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CAT 2020

CAT exam or the Common Admission Test is a computer-based MBA entrance test for admissions into the IIMs and several other prestigious B-Schools in the Country. CAT exam is conducted every year by the IIMs on a rotational basis and The CAT convening institute for 2020 exam will be announced in the month of May.. The CAT 2020 exam date and the registration details are expected to be released by July last week.

CAT Exam Mode

Only Online

CAT Exam Date 2020

November 29, 2020 (tentative)

CAT Exam Question Types

MCQs and TITA (Type In The Answer)

CAT Application Mode

Online Only

CAT Exam Pattern

The paper pattern for the CAT exam has changed several times in the past. For the last 3 years, the pattern has remained the same with respect to the total marks and no. of sections. A brief detail about the pattern is given.

Total Questions in CAT Exam


Total Marks


Total Sections


Total Duration

180 Minutes

Negative Marking

-1 for Each Incorrect Attempt

Sectional Details

Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, and Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation.

It is important to check the pattern properly as it will give a detailed idea about the exam and can help to strategize proper preparation plan accordingly.

CAT Exam Syllabus

CAT syllabus is very generalized and vast. The IIMs does not have a fixed syllabus for CAT but the questions are mostly based on the middle school Maths and English topics. In this article, CAT students are provided with the latest CAT 2020 syllabus. It should be noted that the syllabus given here is generalized. Before going to the CAT syllabus 2020, it is important to note some important details about the CAT exam. The CAT (Common Admission Test) is a computer based test held in India every year by one of the IIM’s based on a policy of rotation. This test scores a person based on quantitative ability, verbal ability, data interpretation and logical reasoning. This test was started by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to select students for their various business administration programs using the test. Before checking the detailed syllabus for CAT 2020, it is important to get an overview of the important topics from each section. Below is a table highlighting the important topics from the syllabus which are extremely crucial. The detailed weightages of the syllabus topics are given in detail below.
CAT Syllabus 2020: Overview
SectionImportant Topics
Quantitative AptitudeNumber System, Geometry, Algebra, Mensuration, Time and Work
Logical Reasoning & Data InterpretationSeating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism, Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets
Verbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionPara-jumbles & para-summary, sentence completion, inferences, RC passages based questions.
The detailed syllabus topics from each chapter is given in the table below for better understanding. It should be noted that CAT is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management as a prerequisite for admission to various management programs of IIMs, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Institutes of Technology (NITs), Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), and other institutions. CAT preparation is considered as the most crucial stepping stone for an IIM aspirant,where distinct planning and preparation according to the plan is required. Although, IIMs – who conduct the CAT exam do not release the syllabus for the CAT exam, it is deduced through previous year’s CAT exam pattern and questions. Our panel of experts have predefined the syllabus and structure according to the latest exam and have provided a general guideline for the paper to follow for success in this examination.
CAT Exam Syllabus 2020
Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus
Verbal Reasoning Syllabus
Number Systems
English Usage or Grammar
Profit, Loss and Discount
Vocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)
Bar Graphs
Fill in the blanks
Speed, Time and Distance
Line Charts
Sentence Correction
Column Graphs
Cloze Passage
Time and Work
Venn Diagrams
Jumbled Paragraph
Ratio and Proportion
Pie Chart
Meaning-Usage Match
Other Basic Reasoning Questions
Analogies or Reverse Analogies
Quadratic Equations & Linear Equations
Summary Questions
Complex Numbers
Number and Letter Series
Verbal Reasoning
Simple and Compound Interest
Venn Diagrams
Reading Comprehension
Sequences and Series
Seating Arrangement
Binary Logic
Surds and Indices
Logical Matching
Set Theory & Function
Logical Sequence
Permutation and Combination
Mixtures and Alligations
Logical Connectives
Blood Relations
Coordinate Geometry

CAT Exam Eligibility

To be able to get eligible for CAT, candidates to fulfil the following criterion:
  • Should Hold a Bachelor’s Degree and have secured a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. The students belonging to any of the reserved categories like Scheduled Tribe (ST), Scheduled Caste (SC), and Persons with Disability (PWD) or Differently Abled (DA) category must have at least 45% marks.
  • The degree has to be awarded by any of the Universities included by an act of the central or a state legislature in India, or any other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or are declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or hold an equivalent qualification recognized by the MHRD, India.
  • Applicants who are appearing for the final year of their bachelor’s degree and the candidates who have completed their graduation degree requirements and are awaiting results are also eligible to apply. If selected, candidates will be allowed to join the program provisionally, only if he/ she submits a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of her/his College/Institute (issued on or before June 30, 2019) mentioning that the particular candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date when the certificate was issued.

Admission Process

It should be noted that individual IIM shortlists candidates for their second stage of selection independently. The selection process includes a Written Ability Test (WAT) Group Discussion (GD) and a Personal Interview (PI). The performance of individuals in CAT 2020 exam will be an important component in the overall selection process. IIMs also consider previous academic records of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs while shortlisting and ranking the candidates at various stages during the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. For more information, one may refer to the admissions policies on respective IIM’s website. As the CAT exam is a very competitive exam, it is important that candidates should be well prepared for it. CAT aspirants are suggested to sign-up at BullsEye Account  to get complete assistance in preparation. Aspirants are also suggested to keep visiting their account for more details about the exam and get notified about important updates related to the exam.