himanshu.shekhar|Oct 19, 2021
CAT 2021: Notification to release soon; What to expect?
Official CAT notification 2021 will be releasing soon. Here are some of the things MBA aspirants can expect in the CAT exam notification.
NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad will be releasing the official CAT notification 2021 soon. Assistant Professor at IIMA, MP Ram Mohan, has been appointed as the CAT 2021 convener. As per the last year’s trends, the official CAT notification 2021 is expected to be released in the last week of July. Along with it, the CAT 2021 exam dates will also be announced. The CAT registration process will start in the first week of August 2021.
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IIM Ahmedabad hosted the first online CAT examination in 2009 and then in 2015. The institute will be conducting the CAT 2021 after a gap of five years. It has been observed in the past that certain changes are introduced in the CAT as and when IIM Ahmedabad is delegated with the responsibility of conducting the CAT. This year also, due to the spread of COVID-19 and IIM Ahmedabad conducting CAT 2021, changes are expected to be made either in the exam pattern or in the conduct of the exam.
CAT notification: Expected changes in CAT 2021
This year, due to the third wave of the COVID-19 epidemic, some changes can be seen in the duration of the CAT 2021, the exam pattern, or the number of questions.
Since 2015, when IIM Ahmedabad conducted the CAT, several changes were made to the CAT exam pattern, the number of CAT sections was increased from two to three and more descriptive questions were introduced.
IIM Ahmedabad has not yet announced any changes for CAT 2021 this year.
Expected CAT 2021 dates
CAT 2021 expected dates (Tentative)
Issue of CAT notification
July 28, 2021
CAT registration begins on
August 4, 2021
Last date for CAT registration
September 22, 2021
Issue of CAT admit card
October 27, 2021
CAT 2021 exam date
November 28, 2021
CAT exam timing
NOTE: The CAT 2021 exam will be held amid the COVID-19 pandemic, in fact, India is likely to face a third wave of the epidemic during the CAT 2021 exam.
The CAT exam is held on the last Sunday of November, and despite the COVID-19, last year’s exam was not postponed. So, the first thing to expect this year is that CAT 2021 is not likely to be deferred.
Changes made in the last year's CAT exam
The number of CAT test slots increased by 3 compared to previous years when the CAT was held at 2 slots.
For the general category, the CAT application fee has been increased from Rs 1,900 to Rs 2,000 and for SC/ ST category, from Rs 950 to Rs 1,000.
The duration of the CAT exam was reduced to 120 minutes from 180 minutes, so the section-time limit for students was given as 40 minutes.
Changes happened in the last year CAT exam
Duration of the CAT exam
Number of questions
Total marks in CAT exam
Expected eligibility criteria for CAT 2021
It is important to read the CAT eligibility criteria prior to filling up the CAT application form.
Students who successfully completed a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university/institute with a minimum of 50% aggregated marks (45% for ST/ SC/ PwD) are eligible to apply for CAT 2021.
There is no age limit to apply.
Work experience is not mandatory to register for the CAT exam 2021.
Slot wise attendance in the last year CAT exam
Number of applicants in CAT exam last year
Last year, the total number of applications received was lower than in previous years. A total of 2,27,835 students registered for the CAT exam and 1,90,143 appeared.
About CAT 2021
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 programs (PGDM/ MBA) 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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