CAT notification 2021 to be released this month; Registration window to open in the first week of August

Notification for the Common Admission Test (CAT) is likely to be released this month. It will mention the CAT 2021 dates, eligibility, application process, and fee.

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Prerna Goel | Jul 1, 2021 - 5:35 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad, will release the CAT notification 2021 this month, July, on the official website, CAT 2021 notification will announce the CAT 2021 dates, exam mode, paper pattern, eligibility, test sessions or slots, list of participating IIMs, programmes offered by IIMs among other details. After the release of the CAT notification, the registration window is expected to open in the first week of August 2021.

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Common Admission Test (CAT 2021) will be held in the last week of November 2021. It is a computer-based test conducted at the national level throughout the country for MBA/ PGDM admission to IIMs and other top MBA institutes.

Important dates mentioned in CAT Notification 2021

  • Official CAT 2021 notification release date - Expected by fourth week of July 2021

  • Release date of CAT application form 2021 - Expected by first week of August 2021

  • Last date for CAT registration 2021- Expected by third week of September 2021

  • CAT 2021 admit card release date - Expected by fourth week of October 2021

  • CAT 2021 exam date - Fourth week of November 2021

  • Release of official CAT 2021 answer key - First week of December 2021

  • CAT 2021 answer key challenge process - First week of December 2021

  • CAT 2021 result date- Second week of January 2022

CAT 2021 Notification: Key Information

Here are the key details to check in the CAT exam notification

  • CAT notification 2021 shall detail the number of CAT test centres.

  • CAT exam notification will mention the CAT eligibility details.

  • Details of the exam pattern will be mentioned in the CAT notification PDF.

  • IIM CAT 2021 notification will list the 20 IIMs and programmes offered by them.

  • The notification of CAT will mention the reservation policy if applicable.

  • The amount and mode of the application fee will be mentioned in the CAT notification. Candidates can pay the CAT registration fee through online payment modes only, which include credit cards, debit cards and net banking.

  • Information on IIM admission process will also be there in the CAT notification 2021 to apprise the candidates about the admission details.

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About CAT 2021

With IIM Ahmedabad being the CAT 2021 conducting body and the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the exam is expected to see some changes. Last year, CAT had three sections- Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation, Quantitative Ability. The overall duration of the exam was also reduced from three to two hours and the number of questions from 100 to 76. CAT is an important entrance exam for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes in all the 20 IIMs, FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurugram, IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, JBIMS Mumbai, TAPMI Manipal, and other hundreds of highly ranked MBA college in India.

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