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CAT 2020 Registration Numbers Dip by 6 Percent - Experts Say "It's Still Encouraging"

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CAT 2020 Registration Numbers Dip by 6 Percent

CAT 2020 registration ended on 23rd September 2020 (extended by a week from 16th September 2020). Close to 2.3 lakh candidates have registered this year. There is a 5.7 percent decrease in the number of applicants from the previous year (with 2.44 lakh students). 


Below is a chart showing the CAT registration trend over the last five years. In terms of numbers, 2020 has been the lowest since 2016. 

CAT Exam

Registered Applicants

CAT 2020

2.30 Lakh

CAT 2019

2.44 Lakh

CAT 2018

2.41 Lakh

CAT 2017

2.31 Lakh

CAT 2016

2.32 Lakh

Initially, it looked like the uncertainty around the Novel Coronavirus would hit students' higher education plans. However, with low employability and a smaller number of jobs, many consider this the ideal time to study and add a degree. The experts believe even the dip in the number of CAT registrations is still encouraging, comparing it with the JEE Main September registrations, which saw a 7.12 percent drop. CAT also seems to be the go-to exam for most MBA aspirants during the pandemic.


IIM Indore is conducting CAT 2020 exam. They have been working relentlessly in planning the exam keeping all safety measures in mind. The exam will be held on Sunday, 29th November 2020. The following steps are being taken to ensure all social distancing norms are followed:


  1. CAT 2020 will be conducted in three slots instead of the usual two slots. 
  2. CAT exam duration is reduced from 180 minutes to 120 minutes. 
  3. Each section will be 40 minutes long instead of the regular 60 minutes.
  4. The total number of questions is expected to drop by a 33 percent in each of the three sections – VARC, DILR and QA.


Check out the top 20 tips for cat exam preparation. Watch out for this space for more details on CAT 2020.


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