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Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) will conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT) in an online computer-based mode. IIMA , conducting body will begin CAT Registration 2021 from the first week of August 2021. CAT Exam 2021 is going to be held on the last Sunday of November 2021 i.e. November 28, 2021 (Tentative). Candidates who want to take MBA admission in IIMs or other top B-schools have to appear in the CAT 2021 exam. Candidates who completed graduation with 50% of marks are eligible to apply for the IIM CAT exam 2021 .
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To know the official CAT 2021 exam date, students are advised to keep in touch with us. Once the official announced the CAT exam date 2021, we will intimate that on our page. Candidates who are all going to appear for CAT exam 2021, should know the exam syllabus. As per the new CAT exam pattern , students will have to answer a total of 76 questions within 2 hours. CAT exam number of questions are VARC - 26 questions, DILR - 24, and Quant - 26 questions making it 76 questions in all. As per last year, we expect more than 2.28 lakh students will register for CAT 2021. CAT 2021 will be conducted by the IIM Ahmedabad in 430 centres across 159 cities in the country for admissions to MBA/PGDM programmes in IIMs and more than 1000 B-Schools in the country.
CAT Exam Syllabus and CAT Exam Pattern
When going to prepare for the CAT exam, candidates should be aware of the exam pattern and CAT exam syllabus .
|Name of the Section in CAT exam||Topics|
|Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)|
|Quantitative Aptitude (QA)|
NOTE: For General, 40 Minutes for each section and for PwD, 53 Minutes 20 Seconds for each section.
CAT Notification 2021
IIM Ahmedabad will release the notification of CAT 2021 in the last week of July 2021 in online mode on the official IIM website. The CAT 2021 notification contains all the important details such as when CAT exam held in 2021, admit card available date, start and end date for CAT registration, CAT exam pattern, and the CAT exam eligibility in brief.
Reservation Criteria Mentioned in CAT 2021 Notification
When completing the CAT application form 2021, students should make sure to fill in the appropriate category as no change will be allowed once the CAT exam registration process is complete. This is stated in the CAT 2021 notification.
Scheduled Caste (SC)
Scheduled Tribe (ST)
Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC)
Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD)
What is CAT Exam 2021?
Before going to appear for CAT, all should know why the CAT exam is for? and what is a CAT exam? and what is CAT exam for MBA? and CAT full form. Here, Careers360 clearly explained your queries and provide valuable details.
The full form of CAT is the Common Admission Test. CAT exam is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams in the country. The full form of CAT is the Common Admission Test and it is a computer-based entrance exam for MBA/PGDM admissions at 20 IIMs and 1000+ B-schools in India. CAT will be conducted by IIM Ahmedabad this year. They will be assessed through the CAT exam for MBA admissions. More than 2 lakh applicants every year register for CAT for IIM admissions .
|CAT Exam 2021 Conducting Institute||Indian Institute of Management (IIM)|
|CAT Exam Mode||Online Mode Only|
|CAT 2021 Exam Date||November 28, 2021 (Tentative)|
|CAT Exam Question Types||MCQs and TITA (Non-MCQs)|
|CAT Application Mode||Online Mode Only|
|CAT Exam Total Questions||76|
|CAT Exam Duration||2 Hours (120 Minutes)|
List of CAT Conducting Body
The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) initiates this examination and uses the test to select students for their Business Management Programs (MBA or PGDM). IIM is based on the principle of rotation each year.
