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CAT 2019 Results declared by IIM – 4th January 2020

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CAT 2020 Exam Information

What is CAT?

Common Admission Test or CAT is the most popular management entrance exam in India. It is a national-level test that is conducted every year by the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) on the policy of rotation to shortlist candidates for admission to the MBA programs at IIMs. Apart from IIMs, the result of the CAT score is accepted in over 1000 institutes.

  • The CAT is a computer-based test that is designed to assess a candidate’s aptitude skills in the sections of Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI& LR).
  • The entire exam is conducted in two sessions(Morning and Afternoon) on the same day.
  • All applicants get 180 minutes to complete the CAT paper that consists of 100 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Type in the Answer (TITA) questions.
  • CAT scores/percentiles are a prerequisite for candidates seeking admission to the MBA courses of several colleges. The percentile obtained by a candidate in each section and overall determines the shortlisting of the candidates for the next rounds of graduate management programme’s admission.
  • The shortlisted applicants are called to attend the second stage of the MBA admissions process: the Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI).
  • Only applicants with valid CAT scorecard will be eligible for appearing in this stage. The CAT scores also play an important part in a candidate’s selection in the final merit list as all colleges give a minimum of 20% weightage to the CAT index score.

CAT 2020 Highlights

Registrations for CAT 2020 will open on 4th August and lasted till 18th September 2020. The 2019 CAT was conducted by IIM Kozhikode.

  • CAT 2020 will held on 29th November 2020 in 2 sessions across 156 cities.
  • The total duration of the computer-based CAT 2020 was 3 hours.
  • The paper contained 100 questions that were divided into 3 sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability.
  • The sectional time limit set for each section was 1 hour. The difficulty level of the paper remained from moderate to difficult. The VARC section contained trickier questions as compared to the QA and DILR sections.

The results of CAT 2019 were announced by IIM Kozhikode on 4th January 2020. While 10 candidates managed to obtain the perfect 100 percentile, 21 applicants secured 99.99 percentile. As of the fourth week of January, several management institutes like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta has published the list of shortlisted candidates for the Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) stage.

Conducted by

 IIM Kozhikode

Frequency of CAT

 Annual

 

Age Limit

None

Medium of Examination

English

The Validity of CAT 2020 Score

 1 year (till 31 January 2021)

 

CAT 2020 Important Dates

Registration Begins 4th August 2020
Registration Process Ends 18th September 2020
Admit Card Available on 24th October 2020
Exam Day 29th November 2020
Release of Answer Key 5th December 2020
Result 05th January 2021
Publication of Shortlist Between the second week of January to First Week of February*
GD/WAT-PI rounds February 2021- March 2021
Publication of Final List April 2021*

*Can vary from college to college

CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

According to the official notification of CAT 2020, candidates meeting the following criteria are eligible to appear for CAT 2020:

  • Must have a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized institution with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA.
  • Applicants belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PwD) categories must obtain a Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 45% marks or equivalent CGPA.
  • Students awaiting results or appearing for their final year exam of Bachelor’s degree are also eligible to apply for CAT 2020.
  • Applicants with a professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA are can also apply.

What is the minimum/maximum age limit for CAT?

One can give as many attempts he/she wishes to when it comes to CAT. There is no minimum or maximum age limit for the CAT. All applicants meeting the eligibility criteria can appear for the exam.

CAT 2020 Registration

Application Process

The applications of CAT 2020 will remain open from 4th August 2020 to 18th September 2020.

  • The first step of application requires the candidates to register for CAT 2020 with a valid email id and mobile number.
  • Applicants will then receive the CAT Registration ID and Password on their registered email id and mobile number.
  • Candidates will use the login credentials to fill the application form.
  • After completing step 2, candidates will have to pay the applicable non-refundable registration fees.

The mode of completing the application is entirely online.

Application Fees

For SC, ST and PwD Candidates

Rs. 950
For Other Candidates Rs. 2000

Mode of Payment– Online Net Banking/Credit Card/ Debit Card/ Paytm

During the registration process, candidates will have to select 4 Exam centres of their choice.

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

What is Exam Pattern for CAT 2020?

The computer-based CAT 2020 question paper consists of 100 questions divided into three sections. The paper consisted of both MCQ and TITA questions.

What is TITA in CAT? The TITA questions are Type in the Answer questions that require a candidate to type the answer through a virtual keypad. The official notification did not list the division between MCQ and TITA questions.

Each section had a time limit of 60 minutes. Candidates could move to the next sections after completing the attempt of the previous section. Each question carries 3 marks for correct answer and minus 1 for wrong every wrong answer.

Section Number of Total Questions Number of TITA Questions Maximum Marks Time
VARC 34 7 102 60 Minutes
QA 34 8 102 60 Minutes
DILR 32 11 96 60 Minutes
Total 100 26 300 180 Minutes

CAT Preparation Tips

Securing a 95+ percentile in CAT requires focus, hard work and most importantly, a systematic approach. The following preparation tips will come in handy for beginners as well as intermediates.

How should one begin the CAT preparation?

