CAT 2021 Notification, Registration, Exam Dates

CAT 2021 Exam: Every year Indian Institute of Management (IIM), conducts the Common Admission Test (CAT) for admission to B-Schools. CAT 2021 will be conducted across 156 cities by IIM Ahmedabad across the country and as an estimate, more than 2.5 lakh candidates are going to appear for CAT 2021 Exam. The graduates who have been looking for admission to various Post Graduate and Fellow/Doctorate programmes at various IIMs & Non-IIMs institutes have to mandatorily qualify CAT Exam which is one of the top MBA Entrance Exam.  

CAT 2021

The registration process for CAT 2021 has been started from 4th August 2021 onwards and the last date for online registration is 15th September 2021. The CAT 2021 Exam Date has been decided for 28th November 2021 (three sessions). The validity of the CAT score is for 1 year only. The candidates interested in Common Admission Test must read the details about the Online computer-based examination that has been discussed in the below article. including the registration process, exam date, admit card release date, exam pattern, and more. 

CAT 2021 Notification

Indian Institute of Management has uploaded the official notification for the Common Admission Test on its website @iimcat.ac.in on 31st July 2021 for the students planning to grab admission to various Post Graduate and Fellow/Doctorate programmes of IIMs & some of the Non-IIMs institutes. Download the CAT Exam 2021 Notification pdf from the direct link below and read all details regarding the CAT Examination.  

CAT 2021 Exam Notification PDF-Click to Download

CAT 2021: Overview

IIM, Ahmedabad will be conducting CAT 2021 Exam for the entrance of graduates to business schools. The candidates interested in CAT Exam should check the below overview table for the exam.  

CAT 2021 Examination 
Exam Conducting BodyIndian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad
Exam NameCommon Admission Test (CAT 2021)
Courses OfferedPost Graduate and Fellow/Doctorate programmes
Type of ExamEntrance Test
FrequencyOnce in a year
EligibilityGraduate
Examination ModeOnline Computer Based Test
Sessions3 Sessions
Duration of Exam2 hours
Number of Questions76 
Validity of CAT score1 year 
No. of Test Centres158 cities
Official websitewww.iimcat.ac.in

CAT 2021 Exam Date

The Common Admission Test CAT 2021 will be conducted in three sessions on 28th November 2021 and the admit card for CAT 2021 will be released a month before. Check all the important dates for CAT 2021 from the below table.

CAT Exam 2021 Notification 
CAT 2021 DetailsDates
CAT 2021 Notification31st July 2021
CAT 2021 Registration Start4th August 2021
CAT 2021 Registration Deadline15th September 2021 (5 pm)
CAT 2021 Admit Card Release27th October 2021 onwards
CAT 2021 Exam Date

28th November 2021 (Sunday)

Session 1: 8:30 am - 10:30 am

Session 2: 12:30 pm - 02:30 pm

Session 3: 04:30 pm - 06:30 pm

CAT 2021 Publishing Solution key1st week of December 2021
CAT 2021 Solution Key Challenge Process1st week of December 2021
CAT 2021 Result Declaration2nd week of January 2022

CAT 2021 Registration 

The interested graduates who have been looking for admission to B-schools must submit their registration form for Common Admission Test for which the registration window will be open till 15th September 2021. Any application will not be entertained after this date. 

Link to Register for CAT 2021 Exam- Click Here 

CAT 2021 Application Fee

During the process of CAT 2021 Registration, the candidate has to pay the required application fee which is to be paid through online mode only (Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking).

CategoryApplication fee
General CategoryRs. 2200/-
SC/ST/PWD CategoryRs. 1100/-

How to Register for CAT 2021 Exam?

Step-1: Login to the IIM CAT official website @iimcat.ac.in or register from the above link. 

Step-2: Click on “Register” mentioned under New Candidate Registration and create a user ID by entering details such as name, date of birth, email ID and phone number.

Step-3: Click on ‘Generate OTP’ and the OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number.  

