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CAT Exam 2021: Admit Card (Oct 27), Exam Dates, Preparation, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, and Cut off

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Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Sep 30, 2021

CAT Exam 2021 is scheduled to be held on Nov 28 in online mode. The last date to complete the registration process is over and now the conducting body will release CAT 2021 Admit Card on Oct 27. Last year due to the COVID-19 situation, CAT Exam Pattern was revised and this year also CAT 2021 is to be held on the same guidelines as of the previous year. CAT 2021 is to be held in 3 sessions for a duration of 120 minutes with the same revised number of questions i.e. 76. 

For effective preparations, candidates can pick the important topics of CAT Syllabus. CAT 2021 aspirants can also download the section-wise CAT Previous Years Question Papers to check their preparation level. CAT Question papers will also help you in getting an idea about the type of MCQ and TITA questions asked in the papers. Download CAT Sample Paper

What is CAT Exam? Common Admission Test (CAT) is an entrance exam to get into 2 year MBA programs at 20 IIMs in India. Every year, over 2 lakh candidates participate in CAT Exam to get admission against 5000+ seats. IIMs offer education from the best-qualified faculty and a chance to study with top-class students of India. 

CAT 2020 had been conducted successfully by IIM-Indore and IIMs had released the final lists of CAT shortlisted candidates for the admission cycle. Know More IIM Common Application Process (IIM CAP). In the 2021-23 admissions, IIM Ahmedabad had decreased the weightage of CAT exam from 80% to 65%. This had increased the chance of candidates from diverse backgrounds to sit for the selection process. IIM Ahmedabad Selection Process

The Average CAT Cut Off to get into the top IIMs this year is 94 percentile, map your score to percentile. Check CAT Score vs Percentile mapper.

Common Admission Test Highlights

Particulars Details
CAT 2021 Conducting Body IIM-A
CAT Official Website
Duration 2 Hours
Number of Sections 3 Sections: QA, VARC, DILR
CAT 2021 Application Mode Online
Medium of Exam English (Exam is conducted in CBT mode)
CAT Helpdesk; 1800-2090-830
CAT 2021 Important Dates

CAT Exam Dates 2021

CAT Exam Dates 2021 mentioned below are final. CAT 2021 aspiring candidates can bookmark this page & keep visiting to get the fastest update on CAT Exam Schedule & Dates

Events Dates
Release of CAT 2021 Official Notification August 1, 2021 
Release of CAT Registration 2021  August 4, 2021 at 10:00 AM
Last date for CAT registration 2021 September 22, 2021 till 5:00 PM (Extended)
CAT 2021 Form Correction Start Date September 25, 2021 from 10:00 AM
CAT 2021 Form Correction Last Date September 27, 2021 from 5:00 PM
Release of CAT Admit card 2021 October 27, 2021 at 5:00 PM
CAT exam 2021 date November 28, 2021
Release of CAT Answer key 2021 December 2021
CAT Result 2021 declaration January 2022

How to Download CAT 2021 Admit Card?

CAT Admit Card 2021 is to be released on October 27. All the successfully registered candidates will be able to download the admit cards online till the date of examination i.e. Nov 28, 2021. CAT Admit Card will be released in PDF format which can be downloaded by visiting the official website. Check the important steps mentioned below to download CAT Admit Card:

  • Step 1: Go to the website of CAT i.e.
  • Step 2: Use your login credentials to log in to the portal and then click on ‘Download CAT 2021 Admit Card’.
  • Step 3: Download the Admit Card and save it for future use. 

CAT Exam Centers 2021

CAT 2021 is to be held in 425 test centers across 159 exam cities in the nation. The one CAT 2021 Exam Centers allotted to the candidates will be based on the 6 exam centers preferences filled by the candidates. 

  • No changes in CAT exam centers will be entertained after the release of CAT admit cards. However, the opportunity to change the test city preference was provided during the form correction window. 
  • Google Map Link will also be mentioned in your admit card which will help you in getting the right direction to the CAT exam center. 
  • The newly added CAT Exam Center for this year is Kashmir. 
CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

CAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus 2021

CAT exam pattern 2021 is the same as it was in CAT 2020.  

