CAT Eligibility Criteria 2020- Age Limit, Qualification, Marks

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    CAT 2020 Eligibility is decided by IIM Indore the conducting body, details of which have been released in the official notification. As per the necessary criteria, candidates who have completed graduation degree with a minimum of 50% marks can Register for CAT 2020.  A relaxation of 5% marks is awarded to candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD categories. There is no restriction on age or number of attempts for CAT. Candidates of foreign origin fulfilling CAT Eligibility Criteria can also apply for the exam.

    Latest Update: CAT Registration has started from August 5 and will be available till September 16, 2020 on Apply Here!

    •  CAT 2020 notification was released on July 29 by IIM Indore . Exam is scheduled to take place on November 29, 2020. Check Details Here
    • Candidates having done their graduation in old system (If UGC recognises the degree) can appear for the exam.
    • Degree awarded to candidates by institutes must be recognised by an act of Parliament or under section 3 of UGC Act, 1965 or recognised by MHRD.
    • Candidates appearing in their final year of graduation can also apply for theexam provided they produce their passing certificates on or before June 2021.

    Read on to know more about CAT eligibility criteria, reservation scheme, work experience, documents required and other such details.

    CAT Eligibility

    CAT Academic Qualification

    CAT 2020 Eligibility: Academic Qualification

    • Candidate should have completed his/her 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.
    • For general and NC-OBC category candidates, the minimum percentage required in the bachelor’s degree is 50%.
    • Candidates from the reserved categories must attain a minimum aggregate percentage of 45% in the bachelor's program.
    • For candidates who are awarded grades or CGPA, the conversion of grades or CGPA will be according to the process certified by the university/ institute.
    • Candidates in the final year of the program or awaiting their results can also apply.
    Note: In such cases, a candidate will have to submit a certificate issued by Principal/Registrar of the College/Institution latest by June 30, 202. The certificate should state that the candidate has completed the requirements of the course.

    The academic qualification details of CAT Eligibility are tabulated below:

    QualificationUniversityPass Percentage
    Engineering Degree – B. Tech/ B.E.Recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)
    Bachelor’s Degree from any UniversityRecognized by UGC50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)
    Students who are pursuing the final year of their Bachelor’s degree can also take the examination.Continuing graduation from University Recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE or UGC50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)

    Degrees Accepted in CAT

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    CAT 2020 Eligibility: Marks Calculation

    As respective Institute or university from which candidates have passed their graduation follow their own practice to calculate aggregate marks, percentage calculation in CAT will be based on that.  

    Note 1: A recognized university is one that is constituted by an Act of the Central or State Legislature. It also includes any university or institute which is established by an act of Parliament or is declared as deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act of 1956.

    Note 2: In case of Universities which award grades or CGPA, but do not have a procedure for conversion of grades to the percentage, the equivalent percentage will be calculated by the given process:

    (Candidate’s CGPA/Maximum CGPA) X 100 = Equivalent Percentage

    Also Read CAT Participating Institutes 

    Degrees Accepted in CAT 2020

    There are certain degrees that are considered equivalent to a bachelor's degree. Candidates who possess or are pursuing any of these degrees are also eligible to appear for CAT 2020. The equivalent qualifications valid for appearing in CAT are listed below:

    1. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Technology of 4-years duration completed after 10+2 or Post B.Sc. or Post Diploma.
    2. A degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree in Engineering and Technology of Professional Societies recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE such as AMIE by Institution of Engineers, India or AMICE by Institute of Civil Engineers of India.
    3. Qualification is equivalent to bachelor’s degree recognized by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.
    4. Candidates with CA/CS/ICWA degree (Gen: 50% & SC/ST/ PWD: 45%) can also apply.
    5. A candidate with any other qualification not listed here can also apply, but they will have to produce an equivalency certificate issued by the  Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.

    Eligibility for Final Year Students

    Q&A on CAT

    Ques: In the case of Grades or GPA are not available, how will be the calculation of minimum marks for the eligibility criteria?

    Ans: If in case the Grading system or GPA score is not available for a particular college or university, the conversion of the percentage of marks will be done as per the procedure prescribed by the respective university or college.

    CAT Eligibility for Final Year Students

    • The eligibility criteria for CAT is a graduation, although final year students of various bachelor's degree courses can also take the test.
    • However, a candidate will be admitted into a course only if he clears graduation with at least 50% marks.
    • IIMs and other management institutes verify CAT eligibility at various stages of the selection process.

