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- 24 Feb 2021:
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About CAT 2021
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) will conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT) in an online computer-based mode. The IIM conducting body will begin CAT Registration 2021 from the first week of August 2021. CAT 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.
To know the official CAT exam 2021 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 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 Indian Institute of Management 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 Exam Pattern
When going to prepare for the CAT exam, candidates should be aware of the exam pattern and CAT syllabus.
|Name of the Section||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
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) 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 the CAT 2021 exam date, 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?
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. IIM CAT is conducted by one IIM in rotation every year. Candidates are 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 Exam Date 2021||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)|
The candidates who want to know, who is conducting CAT 2021? Then keep watching our website regularly. Here, we updated the CAT 2021 conducting body once they officially announced on the IIM website.
Official CAT 2021 Contact Details
- Official CAT exam website: iimcat.ac.in
- CAT 2021 Helpline: 1-800-209-0830 (Toll-Free)
- Email for CAT exam: email@example.com
- IIM Indore Address: CAT Exam Centre, Indian Institute of Management Indore, Prabandh Shikhar, Rau - Pithampur Road, Indore- 453556, Madhya Pradesh, India.
CAT 2021 Highlights
|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|
CAT 2021 Important Dates
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
15 Oct, 2021 - 28 Nov, 2021 (Tentative)
Mock Test | Mode: Online
28 Nov, 2021 (Tentative)
Exam - exam date | Mode: Online
25 Oct, 2021 - 28 Nov, 2021 (Tentative)
Admit Card - Start Date | Mode: Online
06 Dec, 2021 - 10 Dec, 2021 (Tentative)
Answer Key - response sheet | Mode: Online
01 Jan, 2022 (Tentative)
Result - result date | Mode: Online
The IIM for Common Admission Test (CAT) will prescribe the eligibility criteria for CAT 2021, under which candidates must meet certain criteria. Detailed IIM CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 for candidates appearing for CAT 2021 is explained here. IIM 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 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.
- Educational Qualification: All candidates must hold a Graduation/ Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from any recognized university/ institute. The students must have completed a professional degree (CA/ CS/ ICWA) with the required percentage.
- Marks in qualifying exam: All candidates must have secured a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. Candidates belonging to the reserved category (Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Persons with Disability (PWD)), must have secured a minimum of 45%.
- Final year students: Candidates in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification exam or awaiting their graduation results can apply for CAT 2021.
- Age Limit: To appear for the CAT entrance exam there is no age limit/ age restriction.
- Work Experience: It is not mandatory to apply for the CAT exam 2021. If candidates have any work experience, then they will get more preference.
- Reservation: IIM offers some reservations for different categories of students applying for any business management program.
Who is not eligible for the CAT exam 2021?
- If the candidate is in the process of completing their professional degree (CA/ CS/ ICWA) without appearing for their bachelor’s degree.
- The candidate is pursuing both their bachelor’s degree and a professional degree but has not yet completed both.
- If the candidate's score in the degree is less than 50% (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD candidates), he or she is ineligible to apply for the CAT.
- If the degree is not recognized by MHRD/ AICTE/ UGC, the candidate will be considered ineligible for the CAT examination.
Note: CAT eligibility for IIM Admission 2021-2023 is separate from exam eligibility.
Mode of Application : Online
Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | NEFT | Paytm | Other
IIM will start the CAT registration tentatively in the first week of August 2021 in online mode and the application process will end in 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.
- Visit the official CAT 2021 website.
- Go to the "CAT 2021 Registration" link.
- Fill in the required valid details.
- Upload all the necessary documents in a prescribed format.
- Pay the CAT application fee online.
- Submit the completed registration form of CAT 2021.
