What is CAT?

CAT (Common Admission Test ) is the gateway to 20 IIMs and over 1200 Business schools in India. It is conducted online by one of the IIMs in the month of November in around 155 cities across India. Mostly it is held in two slots and the exam paper consists of 100 MCQ based aptitude questions. Going in-depth, the paper consists of Data Interpretation (DI), Logical Reasoning (LR), Verbal ability (VA), Reading comprehensions (RC) and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). More than 2 lakhs students take the test every year.

CAT 2020 Exam: Important Events and Dates

The solid schedule for CAT 2020 will be announced in the month of July. The below table is just a tentative one, which is fixed by analysing the previous year CAT schedules.

CAT 2020 Events

CAT 2020 Dates

Important Features

CAT 200 notification release

Fourth week of July, 2020

IIM to announce CAT 2020 schedule and related details.

Exam registrations start

First week of August, 2020

Online registrations open. No change in the registration process or fees from last year

Registrations end

Fourth week of September, 2020

Registrations close for all candidates

CAT form correction

Fourth week of September, 2020

Candidates can upload new photos and signatures. No other information could be edited.

CAT mock test release

Second week of October, 2020

The official mock test will have 100 questions to be solved in 3 hours.

CAT mock test will be available in online mode only.

CAT official tutorial release

Second week of October, 2020

The exam conducting body will release a video to help candidates understand exam day guidelines.

Admit card release

Third week of October, 2020

To be downloaded from CAT 2020 website.

CAT exam 2020

Fourth week of November, 2020

To be held in 156 cities in two slots – morning and afternoon.

CAT answer key release

Fourth week of November, 2020

To be downloaded from CAT website. Candidates can raise objections (if any).

Answer key challenge process begins

First week of December, 2020

Candidates can challenge official responses online by paying Rs 1000 per question.

Last date to challenge answer key

First week of December, 2020

window open up to 5:00 pm only

CAT result 2020 declaration

First week of January, 2021

Release of scorecard on official website by 9 am

CAT 2020 eligibility criteria

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

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

- Candidates in their final year of graduation degree are also eligible to apply for CAT exam.

P.S.: The percentage of marks obtained by a candidate will be calculated based on the formula practised by the institute or university. In case, there is no scheme of converting CGPA into equivalent marks, at the said institute or university, the same would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.

CAT Exam Pattern and Test Structure

The question paper is divided into three sections

DILR (DI + LR) and

Each section is allotted 60 minutes. The candidates are required to solve both MCQ and Non-MCQ type questions. The questions paper is usually of moderate difficulty level with QA posing more challenges in terms of tough questions.


CAT question paper pattern and structure

Number of exam sessions

Two (forenoon and afternoon)

Number of sections


Names of the sections


Duration of exam

60 minutes per section (Total 180 minutes)

Total number of questions


Section-wise number of questions

VARC -34, DILR- 32, QA - 34

Total marks


Language of question paper


Number of answer choices


Type of questions

MCQs and Non-MCQs

Section-wise difficulty level

VARC - Easy to moderate, DILR- Moderate to difficult, QA - Difficult

Marking Scheme

3 marks for each right question, Negative marking of 1/3 (-1) for each wrong MCQ, No negative marking for wrong non-MCQ