CAT 2021 – Notification (Soon), Eligibility, Exam Pattern, Syllabus

CAT 2021: The Indian Institutes of Management conducts a computer-based Common Admission Test (CAT) each and every year, in two sessions. CAT 2021 is conducted by IIM Indore as a pre-requisite for admission to various management programs of IIMs. The CAT 2021 application form will be available from August 2021. The exam will be held in the last week of November 2021. For more information about CAT 2021 Registration, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern, Important Books please go through this article.

CAT 2021

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CAT 2021

CAT is the only test that opens the gateway for admission in the management institutes of national importance, the IIMs. A year ago an astounding 2,09,926 took the test and 10 understudies scored the ideal 100 percentile in the test. It is normal that the number of applicants applying for CAT 2021 will be comparable. CAT  is a pre-requisite for admission to various Post Graduate and Fellow programs of IIMs. CAT 2021 scores are allowed to be used by listed Non-IIM member institutions. A list of such institutions is provided on the CAT website. IIMs have no role in the selection process of Non-IIM institutions.

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Answer Key Click Here
Result Click Here
Normalization Process Click Here
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CAT 2021 Important Dates

The important dates regarding CAT 2021 are provided below:

CAT 2021 Dates
Registration Start Aug 2021
Last Date of Registration Sep 2021
Last Date of Fee Payment Sep 2021
Printing of Admit Cards Oct 2021
Date of Examination Nov 2021
Display of Question Paper & Answer Key Dec 2021
Declaration of Result Jan 2022

CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories awarded by any University or educational institution incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University.

Candidates appearing for the final year of the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the program provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their University/Institution.

Candidates should fulfill any one of the following conditions:

  • Completed a Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks.
  • Completed a professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with the required percentage.
  • Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage.
  • SC/ST/PwD candidates should have a minimum of 45%. For General, EWS, and NC-OBC candidates, the minimum is 50%.

For more information about Eligibility Click Here.

CAT 2021 Registration Form

The details will be available in the registration guide. At the time of registration, the candidates have to select any four test cities, as per their preference, from a drop-down menu. After the last date of registration, candidates will be allotted one among the four preferred cities subject to availability. In the rare case that a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted a nearby city.

Registration Guide – Click Here

Registration Video – Click Here

Application Fees

  • ₹1000 for SC, ST, and PwD candidates.
  • ₹2000 for all other candidates.

Please note that a candidate needs to pay the registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for. SC, ST, and PwD candidates must upload a copy of their SC/ST/PwD certificates at the time of registration. Fees once paid cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

How to Apply

First Step (Registration for User ID and Password): On the website, www.iimcat.ac.in, click the ‘Register’ button under the New Candidate Registration header to create your user profile. The Registration form window will open in your browser.

Second Step (Login to CAT Website): Using the system-generated User ID and Password that you have received at the completion of Step 1 above, you can log in as a “Registered Candidate” on the website and fill the Application Form for CAT 2020.

Third Step(Fill Application Form): The Application Form is categorized into the following six sections:
Personal Details, Academic Qualifications, Work Experience, Programmes, Test City, Payment.

Fourth Step (Test City): Applicant can select any four Test Cities as per his/her preference from the drop-down menu. After the last date of registration, one among the four preferred test cities will be allotted (subject to availability). In rare cases, if an Applicant is not allotted to any of the preferred test cities, the Applicant will be allotted to a nearby test city.

Fifth Step (Payment): A General/EWS/NC-OBC candidate will be charged Rs. 2000 while an SC/ST/PwD candidate will be charged Rs. 1000 to appear for CAT 2019. The final amount to be paid may be different, as it will include applicable additional charges as per the taxes.

Sixth Step (Final Submit): You will also receive a confirmation email stating the successful submission of your CAT 2020 Application within a few minutes. The email may also contain communication on additional details such as Admit Card download window.

CAT 2021 Admit Card

CAT 2021 Admit Card to write the examination is generated only to those eligible candidates who have submitted their application form complete in all respects, on or before the last date specified. Photographs and signature images shall be uploaded on or before the last date.

  • Admit Card will not be sent by post.
  • Candidates can download the Admit Card by logging into their registered account using their registered Email ID / Application Number and Date of Birth.
  • The candidate will not be permitted to appear for the entrance examination without a valid Admit Card. In the examination hall, the candidate should produce his/her Admit Card when demanded by the invigilator.
  • Admit Card is an important document and must be kept safe until the admission process is over.