  • Candidates should first read and solve the Previous Years’ Question Papers. Since the CAT doesn’t have a prescribed syllabus, the previous years’ papers are a great source to determine the trend of exam pattern.
  • After solving the papers, identify your strengths and weaknesses.

What should my CAT time-table focus on?

  • Make a time-table to work on your strengths and weaknesses and follow it diligently.
  • An aspirant should transform his/ her weak section/s into a strength.
  • Do not ignore your strong sections. All sections need equal practice and attention when a candidate targets a 95+ CAT percentile.
  • Make a habit of practising every day.

How many mocks shall I take for CAT?

  • Aspirants should take the Mock Tests at a regular interval. Apart from full mock tests, candidates should also attempt sectional mocks.
  • The number of mocks required for a candidate will depend on the level of preparation. While some candidates attempt 5-6 mocks, many toppers tend to give more than 20 mocks.

Should I join a coaching Institute for CAT?

  • Analyse your level of knowledge after attempting a mock.
  • Decide whether you should join a coaching institute depending upon your marks and level of preparation.

What are the best books for CAT preparation?

Candidates can find a guide in some of the following best preparation books for CAT.

For VARC: How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT

by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

For QA: How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma

For DILR: How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma

Mock Test

What is the official CAT Mock Test?

Registered Candidates can take a mock test on the official website of CAT by logging in with their Id and Password. The Mock Test will give the applicants an idea of the exam pattern, how to submit an answer, marking scheme and many more aspects of the CAT 2020. The total duration of the Mock Test is 3 hours.

What is the best mock test series for CAT?

Aspirants can also join either of the three popular mock test series. These are IMS SimCATs, Career Launcher Test Series and AIMCAT test series from TIME.

Where can I get free CAT mock test?

Several coaching institutes offer free mock tests. Some of the best free mocks tests can be found on Career Launcher and IMS India. Apart from these, a candidate can solve previous years’ question papers like mock tests.

CAT 2020 Syllabus

What is the Syllabus for CAT 2020

The official notification of CAT 2020 does not specify the syllabus. This allows the CAT organisers to ask questions from any related topics of the three sections. However, based on previous years’ questions, experts have determined the syllabus for CAT.

What are the skills required to crack CAT?

The CAT is a basic aptitude test of three areas.

1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Para-Jumble
  • Analogies and Reverse Analogies
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Correction
  • Summary Questions
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Facts and Interference.

2. Quantitative Ability (QA)

  • Number System
  • Profit and Loss
  • LCM and HCF
  • Speed
  • Distance and Time
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Mensuration
  • Time and Work
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Averages
  • Equations
  • Interest
  • Series Sequence
  • Logarithm
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Surds and Indices
  • Trigonometry

3. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • Blood Relations
  • Caselets
  • Tables
  • Graphs
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Series
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Logical Sequence
  • Binary Logic and other basic reasoning questions.

CAT 2020 Admit Card

The admit card for CAT 2020 will be available for download from 24th October 2020. Candidates were required to download and take a print out of the admit card on an A4 size paper. It is mandatory to carry the admit card on the day of the exam. Failing to do so will deem an applicant ineligible for appearing in the exam.

Details mentioned in Admit Card: Name, Registration Id, Test Shift, Test Date, Test Center Name and Address, DOB.

1.   Documents Required on CAT Exam Day

  • CAT 2020 Admit Card along with the affixed photograph.
  • Original and Verified ID (Voter Id, Aadhar, Passport, PAN Card, etc)
  • For PwD candidates- Scribe affidavit.

2.   CAT Exam Centers

The CAT 2020 exam will be conduct in 156 cities across India. The applicants have to report by 7:30 am for the morning session and by 1:00 pm for the afternoon session. The state-wise list of Exam Cities are as follows:

State Cities
Andaman & Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Chirala

Chittoor

Guntur

Kakinada

Kurnool

Nellore

Rajahmundry

Tirupati

Vizianagaram

Vijayawada

Visakhapatnam

Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Assam Dibrugarh

Guwahati

Jorhat

Silchar

Tezpur

Bihar Darbhanga

Gaya

Muzaffarpur

Patna

Purnea

Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chattisgarh Raipur

Bhilai

Bilaspur

Delhi-NCR Delhi-NCR
Goa Madgaon

Panaji

Gujarat Ahmedabad

Anand

Gandhinagar

Mehsana

Rajkot

Surat

Vadodara

Haryana Ambala

Bahadurgarh

Faridabad

Gurgaon

Hisar

Palwal

Panipat

Rohtak

Sonipat

Himachal Pradesh Hamirpur

Shimla

Jammu & Kashmir Jammu

Samba

Jharkhand Bokaro

Dhanbad

Hazaribagh

Jamshedpur

Ranchi

Karnataka Banglore

Belagavi (Belgaum)

Dharwad

Gulbarga

Hubli

Mangalore

Mysore

Udupi

Kerala Ernakulam

Kannur

Kollam

Kottayam

Kozhikode

Thrissur

Trivandrum

Madhya Pradesh Bhopal

Gwalior

Indore

Jabalpur

Sagar

Maharashtra Ahmednagar

Amravati

Aurangabad

Mumbai

Nagpur

Jalgaon

Kolhapur

Nanded

Nashik

Pune

Raigad

Satara

Solapur

Ulhasnagar

Meghalaya Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima
Odisha Balasore

