CAT 2021: Registration started at; Here's how to apply

IIM Ahmedabad has released the CAT application form 2021 on the official CAT website, CAT 2021 is to be held on November 28.

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Sundararajan | Aug 4, 2021 - 10:08 a.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad has begun CAT exam registration 2021 today, August 4, at 10 am at CAT 2021 application form is available only in online mode. Candidates can fill the CAT application form 2021 till September 15, at 5 pm. Students with a bachelor's degree in any discipline with 50 percent (45 percent of reserved category) aggregate marks are eligible to apply for MBA CAT 2021. In order to complete the CAT application process, students have to pay a CAT application fee of Rs 2200 for general and Rs 1100 for the SC/ ST/ PwD category.
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The Common Admission Test (CAT 2021) will be held on November 28, 2021 (Sunday) in 158 cities across India. CAT exam will be conducted as a computer-based test (CBT) consisting of MCQ and non-MCQs from three sections- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA).

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What's new in CAT registration 2021?

  • This year has seen a slight increase in CAT registration fees. An increase of Rs.200 for the general category and Rs.100 for the reserved category.

  • Also, candidates have an option to fill six options of CAT test cities while registering for the exam. CAT 2021 will be held in 158 cities at approximately 400 exam centres.

IIM CAT registration date 2021



Starting date of CAT registration 2021

August 4, 2021, at 10 AM

Last to apply for CAT exam 2021

September 15, 2021, at 5 PM

Release date of CAT admit card

October 27, 2021, at 5 PM

CAT exam date 2021

November 28, 2021, Sunday

Only candidates who meet the CAT eligibility criteria can fill up the online CAT exam form. Due to the second wave of COVID-19 outbreak, students are advised to follow the required guidelines at the CAT exam centers.

CAT Eligibility criteria 2021

Candidates are advised to check and adhere to the CAT 2021 eligibility criteria. If at any point any student is found to be ineligible for selection or IIM admission, their candidature will be canceled.

  • Academic qualification: Students should have a Graduation/ Bachelor’s Degree in any stream with 50% of aggregated marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD) from a recognized University/ Institute. Final year students are also eligible to apply for CAT 2021.

  • Age limit: There is no age restriction to fill the CAT exam 2021 application form.

  • Work experience: Applicants do not need to have prior work experience.

NOTE: It should be noted that during the Personal Interviews (PI), weightage is given by IIMs for this work experience.

Who cannot apply for CAT?

  • If the degree is not recognized by MHRD/ AICTE/ UGC, the applicant will be considered ineligible for CAT 2021.

  • If the applicant is in the process of completing their professional degree (CS/ CA/ ICWA) without appearing for their bachelor's degree.

  • The candidate is studying for both their bachelor’s degree and professional degree but has not yet completed both.

Details required for CAT application form 2021

Before completing the CAT form 2021, it is important to have the following details ready:

  • Personal details

  • Academic details

  • Scanned copy of passport size photograph

  • Scanned copy of the signature

  • Valid mobile number and e-mail address

  • Work experience certificate (if any)

  • Caste certificate

  • Payment details

CAT 2021 Registration: Size of the document to be uploaded



Size of the file


Image resolution



Not more than 80 KB

80 mm (width) x 35 mm (height)

150 px/ inch (min)


30 mm (width) x 45 mm (height)

Browsers to be used for CAT registration 2021

  • Candidates must use Mozilla Firefox (version 56 and above) or Google Chrome (version 59 and above) or Edge Chromium when registering for the CAT exam.

Know the mistakes to avoid while filling the CAT form 2021

CAT Exam Registration 2021


Steps to fill the CAT 2021 application form

Interested applicants can apply online for the Common Admission Test 2021. Here, we provide the procedure for filling the CAT application form 2021 online.

Step 1: Go to the official CAT 2021 website -

Step 2: Then find and click the link called “New Candidate Registration” on the right middle of the page.

Step 3: Next, enter the required non-editable details to create the login credentials such as Name, Email ID, Phone number.

Step 4: After entered the details, click on the “Generate OTP” tab. The OTP will be sent to the registered email ID.

Step 5: Then, log in to the candidate's dashboard using the CAT login credentials and fill the CAT application form 2021 with essential details like:

  • Academic/ qualification details

  • Other professional degree details

  • Personal details

  • Communication details

  • Emergency contact details

Step 6: Next, upload all the required documents/ images in a prescribed format and size.

Step 7: Select the work experience details (if any), and choose any six preferred CAT test cities.

Step 8: Make a payment of the CAT application fee in online mode using any payment gateway.

Revised CAT application fee



General category candidates

Rs 2,200/-

Reserved category candidates

Rs 1,100/-

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About CAT 2021

The Common Admission Test (CAT 2021), is a national-level entrance examination. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this CAT exam and conducted it for selecting students for their business administration programs (MBA/ PGDM). Apart from IIMs, CAT is a prerequisite for enrollment in many prestigious management colleges across India.

The CAT exam is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation. This year, IIM Ahmedabad (IIMA) is going to host CAT 2021.

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