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December 8, 2020
IIM Indore has released the CAT 2020 Answer Keys at 10 AM on December 8 as announced earlier. You can check your Answer Keys for all the three Slots – Slot 1, Slot 2, Slot 3 on CAT official website IIMCAT.ac.in now. Only those candidates who had appeared in CAT 2020 on November 29, can view and download both the Official CAT Answer Key as well as their Individual Responses to Questions.
CAT 2020 Answer Key Released

Official CAT 2020 Answer Key has been released at 10.00 AM on December 8, 2020 as announced earlier by  IIM Indore. You can check CAT Answer Keys 2020 for all Slots – Slot 1, Slot 2, Slot 3 on CAT official website IIMCAT.ac.in.

If you have taken CAT 2020 on November 29 in any of the three slots, you can check the official CAT 2020 Answers and compare with your answers that you had submitted while taking the test. This will help you get your exact CAT 2020 score, and get your likely CAT 2020 Cut off.

Read on for complete details of how you can check CAT Answer Key and calculate your score & percentile with your Response Sheet.

CAT Answer Key 2020 Release Date, Time and Last Date
According to the Announcement made on CAT website on Sunday Dec 6, “The Objection Management tab for CAT 2020 will be active from 10.00 AM on December 8, 2020 till 5:00 PM on December 11, 2020. Candidates will be able to see the Answer Key as well as their Individual Responses to Questions during this duration.”  Following this announcement,  IIM Indore has released the CAT 2020 Answer Keys for all Slots – Slot 1, Slot 2, Slot 3. Here are key details:

CAT Answer Key Activity
Important Dates
CAT 2020 Answer key Release
December 8, 2020
CAT 2020 Answer Key Release Time
10 AM
Last Date to Check & Download CAT Answer Key
December 11, 2020
CAT 2020 Answer Key download closing time
5.00 PM
Last date & time to challenge and file  objection form to CAT Answer key
December 11, 2020 till 5.00PM
From where to Download CAT Answer Key 2020
IIMCAT.ac.in (CAT official website)

Which documents IIM Indore has released?
IIM Indore has released following information

  • CAT 2020 Official Answer Key for Slot 1
  •  CAT 2020 Official Answer Key for Slot 2
  • CAT 2020 Official Answer Key for Slot 3
  • Response Sheet for all candidates
  • Objection Filing Process

So, you can download your CAT 2020 answer key PDF from official CAT website by login with your CAT login ID and password from December 8 to 11, 2020.

How to Check Your CAT 2020 Answer Keys
You need to download CAT 2020 answer key from CAT official website and should follow a simple step by step process outlined Read More

What is CAT Response Sheet? 
The CAT response sheet enables the CAT exam takers to check their answers viz-a-viz correct answers by IIMs. If not satisfied with the IIMs’ version of answers, you can also raise objections to it. To get access the CAT answer key, you need to download it from CAT website. The CAT Answer keys were first released by IIMs for the CAT exam held in 2017. 

Prior to 2017, IIMs did not go for CAT Official Answer Key Release announcement nor CAT Answer Key Release was ever done. As such candidates could not ascertain whether they had gone wrong and how many correct attempts they had made. There was only guess work and in absence of official CAT answer key, the score calculation was not possible. To make the CAT more transparent, IIMs started the process of CAT Answer Key Release. Prior to the CAT answer key release, the CAT website iimcat.ac.in carried the announcement for tentative CAT Official Answer Key Release date. Since then CAT Slot-wise Answer Key Release has become a regular feature after the CAT exam. Read below the key benefits due to which CAT test takers are now waiting for CAT Answer Key 2020 Release date. 

5 Reasons that make CAT Answer Keys 2020 Release Very Important
Please note that CAT answer keys 2020 release is made only for those candidates who have actually appeared in CAT 2020 exam.

