CAT 2020 Exam Dates, Notification, Application Form, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern and Cut Off

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    CAT 2020 will be coordinated by IIM Indore as announced on its official website. It is a gateway to 20 IIMs and over 1200 B-schools in India. Around 2.4 lakh candidates register for the exam very year. Notification is expected to release on last saturday of July 2020. Application Form will be available from first week of August 2020, exam for which will be conducted in third week of November 2020.

    Latest Update: IIM Indore to coordinate CAT 2020, Non-IIM CAT membership registration can be done till July 15, 2020. Post which the notification will release. Read More

    • As per CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria candidates having bachelors degree with minimum 50% marks can apply for the exam. 
    • General/OBC candidates have to pay application fee of INR 1900 while SC/ST/PWD/EWS aspirants are required to pay INR 950.   
    • Candidates will be tested on their Quantitative, Verbal/reading, Data Interpretation and Reasoning Skills. Exam Pattern is devised by IIMs and candidates have to attempt a total of 100 MCQ & Non-MCQ questions in 3 hour duration
    • With growing demand of management courses, there are several top colleges offering admissions to their MBA programs. 

    Considering COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown situation across the country candidates who were planning to appear for CAT 2020 must be facing issues regarding preparation. In such a situation online mediums can act as a rescue. Collegedunia has curated Online Preparation Resources and Tips for CAT 2020 to give edge and momentum to the candidates preparing. A strong strategy ensures conceptual clarity and accurate problem-solving approach. 

    CAT 2019 Updates

    • CAT 2019 saw rise in applicants with 2, 44,169 total registrants. Out of which 75004 were female candidates, 134917 were male and 5 were trandgender applicants. 
    • Result was released on January 4, 2020 after which IIM declared their shortlist individually for further WAT-PI rounds.  
    • Due to COVID-19 pandemic and nationwide lockdown several IIMs scrapped Written ability test and conducted personal interview in online mode. 
    • IIMs participating in Common Admission process (CAP) released WAT-PI shortlist in the month of February 2020 and final selection porocess was completed on May 22, 2020. 
    • After May 8, 2020 IIMs have been announcing final shortlist for admission to PGP and PGDM programmes. CheckIIM wise Complete List
    • Candidates who have made through have to visit respective IIM website and proceed for offer acceptance.

    CAT 2020 Highlights

    ParticularsDetailsAdditional Information
    CAT 2020 Conducting BodyIIM IndoreConducted by 1st Generation IIM on rotational basis 
    CAT 2020 Official Websiteiimcat.ac.inRemains the same for every year 
    Duration3 Hours (180 Minutes)Sectional duration of 60 minutes
    Number of Sections3 (Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)QA-34, VARC-34,DILR-32
    CAT Application ModeOnlineFrom first week of August 2020
    Medium of ExamEnglishExam is conducted in CBT mode
    CAT Marking Scheme+3 marks for the correct answer -1 mark for an incorrect answerNo negative Marking for Numerical Type Questions
    CAT Helpdeskcathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in1800-2090-830

    CAT 2020 Important Dates

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      CAT 2020 Important Dates

      All exam related events and dates are mentioned below. Make sure you do not miss upon any of these.

      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 2020 के बारे में हिंदी में पढ़ें

        CAT 2020 Notification

        CAT 2020 Notification

        The official notification for CAT 2020 is expected to be out on July 29, 2020. IIM Indore will announce the schedule for CAT at the official website i.e. iimcat.ac.in. Due to COVID-19 outbreak and extended lockdown in the nation CAT 2020 process may be delayed. On a positive note cannot should keep up with their preparation and keep a check on important notifications here.

        Along with the notification , application dates, exam schedule,  admit card details, answer key release, result announcement and cutoff details will also be enlightened.  

        CAT 2020 Conducting Body

        CAT is generally convened by any one of the old generation IIMs. It shlould be kept in mind that the exam is conducted by Tata Consultancy Services in online mode and convened by any respective IIM. 

        Past year trends reveal that mainly six IIMs: Lucknow, Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Indore, Kozhikode and Kolkata have been convening the exam. IIM Indore is most likely to conduct the exam this year. Check below on the past trends on CAT conducting body:

        Year of ExaminationConducting IIM
        2020IIM Indore (officially announced)
        2019IIM Kozhikode
        2018IIM Kolkata
        2017IIM Lucknow
        2016IIM Bangalore
        2015IIM Ahmedabad
        2014IIM Indore

        CAT 2020 Eligibility

        Will CAT 2020 be Postponed/Cancelled?

        It is far-fetched that anything will influence CAT 2020. Disregard that there is Coronavirus, center around the way that MBA training will be truly significant to you, particularly on the off chance that you join a MBA school in 2021. Try not to stress and begin planning for CAT.

        As there is financial crisis round the globe, off chance that we investigate patterns of what occurred in 2008-2009 during the money related emergency, just as what occurred during 2001's dotcom bubble blasted, it is conceivable that less individuals may appear CAT 2020,

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        CAT 2020 Eligibility

        In order to be eligible for CAT, an aspirant must be a graduate degree holder in any stream. Candidates appearing in the final year/semester of their degree program can also apply for CAT 2020.

