CAT 2020 - Common Admission Test

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CAT 2020: Common Admission Test for Admission to IIMs & Top B-schools
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 of the 6,500 MBA seats in IIMs. Over the years, CAT has become easier paper but to get a high percentile (90+) requires 4-5 months of serious preparation.


Based on past trends, CAT 2020 will be held on November 29, 2020. CAT is conducted by one of the top IIMs. IIM Indore is expected to conduct CAT 2020. IIM Indore will release CAT Notification on the last Saturday of July. Then, CAT Registration will start in the first week of August 2020. 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 fill also find important links to Free CAT Mock Tests and genuine Past CAT Test Papers released by IIMs. So, read it 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 150 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
Conducted in 2 sessions – Morning & Afternoon on same day
CAT Entrance Exam 2020 Convening IIM
IIM Indore
CAT Entrance Exam Mode
Computer based exam but not an online exam
When to Check for CAT Notification 2020
On July 27-28, 2020 on and in News papers
Details in CAT Notification 2020
CAT Exam details, Application fee, Registration dates, IIMs & their programmes
Maximum Age Limit to appear in IIM CAT
No Age Limit, Graduates with 50% marks can apply
Number of Questions in CAT 2020
100 questions divided in 3 sections
Time duration of CAT 2020
3 hours
Sectional Time limit
1 hour for 1 section
Name of sections and number of questions
VARC-34 Questions; DILR-32 questions; Quant-34 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.


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 Notification Date
July 27, 2020
CAT 2020 Registration Start Date
August 4, 2020
Last Date to Apply for CAT 2020
September 18, 2020 
CAT 2020 Registration & Application Fee
CAT 2020 Admit card Download Start date
October 24, 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 

(All dates Tentative)


CAT Exam Details 2020: Pattern
CAT exam details and exam structure since 2015 have remained on similar pattern with time duration, number of questions and sections as under:

  • 180 Minutes Exam: CAT is a computer delivered test of 3 hours duration but it is not an Online Exam
  • 100 Questions: CAT will have 100 questions divided in 3 sections of VARC, DILR and Quantitative Ability. Earlier CAT used to have 60 questions divided in two sections and had only MCQ type questions with negative marking.
  • 25% No Penalty Questions: Out of 100 questions in CAT 2020, more than 25 questions will not have negative marking. 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 is conducted on a single day in two sessions – morning and evening. Prior to 2015, CAT was conducted in multiple sessions on multiple days.

Which IIM Conducts CAT?
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 of three hours duration with 100 questions divided in three sections and has a time limit of one hour for each section. 


When to look for CAT Notification?
IIMs release all the details about CAT in leading news papers on the last Sunday of July every year. A day before this publication, the CAT convener sends the press release with important details about CAT on the designated web portals. The process to register and apply for CAT starts in the 1st week of August.


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. You can apply online only on the official CAT website. The application fee for CAT has also 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 opens in first week of August and closes in the third week of September. During this period you can 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 or other top B-school

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 Morning and Afternoon 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.
  • 45 Days CAT 2020 Registration Window: The CAT Application process opens on August 5 and will close on September 18, 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 of Rs.2000/- for General candidates and Rs.1000/- for reserved category. 
  • 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 at 1 PM on October 24, 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


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 also remains the same as that of CAT exam 2019 pattern with 3 sections and 3 hours time although the number of MCQs and Non-MCQs may change.

CAT Year &  Number of Questions
Question break up
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: 27-07-2020 06:00 AM (Tentative)
    Registration – Online: 04-08-2020 10:00 AM to 18-09-2020 05:00 PM (Tentative)
    Admit Card Release: 24-10-2020 10:00 AM (Tentative)
    Exam Date & Timings- Online: Sunday, November 29, 2020 - 09:30 (Tentative)
    Result: 05-01-2021 10:00 AM (Tentative)

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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

CAT 2020 Registration: Key Dates, Process, Fee, Documents for upload, Registration Website


Latest Updates: CAT Registration date starts on August 4, 2020 after release of notification by IIMs. The last date for CAT Online Registration 2020 is to close on September 18, 2020. The CAT exam is expected to be held on November 29, 2020 in two slots.


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CAT Application Form 2020

CAT Application Form 2020: Key Dates, Process, Fee, Documents for upload, Application Website


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CAT Syllabus 2020

CAT Syllabus 2020: Read & Download Latest Exam Syllabus Pdf with CAT Pattern

The very first thing to know before beginning your CAT exam preparation is to know the complete CAT Syllabus. CAT Syllabus 2020 has changed as per the revised CAT exam pattern since 2015. During past few years and with the recent changes in CAT exam structure and content by IIMs, CAT syllabus stands changed in each CAT exam. CAT syllabus is very wide but it is not specifically defined by IIMs. It covers chapters, subjects and topics like Verbal, RC, DI, LR, QA and is divided into three sections. CAT requires smart preparation as per the syllabus topics.


