CAT 2021: Around 2.31 lakh registrations this year; No change in paper pattern, Official mock tests in October

The number of CAT 2021 applications received this year is around 2.31 lakh. The number of questions in CAT 2021 will be reduced, however, the format will be the same. Check details here.

CAT 2021: Around 2.31 lakh registrations this year; No change in paper pattern, Official mock tests in October 2.31 lakh CAT 2021 registrations; questions to reduce
Prerna Goel | Sep 25, 2021 - 3:49 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: IIM Ahmedabad has received nearly 2.31 lakh CAT 2021 registrations this year. This has marked a rise over last year’s CAT registration, which was 2.30 lakh. However, the number is still low as compared to CAT 2019, where a total of 2.44 lakh candidates registered for the CAT exam. Along with these stats, IIM Ahmedabad has also released some important CAT exam information on the CAT official website, As per the released information regarding the CAT exam pattern, the number of questions in CAT 2021 may be reduced from each section to reduce the time pressure on candidates to complete the exam in two hours based on the previous year’s pandemic situation.

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The format of the CAT 2021 exam paper will remain the same as last year. There will be three shifts of two-hour examination on a single day and there will be three sections namely, Verbal ability and reading comprehension, quantitative ability, and data interpretation and logical reasoning.

Also, IIMA has opened the CAT 2021 application form correction window today which will remain active till September 27. The official CAT mock test/ tutorials to understand the format of the test will be available in the last week of October 2021.

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Additional Information in the CAT media release

“Last year’s CAT format changes were necessitated due to Covid-19 pandemic. Since we are seeing the same pandemic issue this year, the CAT 2021 exam format and pattern will remain the same. However, considering that there could have been time pressure to complete the CAT exam last year on account of changes made, for CAT 2021 the CAT Committee is making an attempt in reducing the number of questions across all three sections - QA, DILR, and VARC”, reads the official CAT notice.

Important points for CAT 2021 aspirants

IIM Ahmedabad has provided the following CAT exam information for CAT 2021 aspirants:

  • CAT 2021 will be conducted in over 400 centres spread across 159 test cities in India on November 28, 2021.

  • The format of the CAT paper is the same as that of the previous year. Candidates will be given 40 minutes for each section, PwD candidates will get 13 minutes and 20 seconds extra for each section.

  • Candidates are advised to check the CAT 2021 mock test/ tutorials on the official website which will be available from the last week of October.

  • A three-day CAT registration edit window is live, that is till September 27, 5 pm to edit details such as a photograph, signature, and test cities.

  • CAT 2021 process is to be conducted taking into account the COVID crisis. The information provided by the CAT website is contingent upon the decisions and directions issued from time to time by the Central & State governments, and IIMs.

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