        • Candidates with CA/CS/ICWA degree (Gen: 50% & SC/ST/ PWD: 45%) are also eligible.
        • As for CAT Age Limit, there is no minimum/ maximum limit defined. There is also no restriction on the number of attempts.
        • The percentage requirement for the exam is different for different categories. It is explained in the table below:
        CategoryPercentage Required
        General and OBC50%
        Scheduled Caste45%
        Scheduled Tribe45%
        Persons with Disabilities45%

        Why is it important to verify eligibility criteria before applying?

        • Wrong information provided at the time of registration will result in rejection of the application form.
        • The required set of certificates will be verified at the time of the interview, failure to do so will not be considered for admission.
        • Mere fulfillment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for short listing by IIMs. 

        Read More About CAT Eligibility

        CAT 2020 Application Form

        CAT 2020 Application Form

        CAT 2020 Application Form is expected to start from August 8 – September 26, 2020.The entire procedure will be conducted in online mode only at iimcat.ac.in. With high paying management and entrepreneurship job opportunities, the number of CAT aspirants have also been increasing over the years.

        Quick Facts

        • CAT Registration Form: 5-page documents
        • Registration Window: Minimum for 45 days
        • CAT Application form is a part of Registration form only.
        • IIMs sends unique CAT registration ID and Password to login into the online portal of the Common Admission Test.
        • Applying online will mean that you have to opt for the relevant management programs in all the 20 IIMs mentioned in the registration form.

        CAT 2020 पंजीकरण के बारे में हिंदी में पढ़ें

        Documents Required to complete CAT Registration

        • Academic history
        • Mark sheets (10th /12th/ Degree/Diploma)
        • Work experience (if any)
        • Certificates (if any)
        • Scanned images of your passport size photo and signature
        • Debit/Credit cards, Net banking
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        Check CAT Participating Colleges

        Steps to Apply for CAT 2020

        Registration for the exam is usually a four-step procedure. Read the instructions mentioned at the start before beginning to fill up the form. In case of filling incorrect information not only the candidature will be treated as invalid but CAT registration fee will also be forfeited. The steps are as follows:

        Step 1: Registration - Visit the official website of CAT and enter your email id, phone number, and date of birth.

        Note: Number and ID must be active and valid, as the entire communication related to the exam will be notified on it.

        Step 2: Fill CAT Application Form – Enter your personal details, contact information, academic details, work experience, program preference and exam center preference.

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

        Step 3: Upload Documents – Scan and Upload your documents (Photograph, Signatures & Required certificated) according to CAT 2020 Photo Size, Dimension, Format and Other Details

        Note: You can resize the documents using MS Paint or MS Office Picture Manager. The steps are available on the link given above.

        Step 4: Payment of Application Fee - CAT 2020 Application Fee can be paid online via net banking/credit card/debit card. Mentioned below is the category wise application fee for CAT 2020:

        CategoryCAT 2020 Application Fee (in INR)
        General/OBC1900
        PWD950
        SC/ST950

        CAT Application Form Status

        • After CAT Application Form is finally submitted, an email, a pop-up message on the screen and a message on the registered mobile number are sent related to the status of the application.
        • As the process of applying for CAT 2020 is completely online, no delay can occur during final submission. 
        • If the application form is successfully submitted, the application status is “Successfully Submitted” else “Application Rejected”.

        CAT Application Form Correction

        • It may be possible that some of the candidates had entered incorrect details due to lack of proper information or documents.
        • As CAT is an important exam, the exam authority allows candidates to make corrections in few entries only.

        Read about CAT Form Correction

        Q&A on CAT

        Can a student from Humanities background apply for CAT? 

        Yes, candidates having bachelors degree in any disciplne can apply for CAT 2020. There is no restriction, infact IIMs and B-schools encourage academic diversity. Though candidates must have minimum 50% qualifying marks, relaxation of 5% is granted to reserved categories.

        Why you Should Appear for CAT 2020?

        2020 has been an unexpected year for student community especially the ones preparing for competitive exams due to COVID-19 crisis. With several exams getting postponed, candidates must be attentive towards next year exam sessions. CAT 2020 is one of them for management aspirants. 

        • Long Registration Window: CAT 2020 registration will open on August 5 tentatively and will go upto September 18, 2020. Thus candidates get a long application window and there are chances of dates extension.
        • Acceptance of Dual Bachelors Degree: Candidates with dual bachelors degree can put forward the academic scores of both the bachelors degree in CAT application form.
        • No Seperate Fee for IIMs: Applicants are not required to pay extra fee during application form filling for IIMs. Overall avarage cost for each IIM comes to be INR 100 for General category and INR 50 for Reserved category.
        • One Day Exam Schedule: Earlier, till 2013 CAT used to be conducted over 15 to 20 day window. Since it is a computer based test now it has come to be a one day affair held in two sessions: morning and evening.
        • Abundance of Management Programme Choice: Candidates have an opportunity to choose from more than 50 magament programmes offered by IIM. In addition CAT scores are accepted by all prominent private and government management institutes across India. 

