Exam Date


Application Date

2020-08-05 to 2020-09-23

Result Date

Exam Description


Common Admission Test (CAT)


CAT 2020 will conduct by IIM’s (Indian Institute of Management). The examination will be held once a year. Various B-Schools also accepts CAT Score for their admission in MBA, PGDM etc. Basically, the student who is aspiring to take admission in IIM’s will prepare for this exam. The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a common aptitude test that serves as a gateway to India's 20 IIMs and over 1,200 business schools. On a rotating basis, the IIMs perform CAT. The exam was held at IIM Indore last year. MCQs and non-MCQs from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability make up the CAT query article (QA). Every year, over two lakh candidates take the CAT test. Approximately 2.30 lakh applications were received for CAT 2020, with 1.90 lakh candidates taking the examination. The notification for CAT 2021 will be released in the last week of July, with registration beginning in the first week of August. The CAT exam is conducted in 156 cities across India in the last week of November at various exam centres. The CAT results are released in the first week of January, and shortlisting for IIMs starts shortly after. On November 28, the CAT 2021 exam is scheduled to take place. 

Over 2,000 other MBA colleges in India approve the CAT 2021 for admission to their PGP, MBA, and PGDM programs. The CAT 2021 is a test that assesses a candidate's ability to think logically and analytically, as well as their quantitative aptitude and general knowledge. Any student who has earned a bachelor's degree from a recognized institution in any field is entitled to take the CAT 2021 exam. In India, it is the most widely used entrance exam for MBA admissions. The exam is given in a single paper over multiple shifts on a single day. Management colleges use the CAT 2021 score to shortlist applicants for their GD/PI/WAT rounds.


Entrance Exam Highlights:



Common Aptitude Test

Organized by

Indian Institute of Management, Indore

Exam Type

National level


once a year

Official Website

Mode of Registration


Exam Mode


Total Questions


Negative marking




Exam Pattern 

Computer-Based Test

No. of Participating Colleges

20 IIMs and over 1200 B-schools in India

Score Validity

One year


Important Dates for CAT 



Dates (officially announced)

CAT 2020 Official Notification

July 29, 2020

CAT 2020 Application Form Start

August 5, 2020 (10 am onwards)

CAT 2020 Application Form Closing

September 23, 2020 (5 pm onwards)

Release of CAT Admit Card 2020

October 28, 2020

CAT 2020 Exam Date

November 29, 2020

CAT Result Date 2020

January 02, 2021


Courses offered:


Applicants can take part in the following courses offered by 20 IIMs and other top B-schools in India on the basis of a CAT score:

  • PGPEM (Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management)
  • PGP-UAE (Post Graduate Programme at UAE)
  • PGPBM (Post Graduate Programme in Business Management)
  • PGP-ABM (Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management)
  • PGP (Post Graduate Programme)
  • PGP-Mumbai (Post Graduate Programme at Mumbai)
  • PGPWE (Post Graduate Programme for Working Executive)
  • PGPEX (Post Graduate Programme for Executives)
  • PGPPM (Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy & Mgmt.)
  • PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management)
  • EPGPM (Executive Post Graduate Programme)
  • PGDHRM (Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management)
  • PGPSM (Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets)


CAT 2020 Eligibility


  • An applicant must be a holder of graduate degrees in any stream. Candidates appearing in their degree program's final year/semester may also apply for CAT 2020.
  • Candidates with a CA/CS/ICWA degree are also eligible (Gen: 50 percent & SC/ST/ PWD: 45 percent).
  • As for the CAT Age Limit, there is no specified minimum/ maximum limit and a student can attempt 8 times in life.


Admission Process for CAT 2020:


CAT 2020 Application Form:


CAT 2020 Application Form will be made available from August 5 and will be available till September 23, 2020. The entire application process will be conducted in online mode at

Quick Facts

  • IIMs send a special CAT registration ID and password to the Common Admission Test online portal to log in.
  • While applying online you have to opt for management programs in all the 20 IIMs given in the registration form.

Steps to Apply for CAT 2020

Registration for the exam is a four-step procedure.

