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CAT Cut Off 2020, Result, Scorecard, Selection Process and Percentile Predictor

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Urvashi Singhal

Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Jan 13, 2021

CAT 2020 Results were announced on January 2, 2021 at 5:00 PM. The management entrance test was successfully conducted on Sunday, November 29, 2020 despite COVID-19 restrictions. Check CAT Result 2020

CAT 2020 Cut Offs will be released by IIM Indore soon, and the counseling and admission process for the IIMs will start by the end of January 2021. This is the time when CAT Aspirants should start preparing for the Group Discussion, WAT and PI. Read more on What is WAT in IIM?

  • The CAT Cut Offs for the major IIMs start at 90th percentile (IIM Jammu, IIM Shillong and IIM Sirmaur) and goes up to 99th percentile (IIM AhmedabadIIM Bangalore and IIM Calcutta).
  • To score in the 99th percentile, candidates need a raw score of more than 150 marks in the CAT exam. 
  • New IIMs such as IIM Rohtak, IIM UdaipurIIM Trichy, and other top B-schools are expected to have CAT 2020 Cut Off of 90 percentile and above.

CAT Selection Procedure for the Major IIMs involves a Written Ability Test, or a Group Discussion/Personal Interview or all three of them.

CAT 2020 Sectional Percentile

VARC Percentiles Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
Percentile Morning Afternoon Evening
85 24 22 23
95 31 29 30
99 39 37 38
DILR Percentiles Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
Percentile Morning Afternoon Evening
85 21 18 17
95 30 25 24
99 40 33 32
QA Percentiles Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
Percentile Morning Afternoon Evening
85 22 20 24
95 33 31 35
99 45 43 47
CAT 2020 CutOff for IITs

CAT 2020 Cut Off - Expected Percentile for Top IITs

  • CAT Cut Offs are different depending on the rank of the IIT. The top ranked IIT for MBA include IIT Delhi, and IIT Bombay.
  • The cut off is dependent on various factors such as the difficulty of CAT, number of students attempting CAT 2020, number of seats etc. 
  • The tuition fees for these courses start from 3.4 lakhs (IIT ISM Dhanbad) and go all the way to 10.51 Lakhs (IIT Kharagpur)
Branch Expected CAT Cut Off 2020
IIT Delhi 97-98 percentile
IIT Bombay 98.5 percentile
IIT Kharagpur 90 percentile
IIT Roorkee 94.6 percentile
IIT Madras 96 percentile
IIT Kanpur 95 percentile
IIT-ISM Dhanbad 80 percentile

Check CAT 2020 Response Sheet & Answer key

CAT 2020 Score Vs Percentile

CAT 2020 Score Vs Percentile

The four ranges of CAT percentile for which the actual CAT score Vs Percentile data is presented as:

  • 95.01 percentile and above
  • 90.01 to 95 percentile
  • 85.01 to 90 percentile
  • 80 to 85 percentile
CAT Score (out of 300) CAT Percentile
232 100
174 99
160 98
138 95
118 90
103 85
93 80
83 75
75 70
75 65
61 60

CAT 2020 Cutoff Management Colleges

CAT 2020 Cut off for Top Management Colleges

Institute Name CAT Cutoff Percentile
IIM, Ahmedabad 99.6
IIM, Bangalore 99.5
IIM, Calcutta 99.5
IIM, Lucknow 99.5
IIM, Rohtak 97.11
IIM, Kozhikode 96.3
IIM, Indore 94.7
IIM, Trichy 94.0
IIM, Raipur 90.0
IIM, Ahmedabad 99.6
IIM, Bangalore 99.5
IIM, Calcutta 99.5
IIM, Lucknow 99.5
IIM, Rohtak 97.11
IIM, Kozhikode 96.3
IIM, Indore 94.7
IIM, Trichy 94.0
IIM, Raipur 90.0
Department of Management Studies (IIT Delhi) New Delhi 85-90
K J Somaiya Mumbai 80-85
IRMA Anand 80-85
Welingkar Mumbai 80-85
TAPMI Manipal 80-85
Great Lakes Institute Of Management, Chennai 80-85
MICA Ahmedabad 80-85
GIM Goa 80-85
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai 80-85
Christ University Bengaluru 80-85
LBSIM New Delhi 80-85
FORE School of Management (FSM) New Delhi 80-85
BIMTECH, Greater Noida 80-85
ICFAI Business School Hyderabad 75-80
IFIM Business School Bangalore 75-80
XIME Bangalore 75-80
Indus Business Academy (IBA) Bangalore 75-80
SDMIMD Mysore 75-80
Sri Balaji University, Pune 70-75
IFMR Graduate School of Business at KREA University 70-75
KIIT School Of Management - KSOM Bhubaneswar 70-75
Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) Pilani 70-75
ITM Navi Mumbai 70-75
ISB&M Pune