  • Time Duration & Total Questions: CAT test duration has been trimmed to 120 minutes from 180 minutes. 
  • Total Sections: CAT consists of following three sections: 
  • TITA Type Questions – No Negative Marks: Around 25% or 20-25 questions will be TITA-type questions in CAT 2021. No marks will be deducted for wrong answers while answering TITA-type questions that means candidates can score high marks if they solve TITA questions with a 90% accuracy rate. 
  • MCQ Type Questions: Remaining 70-75% CAT question paper will have MCQ type questions only. Candidates will also face negative marks for marking wrong answers in the case of MCQ-type questions. 
  • CAT Marking Scheme: For every correct answer 3 marks will be awarded and a penalty of 1/3 negative marks is there for wrong answers. 
CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

CAT Exam Syllabus 2021: Important Topics

Following the trends of previous years, CAT Syllabus 2021 will also be based on10th -12th standard chapters and largely remains undefined. To help CAT 2021 aspring candidates in preparation, IIM will also release the CAT Mock Test which highlights question types and syllabus.

Subjects Important Topics
Quantitative Aptitude Number, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Mensuration, Modern Maths, etc.
VARC Passages, Fill in the blanks, Para Jumble, Para Completion, Fact Inference Judgement, Sentence Correction, etc.
DILR Tables, Pie Charts, Seating Arrangement, Logical Deduction, Cause and Effect, Calendars, Clocks, Blood Relations, Venn Diagrams, etc. 

Difficulty Level of CAT Question Paper

Based on the experience of test takers and experts, the difficulty level and some of the important topics from the previous year’s CAT exam are provided in the table below. Also, in the 2020 CAT exam, the questions and time duration were reduced due to the COVID-19 situation.

CAT Section Total Questions CAT Slot 1 CAT Slot 2 CAT Slot 3 Topics
CAT VARC Paper Analysis 26 Difficult Easy Moderate RC, Para Summary, Odd Sentence, Para jumbles
CAT DILR Paper Analysis 24 Easy Moderate Difficult Sales Figures, Scheduling, Parking Slots, Votes polled
CAT Quant Paper Analysis 26 Moderate Moderate Easy Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry
CAT 2021 Preparation

What should be CAT Preparation Plan 2021?

CAT Preparation should constitute over 50% of time spent on solving mock papers and practice papers. The weak areas needs to be addressed with the help of self-study or some mentor or coaching institutes. CAT Exam is considered one of the most competitive exams in our country, given by lakhs of candidates each year to get selected in 21 IIMs located across the country. As the number of applicants increases each year, the exam is getting tougher day by day.

  • CAT Preparation time for an average candidate varies between 8-10 months. Read preparation strategy for all the sections
  • Sections like Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension is becoming a major hurdle. Conceptual questions are becoming less intensive with more occurrence of IQ based questions in every section.

Subject Wise Preparation for CAT 2021

CAT Subject CAT Preparation Tips
CAT DILR Preparation Strategy 2021
  • Starting by solving questions that have only 5 variables. 
  • Moving to questions that have 7-8 variables when you can easily solve the above-mentioned. 
  • Solve the maximum number of Set type questions.
CAT VARC Preparation Strategy 2021
  • Daily reading helps improve the speed of reading. 
  • Focus on the basics of grammar. 
  • Divide VA and RC as two separate subjects and prepare accordingly. 
CAT Quant Preparation Strategy 2021
  • Learn time-saving techniques like some tricks to solve questions. 
  • Learn tables till 40, squares roots up to 30, cubes roots up to 20, and percentage equivalent of fractions till 25. 
  • Maintain a formula book or notes for quick revisions. 

CAT Study Notes for Preparation

CAT Preparation Tips from Topper’s Interviews

Key Takeaways from CAT 2020 for CAT 2021 Aspirants- CAT exam pattern is slowly moving towards an IQ-based Test rather than a Knowledge-based test. The test that earlier gave an upper hand to engineering students is now touching the level of GMAT.

Topper Subject Topper
Tips Advised by Toppers DILR

To crack DILT focus more on Graphs, Pie Charts, Tables, Case Study Type of Questions

VARC Start with the easy question and slowly progress to the moderate and difficult questions. Solve a maximum number of questions to improve speed while solving RC. 
Quantitative Aptitude Learn the shortcut and tricks from the internet. There are several free resources available from where you can get questions and answers as well as formulas with tips and tricks.

