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CAT 2021 will be conducted on 28th November in three slots at 400 test centres. Get here all information about CAT exam 2021 including admit card, exam dates, syllabus, pattern, preparation tips, accepting colleges etc.

CAT 2021: IIM Ahmedabad released the admit card for MBA Common Entrance Exam (CAT) 2021 on 27th October in online mode. CAT admit card is available in online mode at  Candidates can download their CAT exam admit card by using the login ID and password in the login window. Also, a direct link is available on this page. CAT exam will be conducted on the last Sunday of November 2021, i.e. 28th November, in three shifts. The exam will be held at 400 test centres in 159 cities across India. The CAT exam is a computer-based exam conducted on a rotating basis by IIMs every year. 

The authorities released CAT registration form 2021 from 4th August 2021 (Wednesday) in online mode at the official website, The CAT 2021 official notification was released on 1st August 2021 by the exam conducting body stating the important CAT event dates. Candidates are informed that the Professor Mr. MP Ram Mohan has been appointed as CAT 2021 convenor and TCS continues to be the testing partner this year as well. The official notification is available on the official website ( Every year approximately 2 lakhs of MBA aspirants take the prestigious MBA entrance exam to seek admissions in IIMs and other top MBA institutes in India. 

In this article you will find out detailed information about the CAT 2021 exam that will help you get registered without any hassles:      

CAT Admit Card 2021 - Direct Link (Available Now) 

Important Dates for CAT 2021

If you are appearing for the CAT 2021,  then do not miss out on the important dates. Every event related to the CAT exam has a definite deadline and missing out on a single deadline can cost a year’s preparation. Follow the deadlines earnestly until you get admission to the top MBA institutes.



CAT 2021 Notification

1st August 2021

CAT Exam Registration commencement

4th August 2021

CAT Registration Last Date

15th September 2021

CAT Registration Extended Date 

22nd September 2021 (5 PM)

CAT Application Window 

25th to 27th September (5 PM)

CAT 2021 Admit Card

27th October 2021 (Released)

CAT Exam

28th November 2021 

CAT Exam Result

2nd week of January 2022

Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2021

Eligibility criteria are the first and foremost step that clarifies if you can appear for the exam or not. One of the IIMs will roll out a list of basic criteria that one must fulfill in order to appear for the CAT MBA entrance exam. So before applying for the exam, carefully read the list of criteria so that you do not have to face any disqualification during the selection stage.

To find out the eligibility criteria for the CAT exam, click here!

CAT 2021 Registration

After eligibility, comes another crucial aspect i.e. registration process. Every MBA entrance exam conducting body guides candidates about the registration process to fill the application form.

The authorities closed the application correction window of IIM CAT on 27th September 2021.  Aspirants could edit the CAT 2021 application form in online mode. The CAT application form was available on the official website of IIM CAT and applicants could register for the CAT Exam through online mode only.

The application fee for General category candidates in the previous year was INR 2200/-. As a precautionary measure, aspirants are advised to fill in all the necessary details correctly because once the details are submitted; not all the detailed filled-in application forms can be changed at a later stage. Incorrect details can lead to the cancellation of admission. 

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CAT 2021 Exam Pattern and Structure

CAT 2021 exam pattern is crucial for the preparation for the MBA entrance exam. It will help aspirants clear the exam with structured preparations. Every year aspirants find additional changes in the CAT exam, but since the last two years, not much has been changed in the exam pattern. The computer-based test is subdivided into 3 sections, as per the trends followed in the previous years.

CAT is MCQ based online MBA exam that tests the aptitude of the test-takers in 180 minutes. Along with MCQ-based questions, there are a few non-MCQ-based questions as well. Aspirants must be wary of the negative marking that often brings down the percentile in the exam. During the admission process, IIMs not only consider the overall percentile but sectional percentile also for admission. To CAT aspirants have the challenge to score well in all the sections of the exam to make it to the IIMs.

You can also make effective utilization of CAT Previous Year Papers to gain a deeper understanding of the type of questions and exam pattern being followed in the CAT exam. In addition, In addition, a thorough reading of CAT Question Paper Analysis will help you evaluate the difficulty level of questions faced by the test takers. This will enable you to kick start a systematic preparation plan to ace CAT 2021.

