CAT 2021: Application Form, Dates

CAT 2021: For admission to PG Management programme in IIMs (top business schools of India), a national level online test conducted known as Common Admission Test (CAT 2021). It is conducted by Indian Institute of Management annually on a rotational basis. Candidates are advised to read the official advertisement from the official website before filling the form. Check all the important information about CAT 2021.

CAT 2021 Important Dates

Online registration will start from 1st week of August 2021
Last date for online registration 2nd week of September 2021
Admit Card will release in Last week of October 2021
Date of examination Last week of November 2021
Announcement of Results 2nd week of January 2022

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidate should be a citizen of India.
  • There is no upper / lower age limit for the candidates appearing in CAT-2021.
  • Candidate should have hold of bachelor’s degree in any stream from any recognized university
  • Candidate should have obtained minimum 50% marks in the qualifying degree (relaxation of 5% marks for reserved category candidates).
  • Candidate should have of graduation and HSC degree in any stream from a recognized University/Institute.
  • Candidates whose result is awaited are eligible for CAT-2021 with a condition to submitting the final result card of their qualifying degree before CAT Selection Process.

CAT 2021 Application Form Details

Candidates can start the CAT registration in August 2021 followed by the filling of the CAT application form, uploading of important documents form, payment of required fee and submission of the application form. The online application can be filled through the official website of CAT at https://iimcat.ac.in/. Before filling the application form, candidates must have to read the instruction carefully. The online application form will be issued from the website.

Application Fee

  • The payment of application fee can be done through debit/credit card & net banking.
  • The Application fee is Rs. 1700/- for General / NC-OBC candidates.
  • The Application fee is Rs.850/- for SC/ST /PWD candidates.
  • The additional charges (Transaction Processing Fees) will be applicable.

Reservation Criteria

Category Percentage
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 27% seats
Scheduled Castes (SC) 15%  seats
Scheduled Tribes (ST) 7.5% seats
Physically Handicapped /PwD 3% seats

Selection Procedure

Written Ability Test:

  • Candidates are given one or more topics on which they are required to write a brief essay.
  • The time duration will be 15 minutes to 45 minutes.

Group Discussion:

  • It is the second stage in which 8-10 candidates are given a topic to discuss.
  • This round is held to access the group dynamics of them.

Interview:

  • This is the final round of selection in which a candidate has to present himself before a panel of 4-8 interviewers.
  • To test the academic background, work experience, hobbies, interests etc. of the candidates, this round is set.

Exam Pattern

  • Exam Mode: Online(CBT)
  • Type of Question: Multiple choices and Subjective
  • No. of Question: 100 questions
  • Exam Duration: 180 minutes
  • Marking Scheme: 3 Marks per correct answer and 1 mark Deduction(MCQ only)
Section No. of Question Duration Total Marks
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 34 60 Min 102
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 60 Min 96
Quantitative Ability 34 60 Min 102
Total 100 180 Min 300

CAT 2021 Admit Card

  • The Admit Card will be provided to the candidates on the official website.
  • The admit card contains details like Name of the candidate, Test date, User ID / Registration Number, etc.
  • It is important to take the Admit Card with you while going to the examination center.
  • Applicants have to bring along the admit card at the examination center.
  • Candidate will not be allowed to give the exam, without the admit card.

CAT 2021 Answer Key

  • The answer key contains the correct answers to the questions asked in the examination.
  • The Answer Key will be published soon after the examination is over.
  • Through the official website, candidates can download the Answer Key online.

CAT 2021 Result

  • The results will be declared Online on the official website.
  • The result will be declared tentatively in January 2020.
  • Candidates should take a printout of their Results for further use.

Cut Off

  • Cut Off is the factor which will decide whether a candidate is qualified in the examination or not.
  • The cut off marks depend upon a number of factors like a number of students, seat availability, exam difficulty, etc.
  • For various categories like ST/NC-OBC and DA/PWD, the Cut-off marks will be published separately.

Cut off trend for different CAT Institutes

B-School Expected Cut-off
SJMSOM, IIT Bombay 99+ Percentile
FMS, DU (Faculty of Management Studies, University of Delhi) 98.20 Percentile
DMS, IIT Delhi 98+ Percentile
Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras 95+ Percentile
Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon 95+ Percentile
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) Mumbai 95+ Percentile
UBS Chandigarh 93+ Percentile
Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad 90+ Percentile
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai 90+ Percentile
Xavier Institute of Management Bhubaneswar (XIMB) 90+ Percentile
T A Pai Management Institute (TAPMI) Manipal 85+ Percentile

Participating Institute

Name of IIM MBA specialization offered
IIM Ahmadabad PGP, PGP-ABM, FPM
IIM Bangalore PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM, FPM
IIM Calcutta PGP-PGDM ,PGP PGDCM ,FPM
IIM Indore PGP, EPGP, FPM
IIM Kolhapur PGP, EPGPM
IIM Kozhikode PGP FPM
IIM Lucknow PGP, PGP-ABM, PGPSM, FPM
IIM Raipur PGP, PGPWE, FPM
IIM Ranchi PGDM, PGDHRM, FPM
IIM Rothay PGP
IIM Shilling PGP, PGPEX, FPM
IIM Trichy PGP, PGPBM, PGPHRM
IIM Udaipur PGP
IIM Bodh Gaya PGP
IIM Visakhapatnam PGP
IIM Sambalpur PGP, EPGP, FPM
IIM Sirmaur PGP, PGP-ABM, PGPSM, FPM
IIM Nagpur PGP
IIM Kozhikode Executive Post Graduate Programme – Kochi PGP, EPGP .FPM, Campus, MDP, FDP

Syllabus

Logical Reasoning: Binary Logic, Syllogism, Coding-Decoding, Blood Relations, Clocks and Calendars, Directions, Linear and Matrix Arrangement.

Verbal and Reading Comprehension: Analogies, Idioms, Antonyms and Synonyms, Sentence Correction, Verbal Reasoning, Critical Reasoning and Fill in the Blanks.

Quantitative Ability: Simple and Compound Interest, Permutation and Combination, Profit and Loss, Number System, Geometry, Quadratic & Linear Equation, Algebra, Ratio & Proportion, Time & Work, Trigonometry.

Data Interpretation: Area Graph, Line Graph, Charts (Columns, Bar, Pie), Tables and Venn Diagrams.

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