Year-wise CAT conducting body
|Year of CAT exam||Name of the CAT Conducting Body|
|CAT 2021||IIM Ahmedabad|
|CAT 2020||IIM Indore |
|CAT 2019||IIM Kozhikode |
|CAT 2018||IIM Calcutta |
|CAT 2017||IIM Lucknow |
|CAT 2016||IIM Bangalore |
|CAT 2015||IIM Ahmedabad |
|CAT 2014||IIM Indore |
|CAT 2013||IIM Indore |
|CAT 2012||IIM Kozhikode |
|CAT 2011||IIM Calcutta |
|CAT 2010||IIM Lucknow |
|CAT 2009||IIM Ahmedabad |
Official CAT 2021 Contact Details
|Full Exam Name||Common Admission Test|
|Short Exam Name||CAT|
|Conducting Body||Indian Institute of Management Indore|
|Frequency of Conduct||Once a year|
|Exam Level||National Level Exam|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Application Fee (General)||2000 Rs [Online]|
|Mode of Exam||Online|
|Mode of Counselling||Offline|
|Exam Duration||2 Hours|
Upcoming Dates and Events
25 Jul, 2021 (Tentative)
Advertisement - Notice | Mode: Online
02 Aug, 2021 - 20 Sep, 2021 (Tentative)
Application - Start date | Mode: Online
24 Sep, 2021 - 27 Sep, 2021 (Tentative)
Application Correction - Start date | Mode: Online
25 Oct, 2021 - 28 Nov, 2021 (Tentative)
Admit Card - Start date | Mode: Online
28 Nov, 2021 (Tentative)
Exam - Exam date | Mode: Online
15 Oct, 2021 - 28 Nov, 2021 (Tentative)
Mock Test | Mode: Online
06 Dec, 2021 - 10 Dec, 2021 (Tentative)
Answer Key - Response sheet | Mode: Online
01 Jan, 2022 (Tentative)
Result - Result date | Mode: Online
IIM Ahmedabad will prescribe the eligibility criteria for CAT 2021, under which candidates must meet certain requirements to appear in exam. Detailed IIM CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 for candidates appearing for CAT 2021 is explained here. IIMA will release the CAT eligibility in PDF format outlining who can apply for the CAT entrance exam. Prior to CAT 2021 registration, candidates must ensure they fulfill the specified eligibility criteria of CAT exam 2021.
If any changes happened in the upcoming CAT exam, then the IIM Ahmedabad will release the eligibility criteria of CAT 2021 in the first week of August on its official website along with CAT notification. Before going to fill the application form, candidates should read and fulfill the eligibility. Otherwise, your CAT application form will be rejected.
NOTE: IIMs can verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process and their details are provided on the official IIM website.
Who can apply for the CAT exam 2021?
It should also be noted that eligibility for the CAT 2021 exam is very simple and has remained the same for the past several years. Candidates who fulfill the given CAT 2021 eligibility criteria specified below can apply for the CAT exam.
Who is not eligible for the CAT exam 2021?
Note: CAT eligibility for IIM Admission 2021-2023 is separate from exam eligibility.
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IIM Ahmedabad will start the CAT exam 2021 registration tentatively in the first week of August 2021 in online mode and the CAT exam 2021 application form last date will be the third week of September 2021. After the registration process closes, the IIM CAT Application Form 2021 correction window will open. Candidates who completed a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 50% aggregated marks are eligible to apply. Candidates who appeared for a final year examination can also apply. As per last year's trends, we expect more than 2.28 lakh students will apply for the CAT 2021 entrance exam.
CAT 2021 Application Process
Candidates who feel difficulty to fill the CAT application form are advised to follow the below process. Here, we provide the step-by-step procedure to fill the CAT exam 2021 application form.
On successful registration for the CAT exam, candidates will receive a CAT login credential like User ID and Password which can be used in the future to use the candidate login .
Know how to fill the CAT 2021 Application Form
1st Step: First, go to the official website of CAT 2021 and find and click the "New Candidate Registration" link on the right side of the webpage.
2nd Step: It will carry candidates to the CAT registration page. From there, they have to enter their Name of the Candidate, Date of Birth, Email Address, Country, Mobile Number, and Captcha.
3rd Step: Next, click the "Generate OTP" button to receive the OTP on registered mobile. Using the OTP, login to the CAT application page.
4th Step: In the dashboard, fill the Personal Details, Other Personal Details, Communication Address, Emergency Contact Details, Upload Documents (in a prescribed format and size), Work Experience, IIM Programmes & Interview Cities.
5th Step: Make a payment online for CAT 2021 registration and take a printout of the submitted application form for your future reference.
