CAT 2020 Notification: Registration, Application Form, Eligibility Criteria

Here's all you need to know about the CAT Notification

The CAT 2020 notification has been released as on 29th July 2020. IIM Indore, which is conducting CAT 2020, has updated the official website announcing the CAT exam date as 29th November 2020 and the CAT registration process as had been the practice in the previous CAT Notifications. On 15th September, a press release on the official CAT website indicated a change in the CAT 2020 Exam Pattern with the exam duration being reduced to 2 hours (40 minutes per section).

The CAT 2020 Admit Cards have been released as of 28th October 2020! Download it from the official CAT Website.

Here are the details given in the CAT Notification

  • CAT 2020 Notification Announcement - 29th July 2020
  • CAT 2020 Registration Begins - 5th August 2020
  • CAT 2020 Registration Deadline - 23rd September 2020
  • CAT 2020 Admit Card Download - 28th October 2020 onwards
  • CAT Exam Date - 29th November 2020

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CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

There is an eligibility criteria for CAT 2020 like there is for any year's CAT exam. The exact CAT 2020 eligibility criteria have been released as a part of the CAT 2020 notification. The CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria is given below:

  • In order to be eligible for the CAT Exam, the candidate has to pass at least their Bachelor's degree with at least 50% (for General Category and for candidates from the NC-OBC caste). For SC/ST and Differently Abled (DA) candidates, the percentage required is 45%.
  • For the Degree to be counted, the University who has awarded the degree has to be recognized by the MHRD.
  • If the University awards grades or CGPA instead of marks, the conversion factor given by the University has to be used. If there is no conversion factor specified by the University, the CGPA has to be converted into percentage by direct conversion i.e. divide the CGPA received by the highest CGPA possible and multiply the result by 100.
  • Candidates who have completed their professional degrees with over 50% (45% for SC/ST/PwD) are also eligible for CAT.

CAT 2020 Registration

According to the CAT 2020 Notification, the CAT 2020 registration will begin on 5th August 2020. The last date to register for CAT 2020 is 23rd September 2020. The CAT 2020 Registration Fees has been updated as per the CAT 2020 Notification and is given below:

  • Rs. 2000 for General and OBC Categories
  • Rs. 1000 for SC, ST and PwD Categories

CAT 2020 Registration and Application form

According to the CAT 2020 Notification, each candidate has to fill out the CAT 2020 application form from the official CAT 2020 site in order to appear for the exam.
The steps in filling out the CAT 2020 Application form are detailed below according to the previous years’ CAT Application forms:

  • The candidate needs to register as a new user and fill out his/her personal details on the first page of the CAT 2020 application form.
  • Personal details of family members are to be filled in the form
  • Following this, the academic details have to be added to the form (the marks of all the subjects have to be used in calculating the aggregate percentage irrespective of the policy of the board).
  • The next section includes the work experience details
  • The penultimate form section to be filled includes the choice of programs that the candidate wishes to apply to (IIM A, IIM B, IIM C, New IIMs, etc.)
  • The final section to be filled includes the test center city in which the candidate wishes to appear for CAT Exam 2020. Most of the time, the centers are allocated according to the wishes of the student.
  • Following this, the payment of the application fee has to be made.
  • Upon payment, there will an email sent to the email ID filled as a confirmation of the payment as well as sharing the status of the application.
  • All future correspondence will be through this email ID.

Some of the documents required for this process are:

  • Scanned photograph and signature of the candidate
  • Grade Sheet from Xth and XIIth standard
  • Other documents depending on the candidate's qualifications (Work Experience Letter, Graduation Certificate, etc.)

CAT Exam 2020 Application Fee

The CAT 2020 Notification has been released. Each candidate has to fill out the CAT 2020 application form (starting from the 5th August 2020) from the official CAT 2020 site by the 23rd September in order to appear for the CAT 2020 exam. The CAT 2020 notification has also disclosed the CAT application fee:

  • The application fee for General category candidate is Rs 2000
  • The application fee for SC/ST/PWD category candidates is Rs 1000
  • The mode of application fee payment is through Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking

CAT Exam 2020 Syllabus

The CAT 2020 exam syllabus will remain the same as the syllabus for CAT 2019. There are three sections in the form of:

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

The VARC and QA sections consist of 34 questions while the DILR section consists of 32 questions.
Here is the expected marking scheme of CAT 2020.

  • Each MCQ question has a marking scheme of +3/-1 while the TITA question has no negative marking which makes the marking scheme +3/0.
  • Each section is allocated 1 hour without exception and time is not carried over from one section to the other.

