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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021, Check Qualification, Age Limit, Prescribed IIM CAT Eligibility Criteria

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 - IIM responsible for conducting the CAT 2021, and describes the CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021, the CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 must be checked by candidates before applying for the examination. As per the necessary CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021, candidates who have completed a graduation degree with a minimum of 50% marks can make a registration for CAT 2021. Candidates of foreign origin fulfilling CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 can also apply for the exam. Detailed Information about CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 read this article below.

J Nandhini | Updated: May 13, 2021, 16:34 IST

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021, Check Qualification, Age Limit, Prescribed IIM CAT Eligibility Criteria

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021, Check Qualification, Age Limit, Prescribed IIM CAT Eligibility Criteria

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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021

New Update on 13-05-2021: CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 - The IIM that will be conducting the Common Admission Test (CAT) will set the CAT 2021 eligibility requirements, which will require applicants to meet those criteria. For candidates who will take the CAT 2021, the detailed IIM CAT eligibility requirements are explained here. Candidates who have earned any Bachelor's Degree from a recognised university with a minimum of 50% aggregated marks (45 per cent for SC/ ST/ PwD) are qualified to apply for the CAT. Candidates should be aware of the full eligibility requirements before beginning their CAT training so that they do not encounter any difficulties when applying for the CAT test. The age limit, academic qualification, category-wise reservation, and other CAT eligibility requirements are discussed in this article.

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CAT Exam Dates 2021

Candidates who are interested in CAT 2021 and meet the eligibility requirements should be aware of key CAT 2021 dates such as application deadlines, admit card availability, CAT exam dates, response key release dates, result dates, and cutoffs, among others.

CAT 2021 exam dates



CAT Registration 2021 starts from

First Week of August 2021

Last Date to submit the CAT Application form

Last Week of September 2021

CAT Mock Test 2021

Third week of October 2021

Availability of Admit Card

Last Week of October 2021

CAT 2021 Exam Date

Last Sunday of November 2021

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Overview

It's also worth noting that the CAT exam 2021 eligibility requirements are straightforward and haven't changed in many years. Candidates would not be eligible to qualify for the CAT 2021 exam if they do not meet the eligibility requirements.

CAT 2021 eligibility criteria



Academic Qualification

Graduation/ Bachelor’s Degree

Required Marks in Graduate

50% (40% for SC/ ST/ PwD)

Age Limit for CAT 2021

No Age Restriction

Work Experience

Not Mandatory


Based on Category

The CAT 2021 eligibility requirements are discussed in detail below. There are a few points about academics that are part of the CAT 2021 eligibility requirements. The following are some of the most critical points:

  • CAT eligibility concerning Educational Qualification

  • Eligibility for CAT examination for final year graduate students

  • CAT eligibility for students with backlogs

  • CAT eligibility and reservation details

  • CAT mark calculation and who ineligible for CAT 2021?

  • Required work experience for CAT Exam 2021

Before diving into the eligibility specifics, it's important to understand the CAT test and what it entails. A brief overview of the CAT exam is given below. See the full article for more information on the CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021.

What is CAT?

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is an acronym for Common Admission Test. CAT is a National Level Entrance Examination that IIMs hold every year to admit students to management programmes at different B-Schools. Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension are the three parts of the CAT test (VARC). Check the most recent CAT 2021 exam pattern and syllabus to learn about the exam's comprehensive syllabus topics and plan accordingly.

The CAT 2021 exam will take place on the last Sunday in November 2021 (tentative), with results expected in January 2022. Until applying for the CAT 2021 exam, candidates can review the most recent IIM CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Academic Qualification

The conducting IIM will mention the academic qualifications and the marks which the candidates must secure to be able to appear for the CAT exam.

Eligibility Criteria of CAT 2021



Percentage/ CGPA

Bachelor’s Degree from any University/ Institute

Recognized by UGC

50% aggregate marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD)

Engineering Degree - B.Tech/ B.E. from any University/ Institute

Recognized by MHRD/ AICTE

50% aggregate marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD)

Students who appeared in the final year of degree examination

Recognized by MHRD/ AICTE/ UGC

50% aggregate marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD)

MHRD/ AICTE: An Act of Parliament or a State Legislature of India must declare the university annexed, or it must be regarded as a university under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956.

