CAT 2021: Notification to be released soon; What to expect?

IIM Ahmedabad will soon release the CAT notification 2021 on the official website - Know the details here.

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Sundararajan | Jun 23, 2021 - 1:42 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad is likely to release the CAT notification 2021 soon. Last year in 2020, the Indian Institute of Management, Indore released the official CAT notification on July 29. Eligibility criteria, selection process, start and end date of CAT registration, paper pattern, etc. will be briefly mentioned in the official CAT 2021 notification.

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

CAT Dates: Analysis



2021 (Expected)

Issue of CAT notification

July 29, 2020

Last week of July 2021

CAT registration date starts from

August 5, 2020

First week of August 2021

CAT application form last date

September 23, 2020

Last week of September 2021

Issue of CAT admit card

October 28, 2020

Last week of October 2021

CAT exam date

November 29, 2020

November 28, 2021

CAT registration trends for the past years

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


Total number of registration for CAT exam













Changes introduced in CAT exam last year

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

  • The duration of the CAT exam was reduced from 180 minutes to 120 minutes, and so candidates were given a section-time limit of 40 minutes.

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

CAT eligibility criteria 2021

IIM Ahmedabad will lay down the CAT 2021 eligibility criteria, which students will have to meet to be eligible for the exam. No changes have been made to the eligibility criteria of CAT over the years and it is expected to remain the same this year as well.

  • Students 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.

CAT 2021 exam pattern

The authority has not yet released any details regarding the CAT 2021 exam pattern. However, considering that IIM Ahmedabad is convening the CAT this year, it is expected that some changes will be made in the CAT exam pattern.

Expected CAT exam pattern 2021

CAT Particulars

CAT 2021 Pattern (If the COVID condition does not improve)

CAT 2021 pattern (If the COVID condition improves)

Exam duration

2 hours (120 Minutes)

3 hours (180 Minutes)

Test slots



Total number of questions

76 questions

100 questions

Total marks



No. of questions in VARC section



No. of questions in DILR section



No. of questions in QA section



*It is expected that there will be no changes in the marking scheme of the CAT exam.

About CAT 2021

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer-based test conducted annually by one of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) for admission to two-year business administration programmes (PGDM/ MBA) at 20 IIMs. Other top MBA colleges in India also take CAT score into consideration for granting admission to various postgraduate programmes offered by them.

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