The last date of application for CAT 2020 is 23 September 2020. Interested candidates must register themselves by visiting the official CAT website i.e. and filling out the application form available online.

The Common Admission Test, usually referred to as CAT, is one of the most popular and most popular MBA entrance examinations conducted across the world. The examination is normally carried out by one of the 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as a pre-requisite for admission to the postgraduate and fellow management programs offered by the leading institutes. There are more than 100 institutes offering admission on the basis of the marks earned by the candidates for the CAT Exam. The test is of interest due to the number of candidates taking part. Almost 2 Lakh candidates take the exam every year and more than 5000 seats are offered by the 20 IIMs currently operating in India.

The CAT Exam 2020 is scheduled to be conducted by IIM Indore on 29 November 2020.

Facts about Common Admission Test (CAT):

Name of the examinationCommon Admission Test (CAT)
Conducting AuthorityIIMs, CAT 2020 will be conducted by IIM Indore
Examination TypeNational Level Examination
Number of candidates appearing for examNearly 2 Lakhs candidates every year
Exam PatternMultiple-Choice Questions and Non-Multiple-Choice Questions
Number of questions100 questions
Negative Marking1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer of MCQs.No mark would be deducted for Non-MCQs
Mode of examinationOnline

CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

  • The basic requirement is to have a Bachelor’s degree in any area with at least 50 % overall from a recognized university.
  • Candidates are also qualified to apply for the test during the final year.
  • No minimum age and number of students have been specified for each student to obtain admission. However, entry into the IIMs is not assured merely by meeting the eligibility criteria of the Common Admission Exam.
  • Applicants taking the examination must ensure that they comply with the specified minimum eligibility criteria. It is the first step towards being part of the most relevant entrance test for management.

CAT 2020 Syllabus

The question paper consists primarily of three parts, namely Quantitative Aptitude, Data Analysis & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC). Each portion consists of a number of topics to be discussed in order to qualify for the test.

An Overview of CAT Syllabus

Following are the three sections of the CAT Exam:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  3. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
TopicsNo. of Questions
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension34
Quantitative Aptitude34
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning32


There are 34 questions in this segment. The Syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude is broad and requires continuous practice. It is really important to be aware of all the tricks and techniques used to solve the problems. Students had to go through and solve all manner of problems. This in turn strengthens their ability to solve the problem.

Number SystemsRatio and Proportions
LCM & HCFAverages
Profit, Loss & DiscountQuadratic and Linear Equations
PercentagesComplex Numbers
Speed, Time, and DistanceLogarithm
Time & WorkBinomial Theorem
Simple and Compound InterestSequences & Series
Surds & IndicesInequalities
ProbabilityPermutation and Combination
Set TheoryFunctions & Geometry
Coordinate GeometryTime and Distance
Mixtures & AllegationsTrigonometry

Since there are a large number of topics under each subcategory, the CAT 2020 syllabus has been limited to the following sub-topics:

Quants TopicsSub Topics
ArithmeticTime, Work and Distance, Age Questions, Average, Percentage, Simplification, Ratio & Proportion, HCF & LCM, and Number System
AlgebraSequence & Series, Permutation & Combination, Quadratic Equation, Theory of Equations
GeometryAngles, Lines, Circles, Triangles
MensurationPipes & Cistern, Sphere, Cones, Cubes, Circles, Triangle, Squares, and Cylinder (Area and Volume)
CalculusMaxima, Minima, and Functions
TrigonometryTrigonometric Ratios, Heights, and Distance


This section contains 34 questions, of which 24 are from Reading Comprehension and the other 10 are from Verbal Ability.

Synonyms and Antonyms (Based on Vocabulary)Grammar or English Usage
Sentence CorrectionFill in the Blanks
Jumbled ParagraphCloze Passage
AnalogiesReverse Analogies
Meaning/Usage MatchVerbal Reasoning
Summary QuestionsReading Comprehension
Facts inferences JudgementIdioms and Phrases


It can be concluded as the most difficult segment for candidates to appear in the test. There are two aspects of this section, namely Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.

