CAT 2021 – IIM Ahmedabad has released CAT 2021 result at iimcat.ac.in. Whereas, CAT 2021 exam was held on November 28, 2021. It is a national level entrance exam and conducted for MBA admission. It is conducted every year by different IIMs on a rotational basis and this year CAT exam is organised by the IIM Ahmedabad. The score of CAT is used not only by IIMs but by other top-notch management schools all over India as well. Check this article to know more on CAT 2021 like application process, exam date, result release date etc.
Latest – CAT 2021 result has released. Click here to check it.
Every year more than 02 lakh candidates apply for CAT. It is one of the most important exams for entrance in B-school programs. Mostly all the B-schools consider CAT scores for admission.
CAT 2021 Important Dates
Check out the CAT 2021 important dates to track events from below table:
|CAT 2021||Exam Dates|
|CAT notification released on||31 Jul 2021|
|Online registration for CAT 2021 start on||04 Aug 2021|
|Last date to fill the form||22 Sep 2021 (till 5.00 PM)|
|Corrections can be done from||25 to 27 Sep 2021|
|CAT 2021 mock test is||30 Oct 2021|
|Admit card for CAT released on||27 Oct 2021 (Out at 5.00 PM)|
|CAT 2021 exam date is||28 Nov 2021|
|Result will be declared on||03 Jan 2022|
Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021 Overview
The number of applications received for CAT has been increasing every year due to which it has stiff competition. There are many things that CAT aspirants want to know right now, such as: Which IIM will conduct CAT? What is the exam date for CAT? What is CAT Eligibility? How should I prepare? All the answers are given on this page.
|Name of Exam||Common Admission Test (CAT)|
|Commonly Know As||CAT|
|Organizing Body||Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad|
|Frequency||Once a year|
|Programs Offered||MBA, PGP in Management, Doctoral Program in Management|
|CAT 2021 Exam Date||28 Nov 2021|
|Exam Mode||Online Computer Based Test|
|Type of Questions||MCQs – Multiple Choice Questions|
TITA – Type in the answer type questions
|Total Questions||Varies each year, usually 100.|
|Marking Scheme||+3, -1 for MCQs|
+3, -0 for TITA
|Eligibility Qualification||Bachelor’s degree|
|Sections||Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension|
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
|How to Apply||Online at iimcat.ac.in|
|Application Fee||SC, ST & PwD category – Rs 1100|
All other categories of candidates – Rs 2200
CAT 2021 Result
CAT 2021 result has announced by the IIM Ahmedabad. Candidates who have appeared for CAT 2021 exam can check result from official website, which is iimcat.ac.in or through the direct link which is provided on the “Result” page. To check the CAT result, candidates have to enter the user ID and password.
Candidates also note that scorecard of CAT 2021 contains section-wise scaled score, section-wise percentile score, overall score, and overall percentile score. Moreover, shortlisted candidates list will also release on the website of the respective IIMs. Next, selection of candidates in IIM will after the conduct of interview.
Applying for IIM after CAT 2021 result
When you are filling CAT Application form, the candidate must make sure that he/she marks all the IIM colleges along with programs like PGDM, FABM and many others.
After result declaration, IIM will send candidate an email inviting for the final round if he/she is eligible for the seat in that IIM and meets the shortlisting criteria. Applicants must regularly check their emails for updates.
However, candidates may be required to fill application form once again stating academic qualifications and other important details.
Finally, prepare for the interview round and go with confidence to nail it.
In case the candidate does not receive the interview call letter he/she must start looking for other top business schools for admission. They can search for the ongoing admissions and apply for the same while declaring their CAT score.
To know the list of best B-schools accepting CAT score, candidates can see the list given above.
If candidates still have doubts or queries related to CAT, they can ask us in the comment section below. We will try to resolve all the queries.
CAT 2021 Selection Procedure
Every B-school along with IIMs have its own selection criteria and cut-off list. All the things will be taken into account while considering the candidate for the seat. His/her CAT 2021 score, UG percentage, 12th and 10th percentage, working experience, extracurricular activities will be considered. Depending on the selected candidates will then be called for group discussion and personal interview rounds also known as GDPI rounds.
Based on all these things and cumulative score final merit list of each institute is prepared.
The 3 rounds of selection procedure of CAT 2021 are:
Written Test– Candidate has to write on one or more topics a brief essay on the time duration of 15-45 minutes.
Group Discussion– A round is held where 8-10 candidates are given a particular topic and they have to discuss it. This is to check the candidate’s group dynamics.
Personal Interview– In this round candidate has to present himself/herself before the panel of 4-8 interviewers. This is a final round and is held to check the candidate’s educational qualification, hobbies, interests and work experience.