        CAT Registration Trend Over the Years

        Candidates can check the number of applicants who applied for CAT and those who actually appeared from 2012-2018. The number of applicants has steadily increased, owing to its massive popularity among management aspirants in India as well as abroad.

        CAT YearRegistrationsTest Takers
        CAT 20182,41,0002,09,407
        CAT 20172,31,0001,99,632
        CAT 20162,32,4341,95,000
        CAT 20152,18,6641,79,602
        CAT 20141,96,9881,67,829
        CAT 20131,94,5161,73,714
        CAT 20122,14,0001,95,000

        CAT Registrants- Geographical Diversity and Degree- Wise Bifurcation

        Going by the statistics of last year, most CAT registrants belonged to the northern part of India (29%). This was followed by southern (27%) and western (24%) regions.

        CAT GEOGRAPHICAL DIVERSITY

        Degree-Wise Student Bifurcation in CAT

        Talking about the degree-wise bifurcation of students, most of them hold an engineering degree (62.7%). It is followed by a degree course (25%), Management Course (11.7%) and then the Medicine (0.6%). 

        CAT DEGREE WISE BIFURCATION

        Registrations in Non-IIMs for CAT 2020

        • There are various institutions or B-schools accepting CAT Scores.
        • Non-IIM Institutions interested to avail CAT 2020 scores must download the MoU and Application Form available at https://www.iimcal.ac.in/registration-of-non-iim-institutions-for-cat-2020.
        • This facility is available for the academic session 2020 – 2021 only.

        Steps to Register are given below:

        Step 1: Visit the official portal of IIM Calcutta.

        Step 2: Click on CAT 2020 link, available on the right side of the screen.

        Step 3: Click ‘Downloading of MOU and the Application Form’

        Step 4: Payment of Annual Fees and Mode of Payment.

        Step 5: Fill up the Application Form and MOU and send the scanned copies duly filled-in, signed and stamped along with the required enclosures (mentioned inside application form) over email.

        Note: Program Brochure can be sent separately along with other hard copies as stated above.

        Step 6: Send duly filled-in, signed and stamped MOU (two copies), Application Form (single copy) in original and other supporting documents (hard copies) as specified in MOU and Application Form to Admissions Office of IIM Calcutta latest by July 25, 2020 at the following address:

        CAT Centre, C/o Admissions Office,
        Indian Institute of Management Calcutta,
        Diamond Harbour Road, Kolkata 700 104

        Other Top Management Exams in India

        • XAT 2021 – Registration to begin in the second week of August 2020
        • MAT 2020 – Registration to begin in the first week of March 2020
        • GMAT 2020 – Registration runs throughout the year
        • NMAT 2020 – Registration to begin in the second week of August 2020

        CAT 2020 Admit Card

        • Admit Cards for the management exam will be available from October 24 onwards at the official website of CAT 2020.
        • CAT Hall Ticket contains personal details and exam related details such as test venue, session.
        • It is a provisional document and must be supported at the test center with a valid photo id issued by Govt of India.

        Documents Required with Admit Card

        • Aadhaar Card
        • Voter ID Card
        • Passport
        • PAN Card
        • Driving License
        • Photo ID issued by current education institute or employer among others.

        Discrepancy in CAT 2020 Hall Ticket

        In case of any discrepancy found in CAT Admit Card, candidates can contact the exam authority for the corrections. They can contact CAT Helpdesk at the following details:

        Toll-Free Number: 1800-2090-830

        Helpdesk email address: cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in

        CAT 2020 एडमिट कार्ड के बारे में हिंदी में पढ़ें

        CAT 2020 Exam Centers

        • CAT is conducted in exam centers spread across around 140 test cities in India.
        • Candidates are required to provide the preference of their exam centre while registering for CAT 2020. 
        • Preferences for up to 4 CAT test cities can be provided in the form. The time slot for CAT 2020 is generally allocated randomly.
        • CAT Exam Centers are available in all the major cities across India to accommodate the growing number of test-takers. Given below is a list of newly added CAT Exam Cities:
        Recently Added CAT Exam Center 2020
        Bhatinda in PunjabPurnea in BiharWaknaghat in Himachal Pradesh
        Samba in J&KDharwad and Gulbarga in KarnatakaErnakulam in Kerala
        Ulhasnagar in MaharashtraDhenkanal in OdishaBankura in West Bengal

        List of Prohibited Items

        • Do not wear any jewelry that contains metal. In case an aspirant is caught while frisking, they’ll be asked to remove.
        • Do not wear jackets and footwear inside the exam hall.
        • Do not bring any mobile phones, electronic gadgets, watches, calculators, stationery items inside the exam center premises.
        • Do not to wear socks, plain pullovers/ sweaters/cardigans (without any pockets) inside the exam hall.
        • Candidates with a metal implant, pacemaker, etc. in their body would bring a medical certificate of the same at Test Centre.
        • All personal belongings would be kept aside at this point and the authorities would not take any responsibility for loss of items.

        CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

        Q&A on CAT

        Is CAT an online test?
        Most candidates deal with this query. Although CAT exam pattern is computer-based, the IIMs do not regard CAT as an online test. They call it a ‘Digital or Computer-based exam’, rather than an ‘Internet-based exam’. This means that a candidate will read the questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option. Additionally, the timer on the computer screen tells you the remaining time to complete the current section.

        CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

        In order to start an effective preparation process, aspirants should be thorough with CAT 2020 Exam Pattern and Syllabus. Paper pattern is unpredictable and undergoes some changes each year. For now, no change in the paper pattern has been notified by the IIMs. However, modification in the level of difficulty of the exam is expected. Continuing on the lines of the previous year exam pattern, CAT 2020 will consist of 3 sections with a total of 100 questions. You need to ensure high score in each of the sections as there is also a sectional score cut off in IIMs for shortlisting.

        • Mode of Exam: Computer-based test
        • Total Questions: 100
        • Number of Sections: Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
        • Exam duration: 3-hour duration exam, where one hour is assigned to each section.
        • Questions with negative marking (MCQs): 75
        • Questions without negative marking (non-MCQs): 25
        • Marking Scheme: +3 marks for correct answer; -1 mark for wrong answers.
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        CAT 2020 Detailed Syllabus

        IIM’s do not release an official CAT Syllabus. However, based on previous year question papers, we have curated below the most frequently occuring topics. An in-depth knowledge of CAT 2020 Syllabus forms the basis of your preparation journey. It is designed to assess the prospective admission-seekers' suitability for MBA education. 

        Check below the most important topics for CAT 2020 Preparation:

        Quantitative AbilityData Analysis & SufficiencyLogical ReasoningVerbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
        GeometryGraphsCritical ReasoningVerbal Reasoning
        Arithmetic ProgressionColumn GraphsVisual ReasoningSyllogisms
        Installment PaymentsBar GraphsAssumption-Premise-ConclusionContextual usage
        Ratios and ProportionsLine ChartsAssertion and reasonsAnalogies
        Arithmetic MeanPie ChartsStatements and assumptionsSentence completion
        LogarithmGraphs representing AreaMatrix arrangementsIdioms
        Work and TimeVenn DiagramCoding and DecodingSentence Correction

        Check Complete CAT 2020 Syllabus

        Preparation Tips for CAT 2020

        CAT 2020: Preparation Tips for Beginners

        • Work on your Graduation Marks and overall Personality Development: If you’re in the final year of your graduation and you’re planning to take CAT 2020, then work towards your final grades. It is essential to prepare for the selection process of top B-schools and that doesn’t happen overnight. You must improve your communication skills and enhance your awareness of social, political, economic, national issues. Adopting such strategies shall help you in improving your chances of clearing group discussion and personal interview rounds of management colleges. 
        • Make your Basics stronger: Having a strong hold on basics can be one of the most important factor in the preparation of an exam like CAT. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and work towards improving the same. You will save a lot of time in the exam if you’ve conceptual clarity in your approach to solve the problems.
        • Keep a track of CAT 2020 dates: To have an accurate preparation schedule, you must keep a track of the updates regarding the dates of CAT 2020. Plan your timetable accordingly to avoid last moment chaos.
        • Organise your Study Material: For a popular exam like CAT, there is no shortage of study material in the market or at other platforms. However, having multiple study resources can be confusing and stressful. Therefore, research well about the accurate study material that you will use. Once you start preparing, make notes for future reference and stick to your sources 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 acing any competitive exam. In order to achieve the same, you need to practise. Solve previous year papers and take mock tests to ensure your growth in this area.

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        CAT 2020 Online Preparation

        CAT 2020 Online Preparation

        In testing time like these when world is suffering from contagious COVID-19 and lockdown, candidates have to make sure they do not loose there preparation momentum. As per a survey among CAT aspirants more than 60 % candidates were exploring  online mediums for preparation and 18% preferred coaching institutions. This preferance is expected to increase as the lockdown extends.

        Thus to the rescue are online coaching centers. several top rated coachings have also started online preparation. So here are some best options with there fee structure and features for candiodates to refer: 

        Online Coaching and FeesFeatures

        T.I.M.E

        INR 13,250

        Preparation through E books and Videos

        Extensive test discussion with doubt clearing session

        Offline presence as well

        Career Launcher

        INR 17,797

        Material curated by IIM alumni

        Live classes and e Books discussion

        Exercise with selected previous CAT questions

        Mindworkzz

        INR 25,700

        Classes by Arun Sharm and Meenakshi Upadhyay (Authors of best selling CAT Books)

        Live classesat 8 pm-videos can be downloaded anytime

        100 sectional test and 10 full length test offered

        Handa ka Funda

        INR 6,999

        Teaching through Video classes

        Live doubt clearing sessions

        750+ basicand advanced tutorial videos

        Lowest fee in online preparation for CAT

        2IIM.com

        Concept building through slideshows and online classes

        5 free classes available

        Topic wise test series with 400+ CAT level questions

        CAT Coaching in DelhiCAT Coaching in ChennaiCAT Coaching in Hyderabad

        Other Online Resources for CAT 2020 Preparation

        BodheePrep: Over 850 questions are available on the BodheePrep website to help you gain more practice for CAT. Explanations are also provided along with the questions. You can choose any topic and attempt questions asked from them. 

