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Image result for IIM Ahmedabad logoCAT 2020 Application Form – One of the toughest yet the most desired exam of the nation, Common Admission Test (CAT), is held every year by one of the IIM. Last year, IIM Ahmedabad conducted the test and more than 2.18 lakh candidates registered for it. Past 3 years CAT registration record was broken last year. Announcements and notifications regarding CAT 2020 will soon start pouring in and name of the IIM that will conduct the test this year will be revealed. In August 2020, the notification and the CAT 2016 Application Form is expected to be released. The form will be available in online mode only at the official website of CAT 2016. With the commencement of online registration, a direct link to apply for the test will be provided here below. The test will most likely be held in November 2020 as per the trends go. Keep reading this article to know more about CAT 2020 Application Form, modes to fill it, complete application procedure & application fee etc.

Important Dates: CAT 2020 Application Form

Events Exam Date
CAT Exam 2020 Notification Release Date 28th July 2019
CAT 2020 Registration 7th August 2019
Last date of Online Application form: 25th September 2019
Window Open for image correction 28th to 30th September 2019
CAT 2020 Mock Test date 17th October 2019
Admit Card Available 23rd October 2019
CAT 2020 Exam Date 24th November 2019
Answer Key Release Date 29th November 2019
Last date to submit an objection 6th December 2019
Result Announced 4th January 2020

CAT 2020 Application Form

All the interested candidates must ensure that they fulfill the CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria before beginning with the online registration. IIM’s do verify the eligibility at various stages of the selection process, so every candidate must see that he/she fulfills the same. Thereafter, the candidates must arrange for the application fee payment, information needed for filling in the form and all other enclosures, which must be needed to be uploaded in the application form.

The candidates must have their own valid & unique email address and mobile number for the purpose of registration. Also, all the details marked with “*” (asterisk) must mandatorily be filled in by the candidates.

CAT 2020 Application Fee

While registering for the test, all the candidates will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee. The candidates can pay this fee either through valid credit/debit card or Net Banking. The fee cannot be paid via any other mode except online. The CAT 2020 application fee is as follow –

  • 1600/- for candidates belonging to General & NC-OBC category.
  • 800/- for candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD/DA categories.

Note – The authorities reserve the right to increase or decrease the amount of registration fee. The amount stated here is as per the last year’s details available.

List of enclosures required for CAT 2020 Registration

Below is the list of all the documents which the candidates will need while filling the application form.

  • Scanned image of recent passport size photograph in color. It should have the dimensions of 35mm X 45mm and should be in .jpg or .jpeg format and the file size should not be more than 80kb each. Minimum resolution of the image should be 150px/inch.
  • Scanned image of candidate’s signature in .jpg or .jpeg format within the dimensions of 80mm X 35mm. The image should be clear and the file size should not be more than 80kb each. Minimum resolution of the image should be 150px/inch.
  • Download NC-OBC/SC/ST & PWD/DA certificate, fill and get these signed by the appropriate authorities. Thereafter, self-attest these and scan as PDF document.

Information needed beforehand for filling in CAT Application Form 2020

  • Educational history.
  • Mark sheets of every class and degree completed till the date of form filling.
  • Work experience.
  • All the necessary certificates, documents, photograph & signature as required for uploading in the form.
  • Make a list of all the IIM programmes you wish to apply.

Accessing and Filling of CAT 2020 Application Form

There are 3 steps involved in online registration for the test and these steps are listed below.

Step 1 – Register to receive the User ID & Password

With the commencement of the CAT 2020 Registration, for the ease of the candidates, a direct link to apply for the test will be provided here in this article. All the candidates must ensure that the required details must be filled correctly as these cannot be changed once submitted. At step 1, the candidates will have to fill the following details –

  • Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Email Address – User ID for logging in will be sent on this email ID
  • Mobile Number – Password for logging in will be sent as SMS on this number only

After entering the above mentioned details, rewrite the image as shown in the “Captcha box” and click on “I Agree” in the declaration section. Submit these details then and within few minutes, you’ll receive your respective CAT 2016 login details.

