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CAT Eligibility 2021: Check CAT Age Limit, Qualification, Marks, & Reservation

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Nikkil Visha

Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Nov 22, 2021

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 is that the candidate must have completed a graduation degree with a minimum of 50% marks can apply for CAT Exam. Also, 5% relaxation in qualifying marks will be given to reserved category candidates. 

  • CAT eligibility criteria also allow the final candidates to do CAT Registration 2021 but a candidate will be admitted into a course only if he clears graduation with at least 50% marks. 
  • There is no age limit criteria to appear for CAT 2021 which is scheduled to be held on Nov 28. Check CAT Exam Dates 2021
  • Moreover, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the last two years, most of the candidates have been awarded “promotion/pass” certification in place of mark sheets. Therefore conducting body has allowed the candidate to complete & submit the CAT2021 application form despite the requirements of minimum eligibility criteria by choosing the option of Promotion or Pass in the application form. Read More
  • Also, candidates with the reserved category can take the benefit of reservation policy while filling the online application form. Check CAT 2021 Reservation 

CAT Eligibility 2021 Key Highlights

Abbreviation Common Admission Test
CAT Conducting Body Indian Institute of Management
CAT Minimum Educational Qualification Bachelors Degree
CAT Minimum Marks 50% (General and NC/OBC)
Relaxation 5% for reserved categories
CAT Age Limit None

Changes Introduced in CAT Eligibility 2021 

The authority has announced a few changes or exceptions in CAT 2021 eligibility criteria which will only be applicable for CAT 2021. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the last two years, most of the candidates have been awarded “promotion/pass” certification in place of mark sheets. Therefore conducting body has allowed the candidate to complete & submit the CAT2021 application form despite the requirements of minimum eligibility criteria by choosing the option of Promotion or Pass in the application form. Candidates are advised to look at the new criteria mentioned below:

Candidates in the Final Year:

  • Candidates with “promotion or pass” certificates instead of “award of marks” certificates in the last two years of UG program can enter the “Promotion or Pass” option in the application form
  • The new criteria is also applicable to final year students with an “award” of marks certificate. 
  • Final year candidates with graduation years – 2021 and 2022 can take the benefit of exception in CAT eligibility. 

Candidates Graduated in 2020 and 2021:

  • After the implementation of the above points, the minimum percentage of marks criteria i.e. 45% and 50% or equivalent CGPA respectively for appearing for the CAT 2021 exam has been removed. 
  • This exception is made to ensure parity to candidates who have completed the bachelor’s degree in 2020 and 2021.

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CAT 2021 Eligibility: Educational

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021: Educational Qualification

Here is the minimum Educational Qualifications for CAT 2021:

  • The candidate should have completed his/her Bachelor’s degree program in any stream from a recognized university or have an equivalent qualification that is recognized by the Ministry of HRD, India.
  • For general and NC-OBC category candidates, the minimum percentage required in the bachelor’s degree is 50%.
  • Candidates from the reserved categories must attain a minimum aggregate percentage of 45% in the bachelor's program.
  • For candidates who are awarded grades or CGPA, the conversion of grades or CGPA will be according to the process certified by the university/ institute.
  • Candidates in the final year of the program or awaiting their results can also apply. In such cases, a candidate will have to submit a certificate issued by the Principal/Registrar of the College/Institution latest by the specified date. The certificate should state that the candidate has completed the requirements of the course.

The academic qualification details of CAT Eligibility are tabulated below:

Qualification University Pass Percentage
Engineering Degree – B. Tech/ B.E. Recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE 50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)
Bachelor’s Degree from any University Recognized by UGC 50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)
Students who are pursuing the final year of their Bachelor’s degree can also take the examination. Continuing graduation from University Recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE or UGC 50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)
CA/CS/ICWA/Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI) Recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE 50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)

CAT Eligible Degrees

There are certain degrees that are considered equivalent to a bachelor's degree. Candidates who possess or are pursuing any of these degrees are also eligible to appear for CAT 2021. The equivalent qualifications valid for appearing in CAT are listed below:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Technology of 4-years duration completed after 10+2 or Post B.Sc. or Post Diploma.
  2. A degree equivalent to a bachelor's degree in Engineering and Technology of Professional Societies recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE such as AMIE by Institution of Engineers, India or AMICE by Institute of Civil Engineers of India.
  3. Qualification is equivalent to a bachelor’s degree recognized by the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.
  4. Candidates with CA/CS/ICWA degree (Gen: 50% & SC/ST/ PWD: 45%) can also apply.
  5. A candidate with any other qualification not listed here can also apply, but they will have to produce an equivalency certificate issued by the Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.

