One of the biggest MBA entrance exams, CAT is conducted every year by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) on a rotational basis. CAT is a computer-based test held for admissions in elite B-Schools across India. A seat in these institutions promises high pay-packages and rewarding career in the corporate world. As such, CAT remains one of the most sought-after competitive examinations and attracts graduates from all streams. The score is not only accepted by the IIMs, but also by other 100+ top-notch B- Schools across the country. Approximately 4,000 seats are offered by the IIMs.

Common Admission Test or CAT 2020 will be conducted on the last Sunday of November or the first Sunday of December 2020. The CAT exam is a gateway to India’s top MBA institutes, the IIMs and over 1200 other business schools. The exam is conducted by one of the IIMs on a rotational basis for IIMCAT.

CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates having a graduation degree with an aggregate of 50 percent marks or equivalent CGPA (45 percent for reserved category) can apply for CAT 2020.

Candidates who have completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with 50 percent marks or equivalent (45 percent for reserved category).

Candidates in their final year of graduation degree are also eligible to apply for CAT 2020


CAT 2020 Important Dates (Tentative)

CAT 2020 Exam Details CAT 2020 Exam Dates
CAT Notification release date Last week of July 2020
CAT 2020 Registration Start Date The first week of August 2020
CAT 2020 Last date for Online Registration Last week of September 2020
CAT 2020 Issue of Admit Card Last week of October 2020
CAT 2020 Exam Date (Tentative) Last week of November 2020
Releasing of Answer Key 1st week of December 2020
CAT 2020 Result Announcement Second week of January 2021




Target 19 IIMs and India’s Top Management Colleges in India through CAT 19 exam to be conducted in November 2019. Last year 2 lakh candidates appeared for CAT exam for around 1500 seats of IIMs. This is the reason it has made CAT the most difficult exams over all.

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CAT 2019 Exam Details (As Per CAT 15/16 Format):

  No. of Sections


  CAT 2019 Convener


  Total Questions & Weightage

  100 Questions, 300 Marks

  Marking Scheme

  Correct answer   : +3
  Incorrect answer : -1
  No penalty for unanswered question
  No negative marking for non MCQs


CAT 2019 Important Dates:


  CAT Notification

  July 2019

  Registration Start Date

 7th August 2019

  Registration End Date

  September 2019

  Admit Card download Window

  23rd October 2019

  CAT Exam Date

  24th of November 2019 (Sunday)

  CAT Results

  Second week of January 2020


CAT Exam Format:


Check CAT Pattern in the table below:






  Quantitative Ability



  60 Min 

  Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning



  60 Min

  Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension



  60 Min




  180 Min


Key Contents For Cat 19 Preparations:


Quantitative ability (QA)

Geometry,Trigonometry,Probability,Number System,Permutation & Combination,Speed, Time and Distance,Profit and Loss,Logarithmic Equations,HCF and LCM,Ratio, Quadratic and Linear Equations, Algebra, Mensuration, Percentages, progressions, Complex Numbers, Simple and Compound Interest etc.

Verbal Ability

Critical Reasoning, Paragraph Forming, Grammar, Vocabulary, Reading Comprehension

Logical Reasoning

Logical Games, Calendars, Cubes, Clocks, Blood Relations, Seating Arrangements etc.

Data Interpretation

Tables, Graphical Representations, Charts and any diagramatical Representation.


CAT 2019 Exam Details:


  Section I

  Reading Comprehension (RC) and Verbal Ability     (VA)

  VA – 10
  RC -  24


  Section II

  Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning       (LR)

  LR -  16
  DI – 16


  Section III

  Quantitative ability (QA)



CAT Cut-Off Marks


The candidates who have crossed the cut-off criteria set by the IIMs are eligible for admission in IIMs. Each Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) has released their own cut-off marks for admitting the students. Obtaining the cut-off marks will not guarantee your admission, your past academic record, work experience will also matters in providing admission to IIMs. The average cut-off marks for IIMs are mentioned below:



Overall Percentile




  Above 70


  Above 65


  Above 60


  Above 55


Selection Process


On the basis of the CAT cut-off marks, IIMs and various b-schools shortlists the candidates. The shortlisted candidates are further called for Personal Interview (PI), Group Discussion (GD) and Written Ability Test (WAT). The admission will be done on the basis of the overall scores secured by the candidates in CAT score card, GD, PI and WAT. Apart from this, candidate’s academic performance and work experience is also taken into consideration at the time of admission. The IIMs have also release their own admission procedure and criteria for providing admission. The selection process varies B-school to B-schools.


Preparation Tips


Planning is the initial step for every task and for exam preparation it works too. But how one should prepare for CAT? And the answer is pretty simple, plan your study hours as per the syllabus. Go through the latest syllabus and exam pattern before start preparation. Refer the right study material and books that also contain the previous years solved question papers. Allot some of your time for rest also and don’t avoid revision.


Recommended Business Magazines for CAT / MBA Aspirants


Business World

Business Today by India Today Group

Business & Management Chronicle by Chronicle Publications

Business Line by the Hindu Group

Competition Success Review


Recommended Newspapers for CAT/ MBA Aspirants


Economics Time

The Hindu


CAT 2016 previous years question papers/ model papers


The students who are giving the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016 can also prepare from the unsolved question paper and model papers. When students will go through the unsolved question papers they will realize that the CAT exam pattern has changed over the years. It will help them to understand that they can never predict the CAT paper but they can keep their study focused.

Strategy We Follow:

CAT Specifics – 22 book+ !8 Sectional test +25 (Online + Offline full length tests) provided

Basics module – 5 books

Advanced Module – 4 books

Reference books –3 books