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Common Admission Test 2021

Form Date: 04 Aug - 15 Sep 2021

Computer Based Test

Form Date: 04 Aug - 15 Sep 2021

CAT Basic Information

  • Application Fee:₹ 2,000
  • Number Of Attempts:1
  • Examination Modes:Computer Based Test
  • Exam Conducting Body: Indian Institute of Management (IIM)
  • Courses:MBA
  • Streams:Management

CAT 2021: Exam Date(Announced), Application Form, Eligibility

Updated On - August 02 2021 by Anusha Pachauri

CAT 2021 will be conducted on 28th November 2021 by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad. India’s most commonly known examination for graduates who wish to pursue Management Courses after their Graduation is the CAT (Common Admission Test). CAT being a National Level examination, is conducted annually and applicants from across India can participate and can get admissions into PGP, PGP-FABM, PGP, PGP-HRM, PGPEM, PGPPM courses offered by more than 200 B-Schools, apart from IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management). Candidates can get the whole information and details regarding CAT 2021 below article.

CAT 2021 Exam Status

Candidates can check CAT status from below:

ParticularsStatus
Exam StatusExam will be held on 28 November 2021
Application FormApplication process starts on 04 August 2021
Latest Updates:
  • CAT 2021 Online Application form filling process will start from 04 August 2021 on the official website.
  • IIM has announced the entrance examination dates. CAT 2021 is going to be conducted on 28 November 2021

CAT 2021 Important Dates

CAT 2021 Important Dates are mentioned in the table given below:

CAT 2021 Exam Dates
Events
Dates 
Commencement of Online Registration
 04 August 2021
Last date of Online Registration
 15 September 2021
Release of Admit Card
 27 October 2021
Exam Date
28 November 2021
CAT 2021 official answer key release
1st week of December 2021

Last date to challenge answer key and response sheet

1st week of December 2021
Declaration of Results

2nd week of January 2022

CAT 2021 Application Form 

IIM has started the online registration of CAT 2021 from 04 August  2021. Candidates must read the detail given below to avoid any mistake while filling the form:

  • Before filling the application form, candidates must do the registration.
  • Changes to any of the information in the application form are not possible.
  • Candidates can log out and exit the form any number of times to edit and complete later or save & continue till they submit the application form.

An application form has six sections :

Personal Details:
  • Father/Husbands/Guardians name and Mother name are compulsory.
  • Nationality
  • Category
  • Upload Documents
Academic Qualification:
  • SSC/10th/Equivalent Details
  • HSC/12th/Diploma course details
  • Bachelor's degree details
  • Master's degree details
  • Other professional degrees details
Work Experience
  • Only full-time experience after graduation
  • Part-time/Project/Internship/Articleship/Pre-graduation will not be counted as work experience.
Programs
  • Candidates can select any number of programs and then select the interview city for that course.
Test city
  • Candidates can select any four test cities as per their preference 
  • In case, Candidate is not allotted to any of the preference test cities then candidates will be allotted a nearby test city.
Payment 
  • Online payment can be done via net banking/Credit card/debit card/e-wallet.

CAT 2021 Application Fee

CAT 2021 Application Fee is given Category/gender wise which must be paid Online after the completion of the Application form:
Category Application Fee
Open / OBCRs. 2000/-
SC/ST/ PWDRs. 1000/-

CAT 2021 Form Correction

IIM allows the candidates to make corrections in their CAT Application Form after submission, but only in the uploaded images. The candidates can change their uploaded scanned photo and signature only.

What details can be corrected?
  • Photo
  • Signature
For correction in all other details?

Contact [email protected] The candidates have to mention their errors and if CAT authorities allow they can go ahead with changes as per the instructions given.

To make corrections in the images the candidates have to log in on his cat.ac.in using their User ID and password. They can then access their dashboard and edit their images in the form therein.

CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

CAT 2021 Eligibility is mentioned for all aspirants concerning their categories, age, educational qualification, etc.
  • Age Criteria: There will be no age limit prescribed for appearing in the CAT entrance exam.
  • Qualifying Exam: Applying aspirant must have passed his/her Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized Board/University.
  • Minimum Marks: Candidate must have passed his/her qualifying exam with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. The aspirants belonging to ST/SC/PWD category must have passed with a minimum of 45% marks in the qualifying examination they last appeared in.
  • Appearing candidates: Candidates appearing in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent can also apply with valid proof of documents at the time of admission otherwise their candidature will be canceled.
NOTE: Candidates who possess an equivalent exam degree recognized by MHRD, Government of India (including AMICE of the Institution of Civil Engineers) are also eligible.

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern is given below which contains information like mode of examination, duration of the examination, several types of questions asked, the language in which the exam can be taken by the candidates, etc.
CAT 2021  Paper Pattern
Mode of Examination

Online (CBT)

Duration of Examination

180 minutes (3 hours)

No. of Questions asked

100

Type of Questions

MCQ (Objective) & Subjective

Marking Scheme

+3 for Correct and -1 for Incorrect

Medium of examination

English

Total Marks

300

Sections

3

Below mentioned is the section-wise division of examination and the total number of marks they carry each:
Sections
Subjects
Time Allotted
Number of Questions
Total Marks
I

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

60 minutes

32

96

II

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

60 minutes

34

102

III

Quantitative Ability

60 minutes

34

102

Total

 

03 hours
100 questions
300 marks

CAT 2021 Syllabus

CAT 2021 Syllabus is mentioned below subject wise:

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:
  • Assumptions, Binary Logic, Blood Relations, Clocks and Calendars, Coding-Decoding, Data Arrangement, Data Structures, Direction Sense, Family Tree, Proposition, Puzzles, Seating Arrangement, Series, Sets, Statements, Syllogism, Venn Diagram
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:
  • Analogies, Antonyms, Contextual usage, Different usage of the same word, Fill in the blanks, Foreign language words used in English, Grammar, Idioms, Jumbled paragraphs, One-word substitution, Para Completion and inference, Para jumbles, Reading Comprehension, Sentence completion, Sentence correction, Syllogisms, Verbal Logic, Verbal Reasoning
Quantitative Ability:
  • Bars, Caselets, Data Sufficiency, Line Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables, etc.

CAT 2021 Preparation Tips

CAT 2021 Preparation Tips are mentioned below for all the candidates who will be appearing for CAT 2021 Examination and are looking for guidance on how to go on CAT exam preparation:

  • candidates must prepare how to go on with each subject which includes the time distribution, management of resources, and various other important factors.
  • Once the preparation chart is ready, start with the preparation which will include studying all the important topics in-depth, not so important topics in brief but do not miss on any topic as this exam tests the ability.
  • If the candidates are taking any coaching classes or external help, their guidance and all that candidates learn over there helps but the same is the number of efforts they need to put in every day on their own.
  • An ample amount of sleep is a must.
  • Solving questions will give a reality check of the preparation and scope of improvement as well, apart from which candidates must solve one CAT previous year papers as it will give an idea of the exam pattern.
  • Join a test series and write tests every day as it will add up to the speed, accuracy, and refinement in answering questions.
  • Write 2-3 mock tests every day and try writing a full-length paper at the time candidates will be writing the final CAT  Test 2020 Examination.

CAT 2021 Admit Card

CAT 2021 Admit Card will be available on the official website, candidates are requested to download and print their admit cards as it is an important document to be carried to the examination center. Below mentioned guidelines for CAT 2021 Admit Card/Hall Ticket can be followed by the candidates:
  • If candidates are found without CAT Admit Card in the examination hall, there are chances that the authorities might not allow them to appear for the examination.
  • If there is any discrepancy found in the Admit Card particulars, the candidate must immediately get in touch with the Official Authority to get it rectified.
  • Visit the Exam center before the final exam day if the venue is unfamiliar.
  • No query related to the hall ticket will be entertained on the day of the examination

CAT 2021 Answer Key

Candidates can check the CAT 2021 Answer Key will be released by the official authority. The answer key is available online mode only on the website.

