CAT 2021 registration window to open soon; know eligibility criteria and application process

IIM Ahmedabad will release the CAT registration form at anytime soon. Know CAT exam eligibility criteria, application process and fees here.

CAT 2021 registration window to open soon; know eligibility criteria and application process
Divyosha Banda | Jul 28, 2021 - 8:27 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI - The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIMA) will release the CAT 2021 application form anytime soon in online mode on the official website; Candidates with a Bachelor's degree in any discipline are eligible to apply for the CAT exam 2021. Last year, the CAT registration commenced on August 5 and a total of 2,27,835 candidates applied.

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Common Admission Test (CAT 2021) is conducted at the national level as a computer-based test for admission to MBA/PGDM and other postgraduate management programmes offered by IIMs and top management institutes of India. CAT 2021 question paper will have questions from three sections - verbal ability and reading comprehension; data interpretation and logical reasoning and quantitative aptitude as per the exam pattern.

CAT 2021: Important Dates

CAT Events

CAT Dates 2021 (Tentative)

CAT registration 2021

First Week of August 2021

Last date to submit the CAT application form

Last Week of September 2021

CAT admit card release date 2021

Last Week of October 2021

CAT exam date 2021

November 28, 2021 (Tentative)

Expected CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021

CAT eligibility criteria have never changed in years and are expected to remain the same this year also. Any candidate with a Bachelor's degree in any discipline with 50 per cent marks is eligible to apply for CAT. Before filling the CAT application form 2021, candidates are advised to check and meet the eligibility criteria. Check out the detailed eligibility criteria of CAT 2021 from the table below.

Expected CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

Academic Qualification

Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognized University/Institute.

Final year candidates in graduation are also eligible to apply.

Required Marks in Graduate

50% aggregate marks or equivalent CGPA (40% for SC/ ST/ PwD)

Age Limit for CAT 2021

There is no age restriction to apply for CAT exam

Work Experience

Not Mandatory


Based on category

CAT Exam 2021: Registration process

Step 1 - Visit the official CAT 2021 website to begin the registration process

Step 2 - Next, click on the ‘New Candidate Registration’ tab on the right side of the official webpage

Step 3 - Now, enter the requisite details in the CAT registration form

Step 4 - Click on the Generate OTP tab which will be sent to the registered mail id. Enter the OTP to login and complete the CAT 2021 registration process

Step 5 - Start filling in the CAT exam application form 2021 with required details like:

  • Personal Details

  • Other Personal Details

  • Communication Address

  • Emergency Contact Details

  • Upload Documents (in a prescribed format and size)

Step 6 - Fill in the academic/qualification details of SSC/class 10, HSC/class 12, bachelor’s degree details, master’s degree details and other professional degree details in the CAT application form 2021

Step 7: After that, enter the work experience detail (if any)

Step 8: Now, make the payment online for the CAT application fee

CAT 2021: Expected Application Fee


*CAT Application Fee

General Category

Rs 2000


Rs 1000

*Based on last year’s CAT notification

CAT 2021 Registration - Transaction Fees

Mode of CAT application fee payment

Transaction charges for CAT registration

Credit Card (Master/ Visa)

1.20% of the transaction amount and subject to a minimum of Rs 5.

Credit Card (American Express)

2.85% of the transaction amount and subject to a minimum of Rs 5.

Debit Card (Master/ Visa)

0.75% of the transaction amount for value up to Rs 2000 and subject to a minimum of Rs 5.

0.90% of the transaction amount for value above Rs 2000.

Net Banking

Rs 20 per transaction

Other payment methods

PayU, BillDesk, and Paytm

CAT application trends for the past years

More than two lakh management aspirants are expected to register for CAT 2021. Here are the CAT registration trends for the past few years.


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CAT Notification 2021

The official CAT notification 2021 is likely to be released soon. Last year, the CAT exam notification was released on July 27. CAT notification will detail the CAT eligibility criteria, reservation details, CAT registration fee, CAT 2021 important dates, and CAT test centres. Along with that, CAT notification will also mention any changes introduced in the CAT 2021 exam pattern.

Popular colleges accepting CAT score

Other than IIMs, more than 500 colleges accept CAT exam scores. The CAT cut off of the top management institutes ranges between 95 to 99+ percentile.

  • Department of Management Studies (DMS) - IIT Delhi

  • Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University

  • Department of Management Studies (DMS) - IIT (ISM) Dhanbad

  • SPJIMR, Mumbai

  • Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSoM) - IIT Bombay

  • Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon

  • Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad

  • FORE School of Management (FSM) New Delhi

  • K J Somaiya Institute of Management Mumbai

  • LBSIM New Delhi

  • Welingkar Mumbai

  • Department of Management Sciences (DoMS) - IIT Roorkee

  • Industrial and Management Engineering (IME) - IIT Kanpur

  • Vinod Gupta School of Management (VGSoM)- IIT Madras

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