Eligibility Criteria for CAT exam
The candidates who are appearing for the CAT entrance exam must ensure that they met CAT eligibility criteria 2020 before they started filling the application form. According to the eligibility criteria of the CAT 2020 exam, candidates met the requisite academic credentials that have been laid down by IIM, which will conduct the CAT 2020 exam.
CAT is held every year in a computer-based mode (CBT) for candidates who are aiming to pursue a management degree from the IIMs as well as for those who wish to take admission in other B-schools which admit candidates based on the CAT score. To know all details about CAT 2020 eligibility criteria such as the nationality, educational parameters, reservation criteria, read the full article that is given in this article.
CAT 2020 Eligibility Criteria –
Generally, the CAT exam eligibility is decided by one of the six IIM’s (namely Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Kozhikode, Indore and Lucknow) who will be responsible for conducting the exam. Candidates must know the eligibility criteria and educational qualifications to appear for Common Admission Test (CAT) entrance examination. CAT 2020 is the national level entrance examination which is conducted for admission to management programs in IIMs and over a 1000 other B-schools in India.
This year, CAT 2020 exam will be conducted in the last week of November 2020 (tentative). Every year almost 2-3 lakh candidates appear for the exam, and only a few make it to their preferred institute. Proper CAT preparation is the key to ace it.
CAT 2020 notification will be released in July. Candidates interested in appearing in CAT 2020 must start preparing now. But before that, they must check the eligibility criteria of CAT. There is no age restriction or the number of attempts for CAT. Candidates of foreign origin who fulfil the CAT exam Eligibility Criteria can also apply for the exam.
In this article, you will get all the information on CAT eligibility criteria, including:
- Academic Qualification Criteria
- Difference between IIM and CAT Eligibility Criteria
- CAT Reservation Details
- FAQs Related to CAT Eligibility Criteria
CAT Eligibility Criteria 2020: Academic Qualification
- Candidates must have professional degrees like CA/CS/ICWAwith 50 % (45% for S.C., S.T., PWD candidates) marks in aggregate.
Who is Not Eligible to Apply for CAT 2020?
- If the candidate has not scored 50 per cent in Graduation (45 per cent for SC/ST/PwD candidates), he or she is not eligible to apply for CAT.
- Candidates who don’t have either a Bachelor’s Degree or any professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA, are not eligible to apply.
- Candidates who are not in the final year of their Bachelor’s Degree are not eligible to apply.
- Candidates who have not completed a Professional Degree like CA/CS/ICWA are not eligible to apply.
- If UGC/AICTE/MHRD-Govt does not recognize the candidate’s Bachelor’s Degree (or equivalent), he/she is not eligible to apply.
Difference between IIM Eligibility and CAT Eligibility Criteria
There is not much difference between CAT and IIM eligibility criteria. However, while to appear in CAT exam, one has to fulfil mainly academic criteria which are Graduation from a recognized university. But to be able to get admission into the IIMs, one has to meet the CAT cut off percentile.
CAT Reservation Details
The IIMs have included some reservations for the different category students applying for any of the business administration programmes. The reservation details of the IIMs are explained below in a comprehensive way.
It should be noted that the candidates belonging to any of the castes as mentioned above are required to upload the caste certificate during registration and carry a photocopy of it during document verification.
What is the meaning of Person with Benchmark Disability (PWD)?
In the case of PWD category students, they are required to submit and upload the PWD certificate issued by a competent authority. The different categories of disabilities that are accepted under PWD reservation are the individuals with:
1. Blindness or partial blindness,
2. Hearing disabilities
3. Locomotor disabilities (dwarfism, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, and acid attack victims),
4. Other disabilities like autism, any mental illness, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, etc.
PWD candidates are suggested to go through Section 39 of PWD Act, 1995 to check the list of all disabilities under this category. It should also be noted that the candidates applying for PWD category should have at least 40% of disability as certified by any medical authority.
FAQs related to CAT Eligibility Criteria
QUES: When will the notification for CAT 2020 exam release?
ANS: The CAT 2020 official notification will be released by the end of July 2020 on their official website.
QUES: What is the date for CAT 2020 exam?
ANS: CAT 2020 exam will be conducted in the last week of November 2020 or the first week of December 2020. Official notification will be released by July 2020.
QUES: How many attempts are allowed for the CAT exam?
ANS: There is no limit to how many times one can appear for CAT exam. The exam is conducted once a year, and you can take it every year. The only thing that matters is that you fit into their eligibility criteria.
QUES: What are the Academic Qualifications that are required for the CAT 2020 exam?
ANS: The candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree (any stream) having a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent GPA or CGPA.
QUES: What is the Age limit for CAT 2020? Is there a limit on the number of attempts?
ANS: There is no age bar for taking CAT 2020, and there are no restrictions regarding the number of attempts either.
QUES: I am currently in the 2nd year of my three year graduation. Can I apply for the CAT 2020 exam?
ANS: Yes, for taking the CAT 2020 exam, a candidate must be in their final year or pre-final year of their Graduation.
QUES: I am a General category candidate and got 49.9% in the Bachelor’s Degree. I have also completed a Master’s Degree with 58%. Will I be eligible to apply for CAT exam 2020?