This section has 32 questions to be completed in allotted time of 1 hour. Following are the topics to prepare:

Bar GraphsColumn Graphs
Venn DiagramsLine Charts
Pie ChartsCombination of Graphs
Data SufficiencyGames and Tournaments
Data ArrangementPuzzles
Logical ConnectivesMatching
Clocks and CalendarsVenn Diagram
AssumptionsSeating Arrangement
Blood RelationsBinary Logic
Numbers and Letters SeriesLogical Sequence

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

The Indore Indian Institute of Management (IIM Indore) has published the CAT 2020 Exam Pattern Information. The review pattern for the current year has been marginally updated and since 2014 the same has been continued. The Common Admission Test is a computer-based entrance examination that analyzes the abilities of candidates in different segments needed to qualify for the entrance exam. While the CAT Exam Pattern has seen various changes over the past 4 years, the basic form remains the same.

The exam is scheduled to be conducted on 29 November 2020 via CBT mode this year. The question paper consists of three parts that comprise a total of 100 questions. These 100 questions are of form MCQ and Non-MCQ, which are to be completed for each segment in 3 hours, i.e. 1 hour.

A brief description of the CAT Exam Pattern is given below:

Total Number of Questions100
Total number of Sections3
Number of Questions with Negative Marking75
Number of Questions without Negative Marking25
Marks awarded for each correct answer3
Mark deducted for each incorrect answer1

Section-wise Exam Pattern

In each class, a section-wise bifurcation of the number of questions will help students prepare in a competent manner. There are three sections: Verbal Ability and Detailed Reasoning, Logical Reasoning and Data Analysis, and Quantitative Ability. MCQ and Non MCQ forms of questions are included in each chapter. Each correct answer shall be awarded 3 points, while 1 point shall be deducted as a penalty for each incorrect answer.

The bifurcation of the number of questions asked in each section, the number of questions asked by the MCQ and the NON-MCQ in each section, and the maximum marks for each section are given below:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Total Number of Questions34
Total Number of MCQs24 to 27
Total Number of Non-MCQ7 to 10
Maximum Marks102

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Total Number of Questions32
Total Number of MCQs24
Total Number of Non-MCQ8
Maximum Marks96

Quantitative Ability

Total Number of Questions34
Total Number of MCQs23 to 27
Total Number of Non-MCQ7 to 11
Maximum Marks102

How to Prepare for CAT Exam 2020

The biggest question that remains unanswered is how to plan for the test. In order to crack the test with good marks, it is very important to be aware of the minute specifics of each subject.

  • Aspirants can visit the official website to obtain a thorough overview of the syllabus that must be prepared in order to qualify for the entrance examination.
  • The keys to ensuring that everything is up to the mark are continuity and practice. To ensure perfection, solve problems pertaining to different parts. Don’t just concentrate on one segment. Preparation has to be well-rounded.
  • During the initial phase of your analysis, try to make your accuracy more perfect than your speed. To ensure perfection, solve problems pertaining to the different sections.

CAT 2020 Result

CAT Result is scheduled to be published in the second week of January 2020. Candidates will be able to review their percentiles and scaled scores after the results have been announced. Candidates will download their scorecard and save it for future reference before the admission process is completed.

CAT Exam Cut Off

After the test, the conducting body shall issue a cut-off mark on the basis of which the students are selected and admitted to the courses in which they are willing to pursue their careers.

The Cut Off is the minimum mark the applicant must score in order to qualify for the next round of the selection process. If the difficulty level of the CAT exam is high, the cut-off will below. The cut-off will depend on the difficulty level of the test, the number of institutes, and the number of seats available.

CAT Selection Procedure

The selection process for the CAT Exam is performed in two sessions. The first is to participate in and qualify the entrance test administered by one of the IIMs and the second is to appear in the group discussion and personal interview rounds conducting by the conducting body.

  • Applicants who qualify for the CAT entrance test are required to appear in both PI and GD rounds. This intimation typically depends on the success of the candidates at the CAT.
  • This selection process takes place under the guidance of each individual college, except the new IIMs. There is no such common counseling procedure for admission.