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CAT Exam Analysis 2020

CAT Exam Analysis 2020

IIM Indore has conducted CAT 2020 across 340 cities following strict health guidelines. About 2.27 lakh candidates have registered for CAT 2020. Students can check section-wsie CAT Exam Analysis 2020 below:

Slot 1  Slot 2 Slot 3 
Difficulty Level Number of Questions Difficulty Level Number of Questions Difficulty Level Number of Questions
VARC Difficult 26 Easy 26 Moderate to Difficult 26
DILR Easy 24 Moderate to Difficult 24 Available Soon 24
QA Slightly Above Average 26 Moderate 26 Easy and Tricky 26

CAT Exam Analysis 2019 & Cut Off

Section Name Total Questions Total number of MCQs Total number of non-MCQs Cut Off

99 Percentile

95 Percentile 90 Percentile
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 27 7 65 57 50
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 32 24 8 48 39 32
Quantitative Ability (QA) 34 23 11 55 43 33
Total 100 74 26 160 123 108
  • In terms of difficulty level, VARC was slightly trickier with 2 difficult passages in CAT 2019.
  • Quantitative Aptitude was slightly easier than CAT 2018. Overall, the difficulty level of the paper was less in comparison to last year.

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New IIMs Ranking & Placement

The process of establishing new IIMs began in 2008 and the number was further increased in 2015, when new institutes were added to the list of IIMs accepting CAT scores. Below mentioned are the new IIMs in and after 2008 with their NIRF rank, fees, and placement offers.

Name Year of Establishment NIRF Ranking 2020 Average Salary 2020
IIM Shillong 2008 30 Rs 18.76 LPA
IIM Ranchi 2009 20 Rs 15.11 LPA
IIM Rohtak 2009 21 Rs 13.70 LPA
IIM Raipur 2010 19 Rs 15.20 LPA
IIM Kashipur 2011 33 Rs 13.82 LPA
IIM Trichy 2011 15 Rs 14.96 LPA
IIM Udaipur 2011 17 Rs 13.84 LPA
IIM Sambalpur 2015 -- Rs 11.61 LPA
IIM Sirmaur 2015 -- Rs 11.28 LPA
IIM Bodh Gaya 2015 -- Rs 11.02 LPA
IIM Nagpur 2015 40 Rs 13.13 LPA
IIM Amritsar 2015 -- Rs 12.61 LPA
IIM Visakhapatnam 2015 -- Rs 13.08 LPA
IIM Jammu 2016 -- Rs 10.64 LPA
CAT 2020 IIM Selection Process

Selection Process of IIMs Through CAT 2020

The four major phases of selection in IIMs based on CAT 2020 scores are mentioned below:

Phase 1: Shortlisting of Candidates

  • First of all, candidates are shortlisted based on CAT scores or CAT Cut off decided by each IIM. 
  • Candidates qualifying minimum percentile criteria will be shortlisted and become eligible for the next round. 

Phase 2: WAT/GD-PI

Phase 3: Scoring of Candidates’ Performance

  • The break up of parameters based on which candidates are selected is mentioned below.
CAT Parameters Weight
CAT 2020 25
WAT 10
PI 30
10th board 10
12th board 5
Graduation 10
Weighted Work Experience 10
Total 100

Phase 4: Preparation of Final Merit List

  • The admission criteria vary for each IIM but majorly the selection of candidates is done based on the parameters mentioned above. 
  • IIMs release their final list with the names of the candidates selected for admission. 

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CAP in CAT 2020

Common Admission Process CAP in CAT 2020

  • IIMs participating in CAP will send the list of shortlisted candidates for WAT - PI to the IIM conducting CAP.
  • After that WAT-PI round for all the CAP participating IIMs will be conducted. 
  • Here the qualifying CAT cut-off and other selection parameters will remain unchanged. 
  • After the completion of CAP, participating IIM will assess the performance of candidates and make their individual merit list. 
  • Selected candidates will be able to check their names on the official websites of respective IIMs. 

IIMs participating in CAP admission process based on CAT 2020 Result are mentioned below.

IIM Udaipur IIM Trichy
IIM Jammu IIM Sirmaur
IIM Kashipur IIM Bodhgaya
IIM Ranchi IIM Sambalpur 

How to Prepare for CAT exam day?

