CAT Exam 2020- Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus

CAT Exam 2020- Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus

CAT Exam 2020- Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus, Registrations, Centres, Results

What is CAT?

Common Aptitude Test- CAT is a computer-based test for admission in postgraduate management programs in India. CAT provides admissions for more than 500 MBA colleges in India including All 20 IIMs, FMS, JBIMS, SPJIMR, MDI, IMT, DoMS IITs, IISc, etc.

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Here is the information about the colleges which conducted the exam:

  • 2009 – Ahmedabad
  • 2010 – Lucknow
  • 2011 – Calcutta
  • 2012 – Kozhikode
  • 2013 – Indore
  • 2014 – Indore
  • 2015 – Ahmedabad
  • 2016 – Banglore
  • 2017 – Lucknow
  • 2018 – Calcutta
  • 2019 – Kozhikode
  • 2020 – Indore

CAT Key Highlights

  • Exam Level:     National
  • Application Mode: Online
  • Language: English
  • Exam Mode: Online
  • Exam Date:  November 29, 2020
  • Application Fee: Rs. 2000

Important Dates(Tentative)

  • CAT 2020 Notification Date: July 27, 2020
  • CAT 2020 Registration Start Date: August 4, 2020
  • Last Date to Apply for CAT 2020: September 18, 2020
  • CAT 2020 Admit card Issue: October 24, 2020
  • Last Date for CAT 2020 Admit Card Download: November 29, 2020
  • CAT 2020 Result Announcement: January 5, 2021

Eligibility for CAT

The candidate is eligible for CAT if he/she satisfies the following criteria:

  1. The candidate should own a Bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% for SC, ST, and PWD/DA category).
  2. the percentage received in bachelor’s degree could be calculated on the premise of practice observed through the involved college/institution. In the case of grades/CGPA, the conversion might be based on the manner defined via the involved university/ organization.
  3. In the absence of any percent conversion scheme, the candidate’s CGPA could be divided through the most possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.
  4. applicants appearing for the very last year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to apply for CAT.

Also read How to Prepare for CAT 2020

CAT Exam Pattern

The Paper has three sections:

  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  3. Quantitative Ability (QA)

Total Duration of Exam: 180 minutes

Total Number of questions: 100

There is a sectional time limit for each section.

Break-up of Time and Questions section-wise are:

  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension – 34 Questions – 60 minutes
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning – 32 Questions- 60 minutes
  3. Quantitative Ability – 34 Questions – 60 minutes

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The exam is conducted in two sessions- morning and Evening Slot on the same day.

There are two types of scores in the exam: a raw score and a scaled score.

The raw score is calculated for each section based on the number of questions one answered correctly, incorrectly, or left unattempted. Candidates are given +3 points for each correct answer and -1 point for each incorrect answer. No points are given for questions that are not answered. The raw scores are then adjusted through a process called equating. Equated raw scores are then placed on a common scale or metric to ensure appropriate interpretation of the scores. This process is called scaling.

1. Applicants will be given 180 mins to answer the questions. every section is allocated 60 minutes. The applicants cannot select any phase, to begin with, or switch from one segment to another. they will need to comply with the question paper chronologically, from segment 1-3.
2. The total marks of the CAT paper will be 300. every question will carry three marks. There can be a negative marking of -1 for each wrong attempt. There won’t be any deduction of marks in case a candidate chooses not to attempt a given question.
3. A few questions in every section may not be of more than one choice type, therefore the solutions will need to be typed at the display.
4. The use of a fundamental on-screen calculator will be allowed for computation.

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Number of CAT Registrations over the years

CAT Application Process

CAT application form is to be submitted online with payment of application fee through Credit Card, Debit Card, or Net Banking.
The CAT registration process is a three-step online process.
The three-step registration process involves – registration, login, and filling the application form. After registering, applicants have to fill the application form on the official website.
As per the rules:
Candidates will have four options to select the test cities in order of preference. The applicants need not rush during the initial registration days to block slots.
Also, the students do not have the option to choose the exam center. They will be granted their first preferred city as a test center. In case, they do not get the first preference, the same process will be repeated for the second, third, and fourth preferred city.