Best CAT Books for Preparation

Ekansh Agrawal (CAT 2020 99.98 Percentile) solved 60% of the book Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma. Many books can be preferred while preparing for CAT. Check out CAT Books for Preparation

Arun Sharma CAT Books Publication
How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for CAT McGraw Hill Publication
How to Prepare Logical Reasoning for CAT  McGraw Hill Publication
How To Prepare For Data Interpretation for CAT  McGraw Hill Publication
Other Best CAT Books Author
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Nishit Sinha (2016)
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension for CAT Meenakshi Upadhyay and Arun Sharma (8th Edition)
The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Nishit Sinha (2016)
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis (2019)

Also Check:

CAT Sample Paper and Mock Test

CAT Mock Test will be released by IIM-A a few weeks before the exam date. Till that time candidates can download the PDFs of CAT previous year question papers provided in the table below: 

Section & Slot Number CAT Question Paper 2020 CAT Answer Key 2020 CAT Question Paper 2019 CAT Answer Key 2019
CAT Quant Slot 1 Download  Download  Download  Download 
CAT DILR Slot 1 Download  Download  Download  Download 
CAT VARC Slot 1 Download  Download  Download  Download 

Download More PDFs:

Is CAT 2021 Coaching Helpful?

For the preparation of CAT exam 2021, candidates can take help from CAT Coaching. These days coaching is offered in both the modes online + classroom.

  • Many toppers have taken coaching of the entire CAT syllabus or single section depending upon the preparation level.
  • Before shortlisting any coaching institute make sure you take a mock test using CAT Previous Year papers to get an idea of which part of the syllabus should be focussed.
  • You should also ask for a demo class from the institute to get a feel of actual course delivery.

Check CAT Coaching Links:

CAT 2021 Marking Scheme

CAT Marking Scheme & Percentile

CAT score is the total marks obtained by a candidate in the entrance exam. Conventionally CAT is a 300 marks exam scored from 100 questions i.e. 3 marks per question and one negative mark for a wrong answer. The score is not widely circulated data for CAT but percentile. Many IIMs also consider sectional cut off. For example IIM Trichy sectional cut off is 80, 80, and 95 for QA, VARC & DILR respectively overall it is 94.

CAT Percentile Vs Marks

  • Percentile can be mapped with the score based on this CAT Percentile vs Score analysis.
  • It has been seen that colleges like IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, IIM-I, IIM-K, IIM-L shortlist 99+ percentile candidates for the admission process.
  • With good attempts of around 18-20 and a raw score of 46-52 candidates can expect 98 to 99 Percentiles in the respective sections. On the other hand with good attempts of around 13-15 and a raw score of 35-41 candidates can expect a 95+ Percentile.
  • The relation between CAT Percentile and Marks varies for each section as it depends on the score normalization process. 
CAT percentile range CAT overall score
99+ 155-160
95-98 135-154
90-94 101-134
85-89 81-100
CAT 2021 Cut Off

CAT 2021 Cut Off & Selection Process

The selection process of IIMs does not consider CAT Cut off as only qualifying criteria instead they test students on further rounds of Written Aptitude Test (WAT) or Group Discussion (GD), followed by a personal interview round. A certain weightage from CAT Exam, GD/WAT, PI, and performance in graduation, 10th and 10+2 exam is considered to decide the selection. Checkout IIM Ahmedabad selection process in this snapshot.

IIM Selection process

Check out this answer on Collegedunia Q&A Platform around CAT Interview at IIM Calcutta What was Your IIM Calcutta Interview Experience like?

