CAT 2021 - Exam Date, Eligibility, Application Process, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Result

CAT Exam

CAT 2021 will likely be conducted in the last week of November as per the previous trends i.e. the exam will be tentatively held on 28th November 2021. The Common Admission Test (CAT) is considered as one of the most competitive examinations that assess a student's Intelligence quotient, scholastic aptitude, and problem-solving skills for admission to MBA courses. It is a national-level examination conducted by 20 IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) on a rotational basis. Apart from IIMs, the CAT score is accepted for admission in more than 100 management institutions.

CAT 2021 Latest Notification:

CAT 2021 is likely to be conducted on 28th November 2021. However, there is no official announcement regarding the exam date yet. The official notification will be released in the last week of July 2021.

The Indian Institute of Management, Indore has declared the IIM-CAT 2020 result on its official website on Saturday (02nd January 2021). The exam was held on 29th November 2020 in computer-based mode.

CAT 2021 Highlights:

Name of the Exam

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Purpose

For admission to MBA courses offered by 20 IIMs and 100+ Business schools

Conducting Authority

Indian Institutes of Management (on a rotational basis)

Official Website of Exam Conducting Authority

https://www.iiml.ac.in

CAT Website

https://iimcat.ac.in

Exam Level/Occurrence

National Level/Once a year

Score Validity

1 year

Paper Language

English

No. of Questions

100

Exam Pattern

MCQs and Non-MCQs

Exam Duration

3:00 Hours

Mode of Exam

Computer-based (Online)

Marking Scheme

3 marks for each correct answer and -1 for each wrong answer (no negative marks for Non-MCQs)

Exam Date

28th November 2021 (Tentative)


Available Application Forms

CAT Exam 2021 Important Dates

CAT 2021 Events

Important Dates (Tentative)

CAT 2021 Official Notification Released

Last week of July 2021

Online Registration starts

1st week of August 2021

Online Registration closure

2nd week of September 2021

Issuance of Admit Card

Last week of October 2021

CAT 2021 Exam Date

28 November 2021 (Tentative)

Availability of Answer Key

December 2021

Result Announcement

January 2022


CAT Exam 2021 Pattern & Syllabus

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern:

The candidates appearing in the Common Admission Test will face 75 MCQs and 25 non-MCQs, carrying 100 marks. Questions will be asked from 3 important sections -

  1. Section I: Verbal ability & reading comprehension
  2. Section II: Data interpretation & logical reasoning
  3. Section III: Quantitative ability

The duration of the test will be 3 hours.

Section

Number of Questions

Total Questions

Time Allotted (in minutes)

 

MCQs

Non-MCQs

 

 

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC)

24

10

34

60

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

24

8

32

60

Quantitative Ability (QA)

27

7

34

60

Total

75

25

100

180

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CAT 2021 Syllabus:

The syllabi Common Admission Test 2021 comprise the following three sections -

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Ability

Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)

Caselets and Tables

Number Systems

 

Grammar or English Usage

Bar Graphs and Column Graphs

LCM & HCF

Correction in Sentence

Venn Diagrams

Profit, Loss & Discount

Fill in the blanks

Line Charts & Pie Chart

Percentages

Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage

Combination of two or more types linked to each other

Speed, Time & Distance

Analogies and Reverse Analogies

Number and Letter Series

Time & Work

Meaning/Usage Match

Calendars, Cubes and Clocks

Simple & Compound Interest

Verbal Reasoning

Binary Logic

Ratio & Proportion

Summary Questions

Seating Arrangement

Averages

Reading Comprehension

Syllogism

Quadratic & Linear Equations

Facts Inferences Judgments

Logical

Complex Numbers

 

Matching

Logarithm

 

Logical Sequence

Binomial Theorem

 

Logical

Sequences & Series

 

Connectives

Surds & Indices

 

Blood Relations

Inequalities

 

 

Probability, Permutation and Combination

 

 

Set Theory

 

 

Functions & Geometry

 

 

Mixtures & Allegations

 

 

Trigonometry

 

 

Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration

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CAT Exam 2021 Eligibility

Educational Qualification -

  • An applicant must hold a Bachelor’ Degree with 50% marks (SC/ST/PWD candidates must possess 45% marks)
  • If a candidate is in the final year or is waiting for the results, he is eligible for the exam. If selected, such candidates need to produce a certificate from the Principal of their Institution, which would state that they are eligible for obtaining the Degree or equivalent certificate.
  • In case, an applicant has done professional courses like ICWA, CS, CA, etc. with the required percentage (50%), he is certainly eligible for the entrance test.

Category

Marks/Cumulative Grade Performance Average (CGPA)

GENERAL

Minimum 50% aggregate marks or CGPA equivalent to 50%

SC/ST/PWD

Minimum 45%

Age Qualification: There is no age limit for appearing in the Common Admission Test 2021.

Note: The Indian Institutes of Management may verify the eligibility of the candidates at any stage of the selection procedure. Hence, the aspirants are suggested to maintain a valid and active email ID and a phone number throughout the entire selection process for hassle-free communication.

