CAT 2021 Registration: IIM CAT Registration Dates

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CAT 2021 Registration will be released by the Indian Institute of Management tentatively in the month of August 2021. Interested candidates can apply only through online mode. Common Admission Test (CAT) is a nationwide examination conducted by IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) across the country on a rotation basis. IIM Calcutta is said to be organizing CAT 2021. Many institutions apart from IIMs [for example FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IMI New Delhi, JBIMS Mumbai, IMT Ghaziabad, etc.]  consider CAT scores as their basis for MBA admissions. Application for CAT is invited once in a year.

CAT 2021 Registration Dates

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The important dates of the CAT is given below.

CAT 2021 Schedule
Events Dates(Tentative) 
Issue of Notification 27 July 2021
Online Application starting date 07 August 2021
Online Application closing date 25 September 2021
Correction Window Date 27 – 30 September 2021
CAT Exam Date 24 November 2021
Cat 2021 Result 04 January 2021

These are the tentative dates based on the previous year examination.

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How to Register for CAT 2021?

  • Create a profile and log in on IIM-CAT website with your basic details.
  • Immediately after login, IIM will send you a CAT registration ID and password.
  • With this unique CAT registration ID, a candidate can log in into CAT 2021 EXAM ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM which will contain a combined Online registration form and  Application form
  • Candidates will have to upload academic details, the scanned images of their photograph, signature and other documents along with category certificates as prescribed by IIM to complete the registration process.
  • After submission of the registration form, the candidate will receive a User ID on the registered email with the subject line ‘’CAT 2021 Login Details’’. The candidate is required to check his/her mailbox immediately and in the case doesn’t find it there, also check the spam mail.
  • All the information should be ready before the filling of the Application Form.
  • The application is not required to be completed in one go. The aspirant can revisit the CAT application form several times and complete it in steps
  • The candidate will not be allowed to continue his/her registration process if mandatory information is not filled up.
  • The candidate will have to upload the required documents, their scanned photograph, and other important basic details whenever needed, otherwise, the registration process will remain incomplete.
  • If the given password is forgotten during the online application process, the candidate can click on the ‘’forget password’’ on the existing user window. The new password will be sent in an E-mail [ not via SMS].
  • The work experience is to be filled in accordance with the completed months of work.
  • After completion of the registration process, the CAT Online Application form will consist of programme details on all the 20 IIMs. The candidate has to choose the relevant programme for which he/she wishes to give the personal interview process.
  • After completing the payment process through credit card/debit card or net banking, the application form will be considered complete. A confirmatory mail will be sent to your E-mail ID.
  • After filling all the details carefully and submitting the form, candidates are required to take a printout of their form for further use.
  • Any changes to the application form cannot be made after the submission.
  • The CAT form correction will start from the last week of September.

Documents Required for CAT 2021 Registration

  • Mark sheets (10th /12th/ Degree/Diploma)
  • Work experience, if any
  • Applicable Certificates to upload
  • Scanned images of passport size photo and signature. (The photo should not be more than six months old and should have a white background)
  • Scanned image of the Passport size photo with the dimensions 35mm X 45mm along with the scanned image of your signature with the dimensions 1000mm X 35 mm. is required to be uploaded at the time of registration for CAT 2020. Please note that the documents file format should be .jpg or .jpeg and the file size should not be more than 80KB each. The image should be clear with a minimum resolution of 150px.
  • List of the IIM programmes to which you wish to apply
  • CAT exam fee payment instruments to pay CAT 2020 exam fee – like Debit/Credit cards.

Correction in CAT 2021 Registration Form

The correction window for CAT 2021 Registration will open once. If candidates make mistake while filling the details in the registration form, they can rectify it during the limited time when the forms are open for correction. The correction will open when the registration process is complete.

The following details can be corrected by the candidate are as follows:

  • Program selected
  • Percentage of marks secured
  • Work experience

How to correct CAT 2021 Registration Form?

Candidate must follow the following steps:

  1. First of all, go to the official website.
  2. Click on “Existing User: tab.
  3. Enter your user id and password.
  4. Then correct various section of the Registration Form.
  5. Click on the “Save” button.

CAT 2021 Registration Important Details

  • CAT 2021 registration form would be a single document divided into 5 pages
  • Candidates will have to upload academic details, the scanned images of their photograph, signature and other documents along with category certificates as prescribed by IIM to complete the registration process.
  • After completion of the registration process, the CAT Online Application form will consist of programme details on all the 20 IIMs. The candidate has to choose the relevant programme for which he/she wishes to give the personal interview process.
  • After filling all the details carefully and submitting the form, candidates are required to take a printout of their form for further use.
  • The CAT form correction will start from the last week of September.

CAT 2021 Application Fee

Category Examination Fee
General (UR) Rs. 1800/-
NC- OBC Rs. 1800/-
SC/ST Rs. 900/-
PWD Rs. 900/-

There is no additional application fee for applying to the 50 management programs offered by the leading 20 IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) in the country. The application fee can be paid through debit/ credit card or net banking.

CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates will have to read the CAT eligibility criteria before applying:

  • Applicants must be a holder of a Bachelor Degree in any discipline from a recognized institution.
  • The aspirant should have scored a minimum of 50% marks in aggregate (45% marks for SC/ST and PWD candidates) in his/her field of study.
  • The percentage obtained in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated based on the practice followed by the concerned university or institution. In the case of grades or CGPA, the conversion would be based on the process defined by the concerned university or institution. The candidate’s CGPA will be divided by the maximum possible CGPA and multiply the result with 100 in the absence of the percentage conversion scheme.
  • Those applicants who are appearing in final year examination can also apply.
  • CS/CA/ICWA candidates are also eligible to apply.

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