Approx. CAT Cut-Off Percentiles (General Category) Institutes
CAT Percentile 94.5+ IIT-C, IIT-KH, IIT-KN, IIT-R, IISc-B, IIM-A (ABM), IIM-Asr, IIM-BG, IIM-L (ABM), IIM-N, IIM-Sam, IIM-Srm, IIM-V, MDI-M
CAT Percentile 85+ AJKMCRC, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, IIFM, ISBM-P, IIMC (Mass Com Delhi), MISB, MBE-DU, WIMDR-B

CAT IIM Selection & Admission Process

Certain key changes have been observed in IIM Selection Process for 2021-23 admission process. CAT 2020 cut off has been reduced for 1st stag of shortlisting. Candidates must note that IIM Rohtak does not consider sectional CAT cut offs, instead, it shortlist candidates based on their overall CAT score. Female candidates will be awarded bonus marks in IIM Admission process. Many IIMs will not conduct WAT and will organize PI online.

What is CAP Admission Criteria in IIMs:

CAT Common Admission Process or CAT CAP is a centralized counselling process conducted for admission in the new IIMs and they are IIM Bodhgaya, IIM Kashipur, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Jammu, IIM Ranchi, IIM Trichy, IIM Udaipur.

  • Benefitof CAP counselling process is that the common rules or criteria are followed i.e the qualifying cut off will be the same for these institutes.
  • Also, a combined GD and PI round will be conducted for all the candidates and in the end, each IIM prepares its individual merit list to offer admission. 
  • Last year CAP counselling was conducted by IIM Kashipur. 

IIMs Waitlist Movement

  • Once the candidates are shortlisted for the final admission process, one more batch of eligible students is kept on the waiting list. If a student does not opt for admission in the institute, then that seat goes for the candidate in the waiting list. 
  • In simple words, we can say that IIM waitlist means or consists of the number of seats that move up from the waitlist to offer.
  • No IIM releases the list of waitlists of candidates publically, however, based on various sources like Quora, Blogs, Students interactions etc the data has been curated. Read More CAT IIM Selection Process
Type Total Intake Shortlisted Candidates Seats filled
IIMs Batch 2019-21 Batch 2020-22 Batch 2019-21 Batch 2020-22 Batch 2019-21 Batch 2020-22
IIM Ahmedabad 385 394 1220 1240 392 392
IIM Bangalore 441 458 1425 1556 441 458
IIM Calcutta 480 480 1990 1852 480 480

Last Year Waitlist Movement Trend

From the image provided below candidates can check the Waitlist Movement Trend of various IIMs.

waitlist movement trend

MBA College Accepting CAT Score (Above 90 Percentile)

College Total Fees (Approx) Average Placement Packages
Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM) Rs. 13,75,000 10 LPA
Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kgp Rs. 7,36,000 16.50 LPA
University Business School (UBS) Rs. 32,874 9.5 LPA
MICA Rs. 18,50,000 12.8 LPA
Delhi School of Management (DSM) Rs. 1,58,000 7.5 LPA
Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) Rs. 11,50,000 10.95 LPA
Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research Rs. 11,00,000 11 LPA
Institute for Financial Management and Research Rs 12,00,000 9 LPA
SP Jain Institute of Management and Research Rs. 16,25,000 22 LPA
Institute of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University Rs. 98,888 9 LPA
Institute of Finance and International Management Rs. 11,00,000 19 LPA
Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education Rs. 1,36,000-1,53,000 10.43 LPA
Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra Rs. 4,77,00 11.76 LPA
Institute of Public Enterprise Rs. 8,00,000 6.09 LPA
Balaji Institute of Modern Management Rs. 6,60,000 6 LPA
SCMS Cochin School of Business Rs.. 7,50,000 5 LPA
Department of Management Sciences, University of Pune Rs. 1,32,000 6.43 LPA
Woxsen School of Business Rs. 34,60,000 8.1 LPA
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Usha and Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management Rs. 12,25,000 4.5 LPA
DoMS, IISc Rs. 70,000 24.5 LPA
K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research Rs. 11,93,000 5 LPA
Indian Institute of Forest Management Rs. 4,80,000 7.5 LPA
Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam Rs. 9,00,000 13.08 LPA
Trinity College for Management and Technology RS. 2,12,000 3 LPA
MNNIT Rs.1,01,902 7.82 LPA
BITS School of Management, BITSOM, Mumbai Rs. 24.5 Lakhs (Total) NA

MBA College Accepting CAT Score (80-90 Percentile)