  • Carry original ID proof and CAT 2020 Admit Card with a photo attached over the admit card
  • PwD Candidates need to carry scribe affidavit along with scribe at the exam centre, get the sample scribe affidavit from the CAT website
  • You need to report to the test centre 1:30 hour before the start of exam session. For ex, if the exam is in forenoon session that starts from 8:30 AM, candidate should reach till 7:00, students will not be allowed to enter post 8:15
  • To avoid crowding, students will receive assigned time slot and venue by 28th November and be aware of the Government of India guidelines of COVID 19.
  • There is no safe to keep your belongings at the exam centre, so keep them outside
  • You can take Gloves, Masks and Personal Hand Sanitizer Bottles along with Admit Card and ID Proof inside the examination hall
  • Footwears are not allowed inside the examination hall

Note – CAT 2020 aspirants can travel amid the curfew using admit cards as Curfew Pass. For the smooth conduct of the exam CAT Convener has reached out to DGPs and Chief Secretaries of all the states & UTs

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern & New Changes

Some major changes have been introduced this year, Instead of 2 sessions there will be 3 sessions. Also, time duration has been reduced from 180 mins to 120 mins. Check CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

  • A total of 100 MCQ & Non-MCQ questions are to be attempted in a duration of 2 hours, with sectional time limit of 40 minutes.
  • Candidates will be tested on their Quantitative, Verbal/Reading, Data Interpretation and Reasoning Skills. Download CAT 2020 Practice Papers
  • The time duration of the exam has been reduced from 180 minutes to 120 minutes with a sectional time limit of 40 minutes.
  • The number of exam slots has been increased from two to three.
  • The exam timings are Slot 1 (Morning)- 8:30 AM to 10:30 PM, slot 2 (Afternoon) - 12:30 PM to 2:3 PM, slot 3 (Evening) - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

​CAT 2020 Sessions & Reporting Time

Sessions Time Slot Last Entry Time Reporting Time
Morning 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM 8:15 AM 7:00 AM
Afternoon 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM 12:15 PM 11:00 AM
Evening 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM 4:15 PM 3:00 PM

CAT Admit Card 2020

CAT admit card 2020 has been issued by IIM Indore in online mode on October 28 for all the candidates who have successfully registered for the entrance exam. Candidates who have successfully registered for CAT 2020 can download their admit cards by entering their login credentials, i.e. CAT Login ID and Password.

Google map link is a new feature that has been added to the IIM CAT 2020 Admit Card. Candidates can now find out the exact location of their exam centers and any kind of last-minute chaos can be avoided. Here’s how to use the Google Map Link:

  • Download your CAT admit card.
  • Click on the google map link provided in your admit card.
  • You will be directed to the google maps wherein you can find the exact distance between your location and CAT exam center, and preferred mode for commuting.

The contact number of CAT exam center is also available through this facility, candidates can use this number for any kind of location-related queries. If you’re using the facility through your laptop, you can use the ‘Send the directions to your phone’ option, to get the directions on your phone. 

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Once a candidate has decided to take the Common Admission Test, figuring out the CAT exam pattern is one of the first things one should do to make taking the exam more manageable. While the test can-and does-change from year to year, varying factors like from the number of questions to the test date, having a firm grasp of CAT exam pattern and the materials previously covered on the CAT will provide the candidate with a solid basis for beginning test preparation.

Section Total questions Number of MCQ questions Number of Non-MCQ questions
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 (RC-24, VA-10) 24-27 7-10
Quantitative Aptitude (Quant) 34 22-24 10-12
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) 32 (DI-16, LR-16) 24 8
Total 100 75 25

Candidates will have one hour for each section, making a total of 100 questions to answer in 120 minutes. The format of CAT exam was primarily multiple-choice, though it now includes non-multiple choice questions too. 3 marks are awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for each incorrect one, Thus, candidates are advised to leave doubtful questions answered as it will not fetch them negative marking.

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern for Verbal and Reading Comprehension

Candidates who have earlier appeared for CAT encountered questions covering a variety of topics related to English language comprehension. These included items aiming to test their vocabulary, understanding of grammar, and comprehension of longer passages. Read detailed VARC CAT Exam Pattern

  • Passage-based questions (8 passages with 3 questions each for a total of 24 questions): The topic demanded candidates to read short passages (several paragraphs long, approximately 300-500 words), and then answer a series of questions about them. Subject tests include vocabulary, grammar, summary, and tone.
  • Summary-based questions (3 questions): The topic will contain a brief passage, then summaries of that passage. Candidates will be required to choose the summary that best matches the passage.
  • Sentence order (4 questions): The topic will include five sentences, out of sequence, that when in sequence create a logical paragraph. Test-takers have to put them in the most logical order.
  • Odd sentence out (3 questions): Candidates will have to choose which from among five possible sentences makes the least amount of sense in a paragraph with the others.

