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CAT 2020: Application Form, Online Registration, Eligibility Criteria

Common Admission Test (CAT) will be conducted to shortlist the most eligible candidates for admission into management courses offered by different IIMs (Visakhapatnam, Ahmedabad, Udaipur, Amritsar, Bodh Gaya, Bangalore, Calcutta, Jammu, Indore, Kashipur, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Nagpur, Ranchi, Raipur, Rohtak, Shillong, Sambalpur, Tiruchirappalli, Sirmaur). Institutes other than IIMs will also consider CAT score for admission to their management programmes. Application form for the test is expected to be released in the month of August 2020 in online mode. However, the candidates must ensure their eligibility before applying for the CAT 2020 exam. The candidates will be able to apply for different programmes through a single application form.

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CAT 2020 Important Highlights

  • The registered email account and phone number must be maintained by the candidates throughout the selection process.
  • Once the payment is made, applicants will not be allowed to make any changes in the application form.
  • Irrespective of the number of institutes applied for, the application fee should be submitted only once.
  • A printout of the duly submitted application form should be kept safe by the candidates for future reference.
  • PWD candidates will be provided 20 minutes extra time for each section of the admission test.
  • No requests for issuance of CAT scorecards will be entertained after the last date is over.
  • Score of CAT can be used for admissions into the IIMs as well as the non-IIM member institutions.
  • IIMs will have no role in the selection process of non-IIM institutions.

CAT 2020 Important Dates

The candidates can check the tentative dates related to CAT 2020 in the table below.

EventsTentative Dates
Release of official notificationLast week of July 2020
Commencement of online registration2nd week of August 2020
Online registration ends on3rd week of September 2020
Availability of admit card4th week of October 2020
Date of admission test4th week of November 2020
Declaration of result2nd week of January 2021
Beginning of admission processYet to be notified

CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

IIMs may access your eligibility at different stages of the selection process. Don’t furnish any incorrect data or fake information in your registration form. At any stage, if you are found ineligible, then your candidature is liable to be cancelled by the concerned authority.

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  • A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% marks or its equivalent from a recognized university or institute is required.
  • For candidates belonging to reserved categories (SC/ ST/ PWD candidates), the minimum marks to be obtained will be 45% (instead of 50%).
  • Candidates who will be appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree or equivalent examination in the year 2020 are eligible too.
  • Those who have completed the degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply.
  • Those who have completed their professional degree (CA/ CS/ ICWA) with at least 50% marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PWD candidates) are also considered to be eligible.

Reservation 

  • As suggested, 15% of the seats are considered reserved for SC category, 27% for OBC (Non-creamy layer) and 7.5% are for SC category candidates.
  • Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD) category candidates are eligible to avail reservation up to 5%.
  • Be careful while filling your category in the registration form. The category, once filled, won’t be changed further under any circumstances.
  • Candidates of SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD categories need to upload the category certificate at the time of CAT registration.

CAT Application Form 2020

Interested candidates will be able to fill their application form for CAT 2020 from the month of August 2020 (tentatively). To obtain the application form, the candidates will have to visit the official CAT website iimcat.ac.in. No other mode of filling and submitting the application form will be provided to the candidates.

  • The applicants will first have to register themselves by providing basic details such as name, date of birth, email address, mobile number, etc.
  • An OTP will be sent for verification after which the process of registration will be over.
  • After successful registration, user id and password will be sent to the candidates via email/ SMS for further login.
  • Using these login details, the candidates can now proceed towards filling the application form.
  • In the application form, rest personal details, academic details, work experience, program details and choice for test city will be asked.
  • Scanned copies of important documents will also be uploaded into the application form.
  • Once all the details are provided, the candidates will have to proceed towards payment of application fee.
  • Process of application/ registration will be complete after the application fee is paid successfully.

Registration Steps

Please follow the steps given below to register for CAT:

Step 1: Complete the online registration by providing a few basic information to receive your login credentials(registration id and password);

Step 2: Login at the official website of CAT 2020;

Step 3: Fill up your application form providing your personal and academic details. Also provide details of work experience, if any.

Step 4: Choose your Interview centre city preferences;

Step 5: Choose your Test city;

Step 6: Make a payment of suggested application fee;

Application fee:

  • The application fee for General/ OBC candidates will be Rs. 1900/- and for SC/ ST/ PWD category candidates it will be Rs. 950/-.
  • Payment of fee can be done online and once submitted the fee will not be refunded under any circumstances.