CAT Registration Page
CAT 2021 Application Fee- Candidates from the general category have to pay Rs 2,000 and from the reserved category have to pay Rs 1,000. CAT registration fee should be payable through Debit/ Credit card/ Net banking/ BillDesk/ PayU/ Paytm.
Documents to upload during CAT registration 2021
Before going to start filling the CAT application form, students are advised to keep ready the above documents with you. All the documents which are required to upload, have to be in a prescribed format and size. If all the documents to be in hand means, you can avoid the unnecessary session expired error.
NOTE: If you face any session expired error while filling the CAT 2021 application form, then don't get panic. Login again with CAT login credentials and fill the application form once again.
CAT Registration - Year wise
In 2020, about 2.30 lakh students applied for the CAT exam. In 2019, about 2.44 lakh students registered for the CAT exam, and 2.10 lakh candidates appeared in the exam. The number of applications received for CAT 2019 was the highest since 2010. This year we expect more than 2.30 lakh candidates will register for CAT 2021.
|ST, OBC, SC||PWD||Online||Female, Male, Transgender||₹ 1000|
|General||Online||Female, Male, Transgender||₹ 2000|
The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad will not prescribe any specific syllabus for CAT 2021. Going by past year trends and CAT question paper the CAT syllabus includes three sections namely Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR). Check out important topics pertaining to CAT syllabus in order to map out a preparation strategy.
CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
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|Year||Student Appeared||Seats Available|
The CAT entrance exam 2021 is going to be held on November 28 (Tentative). To know the official CAT exam date 2021 for MBA, please check with the official website of IIM Ahmedabad. One needs grit, determination, planning, and execution to clear the CAT entrance exam. The tough part is to clear CAT 2021 with a very high percentile for IIM admissions. Even very good B-schools require a good CAT percentile and this can be achieved with proper preparation.
Candidates will have to divide their CAT preparation strategy into manageable sections. When to start preparation for CAT 2021, how to go about it, what is the CAT syllabus, best books for the CAT exam, etc are some important questions that have to be addressed?
Tips for CAT 2021 preparation
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|CAT - Tricks for Quant, DI&LR, VRC by 99 percentilers||CAT 2021 Preparation Time Table|
Preparation for CAT 2021 exam requires proper resources and solid help from experts. Given below are CAT expert tips as well as links to CAT exam resources.
CAT 2021 exam preparation- list of resources
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|CAT 2021: Important topics for preparation||How to Prepare for CAT 2021 in 2 Months?|
|How to prepare for CAT DI & LR||Best Study Material for CAT 2021|
CAT toppers are ideal people to explain their CAT exam strategy as they not only have cleared the exam but have done so in flying colours. Given below are some CAT Topper tips and guidelines
CAT Topper Tips
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CAT Exam Day Guidelines 2021
Candidates appearing for the CAT 2021 examination should take the following documents to the examination center to enter the examination hall:
Items prohibited inside the CAT exam hall
Take a look at CAT 2021 exam day workflow
IIM Ahmedabad has not officially announced the CAT 2021 exam pattern and syllabus for Common Admission Test (CAT). According to last year’s analysis, there were only 76 questions in the CAT exam question paper. Based on the CAT exam pattern 2021, there will be 26 questions in VARC and QA section and 24 questions in the DILR section. CAT exam questions will be a mix of MCQ and Non-MCQ.
From last year CAT 2020 onwards, the students from the PwD category will receive a total of 53 minutes and 20 seconds to complete a specific section of the CAT exam, while other students will receive 40 minutes per section. As well as the time duration of the CAT exam has been reduced to 2 hours (120 minutes).
CAT syllabus has remained the same with questions from VARC, DILR, and QA. The detailed CAT exam pattern with marking scheme and other information is as follows.
