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CAT Exam 2021 - The Common Admission Test (CAT) will be conducted in computer-based manner by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). From the first week of August, IIM Ahmedabad will begin CAT registration for 2021.CAT 2021 exam will be conducted in the last week of November on Sunday as per the previous trends. Going by the trend of CAT exam in the past few years, it may be held on November 28, 2021. Quantitative Ability (QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) are the three components of the CAT entrance exam (VARC)., To know the complete information about CAT 2021, CAT Notification, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Registration through this article.

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CAT 2021 - To be Conducted

New Update on 11-06-2021: CAT 2021 - The Common Admission Test (CAT) will be held on a computer at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA). The CAT registration for 2021 will begin in the first week of August at IIM Ahmedabad.CAT 2021 exam will be conducted in the last week of November on Sunday as per the previous trends. Going by the trend of CAT exam in the past few years, it may be held on November 28, 2021. Quantitative Ability (QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension are the three components of the CAT entrance exam (VARC). The CAT exam will be held on November 28, 2021, which is the final Sunday of the month (tentative). IIM Ahmedabad will soon release the precise CAT 2021 exam date on the CAT 2021 official website. In this CAT entrance exam 2021 post, fresherslive covers everything from what is a CAT test to when CAT registration opens and closes, how to apply online for the CAT exam in 2021, CAT eligibility, age limit, application price, and other information.

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CAT Preparation Strategy 2021

Time Management

Focal Areas for CAT preparation strategy

6 Months

  • Divide the syllabus i.e. Break preparation into sections

  • Coaching or Self-study

  • Clear concepts

3 Months

  • Work on weak areas

  • Solve Sample Papers

1 Month

  • Crack the mocks

  • Remember the Art of Leaving

CAT 2021 - Important Dates

CAT 2021

Important Dates (Tentative)

CAT 2021 notification announcement

First Week of August 2021

CAT Registration 2021 starts from

First Week of August 2021

CAT exam 2021 last date to apply

Last Week of September 2021

Correction of CAT application form

Last Week of September 2021

CAT Mock Test 2021

First Week of November 2021

Availability of Admit Card

Last Week of October 2021

CAT 2021 Exam Date

November 21, 2021

CAT 2021 response sheet and question paper release date

First Week of December 2021

Start and end date to challenge the CAT Answer Key 2021

First Week of December 2021

Release of Final Answer key of CAT 2021

Second Week of December 2021

CAT Result 2021

First Week of January 2022

CAT 2021 Selection Process

April - June 2022

CAT 2021 Details

CAT 2021 Particular

CAT 2021 Event

Name of the Exam

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Conducting Body

Indian Institute of Management (IIM)

Exam Type

Computer Based Test (CBT)

Exam Section

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • Quantitative Ability (QA)

Time Duration

2 Hours (120 Minutes)

  • 40 Minutes for Each Section

  • 50 Minutes 20 Seconds for PwD candidates

CAT Registration Method/ Exam Mode

Online

Number of Test Cities

156

Accepting Colleges

1136

CAT Exam Fee
  • Rs 2,000 (General category)
  • Rs 1,000 (Reserved category)
CAT 2021 Exam Purpose

Admission into IIMs, FMS, IMT, SPJIMR, MDI, and over 1200 B Schools in India

Course Offered

MBA/ PGDM

CAT 2021 Important Details

CAT exam mode

120 minutes

CAT exam mode

Computer Based Test mode

CAT syllabus

VARC, DILR, QA

CAT registration mode

Online

What is CAT?

CAT 2021 is a computer-based test held in India to admission management programs in various B-schools in and across India. In this CAT Exam, the students' skills tested in multiple areas include Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability, Reading comprehension, data interpretation, and logical reasoning.

  • At first, the exam was started by the Indian Institute of Management for the selection of students for the business administration programs of IIMs. Every year, the CAT exam is conducted by one of the Indian Institute of Management. Later, in the year 2011, it has made public that other institutes such as Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc) should use the CAT scores, instead of the JMET to select students for their management programs.

CAT 2021 Exam Eligibility Criteria

  • CAT Exam aspirants should have a bachelor's degree with at least 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA (45 per cent for SC, ST, and PWD/DA category) from a recognized board or university

  • Applicants must have completed a professional degree (CA/ CS/ ICWA) with the required percentage.

  • CAT Applicants appearing for the final year of bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification or awaiting results are also eligible to apply for the CAT exam.

  • The percentage requirement for the CAT exam is different for different categories. We have the Provided category and Required Percentage Provided below.

General and OBC-50%

Scheduled Caste-45%

Scheduled Tribe-45%

Persons with Disabilities-45%

What are the detailed Eligibility Criteria of CAT 2021?

