CAT 2020

Updated By Yash Dhamija on 21 Oct, 2020 10:47

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About CAT 2020 (Exam on November 29)

CAT 2020 will be conducted by IIM Indore on November 29, 2020. CAT (Common Admission Test) is a national-level management entrance exam, which is conducted for the admission in Post Graduate management programmes offered by premier institutes in India like IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management). The online registration for CAT 2020 took place from August 5- September 23, 2020. CAT 2020 notification was released on July 29, 2020. 

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What's New in CAT 2020

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

  • 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 - morning, afternoon and evening.

  • CAT 2020 registration began on August 5 from 10 am onward. Candidates can fill the CAT 2020 application form here.

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

  • Instead of choosing 4 exam centres, candidates can now choose 6 exam centres.

  • All the 8 cities in Delhi NCR, which were earlier clubbed as one city have been separated, Now, the CAT applicants from Delhi NCR can choose any of the six preferred test cities out of them. The cities available for Delhi NCR candidates are - Delhi, New Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Faridabad, Greater Noida, Rohtak, Panipat, Gurugram and Meerut.

CAT 2020 Live Updates

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CAT 2020 Highlights

Exam NameCommon Admission Test
Short NameCAT
Conducted byIIM
LevelNational-Level Exam
ModeOnline (CBT)
Conducted forAdmission to 20 IIMs and over 1,000 other b-schools 
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 Registrations2.44 lakhs

Candidates who are aspiring to pursue MBA/ PG management programmes in IIMs/ CAT score accepting non-IIM institutes can register for CAT 2020 exam. The online application form for CAT 2020 can be filled through the official website of the CAT exam, and the candidates can check the CAT application form 2020 section here to have a glance at the detailed guidelines for filling the online application form for CAT exam 2020.

CAT 2020 Exam Dates, Notification & Latest Updates

CAT 2020 notification will have 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. All the major details included in the CAT 2020 notification are elaborated here for the benefit of CAT aspirants. If you have any doubts or queries pertaining to CAT 2020 exam, you can ask your query through the Q & A section of CollegeDekho.

Here, you can find all the major details about 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

  • October, 15: CAT 2020 Convenor Prof. Harshal Lowalekar confirms 425+ test centres, double number of nodes for CAT 2020 to ensure safety during COVID-19.
  • September, 28 02:20 PM: IIM Indore has received 2.3 lakh registrations. The number of registrations has dropped 5.73% from last year.
  • September, 27 10:00 AM: CAT 2020 Application Form Correct window opens.
  • September, 26 01:20 PM: CAT 2020 registration form correction will be live from September 27, 2020 (10:00 AM) to September 29, 2020(5:00 PM)

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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 (Closed)

CAT 2020 Application Form Correction

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

CAT 2020 Mock Test Release


CAT 2020 Admit Card Download Start Date

October 28, 2020

CAT 2020 Exam Date

November 29, 2020

CAT 2020 Answer Key Release


Last Date to Challenge CAT 2020 Answer Key


CAT 2020 Result Date

2nd Week of January 2021 (Tentative)

All About CAT 2020

Name of the Examination

Common Admission Test

Frequency of the Examination


Mode of Examination


Duration of Examination

2 hours

CAT score accepting colleges

3763 colleges

What is CAT 2020? 

One of the most popular national level management exams in India is the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020. The CAT 2020 will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Management, Indore for admission in 20 IIMs across pan India. CAT 2020 is a computer-based examination conducted for 3 hours. 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.

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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.

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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.

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CAT Previous Year Question Paper

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 4 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.

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

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 10 Jan, 2021 (*Tentative)

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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.

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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

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.

What is the duration of CAT 2020?

The total duration of CAT is 3 hours. No extra time will be given to any candidate.

How is the CAT exam centre allotted to the applicants?

The exam conducting body will allot the test centre for CAT 2020 on the basis of the preference made by the candidate in his/her application form.

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