College 80-90 Percentile College Above 85 Percentile
Fore School of Management Rs 15.98 lakh IMI, Delhi Rs 16.95 lakh
Goa Institute of Management Rs 16.98 lakh Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur Rs 12.05 lakh
International Management Institute, Delhi Rs 17.68 lakh Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchirapalli Rs 13.75 lakh
S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research Rs 17.50 lakh Delhi School of Management-DTU Rs 3.17 lakh
Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai Rs 15.26 lakh KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai Rs 7.08 lakh
Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management Rs 15.29 lakh Department of Management Sciences, Pune University Rs 1.33 lakh
T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal Rs 14.60 lakh Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur Rs 7.36 lakh
Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management development & Research, Bangalore Rs 11 lakh Department of Management Studies, IIM Madras Rs 7 lakh
Amity University, Gurgaon Rs 8.20 lakh Department of Management Studies, IIT Roorkee Rs 8 lakh
Amity University, Gwalior Rs 8.20 lakh School of Management, Manipal University Rs 6.86 lakh

MBA College Accepting CAT Score (60-80 Percentile)

With preparation for one of the most favored management entrance tests in the nation CAT, aspirants also are in search of colleges that will grant admission at specified scores. Top scorers are usually aware of which college they will get a seat in, but students with a relatively low score are unaware of where to head forward. So here’s a list of colleges divided between different CAT Percentile Range where students can seek admission with designated scores along with their fee structure for the degree program.

Candidates should not get confused about the colleges accepting low percentile not accepting higher CAT percentile. Seats will be granted based on higher scores between two candidates.

The list below marks ten colleges in each percentile range, but does not follow any rank preference.

College 60-70 Percentile College 70-80 Percentile
Christ University Institute of Management, Bangalore Rs 17.87 lakh Alliance School of Business - Alliance University, Bangalore Rs 13.50 lakh
IILM Institute for Higher Education, Delhi Rs 12.90 lakh Amity Business School, Noida Rs 12.80 lakh
Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad Rs 10.04 lakh Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida Rs 12 lakh
Amrita School of Business - Bangalore Rs 10 lakh Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon Rs 11.76 lakh
Acharya Bangalore B-School Rs 8.10 lakh Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, (XIME Bangalore), Hosur Road, Bangalore Rs 10 lakh
International School of Business & Media, Pune Rs 8.90 lakh Amity University, Mumbai Rs 10.00 lakh
AIMS Institutes (AIMS), Bangalore Rs 8.10 lakh CMS Business School, J.P. Nagar, Bangalore Rs 9.90 lakh
Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani Rs 8.04 lakh RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University, Noida Rs 9.5 lakh
School of Petroleum Management-PDPU, Ahmedabad Rs 8.20 lakh Asia-Pacific Institute of Management (AIM, Delhi) Rs 9.65 lakh
New Delhi Institute of Management Rs 7.25 lakh Universal Business School, Sion, Mumbai Rs 8.78 lakh
CAT 2021 Registration

CAT Registration, Eligibility & Reservation 2021

CAT Eligibility & Reservation 2021

CAT 2021 Eligibility is 50% in graduation for general candidates and CA, CS, ICWA degrees are also eligible to take the exam. There is no limit to take the CAT exam. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the last two years, most of the candidates have been awarded “promotion/pass” certification in place of mark sheets. Therefore conducting body has allowed the candidate to complete & submit the CAT2021 application form despite the requirements of minimum eligibility criteria by choosing the option of Promotion or Pass in the application form.

  • The above-mentioned exception is only valid for the 2021 examination. 
  • Candidates who have completed UG in the years 2020 & 2021 or are in the final years and will be completing UG in 2021 & 2022 can take the benefit of new CAT eligibility
  • Reservation in the CAT exam is offered to the reserved quota students as per the GOI guidelines.
  • There is a 5% relaxation in the qualifying percentage and also the qualifying percentile is subsidized for such candidates. Check More about CAT Reservation details

How to do CAT Registration 2021?