    After taking CAT 2020, shortlisted candidates must follow the following instructions-

    1. They must show an original certificate from the Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar/Director of the University/Institution certifying that they have obtained 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of reserved category) based on latest available grades/marks.
    2. They must also submit a set of photocopy of the original certificates at the time of the interview.

    For the PGP in IIMs, selected candidates will be allowed to join the program provisionally only if they submit a certificate, stating-

    1. They have completed all the requirements (the results may, however, be awaited) for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/ equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate.
    2. Their admission will be confirmed only when they submit the original mark sheet and degree certificate of having passed the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification referred to in the certificate issued by the Principal/Registrar of their college/institute.
    3. They must obtain at least 50% marks or equivalent. They must submit a photocopy of the mark sheets and degree certificate.
    4. Non-fulfillment of this condition will automatically result in the cancellation of the provisional admission.
    5. IIMs would not allow any candidate to join their program in case the candidate is unable to complete all the requirements for a bachelor degree.


    • During CAT 2020 Registration, the entered data is treated as final, and no change is permitted at a later stage. Any variation in data provided at the selection stage with the actual data will lead to the nullification of candidature.
    • Candidates must declare and maintain the following throughout the selection process:
    1. Valid and unique Email ID and a phone number
    2. CAT User ID (provided to you via email after completion of your online registration)

    Check CAT Exam Centers

    CAT vs IIM Eligibility

    CAT Eligibility vs IIM Eligibility: What is the Difference?

    There are certain differences between eligibility norms of IIMs and CAT eligibility and candidates due to appear for the exam must be aware of those differences. 

    There is no age limit defined in eligibility norms of IIMs or CAT. Though 2 Years Bachelors degree is not accepted by IIMs though acceptable to appear for CAT as per the old educational system. Apart from this there are no peculiar differences unless defined by IIMs in particular. As in work experience is preferential in IIMs along with diverity of academic and co-curricular activities whichare not mandatory to appear for CAT.

    Who isn’t eligible for CAT?

    The following aspirants are not eligible to sit for CAT 2020:

    • If the score of the candidate is less than 50% in graduation (45% for SC/ST/PwD candidates), he or she is not eligible to apply for CAT.
    • The candidates pursuing both their bachelor's degree and professional degree but have yet to complete both of them.
    • The candidate will be considered ineligible to appear for the exam if his/her graduation is not recognized by the UGC/AICTE/MHRD.

    Work Experience Requirement

    • It is not mandatory for candidates to hold any prior work experience.
    • Although CAT Application Form does ask for it, it is not a necessary condition to fulfill.
    • It must be noted that at the time of final selection, this work experience may be given some weightage by the IIMs. However, the exact weightage is never revealed and it varies from one IIM to another.
    • The bottom line is that work experience does not come into play till the last stage of final selection, and even then it does not play a deciding factor.
    • IIMs have been known to have a mixed batch comprising of both fresh graduates and students with work experience. 

    CAT Reservation Criteria

    CAT Reservation Criteria 2020

    • IIMs follow the reservation guideline of the central government for admission to their MBA programs.
    • Consequently, the reservation norms are also applicable to CAT 2020.
    • There are two types of reservations of seats at IIMs – Caste based reservation and Reservation for Differently abled individuals.
    • Following the 124th Amendment Bill in the Constitution of India, IIMs have also introduced the EWS quota this year.
    • Persons who are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs, STs, and OBCs and whose family has a gross annual income below Rs 8 lakh are only identified as EWS for benefit of reservation. Read EWS Quota CAT 2020 Details

    Caste Based Reservation Policy

    The candidates falling in the SC, ST, or NC-OBC category falls under the aegis of Caste-based reservation policy. The rules which apply to these categories are as follows:

    1. Candidates who belong to the SC or ST categories must have scored an aggregate of 45% in their Bachelor’s degree program.
    2. Candidates who belong to the NC-OBC category must have scored an aggregate of 50% in their Bachelor’s degree program.

    The distribution of seat reservation based on caste is given below:

    CategoryPercent of seats reserved
    Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
    Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
    Other Backwards Classes – Non-Creamy Layer (NC-OBC)27%

    Check CAT Reservation Criteria 

    Essential Documents for Caste Based Reservation

    • Candidates who apply under the caste-based reservation must upload their SC/ST/NC-OBC certificate while filling the online application form.
    • They will also need to produce the original certificate at the time of interview and admission.
    • The format for caste certificate is available on the CAT official website.
    • The benefit of reservation under EWS can be availed upon production of an Income and Asset Certificate issued by a Competent Authority.