  • Individual responses to questions along with the official answer key have been published by the authority. 
  • Applicants can challenge the answer key by filling the objection form.
  • Candidates can log in by using a user ID & password to view the answer key & question paper.
  • CAT answer key along with the response sheet and question papers are uploaded under the login of the candidates. 
  •  The official answer key is released by the conducting IIM and after a few days of the exam.
  • The official answer key and response sheet are available for objections. 
  • The fee to challenge objection in CAT answer key is (to be announced, last year it was Rs. 1200 per challenge). 
  • After reviewing the challenges, a final answer key is also released, based on which CAT scores are calculated.

CAT 2021 Result

CAT 2021 Result will be announced by the official authority. Candidates qualifying for the examination will be allowed by the individual institutes to appear for the Personal Interview/Group discussion rounds based on their merit and number of applicants applying and various other criteria.
  • CAT 2021 result will be declared under the login of the candidates and can be checked using user Id and password
  • Once the centralized result is announced, candidates will have to apply individually for various colleges and appear in their Interview and Group Discussion rounds if they get a call from the colleges. 

CAT 2021 Score

Candidates' CAT 2021 scorecards will be made accessible on the CAT official website. Candidates may also be intimated individually by SMS. The CAT result 2021 which will be issued as a scorecard, has the following elements:

  • Scaled/normalized score in each section
  • Overall scaled/normalized score
  • Percentile in each section
  • Overall percentile in CAT
The percentile score of CAT is calculated using the formula below:

Formula for CAT percentile score (p) = [ (N – R) / N] X 100]

  • N – Total number of candidates who appeared for CAT.
  • R – Rank assigned to candidates, based on the scaled score.
  • IIM Indore releases CAT response sheet 2021.
  • The response sheet refers to the answers marked by the candidate during the exam.
  • CAT response sheet is released in the form of a question paper with questions, options, correct options (answer key), and answers marked by the candidate (responses).
  • Candidates can download it during the response sheet viewing window as per the official timetable.
  • To get a response sheet, one has to login at the CAT exam login, using user id and password.
  • Candidates can also challenge the response sheet in the same duration, by selecting relevant responses they feel have been mistaken, and paying the requisite fee against them.

CAT 2021 Counselling

CAT 2021 Counselling will commence after the result declaration but will not be centralized, will be conducted individually by colleges accepting the CAT 2021 Result as their criteria.

CAT 2021 Top Institutes & Courses

Below listed are the institutes which are known for the highest cut-off rankers:

  • Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi, Delhi
  • Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT), New Delhi & Kolkata
  • Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIMA)
  • Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIMB)
  • Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIMC)
  • Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIML)
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai
  • Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon
  • P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai
  • XLRI – Xavier School of Management, Jamshedpur

Apart from the above-mentioned colleges, a total of 20 IIMs and 500 other MBA colleges offer admission through CAT.

The courses offered after qualifying in the CAT written test, Interview, and Group discussion held by individual Institutes are listed below:

  • Fellow Programme in Management (Ph.D.)
  • Two-Year Post Graduate Programme in Management (MBA)
  • Two-Year Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agri-business Management (MBA-FABM)
  • One-Year Full Time Post Graduate Programme in Management for Executives (MBA-PGPX)
  • Faculty Development Programme (FDP)
  • Armed Forces Programme (AFP)
  • ePost Graduate Programme (PGP)
  • Executive Education Programmes (EEP) etc.

Above mentioned are a few courses that the Institutes offer under which there will be multiple branches of those courses which can be found in the individual websites of colleges in which the candidates are interested in taking admission IIMs:

Seats Availability in IIMs

CAT Seats Available in IIMs
S.No.InstituteSeats Offered
1IIM Ahemdabad385
2IIM Calcutta462
3IIM Bangalore412
4IIM Lucknow436
5IIM Kozhikode375
6IIM Indore451
7IIM Trichy180
8IIM Amritsar60
9IIM Rohtak240
10IIM Bodhgaya60
11IIM Sambalpur160
12IIM Sirmaur60
13IIM Jammu45
14IIM Ranchi

PGDM - 120

PGD HRM - 48 

15IIM Raipur210
16IIM Kashipur210
17IIM Shilong120
18IIM Udaipur180
19IIM Nagpur126
20IIM Visakhapatnam60

CAT Previous Year Cut-Off

IIM CampusPercentage
IIM Ahmedabad81.53
IIM Bangalore90+
IIM Calcutta95+
IIM Lucknow90+
IIM Indore90
IIM Kozhikode95.5
IIM Rohtak90+
IIM Trichy96
IIM Udaipur90

CAT 2021 Exam Centres

The candidates can checklist of test centers of CAT 2021 below in the table. 