Step 2 – Login at the official website

Now that the candidates have their login details with them, they must login at the website as an “Existing User” for accessing and filling the application form.

Step 3 – Form Filling

On successful login, the candidates will be able to access the application form. Here, the candidates will be required to fill details in 5 sections, which are as follow –

  • Personal Details.
  • Academics.
  • Work Experience.
  • Details of Programmes you wish to study at IIMs.
  • Payment of Application Fee.

All the candidates will receive a confirmation email stating the successful submission of your CAT 2020 Application within a few minutes of its submission. The candidates can view the application summary by logging in. They can also download and print the application form.

CAT 2020 – Every year, Indian Institute of Management conducts Common Admission Test (CAT) in the country. It is regarded as one of the toughest management entrance exam of the nation. Aspirants give in their whole year of hard work and smart work to crack this not so cute CAT. Lakhs of aspirants sit for the test every year but only a handful of them get admitted to the IIMs. CAT 2020 is expected to be held in last week of November 2020. It is a computer-based test and a total of 100 questions will be asked. The online registration for the test will most likely commence in August 2020. Keep reading this article to know all about CAT 2020.

General Facts

  • Exam Name – Common Admission Test
  • Commonly known as – CAT
  • Level of Exam – National Level
  • Exam Category – Post Graduate (MBA entrance exam)
  • Conducting Body – Indian Institute of Management (on rotation basis)

CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

The below listed eligibility conditions must be fulfilled by the candidates interested in appearing for CAT 2020 –

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree passed with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of the candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD/DA categories) or must possess an equivalent qualification as recognized by the Ministry of HRD, including AMICE.
  • No age limitation to appear for the test.
  • The candidates appearing for their final year exams of the qualifying degree can also apply for CAT 2020. They will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they will submit a certificate issued by the Principal/Registrar of their College/Institute stating that he/she has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate. This certificate should be submitted by the aspirant on or before June 2020.

CAT 2020 Application Form

In the first week of August 2020, the application form is expected to be released. Though the official notification for convening CAT 2020 will most likely be released in last week of July 2020. The CAT 2020 Application Form will be released in online mode only and will be available at the official web portal of CAT 2020. All the candidates interested in taking up this management entrance exam must ensure that the eligibility criteria is met by them before they fill up the application form. Failure in fulfilling the eligibility criteria may lead to disqualification of the candidature. The online registration portal is expected to remain operational till September 2020. Last year, the date of submitting the application form was extended till September 2020. Approx. 2,18,664 applications were received for appearing in the test but out of these, only 1,79,602 candidates actually took CAT 2020.

The candidates will be required to fill 5 sections in the CAT 2020 Application Form and upload necessary documents like category certificate, recent passport size photograph and signature etc. The 5 sections to be filled in the form are as follow –

  1. Personal details.
  2. Details of Academics.
  3. Details of Work Experience (if any).
  4. Details of Programmes to be pursued.
  5. Payment of application fees.

CAT 2020 Application Fee

While filling the online application form to appear for the test, all the candidates will be required to pay a non-refundable application fee. This fee can be paid in online mode using either the Net Banking service or the Credit/Debit card. No other mode of fee payment will be available. The amount of CAT 2020 Registration fee is expected to remain same as last year, which is as follow –

  • For General/OBC category candidates – Rs 1600/-
  • For SC/ST/DA/PwD category candidates – Rs 800/-

CAT 2020 Admit Card

The admit card will be released online for CAT 2020 in last week of October 2020. Without producing a valid admit card, no candidate will be allowed entry into the allotted test center. Along with the CAT 2020 Admit Card, the candidates must carry with them a valid photo ID for the purpose of verification. The admit card will furnish the details of the candidate like name, roll number, photograph, signature & other information like exam schedule, date of test, address of exam center, test day instructions and others.

