Common Admission Test ( CAT ) 2021

Common Admission Test ( CAT ) 2021

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The last date for registration of CAT 2021 is 15th September 2021till 5 pm .

Common Admission Test 2021

CAT 2021: Exam Date, Registration Last Date, Eligibility, Syllabus, Exam Pattern

CAT 2021 Exam Registration has been started and last date for making registration is 15th September 2021 till 5 Pm. This year it is going to be conducted by IIM Ahmedabad ,IIM Ahmedabad has slightly changed the eligibility criteria for applying CAT 2021 Exam. CAT 2021 exam will be conducting on 28th Nov 2021 in three slots of two hours on single day.

CAT is the compulsory exam for MBA Admission 2022 in all the 20IIMs.Without appearing fot CAT 2021 ,no candidate can appear for any IIM Admission Process for PGP Program.CAT Scores are taken by many other top institutions  like SPJIMR Mumbai ,IMI Delhi, FMS Delhi , MDI Gurgaon , Pumba etc . CAT is one of national level mba entrance exam conducted once in year . CAT scores doesn’t gurantee admission into IIMs , it works as one of the component in admission process of IIMs, there will be other factors like performance of candidates in past academic year , work experience , gender and stream diversity and other inputs in short listing and selection of candidates in the admission process . IIM is independent to mandate their own eligibility criteria (including academic cut-offs and relative weights) and follow different selection processes. The last stage of process may involved  Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI).

On 18th Aug 2021,  IIM Ahmedabad has answered to several queries that it received from candidates regarding their candidature due to the “promotion/pass” certificate awarded instead of the “marks” certificates in the last two years (pandemic years) of their bachelor’s programme, and has brought following changes in CAT 2021 eligibility criteria.

Revised Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2021

For applying CAT 2021 Exam candidates need to fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria of at least 50 % marks or equivalent cgpa (45% for the candidates belong to SC and ST and Person with Disability Categories).This involves confusion in application process for CAT 2021.Due to covid 19 situation prevailing in the country different universities adopted different

Evaluation system across the country and taking this into regard CAT Exam Committee has little exception for CAT 2021 Exam –

Final Year Candidates - Candidates with “promotion/pass” instead of “award of marks” certificates in any of the last two years of the bachelor’s program can enter the “Promotion or Pass” option in the application form. This will imply the candidate to fill the CAT 2021 application form, despite the requirements of minimum eligibility criteria (45% and 50% [or equivalent CGPA] respectively). This eligibility relaxation is also applicable to those final year students with “award” of marks.  This exception is accepted for those candidates only who are completing the bachelor’s degree   this year or are in the final year bachelor’s’ programme (graduation years – 2021 and 2022).

Candidates completed graduation in 2020 and 2021- Due to this exception step taken by CAT Admission Committee , now Committee has taken decision to remove the minimum percentage of marks (45% and 50% [or equivalent CGPA] respectively) for appearing for the CAT 2021 exam.This step is taken is only applicable on the eligibility criteria for appearing the CAT 2021 Exam. CAT centre has advised the candidates to look at and follow respective institution specific admission policy.

For all the other candidates who graduated before 2020 and 2021 , the CAT Eligibility Criteria will remain same as declared on 1st Aug 2021.For general category candidates the minimum percentage of marks will be 50 % or equivalent cgpa and for other categories it will be only 45%.

With the announcement of detailed CAT eligibility criteria, IIM Ahmedabad has also made it clear that , “Candidates should note that the mere fulfilment of the minimum eligibility criteria would not ensure consideration for short listing by IIMs.”

The last date of Registration for CAT 2021 Exam is 15th September 2021 till 5 pm .The registration fees for applying CAT 2021 Exam form is Rs. 2200/-

CAT 2021: Important Changes in Exam Pattern & Registration Process

IIM Ahmedabd declared their notification on 01st  August 2021. And shared all the detail informaton regarding CAT 2021 Exam Application Form, Exam Dates ,Exam Pattern etc.

1. CAT 2021 Date of Exam : CAT 2021 Exam will be conducting online mode  in three sessions of 2 Hours each on Sunday, November 28, 2021-Morning, Afternoon and Evening.

2. CAT Registration 2021 Dates: Registration opens for CAT 2021 has started on August 4 at 10 AM and will be ending on September 15, 2021 till 5 PM.

3. CAT 2021 Registration Cost : CAT 2021 Registration Fee is Rs.2200/- for General & OBC-NC and Rs.1100/- for Reserved category

4. No. of Question in CAT : CAT question paper will have 76 questions

6. No. of Sections in CAT 2021 Exam: CAT 2021 test paper will be sections as below:

Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comperhension: 26 Questions

Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR): 24 Questions

Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA): 26Questions

7. CAT 2021 Sectional Time Limit: Each Section will have individual time limit of 40 Minutes

8. CAT 2021Exam Centres : CAT Exam 2021 will be held in 158 Test Cities across the country.

9. Correction Window for CAT 2021 Exam : After the closure of the registration window, CAT Centre 2021 will open the CAT Application Form Correction  window for 1-2 days. Candidates will be get the chance to correct  the following fields in the application form (if required) -  1. Photograph 2. Signature 3. Test City Preferences.

CAT 2021 Exam Highlights 

CAT Full Form

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CAT Exam date 2021

November 28, 2021

CAT 2021 Entrance exam sessions

Conducted in 3 sessions – Morning, Afternoon & Evening on same day

CAT Entrance Exam 2021 Conducting IIM

IIM Ahmedabad

CAT Entrance Exam Mode

Computer based exam

Number of Questions in CAT 2021

76 questions divided in 3 sections

Time duration of CAT 2021

2 hours for each Slot

Sectional Time limit

40 minutes for 1 section

Name of sections and number of questions

VARC-26 Questions; DILR-24 questions; Quant-26 questions

CAT 2021 Level of Difficulty

Moderate to Difficult

 CAT 2021 Scores Accepting  for MBA admission 2022

20 IIMs, MDI, FMS, SPJIMR, IMI, JBIMS , IITs & 500 other MBA colleges in India

CAT 2021 Application Fee


How to Apply for CAT

Online Mode From official website of CAT 2021


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