Therefore the candidate needs to be competent across all sections rather than scoring heavily in any one or two sections. In the same spirit, there are usually sectional cutoffs for most of the better colleges.

The VARC section is majorly interpretation based and not vocabulary based, due to which it does not have a fixed syllabus. Thus reading level and grammar rules of Class X and some practice would allow the candidate to adequately prepare for the CAT exam 2020 syllabus for the VARC section.

The DILR section has no fixed exam syllabus and only practicing different types of sets can help the aspirants prepare for the DILR section of the CAT 2020.
The QA section, like the VARC section, consists of topics from the CBSE Class X syllabus. The major topics in QA include:

  • Algebra
  • Arithmetic
  • Numbers
  • Geometry
  • Modern Maths

CAT 2020 Admit Card

The CAT 2020 Admit Card is one of the most crucial documents for every CAT 2020 Aspirant. It will be released on 28th October 2020 as per the CAT 2020 Notification. The CAT 2020 Admit card can be downloaded at any time till the date of the CAT 2020 Exam.

It is required not only at the CAT 2020 Exam Center but also in some of the procedures post CAT 2020. The CAT Admit Card contains several details such as:

  • Name
  • CAT 2020 Exam Center
  • CAT 2020 Time Slot
  • Category
  • CAT Registration Number

The personal details have to be carefully examined at the time of release to ensure that there are no mistakes in the CAT 2020 Admit Card. If there are some errors, the authorities should be contacted at the earliest to clarify these mistakes as soon as possible.

CAT Exam 2020 Result

The CAT 2020 exam result will be uploaded on the official website ( and each candidate will be able to download his/her scorecard in its entirety after logging in. The CAT Exam result will be applicable only for the current academic year and will be declared in the second week of January, 2021 tentatively.

This page will be updated once the official dates are declared.

Colleges Accepting CAT 2020

As mentioned above, the CAT Exam is held for admissions into some of the best MBA colleges in India. Some of these colleges include:

  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • IIM Bangalore
  • IIM Calcutta
  • IIM Lucknow
  • IIM Kozhikode
  • IIM Indore
  • IIM Shillong
  • IIM Ranchi
  • IIM Udaipur
  • IIM Trichy
  • IIM Raipur
  • IIM Kashipur
  • IIM Rohtak
  • IIM Nagpur
  • IIM Vizag
  • IIM Sambalpur
  • IIM Sirmaur
  • IIM Bodh Gaya
  • IIM Amritsar
  • IIM Jammu
  • SP Jain
  • MDI Gurgaon
  • NITIE, Mumbai
  • FMS, Delhi
  • JBIMS, Mumbai
  • SJSOM (IIT Bombay)
  • DMS- IIT Delhi

...and many more Tier 2 and 3 college

CAT 2019 Notification & Registration: Important Dates

The official CAT 2020 Exam dates have been released, the CAT 2019 Notification including the Important Dates and the CAT Exam Date 2019 can act as a guideline to the approximate timeline post the CAT Exam and how the aspirant can plan for the preparation of the exam. Some of these important dates are mentioned below:

Details Date
CAT 2019 Notification 28th July, 2019
CAT 2019 Registration Start 7th August, 2019
CAT 2019 Registration Deadline 25th September, 2019
CAT 2019 Admit Card Release 23rd October, 2019
CAT 2019 Exam Date 24th November, 2019
CAT 2019 Result Declaration 4th January, 2019

FAQs about CAT 2020

  • Are calculators allowed in the CAT exam?
    • - Physical calculators are not allowed in the CAT exam although the on-screen calculator is available on the computer
  • Are watches allowed in the CAT exam?
    • - No electronic gadgets are allowed in the CAT exam center. So no watches, calculators, etc. can be taken inside the exam hall
  • Is there any age limit for CAT 2019?
    • - There is a lower age limit of 20 (due to graduation requirement) for giving CAT however there is no upper age limit.
  • How many times can I give CAT?
    • - There is no limit to the number of attempts for giving CAT but people usually give it 2-3 times in order to get into their dream colleges.
  • How many years is the CAT score valid for?
    • - The CAT score is valid for one year before it expires.
  • In which month is CAT conducted?
    • - The exam dates have declared in the official CAT 2020 Notification. The CAT 2020 Exam will be held on 29th November 2020.
  • How much do I need to score in order to get 90%ile in CAT?
    • - There is no fixed score to score 90%ile as it depends on how other people score. In CAT 2015, one needed to score 124 to get 90%ile while CAT 2016 pushed down the score to 105 CAT 2017 was 118.