CAT Exam Pattern

CAT is a digital or Computer Based Test (CBT); not an Internet-Based Test (IBT); that is, a candidate will not take the examination on an internet site. Instead of reading the questions in a paper booklet and darkening the ovals on the answer-sheet, a candidate will read the questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option. There will have three sections:
  • 1st Section: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • 2nd Section: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • 3rd Section: Quantitative Ability

Question Types: MCQ and Question Answer

Section No of Questions Total Marks
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 34 102
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 96
Quantitative Ability 34 102
For questions other than MCQs, 3 marks are assigned for ‘correct answer’ and no marks for an incorrect answer or no attempt.
  • 3 marks for each correct answer.
  • An incorrect answer fetches -1.
  • No marks for unattempted questions.

Test Centres

CAT 2021 will be conducted in centers spread across around 156 test cities. Test cities will be mentioned on the website and the name of the test center will be indicated in the Admit Card. IIMs reserve the right to change or cancel any test center/city and/or change the test time and date at their discretion.

CAT 2021 Result

Candidates’ scorecards will be made accessible on the CAT website. Candidates may also be intimated individually by SMS. The CAT results are likely to be declared by the second week of January 2021. The CAT 2021 score is valid only till December 31, 2022, and will accordingly be accessible on the website. Thereafter, no queries related to the issuance of scorecards will be entertained.

Admission Process

Each IIM is independent to mandate their own eligibility criteria (including academic cut-offs and relative weights) and follow different selection processes. Performance in the CAT 2021 examination is an important component for consideration in the selection process.

IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage based on their own criteria, which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interviews (PI). IIMs may additionally use other factors such as the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work
experience, gender, and academic diversity, and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs, and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. For more information, refer to the admissions policies of individual IIMs on their respective websites.

Normalization of CAT Scores

CAT 2021 shall be conducted in two sessions. Two different Test Forms shall be administered in two Test Sessions. In order to ensure fairness and equity in comparison to the performances of candidates across different test sessions, the scores of candidates shall be subjected to a process of Normalisation. The Normalisation process shall adjust for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. After normalization across different forms, the scores shall be further normalized across different sections. The Scaled Scores obtained by this process shall be converted into percentiles for purposes of shortlisting.

For reporting purposes, Scaled Scores for each section (Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Section III: Quantitative Ability (QA)) and Total along with the Percentiles shall be published.

Programs List

IIM PGP FPM
Ahmedabad PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP PhD
Amritsar MBA, EMBA, MBA-Business Analytics, MBA-HRM PhD
Bangalore PGP, PGPEM, PGPBA PhD
Bodh Gaya PGP Ph.D. (FPM)
Calcutta MBA PhD
Indore PGP, PGP-HRM FPM
Jammu PGP PhD
Kashipur MBA, MBA (Analytics), MBA (WX) Ph.D., EFPM
Kozhikode PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, PGP-LSM Ph.D., Ph.D. (PT)
Lucknow PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, PGP-LSM FPM
Nagpur PGP PhD
Raipur PGP FPM/ PhD, EFPM
Ranchi PGP, PGP-HRM, PGP (Business Analytics) Ph.D., E PhD
Rohtak PGP, EPGPX, EPGDSM Ph.D., Part-Time FPM
Sambalpur MBA Ph.D., E PhD
Shillong PGP, PGPEX, PGPWE PhD, PhDWP
Sirmaur MBA, MBA (T&HM) PhD
Tiruchirappalli PGPM, PGPM-HR, PGPBM FPM, E-FPM
Udaipur MBA PhD
Visakhapatnam PGP, PGPEx, PGPDGM PhD

Reservation

As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% of the seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC). Up to 10% of the seats are reserved for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) candidates.

CAT 2021 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Question: What are the eligibility criteria for CAT 2021?

Answer: Completed a professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with 50% for general and 45% for SC/ST/PwD candidates.


Question: Is there any age limit for CAT 2021?

Answer: No, there are no upper age limits.


Question: What is the admission procedure of CAT 2021?

Answer: A merit list will be prepared based on the total marks secured in the exam and Performance in the CAT examination is an important component for consideration in the selection process.


Question: What are the application fees for CAT 2021?

Answer: ₹1000 for SC, ST, and PwD candidates and ₹2000 for all other candidates.


Question: What is the Question Pattern of CAT 2021?

Answer:  Have three sections (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability).


Question: Is there any negative marking in CAT 2021?

Answer: Yes, An incorrect answer fetches -1 (but there are no negative marks for non-MCQ type questions).


Questions: What is the test duration of CAT?

Answer:  The duration of the test will be 2 hours.


Question: Is there any Direct Admission Process?

Answer:  No.


Question: Does CAT 202q have a syllabus for examination preparation?

Answer:  No, the examination does not have a defined syllabus for CAT preparation. However, you can attempt the mock test to understand the pattern of examination and types of questions. Check the website regularly for the announcement of the mock test.


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