Step-4: Enter the OTP and verify your CAT registration. 

Step-5: Now click on ‘Login’ as mentioned under Registered Candidate Login and enter the registration number generated in the previous step. 

Step-6: Enter all the information in the application form including personal, academic details, work experience (if any).

Step-7: Upload scanned signature and photograph in the prescribed format. 

Step-8 Select a minimum of test cities and preferred IIM campuses for WAT-PI shortlisting

Step-9: Pay CAT application fees online via debit/credit card or net banking and click on “Submit”.

Step-10: Download your CAT 2021 Application Form for future reference. 

CAT 2021 Eligibility 

The courses offered through CAT 2021 are of Post Graduate and Fellow/Doctorate programmes, therefore holding a graduation degree is mandatory. Check the detailed eligibility criteria including educational qualification from the below section

IIM CAT Academic Qualification 

1. Candidates who have scored 50% marks (aggregate) or equivalent CGPA in bachelor’s degree (General) and 45% for SC/ST/people with disabilities are eligible to register for CAT 2021.

2. The candidates who are in the final year of their Graduation or waiting for results are also eligible to appear in the CAT entrance exam.

3. The candidates who have completed their professional degree in CA/CS/ICWA with 50% marks (45% for SC/ST/PwD) can also apply for CAT 2021. 

Note: However, the rules are relaxed for those candidates who have pursued their bachelor’s degree in the year 2020 - 21 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These candidates can enter "Promotion/Pass" if they were not awarded the percentage of marks.

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern 

Before beginning with the preparation for CAT Exam, the candidates must be aware of the detailed CAT Exam Pattern which is followed by IIM to conduct the entrance test. Below we have discussed all important points for IIM CAT 2021.

1. The CAT 2021 Exam will be conducted through Online Computer Based and the duration of CAT 2021 has been revised to 2 hours. 

2. There will be three sections in CAT 2021 Exam: 

  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  2. Data Interpretation and logical reasoning
  3. Quantitative Ability

3. Number of Questions will be 76 questions for 228 marks and per section distribution is as follows

  1. VARC - 26 Questions
  2. DILR - 24 Questions
  3. QA - 26 Questions

4. Each correct answer will be awarded +3 marks and a penalty of 1 mark for each incorrect answer. 

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern
SectionsNo. of QuestionsMarks Time Duration
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)267840 minutes
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI)247240 minutes
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)267840 minutes
Total76228120 minutes

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CAT 2021 Syllabus 

Unlike the Exam pattern, The CAT syllabus has not been changed over the years, the topics covered in CAT 2021 syllabus are as follows:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Para jumbles, Para summary, Sentence Completion, Inferences and more.

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation: Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets, Blood Relation, Seating Arrangement, Syllogism, and more

Quantitative Aptitude: Geometry, Algebra, Number System, Arithmetic, Mensuration, and others

Click For Detailed CAT 2021 Syllabus

Changes Made to CAT 2021

There have been numerous changes made to CAT 2021 from the previous years and all the changes from exam duration to the number of centres selected has been mentioned in the below table. 

ParametersPreviouslyCurrent
Exam duration3 hours2 hours
Exam slots23
Total questions100 76
Total score300 228
Questions in VARC section34 26
Questions in DILR section32 24
Questions in QA section34 26
Exam City425158
No. of Exam Centre to choose46

Universities Accepting CAT Scores

Following IIM & Non-IIM universities accept admissions to Postgraduate & doctorate programs through CAT Scores.  

IIM Universities Accepting CAT Scores

Check the list of IIM Universities that accept CAT scores for admission to postgraduate and doctorate programmes. 

