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CAT Answer Key 2021 (Out): Download Response Sheet, Question Paper PDFs, Raise Objections till Dec 11

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Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Dec 8, 2021

CAT Answer Key 2021 has been released on December 8, 2021, along with the candidate’s response sheet. Candidates will be able to download the answer key PDFs from the official website at iimcat.ac.in using their login credentials. Candidates will have a provision to challenge the official CAT Answer Key with a fee of INR 1,200 per objection, if any, till December 11, 2021. Check CAT 2021 Response Sheet

Direct link to download CAT 2021 Answer Key

Also, Slot-wise CAT 2021 Answer key and Question paper PDFs are made available for your reference.

CAT 2021 Exam Section & Slot CAT 2021 Question Paper with Answer Key PDF
CAT 2021 QA Slot 1 Download
CAT 2021 DILR Slot 1 Download
CAT 2021 VARC Slot 1 Download
CAT 2021 QA Slot 2 Available Soon
CAT 2021 DILR Slot 2 Available Soon
CAT 2021 VARC Slot 2 Available Soon
CAT 2021 QA Slot 3  Download
CAT 2021 VARC Slot 3 Download
CAT 2021 DILR Slot 3 Download

Each correct answer will result in +3 marks while each incorrect answer will lead to a -1 deduction in the total marks. By comparing CAT Answer Key 2021 with their responses, candidates can count correct or incorrect responses and calculate their scores. Check CAT 2021 Score Calculation

Candidates can also use CAT 2021 College Predictor to get an idea about the colleges where they can get admission based on their raw CAT scores. 

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CAT Answer Key Date

CAT Answer Key 2021 Release Date

IIM Ahemdabad has released CAT Answer Key 2021 on Dec 8, 2021. Candidates can check CAT Answer Key 2021 Release Dates in the table below:

Events CAT Answer Key Dates
CAT 2021 Exam Date November 28, 2021
Release of Provisional CAT Answer Key 2021 December 8, 2021
Start Date to raise objections against CAT Answer Key 2021 December 8, 2021
Last Date to raise objections against CAT Answer Key 2021 December 11, 2021
Release of Final CAT Answer Key 2021 To be announced
Declaration of CAT 2021 Result To be announced

CAT Answer Key 2021- How to Download?

All the candidates who appear for CAT 2021 can download their provisional answer key along with the question papers by following the steps given below:

  • Step 1: Click on the official website of CAT i.e. iim.cat.ac.in
  • Step 2: Now click on the “Candidate Login” tab.
  • Step 3: Enter your CAT Registration Id and password and then click on submit.
  • Step 4: Choos the shift for which the candidate appeared for the exam.
  • Step 5: Now click on “please click to download candidate response for CAT”
  • Step 6: Then the CAT answer key will be displayed on the screen which the candidate needs to download.

CAT Answer Key Sample

Details mentioned in CAT Answer Key

The details which will be mentioned in the answer key of CAT 2021 are:

  • Cat Registration Number
  • Name of the Candidate
  • Date of the exam
  • Time/Duration of the test
  • Question
  • Status
  • Type of Question
  • Question ID
  • CAT Exam center
  • Right Option/answer

How to Challenge CAT Answer Key?

CAT Answer Key 2021- How to Raise Objections?

  • The provision to raise objections to official CAT answer keys was introduced in 2018.
  • Applicants who appeared for the exam can challenge the official answer key of any question asked in the entrance examination. If the objection is found to be genuine, the authorities will release the revised official answer key.
  • Also, the objection fee will be refunded to the candidate whose objections are found to be genuine. 
  • In the 2020 session, no changes were made in Shift 1 & 3 answer keys but one question in the QA section was changed in Shift 2 based on the objection raised and submitted by candidates. 

How to Submit CAT Answer Key 2021 Objections?

Follow the steps given below while raising the objection against CAT Answer Key:

  • Visit the official website of CAT.
  • Click on the tab “Candidate Login”
  • Now enter CAT Login ID and password.
  • After that, the candidate personal details page will open.
  • Click on the tab “Objection form”
  • Use the “+” icon to add an objection
  • Now candidates need to select details like Question number, section, and type of objection need to be chosen.
  • Pick one of the three options - (i) None of the options is a correct answer (ii) More than one option is a correct answer (iii) The answer key is incorrect. 
  • Pay objection fee i.e. INR 1200 per objection through debit/credit or Net banking.

Fee to Challenge CAT Answer Key 2021

CAT Answer Key challenge fee per question is INR 1200. This has to be paid along with the Transaction Processing Fee for Raising Objections, which is tabulated below:

Debit Card (Visa/Rupay/Master) 0.75% of the value of the transaction for value up to INR 2,000 and 1.00% for value more than INR 2,000
ATM-cum-Debit Cards 0.75% of the value of the transaction for value up to INR 2000 and 1.00% for value more than INR 2,000
Credit Card (Visa/Master) 1.20% of the value of the transaction
Credit Card (Amex/Diners Club) 2.85% of the value of the transaction
Cash Credit and Wallet 1.75% of the value of the transaction
Net Banking For HDFC, AXIS, ICICI- INR 18.00 per transaction and For SBI- INR 15.00 per transaction for rest of the banks.

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CAT 2021 Memory Based Question Paper with Answer Key

Also, the Memory-based CAT 2021 Question Paper along with the Answer Keys are updated below for each slot.

CAT 2021 Exam Slot CAT 2021 Question Paper  CAT 2021 Answer Key 
CAT 2021 Slot 1 Download PDF Available Soon
CAT 2021 Slot 2 Available Soon Available Soon
CAT 2021 Slot 3 Download PDF Download PDF

CAT Answer Key: Download Previous Years’ PDFs for QA, VARC and DILR

Candidates can download the previous years’ CAT Answer Key PDFs from the tables below for 2020, 2019, 2018, and 2017.