Exam Pattern of CAT 2021
|Medium of CAT Exam||English|
2 hours (120 Minutes)
|CAT Exam Mode||Digital or Computer Based Test (CBT)|
|Sections in CAT 2021|
|Questions in each||VARC - 26 questions (78 Marks) - |
DILR - 24 questions (72 Marks) -
Quant - 26 questions (78 Marks) -
|Total number of question|
|Time Limit per section|
40 minutes per section (Total 120 minutes)
53 minutes and 20 seconds for PwD candidates
Slot 1: 8:30 am - 10:30 pm (Morning Session)
For right answer: +3 marks
|Virtual Key Board for||Non MCQ questions|
|Mouse for||MCQ questions in CAT 2021|
|Virtual Calculator||Yes. Candidates to use this for all calculations|
CAT entrance exam - Important features
Check the features of CAT 2021 in the image below
*Source: CAT official mock test guide
Know all about the CAT Exam Pattern 2021
The candidates who have confusion regarding the CAT 2021 exam pattern are advised to check this video. In this video, our Careers360 clearly explained the exam pattern of CAT 2021.
IIMA will release the mock test of CAT 2021 in the first week of November 2021 on the official CAT website iimcat.ac.in. CAT mock test is a replica of the actual examination. CAT 2021 mock test has sectional timing like the official CAT entrance exam.
Why Take Mock Test for CAT?
Taking the free CAT mock test online is important for test-takers, as well as designed to help candidates get a feel for the real CAT question paper. Furthermore, the CAT 2021 mock test will help to identify the weaknesses of the candidates and analyze the respective performance. IIM Ahmedabad will release the official CAT 2021 mock test and training guide on the official website. Take the official mock test to find out the changes in the exam pattern.
Benefits of CAT Mock Test
Steps to use CAT Mock Test
Sample Image for CAT 2021 mock test
* Source from CAT exam 2020 mock test
CAT Exam Mock test Links of past years
|Year||CAT Mock Test Link|
|2020||Click here / Link for PwD candidates (low vision)|
|2018||Test 1 and Test 2|
|2016||Test 1 and Test 2 ; Also Test 3|
CAT 2021 - Preparation Tips
|CAT Question Paper||How to use the calculator in the CAT exam?|
|Why, When and How to take CAT Mock Test||CAT Sample Paper|
|CAT Exam 2021 - Sectional Time Management Tips||Why take mock tests before CAT 2021 exam?|
In addition, the CAT syllabus is important. Candidates must know what topics and subjects to study and be ready for CAT 2021. IIMs have not specified any special CAT syllabus but have given sections in which students will be tested. The CAT syllabus 2021 given by all coaching centres and books are all based on the past CAT exam papers.
IIM Ahmedabad will release the admit card of CAT 2021 in the last week of October 2021. The last date to download CAT admit card 2021 on the official website will be November 28, 2021 (tentatively). CAT 2021 admit card can be availed after entering the CAT login ID and password. CAT admit card mentions a name, date of birth, registration number, category, CAT entrance exam day instructions, CAT 2021 exam date and time, reference number, emergency contact number, google map link along displaying the candidate's photograph.
Note: All candidate's primary reference identities will be through their CAT 2021 application number printed on the CAT Admit Card. This application number is used to identify the exam lab/console at the exam centre on the CAT Exam Day.
Steps to download CAT 2021 admit card
Step 1 - Go to the CAT 2021 site - iimcat.ac.in .
Step 2 - Login using CAT exam credentials like user ID and password
Step 3 - The CAT admit card will be displayed
Step 4 - Download the same and check the details mentioned therein.
Step 5 - Keep a soft copy of the admit card for CAT 2021 saved for future references.
CAT 2021 Admit Card - Details
Also know CAT 2021 Dress Code
Know-How to Download CAT 2021 Admit Card online
CAT Exam Schedule
Candidates not allowed
CAT exam Timings
Post 8.15 am
8.30 am to 10.30 am
Post 12.15 pm
12.30 pm to 02.30 pm
Post 4.15 pm
4.30 pm to 6.30 pm
Check CAT test day guidelines pdf released by IIM Indore.
Steps to be taken by candidates for CAT 2021
1. Frisking of Candidates prior to entry for the CAT exam.
2. Document Verification:
** Test Day Exception Forms/ Authorization Form
3. Move to CAT exam lab
Imp: Candidates would be advised to remove their footwear outside the Exam Lab.
