CAT Notification 2021 (Released) - Know Important Dates and Exam Details

CAT Notification 2021 (Released) - Know Important Dates and Exam Details

CAT Notification 2021: Indian Institute of Management (IIM) has released the CAT 2021 exam notification on July 31 at the official website, The CAT Notification 2021 contains all the important information such as the CAT 2021 exam date, start and end date for CAT registration, exam pattern, CAT exam eligibility, and more.CAT Official Website: Click hereThe CAT registration process 2021 will start on August 4, 2021. As per the official notification, CAT will be conducted on November 28, 2021 (Sunday). Despite the Covid-19 pandemic disruptions, no postponement in CAT 2021 Notification has been seen and the CAT notification is released as per previous trends. Last year too. the CAT notification was released on the last Saturday of July and the exam was scheduled and conducted on time.

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CAT Notification 2021 - Overview

Common Admission Test (CAT) will be conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad in a computer-based mode across 158 test cities in India. CAT exam is held for admission in elite B-schools across India. This CAT score is accepted not only by IIMs but also by 100+ B-schools across the country. Nearly 4,000 seats will be filled by IIM.

The overall details regarding the exam are available in the CAT notification pdf. Before going to apply for CAT 2021, candidates are advised to go through the CAT official notification 2021.

CAT Exam Notification 2021 Highlights



Name of the Exam

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Conducting Body

Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad

Type of Exam

Computer Based Test (CBT)

CAT Exam Registration Mode


Number of CAT Test Cities

158 test cities

CAT exam registration fees

  • Rs 2200 (General category)

  • Rs 1100 (Reserved category)

Course Offered


Exam Section

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • Quantitative Ability (QA)

Time Duration

2 Hours (120 Minutes) - 40 Minutes for Each Section

CAT 2021 Official website

CAT Exam Notification 2021: Convenor Details

After a gap of five years, IIM Ahmedabad will conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT 2021) on November 28, 2021. For CAT 2021, Prof. M.P. Ram Mohan (faculty of IIM Ahmedabad) has been appointed as CAT convener this year. The CAT score is not only accepted by IIMs, but also more than 100 B-schools accept the same. Around 5100 MBA students got admitted into IIMs every year through CAT.

CAT Notification 2021- Past year trends

Check out past year CAT notification trends in the below table.

CAT notification 2021 release dateJuly 31, 2021
Availability of CAT 2020 notificationJuly 29, 2020
CAT notification 2019 release dateJuly 26, 2019
CAT 2018 notification release dateJuly 29, 2018

CAT Exam Notification Dates 2021

CAT official registration starts from August 04 and the last date to fill CAT 2021 application form is September 15. The updated schedule includes CAT important date 2021, which is related to events related to the complete admission process, when the CAT exam is held in 2021, admit card release date, result date, etc.

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CAT Dates 2021

CAT notification 2021 dateJuly 31, 2021
CAT exam 2021 registrationAugust 4, at 10 AM to September 15, 2021, at 5 PM
Availability of CAT admit card 2021October 27, 2021, 5 PM
CAT 2021 exam dateNovember 28, 2021

Details mentioned in CAT notification 2021

CAT notification comprises detailed CAT eligibility criteria, reservation details, CAT registration fee, important dates pertaining to CAT 2021, and the number of CAT test centres.

CAT Exam Notification pdf-

Official website of CAT 2021

The CAT 2021 notification contains the link to the CAT 2021 official website, which has already been activated. Click here for the official CAT website.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021

The CAT announcement, in short, specifies the CAT eligibility criteria, which candidates must check before filling out the application form. The CAT 2021 official notification also states that fulfilling the qualifications for the exam will not guarantee them a place in the Indian Institute of Management.

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50 percent of marks or equivalent CGPA (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD).

  • Candidates who are in the final year of the Bachelor's Degree / Equivalent Qualification Examination and are awaiting the results after completing the degree requirements can apply.

*SC/ ST/ PwD candidates should have a minimum 45%. For General, EWS and NC-OBC candidates, the minimum is 50%.

For more details on eligibility, students are advised to visit the “CAT 2021 Eligibility” section of the CAT website.

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CAT Exam Pattern 2021

CAT 2020 applicants witnessed the change in the CAT exam pattern due to COVID 19. This year also the CAT 2021 pattern is same as CAT 2020

CAT Particulars

Latest CAT 2021 Pattern

CAT exam duration

2 hours

Test slots

3 slots

Total number of questions

76 questions

Total marks

228 marks

No. of questions in VARC section

26 questions

No. of questions in DILR section

24 questions

No. of questions in QA section

26 questions

CAT Exam Pattern 2021 (Changes over the year)

YearNumber of questionsSectionsMarking schemeExam durationExam conducting body
2020Total 76 questions (24 in one section and 26 in the rest two sections)Verbal & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude
  • +3 Marks for every correct response.
  • -1 for every incorrect answer.
120 minutes (2 hours)IIM Indore
2019Total 100 questions (32 in one section and 34 in the rest two sections)Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Verbal & Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Aptitude
  • +3 Marks for every correct response.
  • -1 for every incorrect answer.
180 minutes (3 hours)IIM Kozhikode
2018There were a total of 100 questions (32 in one section and 34 in rest two sections)Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal & Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
  • +3 Marks for every correct response.
  • -1 for every incorrect answer.
180 minutes (3 hours)IIM Calcutta

Reservation Criteria Mentioned in CAT 2021 Notification

When completing the CAT 2021 application form, candidates should make sure to fill in the appropriate category as no change will be allowed once the CAT registration process is complete. This is stated in the CAT exam notification 2021.



