CAT 2021: Know exam timings, marking scheme, IIM CAT exam day guidelines

IIM Ahmedabad will conduct CAT 2021 exam in three different shifts. Check out all the major details pertaining to the CAT entrance test.

CAT 2021: Know exam timings, marking scheme, IIM CAT exam day guidelines
himanshu.shekhar | Nov 27, 2021 - 6:32 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI- Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad will conduct CAT 2021 on November 28. CAT exam will be held at 400 test centers across 159 cities of the country. CAT entrance test 2021 will be held in three different slots. CAT 2021 paper pattern and time duration are the same as compared to last year. As per the previous year’s CAT question paper, candidates will have to solve 76 questions in two hours.
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CAT 2021 entrance test will be conducted with adherence to COVID19 guidelines. Earlier, IIM Ahmedabad released the CAT 2021 admit card on October 27 at (5:00 PM). Candidates can download CAT exam admit card by visiting the official website of IIM CAT 2021 - by entering the login credentials.

CAT 2021 Exam- Highlights



CAT conducting body

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad

Exam level


CAT exam frequency

Once a year

Number of CAT applications

2.31 Lakh

CAT 2021 Sections

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • Quantitative Ability (QA)

CAT exam mode

Computer-Based Mode (CBT) with MCQ and Non-MCQs

Number of CAT 2021 test cities


CAT helpdesk number

1-800-210-1088 (Toll-Free)

IIM CAT official website

CAT 2021 Exam timings

CAT 2021 entrance test will be held on November 28 in three slots. Check out the timing of every slots.

CAT 2021 exam date

CAT exam timing

November 28, 2021

  • Slot 1- 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

  • Slot 2- 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

  • Slot 3- 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

The CAT entrance test will be held in Computer Based mode (CBT) including both Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Non-MCQs. The duration of the exam is two hours. Candidates will get 40 minutes to solve the questions of each section. While answering the questions of one section, the candidate will not be allowed to switch to another section. As per the CAT exam pattern 2021, the exact number of questions varies and cannot be disclosed.

CAT question paper pattern- sectional breakup

Section name

Number of questions



Maximum marks

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)





Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)





Quantitative Aptitude (QA)










CAT 2021 exam day guidelines

There are certain IIM CAT exam day guidelines that one needs to follow on the day of examination. Check out some of the major CAT 2021 exam day instructions laid down by the exam conducting body.

  • Candidate must carry two copies of CAT admit card along with one original photo ID proof

  • Writing pad and pen will be provided inside the examination centre for rough work

  • Candidates must reach the exam centre as per the reporting time mentioned in the CAT admit card

  • Candidates are not supposed to sign the CAT admit card beforehand. The admit card needs to be signed inside the exam hall in front of the invigilator.

  • Candidates must paste their photo same as the uploaded at the time of CAT 2021 application process

  • Mobile phone, pager, calculator, Ipad etc are not allowed in the examination hall

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