  • Step 1: Registration - Please visit the official CAT website and enter your e-mail address, contact information and date of birth.
  • Step 2: Fill CAT Application Form – Enter your personal information, phone numbers, academic details, job experience, preference for the program and preference for the exam centre.
  • Step 3: Upload Documents – Scan and Upload your documents according to CAT 2020 Photo Size, Dimension, Format and Other Information (Photo, Signatures & Needed Certified)
  • Step 4: Payment of Application Fee - Candidate can pay the CAT 2020 Application Fee through net banking/credit card/debit card online. The category wise application fee for CAT 2020 is listed below:


CAT 2020 Application Fee (in INR)








Application Fee Payment Options for CAT 2020

The only way to pay the registration fee is to do so online. The following are the payment forms:

  • Visa or MasterCard Credit Card/ Debit Card
  • Net Banking
  • American Express Card/ Diners Card
  • IMPS
  • UPI
  • Mobile Wallets


CAT 2020 Exam Pattern:


  • Mode of Exam: Computer-based test
  • Total Questions: 100
  • Number of Sections (has 3 sub-section): Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
  • Exam duration: 3-hour test duration, where each segment is given an hour.
  • Questions with negative marking (MCQs): 75
  • Questions without negative marking (non-MCQs): 25
  • Marking Scheme: +3 marks for the correct answer; -1 mark for incorrect responses


CAT 2020 Syllabus:


  • IIMs do not give a defined syllabus for CAT. However, after analysing previous year exam papers, a list of frequently occurring topics is given below.
  • Quantitative Aptitude: Geometry, Arithmetic progression, Installments Payments, Arithmetic mean, Logarithm, Work and time
  • DILR: Graphs, Critical reasoning, Statements and assumptions, Syllogism, Venn diagrams
  • VARC: Verbal reasoning, Idioms, sentence correction, sentence completion, Analogies, Comprehension


CAT 2021 Selection Procedure

Every year, more than 2 lakh candidates take the CAT test, and those who score high enough in the CAT will be led further in the CAT Selection Procedure. The CAT 2021 screening process has a number of requirements, one of which is that applicants must pass the CAT 2021 cut-off. Certificate and document verification, as well as cross-verification of the CAT 2021 reserved category, will be required of CAT 2021 applicants. To learn more about the CAT 2021 selection procedure, read the comprehensive CAT 2021 selection procedure.


CAT 2021 Admit Card

In the last week of October 2021, all candidates who have successfully enrolled for the entrance exam will be able to download their CAT 2021 admit card from

  • Information such as - will be highlighted on the CAT admit card.
  • Candidate's Exam Center's Name Place
  • CAT Exam Center's Complete Address
  • Exam Time & Date


ID Documents Required with CAT 2021 Admit Card

Candidates must carry one of the following photo ID proofs along with their CAT 2021 admit card:

  • PAN (Personal Identification Number) card
  • Voter identification card
  • Aadhaar card is a unique identification number issued by the government of India.
  • Driver's License and Passport


Steps to Download IIM CAT Admit Card 2021

  • Visit, the official website of CAT 2021.
  • Under the heading Login, click the Login button. Download the current year's CAT Admit Card.
  • Use your CAT login credentials, i.e. CAT User ID and Password, and press the login button to access your CAT admit card.
  • The admit card will appear on the screen after you have entered all of your details.
  • Now you can get your admit card.
  • Make a copy of the admit card for future reference.


CAT 2021 Result

The candidates' CAT 2021 results are normally released in the first week of January by the Institutes of Management (IIMs), which administer the exam on a rotational basis every year. CAT 2021 results are available on the exam's official website in an online format. When the CAT 2021 scorecard is available, it is also sent as an SMS to the candidate's registered mobile phone. The CAT result is not sent in a hard copy by IIMs. IIMs and other CAT participating management institutes will produce a list of shortlisted students based on CAT outcomes and their individual selection processes as part of their selection process.

The scorecards will not be mailed but can be accessed online with login information (CAT User ID and password). Candidates must download the results and take a printout of the CAT scorecard for future use after viewing the results. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other participating management institutes will produce a list of shortlisted candidates based on the CAT results as part of their selection process.

The candidate's name, rank, registration, picture, sectional score, overall score, sectional percentile, and overall percentile will all appear on the CAT 2021 scorecard.


CAT 2021 Answer Key

The CAT 2021 response key will include all of the correct answers to all of the exam's questions. Candidates will be able to determine how many right and incorrect answers they marked in the entrance exam using the CAT 2021 answer key. Candidates must also be familiar with the CAT 2021 labelling scheme in order to accurately measure their likely ratings.


Steps to Download CAT Answer Key 2021

This section will show you how to download the CAT 2021 response key in detail. Test takers can review the correct answers to the questions on the entrance exam by following the steps outlined below. The following infographic is for CAT 2020, but the procedure will be the same for CAT 2021.

  • Step 1: When the CAT 2021 response key is available, go to the exam's official website.
  • Step 2: Go to the homepage and click the 'Login' button.
  • Step 3: Enter your User ID and Password after clicking the connection.
  • Step 4: The CAT 2021 response key will appear on the screen after you enter the appropriate credentials.
  • Step 4: Compare your answers to those in the CAT 2021 response key.
  • Step 5: Save the CAT 2021 response key to your computer for future use.