CAT 2020


    CAT 2020 Exam Dates, Registration, Syllabus, Preparation, Result, Cutoff, IIM Selection Process

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    Common Admission Test popularly known as CAT is a gateway to prestigious 20 IIMs and over 1200+ B schools in India. CAT is conducted by any IIM on a rotational basis every year in the 3rd week of November. It is a online computer based exam, comprising of 100 questions from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability. The notifications related to the exam are released in the last week of July whereas the Application form for CAT Exam is out by the first week of August.

    CAT 2019 Updates

    • May 7, 2020 : Though CAT 2019 Result was announced on January 4, 2020, further admission process at many B schools have been delayed due to COVID-19 outbreak and the nationwide lockdown. IIMs will announce final PGP-MBA shortlist based on CAT Result from May 8 onwards. 
    • May 7, 2020: IITs Annull WAT/PI Rounds under Common Admission Process- MBA admission commitee of IITs have decided to not conduct WAT/PI rounds scheduled for IIT kolkata, Mumbai and Roorkee, New Delhi and Chennai. IITs will make selection Independently based on CAT Scores, academic performance, experience and other parameters. Further details will be announced on May 29, 2020. 
    • May 8, 2020: IIM Ahmedabad announced final shortlist for PGP and PGP FAMB programme on the official website Check IIM-A Cutoff Details. IIM Banglore too announced final list for its 47th PGP batch on the same day. 
    • May 13, 2020: IIM Kozhikode has announced final shortlist on May 13, 2020 on official website, candidates can check the complete list using CAT registration id, email id and verification code. Read More
    • May 13, 2020: IIM Indore has announced to conduct personal interview round in online mode in wake of COVID-19, moreover WAT process has been scrapped and will not be considered for final selection. Check Detailed Process
    • May 14, 2020: IIM Calcutta has also released final shortlist for flagship PGP programmes on officail website Read Details Here 
    • IIM Lucknow has decided to scrap WAT process of 10 marks and conduct PI in online mode for this session. Composite score  will be calculated out of 90 rather than 100 marks. Read More 
    • May 20, 2020: IIM Amritsar released final list of selected candidates after conducting online interviews from April 17 to May 8, 2020. 
    • May 22, 2020: Final result for CAP 2020 was announced by respective participating IIM. CheckCAP Cutoff and Selection Process

    CAT 2019 recorded the highest number of candidate registration 2.44 lakh out of which 2.09 lakh appeared for the exam. Female ratio increased from 35.02in 2018 to 35.73 in 2019. Candidates awaiting their result can check respective Download CAT Exam 2020 Guide

    CAT Exam Format

    CAT takes place in over 376 exam centers in 156 cities in two slots morning and afternoon for 3 hour duration. Furthermore, the authorities also release CAT mock tests prior to the actual exam date, in order to give the applicants a basic idea about CAT Exam Pattern.

    • Aspirants who are seeking to enrol in a PGP or fellowship program in management should apply for the exam. Started in 1950 by the Indian Institute of Management, the exam offers admission to various postgraduate management courses in India.
    • Apart from the IIMs, IISc (Indian Institute of Science), IIT (Indian Institute of Technology) and other prominent management colleges across the country also use CAT scores for admitting students into management courses. 
    • Moreover candidates who are planning to appear for 2020 session of CAT should go through Online Preparation Tips and Resources for CAT

    CAT Exam Highlights

    FeatureDetailAdditional Information

    Name of Exam

    Common Aptitude Test 


    Official Website

    For admission to 20 IIMs

    Level of Exam


    Across 354 centers in 99 cities

    Mode of Exam 

    Computer-Based Standarised Test

    In English Medium Only

    Organizing Body

    Indian Institutes of Management

    Conducted by Tata Consultancy Services

    Application Fee

    General - 1900

    SC/ST/PwD - 950

    Annual Number of Applicants

    >2 lakhs

    2.44 lakh candidates applied in 2019

    Exam Duration 

    180 minutes

    Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

    Score Range

    -100 to 300

    +3 for Correct Answer and -1 for Wrong Answer

    Score Validity 

    1 year

    Accepted widely by B Schools in India

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    What is CAT Exam? 

    Most MBA applicants would know that the CAT score is an obligatory necessity for admission into the IIMs and furthermore acknowledged by many MBA foundations across the nation.
    Here are 5 reasons as to why one should attempt CAT - 

    • Gateway to the IIMs – CAT is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management to admit students into various postgraduate and diploma courses. Students who graduate from any of the renowned institutes (such as IITs or IIMs) are offered attractive pay packages, which can go up to 20 lakhs per annum or even more.

    • Admission to top management institutes – There are plenty of top-ranking institutes apart from IIMs that accept CAT scores and offer admissions into various PGP and fellowship programs based on the candidate’s CAT scores. 

