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Latest Update: 190,144 candidates appeared in CAT 2020 on Nov 29, 2020: Reveals IIM Indore after Release of CAT 2020 Result 

After releasing the CAT 2020 exam result on January 2, 2020, fastest so far, IIM Indore has released key highlights of CAT 2020 Result on January 4, 2021 in a media release: 

  •   A total of 1,90,144 candidates out of total number of 227,835 applicants, had appeared for the examination. The gender distribution of candidates who appeared for CAT 2020 is as follows:
    • Number of female candidates: 66,755
    • Number of male candidates: 1,23,388
    • Number of transgender candidates: 01
  • 9 candidates have scored an overall 100 percentile in the CAT 2020 examination. They are all males.
  • 7 out of the nine candidates receiving the highest overall percentile are from the engineering/technology background, 1 candidate is from mathematics background and 1 is from management background.
  • Of the nine candidates, 5 candidates are from the IITs, and the remaining four candidates are from IIM Indore (IPM program), BITS Pilani, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, and YMCA institute of Engineering respectively.
  • Of the candidates scoring an overall 100 percentile, 3 candidates are from Rajasthan and the remaining six candidates are from Delhi, Haryana, Maharashtra, Punjab, Telangana and Uttar Pradesh respectively.
  • 19 candidates have scored an overall 99.99 percentile in CAT 2020, of which 18 are male and 1 is female. Out of these candidates 16 are from the engineering/technology, 2 are from economics and 1 is from management background

 As you prepare for IIMs Shortlist announcements, check following important links:

CAT Score Vs Percentile | Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT 2020 | MBA Admission 2020: Last Date to apply for top B-schools has published CAT 2020 exam analysis for all the slots with key changes in exam pattern, difficulty level and likely cut offs as predicted by experts. A glimpse of CAT exam 2020 analysis is given below. Read detailed CAT Analysis here. After the CAT exam, candidates are now looking for their likely percentile based on their performance, you can check your CAT percentile with the Live CAT Percentile Predictor by and can also check what percentile range you would get with your raw CAT score 


Key highlights of CAT 2020 Exam Analysis:

  • Total Duration: 120 Mins
  • Total Number of Questions: 76
  • Non MCQs: 22
  • Number of Question in Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC): 26 
  • Number of Question in Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR): 24
  • Number of Question in Quantitative Ability (QA): 26
  • Overall Difficulty Level: Slot-1 Easy; Slot-2 More difficult than slot-1; Slot-3 Most difficult

CAT 2020: Major Changes in Exam Pattern  
CAT 2020 Centre has substantially changed the CAT 2020 exam pattern

  • CAT 2020 Exam had 76 Questions as against 100 questions earlier
  • Difficulty level in CAT 2020 went up in each slot
  • CAT 2020 Exam duration was changed to 2 hours from earlier 3 hours
  • 40 Minutes were allotted to attempt each section instead of earlier 60 minutes
  • MCQs had 1/3 negative marking and Non-MCQs did not carry penalty of negative marking
  • 4 answer options for each MCQ type question
  • Answer had to be typed in the given space on computer screen for Non-MCQ.
  • Score awarded for each correct answer: + 3 marks
  • Negative marking (Applicable for wrong answers in MCQs): - 1 mark

CAT 2020 Question Paper Pattern & Changes
The CAT 2020 question paper of 2 hours duration with key changes had the following pattern and sectional composition. CAT exam sectional order from Section-1 to Section-3, number and type of questions in each section, questions with and without negative marking and total maximum marks available for each section are as below:

Section as per CAT exam Pattern
Total questions
Total MCQs (With negative marking)
Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking)
Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
4 RC Passages with 18 Qs – All MCQs
All Non MCQs divided into Para jumbles, Para Summary, and Out of Context Sentences
Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
LR – 14 Ques
DI – 10 Ques
All in Sets of 6 & 4 Qs
Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)
High on Arithmetic. Other on Log, Geometry, Roots, Algebra

Source: analysis


First Analysis by Career Launcher for

Mr Arks Srinivas, National Head MBA Prep (India & Abroad), Career Launcher, shared this first analysis at a Live Sessions on at 11.15 AM today.


Overall, CAT 2020 was a more difficult paper that CAT 2019.


Verbal & RC

  • Total 26 Questions, lengthy paper with 4 RC Passages
  • Not straight forward questions, Inference based questions

DILR Verbal & RC

  • Total 24 Questions
  • 5 Sets of questions makes it difficult
  • 1 set on Set Theory was difficult
  • 1 Set was easy
  • 12-14 Qs is a good attempt
  • Tougher than CAT 2019 Paper


  • A lot of easy questions like CAT 2017
  • Arithmetic, Algebra & Log Question made this section easier

Career Launched CAT 2020 Cut off Predictions based on Slot 1 Exam
Arks share following predictions for getting 99%.


CAT 2020 99%

Verbal & RC

40-42 Marks

DILR Verbal & RC

30-32 Marks


47-50 Marks


105-110 Marks

Stay tuned to for more updates. 