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

In Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, candidates will have to work with information provided in graphics, word problems, or a combination of the two to answer questions. Each graphic will have four accompanying questions, and candidates can expect to see any of the following types of stimuli:

Line Graphs Bar Graphs
Pie Charts Tables
Word Problems

Though the list above does not form the entire sectional pattern, major number of questions will be asked from the above mentioned topics. Read Detailed DILR CAT Exam Pattern

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern for Quantitative Ability

The Quantitative Ability section of the CAT exam has the widest variety of topics, though candidates should note that several topics, including ratios, triangles, circles, combined rates of work, and proportions, all have appeared repeatedly in the CAT official mock exam. Read Detailed CAT Quant Exam Pattern

Overall, sectional test includes the following topics:

Functions Exponents Percentages and fractions
Ratios Triangles Circles
Squares (especially in combination with other geometric figures) Rectangles (especially in combination with other geometric figures) Word problems
Sequences Sets Rates and combined rates (including speed)
Averages Mixtures Algebraic expressions

CAT 2020 Section-Wise Important Topics and Weightage 

Planning is as important as hard work while preparing for a competitive exam like CAT 2020. Candidates should definitely try to cover all the aspects of CAT 2020 Syllabus, but one should always prioritize topics with higher weightage. Here is some information on section wise important topics for CAT 2020, number of expected questions and difficulty level of each topic along with what will be considered a good attempt in the three sections.

Check Complete CAT 2020 Syllabus

Important Topics for CAT DILR

  • DILR section consists of 32 questions in total.
  • The section is often considered to be the most unpredictable out of the three.
Topic  Number of Questions (Expected)
Seating Arrangement, and Data Arrangement 5-6 Questions
Graphs Related 5-8 Questions
Syllogisms and Venn Diagrams 2-3 Questions
Blood Relations 2-3 Questions
Clocks & Calendars 1-2 Questions
Assumption and Binary Logic 1-2 Questions
Puzzles 1-2 Questions
Tables and Caselets 3-5 Questions
Data Sufficiency 3-5 Questions

Pro tip for CAT Aspirants: The difficulty level of this year is highly dependent on the conducting IIM. In case the section is of a higher difficulty level, an attempt of 15+ is considered good.For a good score of 95 percentile, candidates need to attempt approximately 20+ questions in this section.

Important Topics for CAT Quantitative Aptitude 

  • Quantitative aptitude is considered to be the toughest by some and probably one of the most crucial sections in CAT
  • Candidates have to solve 34 questions in 60 minutes.
  • The exam pattern contains both MCQs and TITAs. 
Topic  Number of Questions (Expected)
Number System, Basic Arithmetic 5-10 Questions
Algebra 6-7 Questions
Geometry & Mensuration 6-7 Questions
Time, Speed, and Distance 1-2 Questions
Probability 1-2 Questions
Permutation & Combination 1-2 Questions
Trigonometry, Logarithms, and Sets 1-3 Questions
Profit, loss, and Discounts 1-2 Questions
Time and Work 1-2 Questions
Simple Interest and Compound Interest 1-2 Questions

Pro tip for CAT aspirants: Since Number system and geometry topics have more weightage, it will be good to start with these topics and maintain a strong base on these.  A good attempt for a score of 95+ will require an attempt of 25+ questions. 

Ques: How to prepare for Quant Section for  CAT 2020?

Ans: QA segment of CAT has 4 significant section - Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Mensuration, Numbers and Number Systems. Give a month and a half to Arithmetic, become proficient at Arithmetic which has the most elevated weightage in CAT. Similarly, you can prepare Algebra - another significant subject in CAT. In the event that you center around simply Arithmetic and Algebra, you can conceivably comprehend 20 questions out of 34 in CAT 2020, [based on past trends]. 

Add to that a Geometry and Mensuration, on the off chance that you don't do well in this area, it is simply because of your feelings of dread or your deviousness towards the work that is required to break CAT.

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Important Topics for CAT VARC

  • VARC section comprises 34 questions, out of which a minimum of 17 questions is from Reading comprehensions.
  • Experts have often suggested for candidates to give the first 40 minutes of your sectional time limit to the RC part of the section.
Topic Number of Questions (Expected)
Reading Comprehension 22-24 Questions
Para-Summary 2-3 Questions
Para-Jumbles 3-4 Questions
Sentence Completion and Correction 2-3 Questions
Fill in the Blanks 1-2 Questions
Odd Sentences 1-2 Questions
Vocabulary Based& 1-2 Questions

Pro tip for CAT aspirants: Candidates should primarily focus on the reading comprehension passages as a majority of questions will be from this topic. For a good attempt to score 95 percentile, candidates should attempt to answer 26+ questions.

