CAT 2021: Registration (Started), Exam Dates, Eligibility, Pattern

cat 2021CAT 2020 Application Form has been released from 5th August 2020. Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will conduct 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 will be organized only once in a year. Students appearing for CAT 2021 exam can check complete details from below including notification, dates, application, pattern etc.

CAT 2021 Notifications – Registration Started

newiconCAT 2020 Application Form has been released from 5th August 2020. Check here for application details.

CAT 2021 Highlights

Who is the coordinating IIM for CAT 2021 ? – IIM Indore

When is the application process of CAT 2021 starting ? – 5th August 2020, Check application form

When will be CAT 2021 exam conducted ? – 29th November 2020

Will there be any changes in the exam mode of CAT 2021 due to the pandemic? – No, it will be held in online CBT mode.

Is there any changes made in the exam pattern or syllabus of CAT 2021 ? – No, Check syllabus & exam pattern

Will the number of exam centres increase for CAT 2021 as per the social distancing norms ? Yes, it is expected.

Exam Dates Application Form Eligibility

Exam Pattern FAQs Syllabus

CAT 2021 Exam Dates

CAT Exam Dates for 2021 session has been announced. Students can check the official schedule given below:

EventsDates
Release of CAT 2020 Notification29th July 2020
Starting of Online Registration5th August 2020
Last date to fill the application form16th September 2020
Image correction windowSeptember 2020
Mock TestOctober 2020
Release of Admit card28th October 2020
CAT 2020 Exam29th November 2020
Release of Answer KeyNovember 2020
Last date to submit objectionDecember 2021
Announcement of ResultsJanuary 2021

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 Date29th November 2020

CAT Registration 2021

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

  • Registration can be done through the website.
  • Registration window has been opened from 5th August 2020.
  • 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 is 16th September 2020.
  • 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.
  • Once the application is submitted, candidates will not be allowed to make any changes.
  • Scanned images of passport size photograph and signature are 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 is non refundable.
  • Processing fee will also be charged.
  • The fee payment can 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 provide CAT Application Correction facility to make changes in images uploaded in the application form. Students will be able to correct their uploaded images during the last week of September 2020.

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

CAT Registration Trends

Below we have provided the previous year trends of CAT examination:

YearNo. of RegistrationNo. of Test Takers
20182,40,3382,09,405
2017231,0001,99,632
20162,32,4341,95,000
20152,18,6641,79,602

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

CAT Exam DatesApplication Form
Exam PatternPreparation Tips

Click here to check more Frequently Asked Questions.

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 three hours (180 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 has been 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 has been released on 29th July 2020.

Answer: IIM Indore is the coordinating authority of CAT for 2021 session.

Answer: The registration process has been started from 5th August 2020.

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 on 29th November 2020.

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 available to download on 28th October 2020. CAT admit card 2021 can 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 will 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 available within a week after the examination.

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

CAT 2021 Result

The result will be declared in the month of January 2021. Candidates can access CAT Score card through the website.

The score card will be valid till the last week of December 2021. There will be no offline mode available to check the result.

CAT result 2021 will contain detailed sectional and overall scaled scores and percentiles. Candidates 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 will be 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:

InstitutionGeneralOBC-NCSCST
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 9 Comments
  1. Shivam says:

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

  2. Vrushqli Bhilawade says:

    Very much usefull information

  3. priyamvada merchant says:

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

  4. 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

  5. Rahul Shrivastava says:

    I have 2.5 years of experience in Sales And Marketing. I want to to know about e-mba courses.Can i get admission in emba courses from any top-B school through CAT.

  6. Hrushikesh says:

    Can 3rd year b.com appear student give an exam ?

  7. Yashpreet Kaur. says:

    My Bachelor’s degree will get completed in 2021.Then when I can give the exam?

  8. Dinarh says:

    I am studying 2nd year degree ,at the time of application of cat I will be in final year in degree can I register for cat

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