CAT 2020 Sees Least Registrations in Five Years: Number Drops to 2.3 lakhs

Sakunth Kumar
Sakunth KumarPublished On: September 28, 2020 | CAT | Indian Institute of Management, Rohtak

CAT 2019 witnessed a surge in the number of applications received. This year, almost 2.44 lakh candidates are competing for CAT 2019. 

CAT 2020 Sees Least Registrations in Five Years

A drop has been reported in the number of candidates that applied for CAT this year. The total number of candidates in CAT 2020 has dropped down to 2.3 lakhs, a decrease of more than 5 per cent as compared to last year. As a comparison, CAT 2019 had received 2.44 lakh registrations.

The number of applicants in CAT 2020 has been released after the  CAT 2020 application process concluded on September 23 5:00 PM. This year's number of registrations is the least that has been seen in the last five years of CAT and is the first time a major drop has occurred in the number of registrations since CAT 2013.

This year, IIM Indore is responsible for conducting CAT. CAT 2020 exam is scheduled for November 29, 2020. IIM Indore is going to conduct the exam in 156 cities across the country. Last year, IIM Kozhikode conducted the exam and 2.44 lakh candidates registered while close to 2.09 lakh candidates applied for the national-level management entrance exam.

Check the year-wise trends in the number of registrations for CAT 2020 given below.

Year-Wise Total Number of CAT Applicants 2010-2020

Here are the statistics of the total number of CAT applications submitted from 2010 to 2020.


Number of CAT Applications Received

Percentage Increase / Decrease

CAT 2020

2.3 lakh- 5.73%

CAT 2019

2.44 Lakh+ 1.24%

CAT 2018

2.41 Lakh

+ 4.32%

CAT 2017

2.31 Lakh

- 0.43%

CAT 2016

2.32 Lakh

+ 5.93%

CAT 2015

2.19 Lakh

+ 11.16%

CAT 2014

1.97 Lakh

+ 1.02%

CAT 2013

1.95 Lakh

- 8.78%

CAT 2012

2.14 Lakh

+ 4.39%

CAT 2011

2.05 Lakh

+ 0.49%

CAT 2010

2.04 Lakh


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CAT Registration Trends Over the Years

From the above information, it is quite evident that the number of candidates competing for CAT 2020 has decreased significantly. The number of aspirants appearing for CAT 2020 was witnessing an increase since the past few years but this year it has dropped even after IIM Indore provided a 7-day extension in the CAT application deadline. Check the link below to stay updated with the latest information about CAT 2020.

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The drop has come amidst a massive loss of jobs amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. As per reports, the job situation worsening due to the economic downturn is being speculated to be the reason behind this decrease in the number of CAT 2020 registrations. Apart from IIMs, popular non-IIM institutes also consider CAT score for PG management admissions.

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