CAT 2020: 5 Registration Form Mistakes You Must Avoid; Last Date Closes on September 16

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September 15, 2020
CAT 2020 registration window will close on September 16, 2020 at 5 PM. You should be careful while filling your CAT 2020 Application form during the registration process as the personal details once entered and submitted cannot be changed. CAT 2020 Registration and application form is a little different from last year as this year you can choose six preferred test cities as against four last year
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CAT 2020 registration will close on September 16, 2020 at 5 PM. IIM Indore opened the CAT 2020 registration and application process at 10 AM on August 5, 2020. You need to be careful while filling your CAT application form 2020 and should avoid the mistakes and review all the application pages before submitting and making payment of CAT registration fee. 

CAT 2020 Registration and application form is a little different from last year.  You should be careful while completing your CAT 2020 Registration as the personal details once entered and submitted cannot be changed. The CAT Registration is a 30 minutes process and you should collect all the required documents/material before starting the CAT registration and Application Process. Please note that CAT 2020 application form must be submitted latest by 5 PM alongwith the requisite fee payment on September 16, 2020. After this your CAT application will not be accepted.  Read More 

Things you need before starting CAT registration
Instructions contained in CAT 2020 registration Guide and video demonstrating the procedure to fill up the online application form and clarifying each and every step to systematically complete the CAT online registration and online application form must be followed in completing all the pages in CAT 2020 registration and application form.

In the wake of changes in CAT 2020 registration form, IIM Indore the CAT 2020 exam convener has suggested to follow the 5 undernoted important instructions before you start filling up the CAT 2020 registration and application form  

  1. Gather all the information, documents, certificates regarding your date of birth, exact style of writing name, academics from class 10 onwards, caste, online fee payment instrument that  you will need for filling the form beforehand
  2. Check your eligibility for CAT 2020 by referring to the Eligibility document on the CAT 2020 website.
  3. Ensure you have a valid and unique email address and mobile number.
  4. “*” (asterisk) in the CAT 2020 registration and application form indicates a mandatory field. The boxes marked with this symbol must be filled in, or you will not be allowed to submit your application for CAT 2020.
  5. Keep your Mobile phone near you to verify OTP to get CAT ID & PW. With the ID & Password received from CAT Centre, you can login to CAT 2020 registration site as registered candidate to fill application form.

Getting CAT 2020 ID & PW: Wait Patiently
After successful submission of CAT 2020 Registration form on official CAT website, you need patiently to get your CAT registration ID and password. Many candidates who registered on the very first day of opening of Registration on August 5, had to to wait for more than 3-4 hours for want of CAT ID and password to login as registered candidate and fill their application form.

No Need to Hurry! All candidates at Par
CAT Centre 2020 has advised the candidates not to rush for early CAT Registration 2020. You need to register and apply within the registration window. All candidates will be treated at par who apply from August 5 to September 16, 2020 in slot and test centre allotment. So, take your time and register and apply when it is most convenient during the registration window.

Since the CAT 2020 registration and application form is a little changed, the CAT Centre 2020 has suggested the CAT aspirants to go through the important instructions before proceeding to fill up the CAT 2020 registration form without making any mistake and avoid losing the CAT 2020 registration fee of Rs.2000/- 

CAT 2020 online application form: 5 mistakes you must avoid 
While completing the 1st page of CAT 2020 registration form after login as new user and login again with the CAT 2020 user Id and password, no specific skill is required. You will need to be careful while filling up the CAT 2020 application form where you have to fill up the specific academic details, upload your signature and photograph, upload required certificates and make payment. The five mistakes you can easily avoid are:

1. Personal Details Mistakes: Insert & Upload correct category details and certificate
​Enter your name exactly in same pattern and style as it is written in your class 10/SSC certificate. Please ensure to insert correct date of birth from the menu at the column.

If you belong to SC/ST/OBC category or are a EWS/PWD candidate in General category, please carefully go through the list of serial numbers of different categories given in the application form. You should mark the correct serial number of the caste/tribe applicable to you. For details of the Caste/Tribe name applicable to you, see the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) website.

Download the NC-OBC, SC/ST Certificates from the CAT website, enter the required information and attest signatures from the appropriate authorities, self-attest, and scan as PDF documents to upload the certificates on the CAT website.

If you are a Person with disability (PwD), select yes. Also, select details under PwD Category of disability, Wheelchair Support and Scribe requirement.  Download the Person with Disability (PwD) Certificate from the CAT website, enter the required information and attest signatures from the appropriate authorities, self-attest, and scan as PDF document to upload the certificates on the CAT website.

2. Academic Details Mistakes
You need to enter your education details in the 3rd page of CAT 2020 online application form. The details like percentage of marks obtained are to be entered in all sections. Required details for class 10, 12, bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Other Professional Degree need to be entered. 

If any Board/Institute/University awards only letter grades without providing an equivalent percentage of marks on the grade sheet, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the Board/Institute/ University specifying the equivalent marks or the conversion procedure, and the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on this procedure as certified by the respective board/ University/ institution.

