CAT 2021 – Exam Date, Registration, Pattern, Syllabus, Fees

CAT 2021 – CAT exam is conducted on rotational basis by 6 IIM’s (Indian Institute of Management). Due to rotational basis, CAT exam 2021 will conduct by IIM Ahmedabad after a gap of 5 years while last year CAT exam was conducted by IIM Indore in a different manner by reducing the number of Questions, time limit as well as sessions due to pandemic of covid 19. Every year, approx 2 Lakh Candidates fill the application form of CAT entrance exam but out of which around 5000+ are selected. To know complete details about CAT exam 2021, Go through this article.

What is CAT Exam?

CAT or Common Admission Test is a national level entrance exam or gateway to various IIMs as well as over 1000+ B-Schools in India. CAT exam 2021 is conducted by IIM Ahmedabad in online mode and this exam is conducted once in a year only in English language. Earlier it was conducted by IIM Ahmedabad in 2015. The purpose of conducting CAT is for admissions into top business schools.

CAT 2021 Important Link’s

Here is given all the important date’s of CAT exam 2021 which is useful for aspirant’s. Candidate’s can use Link’s according their situation like for regular updates, visit to the official website or if any query then they can shoutout by contact to help desk etc.

Official websiteClick Here
ProspectusClick Here
Apply nowClick Here
Login portalClick Here
Mock TestClick Here
FAQClick Here
HelpdeskClick Here

CAT Exam 2021 Important Date’s

Here is given all the Important date’s of CAT Exam 2021 which is tentative because official schedule not released yet. Once the schedule release, we will inform you through this article.

Application Begin02 August 2021
Application Ended15 September 2021
Admit card released24 October 2021
Last date to download Admit card28 November 2021
Exam date28 November 2021
Result declared04 January 2022

CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Here is given the eligibility criteria of CAT exam 2021, Before applying for CAT Exam, candidate’s have to check the eligibility criteria or if aspirant’s are not eligible then don’t fill application form because the application form will be reject at any stage.

Age criteria

  • There is no lower or upper age limit.

Education Qualifications

  • Candidate’s must have passed graduation or equivalent exam form any recognized university or Institute.
  • 50% Mark’s or equivalent CGPA is required in qualifying exam for general/OBC/EWS category candidate’s.
  • 45% mark is required for all those candidate’s who is belong to SC/ST/PwD category.
  • Final year candidate’s are also eligible to appear in the CAT exam.
  • OR
    • Aspirants must have a professional degree of CA/CS/ICWA with required percentage.

CAT 2021 Admission Procedure

Before taking the admission through CAT exam, aspirants have to read the CAT Information Bulletin. To know about CAT admission procedure, go through the following detail.

First aspirants have to fill online CAT application form which will be available on the official website. And after that correction window will be open for very short duration to all those candidates who made the mistake at the time of filling online CAT exam application form. after that CAT Admit card will be released by the respective authority on the official website. after that aspirants have to appeared in the exam according to their scheduled date and time. And after that result will be declared with obtained marks. & after that The shortlisted candidates will be informed through email and sms on registered Email id & Mobile and will have to go through three stages of the selection process i.e. written ability test (WAT), group discussion (GD) and personal interviews (PI).

CAT 2021 application form

Follow the below details to complete the application form


The first stage of CAT exam application form is CAT registration for which aspirants have to visit to the official website and then registered yourself by entering name, email id, date of birth, mobile number and nationality. And after that verify the account through OTP. After successful verification CAT ID and password will be send to aspirants mail.

Application form

Aspirant have to login their portal by using CAT ID & password and complete their application form. In CAT application form, aspirant have to enter personal details, academic details, work experience and 6 preferred exam City centres. And after that upload the scan copy of required documents like passport size photograph and signature. And then select your IIM preference.

Fee payment

And the last step is payment aspirant have to pay CAT application form fee via net banking, credit card debit card. Category wise CAT exam application form fee are given below.

General & OBCRs. 2,000/-
SC,ST & PwdRs. 1,000/-

After successful payment, candidate’s have to print the application form and make 2 or more copies of it for future reference.

CAT 2021 correction window

After the closing of the CAT application form, the correction window will be opened for some time. For all those students who made mistake while filling the CAT exam application form by mistake. Through the CAT correction window, the candidate can make changes only in some places and not in the entire form.

CAT 2021 Mock Test

Official CAT Mock test will be available on the CAT official website tentatively in last week of october 2021. The purpose of conducting CAT mock test is to make the candidates familiar with the exam pattern of CAT. With the help of mock test, aspirants can learn a lot like exactly how to answer, navigate between sections, make strategy etc.

CAT 2021 Admit card

Admit card of CAT exam will be released online on the official website approx 2 weeks before the exam. To download the admit card, candidate’s have to visit to the official website and login their portal by entering username and password and then click on the link of admit card and after that candidate’s have to take print out of admit card and paste same in admit card which are uploaded by the candidate’s at the time of filling application form. Before reaching the exam center, candidate’s have to read all the instructions and follow them. Admit card contain date, time and venue of exam center.

