CAT 2020 - All About CAT 2020

Updated By Abhinav Chamoli on 02 Jan, 2021 17:07

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About CAT 2020 - Result Released

CAT 2020 result has been released by IIM Indore. The CAT 2020 scorecard can now be downloaded from Candidates can now download their CAT scorecard after logging in to the website by entering their User ID and password. Now that the results have been announced, the CAT 2020 selection process will also begin soon. CAT 2020 final answer key was released on December 30. The final answer key was released as a modification to the provisional CAT 2020 answer key released on December 8, 2020. Candidates can check CAT 2020 final answer key and calculate their probable score and match it to the actual results.

Candidates interested in taking admission based on CAT 2020 cutoff will benefit from going through the following guides.

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IIM Indore released the CAT 2020 Provisional Answer Key on December 8 on the official website It can be accessed through the Objection Management tab on the candidate's profile and objections to the CAT 2020 Answer Key could be filed till December 11, 5:00 pm.

Check CAT 2020 Objection Form - Steps to File Objections/ Challenge CAT Answer Key

CAT 2020 was conducted successfully by IIM Indore on November 29, 2020, amid strict COVID-19 safety measures in three slots - Slot 1 (8:30 am-10:30) Slot 2 (12:30 - 2:30 pm) and Slot 3 (4:30 - 6:30 pm). Since the CAT 2020 exam is over, candidates can now expect the CAT 2020 Answer Key and Response Sheet anytime.

CAT 2020 Slot-Wise Exam Analysis

Candidates can check the slot wise exam and question paper analysis, solutions below.

CAT 2020 Slot 1 Exam & Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key, Solutions

CAT 2020 Slot 2 Exam & Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key, Solutions

CAT 2020 Slot 3 Exam & Question Paper Analysis, Answer Key, Solutions

Overall Analysis of CAT 2020, Slot 1, Slot 2 & Slot 3: Difficulty Level, Review

CAT 2020 mock test was available on the official website from November 5, 2020. CAT 2020 admit card was released on October 28 at 5 pm. The CAT 2020 notification was released on July 29, 2020, and the online registration for CAT 2020 took place from August 5-September 23, 2020.

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 is a national-level management entrance exam in India. It is conducted once every year in November for admission to the flagship PGP courses offered by the 20 IIMs in India. CAT 2020 is also accepted for admission in over 2,000 other MBA colleges in India for admission to their PGP/ MBA/ PGDM courses. CAT 2020 is a test of a candidate's skills in logical and analytical reasoning, quantitative aptitude, and general awareness. Any student who has complete their graduation from a recognized institute in any stream is eligible to appear for CAT 2020. It is the most popular entrance exam for MBA admissions in India. The exam is conducted in a single paper on a single day in multiple shifts. CAT 2020 score is used by management colleges to shortlist candidates for their GD/PI/WAT rounds.

The CAT 2020 notification provided below has all the details pertaining to the major aspects of the components of the CAT exam 2020. CAT aspirants need to check the detailed notification of CAT 2020 before applying or submitting the CAT 2020 online application form. IIM Indore also uploaded a media release for CAT 2020 on September 15, notifying candidates of the new changes to the CAT 2020 exam pattern.

CAT 2020 Information BrochureCAT 2020 Media Release - Sep 15

CAT 2020 exam pattern, syllabus, eligibility

Here, you can find all the major details about the CAT exam such as the eligibility criteria for CAT,exam pattern and syllabus of CAT, preparation strategy for the CAT exam, etc. If you have any doubts/ queries about the CAT exam, you can ask the same through the Q & A section of CollegeDekho.