    • Quite easy to crack if practised regularly  Though most of the candidates refer to CAT as the holy grail of management exams in India, it is not that tough if practised on a regular basis. Students shall prepare a time-table and follow it religiously while setting daily targets and must check up on their progress by solving CAT Sample Papers and Mock Tests. 

    • Opens up many career paths  A good CAT percentile would make sure that the candidate gets admission into top management institutes in India. Moreover, it is the top scorers who are handpicked by MNCs during their campus placement

    • Lifetime learning  CAT exam is divided into three parts - QA, VA and LI & DR. Practising these three sections regularly improve a person’s overall problem solving, management skills and mental endurance. 

    Changes in CAT Over the Years

    • In 2009, CAT applicants faced the biggest change in the exam when CAT was turned from paper-based to computer-based test. Earlier it was organized by a US-based company named ‘Prometric’, but after the virus attack which caused the server to slow down, the 2009 session was conducted in a pen and paper mode only. The exam is currently being conducted by Tata Consultancy Services, since 2014 

    • The exam duration was changed from 140 minutes to 170 minutes in 2009, and later to 180 minutes 

    • CAT introduced on-screen calculator and non-MCQ type questions in 2015

    • Changes in the number of questions - In 2014, CAT comprised 50 questions in each section. Prior to this distribution of questions, the exam consisted of 60 questions in total with 30 questions incorporated in each section. 

    • The registration fee was increased from INR 1800 to INR 1900 and INR 900 to INR 950 for General and SC/ST/PwD candidates respectively

    • New modes of fee payment such as PayU, BillDesk and PayTM were added in CAT from 2018

    • JNU was added to the list of CAT score accepting institutes for admission into MBA programme offered by School of Management and Entrepreneurship 

    Preparing for CAT? Go Through

    CAT Previous Year Application Trends

    CAT has seen many modifications in terms of number of applicants, exam fees, cut offs, etc over the past decade. A detailed analysis of the previous years’ exam trend is mentioned below. 

    Change in Number of Test Takers – CAT 2019 witnessed the highest number of registrations in the past 10 years with more than 2.4 lakh applicants applying for the exam. 

    CAT Test Taking Window for Previous Years

    YearTest Taking WindowNumber of Slots
    2009-201320 Days40 
    20142 Days 4
    20151 Day2
    20161 Day2
    20171 Day2
    20181 Day2
    20191 Day2

    CAT vs. GMAT vs. MAT: A Comparitive Analysis

    ExamTest Frequency (yearly)Test ResultsScore ValidityExam Fees (INR)SectionsTime AllottedNumber of Questions
    CATOnceLater at a fixed dateValid for one yearGeneral: 1,900 SC/ST/PwD: 950 Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation3 hours100
    GMATUp to five times Within 20 days of the examValid for 5 years18,366Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning3 hours and 7 minutes80
    MATfour timesAfter a week of the exam dateValid for one yearPBT/CBT: 1,550 PBT+CBT: 2,650Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian and Global Environment2.5 hours200

    Who can apply for CAT?

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    CAT Eligibility Criteria: Who can apply? 

    Candidates with a graduate degree from any recognized institute/college/university are eligible to apply for CAT. Students who are appearing in the final year/semester of their degree program can also apply.

    • Candidates with a CA/CS/ICWA degree are also eligible for the exam.

    • There is no upper or lower age limit defined to appear in the exam. 

    • There is no restriction on the number of attempts. 

    • The required percentage to be eligible in the exam will vary for different categories. It is explained in the table below:

    CategoryPercentage Required
    General and OBC50%
    Scheduled Caste45%
    Scheduled Tribe45%
    Persons with Disabilities45%

    When to apply for CAT?

    Q&A on CAT Exam

    Ques: I am a final year student but have 2 supplimentary in my first semester,am i eligible to appear for CAT exam?

    Ans: Candidates who are appearing for supplementary reexams are eligible to apply for CAT, there is no restriction for such candidates. Given the condition they score more than 50% in graduation (45% for reserved candidates) even in reexams. Though IIMs have their own shortlisting critria and consider overall academic profile of the candidate, supplementary can affect candidates selection. 

    CAT Important Dates: When to apply?

    Although CAT is conducted each year in the last week of November, in 2016 IIM Bangalore decided to schedule the exam for December 4. This shows that there is no fixed date for the exam. As per previous years’ trends, the official notification for CAT exam is expected to be out by July 29, 2020. All exam related events and their dates are mentioned below in a tabulated format - 

    EventDates (Tentative)
    CAT 2020 Official NotificationJuly 29, 2020
    CAT 2020 Application FormAugust 8, 2020
    CAT 2020 Form Correction WindowSeptember 27- September 30, 2020
    Release of CAT Admit Card 2020October 24 – November 25, 2020 
    CAT 2020 Exam DateNovember 25, 2020 
    CAT Result Date 2020Second Week of January 2021

    CAT 2019 was successfully conducted on November 24, 2019. Applicants can check CAT results from the official website i.e.