Selection Process: Click here to check the selection process of IIMs.
CAT 2021 Exam Pattern
The 3 sections of CAT are Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning:-
- Exam Mode: Computer Based Test
- Duration of Exam: 120 minutes (160 minutes for PwD candidates)
- Sectional Timing: 40 minutes (53 minutes and 20 seconds for PwD candidates)
- Number of Sections: There are 03 sections:
- Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
- Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
- Quantitative Ability (QA)
- Type of Questions: MCQs & TITA
- Marking Scheme:
- +3 For Correct Answers (MCQs & TITA)
- -1 For Incorrect Answers (MCQs only)
Distribution of Questions – This below mentioned question distribution is based last year record for reference only.
|Section||No. of Qs – Total||No. of MCQs||No. of TITAs|
How to prepare for CAT 2021 ?
CAT 2021 preparation can be divided into 2 parts on the basis of the type of candidate who wants to appear for CAT 2021:
First Time Appearing Candidate: If a candidate belongs to this class, he/ she can opt for full-time online course. In this course, faculty will assist the candidate with every aspect of examination and also be a guide and help him/her understand the concepts, applications and tricks too. Additionally, the candidate gets a lot of study material and mock test to prepare himself/ herself for CAT 2021. Once a candidate is done with the syllabus completion analyze the missing parts and work on it to improve the chances of getting to the merit list of CAT 2021.
Re-attempting Candidate: If a candidate is unable to crack CAT 2017 in the first attempt, he/she must now analyze the weak spots and strong sections. Accordingly, a candidate can start taking sectional tests available online and workout on the weak sections to finally crack CAT. Also, such candidates can go for Mock Tests and solve CAT previous years papers too.
Candidates appearing for CAT must remember that there is no tailor-made set pattern for CAT preparation. One can customize the preparation process according to his/her strengths, weaknesses, limitations and time. However, I would advise a candidate to be consistent while preparing for CAT. Candidate needs to at least spare 3-4 hours every day and prepare for CAT. It takes approximately 7-8 months of extensive preparation to crack CAT.
How Should I Plan for CAT in 300 Days
Also, looking at the current time it’s a long journey ahead. If you are thinking that is it late to start preparing for CAT or what is the best time to prepare for CAT, I have an advice for you: It is never too late to begin what you always wanted to do.
Set a target to complete the syllabus by the last week of August so that sufficient time for revision is left. Thereafter, start taking mock tests, reading comprehension and LRDI every day as these sections can only be mastered with regular practice.
CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria
CAT 2021 eligibility criteria is given below, candidates can check the criteria whether they are eligible or not.
- Candidate should have Indian citizenship or should be a citizen of India
- Candidate should have passed the Bachelor’s Degree or should be in final year of their Under Graduation.
- Overall percentage of candidate should be 50% in Bachelor’s Degree (45% for SC/ST/PWD candidates)
- Bachelor’s degree must be of minimum 3 years
- No upper or lower age limit
- CA/ ICWA/ CS candidates are also eligible to apply for CAT 2021
- NRI and foreign candidates can also apply in the institutes with GMAT score.
Eligibility Criteria: Click here to check the detailed CAT 2021 eligibility criteria.
CAT 2021 Syllabus
Let us be clear that the IIMs do not publish any “official syllabus” for this exam. However, this exam has been around for a long time, and exam mentors keep a close watch on the exam. They then prepare a syllabus for the purpose of giving shape to aspirants’, such as yours, preparation. The same (CAT 2021 syllabus) is given below.
Looking at the previous year question papers we have selected the most common sections which candidates need to prepare in order to crack CAT 2021. Have a look at it:
- Logical Reasoning
- Quantitative Ability
- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
- Data Interpretation
CAT 2021 Syllabus of these sections are given below. Candidates can start preparing accordingly:
- Ratio, Proportions & Variations
- Number System: GCD, LCM Remainder Theorems etc.
- Permutation & Combination
- Simple & Compound Interest
- Progressions i.e. Arithmetic Progression (AP), Geometric Progression (GP), Harmonic Progressions (HP) etc.
- Profit and Loss
- Speed, Time and Distance
- Time & Work
- Coordinate Geometry
- Geometry: Straight Lines, Polygons, Triangles, Circles, Ellipses etc.
- Functions i.e. Logarithms, Even & Odd, Representation etc.
- Quadratic Equations
- Mixture and Alligation
- Set Theory
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
- Reading Comprehension
- Fill in the Blanks
- Para jumbles
- One-word Substitutions
- Data Analysis.