CAT Quick Updates

  • Jan 05, 2021 12:00 AM: Since CAT 2020 result is out, candidates must have started gearing up for the IIMs selection process. Find out about the important documents and tips to crack IIM Personal Interview here.
  • Jan 04, 2021 12:00 AM: CAT 2020 College Predictor can be used to find the best colleges based on your score. Check it out now!
  • Jan 03, 2021 12:00 AM: 9 students have scored 100 percentile in CAT 2020.
  • Jan 02, 2021 05:00 PM: CAT 2020 Result announced. Candidates can start downloading their CAT scorecard now.
  • Dec 30, 2020 12:00 AM: CAT 2020 official answer key has been released on December 30, 2020.
  • Dec 24, 2020 12:00 AM: Once CAT 2020 result is out, candidates can analyse their score and search for the institutes according to their marks. Then they can apply for MBA admission in the various B schools.
  • Dec 23, 2020 12:00 AM: IIM Visakhapatnam has released the 2021-23 selection criteria. Candidates will have to qualify CAT to get admission at IIM V. Detailed IIM V Selection Criteria available here.
  • Dec 21, 2020 12:00 AM: IIM Bodh Gaya has released the 2021 admission policy of its PGP (MBA) course. Check the detailed IIM Bodh Gaya Selection Criteria 2021.
  • Dec 18, 2020 12:00 AM: CAT 2020 scorecard will be available until December 31, 2021.
  • Dec 17, 2020 12:00 AM:

    Once CAT 2020 result is out, shortlisting for IIM admissions and other B schools will begin on the basis of CAT cutoff.

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What Exactly does CAT 2020 Cut Off mean?

CAT 2020 Cutoff is the minimum percentile required by candidates


CAT 2020 Selection Process

CAT 2020, which was conducted on November 29, is the common


CAT 2020 Participating Colleges

Participating colleges of CAT 2020 are the colleges that


CAT 2020 Final Answer Key (Out)

CAT 2020 Final answer key has been released by


CAT 2020 Response Sheet (Out)

IIM Indore has released the Response Sheet of CAT 2020


CAT 2020 Percentile Predictor

CAT Percentile Predictor is a unique tool that candidates can


About CAT 2020 College Predictor

CAT 2020 Results have been released on January 2


CAT 2020 Exam Analysis (Slot 1, 2 & 3)

CAT 2020 Slot 3 concluded at 6:30 pm


CAT 2020 Admit Card (Out)- Download Here, Check Exam Day Guidelines

With just a day left for CAT 2020, we hope all


CAT 2020 Coaching Institutes

CAT coaching institutes can guide the management aspirants to


CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The CAT 2020 eligibility criteria had been prescribed by the conducting


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CAT Application Form 2020

Registrations for CAT 2020 closed on September 23, 2020


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CAT 2020 Exam Pattern (Changed)

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CAT 2020 Syllabus

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CAT 2020 Mock Test (Available)

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CAT 2020 Exam Highlights

The following table displays some of the important highlights of CAT 2020.

Exam NameCommon Admission Test (CAT)
Conducting BodyIndian Institutes of Management Indore (IIM-I)
Exam DateNovember 29. 2020
PurposeFor admission to PGP/MBA/PGDM courses in the 20 IIMs and over 2,000 other MBA colleges in India.
LevelNational-Level Postgraduate Exam
ModeOnline (CBT)
Minimum EligibilityGraduation in any stream.
Exam Sections
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)
Number of Questions100
Type of Questions75 MCQ and 25 Non-MCQs 
Total Registrations20202019

Changes in CAT 2020

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, several changes were introduced in CAT 2020. Check all of the important changes to keep in mind.

  • The number of CAT 2020 exam centres has been increased. CAT will be conducted in more than 425 centres across India.
  • All the 8 cities in Delhi NCR, which were earlier clubbed as one city have been separated, CAT 2020 applicants could choose Delhi, New Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad, Greater Noida, Rohtak, Panipat, Gurugram and Meerut in their application.

  • CAT 2020 exam pattern has been revised. The time duration of CAT 2020 has been revised to 2 hours (40 minutes per section). The exam will also be held in 3 slots - forenoon, afternoon and evening.

  • The last date to apply for CAT was extended from Sep 16 to Sep 23, 2020. Candidates were given a week more to register for the exam.

  • CAT 2020 application fee was increased to Rs.2000 for general category candidates and Rs.1000 for the reserved categories.

  • Instead of choosing 4 exam centres, candidates could choose 6 exam centres in the CAT 2020 Application Form.

Revised Number of Questions in CAT 2020 - Since the duration of CAT 2020 has been reduced to 2 hours, there have been a lot of speculation about whether the number of questions will also be reduced or not. So far, the official body has not provided any information about the same. However, it is being expected that CAT 2020 will be conducted with a reduced number of questions.