  1. CAT 2020 Answer Key Release makes the CAT exam further transparent
  2. Official CAT 2020 Answer Keys enable the test takers to check & verify their CAT answers and thereby arrive at their expected CAT score to explore chances for MBA admission 2021 in IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs and other preferred colleges. They can make choice among the CAT score accepting colleges according to their score they would getting.
  3. The announcement by IIMs for Answer Key Date for CAT 2020 makes the test takers ready to check what they had done in the exam as they have the opportunity to compare Official CAT 2020 Answer Key with their response sheet
  4. CAT answer keys Pdf is released with a Query-cum-objection form and the candidates who are not satisfied with the CAT 2020 answer keys can challenge any answer by submitting objection to CAT centre 2020 to get the same redressed after paying requisite fee of Rs.1200/-. If an objection raised by a candidate is found to be valid, the remedial measures taken by IIMs will be applicable to all the candidates.
  5. The objections received from the candidates after CAT Slot-wise Answer Key Release by the CAT centre will be reviewed. If there is no change perceived by IIMs in the CAT answer key, the objection will not be entertained. CAT solutions Pdf 2020 for the CAT Slot-wise Answer Key is released for all type of questions MCQs & Non-MCQs that appeared in CAT exam

CAT Slot-Wise Answer Key Release and Candidate Response Sheet: Know the Difference
The CAT slot-wise answer key release is known as CAT response sheet release which contains correct and incorrect answers alongwith questions for all the CAT exam takers and is released on official CAT website slot wise.

The CAT response sheet enables the CAT exam takers to check their answers viz-a-viz correct answers by IIMs. If not satisfied with the IIMs’ version of answers, you can challenge it. To get access the CAT answer key, you need to download it from CAT website.

CAT 2020 exam was successfully conducted on November 29 in three slots. Slot wise difficulty level increased from Slot 1 to slot 2 and from slot 2 to slot 3. Accordingly, the Slot-3 was found most difficult among three slots.  After the exam candidates have been looking for the CAT answer keys and when they would be released. It will help the test takers to confirm the accuracy level of attempts in CAT exam.

CAT Answer Keys with CAT Question paper & correct solutions
CAT 2020 answer key for each slot will have 76 answers. Total questions in CAT are also 76 and are divided into 54 MCQs with negative marking for wrong answers and 22 Non-MCQs without negative marking. As per the past trends, there are four question paper sets in CAT exam.

Alongwith the CAT answer key release, IIMs release the CAT question paper with solutions for all the slots and for all the four question paper sets. However, on login to CAT official website, the test taker can get access only the CAT question paper with answer keys pdf that he attempted in his/her slot.  

CAT Answer key Slot-1

  • Slot-1 of CAT 2020 was conducted from 8.30AM to 10.30AM on Nov 29, 2020
  • CAT slot-1 question paper was rated easier than slot-2 and slot-3
  • The question paper had 76 questions
  • Experts expect 99 percentile at a raw score of 110-120
  • CAT slot-1 answer key can be downloaded from the official CAT website only by the test takers who appeared in CAT slot-1

CAT Answer key Slot-2

  • Slot-2 of CAT 2020 was conducted from 12.30 PM to 2.30 PM on Nov 29, 2020
  • CAT slot-2 question paper difficulty level was rated higher than slot-1
  • The question paper had 76 questions
  • Experts expect 99 percentile at a raw score of 105-110
  • CAT slot-2 answer key can be downloaded from the official CAT website only by the test takers who appeared in CAT slot-2

CAT Answer key Slot-3

  • Slot-3 of CAT 2020 was conducted from 4.30PM to 6.30PM on Nov 29, 2020
  • CAT slot-3 was most difficult question paper among all the three slots
  • The question paper had 76 questions
  • Experts expect 99 percentile at a raw score of 101-105 in slot-3
  • CAT slot-3 answer key can be downloaded from the official CAT website only by the test takers who appeared in CAT slot-3

CAT 2020 Answer Keys: Marking Scheme
Each correct answer in CAT 2020 carries +3 marks and each wrong answer imposes a negative penalty of -1 mark for MCQ type questions. There is no negative marking for wrong answers on Non-MCQ type questions. What you attempted in CAT 2020 exam, if you remember a good part of it, you may arrive at your near CAT raw scores and on its basis and can check what percentile you could get with the help of CAT answer keys. Following table tells you about your expected score as per the CAT 2020 marking scheme:

