IIM Indore to Coordinate CAT 2020: Official Notification, Exam Dates and Registration Process

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    IIM Indore will be the coordinating body for Common Admission Test (CAT ) 2020. Official notification for which has been released on July 29 and the exam will be conducted on November 29, 2020. Professor Harshal Lowalekar has been appointed as the convenor of the exam this year. As several exams are getting conducted as Remote proctored internet based test, no change is expected in testing mode of CAT 2020 as stated by the convener. Check CAT 2020 Complete Details

    Latest Update: CAT Application process will commence from August 5 and will be available till September 16, 2020. Apply Here

    • IIM Indore has increased CATApplication fee from this session onwards, General/OBC candidates have to payINR 2000 while SC/ST/PwD candidates are required to submit INR 1000.
    • CAT Admit Card will be release on October 28 and will be available till exam day.
    • No changes have been introduced in exam pattern and testing mode of the exam.
    • Offcial mock test will be released on October 16 in order to help candidates understand the test structure.
    • Dr Himanshu Rai, Director of Indian Institute of Management Indore has also stated that as of now no delay is expected in CAT 2020. Decisions depend on Government mandates

    Non-IIM institutions willing to use CAT Score were asked to fill the application form and the MoU regarding the same along with all the necessary documents by July 15, 2020. CAT is conducted every year for admission to MBA Courses in premium institutes like IIMs.

    COVID-19 and Possible Disruptions in CAT 2020

    It is specified on the official website that dates announced by the conducting body are dependent upon decisions taken by Central and State governments regarding COVID-19. As the nation is witnessing constant rise in the number of virus infected cases thaere are various speculations regarding CAT 2020:

    • If no relaxation is observed in Coronavirus cases, it is speculated that CAT 2020 will be conducted as remote proctored internet based test.
    • It is most likely that CAT application process dates get extended, as it was observed in other prominent entrance exams.
    • As there is no increase in number of exam centers for CAT 2020 (156 cities for now), authorities are not planning to conduct the exam in online mode. 
    • IIM Indore is an experienced institute to conduct the exam, TCS testing partner for CAT has been quite successful in conducting computer based test.
    • Dr Himanshu Rai, IIM Indore director assured that the exam will be conducted keeping in kind safety of candidates and abiding by government decsions. 

    CAT 2020 Highlights

    CAT 2020 Conducting bodyIndian Institute of Management, Indore
    CAT 2020 Exam DateNovember 29, 2020 
    CAT 2020 Mode of Registration process Online
    CAT 2020 Application ProcessAugust 5 – September 16, 2020
    Changes in CAT Over the Years

    Changes in CAT Over the Years

    • In 2009, CAT applicants faced the biggest change in the exam when CAT was turned from paper-based to computer-based test. Earlier it was organized by a US-based company named ‘Prometric’, but after the virus attack which caused the server to slow down, the 2009 session was conducted in a pen and paper mode only. The exam is currently being conducted by Tata Consultancy Services, since 2014 
    • The exam duration was changed from 140 minutes to 170 minutes in 2009, and later to 180 minutes 
    • CAT introduced on-screen calculator and non-MCQ type questions in 2015
    • Changes in the number of questions - In 2014, CAT comprised 50 questions in each section. Prior to this distribution of questions, the exam consisted of 60 questions in total with 30 questions incorporated in each section. 
    • The registration fee was increased from INR 1800 to INR 1900 and INR 900 to INR 950 for General and SC/ST/PwD candidates respectively
    • New modes of fee payment such as PayU, BillDesk and PayTM were added in CAT from 2018
    • JNU was added to the list of CAT score accepting institutes for admission into MBA programme offered by School of Management and Entrepreneurship 

    CAT Conducting Body Previous Year Trends

    CAT Conducting Body Over the Years

    CAT is generally convened by anyone of the old generation IIMs. It should 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 Important Dates

    CAT 2020 Important Dates

    Although CAT is conducted each year in the last week of November, in 2016 IIM Bangalore decided to schedule the exam for December 4. This shows that there is no fixed date for the exam. As per previous years’ trends, CAT 2020 Application forms are expected to be out by August 08, 2020. All exam related events and their dates are mentioned below in a tabulated format - 

    CAT 2020 Official NotificationJuly 29, 2020
    CAT 2020 Application FormAugust 5, 2020
    CAT 2020 Form Correction WindowSeptember 27- September 30, 2020
    Release of CAT Admit Card 2020October 28 – November 29, 2020 
    CAT 2020 Exam DateNovember 29, 2020 
    CAT Result Date 2020First Week of January 2021
    CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

    CheckEligibility Criteria to Apply for CAT 2020

    CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

    The exam is conducted in two sessions and CAT exam pattern changes every year in terms of difficulty level and question distribution variation. The first two sections of CAT include - Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation followed by Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning section. For every correct answer, 3 marks are awarded and a mark is deducted for each incorrect one. Candidates are advised to skip a few answers instead of providing incorrect answers as there will be no negative marking for unanswered questions. 

    Exam Duration and SlotSlot 1: 9 am to 12p, Slot 2: 2pm to 5 pm
    Number of Sections3
    Exam Duration180 Minutes, 60 minutes for each section
    Medium of ExamEnglish Only
    Total Questions100 (VARC-34, DILR-32, QA-34)
    Type of QuestionsMCQs and Non MCQs
    Total Marks Allotted300

    Check Detailed syllabus for CAT 2020

    The Quantitative Ability and Verbal & Reading Comprehension sections comprise 34 questions each, whereas the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section includes 32 questions in total. This distribution of questions has been the same since CAT 2015. Moreover, candidates can review their answers for a section during the time provided for reviewing answers as they cannot access it once the section is completed. Candidates will always hear some guff about one session being far tougher or far easier than the other(s) and therefore better/worse for candidates. There is not much basis to support this analysis.

    Steps for Registration to acquire a non-IIM CAT 2020 Membership for Accepting CAT 2020 Score

    IIM Indore has mentioned the following steps for acquiring a non-IIM CAT 2020 Membership for the institutes to accept CAT 2020 Score for Admission process. The Application form and Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) must be duly filled on or before July 15, 2020.

    Step 1 - Click on the links and download the application form and the MoU 

    Step 2 - Non- IIM Institutes will have to pay a non-refundable annual fee through bank transfer in the bellow mentions account

    Account NameIIMICAT2020
    Account Number2635101007183
    BankCanara Bank
    BranchPigdambar Branch

    Step 3 - Non-IIM Institutes will have to send the scanned copies of all the necessary documents duly filled, stamped and signed along, that have been listed in the application form through email on

    Step 4 - The Non-IIMS Institutes will also have to send two copies of the MoU and a copy of the application form and other original documents to Admissions Office of IIM Indore on or before July 15, 2020.

    Program Brochure can be sent separately along with hard copies of documents as mentioned in step-4

    They will have to send the documents to the address which is mentioned below

    CAT Centre, C/o. Admissions Office Indian Institute of Management

    Indore Prabandh Shikhar,

    Rau-Pithampur Road,


    Madhya Pradesh, India.



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