CAT 2021 – Next Year Plan

CAT 2021 – Next Year Plan

Going by previous year trends, CAT 2021 is expected to be conducted on last sunday of November 2021. Candidates having 50% qualifying marks in their Bachelor’s (from any stream) are eligible to apply for the exam, final year graduation students can appear for the same. The application fee will be INR 2000 for General/OBC candidates and INR 1000 for reserved categories. The paper will consisit of 100 questions from 3 sections: Quantitative ability, Data interpretation-Logical reasoning and Verbal Ability-Reading Comprehension with a sectional time limit of 60 minutes

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CAT 2021 Exam Dates

Events Dates
Issue of notification Last week of July 2021
Starting of registration process 1st week of August 2021 (In online mode only at
Last date for registration 4th week of September 2021 (Form Correction facility available for image correction)
Admit card release October 2021 (In Online mode only)
Date of exam November 2021
Answer key release date December 2021 (Separate release of Provisional and Final answer Keys)
Result declaration January 2022
CAT 2020 FAQs

CAT 2020 Frequently Asked Questions

Ques. When will CAT Answer key be released and how can I check my answer key?

Ans. CAT 2020 Answer Key of each candidate will be provided online a few days after the conclusion of the exam. The final answer keys will be released after the completion of objection against answer key process. 

Ques. What details can I check in my CAT Answer Key?

Ans. In CAT 2020 answer key you can check the following:

  • Section-wise questions & answers 
  • Answers selected by you
  • Status of the answers i.e. right, wrong, or unattempted
  • Marks scored against each answer

Ques. How much I need to pay to raise objections against CAT 2020 Answer Key?

Ans. The fee to raise objections against CAT 2020 Anwer key is Rs 1,000 per question. The fees can be paid online through net banking or credit/debit card. 

Ques. Will IIM Indore inform me personally about my CAT Result 2020?

Ans. IIM Indore will send CAT Result 2020 notification to each candidate via SMS on their registered mobile numbers. Candidates must not that CAT scores will not be mentioned in that result notification. 

Ques. What will be the weightage of work experience in my CAT Result?

Ans. There is no role of work experience or weightage of the same in the overall CAT Result. However, the points of work experience could affect the final selection of candidates. 

Ques. What is the validity of CAT Result 2020? Can I take admission next year with my current CAT Scorecard?

Ans. No. The validity of CAT Result is only for the current session. No candidates can use CAT 2020 scores to get admission in the 2022 session. 

Ques. What details will be mentioned in my CAT scorecard 2020?

Ans. Following details will be mentioned in your scorecard:

  • Section-wise CAT 2020 Scaled Score 
  • Section-wise CAT percentile score
  • Overall CAT 2020 Scaled Score 
  • Overall Percentile score

Ques. What is the minimum qualifying CAT Cut off to get admission in IIM Ahmedabad?

Ans. Qualifying CAT cut off does not guarantee admission to IIM-A. The candidate needs to clear the WAT/GD-PI rounds in order to get admission. 

Ques. Who will release CAT 2020 cut off? Will it be applicable for admission in all the IIMs?

Ans. Every participating institute releases its own CAT cut off. The will be released category wise. Candidates qualifying CAT Cut off will be called for the selection process. 

Ques. Will there be any assistance provided to Pwd candidates while writing CAT 2020?

Ans. A PwD candidate will get the following assistance while writing CAT:

  • Scribe/ reader- candidates suffering from visual impairment or cerebral palsy are allowed to bring a scribe as an assistant, who has filled or submitted affidavits which ensure scribe’s authenticity. 
  • Other allowed devices- an abacus without a calculator is allowed to candidates suffering from visual impairment or hearing impairment.

Ques. What is the minimum academic eligibility criteria for writing CAT 2020?

Ans. A bachelor’s degree from a recognized institute is compulsory and mandatory for writing CAT 2020, this must meet the minimum percentage requirement of 50% in the qualifying examination.

Ques: When  should i start taking Mock Test for CAT?

Ans: The first mock test that you have to take is in the start of June or end of May, to test where you stand. At that point, step through 3 exams in July, 4 tests in August, and from September to November, step through 5 examinations in every month." That's over 20+ ridicules from June till CAT 2020.

Ques. Is there any age restriction for taking CAT 2020?

Ans. No, there is no age restriction to take CAT 2020.

Ques.  I have not completed my Bachelor’s Degree/I am in final year of Bachelor’s degree. What marks do I need to enter in CAT Application form?

Ans. As per CAT guidelines, candidates who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree need to enter the aggregate percentage of marks from the last marks statement in CAT 2020 application form. 

Ques. I am appearing for CAT 2020 and had also appeared for CAT in 2019. So can I use the highest scores of two to participate in the admission process?

Ans. No. Since the validity of CAT score is only 1 year you cannot use the previous year’s score to get admission in IIMs. Only CAT 2020 scores will be applicable for admission in the upcoming session. 

Ques. Can I apply for CAT 2020 Result revaluation?

Ans. There is no such facility provided by the authority to the candidates. However, candidates can raise objections giants answer keys within a stipulated time period. 

