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CAT (Common Admission Test) is a computer-based test organized annually for admission in graduate management programme. CAT 2020 will be conducted on November 29, 2020 (Sunday). IIM Indore has released CAT 2020 Admit Card today at 5:00 PM. Registered candidates can get access to the admit card using their registration ID and password. Click here to Download CAT Admit Card 2020

IM Indore will administer CAT 2020 process as per the new exam pattern. The paper will be conducted in three shifts as per the slot timings released by IIM Indore:

  • Morning: 8.30 AM to 10.30 AM
  • Afternoon: 12.30 PM to 2.30 PM
  • Evening: 4.30 PM to 6.30 PM
Release of CAT Admit Card 202028-Oct-20
Release of CAT Admit Card 202028-Oct-20
CAT 2020 Exam Date29-Nov-20
  • CAT 2020 will take place in over 425 exam centers due to COVID-19. Furthermore, the authorities also release official mock tests prior to the actual exam date, in order to give the applicants a basic idea about CAT Exam Pattern.
  • Candidates will be tested on their Quantitative, Verbal/Reading, Data Interpretation and Reasoning Skills. A total of 100 MCQ & Non-MCQ questions are to be attempted in 2 hour duration, with sectional time limit of 40 minutes.
  • Considering Coronavirus outbreak and lockdown situation across the country Online Preparation and Resources will give momentum to candidates preparing for the exam.

CAT 2020 Live Updates:

  • Notifications for XAT, IIFT, NMAT, SNAP Delayed for MBA Admissions 2021; No Change in CAT 2020 Read Here
  • AICTE: Admission Guidelines for MBA/PGDM Courses Revised for Academic Year 2020-2021 Read Here
ParticularsDetails
CAT 2020 Conducting BodyIIM Indore (Conducted by 1st Generation IIM on rotational basis )
CAT 2020 Official Websiteiimcat.ac.in
Duration2 Hours (120 Minutes; Sectional duration of 40 minutes)
Number of Sections3 (Quantitative Ability-34, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension-34, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning-32)
CAT Application ModeOnline (August 5 – September 23, 2020)
Medium of ExamEnglish (Exam is conducted in CBT mode)
CAT Helpdeskcathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in; 1800-2090-830
EventDates (Officially Announced)
CAT 2020 Official Notification29-Jul-20
CAT 2020 Application Form StartAugust 5, 2020 (10 am onwards)
CAT 2020 Application Form ClosingSeptember 23, 2020 (Uptill 5:00 pm)
Release of CAT Admit Card 2020October 28 – November 29, 2020
CAT 2020 Exam DateNovember 29, 2020
CAT Result Date 2020Second Week of January 2021 (Tentative)

Ques: Which IIM will be coordinating CAT 2020?

Ans: IIM Indore in an official statement declared that it will be coordinating CAT 2020. Official notification with complete details will release on last saturday of July 2020

CAT admit card 2020 will be issued by IIM Indore in online mode today at 5 pm for all the candidates who have successfully registered for the entrance exam. Candidates who have successfully registered for CAT 2020 can download their admit cards by entering their login credentials, i.e. CAT Login ID and Password.

  • Visit the official website or Click Here
  • Click on Login tab present under the heading Download CAT Admit Card 2020.
  • To access the admit card of CAT, use your login credentials, i.e. CAT User ID and Password and click on login button.
  • Enter the details and submit, the admit card will appear on the screen.
  • Download the admit card now. Take a print out of the admit card for future use.

From 2020 session onwards the conducting body has provided candidates the facility to opt for 6 exam exam center preferance instead of 4 at the time of form filling. Here is a complte list of exam centers where CAT 2020 will commence:

Port BlairHamirpurMumbai
Port BlairHamirpurMumbai
GunturJammuNashik
NelloreBokaroSatara
VijayawadaDhanbadPalghar
KakinadaHazaribaghUlhasnagar
RajahmundryJamshedpurShillong
VisakhapatnamRanchiAizawl
KurnoolBelagavi (Belgaum)Kohima
TirupathiBengaluruBalasore
VizianagaramHubballi(Hubli)Cuttack
ItanagarMysuru(Mysore)Sambalpur
DibrugarhKalaburagi(Gulbarga)Berhampur
SilcharShivamogga(Shimoga)Dhenkanal
GuwahatiDharwadBhubaneswar
TezpurMangaluru(Mangalore)Rourkela
JorhatUdupiPuducherry
Aurangabad-BiharKannurPathankot
DarbhangaErnakulamLudhiana
ArrahKollamAmritsar
MuzaffarpurKottayamBhatinda
BhagalpurKozhikodePatiala
PatnaThrissurJalandhar
MohaliTrivandrumSangrur
ChandigarhBhopalAjmer
Bhilai NagarJabalpurJaipur
BilaspurUjjainSikar
RaipurGwaliorAlwar
DelhiSagarJodhpur
FaridabadIndoreUdaipur
GurugramSatnaBikaner
GhaziabadBhopalKota
New DelhiJabalpurMadurai
Greater NoidaUjjainChennai
NoidaGwaliorSalem
MeerutSagarTrichy
PanajiIndoreCoimbatore
AhmedabadSatnaVellore
MehsanaAmravatiTirunelveli
VadodaraJalgaonHyderabad
AnandNagpurKarimnagar
RajkotPuneWarangal
GandhinagarSolapurAllahabad
SuratNavi MumbaiBareilly
AmbalaAhmednagarKanpur
HisarKolhapurMuzaffarnagar
KarnalNandedAgra
KurukshetraRaigadGorakhpur
PanipatThaneLucknow
RohtakVasaiVaranasi
ShimlaAurangabadAligarh
JhansiMoradabadDehradun
HaldwaniRoorkeeAsansol
DurgapurBankuraBurdwan
KolkataHooghlyKalyani
Siliguri--

Once a candidate has decided to take the Common Admission Test, figuring out the CAT exam pattern is one of the first things one should do to make taking the exam more manageable. While the test can-and does-change from year to year, varying factors like from the number of questions to the test date, having a firm grasp of CAT exam pattern and the materials previously covered on the CAT will provide the candidate with a solid basis for beginning test preparation.

SectionTotal questionsNumber of MCQ questionsNumber of Non-MCQ questions
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)34 (RC-24, VA-10)24-2710-Jul
Quantitative Aptitude (Quant)3422-2412-Oct
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)32 (DI-16, LR-16)248
Total1007525

Candidates will have one hour for each section, making a total of 100 questions to answer in 120 minutes. The format of CAT exam was primarily multiple-choice, though it now includes non-multiple choice questions too. 3 marks are awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for each incorrect one, Thus, candidates are advised to leave doubtful questions answered as it will not fetch them negative marking.