Scheduled Caste (SC)


Scheduled Tribe (ST)


Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC)


Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)


Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD)


The categories of disability are:

  • Blindness and low vision.

  • Deaf and hard of hearing.

  • Locomotor disability including leprosy cured, cerebral palsy, dwarfism, muscular dystrophy, and acid attack victims.

  • Intellectual disability, autism, specific learning disability, and mental illness, and multiple disabilities.

Note- For the purpose of being considered for reservations, the applicable Central Government list as on the last date of CAT registration shall be binding. No subsequent changes will be effective for CAT 2021 and any subsequent selection process of the IIMs. For an updated central list of state-wise OBCs eligible for availing of the benefit of reservation and information in respect of the creamy layer, visit the website

CAT Registration Fees

The CAT advertisement 2021 also mentions registration fees for candidates belonging to different categories. The fee for the CAT application form will have to be paid only once in online mode and it is non-refundable.



SC, ST and PwD candidates

Rs 1100

Other candidates

Rs 2200

NOTE: SC, ST, and PwD candidates are required to upload a copy of their SC/ ST/ PwD certificates at the time of CAT registration.

The CAT 2021 registration window opens on August 4, 2021 and will close at 5:00 p.m. on September 15, 2021. The details will be available in the CAT registration guide. When registering, candidates must select six test cities of their choice from a drop-down menu. The candidates can download the CAT admit card from the last week of October 2021 until November 28, 2021.

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CAT Exam Centres 2021

CAT 2021 exam centers also include cities where entrance exams will be held. When completing the CAT application form, candidates should select the test center for preference. There will be six cities where candidates had to choose when registering.

The CAT 2021 will be conducted at centers spread across approximately 158 test cities. The test cities are mentioned on the CAT website and the test center name will be mentioned on the admit card of CAT 2021. To know the complete list of exam centers, visit the CAT notification download link from the official website.

NOTE: IIM reserves the right to change or cancel any test center/ city and/ or change the test time and date of their choice.

CAT 2021 Score

The candidate’s CAT 2021 score will be accessed on the CAT website. Candidates can be notified individually via SMS. CAT results will be announced in the first week of January 2022. The CAT score 2021 is only valid until December 31, 2022, and will be accessible on the website accordingly. After that, any questions regarding the issuance of CAT 2021 scorecards will not be entertained.

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CAT Admission Process

Remember that each IIM is independent to compel their own qualifications (including academic cutoffs and relative weights) and follow different selection procedures. Performance in the CAT exam 2021 is an important component to consider in the selection process.

IIMs may also use candidates' previous academic performance, relevant work experience, and other similar entries in the shortlist of candidates at various stages of the CAT 2021 selection process. For more information, see the enrollment policies of individual IIMs on their respective websites.

NOTE: Candidates must declare and maintain a valid email account and a mobile phone number throughout the selection process.

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CAT 2021 Notification - Programs Offered

CAT 2021 will be conducted by IIMs as a prerequisite for joining various management programs of IIMs. These programmes are:



Official Website

IIM Ahmedabad


IIM Visakhapatnam


IIM Udaipur


IIM Tiruchirappalli


IIM Sirmaur


IIM Shillong


IIM Sambalpur


IIM Rohtak


IIM Ranchi


IIM Raipur


IIM Nagpur


IIM Lucknow


IIM Kozhikode


IIM Kashipur

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IIM Jammu


IIM Indore


IIM Calcutta


IIM Bodh Gaya


IIM Bangalore


IIM Amritsar


Before a prospective candidate can make a decision on appearing for CAT 2021, he/ she should visit the website and/ or read the program advertisement of the relevant IIM and specific programs to confirm the accurate and up-to-date information of the programs he/ she wants to apply for., Including CAT eligibility requirements and CAT admission processes.

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Should the COVID vaccine be a criterion for CAT 2021?

India has recently recovered from the second wave of the COVID-19 epidemic and is preparing to hit its third wave soon. Some experts predict that a third wave will hit India in October, while others predict that it will hit soon (by August or September). The DELTA variant of the virus has already been detected in a few states.

  • Meanwhile, the COVID-19 vaccination program has gained momentum and to date (July 7) more than 33 crore people have been vaccinated in India. A lot of conversations are heard about vaccination as a mandatory criterion for traveling, reopening offices, and conducting business activities.
  • In fact, Rajasthan has issued a rule that from June 28 people should enter at least one dose of vaccine in public places. Similarly, Goa has made it mandatory for travelers to be vaccinated with both doses of the vaccine. Since it has been proven that a person vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine is best protected from the virus, the vaccine gradually acquires the status of a free pass to go to public places.
  • This leads us to the question of whether entrance exams like CAT will also become a requirement for the vaccine to appear. Since CAT is an MBA entrance exam and the age of the candidates is 20+, by the day of the CAT 2021 exam (November 28, 2021), a large number of activists will already be vaccinated.

CAT Aspirant Opinion

CAT aspirant who is preparing for CAT 2021 said, “yes, making COVID-19 vaccination mandatory for CAT students is a good idea as it will instill confidence in us to go out and take the exam at CAT exam centres. Since the 3rd wave is imminent and speculated to hit India by October/ November, it will be better if we are vaccinated for the CAT exam.”

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