4. Registration Process for CAT 2021 (Capturing IRIS and photo)
5. Sign the attendance sheet in the CAT exam hall and begin the exam at the scheduled time.
CAT 2021 Exception and Authorization Form
Things/ Documents to carry to the CAT exam centre
Candidates will be allowed to carry the following documents
CAT 2021 dress code: Socks, plain Pullovers/Sweaters/Cardigans (without any pockets) can be worn for the CAT exam. Candidates with metal implants, pacemakers, etc. in their bodies have to submit a supporting medical certificate.
Important: Since there will be no arrangement to safe keep the belongings of the candidates appearing for CAT 2021, it is advisable for aspirants to not carry valuables keeping this in mind.
Points to keep in mind during CAT exam
Candidates can leave the CAT exam hall only after the completion of 2 hours (120 minutes). PWD candidates will be given 160 minutes to complete the CAT exam paper.
Click here for last-minute CAT instructions by IIM Indore
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||Port Blair|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Jammu|
IIM Ahmedabad will release the final CAT 2021 answer key in the last week of December 2021 in online mode. Before that, the exam conducting body will release the provisional answer key in the first week of December 2021 along with the candidate's response sheets and CAT 2021 question papers. Candidates will have the choice to raise an objection to the answer key till the end of the objection date on payment of a fee of Rs. 1,200. Since the correct answers have been mentioned in the CAT answer key, candidates can use the same to calculate their probable scores and estimate their admission chances.
CAT exam will be conducted tentatively on November 28, 2021. Many coaching institutes like CL, IMS, TIME, etc will come up with the CAT answer key using memory-based questions as the test is online.
How to download CAT Answer Key
How to Challenging the CAT 2021 answer key
Points to keep in mind when raising objections
NOTE: Correct answers will be marked in green with a tick and incorrect answers will be marked in red with an “X” symbol on the CAT Exam 2021 key
CAT Official Answer Key 2021 Snapshot
CAT 2021 Answer Key
How to calculate CAT Scores?
The score obtained = 3 x number of correct answers (MCQ and Non-MCQ) - 1 x number of incorrect MCQ answers.
The CAT scores will be normalized as per the methodology announced by IIM Indore in light of the changes in the duration of the exam and other parameters. The details are available on this page in the result section.
CAT exam analysis for slots 1 and 2 will be available after the CAT 2021 exam over. CAT 2021 number of questions is 26 from VARC, 24 from DILR, and 26 from Quant. The CAT slot 1 paper is expected to be moderate to difficult. CAT 2021 slot 2 paper will be expected to be moderately difficult. CAT question paper 2021 will be much of a surprise compared to last year and students who will appear for slot 1 as well as slot 2 of CAT 2021 feel that they could score well with a bit of good preparation.
Candidates who are likely to score 105-110 marks in CAT 2021 will be able to secure around 99 percentile as per Career Launcher.
Check CAT Analysis - Student Reactions live from exam centres to know the CAT 2021 question papers, difficulty levels, topics, and more.
Most found the CAT 2021 pattern to be the same except for the duration and the reduction in the number of questions. Students have also given mixed reactions to the new CAT 2021 exam pattern. TITA questions have been found easy and so were the questions in the DILR section. English was found to be tricky. Overall the paper was moderate to difficult.
CAT analysis from CL, MIS, TIME, and other coaching experts is available for all slots of the CAT exam. CAT analysis gives details of the difficulty levels of the CAT exam and expected cutoff. The CAT 2021 analysis from coaching centres can be checked by clicking on the link given below in the table.
CAT 2021 Exam Analysis from Coaching Centres
Details in CAT exam analysis are:
The result of CAT 2021 will be released in online mode in the first week of January 2022. To download their CAT 2021 scorecard, candidates have to log in to the official website and enter their CAT login credentials like CAT Registration ID and Password. They must download their CAT scorecard 2021 as all admissions are on the basis of the CAT 2021 result. On the basis of the CAT result 2021, a merit list will be prepared for further IIM MBA admissions 2021 .