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CAT Exam Pattern

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CAT Notification 2020

CAT Notification 2020 will be released on Sunday, July 26, 2020 by IIM Indore in all leading news papers.  A day before the CAT notification official release, IIM Indore will release CAT 2020 Notification via Media Release. 


CAT 2020 Notification: Important Information
CAT Notification Media Release and CAT Notification 2020 in news papers will contain important features of CAT exam 2020.

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CAT Online Preparation

CAT Preparation online or E- learning for CAT 2020 has gone beyond the conventional classroom learning eco-system. The flexibility and ease offered by the online preparation supersedes the conventional classroom lectures. Apart from low cost, the CAT online preparation offers quickly updated preparation material with the relevant exercises. Apart from the Top CAT Preparation Institutes like TIME, CL, Byjus, Mindworkzz of Arun Sharma that offer CAT preparation online, the top YouTube Channel for CAT Preparation includes ‘2IIMs By Rajesh Balasubramanian.’


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CAT toppers and experts describe CAT preparation strategy in two words – ‘Smart Preparation’ and avoid the hard meaningless preparation that consumes lot of your time with lesser gain. 


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CAT Preparation Books

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Verbal Ability for CAT

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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 by IIMs with 100 questions will 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. You can take the full length official CAT Mock test on the CAT exam pattern on CAT website in three hours. CAT Mock by IIM a single Mock test without answers and not any official CAT Mock Test Series


CAT 2020 exam date is November 29, 2020. IIM Indore which is conducting CAT 2020 exam will release the IIM CAT official Mock Test more than a month before the exam date to help you prepare and understand the correct CAT exam pattern and syllabus.


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Reading Comprehension (RC) For CAT

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

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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.


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


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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 2020 Exam Date and Timings

CAT Exam 2020 date is Sunday, November 29, 2020 and the CAT exam timings for slot 1 are from 9 AM to 12 noon and for slot-2 are from 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM. IIM Indore is conducting CAT 2020 exam in two different sessions - Morning and afternoon. No candidate is allowed to appear in both the CAT exam slots on CAT exam day 2020. 


The CAT exam 2020 reporting time for the morning slot is 7.30 AM. No candidate is permitted to enter the CAT test centre after 8.45 AM for the slot 1 CAT exam. Similarly, the slot-2 CAT 2020 exam reporting time is 1 PM. CAT test centre gates will be closed at 2.15 PM for slot-2 CAT exam.


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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.  


The CAT sample paper pdf consists of probable CAT questions with answers of varying difficulty level. These Sample Question Papers for CAT 2020 are prepared by CAT experts. These CAT sample papers online are based on actual CAT papers.


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CAT 2020 Exam Analysis will be released by separately for slot-1 and slot-2 exam sessions on immediately after the exam is over on November 29, 2020.


We will release the Slot-1 CAT Exam analysis 2020 by 1.00 PM on the CAT exam date. The slot-2 Analysis for CAT Exam 2020 will be released after 5.30PM. Apart from CAT Analysis 2020 by, the analysis from top CAT preparation & Coaching institutes will also be published on this page.


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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

CAT 2020 answer key will be released by IIMs 2-3 days after the CAT 2020 exam date. Since CAT 2020 exam date is November 29, 2020, the CAT answer keys are expected to be released on or before December 3, 2020 on official CAT website. You can download your CAT 2020 answer key from official CAT website, by login with your CAT login ID and password.  IIMs will release the CAT 2020 Slot 1 and slot 2 answer key separately with solutions to enable the CAT exam takers to file objection to the answers which are considered wrong by the IIMs. 


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CAT Result 2020

CAT 2020 Exam Result date is January 5, 2021. IIMs will release the CAT 2020 Result in morning hours. Last year CAT result was declared for 2,09,926 test takers who appeared in CAT exam.


CAT 2020 exam date is November 29, 2020. The exam will be held in morning and afternoon sessions.  Along with the CAT result for MBA admission 2021 in 20 IIMs and other top B-schools, IIM Indore will release the CAT 2020 Score Card on its official website. Candidates have to login with their CAT Id on CAT website to download their CAT 2020 score card.


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CAT Score Vs Percentile

Your CAT 2020 Score Card will contain two major scores – CAT Scaled Score and CAT percentile corresponding to these CAT scores. The core marks that you obtained in CAT are not visible in the CAT score Vs Percentile display on your score card.


You therefore need to know the process of Raw CAT marks vs percentile calculation and the Scaled CAT score vs Percentile calculation.


CAT Score Vs Percentile: 3 Key Components
Before knowing how much of your CAT score is required for 99 percentile in CAT, it is better to understand the key components in the process to convert your CAT score into percentile score.


CAT Marking Scheme Vs Percentile Score

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