Candidates who have earlier appeared for CAT encountered questions covering a variety of topics related to English language comprehension. These included items aiming to test their vocabulary, understanding of grammar, and comprehension of longer passages.

  • Passage-based questions (8 passages with 3 questions each for a total of 24 questions): The topic demanded candidates to read short passages (several paragraphs long, approximately 300-500 words), and then answer a series of questions about them. Subject tests include vocabulary, grammar, summary, and tone.
  • Summary-based questions (3 questions): The topic will contain a brief passage, then summaries of that passage. Candidates will be required to choose the summary that best matches the passage.
  • Sentence order (4 questions): The topic will include five sentences, out of sequence, that when in sequence create a logical paragraph. Test-takers have to put them in the most logical order.
  • Odd sentence out (3 questions): Candidates will have to choose which from among five possible sentences makes the least amount of sense in a paragraph with the others.

In Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, candidates will have to work with information provided in graphics, word problems, or a combination of the two to answer questions. Each graphic will have four accompanying questions, and candidates can expect to see any of the following types of stimuli:

Line Graphs

Bar Graphs

Pie Charts

Tables

Word Problems

Though the list above does not form the entire sectional pattern, major number of questions will be asked from the above mentioned topics.

The Quantitative Ability section of the CAT exam has the widest variety of topics, though candidates should note that several topics, including ratios, triangles, circles, combined rates of work, and proportions, all have appeared repeatedly in the CAT official mock exam. Overall, sectional test includes the following topics:

FunctionsExponentsPercentages and fractions
FunctionsExponentsPercentages and fractions
RatiosTrianglesCircles
Squares (especially in combination with other geometric figures)Rectangles (especially in combination with other geometric figures)Word problems
SequencesSetsRates and combined rates (including speed)
AveragesMixturesAlgebraic expressions

Planning is as important as hard work while preparing for a competitive exam like CAT 2020. Candidates should definitely try to cover all the aspects of CAT 2020 Syllabus, but one should always prioritize topics with higher weightages. Here is some information on section wise important topics for CAT 2020, number of expected questions and difficulty level of each topic along with what will be considered a good attempt in the three sections.

  • DILR section consists of 32 questions in total.
  • The section is often considered to be the most unpredictable out of the three.
TopicNumber of Questions (Expected)
Seating Arrangement, and Data Arrangement5-6 Questions
Graphs Related5-8 Questions
Syllogisms and Venn Diagrams2-3 Questions
Blood Relations2-3 Questions
Clocks & Calendars1-2 Questions
Assumption and Binary Logic1-2 Questions
Puzzles1-2 Questions
Tables and Caselets3-5 Questions
Data Sufficiency3-5 Questions

Pro tip for CAT Aspirants: The difficulty level of this year is highly dependent on the conducting IIM. In case the section is of a higher difficulty level, an attempt of 15+ is considered good.For a good score of 95 percentile, candidates need to attempt approximately 20+ questions in this section.

  • Quantitative aptitude is considered to be the toughest by some and probably one of the most crucial sections in CAT
  • Candidates have to solve 34 questions in 60 minutes.
  • The exam pattern contains both MCQs and TITAs. 
TopicNumber of Questions (Expected)
Number System, Basic Arithmetic5-10 Questions
Algebra6-7 Questions
Geometry & Mensuration6-7 Questions
Time, Speed, and Distance1-2 Questions
Probability1-2 Questions
Permutation & Combination1-2 Questions
Trigonometry, Logarithms, and Sets1-3 Questions
Profit, loss, and Discounts1-2 Questions
Time and Work1-2 Questions
Simple Interest and Compound Interest1-2 Questions

Pro tip for CAT aspirants: Since Number system and geometry topics have more weightage, it will be good to start with these topics and maintain a strong base on these.  A good attempt for a score of 95+ will require an attempt of 25+ questions. 

Ques: How to prepare for Quant Section for  CAT 2020?

Ans: QA segment of CAT has 4 significant section – Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Mensuration, Numbers and Number Systems. Give a month and a half to Arithmetic, become proficient at Arithmetic which has the most elevated weightage in CAT. Similarly, you can prepare Algebra – another significant subject in CAT. In the event that you center around simply Arithmetic and Algebra, you can conceivably comprehend 20 questions out of 34 in CAT 2020, [based on past trends]. 

Add to that a Geometry and Mensuration, on the off chance that you don’t do well in this area, it is simply because of your feelings of dread or your deviousness towards the work that is required to break CAT.

  • VARC section comprises 34 questions, out of which a minimum of 17 questions is from Reading comprehensions.
  • Experts have often suggested for candidates to give the first 40 minutes of your sectional time limit to the RC part of the section.
TopicNumber of Questions (Expected)
Reading Comprehension22-24 Questions
Para-Summary2-3 Questions
Sentence Completion and Correction2-3 Questions
Sentence Completion and Correction2-3 Questions
Fill in the Blanks1-2 Questions
Odd Sentences1-2 Questions
Vocabulary Based1-2 Questions

Pro tip for CAT aspirants: Candidates should primarily focus on the reading comprehension passages as a majority of questions will be from this topic. For a good attempt to score 95 percentile, candidates should attempt to answer 26+ questions.

The process of establishing new IIMs began in 2008 and the number was further increased in 2015, when new institutes were added to the list of IIMs accepting CAT scores. Below mentioned are the new IIMs in and after 2008 with their NIRF rank, fees, and placement offers.

