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CAT 2020 Exam Dates, Registration, Syllabus, Preparation, Result, Cutoff, IIM Selection Process
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 iimk.ac.in, 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 iimcal.ac.in 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 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
Name of Exam
Common Aptitude Test
|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|
Indian Institutes of Management
|Conducted by Tata Consultancy Services|
General - 1900
|SC/ST/PwD - 950|
Annual Number of Applicants
|2.44 lakh candidates applied in 2019|
|Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension|
-100 to 300
|+3 for Correct Answer and -1 for Wrong Answer|
|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 Quantitative Aptitude Important Topics, Syllabus and Tips
- CAT Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Important Topics, Syllabus and Tips
- CAT Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning Important Topics, Syllabus and Tips
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
|Year||Test Taking Window||Number of Slots|
CAT vs. GMAT vs. MAT: A Comparitive Analysis
|Exam||Test Frequency (yearly)||Test Results||Score Validity||Exam Fees (INR)||Sections||Time Allotted||Number of Questions|
|CAT||Once||Later at a fixed date||Valid for one year||General: 1,900 SC/ST/PwD: 950||Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation||3 hours||100|
|GMAT||Up to five times||Within 20 days of the exam||Valid for 5 years||18,366||Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, Verbal Reasoning||3 hours and 7 minutes||80|
|MAT||four times||After a week of the exam date||Valid for one year||PBT/CBT: 1,550 PBT+CBT: 2,650||Language Comprehension, Mathematical Skills, Data Analysis and Sufficiency, Intelligence and Critical Reasoning, Indian and Global Environment||2.5 hours||200|
Who can apply for CAT?
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:
|General and OBC||50%|
|Persons with Disabilities||CAT45%|
When to apply for CAT?
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 -
|CAT 2020 Official Notification||July 29, 2020|
|CAT 2020 Application Form||August 8, 2020|
|CAT 2020 Form Correction Window||September 27- September 30, 2020|
|Release of CAT Admit Card 2020||October 24 – November 25, 2020|
|CAT 2020 Exam Date||November 25, 2020|
|CAT Result Date 2020||Second Week of January 2021|
CAT 2019 was successfully conducted on November 24, 2019. Applicants can check CAT results from the official website i.e. iimcat.ac.in.
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:
|Category||Application 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.
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 iimcat.ac.in. 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)
- Stationery items
- 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 Sections||3|
|Exam Duration||180 Minutes, 60 minutes for each section|
|Medium of Exam||English Only|
|Total Questions||100 (VARC-34, DILR-32, QA-34)|
|Type of Questions||MCQs and Non MCQs|
|Total Marks Alloted||300|
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.
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 WeightagePlanning 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 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|
|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.
- Some of the most important topics are tabulated below:
|Topic||Number of Questions (Expected)|
|Number System, Basic Arithmetic||5-10 Questions|
|Geometry & Mensuration||6-7 Questions|
|Time, Speed, and Distance||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.
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|
|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.
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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 Paper||Download|
|2019 Slot 2 Paper||Download|
|2018 Slot 1 Paper||Download|
|2018 Slot 2 Paper||Download|
|2017 Slot 1 Paper||Download|
|2017 Slot 2 Paper||Download|
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 1||Questions in Slot 1||Questions in Slot 2||Difficulty Level of Topics|
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 1||Topic/Area of Question in Slot 2||Questions (Each in Slot 1 & 2)||Difficulty Level of Topics|
|Linear Arrangement in Super Market||Venn Diagram Distribution||4||Medium|
|Bar Chart + Table Crimes in the States||Distribution of People in Teams||4||Medium-Difficult|
|Prizes to be put in 100 boxes||Rainfall Data – Scattered||4||Medium|
|Coding||Revenue Profit Dotted Graph||4||Easy-Medium|
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 1||Topic/Area of Question in Slot 2||Questions (Each in Slot 1 & 2)||Difficulty Level of Topics|
|Passage – Related to British Folk||Passage 1 – Cities being environment friendly||5||Medium|
|Passage - Online shopping confusions||Passage 2 – Language and Culture||5||Easy|
|Passage - Topophilia||Passage 3 – Use of digital info to restore archaeological sites||5||Easy|
|Passage – Emperor Penguins||Passage 4 – Capital cities and bureaucracy||5||Medium|
|Passage - Who actually wrote Alladin Arabian Nights - Gallond or Diyab||Passage 5 – British Policy||4||Medium|
|Para Jumbles||Para Jumbles||4||Easy|
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
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 Name||Number of Seats|
CAT Cut off for Other Top B Schools
|Institute Name||Cat 2019 Cutoff Percentile|
|Department of Management Studies (IIT Delhi) New Delhi||85-90|
|K J Somaiya Mumbai||80-85|
|Great Lakes Institute Of Management, Chennai||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|
|Indus Business Academy (IBA) Bangalore||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|
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
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.
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 PercentileThe 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
|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