    CAT Registration Process

    Candidates can register for CAT exam via an online form available at the IIM’s official website and are advised to go through the instructions prior tofilling up CAT application form. Students with a Bachelor’s degree from any recognized institute/college/university are eligible for CAT exam. In case any of the information provided is found to be incorrect, the candidature will be treated as invalid.

    How to Apply for CAT?

    Step 1:Registration - Register for the exam by visiting the official website.

    Note: Applicants must provide an active and valid Mobile Number and email ID, as the entire communication related to the exam will be notified on the same.

    Step 2:Filling Application Form - Enter personal details like contact information, academic details, work experience, program preference and exam center preference.

    Note: In case, any of the information provided is found incorrect, there is a risk of application rejection. However, a one-time facility to make corrections in the form will be provided. 

    Step 3:Uploading Documents - The next step includes scanning and uploading documents (Photograph, Signatures & Required certificated) according toCAT Exam Photo Size, Dimension, Format and Other Details

    Note: Candidates can resize the documents using MS Paint or MS Office Picture Manager. 

    Step 4:Payment of Application Fee - As per the official news, CAT Application Fee for the next session is expected to increase by a sum of INR 100 and can probably go up to INR 2,000. The application fee can be paid online via net banking/credit card/debit card.

    CAT Application Fee

    Category wise application fee for CAT 2020 is mentioned below in a tabulated format:

    CategoryApplication Fee (in INR)

    CAT Application Form Status

    • After the successful submission of CAT Application Form, an email related to the status of the application is sent to the candidate’s registered email address along with a pop-up message on the screen and a message on the registered mobile number.

    • There will be no delay in the final submission of the application form, as the CAT application process is completely online. 

    • The application status will turn to “Successfully Submitted” if the application form is successfully submitted or else “Application Rejected”.

    • Candidates who had entered incorrect details due to lack of proper information or documents can update the same in CAT form correction window

    Note: The exam authority allows candidates to make corrections in a few entries only. Thus, applicants are advised to check the application process before filling up the exam form. 

    CAT Exam Fee Over the Years

    The registration fee for CAT exam witnessed a rise in 2018 when the application fee was increased from INR 1800 to INR 1900 for General candidates and whereas for SC/ST/PwD candidates the fee was increased from INR 900 to INR 950. Furthermore, new fee payment methods like PayTM and BillDesk were added to the list.

    CAT Admit Card Details

    Conducting IIM will release CAT admit card in third week of october tentatively. It will be available online on the official website Login credentials like registration id and password will be required to access the document. It is advised to the applicants to throughly check all the information mentioned on the admit card and in case of discrepancy report it to the administration concerned.

    • CAT Admit Card will contain details like name of the candidate, reservation category, date and time of exam, alloted venue.
    • A new feature of Googke maplink facility was introduced in 2019 by IIM Kozhikode, e-admit card of CAT will contain map link to facilitate candidates in locating their venue.
    • Photograph affixing spoace will be provided in the admit card. Invigilators will match the photograph mentioned on the document with id proof of the candidate.
    • Recommended web browsers to download CAT admit are latest versions of- Google chrome, Firefoc and Internet explorer.
    • A valid id proof must be carried along with hard copy of the admit card to the test center.
    • It should be noted that no hard copy of the admit card will be sent by authorities to the candidates via post or offline mode.

    CAT Exam Centers across India

    The exam is conducted in two slots morning and afternoon at 156 exam cities pan India. Aspirants will be given the facility to mention two preferences of exam centers while filling CAT application form. Though test center will be alloted based on availability of seats at the preferred location.

    CAT Exam Center Guidelines (Dos and Don'ts)

    What to bring in the exam center - 

    • Admit Card
    • Valid ID proof - PAN Card, Voter ID Card, Passport, Employer ID, College ID (along with a valid credit/debit card along with the name of the candidate), Aadhar Card
    • Name change document
    • Medical certificate (for PwD)
    What items are not allowed - 
    • Stationery items
    • Calculator
    • Watch/timer and closed footwear
    • Any form of paper item
    • Mobile phones
    • Any form of a tattoo or Mehendi and Jewellery

    CAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus

    CAT Exam Pattern

    The exam is conducted in two sessions and CAT exam pattern changes every year in terms of difficulty level and question distribution variation. The first two sections of CAT include - Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation followed by Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning section. 

    For every correct answer, 3 marks are awarded and a mark is deducted for each incorrect one. Candidates are advised to skip a few answers instead of providing incorrect answers as there will be no negative marking for unanswered questions. 