Countdown to CAT 2020 has begun with the CAT exam scheduled on Nov 29, 2020 in three slots. Read below the five most important tips and guide for D-Day as well as the must follow Covid-19 norms at the test centre, as released by IIM Indore. CAT convener has requested all the states in India to allow the CAT Admit Cards as the Covid-19 curfew/lockdown passes for smooth conduct of the exam.


1. CAT 2020 Slot and Reporting Timing
CAT 2020 will be conducted on November 29, 2020 (Sunday) in three sessions of 2 hours duration each as below.

  • CAT 2020 Slot 1 (Morning Slot) Timings: 8.30 AM to 10.30 AM   (Reporting Time-7 AM)
  • CAT 2020 Slot 2 (Afternoon Session) Timings: 12.30 PM to 2.30 PM  (Reporting Time-11 AM)
  • CAT 2020 Slot 3 (Evening Session) Timings: 4.30PM to 6.30 PM (Reporting Time – 3 PM)

If you are taking CAT 2020, following above CAT exam date and timings for your slot is very important.


2. CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

  • Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 
  • Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning  
  • Section III: Quantitative Ability   

You will be allowed only 40 minutes for answering each of the three sections. Experts expect a fall of 25% to 30% questions in CAT 2020. Read More


3. Documents to Carry to CAT Test Centre
You need to carry following documents to appear in CAT 2020

  • Hard copy of CAT 2020 Admit Card with your photo affixed on it
  • At least one original photo ID to verify your candidature
  • Two simple Pens

4. Use CAT 2020 Admit Card as Covid-19 Curfew/Lockdown Pass
Sharing about smooth conduct of CAT 2020 exam on November 29, 2020 despite Covid-19 curfew and lockdowns in many states and cities, IIM Indore has informed, "The CAT Convenor has also approached the Chief Secretaries and DGPs of various states and UTs to request their full support in the smooth conduct of the CAT exam and to allow and facilitate the candidates to travel with their Admit cards as curfew pass in case of lockdowns or curfews. The local authorities have also been requested to provide necessary administrative facilitation and security for the conduct of the CAT Examination on 29 November 2020. 


Covid-19 Instructions for CAT 2020 by IIM Indore
IIM Indore has made following arrangements and has released following important Covid-19 instructions for CAT 2020 exam day

  • Number of test venues increased to 430 in 159 cities 
  • There will be No Display of Seating Arrangement outside the CAT Exam Centre to avoid rush outside the test centre
  • Bring your own Mask, Gloves, personal hand sanitizer (50ml), transparent water Bottle,
  • Keep Social Distancing starting from point of entry in the test venue till your exit from the test venue
  • Your temperature will be checked at the entry to the test venue via a Thermo Gun. 
  • If you have symptoms of fever, cough, and cold, you would be made to sit in a separate isolation room/place with adequate safety measures.
  • At the registration desk, you will be directed to sanitize your hands using the sanitizer
  • Bring the signed Covid-19 Declaration as was provided with CAT Admit Card

Check in detail Covid-19 guidelines for CAT 2020 exam day 


5. Last Minute Preparation Tips to Familiarise yourself with CAT questions
CAT 2020 Preparation tips by Toppers, experts and solved official Mock Tests should be referred to for last minute preparation for CAT 2020. This year CAT exam is expected to have fewer number of questions divided in different types of MCQ and Non-MCQ questions. Read More


To help you understand the key changes in CAT 2020, last minute preparation guide, the detailed articles as from toppers and experts are prepared by and are available as below:  

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How to Check Total Questions in Revised Pattern of CAT 2020? 
CAT official Mock Test does not reveal the number of questions expected in CAT exam 2020. According to CAT 2020 convener, "CAT generally does not reveal the number or type of questions or the paper pattern. In fact, the CAT pattern is regularly changed so that the exam does not become predictable.” However, CAT experts have predicted that there would be a different sectional composition of CAT 2020 exam with 30 to 35% fall in number of questions and candidates should prepare accordingly. Read in detail How to prepare for CAT 2020 in short period of 45 days


CAT 2020: Registration Deadline closed Sep 23
Registration for CAT 2020 closed at 5.00 pm on September 23, 2020 after getting extended by one week from September 16. No further extension in CAT registration was granted. The CAT convenor urged test takers to register well in advance to allow themselves a hassle-free registration process and to avoid a last-minute rush. Those who missed CAT Registration even because of non-payment of registration fee, did not get any chance to apply after September 23, 2020.  


cat 2020

IIM Indore has released the completely revised CAT 2020 exam details and schedule on its official Website ( CAT 2020 convener Professor Harshal Lowalekar, faculty and admission chair at IIM Indore has announced many aspirant friendly features for CAT 2020 to counter the Covid-19 pandemic challenges. 

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CAT 2020 May go for More Changes
IIM Indore has clarified that due to COVID 19 related disruptions, CAT 2020 may undergo more changes in future. CAT Center 2020 said. “CAT 2020 process is to be conducted taking into account the COVID crisis. The information provided by the CAT website is contingent upon the decisions and directions issued from time to time by the Central & State governments and IIMs. Candidates are advised to regularly check the CAT website for further information”.


