CAT 2020

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CAT Exam Date: Last week of November 2020 (Expected)
CAT 2019 Results: 2nd Week, January 2021

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Introduction

Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as entrance exam to select candidates for admission to various management programmes. Along with IIMs, many other institutes like Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Management Development Institute (MDI), Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), IMT Ghaziabad, IIT-MBAs etc use CAT score in their admission process.

CAT is usually the first stage in the selection process. The institutes prepare a shortlist of candidates based on the CAT score and several other criteria like 10th class percentage, 12th class percentage, Graduation percentage and work experience. The selection criteria and weightage assigned to each criterion, including CAT score might vary from institute to institute.

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Important Dates

EventDate (Expected)
CAT 2020 NotificationLast week of July, 2020
CAT 2020 Registration starts2nd Week of August, 2020
CAT 2019 Application last date3rd Week of September, 2020
Release of Admit Card4th Week of October, 2020
CAT Exam dateLast Sunday of November, 2020
Results2nd Week, January 2021

Eligibility

The eligibility criteria has not changed. The applicant must satisfy the following requirements:

1)  The applicant should be a graduate or must be in the final year of graduation

2) The applicant must have a minimum of 50% in graduation (45% for SC/ST/PWD categories) or an equivalent CGPA.

Final year candidates are required to produce the required certificate from Principal, at the time of admission.

Exam Pattern

CAT is a 180-minute online exam with no breaks in between. There are three sections - 

1.Verbal Ability

2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 

3. Quantitative Ability

The first and third sections consist of 34 questions each while the second section consists of 32 questions. Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks and each wrong answer carries a penalty of -1 marks. Some questions are Type-in-the-answer (TITA) questions. The marking scheme for TITA questions is +3 marks for correct answer and no negative mark for wrong answer. No marks are awarded for unattempted questions. There is a sectional time limit of 60 minutes for each section and candidates are not allowed to switch between the sections. Candidates are expected to perform well in all the sections and most of the institutes accepting CAT score for admission have sectional cut-offs in additional to overall cut-off.

SECTIONDURATIONNUMBER OF QUESTIONS
Verbal Ability60 minutes34
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning60 minutes32
Quantitative Ability60 minutes34
Overall180 minutes100

Syllabus

CAT does not have a defined syllabus. 2 sections out of the 3 do not require you to memorise even basic formulae.

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The CAT exam consists of three sections:

  1. Quantitative Ability
  2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  3. Verbal Ability

Quantitative Ability

The first section can be broadly divided into the following topics:

  1. Number Systems
  2. Linear Equations
  3. Inequalities
  4. Quadratic Equations
  5. Progressions and Series
  6. Averages, Ratio and Proportion
  7. Time, Distance and Work
  8. Profit, Loss and Interest
  9. Logarithms, Surds and Indices
  10. Probability, Combinatorics
  11. Venn Diagrams
  12. Functions, Graphs and Statistics
  13. Geometry
  14. Data Sufficiency

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

The second section can be broadly divided into the following topics:

  1. Data Interpretation
  2. Logical Reasoning

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

The third section can be broadly divided into the following topics:

  1. Reading Comprehension
  2. Para Jumbles
  3. Para Completion and Summary
  4. Odd sentence out

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