    Exam Duration and Slot

    Slot 1: 9 am to 12p,

    Slot 2: 2pm to 5 pm

    Number of Sections3
    Exam Duration180 Minutes, 60 minutes for each section
    Medium of ExamEnglish Only
    Total Questions100 (VARC-34, DILR-32, QA-34)
    Type of QuestionsMCQs and Non MCQs
    Total Marks Alloted300

    The Quantitative Ability and Verbal & Reading Comprehension sections comprise 34 questions each, whereas the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section includes 32 questions in total. This distribution of questions has been the same since CAT 2015. Moreover, candidates can review their answers for a section during the time provided for reviewing answers as they cannot access it once the section is completed. 

    Candidates will always hear some guff about one session being far tougher or far easier than the other(s) and therefore better/worse for candidates. There is not much basis to support this analysis.

    CAT Syllabus

    IIMs do not have a predefined syllabus for CAT. The question paper is designed to help the organizing committee assess prospective admission-seekers' suitability for MBA education. However, based on previous year CAT question papers, the exam does include topics that are commonly asked each year. 

    There are usually some classic questions in the paper - ones that all of us think we got right, but ones that carried some ‘trap’ that an overwhelming majority missed. Thus it is advised to ignore the protest of the kid who is sure he got a score of 210 but his percentile is not reflecting it.

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    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 weightages. 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. 

    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.
    • The important question types from these sections are based on the following topics:
    Topic Number of Questions (Expected)
    Seating Arrangement, and Data Arrangement5-6 Questions
    Graphs Related5-8 Questions
    Syllogisms and Venn Diagrams2-3 Questions
    Blood Relations2-3 Questions
    Clocks & Calendars1-2 Questions
    Assumption and Binary Logic1-2 Questions
    Puzzles1-2 Questions
    Tables and Caselets3-5 Questions
    Data Sufficiency3-5 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. 
    • Some of the most important topics are tabulated below:
    Topic Number of Questions (Expected)
    Number System, Basic Arithmetic5-10 Questions
    Algebra6-7 Questions
    Geometry & Mensuration6-7 Questions
    Time, Speed, and Distance1-2 Questions
    Probability1-2 Questions
    Permutation & Combination1-2 Questions
    Trigonometry, Logarithms, and Sets1-3 Questions
    Profit, loss, and Discounts1-2 Questions
    Time and Work1-2 Questions
    Simple Interest and Compound Interest1-2 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. 

    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.
    • Some of the important topics in the VARC section are tabulated below:
    Topic Number of Questions (Expected)
    Reading Comprehension 22-24 Questions
    Para-Summary2-3 Questions
    Para-Jumbles 3-4 Questions 
    Sentence Completion and Correction2-3 Questions
    Fill in the Blanks1-2 Questions
    Odd Sentences1-2 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.

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    Preparation Tips for CAT

    While for some, writing CAT exam may seem like a cakewalk, others seem to be asking the same question again and again - How to prepare for CAT? Aspiring applicants are advised to go through the following pointers in order to be CAT ready - 

    • Work on your Graduation Marks and overall Personality Development: In case a student is in their final year of graduation and is planning to apply for CAT exam, then they are advised to first work towards their final grades and improve their communication skills, as it is essential to prepare for the selection process of top b-schools and that doesn’t happen overnight. 

    • Make your Basics stronger: Identifying strengths and weaknesses and working towards improving the same will save a lot of time in the exam. Having a stronghold on the basics and conceptual clarity can be one of the most important factors in the preparation of an exam like CAT. 

    • Keep a track of the dates: Candidates must plan their timetable according to theCAT exam dates to avoid last moment chaos. 

    • Organise your Study Material: There is no shortage of study material for a popular exam like CAT. However, having multiple study resources can be confusing and stressful. Therefore, students are advised to research well about their choice of study material and stick to the same instead of trying to cover topics from everywhere. 

    • Work on your Accuracy and Time Management Skills: Accuracy and time management are the two pillars of clearing the CAT exam. Any student can clear CAT with 100 percentile if they are provided with ample amount of time. In order to achieve the same, candidates need to practice mock tests and solve previous year papers.

    CAT Sample papers

    2019 Slot 1 PaperDownload
    2019 Slot 2 PaperDownload
    2018 Slot 1 PaperDownload
    2018 Slot 2 PaperDownload
    2017 Slot 1 PaperDownload
    2017 Slot 2 PaperDownload

    CAT Cut off for Top B-schools

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    CAT Paper Analysis Slot Wise 2019

    Quantitative Ability Paper Analysis - Slot 1 & 2

    • As per experts, the good attempt to score well in this section is 18-20 questions.
    • The accuracy level required to clear this section is 85%.
    • The major topics of this section are number system, modern math, geometry, arithmetic, and algebra.
    • As per the candidates who had appeared for slot 1 in 2019, the questions were difficult in comparison to last year. 
    • QA sections of slot 2 was rated as of moderate difficulty level by test takers.
    Topic in Slot 1Questions in Slot 1Questions in Slot 2Difficulty Level of Topics
    Modern Maths87-8Medium-Difficult

