CAT Exam 2021: IIM Ahmedabad makes changes to the eligibility criteria; Check before filling the application

The minimum marks criteria changed for IIM CAT 2021. Check eligibility criteria before filling the CAT exam form. The last date for CAT registration 2021 is September 15.

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Sundararajan | Aug 19, 2021 - 7:40 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, has made some changes to the CAT 2021 eligibility criteria. Students with “promotion/ pass” instead of “award of marks” certificates in any of the last two years of the bachelor’s program can enter the “promotion/ pass” option in the CAT application form 2021. This will allow the students to complete the CAT registration 2021. This revised eligibility relaxation is also applicable for students in their final year of graduation with an “award” of marks.
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This exception is available only to students who are completing their graduation/ bachelor’s degree this year or are in the final year of the bachelor’s programme (graduation years 2021 and 2022). The CAT registration 2021 started on August 4. The last date to fill the CAT 2021 application form is September 15. The IIM CAT exam form is available on the official website, Before applying for this MBA entrance test, the candidates are advised to check and meet the eligibility criteria.

CAT 2021: Revised eligibility criteria

Due to the COVID pandemic, the universities and colleges have changed the assessment criteria in the past two years to assess the performance of the students. Many institutes did not conduct examinations and promoted students. They issued "promotion/pass" certificates instead of "mark" certificates leaving the CAT applicants confused.

The CAT applicants raised questions and doubts on CAT registration due to the "promotion/ pass" certificate issued in the undergraduate programmes. Therefore, IIM Ahmedabad made these changes in the CAT exam eligibility criteria and issued clarifications for CAT registration 2021.

CAT eligibility for students who graduated in 2020 and 2021

To implement the different assessment patterns adopted by various universities across the country due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the CAT committee has removed the minimum marks criteria (45% and 50%) for appearing for the IIM CAT exam 2021.

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How to apply for CAT exam 2021

  • Visit the official IIM CAT website -

  • Next, find and click the “New Candidate Registration” link on the right middle of the page.

  • Then, enter the essential valid non-editable details to create the CAT 2021 login credentials such as name, email Id, and mobile number.

  • After entering the information, click on the “Generate OTP” button. The OTP will be sent to the registered email ID.

  • Next, log in to the dashboard using the CAT 2021 login credentials and fill the CAT application form with valid details like:

    • Qualification/ Academic details

    • Other professional degree details

    • Personal details

    • Communication details

    • Emergency contact details

  • Then, upload all the scanned copy of original documents/ images in a prescribed format and size in CAT form 2021.

  • Choose the work experience details (if any), and select any six preferred CAT test cities.

  • Finally, make a payment of the CAT application fee in online mode.

CAT application fee 2021



General category candidates

Rs 2,200/-

Reserved category candidates

Rs 1,100/-

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About CAT 2021

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer-based test held every year for admission to a postgraduate management programme offered by IIMs and other top management institutes in the country. CAT exam date 2021 is November 28 and the question paper will have questions from three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.

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