CAT 2020: 10 Key Points to Note in Revised Exam Pattern

  • CAT 2020 Exam date is November 29, 2020
  • Exam will be held in three slots Morning, Afternoon & Evening
  • CAT 2020 exam duration is reduced to 2 hours from earlier 3 hours for each slot
  • Total questions in CAT 2020 exam are expected to be reduced by 30% from earlier 100 questions 
  • CAT 2020 exam remains divided into three sections
  • 40 Minutes time will be allotted to attempt each section in CAT 2020 instead of 60 minutes last year
  • CAT 2020 exam online registration last date was extended by a week’s time till Sep 23
  • CAT exam Registration Fee was increased by Rs.100 to Rs 2000/- as against Rs.1900/- last year
  • CAT testing mode is computer based as was last year. Candidates need to attend the exam at test centres
  • CAT 2020 Test Cities are 156
  • Official CAT 2020 Mock Test to understand the CAT exam pattern will be released sometime late in October 2020

Common Admission Test, popularly known as CAT, is the largest MBA Entrance Exam for Admission to 20 IIMs, FMS Delhi, IIT -DoMs, SPJIMR, MDI and 500+ MBA Colleges in India. Every year more than 2,40,000 students from all disciplines including Engineering, Commerce, Humanities and even Law take CAT exam to get into  6,500 MBA seats in IIMs.


In this article, you will read all key points to plan your CAT 2020 journey, including important dates, syllabus & pattern, how to prepare, past CAT toppers interviews and much more. You will also find important links to Free CAT Mock Tests and genuine Past CAT Test Papers released by IIMs to prepare yourself for the CAT exam. So, read it till the end. 


What is CAT Exam?
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, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad and 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. There are more than 155 cities and more than 400 venues where CAT 2020 will be conducted in India. Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian institute of Science (IISC) also use CAT for admission to their Management programmes. 


CAT 2020 Exam: Highlights & Key Features
Following are the salient features of CAT 2020 with details on CAT exam date 2020, CAT Notification, CAT eligibility among other key points

CAT Full Form
Common Admission Test, conducted on yearly basis for MBA admission by one of the 6 older IIMs 
CAT Exam date 2020
November 29, 2020
CAT Entrance exam sessions
To be Conducted in 3 Slots as below:
Morning: 8.30 to 10.30 AM
Afternoon: 12.30 to 2.30 PM
Evening: 4.30 to 6.30 PM
CAT Entrance Exam 2020 Convening IIM
IIM Indore
CAT Entrance Exam Mode
Computer based exam but not an online exam
Name of CAT official Website 2020 (Live Since July 29, 2020)
Details in CAT exam website 2020
CAT Exam details, Application fee, Registration dates, IIMs & their programmes. Also check updates on
Maximum Age Limit to appear in IIM CAT
No Age Limit, Graduates with 50% marks can apply
Number of Questions in CAT 2020
Reduced number of questions divided in 3 sections  from earlier 100 questions
Time duration of CAT 2020
2 hours for each slot
Sectional Time limit
40 minutes for 1 section
Name of sections and Expected number of questions as per experts’ analysis
VARC-(22-24 Questions); DILR-(20-22) questions; Quant-(22-24) questions
Difficulty level of CAT 2020
Moderate to Difficult
Order of Sections
Pre-fixed, no change allowed
Colleges Accepting CAT 2020 for MBA admission
20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs, IMI, JBIMS & 500 other MBA colleges in India
CAT 2020 Application Fee
How to Apply for CAT
Application process is online only
IIMs’ Application Fee
No Separate Application Fee to apply for IIM. CAT  Registration Fee covers application fee of all 20 IIMs 

Eligibility to Appear in CAT 2020
A candidate with minimum 50% marks in graduation can appear in CAT 2020. A final year student in graduation can also appear in CAT conducted by IIMs. However, there is no age limit to apply and appear in CAT 2020. 

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CAT 2020 Important Dates
Following are the CAT 2020 important dates for different activities related to the CAT exam 2020:

CAT Important Dates
CAT 2020 Official Website Launch
July 29, 2020
CAT 2020 Notification Date
August 2, 2020
CAT 2020 Registration Start Date
August 5, 2020
Last Date to Apply for CAT 2020
September 23, 2020 (Extended from Sep 16) 
CAT 2020 Registration & Application Fee
CAT 2020 Admit card Download Start date
October 28, 2020
Last Date for CAT 2020 Admit Card Download
November 29, 2020
CAT 2020 Exam date
November 29, 2020
CAT 2020 Result date
January 5, 2021 

CAT Exam Details 2020: Pattern
CAT exam details and exam structure since 2015 had remained on similar pattern. However CAT 2020 has brought many changes in time duration, test slots, number of questions and sectional time limit as under:

