CAT (Common Admission Test) is a national level entrance examination, which is conducted for admission to management programs in Indian Institutes of Management (IIM's) and top B-Schools across the country. It tests a candidate on his quantitative ability, data interpretation skills, verbal ability and logical reasoning.
CAT also serves as the eligibility criteria for being admitted into the business administration courses in various IIM's spread across the country. The test is designed to evaluate the management aptitude of students by testing his analytical and communication skills. It demands up to three to four months of intense preparation.
The test is open to all graduates. Usually, CAT examination will be held in November every year. CAT is conducted online at the examination centres. In August 2011, it was announced that the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) would also use the CAT scores, instead of Joint Management Test (JMET).
IIMs spread across the country offer post-graduate, doctoral and executive education programmes. The flagship programme is the two-year post-graduate programme, which is residential in nature. The admission to the two-year post-graduate programmes in IIMs is purely based on merit in the Common Admission Test (CAT).
|Exam name||Common Admission Test (CAT)|
|Organised by||Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)|
|Frequency||Once a year|
|Mode of exam||Computer-based|
|Number of IIMs||20|
|Application fee||Rs 2000|
|Admit card mode||Online|
|Duration of the exam||3 hours|
|Type of questions||MCQ and Non-MCQ|
|Help desk number||1800-209-0830|
Aspiring candidates should check all the important dates such as registration date, application date, admit card date, exam date, result date and counselling date.
|CAT 2020 Notification||August 05, 2020|
|CAT registration||August 5 to September 16, 2020|
|CAT correction facility||September 27 to 30, 2020|
|CAT admit card||October 28 - November 29, 2020|
|CAT exam date||November 29, 2020|
|CAT answer key||December 2, 2020 (tentative)|
|CAT result||January 5, 2021 (tentative)|
The organising institute for Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 is IIM Kozhikode. According to the sources, the institute is expected to release the CAT notification 2020 on August 02, 2020. The registrations for the entrance exam will begin from the second week of August. The official website for CAT 2020 will be active after the release of notification. Interested candidates can visit iimcat.ac.in to explore all the information about the CAT 2020 examination.
To apply online for the CAT examination, the candidate must hold a bachelor's degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of the candidates belonging to SC, ST and PWD categories. Students appearing for the final year bachelor's degree are also eligible for the examination. However, they have to produce the bachelor’s degree certificate at the time of admission. Candidates are advised to check the CAT eligibility details meticulously before applying online.
The CAT examination is conducted for admission to several Post Graduate Programmes (PGP), Doctoral and Executive programmes in IIMs spread across the country. Some institutes even offer Fellowship Programmes in Management (FPM) which is equal to PhD. List of courses offered in IIMs.
There are a total of 20 IIMs across the country. Explore the complete list of IIMs with the year of establishment and state located.
|S No||Name Of Institute||State Located||Year Of Establishment|
|2||IIM Calcutta||West Bengal||1961|
|4||IIM Lucknow||Uttar Pradesh||1984|
|5||IIM Indore||Madhya Pradesh||1996|
|12||IIM Tiruchirappalli||Tamil Nadu||2011|
|15||IIM Bodh Gaya||Bihar||2015|
|18||IIM Sirmaur||Himachal Pradesh||2015|
|19||IIM Visakhapatnam||Andhra Pradesh||2015|
|20||IIM Jammu||Jammu and Kashmir||2016|
Candidates who are aiming to appear for the CAT entrance test should submit the registration form successfully. The CAT online registrations will be accepted between August 4 and September 18, 2020. At the time of registration, candidates have to select any four Test Cities as per their preference from the drop-down menu. After the last date of registration, candidates will be allotted one among the four preferred cities subject to availability. In the rare case that a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted a nearby city. The candidates can download the admit cards in October/November. Explore the CAT registration process step by step.
Note: All the candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email id and a mobile phone number throughout the selection process.
Candidates have to pay the prescribed application fee to complete the CAT registration process. The application fee can be paid through net banking, debit card, credit card, BillDesk, PayU and Paytm.
As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC), 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates, 27% of seats for Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates belonging to the “Non-Creamy” layer (NC-OBC), and 5% for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD). The categories of disability are:
The test is going to be conducted across 140 test cities. Test cities will be mentioned below and the name of the test centre will be indicated in the Admit Card. IIMs reserve the right to change or cancel any test centre/city/change the test time and date at their own discretion.
|Andaman & Nicobar Islands||Port Blair|
|Andhra Pradesh||Guntur, Kakinada, Kurnool, Nellore, Rajahmundry, Tirupathi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam|
|Assam||Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Silchar|
|Bihar||Aurangabad, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea|
|Delhi||Delhi, New Delhi|
|Gujarat||Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara|
|Haryana||Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Palwal, Panipath, Rohtak, Sonipat|
|Jammu & Kashmir||Jammu|
|Jharkhand||Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi|
|Karnataka||Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bidar, Chikkaballapur, Davanagere, Hassan, Kolar, Mandya, Mangaluru, Mysuru, Ramnagara, Shimoga, Tumkur, Udupi|
|Kerala||Kasaragod, Kochi, Kollam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur, Trivandrum|
|Madhya Pradesh||Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar|
|Maharashtra||Ahmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Ratnagiri, Satara, Solapur, Thane|
|Odisha||Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Sambalpur, Rourkela|
|Punjab||Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Ropar, Sangrur|
|Rajasthan||Ajmer, Alwar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur|
|Tamil Nadu||Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelvelli|
|Telangana||Hyderabad, Karim Nagar, Khammam|
|Uttar Pradesh||Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Greater Noida, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Noida, Varanasi|
|West Bengal||Asansol, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri|
The CAT is a computer-based test carrying a total of 100 questions. It contains both multiple-choice questions (MCQ) and non-MCQ questions. The duration of the exam is three hours. Check the complete details of the CAT exam pattern here.