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    Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Paper Analysis Slot 1 & 2

    • Both Slot 1 and Slot 2 of DILR of CAT 2019 were of moderate difficulty level. 
    • Questions were asked from set-theory, pi-charts, etc that had helped candidates in saving their time from lengthy calculations.
    Topic/Area of Question in Slot 1Topic/Area of Question in Slot 2Questions (Each in Slot 1 & 2)Difficulty Level of Topics
    Linear Arrangement in Super MarketVenn Diagram Distribution4Medium
    Bar Chart + Table Crimes in the StatesDistribution of People in Teams4Medium-Difficult
    Prizes to be put in 100 boxesRainfall Data – Scattered4Medium
    CodingRevenue Profit Dotted Graph4Easy-Medium

    Check DetailedDILR Paper Analysis for CAT

    Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Paper Analysis Slot 1 & 2

    • VARC section is easy to solve but the questions of this section are always time-consuming.
    • As per the previous years’ data, the section consists of 3-5 passages.
    • The number of questions in each passage could vary depending on the difficulty level of passage.
    • Other than passages the section also includes questions from topics like verbal ability, odd sentence out, summary, para jumbles, etc.
    Topic/Area of Question in Slot 1Topic/Area of Question in Slot 2Questions (Each in Slot 1 & 2)Difficulty Level of Topics
    Passage – Related to British FolkPassage 1 – Cities being environment friendly5Medium
    Passage - Online shopping confusionsPassage 2 – Language and Culture5Easy
    Passage - TopophiliaPassage 3 – Use of digital info to restore archaeological sites5Easy
    Passage – Emperor PenguinsPassage 4 – Capital cities and bureaucracy5Medium
    Passage - Who actually wrote Alladin Arabian Nights - Gallond or DiyabPassage 5 – British Policy4Medium
    Para JumblesPara Jumbles4Easy

    Check Detailed VARC Paper Analysis for CAT

    CAT Previous Year Paper Analysis - 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018

    Total Number of Questions

    100 further divided into 3 sections

    VARC-34, DILR-32, QA-34

    73% MCQs, 27% Non-MCQ

    Difficulty Level of Exam

    CAT 2018 difficult than CAT 2017

    CAT 2017 easier than CAT 2016

    CAT 2016 difficult than CAT 2015

    Sectional Analysis

    RC is lengthy in comparison to VA

    DILR moderate in 2015, difficult afterward

    QA difficult in 2018, moderate earlier

    CAT Cut off Score for 99 Percentile

    CAT 2018 & 2016 - 165

    CAT 2017 - 155

    CAT 2015 - 173

    CAT Seat Intake for IIMs

    A list of institutes accepting CAT scores along with their cut-offs are mentioned below in a tabulated format –

    Institute NameNumber of Seats
    IIM, Ahmedabad385
    IIM, Bangalore430
    IIM, Calcutta210
    IIM, Lucknow436
    IIM, Rohtak240
    IIM, Kozhikode375
    IIM, Indore451
    IIM, Trichy180
    IIM, Raipur210
    IIM, Nagpur130
    IIM, Kashipur210
    IIM, Shillong120
    IIM, Amritsar60
    IIM, Jammu120
    IIM, Sirmaur60
    IIM, Bodhgaya120
    IIM, Ranchi240
    IIM, Sambalpur120
    IIM Vishakhapatnam60
    IIM Udaipur260

    CAT Cut off for Other Top B Schools 

    Institute NameCat 2019 Cutoff Percentile
    Department of Management Studies (IIT Delhi) New Delhi85-90
    K J Somaiya Mumbai80-85
    IRMA Anand80-85
    Welingkar Mumbai80-85
    TAPMI Manipal80-85
    Great Lakes Institute Of Management, Chennai80-85
    MICA Ahmedabad80-85
    GIM Goa80-85
    Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai80-85
    Christ University Bengaluru80-85
    LBSIM New Delhi80-85
    FORE School of Management (FSM) New Delhi80-85
    BIMTECH, Greater Noida80-85
    ICFAI Business School Hyderabad75-80
    IFIM Business School Bangalore75-80
    XIME Bangalore75-80
    Indus Business Academy (IBA) Bangalore75-80
    SDMIMD Mysore75-80
    Sri Balaji University, Pune70-75
    IFMR Graduate School of Business at KREA University70-75
    KIIT School Of Management - KSOM Bhubaneswar70-75
    Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) Pilani70-75
    ITM Navi Mumbai70-75
    ISB&M Pune


    Q&A on CAT Exam

    Ques: Do IIMs release a combine Cutoff for CAT for further rounds of selection:WAT/PI?

    Ans: No older IIMs release their seperate Cutoff for further rounds of written ability test and personal interview based oncandidates overall acadmeic background, CAT score, work experience and likewise. New IIMs conduct a Common admission process CAP where candidates have to appear for further rounds only once and based on that new IIMs select candidates.