  • 120 Minutes Exam: CAT 2020 is a computer delivered test of 2 hours duration but it is not an Online Exam
  • Fewer Questions: CAT 2020 is expected to have 66 to 70 questions divided in 3 sections of VARC, DILR and Quantitative Ability. Earlier CAT used to have 100 questions divided in three sections
  • 25% No Penalty Questions: More than 25% questions will not have negative marking in CAT exam. CAT 2020 is divided into MCQ and Non-MCQ type of questions and the Non-MCQs do not carry negative marking. In case any non-MCQ has negative marking, a few MCQs are changed to no negative marking questions.
  • 70-75% CAT Questions with Negative Marking: More than 70% questions in CAT 2020 are of MCQ type and will carry penalty of 1/3 negative marking
  • Minimum CAT Score Requirement by IIMs: A Minimum qualifying score between 70 and 90 percentile in CAT 2020 is required by IIMs in each of the 3 sections to shortlist candidates for final admission round
  • Other Criteria with CAT score: Apart from High score in each of the 3 sections in CAT 2020 exam, you need to have good academic profile, diversity, to get into IIMs.

CAT 2020 Exam Syllabus
During the last 4 years, CAT exam syllabus has substantially changed. Major changes in CAT Syllabus 2020 are:

  • CAT Syllabus is changed and contains different type of questions now.
  • 25-30% Questions in CAT syllabus are no penalty questions now
  • Most of the changes in CAT syllabus have taken place in the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Section as the topics and number of questions in VARC section have changed.
  • A few changes in CAT syllabus have been introduced in Quantitative Ability section with more focus on Arithmetic questions

Although CAT exam Syllabus is not pre-defined by IIMs, it overall tests the candidate on Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Quantitative Aptitude; Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. Read More about CAT Syllabus


When CAT is conducted?

  • CAT is conducted annually.
  • Now conducted preferably on the last Sunday of November or the first Sunday of December every year
  • With effect from 2015, CAT was conducted on a single day in two sessions – morning and evening. However, due to Covid-19 pandemic and to follow the safe social distancing norms, CAT 2020 is conducted in three slots on same date on November 29, 2020. Prior to 2015, CAT was conducted in multiple sessions on multiple days. 

Which IIM Conducts CAT?
IIM Indore is conducting CAT 2020. CAT is conducted by one of older IIMs by policy of rotation each year. There are six IIMs who conduct CAT one by one, they are IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode and IIM Lucknow. Since other 14 IIMs were established later, the responsibility to conduct CAT has not yet been assigned to any of them. 


Mode of CAT
CAT is a computer based entrance test divided in three sections. It is not an online test and the questions are delivered digitally. The exam is scheduled in 156 cities at more than 400 test venues. 


When to look for CAT Website & CAT Notification?
IIMs release and continuously update all the details about CAT on the official CAT exam website and in CAT Notification which is released in leading news papers. CAT 2020 website with all details was launched at on July 29 along with the CAT 2020 notification. The CAT website was again updated on September 20, 2020. The process to register and apply for CAT 2020 started on August 5.


How difficult is CAT?
CAT is a highly competitive and most important MBA entrance exam in India. The difficulty level of CAT is considered moderate to high.


Scoring Pattern in CAT
Each correct answer in CAT is awarded with 3 marks. The raw score obtained in CAT is converted to scaled score and then converted to percentile score after allowing for equating and normalizing the scores for both the sessions in CAT.


IIMs and other top MBA colleges consider percentile awarded in CAT to shortlist the candidates for final selection round.


MBA Programmes Offered by IIMs through CAT
Following are the various management programmes at IIMs in which admission is available through Common Admission Test 2020:

Post Graduate Programmes (PGP)/MBA
IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Amritsar
IIM Bangalore
IIM Bodh Gaya
IIM Calcutta
IIM Indore
IIM Jammu
IIM Kashipur
IIM Kozhikode
PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, EPGP (Kochi Campus & IL)
IIM Lucknow
IIM Nagpur
IIM Raipur
IIM Ranchi
IIM Rohtak
IIM Sambalpur
RGIIM Shillong
IIM Sirmaur
IIM Tiruchirappalli
IIM Udaipur
IIM Visakhapatnam

When & How to Register & Apply for CAT 2020?
The very first thing to remember about CAT is that there is nothing offline now in CAT registration process. You can apply online only on the official CAT website. The application fee for CAT 2020 is increased to Rs.2000/- for General candidates and to Rs.1000/- for SC/ST candidates. It should also be paid online only. 

The application process for CAT 2020 is open from August 5 to September 23, 2020. During this period you can register and submit your application online for CAT.


CAT Registration Trends
More than 2.44 lakh candidates had registered last year for CAT exam. The registration number was up by 3000 more candidates registered for CAT. It signified that candidates had to compete with more candidates in CAT exam and needed to score high to get shortlisted by top three IIMs and other top MBA colleges.