If any board / University / institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate's CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100. The original equivalence certificate needs to be submitted at the time of interview, if shortlisted for the same.

Please note that for computing percentages of marks obtained in SSC/10th/Equivalent examination and HSC/12th/Equivalent/Diploma examination, the aggregate marks of all subjects that appear in the mark sheet/grade sheet would be considered irrespective of the Boards regulation.

For graduates and postgraduates, the percentage of marks awarded by the Board/Institute/ University will be treated as final. If the Institute/University does not award the percentage of marks, it will be calculated on the basis of the marks obtained in all subjects listed in the mark sheet.

How to enter percentage of marks?
CAT 2020 online application form provides column with ‘nnn.nn’ space to fill up your percentage of marks.  The first three ‘nnn’ can be used only when you have scored 100% marks otherwise you should use only 2 digits if your percentage of marks is anywhere between 45% and 99.99%.

You must insert the percentage upto 2 decimal digits as provided for in the CAT 2020 online application form. There is no need to prefix ‘0’ before writing your percentage of marks as it will not accept it.

Correct: 96.50; Wrong: 096.50

After inserting the first 3 digits, if you place decimal and try to write 2 decimal digits, the last digit will not be inserted and the message will be to insert 2 decimal digits. To avoid this mistake, it is advisable to write only the correct form of the percentage of marks, as shown here.

3. MBA Programmes offered by IIMs: Make your Error Free Choice

Prior to choosing the programme and interview city, prepare a list of programmes for which you are eligible to apply. If you are a fresh graduate, you can not apply to executive MBA or one year MBA; if you are not a science, Agriculture, Biotech, Engineering or a graduate in related streams you may not apply to ABM, FABM programme. So make sure to tick on such IIM programmes for which you are eligible

Name of the IIM offering MBA courses
List of MBA courses offered
IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Amritsar
IIM Bangalore
IIM Bodh Gaya
IIM Calcutta
IIM Indore
IIM Jammu
IIM Kashipur
IIM Kozhikode
PGP, EPGP (IIMK, IIMK Kochi Campus)
IIM Lucknow
IIM Nagpur
IIM Raipur
IIM Ranchi
IIM Rohtak
IIM Sambalpur
RGIIM Shillong
IIM Sirmaur
IIM Tiruchirappalli
IIM Udaipur
IIM Visakhapatnam

4. Choose Six Test Cities Carefully
This year the CAT 2020 online registration form allows you to choose six test cities out of 156 cities as against choice of four cities last year. Besides, IIM Indore has taken care to split all the Delhi NCR test cities as 8 separate CAT test Centres as against clubbing all the test cities in Delhi NCR as one centre. Now you can choose separate six test cities in Delhi NCR out of 8 cities.

You need to choose the test cities carefully after assessing the approach, travel time, means of transport and expenses involved.

5. No Need to Fill the Form in One Go
You can Logout and exit the CAT 2020 Application form any number of times to edit and complete later or Save & Continue each section till you submit the application.

So before submitting the application and making payment, preview the application form, using the Preview button to check for accuracy and completeness of all the data you have entered, before proceeding with the payment. You can preview your application at any stage and any number of times before submitting your application

IIM Indore has suggested to use following browsers to fill the Application form: Edge Chromium or Mozilla Firefox (version 56 and above) or Google Chrome (version 59 and above). Other browsers may be slow to upload your documents, in getting your details filled and in submission of application or making your fee payment. See the Application Summary that will give a Read-only view of the details you have entered, Whenever you login to the CAT website as a Registered User.

Please note that you cannot edit any details on the Application form after you have made the online payment. However, after the last day of CAT 2020 registration process is over, IIM Indore may open a limited time window during which you can re-upload your blur photograph, correct selective mistakes and can modify very limited details like Percentage of Marks scored, Work Experience, Programmes Selected.

You will not be able to modify any details entered in the Personal Details section, any details entered in the Academics section except the percentage marks scored, Exam Centre City Preferences. You can only view and print after this. 

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 is the mandatory exam for admission to management programmes in all the 20 IIMs – old and new. CAT 2020 will also offer the admission opportunity to PGDM/MBA programme in other top management institutes in India like FMS Delhi, IMI Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, JBIMS Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, NITIE Mumbai, Management departments of IITs, SPJIMR Mumbai, TAPMI Manipal and other more than 500 B-schools.

2.44 lakh candidates applied for CAT last year. This number may increase this year as during last few years CAT has seen tremendous growth in registration of candidates and test takers. IIMs and other top B-schools along offer admission to more than 30000 students in their different management programmes. 

Important CAT 2020 Dates

CAT 2020 Exam Activity
Start Date
Last Date
CAT 2020 Registration & Application
16.9.2020 (5 PM)
CAT 2020 Admit Card
CAT 2020 Exam Date
29.11.2020 (9.30AM to 12.30 PM)
29.11.2020 (2.30 PM to 5.30 PM)
CAT 2020 Result Date
Available till CAT 2022 date

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