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CAT 2021 Registration- Application Form, Dates, How to Apply and Application Fees

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Urvashi Singhal

Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Oct 28, 2021

Test Common Admission Test (CAT) is an entrance exam to get into 2 year MBA programs at 20 IIMs in India. CAT 2021 is scheduled in November 2021 and the registration process will begin in July. The eligibility for taking CAT exam is 50% marks in graduation, for reserved categories the qualifying marks are relaxed up to 5% check CAT 2021 eligibility & reservation criteria.

Test Every year CAT exam is conducted by one of the IIMs for over 2 lakh candidates to offer admission in 5000+ seats. CAT Application fees for general & male candidates is INR 2000 + Bank Processing Charge & for other candidates is INR 1000 + Bank Processing Charge. Know More

test CAT Latest Updates:

  • April 21: CAT aspirants can download section wise CAT Previous Years Question Papers to boost preparation. Click Here
  • April 15: IIM-R Director has suggested the formation of ‘CAT Corporation’ to conduct CAT in multiple languages & attempts. Read More

CAT 2020 has been conducted successfully and IIMs have released CAT shortlisted candidates and have begun with their admission cycle. Know More IIM Common Application Process (IIM CAP). IIM Ahmedabad has decreased the weightage of CAT exam this year from 80% to 65%. This increases the chance of candidates from diverse background to sit for the selection process. IIM Ahmedabad Selection Process

The Average Cut Off to get into top IIMs this year is 94 percentile, map your score to percentile. Check Score vs Percentile mapper.

Common Admission Test Highlights

Particulars Details
CAT 2021 Conducting Body To be announced (Conducted by 1st Generation IIM on rotational basis )
CAT Official Website
Duration 2 Hours
Number of Sections 3 (Quantitative Ability-34, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension-34, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning-32)
CAT 2021 Application Mode Online
Medium of Exam English (Exam is conducted in CBT mode)
CAT Helpdesk; 1800-2090-830
CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

CAT 2021 pattern is likely to change because CAT 2020 was trimmed to 76 questions from 100 due to COVID-19. The CAT test duration was also trimmed to 120 minutes from 180 minutes which is likely to be restored for CAT 2021 (final notification awaited). CAT consists three sections of Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension(VARC) & Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR). As per trends, CAT Syllabus is derived from 10th -12th standard chapters and largely remains undefined. IIMs releases a CAT Mock Test every year which highlights question types and syllabus. Check Complete details at CAT Exam Pattern

CAT Exam pattern 2021
CAT 2021 Important Dates

CAT 2021 Important Dates (Tentative)

The exam dates for CAT 2021 are tentative and will likely be finalized with the release of notification in July 2021. The conducting IIM for CAT 2021 will be confirmed by April or May 2021. Bookmark this page & keep visiting to get fastest update on CAT Exam Schedule & Dates

Events Dates
Issue of notification Last week of July 2021
Starting of registration process 1st week of August 2021 (In online mode only at
Last date for registration 4th week of September 2021 (Form Correction facility available for image correction)
Admit card release October 2021 (In Online mode only)
Date of exam November 2021
Answer key release date December 2021 (Separate release of Provisional and Final answer Keys)
Result declaration January 2022

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Why to take CAT

Why to take CAT Exam?

CAT exam is the only gateway to get into IIMs. IIMs offers education from the best-qualified faculty and a chance to study with top-class students of India.  IIMs offer a considerable rise in paycheque and can offer up to 100% hike in the average pay. Internships and placements are offered by top firms like Goldman Sachs, TAS, JP Morgan, etc. Check out IIM Ahmedabad placement report to get an insight. if you have doubt about why to do an MBA then visit this page

Changes in CAT Exam

  • The application fee for CAT exam was increased from INR 1,900 to 2,000 for General category students and from INR 950 to 1,000 for SC/ST/PwD candidates.
  • Candidates can now select up to six cities for CAT Exam center choice. 
  • Also total CAT Exam slots were increased from 2 to 3 i.e. Slot 1- 8:30 AM to 10:30 PM, slot 2 - 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, slot 3 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.
  • Last year the time duration of CAT exam was reduced to 120 minutes from 180 minutes i.e. 40 minutes for each section. 

CAT 2021 Preparation

CAT 2021 Coaching & Preparation

CAT Coaching is offered in both the modes online + classroom. Many toppers have taken coaching of the entire CAT syllabus or single section depending upon the preparation level. Before shortlisting any coaching institute make sure you take a mock test using CAT Previous Year papers to get an idea of which part of the syllabus should be focussed. You should also ask for a demo class from the institute to get a feel of actual course delivery.