State / Union TerritoryCity
Andaman and Nicobar IslandsPort Blair
Andhra PradeshGuntur, Kakinada. Kurnool, Nellore, Rajahmundry, Tirupathi, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam, Vizianagaram
Arunachal PradeshItanagar
AssamDibrugarh, Guwahati, Jorhat, Silchar, Tezpur
BiharAurangabad, Arrah, Bhagalpur, Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, Patna
HaryanaAmbala, Hisar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Panipat, Rohtak
Himachal PradeshShimla
Jammu & KashmirJammu
JharkhandBokaro, Dhanbad, Hazaribagh, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
KarnatakaBelagavi (Belgaum), Bengaluru, DharwadHubballi (Hubli), Kalaburagi (Gulbarga), Mangaluru (Mangalore), Mysuru (Mysore), Shivamogga (Shimoga), Udupi
KeralaKannur, Ernakulam, Kollam, Kottayam, Kozhikode, Thrissur, Trivandrum
Madhya PradeshBhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar, Satna, Ujjain
MaharashtraAmravati, Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Pune, Raigad, Satara, Solapur, Thane, Palghar, Navi Mumbai, Vasai, Ulhasnagar
MeghalayaShillong
MizoramAizawl
NagalandKohima
OdishaBalasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Dhenkanal, Rourkela, Sambalpur
PuducherryPuducherry
PunjabPathankot, Bhatinda, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Patiala, Sangrur, Amritsar
RajasthanAjmer, Alwar, Bikaner, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
Tamil NaduMadurai, Trichy, Vellore, Chennai, Coimbatore, Tirunelveli, Salem
TelanganaHyderabad, Karimnagar, Warangal
Uttar PradeshAllahabad, Agra, Aligarh, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow, Moradabad, Muzaffarnagar, Varanasi
UttarakhandDehradun, Haldwani, Roorkee
West BengalAsansol, Bankura, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri
ChandigarhMohali, Chandigarh
ChhattisgarhBhilai Naga, Bilaspur, Raipur
Delhi NCRDelhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, Meerut, New Delhi, Noida
GoaMapusa
GujaratAhmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara

CAT 2021 Highlights

Check all the details about the Common Admission Test 2021 examination given below:

Exam Name

Common Admission Test (CAT 2021)

Conducting Body

Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode

Level

National Level

Course

MBA, Fellow Programme in Management, etc.

CAT Official website

https://iimcat.ac.in/

Application Link

Releasing Soon

Exam Mode

Online (CBT)

Exam Purpose

To offer admission in various Management Courses Offered by the numerous Institutions across India

About Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode

Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode was the fifth IIM to be established. It is an independent business institution set up in 1996 by the government of India. It was started with a batch of 42 students at the temporary campus of the National Institute of Technology, Calicut. It is ranked sixth amongst the management schools in India by the National Institutional Ranking Framework 2018. 

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CAT Important Dates

TitleDates
CAT 2021 Form Date04 Aug - 15 Sep 2021
CAT 2021 Admit card27 Oct 2021
CAT 2021 Exam Date28 Nov 2021

Common Admission Test 2021 Exam Pattern

Paper 1
Exam Duration:

3 hours

Total Marks:

300

Question Paper Type :

Multiple Choice Questions

Negative Marking:

Yes

NOTE:One mark will be deducted for every wrong answer

S.No
Subjects
Questions
Marks
Total
1Local Reasoning32396
2Verbal Ability343102
3Quantitative Aptitude343102

Instructions:No Negative Marking for Non-MCQ type questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Comments

Form Start Date:

04 Aug 2021

Form End Date:

15 Sep 2021

Number of days left to submit the form:

42

DAYS

Examination Date (Online):

28 Nov 2021

Application Fees:

₹ 2,000

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01 Apr 2021-31 Aug 2021

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01 Mar 2021-15 Jul 2021

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01 Jan 2021-14 Jul 2021

CUEE

15 Feb 2021-31 Jul 2021