CAT 2020 : 9 answered questions


Ques. Is the CAT exam tougher than the GPAT exam?

● Top Answer By Supriya Sarkar on 16 Jan 21

Ans. CAT(Common Admission Test) is a national-level entrance exam for post-graduate management programs conducted by Indian Institute of Management while GPAT is a computer-based national-level entrance exam for post-graduation in pharmacy conducted by National Testing Agency.  Important details regarding CAT 2021 and GPAT 2021: Category CAT GPAT Courses MBA/PGDM Masters in Pharmacy Frequency Annual Annual Tentative Exam Date November 2021 22/27 February 2021 Mode of Examination Computer- Based Test Computer-Based Test CAT exam is far more competitive and tough when compared with GPAT for various reasons: CAT is open to all candidates who hold a graduation degree with 50% marks whereas, GPAT is held specifically for pharmacy courses and only final year pharmacy students or pharma graduates are eligible to give the exam. This reduces the competition for GPAT candidates and makes CAT far more competitive than GPAT. Students appearing for GPAT can easily crack the paper with proper study and practice. All GPAT aspirants have studied pharmaceuticals in some capacity which means they are familiar with the coursework. Thus, with hard work and revision, they can crack the paper. If an aspirant is applying for CAT, it means that his/her aim is IIM otherwise he/she can go for less competitive management exams like MAT as well. Management students appearing for CAT must score above 98 percentile to get into top colleges like IIM which makes the exam far more competitive. They must score high in rounds like group discussion and personal interview to get into IIM. Over 2 lakh candidates apply for CAT annually with an aim to get into top premier management colleges. GPAT exam is restricted to pharmaceutical knowledge whereas CAT tests the candidate’s quantitative aptitude, verbal ability & reading comprehension ability and data interpretation and logical reasoning ability.  Management aspirants who appear for CAT come from different educational backgrounds, they may or may not be well-versed or good at the exam syllabus. For instance, candidates with a maths background have an advantage over other candidates.  CAT is much harder to crack than GPAT. While both entrance exams are extremely tough, CAT remains one of the toughest entrance level exams conducted in India with over 2 lakh candidates appearing for the exam annually with an aim to get into the most prestigious business schools.Read more
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Ques. What is the difference between MAT, XAT, CAT, IIFT?

● Top Answer By Benazir Parwaiz on 15 Jan 21

Ans. MAT (Management Aptitude Test) and CAT (Common Aptitude Test) both are conducted for granting admission in management and related courses.  MAT is conducted by the All India Management Association (AIMA) and it is a standardized test to facilitate Business school to the students. Exam Pattern: MAT – It consists of objective questions which can be both online and offline mode based on the student’s convenience. The exam has a total of 200 questions and is of only 2 hours 30 mins. CAT – This exam is divided into three sections: Quantitative Ability - 34 questions. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning - 32 questions. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension - 34 questions. Marking Scheme: In MAT every question carries 1 mark and for every wrong answer, ¼ mark is deducted. In CMAT every correct answer carries +4 marks and every wrong answer has -1 marks.  In CAT there is no negative marking for MCQs and no penalty for unanswered questions. Cut Off Marks: A score of 80 - 100 is regarded as a solid effort in MAT. A minimum of 90 percentile is needed to qualify in the CAT. With a 290-300 CMAT score, you can get into any top business school. XAT is an entrance examination for admission in programs like MBA/PGDM in top MBA colleges like XLRI, IMT Ghaziabad, XIMB Bhubaneswar, and 160 other top MBA colleges in India. The IIFT exam is a management aptitude examination escorted for acceptance to the MBA International Business course offered by the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Delhi, Kolkata, and Kakinada. NTA conducts the IIFT exam on account of the institute. IIFT does not accept any other test scores for domestics students. NIRs and foreign students can get admission based on their GMAT score.Read more
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Ques. Which way is better? Joining XLRI Jamshedpur this year or taking CAT next year again and try for IIM A,B, C?