How to check CAT result 2021
To know how to check CAT result 2021 online, please follow the steps below.
1st Step - Go to the official website of IIM CAT 2021 and click the "Login" button.
2nd Step - Enter the login details like CAT Login ID and Password.
3rd Step - CAT 2021 Result/ Score Card will be displayed.
4th Step - Download the same and save it for future reference.
5th Step - Check the details given in the result of CAT 2021.
NOTE: The CAT scorecard 2021 is valid for one year i.e. till December 31, 2022.
If you are not able to go through the above steps regarding how to check the CAT result online, then check out the below video. It will help you to know how to download the CAT scorecard without any issues.
How to Download CAT Scorecard 2021
What details are mentioned in the CAT exam result 2021?
The sectional and overall scores of CAT 2021 will be mentioned in the result/ scorecard. The exam percentile obtained by candidates in the CAT exam is also be mentioned.
CAT score vs percentile - one of the major questions asked by students is about the score versus percentile in CAT 2021. IIM Indore has released the computation of the CAT Scores and normalization methodology adopted. The process is as follows
The steps to calculate the CAT exam 2021 overall and sectional percentile scores are given. Here the QA section is chosen as an example. A similar process is also followed for DILR and VARC in the exam.
Step 1 : Calculate the total number of candidates ( N ) who appeared for CAT (i.e. including morning, afternoon, and evening sessions).
Step 2 : Assign a rank ( r ), based on the scaled scores obtained in the QA section, to all candidates who appeared for the CAT exam. In the case of two or more candidates obtaining identical scaled scores in the QA section, identical ranks are assigned to all such candidates.
For example, if two candidates obtain the highest scaled score in the QA section, then both of those candidates are assigned a rank of 1. Then, candidate(s) obtaining the second-highest scaled score in the QA section will be assigned a rank of 3 and so on.
Step 3 : Calculate the percentile score ( P ) of a candidate with rank ( r ) in the QA section as:
Step 4 : Round off the calculated percentile score ( P ) of a candidate up to two decimal points.
All percentile scores greater than or equal to 99.995 are rounded off to 100, all percentile scores greater than or equal to 99.985 but strictly less than 99.995 are rounded off to 99.99, and so on.
How to calculate the CAT scaled scores of a candidate?
The following steps will be followed to calculate the scaled score of a candidate in each of the three sections, i.e. VARC, DILR, and QA in the examination. The overall scaled score is obtained by adding scaled scores of these three sections.
QA section is chosen as an example. A similar process is valid for the DILR and VARC. Three sessions of the examination will be expressed as a morning session (8:30 AM – 10:30 AM), afternoon session (12:30 PM – 2:30 PM), and evening session (4:30 PM – 6:30 PM), on November 28, 2021 (tentative).
What after CAT Result 2021?
Once the CAT 2021 results are announced, candidates who meet the minimum CAT cut-off score will be notified by email by the respective IIMs for further examination rounds. Each IIM will send the interview letters directly to the shortlisted candidates by registered e-mail/ speed post.
Generally, IIMs follow a selection process that includes the following procedures- Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. Newer IIMs have a common selection procedure, i.e., a Common Admission Process (CAP) for which separate online registration is done once the minimum CAP cut-off percentile is released by the CAP conducting authority.
The final selection of the candidates for MBA 2022-2024 admissions will be done on the basis of various parameters such as CAT 2021 score, academic history, work experience (if any), academic diversity, gender diversity, and performance in WAT/GD-PI rounds.
CAT 2021 - Percentile Predictor
CAT percentile predictor is an online tool developed exclusively by Carriers 360 that helps you evaluate your performance in the CAT exam and predict your sectional and overall score. The CAT predictor tool uses the expected/ estimated CAT score to predict the CAT percentile.
One of the big questions asked by many students is what are the CAT cutoff marks for admissions? The CAT 2021 cutoff marks which are minimum marks or percentile required to secure admissions differ from IIM to IIM as well as the course and category of the students.
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It is to be noted that cutoff for qualifying and admissions are two different things. The qualifying cutoff is the score that decides if a candidate has cleared the exam or not. The admission cutoff of CAT is the score at which the admissions closed last.