Although the trends in CAT registrations since 2010 show a downward journey initially, but from 2013 it has been showing a rising registration count reflecting the regaining trust of CAT aspirants and anticipation of better career opportunities after completing MBA/PGP from an IIM

CAT Registration Data

Source: Research & Analysis


CAT 2020: Important Points

  • Low Cost Exam: CAT Registration and CAT exam application fee taken together comes to Rs.100 per IIM for General category and Rs.50/- per IIM for Reserved category. No fee to be paid to apply for any individual IIM
  • One Day Exam: CAT exam will be held in single day on Sunday November 29, 2020 in three sessions. CAT is a Computer Based Test. Earlier it was held in 15 to 20 days testing window till 2013 by IIMs. Since 2015, CAT exam testing window has been shortened to one day only.
  • 50 Days CAT 2020 Registration Window: The CAT Application process has opened on August 5 and closes on September 23, 2020
  • Dual Degree Accepted: A candidate with dual bachelor's degree should mention the academic scores of both the bachelor's degree programme in CAT application form
  • Single Fee for MBA Admission: CAT 2020 provides admission opportunity in 20 IIMs with the single point payment of CAT registration fee
  • Choice of 50 MBA Programmes in IIMs: CAT 2020 offers a choice of more than 50 management programmes in 20 IIMs without any additional application fee for admission.

CAT 2020 Admit Card
CAT 2020 Admit Card download will start immediately with the release of the CAT hall ticket by IIMs. IIMs will upload the CAT 2020 Admit card on October 28, 2020. The CAT admit card release date may be extended by a few days in case the last date of registration for CAT 2020 exam is extended. The last date to download the CAT Admit Card is CAT 2020 exam date. 


5 Steps to Download CAT 2020 Admit Card

  1. Logon to CAT official Website
  2. Enter CAT Login ID & Password
  3. Click on ‘Admit Card’
  4. At Assessment drop down menu select Common Admission Test 2020
  5. Click on Action-Download & Take Print of CAT Admit card

CAT 2020 Result & IIMs’ Admission Process
CAT 2020 exam result will be declared on January 5, 2021 in morning hours. Immediately after the CAT result declaration, IIMs will start announcing their shortlist on the basis of CAT scores and other parameters in their shortlisting criteria for final selection round. The final admission offer will be made to the candidates in the months of April/May 2021 by IIMs   

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Important Changes in CAT over the Years
Journey of IIM-CAT has witnessed substantial changes. In recent years, number of sections and type of questions in CAT have changed substantially. Important changes in pattern and conduct of CAT are shared below: 

  • CAT has changed from Paper Based to Computer based test
  • CAT now has 3 sections instead of 2
  • CAT has introduced 25 to 30 percent questions with No Negative marking

CAT Exam pattern over the past 10 years since it was computerised in 2009 has gone for perceptible changes. CAT paper pattern prior to 2009 was paper-pen based. CAT exam format was changed from paper based exam to CAT online computer based test in 2009. Even after that CAT paper pattern continued changing from 3 sections to 2 and then CAT pattern was changed to 3 sections in 2015. Since then CAT is following similar pattern. CAT 2020 pattern has however, changed but the number of sections and scoring pattern remains the same.

CAT Year &  Number of Questions
Question break up
CAT 2020
Moderate difficulty level expected
CAT 2019
VARC-34. RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Total-34. MCQs 23, Non-MCQs-11
Moderate difficulty CAT on last year pattern with changes in number of MCQs & non-MCQs in each section
CAT 2018-100
VARC-34. RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (2 MCQs, 7 non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Total-34. MCQs 22, Non-MCQs-12
CAT on last year pattern with changes in number of MCQs & non-MCQs in each section
CAT 2017-100
VARC-34. RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (3 MCQs, 7 non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Total-34. MCQs 23, Non-MCQs-11
CAT Pattern in the lines of last year with changes in non-MCQs in each section
CAT 2016-100
VARC-34, RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (All non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Quant-34, MCQ-27, Non-MCQs-7
CAT exam pattern on the same lines as of CAT exam pattern 2015 Non-MCQs in Quant reduced.
CAT 2015-100
VARC -34, RC-24 (MCQs), Verbal-10 (Non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Quant-34, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-10
Time limit increased to 180 minutes; Sectional time constration of 1 hour re-introduced; Non-MCQs without negative marking penalty for wrong answer No questions on error correction and vocabulary.
CAT 2014-100
50 VARC-34 LR-16
50 Quant-34 DI-16
Test time increased to 170 minutes; Sectional time constrain removed; More questions on error correction; RC questions based on reasoning Overall moderate exam.
CAT 2013-60
30 10 verbal 10 RC 10 LR
30 DI-10
On the same pattern as last year. No new surprise element.
CAT 2012 -60
30 (LR 10) 10 verbal 10 RC 10 LR
30 (DI 10)
Error correction-1 to 2, parajumbles-2, Completion of last sentence of paragraph-2, Out of context Sentence in jumbled paragraph -1 to 2, Fill in the blanks vocabulary words- 1 to 2, Words used in different ways-2, Reading comprehension – three passages with 3 to 4 questions each (Common question in almost all the sessions from 11th Oct.2012 to 6th Nov.2012 – Tone of the author-at least two questions in every session) New or surprise element – Two questions on ‘Out of context sentences in jumbled paragraph’ – Paragraph had to be placed in order and the out of context sentence had to be picked out. Permutations & Combinations, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Number Systems, Modern Maths.
CAT 2011-60
30(LR 10)
Jumbled sentences, error correction, Vocabulary, RC, grammar Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Number Systems, Modern Maths 
CAT 2010-60
RC, Grammar, Parajumbles, sentence correction & completion,
Quant was tougher compared to CAT 2009. The areas were more calculation intensive and needed conceptual understanding.
CAT 2009-60
Sentence rearrangement, Grammar, comprehension, correction of errors, sentence completion, Usage Vocabulary
Number System, Algebra, Mensuration, and Commercial Math.