- Download and take a printout of the 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 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
- Photograph as specified
- Signature as per given specific guidelines
- Academic certificates
- PwD certificate as applicable (if any)
- EWS/Category Certificate as applicable (if any)
- Identification document
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.
|SC, ST, OBC||PWD||Online||Female, Male, Transgender||₹ 1000|
|General||Online||Female, Male, Transgender||₹ 2000|
Student Appearing Vs Seat Available
|Year||Student Appeared||Seats Available|
Verbal ability and reading comprehension
Data interpretation and logical reasoning
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. 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
CAT Exam Preparation Timetable
|CAT 2021: When and how to start preparation||How to prepare for CAT without coaching|
|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
|Best Books for CAT Preparation||How to Prepare for CAT Quantitative Ability?|
|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
|How to score 100 percentile in CAT 2021||How Toppers prepared for CAT|
|Know CAT Toppers||How Many Questions to Attempt in CAT 2021 to Get 99 Percentile|
CAT exam day 2021 will be a crucial day. Check common mistakes and errors that are made in CAT entrance exam and how to avoid them in CAT 2021.
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- Practise with CAT sample question papers
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- Common CAT Exam Day errors to avoid
Know how to prepare for CAT 2021 - Strategy and Tips
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:
- CAT Admit card: Students appearing for the CAT exam 2021 must carry a printout of their admit card with a photo affixed on it. Entry without CAT 2021 admit card and valid photo ID will not be permitted.
- Identity Proof: Along with the CAT admit card, students are required to carry an original valid photo ID proof such as PAN card, Voter ID, Aadhaar card, College ID, Driving license, Employer ID, or Passport.
- Name change document: In case a student changed their name, they will be required to carry a name change document/ certificate along with CAT admit card and ID proof.
Items prohibited inside the CAT exam hall
- Watch, Phone, Calculator, iPad, or any electronic item
- Purses and Bags
- Eatables and beverages
- Jewelry and accessories that contain metal
- Jackets and clothes with pockets
- Closed footwear
Take a look at CAT 2021 exam day workflow
IIM 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
- Calculator in CAT exam
- CAT exam Timer
- Question Palette of CAT 2021
- Expand the CAT question area
- Scrolling during CAT entrance exam
- Answering a question in CAT 2021
- Changing the response in CAT exam
- Navigating through CAT sections
- Zoom Option in CAT 2021
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.
IIM 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 Indore 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
- This helps the candidate to understand the online process of the CAT exam.
- CAT mock tests provide a reasonable understanding of the question paper pattern and marking scheme.
- CAT online mock test helps you to improve your speed and accuracy in solving questions.
- Practicing mock tests will help you find the tricks and shortcuts to solve the CAT question paper in the least amount of time.
Steps to use CAT Mock Test
- Click on Mock Test Link from the CAT 2021 official website
- "Enter your Registration Number and password and click on Sign In” – Since a dummy registration number and a dummy password have already been embedded. Candidates can proceed by just clicking on Sign In.
- Post login, read through the “General Instructions for Candidate”
- Click on the disclaimer check box on “Other Important Instructions for Candidate:” page
- Click on “I am ready to begin” to start your 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 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
- Application Number of CAT exam
- PwD status
- CAT 2021 exam date
- CAT exam time and session
- Reporting/ entry time for CAT 2021 at exam centre
- Gate closing time for CAT exam
- CAT 2021 test city name
- Test Center address
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:
- CAT Admit Card (with affixed photograph),
- One original valid photo identity proof (such as College ID, Employer ID, Driving License, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhar Card, and Identification Affidavit)
- Other documents like a medical certificate in case of a candidate using a Pacemaker or implants (metal) or other devices for medical reasons.
**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
- CAT Exam Exception Form: Candidates will have to sign the Exception form in case of an exceptional situation arising on CAT exam day. The staff at the test centres will guide students in such a case.
- IIM provided Authorization Form for CAT 2021: This is a document that is required in case candidates have to carry any prohibited or exceptional items inside the exam hall of CAT 2021 on account of medical reasons. Candidates would be required to contact the respective CAT exam centre to get such authorization if any.
Things/ Documents to carry to the CAT exam centre
Candidates will be allowed to carry the following documents
- CAT 2021 admit card
- Original valid photo identity card
- Sanitizer (50 ml)
- Transparent water bottle
- Requisite medical certificate and Scribe affidavit (if applicable).
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
- Once candidates start answering a section, the clock inbuilt in the system starts ticking and displays the remaining time available for the current section.
- After 40 minutes, the timer becomes 0 and the current section gets auto-submitted.
