himanshu.shekhar|Oct 19, 2021
CAT 2021 registration window to open soon; know eligibility criteria and application process
IIM Ahmedabad will release the CAT registration form at iimcat.ac.in anytime soon. Know CAT exam eligibility criteria, application process and fees here.
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; iimcat.ac.in. 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 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
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
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:
Other Personal Details
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
*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.
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.
Total Number of CAT Applicants
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
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
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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