Everything You Need to Know About CAT 2020

CAT 2020

For students willing to enter the management domain, CAT or Common Aptitude Test tops among the list of popular management exams. Conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), CAT continues to be a highly recognised competitive exam for MBA aspirants. Every year, more than 3 lakh students prepare to sit for the CAT examination which makes it a tough nut to crack. As a matter of fact, apart from 20 IIMs, CAT score is accepted by more than 100 Business Schools in India. Before you start preparing for the CAT Exam 2020, it is crucial for you to know all the details of the examination from eligibility to important dates, syllabus as well as the selection process. So, we have come up with a comprehensive guide to critically analyse the CAT Exam.

Important Dates for CAT 2020

While planning to clear one of the leading exams in the country, candidates need to have a well-structured plan to support their vision. Knowing all the important dates for CAT Exam 2020 will help students in formulating their plan of action.

We have formulated a tentative schedule for the upcoming CAT Exam 2020: 

Event Date 
CAT Exam 2020 Notification Releases Third Week of July 2020
CAT Exam 2020 Registration Begins First Week of August 2020 
CAT Exam 2020 Registration Closes End of September 2020 
CAT Exam 2020 Admit Card Third Week of October 2020 
CAT Exam 2020 Last Week of November 2020 
CAT Exam 2020 Answer Key ReleasesLast Week of November 2020 
CAT Exam 2020 Result First Week of January 2020 

Note: The exact dates will be updated as the official notification for CAT 2020 is released. 

Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2020

Below mentioned are the key eligibility requirements for CAT Exam 2020:

  • The candidate should have a bachelor’s degree in any field from a recognized or accredited university. 
  • It is necessary to have an overall percentage of at least 50% or equivalent to apply for the CAT Exam. However, students belonging to SC, ST and PWD categories get a concession of 5%, making the mandatory percentage 45% or equivalent. 
  • Students who are currently in the final year of graduation can also apply for CAT Exam. 

Exam Pattern

As per the latest pattern of CAT Exam 2020, the paper is divided into three main sections – Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. Candidates get 60 minutes to complete each section. To have a better idea about the number of questions and associated time for the same you can refer to the table given below: 

SectionNumber of QuestionsTime in Minutes
Quantitative Ability3460
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning3260
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension3460
Total Time100180 

Also Read: How to Prepare for Competitive Exams

Syllabus for CAT 2020 Preparation

The CAT Exam comprises of 3 broad sections with each of them explained below:

1. Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

The QA section contains questions related to basic mathematics with a 10+2 level of difficulty. Fundamental topics of mathematics like Arithmetics, Geometry, Percentage, Average, Ratio & Proportion, Simple Equations, Word Problems, Quadratic Equations, etc are a part of the QA section of CAT Exam. Most of the questions asked in CAT are application-based.

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2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

The DILR section comprises of questions based on the given data which can be in the form of tables, graphs, pictograph, charts or tables. Candidates have to study the given data and answer the given questions accordingly. Logical Reasoning section, on the other hand, includes questions from topics like Network Problems, Seating Arrangement, Ranking and Order, Venn Diagrams, Problems on Cube, etc.

3. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

The section of Verbal Ability in CAT Exam contains questions related to the usage of English Grammar. Problems related to Cloze test, arranging paragraphs, completion of a paragraph using suitable words, synonyms, antonyms, words meaning, etc are covered in this particular section. Reading comprehensions are also part of the VARC section. 

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Note: Candidates can get an idea of what type of questions are asked in the CAT Exam by solving previous year question papers. 

Marking Scheme

It is important to note that for every correct answer, plus three is awarded to the candidate, whereas for a wrong answer there is a deduction of 1 mark. Based on that, the total marks for each section are explained below:

SectionTotal Marks 
Quantitative Ability102
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning96
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension102
Total Marks300

Application Fee 

While applying for CAT Exam, candidates have to pay a fee to submit their application successfully. Payment for the same can be made online through Debit Card, Net Banking and Credit Card facilities. The application fee amount is described below:

  • General: ₹1900
  • Reserved: ₹950

Selection Process

Based on how a candidate performs in the CAT Exam, a percentile and a score is assigned to them after which the process of selection to your dream business school begins. Here’s a stepwise guide to run you through the selection process of popular business schools in India: 

Step 1

The first step for all candidates is to prepare for the CAT Exam 2020 and secure highest marks in their potential. After the evaluation of all answer keys, cutoffs are prepared by B-Schools. Candidates meeting set cutoffs are eligible to sit for the next round which would be conducted by that particular B-School. 

Step 2

This includes Group Discussion and Written Ability Test and only those candidates meeting the cutoff for a particular college would be participating in these rounds.

Step 3

The final round for the CAT selection process is a Personnel Interview in which candidates are evaluated on the basis of knowledge, common sense, communication skills, speaking abilities, etc. 

Step 4

After the completion of all the rounds, candidates are given certain scores on the basis of which the counselling process is conducted for the commencement of seat allocation. The following parameters are also considered while formulating an overall score for a candidate: 

  • Percentage 
  • Class 12th Percentage 
  • Graduation Percentage 
  • Work Experience 

Also Read: CAT vs GMAT

Hence, we hope that we cleared all your doubts regarding the CAT Exam 2020. If you are planning to appear for a competitive exam, our Leverage Edu mentors can guide you throughout the preparation process thus helping you ace the test and get successfully shortlisted into your dream university.

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