    CAT Result

    Common Admission Test, like every other computer-based exam, utilises multiple versions of the test. Thus CAT result contains two types of scores: a raw score and a scaled score. 

    CAT 2019 Result Highlights 

    • 2.09 lakh students appeared in CAT 2019, where only 10 candidates scored a 100 percentile

    • All the 100 percentile scorers were male and came from an engineering background

    • About 75,000 female candidates appeared for CAT 2019 where only one female candidate from BITS Pilani scored 99.98 percentile

    • The candidates who meet the minimum CAT cut off will be eligible for Written Ability Test (WAT), Personal Interview (PI) and Group Discussion rounds which will be held in February 2020

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    How are CAT Scores Calculated 

    The raw score calculated for each section is based on the number of correct, incorrect and unattempted answers. 

    • Candidates are given 3 marks for each correct answer and a mark is deducted for each incorrect answer. 

    • No marks are allotted for unanswered questions. 

    • The marks are adjusted and placed on a common scale to ensure suitable translation of the scores. 

    Registration for Non-IIMs

    • Go to the official CAT website and click on “Registration of Non-IIM Institutions for CAT”

    • You will be redirected to the exam conducting IIM’s official webpage

    • Download the “MOU form” and the “application form” from the links given below on the page

    • The candidate will be then asked to make a non-refundable payment in favour of the exam conducting IIM. It is advised to go through the “MOU form” for payment details and other relevant information about the fee. 

    • Candidates will then need to send signed and stamped copies of the “MOU form” (2 copies) and “application form” (1 copy) along with other required documents to the Admission Office of the exam conducting authority.

    Individuals who will qualify the cutoff and excel in other parameters such as previous academic qualification, diversity, work experience etc. will be called for the written ability test (WAT), group discussion round (GD) and personal interview (PI). 

    How to Download CAT Scorecard

    Candidates will receive CAT 2019 Result updates on their officially registered email and mobile number. The result can also be accessed from the official website. The steps to download CAT Score Card are as follows (infographics):

    • Step 1: Visit the Official website
    • Step 2: Click on Download CAT Score Card.
    • Step 3: Candidates will be redirected to the login page 
    • Step 4: Candidate after entering their User Id and Password will be redirected to their “Account Page”
    • Step 5: Click on the ‘Download Scorecard’ link and download it for future correspondence

    However, candidates can also use Collegedunia's exclusive CAT Percentile Predictor to determine their ranks based on their respective percentiles.

    In 2019, CAT toppers emerged from all parts of the country. 10 students scored a perfect 100 percentile in the exam, while 21 individuals scored 99.99, having said that a lower percentile with a couple of additional marks can fetch someone a handsome percentile boost.

    Be that as it may, as we go higher this relationship gets modified. This implies that the person who scored a 100th percentile score may have gotten almost double the score acquired by somebody who scored 94th or 95th percentile. This type of relationship is legit for a majority of competitive exams. 

    Obtaining a score of 90 percentile or above in CAT exam is the only way to get into the most prestigious b-schools of India. But out of the 2 lakh applicants, nearly 1000 are the ones who go anywhere near that number. Candidates who are seeking to score a 99.5th percentile are advised to make it a habit to get nearly everything correct. Most of the applicants might attempt around 75 out of 100 questions and get 70 correct. If we talk in vague terms of an 80% accuracy rate, attempting 80 questions could be like playing hardball. 

    How is CAT Percentile Calculated? 

    The calculation of CAT percentile can be done in three steps - 

    • Each candidate is first checked for section-wise scores and then later on the overall score is arrived at by totalling section-wise scores

    • These section-wise scores or referred to as the raw scores are then normalized to arrive at a scaled CAT score

    • The normalized scores are later on converted into percentiles which are outlined on the CAT scorecard

    Keeping Quantitative Ability (QA) as an example, the stepwise procedure for the calculation of overall score and percentile score is as follows:

    • Step 1: Calculate the total number of candidates (N) who appeared for CAT in both the sessions i.e. morning and evening. 

    • Step 2: Assign a rank (r), based on the scaled scores obtained in the QA section, to all candidates who appeared for CAT. If two or more candidates obtain equal scores in the QA section, then identical ranks will be assigned to those candidates.

    For example, if two candidates obtain the highest scaled score in the QA section, then the assigned rank of both the candidates will be 1. The candidate(s) obtaining the second-highest scaled score in the QA section will be assigned Rank 3 and so on.

    • Step 3: The percentile score (P) of a candidate with rank(r) in the QA section can be calculated using the following formula: 

    P = ((N-r) N) x 100

    • Step 4: Finally, round off the calculated percentile score (P) of a candidate up to two decimal points. For example, all percentile scores greater than or equal to 99.995 are rounded off to 100, all percentile scores which are greater than or equal to 99.985 but less than 99.995 are rounded off to 99.99 and so on. 