  1. IIM Calcutta
  2. IIM Ahmedabad
  3. IIM Bangalore
  4. IIM Lucknow
  5. IIM Kozhikode
  6. IIM Indore
  7. IIM Shillong
  8. IIM Rohtak
  9. IIM Ranchi
  10. IIM Raipur
  11. IIM Udaipur
  12. IIM Nagpur
  13. IIM Tiruchirappalli
  14. IIM Kashipur
  15. IIM Visakhapatnam
  16. IIM Bodh Gaya
  17. IIM Amritsar
  18. IIM Sambalpur
  19. IIM Sirmaur
  20. IIM Jammu

Non-IIM Universities Accepting CAT Scores

Check the list of Non-IIM Universities that accept CAT Scores for admission to postgraduate and doctorate programmes. 

  1. FMS, Delhi University
  2. SPJIMR, Mumbai
  3. MDI, Gurgaon
  4. IMT, Ghaziabad
  5. IIT Kanpur-IME
  6. IMI, Delhi
  7. IIT Delhi - DoMs
  8. IIT Bombay-SJMSOM
  9. IIT Madras-DoMs
  10. IIT Roorkee-DoMs
  11. IIT Kharagpur-VGoSM
  12. IIT Dhanbad-ISM
  13. Great Lakes Institute of Management
  14. IMT, Nagpur
  15. IMI, Kolkata
  16. IPE, Hyderabad
  17. ITM, University
  18. Institute of Management, Nirma University
  19. IIITM, Gwalior
  20. Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa

CAT 2021 Exam Centre 

The candidates can choose a minimum of 6 cities for the option of Exam centres. The below listed 158 cities has been selected as CAT 2021 Exam Centre. 

Port BlairHamirpurMumbai
GunturJammuNashik
NelloreBokaroSatara
VijayawadaDhanbadPalghar
KakinadaHazaribaghUlhasnagar
RajahmundryJamshedpurShillong
VisakhapatnamRanchiAizawl
KurnoolBelagavi (Belgaum)Kohima
TirupathiBengaluruBalasore
VizianagaramHubballi(Hubli)Cuttack
ItanagarMysuru(Mysore)Sambalpur
DibrugarhKalaburagi(Gulbarga)Berhampur
SilcharShivamogga(Shimoga)Dhenkanal
GuwahatiDharwadBhubaneswar
TezpurMangaluru(Mangalore)Rourkela
JorhatUdupiPuducherry
Aurangabad-BiharKannurPathankot
DarbhangaErnakulamLudhiana
ArrahKollamAmritsar
MuzaffarpurKottayamBhatinda
BhagalpurKozhikodePatiala
PatnaThrissurJalandhar
MohaliTrivandrumSangrur
ChandigarhBhopalAjmer
Bhilai NagarJabalpurJaipur
BilaspurUjjainSikar
RaipurGwaliorAlwar
DelhiSagarJodhpur
FaridabadIndoreUdaipur
GurugramSatnaBikaner
GhaziabadBhopalKota
New DelhiJabalpurMadurai
Greater NoidaUjjainChennai
NoidaGwaliorSalem
MeerutSagarTrichy
PanajiIndoreCoimbatore
AhmedabadSatnaVellore
MehsanaAmravatiTirunelveli
VadodaraJalgaonHyderabad
AnandNagpurKarimnagar
RajkotPuneWarangal
GandhinagarSolapurAllahabad
SuratNavi MumbaiBareilly
AmbalaAhmednagarKanpur
HisarKolhapurMuzaffarnagar
KarnalNandedAgra
KurushetraRaigadGorakhpur
PanipatThaneLucknow
RohtakVasaiVaranasi
ShimlaAurangabadAligarh
JhansiMoradabadDehradun
HaldwaniRoorkeeAsansol
DurgapurBankuraBurdwan
KolkataHooghlyKalyani
Siliguri  

CAT 2021: FAQs

Q. What is the full form of CAT Exam?

Ans. The full form of CAT is Common Admission Test.

Q. What is the validity of CAT scores?

Ans. The CAT Scores remain valid for 1 year from the issue date.

Q. What is CAT 2021 Exam Date?

Ans. The CAT 2021 Exam has been scheduled for 28th November 2021 in three sessions.

Q. Who will conduct CAT 2021?

Ans. Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad will conduct CAT 2021.