NameYear of EstablishmentNIRF Ranking 2020Average Salary 2020
IIM Shillong200830Rs 18.76 LPA
IIM Ranchi200920Rs 15.11 LPA
IIM Rohtak200921Rs 13.70 LPA
IIM Raipur201019Rs 15.20 LPA
IIM Kashipur201133Rs 13.82 LPA
IIM Trichy201115Rs 14.96 LPA
IIM Udaipur201117Rs 13.84 LPA
IIM Sambalpur2015--Rs 11.61 LPA
IIM Sirmaur2015--Rs 11.28 LPA
IIM Bodh Gaya2015--Rs 11.02 LPA
IIM Nagpur201540Rs 13.13 LPA
IIM Amritsar2015--Rs 12.61 LPA
IIM Visakhapatnam2015--Rs 13.08 LPA
IIM Jammu2016--Rs 10.64 LPA
Institute NameCAT Cutoff Percentile
IIM, Ahmedabad99.6
IIM, Bangalore99.5
IIM, Calcutta99.5
IIM, Lucknow99.5
IIM, Rohtak97.11
IIM, Kozhikode96.3
IIM, Indore94.7
IIM, Trichy94
IIM, Raipur90
IIM, Ahmedabad99.6
IIM, Bangalore99.5
IIM, Calcutta99.5
IIM, Lucknow99.5
IIM, Rohtak97.11
IIM, Kozhikode96.3
IIM, Indore94.7
IIM, Trichy94
IIM, Raipur90
Department of Management Studies (IIT Delhi) New Delhi85-90
K J Somaiya Mumbai80-85
IRMA Anand80-85
Welingkar Mumbai80-85
TAPMI Manipal80-85
Great Lakes Institute Of Management, Chennai80-85
MICA Ahmedabad80-85
GIM Goa80-85
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai80-85
Christ University Bengaluru80-85
LBSIM New Delhi80-85
FORE School of Management (FSM) New Delhi80-85
BIMTECH, Greater Noida80-85
ICFAI Business School Hyderabad75-80
IFIM Business School Bangalore75-80
XIME Bangalore75-80
Indus Business Academy (IBA) Bangalore75-80
SDMIMD Mysore75-80
Sri Balaji University, Pune70-75
IFMR Graduate School of Business at KREA University70-75
KIIT School Of Management - KSOM Bhubaneswar70-75
Birla Institute of Technology & Science (BITS) Pilani70-75
ITM Navi Mumbai70-75
ISB&M Pune70-75

The four ranges of CAT percentiles for which the actual CAT score Vs Percentile data are presented as:

  • 95.01 percentile and above
  • 90.01 to 95 percentile
  • 85.01 to 90 percentile
  • 80 to 85 percentile
CAT Score (out of 300)CAT Percentile
232100
17499
16098
13895
11890
10385
9380
8375
7570
7565
6160
  • Applicants with Bachelor’s degrees – These should be from accredited universities. Furthermore, students should have at least 50% marks or the equivalent GPA.
  • Applicants with a professional degree, such as a CA, CS, or ICWA, with the same marks as the Bachelor’s candidates.
  • Students in their final year of their Bachelor’s degrees.

The applying candidate will have to have university or institution certify the marks. If the university doesn’t have a system for converting CGPA into marks accepted by the IIM, then the testmakers are suggested to divide their CGPA by the maximum CGPA possible, then multiply it by 100.

Students who wish to continue their studies right after their undergraduate degrees are often in bewliderment if they are eligible for CAT. Students pursuing their final year are very well eligible to apply for CAT 2020. If selected for an IIM program, such candidates will have to then submit a certificate from their university or institution to show that they have completed the requirements.

CAT eligibility criteria for disadvantaged and disabled students as well as students who fall under the reserved category is slightly different.

CategoryPercentage Required
General and OBC50%
Scheduled Caste45%
Scheduled Tribe45%
Persons with DisabilitiesCAT45%

IIM Indore has opened the application form edit window for CAT 2020 applicants on September 27, 2020. Candidates can make corrections in their registration forms by visiting the official website at iimcat.ac.in, till September 29, 2020 (5.00 PM).

Last year a record number of candidates 2.44 lakh registered for the exam. Aspirants appearing or having passed graduation with minimum 50% marks are eligible to appear for CAT. CAT 2020 notification was released on July 29 by IIM Indore on official website announcing exam date to be November 29, 2020. Check Details Here

  • Relexation of 5% marks is granted to candidates belonging to reserved categories.
  • Eligible Candidates can register by paying fee of INR 2000 for General category. While for individuals belonging to other SC/ST categories will be INR 1000. Read Details on CAT Application Fees
  • Candidates who successfully register for CAT can download their admit cards from October 28, 2020 till the exam day.
  • Form Correction Facility for CAT 2020 will be provided by conducting body in case candidates make mistakes while filling the application form.
  • It should be noted that for filling CAT Application form certain web browsers are required versions of which have been upgraded for 2020 session.

All important registration dates regarding CAT 2020 registrations are tabulated below:-

EventDateDetails
Availability of CAT 2020 Application Form5-Aug-20From 10 am onwards
Last date for CAT 2020 RegistrationSeptember 23, 2020Online Form filling at iimcat.ac.in till 5:00 PM
CAT 2020 Form CorrectionSeptember 27-September 29, 2020Editing of Scanned Photograph and Signature allowed
Availability of CAT Admit Card 2020October 28 – November 29, 2020In online mode uptill exam day

During CAT Registration 2020, you need to upload certain documents. Without uploading these documents, you will not be able to submit CAT Application Form. The list of the documents required for CAT Registration along with their specifications is given below:

REQUIRED DOCUMENTSDIMENSION AND TYPE OF FILE
PhotographDimension – 30 mm X 45 mm File Format - .jpg or .jpeg File Size - <= 80 Kb
SignatureDimension – 80 mm X 35 mm File Format - .jpg or .jpeg File Size - <= 80 Kb
NC-OBC/SC/ST CertificateSelf-attested Scanned as a pdf document
PwD/DA CertificateSelf-attested Scanned as a pdf document

The format of the caste and disability certificate is available on the official CAT website. You can download the certificate, fill the details and get it attested by the concerned authority. In case you already have the said certificates, make sure that they are in the same format as mentioned iimcat.ac.in

Candidates should use the following versions of web browsers for filling CAT Application Form:

  • Internet Explorer (version 11 and above) or
  • Mozilla Firefox (version 56 and above) or
  • Google Chrome (version 59 and above) or
  • Edge Chromium

Here’s a list of what all you should be ready with before starting the application process:

  • Valid email address and mobile phone number
  • Marksheets of class X, XII, graduation and/or other equivalent exams.
  • Details of work experiences (if any)
  • Preferred CAT Exam Center choices
  • Scanned images of photograph and signature
  • Scanned copy of category certificate (if any)
  • Bank details (credit card, debit card or net banking) for payment of application fee. 
  1. Visit the official website iimcat.ac.in
  2. Click on “Registration” for New User on the right side of the page
  3. Read the given instructions
  1. Fill in all necessary details to complete CAT 2020 Registration- Name, DOB, Mobile Number, Country, and Email Address to generate OTP. 
  1. Enter the OTP and click on Validate OTP and submit after entering the Captcha Code.
  2. Check on  I Agree and submit CAT Application Form.
  3. After submitting the details, a message on registered mobile number containing the Password and an email containing the User ID will be sent.
  4. Post successful completion of CAT Registration, a unique login id and password is generated.
  5. These credentials are vital for filling CAT Application Form 2020.
  6. Click on ‘Go to Application Form’ to fill CAT Application Form.

Common Questions on CAT

Ques: Is there any extra fee to be paid for CAT form correction?