        Youth4Work: Another website that has a curated list of questions, Youth4Work is a great online resource to enhance your CAT preparation. These questions are given in the form of short online tests with around 10 questions in each. You will have to sign up on the website in order to attempt these tests. 

        TathaGat : TathaGat is a coaching institute that offers a lot of free content for CAT preparation. 

        Takshzila Shikshak: Takshzila Shikshak is an extensive YouTube channel that provides very useful and engaging preparation material for CAT QA. 

        Recommended Books for CAT 2020

        CAT is one exam that requires a rigorous practice. Candidates often get confused in regard to which CAT Books or study material to refer to. They look for the material which all toppers have sworn by. This is bound to happen since their no dearth of CAT Preparation Books in the market. The most recommended books for CAT 2020 are tabulated below:

        SectionBook NameAuthor Name/Publisher
        Quantitative AbilityHow to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CATArun Sharma
        Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMsSarvesh K. Verma
        Quantitative Aptitude for the CATNishit K. Sinha
        Data Interpretation and Logical ReasoningCAT 2020 Data Interpretation & Logical ReasoningGautam Puri
        Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit K. Sinha
        Data Interpretation & Data SufficiencyAnanta Ashisha
        How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CATArun Sharma
        Verbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionHow to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CATArun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/Arihant
        30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market PaperbackWilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster
        How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CATSharma and Upadhyay
        PSC for VA for CAT

        Nishit Sinh

        CAT 2020 Sample Papers/ Previous Year Papers

        CAT Sample papers/ Previous year papers are the best source to prepare for the exam as they:

        • Improve accuracy and time management skills.
        • Prepare one mentally for the actual test.
        • Help in identifying one’e strengths and weaknesses. 
        • Confirm the accuracy of study material and guidance opted.

        The links to download Previous year papers of 2018 and 2017 are as follows:

        Papers Links
        2018 Slot 1 PaperDownload
        2018 Slot 2 PaperDownload
        2017 Slot 1 PaperDownload
        2017 Slot 2 PaperDownload

        CAT Result 2020

        CAT 2020 Result is expected in the 2nd week of January 2021. The conducting body of CAT 2020 will release the scorecards at the official website. An SMS will also be sent to all test-takers, informing them about their CAT Percentile. CAT Score is valid for 1 year. 

        The step-wise process to obtain CAT result is given below: 

        • Visit the official website of CAT 
        • Click on ‘Download CAT Score Card’.
        • You will be redirected to the login page. 
        • Enter your User Id and Password.
        • You will be redirected to your candidate’s account page.
        • Click on Download Scorecard link and download it for future correspondence.

        Check Top Non IIMs Accepting Less Than 90 CAT Percentile

        CAT 2020 Rank Predictor

        • CAT Result will be declared in January and candidates can check their score on the official website.
        • However, candidates can use CAT Percentile Predictor on Collegedunia.com to determine the ranks based on their respective percentiles.
        • All the participating institutes release cut-offs for next rounds.
        • They shortlist the candidates on the basis CAT percentile scores.
        • Candidates can predict their scores using the Collegedunia percentile predictor provided below. It is an easy way to predict your scores beforehand, and choose a college accordingly.
        CAT RANK PREDICTOR

        Expected CAT Cut off 2020

        Expected CAT Cut off 2020

        After the results are declared, each IIM will declare a separate cut off list for shortlisting candidates for the selection procedure. The cut off comprises an overall cut off and a sectional cut off.

        • Sectional cut off is the percentile score a candidate must score in each section to qualify the exam.
        • The overall cut off for the IIMs generally falls in the bracket of 90-99 percentile. 

        CAT 2020 Expected Cut Off for IIMs

        IIMCAT Cut off in PercentileSeat Intake
        IIM, Ahmedabad99.6385
        IIM, Bangalore99.5430
        IIM, Calcutta99.5210
        IIM, Lucknow99.5436
        IIM, Rohtak97.11240
        IIM, Kozhikode96.3375
        IIM, Indore94.7451
        IIM, Trichy94.0180
        IIM, Raipur90.0210

        The following table enlists the institutes based on CAT Cut off where we have classified IIMs and B-schools on the basis of the level of cutoffs from previous years’ trends-

