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.
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: 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 Body||Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad|
|Exam Name||Common Admission Test (CAT 2021)|
|Courses Offered||Post Graduate and Fellow/Doctorate programmes|
|Type of Exam||Entrance Test|
|Frequency||Once in a year|
|Examination Mode||Online Computer Based Test|
|Duration of Exam||2 hours|
|Number of Questions||76|
|Validity of CAT score||1 year|
|No. of Test Centres||158 cities|
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 Details||Dates|
|CAT 2021 Notification||31st July 2021|
|CAT 2021 Registration Start||4th August 2021|
|CAT 2021 Registration Deadline||15th September 2021 (5 pm)|
|CAT 2021 Admit Card Release||27th 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 key||08th December 2021|
|CAT 2021 Solution Key Challenge Process||08th to 11th December 2021|
|CAT 2021 Result Declaration||03rd January 2022|
CAT Result 2021
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad has announced the CAT Result 2021 on its official website @www.iimcat.ac.in on 03rd January 2022. The students who had their exam on 28th November 2021 can click on the below link to check their CAT Result 2021 & Score Card.
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.
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).
|General Category||Rs. 2200/-|
|SC/ST/PWD Category||Rs. 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:
- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
- Data Interpretation and logical reasoning
- Quantitative Ability
3. Number of Questions will be 76 questions for 228 marks and per section distribution is as follows
- VARC - 26 Questions
- DILR - 24 Questions
- 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|
|Sections||No. of Questions||Marks||Time Duration|
|Quantitative Aptitude (QA)||26||78||40 minutes|
|Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI)||24||72||40 minutes|
|Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)||26||78||40 minutes|
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
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.
|Exam duration||3 hours||2 hours|
|Questions in VARC section||34||26|
|Questions in DILR section||32||24|
|Questions in QA section||34||26|
|No. of Exam Centre to choose||4||6|
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.
- IIM Calcutta
- IIM Ahmedabad
- IIM Bangalore
- IIM Lucknow
- IIM Kozhikode
- IIM Indore
- IIM Shillong
- IIM Rohtak
- IIM Ranchi
- IIM Raipur
- IIM Udaipur
- IIM Nagpur
- IIM Tiruchirappalli
- IIM Kashipur
- IIM Visakhapatnam
- IIM Bodh Gaya
- IIM Amritsar
- IIM Sambalpur
- IIM Sirmaur
- 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.
- FMS, Delhi University
- SPJIMR, Mumbai
- MDI, Gurgaon
- IMT, Ghaziabad
- IIT Kanpur-IME
- IMI, Delhi
- IIT Delhi - DoMs
- IIT Bombay-SJMSOM
- IIT Madras-DoMs
- IIT Roorkee-DoMs
- IIT Kharagpur-VGoSM
- IIT Dhanbad-ISM
- Great Lakes Institute of Management
- IMT, Nagpur
- IMI, Kolkata
- IPE, Hyderabad
- ITM, University
- Institute of Management, Nirma University
- IIITM, Gwalior
- 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.