CAT Result 2020

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CAT 2020 Result

The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 result will be announced on January 3, 2021. The CAT result will be released in the form of a Scorecard, which will display the total marks/ percentile scored by a candidate in the exam. Read All About CAT Score vs CAT Percentile.

In CAT 2019, 10 candidates out of 2.44 lakh candidates scored 100 percentile in CAT. All the candidates who scored 100 percentile in the CAT are from Engineering background. The highest number of toppers in CAT 2019 were from Maharashtra where four candidates scored 100 percentile. Almost 21 candidates scored 99.99 percentile, and 19 of them were from Engineering background.

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), which conduct the exam on a rotational basis every year, do not send the hard copy of the CAT result. As part of their selection process, IIMs and other participating management institutes will generate a list of shortlisted students on the grounds of CAT results and their individual selection processes.

The scorecards will not be sent via post but can be viewed online using login details (CAT User ID and password). After viewing the result, candidates will have to download the result and take a printout of the CAT scorecard for further use. A list of shortlisted candidates on the basis of CAT result will be generated by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other participating management institutes, as part of their selection process.

For CAT cutoff, you can click on the link, and you can check the IIM-wise CAT percentile for admission. Aspirants, in the meanwhile, can check the detailed CAT Exam Analysis 2019 to know what was the difficulty level of last year's exam. Candidates can also predict their percentile using our CAT Percentile Predictor to find out their chances of admission at IIMs and other top B-Schools in the country.

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    CAT 2020 Result Dates



    CAT 2020 Exam Date

    November 29, 2020
    CAT 2020 Result Announcement

    January 5, 2021

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    Steps to View CAT Result 2020

    • Click on the link available to access CAT 2020.
    • You will be redirected to a page wherein you will have to login using your credentials- (User ID and Password).
    • Click on the ‘Login' tab provided.
    • Click on the ‘Score Card' tab and download your scorecard.
    • Save, take a print copy and keep the CAT 2020 scorecard for future reference.

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    CAT 2020 Result via SMS

    Candidates who will appear for the CAT 2020 examination will receive the overall CAT result on their registered mobile numbers. The detailed result will be available on the official website of CAT. 

    CAT 2020 Result cum Scorecard

    Considered as an extremely important document, CAT 2020 scorecard will be required at the time of the admission process. Not just IIMs, many other institutes that accept CAT score ask for the official CAT Scorecard during their process of admission. When you receive your CAT result cum scorecard, make sure it has the following details printed on it:

    • Candidate's Registration number/User ID
    • Name, category, and gender of the candidate
    • Candidate's Date of Birth (DOB)
    • Date and time when the examination was taken by the candidate
    • Contact details and email ID provided by the candidate
    • Scaled Score & Percentile of Section 1 (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)
    • Scaled Score & Percentile of Section 2 (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)
    • Scaled Score & Percentile of Section 3 (Quantitative Ability)
    • Overall Scaled Score (the sum of candidates' scaled scores in the three sections)
    • Overall Percentile (the percentage of candidates who receive the score less than or equal to the score obtained by the candidate)
    • Instructions to be followed post the CAT 2020 result

    Calculation of CAT Result 2020

    The result for CAT 2020 will be calculated based on the exam's marking scheme. As per the marking scheme, candidates are awarded 3 marks for every correct answer and they lose one mark for every wrong answer. There is no negative marking for non-MCQs.

    CAT 2020 Percentile

    The CAT result is announced by IIMs in the form of percentile. IIMs and other CAT participating institutes shortlist candidates on the basis of CAT percentile. The CAT normalisation process adopted by the IIMs will be used to calculate the CAT 2020 percentile.

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    All About CAT Normalisation Process

    CAT is carried out in two sessions, and each session has a different question paper. Also, the difficulty level of each question set varies. Therefore, adopting the normalisation process ensures fairness and equity in the marking process for candidates across both the sessions.

    The CAT normalisation is done on the same lines as GATE scoring, where the normalisation process is done on the basis of the fundamental assumption that the distribution of candidates' abilities is similar across all the sessions. The normalisation followed in GATE considers all the variations in the question papers' difficulty levels across the different sessions.

    The scorecard of CAT comprises the scaled scores for each section (Section I: Verbal and Reading Comprehension, Section II: Quantitative Ability and Section III: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) and total along with the percentiles.

    The scaled scores are obtained through the normalisation process, which involves adjusting location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. The scaled scores are then converted into percentiles, which are considered for shortlisting candidates for further admission rounds at IIMs.

    CAT Score Validity

    The CAT score is valid for one year only. For CAT Result 2020, the score validity will be until 31st December 2021. Any query related to the scorecard will not be entertained beyond this date.

    Post the Announcement of CAT 2020 Result

    Once the CAT results are published, IIMs and CAT 2020 participating institutes will declare their official cut-off. Based on the cut-offs, candidates will be shortlisted for the further admission rounds, which may include Writing Ability Test, Group Discussion/Group Exercise/Case Study and Personal Interview. The cut-off percentile will vary from institute to institute. While some of the top B-schools including the IIMs announce their selection criteria as well as the cut-off prior to the announcement of the result, there are many management institutes that announce their cut-offs post the announcement of CAT result. Based on the candidates' performance in CAT 2020, selection rounds and overall profile, the final merit will be prepared for admissions.