    Note: The same process is followed for the overall percentile score calculation and for the other two sections, i.e. DILR and VARC in CAT 2019.

    If a candidate with ‘x’ score gets 95th percentile, then a 99th percentile might be required for them to score 1.4x, whereas for a 99.5th percentile they might need 1.75x and 100th percentile might require 1.9–2x.

    A score of 95 in all the three sections will generally fetch the candidate a better overall percentile than a plain average of the three percentiles.

    CAT Score Vs Percentile

    The four ranges of CAT percentiles for which the actual CAT score Vs Percentile data are presented as:
    • 95.01 percentile and above
    • 90.01 to 95 percentile
    • 85.01 to 90 percentile
    • 80 to 85 percentile
    Candidates can refer to a table given below to understand the difference between CAT score and percentile:
    CAT Score (out of 300)CAT Percentile

    Frequently Asked Questions

    MBA Admission Process Through CAT

    IIM selection process commences after the declaration of results. Every IIM release their own Cutoff for the purpose of shortlisting candidates. Candidates who meet the minimum cutoffrequirement are thus called for further process. There are three steps of selection process in IIMs:

    • Candidate screening on the basis of scores obtained in CAT
    • Written Ability Test/ Personal Interview
    • Final score cimputation and release of admission list.

    Non IIMs admission process is also on the same lines, B schools accepting CAT score release their cut off and conduct indivially WAT/GD/PI rounds.

    CAT Frequently Asked Questions

    Ques: Can a student from Humanities background apply for CAT Exam?

    Ans: Yes candidates having passed their graduation in any stream can apply for CAT. Academic diversity is nowadays encouraged in IIMs and Bschools.

    Ques: How many times in an year is CAT exam conducted? Is there an age limit to appear for the test?

    Ans: CAT is oconducted onlky once in a year in two sessions forenoon (9 am to 12 pm) and afternoon (2 pm to 5 pm). As of now no age limit is prescribed by IIMs to appear in CAT. Candidates holding a bachelors degree with 50% marks can apply for the exam.

    Ques: I am a second year B. Com student, am i eligible to appear for CAT just for practice and experience?

    Ans: As per minimum eligibility criteria of CAT candidates who have completed their graduation in any stream can apply for the exam. Or candidates in their final year of graduation awaiting their results can apply for the exam. So you are not eligible to apply for CAT even for the sake of practice session.

    Ques: What are the time slots of CAT, can a candidate appear for more than one slot?

    Ans: CAT is conducted in two sessions forenoon from 9 an to 12 pm and afternoon from 2 pm to 5 pm. Candidates are only allowed to appear in one time slot and mark their presence. Appearing in more than one slot will lead to cancellation of candidature.

    Ques: Are their special provisions for PwD candidates in CAT?

    Ans: Yes spacially challenged candidates have certain provisions and relaxation like scribe assistance and additional one hour time to attempt the question paper. The one hour is equally divided in all the 3 sections: VARC, DILR and Quants.

    Ques: Is appearing in CAT a mandatory requirement to pursue MBA in India?

    Ans: CAT or Common Aptitude Test is conducted each year to enrol students into various management courses. Although CAT is not necessary to pursue an MBA, it is required to get admission in the nation’s leading business institutes like IIMs. Along with CAT aspirants are free to appear in any management aptitudetest like XAT,MAT, CMAT. Each exam has a different reach and difficulty level.

    Ques: What syllabus covers up CAT exam? 

    Ans: The exam is divided into three sections - Verbal and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability. 

    Ques: What is the application fee for CAT exam?

    Ans: The application fee for general candidates is INR 1900 whereas, for SC/ST/PwD candidates the application fee is INR 950.

    Ques: Should i start preparing for CAT Exam from 12th standard onwards?

    Ans: Preparation time depends on candidates skill and interest in the subject concerned. Clearing basics after passing class 12th (if you are determined for CAT) can be helpful in the long run but this should not compromise graduation marks. Thus a strong preparation from Grduation second or third year is recommended by experts. 

    Ques: How many times is CAT conducted in a year? 

    Ans: CAT exam is conducted once each year. Registration for CAT exam starts between July to August and the paper is held in November. 

    Ques: Is there any age limit or limit on number of attempts to appear in CAT exam?

    Ans: There is no age limit to appear in CAT exam. There is no limit in the number of attempts too for a candidate to appear in CAT exam, though candidates can not appear in more than one slot.

    Ques: What all colleges accept CAT scores? 

    Ans: CAT exam scores are accepted by 20 IIMs across the country among many other top b-schools. 

    Ques: Are there any special facilities for PwD applicants?

    Ans: Yes, 5% of the seats are reserved for physically disabled candidates. 

    Ques. How much time should candidates study to score well in CAT?