For CAT Registration candidates are advised to follow the below mentioned points: 

  • Do not forget to select or opt for the IIMs while filling the CAT Registration form. You can either pick the IIMs in which you are interested in taking admission or select all the IIMs mentioned in the list. 
  • Carefully enter all the details asked in the CAT Application Form like fill all the four exam center preferences carefully, entering academic details, etc. 
  • All the CAT 2021 aspiring candidates are advised to upload the required documents as per the mentioned specification only to avoid any inconvenience. Read More
  • CAT Registration fees as discussed in the opening lines is 2000 for general candidates and 50% rebate is offered for female and reserved quota candidates. The payment can be made online only.
Category CAT Registration Fee
General/NC-OBC  INR 2200
SC/ ST INR 1100
PwD/ DA  INR 1100

CAT Form Correction 2021 

CAT 2021 form correction window was available from September 25 to 27. During that time periods candidates can edit the following details:

  • Photograph
  • Signature
  • Test City Preferences.

CAT Form correction option was valid only for those candidates who had paid the applicable registration fee and had registered successfully for CAT 2021 within the specified deadline.

IIM Ahmedabad to Conduct CAT 2021

IIM Ahmedabad is conducting CAT 2021. Candidates can check the changes introduced by IIM-A in the previous years when the exam had been conducted by the institute. However, no changes have been introduced to CAT 2021 exam pattern yet. Check Complete details at CAT Exam Pattern

  • IIM Ahmedabad introduced the 3 sections in CAT. Also, 32 questions in one section & 34 in the other two sections were introduced by IIM-A in 2015. The distribution of the questions is the same since 2015. 
  • Before that only 2 sections were there in CAT with 50 questions each. 
  • Due to the current situation of pandemic, candidates can also expect some changes in CAT exam pattern to ensure the safe and smooth conduct of the exam.  

Changes in CAT Exam Last Year

  • The application fee for CAT exam was increased from INR 1,900 to 2,000 for General category students and from INR 950 to 1,000 for SC/ST/PwD candidates.
  • Candidates can now select up to six cities for CAT Exam center choice. 
  • Also total CAT Exam slots were increased from 2 to 3 i.e. Slot 1- 8:30 AM to 10:30 PM, slot 2 - 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, slot 3 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.
  • Last year the time duration of CAT exam was reduced to 120 minutes from 180 minutes i.e. 40 minutes for each section due to COVID-19 for that particular CAT exam only. 

CAT Exam Important Points

  • No Extra Fees to Apply for IIMs – CAT Registration Fee of Rs.2000/- for General candidates and Rs.1000/- for reserved category paid by the candidates during the registration process is the only fee that needs to be paid. There will be no extra fee charged to apply for admission in IIMs. 
  • Degrees Accepted – Dual Degree programs are also accepted while applying for CAT exam. 
  • CAT Exam Day – CAT exam is conducted in a single day in 3 slots. Earlier it was conducted on multiple days. Since the exam is conducted in multiple slots CAT Normalization method is used by the authority to calculate the percentiles. 
  • CAT Participating colleges & IIMs: After qualifying CAT 2021 candidates will become eligible to get admission in MBA programs offered by 20 IIMs without paying any additional application fee for admission process. Other than that various other MBA colleges also accepts CAT scores. 

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MBA Programs Offered by IIMs after CAT Exam

IIMs MBA Programs
IIM Amritsar PGP
IIM Calcutta MBA
IIM Bodh Gaya PGP
IIM Visakhapatnam PGP
IIM Kashipur PGP, EPGP
IIM Nagpur PGP
IIM Raipur PGP
IIM Sambalpur MBA
IIM Sirmaur PGP
IIM Udaipur MBA
CAT 2021 FAQ

CAT Exam 2021 FAQs

Ques. What is the exam date of CAT 2021

Ans. CAT 2021 is scheduled to be held on Nov 28, 2021 and candidates are advised not be believe on any fake news and always visit the official website to confirm the dates.  

Ques. Due to some reasons I have changed my name after completing my Bachelor’s. So which name should I write in my CAT Application Form?

Ans. Any candidate who have changed their names are advised to write the changed name while filling up the CAT application form. However, you should also provide supporting documents to your changed name at the time of examination, interview, and admission process.

Ques. Can I appear for CAT 2021 from my personal desktop?

Ans. A candidate should appear for the examination at the prescribed date and exam center mentioned in CAT 2021 admit card. Attempting papers from workstations other than the mentioned ones will not be considered.

Ques. Is CAT score the sole criteria for getting admission into IIMs?