Before 2009, CAT was a paper based test. On May 1, 2009, it was announced that with effect from 2009, CAT would be a Computer based test. American firm Prometric was entrusted with the responsibility of conducting CAT for 5 years from 2009 to 2013. 


However, the first computer based CAT confronted many technical glitches like server slow down, blurred system display among others. At many test centres CAT had to be conducted again.


In 2014, the responsibility of testing agency to conduct CAT was assigned to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Since then, TCS has remained the partner testing agency for IIM-CAT.


CAT 2020 is the mandatory entrance exam for admission to MBA 2021 in 20 IIMs and other top MBA colleges in India. The exam is therefore referred to as IIM CAT and is conducted by IIMs on annual basis.

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Exam dates and schedule

  • Notification date: 02-08-2020 06:00 AM (Tentative)
    Registration – Online: 05-08-2020 10:00 AM to 16-09-2020 05:00 PM (Tentative)
    Admit Card Release: 28-10-2020 10:00 AM (Tentative)
    Exam Date & Timings- Online: Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 09:30 (Tentative)
    Result: 02-01-2021 10:00 AM (Tentative)

CAT toppers

Sakshat Goel,
CAT 2018 - 99.21 Percentile ....
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Tushar Goel,
CAT 2018 - 98.89 Percentile ....
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Krupa Bathia , Jamnagar
CAT 2017 - 99.95 Percentile ....
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Saswat Gupta, Delhi
CAT 2017 - 99.91 Percentile ....
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Kumar Ravi, Munger
CAT 2017 - 99.99 Percentile ....
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Karan Mohan Singh , Noida
CAT 2017 - 99.91 Percentile ....
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Palash Jhawar , Surat
CAT 2017 - 99.51 Percentile ....
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Adarsh Srivastava , Gurugram
CAT 2017 - 98.99 Percentile ....
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Chhandak Biswas , Silchar
CAT 2017 - 97.97 Percentile ....
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Aashima Garg , Palwal
CAT 2017 - 96.40 Percentile ....
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CAT Eligibility 2020

CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria for General & Reserved category candidates define different percentage of marks in the qualifying graduation degree.


CAT Eligibility for General  & NC-OBC Candidates

  • The candidate must hold Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA.
  • Candidates who have completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with 50% marks 

CAT Eligibility for SC/ST/PwD Candidates
Reserved category candidates applying for CAT 2020 are eligible if they possess one of the following qualifications:

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CAT Registration 2020

Important Update: CAT 2020 Registration Closed at 5 PM on Sep 23; No Further Extension is announced​

CAT 2020 Registration process has closed on September 23, 2020 at 5 PM after getting extended by a week from September 16. Now if you try to register and apply for CAT exam, you will get following message:


cat registration closed


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CAT Application Form 2020

Important Update: CAT 2020 Application Process Closed on Sep 23 at 5 PM; No Further Extension announced

CAT 2020 Application form submission has closed on September 23, 2020 at 5 PM after getting extended by a week from September 16. Now if you try to  apply for CAT exam, you will get following message:


cat registration closed

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CAT Syllabus 2020

CAT Syllabus 2020: Read & Download Latest Exam Syllabus 

4 steps to read complete cat syllabus 2020

Important Update: CAT 2020 Syllabus with Exam Pattern changed; Check 5 Big changes announced in CAT 2020


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CAT Exam Pattern

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern: Overall & Sectional Composition, Scoring pattern, Weightage, CAT Vs other exams  

CAT 2020 exam question paper had only 76 questions as against 100 last year. CAT Center at IIM Indore has overahuled complete CAT 2020 exam pattern as compared to last year CAT exam. The exam was scheduled in three slots of Morning, afternoon and evening on same day – Sunday, November 29, 2020. CAT 2020 exam duration was  reduced to 120 minutes from last year 180 minutes and sectional time limit was reduced to 40 minutes per section from last year 60 minutes. Read complete CAT 2020 Analysis slot wise


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CAT Notification 2020

IIM Indore, the CAT 2020 conducting IIM, has released CAT Notification 2020 on July 29, 2020 digitally through web portals along with the launch of CAT 2020 official website. Professor Harshal Lowalekar, Faculty at IIM Indore, and the Convener of CAT 2020 has taken care to release the CAT notification on time despite Covid-19 pandemic disruptions. 