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Last year, quite a few changes were made to the exam pattern of the test. These changes worked in favor of most of the aspirants but some of them didn’t found these changes working for them. Since a lot of changes have been made last year, it is expected that no changes will be made to the CAT 2020 exam pattern. The specifications of the CAT Exam Pattern are as follow –

  • Duration of the exam shall be of 03 hours, 60 minutes each will be given to attempt a section.
  • Total sections will be 3. There shall be a mix of objective type and descriptive type questions in the test.
  • Use of a basic online calculator for computations will be permitted.
  • A total of 100 questions will be asked in the paper, 34 questions will be asked from Quantitative Aptitude, 34 from Verbal & Reading Comprehension and 32 from Data Interpretation & Logical reasoning.
  • 4 mark will be awarded for every correct answer. 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer given. No negative marking is applicable for descriptive questions.

CAT 2020 Result

The result of the test will be announced online and will be published at the official website of CAT 2020. For checking the result and downloading the scorecard, the candidates will have to login using their User Id and Password. The result will furnish the total and sectional score as well as percentile obtained by the candidates. Based on this result, they will be able to seek admission into IIMs and other B-Schools in India. The CAT 2020 score will remain valid for a year.

CAT Preparation Strategy

To prepare early for CAT 2020, candidates can join a coaching Institute like T.I.M.E., Career Launcher, etc. However, if the aspirants are unable to join an Institute for coaching, then they can follow the simple strategy given below –

  1. Know your syllabus
  2. Collect Books for CAT
  3. Practice
  4. Read
  5. Relax

Know your Syllabus – The candidates must be familiar with the syllabus for CAT. The syllabus for CAT is as follows – Mathematics and Data Interpretation, English & Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning.

If you are serious for CAT, then you must cover all these topics and put them into daily practice. Also, according to the CAT Syllabus, candidates can get CAT Books and practice papers.

Depending on the time left for the exam date, candidates can set their priority for the section you need to work more. For e.g. you are comfortable with Mathematics and Data Interpretation but you freak out when it comes to English section, then work more on the English part.

Once you identify your weakness and strength, then it is time to take a decision on the CAT Preparation Books and other materials. There are numerous resources on Preparation of CAT, which is available online as well as offline. Therefore, the decision on the resources must be made well.

Collect Books for CAT – As mentioned earlier, the list of books recommended for CAT preparation is humongous. Therefore, list of a few important books according to the sections is given here:

Section Recommended Books
Quantitative Aptitude
  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Common Admission Test 5th Edition (Paperback) by Arun Sharma, Publisher: Tata McGraw Hill 2012 Rs. 625, 2012 edition
  • The Pearson Guide To Quantitative Aptitude And Data Interpretation For The CAT by Nishit Sinha, Publisher: Pearson. Rs. 650, 2012 edition.
  • Quantum CAT: Quantitative Aptitude Common Admission Test for Admission Into IIMs (Paperback) by Sarvesh K Verma Publisher: Arihant, Rs. 650, 2013 edition.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for the CAT Common Admission Test 1st Edition (Paperback) by Arun Sharma Publisher: Tata McGraw-Hill Rs. 550, 2012 edition.
  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT Common Admission Test by Arun Sharma Publisher: Tata McGraw-Hill Rs. 450, 2012 edition.
  • The Pearson Guide To Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT 1st Edition (Paperback) by Nishit K. Sinha. Publisher: Pearson. Rs. 599, 2012 edition.
Verbal Ability
  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Common Admission Test 4th Edition (Paperback) by Meenakshi Upadhyay, Arun Sharma. Publisher: Tata McGraw Hill, Rs. 575, 2011 Edition.
  • The Pearson Guide To Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT 1st Edition (Paperback) by Nishit K. Sinha Publisher: Pearson, Rs. 599, 2012 edition.


You can also opt for the reading materials provided by the Coaching Institutes like IMS or CI and T.I.M.E. However, candidates can also go for some fictions or non-fiction novels, books, magazines, articles etc. to sharpen their vocabulary skills.

