Registration for CAT
The CAT 2020 registration window opens on August 5, 2020, and will close at 5:00 p.m. on September 16, 2020. So, it is important to get all your documents in hand before jumping ahead. One mistake in the application will make things difficult for you. So, fill the details like:
- Your name (should match with your 10th-grade mark-sheet/certificate)
- Date of birth (depending upon the format)
- Marks, percentages, CGPA (convert CGPA into percentage using the particular method given by the institute)
At the time of registration, the candidates have to select any six test cities, as per their preference. After the last date of registration, candidates will be allotted one among the six preferred cities subject to availability. The candidates can download the admit cards from October 28, 2020 until November 29, 2020.
Payment of CAT Registration Fee
₹1000 for SC, ST and PwD candidates.
₹2000 for all other candidates.
SC, ST and PwD candidates must upload a copy of their SC/ST/PwD certificates at the time of registration. Fees once paid cannot be refunded.
CAT will be conducted in centres spread across around 156 test cities. Test cities will be mentioned on the CAT website and the name of the test centre will be indicated in the Admit Card.
CAT 2020 Score
Candidates’ CAT 2020 scorecards will be made accessible on the CAT website. You may also be notified individually by SMS. The CAT results are likely to be declared by the second week of January, 2021. The CAT 2020 score is valid only till December 31, 2021.
Each IIM is independent to mandate their own eligibility criteria (including academic cut-offs and relative weights) and follow different selection processes. Performance in the CAT 2020 examination is an important component for consideration in the selection process. IIMs may also use the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, and other similar inputs in the short-listing of candidates at various stages of the selection process.
How to Prepare?
Before you start looking at coaching institutes or books or even the syllabus, you need to know where you stand. This gives you a starting point and helps you assess your growth as you prepare.
To do this, take some mock tests. Don’t prepare – don’t revise – just appear for mocks. Remember, CAT tests your aptitude and NOT your recall capability. Hence, you need to assess how many concepts you already understand well.
The idea is to determine your areas of strengths and weaknesses. Hence, look for a mock test series that offers a comprehensive analysis of your performance.
With this information, start listing down topics that you need to work more on than others. Also, make a separate list of topics that you are strong in. Use this list to create a study plan. Try to allocate more time to your weak areas but don’t ignore your strong areas either. The key will be to create a timetable that helps you improve on your weak areas while gaining on the strong ones.
This is the stage when you start looking at reference books, study material, or coaching institutes. While many students have managed to crack the test using the self-study route.
I recommend a coaching institute as a better option. At ExamVictor, we offer an Online CAT Course with expert and experienced mentors, study material keeping the requirements of CAT in mind, live doubt-solving sessions, unlimited access to video lectures, thousands of practice questions, mock tests based on the CAT pattern, etc. that helps students get all they need to prepare in one place.
This saves them valuable time and effort finding answers to doubts where they should be focusing on understanding them.
After every few weeks, appear for mocks again. Look at the analysis to determine if your study plan is working or if you need to make some changes for it to be effective. You can also talk to your mentor/guide to fine-tune the study plan.
You need to repeat steps I to IV to ensure that slowly but steadily, you make progress and inch towards improving your performance in the CAT. Remember, every individual is unique and needs a tailored study plan. Hence, avoid any readymade plans available online. Follow this strategy and give it your best shot.
Important Dates of CAT 2020
Below is a chart which tells all the important dates related to CAT 2020.
In this blog post, we have talked about the notifications related to CAT 2020. The Registration process & Fee, CAT Score, Test Centres, Admission Process, Preparation Strategy and the important dates related to CAT 2020 are listed.
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