- Candidates automatically move to the next section and the cycle repeats for all three sections of CAT 2021.
- Movement between sections is not allowed. However, candidates will have an option for submitting the answers to a section at any point of time after the completion of the allotted 40 minutes.
- There is a built-in calculator in the CAT entrance exam. To know more, check "How to Utilize Calculator in CAT 2021?"
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
CAT 2021 - Key Do's for Candidates
Don'ts for Candidates for CAT exam
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||Port Blair|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Jammu|
Documents Required at Exam
- CAT admit card
- Photo ID
IIM 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
- Go to the CAT 2021 official website.
- Find and click the Candidates Login tab.
- Enter your CAT login credentials, i.e., the user ID and password, and click submit button.
- Find your slot (Slot 1/ Slot 2/ Slot 3).
- Download the appropriate answer key by clicking on the link provided.
How to Challenging the CAT 2021 answer key
- Go to the official website of CAT 2021.
- Find and click the link called the "Candidates Login" tab.
- Now enter your CAT login credentials, i.e., your registration ID and password.
- Find and click on the link 'Objection Form' on the dashboard where the candidate's personal details are displayed.
- Enter the question number, section, and type of objection. Candidates also have the option to write a remark in up to 500 words.
- Test takers can click on '+' to add another objection against the CAT Answer Key.
Points to keep in mind when raising objections
- There is no limit to the number of objections a candidate can raise. It should be noted that an objection once submitted cannot be amended or revoked under any circumstances.
- Objection Fee: Rs 1,200 per objection
- The objection fee will not be refunded if the objection is not supported with proof.
- The objection fee will not be refunded if the objection raised is not valid.
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:
- A number of questions in each section in the CAT question paper.
- Number of MCQs and number of non- MCQs asked in CAT 2021
- Difficulty levels for all topics and CAT exam sections
- Topics from VARC, DILR and QA with weightage
- Expected cutoff based on the difficulty levels and the time available
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
- No. of Candidates taking the test
- Difficulty Level of exam
- Availability of seats
- IIMs and other institutes ranking
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.
Also read - Know IIM Fee Structure and Seat Intake
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.
Documents Required at Counselling
- Class 10, Class 12, graduation, and professional (if applicable) mark sheets
- Class 10, Class 12, graduation, and professional (if available) degree certificates
- Proof of date of birth (DOB)
- Caste certificate (if applicable)
- Admission letter
- CAT admit card
- Address proof of parents
- Passport size photographs (colour/black & white)
- CAT Scorecard
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Question:When will the CAT 2021 notification release?
The notification for CAT 2021 will be released in the first week of August 2021
Question:What is the CAT exam date?
CAT exam 2021 date will be tentatively on November 28, 2021. The exam will be held in three sessions.
Question:Where can I get CAT syllabus 2021?
IIMs 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.
Question:Where can I get the IIM Cutoff?
The IIM cutoff for CAT for the academic session 2021-2023 is given by all the IIMs on their official websites.
Question:What is CAT syllabus pattern?
IIM 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.
Question:Does CAT exam pattern like no of RC questions vary from year to year?
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.
Question:What should I do if I am not able to renew or get a new category certificate owing to the prevailing CORONA pandemic?
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.
Question:What is the marking scheme for the CAT 2021 exam?
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.
Question:Who are eligible for CAT?
Any graduate with 50% in their graduation (45% for SC/ST/ PwD) are eligible to appear for the exam.
Question:Will CAT 2021 exam be postponed?
CAT 2021 exam will be held as announced on November 28 (tentatively). CAT exam 2021 will not be postponed due to any reasons.
Question:Is CAT necessary for MBA admissions?
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.
Question:When will CAT admit card release?
CAT admit card will be released in the last week of October 2021.
Question:When will the CAT 2021 answer key be released?
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.
Question:What will be the next stage after the release of CAT cutoff 2021?
The qualified candidates will be invited by respective IIMs for Group Discussion (GD) / Written Ability Test (WAT) / Personal Interview (PI) rounds.
Question:Will the candidates get an option to challenge the answer key?
