CAT Entrance Exam 2020 full notification

About CAT - 2020

Common Admission Test or CAT 2020 notification will be announced in July and the exam will be conducted on the last Sunday of November or 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 rotational basis for IIMCAT. CAT 2019 was conducted by IIM Kozhikode on November 24, 2019 and the CAT result was announced on January 4, 2020. The CAT convening institute for 2020 exam will be announced in the month of May. CAT 2020 exam registration will begin in August and close by the end of September. About 2.4 lakh candidates register for CAT exam every year.

CAT 2020 Highlights

CAT Important Dates

CAT 2020 Events

CAT 2020 Dates

CAT 2020 notification release

Last week of July

CAT Registrations start

First week of August

Registrations end

Last week of September

CAT form correction

Last week of September

CAT mock test and official tutorial release

Second week of October

Admit card release

Third week of October 

CAT 2020 exam

Last Sunday of November or first Sunday of December

Answer key release

Second week of December

Result declaration

First week of January

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2020

According to the official eligibility criteria of CAT 2020, applicants should fulfil the parameters as stated below -

  • Candidates should obtain a Bachelor’s Degree across disciplines from a recognised University or Institute
  • General and OBC-NC category candidates must secure at least 50 per cent marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage to obtain is 45.
  • The duration of the graduation programme in any discipline should be minimum three (3) years.
  • Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply for CAT 2020 provided they complete their undergraduate studies within the stipulated schedule.
  • Age Limit - There is no age limit for applying or appearing in CAT 2020 exam.

CAT Reservation Criteria

A certain percentage of seats in IIMs are reserved for SC, ST, OBC and PWD candidates. The table given below provides an overview of the same:

Category Reservation (%)
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

Non-Creamy – Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC) 27
People with Disability (PWD) 3
Total Percentage of Reserved Seats 52.5

CAT 2020 Detailed Syllabus

IIM’s do not release an official CAT Syllabus. However, based on previous year question papers, we have curated below the most frequently occuring topics. An in-depth knowledge of CAT 2020 Syllabus forms the basis of your preparation journey. It is designed to assess the prospective admission-seekers' suitability for MBA education.