IIMCAT (CAT 2020). You can read the mentioned steps in order to complete the registration process.
Open CAT 2020 website on your system

  • Click on the “New Registration” Option which you would find on your screen
  • Enter all your personal details like first and last name, date of birth, email ID etc.
  • An OTP would be sent to the email ID which you have mentioned in the application form
  • After you have authenticated your phone number as well as email ID, follow further instructions provided on the website.
  • Upload your image and signature in the prescribed dimensions as mentioned on the website. The last step is fee payment, and then the registration process is completed for the exam.

CAT 2020 Registration Fees

The fees for the exam is different for general category and reserved category. The details of the fees is been provided below:

General/ NC-OBCRs. 1900 only
SC/ ST/ PWD/ EWS Rs. 950 only

Exam Pattern for CAT 2020 Examination

The exam pattern for the year 2020 is expected to be same as of CAT 2019. Given below is the basic exam pattern:

CAT exam pattern: Highlights of the Exam
Exam TimingSlot 1: 9am to 12pmSlot 2: 2pm to 5pm
Number of sections in the examThree
Name of the sections in the examVerbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionQuantitative AptitudeData Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Duration of the exam180 minutes (60 minutes per section)
Number of questions (section wise)Verbal: 34Data interpretation: 32Quantitative: 34
Types of QuestionsMCQ and non MCQ
Total Marks300
Marking Scheme for the exam3 Marks for the right answerNegative Marking for 1/3 for each of wrong answerNo negative marking for non MCQ type of questions

CAT 2020: Section wise Syllabus

CAT syllabus as a whole is designed by IIMCAT and remains the same every year with just a slight difference in number of questions coming from each of the topics. The exam has 3 sections:

  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC in short)
  2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR in short)
  3. Quantitative Ability (QA in short)

The Key to success in this exam is to completely understand the pattern of the examination as well as its syllabus.

Topics under section 1: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC in short)

This is the first section which is to be attempted at first and is divided into two sub parts which are VA| and RC. Some of the important topics which includes in this section are been given in the table below:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Fill in the blanksSentence CompletionGrammar
Verbal ReasoningJumbled ParagraphsParagraph Completion
Contextual UsageForeign Language words Reading Comprehension
Sentence CorrectionAnalogiesVerbal Completion
IdiomsOne word substitutionParajumbles

Topics under Section 2: Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation

LRDI is the second part of the exam and is to be completed just after the VARC section of the examination. This section is too divided in to further 2 subsections which are LR and DI. Some of the important topics that are covered under this section are been given in the table below:

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
Blood RelationsDirection SenseSeries
Coding and DecodingAssumptionsClocks and calendar
Data ArrangementPuzzlesStatements
Family TreeBinary LogicSeating Arrangement
Venn DiagramSetsPie Charts
Tables Data Sufficiency Bars
Line GraphsSyllogismCaselets

Topics under section 3: Quantitative Ability (QA in short)

QA is the last section of the examination and is to be completed in the last hour of the exam. Take a look of some of the important topics under this section:

Quantitative Ability
GeometryHCF and LCM Trigonometry
Profit and LossMensurationTime, Speed and Distance
Ratio and ProportionSurds and IndicatesLinear & Quadratic equations
Number systemGeometric ProgressionsInequalities
PercentagesWork and timeLogarithms

CAT 2020 Admit Card

The admit card for the examination is issued only to the candidates who have successfully registered on the website. Candidate can download the admit card through the official website of the exam and the steps to download the admit card is been provided below:

  • Open the link where the admit card is to be downloaded
  • Click on the login button from where you would switch into your account
  • Go on the tab where you would find admit card
  • Click on the download button to save your admit card in your system

Candidate must bring a printed form of admit card to the exam hall as this is the mandatory document for the examination. Along with the admit card, student must carry a photo ID along with them which is been issued by Government of India.

CAT 2020 Result and Final Cutoff

The result of the CAT is always announced in the first week of the next year. So it is expected that the result for the CAT 2020 is to be announced in the first week of January 2021. The candidate can view the result online by visiting the official website of the examination and logging in their accounts.

Cutoff: IIM admission through the CAT examination includes three stages: screening of candidates on the basis of their CAT score, Group discussion, and personal interview and final selection. Under the IIM admission process, all the qualifying candidates will be required to appear in GD and PI which are conducted by IIMs. It should be noted that all those candidates will be called who will meet the cutoff for admission. The cutoff percentile of the top 10 business schools is been provided below:

IIMExpected cutoff for year 2020
IIM Ahmedabad99
IIM Bangalore99
IIM Calcutta99
IIM Lucknow97-98
IIM Indore97-98
IIM Khozhikode97-98
IIM Amritsar95-96
IIM Nagpur95-96
IIM Sambalpur95-96
IIM Trichy95-96