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CAT Exam Dates

EventsImportant Dates
CAT 2020 Notification DateAugust 2, 2020
CAT 2020 Registration Start DateAugust 5, 2020
Last Date to Apply for CAT 2020September 23, 2020 (Extended from Sep 16)
CAT 2020 Admit card Download Start dateOctober 28, 2020
Last Date for CAT 2020 Admit Card DownloadNovember 29, 2020
CAT 2020 Exam dateNovember 29, 2020
CAT 2020 Result dateJanuary 5, 2021

CAT Eligibility Criteria

Candidates applying for CAT 2020 should fulfill any one of the following conditions:

- Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks*.

- Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage*.

- Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage*.

*SC/ST/PwD candidates should have a minimum 45%. For General, EWS and NC-OBC candidates, the minimum is 50%.

CAT Exam Pattern

Number of slotsThree
Duration of exam40 minutes per section (Total 120 minutes)
Total number of questions100
Three Sections Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC); Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA)
Type of questions MCQs and Non-MCQs

CAT Syllabus

CAT syllabus is very generalized and vast. The IIMs does not have a fixed syllabus for CAT.Instead, IIMs release an official Mock Test which is as per the forthcoming CAT exam topics and consists of question types which are expected in actual CAT Exam.

Quantitative Ability (QA):

Arithmetic, Modern Math, Number System Algebra, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Geometry

Data Interpretation& Logical Reasoning (DILR):

Data Charts, Data Tables, Bar Graphs, Venn Diagrams, Seating arrangement, Team formation, Clocks & Calendars.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC):

Long & Short Passages, Jumbled Paragraphs; Para-summary, Picking the Out of context sentence from a jumbled paragraph

Quantitative Aptitude SyllabusData Interpretation & Logical Reasoning SyllabusVerbal Reasoning Syllabus
Number SystemsTablesEnglish Usage or Grammar
Profit, Loss and DiscountCaseletsVocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)
LCM and HCFBar GraphsFill in the blanks
Speed, Time and DistanceLine ChartsSentence Correction
PercentagesColumn GraphsCloze Passage
Time and WorkVenn DiagramsJumbled Paragraph
Ratio and ProportionPie ChartMeaning-Usage Match
AveragesOther Basic Reasoning QuestionsAnalogies or Reverse Analogies
Quadratic Equations & Linear EquationsCalendarsSummary Questions
Complex NumbersNumber and Letter SeriesVerbal Reasoning
Simple and Compound InterestClocksFacts-Inferences-Judgments
LogarithmVenn DiagramsReading Comprehension
Sequences and SeriesCubes
InequalitiesSeating Arrangement
ProbabilityBinary Logic
Surds and IndicesLogical Matching
Set Theory & FunctionLogical Sequence
Permutation and CombinationSyllogism
Mixtures and AlligationsLogical Connectives
TrigonometryBlood Relations
Coordinate Geometry


Any candidate applying for CAT must have completed or would be appearing for Bachelor's degree, final year examination with a minimum of 50% aggregate. The degree should be granted by any university incorporated or declared to be deemed under Section 3 of the UGC Act 1956 or an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
XAT, IIFT, SNAP, TISSNET, CMAT, MAT are the MBA entrance exams which have a GK section
There are numerous entrance exams conducted by B-Schools for admission into their management courses.

a) CAT is conducted by the IIMs and is accepted by the B-Schools Pan-India.

b) XAT is conducted by XLRI for admission into its several management institutes all over India and other b-schools as well.

c) IIFT conducts its own admission test-IIFT for admission into its management course

d) NMAT is conducted for admission into NMIMS and associated branches.

e) SNAP is conducted for admission into 15 Symbiosis institutes.

f) MH-CET is the MBA entrance test for institutes in Maharashtra

g) TISS-NET is conducted for admission into the Tata Institute of Social Studies for its management courses. CMAT, MAT are some of the other MBA entrance exams conducted for admission into various B-Schools Pan-India.

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