CAT Answer Keys: Check Dates, Steps to Challenge Answer key and Percentile Predictor

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    IIM Indore will release CAT Answer key 2020 within a week after conducting the Common Admission Test (CAT). The answer key can be downloaded by login using the user Id and password. In case of any discrepancy in CAT Answer Key, candidates will get an opportunity to challenge it within the stipulated time. On the basis of the objection raised and submitted by the candidates, the conducting authority releases the final answer key for CAT. The final answer key of CAT 2020 will be released in the first week of December. 

    Latest Update: CAT 2020 notification is expected to release on last saturday of July 2020, IIM Indore is the coordinating body of CAT 2020 as announced on its official website. Read More

    • Candidates can challenge Answer Keys through the Objection Management Tab which was activated by IIM Kozhikode from December 4 – 6, 2019 (5.00 PM). An objection against responses given in the official CAT Answer Key could be raised for a charge INR 1200.

    • There is a provision to refund the amount, if the claim is found to be correct after expert verification. 

    • There will be a single PDF which will have the questions asked in CAT, your responses to them and their correct answers.
    • The Correct response in the answer key is given in green, along with the question and other details. Therefore, candidates can use it to calculate probable scores. 

    • As per CAT Exam Pattern, Candidates will be required to add3 marks for each correct answer, and deduct 1 mark for incorrect answers to calculate probable score.

    While raising the objections, candidates will have to submit adequate proof along with the fees which will depend on the number of questions against which the candidates have raised the objections. CAT 2020 Result will be declared tentatively in the first week of January. Read the full article to know the answer key dates, steps to download answer key, marking scheme,etc.  Check  CAT 2020 Result

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    CAT Answer Keys Dates

    CAT 2020 Answer Keys Dates

    The Tentative schedule for CAT 2020 Answer key is given below in the table:


    Important Dates

    CAT 2020 Exam Date

    Last week of November 2020

    Release CAT 2020 Response sheet

    Within a week after CAT 2020

    Submission of objection in CAT Answer key starts from

    Second week of December 2020

    Last date to submit objection

    Second week of December 2020

    Release of CAT 2020 final answer key

    Second week of December 2020

    Declaration of CAT 2020 Result

    First week of January 2020

    • The Answer Key of CAT is released in Online mode only by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM).

    • In order to challenge the answer key, candidates are required to upload the adequate documents.

    • To raise the objection and challenge the answer key, it is necessary for the candidate to pay Rs 1200 as a fee.

    • The Conducting Authority will release the final answer key after the submission of objections by the candidates.

    How to download CAT 2020 Answer Key?

    How to download CAT 2020 Answer Key?

    All the candidates who appeared for CAT 2020, can download their provisional answer key along with the question papers by following the steps given below:

    Step 1: Click on the official website of CAT 2020 i.e.

    Step 2: Now click on the “Candidate Login” tab.

    Step 3: Enter your CAT Registration Id and password and then click on submit.

    Step 4: Choos the shift for which the candidate appeared for the exam.

    Step 5: Now click on “please click to download candidate response for CAT 2020”

    Step 6: Then the CAT answer key will be displayed on the screen which the candidate needs to download.

    CAT Answer Key Sample

    Details mentioned in CAT Answer Key 2020

    Details mentioned in CAT Answer Key 2020

    The details which will be mentioned in the answer key of CAT 2020 are:

    • Cat 2020 Registration Number

    • Name of the Candidate

    • Date of the exam

    • Time/Duration of the test

    • Question

    • Status

    • Type of Question

    • Question ID

    • CAT 2020 Exam center

    • Right Option/answer

    Check  CAT 2019 Paper Analysis

    CAT Response Sheet

    • CAT Response Sheet is the record of responses marked by candidates in the exam and is released along with CAT Answer Key.
    • It can be accessed using the login credentials of candidates.
    • By comparing CAT Answer Key with your responses, you can count correct or incorrect responses and calculate your score.

    Calculate Score Using Answer Key

    To calculate your CAT Score with the help of CAT 2019 Answer Key, candidates can follow the given steps:

    • Compare the answers in your response sheet and official CAT 2019 Answer Key.
    • Count the number of correct and incorrect responses by you. Marking scheme for CAT 2019 is tabulated below:

    How to Calculate CAT scores?

    How to Calculate CAT scores?

    To calculate CAT score with the help of answer key, candidates need to follow the steps given below:

    • For each correct answer, 3 marks are awarded, which means if the candidate has got 70 answers correct, then the score will be 70x3 = 210 marks.

    • For each incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted. So, if a candidate has responded 10 questions incorrectly then negative marks are -10.

    • Now subtract total marks deducted from total marks scored to get CAT Raw score which is 210-10 = 200 marks.

    Formula to calculate CAT Raw score:

    3 X (Number of Correct Responses) - 1 X (Number of Incorrect Responses)

    CAT 2020 Marking Scheme

    Candidates will have to match their responses with that given in CAT Answer Key 2020. The total marks secured by the candidates using the answer key will be the probable score. To access the answer key correctly and to raise valid objections (if required), it is important for the candidate to be aware of the CAT marking scheme. Given below is the marking scheme of CAT 2020:

    Marking Scheme



    Correct Answer

    +3 marks will be awarded

    +3 marks will be awarded

    Incorrect Answer

    -1 marks will be deducted

    No Negative marking

    Unattempted questions

    No marks will be given

    No marks will be given

    Read  CAT Score Vs Percentile

    How to Challenge CAT 2020 Answer Key?

