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Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most popular management entrance exam in India, conducted by one of the older IIM’s on a rotational basis. 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. CAT 2020 Application Form will be available from last week of July after the release of official notification.The name of the convening IIM will be announced in the month of May, 2020.
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 2020 Conducting Body||To be Announced Soon||Conducted by 1st Generation IIM on rotational basis|
|CAT 2020 Official Website||iimcat.ac.in||Remains the same for every year|
|Duration||3 Hours (180 Minutes)||Sectional duration of 60 minutes|
|Number of Sections||3 (Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)||QA-34, VARC-34,DILR-32|
|CAT Application Mode||Online||From first week of August 2020|
|Medium of Exam||English||Exam is conducted in CBT mode|
|CAT Marking Scheme||+3 marks for the correct answer -1 mark for an incorrect answer||No negative Marking for Numerical Type Questions|
Preparing for CAT 2020? Go Through
All exam related events and dates are mentioned below. Make sure you do not miss upon any of these.
|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|
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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.
|General and OBC||50%|
|Persons with Disabilities||45%|
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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.
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:
|Category||CAT 2020 Application Fee (in INR)|
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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 Year||Registrations||Test Takers|
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.
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%).
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.
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
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:
|Recently Added CAT Exam Center 2020|
|Bhatinda in Punjab||Purnea in Bihar||Waknaghat in Himachal Pradesh|
|Samba in J&K||Dharwad and Gulbarga in Karnataka||Ernakulam in Kerala|
|Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra||Dhenkanal in Odisha||Bankura in West Bengal|
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.
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 Ability||Data Analysis & Sufficiency||Logical Reasoning||Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension|
|Geometry||Graphs||Critical Reasoning||Verbal Reasoning|
|Arithmetic Progression||Column Graphs||Visual Reasoning||Syllogisms|
|Installment Payments||Bar Graphs||Assumption-Premise-Conclusion||Contextual usage|
|Ratios and Proportions||Line Charts||Assertion and reasons||Analogies|
|Arithmetic Mean||Pie Charts||Statements and assumptions||Sentence completion|
|Logarithm||Graphs representing Area||Matrix arrangements||Idioms|
|Work and Time||Venn Diagram||Coding and Decoding||Sentence Correction|
Check Complete CAT 2020 Syllabus
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Intestingv time like these when world is suffering from contagious COVID-19 and lockdown, candidayes have to make sure they do not loose there preparation momentum. To the rescue are online coaching centers. several top rated coachings have also started online preparation. Sohere are some best options with there fee structure and features for candiodates to refer:
|Online Coaching and Fees||Features|
Preparation through E books and Videos
Extensive test discussion with doubt clearing session
Offline presence as well
Material curated by IIM alumni
Live classes and e Books discussion
Exercise with selected previous CAT questions
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
Teaching through Video classes
Live doubt clearing sessions
750+ basicand advanced tutorial videos
Lowest fee in online preparation for CAT
Concept building through slideshows and online classes
5 free classes available
Topic wise test series with 400+ CAT level questions
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:
|Section||Book Name||Author Name/Publisher|
|Quantitative Ability||How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT||Arun Sharma|
|Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMs||Sarvesh K. Verma|
|Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT||Nishit K. Sinha|
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||CAT 2020 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning||Gautam Puri|
|Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT||Nishit K. Sinha|
|Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency||Ananta Ashisha|
|How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT||Arun Sharma|
|Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension||How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT||Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/Arihant|
|30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market Paperback||Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster|
|How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT||Sharma and Upadhyay|
|PSC for VA for CAT|
CAT Sample papers/ Previous year papers are the best source to prepare for the exam as they:
The links to download Previous year papers of 2018 and 2017 are as follows:
|2018 Slot 1 Paper||Download|
|2018 Slot 2 Paper||Download|
|2017 Slot 1 Paper||Download|
|2017 Slot 2 Paper||Download|
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:
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.
|IIM||CAT Cut off in Percentile||Seat Intake|
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-
|Rating||Level (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)|
|A||I (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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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:
|CAT 2020 Score||28|
|Class X Marks||10|
|Class XII Marks||10|
|TOTAL||50 (48 + 2 Gender Diversity Factor)|
Final Selection- For final selection, weightage of all the stages in selection process with work experience is calculated.
|Written Ability Test||5|
|Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor's Degree (ADFB)*||2|
*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.
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.
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.
|Category||Percentile Required||Number of Shortlisted Candidates|
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
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 Percentile||Above 85 CAT Percentile|
|Fore School of Management||IMI Delhi|
|Goa Institute of Management||Institute of Management Technology|
|International Management Institute, Delhi||Delhi School of Management|
|S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research||K.J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research|
|Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management||Department of Management Sciences, Pune University|
|60- 70 Percentile||70-80 Percentile|
|Christ Institute of Management, Bangalore||Alliance School of Business|
|IILM Institiute of Higher Education||Amity Business School|
|Amrita School of Business||XIME Bangalore|
|Acharya B School||Great Lakes Institute of Management|
|International School of Business and Media||Birla Institute of M,anagement Technology|
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:
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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:
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. What details are asked in CAT 2020 Application Form?
Ans. You will find the following fields in the form:
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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