CAT 2021: IIM Ahmedabad officially releases notification at; Exam to be held on November 28

CAT exam notification 2021 released officially on Along with it the official website of CAT 2021 has also been released, cat 2021.

CAT 2021: IIM Ahmedabad officially releases notification at; Exam to be held on November 28
Himanshu Shekhar | Jul 31, 2021 - 8:36 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI- The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, has officially released the CAT notification 2021 today, July 31. Along with it, the official CAT 2021 website has also been released - An unofficial CAT advertisement lookalike was doing rounds on the internet since morning today leading to all kinds of speculations, however, now the CAT 2021 notification has been officially released over the internet ending all the rumors and speculations.
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As per this official CAT 2021 notification, CAT exam date 2021 is November 28. The CAT 2021 application form will be released on August 4 in online mode on the official IIM CAT website. Candidates with a Bachelor's degree in any discipline with 50% percent aggregate marks are eligible to apply for the CAT exam 2021.

The official CAT notification briefly mentions the CAT eligibility criteria, exam date, start and end dates of CAT registration, etc. The total number of test cities is also mentioned in the CAT 2021 notification where the exam will be held. Apart from that CAT registration fee for candidates belonging to different categories is also mentioned. The official CAT notification also contains the URL of the CAT 2021 official website.

CAT Notification 2021- What’s new

  • CAT 2021 application fee increased: IIM Ahmedabad has increased the CAT registration fee from Rs 2000 to Rs 2200 for the unreserved category and from Rs 1000 to Rs 1100 for the reserved category

  • CAT test cities increased: Last year's CAT exam was held in 156 cities and this year, CAT 2021 the exam will be held in 158 cities.

Official IIM CAT 2021 Dates Announced


CAT 2021 Dates (Official)

CAT notification 2021 date (on web portals)

July 31, 2021

CAT 2021 notification date (in newspapers)

August 01, 2021

CAT Registration start date

August 04, 2021

Last date to fill CAT 2021 application form

September 15, 2021

CAT exam admit card download begins

October 27, 2021

CAT 2021 exam date

November 28, 2021

IIM CAT exam result declaration

Second week of January 2022

CAT Notification Release Date Trends

It has been observed that, every year the CAT exam conducting body releases CAT notification in the last week of July. Check out the past years CAT notification release date.


CAT notification release date


July 31, 2021


July 29, 2020


July 26, 2019


July 29, 2018

Official CAT notification- CAT 2020 vs CAT 2021

In the notification of CAT 2020, IIM Indore introduced some changes. Have a look at all the changes.

CAT 2020 (Changes)

CAT exam 2021 (Changes)

Last year, the CAT application fee was increased from Rs 1900 to Rs 2000 for the candidates belonging to General category and Rs 950 to Rs 1000 for reserved category candidates.

The CAT application fee is increased from Rs 2000 to Rs 2200 for the Unreserved category and reserved category candidates will have to pay Rs 1100 as an application fee

The number of test slots was increased by three. Previously, the CAT exam was held in two slots only.

This time also, CAT 2021 will be held in three slots

The total time duration of CAT exam was reduced from 180 minutes to 120 minutes, with the sectional time limit of 40 minutes.

The total time duration of CAT 2021 is similar as last year, 120 minutes with the sectional time limit of 40 minutes.

CAT exam pattern then and now

There were speculations that IIM AHmedabad might introduce some changes in the CAT 201 pattern. However, no changes have been made to the CAT 2021 exam pattern. Below is the CAT test pattern as per the official IIM CAT 2021 notification.


CAT 2021 exam pattern

CAT exam duration

2 hours

Test slots in CAT exam

3 slots

Total number of questions in CAT 2021

76 questions

CAT 2021 total marks

228 marks

Total number of questions in CAT 2021 VARC section

26 questions

Total number of questions in DILR section in CAT exam

24 questions

Total number of questions in CAT exam QA section

26 questions

What after CAT Notification 2021

IIM Ahmedabad will begin the online registration process for CAT 2021 from August 4. Candidates will be able to fill the CAT 2021 application form of CAT 2021 till September 15. Those candidates who are willing to appear for CAT 2021 will first have to create login details and then fill the CAT application form. At the time of CAT online form filling, one will have to pay the application fee by using a credit/ debit card of net banking.

CAT Registration: Past year trends

The number of CAT registrations increases significantly over the years. Check out the CAT registration trends over the last six years.


Total number of CAT registrations













About CAT 2021

Every year, more than 2 lakh candidates appear for the Common Admission Test (CAT). Appearing for the CAT exam is the first stage of the selection process. After the declaration of the CAT result, those candidates who meet the requisite cutoff for the IIMs to which they have applied are called for a further selection round which comprises Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT), and Personal Interview (PI). The final admission offer is made to those candidates who cleared all three stages of the selection process.

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