CAT 2021: Eligibility criteria for candidates with “promotion/ pass” certificate

Students have raised questions about the CAT 2021 eligibility criteria and the application process for graduates of the past two pandemic years.

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Sundararajan | Aug 18, 2021 - 12:38 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, the exam conducting authority of CAT 2021, has received a number of questions from candidates having “promotion/ pass” certificates, issued in lieu of “marks” certificates, due to the pandemic years. Considering the facts, many new changes have been introduced in the CAT 2021 eligibility norms. Here, we have explained the CAT eligibility criteria.

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As per the latest CAT 2021 notification, candidates should complete a bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD candidates) in a recognized university.
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CAT 2021 eligibility criteria

The CAT exam committee has made the following exceptions for CAT 2021, in view of the disruption in COVID-19 epidemiology and assessments across the country.

CAT 2021 eligibility for Final year candidates

  • Students with “promotion/ pass” in lieu of “award of marks” certificates in any of the last two years of the bachelor’s program can enter the “Promotion/ Pass” option in the CAT 2021 application form.

  • This will allow the student to complete & submit 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 an “award” of marks.

NOTE: This exception is only available for those completing their undergraduate degree this year or in their final year undergraduate program (graduation years - 2021 and 2022).

CAT 2021 eligibility for candidates graduated in 2020 and 2021

Due to the implementation of point 1 and the fact that different evaluation patterns may be followed by different universities across the country due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the CAT team has decided to remove the minimum marks (45% and 50% [Or equivalent CGPA] respectively) for appearing for the CAT 2021 exam.

NOTE: This exception is made to ensure balance for candidates who complete their bachelor’s degrees in 2020 and 2021.

This notice applies only to the eligibility criteria for writing CAT exam 2021. Students are advised to look at and follow the respective institutes/ colleges based admission policies.

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Common Admission Test (CAT 2021) is going to be held on November 28, 2021. The last date to submit the CAT application form is September 15. The candidates who are interested in applying for the entrance exam should visit the official CAT website - Before starting the CAT registration, candidates should be aware of the complete eligibility criteria so that they do not face any problems while applying for the CAT exam.

About CAT 2021

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer-based test for admission in a graduate management program. The test consists of three sections: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Ability.

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