CAT 2021: Registration, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Exam Pattern & Syllabus

cat 2021CAT 2021 Exam will be regulated by the IIM, Ahmedabad. The exam will be organized in the last week of November 2021. Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will organize the CAT 2021 exam. It is computer based admission test conducted for admissions in PG & Fellow management programmes offered by IIMs all over the country. Various B Schools and other management instituions in India will consider the CAT score for providing admission in MBA, PGDM & other PG management courses.

CAT refers to Common Admission Test which is one of the most sought exam for management courses. It is organized only once in a year. Students appearing for CAT 2021 exam can check complete details from below including notification, dates, application, pattern etc.

Exam Dates Registration Eligibility Criteria

Exam Pattern FAQs Syllabus

CAT 2021 Notifications:

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CAT 2021 Highlights

Who is the coordinating IIM for CAT 2021 ? – IIM, Ahmedabad

When will be CAT 2021 Registration starts ? – August 2021, Check registration

What will be the last date to apply for CAT? – September 2021

Can i apply for CAT exam via offline mode? – No, only online mode

When should i start preparing for CAT 2021? – You can start preparing from March/April, Check preparation tips

How many times can you attempt CAT exam ? No attempt limit.

CAT 2021 Exam Dates

CAT Exam Dates for 2021 session will be announced soon. Students can check the tentative schedule given below:

Release of CAT 2021 NotificationLast week of July 2021
Starting of Online Registration1st week of August 2021
Last date to fill the application form3rd week of September 2021
Correction windowLast week of September 2021
Release of Admit cardLast week of October 2021
Mock Test1st week of November 2021
CAT 2021 ExamLast week of November 2021
Release of Answer Key2nd week of December 2021
Last date to submit objection2nd week of December 2021
Revised Answer KeyLast week of December 2021
Announcement of Results1st week of January 2022

CAT 2021 Exam Summary

Exam NameCAT (Common Admission Test)
CoursesPG Management (MBA/PGDM)
Conducting BodyIndian Institutes of Management
LevelNational Level Exam
Exam ModeCBT (Computer Based Test)
Exam DateLast week of November 2021

CAT Registration 2021

Here we have given important instructions to fill the CAT 2021 Application Form:

  • Registration will be done through the website.
  • Registration window will be opened from first week of August 2021.
  • Candidates must ensure that they have a working mobile number and Email ID for CAT 2021 registration.
  • Firstly, candidates will have to register to generate their unique User ID and password.
  • The last date to submit application form will be third week of September 2021.
  • Candidates must login with the generated ID details to fill the application form.
  • After entering details & making fee payment, candidates submit the application to complete the registration process.
  • Authority will also provide correction facility from last week of September 2021.
  • Scanned images of passport size photograph and signature will be required for uploading.

Registration Fee:

  • The registration fee will be Rs.1000 for SC, ST and PwD and Rs. 2000 for all other candidates.
  • Registration fee will be non refundable.
  • Processing fee will also be charged.
  • The fee payment will be done through debit/credit card, net banking or UPI.
Check Here – How to Fill CAT 2021 Application Form

CAT Application Correction

The authority will also provide CAT Application Correction facility to make changes in images uploaded in the application form. Students can correct their uploaded images from last week of September 2021.

Candidates will be required to login to the students dashboard. After login, candidates can upload their correct images. Corrections in other details of the application form is not allowed by the authority.

CAT Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must check the CAT Eligibility criteria given below before applying for the exam.

  • Qualifying Exam: Bachelor degree or equivalent with minimum 50% (45% for reserved categories).
  • Appearing Candidates: Candidates appearing in the final year of bachelor degree are also eligible to apply
  • Candidates holding professional degrees like CA/ CS/ ICWA can also apply.
  • Age Limit: There will be no age or attempt limit to apply for CAT.

What should I Study for CAT ? Check Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Important Links

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CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Here candidates can check CAT Exam pattern in the below given section:

  • Exam Mode: The exam will be conducted through online mode (computer based test).
  • Type of Questions: Both objective and subjective questions will be asked in the exam.
  • Duration: Total two hours (120 minutes) will be given to solve the question paper.
  • Test Centres: The exam will be organized around 156 cities. Name of the test centre will be mentioned in the admit card.
  • Marking Scheme: Three marks will be given for each correct answer.
  • Negative Marking: One mark will be deducted for each wrong answer in the objective type section. No negative marking will be done in the subjective section.
SectionNo. of MCQsNo. of Non MCQsDurationTotal Marks
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (Section I)24101 hour102
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (Section II)2481 hour96
Quantitative Ability (Section III)2771 hour102
Total75253 hours300

CAT Syllabus 2021

CAT Syllabus 2021 will be divided into three sections, i.e. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension & Quantitative Ability. The detailed syllabus for these sections are provided below:

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning: Caselets and Tables, Venn Diagrams, Combination of two or more types linked to each other, Calendars, Cubes and Clocks, Seating Arrangement, Syllogism, Blood Relations, Bar Graphs and Column Graphs, Line Charts & Pie Chart, Number and Letter Series, Binary Logic, Logical Matching, Connectives & Sequence.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension: Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based), Correction in Sentence, Reading Comprehension, Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage, Analogies and Reverse Analogies, Facts Inferences Judgements, Grammar or English Usage, Fill in the blanks, Verbal Reasoning, Meaning/Usage Match, Summary Questions.