    How to Challenge CAT 2020 Answer Key?

    The provision to raise objections to official answer keys was introduced by IIM CAT in 2018. The applicants who appeared for the exam can challenge the official answer key of any question asked in the entrance examination. If the objection is found to be genuine, the authorities will release the revised official answer key. Also the objection fee will be refunded to the candidate whose objections are found to be genuine. 

    Steps to submit CAT Answer Key Objections

    If a candidate wishes to raise objections for the CAT 2020 answer key, they can do so by filling the CAT answer key objection form. The form can be filled by using their CAT login ID and Password. Candidates are also required to pay INR 1,000 per question in online mode along with the objection form. 

    Follow the steps given below while raising the objection against CAT Answer Key 2020:

    • Visit the official website of CAT 2020.

    • Click on the tab “Candidate Login”

    • Now enter CAT Login ID and password.

    • After that, candidates personal details page will open

    • Click on the tab “Objection form”

    • Use “+” icon to add an objection

    • Now candidates need to select details like Question number, section and type of objection needs to be chosen.

    • Pick one of the three options - (i) None of the options is a correct answer (ii) More than one option is a correct answer (iii) The answer key is incorrect. 

    • Pay objection fee i.e. INR 1200 per objection through debit/credit or Net banking.

    Transaction Processing fee for Challenging CAT Answer Key 

    Debit Card (Visa/Rupay/Master)

    0.75% of the value of the transaction for value up to INR 2,000 and 1.00% for value more than INR 2,000

    ATM-cum-Debit Cards

    0.75% of the value of the transaction for value upto INR 2000 and 1.00% for value more than INR 2,000

    Credit Card (Visa/Master)

    1.20% of the value of the transaction

    Credit Card (Amex/Diners Club)

    2.85% of the value of the transaction

    Cash Credit and Wallet

    1.75% of the value of the transaction

    Net Banking

    For HDFC,AXIS,ICICI- INR 18.00 per transaction and For SBI- INR 15.00 per transaction for rest of the banks.

    CAT Percentile predictor tool

    CAT 2019 Answer Keys PDF 

    ParticularsCAT 2019 Answer Keys
    CAT 2019 Slot 1 9:00 AM – 12:00 PMCAT 2019 Answer Key PDF
    CAT 2019 Slot 2 2:30 PM – 5:30 PMCAT 2019 Answer Key PDF

    CAT Percentile predictor tool

    After the exam is conducted, candidates can use CAT Percentile predictor tool to get an idea about the probable percentile. By using the answer key, candidates will know their overall/sectional score as well as the percentile for the same. Therefore, Collegedunia percentile predictor will help the candidates to estimate their percentiles and chances of getting shortlisted by management colleges.

    CAT Cut off 2020 (Expected)

    CAT Cut off 2020 (Expected)

    The expected CAT 2020 Cut Off percentiles for General Category candidates for admission to the top 20 IIMs is tabulated below. Hence it is the final cutoffs on the basis of which the candidates will be called for the interview round. Candidates must note that for students belonging to General Category, the cutoff remains high every year (90-100) but for the students belonging to reserved category, there is relaxation of marks.



    IIM Ahmedabad


    IIM Bangalore


    IIM Calcutta


    IIM Lucknow


    IIM Indore


    IIM Kozhikode


    IIM Amritsar


    IIM Nagpur


    IIM Sambalpur


    IIM Trichy


    IIM Raipur


    IIM Kashipur


    IIM Ranchi 


    IIM Vizag


    IIM Bodhgaya


    IIM Udaipur


    IIM Sirmaur


    IIM Shillong


    CheckPrevious Years Cutoff

    Frequently Asked Questions

    CAT Answer Key FAQs

    Question: What are the benefits of releasing CAT Answer key 2020?

    Ans. One of the reasons for the release of the answer key is to ensure transparency and secondly to let the candidates know about their probable score based on the responses given by them in CAT 2020. As this will help the candidates to get an idea about the prospective institutes from where they are likely to get a call for the next round of selection.

    Question: Will the candidates get an opportunity to challenge the answer key?

    Ans. Candidates who appeared for the entrance exam can submit the objection against the answer key by paying the requisite fee.

    Question: Is there any provision to get the money refunded for the answers that I have raised objection to?

    Ans. The money will be refunded only if the experts find the challenges raised by you as genuine and correct or else the money will not be refunded in any case.

    Question: What is the procedure to check CAT Answer key?

    Ans. In order to check the answer key, candidates who appeared for CAT exam need to provide their login Id and passwords for the same.

    Question: When will CAT Answer key be released?

    Ans. Normally the candidate’s answer key allong with the question paper is released within a week’ time after the exam is conducted.

    Question: Is there any provision of re-evaluation and re-checking in CAT?

    Ans. No, there is no provision of re-evaluation and re-checking in CAT.

    Question: Till when can I raise an objection to the answer key?

    Ans. The opening and closing dates of CAT answer key objection process will be declared after the release of CAT Answer key. The candidates are allowed to raise objections, if any, during that period only. No request will be entertained after that or after the result declaration by the authorities. 

    Question: When will CAT 2020 Result be declared?

    Ans. CAT 2020 Result will be declared in the first week of January 2021.

    *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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