Ans: Application form edit option in CAT is available only for scanned documents that are photograph and signature specifications. No other form edit is allowed in CAT. Also no extra fee is required to be paid to edit the form.

In case, you have any query related to CAT Exam Application Form, Payment of Fees and Admit Card, same can be asked through the query form. The steps for the same are given below-

  1. After completing CAT Registration, click on Candidate Query Form and Log new Query.
  1. Define the Problem Category and Problem Type
  1. Enter the Problem Statement and Submit details. 
  1. Status of query can be checked by providing Grievance Number and Registration Number after submitting query under.Selectour Filter Criteria

Common Questions on CAT

Ques. Should I opt for taking the CAT or the GMAT?

Ans: Each examination has it’s pros and cons. Although both of them have similar stream goals, the objectives and goals that are required differ.

For individuals that wish to pursue a management course from a reputed Indian Institute, CAT is a better choice. CAT is conducted by one of the most prestigious management institutes every year on a rotational basis for their best courses. Many big establishments like JBIMS, FMS, and SPJIMR also accept CAT Scores. More than a 1000 B-schools in the country accept CAT scores. Check Top 30 Colleges Other than IIMs.

Alternatively, GMAT has a wider global reach. The world’s top business schools like Harvard Business School and INSEAD require GMAT scores as well as some top Indian schools like ISB accept GMAT too.

  • After successful CAT Registration, a candidate can move on to fill the complete Online Application Form.
  • Read information bulletin carefully and fill in details accordingly.
  • For filling CAT application form, you will have to first login to the official website of CAT.
  • The steps to log in are described below:
  1. Click on “Existing User” tab.
  2. A new Login window will appear.
  3. Enter Login id, and Password sent to you to your registered email address and mobile number.
  4. Click on Login tab.

Following this, you will be able to login to your account. There are 5 sections that you must fill:

  • Personal Details
  • Academic History
  • Work Experience
  • Program Preference
  • Payment of Application Fee

Application Confirmation Email

You will receive a confirmation email from CAT 2020 authorities after your application process is over. The email will also contain communication on additional details such as Admit Card download window etc.

CAT Registration Fee needs to be paid online only (Net banking, Credit Card, or Debit Card). The category-wise fee is given below:

CATEGORYAPPLICATION FEE
General/NC-OBC (Non-Creamy Layer Other Backward Classes)INR 2000
SC (Scheduled Caste)/ST (Scheduled Tribe)INR 1000
PwD (Persons with Disability)/DA (Differently Abled)INR 1000
  • While paying online, there is an additional Transaction Processing Charge, which an applicant has to pay in addition to the application fees.
  • The details of the additional charges incurred are given below:
Payment MethodAdditional Transaction Processing Fees
Credit Card (American Express)2.85% of the application fees, subject to a minimum of INR 5.
Credit Card (Visa/Master)0.75% of the transaction amount for value upto 2000, subject to a minimum of INR 5
Net BankingINR 20 for every transaction
Debit Card (Visa/Master)If the application fee is less than or equal to INR 2000, then 0.75% of the application fees subject to a minimum of INR 5. If the application fees are more than INR 2000, then 1.00% of the application fees subject to a minimum of INR 5.

The format of the caste and disability certificate is available on the official CAT website. You can download the certificate, fill the details and get it attested by the concerned authority. In case you already have the said certificates, make sure that they are in the same format as mentioned on the CAT 2020 official website.

After the successful transaction of your payment, a Payment Successful message will be displayed on the screen along with the Payment Transaction Number. You will then be redirected to the CAT 2020 website.

  1. Select the appropriate payment method from the list.
  2. Check the declaration box and Select I Agree.
  3. Click on Submit and Pay button.
  4. You will be redirected to the payment gateway.
  5. Enter payment details as per your preference.
  6. After successful payment, you will receive a transaction number which you should note down.
  7. Once the CAT Registration Process is completed, you will receive a confirmation email from CAT 2020 authorities stating that your application is submitted successfully.

While filling CAT Application Form 2020, certain guidelines must be followed. Candidates not following the instructions might hamper submission of the application form. The general instruction for filling CAT application form are listed below:

  1. All the fields which are marked with an * are compulsory. If you leave out any * marked field, your application form will not be submitted.
  2. After completing one part of CAT application form, you can click on “Save and Continue” to move on to the next section of the CAT Application Form. You can also “Save” and exit at any point and log in later to complete the application.
  3. You can use the mouse or the touchpad on your laptop to move between two sections. Do not use the tab key.
  4. If due to any issue you are not able to finish filling your CAT Application Form in one go, you can login again and finish it.
  5. Recheck the data filled in various fields before making the payment for the application fee. After payment of application fee, you cannot make any change to CAT Application Form.
  • The candidate needs to make sure that they have spelt their name in their application form the same way that it is spelled in their class 10 certificate. In case there have been any changes, documents that support the transition including newspapers etc will be required for authentication and verification.
  • The .jpg or .jpeg file that will be used to upload the scanned photograph should not be more than 80 KB. The dimensions should also fit the image of the signature.
  • For the individuals that it is required for, CAT offers relaxation and reservation as per the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC)
  • Candidates that focus on applying for PGP courses at several IIMS need to all select the same interview city for all of their selections due to Common Admissions Process (CAP).

After logging in successfully to your candidate’s account for CAT you can begin the registration process. The Registration Form is divided into 5 sections. Below we are providing steps for filling each section separately.

In this section, you will need to fill in the following details:

  1. Enter Father’s/Husband’s/Guardian’s name.
  2. Enter Gender as applicable.
  3. Enter nationality as Indian. For those who are applying under the foreign category should mention their nationality in the adjacent field “Specify your Nationality.”
  4. Select category from among the given options, i.e., General, SC/ST, NC-OBC
  5. In the case of reserved categories, you will need to fill additional details such as Caste/Tribe name, State/Union Territory of Caste/Tribe and Serial Number of Caste/tribe. You can access these details from the National Commission for Backward Classes website.
  6. If you are a person with a disability, then select “Yes” in the Person with Disability/Differently Abled field. Here you will have to fill in the category of disability, Disability percentage, and Wheelchair Support requirement.
  7. Enter the communication address correctly.
  8. Provide the alternate email address and mobile number if available.
  9. After filling in all the required personal details, you will have to upload necessary documents as per your selections in the application form. Uploading Photograph and Signature is compulsory for all candidates irrespective of their category.
  10. After uploading the documents, click on the “Save and Continue” button and move to the next section.

In this section, you have to enter the details of your academic qualification. Here you have to enter the details of not just the qualifying examination but details of your education from class 10th onwards to the most recent academic qualification.