Some factors that decide CAT cutoff are
CAT Cutoff of Top IIMs
|IIM Ahmedabad Cutoff 2021 ||IIM Bangalore Cutoff 2021 ||IIM Calcutta Cutoff 2021 |
|IIM Lucknow Cutoff 2021 ||IIM Kozhikode Cutoff 2021 ||IIM Indore Cutoff 2021 |
|IIM Udaipur Cutoff 2021 ||IIM Nagpur Cutoff 2021 ||IIM Visakhapatnam Cutoff 2021 |
CAT Cutoff of Top Institutes
IIMs and other CAT 2021 participating management institutes will conduct the selection procedure of the exam in two-steps. Candidates who qualify in CAT 2021, will be called out for the second step. After releasing the cutoff of CAT 2021, eligible candidates will be called for Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT), and Personal Interview (PI) round. On the basis of scores received by candidates, the final selection list will be issued.
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Some of the new IIMs may hold common counselling for CAT 2021. This is held as Common Admission Process also called CAP. Details of IIM CAP through CAT exam will be announced shortly and will be updated here too.
After CAT 2021 - Know IIM Fee Structure
|Name of IIM||Fee payable *|
|IIM Ahmedabad||Rs 28,00,000|
|IIM Amritsar||Rs. 10,50,000|
|IIM Bangalore||Rs. 23,00,000|
|IIM Bodh Gaya||Rs 10,60,000|
|IIM Calcutta||Rs. 27,00,000|
|IIM Indore||Rs. 16,00,000|
|IIM Jammu||Rs. 13,80,000|
|IIM Kashipur||Rs. 7,31,500|
|IIM Kozhikode||Rs. 17,50,000|
|IIM Lucknow||Rs. 19,25,000|
|IIM Nagpur||Rs 13,75,000|
|IIM Raipur||Rs. 14,20,400|
|IIM Ranchi||Rs. 15,30,000|
|IIM Rohtak||Rs. 15,20,000|
|IIM Sambalpur||Rs. 13,03,000|
|IIM Sirmaur||Rs 11,75,000|
|IIM Trichy||Rs. 14,00,000|
|IIM Udaipur||Rs. 13,00,000|
|IIM Visakhapatnam||Rs 10,50,000|
* Fee may change.
Other Top B-schools accepting CAT scores
|Name of B-school||Fee in Rs.||NIRF Rank|
|VGSOM IIT Kharagpur ||11,59,760||5|
|DMS, IIT, Delhi ||9,60,000||8|
|Management Development Institute||25,00,000||10|
|SJMSOM IIT Bombay ||9,90,400||11|
|Great Lakes Institute of Management||1715000||23|
|Institute of Management Technology||17,50,000||37|
|FORE School of Management ||15,98,000||43|
Is the CAT exam only for MBA?
While it is a common perception to assume that the CAT exam is only for MBA, it is also for admissions to other post-graduate programmes. MICA uses CAT scores for admissions to its post-graduate programmes. So CAT exam is not just for MBA programmes.
What is the benefit of the CAT exam?
CAT entrance exam scores are used by many institutes and universities for admissions to their management programmes. The benefit of appearing for CAT 2021 is that one can apply to a leading B-Schools other than IIM on the basis of the CAT result. It is easier to use the CAT entrance exam as a screening test to shortlist candidates before the selection stage where the GD and PI factors play a role.
The notification for CAT 2021 will be released in the first week of August 2021.
CAT exam 2021 will be tentatively held on November 28, 2021. The exam will be held in three sessions.
IIM Ahmedabad will not provide any CAT 2021 syllabus officially nor is the syllabus pdf given on the official website. Indications of what sections and subjects to prepare for the MBA entrance exam is given on the official website.
The IIM cutoff for CAT for the academic session 2021-2023 is given by all the IIMs on their official websites.
IIM Ahmedabad will specify that the CAT exam syllabus and exam pattern consists of three sections - Reading comprehension and verbal ability, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Questions are of the graduation level.