Candidates will submit objections against the answer key till the second week of December 2021 by remitting the necessary fee.
Question:When will CAT 2021 result be announced?
CAT exam 2021 result will be announced by IIM in online mode in the first week of January 2021
Question:Is there any changes in CAT syllabus and CAT exam pattern?
The IIM 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.
Questions related to CAT
now i am in last year of graduation and i want to do mba i have to apply for cat test n want to know the dates of registration n date of cat exams
CAT 2021 will be conducted on November 18, 2021. The official notification for registration for the same will be released in the month of August 2021 tentatively. So please keep an eye on official notification so that you can apply for CAT 2021 when the registrations begin.
To check the updates and other information you can click on the link below
Here is the steps to apply for CAT 2021 application
- Visit the official website: iimcat.ac.in
- Click on “New Candidate Registration”
- Enter the details shown on the screen
Name of the Candidate
Date of Birth
Mobile Number and
4. After entering all the details click on “Generate OTP” button. Using the OTP which is sent to the candidate's registered mail id, complete the CAT 2021 registration process.
5. Go to the dashboard and fill the CAT Exam Application Form 2021.
6. You need choose the IIM Programs & Interview Cities for CAT 2021
7.Opt any six preferred cities for CAT Exam 2021.
8. Pay the application fee
9. Submit the application and download the application and keep it safe for future reference.
To know any other details you can click on the link below
I have obc ncl certificate bt issued in 2017. will it valid in 2021 Cat exam or I have to update it?? pls advice me
Sorry to say it's not valid and you need to get your reservation certificate updated. The CAT at the time of registration ask about the reservation of the students and thy are even required to submit their category certificate at the time of form submission.
If it's expired I will suggest you to get it updated from your nearest block office as soon as possible in order to avoid any kind of problem in the end or at the time of form filling.
Hope that helps.
Got 97.95 Percentile in Jee mains 2021 under Obc Ncl Male Cat of Andhra Pradesh what Will be my rank in Obc Ncl
With 97.95 percentile
your rank will be around 20972 - 23575 as per our rank predictor at https://engineering.careers360.com/jee-main-rank-predictor
Your obc rank will be around 5000
With above rank, you have chances in NITs . For example, you have chances in following NITs
NIT Manipur :- Computer Science and Engineering
NIT Patna :- Electronics and Communication Engineering
NIT Durgapur :- Mechanical Engineering
And a few more
For previous year cut offs of top colleges like NITs, IIITs, GFTIs , you can refer our page at :-
Or alternately you can visit official website of josaa at
Above prediction of colleges is on the basis of past year data but cut off/closing rank for colleges keeps changing every year depending upon many factors like number of students that appeared in the examination, difficulty level of the JEE main question paper for different shifts etc so
To have a personalised report on your chances of getting a college you can go through our college predictor, it will give you complete list of colleges which you can get on the basis of the category you belong to, your home state, your gender etc, the link for jee main college predictor is provided below
If you have any other doubt then you can always reach us to clear them :) we are always available to help you out and guide you
How does the scores in CAT matter? Will it matter sectionalwise or overall percentile?
I hope you are doing good . I would glad to aware you the about evaluation of cat marks and their involvement in scores . For getting a good percentile , first thing is you have to clear sectional cutt offs in each section . You can get a good percentile or can clear cat without clearing the sectional cut off. However, for getting a call business schools overall percentile only matters. In short they all are interelated
Hope you found this answer helpful. Good luck for your future
Which is better, getting into IIM Indore through Ipmat exam after 12th or Getting into other IIMs through CAT exam ?
Well it's totally depends upon that whether you want go for Five years integrated programme or want to go for 2 years PGDM programme after CAT exam.
But through IPMAT you are getting a chance to study in one of the most prestigious Institutions of India, So its not a bad deal. On the other hand CAT exam is very very tough exam, It's possible that you don't receive a call even from the baby IIMs if you fail to clear the sectional Cutoff of IIMs.
Have a look at the placement record after IPMAT-
Highest CTC offered- 50 lacs
Average CTC offered- 22 lacs
Number of Recruiters- 160
Now it's totally on you.