    Reservation Policy for Differently Abled Candidates

    There is a separate reservation policy for differently abled candidates. The criteria for differently abled candidates are defined as below:

    • Hearing impairment
    • Low Vision blindness
    • Locomotor Disability/Cerebral Palsy

    This reservation is, however, applicable only for those candidates who suffer from the said disabilities at least to the extent of 40% or more. These candidates must possess a medical certificate stating the same, issued by an authorized medical authority.

    Reservation Norms for Differently Abled Candidates for CAT 2020

    1. There is a reservation of 3% seats for differently abled candidates in IIMs.
    2. Differently abled candidates need to have 45% marks in their graduate degree.
    3. Differently abled candidates will be provided with a wheelchair (blind candidates or those affected with a locomotor disability) at the exam center if selected during CAT Registration.
    4. Differently abled candidates in the low vision category can bring a scribe with them. There are no eligibility criteria set for scribes.

    CAT 2020: Essential Certificates

    Those applying under the Differently Abled category must upload a PwD/DA certificate at the time of applying. They also need to produce the original certificate at the time of interview in the desired format:

    1. Download NC-OBC Certificate
    2. Download SC-ST Certificate
    3. Download DA/PwD Certificate
    4. Download Format for Final Year Certificate
    5. DownloadFormat for Candidate Identification Affidavit

    Frequently Asked Questions

    CAT 2020 Eligibility FAQs

    Ques. I am yet to complete my Bachelor’s Degree/in the final year of Bachelor’s degree. What marks should I enter in my CAT Application form?

    Ans.  The Aggregate Percentage up to the last marks statement received from the University must be provided in the CAT application form.

    Ques. I am not pursuing or completed my Bachelor’s degree or any Professional degree. Can I appear for CAT 2020?

    Ans. As per CAT 2020 eligibility criteria, you are not eligible to appear for CAT 2020.

    Ques.  Can I appear for CAT for practice purpose, even though I am not eligible for the exam?

    Ans. No. You must fulfill the eligibility requirements to appear for CAT.

    Ques. I am a General category candidate with 49% in the Bachelor’s and 51%, for my Master’s degree. Am I eligible to apply for CAT 2020?

    Ans. No. you should have 50% or more in your graduation.

    Ques. I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in May-June 2020 but have a backlog. Am I eligible to apply for CAT 2020?

    Ans. Yes, candidates who complete their degree by May 2020 are eligible to appear for CAT.

    Ques.  Where are the notifications related to CAT 2020 Eligibility Announced?

    Ans. All the updated information and Notifications related to CAT 2020 Eligibility are announced on the official website of CAT.

    Ques. What are the Academic Qualifications required for CAT 2020?

    Ans. Candidate must possess a Bachelors degree having a minimum of 50% marks or has an equivalent GPA.

    Ques. What are the relaxations related to Academic Qualification of a candidate willing to appear for CAT 2020 and belongs to the reserved category?

    Ans. Candidates who belong to the reserved category are given a relaxation of 5%, i.e., candidates who belong to the reserved category must have 45% of their bachelor’s degree.

    Ques.  What if a particular university or Institute does not have a Grade calculating procedure?

    Ans. Candidates whose University or Institutes who do not have any grade calculating procedure will be required to divide the candidate’s marks with the maximum marks and then multiply it by 100.

    Ques.  What are the ‘Specified Disabilities’ required for PWD candidates to give CAT 2020?

    Ans. The categories of disability are:

    • In the case of blindness and low vision
    • deafness or if a candidate is hard of hearing
    • locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims, and muscular dystrophy,
    • Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and mental illness.
    • Multiple disabilities from amongst persons.

    Ques.  If a candidate has not completed his Bachelor’s degree or another professional degree, is he allowed to appear for CAT 2020?

    Ans. No, a candidate who has not completed his bachelor’s professional course is ineligible to sit for the exam.

    Ques. What if a candidate scores 49% of the Bachelor’s degree. Will they be allowed to appear for the exam?

    Ans. No, the candidate is required to have a minimum of 50% in their Bachelors to appear in the test.

    Ques. A candidate who has completed his/her bachelors in 2020 Eligible to sit for the examination?

    Ans. Yes, candidates can sit for the exam even if they complete their bachelors in the same year of appearing for the examination.

    Ques. Under which category can a candidate apply for CAT 2020?

    Ans. Candidates can apply in the following categories:

    • General
    • Scheduled Caste (SC)
    • Scheduled Tribe (ST)
    • Non-Creamy Other Backward Class (NC-OBC)
    • EWS category

    Ques. Is it possible for a candidate to appear for 2 slots in the CAT exam?

    Ans. No, a candidate cannot appear for more than one slot to give the exam.

    Ques.  What is the helpline number for the Helpdesk?

