CAT - 2021

CAT 2021 - To know all the information about CAT 2021 including important dates, details about eligibility criteria, application form, exam pattern, syllabus, vital preparation tips and the best books, read the full article. The Common Admission Test (CAT 2021) is likely to be conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode tentatively in the last week of November. The entrance exam is conducted by the IIMs on a rotational basis. CAT 2021 is a national level management entrance examination which is conducted in computer based mode. Candidates who qualify CAT 2021, they will be offered admission to MBA/PGDM courses that at IIMs as well as other B-schools which admit candidates on the basis of CAT score. The notification for CAT 2021 will be released around the last week of July and the registration process will begin from the second week of August. The end date for filling the CAT 2021 application form will be last week of September. The fee for the application form of CAT 2021 is likely to be Rs. 1900 for General/ NC-OBC candidates and Rs. 950 for SC, ST & PWD candidates. In 2018, CAT was held in 147 cities at 374 centres across India. There are at least 115 B-Schools which admit candidates on the basis of the CAT score, out of which one is in Singapore and 114 are in India.

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CAT 2021 Highlights

CAT 2021 Highlights

CAT 2021 Conducting Body To be Announced Soon
CAT 2021 Official Website
Duration 3 Hours (180 Minutes- 60 Minutes for Each Section)
Number of Sections 3 (Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)
CAT Application Mode Online
Exam Mode CBT
Medium of Exam English
CAT Marking Scheme +3 marks for the correct answer -1 mark for an incorrect answer
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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021

According to the official eligibility criteria of CAT 2021, applicants should fulfil the parameters as stated below -

  • Candidates should obtain a Bachelor’s Degree across disciplines from a recognised University or Institute
  • General and OBC-NC category candidates must secure at least 50 per cent marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage to obtain is 45.
  • The duration of the graduation programme in any discipline should be minimum three (3) years.
  • Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply for CAT 2021 provided they complete their undergraduate studies within the stipulated schedule.
  • Age Limit - There is no age limit for applying or appearing in CAT 2021 exam.

CAT 2021 Registration

The CAT 2021 application form will be released by the conducting IIM and the registration window will remain open for around 50 days from the date of release. Last year, IIM Calcutta released the application on August 8 and the last date to apply was September 26, 2018 (11:59 PM). The mode of CAT 2021 registration process will be completely online and applicants will have to visit the official website to fill the application form.

CAT 2021 Application Fee

Last year, the application fee of CAT had been revised to Rs. 1900 for General/ NC-OBC candidates and Rs. 950 for SC, ST & PWD candidates. Earlier the CAT registration fee was Rs. 1800 and Rs. 900 respectively. Additionally, a new CAT payment partners were added, namely BillDesk, PayU and Paytm.

CAT Reservation Criteria

A certain percentage of seats in IIMs are reserved for SC, ST, OBC and PWD candidates. The table given below provides an overview of the same:

Category Reservation (%)
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

Non-Creamy – Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC) 27
People with Disability (PWD) 3
Total Percentage of Reserved Seats 52.5

CAT 2021 Detailed Syllabus

IIM’s do not release an official CAT Syllabus. However, based on previous year question papers, we have curated below the most frequently occuring topics. An in-depth knowledge of CAT 2021 Syllabus forms the basis of your preparation journey. It is designed to assess the prospective admission-seekers' suitability for MBA education.

Quantitative Ability Data Analysis & Sufficiency Logical Reasoning Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Geometry Graphs Critical Reasoning Verbal Reasoning
Arithmetic Progression Column Graphs Visual Reasoning Syllogisms
Installment Payments Bar Graphs Assumption-Premise-Conclusion Contextual usage
Ratios and Proportions Line Charts Assertion and reasons Analogies
Arithmetic Mean Pie Charts Statements and assumptions Sentence completion
Logarithm Graphs representing Area Matrix arrangements Idioms
Work and Time Venn Diagram Coding and Decoding Sentence Correction

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