        RatingLevel (Approx. CAT cut-off Percentiles for General)Institutes
        A+I (CAT Percentile 98.5+)IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, IIM-L, IIM-I, IIM-K, IIM-S, FMS, MDI-PGPM, IIT- B, JBIMS
        II (CAT Percentile 96.5+)SPJIMR, IIT-D, NITIE-PGDIM, MDI-PGP HR/IM, IIM-RH, IIM-RN, IIM-RP, IIM-KS, IIM-UP, IIM-T
        III (CAT Percentile 94.5+)IIT-KH, IIT-KN, IIT-M, IIT-R, IISc-B, IIM-BG, IIM-N, IIM-V, IIM-Asr, IIM-Sam, IIM-Srm, MDI-M, IIM-A (ABM), IIM-L (ABM)
        AI (CAT Percentile 90+)MICA, IMT-G/N, IMI-D, FSM, IRMA, TAPMI, KJSIMSR, UBS-CHD, SPJAIN-D/S, BIM, NIRMA, PUMBA
        II (CAT Percentile 87+)WIMDR-M, LBSIM, LIBA, IMI-K/B, GLIM, BIMTECH-PGDM/IB, IBS-ICFAI, MFC-DU, IFMR, MIB-DU, MHROD-DU, IMT-H
        III(CAT Percentile 85+)MISB, ISBM-P, AJKMCRC, WIMDR-B, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, IIFM, MBE-DU

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        CAT 2020 Selection Procedure

        The selection process of CAT is a two-step process. Candidates who qualify the cutoff marks are invited by CAT Colleges for GD or WAT and Personal Interview round. CAT Selection Process is carried out individually by each college, except for the new IIMs. The ratio for admission in IIMs and candidates shortlisted for selection is generally 1:4, but it varies for different IIMs. 

        It must be noted that there is no common Common Counselling Process for CAT. The process for form-filling for IIMs is done while preliminary registration for the exam. 

        Shorlisting Candidates for PI & WAT- Candidates are shortlisted with a weightage system, as given below:

        ComponentsWeightage
        CAT 2020 Score28
        Class X Marks10
        Class XII Marks10
        TOTAL50 (48 + 2 Gender Diversity Factor)

        Final Selection- For final selection, weightage of all the stages in selection process with work experience is calculated. 

        ComponentWeightage
        CAT Score15
        Personal Interview24
        Written Ability Test5
        Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor's Degree (ADFB)*2
        Work Experience4

        *Points awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s degree level (Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor’s degree (ADFB)): Candidates with any of the following bachelor’s degree in the list  below are eligible for ADFB: 
        List X: BA, BA(H), B.Sc, B.Sc.(H), BS, B.Com, B.Com(H), BCA, BBA, B.Pharma, LL.B, MBBS, BDS or any other Non-Engineering subject areas at the Bachelor’s level not mentioned above.

        Scholarships after CAT 2020

        Don’t want to fund your MBA with an education loan? Get MBA admission through CAT and escape from the ever-rising MBA fees. Scholarships through CAT for MBA studies are categorized in Merit Based Scholarship and Need-Based Scholarship.

        Merit-Based Scholarship

        • Amity Business School- a) 100% Fees Waiver for candidates having 93% in 10th, Above 80% in 12th and Above 80% in Graduation. b) 5% Seat for 25% Candidates Securing more than 85 Percentile in CAT
        • BIMTECH- 85% Percentile in CAT Scorecard
        • IIM Ahmedabad- Scholarship worth One Lac on merit basis (selected after interview)

        Need-Based Scholarships

        • IIM Ahmedabad Need-Based Scholarship for candidates having family income less than 200000
        • GOI Merit Cum Means Scholarship for First Year and Second year top 10% rankers

        KnowBenefits of Non-Engineers Over Engineers in CAT

        New IIM Admission Process:  CAP

        CAP is final selection round for admission into new IIMs. It is generally conducted in teh month of February-March every year and is convened by any one of the new IIMs. CAP consists of two rounds: Written ability test and Personal Interview. Thus candidates can appear for single WAT-PI round for all these new IIMs. 

        • Out of 13 new and baby IIMs- 9 are expected to participate in CAP 2020. IIM Rohtak opted out of it in 2019.  
        • On the basis of scores obtained in CAP, final merit list will be prepared and candidates will offer admission to selected candidates. 
        • As number of seats have increased in each IIM, it is expected that around 14000 candidates will be shortlisted for CAP 2020.
        • There are 5 centers where CAP will be conducted- Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Kolkata.

        CAP 2020 Shortlisting Criteria

        CategoryPercentile RequiredNumber of Shortlisted Candidates 
        General959000
        EWS782000
        OBC-NCL783000
        SC601800
        ST40900
        DAP40200

        Top Colleges Accepting CAT Score as per Percentile

        Top scorers are usually aware of which college they will get a seat, but students with a relatively low score are unaware of where to head forward. So here’s a list of colleges divided between different CAT Percentile Range where students can seek admission with designated scores along with their fee structure for the degree programme.

        To check your expected percentile, use CAT Percentile Predictor

        CheckCAT Score vs Percentile

        Candidates should not get confused about the colleges accepting low percentile not accepting higher CAT percentile. Seats will be granted on the basis of higher scores between two candidates.