Candidates should note that the mere fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for shortlisting by IIMs”.

CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria - Check Here

CAT 2020 Seat Reservation -

IIMs and other government institutions strictly follow the below-mentioned reservation criteria:

Category

Seat Reservation Percentage

PWD

3%

ST

7.5%

SC

15%

OBC (Non-Creamy layer)

27%


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CAT Exam 2021 Application Process

CAT 2021 registration will tentatively start in the first week of August and will continue till the second week of September 2021. The application process will entirely be online. Interested candidates are suggested to visit the official web portal of CAT with all the essential documents such as scanned copies of signature, photograph, mark sheets of Class X, XII, Bachelor’s Degree, etc. The registration process is done in three steps –

  1. CAT registration
  2. Log in using the system-generated user ID and password
  3. Filling in CAT application form 2021

How to Fill 2021 CAT Application Form -

It comprises five important sections such as – Personal Details, Academics, Work Experience, Programmes and Payment.

  1. Personal Details: Here, the applicants need to provide details like their complete name, parent’ name, nationality, category, gender and address. They need to upload the scanned images of their signature, photograph and caste certificate.
  2. Academics: Provide your academic details right from class X till Masters. The details should include the exam name, University or Board, maximum marks, marks obtained, etc.
  3. Work Experience: Have you worked fulltime? If so, you need to enter the details right here. Remember, candidates with “only full-time experience after graduation” are advised to enter the details.
  4. Programmes: Select your programmes and the Interview City name.
  5. Payment: Payment would be made online. General category candidates have to pay INR 1,900/-. Candidates belonging to reserved categories will pay INR 950/-.

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CAT Registration Fee -

Irrespective of the number of colleges that a student is applying to, he is required to pay the application or registration fee only once.

Category

Fee Amount

General Candidates

INR 1,900/-

SC/ST/PWD Candidates

INR 950/-

Candidates belonging to the reserved categories are suggested to upload a caste certificate during the registration process.

Note: The application fee once paid won’t be refunded under any circumstances.


Other Details

CAT Admit Card 2021

The concerned IIM will release the Common Admission Test (CAT 2021) admit card on the official website by the last week of October 2021. The last date to download and get a printout of the admit card will be the CAT exam date. Candidates can log-in at the official website with their registered ID and password to download the admit card. It is mandatory to carry the admit card to the examination venue for making entry to the examination hall.

Details Mentioned on CAT 2021 Admit Card

The CAT 2021 hall ticket will have the following details:

  • Candidate's name
  • Caste category
  • Date of birth
  • Registration number
  • Date and time of the exam
  • CAT exam centre
  • Google map link to locate exam centre
  • Emergency contact number
  • Test system number to identify your examination room
  • Exam related instructions

CAT Exam Day Instructions

  1. The candidates must carry two copies of the CAT 2021 admit card and a photo ID proof (original and photocopy).
  2. Only CAT 2021 admit card & photo ID card will be allowed inside the exam hall.
  3. A writing pad and pen will be provided for rough work, to be returned after the test. The candidates will be required to write their name and registration number on the writing pad.
  4. The candidates must reach the CAT exam centre before reporting time to complete the identification process. Candidates should report at 7:30 AM for the morning session, at 11 AM for the afternoon session, and at 1:00 PM for the evening session.
  5. Use the Reference Number printed on the admit card for identifying the door/wing/lab at the test venue on the day of the test.
  6. The candidates are not supposed to sign their CAT admit card beforehand. The admit card is to be signed only inside the exam hall in front of the invigilator.
  7. The candidates must affix their photo (same as the one uploaded with the application form) on the admit card.
  8. Mobile phone, calculator, IPad or any other gadget is prohibited inside the examination hall.
  9. The candidates are advised not to carry bags or luggage to the CAT 2021 exam centre as you may not find any provision to keep it safe.
  10. Jewellery that contains metal, clothes with pockets, jackets and footwear are prohibited inside the exam hall.
  11. Candidates with a metal implant, pacemaker, etc. in their body will be required to bring medical certificates of the same.

CAT Result 2021

The result of CAT 2021 exam will be uploaded at the official website of the concerned IIM, tentatively in January 2022. Candidates can obtain their CAT 2021 scorecard by using the below-guided steps:

  • Open the official CAT 2021 website.
  • The result link of CAT 2021 will be available on the screen, just click and open it.
    • Enter all the asked credentials and access the scorecard of the CAT 2021 exam.

Note: The CAT score will be valid for 1 year.

After the announcement of the CAT result, the list of selected candidates will be published on the website of the respective IIMs, and Interview letters will be sent to the selected candidates. The second phase of selection includes Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interviews (PI).