Other sources or materials are – T.I.M.E. booklets, Groups on Social Networking Sites, test series of Olive Board, Bullseye & IMS, Newspapers, Magazines and, of course, the Internet.

Practice & Read – Practicing for any exam is like making yourself stronger than before. For CAT 2020, candidates are requested to practice section-wise.

Mathematics and Data Interpretation: Urban legends say that the reading materials for Mathematics and Data Interpretation from T.I.M.E. cover the entire CAT syllabus. Practicing the exercises after each chapter will benefit you well. There are other books which are mostly recommended by top scorers of CAT, which are –

  • How To Prepare For DI & Logical Reasoning by Arun Sharma.
  • The Pearson Guide to Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning for the CAT (With CD) by Nishit K. Sinha Publisher: Pearson.
  • NCERT Mathematics books for 8th, 9th & 10th standard.
  • CBSE Mathematics books for 8th, 9th & 10th standard
  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Common Admission Test, Author: Arun Sharma.
  • Quantitative Aptitude For Competitive Examinations by Guha Abhijit.
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit Sinha.
  • The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Sinha.

English and Reading Comprehension If you English is really poor, then put efforts on your grammar. Materials for English and Comprehension are easily available, both in the form of hard copy and soft copy. Apart from grammar, there will be questions on vocabulary, therefore, you must also prepare for the vocabulary. To get hold of words, you can also look into online materials such as Barron’s 333 High Frequency Word List – GRE. Keep using the words as much as possible which will help in revising.

To deal with the reading speed, read newspapers like “The Hindu” and “The Economic Times”. Books are also available for this part’s preparation; some of these books are –

  • English Proficiency IMS India.
  • Word Power Made Easy by NORMAN LEWIS.
  • Wren and Martin English Grammar.
  • Word Power Made Easy by NORMAN LEWIS.
  • Student’s Companion By Wilfred D. Best Verbal Ability BY Arun Sharma.
  • 30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary by Wilfred Funk and Norman Lewis.
  • A Communicative Grammar of English By: Geoffrey Leech.
  • Business English and Communication By: Clark.
  • English PLUS I.C.S.E. For Class 10 by Xavier Pinto.

Logical Reasoning – This is one of the trickiest section and it is a fact that Reasoning can’t be taught. Books are available to give tips on Reasoning, some of the most recommended books are –

  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Common Admission by Arun Sharma Publisher: TMH.
  • The Pearson Guide To Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT by Nishit K. Sinha Publisher: Pearson.
  • A Modern Approach To Verbal & Non-Verbal Reasoning Revised Edition by R. S. Aggarwal Publisher: S. Chand Price.
  • Trishna’s Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT And Other MBA Examinations by TIME Publisher: Pearson.

Apart from the above-mentioned books and websites, there are a few Business Magazines that will help to prepare for CAT and in the later stages. Some of these magazines are –

  • Business Line by The Hindu Group.
  • Business Today by India Today Group.
  • Business World.
  • Management Compass Career Launcher.
  • Business & Management Chronicle by Chronicle Publications.
  • Competition Success Review.

Mocks test are one of the important phases in the CAT preparation. Appearing for Mock Test will test your skills and also help you to identify your weakness and strength. Most top scorers have enrolled into two or more different mock series. If you are able to crack down 30 to 40 mock tests leading up to 10 days of the exam post is quite relaxing. Constantly practicing mock tests will improve your accuracy in each attempt. There are many mock tests (paid and unpaid) available online. Many coaching institutes prepare their own mock tests and make them available online. Apart from mock tests, candidates can also opt for CAT Sample Papers. These Sample Papers for CAT are easily available online over the Internet.

Relax – Taking too much of tension about the exam is a ticket to making things worse. It is true that performing under pressure is not easy and many may stumble down. Studying for long hours is not always possible, therefore, most top scorers of CAT suggest doing some activities that ease the tension and mind. Be relaxed on the exam day and don’t fret on the level of difficulty of the question. The most important thing to remember is to concentrate on accuracy rather than overall attempts.

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