        80-90 CAT PercentileAbove 85 CAT Percentile
        Fore School of ManagementIMI Delhi
        Goa Institute of ManagementInstitute of Management Technology
        International Management Institute, DelhiDelhi School of Management
        S.P Jain Institute of Management and ResearchK.J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research
        Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of ManagementDepartment of Management Sciences, Pune University
        60- 70 Percentile70-80 Percentile
        Christ Institute of Management, BangaloreAlliance School of Business
        IILM Institiute of Higher EducationAmity Business School
        Amrita School of BusinessXIME Bangalore
        Acharya B SchoolGreat Lakes Institute of Management
        International School of Business and MediaBirla Institute of M,anagement Technology

        Courses Offered through CAT 

        On the basis of CAT score, candidates can take admission to the following courses offered by 20 IIMs and other top B-schools in India:

        Different Courses Offered by IIMs Read More

        • PGPEM (Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management)
        • PGP-UAE (Post Graduate Programme at UAE)
        • PGPBM (Post Graduate Programme in Business Management)
        • PGP-ABM (Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management)
        • PGP (Post Graduate Programme)
        • PGP-Mumbai (Post Graduate Programme at Mumbai)
        • PGPWE (Post Graduate Programme for Working Executive)
        • PGPEX (Post Graduate Programme for Executives)
        • PGPPM (Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management)
        • PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management)
        • EPGPM (Executive Post Graduate Programme)
        • PGDHRM (Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management)
        • PGPSM (Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets)

        CAT 2020 Frequently Asked Questions

        Ques: Which IIM will be coordinating CAT 2020?

        Ans: IIM Indore in an  official statement declared that it will be coordinating CAT 2020. Official notification with complete details will release on last saturday of July 2020

        Ques. Are students in the final year of examination eligible to apply for the Common Admission Test?

        Ans. Yes, students can apply but their admission on the basis of their CAT result will be provisional until they produce their final year graduation marksheet.

        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  shhhould 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: 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.

        Ques. What details are asked in CAT 2020 Application Form? 

        Ans. You will find the following fields in the form:

        • Personal details
        • Academic details
        • Work experience
        • Programmes
        • Payment of application fee

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

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

        Ques. Do the non-MCQ type questions carry equal marks as MCQs?

        Ans. Yes, all questions carry equal marks. However, for non-MCQ type questions, you must type the answer on the computer screen in the given space.

        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 the 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. Is there any equivalent qualification to bachelor’s degree?

        Ans. Candidates may possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, including the Associate Membership Examination (AMICE) of the Institution of Civil Engineers (India) as an equivalent qualification.

        *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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        68 Comments
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        Asmita

        What is the date of filling the application form?

        22 Jun, 2020 15:49
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        Shobhna Chaturvedi

        Hi Asmita, exact date has not been announced yet. However, it is expected that the last date of registration would be around fourth week of Sep, 2020.

        22 Jun, 2020 20:29
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        Arijit Bose

        Hi, is there any specific format or dimension one should keep in mind while uploading documents for the CAT exam?

        22 Jun, 2020 15:33
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        Shobhna Chaturvedi

        Hi Arijit, here are some quick points to remember while uploading photograph and signature. 

        • Applicants must know that the size of the images should not exceed 80 KB.
        • The format should be JPG or JPEG.
        • After uploading the images, candidates can make the payment of the CAT application fee.
        • Images in Admit Card must match with the images uploaded in the application form.

        You can check the dimension and format for photograph and signature separately from here: CAT Photo Size, Dimension, Format and Other Details

        22 Jun, 2020 20:19
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        Swati Mishra

        What is the minimum percentile to enter IIM through CAT?

        21 Jun, 2020 15:06
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        Shobhna Chaturvedi

        Hi Swati, as per the previous years' trend, candidates aiming for IIM must score minimum 98 percentile (a bit less for reserved categories) in CAT exam.

        22 Jun, 2020 20:16
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        Arunasish Sen

        What are the eligibility criteria for CAT?

        21 Jun, 2020 00:04
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        Shobhna Chaturvedi

        Hi Arunasish, following are the eligibility criteria for this exam:

        • Academic Qualification: Candidate must have done graduation with an aggregate of 50% (45% for reserved categories)
        • Those who are in final year of their graduation can also apply for CAT exam.
        • There is no limit on number of attempts in CAT.

        You can check the eligiblity criteria in more detail from here: CAT Eligibility Criteria

        22 Jun, 2020 19:49
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        anisha

        What are the preparation tips for CAT?

        20 Jun, 2020 23:39
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        Shobhna Chaturvedi

        Hi Anisha, you can follow the preparation strategy as explained below:

        • Follow CAT 2020 Exam Pattern and Syllabus.

        • Decide the Mode of Preparation: Coaching or Self Study.

        • Break Down the Preparation: Section and Topic Wise.

        • Schedule your Preparation: Make a Time Table.

        • Check Preparation Level: Take Mocks and Solve Previous Year Papers.