Ans. No, CAT score helps in shortlisting of candidates. The final admission list is declared based on the marks scored in all rounds.

Ques. I have completed a dual degree program i.e. Bachelor’s and Master’s. Which course marks should I enter in CAT Registration?

Ans. You need to enter the aggregate marks of Bachelor degree under the bachelor’s score section and the same process should be repeated for Masters.

Ques. Are 6 Months enough for CAT Preparation? 

Ans. A time of 6 months is large enough to prepare for the CAT exam. Preparation largely consists of practicing questions and topics of the different questions. If done diligently, six months is enough to clear the CAT Cut Offs of major colleges. 

Ques. Is CAT Score valid for 2 years? 

Ans. No, the CAT scores are valid for a period of 1 year only. Post 1 year, candidates have to re-attempt CAT and clear the Cut Off again to secure admission to their preferred college. 

Ques. Who will set CAT 2021? 

Ans. CAT Exam is managed and conducted by the first generation IIMs on a rotational basis, which includes the release of notifications, setting the CAT question paper, managing Cut Off etc. 

Ques. Is a Calculator allowed inside the CAT Exam Center 2021? 

Ans. No, a calculator will not be permitted inside the CAT Exam Center 2021. You will be frisked outside most exam centers and will be asked to keep the calculator inside your bag if you are carrying one. However, an onscreen calculator will be available on the computer you will be attempting the exam on. The calculator can perform the most basic calculations. 

Ques. What is the difficulty level of CAT Exam? 

Ans. The CAT exam is generally considered to be tough. The Quantitative Aptitude Section is considered to be the most difficult section followed by the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section. 

Ques. Can a Third Year student apply for CAT 2021? 

Ans. Yes, third-year students can apply for CAT, i.e. candidates in the final year of graduation can apply for CAT. However, admission is subject to the candidates providing proof of graduation such as mark sheets and the college they have been admitted to. 

Ques. Which is the best institute for CAT Preparation? 

Ans. Here are some of the best institutes for CAT Preparation - 

  • Career Launcher.
  • IMS
  • Triumphant Institute of Management
  • PT Education
  • Bulls Eye

Ques. Can an academically weak student clear the CAT Cut Offs? 

Ans. Yes, academically weak students can crack the CAT exam if they prepare for the exam properly and properly work on their weak points. However, candidates have to keep in mind that many IIMs have certain minimum academic criteria for admission. 

Ques. Is GK asked in CAT? 

Ans. No, GK is not asked in the CAT exam. However, other management exams such as XAT ask questions based on Current Affairs and General Knowledge.

Ques. What is the best way to prepare for CAT 2021?

Ans. CAT examination is a tough nut to crack and to qualify the examination, a year-long rigorous practice is required. Candidates who will be appearing in CAT 2021 can refer to CAT Preparation Tips (Hashlink) for better guidance.

Ques. Do I need to submit the overall percentage of marks like that in my bachelor’s degree while applying for CAT 2021?

Ans. To fulfill that CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria, you need to provide your overall percentage marks as per university norms.

Ques. Who will be conducting CAT exam 2021 and when can I fill the CAT Application forms? 

Ans. IIM-A is conducting CAT 2021 and CAT Registration 2021 has been concluded on September 22, 2021. Also the last date to edit a few details in the application form is over. 

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.


gomathi ravi
I would like to know about fees details
What was the stages after CAT result
sreejith j n
Iam a 3rd year BA English literature student waitiing f0r 3rd semester result..All 0ther semesters are passed ..Am i able t0 apply for entrance exams for MBA admission ???
saurav kumar
What is the reservation criterion for PwD students?
yanika singh

3% seats are reserved at IIMs for the reserved categories. The candidates of the reserved category must have a minimum of 45% marks in graduation. Candidates with low vision can bring a scribe(no criteria for a scribe) and the PwD candidates will be provided with a wheelchair at the exam centre as well. 

anuj singh chauhan
While applying for reservation, what are the guidelines to be followed by reserved category students?
yanika singh

