CAT Exam 2020: Exam Date, Syllabus, Pattern, Question

CAT exam 2020 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 CAT exam 2019 was conducted by IIM Kozhikode and the results are expected in January 2020.

CAT Exam 2020

The CAT 2020 date and the registration details are expected to be released by July last week. Some of the main details of CAT 2020 like what is CAT exam and CAT 2020 are explained below.



Important Date of CAT Exam 2020


CAT Exam 2020 Conducting Institute IIM
CAT Exam Mode Only Online
CAT Exam Date 2020 November 2020 (tentative)
CAT Exam Question Types MCQs and TITA (Type In The Answer)
CAT Application Mode Online Only

CAT is a highly competitive exam and almost a quarter of a million students appear for it every year. Only a handful of the total applicants make it their preferred institute. For the CAT exam, it is important to note certain details before registration. The important exam details that should be checked are:

All these details about the CAT are explained below. Before going to the CAT exam details, it is important to note what the CAT exam actually is and why is it important.



CAT Exam 2020 Highlights


Features  Details 
Exam Name Common Admission Test (CAT)
Conducting Body IIM
Exam Level National
Exam Frequency Once a year
Exam Mode Online
Exam Duration 180 minutes
Exam Syllabus
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)
Exam Pattern 100 questions in MCQ and non-MCQ format
Language English
Exam Fees Rs 1900 (General category) and Rs 950 (Reserved category)
Number of Applications Received 2.44 lakh
Exam Purpose Admission into IIMs, SPJIMR, FMS, MDI, IMT and over 1200

B Schools in India

Course Offered MBA/PGDM
No. of Test Cities 156
Exam Helpdesk No.  0495-2809219
Exam Website



CAT Exam 2020 Dates & Events


CAT 2020 Event Description Event Date (Tentative)
CAT Exam Online Registration Start Date August 2020 (First week)
CAT Exam Online Registration Close Date September 2020 (Last week)
CAT Admit Card Release Date October 2020 (3rd week)
CAT exam Date November 2020 (Last week)
CAT Exam Result Declaration 2nd Week of January, 2020



Pattern of Exam

The paper pattern for the CAT has changed several times in the past. For the last 2 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 100
Total Marks 300
Total Sections 3
Total Duration 180 Minutes
Negative Marking -1 for Each Incorrect Attempt
Sectional Details Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability

& Reading Comprehension,

and Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation.