CAT 2021: IIM Ahmedabad to release notification this week; Registration to begin in first week of August

IIM Ahmedabad is likely to release the CAT notification 2021 this week. It will mention the CAT 2021 exam date, eligibility, application process, fee, etc.

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Sundararajan | Jul 24, 2021 - 4:05 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, will release the CAT 2021 notification this week, July, on the official CAT website - Eligibility criteria, start and end date of CAT registration, paper pattern, selection process, etc. will be briefly mentioned in the official CAT notification 2021. The CAT registration window is expected to open in the first week of August 2021, following the release of the CAT notification.
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Last year in 2020, the Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore released the official CAT notification on July 29. Common Admission Test (CAT 2021) is expected to be held on the last Sunday of November 2021 i.e. November 28. CAT is a computer-based test conducted at the national level throughout the country for PGDM/ MBA admission to IIMs and other top MBA institutes.
Know What to Expect in CAT 2021 notification

Important dates to be mentioned in CAT 2021 notification


CAT 2021 dates (Tentative)

Issue of official CAT 2021 notification

Last week of July 2021

CAT registration 2021 starts from

First week of August 2021

Last date for CAT 2021 registration

Last week of September 2021

Issue of CAT admit card 2021

Last week of October 2021

CAT 2021 exam date

November 28, 2021

Other important details mentioned in the CAT notification include the total number of cities where the exam will be held and the CAT 2021 registration fee for candidates belonging to various categories. The CAT 2021 notification will also specify the URL of the CAT official website.

Changes introduced in the CAT exam last year

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

  • The number of test slots was increased by three compared to previous years when the CAT was held in two slots.

  • The duration of the CAT examination was reduced from 180 minutes to 120 minutes, where the section-time limit for candidates was 40 minutes.

CAT 2021 Notification to mention eligibility criteria

The CAT exam eligibility points mentioned below are as per the previous year's notification.

  • Candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university with a minimum of 50% of aggregated marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD) are eligible to apply for CAT 2021.

  • There is no age restriction to apply.

  • Work experience is not mandatory to register for the CAT exam.

Expected CAT Exam pattern 2021

CAT exam notification will be carrying details on the paper pattern, sections from which the question paper will be devised, and the marking scheme. The table below states the expected CAT exam pattern formulated based on the previous year's exam.

CAT Particulars

Expected CAT 2021 exam pattern

CAT exam duration

2 hours (120 Minutes)

Test slots

3 slots

Total number of questions in CAT

76 questions

Total marks

228 marks

No. of questions in CAT VARC section

26 questions

No. of questions in DILR section of CAT

24 questions

No. of questions in QA section of CAT exam

26 questions

CAT registration trends for the past years

The number of CAT registrations has been increasing significantly over the years. Take a look at the CAT registration trends over the last six years.


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About CAT

The Common Admission Test is a computer-based test conducted annually by one of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) for admission to two-year business administration programmes (MBA/ PGDM) at 20 IIMs. Other top MBA colleges in India are also considering CAT scores for admission to various postgraduate programs they offer.

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