CAT 2020 Test Centres

CAT exam is likely to be held in around 147 test cities. We have mentioned in the test cities below and it is also available in your admit card. IIM reserves its right to change or cancel any test centre. Have a look at the tentative test cities for CAT. It may or may not be altered after the release of official notification form CAT 2020

State/Union TerritoryTest Cities
Andaman and Nicobar IslandsPort Blair
Andhra PradeshChirala

Guntur

Kakinada

Kurnool

Nellore

Rajahmundry

Tirupathi

Vijayawada

Visakhapatnam

Vizianagaram

AssamDibrugarh

Guwahati

Jorhat

Silchar

Tezpur

BiharAurangabad-Bihar

Arrah

Bhagalpur

Darbhanga

Muzaffarpur

Patna

ChandigarhChandigarh
ChattisgarhBhilai Nagar

Bilaspur

Raipur

Delhi-NCRDelhi-NCR
GoaGoa
GujaratAhmedabad

Anand

Gandhinagar

Mehsana

Rajkot

Surat

Vadodara

HaryanaAmbala

Hisar

Karnal

Kurushetra

Panipat

Rohtak

Himachal PradeshShimla

Hamirpur

Jammu and KashmirJammu

Samba

JharkhandBokaro

Dhanbad

Hazaribagh

Jamshedpur

Ranchi

KarnatakaBelagavi(Belgaum)

Bengaluru

Dharwad

Hubballi(Hubli)

Kalaburagi(Gulbarga)

Mangaluru(Mangalore)

Mysuru(Mysore)

Shivamogga(Shimoga)

Udupi

KeralaKannur

Ernakulam

Kollam

Kottayam

Kozhikode

Thrissur

Trivandrum

Madhya PradeshBhopal

Gwalior

Indore

Jabalpur

Sagar

Satna

Ujjain

MaharashtraAmravati

Ahmednagar

Aurangabad-Maharashtra

Jalgaon

Kolhapur

Mumbai

Nagpur

Nanded

Nashik

Pune

Raigad

Satara

Solapur

Ulhasnagar

MeghalayaShillong
MizoramAizawl
NagalandKohima
OdishaBalasore

Berhampur

Bhubaneswar

Cuttack

Dhenkanal

Rourkela

Sambalpur

PuducherryPuducherry
PunjabAmritsar

Bhatinda

Jalandhar

Ludhiana

Mohali

Pathankot

Patiala

Sangrur

RajasthanAjmer

Alwar

Bikaner

Jaipur

Jodhpur

Kota

Sikar

Udaipur

TamilnaduChennai

Coimbatore

Madurai

Salem

Tirunelveli

Trichy

Uttar PradeshAgra

Aligarh

Allahabad

Bareilly

Gorakhpur

Jhansi

Kanpur

Lucknow

Meerut

Moradabad

Muzaffarnagar

Varanasi

UttarakhandDehradun

Haldwani

Roorkee

West BengalAsansol

Bankura

Burdwan

Durgapur

Hooghly

Kalyani

Kolkata

Siliguri

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The overview of CAT 2020 exam pattern is provided below:

  • Number of sessions: 2
  • Mode of exam: Online
  • Exam duration: 3 hours
  • Number of questions: 100
  • Total marks: 300
  • Type of questions: Objective type (MCQ) and Type In The Answer (non-MCQ) type
  • Marking scheme: For each correct response, 3 marks will be awarded.
  • Negative marking: For Objective type questions 1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. There will be no negative marking for Type In The Answer (non-MCQ) type questions.
TopicsNo. of questionsMaximum marksDuration
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)3410260 minutes
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)329660 minutes
Quantitative Ability (QA)3410260 minutes
Total100300180 minutes

CAT 2020 Syllabus

Provided below is the syllabus for the CAT 2020:

  • Quantitative Ability: Algebra, Geometry, Number System, Probability & Statistics, Sequence & Series, Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Simple & Compound Interest, Permutation & Combination, etc
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: Venn Diagram, Data Sufficiency, Coding & Decoding, Seating Arrangement, Syllogism, Puzzles, Blood Relations, Logical Sequence, Binary Logic, Graphs, Charts, Tables, etc
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: Reading Comprehension, Fill in the blanks, Cloze Test, Error Spotting, Word Usage, Sentence Completion, Jumbled Words, Sentence Correction, etc

CAT 2020 Admit Card

  • The admit card for CAT 2020 will be released in online mode on the official website.
  • Using their user id and password generated during registration, the candidates will be able to download their admit card.
  • On the admit card, student’s details like name, gender, etc and exam details like test center address, test date and time will be mentioned.
  • Admit card should be downloaded and its printout should be taken to be carried to the exam center.
  • Candidates must note that no admit card will be sent through post or courier and will only be available online.