Not everyone can attend the CAT Exam 2020, which will conduct in the upcoming months. To attend the CAT Exam 2020, candidates have to meet the eligibility criteria mentioned in the CAT Notification 2020 Pdf. Let's read the CAT Exam eligibility to know whether you're eligible or not to apply for the exam,

  • Aspirants must hold a Bachelor's Degree with at least 50% marks. In case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)/Differently Abled (DA) category) awarded by any recognized University or institute, they should have at least an equivalent CGPA of 45%.
  • Moreover, candidates who are studying in the final year of their bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification and who have completed their degree waiting for their results can also be eligible to apply for the CAT Exam.
  • If selected, he/she will be allowed to join the management program, only if he/she submits a certificate within the specified date.
  • There will be no lower or upper age limit specified for appearing in CAT exam 2020. Students who possess an equivalent exam degree recognized by MHRD, Government of India (including AMICE of the Institution of Civil Engineers) are also Qualify to apply for CAT Exam 2020.

Hence, make sure that you've met the eligibility criteria of CAT 2020 before applying for the exam.

To know more, click CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria.

What are the Documents Needed to fill the CAT 2021 Application Form?

It’s quite easy to apply for the CAT Exam 2020 by visiting the official website. The candidates have to keep ready a few documents along with them while applying for the CAT 2020. This is because, there are so many details needed to fill in the CAT 2021 application form, such as personal details, academic details, etc. Here are the few documents that one should keep ready along with them.

  • Unique Email Address to apply for CAT 2021.
  • Net banking/Credit Card/Debit Card details to pay the application fee for CAT 2021
  • Keep your Class 12 certificate with you as you need to enter your name the same as in the 12th Diploma/degree certificate.
  • Keep your Birth Certificate ready along with you.
  • 10th, 12th Mark sheets, degree final year certificate, professional exam, and master's degree certificate.
  • Work Experience certificate.
  • Scanned images of Passport size photo and signature of you. Keep your photo ready within the dimensions of 35mm X 45mm, and the photo should not be more than 6 months old and should have a white background.
  • Ensure that your signature's scanned image is within the dimensions of 80mm X 35mm.
  • And, the documents file format should be a .jpg or .jpeg, and the file size should not exceed 80 KB each. The image should be clear with a minimum resolution of 150px/inch.
  • In case, if you have made a mistake in filling out the details for those fields, which will affect the selection process (Percentage of Marks, Category, Gender, Work Experience), hence, it will be better to re-register with a new email ID and pay the application fee again.

These are some of the documents that you should keep ready with you before applying for the CAT Exam 2021. Check the eligibility and other details of the CAT, which includes exam centres, and start your exam preparation effectively.

How to Apply for CAT 2021?

As we know, lots of students are waiting to attend the CAT 2021. And, to participate in the exam, one should fill and submit the CAT application form before the mentioned last date in the CAT 2021 notification. Hence, we have given the step-by-step procedure for applying the CAT. Let's read below,

  • At first, candidates have to visit the official website https://iimcat.ac.in/.
  • Candidates should register by filling in the required details such as name, date of birth, email address, country, and mobile number.
  • After that, enter the captcha and click on "I Agree" checkbox.
  • Later, you'll receive the login credentials such as login ID and password through SMS and Email.
  • Log on to the official website again by clicking on the "Existing user" tab.
  • Fill up the application form with details like personal details, academic details, work experience, and programs.
  • Candidates should upload their recent passport-sized photo and scanned signature in either .jpg or .jpeg format and be sure that it does not exceed 80 KB in the given dimensions, 35mm x 45mm for a photograph and 80mm x 35mm for the signature.
  • Candidates from the category NC-OBC/SC/ST/PWD-DA have to upload requisite attested certificates.
  • Select the IIM and programs for admission.
  • Then, select any four test cities in terms of preference.
  • Finally, submit the application form after verifying the details.

Follow the simple steps to apply for the CAT Exam 2020 successfully.

How much should one pay for the CAT 2021?

CAT 2021 Category

Fee

General category

Reserved category

  • Rs 2,000 (General category)
  • Rs 1,000 (Reserved category)

SC / ST / DA (PWD) category candidates

₹950

Mode of Payment

  • Credit card

  • Debit card

  • NEFT

  • Net banking

Candidates who are willing to attend the CAT Exam 2020 should fill the application form available on CAT's official website. The conducting body of the exam is collecting some amount as an exam fee from the aspirants. Hence, whoever wants to apply for the CAT 2020 Exam should pay the exam/application fee before the mentioned date. However, the exam fee varies from one category to another. Candidates can pay the amount through various modes such as credit card, debit card, NEFT, and net banking. Here are the exam fee and way of payment details of the CAT Exam 2020.