STEP 1: CAT Application Procedure

CAT application form is to be submitted online with payment of application fee through Credit Card, Debit Card, or Net Banking.

STEP 2: CAT Admit Cards

CAT admit cards will available for download on the official website. CAT aspirants must download their admit cards from the official website as they won’t be sent to them by post.

STEP 3: CAT Results

CAT result will be mostly declared in January second week. The test takers can check their scores and download their scorecards from the official website. Based on their scores they will be invited by the IIMs for further rounds. CAT score is accepted by most of the management institutes in India.

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CAT Exam 2020 Syllabus

1. Mathematics or Quantitative Section

CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability

  • LCM and HCF
  • Percentages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Averages; Ratio and Proportion and others
  • Number System (3-4) questions
  • Algebra (5-7 questions)
  • Geometry/Mensuration (6-8 questions)
  • Pure Math (1-2 questions)
  • Venn diagrams and other topic-based questions are 2-3
  • Linear Equations; Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm; Progressions
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability Functions
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry

Key Facts on Quantitative Ability Syllabus in CAT & Type of questions 

  • Number of Questions: 34.
  • Sectional weightage in CAT Syllabus: 34%
  • Type of Questions: MCQs and Non-MCQs
  • The past trend in the CAT exam syllabus for Quant shows that there are 24 to 27 MCQs and 7 to 10 Non-MCQs in the Quant section of the CAT exam.
  • More emphasis on Arithmetic to promote academic diversity. Number of questions in Arithmetic: 10 to 12

2. English or Verbal Section is also known as VARC (Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension)

CAT Syllabus for Reading Comprehension

  • Current affairs making an impact on Social Life, International Affairs, Govt policies, and Schemes for example Triple Talaq, Clean India Mission, Migration of people from one country to other, Growing intolerance across the Globe,
  • Business & Economic RC Passages for example Global economic changes, economic development at the cost of environment, Impact of Demonetization in India, Wasteful expenditure by Governments
  • RC passages from various English Literature books, from articles authored by great philosophers, thinkers, from various speeches of great personalities like passages from Charles Dickens, Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi, Churchill among others
  • Passages on Science & Culture including the journey to the Modern world; Fading culture with the advancement of technology
  • Abstract topics and fiction are also included in the Reading Comprehension Syllabus for CAT. These passages make the candidates think much leading to put themselves in the author’s shoes before answering the questions following these passages since they are opinion based.
  • RC Passages on Historical events leading to social changes for example French Revolution, War of Roses, Social changes in Indian History and thoughts shared by  various activists which are very much relevant even today
  • RC Passages from Mythology. These passages try to correlate the Mythological events with the current social structure and answers to the questions on them have to be inferred.

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Key Facts on RC Syllabus in CAT & Type of questions 

  • Number of Questions: 24
  • Sectional Weightage in CAT Syllabus: 34%
  • Type of passages in CAT Exam Syllabus on RC: 3 Long and 2 shorter
  • Division of questions: 6 questions based on each long passage and 3 questions based on each shorter passage. Sometimes a uniform number of 5 questions follow 4 RC passages and 1 RC Passage is followed by 4 questions.
  • Type of Questions: All of MCQ type with a penalty of 1/3rd negative marking
  • Format of questions: Questions based on information in RC passage; explanation of the words & phrases as used in the passage; In the context of the passage –True/false statements; Author’s view on various issues raised in the RC passage; Inference from the passage; the main idea of RC passage; Purpose of the RC passage
  • Length of RC passages in CAT Syllabus: Longer RC passages are of around 900 words; shorter passages are of around 600 words in the CAT exam syllabus as reflected in the last 3 years.
  • Past trends of topics in RC Syllabus for CAT: Genetics, Second World War; Plastic Pollution; Elephant society; Consumer Behaviour; Status of Languages in 2115; Education System; Sustainable Economic Development; Anthropology /Excruciating Rituals & Reasons; Govt. Definition of Poverty and treatment of Household work.

CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability

  • The essence of short paragraph/Para summary – (3-4 questions);
  • Jumbled Paragraphs (3-4 questions)
  • Out of Context Sentence in Jumbled paragraphs (2-3 questions)
  • Error Correction of Verb, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb, and other parts of speech in the Sentences.
  • Correcting the sequence of sentences in the paragraph, for example, correct use of the conditional sentence, time clauses, reported speech, passive writing
  • Vocabulary usage – picking the correct pair of words
  • Vocabulary usage in RC passages – finding out the correct synonyms and antonyms
  • Fill in the blanks with correct vocabulary words
  • Completion of the last sentence of Paragraphs
  • Analogies
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Sentence Completion
  • Facts, Inference, and Judgement
  • Irrelevant Statements
  • Phrasal Verbs Usage

Key Facts on Verbal Ability Syllabus in CAT & Type of questions 

  • Number of Questions: 10
  • Sectional Weightage in CAT Syllabus: 10%
  • Type of Questions: All of Non-MCQ type with No penalty for the wrong answer
  • Format of questions: Essence of paragraph questions is based on around 5-6 sentences; questions on Jumbled paragraphs and out of context jumbled paragraphs have 4 -5 jumbled sentences that are to be placed in a coherent manner. The out of context sentence has to be picked out.

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4. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Section

CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation (DI)

  • Data Tables
  • Data charts
  • Bar diagrams & Charts including Simple, Stacked, Composite Bar charts
  • Pie charts
  • Graphs – Line X-Y Graphs
  • Data analysis and Data comparison among others
  • Caselet based Data

Key Facts on Data Interpretation Syllabus in CAT & Type of questions 

  • Number of Questions: 16 divided into MCQs and Non- MCQs
  • Sectional weightage in CAT Syllabus: 16%
  • Past trend of topics in CAT Syllabus for DI: Table (Student Pass percentages over 5 years; Comprehension – Marks in Two sections of papers; Films, Launch, Completion, Release, and Profits; Table on Consumption of Veg and Non-Veg Protein; Happiness Index: 4 questions based on Table; Kids Learning in Rural Areas: Data table based 4 questions; Flight operation Questions were in the set of 4 questions.
  • Questions on Data Interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), Venn diagram, are asked. Data could be given in the form of tables, charts, or graphs. In this section it is tested that how candidates can interpret the given data and answer questions based on it.

CAT exam Syllabus for Logical Reasoning (LR)

  • Clocks
  • Calendars
  • Binary logic
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Blood Relations (Family Tree)
  • Logical Sequence
  • Assumption
  • Premise
  • Conclusion
  • Linear and matrix arrangement
  • Team Formation
  • Direction sense and Decision Making
  • Input-Output
  • Series
  • Syllogism
  • Cubes
  • Rows
  • Set Theory, Venn Diagrams, Network Diagrams
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Puzzles
  • Logical Reasoning based on Rankings
  • Critical Reasoning

Key Facts on Logical Reasoning Syllabus in CAT & Type of questions 
CAT entrance exam syllabus defines that questions in the LR section can be individual or can be in the set of 4 questions.

  • Weightage of LR Syllabus questions in CAT exam: 16%
  • Total LR questions in CAT syllabus for 2020 exam: 16
  • Type of Questions: MCQs & Non-MCQs
  • Past trend of topics in CAT LR Syllabus: Distribution/Arrangement; Venn Diagrams;  Arrangement of files in folders; Students using various Trains and the fares for the same; Seating Arrangement; Direction sense for Cars; Ordering items; Burgers/Fries/ Ice Cream.

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CAT Exam Centres

There are 156 test cities all over India for CAT Exam 2020.

