The Common Admission Test 2020 (CAT) for admission to postgraduate management programmes (MBA) is scheduled to be held on November 29 in the country.
Following the COVID-19 protocols, the premier competitive exam will be conducted in three shifts this year, instead of the previous two.
The first shift is between 8:30 am and 10:30 am, the second from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm and the third between 4:30 pm and 6:30 pm.
The exam-day guidelines and a COVID-19 advisory have been issued by the exam conducting body. The former is called ‘Common Admission Test 2020 Test-Day Workflow for Candidates’.
Candidates are requested to follow the guidelines, COVID-19 advisory as well as the instructions of the staff at the exam centres. This year the entrance test will be held over 450 venues in over 150 towns and cities.
The two-hour computer-based exam will consist of questions from three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability.
The result of the entrance exam is expected to be out on January 5, 2021.
CAT, the largest MBA Entrance Exam in the country, is held for admission to 20 IIMs; FMS, Delhi, the Department of Management Studies at IITs, SPJIMR, MDI and more than 500 other colleges offering MBA.
Candidates with minimum 50% marks in graduation can appear in CAT 2020. A final-year graduation student can also sit for the exam. There is no age limit to apply and appear in CAT 2020.
One of the Indian Institutes of Management or IIM conducts the CAT alternatively every year, though it is executed by the Tata Consultancy Services since 2014.
The CAT has been computer-based since 2009.