ANS: No. As per the CAT exam notification, candidates must have a minimum 50% marks in their Bachelor’s Degree in order to be eligible to apply for CAT 2020.
QUES: I am a PWD category candidate with 43% in the Bachelor’s Degree. Will I be eligible to apply for CAT 2020?
ANS: No. As per the CAT exam notification, a candidate is required to have a minimum 45% aggregate marks in their Bachelor’s Degree in order to be eligible to apply for CAT 2020.
QUES: I am yet to complete my Bachelor’s Degree/in the final year of Bachelor’s Degree. What marks should I enter while applying for the CAT Application form?
ANS: The Aggregate Percentage or CGPA up to the last semester of the Graduation received from the University must be provided in the CAT 2020 application form.
QUES: I have not completed Graduation, but I am pursuing C.A. Am I eligible to apply for CAT 2020?
ANS: No, you are not eligible to apply for CAT. In case of absence of Graduation degree, you will be required to complete your professional Degree to be able to apply.
QUES: What if a candidate scores 49% in the Bachelor’s Degree. Will they be allowed to appear for the exam?
ANS: No, the candidate is required to have a minimum of 50% in their Bachelors to appear in the test.
QUES: I have a backlog in my Graduation. Will I be eligible for the CAT 2020 exam?
ANS: The official IIM admission policy does not mention that a candidate with backlogs cannot apply for CAT 2020 exam. So, any candidate who has a backlog in the final year of Graduation can apply for CAT and complete the registration.
QUES: I have a year gap after my Graduation. Will I be eligible for CAT 2020 exam?
ANS: Yes, you will be eligible for the CAT 2020 exam.
QUES: What all documents are needed to be uploaded while filling the CAT 2020 application form?
Ans: Candidates are required to upload the following documents while filling the application form of CAT 2020:
1. If the candidate has chosen EWS Or NC-OBC or S.C. or S.T. as their category, then they are required to upload the relevant certificate.
2. If the candidate is a PwD category applicant, then they are needed to upload the relevant PwD certificate.
QUES: What is the eligibility criteria for the scribe for PwD candidates?
ANS: There are no specific eligibility criteria for the scribe. However, he/she needs to submit a scribe affidavit confirming his/her appearance as the scribe for a particular candidate.
QUES: Where can the candidates obtain the form for a scribe or reader while applying for the CAT 2020 exam?
ANS: No separate form for the reader is provided while filling the CAT exam form. Candidate must mention himself as the scribe or reader while filling the CAT 2020 exam Application Form.
QUES: Where can a candidate submit his/her documents for verification while applying for the CAT 2020 application form?
ANS: The candidates are required to upload all the required documents online while filling the application form of CAT 2020.
QUES: I am a candidate belonging to a reserved category? What are the documents required to be submitted?
ANS: You must upload the Caste Certificate issued by the Government of India at the time of filling the CAT application form. The certificate must mention the following:
- Name of the caste/tribe
- Whether the candidate belongs to Scheduled Caste (S.C.) or Scheduled Tribe (S.T.)
- District and the State or Union Territory of candidate’s ordinary residence
- The appropriate Government of India (GoI) schedule under which candidate’s caste/tribe is approved by it as Scheduled Caste (S.C.) or Scheduled Tribe (S.T.).
QUES: I have a caste certificate which is seven years old. Is it valid for the CAT 2020 exam?
ANS: No such information about the caste certificate is mentioned on the CAT official website. However, to avoid chances of rejection of the CAT application form, kindly download the sample caste certificate which will be available on their official website and get it signed by a Gazetted Officer.
QUES: How will I get the sample Caste Certificate which is provided by the IIMs?
ANS: The sample certificate will be released along with the CAT application form. You can download it from there.
QUES: I have an EWS certificate. Will I be eligible to appear for the CAT exam?
ANS: Yes, EWS certificate is valid and is considered for the CAT exam.
QUES: Will I be eligible for the CAT exam after 12th?
ANS: After passing 12th with any stream you are not eligible for the CAT exam. For CAT exam a candidate is required to have a graduation degree with minimum 50% marks.
QUES: I have 45% marks in my 12th exam. Will I be eligible for CAT 2020 exam?
ANS: There is no such benchmark for 10th and 12th percentage. However, with less marks, one might not be able to fetch a call from good B-Schools in India.
QUES: What if a candidate has passed his/her schooling from the regional board and not from CBSE or ICSE, will he/she be eligible to take the CAT exam?
ANS: Yes, irrespective of their boards from which a candidate has pursued his/her schooling, they are eligible to take the CAT exam.
QUES: Can someone give the CAT exam for practice purpose though they are aware that they are not eligible?
ANS: No, the candidates who wish to appear for the CAT 2020 exam just for practice purpose despite non-eligibility to take the CAT exam, cannot appear for CAT exam.
QUES: I do not have any work experience. Will I be eligible to take the CAT exam 2020?
ANS: There are no such criteria regarding the eligibility criteria for the work experience section in the CAT Application form. A candidate is eligible to apply for the CAT exam even if he/she doesn’t have work experience.
QUES: What is the helpline number for the Helpdesk of CAT 2020 Exam form?
ANS: Candidates can contact the exam authorities through-
Toll-free number – 18002663549
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org