CAT 2020 - 83.5 percent appear for exam amidst COVID 19

CAT 2020 - 83.5 percent appear for exam amidst COVID 19
Team Careers360 | Nov 30, 2020 - 11:44 a.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore conducted CAT 2020 on November 29, 2020. A total of 2,27,835 people applied for this year’s entrance exam, which was held in 159 test cities in three slots on November 29. According to Himanshu Rai, Director, IIM Indore, in the midst of the COVID-19 epidemic, about 83.5% of the candidates appeared for the CAT B-School entrance exam this year.

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CAT 2020 - Exam Analysis


Number of Questions

Difficulty Level

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)


Easy to Moderate

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)


Moderate to Difficult

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)


Moderate to Difficult



Moderate to Difficult

Know the Changes in CAT 2020 Exam:

  • This year, there was a change in the CAT exam pattern in view of the COVID-19 scenario. The duration of CAT 2020 has been reduced from three to two hours.

  • Each section of the CAT is reduced from 60 to 40 minutes in each section, with Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA) - 40 minutes.

  • MCQs have a negative mark for every wrong answer, while non-MCQs will not be penalized for a negative score on the CAT exam 2020.

Candidates were not shocked by the changed exam pattern and most of them find it easy to understand the questions in different categories.

Last year, candidates reviewed the paper harder, with questions of size and math sections having more difficulty levels. The results were announced on January 4.

Student Reaction for CAT 2020

According to Amir, the overall CAT paper was the same as the previous year. The VARC section alone was very difficult, the Quant section was a bit easier, and the DILR was very difficult to solve.

About IIM CAT 2020

The IIMs have been conducting the CAT exam every year. The Common Admission Test is a computer-based test for enrolling in a graduate management program. The CAT test consists of three sections: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Quantitative Ability (QA).

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