CAT 2021: IIM Ahmedabad likely to release notification tomorrow; What to expect

IIM Ahmedabad is expected to release the CAT notification tomorrow. Official CAT 2021 notification will mention the details on CAT 2021 registration, exam dates, eligibility, exam pattern, and more.

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Prerna Goel | Jul 30, 2021 - 7:08 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, the conducting body of CAT is expected to release the official CAT notification 2021 tomorrow, July 31. CAT exam notification is an advertisement in which the IIM will release all the important CAT 2021 details regarding CAT 2021 exam date and other important dates, CAT application form release date fee, registration fee, number of test slots, number of test centres, and CAT exam pattern etc.

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IIM Ahmedabad is conducting the Common Admission Test (CAT) this year after a gap of 6 years; it conducted the last CAT exam in 2015. CAT is held every year for admission to MBA/PGDM/PGPM/Executive MBA and other management programmes offered by 20 IIMs and over 1000+ management institutes of India. CAT registrations are likely to start in the first week of August. Every year, about two lakh candidates apply for CAT.

CAT notification 2021 to release these important dates


CAT Dates 2021 (Tentative)

Issue of official CAT 2021 notification

July 31, 2021

Release of CAT application form 2021

First week of August 2021

Last date for CAT 2021 registration

Last week of September 2021

CAT admit card 2021 release date

Last week of October 2021

CAT 2021 exam date

November 28, 2021

Key Pointers to look for in CAT 2021 notification

Here are the key details to check in the official CAT exam notification

  • Official CAT notification will release the most awaited CAT exam pattern details that will help the candidates in steering their preparation in the right direction

  • CAT 2021 notification will have details on the application form release and the application process.

  • CAT notification 2021 will mention the number of CAT test centres.

  • CAT exam notification will have the CAT eligibility details.

  • IIM CAT 2021 notification will list the 20 IIMs and programmes offered by them.

  • The notification of CAT will mention the reservation policy, if applicable.

  • The amount and mode of the application fee will be mentioned in the CAT notification. Candidates can pay the CAT registration fee through online payment modes only, which include credit cards, debit cards and net banking.

  • Information on IIM admission process will also be there in the CAT notification 2021 to apprise the candidates about the admission details.

Major changes in previous year’s CAT exam

  • CAT application fee was increased to Rs 2,000 from Rs 1,900 for general category candidates and from Rs 950 to Rs 1,000 for SC/ ST candidates.

  • The duration of CAT exam was reduced to 120 minutes from 180 minutes, hence giving candidates 40 minutes as the sectional time limit.

  • The CAT testing slots were increased to three as compared to previous years where the test was conducted in two slots. This was due to the covid-19 pandemic situation and to ensure the safety of all stakeholders.

CAT Notification: Expected CAT Exam Pattern 2021

IIM Ahmedabad may or may not have plans to change the CAT 2021 test pattern. However, if it changes, it is likely to have either of the following test patterns.

Expected CAT Test Pattern 2021

CAT Particulars

Likely CAT 2021 Pattern (if covid situation does not improve)

Likely CAT 2021 pattern (if covid situation improves)

Test duration

2 hours

3 hours

Test slots



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No. of questions in VARC section of CAT



No. of questions in CAT DILR section



No. of questions in CAT QA section



About CAT 2021

CAT 2021 question paper will have questions from three sections namely Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation, Quantitative Ability. The duration of the exam could be either two or three hours. CAT is an important entrance exam for admission to MBA/ PGDM programmes in all the 20 IIMs, FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, JBIMS Mumbai, TAPMI Manipal, and other hundreds of highly ranked MBA college in India.

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