You will need to enter the details of following academic qualifications:

  • SSC/10th class examination (Compulsory for all candidates)
  • HSC/12th class examination /Diploma (Compulsory for all candidates)
  • Bachelor Degree Details (Compulsory for all candidates)
  • Other Professional Degree
  • Post-graduation Degree Details
ExaminationDetails Required
SSC/10th Class Examination DetailsThe aggregate percentage will be calculated for all the subjects mentioned in the mark sheet for class 10th. In this section, you will need to enter the following details: Aggregate marks in Percentage Total Marks Obtained Maximum Marks Board name for SSC/10th or equivalent examination Month and Year of completion of SSC/10th
HSC / 12th / Diploma Course DetailsIn this case, again the aggregate percentage will be calculated against all subjects mentioned in the mark sheet for class 12th. Under this section you will need to enter the following details: Course type – 12th or Diploma (Select the applicable one) Aggregate marks in % age Total marks obtained in the examination Maximum Marks
Bachelor Degree DetailsIn this section, you have to enter the details of your Bachelor degree program. Do not get confused if your degree is an honors degree. Enter details of all types of undergraduate or equivalent programs which are approved by UGC, Association of Indian Universities, or Ministry of HRD. Candidates, who are in the final year of the program should select “Yes” in the field “Are you in the final year of Bachelor Degree?” Those who have completed their Bachelor degree program should select Yes in the relevant field. You will need to fill the following details: The total duration of the Bachelor degree program Percentage of marks obtained in Bachelor degree In case of those who are in the final year, fill in the % of marks mentioned in the latest mark sheet issued by the College/University Type of University/Institution State/Union Territory of the University Name of the University/Institution Name of the degree program Discipline Month and Year of Course Commencement Month and Year of Course Completion
Other Professional Degrees DetailsUnder this section, you have to enter details of any other professional courses such as CS, CA, ICWA, or any other degree. In case of candidates who have not undergone any graduate degree, filling this section is compulsory. However, in case of multiple professional degrees, enter marks for the degree in which you have scored the maximum marks. In this section, you will need to fill the following details: Professional Inter Marks (%) Professional Final Marks (%) Month & Year of Course Commencement Month & Year of Course Completion
Post – Graduation Degree DetailsHere is a section to fill in any work experience. If a candidate has prior work experience or is working professionals, enter the about the same. Browse through the list of Work areas and check the relevant box. In the adjacent column, mention the number of months you have worked in this field. If your area of work is not listed, then check the box marked as “Other.” In the adjacent column specify work area and work experience in months. You can add more rows and columns in case you need to add more areas of work experience. At the end of the section, there is a field for Total Work Experience in Months. You do not have to fill this column. Your total experience will get calculated automatically once fill in the details in the rows above. Click on “Save & Continue” to move to the next section of the application form.

In this section, you need to enter details of your work experience until July 31, 2021. The work experience duration should be in months and not in years.

Work is done only after Graduation degree is considered by IIMs.

  • Full-time and paid work
  • Any job/work done before graduation
  • Part-time job experience
  • Freelancing job experience
  • Volunteer/unpaid work

There is a section to fill in any work experience. If a candidate has prior work experience or is working professionals, enter the about the same.

  1. Browse through the list of Work areas and check the relevant box.
  2. In the adjacent column, mention the number of months you have worked in this field.
  3. If your area of work is not listed, then check the box marked as “Other.” In the adjacent column specify work area and work experience in months. You can add more rows and columns in case you need to add more areas of work experience.
  4. At the end of the section, there is a field for Total Work Experience in Months. You do not have to fill this column. Your total experience will get calculated automatically once fill in the details in the rows above.
  5. Click on “Save & Continue” to move to the next section of the application form.

In this section, you will have to select the name of programs offered at various IIMs as per your preference. Along with the preference for programs, you also have to enter your choice of city for an interview in an adjacent column.

In the case of PGP/PGDM program at the following IIMs, you must select the same interview city:

At the end of the page, you will also have to select your exam city center preference. There is an option to select four exam city centers. You cannot repeat a city as your preferred city. After selecting the exam center preferences click on “Save and Continue” button. 

To find out the requirements for admission into FMS Check FMS Delhi Admission Procedure Through CAT 2019.

At the end of the page, you will also have to select your exam city center preference. There is an option to select four exam city centers. You cannot repeat a city as your preferred city. After selecting the exam center preferences click on “Save and Continue” button. 

Please note that you need to follow the CAT centre 2020 instructions to upload the right kind of photograph on CAT 2020 application form. IIMs have shared the sample photographs to choose the right photograph to be uploaded on CAT application form 2020:

The images which are to be uploaded in CAT Application Form should be of definite file size and dimension. By following the process given below, you can easily convert any image file into the desired dimension and file size for completing CAT Registration.

  1. Select the image file and right-click.

  2. Click on “Open With” and select Paint.

  3. The image will open in the Paint window.

  4. Click on the “File” menu on the top left-hand corner of the window.

  5. Select “Properties.”

  6. A small box will open where you can specify/change the width and height of the image. For Photograph it will be 35 mm X 45 mm, and for Signature, it will be 80 mm X 35 mm.

  7. Click “OK” and save the image.

Prospective applicants unintentionally may make mistakes in uploading their CAT application documents, or in their photo specifications. This may cause issues and lead to non acceptance of the candidte’s application form. Check CAT 2020 Photo Size, Dimension, Format and Other Details. 

CAT Form Correction 2020 is open from September 27 to September 29, 2020.

  • In case, you have made any mistake while filling Application Form of CAT 2020; the same can be rectified until you have made the online payment.
  • However, after submitting CAT Application Form, there will be a limited time window during which the details can be modified.

Note: Only some pieces of information like Percentage of Marks scored, Work Experience, Programmes Selected, etc. can be edited. You will not be able to modify any of the following details: any details entered in the Personal Details, Academics section except the percentage marks scored and Exam Centre City Preferences.

  1. Open the official website for CAT 2020, i.e., iimcat.ac.in.
  2. Click on “Existing User” button.
  3. Enter your login id and password and click on “Login.”
  4. Navigate through the different sections in the application form and check the details you have entered.
  5. Change or modify the details which are incorrect or incomplete.
  6. Click on “Save and Continue”

Common Questions on CAT

Ques: What is ‘Reference Number’ in CAT Admit Card?

Ans: Reference number is mentioned on admit card of CAT for candidates to find their floor/wing/system on the day of exam. It is a helpful number to spot the system in which candidates have to sit and give their exam. There is no use of the reference number after the exam gets over.