CAT Result

  • Result of the admission test will be announced online and score card of the candidates will also be released on the official website.
  • Candidates will be able to download their score card using their registration details.
  • The CAT score card will be available on the website only till the 31st December 2020 and this will be the validity period of the score.
  • On the basis of their CAT 2020 score, the candidates will be able to apply for admissions into IIMs and other reputed management colleges of the country.

CAT Selection Process

  • After the declaration of the result, the selection process for different IIMs will begin.
  • The eligibility and cut-off marks will vary from one IIM to another.
  • Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI) of the shortlisted candidates may be conducted.
  • Academic performance, work experience, etc of the candidates might also be considered for final selection.
  • Candidates who are finally selected by the institutes as per their rules will then be allowed to take admission.

CAT Eligibility Verification 

Candidates shortlisted for interview by any IIM, they have to undergo through following processes:

Mark Sheets and Degree Certificate

Candidates need to show all marks sheets and submit attested copies at the time of interview. Further, if selected finally, they have to submit the original degree certificate and mark sheets of all semesters/years along with attested copies for verification.

Reservation category requirements 

SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD category candidates, if selected for interview, they have to produce original caste/class and/or disability certificate.

Final years students 

You have to submit original certificate obtained from the Principal/Registrar/Director of the university/Institution saying you have scored 50% marks or its equivalent (45% for SC/ST/PwD) on the basis of latest available marks/grades. You also need to submit an attested copy of the original certificate at the time of interview.

CAT Frequently Asked Questions

Ques: What is the age limit for taking the CAT exam?

Ans: There is no age limit for taking the CAT exam.

Ques: Should I use my friend’s or coaching institute’s email while registering for CAT?

Ans: No, don’t do that, please. You need to provide your own and unique email address. All upcoming updates from the CAT authority will be communicated to you through this only.

Ques: Will I get a hard copy of my admit card or the same through email?

Ans: The authority will host admit card at its official website. You need to download and take a printout of the same.

Ques: I committed mistakes during registration and created user ID with password. What should I do now?

Ans: You can’t edit the registration data. In that case, you need to do a fresh registration with a new email ID.

Ques: I am not able to view my admit card. To whom do I need to contact?

Ans: You will be able to download your admit card from the official website of CAT by logging in to your account with your user id and password. If you are not able to view your admit card then contact the CAT helpdesk:

  • Toll-free: 18002090830
  • Email: cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in

Ques: I have completed 5-year dual degree course (BTech+MTech, BS+MS, BTech+MSc etc.). How do I enter for Bachelor degree?

Ans: According to the norms of university, you need to enter the aggregate of marks which are equivalent to Bachelor’s degree under Bachelor’s degree section and the equivalent marks for the Masters degree under the Master s degree section.

Ques: I received multiple passwords, which password do I need to choose?

Ans: You need to use the password you received in the latest SMS.

Ques: Which documents do I need to upload in the application form?

Ans: You need to upload the following documents in the application form:

  • The relevant certificate for NC-OBC or SC or ST category.
  • The relevant PwD certificate for PwD category candidates.

Ques: Under which categories, am I allowed to apply?

Ans: You can apply under the following categories:

  • General
  • Scheduled Caste (SC)
  • Scheduled Tribe (ST)
  • Non-Creamy Other Backward Class (NC-OBC)

Ques: Is CAT an online exam?

Ans: No, it’s not an online exam. Instead, it’s a computer-based test.

Ques: Am I allowed to bring a calculator inside the test centre?

Ans: No, it is strictly prohibited to bring a physical calculator inside the examination hall. Instead, you can use an onscreen calculator.

Ques: Is there negative marking for questions other than MCQ?

Ans: No, there will be no negative marking for Non-MCQ questions.

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