NOTE: Candidates who took the degree examination in their final year must request a certificate from the Registrar/Principal of their respective institution or university. On the date the certificate is issued, it must claim that it has met all of the criteria for equivalent certification.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Registration with Backlogs

If you have some academic backlogs in your graduate programme, one of the most popular questions you'll hear is whether you should take the CAT 2021 test. It should be noted that CAT aspirants with academic backlogs during their graduate programme are eligible to apply and register for CAT 2021.

IIM Indore received several questions about registering with academic backlogs during last year's CAT registration (i.e. CAT Exam 2020). Those with backlogs are required to apply and attend the CAT 2021 test.

Any candidate who achieves a grade point average of at least 50% (45% for reserved candidates) in their degree (including supplementary exams) is qualified to apply for CAT 2021.

CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria - Reservation Criteria

For various categories of students applying to any business management programme, IIM offers some reservations. See the table below for CAT eligibility requirements for OBC, MBC, SC, ST, PwD, and General:

Reservation Criteria


Reserved Percentage

NC-OBC (Non-Creamy Other Backward Classes)


SC (Scheduled Caste)


ST (Scheduled Tribe)


PwD (Person with Disability)


This CAT reservation means that a candidate in the general category has 54 percent (54.5 percent correct seat) of the seats available to her/him. There are approximately 4000 seats available in the various IIMs. The number of seats open to candidates from the general category is over 1900 due to the reservation standard. The general category candidates would have around 4000 seats to run for if 20 or more top institutions are added.

Reservation Policy for Person with Disability (PwD)

Candidates in the PwD group must present a PwD certificate issued by a competent authority. Only then will they be eligible to meet the PwD category's CAT exam eligibility requirements in 2021. Individuals with a variety of disabilities who are eligible for the PwD reservation include:

  • Low vision/ blind candidates.

  • Candidates with hearing impairment.

  • Candidates with a locomotive disability or cerebral palsy.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Marks Calculation

  • The CAT percentage calculation will be based on the fact that the respective institutions or universities where the candidates have passed their degree will follow their own procedure for calculating the total marks.

  • For CGPA and grades, marks will be converted into percentages based on the practice certified by the respective institution or university.

  • In another case, if no institution or university offers any plans for change, the percentage will be calculated by dividing the student's CGPA by the maximum CGPA, multiplying the result by 100.

  • For example,

  • If a candidate has a CGPA of 8.8 and a maximum of 10 CGPA, then 8.8/10 = 0.88 and multiplying the result with 100 = 0.88 X 100 = 88%

Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2021 - Who is ineligible for CAT?

  • If the candidate is in the process of completing their professional degree (CS/ CA/ ICWA) without appearing for their bachelor’s degree.

  • The candidate is pursuing both their bachelor’s degree and a professional degree but has not yet completed both.

  • If the candidate's score in the degree is less than 50% (45% for SC / ST / PWT candidates), he or she is ineligible to apply for the CAT.

  • If the degree is not recognized by MHRD/ AICTE/ UGC, the candidate will be considered ineligible for the CAT examination.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Work Experience Requirements

  • Candidates are not required to have any prior work experience.

  • Even if the CAT Application Form 2021 asks for it, there is no necessary condition to fulfill it.

  • It should be noted that during the final examination, some weightage may be given by IIMs for this work experience. However, the exact weightage has never been revealed and it will vary from one IIM to another IIM.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 - IIM Eligibility Vs CAT Eligibility

  • When IIMs convene CAT, their eligibility criteria are not the same. There are some minor contradictions that every candidate who wants to study in IIMs should be aware of.

  • Although there is no age limit for both the CAT exam qualification and the IIM qualification, the two-year bachelor’s degree accepted by the CAT exam qualification criteria is not accepted by IIMs and their management programs require a three-year bachelor’s degree.

  • Other than that, there are no discrepancies between the CAT exam qualification and the IIM qualification.

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CAT 2021 Eligibility 2021 - FAQ

1. What to do before appearing for CAT Exam 2021?

Candidates must be aware of Eligibility Criteria before appearing the CAT Exam 2021.

2. What is the Qualification to Appear CAT 2021?

Aspirants must have passed his/her Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized board or university.

3. Does Age Limit Prescribe by IIM?

There will be no lower or upper age limit prescribed for appearing in CAT 2021 exam.

4. What is the Type of Questions asked for CAT 2021?

CAT Exam 2021 will contain a total of 100 questions. The questions asked will be of objective and subjective type

5. What are the Minimum Marks Appearing For CAT 2021?

Applicants must have passed his/her qualifying exam with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. The students belonging to ST/SC/PWD category must have passed with a minimum of 45%.

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