● Top Answer By Karan Luthra on 06 Nov 20

Ans. XLRI offers a 15 month and 2 years program in MBA as well as a doctoral-level fellowship program. It has been ranked as the country’s best private business school by NIRF rankings. IIMs are famous for its 2 year MBA program. The programs offered by these institutes are accredited by the global accreditation bodies, AMBA and AACSB. IIMs has also formed tie-ups with over 20 leading B-schools across the world for a student exchange program. While IIMs might seem to offer a promising future, XLRI is also a very good option to pursue an MBA. XLRI: Joining XLRI will allow students to not waste an entire year of their professional life and complete their degree on time. XLRI also provides 100% placements to its students and its course structure is well known to cover all aspects of modern educational philosophy. Joining XLRI will require students to give XAT as an entrance examination followed by personal interview and group discussion. IIMs:   The only advantage that IIMs have over XLRI is their placements and reputation. IIMs provide higher placement guarantees in international as well as domestic companies. They also provide a higher average package to its students. However, not all IIMs may provide the same opportunities. Only the top 4-5 IIMs provide good placement offers. Other than this, IIMs require students to give CAT as their selection criteria. CAT is a relatively more competitive exam and is tougher than all other management exams. If you only wish to study under the name of IIMs then you shouldn’t waste an entire year, but rather take up one of the short term courses for a year at one of the IIMs and then give CAT the next year to land a place in their MBA program. Otherwise, XLRI is a very promising institute itself. You can directly opt for the MBA program at XLRI and follow their courses and placements. Thus, it completely depends on you, which course and college you should pursue. Both institutes are promising in terms of quality education and placement opportunities.Read more
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Ques. What is the CAT cutoff for XISS Ranchi?

● Top Answer By Deepika Kunwar on 27 Oct 20

Ans. XISS has been ranked 76th by NIRF amongst 100 institutes in India 2020 and 85th out of 284 in India 2019 by India Today. It offers 5 specializations in PGDM courses such as Human Resource Management, Finance, Rural Management, Information Technology, and Marketing. The admissions at XISS are based on a valid score in CAT/XAT/CMAT entrance exam. Seats available for HRM and Rural Management are 75 and Information Technology, Finance, and Marketing Management specializations have 60 seats each. Of the above, 40% of seats are reserved for ST/SC and Christian candidates (other than ST/SC). The above mentioned 40 percent is with a breakdown as follows: ST - 26%, SC- 6%, and Christians 8%. The total fee for the MBA Program is approximately INR 10 lakhs. For the academic year 2019, the CAT cutoff (Round 1) for the general category was as follows. Program Unreserved CAT Reserved CAT Human Resource Management 66.36 ALL Rural Management 50 40 Information Technology 45 40 Finance 45 40 Marketing 45 40 In addition to CAT, the university also accepts XAT and CMAT exam scores. CAT entrance exam score holds the highest percentage of weightage for admission at XISS which is around 40%. The candidates seeking to take admission at XISS should meet the selection criteria for the entrance exam. Based on the entrance exam scorecard, the students will be shortlisted and further need to appear for admission rounds that include group discussion, writing skill tests, and personal interview. XISS institute not only provides good opportunities to MBA students in terms of education quality but also with college infrastructure and teaching faculty and placements. The overall placement percentage at the institute for MBA programs is around 90%. Packages offered to MBA students here range from 5 lakh to 15 lakh. Furthermore, 100% of students got internships in 2019. Students can make a choice based on facts listed above, and if they are in concurrence with their future goals.Read more
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Ques. What is the CAT cutoff for Nirma University, Ahmedabad?

● Top Answer By Anam Shams on 20 Oct 20

Ans. Nirma University offers a 2-year postgraduate degree in management under 7 specializations. The admission process starts from the month of September and the commencement of the program starts in June.  Students are required to appear in CAT conducted by the IIMs. A separate application form needs to be filled for the Institute of Management, Nirma University. The application form is done online or by electronic mails. For the year 2018 and 2019, the cat cutoff for Nirma university are given below: - Section 2018 cutoff by percentile 2019 cutoff by percentile VRC 40%ile 40%ile DILR 40%ile 40%ile QA 40%ile 40%ile TOTAL 85%ile 85%ile Candidates will be shortlisted on the basis of their performance in CAT which will be followed by a Personal Interview and Theme Development Presentation. Academic performance will also be considered.  Reservation: A total of 85% of seats are reserved for the General category whereas for NRI/ Sponsored candidates, 15% of seats are reserved. Total Seats: 204 seats are available for General seats whereas for NRI/Sponsered category, 36 seats are available. The institute has been ranked as 44th Best B-school overall in NIRF 2020 Rankings and students can consider it as the best option. With international MOUs and experienced faculty members, Institute of Management at Nirma University has all the best possible opportunities for the students.Read more
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Is the english language mandatory for CAT exam?

Hi Neha

Yes English is compulsory because the exam will be conducted in English language and you need to understand the question to answer them. Visit on our official website of CAT Exam Pattern for more details.