CAT 2020 Conducting Body

IIMs are responsible for conducting CAT exam every year on a rotational basis. The authority of conducting CAT exam is responsible for conducting all the activities of the exam such as the release of CAT official notification, CAT online application form, conducting the exam and declaration of results. Through CAT exam, one can aspire for admission in 20 IIMs and more than 100 management schools across the country. IIM LucknowIIM Calcutta, IIM Ahmedabad, and IIM Bangalore. are regarded as some of the top premier B-Schools in India..

CAT 2020 Important Dates

Candidates can check the official schedule of CAT exam here. CAT 2020 exam is scheduled to be conducted on November 29, 2020.



CAT 2020 Notification Date

July 29, 2020
 CAT 2020 Registration Process Start Date

August 5, 2020

CAT 2020 Registration Process End Date

September 23, 2020 

CAT 2020 Application Form Correction

September 27, 2020 (10:00 AM) to September 29, 2020 (5:00 PM)

CAT 2020 Mock Test Release

November 5, 2020

CAT 2020 Admit Card Download Start Date

October 28, 2020

CAT 2020 Exam Date

November 29, 2020

CAT 2020 Answer Key Release

December 08, 2020

CAT 2020 Final Answer Key

December 30, 2020

Last Date to Challenge CAT 2020 Answer Key

December 11, 2020

CAT 2020 Result Date

2nd Week of January 2021 (Tentative)

CAT 2020 Exam Timings

CAT 2020 will be conducted in 3 shifts this year. Check the exam timings for CAT 2020 given in the table below.

ShiftExam TimingReporting Time
Shift 1 (Forenoon)8:30 am - 10:30 am7:00 am - 8:15 am
Shift 2 (Afternoon)12:30 pm - 2:30 pm11:00 am - 12.15 am
Shift 3 (Evening)4:30 pm - 6:30 pm3:00 pm - 4:15 pm


CAT 2020 Exam Centers

It has been confirmed by CAT 2020 Convenor Prof Harshal Lowalekar that CAT 2020 will be conducted in more than 425 test centres across the country. The number of CAT 2020 test centres was expected to increase this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prof Lowalekar has also confirmed that the number of nodes of CAT 2020 will also be doubled to ensure the safety of CAT 2020 aspirants as well as the exam-conducting authorities.

Check: CAT 2020 Exam Centres - Number of Test Centres Increased to 425+

Out of the various CAT exam centres in these cities, candidates will get the option to choose 6 test cities in order of their preference. Last year, the total number of test cities for CAT exam was 147. It has been increased in order to accommodate all the CAT test-takers in both the sessions. However, the test centres will be allotted to candidates basis their availability.

Name of the State

Exam Cities

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Port Blair


Dibrugarh, Guwahati

Arunachal Pradesh

Chittoor, Kurnool, Nellore, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam


Aurangabad, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea




Raipur, Bhilai


New Delhi


Madgaon, Verna


Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara


Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Palwal, Panipat, Rohtak, Sonipat

Himachal Pradesh


Jammu and Kashmir



Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi


Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bidar, Chikballapur, Davanagere, Hasan, Kolar, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Ramnagara, Shimoga, Tumkur, Udupi


Kasaragod, Kochi, Kollam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur, Trivandrum

Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar


Ahmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Ratnagiri, Satara, Solapur, Thane




Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur




Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Ropar, Sangrur


Ajmer, Alwar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur

Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelvelli


Hyderabad, Karim Nagar, Khammam

Uttar Pradesh

Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Greater Noida, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Noida, Varanasi


Dehradun, Roorkee

West Bengal

Asansol, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri

All About CAT 2020

All important details about CAT 2020 can be found given below.

What is CAT 2020? 

CAT 2020 is the most popular national level management exam in India. It is basically an entrance exam for IIMs but is also accepted by many other MBA colleges in India. This year, IIM Indore is the conducting body for CAT 2020. CAT 2020 is a computer-based examination that is usually conducted for 3 hours but this year, the duration of CAT 2020 has been revised to 2 hours (40 minutes per section) by the CAT Convenor. There are numerous centres for CAT 2020 across 147 cities all over the country. There will be 100 questions in this examination which will be provided in the form of Multiple Choice Based Examination.