CAT Preparation

CAT Preparation should constitute over 50% of time spent on solving mock papers and practice papers. To get previous year papers in PDFs click here The weak areas needs to be addressed with the help of self study or some mentor or coaching institutes. CAT Exam is considered as one of the most competitive exams in our country which is given by lakhs of candidates each year to get selected in 21 IIMs located across the country. With the number of applicants increases each year, the exam is getting tougher day by day.

CAT Preparation Books

Ekansh Agrawal (CAT 2020 99.98 Percentile) solved 60% of the book Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma. There are many books that can be preferred while preparing for CAT. Checkout Important Books for CAT.

Name of Books Author
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Arun Sharma (8th Edition)
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum Sarvesh Kumar (2018)
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Nishit Sinha (2016)
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension for CAT Meenakshi Upadhyay and Arun Sharma (8th Edition)
The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Nishit Sinha (2016)
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis (2019)

CAT Preparation time for an average candidate varies between 8-10 months. Many toppers have suggested solving mock papers for at least 6 months to get a hold over the exam. Read preparation strategy for all the sections

Key Takeaways from CAT 2020 for CAT 2021 Aspirants- CAT exam pattern is slowly moving towards an IQ-based Test rather than a Knowledge-based test. The test that earlier gave an upper hand to engineering students is now touching the level of GMAT.

Sections like Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension is becoming a major hurdle. Conceptual questions are becoming less intensive with more occurrence of IQ based questions in every section.

CAT 2021 Registration

CAT 2021 Registration, Eligibility & Reservation

CAT Application Form

CAT Registration can be made online at the official website once the link gets activated. Students need to pick the preferred IIMs while filling the application form along with four exam centers. The allocation of CAT exam centers is done as per the availability and preference. It is advised to fill all the four exam center preferences carefully, though authorities may provide a small window for CAT form correction around September 2021.

CAT Application fees as discussed in the opening lines is 2000 for general candidates and 50% rebate is offered for female and reserved quota candidates. The payment can be made online only.

CAT Eligibility

CAT Eligibility is 50% in graduation for general candidates and CA, CS, ICWA degrees are also eligible to take the exam. There is no limit to take the CAT exam. CAT 2021 Eligibility

Reservation in the CAT exam is offered to the reserved quota students as per the GOI guidelines. There is a 5% relaxation in qualifying percentage and also the qualifying percentile is subsidized for such candidates. Check More about CAT Reservation details

CAT 2021 Admit Card & Exam Centers

CAT Registration is followed by the release of CAT Admit Card 2021 which can be downloaded from the CAT website from October 2021. The CAT Hall Ticket will be released in fourth week of October 2021. Check the details around CAT 2021 Admit Card

CAT 2021 will be conducted in 425 test centers across 156 exam cities in the nation. The probability of conducting CAT in 2 slots rather than in 3 slots like that of CAT 2020 is high. Check CAT 2021 Exam Centers

CAT 2021 Marking Scheme

CAT Marking Scheme & Percentile

CAT score is the total marks obtained by a candidate in the entrance exam. Conventionally CAT is a 300 marks exam scored from 100 questions i.e. 3 marks per question and one negative marks for a wrong answer. Score is not widely circulated data for CAT but percentile. Many IIMs also consider sectional cut off for ex IIM Trichy sectional cut off is 80, 80 and 95 for QA, VARC & DILR respectively overall it is 94. Percentile can be mapped with the score on the basis of this score vs percentile mapper.

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CAT 2021 Cut Off

CAT 2021 Cut Off & Selection Process

Selection process of IIMs do not consider CAT Cut off as only qualifying criteria instead they test students on further rounds of Written Aptitude Test (WAT) or Group Discussion (GD), followed by a personal interview round. A certain weightage from CAT Exam, GD/WAT, PI and performance in graduation, 10th and 10+2 exam is considered to decide the selection. Checkout IIM Ahmedabad selection process in this snapshot.

IIM Selection process

Check out this answer on Collegedunia Q&A Platform around CAT Interview at IIM Calcutta

What was Your IIM Calcutta Interview Experience like?