    Ans – It depends on the preparation of a candidate only. If a candidate has already completed his/her preparation then a revision of 3 – 4 hours daily will do good to them. Candidates with high grasping power can yield the topics fast for them 7 – 8 hours of concentrated studies will be enough. 

    Ques. Which are the best books for CAT preparation?

    Ans – CAT is highly competitive in nature and questions asked in the exam are highly unpredictable but standard books given below can be followed by the students:

    • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT- by Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
    • ‘How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT’ - by Arun Sharma (Published by McGraw Hill)
    • ‘How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT’ - by Arun Sharma (Published by McGraw Hill)
    • ‘How to prepare for Quantitative for the CAT’ - by Arun Sharma, published by MGH Education
    • Quant study modules by Arun Sharma

    Ques. How can I prepare for CAT at home?

    Ans – Best approach to prepare for CAT without coaching is given below:

    • Check the detailed syllabus and exam pattern of the exam.
    • Collect standard study materials for CAT
    • Do group study
    • Take maximum online mock test series
    • Utilise time smarty

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College

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    Which govt college I may get with CAT percentile of 30.29

    07 Jan, 2020 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Ashi, at this percentile, getting government college will not be possible.

    07 Jan, 2020 11:00
    viransh mokati

    hy there, I have completed my 10th from CBSE and i got 5.2 CGPA (49.4%) , am i eligible to get admission through CAT ? Or should i drop the idea of giving the exam. my 12 th percentage is 62.2 (commerce with maths) and grad. is 65 %. Is there any chance . please tell me.

    20 Dec, 2019 14:54
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Viransh, as candidates who have scored more than 50% in graduation are eligible, thus, you are eligible for this exam.

    20 Dec, 2019 18:03
    Gaurav Sevlani

    hey, I have electonic pan card and aadhar card which is being printed, will I get problem in writing CAT exam?

    14 Nov, 2019 08:58
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Gaurav, only hard copy of the photo identity proof will be accepted on the exam day. So make sure that you get one before appearing in the exam.

    14 Nov, 2019 10:48
    Shivani Chavan

    My signature on my CAT 2019 exam form is not clear(it is really small can see it if you zoom ) and the updation window has also expired .So will I get my admit card or not ?

    23 Oct, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Shivani, yes, you will get the admit card but you may face consequences at further stage due to same reasons.

    23 Oct, 2019 11:56

    i comes under EWS section but now i dont have certificate it is under process , now i only have is the receipt of EWS so while filling CAT form can i upload recipt in place of cartificate...later while verifaction i can show certificate...

    26 Sep, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Rajshree, yes, you can upload the receipt in place of certificate in such situation.

    26 Sep, 2019 11:37
    R Harisamy

    My son worked in India and posted in UK for a year from August 2019. He will not be able to appear for CAT. If he does GMAT, which IIMs and Top Business Schools in India can he apply with the score? Being in UK, how to go about the Interview and other steps? Appreciate your feedback.

    02 Sep, 2019 00:20
    Neerendra Singh

    Hello R Harisamy, He can get admission in IIM Ahmedabad, ISB Indian School of Business (Hyderabad), IIM Calcutta, IIM Bangalore.

    07 Sep, 2019 18:13
    Nikita Karayat

    Hey Can u guide me Recently j have done my graduation with BA and my subject were education english and sociology.. So please tell me Am i qualified to give CAT exam Nd Can i get admission in MBA Please please guide me.. nd answer my questions please

    21 Oct, 2018 06:31
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Nikita, Admission in MBA Course is based on the CAT, as above mentioned the Application information or Eligibility Criteria.

    23 Oct, 2018 15:58

    hi,MBA colleges accepting CW Category in exams?(other than dse,dfs,tiss)and cut offs

    14 Oct, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Rithvik, You may please check this link for getting the Reservation of CAT.

    17 Oct, 2018 16:51

    hi,yaa i checked but this is specific to cat exam ,i wanted to know about other colleges accepting cat score and having this category

    17 Oct, 2018 17:05
    Akansha Expert

    Hello, We are sorry to you, that information do you want does not exist just because as per officially CAT is not given reservation or other benefits fro CW Category.

    17 Oct, 2018 17:33
    Shikha shukla

    i am a student of 5th semester B.Com. I will complete my graduation in may 2019 so am i eligible for this exam?

    16 Sep, 2018 00:20
    Garima Bansal

    Hi Shikha, The eligibility for the cat exam is candidate must possess a Bachelors degree having a minimum of 50% marks or has an equivalent GPA.

    17 Sep, 2018 11:47

    I have a backlog in my 4th sem, kindly let me know if I can attend CAT this year.I am in final year of my degree.

    15 Sep, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Pavan, Yes, candidates who complete their degree by May 2019 are eligible to appear for CAT.

    15 Sep, 2018 14:29

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