What are the Courses Offered through CAT 2021?

Based on the CAT score, Students can take admission to the following courses offered by 20 IIMs and other top B-schools in India.

  • PGPEM (Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management)

  • PGP-UAE (Post Graduate Programme at UAE)

  • PGPBM (Post Graduate Programme in Business Management)

  • PGP-ABM (Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management)

  • PGP (Post Graduate Programme)

  • PGP-Mumbai (Post Graduate Programme at Mumbai)

  • PGPWE (Post Graduate Programme for Working Executive)

  • PGPEX (Post Graduate Programme for Executives)

  • PGPPM (Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management)

  • PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management)

  • EPGPM (Executive Post Graduate Programme)

  • PGDHRM (Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management)

  • PGPSM (Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets).

CAT 2021 Exam Centers

  • CAT 2021 will conduct in exam centers spread across around 140 exam center cities in India.

  • Students are required to issue the preference of their exam center while registering for CAT.

  • CAT Exam Centers 2021 is available in all the major cities across India. Aspirants can go through the recently added test cities for CAT 2021.

Bhatinda in Punjab

Purnea in Bihar

Waknaghat in Himachal Pradesh

Samba in J&K

Dharwad and Gulbarga in Karnataka

Ernakulam in Kerala

Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra

Dhenkanal in Odisha

Bankura in West Bengal.

Information on CAT 2021 Syllabus

It is always better to be aware of the syllabus of CAT 2021, before applying for the same. CAT syllabus is not officially announced but by the experts. CAT 2021 syllabus provides an idea of the list of topics that the candidates will have to prepare to score good marks. The below table reflects the syllabus of CAT 2021 exams for easy reference.

CAT 2021 Subject

Topics

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

  • Casalets and tables
  • Bar graphs and column graphs
  • Venn diagrams
  • Line charts and pie charts
  • Combination of two or more types linked to each other
  • Number and letter series
  • Calendar, cubes, and clocks
  • Binary logic
  • Seating arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Logical Matching
  • Logical sequence
  • Logical connectivities
  • Blood relations

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

  • Synonyms and antonyms
  • Grammar and English usage
  • Correction in sentence
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Reading comprehension
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Jumbled paragraph and close passage
  • Meaning or usage match
  • Analogies and reverse analogies
  • Summary questions
  • Facts inferences judgments, etc

Quantitative Ability

  • Number systems
  • HCF and LCM
  • Profit, loss, and discount
  • Percentages
  • Speed, time, and distance
  • Time and work
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Averages
  • Quadratic and linear equations
  • Complex numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Binomial theorem
  • Coordinate geometry and mensuration
  • Sequence and series
  • Surds and indices
  • Inequalities
  • Probability, permutation, and combination
  • Set theory
  • Functions and geometry
  • Mixtures and allegations
  • Trigonometry

To know more information, click on CAT 2021 Syllabus.

What is the CAT 2021 Exam Pattern?

CAT Exam 2020 aspirants to start an efficient preparation process should go through with the CAT 2020 Exam Pattern and Syllabus. We have provided the previous year's analysis exam pattern, and CAT 2020 will consist of 3 sections with 100 questions. And the detailed pattern is provided below.

  • Exam Mode: Computer-based test

  • Total Questions: 100

  • CAT Exam Sections: Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability, and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

  • Duration of Exam: 3-hour duration exam, where one hour assigned to each section.

  • Questions with negative marking (MCQs): 75

  • Questions without negative marking (non-MCQs): 25

  • Marking Scheme: +3 marks for the correct response, -1 score for wrong answers.

Particulars

Details (Tentative)

Duration of CAT 2021

2 hours (120 minutes)

Sectional Duration

40 Minutes for Each Section (VARC, DILR, QA).

53 Minutes 20 Seconds for PwD candidates for each section.

Total no. of questions

76 Questions (54 MCQs and 22 Non-MCQs)

CAT 2021 Mode

Computer-based exam

Marking Scheme

  • +3 marks for correct answer

  • -1 mark will be deducted for wrong answer

Total Sections

Data interpretation & logical reasoning

Verbal ability and reading comprehension

Quantitative Ability

To know more information, click the CAT 2021 Exam Pattern.

Download CAT 2021 Admit Card

  • CAT 2021 Admit Cards for the management exam will be available, onwards at the official website of CAT 2020.

  • CAT Exam Admit Card contains personal details and exam related details such as test venue, session.

  • It is a required document and must support at the test center with a valid photo id issued by Govt of India.

What are the details present on CAT 2021 Admit Card?

CAT 2021 Admit card contains all the important information related to the candidate. The details present in the admit card are listed below.