Approx. CAT Cut-Off Percentiles (General Category) Institutes
 CAT Percentile 94.5+ IIT-C, IIT-KH, IIT-KN, IIT-R, IISc-B, IIM-A (ABM), IIM-Asr, IIM-BG, IIM-L (ABM), IIM-N, IIM-Sam, IIM-Srm, IIM-V, MDI-M
CAT Percentile 85+ AJKMCRC, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, IIFM, ISBM-P, IIMC (Mass Com Delhi), MISB, MBE-DU, WIMDR-B

Certain key changes have been observed in IIM Selection Process for 2021-23 admission process-

  • CAT 2020 cut off has been reduced for 1st stag of shortlisting.
  • Certain IIMs like IIM Rohtak are not considering sectional CAT cut offs. Instead it would shortlist candidates on the basis of overall CAT score.
  • Allotted weightage to CAT 2020 exam has been reduced. More weigtage has been given to academic performance and diversity.
  • Female candidates will be awarded bonus marks in IIM Admission process.
  • Many IIMs will not conduct WAT and will organize PI online.

MBA College Accepting CAT Score (Above 90 Percentile)

College Total Fees (Approx) Average Placement Packages
Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM) Rs. 13,75,000 10 LPA
Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kgp Rs. 7,36,000 16.50 LPA
University Business School (UBS) Rs. 32,874 9.5 LPA
MICA Rs. 18,50,000 12.8 LPA
Delhi School of Management (DSM) Rs. 1,58,000 7.5 LPA
Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) Rs. 11,50,000 10.95 LPA
Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research Rs. 11,00,000 11 LPA
Institute for Financial Management and Research Rs 12,00,000 9 LPA
SP Jain Institute of Management and Research Rs. 16,25,000 22 LPA
Institute of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University Rs. 98,888 9 LPA
Institute of Finance and International Management Rs. 11,00,000 19 LPA
Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education Rs. 1,36,000-1,53,000 10.43 LPA
Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra Rs. 4,77,00 11.76 LPA
Institute of Public Enterprise Rs. 8,00,000 6.09 LPA
Balaji Institute of Modern Management Rs. 6,60,000 6 LPA
SCMS Cochin School of Business Rs.. 7,50,000 5 LPA
Department of Management Sciences, University of Pune Rs. 1,32,000 6.43 LPA
Woxsen School of Business Rs. 34,60,000 8.1 LPA
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Usha and Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management Rs. 12,25,000 4.5 LPA
DoMS, IISc Rs. 70,000 24.5 LPA
K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research Rs. 11,93,000 5 LPA
Indian Institute of Forest Management Rs. 4,80,000 7.5 LPA
Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam Rs. 9,00,000 13.08 LPA
Trinity College for Management and Technology RS. 2,12,000 3 LPA
MNNIT Rs.1,01,902 7.82 LPA

MBA College Accepting CAT Score (80-90 Percentile)

College 80-90 Percentile College Above 85 Percentile
Fore School of Management Rs 15.98 lakh IMI, Delhi Rs 16.95 lakh
Goa Institute of Management Rs 16.98 lakh Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur Rs 12.05 lakh
International Management Institute, Delhi Rs 17.68 lakh Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchirapalli Rs 13.75 lakh
S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research Rs 17.50 lakh Delhi School of Management-DTU Rs 3.17 lakh
Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai Rs 15.26 lakh KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai Rs 7.08 lakh
Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management Rs 15.29 lakh Department of Management Sciences, Pune University Rs 1.33 lakh
T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal Rs 14.60 lakh Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur Rs 7.36 lakh
Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management development & Research, Bangalore Rs 11 lakh Department of Management Studies, IIM Madras Rs 7 lakh
Amity University, Gurgaon Rs 8.20 lakh Department of Management Studies, IIT Roorkee Rs 8 lakh
Amity University, Gwalior Rs 8.20 lakh School of Management, Manipal University Rs 6.86 lakh

MBA College Accepting CAT Score (60-80 Percentile)

With preparation for one of the most favored management entrance tests in the nation CAT, aspirants also are in search of colleges that will grant admission at specified scores. Top scorers are usually aware of which college they will get a seat in, but students with a relatively low score are unaware of where to head forward. So here’s a list of colleges divided between different CAT Percentile Range where students can seek admission with designated scores along with their fee structure for the degree program.

Candidates should not get confused about the colleges accepting low percentile not accepting higher CAT percentile. Seats will be granted on the basis of higher scores between two candidates.

The list below marks ten colleges in each percentile range, but does not follow any rank preference.