CAT 2020 Test Cities

Port BlairHamirpurMumbai
Port BlairHamirpurMumbai
GunturJammuNashik
NelloreBokaroSatara
VijayawadaDhanbadPalghar
KakinadaHazaribaghUlhasnagar
RajahmundryJamshedpurShillong
VisakhapatnamRanchiAizawl
KurnoolBelagavi(Belgaum)Kohima
TirupathiBengaluruBalasore
VizianagaramHubballi(Hubli)Cuttack
ItanagarMysuru(Mysore)Sambalpur
DibrugarhKalaburagi(Gulbarga)Berhampur
SilcharShivamogga(Shimoga)Dhenkanal
GuwahatiDharwadBhubaneswar
TezpurMangaluru(Mangalore)Rourkela
JorhatUdupiPuducherry
Aurangabad-BiharKannurPathankot
DarbhangaErnakulamLudhiana
ArrahKollamAmritsar
MuzaffarpurKottayamBhatinda
BhagalpurKozhikodePatiala
PatnaThrissurJalandhar
MohaliTrivandrumSangrur
ChandigarhBhopalAjmer
Bhilai NagarJabalpurJaipur
BilaspurUjjainSikar
RaipurGwaliorAlwar
DelhiSagarJodhpur
FaridabadIndoreUdaipur
GurugramSatnaBikaner
GhaziabadBhopalKota
New DelhiJabalpurMadurai
Greater NoidaUjjainChennai
NoidaGwaliorSalem
MeerutSagarTrichy
PanajiIndoreCoimbatore
AhmedabadSatnaVellore
MehsanaAmravatiTirunelveli
VadodaraJalgaonHyderabad
AnandNagpurKarimnagar
RajkotPuneWarangal
GandhinagarSolapurAllahabad
SuratNavi MumbaiBareilly
AmbalaAhmednagarKanpur
HisarKolhapurMuzaffarnagar
KarnalNandedAgra
KurushetraRaigadGorakhpur
PanipatThaneLucknow
RohtakVasaiVaranasi
ShimlaAurangabadAligarh
JhansiMoradabadDehradun
HaldwaniRoorkeeAsansol
DurgapurBankuraBurdwan
KolkataHooghlyKalyani
Siliguri

Each of the IIMs (all 20) announce their annual admission policy and the CAT percentile score cut-offs required shortly before CAT is conducted. Aspirants willing to appear for CAT 2020 can refer to Tips and Resources for Online Preparation amidst COVID-19 pandemic.

CAT 2019 Registrations went up by approximately 3000 in comparison to last year’s 2.41 lakh registrations. This is the highest number of registrants since 2010. With such high competition, candidates should speed up their preparation for the exam which is less than a month away now.

YearCandidates RegisteredCandidates Appeared
2019244169209926
2018240338209405
2017231000199000
2016232434195000
2015218664179602
2014196988173714
2012214000195000

There are certain instructions that one needs to follow to make sure that they are properly prepared on the day of the exam. 

  1. The candidate must carry their admit card, ID proof, and all the other certificates required for the exam registration.

  2. The candidate is not allowed to carry or wear their footwear inside the exam hall.

  3. Only 1 writing pad will be available to the test taker.

  4. The individual must submit their admit card, test pad, and pen before leaving the exam hall.

  5. Test takers must report at 7:30am for the morning test session (no entry will be allowed after 8:45am)

  6. The second slot is at 1pm for the afternoon shit (entry is not allowed after 2.15am)

  7. There are three main sections in the exam (data interpretation and logical reasoning, verbal and reading comprehension, and quantitative ability). Candidates will get 1 hour for each section (totalling to a total of 3 hours or 180 minutes). PwD candidates may avail 4 hours for the test or one hour and 20 mins.

  8. Any prospective candidates should avoid wearing jackets, watches and other forms of jewelry. There are no shoes or any type of footwear allowed in the exam hall.

  9. Any clothes that the candidate chooses to wear should not have any pockets.

  10. Socks, plain clothes or pullovers, sweaters, cardigans with no pockets are allowed.

IIM Indore has brought changes in CAT 2020 exam pattern. The paper will now consist of total 100 MCQ and Non-MCQ type questions from 3 sections Verbal & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude that will have to be completed in 2 hours. Sectional duration in CAT has been reduced to 40 minutes from that of earlier 60 minutes. 

CAT 2020 will be conducted in online mode in three slots morning, afternoon, and evening in a single day on November 29, 2020, to abide by social distancing norms. The exam pattern of CAT has undergone changes over the years. Check CAT Syllabus 

  • CAT 2020 will be of 2 hour duration and each section will be alloted 40 minutes. Total 100 questions for 300 marks will be asked in exam.
  • Each section will contain Non-MCQ questions, that are to be directly typed on the screen.
  • Unlike GMAT, CAT doesn’t have a descriptive question for e.g. analytical writing assessment Check CAT vs GMAT
  • No option will be given to move between sections. A basic on-screen calculator will be provided for computation. 
  • CAT Mock Test facility will be provided by conducting body from October 16, 2020 in order to help candidates understand the examination pattern.
ParticularsCAT Exam 2020CAT exam 2019
CAT exam date29-Nov-2024-Nov-19
Number of Sessions32
Morning CAT Session Timing8.30 AM to 10.30 AM9 AM to 12 Noon
Afternoon CAT Session Time12.30 PM to 2.30 PM2.30 PM to 5.30 PM
Evening CAT session Time4.30 PM to 6.30 PMNo third session

In 2009, CAT became a computer-based test of 150 minutes. In 2015, for the first non-MCQs were included in the paper. Test takers were required to type in the answer in the box provided. Non- MCQs had no negative marking to them. The duration of the test was increased to 180 minutes with a sectional time limit of 60 minutes each. 

The exam is a gateway to 20 IIMs and 100+ premier management institutes and is conducted annually by one of the older IIMs on a rotational basis. CAT Exam Pattern is segregated in a way so that it  judges a candidate’s ability through 3 sections – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. 

PatternDetail
Total Number of Questions100
Total Marks300
Number of Sections3 (Verbal & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude)
Duration of Exam120 minutes (40 minutes per section)
Medium of ExamEnglish
Number of Answer Choices4
Mode of ExamOnline
CAT Marking Scheme+3 marks for the correct answer -1 mark for an incorrect answer
Questions with Negative MarkingMCQs-70 to 75
Questions without Negative MarkingNON-MCQs- 25 to 30

CAT 2020 Result will be released by the official authorities in first week of January 2021. Applicants must qualify the sectional as well as the overall cutoff to get shortlisted for the next round of the selection process – WAT-GD/PI. CAT 2020 Scorecard will be available on iimcat.ac.in, which will be available to download for a period of one year.