    Ans. Candidates can contact the exam authorities through- Toll-free number – 18002663549 Email –

    Ques. What are the Eligibilities of a Reader/Scribe?

    Ans. There are no particular eligibility criteria that a candidate is appearing as a reader needs to follow. However, candidates appearing as readers are required to carry a passport size photograph, ID proof and must sign a declaration of their educational qualification.

    Ques. From where can candidates obtain the form for a scribe or reader?

    Ans. There is no separate form for the reader. Candidate must mention himself as scribe or reader while filling the CAT 2020 Application Form.

    Ques. Where can a candidate submit his documents for verification?

    Ans. Candidates must upload all the required documents online while filling the application form of CAT 2020.

    Readers can clear their doubts through the comments section.

    *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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    mohd sajid

    my gardauation with 48.11% and I belongs to OBC Catagory am I eligible for MBC CAT Entrance..?

    30 Oct, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Sajid, as per percentage criteria, you are eligible for this exam.

    30 Oct, 2019 10:54
    prince babu kandikatla

    hi i am prince babu kandikatla i completed my graduate 2001 i am belongs to SC category i got 45% how much fees for cat exam give me your feedback through mobile 9154557368 or email

    17 Sep, 2019 11:23
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Prince, as you belong to SC category, total application fee payable for you is INR 950.

    18 Sep, 2019 14:44
    Ankur Kapoor

    I Already have My SC caste certificate with me.Which was updated in 2017 through edistrict.It can be easily verified.So do i still need to download the CAT caste certificate and get it verified from authorities

    14 Sep, 2019 00:20
    Shobhna Chaturvedi

    Hi Ankur, no, there is no need to get it verified again if it has been done already. However, you will have to upload the same while filling up the application form.

    18 Sep, 2019 14:48
    Ayush Jain

    What was the eligibility for cat MBA in bachelor degree and school 10 and 12th??

    08 Sep, 2019 01:03
    Megha Rohilla

    Hi Ayush Jain, the minimum eligibility for admission in MBA through CAT Exam is graduation or its equivalent qualification from recognized University with at least 50% marks.

    23 Sep, 2019 18:18
    Arvind kumar

    i am a working professional and completed my graduation in 2017 ,can i apply for CAT 2019 ,august ? i scored 78 % overall . please advise .thanks

    17 Jul, 2019 12:22
    Akhil Pasanth

    Hi Arvind, Yes you are eligible. The minimum percentage required to apply for CAT 2019 is 50% with graduation.

    17 Jul, 2019 15:35
    Nikhil Pahuja

    When we have to get final year certificate

    17 Oct, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Nikhil, It depends upon the college in which you get the classes for Law course. They will give you that information.

    17 Oct, 2018 11:18
    Nikhil Pahuja

    When we have to get final year certificate

    16 Oct, 2018 18:17
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Nikhil, It depends upon the college in which you get the classes for Law course. They will give you that information.

    17 Oct, 2018 11:18

    I am graduate 2018year from delhi university and pass out 50.5555%

    11 Oct, 2018 00:20
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Aman, The basic eligibility criteria, candidates who have completed graduation degree with 50% marks are eligible to apply for CAT 2018. Also, candidates in final year/semester are eligible. A relaxation of 5% marks is awarded to candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD categories. There is no restriction on age or number of attempts. Candidates of foreign origin fulfilling CAT Eligibility Criteria can apply.

    11 Oct, 2018 11:24
    Avanish Sharma

    Sir ma cat kaa exam kitni baar de sakta hu

    01 Oct, 2018 22:49
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Avanish, There is no Limit on the Number of times you can sit for CAT. There is no restriction on age or number of attempts.

    11 Oct, 2018 15:36
    Sushree satabdi Khuas

    Only graduation marks are important or school /college marks are also considered?

    15 Sep, 2018 16:24
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Sushree, Both the marks are considered, while taking the admission or appearing the Entrance test.

    17 Sep, 2018 11:08

    I have done my and after that I have taken lateral entry into course of which I am in final year.Is it compulsory to mention the degree? If compulsory,what will be the course duration for the degree? Will it be 3 as I have taken lateral entry or it will be 4 as of the original course?

    13 Sep, 2018 15:05

    I has an doubt regarding cat application form

    09 Sep, 2018 00:20
    Garima Bansal

    Hi Vishnu,Can you please share your doubts regarding the application form?