To be able to avail the reservation policies, the candidates must provide with relevant identification certificates of proof. The OBC candidates must have a OBC certificate for the same. The similar is the guidline for all the reserved categories. For more information, kindly visit the following link: CAT Reservation Mandatory Certificates

rishikesh paradkar
exam time and date
yanika singh

CAT exam is conducted once every year. The exam date of CAT 2021 is November 28th . The registrations closed on 22nd September, 2021. The results are expected to be announced in the last week of December or first week of January. For more details, kindly visit the following link: Important Dates on CAT 2021

y suruthi
I want old question paper
yanika singh

The sample papers and practice papers are an important part of preparation of CAT, candidates have an option to download previous year papers for practice here on the link: Download CAT Previous Papers 

shreya sarkar
How many questions are asked per section of CAT paper?
yanika singh

The Verbal and Reading Comprehension has 26 questions; Quantitative Ability consists of 26 questions and Data Adequacy & Logical Reasoning consists of 24 questions. 40 minutes time is allotted for each section and the total time is 120 minutes. For more information, kindly visit the following link: CAT Exam Pattern 2021

tanishka shah
Which details can be changed during CAT form correction?
mizna harmain
Do we have to select our preferred IIMs at the time of CAT registration?
vikram dewan
Why is CAT examination conducted? What is the purpose?
karan rathod
How many sessions will be conducted this year for CAT?
balram rathee
CAT exam ka paper kaisa aata hai

Common Admission Test is a two hour duration test. The paper is divided into three sections that are: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Logical Reasoning and Data Representation (LRDI) and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). You are given 40 minutes for each section. For every right answer, you get +3 marks and for every wrong answer, you get -1 marks.

jaspal singh
Well tell me about your total fees and tuition also

Common Admission Test (CAT) is an admission test conducted all over India to pursue Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from top Business schools in India like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Lucknow, IIM Calcutta, IIM Indore and other colleges except IIMs. The total fees and tuition varies for every individual college. For more information about top colleges and fees, visit the following link: Top MBA Colleges Fees

angan koner
Last date of registered

The last date of registering for CAT 2021 was September 22, 2021, Wednesday till 5 pm. Registrations for the exam are over for this session that is, 2021-2022. You can apply next year or apply to other entrance exams like XAT, NMAT, MAT that also offer admissions to Masters in Business Administration to other business colleges.

Are there any magazines that may help me prepare for CAT?
yanika singh

As a CAT aspirant and future MBA, you are expected to stay updated with latest happenings around the world. Affairs related to Economicy, Strategic, Financial and other factors are to be thorough. For the exam specifically, it includes questions related to the current events. For the magazines you may read :- The Economist, India Today, Outlook Business, etc. 

rohan bharti
Can you suggest me some last minute preparation tips?
yanika singh

As a last minute study, the best thing to do is practice previous year papers, take up mock tests and revise the syllabus that you have covered. Avoid picking up new topics to study in the last month or so from the exam. Keep practicing to ensure that you are able to finish your exam with maximum percentage of correct answers within the time limit and avoid making too many mistakes as it would result in negative marking. PRACTICE PAPERS FOR CAT 2021

Can we prepare for CAT in online mode? How?
yanika singh

Yes, you can prepare for the exam in online mode as well as offline. There are youtube channels that provide guidance and study material for CAT exam, you may also download available PDFs from various websites that have mock test papers and previous year question papers for practice. Also, IIM will release online mock test series in the 1st week of November, which will be helpful for the preparation. 

How many hours should we dedicate to each section of CAT on a daily basis?
yanika singh

You will have to dedicatedly study for the CAT exam. For the QA(Quantitative Aptitude) section, you may dedicate 2-3 hours practicing mathematics topics. For the VARC section, you may dedicate about 1.5-2 hours each day and practice reading, analysing and your grammar skills. For the DILR section, a concentrated 3 hour study is a must everyday to be able to solve even tricky and lenghty questions quickly. 

ramesh kumar gupta
Which section takes more time to prepare in CAT?
yanika singh

It is usually an individual criteria as to which section takes more time to prepare. Usually, the QA and DILR sections are considered lenghty with complicated calculations. On the other hand, some may find VARC section difficult to prepare and remember the grammatical rules. It is important to focus on all the sections equally dedicatedly, and give extra attention to sections/question types that you may find difficult to solve.