  • CAT 2020 will be conducted by IIM Indore on November 29, 2020. Reservation criteria is followed as per Central government norms and seperate Cutoff will be released for each category. Check Details Here
  • CAT Cutoff for old IIMs and top B-schools such as FMS (University of Delhi), MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, etc. goes over 99 percentile almost every year. Applicants can utilize CAT 2020 Rank Predictor to assess their tentative rank for CAT 2020. 
  • New IIMs including IIM Sambalpur, IIM Ranchi, Raipur, Rohtak, Udaipur, Trichy and Kashipur and other top B-schools are expected to have cutoffs situated in the 90 percentile and above. While these institutes generally establish stringent regulations for their admission process, there are many excellent business schools that offer an intake for candidates that have achieved below 90 percentile.  Check Top MBA Colleges other than IIMs Accepting CAT Score
IIMExpected Cutoff
IIM Ahmedabad99
IIM Bangalore99
IIM Calcutta99
IIM Lucknow97-98
IIM Indore97-98
IIM Kozhikode97-98
IIM Amritsar95-96
IIM Nagpur95-96
IIM Sambalpur95-96
IIM Trichy94-95
IIM Raipur94-95
IIM Ranchi94-95
IIM Kashipur94-95
IIM Vizag92-94
IIM Udaipur92-94
IIM Bodhgaya92-94
IIM Shillong90
IIM Sirmaur90
IIM Jammu90

The following table enlists the released CAT cut off for all participating IIMs for general candidates with individual cutoffs for QA, DILR and VARC sections:

IIMSQADILRVARCOVERALL
IIM Ahmedabad70707080
IIM Bangalore75758085
IIM Calcutta80807585
IIM Kozhikode75757585
IIM Shillong75757580
IIM Lucknow85858590
IIM Raipur80808095
IIM Rohtak70707095
IIM Kashipur80808090
IIM Ranchi80808090
IIM Indore80808090
IIM Tiruchirapalli80808095
IIM Udaipur80808090
IIM Bodh Gaya80808090
IIM Amritsar75758080
IIM Nagpur72727285
IIM Jammu80808090
IIM Visakhapatnam80808590
IIM Sambalpur80808095
IIM Simraur80808095

Most of the IIMs will conduct their own admission process according to personalized guidelines except for the 10 third-generation IIMs who will partake in a common ability test and personal interview through the Common Admission Process (CAP). 

EventsDates
CAT 202029-Nov-20
Release of CAT 2020 Answer Key December 2020
CAT Result 2020Jan-21
Commencement of Final rounds of SelectionJanuary – March, 2021

IIM Ahmedabad has declared final shortlist for admission to PGP programmes in May 8, 2020. Shortlist for WAT-PI rounds was released on January 6 after the declaration of CAT results. The table below provides Section-wise CAT Cutoff data for IIM Ahmedabad.

SectionsGeneralNC-OBC-cum transgenderSCSTDA
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)7065605050
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DIILR)7065605050
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)7065605050
Overall Percentile8075706060

IIM Bangalore has released final merit list for its 47th PGP batch on May 9, 2020. Candidates who have make to the final list will be intimated by email and calls. Shortlist for WAT and PI rounds was released on January 10, 2020. The table below shows the CAT cut off percentile for different categories set by IIM Bangalore:

SectionsGeneralNC-OBCSCSTDA
Section 1 (QA & DI)7565605550
Section 2 (VA & LR)8070655550
Overall Percentile8575706560

IIM Calcutta has released finallist of candidates selected to its flagship management programmes on May 13, 2020. The table below shows CAT cut off percentile for IIM Calcutta. 

SectionOpenNC-OBCSCSTDA
Section 1 (Quantitative Ability)7565605555
Section 2 (Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)8065605555
Section 3 (Verbal Ability)8070655555
Overall Percentile8575706565

IIM Indore has introduced certail changes in its selection process for 2020 session. Owing to COVID-19 pandemic WAT has been scrapped and personal interview will be conducted in online mode. The table below shows CAT cut off percentile for IIM Indore-

SectionsGeneralOBCSCPWDST
Section 1 (QA)8070554545
Section 2 (DI & LR)8070554545
Section 3 (VARC)8070554545
Overall Percentile9080605050

The table below shows CAT cut off percentile for  IIM Lucknow:

SectionOpenNC-OBCSCSTDA
Section 1 (Quantitative Ability)8577555050
Section 2 (Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)8577555050
Section 3 (Verbal Ability)8577555050
Overall Percentile9082706565

IIM Shillong has released final shortlist for MBA Programme on May 16, 2020 on its official website. The table below shows CAT cut off percentile for IIM Shillong:

SectionsGeneral & OBCSCSTDA
Section 1 (QA)75605050
Section 2 (DI & LR)75605050
Section 3 (VARC)75605050
Overall Percentile----

IIM Kozhikode which was conveningbody for CAT 2020 released final shortlist for PGP programme on May 13, 2020. The table below shows CAT cut off percentile for  IIM Kozhikode:

SectionsGeneralOBCSCST/DA
Section 1 (QA)75655545
Section 2 (DI & LR)75655545
Section 3 (VARC)75655545
Overall Percentile85756555

The table below shows CAT cut off percentile for IIM Rohtak:

SectionsGeneralOBCSCST/DA
Section 1 (QA)75655545
Section 2 (DI & LR)75655545
Section 3 (VARC)75655545
Overall Percentile85756555

The table below shows CAT cut off percentile for IIM Ranchi:

SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCPWD
Section 1 (QA)8050306030
Section 2 (DI & LR)8050306030
Section 3 (VARC)8050306030
Overall Percentile9060407840

IIM Trichy has reached the percentile of 90 for the last 3 years. The overall Expected CAT cut off for IIM Trichy is given in the table below:

SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCPWD
Section 1 (QA & DI)8050306030
Section 2 (VA & LR)8050306030
Overall Percentile9560407840

IIM Udaipur reached the level of 96 percentile in the year 2014. However, in 2015 the cut off for IIM Udaipur went to 90 percentile.The overall Expected CAT cut off for IIM Udaipur according to the categories for the last two years is given in the table below:

SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBC
Section 1 (QA)80503060
Section 2 (DI & LR)80503060
Section 3 (VARC)80503060
Overall Percentile90604078

The cut off for IIM Kashipur reaches around 90 percentile. The expected CAT overall cut off percentile for IIM Kashipur is given below:

SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCPWD
Section 1 (QA)8050306030
Section 2 (DI & LR)8050306030
Section 3 (VARC)8050306030
Overall Percentile9060407840

The table below shows CAT cut off percentile for IIM Nagpur:

SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCPWD
Section 1 (QA)8050306030
Section 2 (DI & LR)8050306030
Section 3 (VARC)8050306030
Overall Percentile9060407840

CAT Cut Off for IIM Visakhapatnam is given below-

SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCPWD
Section 1 (QA)8060507050
Section 2 (DI & LR)8060507050
Section 3 (VARC)8560507550
Overall Percentile9075558050

CAT Cut Off for IIM Raipur is provided in the table below-

CategoryQAVARCDI & LROverall Percentile
General80808095
DAP30303040
OBC (NC)60606078
ST30303040
SC50505060

CAT 2019 Cut Off for IIM Bodh Gaya is provided in the table below-

SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCDA
Section 1 (QA)8050306030
Section 2 (DI & LR)8050306060
Section 3 (VARC)8050306040
Overall Percentile9060407840

The sectional and overall CAT Cut Off for IIM Sirmaur is represented in the table given below-

SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCDAP
Section 1 (QA)8050306030
Section 2 (DI & LR)8050306030
Section 3 (VARC)8050306030
Overall Percentile9060407840

The sectional and overall CAT Cut Off for IIM Sambalpur is provided in the table given below-

SectionsGeneralSCSTNC-OBCDA
Section 1 (QA)8050306030
Section 2 (DI & LR)8050306030
Section 3 (VARC)8050306030
Overall Percentile9560407840

The minimum eligibility criteria used by IIM Amritsar are given below-

SectionsGeneralNC-OBCSCSTDA
Verbal and Reading Comprehension percentile rank (VRC)7560503535
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile (DILR)7560503535
Quantitative Aptitude Percentile Rank (QA)8065553535
Overall Percentile Rank (PT)8575554040

IIM Jammu established in 2020 so there was no interview for the selection of Post Graduate Programme in Management. The admission was purely based on final merit list. The given below table depicts the CAT 2019 cut off for IIM Jammu. The cut off for 2020 is expected to fall in the same line.

SectionsGeneralNC-OBCSCSTDA
Verbal and Reading Comprehension percentile rank (VRC)8060503030
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Percentile (DILR)8060503030
Quantitative Aptitude Percentile Rank (QA)8060503030
Overall percentile rank (PT)9078604040

The following table enlists institutes based on CAT Cut Off where we have classified IIMs and B-schools based on the level of cut-offs. 

RatingLevel (Approx. CAT cut-off Percentiles for General)Institutes
A+I (CAT Percentile 98.5+)IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, IIM-K, IIM-I, IIM-L, FMS, MDI-PGPM, IIT- B, RGIIMS
A+II (CAT Percentile 96.5+)SPJIMR, IIT-D, NITIE-PGDIM, JBIMS, MDI-PGP HR/IM, IIM-RH, IIM-RN, IIM-RP, IIM-KS, IIM-UP, IIM-T
AIII (CAT Percentile 94.5+)IIT-KH, IIT-KN, IIT-C, IIT-R, IISc-B, IIM-BG, IIM-N, IIM-V, IIM-Asr, IIM-Sam, IIM-Srm, MDI-M, IIM-A (ABM), IIM-L (ABM)
AI (CAT Percentile 90+)MICA, IMT-G/N, IMI-D, FSM, IRMA, TAPMI, KJSIMSR, UBS-CHD, SPJAIN-D/S, BIM, NIRMA, PUMBA
B+II (CAT Percentile 87+)WIMDR-M, LBSIM, LIBA, IMI-K/B, GLIM, BIMTECH-PGDM/IB, IBS-ICFAI, MFC-DU, IFMR, MIB-DU, MHROD-DU, IMT-H
B+III (CAT Percentile 85+)MISB, ISBM-P, AJKMCRC, IIMC (Mass Com Delhi), WIMDR-B, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, IIFM, MBE-DU

Apart from the top leading IIMs of India, there are Indian Institute of Technologies (IITs) and other top B-schools that accept CAT score too. CAT 2020 percentile for some of the CAT Participating Institutes is at which you will be shortlisted for WAT/PI is provided in the table below-

Name of the InstituteCAT 2020 Score Required
Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi99 Percentile
DMS, IIT Delhi96+ Percentile
SJMSOM, IIT Bombay98+ Percentile
Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras95+ Percentile
Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon94+ Percentile
SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR) Mumbai85+ Percentile
Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB)94+ Percentile
Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad90+ Percentile
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai97+ Percentile
TA Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal85+ Percentile
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai79+ Percentile
Institute for Financial Management & Research (IFMR) Chennai80+ Percentile

There are two kinds of cut-offs that are present in the CAT exam. These are the CAT cut-offs (IIM eligibility cut off) and the final CAT cut-offs (after which you get the IIM cut off call). The differences between the two are enumerated as below: 

Qualifying CAT cut offsFinal CAT cut offs
This is also called the IIM eligibility cut off / IIM shortlist cut off. It represents the minimum a candidate must score so that they can eligible for the interview call (for WAT / GD-PI round) from the IIMs. Also called the IIM call cut offs / official IIM cut offs, these represent the minimum percentage score that is fixed by the IIMs for selecting candidates for the 2nd stage of selection. This stage is generally the WAT / D-PI round.
This specific cut off is ascertained before the CAT result has been announced.This cut off is decided after the release of the CAT result
The qualifying cut off are above 90 percentile for all IIMs expect IIM Ahmedabad whose cut off has remained at 80 percentile since 2016.The final cut off reach as high as 99+ percentile for most IIMs, especially the top ones and 95+ for the relatively new ones.
The qualifying cut offs include overall as well as sectional cut offsThe final cut offs include overall and sectional cut offs
The qualifying cut off is segmented into categories. The cut off for general students generally ranks pretty high at 90 percentile, while it is relatively lower for reserved category students, usually ranging from 70 and below.The final CAT cut off is regulated category wise. For general category students that are male and come from an engineering background, the final cut off is higher compared to students that come from the reserved category, female students, and those that come from a stream that is not engineering.
IIMDate of Release of ShortlistCutoffsFee (in lakhs) for Batch 2019-20Average Placement 2018 (Rs. lakhs)Total Seats
IIM Ahmedabad8-Jan-1895+21.1422.58395
IIM Bangalore8-Jan-1890+19.521.42400
IIM Calcutta13-Jan-1895+1920460
IIM Lucknow15-Jan-1890+14.1618.45500
IIM Indore15-Jan-18901416.23450
IIM Kozhikode9-Jan-1895.51617.14375
IIM Rohtak25-Jan-1890+12.212.3240
IIM Trichy25-Jan-199612.3513.3180
IIM Udaipur25-Jan-199013.0811.94260

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