CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria

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Students preparing for CAT should know about the eligibility criteria.
Before going into the details of CAT eligibility for this year, there is some important information that you must know. Key Points for CAT 2020 are:
Common Admission Test 2020 is a computer-based test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management. CAT 20 will be held on November 29 , 2020 in three sessions.
Another significant change is that the duration of each section of CAT 2020 exam has been reduced to 40 minutes.
Registration for CAT 20 commences from August 5, 2020(10:00 AM onwards) and will close on September 23 rd (till 5:00 PM)
Students may expect CAT 20 results by second week of January 2021. (Tentative)
Important information regarding CAT 20 Eligibility is mentioned - below:-
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CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria
Various students from different educational backgrounds apply for CAT. However, before applying for CAT 2020, you must go through the CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria thoroughly:
1. A candidate is eligible to appear in CAT 2020 if he/she holds a Bachelor's Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA.
The candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA) categories, need at least 45% marks.
2. The degree must have been awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an Act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
3. Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor's degree or equivalent examination and those who have already completed degree examinations but are awaiting results are also eligible. Such candidates, if qualified, will be allowed to join the course conditionally, only if they produce a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/institution.
The candidate needs to submit the certificate by June 30, 2021 (issued on or before June 30, 2021) stating that the candidate has fulfilled all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.
4. The percentage of marks will be calculated based on the calculation pattern followed by the concerned University/Institution.
In case of CGPA or grades, the conversion is based on the process defined by the concerned university or institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting grades/CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate's CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.
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NB: IIMs will not shortlist applicants incapable of fulfilling the eligibility criteria.
IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process. (The details of verification process are provided on the official IIM website.)
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CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria: Important Facts:
  • You can appear for CAT even if you have done graduation in the old system of graduation, if UGC recognizes the degree.
  • These 3 points must be fulfilled in the CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria:
    • Applicants must have completed Bachelor’s degree with the required marks/percentage/CGPA
    • Applicants who have completed professional degrees (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage can also apply for CAT 2020
    • Applicants in their final year of Bachelor’s with awaited result can also apply.
  • The candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process.
  • There is no age bar to appear for CAT exam.
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What is the difference between CAT and IIM eligibility criteria?
CAT eligibility criteria have not seen many changes over the years. However, a few changes were introduced in 2014, which led to clashes between CAT exam eligibility criteria and IIMs Admission criteria.
Applicants are allowed to appear in CAT 2020 exam with two years of graduation in the old system, but they are not allowed to pursue the management course at IIM unless they have completed graduation degree with minimum three years duration. Except this, the eligibility for CAT & IIM admissions remains the same. There is no age bar to appear for CAT exam or to pursue MBA from IIMs. For the batch of 2021-23, the eligibility criteria remain the same.
Who is not eligible to appear for CAT 2020?
As defined by IIMs, a few are not eligible for CAT 2020:
  • If you have not complete any professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) or not pursuing bachelor’s degree, then you are not eligible to appear for CAT 2020.
  • If you have pursued any professional degree, but not bachelors, you are not eligible to appear for CAT 2020. Having a Bachelors degree is necessary to appear for CAT 2020.
  • You must not score below 50% as General Category and below 45% as SC/ST/PwD candidates.
  • You are not eligible for CAT 2020, if your Bachelor’s degree is not recognized by AICTE/UGC/MHRD-Govt. of India.
CAT 2020 Eligibility Determination: CGPA/Grade Conversion to Percentage of Marks
In case of CGPA, you can determine the CAT Eligibility by following the procedure certified by respective institution or university. If no university/institution confirms of any conversion scheme, then the equivalence of marks would be established by dividing your CGPA by maximum CGPA and then multiplying the same by 100. By following this, you can calculate the maximum marks required to be eligible for CAT 2020.
Reservation of Seats
Seat Reservation IIMs is as followed:
Category Reserved Seats (In Percentage)
Schedule Cast (SC) 15%
Schedule Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Other Backward Classes of NC-OBC 27%
Over the years, the eligibility for CAT has more or less remained same since 2014. Visit iimcat.ac.in for more information on CAT 2020.
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