CAT Eligibility: Marks Calculation

As the respective Institutes or universities from which candidates have passed their graduation follow their own practice to calculate aggregate marks, percentage calculation in CAT will be based on that.

  • Note 1: A recognized university is one that is constituted by an Act of the Central or State Legislature. It also includes any university or institute which is established by an act of Parliament or is declared as deemed to be a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act of 1956.
  • Note 2: In the case of Universities that award grades or CGPA, but do not have a procedure for conversion of grades to the percentage, the equivalent percentage will be calculated by the given process:
    • Candidate’s CGPA/Maximum CGPA) X 100 = Equivalent Percentage

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CAT Eligibility 2021 for Final Year Students

The eligibility criteria for CAT is graduation, although final year students of various bachelor's degree courses can also take the test. However, a candidate will be admitted into a course only if he clears graduation with at least 50% marks. IIMs and other management institutes verify CAT eligibility at various stages of the selection process. After taking CAT 2021, shortlisted candidates must follow the following instructions-

  • They must show an original certificate from the Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar/Director of the University/Institution certifying that they have obtained 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of reserved category) based on latest available grades/marks.
  • They must also submit a set of photocopy of the original certificates at the time of the interview.

For the PGP in IIMs, selected candidates will be allowed to join the program provisionally only if they submit a certificate, stating-

  • They have completed all the requirements (the results may, however, be awaited) for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/ equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate.
  • Their admission will be confirmed only when they submit the original mark sheet and degree certificate of having passed the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification referred to in the certificate issued by the Principal/Registrar of their college/institute.
  • They must obtain at least 50% marks or equivalent. They must submit a photocopy of the mark sheets and degree certificate.
  • Non-fulfillment of this condition will automatically result in the cancellation of the provisional admission.
  • IIMs would not allow any candidate to join their program in case the candidate is unable to complete all the requirements for a bachelor degree.

CAT Eligibility vs IIM Eligibility

CAT Eligibility vs IIM Eligibility: What is the Difference?

There are certain differences between eligibility norms of IIMs and CAT eligibility and candidates due to appear for the exam must be aware of those differences. 

  • There is no age limit defined in the eligibility norms of IIMs or CAT.
  • Though 2 Years Bachelors's degree is not accepted by IIMs though acceptable to appear for CAT as per the old educational system.
  • Apart from this, there are no particular differences unless defined by IIMs in particular.
  • Work experience is preferential in IIMs along with the diversity of academic and co-curricular activities which are not mandatory to appear for CAT. Read More CAT IIM Admission Process

Who isn’t eligible for CAT?

The following aspirants are not eligible to sit for CAT:

  • If the score of the candidate is less than 50% in graduation (45% for SC/ST/PwD candidates), he or she is not eligible to apply for CAT.
  • The candidates pursue both their bachelor's degree and professional degree but have yet to complete both of them.
  • The candidate will be considered ineligible to appear for the exam if his/her graduation is not recognized by the UGC/AICTE/MHRD. 

Work Experience Requirement for IIM

  • It is not mandatory for candidates to hold any prior work experience.
  • Although the CAT Application Form does ask for it, it is not a necessary condition to fulfil.
  • It must be noted that at the time of final selection, this work experience may be given some weightage by the IIMs. However, the exact weightage is never revealed and it varies from one IIM to another.
  • The bottom line is that work experience does not come into play till the last stage of final selection, and even then it does not play a deciding factor.
  • IIMs have been known to have a mixed batch comprising both fresh graduates and students with work experience. 

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CAT 2021 Reservation Criteria

CAT Reservation Criteria 2021

  • IIMs follow the reservation guideline of the central government for admission to their MBA programs.
  • Consequently, the reservation norms are also applicable to CAT 2021.
  • There are two types of reservations of seats at IIMs – Caste based reservation and Reservation for Differently abled individuals.
  • Following the 124th Amendment Bill in the Constitution of India, IIMs have also introduced the EWS quota this year.
  • Persons who are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs, STs, and OBCs and whose family has a gross annual income below Rs 8 lakh are only identified as EWS for the benefit of reservation. 

