CAT 2020: Notification, Dates, Application Form, Pattern, Syllabus

By | May 20, 2020

The tentative dates for CAT 2020 are out, and you can know more about them in this article. Common Admission Test is a top level management entrance examination organized by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) on a rotational basis every year. For admission in MBA, PGDM, and other management courses which are offered IIMs and other top business schools in India such as SPJIMR, FMS, MDI, NITIE, etc. scorecard is required. Here candidates can get complete information about CAT 2020.

Highlights

Particulars Details
Test Name Common Admission Test (CAT)
Conducted by Yet to be announced
Exam type National level
Periodicity Once in a year
Score Availability Last week of December
Pattern of Test MCQs and Non-MCQs
Number of Questions 100
Test Duration 3 hours
Negative Marking +3 for every correct answer
-1 for each wrong answer in MCQs
No negative marking for Non-MCQs or TITA
Syllabus Questions from VARC, QA and DI & LR
Mode of Conduct Computer-based test
CAT 2020 Conducting body Yet to be announced
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Exam Dates

The tentative dates for CAT 2020 are given below:

Events Dates
Notification Released on Last week of July 2020
Online Registration Starts From First week of August 2020
Last date for Registration Last week of September 2020
Form Correction Last week of September
Availability of Admit Card Third week of October
Mock Test Starts Form Second week of October
CAT Aptitude Test Last Sunday of November or first Sunday of December
Responses released 1st week of December
Answer Key Release 2nd week of December
Result Announcement 1st week of January 2021

Application Form

Here we discuss the about CAT Application Form:

  • CAT Application Form available on Online Mode only.
  • The Application form is available from the first week of August 2020
  • The last date of filing the application form is last week of September 2020
  • Candidates can visit the CAT official website to fill the CAT Application Form.
  • Fill the required details carefully, such as Personal Details, Educational Details, and other required details.
  • Upload recent passport size photograph and signature.
  • CAT Application form correction facility will be available from last week of September 2020
  • Candidates can pay the Application Fee in the online mode.
  • After filling all the details and payment take a print out of the Application form and save it for future use.

Application Fee

  • CAT Application fee will be payable only Online Mode.
  • Candidates can pay the Application Fee through Credit/Debit Card or by Internet Banking.
Category Application Fee
General/ OBC Category Rs. 1900/-
SC/ST/PWD Rs. 950/-

Eligibility Criteria

Before filling the CAT form 2020, check out the eligibility criteria

  • Qualification: Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in any stream from any recognized college or university.
  • Percentage Criteria: In the qualifying exam, candidates must have scored minimum 50% marks for general and 45% marks in case of SC, ST and PWD candidates.
  • Appearing Candidates: Candidates appearing in the final year of the qualifying exam or who have completed the degree requirements and waiting for the result are also eligible to apply.
  • Other Qualification: CA/CS/ICWA professional degree holders are also eligible to apply.
  • Age Limit: No age limit for CAT.

Exam Pattern

Below is the exam pattern for CAT 2020,

  • Exam Mode: Computer Based Test (CBT).
  • Exam Duration: 180 minutes (3 hours). 60minutes duration will be allotted to complete each section.
  • Type of Question: Multiple choice type and subjective type.
  • No. of Question: 100 questions.
  • Marking Scheme: Three marks will be awarded for each correct answer.
  • Negative Marking: For multiple-choice questions(MCQs), one mark will be deducted for a wrong answer and for questions other than MCQs no marks will be deducted. There will be no penalty of negative marking on wrong answers to Non-MCQs in the CAT Exam.
  • The 3 section are CAT 2020: Verbal ability and & Reading comprehensive(VARC), Data Interpretation& Logical Reasoning(DILR); Quantitative Aptitute(QA).
Section No. of Question Duration Total Marks
Quantitative Ability 34 60 Min 102
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 34 60 Min 102
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 60 Min 96
Total 100 180 Min 300

Syllabus

The most desired management entrance exam in India does not have any prescribed syllabus, but on the basis of previous year question papers and other trends below are the important topics that we need to prepare for CAT Exam. CAT Syllabus is comprised of four sections:

  1. Verbal Ability
  2. Quantitative Aptitude
  3. Logical Reasoning
  4. Data Interpretation

Admit Card

CAT Admit Card 2020 will be available from the third week of October 2020. Candidates can download their admit card from the official website of the CAT. They will have to enter their Registration No and Password. The Admit Card contains the detail like Candidates Name, Exam Dates, Candidates Photograph, Signature, Exam Center, etc.

Answer Key

After the exam is conducted, the IIM organizing the test this year will release the answer key. From the answer keys, candidates can evaluate their performance in the examination. The authority gives a facility, i.e. objection against the incorrect answer. If any answer they found wrong in the answer keys then they can make an objection to this.

Result

The IIM conducting the test will release the result of the exam in the third week of January 2021. Those who appeared for CAT exam can download CAT results from the official website by entering their application number and password in the application form. In CAT result, candidates scores are also mentioned which are useful for admission in the IIMs. The CAT result will be available via online mode. Candidates can follow the below-given steps to down the scorecard.

  • Visit the official website.
  • Click on the download scorecard button.
  • Fill the required details in the resulting form.
  • Click on the download button.
  • Take a printout of the CAT Admit card for future reference.

Cut Off 

Cut off are minimum marks which are required to crack the exam. Cut Off is calculated on the basis of candidates who appeared for the examination, difficulty level of the exam, and seat availability in the different IIMs. Every IIMs have their own cut-off, but here we are listed a common cut off score for each category with section-wise.

Category VRC DI-LR QA OVERALL
General 70 70 70 80
NC-OBC 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PWD 60 60 60 70

Counselling

Those who successfully clear the examination and shortlisted for one of the IIMs and for other participated institutes can go for a Counseling Process. Some IIMs also consider past academic marks and work experience while counselling. Those who shortlisted in Written examination will go for some other test.

  • Written Ability test
  • Group Discussion
  • Group Activity
  • Extempore Activities
  • Personal Interview round

Final selection is based on the performance of the applicant in all the four processes. Some new IIMs conduct their own common admission process(CAP). For this, they made their own Written Ability Test and Personal Interview rounds. IIMs will be responsible for releasing the final shortlisted candidate’s list for the various IIMs.

How to prepare for CAT?

Below are few tips for Preparation Strategy for CAT 2020 examination:

  • Make a proper time table for preparation.
  • Review your syllabus.
  • Try to discover your weak point and find out how to overcome them.
  • Try to solve more and more problems every day.
  • Try to select Best Books for CAT Examination Preparation.
  • Solve a lot of previous year question papers will help you and give an idea about the difficulty level.
  • Attempt mock test.
  • Manage your timing.
  • Stress-free and take proper rest.

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