  • Name of the candidate
  • Date of birth
  • CAT registration number
  • CAT user ID
  • Category (if applicable)
  • Date and Slot of CAT exam
  • Exam center along with the center address
  • Candidate’s photograph
  • Signature of the candidate
  • Instructions for the exam

Students should check all the details provided in the CAT admit card. In case there is any mistake, it should be informed to the exam authorities immediately for further rectification. Students can contact the exam authorities either through email to [email protected] or through a call to toll-free number 1800-266-3549.

For more details, check CAT 2021 Admit Card

What are the Documents Required with CAT 2021 Admit Card?

  • Aadhaar Card

  • Voter ID Card

  • Passport

  • PAN Card

  • Driving License

  • Photo ID issued by current education institute or employer, among others.

How to check the CAT 2021 Result?

CAT 2020 exams result will be available in January 2021. The respective authority will announce the dates on which the CAT 2020 result will be available through notifications in the future. Students should always have an eye on the official updates related to CAT exams. The results which are published will be available online on the official page in the form of scorecards. Students should take a printout of the CAT 2020 result for any further use. CAT 2020 result is valid for one year. The procedure to download CAT 2020 result is provided below.

  • Students should log in to the CAT official page using their user ID and password.
  • Select “Download Scorecards.”
  • CAT 2020 results are displayed in the form of scorecards.
  • One can download the CAT scorecard and take a print out of the same for all future uses.

Click CAT 2021 Result to know more.

How are the CAT 2021 Candidates Shortlisted?

Are you confused about CAT counselling procedure? Would you like to know the CAT Counseling details? If yes, here it is. The following section lists out the counselling procedure followed by the CAT Exam conducting body. Check the CAT 2021counselling details and be prepared for the CAT before the exam date.

  • Aspirants are shortlisted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs), and other participating institutes based on CAT Cut off. A few IIMs will also consider past academic performance, work experience, and some other details.
  • Candidates who have been shortlisted have to appear for other rounds include Written Ability Test (WAT)/Group Discussion (GD)/Group Activity (GA)/Extempore Activities and Personal Interview.
  • The final selection of candidates will be made based on the following,

Cumulative scores of CAT

WAT/GD-PI rounds

Other factors like overall candidate profile, including past academic records, work experience, extracurricular activities, gender, and academic diversity.

  • Although, the older IIMs and non-IIM Business schools follow a separate selection procedure in various locations.
  • The new Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) conduct a Common Admission Process (CAP), and the WAT-PI rounds are conducted by the selection committee of the new IIMs. The selection process is common, but the IIMs declare separate shortlists and final selection list.

Colleges Accepting CAT 2021 Score

CAT 2020 Exam is conducted mainly for admission to MBA/PGDM programs offered at 20 IIMs. Apart from IIMs, other top management institutes like FMS, MDI, NTIE, SP Jain, Department of Management Studies at IITs, Manipal University, ITM Delhi, Chandigarh University, and over 115 management B-schools also accept CAT score as qualifying criteria for their management programs. The CAT cut-off percentile for IIMs and other top institutes may be above 90 percentile.

  • IIM Bangalore

  • IIM Ahmedabad

  • IIM Calcutta

  • Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras

  • IIM Lucknow

  • IIM Kozhikode

  • IIM Indore

  • Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur

  • FMS Delhi.

What is the CAT 2021 Selection Procedure?

IIM admission and selection process starts after the announcements of CAT 2021 results. Each IIM fixes the Minumum CAT cut off percentile for shortlisting of students. Those who meet the cut off are eligible for admission.

IIM Admission Process 2021

  • Screening of candidates based on their CAT score

  • Written Ability Test/Group Discussion/Personal Interview (WAT/

Non-IIM Admission Process 2021

  • Institutes accepting CAT scores other than IIMs also conduct GD/PI for admission to their MBA/PGDM programs. However, there are a few colleges that accept students based on their CAT score only.

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Exams 2021 - FAQ

1. Can I edit or make changes in CAT 2021 application form, once I have made payment?

After paying the amount of application fee, no changes will be allowed to be made in the CAT application form. However, the correction window will open where candidates can edit their photographs and signature only.

 

2. Is Candidates pursuing the final year of graduation eligible to appear for CAT 2021?

Yes, Candidates need to provide the aggregate percentage of the last marks statements received by their university.   

3. I have done my graduation. Do I need to enter the overall percentage of total marks as per my university standards?

As per last year's CAT eligibility criteria, candidates need to submit the percentage as per their university norms.

4. Are there any age criteria for CAT 2021?

No, there is no age bar to appear for CAT 2021.

5. What is the fee for the CAT exam?

As per last year's trend, candidates belonging to General and NC-OBC category candidates need to pay Rs 1900. Those belonging to the reserved category (SC/ ST/ PWD) need to pay Rs 950.

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