CAT 2020 Common Admission Test

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) has announced the Common Admission Test for various Graduate and Fellow programmes of IIMs. The Admission Test (CAT 2020) would be conducted on November 29, 2020. CAT test is a pre-requisite for all the Post Graduates and Fellow courses. Find here the details of the eligibility, registrations and the important dates for the test.

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Details of Common Admission Test

CAT is an important exam for all the aspiring candidates for management courses. Common Admission Test (CAT) is an entrance examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for candidates who wish to pursue management and business administration courses in the prestigious institutions. The CAT is a computer based standardized test conducted in two sessions. The test is knowledge and skill based which tests the quantitative aptitude, data interpretation and logical and reasoning, verbal ability and reading comprehension. The total number of questions is 100.The duration of the exam is 60 minutes per section of CAT 2020. Candidates need to go through the exam pattern to know the type of questions asked, the marking scheme, the duration and also the mode of examination conducted for the test.

Requirements for CAT Test

To appear for the CAT test the candidates should have completed a Bachelor's degree with at least 50% for general category or equivalent CGPA (45 percent aggregate) from a recognized university. The minimum marks for candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD should have 45%.The candidates should have completed professional degrees, CA/CS/ICWA with required percentages. The candidates should be in the final year of Bachelor's degree with required percentages. During the selection process the IIMs will verify the eligibility at various stages. The marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice followed by the respective institutions. The eligibility requirements should be carefully read by the candidates belonging to reserved categories and should read the updated description of the selection process followed by the respective IIms on their respective websites.

Registration fees for the CAT Test

For all the general categories the registration fees is 2000 Rs. The fees for SC, ST and PwD category candidates the fees is 1000 Rs. The fees paid will not be refunded irrespective of the number of institutions he/she applies for the test.

Important Dates

August 05, 2020 (10:00am) - the registration for the CAT opens
September 16, 2020 (5:00pm) – the registration closes
October- 28-November29, 2020 – Admit card can be downloaded
November 29, 2020 – Test date
Result will be declared in the second week of January, 2021

Test Centers

The CAT Test will be conducted around 156 test cities. The candidate would be given the choice to select any six cities to the order of their choice. The candidates are required to maintain a valid and unique email account and mobile number throughout the selection process. For accurate and updated information and procedures visit at the website:

Tips to study for CAT test

  • Know the question paper pattern and the syllabus for the test. Solve previous years CAT question papers. Understand the basics of Quantitative aptitude concepts and solve on varied problems to be thorough with them. Set yourself goals and try to achieve them periodically.

  • Take mock tests to know the type of questions that appear in the test and evaluate yourself about your progress. Be determined and persistent in your study time. Maintain a do list and follow it daily. Cut off your social media to some extent and avoid distractions.

  • Learn how to manage time and to answer the test. Be organized and plan your studies. Read books to improve your verbal ability and your comprehend skills.

  • Be motivated and have trust in yourself, read newspapers and be updated with the information around the world. Read the sections of editorial in the leading newspapers. You can also enroll for coaching classes to prepare for the same. Refer 'How to prepare for quantitative Aptitude books for the CAT test"

  • Be healthy, eat fresh food and take adequate rest and sleep. Be positive and give your best.

  • Note: CAT exam is conducted taking into consideration the present Covid-19 crisis. It would be conducted in consultation with the Central, State Governments and the CAT group regulatory bodies. Hence candidates should check regularly to get updated information about the test.


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