CAT - Common Admission Test

CAT 2020: Important Dates [Official], Application, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern & Result

The Common Admission Test or CAT 2020 notification is expected to be announced in July and the exam will be conducted on the last sunday of November or first Sunday of December. CAT is conducted by one of the IIM on a rotational basis in various cities all across India. This exam is a gateway to India’s top MBA institutes, the IIMs and over 1200 other business schools. Every year about 2.4 lakh candidates register for the CAT exam. CAT 2019 was conducted by IIM Kozhikode on 24 November, 2019 and the CAT result was announced on 4, January 2020. The name of the CAT convening institute for the 2020 exam will be announced in the month of May. CAT 2020 registration will begin in August and close by the end of september.

CAT 2020 Exam Dates

CAT 2020 Events

CAT 2020 Dates

CAT 2020 notification release

4th Week of July

CAT Registration 

1st week of August

Registration end 

4th week of September

CAT form Correction

4th week of September

October 2nd week

2nd week of October

October 3rd week

3rd week of October

CAT 2020 exam 

29 November (Tentative)

Answer key Release

2nd week of December

Result Declaration

1st week of January

CAT 2020 Syllabus

The CAT syllabus includes three sections- Verbal ability & Reading comprehension, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude. The question from each section will be in MCQ format to be answered in chronological order. There is a sectional time line in CAT exam thus the Candidate must pay equal attention to each section of the syllabus.

The CAT 2020 syllabus is listed below:

  1. Verbal Reading & Reading Comprehension:

  • Reading Comprehension – questions based on passages

  • Sentence Correction

  • Grammar

  • Analogies

  • Synonyms and Antonyms

  • Summary Questions

  • Fill in the Blanks

  • Meaning Usage Match

  • Jumbled Paragraphs

  • Facts-Inferences-Judgments

  • Cloze Passage

  • Sentence Correction 

  1. Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation:

  • Venn Diagrams

  • Seating Arrangement

  • Logical Matching

  • Binary Logic

  • Logical Connectives

  • Blood Relations

  • Syllogism

  • Logical Sequence

  • Clocks & Calendars

  • Cubes

  • Column Graphs

  • Bar Graphs

  • Puzzles & Other Basic Reasoning Questions

  • Caselets

  • Tables

  • Sets Line

  • Charts

  • Pie Chart

  • Series

  • Family Tree

  • Binary Logic

  • Data Structure

  • Coding-Decoding

  • Data Arrangement

  1. Quantitative Ability:

  • Trigonometry

  • Averages 

  • Probability 

  • Mensuration 

  • Ratio and Proportion 

  • Coordinate Geometry & Geometry 

  • Surds and Indices 

  • Permutation and Combination 

  • Mixtures and Alligations 

  • Time and Work 

  • Complex Numbers 

  • LCM and HCF 

  • Number Systems 

  • Inequalities 

  • Profit, Loss and Discount 

  • Percentages 

  • Speed, Time and Distance 

  • Simple and Compound Interest 

  • Quadratic & Linear Equations 

  • Sequences and Series 

  • Set Theory & Function 

  • Logarithm 

CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria
  • Candidates having a graduation degree of 50 percent marks or equivalent CGPA (45% for reserved category) can apply for CAT 2020.

  • Candidates who have completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with 50% marks or equivalent (45% for reserved category).

  • Candidates in their final year of graduation degree are also eligible to apply for the CAT Exam.

CAT 2020 Mock Test

CAT 2020 mock tests are essential for every aspirant. They complete your preparation and ensure that you clear the examination with a good score. Candidates can also download the mock test which is now available and practise at home online.These mock tests CAT 2020 have been designed to be solved in under 180 minutes, thus Using the released mock test, the candidates will be able to prepare well for the upcoming examination. Since the mock test will have the same structure as the JEE Main 2020 examination, the candidates will be familiar with the pattern and analyze their preparation. Time management can also be practiced using the mock test.

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CAT Exam Pattern 2020

CAT 2020 Exam pattern is prescribed by the IIMs. It is likely to remain the same as that of cat 2019, barring a few changes in topic wise distribution of questions. Given below are the key points of CAT exam Pattern to help candidates in making a CAT preparation Plan.

CAT exam pattern; Highlights

Exam timings

Slot 1: 9 am to 12 pm; 

Slot 2: 2 pm to 5 pm 

Number of section


Names of the section

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • Quantitative aptitude (QA)

Duration of the exam

60 minutes per section (Total 180 minutes)

Language of question paper 


Total number of the questions


Section wise number of question

  • VARC- 34

  • DILR -32

  • QA - 34

Number of answer choice 


Type of questions

MCQs and Non- MCQs

Section wise difficulty level 

  • VARC- EAsy to moderate

  • DILR- Moderate to difficult

  • QA- difficult

Total Marks


Marking scheme

  • 3 marks for each right question

  • Negative Marking of ⅓ for each wrong MCQ

  • No negative marking in non- MCQ

CAT Questions Paper

Past year questions papers for CAT 2020 are made available by Edurev to make students thorough with the exam pattern. So, they must seriously solve CAT 2020 questions papers and leave no stone unturned for their exam preparation. They can also find a solution document for each paper. It will help them to understand the difficulty level of the paper and what type of questions can be expected in the exam. It also helps in reducing their exam anxiety and gives them the confidence to write the exam. These CAT 2020 question papers will help students evaluate their preparation level and accordingly they can work to improve their performance.

CAT 2020 Registration Cum Application Process

CAT 2020 Registration will begin in the first week of August and conclude by the third week of september. The candidates will be required to fill an online application form and pay the required fee to register for the exam. The CAT 2020 Application form will be available on IIMCAT (CAT 2020) website. Given below is the step by step process of CAT 2020 Registration:

  • Open CAT 2020 website in a new window.

  • Click on ‘New registrations’.

  • Enter personal details like name, date of birth, phone number and email ID.

  • An OTP will be sent to the Candidates Email ID.

  • Use that OTP to authenticate phone number and email ID and follow further instructions.

  • Upload scanned Signature and image in prescribed dimension and make fee payment to complete CAT registration process.


CAT fees


Rs 1900


Rs 950

CAT 2020 Admit card

CAT 2020 Admit card will be issued only to the registered candidates. The admit card will be issued online to be downloaded from the official website. Candidates can download their card 2020 from the scheduled date to the exam.

  • How to download the CAT 2020 Admit Card.

  • Open CAT 2020 website in a new window

  • Click on login

  • Go to admit card tab

  • Click on download button to save a copy of CAT admit card

The CAT admit card is a mandatory document to be carried to the exam hall. The candidates should make sure that they carry two copies of CAT 2020Admit card and a photo ID card issued by the government of India to the exam Hall.

CAT 2020 Result

CAT result 2020 will be announced in the first week of January 2021. The Result cum scorecard will be available for download on the official website of the IIMCAT. The CAT 2020 result cum scorecard will contain each candidate’s scaled scores (sectional and overall) and percentile (sectional and overall). The CAT 2020 result will be valid for admission to MBA batch of 2021-2023.

  • How to download CAT 2020 result

  • Open the CAT 2020 website on a new window 

  • Click on login

  • Go to scorecard tab

  • Click on the download button and save a copy of the CAT result cum scorecard.

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