    10 Sep, 2018 16:37
    reddeiah thalari

    Hi sir I am doing mba final year but i am not satisfied at my college i am eligible for cat

    28 Aug, 2018 11:29
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Reddeiah,The basic Eligibility for CLAT:- For general and NC-OBC category candidates, the minimum percentage required in Bachelor’s degree is 50%. Candidates from the reserved categories must attain a minimum aggregate percentage of 45% in Bachelors.

    28 Aug, 2018 16:58
    kanika chhatwal

    HI, I have completed my MBA from Amity University (Distance) with a CGPA of 7 , can i apply for CAT?

    16 Aug, 2018 21:10
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Kanika, CAT Eligibility 2018 – Academic Qualification

    • 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.
    • For general and NC-OBC category candidates, the minimum percentage required in Bachelor’s degree is 50%.
    • Candidates from the reserved categories must attain a minimum aggregate percentage of 45% in Bachelors.
    • For candidates who are awarded grades or CGPA, the conversion of grades or CGPA will be according to the process certified by the University or Institute.
    • Candidates in the final year of the program or awaiting their results can also apply.

    As More Mentioned Above  Please read Carefully.

    17 Aug, 2018 16:54
    ajinkya kharke

    I am from ST category. I have Caste Certificate with me, but I don't have validity certificate. Do I require validity certificate for appearing through ST category for CST exam ? Or ST caste certificate is sufficient for appearing through CAT exam ? Will they ask me for validity certificate of ST afterwards ?

    08 Aug, 2018 22:27
    Akansha Expert

    Hi Ajinkya, Yes You need require validity certificate for appearing through ST category for CST exam, yes they will required the Caste certificate in Procedures.

    09 Aug, 2018 14:51
    samsung s7

    Did you get your caste validity certificate? Was it important for admission? In iim.

    21 Jan, 2019 14:01
    Sarthak Mahajan

    Yes, It's important for the admission procedure.

    21 Jan, 2019 18:41
    M r Shivashankari

    My son has completed B.Com (CS) in the Loyolo college in 2017 and scored 67 %, he is coming under SC reserved catogory, He did not do CAT or ZAT, will he get admission in MBA in LIBA please.

    03 Nov, 2017 00:20
    Bhawna Vedwal

    Hello Shivashankari, Admission to PGDM will be based on CAT or XAT scores followed by GD and PI. Loyola Institute of Business Administration(liba) consider CAT or XAT score for MBA admissions

    14 May, 2018 11:28
    Sonal Rohatgi

    I have not done my graduation, but I am in the final year of a professional course. Can I apply for CAT 2017?

    29 Jul, 2017 14:37
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Sonal, Yes, final year candidates can apply for the exam. For more details check CAT Eligibility

    29 Jul, 2017 15:57
    Surbhi Gupta

    Do the non-MCQs and MCQs carry equal scores?

    29 Jul, 2017 14:33
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Surbhi, No. The marking scheme for both kinds of questions vary. For the correct answer, +3 marks will be awarded whereas marking a wrong answer will penalty you -1 mark. In the case of Non-MCQs, no mark would be deducted for writing the incorrect answer.

    29 Jul, 2017 15:46
    Ruby Goyal

    What are the categories under which a candidate can apply?

    29 Jul, 2017 14:29
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Ruby, Only 4 acceptable categories are defined in the CAT 2017 exam:

    1. General
    2. Scheduled Caste (SC)
    3. Scheduled Tribe (ST)
    4. Other Backward Class (Non-Creamy Layer)

    29 Jul, 2017 15:44

    Can I appear for CAT 2017 for practice even if I am not eligible for the exam?

    29 Jul, 2017 14:26
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Jayant, No, you cannot appear for the exam as if you can't fulfill the eligibility criteria, your CAT Application Form will be rejected.

    29 Jul, 2017 15:43

    What are Testing Assistive devices?

    29 Jul, 2017 13:58
    Sakshi Garg Expert

    Hi Arindam, Testing devices are the functional electronic and non-electronic aids that are designed to give assistance to the physically disabled candidates so that candidates in need are able to perform the task successfully.

    29 Jul, 2017 15:07
    Rahul Bhagat

    This is my 3rd year of I want to do MBA from MATs university. It is important to give CATs examination for admission in MATs? Does it possible to take admission without giving any entrance examination ?

    21 Jun, 2017 00:20
    Kalpana Sharma Expert

    Hi Rahul, To get admission in MBA course from MATS University, It is necessary to give entrance exam CATs for this course. For further information, please find these link Eligibility criteria for MBA 

    01 Sep, 2017 11:55

    I got 88.1 percentile in CAT 2016, And 96 percentile in MAT SEPT 2016. Whether I can get admission in UBS or not ? Please guide me.

    06 Mar, 2017 11:58

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