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CAT Online Preparation

CAT 2020 Exam is scheduled on Sunday November 29, 2020 in 156 cities in India as a computer based test as per previous year pattern. However, due to Covid-19 pandemic, the top coaching institutes are offering only CAT online preparation 2020 instead of class room coaching. The online CAT preparation contains all the rich preparation material, online classes conducted by top faculty, mock test series, doubt clarification sessions. On the top of it, heavy discounts are offered to the CAT 2020 aspirants who are enrolling for CAT 2020 online preparation.

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CAT Preparation

CAT Preparation 2020: How to prepare - Books, Strategy, Options, Tips by Toppers

CAT 2020 exam date is November 29, 2020. Many changes in the CAT 2020 exam pattern and  testing slots have been announced by IIM Indore. Although, CAT 2020 will remain a computer based test it will be conducted in three slots of 2 hours each instead of two slots of 3 hours each. The exam will  be conducted in 156 cities in India at different test venues. Accordingly, CAT preparation 2020 strategy also needs to be slightly changed from previous years.


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CAT Preparation Books

If you are preparing for CAT 2020 exam with an aim of getting admission in 2021 in one of the top 3-4 IIMs, FMS or other top MBA colleges accepting CAT, the best time to prepare for CAT exam is now. During the indefinite lockdown across India due to Corona Virus, reading CAT preparation books could be one of the best preparation strategy for you.

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Verbal Ability for CAT

The largest MBA entrance exam leading to admission 2021 in IIMs, FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, IITs, IMI, IMT, NITIE among other top MBA colleges, CAT 2020 is scheduled on November 29, 2020 as a computer based test. This year IIM Kozhikode is conducting CAT 2020 exam in morning and afternoon sessions on the same day.


Verbal Ability (VA) is an important part of CAT preparation for VARC section. CAT Verbal Ability questions will constitute 33% share in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Section in the CAT 2020 exam.


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CAT Mock Test By IIM

Official CAT Mock Test 2020 has been released by IIMs on November 6, 2020 with 100 questions after a delay of 15 days. The Mock test was supposed to be released mid October with the likely CAT exam pattern, exact number and type of questions, sectional composition of MCQs and Non-MCQs, navigation process among other key aspects to guide the test takers in right direction. However, despite reduced time limit in CAT 2020 exam to 2 hours from 3 hours in previous years, the number of questions in CAT Mock test are same 100 as were released in last year mock test. You can take the full length official CAT Mock test on CAT website in 120 minutes.

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Reading Comprehension (RC) For CAT

Reading Comprehension (RC) For CAT 2020: RC Tips For CAT, RC Questions

Reading Comprehension is the most important topic in CAT exam. It commands highest sectional as well as overall weightage in CAT exam.  Section-1 in CAT exam consists of Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) topics with 34 questions divided in MCQs and Non-MCQs. Out of it, 70% weightage goes to the 24 questions based on RC passages and 30% weightage is assigned to Verbal Ability topics. RC questions in overall CAT exam commands 24% overall weightage. 


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Data Interpretation For CAT

Preparing for Data Interpretation in CAT 2020 is an important part of overall CAT preparation. It commands 16% weightage in overall CAT exam and 50% weightage in DILR section. Scoring high in Data Interpretation can take you through the IIMs admission process.


DILR as Important as Other Two Sections
Many candidates who scored 99 percentile in CAT could not get a call from any IIM only because of the reason that their score in DILR was below the IIMs cut off. The CAT Data Interpretation proved to be the most difficult and time consuming section resulting in a low score for them. 

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Logical Reasoning for CAT

If you can develop good logic in your approach to understand and solve a Reasoning problem, you can learn faster than those who find it difficult to logically approach a problem. So, How to prepare Logical Reasoning for CAT, depends upon your understanding of topics and type of questions that appear in CAT LR section.


LR preparation for CAT therefore, depends upon how much efforts and practice on variety of LR questions you have done. .


LR – A Score Booster Part in CAT
Good attempt of Logical Reasoning questions in CAT can be your score booster upto 48 core marks leading to an improvement of overall percentile by 20-25 in CAT 2020.


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Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

Three dimensional approach to prepare Quantitative Ability for CAT goes from strengthening your basics and formulae in Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Modern Math and allied topics, practicing on variety of questions and finally solving previous CAT papers and Mocks for each topic. The more you do it, the more expertise in Quant section for CAT, you will get.


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CAT Previous Year Question Papers

CAT previous year test papers for last few years released by IIMs are brought to you with detailed solution by The CAT 2019, CAT 2018 Question Paper and CAT 2017 Question Papers are given here with easy accessibility and readable format. The previous CAT exam test papers are followed by answers and detailed solutions. This will help you to very well understand the exact CAT exam pattern, recent changes over the years. You can test your preparation level with the help of these previous year actual CAT question papers which are made available free for CAT aspirants.  

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CAT 2020 Exam Date and Timings

CAT 2020 Slot 1 Exam Analysis: Check No of Questions, Paper Pattern & Difficulty Level

Observing COVID 19 precautions, Slot 1 of CAT 2020 exam was held successfully from 8.30 AM to 10.30 AM today. CAT 2020 greeted the test takers with many changes and surprises! Read this report on CAT 2020 Exam Analysis with likely cut off, first information about important changes in exam pattern, number & type of questions, difficulty level overall and section-wise.