CAT 2021 Exam pattern

Candidate’s should know the exam pattern of CAT which is given below.

  • Exam will be online on computer.
  • Objective type as well as TITA (type in the answer) question are asked in the exam.
  • Total 100 question will be asked in exam.
  • Duration of exam will be 180 minutes or 3 hours.
  • While exam will be of 300 Mark’s
  • 3 Mark’s is awarded for every correct answer.
  • 1 Mark’s of negative marking.
  • Exam will be available only in English language.
Section’sNo. of Question’sTotal mark’sDuration
Verbal Ability and reading Comprehension (VARC) 3410260
Data Interpretation & Logical reasoning (DILR)329660
Quantitative Ability (QA)3410260

CAT Exam 2021 Syllabus

Question are come from the given below topics. Syllabus are given below.

Mathematics or Quantitative Section

  • Percentages and its applications
  • Ration and its applications
  • Algebra
  • Numbers and its applications
  • Geometry and its applications etc

English or Verbal Section.

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Critical Reasoning (and its numerous applications).
  • Reading Comprehension etc

Analytical Reasoning Section.

  • Blood Relations
  • Direction Sense
  • Puzzles
  • Arrangements
  • Data Structures
  • Series
  • Coding – Decoding
  • Clocks and Calender’s etc

Data Interpretation Section.

  • Table
  • Bar
  • Pie Charts
  • Line Graphs etc.

CAT 2021 appeared in the exam

Aspirants will have to successfully appeared in the exam for which they will have to reach at the examination centre on the the reporting time which is available on the admit card. Don’t forget to carry admit card as well as at least one original identity proof at the examination centre.

CAT 2021 answer key

Within the one week of entrance exam CAT exam answer key will be released on the CAT official website by the respective authorities. With the help of CAT Answer Key aspirants can guess their approximate marks. If the answer are wrong in CAT answer key then candidate have right to claim on it via mail.

CAT Exam 2021 Result

Result of CAT exam will be declared online on the official website. To download the result, candidate’s need to visit to the official website and login the portal by entering required details like user name and password and then click on the link of result and after that candidate’s have to take print out of result of CAT exam for future reference. Result contains the information of candidate’s along with obtained Mark’s. Selected candidate’s will received mail form respective authority for interview and a specific date and time will be alloted to candidate’s for Interview. If candidate’s are not attend the interview on the given schedule then their interview or admission will be cancelled.

CAT 2021 Counselling

Candidates are shortlisted on tha basis of CAT Result 2021 and then they have to go through Group discussion, Written ability test and personal interview. After all the round, IIM will release the merit list of shortlisted candidates which depend on many factors whose factors are in the following table. Shortlisted candidates have to visit to the allotted IIM or Institute with their required documents and complete the other formalities.

CAT 2021 Courses offered

There are lots of courses offered by CAT exam at the master level. List is given below.

  • PGP (Post Graduate Program in Management)
  • PGP- FABM (Food and Agribusiness Management)
  • PGPEM (PGP in Enterprise Management)
  • PGPPM (PGP in Public Policy and Management)
  • EPGP (Executive Post Graduate Program in Management)
  • PGPSM (PGP in Sustainable Management)
  • PGPWE (PGP in Management for Working Executive)
  • PGPBM (PGP in Business Management)
  • FPM (Fellow Program in Management)

CAT 2021 Documents Required

Here is the list of required documents at the time of admission.

  • Mark sheet of class 10th
  • Mark-sheet of class 12th
  • Mark sheet of graduation
  • Candidate’s Identify Proof
  • Domicile certificate
  • Category certificate if required
  • PwD certificate if required
  • Passport size photograph
  • Admit card of CAT exam
  • Result of CAT exam
  • Print out of Application form

CAT Exam 2021 List of college’s

There are 20 IIM’s college which accept the rank card of CAT exam as well as more then 100 various business school are also accept the rank card of CAT exam. Here is given the list of 20 IIM’s.

S.No.Name of InstituteS.No.Name of Institute
1.IIM Ahmedabad11.IIM Kashipur
2.IIM Calcutta12.IIM Tiruchirappali
3.IIM Bangalure13.IIM Udaipur
4.IIM Lucknow14.IIM Amritsar
5.IIM Indore15.IIM Bodh gaya
6.IIM Kozhikoda16.IIM Nagpur
7.IIM Shillong17.IIM Sambalpur
8.IIM Raipur18.IIM Sirmaur
9.IIM Ranchi19.IIM Visakhapatnam
10.IIM Rohtak20.IIM Jammu

CAT 2021 Help desk

If the Aspirant’s face problem in submitting application form, paying application fee, downloading admit card or result then they have to contact on the given below details so that they can find solution. Candidate’s will get other contact details on official website.

Email id[email protected]
Mobile Number1800 209 0830

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