         You can read about the above quoted points in detail from here: CAT Preparation Strategies

        22 Jun, 2020 19:40
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        Mansi

        What will be the time extension given to a PWD candidate?

        20 Jun, 2020 23:16
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        Shobhna Chaturvedi

        Hi Mansi, PwD candidates with or without Scribe requirement will be given a time extension of 20 minutes per section, which comes to a total extension of one hour for the full test.

        22 Jun, 2020 19:28
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        Debdeep Majumder

        Can you provide me with the tips to crack CAT and which are the books that is needed to be followed strictly?

        20 Jun, 2020 23:04
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        Shobhna Chaturvedi

        Hi Debdeep, you can follow the preparation strategy as explained below:

        • Follow CAT 2020 Exam Pattern and Syllabus.

        • Decide the Mode of Preparation: Coaching or Self Study.

        • Break Down the Preparation: Section and Topic Wise.

        • Schedule your Preparation: Make a Time Table.

        • Check Preparation Level: Take Mocks and Solve Previous Year Papers.

        You can check the list of the recommended books from here: Books for CAT Preparation 

        22 Jun, 2020 19:13
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        Atrisa Dutta

        How much percentage do I need to score in CAT in order to get an admission to any of the IIM?

        20 Jun, 2020 23:00
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        Shobhna Chaturvedi

        Hi Atrisa, admission to IIMs is based on percentile and not percentage. Firstly, we should understand the difference between the two which is explained as below:

        • Percentage = (Obtained marks/Total marks)*100
        • Percentile = (Number of people behind you/total number of people)*100

        So for IIM’s you need at least 98 to 99 percentile for open category and a little less for reserved category. But still if you want to know about marks out of 300 then a 150+ marks out of 300 should be enough if trends are to be believed.

        22 Jun, 2020 19:01
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        akansha gupta

        When should I start preparing for CAT?

        20 Jun, 2020 22:50
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        Shobhna Chaturvedi

        Hi Akanksha, ideally, CAT preparation takes around 300 hours to 500 hours of serious preparation. While there is no right time to start preparing for the CAT Exam, it is recommended that a CAT aspirant should start the preparation sometime between Jan-Feb and June-July of the year he or she is planning to appear for CAT.

        22 Jun, 2020 18:13
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        Simran Nigam

        Where can I get the latest syllabus material for CAT preparation?

        20 Jun, 2020 22:49
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        Shobhna Chaturvedi

        Hi Simran, you can refer to the given study material as per the updated syllabus from below:

        22 Jun, 2020 18:06
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        ASHI GUPTA

        Which govt college I may get with CAT percentile of 30.29

        07 Jan, 2020 00:20
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        Shobhna Chaturvedi

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

        07 Jan, 2020 11:00
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        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
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        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
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        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
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        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
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        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
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        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
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        rajshree

        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
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        Shobhna Chaturvedi

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

        26 Sep, 2019 11:37
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        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
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        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
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        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
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        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
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        RITHVIK K V

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

        14 Oct, 2018 00:20
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        Akansha Expert

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

        17 Oct, 2018 16:51
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        RITHVIK K V

        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
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        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
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        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
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        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
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        Pavan

        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
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        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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        navyaa singh

        I want to ask questions regarding Cat Registration Form 2018

        27 Aug, 2018 00:20
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        Akansha Expert

        Hi Navyaa, Please check this link for getting the information about the Application Procedure for CAT Entrance Exam.

        27 Aug, 2018 11:43
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        Nikhil Mishra

        Hello mujhe ye information chahiye tha ki mere bsc me 50% marks nhi hi to kya mai msc karne ke baad cat ke exam ko attend kar skte hi ya nhi

        06 Aug, 2018 00:53
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        Akansha Expert

        Hi Nikhil, Please check this link for getting the information about the Eligibility for the CAT Entrance Exam.

        06 Aug, 2018 12:07
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        nikunj tyagi

        bba 5th sem. students eligible for this exam or not ?

        04 Jul, 2018 00:20
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        Akansha Expert

        Hi Nikunj, You need to Qualify Your 6th Semester for getting Participating the CLAT Entrance test.

        04 Jul, 2018 15:03
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        Pankaj Bhattacharya

        I will due to appear B.Tech final June 2019 and my final year starts from July 2018. Can I appear in CAT 2018 exam?

        31 May, 2018 21:57
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        Garima Bansal

        Hi Pankaj, A candidate should have completed his Bachelor’s degree program in any stream from a recognized university or have an equivalent qualification which is recognized by the Ministry of HRD, India.

        11 Sep, 2018 15:50
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        suchismita mishra

        hiii sakshi i want to know whether i have to appear for cat in order to get selected in UBS chandigarh ? and if yes then what is te average percentile required to do so ?

        02 May, 2018 11:34
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        Garima Bansal

        Hi Suchismita, Yes , you have to appear for cat in order to get selected in UBS Chandigarh and the average percentile 90+ which is required for the admission

        19 Jun, 2018 15:53

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