CAT 2021: Exam Syllabus

In order to clear the MBA entrance exam, the basic requirement for CAT preparation is to find out the syllabus of the exam. The syllabus is the holy book that helps you prepare for the targeted exam. The syllabus of the CAT exam is more or less similar to other MBA entrance exams but there are some distinct topics that make CAT a tough call for the aspirants.

So take a detailed look at the topics covered in each section and prepare a thorough study plan that will help you cover all the topics to score a good percentile in the CAT Exam.

CAT 2021 - Exam Syllabus, list of important topics

CAT 2021 Admit Card

The Admit card for the CAT exam has been released on 27th October 2021 on the official website. Aspirants can download the admit card from the official website of IIM CAT. Being an important document that is required for entry at the examination hall, aspirants must carry a CAT Admit Card to the test centre. Without the admit card, the aspirant might be debarred from appearing in the exam. So make sure to download the CAT admit card and keep its hard copy safely for future reference.

Also Read - CAT 2021 Admit Card - How to download your Hall Ticket?

CAT Participating Institutes

Indian Institute of Management is considered the most prestigious MBA institute in India. IIMs have earned various accreditation and accolades across the globe and excellent faculty and curriculum make them one of the most sought-after MBA colleges in the world. Not only this, IIMs are known to offer the best placement exposure to MBA aspirants. In fact, hefty placement packages and 100% placement are proof of the quality of education being impacted by them.

About CAT Convenor

Prof. Ram Mohan is Assistant Professor in Business Policy and Chairperson Admissions in IIM-A and hails from Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. He is a renowned law and strategy expert at the institute. 

About CAT 2021 Exam

CAT 2021 exam is conducted by one of the 20 IIMs on a rolling basis. Last year CAT entrance exam was conducted successfully by IIM Indore amid the COVID19 pandemic. However, due to the spread of the pandemic, there was a delay in issuing the notification and registration to ensure the safety and health of the aspirants. CAT MBA entrance exam is a gateway to 20 IIMs and more than 100 non-IIM institutes across India. Every year the associated IIMs bring changes in their admission policy. The CAT entrance exam is known for its high difficulty level to test the aptitude of aspirants, coupled with stringent admission policy released by each IIM separately to shortlist the creamy layer of candidates aspiring to pursue MBA programmes. 

CAT Exam Conducting Bodies

Last year, IIM Indore conducted the CAT MBA entrance exam and the registration began from the first week of August. Before that, IIM Calcutta had the onus to conduct the CAT Exam and it did so wonderfully without much ado. CAT 2017 was conducted by IIM Lucknow, in a single slot from 10 AM to 12 Noon in November 2021.  The exam was conducted smoothly across all test centres in India. CAT Scores are a gateway to get admission in institutes such as all the top 20 IIMs along with FMS, MDI, IMI, NITIE, SPJIMR, IMT, JBIMS, BIMTECH, TAPMI, XIMB, Great Lakes among others.

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What is the marking scheme for CAT 2021?

As per the marking scheme of CAT exam, three marks will be allotted for every right answer and one mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. However, there is no negative marking for unattempted questions.

Is there an age limit to appear for the CAT 2021 exam?

No, the authorities have not prescribed any age limit to appear in the exam. Any candidate who is a graduate can apply for CAT. Also, working professionals are eligible to take CAT.

From When can I download the CAT exam admit card 2021?

The CAT admit card has been released in online mode. If you have filled the form, then you can download the CAT hall ticket from the official website. Also, a direct link has been provided on this page above.

When will CAT 2021 be conducted?

This year, CAT will be conducted on 28th November 2021. The exam date was officially announced by IIM Ahmedabad. The CAT exam will be held in three slots - Slot 1: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM Afternoon, Slot 2: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM Evening, Slot 3: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

What is CAT MBA exam?

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a common aptitude test conducted for admission to the MBA courses offered by 20 IIMs and over 1,200 B-schools in India. Every year, over 2 lakh candidates apply for the exam.

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