  1. Andhra Pradesh 
    • Chittoor
    • Kurnool
    • Nellore
    • Tirupati
    • Vijayawada
    • Visakhapatnam
  2. Arunachal Pradesh
    • Itanagar
  3. Assam
    • Dibrugarh
    • Guwahati
    • Silchar
  4. Bihar
    • Aurangabad
    • Gaya
    • Muzaffarpur
    • Patna
    • Purnea
  5. Chandigarh
    • Muzaffarpur
  6. Chattisgarh
    • Bhilai
    • Raipur
  7. Delhi
    • New Delhi
  8. Goa
    • Madagaon
    • Verna
  9. Gujarat
    • Ahmedabad
    • Gandhinagar
    • Rajkot
    • Surat
    • Vadodara
    • Anand
  10. Haryana 
    • Ambala
    • Bahadurgarh
    • Faridabad
    • Gurgaon
    • Palwal
    • Rohtak
    • Panipath
    • Sonipath
  11. Himachal Pradesh
    • Shimla
    • Solan
  12. Jammu & Kashmir
    • Jammu
  13. Jharkhand
    • Jamshedpur
    • Ranchi
    • Dhanbad
  14. Karnataka
    • Bengaluru
    • Belgaum
    • Bidar
    • Mangalore
    • Mysore
    • Shimoga
    • Udupi
    • Ramanagara
    • Davanagere
    • Chikballapur
    • Mandya
    • Kolar
    • Hassan
    • Tumkur
  15. Madhya Pradesh
    • Bhopal
    • Indore
    • Gwalior
    • Sagar
    • Jabalpur
  16. Maharashtra
    • Ahmednagar
    • Amravati
    • Aurangabad
    • Jalgaon
    • Kolhapur
    • Mumbai
    • Nagpur
    • Nashik
    • Navi Mumbai
    • Pune
    • Solapur
    • Nanded
    • Ratnagiri
    • Satara
    • Thane
  17. Meghalaya
    • Shillong
  18. Puducherry
    • Puducherry
  19. Punjab
    • Fatehgarh
    • Sahib
    • Jalandhar
    • Ludhiana
    • Mohali
    • Patiala
    • Ropar
    • Sangrur
    • Paghwara
  20. Rajasthan
    • Jaipur
    • Jodhpur
    • Kota
    • Udaipur
    • Sikar
    • Alwar
    • Ajmer
  21. Tamil Nadu
    • Chennai
    • Coimbatore
    • Madurai
    • Namakkal
    • Tiruchirappalli
    • Tirunelvelli
    • Thanjavur
  22. Telangana
    • Hyderabad
    • Karim Nagar
    • Khammam
  23. Uttar Pradesh
    • Agra
    • Allahabad
    • Ghaziabad
    • Gorakhpur
    • Greater Noida
    • Kanpur
    • Lucknow
    • Meerut
    • Varanasi
    • Mathura
    • Bairelly
  24. West Bengal 
    • Hooghly
    • Howrah
    • Kolkata
    • Kalyani
    • Siliguri
    • Burdwa

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CAT Exam 2020 Admit Card Download

Admit cards for CAT Exam 2020 will be available for download from the scheduled date till the examination date. Registered candidates can download the admit cards by using their login ID and password.
The test takers must download their admit cards and take a printout of it before the last date as no hard copies will be sent by post.
Admit card is a mandatory document to be carried to the exam hall. Any candidates found without the admit card will not be allowed to take the test. Thus, the candidates must keep their admit cards safe.

To download the admit card, a candidate needs to follow the below-mentioned steps:
1. Visit the official website
2.Enter registration ID and password
3. Once logged in, click on CAT Admit Card tab
4.Download the admit card
5. Take a print out of the admit card

CAT Answer Key

CAT answer key is expected to be released 4-5 days after the CAT exam. The answer keys are released online on the official CAT website. The candidates can check their responses by login into the CAT website by using their CAT ID and password. CAT answers key carries each candidate’s name, registration number, questions, and his/her responses.

The following is displayed in the CAT answer key:

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  • Name of the candidate
  • CAT registration number
  • CAT exam center
  • Test date
  • Test time
  • Question
  • Question type
  • Status
  • Question ID
  • Right option/answer

CAT Exam 2020 Results

CAT Exam 2020 results will be declared on January 5, 2021, in the morning hours. Immediately after the CAT result declaration, IIMs will start announcing they’re shortlisted on the basis of CAT scores and other parameters in their shortlisting criteria for final selection round. The final admission offer will be made to the candidates in the months of April/May 2021 by IIMs

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