CAT 2020 Registration and Eligibility

Applicants of CAT 2020 must know the CAT Registration and Eligibility criteria before they apply for the CAT 2020. The candidates must have secured at least 50% in the graduation or equivalent CGPA. Applicants belonging to the 3rd year of the graduation are also eligible to appear for the CAT 2020. There are several reservations for SC/ST/PwD/OBC and EWS which the applicants can check from the Registration and Eligibility of CAT 2020.

Also Read: CAT 2020 Registration and Eligibility

CAT 2020 Selection Procedure

More than 2 lac candidates appear for the CAT examination every year and the ones who secure the qualifying marks in the CAT would be guided further for the CAT Selection Procedure. The CAT 2020 selection procedure comprises of certain parameters such as the applicants will have to get through the CAT 2020 cut-off.

The applicants of CAT 2020 will be called for certificate and document verification also cross-verification of CAT 2020 reserved category. Check the detailed CAT 2020 selection procedure to find out the required details about CAT selection.

Also Read: CAT Selection Procedure

CAT 2020 Mock Test

College Dekho has created CAT 2020 mock test for the test takers of CAT. It is convenient for the applicants to appear for the CAT 2020 only if they appear for CAT 2020 mock test. The applicants who appear for CAT 2020 mock test would get an idea about the CAT 2020 and hence would be able to attend the paper in time and score really high. Taking CAT 2020 mock text is always considered advantageous for the applicants of CAT 2020.

Also Read: CAT 2020 Mock Test

How to Prepare for CAT 2020

CAT 2020 is a national level examination and a large number of candidates appear for this examination every year. So all the candidates must know how to prepare for CAT 2020 in order to qualify for CAT 2020. There are several tips and tricks to prepare for CAT 2020, test-takers can know about how to prepare for CAT

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern 

CAT 2020 exam pattern must be clear to the applicants of CAT 2020. As mentioned above the CAT 2020 exam pattern has been changed after CAT 2018. The CAT 2020 exam pattern would have all the new changes incorporated in the question paper. Candidates appearing for CAT 2020 must know the detailed CAT 2020 exam pattern in order to qualify the exam with good score.

Also Read: CAT 2020 Exam Pattern 

CAT 2020 Syllabus

The CAT 2020 syllabus is given in a subject-wise manner. The candidates who are appearing for the CAT 2020 must also know the CAT 2020 syllabus to be able to prepare accordingly. There are 3 subjects for the applicants to prepare for CAT 2020. Hence the CAT 2020 syllabus can be covered with a proper strategy.

Also Read: CAT 2020 Syllabus

CAT 2020 Previous Year Question Papers

The CAT 2020 applicants must practice the CAT 2020 Previous years’ question paper. The old questions papers are available here. All the applicants of CAT 2020 must practice the CAT old question papers or previous years’ question paper.

Also Read: CAT Previous Years' Question Paper.

CAT 2020 Exam Day Guidelines

Candidates appearing for CAT 2020 must know some of the important guidelines for the day of examination. 

Things to be CarriedThings Not to be Carried
Admit Card, Identity Proof, Name Change Document (if Any)Calculator, Watch, Phone, Bags, Purse, Eatables and Jewellery 

Selecting CAT Test Cities

CAT 2020 candidates will have to fill in the required preferences to choose the city or centre of examination for CAT 2020. The candidates of CAT 2020 can select up to 6 cities. The candidates must choose the options as per their preferences of colleges. The exam city is allocated basis availability. If the first prefered city not available, then the second one would be allocated.

Contact Details

Candidates applying for CAT exam must note that they are free to contact the concerned authorities if they have any issues or queries related to the exam. 