Berhampur

Bhubaneswar

Cuttack

Dhenkanal

Rourkela

Sambalpur

Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Amritsar

Bhatinda

Jalandhar

Ludhiana

Mohali

Pathankot

Patiala

Sangrur

Rajasthan Ajmer

Alwar

Bikaner

Jaipur

Jodhpur

Kota

Sikar

Udaipur

Tamil Nadu Chennai

Coimbatore

Madurai

Salem

Tirunelveli

Trichy

Telangana Hyderabad

Karim Nagar

Warangal

Uttarakhand Dehradun

Haldwani

Uttar Pradesh Aligarh

Allahabad

Agra

Bareilly

Gorakhpur

Jhansi

Kanpur

Lucknow

Meerut

Moradabad

Muzaffarnagar

Varanasi

West Bengal Asansol

Bankura

Burdwan

Durgapur

Hooghly

Kalyani

Kolkata

Siliguri

CAT 2020 Result

Answer Key

The official answer key was released by the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode on 29th November. The candidate response sheet was also released along with the answer key. The answer key displayed the correct option along with the wrong responses for all 100 questions. Applicants willing to determine their score can compare the official answer key with their response sheet.

CAT 2020 Result

IIM Kozhikode declared the results of CAT 2019 on 4th January 2020. Applicants can download the scorecard by logging in to the official website of CAT 2020. The scorecard will be valid till 31st December 2020.

The result of CAT 2020 will be accepted by more than 1000 management institutes.

Ten candidates obtained the 100 percentile and 21 candidates secured 99.99 percentile. All the toppers were from either technological or engineering background.

CAT Cutoff

The CAT cut-off is the minimum criteria of institutes to shortlist applicants for the GD/WAT-PI rounds. The cut-off for each B-schools differs as per several criteria. Factors determining CAT 2020 cut-off are:

  • The total number of candidates appearing for the exam.
  • The total number of qualifying candidates.
  • The difficulty level of the exam.
  • The intake capacity of an institute.

Cut-offs of top MBA colleges

College/Business School Approx Cut-off Percentile
IIM AHMEDABAD 99+
IIM BANGALORE 99+
IIM CALCUTTA 99+
IIM INDORE 98+
FMS Delhi 98+
MDI Gurgaon 98+
IIM LUCKNOW 98+
DMS, IIT DELHI 98+
SJMSOM, IIT BOMBAY 98+

Selection Process

Many management schools accepting CAT scores will publish the shortlist for WAT/GD-PI rounds starting from the second week of January 2020. Each institute will send the call letter by email to the shortlisted candidates. The list is determined by the CAT percentile of applicants.

The second stage of the admission process can include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). The process and weightage component of the GD/WAT-PI stage vary for all institutes. It is mandatory to attend this stage to be eligible for the final merit list.

Colleges can also use other factors like academic performance, work experience, gender and academic diversity of candidates in shortlisting and preparing the final list of candidates at different stages of the selection process.

Documents needed for Verification

Candidates have to bring the following documents on Interview Day for verification:

  • Original Marksheets of 10th, 12th and Bachelor’s Degree
  • Professional Certificate (if any)
  • Work Experience related documents like Joining Letter, certificate, payslips (if any)
  • Original Caste Certificate (if applicable)
  • Valid Id issued by government like Aadhaar/Voter ID/ Pan Card
  • CAT Scorecard
  • Others
CAT 2020 FAQs:

Q. What is CAT?

A. Common Admission Test (CAT) is a National-level management entrance, competitive examination that is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) to provide admissions to aspirants into various management programs for IIMs and other such Non-IIM institutes.

Q. Who is eligible for CAT exam?

A. Candidates who hold a Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 50% marks or equivalent CGPA are eligible. For candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA) categories require a minimum of 45% is what is expected

Q. Is the CAT score valid for 2 years?

A. No, the CAT score is only valid for one year.

Q. Why is CAT exam important?

A. CAT is an online exam organised and administered by one of the top six IIM institutes every year to shortlist the candidates to get through to various B-Schools. Many other colleges also consider CAT score to be important due to its critical nature. Thus CAT holds a lot of relevance for MBA aspirants.

Q. How many times CAT exam is conducted in a year?

A. CAT Exams are conducted by IIM institutes in two sessions on the scheduled date as a computer-based test at more than 400 testing venues across the nation.

Q. Which IIM conducted CAT 2019?

A. According to sources, the CAT 2019 exam conducted by IIM Kozhikode.

Q. What is the fee of the CAT exam?

A. From the past three years, the CAT exam fee for general category candidates is Rs. 2000 and Rs. 950 for reserved category candidates.

Q. How much percentile is required in CAT for IIM?

A. The cut-off ranges from above 70% to 90% but specific IIMs have different set cut-offs.

Q. What is considered as a good score in CAT?

A. The score consideration is subjective and depends on various B-School’s cut-off. However, anything above 90 percentile can be considered as a good CAT score.