CAT 2020 Unlikely to be Postponed; Registrations are picking up: CAT Convenor Prof Harshal Lowalekar tells

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August 26, 2020
CAT 2020 for MBA admission 2021 in IIMs remains unaffected by Covid-19 pandemic. Not only the exam is unlikely to be postponed but also the possibility is that more applicants will apply and appear in CAT exam this year. To get more clarity, reached out to CAT 2020 convener, Professor Harshal Lowalekar, who is very hopeful to conduct CAT 2020 on schedule in a safe environment without any change in pattern and testing mode
CAT 2020 Unlikely to be Postponed

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 for MBA Admission 2021 to IIMs remains unaffected by Covid-19 pandemic. Not only the exam is unlikely to be postponed but also the possibility is that more applicants will apply and appear in CAT exam this year.That’s the message coming from CAT Convenor  Prof Harshal Lowalekar, who shared the latest CAT updates with on August 26.

IIM Indore which is conducting CAT 2020 on November 29, 2020 had released the complete exam schedule with no changes in exam pattern or testing mode and has already started the Registration process for CAT exam on August 5. CAT 2020 applicants are worried with their queries like - whether the exam would be postponed andwill it be held in different testing mode. reached out to CAT 2020 exam convener, Professor Harshal Lowalekar at IIM Indore, to get clarity on these issues. 

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CAT 2020 Not to be Postponed - CAT Convenor tells
Responding to the query, if there is any probability that CAT 2020 could be postponed, Prof. Lowalekar said, “As of now we don't see CAT being postponed. Hopefully COVID situation would be much better by the time CAT happens in November.”

Sharing with why CAT 2020 may not be postponed, CAT 2020 convener further added, “There will be lot more clarity and confidence after other national level exams like JEE etc are conducted in the first week of September. Various test conducting agencies have done a fantastic job at their end.”

So, the CAT 2020 applicants should not expect CAT 2020 getting postponed. Besides, with more testing centres this year, there may not be any change in the CAT exam pattern and testing mode. CAT 2020 remains a three hour duration computer based test to be held in 156 cities in two slots on November 29, 2020.

CAT 2020 Registration Number Picking Up – CAT Convenor tells
The response from MBA aspirants for CAT 2020 has been encouraging so far, and more and more candidates are applying. In response to query on the response so far in CAT 2020 registration, Prof. Lowalekar said, “The registration is going on as usual like last year.The numbers are picking up now.”

More than 2.4 lakh candidates are expected to apply for CAT 2020. During last three years there is steady rise in number of CAT exam applicants. There were 2.31 lakh applicants in CAT 2017 which increased to 2.41 lakh in CAT 2018 and to 2.44 lakh in CAT 2019. CAT registration process remains open for more than 40 days from August 5 to September 16, 2020. IIM Indore plans to conduct CAT 2020 in a safe environment

Important Dates for CAT Exam 2020
Following are the CAT 2020 important dates as announced by CAT Centre 2020 for different activities

 Important Dates
CAT 2020 Notification Date
July 29, 2020
CAT 2020 Registration Start Date
August 5, 2020
Last Date to Apply for CAT 2020
September 16, 2020 
CAT 2020 Registration & Application Fee
CAT 2020 Exam date
November 29, 2020

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Prof Harshal Lowalekar,Convener of CAT 2020, holds multiple responsibilities at IIM Indore. Apart from being an Associate Professor of Operations Management & Quantitative Techniques Area at IIM Indore, he is also Chair, Admissions and Coordinator, Integrated Programme in Business Analytics at the institute.

CAT is the Common Admission Test for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes in 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other top MBA colleges like FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaonand hundreds of other top MBA colleges in India. IIMs will offer admission on the basis of CAT 2020 only and will not accept any other test score. 

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