Section as per CAT exam Pattern
Total questions
Total MCQs (With negative marking)
Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking)
Total Maximum Marks
Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
26
18
8
78
Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
24
18
6
72
Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)
26
18
8
78
Total
76
 54
22
228

Source: MBAUniverse.com analysis

Check your CAT 2020 Percentile here

Challenging the CAT Answer Key: Key Points
The last date to raise CAT 2020 answer key objection is December 11. Four key points to note about raising objection to CAT answer key are:

  • The CAT 2020 objection form to challenge the official CAT answer keys will be released a day after from the date of release of CAT 2020 answer key
  • No changes are allowed after submission of your CAT answer key objection form
  • An objection fee of Rs.1200/- to challenge each official answer key will have to be paid per objection. You can raise only one objection at a time.

Check following important links related to CAT Answer Key Release:

CAT Score Vs Percentile | Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT 2020 | MBA Admission 2020: Last Date to apply for top B-schools

CAT Answer Keys Download: Step by Step Process 
The steps involved to download and check your CAT answer keys are shared screen by screen as below.

Step-1: Log on to CAT official website: Submit your CAT Id and Password

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Step-2: Your Personal CAT Page will appear. This has a Candidate Response tab. Follow the instructions on this page.

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Step-3: Click on ‘Candidate Response’ Tab to download your response for CAT 2020. It is your Response Sheet which contains your own marked answers in the exam as shown in the example below

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How to File Objection to CAT Answer Key
Candidates should follow important instructions shared below and as released by IIMs to file objection to CAT answer key:

  1. The candidate can look at the Question Id from the Question Paper PDF available beside the "Candidate Response" tab. Candidate should ensure that the Question Id is as per the Question Paper PDF only.
  2. After the candidate has filled all the required fields such as Section Name, Question Id etc., (s)he should click on "Pay & Submit" button to complete the payment process and submit the objection successfully.
  3. Applicable fee is Rs. 1200* per objection. This fee does not include transaction Processing Fee and applicable GST (if any).
  4. Objection fee (excluding transaction charges) will be refunded in case your objection is found valid by CAT expert panel.
  5. Objections once submitted cannot be edited later.
  6. Only one objection can be raised at a time.
  7. Response of the concerned examination authority will be treated as final against the objections raised. In case this process leads to any change in the evaluation mechanism, the decision taken by the concerned authority will be treated as final.
  8. Wherever applicable, the indicated mark of 1 for wrong answer is the mark deducted for incorrect answer.  

Eligibility to Check CAT Exam Answer Key
The CAT answer keys are available for view and download only for the CAT 2020 test takers who have actually taken the CAT exam 2020.

A candidate who appears in Slot 1 can check CAT 2020 Slot 1 Answer Key and the candidate who appeared in Slot 2 or slot 3 can verify his answers with the respective slot of CAT Answer Keys. If you have appeared in Slot 1, you are not eligible to check CAT 2020 Slot 2 answer keys and if you have appeared in Slot 2 or 3, you are not eligible to view and check other slot of CAT 2020 answer keys.

Which Browser to use for CAT Answer Keys?
It is advisable to open the CAT 2020 website in mozila firefox with the recommended version to get faster navigation through the page as there is heavy rush of the test takers who check the CAT 2020 Slot 1, Slot 2 and Slot-3 answer keys when they are released.

The CAT answer keys pdf is released for the CAT exam alongwith an objection form suggesting the CAT exam takers to submit their queries and objections in case they are not satisfied CAT question paper with solutions.

The CAT Answer keys were first released by IIMs for the CAT exam held in 2017.  CAT 2020 Slot 1 Slot 2 and slot-3 Answer Key are released simultaneously to enable the candidates who have appeared in any slot of CAT exam to check the CAT questions and CAT Answer Key for his/her respective CAT question paper.  

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