CAT is the abridged form of the Common Admission Test, a national level management entrance exam. CAT is conducted once in a year and is. Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) conduct CAT on a rotational basis in online mode. CAT scores are accepted by IIMs and other top B-Schools Candidates who qualify the entrance exam with good marks on the basis of cut-off for CAT, are called upon for further rounds as a part of IIM admission process.

The CAT exam 2020 registration will be available tentatively in the first week of August.

CAT exam will be a three-hour computer-based test. Candidates will be required to answer 100 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) divided into three major sections i.e. Quantitative Ability (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC).

To make candidates aware of the CAT exam pattern, the mock test will be released tentatively in the third week of October as per the CAT 2020 exam date.

CAT 2020 exam date is likely to be November 29. The result of CAT 2020 will be declared in the first week of January 2021 post which the IIMs and the CAT 2020 participating institutes will undertake their selection process. On the basis of the CAT 2020 cutoff, shortlisted candidates will be called for further rounds of Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). Note that a Common Admission Process (CAP) will be conducted by the newly formed IIMs in order to shortlist the candidates for WAT/GD and PI rounds.

  • Educational Qualification: All candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from any recognized university or educational institute.

  • Minimum Marks Required: In Bachelor's degree a minimum of 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA will be mandatory for all candidates.

  • Category Requirement: Candidates belonging to the reserved category {Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)}, will be required to have minimum 45 percentage in Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from any recognized university or educational institute.

  • Appearing Candidates: The final year candidates who will be appearing in Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification exam at the time of commencement of registration and those who have completed degree course but are awaiting results will be able to apply for CAT 2020.

  • Age Limit: To fill the CAT exam registration, authorities will not put any age limit/ age restriction.


Section Name

No. of Questions

Total Marks


Verbal Ability(VA)



60 mins

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning(DILR)



60 mins

Quantative Ability(QA)



60 mins




180 mins (3 hrs)

There are both MCQ type questions and TITA based questions. For every correct MCQ and TITA based question +3 is awarded. For every wrong MCQ answer there is a penalty of -1. There is no penalty for TITA bases questions. Approximately 33 questions were of TITA type in CAT 2019.

The list of 20 IIMs are as follows: Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Indore, Khozikode, Tiruchirapalli Rohtak Raipur Vishakhpattnam Shillong Udaipur Nagpur Kashipur Ranchi Amritsar Bodh Gaya Jammu Sirmaur Sambalpur.