College 60-70 Percentile College 70-80 Percentile
Christ University Institute of Management, Bangalore Rs 17.87 lakh Alliance School of Business - Alliance University, Bangalore Rs 13.50 lakh
IILM Institute for Higher Education, Delhi Rs 12.90 lakh Amity Business School, Noida Rs 12.80 lakh
Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad Rs 10.04 lakh Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida Rs 12 lakh
Amrita School of Business - Bangalore Rs 10 lakh Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon Rs 11.76 lakh
Acharya Bangalore B-School Rs 8.10 lakh Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, (XIME Bangalore), Hosur Road, Bangalore Rs 10 lakh
International School of Business & Media, Pune Rs 8.90 lakh Amity University, Mumbai Rs 10.00 lakh
AIMS Institutes (AIMS), Bangalore Rs 8.10 lakh CMS Business School, J.P. Nagar, Bangalore Rs 9.90 lakh
Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani Rs 8.04 lakh RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University, Noida Rs 9.5 lakh
School of Petroleum Management-PDPU, Ahmedabad Rs 8.20 lakh Asia-Pacific Institute of Management (AIM, Delhi) Rs 9.65 lakh
New Delhi Institute of Management Rs 7.25 lakh Universal Business School, Sion, Mumbai Rs 8.78 lakh
CAT 2021 FAQ

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CAT Exam 2021 FAQs

Ques. When can I apply for CAT Exam 2021? 

Ans. The application procedure for CAT 2021 begins from the first week of August, 2021. The CAT application process will only be done online, and the application procedure will close in the fourth week of September, 2021. Candidates will get a small window for correction of their application in the last week of September, 2021. 

Ques. Will CAT 2021 be postponed? 

Ans. Various reports indicate that the CAT 2021 exam will not be postponed. As per the CAT 2020 convener, Harshal Lowalekar, there is very little chance that the CAT exam will be postponed or cancelled. However, considering the COVID-19 pandemic and other pertinent situations such as Government Directives at the time, there may be some changes to this. 

Ques. Is 6 Months enough for CAT Preparation? 

Ans. A time of 6 months is largely enough to prepare for the CAT exam. Preparation largely consists of practicing questions and topics of the different questions. If done diligently, six months is enough to clear the CAT Cut Offs of major colleges. 

Ques. Is CAT Score valid for 2 years? 

Ans. No, the CAT scores are valid for a period of 1 year only. Post 1 year, candidates have to re-attempt CAT and clear the Cut Off again to secure admission to their preferred college. 

Ques. Who will set CAT 2021? 

Ans. The CAT Exam is managed and conducted by the first generation IIMs on a rotational basis, which includes the release of notifications, setting the CAT question paper, managing Cut Off etc. The Exam Conduction is handled by Tata Consultation Services, or TCS since 2014. 

Ques. Is a Calculator allowed inside the CAT Exam Center? 

Ans. No, a calculator will not be permitted inside the CAT Exam Center. You will be frisked outside most exam centers and will be asked to keep the calculator inside your bag if you are carrying one. However, an onscreen calculator will be available on the computer you will be attempting the exam on. The calculator can perform most basic calculations. 

Ques. What is the difficulty level of CAT Exam? 

Ans. The CAT exam is generally considered to be tough. The Quantitative Aptitude Section is considered to be the most difficult section followed by the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section. 

Ques. Can a Third Year student apply for CAT 2021? 

Ans. Yes, third year students can apply for CAT, i.e. candidates in the final year of graduation can apply for CAT. However, admission is subject to the candidates providing the proof of graduation such as mark sheets etc. to the college that they have been admitted to. 

Ques. Which is the best institute for CAT Preparation? 

Ans. Here are some of the best institutes for CAT Preparation - 

  • Career Launcher.
  • IMS
  • Triumphant Institute of Management
  • PT Education
  • Bulls Eye

Ques. Can an academically weak student clear the CAT Cut Offs? 

Ans. Yes, academically weak students can crack the CAT exam if they prepare for the exam properly and properly work on their weak points. However, candidates have to keep in mind that many IIMs have a certain minimum academic criteria for admission. 

Ques. Is GK asked in CAT? 

Ans. No, GK is not asked in the CAT exam. However, other management exams such as XAT ask questions based on Current Affairs and General Knowledge.

Ques. What is the best way to prepare for CAT 2021?

Ans. CAT examination is a tough nut to crack and in order to qualify the examination, a year long rigorous practice is required. Candidates who will be appearing in CAT 2021 can refer to CAT Preparation Tips (Hashlink) for better guidance.

Ques. Do I need to submit the overall percentage of marks as that in bachelor’s degree while applying for CAT 2021?

Ans. In order to fulfill that CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria, you need to provide your overall percentage marks as per university norms.

Ques. I have changed my name after completing my Bachelor’s. Which name should I enter in my CAT application form? The previous one or the new one?

Ans. You may enter the changed name while filling up the CAT application form. However you should also provide supporting documents to your changed name at the time of examination, interview, and admission process.