- Data Tables
- Pie Charts
- Bar Charts
- Venn Diagram
- Graphs (Line, Area)
- Logical Reasoning
- Assertion and Reason
- Arrangements-based questions
- Set Theory
- Venn Diagrams
- Sequences and Series
- Blood Relations
- Binary Logic
- Direction Test
- Clocks and Calendars
- Data Structures
- Coding – Decoding
CAT 2021 Registration and Application Form
Registration for CAT 2021 exam starts on the official website, which is iimcat.ac.in.. Applicants can fill the CAT application form once registration starts. Candidates can must check the registration process, eligibility and keep all the details handy before start filling the personal details, academic details and documents ready.
CAT 2021 Application Fee
Check out the CAT 2021 application fee from below table:
|Category||CAT 2021 Application Fee|
|General / EWS – NC – OBC category||Rs 2200|
|SC / ST / PwD candidates||Rs 1100|
This fee is likely to change if IIM makes any changes in the fee structure for CAT Entrance Test.
Mode of payment: CAT 2021 application fee is need to pay by using debit card / credit card / net banking / UPI / Paytm / Cash cards / Wallets.
How to do CAT 2021 Registration?
Candidates willing to register for CAT 2021 have to follow the steps given below and submit the application form on or before the last date.
Step 1: Candidates need to visit the official site of CAT IIM. The official website is iimcat.ac.in.
Step 2: Click on Register as New User. You can see this link only if the form is available.
Step 3: After you register, you get user ID and password on email. Check it and now log In to the account.
Step 4: Fill in the details in CAT Application Form. All details should be correct.
Step 5: Upload the image of scanned photograph and signature.
Step 6: Pay CAT Application Fee and and take a printout of the submitted CAT application form.
CAT 2021 Admit Card
Admit Card of CAT is made available on the official site, which is iimcat.ac.in. Candidates who have successfully applied for exam can download the admit card by logging into their account such as User ID and Password.
Candidates need to ensure that all the details provided on admit card is correct and in case of any discrepancy they need to immediately contact the concerned authority.
Also, it is advisable to retain CAT Admit Card as it will be required on every step of CAT Entrance Test process.
List of Colleges Accepting CAT Score
Below is the list of all IIM colleges present in India that accept CAT score for the admission in MBA/PGDM courses:
|IIM Ahmedabad||PGP, PGP-FABM|
|IIM Bangalore||PGP, PGPEM, PGPBA|
|IIM Lucknow||PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM|
|IIM Indore||PGP, PGP-HRM|
|IIM Kozhikode||PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, PGP-LSM, EPGP Kochi|
|IIM Shillong||PGP, PGPEX, PGPWE|
|IIM Ranchi||PGP, PGP-HRM, PGP (Business Analytics)|
|IIM Rohtak||PGP, EPGPX, EPGDSM|
|IIM Kashipur||MBA, MBA (Analytics), EMBA|
|IIM Tiruchirappalli||PGPM, PGPM-HR, PGPBM|
|IIM Udaipur||MBA, MBA – DEM, MBA – GSCM, PGDBAWE|
|IIM Amritsar||MBA, EMBA, MBA-Business Analytics, MBA-HRM|
|IIM Bodh Gaya||PGP|
|IIM Sambalpur||MBA, Executive MBA|
|IIM Sirmaur||MBA, MBA (T&HM)|
|IIM Visakhapatnam||PGP, PGPEx, PGPDGM|
Other Top 10 B-schools that accept CAT score for admission are listed below:
- Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
- Shailesh J Mehta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
- Management Development Institute, Gurgaon
- National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai
- Vinod Gupta School of Management, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
- Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology, Madras
- Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee
- Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi, Delhi
- SPJIMR, Mumbai
Which IIM will conduct CAT Exam?
Though any of the twenty IIMs can conduct CAT but there are higher chances of one of the older IIMs (Calcutta, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Indore) conducting it.
IIMs that have conducted CAT for 2021 session and in the past are:
- 2021 – IIM Ahmedabad
- 2020 – IIM Indore
- 2019 – IIM Kozhikode
- 2018 – IIM Calcutta
- 2017 – IIM Lucknow
- 2016 – IIM Bangalore
- 2015 – IIM Ahmedabad
- 2014 – IIM Indore
- 2013 – IIM Indore
- 2012 – IIM Kozhikode
- 2011 – IIM Calcutta
- 2010 – IIM Lucknow
- 2009 – IIM Ahmedabad
Official Website: iimcat.ac.in
FAQs on CAT 2021
Ans: IIM Ahmedabad is responsible to conduct the CAT 2021.
Ans: Candidates can check the official website of CAT 2021 exam, which is iimcat.ac.in.
Ans. CAT 2021 question paper consist of two types of questions i.e. MCQs & TITA.
Ans: CAT 2021 exam is conducted on November 28, 2021.
Ans: CAT 2021 result has released on January 03, 2022.
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