About CAT - 2020

CAT 2020 - To know all the information about CAT 2020 including important dates, details about eligibility criteria, application form, exam pattern, syllabus, vital preparation tips and the best books, read the full article. The Common Admission Test (CAT 2020) is likely to be conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode tentatively in the last week of November. The entrance exam is conducted by the IIMs on a rotational basis. CAT 2020 is a national level management entrance examination which is conducted in computer based mode. Candidates who qualify CAT 2020, they will be offered admission to MBA/PGDM courses that at IIMs as well as other B-schools which admit candidates on the basis of CAT score. The notification for CAT 2020 will be released around the last week of July and the registration process will begin from the second week of August. The end date for filling the CAT 2020 application form will be last week of September. The fee for the application form of CAT 2020 is likely to be Rs. 1900 for General/ NC-OBC candidates and Rs. 950 for SC, ST & PWD candidates. In 2018, CAT was held in 147 cities at 374 centres across India. There are at least 115 B-Schools which admit candidates on the basis of the CAT score, out of which one is in Singapore and 114 are in India.

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CAT 2020 Highlights

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CAT Important Dates

Events Dates (Tentative)
Release of CAT 2020 Notification Last Saturday of July, 2020
Application Commencement Second week of August, 2020
Last date to apply Last week of September, 2020
Re-upload of blur/improper photograph in CAT Application form Last week of September, 2020
Issuing Admit Card Last week of October, 2020
CAT 2020 Tutorial/Mock Test Third week of October, 2020
CAT 2020 Exam Last week of November, 2020 (Forenoon slot - 9 am-12 pm)
Last week of November, 2020 (Afternoon slot - 2:30pm - 5:30pm
Candidate Response File Last week of November, 2020
Releasing of Answer Key First week of December, 2020
Last date to file objection (if any) based on the official answer key First week of December, 2020
Announcement of CAT 2020 Result First week of January, 2020

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2020

According to the official eligibility criteria of CAT 2020, applicants should fulfil the parameters as stated below -

  • Candidates should obtain a Bachelor’s Degree across disciplines from a recognised University or Institute
  • General and OBC-NC category candidates must secure at least 50 per cent marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage to obtain is 45.
  • The duration of the graduation programme in any discipline should be minimum three (3) years.
  • Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply for CAT 2020 provided they complete their undergraduate studies within the stipulated schedule.
  • Age Limit - There is no age limit for applying or appearing in CAT 2020 exam.

CAT 2020 Registration

The CAT 2020 application form will be released by the conducting IIM and the registration window will remain open for around 50 days from the date of release. Last year, IIM Calcutta released the application on August 8 and the last date to apply was September 26, 2018 (11:59 PM). The mode of CAT 2020 registration process will be completely online and applicants will have to visit the official website to fill the application form.

CAT 2020 Application Fee

Last year, the application fee of CAT had been revised to Rs. 1900 for General/ NC-OBC candidates and Rs. 950 for SC, ST & PWD candidates. Earlier the CAT registration fee was Rs. 1800 and Rs. 900 respectively. Additionally, a new CAT payment partners were added, namely BillDesk, PayU and Paytm.

CAT Reservation Criteria

A certain percentage of seats in IIMs are reserved for SC, ST, OBC and PWD candidates. The table given below provides an overview of the same:

Category Reservation (%)
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

Non-Creamy – Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC) 27
People with Disability (PWD) 3
Total Percentage of Reserved Seats 52.5

CAT 2020 Detailed Syllabus

IIM’s do not release an official CAT Syllabus. However, based on previous year question papers, we have curated below the most frequently occuring topics. An in-depth knowledge of CAT 2020 Syllabus forms the basis of your preparation journey. It is designed to assess the prospective admission-seekers' suitability for MBA education.

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