|Name of Section||No of Questions||Total Marks||Duration|
|Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)||34||102||60 minutes|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)||32||96||60 minutes|
|Quantitative Ability (QA)||34||102||60 minutes|
The organising institute is responsible for issuing the CAT admit card. The online CAT admit card will be released during the last week of October. Candidates should download the admit card and check all the details such as personal and test venue details besides exam day guidelines. One should also save the soft copy of the admit card until the end of the admission process. According to the sources, the CAT admit card 2020 will be released on October 28, 2020 Check the steps to download CAT admit card online.
The CAT exam consists of three subjects namely, Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC). The syllabus remains the same for every year despite the changes in the number of questions. We advise students to check the CAT syllabus before preparation that gives an overall view of weightage topics. Download the CAT syllabus pdf file here.
The previous year question papers and sample papers help aspirants in preparation. One should start their CAT preparation by solving these papers. Aspirants can download CAT question papers here.
The CAT 2020 results will be tentatively available starting from the second week of January 2021 on the CAT official website. The list of candidates shortlisted for the next level of selection will be made available on the website of the respective IIM's. Each IIM will send interview letters to the shortlisted candidates directly. The criteria for shortlisting vary across all the IIM's.
The CAT 2020 examination will be held across the country on November 24, 2020. The results of the examination were released in the second week of January. The competition in this examination will not be easy because this is the only way to get admission to the pioneer management institutes (IIMs) in the country besides top business schools.
Over 2.24 lakh candidates have appeared for the CAT 2020 examination at more than 150 test centres. The examination was held in two sessions – morning and evening. Aspirants who have appeared for the examination found that the Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) section was tough. While other sections such as Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Aptitude (QA) were moderate compared to last year.
This section was a little bit tough to many test-takers. The pattern of the paper was different from the sample paper provided by the CAT organising body. The paragraphs in the reading comprehension consisted of around 500 words. For every passage, the candidates found 1-2 inference-based questions. In verbal ability, test takers have found four questions on para-jumbled, three questions on summary and three questions on odd sentence out.
The DILR section surprised the candidates. The questions were easily cracked and there was an increase in the accuracy level. Very few sets had one difficult question. The logical reasoning sets were moderate to easy. However, the data interpretation questions were moderate. Many found that the questions on matrix adjacent cells, committees research/teaching/economist and petrol pumps were easy to do.
The quantitative ability section was easy compared to the previous year. If anyone compares the question paper with the last four years, they will find that the QA questions in the CAT 2019 were a bit easier. The options in the MCQ were confusing to many test-takers. The number system and logarithm questions had two questions each. However, the question paper was dominated by arithmetic and geometry.
On the whole, the score of 155 to 160 could result in 99 percentile score in CAT 2019. A candidate who has attempted more than 60 out of 100 questions accurately can expect a good score. The good attempt for VARC and DILR is more than 24 and 16, respectively. However, a good attempt for quantitative aptitude is more than 20 questions.
The organising institute, IIM Indore, has released CAT result 2020 on January 2. Candidates who have appeared for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 held on November 29 can check the result on the official website.
Candidates should use their login credentials such as user id and password to download CAT result 2020 score card. A total of 2,27,835 candidates have registered for CAT 2020 exam, of which 1,90,143 have appeared.4 January 2021
IIM Indore has released the final answer key of CAT 2020. Candidates who had appeared for the CAT 2020 exam can download/access the CAT answer sheet by logging to the official portal.
Earlier, the exam authority has released the CAT answer sheet along with the candidate’s response sheet between December 8 to 11, 2020. The CAT final answer key is available in pdf format.1 January 2021
IIM Indore will be closing the objection window of CAT answer key 2020. Candidates who had appeared for the written exam and want to challenge the provisional answer key till 5 pm.
The official website reads, "The Objection Management tab for CAT 2020 will be active from 10.00 AM on December 8, 2020, till 5:00 PM on December 11, 2020. Candidates will be able to see the Answer Key as well as their Individual Responses to Questions during this duration."
The exam authority will consider the objections and prepare the final answer key. The CAT final answer key will be released along with the result.11 December 2020
IIM Indore has released CAT Answer Key 2020 on the official website. Candidates can check their answer ley as well as their individual responses. It has also provided an option to challenge the answer key till December 11.
The official website reads, "The Objection Management tab for CAT 2020 will be active from 10.00 AM on December 8, 2020 till 5:00 PM on December 11, 2020. Candidates will be able to see the Answer Key as well as their Individual Responses to Questions during this duration."8 December 2020
The organising institute, IIM Indore, will be releasing CAT answer key 2020 on December 8 for all the slots 1, 2 & 3. One can access CAT 2020 answer key on the official website - iimcat.ac.in.
The official website reads, "The Objection Management tab for CAT 2020 will be active from 10.00 AM on December 8, 2020 till 5:00 PM on December 11, 2020. Candidates will be able to see the Answer Key as well as their Individual Responses to Questions during this duration."7 December 2020