    CAT Result Dates of Previous Years

    YearNo. of RegistrationsNo. of Candidates Who AppearedCAT Result DateConducting Body
    CAT 2017



    8th January 2018

    IIM Lucknow

    CAT 2016



    9th January 2017IIM Bangalore
    CAT 2015



    8th January 2016IIM Ahmedabad

    List of CAT Toppers 2019

    List of CAT Toppers 2018

    Student's Name

    Overall Percentile

    Rounak Majumdar


    Amit Bikram


    Jagesh Golwala


    Rishabh Gupta




    Mayur Arora


    Utkarsh Gupta


    Kushaagr Panwar


    Pratik Mishra


    Misal Avinash


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    How can I prepare for CAT 2020 on my own?

    -AshishUpdated on August 01, 2020 02:30 PM
    Shreya Sareen, CollegeDekho Expert

    Dear Student

    You can start your preparation by checking all the important topics available in the syllabus of CAT exam. Since you are preparing for CAT exam, you have to prepare a schedule in such a way that you have enough time for the preparation of all the important sections of the exam. You can follow these strategies while preparing for CAT exam by own.

    • Go through the previous years questions paper in order to check what type of exam you can expect in the exam.

    • You must check the exam pattern so that you have an idea about the exam structure and marking scheme

    • Solve the maximum number of mock test papers and sample papers 

    • You are advised to read newspapers and magazines daily to improve your communication skills and vocabulary.

    • You can refer the best books suggested by experts and previous years toppers. You can also refer to separate books for all the sections.

    • Preparing notes during the preparation time will help you to revise all topics before going for the examination.

    Apart from these, you can also refer to some of the articles provided below to know more about the preparation strategies for the CAT exam.

    How ...


    How to check the CAT answer key?

    -AmanUpdated on August 01, 2020 02:29 PM
    Shreya Sareen, CollegeDekho Expert

    Dear Student

    CAT answer key will be uploaded on the official website of CAT after 2-3 weeks of the exam day. You can access the answer key after login to the official website. The complete procedure to check the answer key is provided below.

    • Visit the official website of CAT

    • Enter your login details i.e username and password

    • Once you have entered the details, click on submit button

    • A new page will appear on the screen containing the answer key

    • Choose the answer key for your respective shift

    • Download the CAT answer key

    You are advised to take a print out of the admit card so that you can check the answer key whenever you want. Besides this, you can refer to the marking scheme of the CAT exam in order to verify your answers. The answer key will help you to get an idea about your scores before the release of the final result. If you have any other query related to CAT exam, you can get back to us.

    Thank You


    What is the difference between CAT and XAT Exam?

    -AmitUpdated on July 29, 2020 11:21 PM
    Shreya Sareen, CollegeDekho Expert

    Dear Student

    CAT and XAT are two most popular management entrance exams conducted for admission to the top management colleges of India. Although both the exams are conducted for admission in MBA and PGDM Program, there are some differences in both the exams. We have listed some major differences between both the entrance exams below.

    • XLRI is conducted by XLRI Jamshedpur while CAT is conducted by IIMs

    • The syllabus of XAT exam comprises GK section and Decision-Making section while CAT exam does not have any GK or DM section

    • The difficulty level of the XAT exam is comparatively higher than the CAT exam

    • Some top colleges that accept XAT Scores are XLRI, IMT, XIMB and SPJIMR

    • Top colleges that accept CAT scores are IITs, MDI, IIMs, FMS, SPJIMR, IMI. It must be noted that CAT scores are accepted at almost every MBA college.

    • Maximum marks for XAT are 1000 while maximum marks for CAT are 300

    Besides these difference, there are many similarities between CAT and XAT such as exam mode, type of questions and total duration. You can check the exam pattern of XAT and CAT to know the detailed exam structure and marking scheme of both the exams ...


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    FAQs about CAT Result

    Can I save my CAT result?

    Yes, you can download your CAT scores from the official website of CAT. You can also take a print out of the score card for future reference.

    How the result of CAT calculated?

    CAT 2020 results are calculated on the basis of the marking scheme decided by the conducting body. As per the marking scheme, 3 marks will be awarded for each correct answer while one mark will be deducted for an incorrect answer.

    Will I receive CAT results on my mobile number?

    No, you will just receive notifications regarding the CAT result on your registered email address.

    What is the difference between CAT score and CAT percentile?

    CAT score is the marks obtained by the candidate in the exam while CAT percentile shows the position secured by the candidate.

    What details are mentioned in the CAT result?

    Some important details such as Candidate's Registration number/User ID, Overall Scaled Score, Overall Percentile and Scaled Score of each section are mentioned in the CAT result.

    What is the highest CAT score?

    Highest CAT scores varies every year. However, the topper will be decided on the basis of the percentile. The candidate who scores 100 percentile will be the CAT topper.

    What happens after CAT result?

    Once the CAT results are out, IIMs will release the cutoff scores. Candidates who meet the cut off will be selected for WAT and the GD-PI round.

    Is 80 percentile good in CAT?

    All the IIMs select students with more than 97 percentile. If you have scored 80 percentile, you can apply to other MBA colleges.

    How can I check CAT result 2020?

    You can check the result of CAT 2020 from the official website of CAT. You will have to enter your login ID and password to check your score.

    What is a good CAT score?

    The average score of CAT is between 86 to 114. Candidates who score above this are good performers. 132 is well above average. 133 is above average score.

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