Ques. Can I appear for CAT 2021 from my personal desktop?

Ans. A candidate should appear for the examination at the prescribed date and exam center mentioned in CAT 2021 admit card. Attempting paper from workstations other than the mentioned ones will not be considered.

Ques. Is CAT score the sole criteria for getting admission into IIMs?

Ans. No, CAT score helps in shortlisting of candidates. The final admission list is declared on the basis of the marks scored in all rounds.

Ques. I have completed a dual degree program i.e. Bachelor’s and Master’s. Which course marks should I enter in CAT Registration?

Ans. You need to enter the aggregate marks of Bachelor degree under the bachelor’s score section and the same process should be repeated for Masters.

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


For NC-OBC candidates the category certificate of year 2016 or 2017 will be applicable?
i have done a bpt course of 4.6 years what should be the duration of degree in CAT form? 4 years or 5 years?
what is the fee structure for bba after 10+2 in flame university ?

Hi Pranav, INR 7,70,000 is the annual fee for this course in Flame University. However, you may check the Fee Structure in detail from here.

i want to know whether i can take my bba in christ university banglore and mba in iim indore
Hi Devika, choice of university is totally up to you. You must choose the college as per your choice and convenience for the concerned degree.
actually due date for CAT exam already gone, but I want to fill CAT application form for late fees is it possible .
Hi Nandini, no, registration for CAT for this session is not possible.
Hi Sir, for OBC candidate, do they need to upload self attested NC-OBC certificate provided on CAT website or the original document issued by Central Govt.?
Hi Sayali, yes, students need to upload self attested and scanned caste certificate while filling the application form to avail the benefits of reservation.
I had 6 subjects in my class 12th but i failed in maths.So do i enter my marks out of 500 or 600 in the cat application form?Thankyou
Hi Ankur, candidates have to enter the overall percentage of class 12th (including marks of all the subjects). Thus, marks you will submit will be out of 600.
do we have to appear for SAT or your aptitude test or both to take admission in your university, please reply thanks a lot,.
hi, Please confirm its a regular course? i am working woman so can i apply for Ph.D also.
Can I apply in mba in fashion management with applying any entrance exam
I want to attend the hons exam but registration date is over
Hi. I wanted to know how to do apply for CAT, the registration procedures etc

Hi Rashmi, As above mentioned the Registration Process of CAT or you can read this given:-

Steps to Register for CAT

  1. Visit the official website
  2. Click on Registration for New User on the right side of the page
  3. Read the given instructions
  4. Enter all mandatory details to complete CAT 2018 Registration- Name, DOB, Mobile Number, Country and Email Address to generate OTP. 
  5. Enter the OTP and click on Validate OTP and submit after entering the Captcha Code.
  6. Check on  I Agree and submit CAT Application Form.
  7. After submitting the details, a message on registered mobile number containing the Password and an email containing the User ID will be sent. 
  8. Post successful completion of CAT Registration, a unique login id and password is generated.
  9. These credentials are vital for filling CAT Application Form 2018.
  10. Click on ‘Go to Application Form’ to fill CAT Application Form.
Can we make any changes in the form after submitting the application???
Hi Sir/mam, Yes for CAT 2018, the form-correction window will open in September.
I have completed my three years of Bsc degree. But I have got back in two subjects in 1st and 5th semester. Can I apply for CAT?
Hi Richa, No you can not apply for this Entrance exam, as you need to clear all the subject for the Application in any exam.
While entering the details in CAT registration, I have made a mistake. What should I do now?

Hi Anwesha, The details cannot be corrected in the application form once the application fee has been paid. Before the payment of the application fee, the same can be corrected.The fields where the details cannot be corrected are candidate’s full name, date of birth, mobile number, email ID, state. The fields where the changes cannot be done are address, educational information, and exam city preferences.  

I have undergone a name change after registration, can I still write the exam?

Hi Sonal, Yes, you can write the exam if you have the legal papers stating the reason for the name change and the details of the same must be signed by the concerned authority. The copy of the certificate and originals have to be deposited at CAT Exam Center before taking the exam.

I can give CAT nw? I've given my last year B Com exam in march 2017.. Can i get admission in Xaviers?
ruby pakhariya

Hi Stella, Yes, you are eligible to appear for CAT. But for taking admission in Xaviers, you have to appear for XAT. Check the details about CAT here- Common Admission Test  

For XAT, visit Xavier Aptitude Test

Hello Vijay,There is no limitation to no. of attempts. You can attempt this exam multiple times you wish to. There is no age limitation as well.

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