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CAT Sample Paper

CAT 2020 Sample Papers are the right source to boost your CAT preparation level. With the help of CAT sample papers, you can assess your CAT 2020 preparation as these CAT sample papers, prepared by experts are based and updated as per the revised CAT exam pattern. The CAT sample papers 2020 will guide you about the probable CAT question paper 2020.  

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CAT 2020 Online Coaching

CAT 2020 Online Coaching: Top Preparation Institutes, Fee, Offerings

CAT Coaching Institutes can be broadly divided into two types: Classroom CAT Coaching Institutes (like TIME, IMS, CL) and Online CAT Coaching Institutes (think Byjus and 2IIM). Due to rising popularity of Online programs, traditional Classroom Coaching Institutes have started offering Online CAT coaching in a big way. All three top players, ie TIME, CL and IMS are offering many online CAT coaching programs for CAT 2020. In last few years, CAT online Coaching Institutes like Byjus and 2IIM have improved their offering by incorporating student feedback. Then there is free CAT online coaching material available also. 


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CAT Mock Test

CAT Mock Test 2020: 10+ Full Length Free CAT Mocks; 1000+ questions with solutions by experts; Mocks by IIMs with solutions; Sectional Quizes; Toppers Strategy


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CAT Coaching

CAT Coaching: CAT Coaching Centres, Class Room Coaching, Top CAT Coaching Institutes 
CAT Exam requires smart and intensive preparation. The CAT coaching institutes help you to prepare for CAT systematically without deviating from your preparation path. The wastage of time is minimized with optimum preparation utilization. Peer learning in CAT class room coaching is a great advantage while preparing for CAT. CAT coaching centres help you not only in scoring high in the exam but they also help you to take the CAT exam with ease and without stress. This year CAT exam date is November 29, 2020 and as such very short time is left to select best Coaching Classes for CAT and start your CAT preparation without further loss of time.


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CAT Admit Card 2020


CAT Admit Card 2020 Released: Use as Covid-19 Pass on Nov 29; Download - CAT Hall Ticket @

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CAT Percentile Predictor 2020 is LIVE!: Check your CAT Percentile now

With the release of CAT 2020 answer keys and individual response sheets on Dec.8, now you can assess your CAT exam performance and get the best result from CAT 2020 Percentile predictor which is live now. CAT 2020 exam was held successfully in three slots on November 29.  Overall, CAT Exam Paper was slightly more difficult than last year’s paper and Sectional difficulty level also varied by Slots, accordingly your CAT percentile may vary as per the respective slot difficulty level. Read complete CAT 2020 Exam Analysis.


Check your CAT 2020 Percentile Now!
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IIM Call Predictor 2021

IIM Call Predictor 2021: Check CAT Cut offs, key criteria and check your chances  

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CAT Exam Analysis

CAT 2020 Exam Analysis: Check No of Questions, Paper Pattern & Difficulty Level

Observing COVID 19 precautions, all the three Slots of CAT 2020 exam were held successfully on November 29, 2020. CAT 2020 greeted the test takers with different difficulty level which went up in each slot. Read this report on CAT 2020 slot-wise Exam Analysis with likely cut off,  information about important changes in exam pattern, number & type of questions, difficulty level overall and section-wise.


Three slot timings for CAT 2020 on Nov 29 were as under

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CAT Exam Centers

CAT 2020 will be held in 156 test cities at more than 375 exam centres across the country. As against earlier, now all the 10 test cities of Delhi NCR have been split into separate test cities. Earlier IIMs clubbed all these Delhi NCR cities into one exam city as NCR. The Delhi NCR candidates can choose any 4 preferred test cities out of Delhi, New Delhi, Noida, Gurugram. Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Panipat, Greater Noida and others.

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CAT Answer Key 2020

CAT Answer Key 2020: Check How to Download, Verify and file Objection


Latest Update: CAT 2020 Answer Key has been Released at 10 AM on December 8 by IIM Indore. You can check CAT Answer Keys 2020 for all Slots – Slot 1, Slot 2, Slot 3 on CAT official website


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CAT Result 2020

CAT 2020 Exam Result has been released on January 2, 2021 at 4 PM by IIM Indore on official CAT website. You can download your CAT Result 2020 from the official CAT website


Key points to note about the CAT 2020 Result and download process are:

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CAT Score Vs Percentile

CAT Score Vs Percentile: Check the Conversion Process, Likely Cut offs, Top Colleges

IIMs have released the CAT 2020 Result on January 2, 2021. The CAT Score Vs Percentile conversion process was already released by IIM Indore. After examining and comparing the expected raw scores of hundreds of CAT 2020 test takers and based on the Difficulty level for Slot-1, Slot-2 and Slot-3, the updated version of CAT 2020 score conversion  to percentile score for each slot is shared below with the calculation of your raw score to percentile score. 


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Question and Answers