Quantitative Ability: Number Systems, LCM & HCF, Speed, Time & Distance, Time & Work, Ratio & Proportion, Averages, Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration, Sequences & Series, Surds & Indices, Inequalities, Set Theory, Functions & Geometry, Mixtures & Allegations, Trigonometry, Profit, Loss & Discount, Percentages, Simple & Compound Interest, Logarithm, Binomial Theorem, Complex Numbers, Quadratic & Linear Equations, Probability, Permutation and Combination.

How to Prepare for CAT

Candidates can take help of below given CAT Preparation tips:

  • The first thing you have to do is to gather details about the exam pattern and syllabus.
  • Get the right study materials like books, sample papers etc for preparations.
  • Go through the previous year question papers to know the pattern and weightage of questions.
  • Take online mock tests of CAT from the official and other websites too.
  • Make a study group and discuss your strategies, problems etc.
  • Make sure to complete your preparations 15 days before the exam day. And do not try any new topic after that.

Also Check:

CAT Books

FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)

Answer: As per the sources, CAT 2021 notification will be released in the last week of July 2021.

Answer: The registration process will be started from first week of August 2021.

Answer: No age limit is prescribed for CAT.

Answer: No, the exam pattern, syllabus & exam mode is same as previous year trend.

Answer: Yes, the application will be rejected if any mistake is found in the candidate’s entered details or uploaded images. Students can edit their application form when the correction facility will open.

Answer: CAT 2021 exam will be organized in the last week of November 2021.

Answer: Candidates are not allowed to carry calculators with them in the exam hall. However, candidates can use the on screen calculators.

Answer: CAT Scorecard will be valid only for 1 year.

Answer: Yes, candidates who are appearing in their final year of degree course or waiting for their final result are eligible to apply.

Answer: Yes, one mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer in the MCQ section.

CAT 2021 Admit Card

The admit card will be made available to download in the last week of October 2021. CAT admit card 2021 will be downloaded by entering ID and password.

Candidates must check all details like name, photograph, signature & other details mentioned in the admit card. In case of any mistake, they should contact to the CAT officials to get it rectified.

Candidates have to carry one ID proof along with admit card. Candidates keep the admit card safe till their admissions are completed.

CAT Answer Key

The exam conducting authority will release the answer key through online mode. CAT 2021 answer key will be made available within a week after the examination.

Candidates will access the answer key using their CAT ID and password through login. The authority will also provide the facility to challenge the answer key.

Candidates have to pay Rs.1200 per question to challenge the answer key. The responses will be also released along with the answer key.

CAT 2021 Result

The result will be declared in the first week of January 2022. Candidates will access CAT Score card through the website.

The score card will be valid till the last week of December 2022. There will be no offline mode available to check the result.

CAT result 2021 contains detailed sectional and overall scaled scores and percentiles. Candidates must make sure to take printout of the score card for further admission procedure.

CAT Normalization Procedure

CAT exam will be conducted in two sessions to ensure equity in comparison of performance of candidates a normalization procedure will be done.

The exam conducting authority will use the formula same applied for GATE to normalize the CAT scores. The scaled score of each section along with percentiles will be declared along with the result.

CAT Cut Off 2021

The cut-off is the minimum marks of percentile required by the candidates in order to get shortlisted by the participating institutions. CAT 2021 cut-off will be released separately category wise. Candidates can check the last year cut-off from below:

IIM, Ahmedabad80757060
IIM, Bangalore90807570
IIM, Calcutta90857070

CAT Admission Procedure

No centralized counselling or admission procedure will be conducted for admission in IIMs. Each IIM will conduct their own admission process for providing admissions.

CAT 2021 admission process will be started after the declaration of result. Admissions in IIMs will be done on the basis of CAT scores, written ability test, group discussion and personal interview.

IIMs will release their separate cut-off for providing admissions. Candidates will receive call letters in their registered Email ID. Candidates are required to report to the IIMs as per the allotted schedule.

If you have any other queries related to CAT 2021, you can leave your comments below.

Displaying 20 Comments
  1. Priyanka kunhale says:

    I am completed my graduation in 2016 can I apply the 2021 cat exam llb 3 year

  2. Bhukya tagore naik says:

    Which courses are best for engineering student in cat exam??

  3. Rishika singh says:

    I m completing my final year exam when I m register form

  4. Rahul Rathore says:

    can i change/ correct the name of IIM institute after submitting the form?

  5. Anjali Bhadauriya says:

    Hello sir,
    Sir mujhe PhD fellowship programme ke liye iim me admission chahiye , mera mba Amity University se complete hua h 2020 me. Mujhe ye test dena pdega ya koi or ya fir direct admission ho jayega.
    Please sir reply krna

  6. Shagun says:

    Sir, i have given exams of 2nd year and my result will be declared in oct. Can i apply for cat 2020 exam this time.

  7. I Antony Frazer says:

    Sir can i apply for next year 2021 cat

  8. I Antony Frazer says:

    Sir actually i am a final year student. Next year 2021 april i am completing my degrees so now I have registered without my intension can you cancel my registration sir please

  9. Khitish says:

    After cat exam shall we appear any other qualifying exam to get addmission into iims

  10. Shivam says:

    Sir I have a backlog in my 1st year, and I am in final year ,should I apper in cat exam ….

  11. Vrushqli Bhilawade says:

    Very much usefull information

  12. priyamvada merchant says:

    My son is a Pwd student. Where can I find the provisions for Pwd students for CAT 2020?

  13. Tejasvi Jadhav says:

    I’m in tybcom now when should I apply for cat exam and when it will be held after getting graduate or before

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