Details Mentioned on CAT Result cum Scorecard 2021

Each candidate’s CAT scorecard will contain the following details:

  • CAT 2021 registration number/user Id
  • Candidate's name, category and gender
  • Date of birth
  • Date and time of examination
  • Candidate contact details and email id
  • CAT scaled score (overall)
  • CAT score (section-wise)
  • CAT percentile score (section-wise)
  • CAT percentile score (overall)

The candidates must note that the CAT scorecards can be downloaded only from the official CAT website and will remain available for a specified time. The hard copy of the CAT result will not be issued, hence the candidates must download a copy of their scorecard before the download window closes.

CAT Cut-off 2021

Candidates who will qualify CAT 2021 exam, can view the CAT 2021 cut-offs offered by the IIMs and non-IIM member institutions. After the declaration of cutoff percentile, candidates will be required to apply for the Written Ability Test and Personal Interview round of IIMs.

The minimum cut-off marks for all the IIM institutes are 90 percentile of the candidates. However, those who are not able to fulfil this criterion can apply for other non-IIM institutes that also accept CAT scorecard. The list is as follows:

Leading Management Institutes

CAT Cutoff percentile

IIM Delhi

90

IMT Ghaziabad

90

TAPMI, Manipal

82

SPJIMR, Mumbai

85

IIM, Shillong

90

BIMM, Pune

80

NIRMA University, Ahmedabad

82

Amity University (Raipur, Mumbai, Gwalior, Jaipur, Noida, Lucknow)

79

Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, Delhi

75

BITS-Pilani

80

Christ University – Institute of Management, Bangalore

80

Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida

78

Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME Kochi and Bangalore)

84

IIKM Business School, Calicut

75

Bengaluru School of Management Studies, GITAM University, Doddaballapur Rd., Bangalore

75

What After CAT 2021 Result?

After the declaration of the CAT result, the IIMs will invite candidates for Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. The candidates who will meet the minimum cut off set for shortlisting for this round will be required to apply on the official website of the IIMs they selected in the CAT application form for admission. Thereafter, the institutes will shortlist candidates on their overall and sectional CAT percentile and academic record.

The IIM admission process consists of three stages. Given below is a brief description of the IIM admission process:

  • Screening of candidates on the basis of CAT score and academic history
  • Written Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview (WAT/GD-PI) round
  • Final selection of the candidates

The final selection of the candidates for the 2022-2024 MBA batch will be done on the basis of various parameters such as CAT score, academic history, work experience, academic diversity, gender diversity, and performance in WAT/GD-PI.

CAT 2021 Test Cities

Check out the indicated cities where CAT 2021 will be performed. The list is as per the CAT 2020 exam centres.

Port Blair

Hamirpur

Mumbai

Guntur

Jammu

Nashik

Nellore

Bokaro

Satara

Vijayawada

Dhanbad

Palghar

Kakinada

Hazaribagh

Ulhasnagar

Rajahmundry

Jamshedpur

Shillong

Visakhapatnam

Ranchi

Aizawl

Kurnool

Belagavi(Belgaum)

Kohima

Tirupathi

Bengaluru

Balasore

Vizianagaram

Hubballi (Hubli)

Cuttack

Itanagar

Mysuru (Mysore)

Sambalpur

Dibrugarh

Kalaburagi (Gulbarga)

Berhampur

Silchar

Shivamogga(Shimoga)

Dhenkanal

Guwahati

Dharwad

Bhubaneswar

Tezpur

Mangaluru (Mangalore)

Rourkela

Jorhat

Udupi

Puducherry

Aurangabad-Bihar

Kannur

Pathankot

Darbhanga

Ernakulam

Ludhiana

Arrah

Kollam

Amritsar

Muzaffarpur

Kottayam

Bhatinda

Bhagalpur

Kozhikode

Patiala

Patna

Thrissur

Jalandhar

Mohali

Trivandrum

Sangrur

Chandigarh

Bhopal

Ajmer

Bhilai Nagar

Jabalpur

Jaipur

Bilaspur

Ujjain

Sikar

Raipur

Gwalior

Alwar

Delhi

Sagar

Jodhpur

Faridabad

Indore

Udaipur

Gurugram

Satna

Bikaner

Ghaziabad

Bhopal

Kota

New Delhi

Jabalpur

Madurai

Greater Noida

Ujjain

Chennai

Noida

Gwalior

Salem

Meerut

Sagar

Trichy

Panaji

Indore

Coimbatore

Ahmedabad

Satna

Vellore

Mehsana

Amravati

Tirunelveli

Vadodara

Jalgaon

Hyderabad

Anand

Nagpur

Karimnagar

Rajkot

Pune

Warangal

Gandhinagar

Solapur

Allahabad

Surat

Navi Mumbai

Bareilly

Ambala

Ahmednagar

Kanpur

Hisar

Kolhapur

Muzaffarnagar

Karnal

Nanded

Agra

Kurushetra

Raigad

Gorakhpur

Panipat

Thane

Lucknow

Rohtak

Vasai

Varanasi

Shimla

Aurangabad

Aligarh

Jhansi

Moradabad

Dehradun

Haldwani

Roorkee

Asansol

Durgapur

Bankura

Burdwan

Kolkata

Hooghly

Kalyani

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