How many times can I give CAT every year?
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, There are no restrictions on the number of times you can attempt the CAT exam. The first time you can attempt the CAT exam is when you are in your final year of graduation. Post that, there is no limit. For more information, please refer, CAT Exam.

tanishka shah
How shall I score good marks without investing alot of years?
abdul nazir

Hi Tanishka, For CAT study plans are available for as long as 1 year or as short as 2 months. In short time, you need to focus of efficiency by avaoiding difficult sections which might cause confusion. Practise more using previous year question papers, mock test series and unlimited online resources. In either case knowing syllabus and topic is extremely important. Find more details at CAT Preparation tips.

kashish tomar
What is the minimum educational requirement for OBC candidates?
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Hii Kashish, The eligibility criteria for CAT exam is Bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognized university with minimum aggregate percentage of 50% in the bachelor's program. For more details visit:- CAT EXAM ELIGIBILITY

what to do after bba?
saurav kumar
Is there any choice question given in the paper?
abdul nazir

Hi Saurav, Yes there are choice based objective questions as well in the exam. There will be a total of 100 questions that will be a mix of objective and subjection questions. For every correct answer 3 marks will be awarded, while for each wrong answer in objective questions 1 mark will be deducted. There is however no negative marking for subjective questions. To get more details visit CAT 2021 exam pattern.

riya gupta
Is there any scholarship program offering free education to the students?
arvind kumar

Hi Riya, Greetings from Collegedunia. CAT is a management aptitude exam. Free education is not offered but based on merit, you can get any scholarship. For more details visit: CAT EXAM

neha thasale
Do I need to show my Residence proof?

Hi Neha

You don’t need to provide any residence proof at the time of registration. But you need other documents to submit. Visit on our official website for CAT Registration to kno more which documnet you need to submit

mizna harmain
Can I give XAT and CAT together in the same year?
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, Yes, You can appear in both of these exams in the same year, For more information, please refer, CAT Exam.

puja sao
Can CAT exam be given even if I am in first year of my BBA graduation?
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, Candidates having 50% qualifying marks in their Bachelor's (from any stream) are eligible to apply for the exam, final year graduation students can appear for the exam. For more information, please refer, CAT Eligibility.

Which way is better? Joining XLRI Jamshedpur this year or taking CAT next year again and try for IIM A,B, C?
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi,  Joining XLRI now would be a better choice. See the simple thing is, it will save 1 year for you, which would be a total loss if you don't have a job currently. XLRI is at par with IIM-A,B,C in all aspects. You can look at the placements of XLRI this year here.

Which way is better? Joining XLRI Jamshedpur this year or taking CAT next year again and try for IIM A,B, C?
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi,  Joining XLRI now would be a better choice. See the simple thing is, it will save 1 year for you, which would be a total loss if you don't have a job currently. XLRI is at par with IIM-A,B,C in all aspects. You can look at the placements of XLRI this year here.

ananya pandey
How to download my CAT Result?

Hi Ananya

You need to visit the official website of CAT and provide your details to download the CAT result. Vist on our website of CAT Result to check out the procedure on how you can download the result of CAT.

ramesh kumar gupta
CAT exam can be used to take admission in any abroad management school?
rakhisree chatterjee

While most of the MBA aspirants know that the Common Admission Test (CAT)/Xaviers Aptitude Test or CAT/XAT score is widely accepted for admission to MBA program in India, not many know that CAT/XAT score is also accepted by a few international or foreign universities for admission to their MBA or MiM programs. 

For more information, please refer, CAT Exam.

ibashisha mukhim
What is the CAT cutoff for Nirma University, Ahmedabad?
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CAT (General Category)
VRC 40%ile 40%ile
DILR 40%ile 40%ile
QA 40%ile 40%ile
TOTAL 85%ile 85%ile
shiya devi
Will there be any assistance provided to Pwd candidates while writing CAT 2020?

Dear Shiya Devi

Greetings from Collegedunia. There will be a 5% reservation in MBA course seats provided to PwD candidates while writing CAT Examination 2021. They can also take a writer to appear in CAT Examination 2021. For more details, kindly go through this link – CAT 2021 Reservation

Can CAT be given by any course graduated students?
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Hii Priya, Greetings from collegedunia. Yes, Candidates with Bachelor’s degree program in any stream with 50% aggregate from a recognized university can apply for CAT Exam. For more details visit:- CAT EXAM ELIGIBILITY

How many times can one person give CAT?
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Hii Riyaz, The CAT exam allows any candidate to appear for infinite times as there is no age limit for appearing for CAT exam. The CAT can be taken only once every year on a date specified by the convening IIM. For more details Click Here

kunal thakrar
Will IIM Indore inform me personally about my CAT Result 2020?
rakhisree chatterjee


To check the CAT result 2020, the candidates need to follow the below mentioned steps:

  1. Visit the official website of IIMCAT.
  2. Click on 'CAT login'
  3. Enter CAT 2020 ID and password.
  4. Click on scorecard tab.
  5. Download the CAT scorecard.
ambar ahirawar
What is the fees of MBA executive at IIM Goa?

Hi Ambar

There is no IIM in Goa there is GIM Goa. You can visit on our official website of GIM GOA to get all the fee and college details about the MBA course in GIM Goa.