CAT 2021: 10 days left to apply for this MBA entrance for admission to IIMs, IITs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR

IIM, Ahmedabad is going to close the CAT registration 2021 window on September 15. Candidates interested in MBA admission 2021-22 can apply for CAT 2021 at

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Team Careers360 | Sep 6, 2021 - 6:56 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: This year, the Common Admission Test (CAT) is scheduled to be held on November 28. The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, the conducting body of the CAT exam, will close the CAT 2021 registration on September 15. Candidates seeking MBA admission 2021-22 and interested in appearing for IIM CAT 2021 can fill up the CAT application form within the next 10 days. The CAT registration form 2021 is available only in online mode at the official CAT website For completing the CAT registration process, candidates will have to pay a CAT application fee of Rs 2200 for the general category and Rs 1100 for the reserved category. Click here to apply for CAT 2021

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Due to the transition to online education in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many students got a “promotion/pass” certificate instead of the “marks” certificate in the last two years of their bachelor’s programme. This seemed to bar those candidates from applying for CAT 2021 as it mandates a specific percentage of marks in UG as an eligibility criterion. Taking this into consideration, IIM Ahmedabad made some changes in the eligibility criteria of CAT 2021.

CAT 2021 registration dates

CAT events

CAT dates

CAT 2021 registration starts on

August 4, 2021

CAT application form will close on

September 15, 2021, at 5 PM

Availability of CAT 2021 admit card

October 27, 2021

CAT exam date 2021

November 28, 2021, Sunday

CAT 2021 eligibility criteria

  • Academic qualification: Candidates should have a Graduation/ Bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognized University/ Institute. Final year students are also eligible to apply for CAT 2021.

  • To be eligible for the CAT exam 2021, 50% marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD) in Graduation/ Bachelor’s degree was mandatory. However, due to the pandemic situation in the country, some changes have been made in this regard:

    • Candidates in the final year: Students with “promotion/ pass” instead of “award of marks” certificates in any of the last two years of the bachelor’s degree can enter the “Promotion or Pass” option in the CAT application form. It will allow the student to complete and submit the CAT 2021 application form. This eligibility relaxation is also applicable to those final year students with an “award” of marks.

    • Candidates graduated in 2020 and 2021: Due to the implementation of the above point, and considering that there could be different evaluation patterns adopted by different institutes/ universities across the country due to the COVID pandemic, the CAT committee has decided to remove the minimum percentage of marks criterion (50% and 45% [or equivalent CGPA] respectively) for the CAT 2021 exam.

CAT 2021 registration process

Details required for filling CAT application form 2021

Before commencing with the CAT form 2021 filling, it is important to have the following details ready:

  • Personal details

  • Academic details

  • Scanned copy of passport size photograph

  • Scanned copy of the signature

  • Valid mobile number and email address

  • Work experience certificate (if any)

  • Caste certificate

  • Payment details

CAT registration 2021: Format/ size of the document to be uploaded



Size of the file


Image resolution



Not more than 80 KB

80 mm (width) x 35 mm (height)

150 px/ inch (min)


30 mm (width) x 45 mm (height)

Browsers to be used for CAT exam registration

  • Mozilla Firefox (version 56 and above)

  • Google Chrome (version 59 and above)

  • Edge Chromium

Process to fill the CAT 2021 application form

Interested applicants can apply online for the Common Admission Test 2021. Here, we provide the procedure for filling the CAT application form 2021 online.

Step 1: First, visit the official CAT 2021 website -

Step 2: Then find and click the “New Candidate Registration” link at the right middle of the CAT home page.

Step 3: Next, enter the essential uneditable information to create the CAT login credentials such as Name, Email ID, Phone number.

Step 4: After entering the information, click on the tab named “Generate OTP”. The OTP will be sent to the registered phone number/ email ID.

Step 5: Next, log in to the dashboard using the CAT 2021 login credentials and fill the CAT application form 2021 with essential details like:

  • Academic/ qualification details

  • Other professional degree details

  • Personal details

  • Communication details

  • Emergency contact details

Step 6: Then, upload all the required images/ documents in the prescribed size and format.

Step 7: Enter your work experience details (if any), and choose any six preferred CAT 2021 test cities.

Step 8: Finally, pay the CAT application fee in online mode using a payment gateway.

Revised CAT application fee


CAT fee

General category candidates

Rs 2,000 Rs 2,200/-

Reserved category candidates

Rs 1,000 Rs 1,100/-

Click here to know answers to some commonly asked questions in CAT 2021 registration

About CAT 2021

The Common Admission Test (CAT 2021) is a national-level management entrance exam that is mandatory to take for admission into respective IIMs and over 1200 B-schools (IITs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR) across the country. CAT 2021 will be conducted as a computer-based test (CBT) in three sessions at over 420 test centres in 158 cities across the country.

The CAT question paper comprises questions from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA), and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR). Students can expect the difficulty level of the CAT exam 2021 will be moderate to high.

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