CAT 2021: Notification released; know what changed this year

CAT exam pattern remains unchanged compared to last year. However, IIM Ahmedabad has introduced some changes in the CAT application fee and test cities. Check out what changed in CAT 2021.

CAT 2021: Notification released; know what changed this year
himanshu.shekhar | Aug 2, 2021 - 6:32 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI - The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad has released the CAT 2021 notification in online mode on July 31. Candidates can access the IIM CAT notification 2021 from its official website- CAT exam notification includes all the details on CAT events and dates. As per the released CAT notification, IIM Ahmedabad will conduct CAT 2021 on November 28, and the CAT registration process will begin from August 4.
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There is no change in the CAT exam pattern and syllabus. Like last year, IIM Ahmedabad will also conduct CAT 2021 in three slots of 2 hours each- Slot 1 will be held from 8:30 am to 10:30 pm, slot 2- 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm, and slot 3 will be held from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.

The CAT 2021 question paper will have three sections- Verbal ability & Reading comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). Each section will have a 40 minutes sectional time limit and PwD candidates will get (53 minutes and 20 seconds) to solve each section. VARC section will have 26 questions, DILR will have 24 and QA will have 26 questions.
Click here to check CAT 2021 official notification.

CAT Notification 2021- Important dates



Release of CAT 2021 notification

July 31, 2021

CAT registration 2021

August 4 (10:00 AM) to September 15, 2021

Availability of CAT admit card

October 27, 2021

CAT exam date 2021

November 28, 2021

Changes in CAT 2021

  • CAT 2021 application fee increased: IIM Ahmedabad has notified that the CAT application fee has been increased. CAT application fee for General/ OBC category has been increased Rs 2,000 to Rs 2,200 and for SC/ ST/ PwD category has been increased from Rs 1,000 to Rs 1,100.

  • The number of CAT test cities increased: CAT 2021 will be conducted in 158 cities across India. Last year, the total number of CAT cities was 156. CAT 2021 will be conducted at over 400 CAT test centres in 158 cities.

    • Removed CAT test city- Ulhasnagar

    • Added CAT test cities - Madgaon (Goa) and Prayagraj (Uttar Pradesh)

  • CAT 2021 exam date- CAT 2021 will be held on November 28, 2021 in three slots Morning, Afternoon, and Evening.

  • CAT test duration- CAT 2021 each slot time duration will be of 2 hours (120 minutes).

  • Total questions- Like last year, the CAT 2021 question paper will have a total of 76 questions.

  • CAT sectional time limit- Candidates will get 40 minutes to solve each section of CAT 2021.

  • Choice of 6 test cities- While filling CAT 2021 application form, candidates can choose 6 test cities as per their preference.

CAT application fee trends


CAT application fee for General category

CAT application fee for SC/ ST/ PwD category


Rs 2,200

Rs 1,100


Rs 2,000

Rs 1,000


Rs 1,900

Rs 950

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021

In the released CAT notification, IIM Ahmedabad has specified the detailed eligibility criteria for CAT 2021. Check out the highlights of CAT 2021 eligibility criteria.

  • Candidates should have completed their graduation in any discipline from a recognized university.

  • Qualifying marks- General category candidates need to secure 50 percent marks in total aggregate and 45 percent marks for candidates belonging to the reserved category.

  • Age bar- There is no specific age limit to appear for the CAT entrance test.

  • Those who are pursuing their final year of bachelor’s degree are also eligible to appear for CAT 2021.

CAT registration 2021

IIM Ahmedabad will begin CAT 2021 registration on August 4 from 10:00 am onwards. Eligible candidates will be able to fill the CAT application form till September 15, 2021. After closing of CAT 2021 registration, the CAT correction window will take place to edit the submitted application form.

About CAT 2021

IIMs annually conducts Common Admission Test (CAT) annually on a rotational basis. It is expected that more than 2.3 lakh applicants will register for CAT 2021. IIM Ahmedabad (the conducting body) will release the CAT 2021 result tentatively in the second week of January 2022. Post declaration of CAT result candidates will have to apply individually to the IIMs and will have to appear for the selection process in order to take admission.

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