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CAT 2020: Everything You Need To Know

CAT 2020: Everything You Need To Know

The Common Entrance Test (CAT), perhaps the country’s toughest entrance exam, has announced several important changes for 2020. Lakhs of students appear for the exam, for a total of 6,500 seats, making it a very competitive exam. The entrance test, which aids admission into PGP, PGDM, PGPEM, EPGP, PGPBM, and PGPEX is now to be conducted in the online format. The Indian Institutes of Management(IIMs) has taken into account the coronavirus pandemic and will now be conducting the test on November 29th. IIM Indore will be conducting the test this year. In this article, we list out major changes that have been made to the exam.

CAT 2020 Important Dates

CAT 2020 Application Form

•Create an account on the CAT registration website here.

• Complete the application procedure by filling out the registration form, filling your details, uploading images, and paying the application fees

• The registration process ends on 23rd September 2020.

• You will have a choice of six cities as per your preference for the test center.

• Candidates of SC/ST/PwD category have to also upload a copy of their category certificates during the registration process.

• You can also edit your application details in case you have written/uploaded an incorrect document or detail. This will go on till the end of September.

Common Entrance Test Pattern:

Duration: The duration of the exam has now been shortened from 180 minutes to 120 minutes.

How will the exam be conducted? The 2020 Common Entrance Test will be conducted entirely online.

Number of slots: The 2020 CAT Exam will now have a total of 3 slots. Students will be allotted either the morning, afternoon, or evening slots. This is in regards to the social distancing norms as prescribed by the government.

Section-wise time reduced- The exam is now of a total duration of 2 hours. Earlier, each section was to be completed within 60 minutes. This time around, each section has to be completed within 40 minutes. Students cannot solve different sections of the paper at one time. Only once a section is completed, then only you can move onto the next.

Number and Type of Questions: 100 questions will be given in total. Objective and subjective questions will be mixed together.

Total Marks: The total marks of the Common Entrance Exam is 300. That will be 3 marks per right answer.

Minimum CAT requirement for top-tier colleges: Top IIMs require a minimum of 90 percentile plus to be shortlisted for the interview round. Having a strong academic profile, aided with diverse experiences is a strong plus point for getting selected into IIM-A or IIM Indore.


Eligibility Criteria

Marks: Candidates should have a minimum of 50 percent aggregate or equivalent CGPA in their graduation score. The reserved category has a minimum of 45 percent score.

Qualifications: All candidates must have passed their Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized board or university.

Age Criteria: There is no lower or upper limit for candidates giving the exam. You can be a final year Bachelor’s student or a working professional with 10 years of experience. Both can give the exam.

CAT Exam Pattern

Types of Sections:

1)Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension(VARC)

This section tests your English skills. Various forms of questions will be asked. Jumbled paragraphs, understanding the inference of a particular paragraph are types of questions asked in the VARC section. They also give 3-4 reading comprehension passages. 34 percent of the total marks are allotted for this section.

2) Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning(DILR)

This section focuses on how you understand and look at data and use it to solve business management problems. The second section tests you to solve commonplace logic problems under stipulated time. Venn Diagrams, Binary logic, Blood relations, Pie Charts, and Number and Letter Series are a few types of questions asked in this section. Again, 32 percent of the total marks are allotted to the DILR.

3) Quantitative Aptitude

Often considered the toughest section of the paper, Quantitative Aptitude covers basic mathematics which we did in school. Candidates still struggle in this section due to the time crunch and the constant calculations required to do by the mind. Questions are often from a broad range of topics. Time, Speed, and Distance feature prominently here. Geometric, Permutations, and Combination and Sets are a few other types of questions asked. The best way to solve this section is to constantly practice. This section makes up 34 percent of the total marks in the entrance test.

Language of the test: The entrance test will be in English.

Number of answer choices per MCQ question: 4

Section-wise difficulty level: VARC- Easy to moderate

DILR- Moderate to difficult

QA- Difficult

Marking scheme: As mentioned above, 3 marks will be given for each right answer. For the subjective questions, there will be no negative marking. For each wrong MCQ, there will be ⅓ negative marking.

No of centers in India you can give the exam is 156

Registration Fees

The fees are different for general and reserved category candidates. The General/NC-OBC candidates have a registration fee of Rs/- 2000. The SC/ST/PWD/EWS has a registration fee of Rs 1,000/-.

CAT 2020 Admit Cards

Admit cards will be available on the 29th of October. Admit cards will not be available offline. Candidates have to take two copies of their admit card along with a photo identity proof before entering the center. Without this, a candidate cannot give the test.

CAT 2020 Answer Key

Post the exam, the board will publish a provisional answer key in the first week of November. In any error of the answer key, students can challenge this before a certain date.

CAT 2020 Result

The results will be coming out in January. This can be accessed via the website. The result contains details of how much the candidate scored in each section and the overall percentile. Post this, institutions will publish the list of candidates who have successfully qualified from the exam and are called for the interview.

The exam, which is ultra-competitive and tough is barely two months away. Shelar Classes looks to assist any candidates who are having doubts about a few concepts. Contact us


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