CAT 2020 Answer Key

CAT Answer Key 2020

No changes had been made in preliminary CAT Answer Key 2020 for Shift 1 and 3 question papers. However, the answer key for question ID- 48916812935 in the QA section of Shift 2 had been revised. Candidates can download the CAT Answer Key 2020 PDFs along with the Question Papers from the table below: 

CAT 2020 Slot CAT 2020 Question Paper CAT 2020 Answer Key
CAT Quant Slot 1 Download PDF Download PDF
CAT Quant Slot 2 Download PDF Download PDF 
CAT Quant Slot 3 Download PDF Download PDF
CAT DILR Slot 1 Download PDF Download PDF
CAT DILR Slot 2 Download PDF Download PDF
CAT DILR Slot 3 Download PDF Download PDF
CAT VARC Slot 1 Download PDF Download PDF
CAT VARC Slot 2 Download PDF Download PDF
CAT VARC Slot 3 Download PDF Download PDF

CAT 2019 Answer Key

CAT Answer Key 2019

No changes had been made to the preliminary CAT Answer Key 2019. None of the objections raised by the candidates were accepted. Candidates can download CAT Answer Key 2019 along with the question paper for each section in the exam.

CAT 2019 Slot CAT 2019 Question Paper CAT 2019 Answer Key
CAT Quant Slot 1 Download PDF Download PDF
CAT Quant Slot 2 Download PDF Download PDF
CAT DILR Slot 1 Download PDF Download PDF
CAT DILR Slot 2 Download PDF Download PDF
CAT VARC Slot 1 Download PDF Download PDF
CAT VARC Slot 2 Download PDF Download PDF

CAT 2018 Answer Key

CAT Answer Key 2018

CAT 2018 Slot CAT 2018 Question Paper CAT 2018 Answer Key
CAT Quant Slot 1 Download PDF Download PDF
CAT Quant Slot 2 Download PDF Download PDF
CAT DILR Slot 1 Download PDF Download PDF
CAT DILR Slot 2 Download PDF Download PDF
CAT VARC Slot 1 Download PDF Download PDF
CAT VARC Slot 2 Download PDF Download PDF

CAT 2017 Answer Key

CAT Answer Key 2017

CAT 2017 Slot CAT 2017 Answer Key with Question Papers
CAT QA Slot 1 Download PDF
CAT QA Slot 2 Download PDF
CAT VARC Slot 1 Download PDF
CAT VARC Slot 2 Download PDF
CAT DILR Slot 1 Download PDF
CAT DILR Slot 2 Download PDF
CAT Exam Analysis

CAT Exam Analysis 2021

CAT 2021 will be conducted on November 28, 2021. The exam will be held in three slots- Slot 1, Slot 2 and Slot 3. CAT Exam Analysis 2021 will be updated here based on the students’ reactions and expert analysis. 

CAT 2021 Exam Slot CAT Exam Analysis 2021
CAT 2021 Slot 1 Available Soon
CAT 2021 Slot 2 Available Soon
CAT 2021 Slot 3 Available Soon

Calculate CAT Score

CAT 2021 Response Sheet & Calculation of Score

To calculate CAT 2021 score with the help of answer key, candidates need to follow the steps given below:

  • For each correct answer, 3 marks are awarded, which means if the candidate has got 70 answers correct, then the score will be 70x3 = 210 marks.
  • For each incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted. So, if a candidate has responded 10 questions incorrectly then negative marks are -10.
  • Now subtract total marks deducted from total marks scored to get CAT Raw score which is 210-10 = 200 marks.

Formula to calculate CAT Raw score: 3 X (Number of Correct Responses) - 1 X (Number of Incorrect Responses)


CAT 2021 College Predictor

After the exam is conducted, candidates can use CAT 2021 College predictor to get an idea about the probable percentile.

  • By using the answer key, candidates will know their overall/sectional score as well as the percentile for the same.
  • Collegedunia’s college predictor will help the candidates to estimate their percentiles and chances of getting shortlisted by management colleges. Read More CAT Score Vs Percentile

Frequently Asked Questions

CAT Answer Key 2021 FAQs

Question: Is the fee to challenge CAT Answer Key 2021 refundable?

Ans. A fee of INR 1200 plus transaction processing charges needs to be paid for every objection raised against CAT Answer Key 2021. Candidates must note that this fee is only refundable if the challenge is found correct post verification by experts. 


Question: What are the benefits of releasing CAT Answer Key 2021?

Ans. One of the reasons for the release of CAT answer key is to ensure transparency and secondly to let the candidates know about their probable score based on the responses given by them in in the exam. As this will help the candidates to get an idea about the prospective institutes from where they are likely to get a call for the next round of selection.


Question: Will the candidates get an opportunity to challenge the CAT answer key 2021?

Ans. Yes. Candidates who appeared for the entrance exam can submit the objection against CAT answer key by paying the requisite fee of Rs 1200 for each objection. The last date to raise objections is Dec 11, 2021.


Question: What is the procedure to check CAT Answer key 2021?

Ans. In order to check CAT answer key 2021, candidates who appeared for the exam need to provide their login ID and passwords for the same.


Question: Is there any provision of re-evaluation and re-checking in CAT 2021?

Ans. No, there is no provision of re-evaluation and re-checking in CAT 2021.


Question: Till when can I raise an objection against CAT answer key 2021?

Ans. IIM has declared CAT Answer Key on Dec 8, 2021. Candidates can raise objections against CAT answer key till Dec 11, 2021.  The candidates are allowed to raise objections, if any, during that period only. No request will be entertained after that or after the result declaration by the authorities. 


*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

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