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 1900|
|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||July 29, 2020|
|CAT registration||August 8 to September 25, 2020|
|CAT correction facility||September 27 to 30, 2020|
|CAT admit card||October 24 - November, 2020|
|CAT exam date||November 25, 2020|
|CAT answer key||December 2, 2020 (tentative)|
|CAT result||January 7, 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 July 29. 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 8 and September 25, 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 24, 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 of Common Admission Test 2020 (CAT 2020), Indian Institute of Management Indore has released the application form and memorandum of understanding (MoU) for non-IIM business schools. This will facilitate the other schools to use CAT 2020 scores.
The sources suggest that the application form and MoU are available on the official website, iimidr.ac.in. The last date to fill up the application form and the MoU is July 15, 2020.
IIM Indore will release the CAT 2020 notification and exam likely to be held in November.
24 June 2020
IIM Kozhikode has declared the CAT 2019 result. Candidates who have appeared for the written exam on November 24 can visit the official website to check the result.
The official reads “CAT 2019 results have been released. Candidates can download their official scorecards by logging into the CAT 2019 Website.”
Candidates are advised to download their scorecards and take a printout for future reference. One who obtains the minimum cut-off score can start applying for the next phase of the selection process - Writing Ability Test, Personal Interview and Group Discussion.6 January 2020
IIM Khozikode has released an important update regarding answer key 2019. One should note that the CAT answer key 2019 remains unchanged. The organising institute has overruled the objections.
The official website reads, “The objections received against questions in CAT 2019 were carefully examined by the expert panels. The answer key remains unchanged after careful examination of the various objections that had been received and examined by the expert panels.”
The CAT exam was conducted on November 24, 2019. An option to raise objection was provided until December 6, 2019. CAT result 2019 will be declared in January 2020.13 December 2019
The organising institute has activated the CAT 2019 objection management tab for the answer key. Candidates can challenge the answer key released by the authority till December 6 (till 5:00 p.m). They should pay Rs 1200 for every challenge raised. On November 29, the exam authority had released the response sheet along with question paper and correct responses.
The official CAT website reads, ''The Objection Management tab is now active post Candidate Login. The Objection Management tab will be deactivated at 5.00 PM on December 6. Individual Responses to Questions with Answer Key tab is also active post Candidate Login.''
The CAT final answer key 2019 likely to be released on December 7, 2019.5 December 2019
IIM Kozhikode (IIM-K) has conducted the CAT 2019 entrance exam on November 24 in two slots. 2019. Over 2.4 lakh candidates have appeared for the written examination excluding 10 per cent absentees.
Many candidates found that CAT 2019 paper is between moderate and difficult. The Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) section was tough compared to other sections.
The good attempt in CAT 2019 exam is between 56 and 65. The score of 155 to 160 could result in a 99 percentile score in CAT 2019. The CAT result will be available on the official website in January 2020.25 November 2019