IIM Ahmedabad is likely to release CAT 2021 application on this date

IIM Ahmedabad is expected to begin the CAT registration process on August 5. Know CAT eligibility criteria, the application process, and fees here.

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Sundararajan | Jul 29, 2021 - 5:43 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad is likely to release the CAT application form 2021 in online mode on August 5. The application form of CAT 2021 will be available on the official IIM CAT website - iimcat.ac.in. The CAT 2021 application process is expected to end in the second week of September. The fee for CAT registration is expected to be Rs 2,000 for the General category and Rs 1,000 for the reserved category applicants.
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Last year, a total of 2,27,835 candidates applied for the CAT exam. IIM Ahmedabad is expected to conduct the CAT exam for MBA admission 2021 tentatively on the last Sunday of November i.e. November 28, 2021.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021

The CAT eligibility criteria have never changed over the years and are expected to remain the same this year as well.

  • Candidates successfully completed a Bachelor's degree in any discipline with 50 percent (45 percent for ST/ SC/ PwD) of aggregated marks are eligible to apply for this MBA entrance exam.

  • There is no age limit to apply for CAT 2021.

  • Work experience is not mandatory to register for the CAT exam for MBA.

Expected CAT 2021 dates

As per the last year’s trends, the official CAT exam notification 2021 is expected to be released on July 30, 2021. Along with it, the CAT 2021 exam dates will also be announced.


CAT dates 2021 (Tentative)

Issue of IIM CAT exam notification

July 30, 2021

CAT registration begins on

August 5, 2021

Last date to fill CAT application form 2021

September 22, 2021

Issue of CAT admit card

October 27, 2021

CAT 2021 exam date

November 28, 2021

CAT exam timing

  • Slot 1: 8:30 am - 10:30 pm (Morning Session)

  • Slot 2: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm (Afternoon Session)

  • Slot 3: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm (Evening Session)

Steps to fill CAT application form 2021

Candidates should have the following information and documents ready with them before completing the CAT registration form 2021.

  • Valid mobile number

  • Email address

  • Candidate scanned photograph and signature

  • PwD Certificate (if any)

  • EWS/ NC-OBC/ SC/ ST certificate (if any)

Step 1: Students can visit the official CAT website - iimcat.ac.in and click on “new candidates registration” to generate the login credentials.

Step 2: After generating the IIM CAT login credentials, log in to the candidate's profile/ dashboard.

Step 3: Fill up the CAT exam application form by keying in the required details and upload the documents.

Step 4: Pay the CAT application fee. To complete the CAT application process, a fee of Rs 2,000 (Rs 1,000 for belonging to the SC/ ST/ PwD category) is to be paid.

Step 5: Finally, submit the completed application form of CAT 2021 and take a printout of the same for your future use.

Expected CAT Exam Pattern 2021

CAT notification 2021 will be carrying CAT exam details on the sections, the CAT exam syllabus, the paper pattern from which the question paper will be devised, and the marking scheme. The table below states the expected CAT 2021 exam pattern formulated on the basis of the previous year's CAT exam.

CAT Particulars

Expected CAT exam pattern

CAT exam duration

2 hours (120 Minutes)

Test slots

3 slots

Total number of questions in CAT

76 questions

Total marks

228 marks

CAT marking scheme

  • For every right answer, +3 will be awarded

  • For every wrong answer in MCQs, -1 will be deducted

  • No negative marks for Non-MCQs

CAT exam syllabus

The CAT exam syllabus 2021 helps students boost their exam preparation and divert in the right direction of scoring 99+ percentile. The syllabus of CAT 2021 lists the important topics from which questions are asked in this MBA entrance test.

Sections in CAT exam

CAT important topics

Sectional time duration

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Para-jumbles

  • Sentence completion

  • Inferences

  • Questions based on reading comprehension and etc

For General: 40 Minutes for each section

For PwD: 53 Minutes 20 Seconds for each section

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • Graphs

  • Tables

  • Seating Arrangement

  • Syllogism

  • Blood Relation

  • Data Caselets and etc

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

  • Time and Work

  • Geometry

  • Algebra

  • Mensuration

  • Number System

CAT exam is for what purpose?

The Common Admission Test (CAT-2021) is a computer-based test conducted annually by one of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) for admission to two-year business administration programmes (MBA/ PGDM) at 20 IIMs.

Best MBA colleges in India accepting CAT scores

Top MBA colleges in India apart from IIMs are also considering CAT scores for admission to various postgraduate programs they offer.

  • SPJIMR, Mumbai

  • FMS Delhi - Faculty of Management Studies University of Delhi

  • MDI Gurgaon - Management Development Institute

  • NITIE Mumbai - National Institute of Industrial Engineering

  • SJMSOM IIT Bombay - Shailesh J Mehta School of Management Indian Institute of Technology

  • DMS IIT Delhi - Department of Management Studies Indian Institute of Technology

  • VGSOM IIT Kharagpur - Vinod Gupta School of Management Indian Institute of Technology

  • DoMS IIT Madras - Department of Management Studies Indian Institute of Technology

  • TAPMI Manipal - TA Pai Management Institute

  • Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai

  • IMT Ghaziabad - Institute of Management Technology

  • XIMB Bhubaneswar - Xavier Institute of Management Xavier University

  • BIMTECH Noida - Birla Institute of Management Technology

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