No. From last year onwards, CAT 2021 has seen new changes on account of COVID-19. CAT pattern in 2021 will have 26 questions from VARC, 24 from DILR and 26 questions from QA. Students will have to answer a total of 76 questions in 2 hours.
In such a case, candidates should fill an undertaking which is printed or handwritten along with the old category certificates in the form of a pdf and upload the same. However, if the candidate receives a call for interview then in such a case, he or she will be required to produce original documents for verification.
For every question that will be answered correctly by the candidate in the exam, he or she will be awarded 3 marks while -1 will be deducted if the candidate answers the question incorrectly. He or she will not lose any marks if they do not answer any question. Non MCQ questions do not have negative marking.
Any graduate with 50% in their graduation (45% for SC/ST/ PwD) are eligible to appear for the exam.
CAT 2021 exam will be held as announced on November 28 (tentatively). CAT exam 2021 will not be postponed due to any reasons.
No. While CAT is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams, there are others that can be taken for admissions to MBA like XAT, IIFT, SET etc in addition to state MBA entrance exams too.
CAT admit card will be released in the last week of October 2021.
The provisional answer key of CAT will be released in the second week of December 2021. The final answer key will be released in the last week of December 2021.
The qualified candidates will be invited by respective IIMs for Group Discussion (GD) / Written Ability Test (WAT) / Personal Interview (PI) rounds.
Candidates will submit objections against the answer key till the second week of December 2021 by remitting the necessary fee.
CAT exam 2021 result will be announced by IIM Ahmedabad in online mode in the first week of January 2021
IIMA has not yet announced the changes in the CAT exam pattern and syllabus. If any changes happened in the CAT syllabus or exam pattern, we will intimate on our Careers360 website.
CAT exam is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams in India. The full form of CAT is the Common Admission Test and it is a computer-based entrance exam for MBA/PGDM admissions at 20 IIMs and 1000+ B-Schools in India.
IIM CAT exam is conducted by one IIM in rotation every year. Students are assessed through the CAT exam for MBA admissions.
At first, congratulations on success in VITEEE. Electronics and electrical engineering at VIT is a demanded course and is a good futuristic option. The analysis of past year trends show that all seats at the Vellore campus under category 1 are filled by 8-9k rank and it goes around 15-16k for the second category. So you will most possibly get a category 2 seat and fee for the same would be around 307000 per annum.
The past year cutoffs can be obtained at https://engineering.careers360.com/articles/viteee-cutoff/amp
Note- You can also choose EEE under first category at Chennai campus.
Sorry to say but in your rank getting chance in VIT chennai is very poor dear. Because for VIT chennai CSE rank 8k to 9k and IT rank is 1200 and ECE rank 16k. So you are getting 30k which is higher than this all rank. But you will get VIT Vellore campus or VIT Amravati campus. So go for counselling and there you will get CSE department.
All the best.
See CAT application form generally gets out in the month of August and by August most of the final year students complete their graduation but still wait for their marksheet which takes some time, so not to worry for this issue. As final year students are also eligible to appear for CAT so while filling out the CAT 2021 Application form you can fill your graduation status as appearing for final year, so you will not be asked for marksheets of graduation during the application process but you will have to submit the marksheet at the time of admission to any institution so by that time you should receive your marks sheet. Till then your admission will be on provisional basis because for admission to different management institutions through CAT one should complete his/her graduation with minimum 50% marks, so make sure to fulfil this criteria.
Some documents which you need to be ready in-hand while applying for CAT are :-
** Colour Passport Photograph
** Signature (Black/ Blue)
** PwD Certificate to be uploaded during CAT 2021 registration
** SC/ ST/ EWS/ NC-OBC Certificate to be uploaded during CAT registration 2021
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It is a bit difficult to predict the exact case as vit doesn't release any cut off for last 2-3 years. It depends on certain factors like number of candidates appearing in that examination, previous year cut off,number of seats increased, difficulty level of the paper.
But as far as my knowledge , in 90k you should be able to grab cse at vit bhopal in category 1.
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