For any query on the Registration Process, Payment, and Document Uploading related to CAT 2019, 

  • Toll-free Number: 1800-209-0830 (Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM)

  • Email ID:


  • CAT 2020 test takers will have to agree to a Non-Disclosure Agreement, which means that the test takers are barred from disclosing any sort of content pertaining to the CAT exam. Candidates who violate the rules will have to face a punishment of up to three years in jail and should also pay a fine of up to Rs. 2,00,000. 
  • During the admission or selection process, if it is found that a candidate has furnished any incorrect information or has violated any process, he/she will be barred from participating in the selection process. Also, the candidate will not be allowed to appear for the CAT in future.


Important Dates

CAT 2020 Important EventsDates
Registration Date 05 Aug to 23 Sep, 2020
Admit Card Date 28 Oct, 2020
Exam Date 29 Nov, 2020
Declaration of Result Date 02 Jan, 2021 (*Tentative)
Answer Key Release Date 08 Dec, 2020

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Hi, I am candidate of Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC). can i apply for CAT 2020 from SEBC category?

-noUpdated on September 18, 2020 03:51 PM
  • 1 Answer
Abhinav Chamoli, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

CAT 2020 does not have any seat reservations for Socially and Economically Backward Students (SEBC). You can find more information about the same in our article on the CAT 2020 seat reservation policy.

Please feel free to write back to us if you require any other information. For help with admission to MBA colleges in India, please fill our Common Application Form (CAF) or call our helpline number 18005729877.

Thank you.


I don't have any old EWS certificate and my new certificate will come after 16th sept. Can I submit the undertaking without any old certificate as of now??

-AyushiUpdated on September 18, 2020 02:47 PM
  • 1 Answer
Abhinav Chamoli, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

You have to submit any available certificates with the CAT 2020 undertaking. However, CAT 2020 exam dates have now been revised and the deadline to submit the CAT 2020 application form has been extended to 23rd September to help candidates get sufficient time to arrange any certificates.

Please feel free to write back if you have any other queries,

Thank you.


If I am taking bank and SSC railway coaching. Is it helpful for CAT?

-AnonymousUpdated on September 09, 2020 10:26 AM
  • 3 Answers
Shreya Sareen, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

Yes, the syllabus of banking and CAT exam is almost the same. However, the level of difficulty of the CAT exam is very difficult compared to the banking exam. The SSC or IBPS PO coaching will help you understand the basics of Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and English Language. You can directly proceed to solve the advance level questions of CAT exam without going through the basics. The coaching will help you while preparing for other MBA entrance exams such as MAT, CMAT, GMAT or XAT. You can check the detailed syllabus of CAT exam provided here. Besides ...


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FAQs about CAT

Which is tough UPSC or CAT?

UPSC is more difficult than CAT due to its vast syllabus and competition level. CAT exam will only test the candidate’s analytical, arithmetical and communication skills while UPSC will test the knowledge, personality as well as analytical skills of the candidates.

Is CAT difficult than JEE?

CAT and JEE are conducted for different streams. JEE is conducted for admission to the top engineering colleges of India while CAT is conducted for admission to the top B-Schools of India. The difficulty level of JEE is much more than the CAT exam. JEE exam tests the knowledge of candidates for Science and Maths concepts while the CAT exam test the speed, accuracy and communication skills of the candidates.

How many times is CAT conducted in a year?

CAT is conducted once a year. The exam is conducted in the month of November every year.

When will CAT 2020 exam be conducted?

CAT 2020 will be conducted on 29th November 2020. You can check the important dates from the official website of CAT.

Is CAT conducted every year?

Yes, CAT is conducted every year. Candidates who are seeking admission to the MBA program will have to appear for this examination.

What does it take to clear CAT examination?

A mix of smart work and hard work along with proper planning will help you clear CAT. You can plan your preparation as per your strengths and weaknesses.

What are the benefits of appearing for CAT?

CAT 2020 will help you get admission in one of the top-ranked management institutes in India. It will also help you improve your logical thinking and reasoning skills.

How tough is CAT?

It totally depends on the preparation level of the candidate. With the right preparation strategy and a lot of practice, one can get a good percentile in CAT.

How many colleges accept CAT scores?

More than 3,763 colleges accept CAT scores. Candidates can visit the official website of the selected college to know if the college accepts CAT scores or not.

Who is the conducting body of CAT 2020?

CAT 2020 will be conducted by IIM Indore.

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