Caste Based Reservation Policy

The candidates falling in the SC, ST, or NC-OBC category fall under the aegis of Caste-based reservation policy. The rules which apply to these categories are as follows:

  1. Candidates who belong to the SC or ST categories must have scored an aggregate of 45% in their Bachelor’s degree program.
  2. Candidates who belong to the NC-OBC category must have scored an aggregate of 50% in their Bachelor’s degree program.

The distribution of seat reservation based on caste is given below:

CATEGORY PERCENT OF SEATS RESERVED
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 7.5%
Other Backwards Classes – Non-Creamy Layer (NC-OBC) 27%
EWS 10%
CAT 2021 Essential Certificates

CAT Essential Certificates

Those applying under the Differently Abled category must upload a PwD/DA certificate at the time of applying. They also need to produce the original certificate at the time of interview in the desired format:

  1. NC-OBC Certificate
  2. SC-ST Certificate
  3. DA/PwD Certificate
  4. Format for Final Year Certificate
  5. Format for Candidate Identification Affidavit

CAT 2021 Eligibility FAQs

CAT Eligibility 2021 FAQs

Ques. I am yet to complete my Bachelor’s Degree/in the final year of Bachelor’s degree. What marks should I enter in my CAT Registration form?

Ans. The Aggregate Percentage up to the last marks statement received from the University must be provided in the CAT application form.

Ques. I am not pursuing or completing my Bachelor’s degree or any Professional degree. Can I appear for CAT 2021?

Ans. As per CAT eligibility criteria, you are not eligible to appear for CAT 2021.

Ques. Can I appear for CAT for practice purposes, even though I am not eligible for the exam?

Ans. No. You must fulfill the eligibility requirements to appear for CAT.

Ques. I am a General category candidate with 49% in the Bachelor’s and 51%, for my Master’s degree. Am I eligible to apply for CAT 2021?

Ans. No. You should have 50% or more in your graduation.

Ques. I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in May-June 2021 but have a backlog. Am I eligible to apply for CAT 2021?

Ans. Yes, candidates who complete their degree by May 2021 are eligible to appear for CAT.

Ques. Where are the notifications related to CAT 2021 Eligibility Announced?

Ans. All the updated information and Notifications related to CAT 2021 Eligibility are announced on the official website of CAT.

Ques. What are the Academic Qualifications required for CAT 2021?

Ans. Candidates must possess a Bachelor's degree having a minimum of 50% marks or have an equivalent GPA.

Ques. What are the relaxations related to Academic Qualification of a candidate willing to appear for CAT 2021 and belongs to the reserved category?

Ans. Candidates who belong to the reserved category are given a relaxation of 5%, i.e., candidates who belong to the reserved category must have 45% of their bachelor’s degree.

Ques. What if a particular university or Institute does not have a Grade calculating procedure?

Ans. Candidates whose University or Institutes who do not have any grade calculating procedure will be required to divide the candidate’s marks with the maximum marks and then multiply it by 100.

Ques. What are the ‘Specified Disabilities’ required for PWD candidates to give CAT 2021?

Ans. The categories of disability are:

  • In the case of blindness and low vision
  • deafness or if a candidate is hard of hearing
  • locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism

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

Comments


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Anonymous
I am having two Ug degrees. One is Btech which I got right after graduation and the other is BBA which I got through distance learning. Which Ug degree will they consider for CAT application ?
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mohit sarohi

Hello Amal,

You can apply with either of the degrees, as long as you have secured a minimum of 50% marks (for general category) in the graduation.

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Anonymous
I am preparing for CAT 2020. Unfortunately I have an active backlog. can i apply for the CAT.
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mohit sarohi

Hello Fayis,

CAT aspirants who have an academic backlog during their graduate program can still apply and register for CAT 2020 without any issue.

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Anonymous
I have 44.38% in graduation overall can I appear
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mohit sarohi

Hello Soumen,

Unfortunately, it is mandatory to have secured at least 50% marks in the graduation in order to appear for the CAT exam.

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Anonymous
Can we get admission in IIM through JEE test?
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Anonymous
Hello sir, I am Yogesh , from Jodhpur, Rajasthan , i am a student and preparing for MBA Entrances 2020 , I have one doubt regarding in which category i belong to.I am a student of final year B.Tech(food technology) from University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore (UASB) ,which is a part of agriculture and agriculture aligned courses. My doubt is weather i will be considered as Engineer like other engineer or i will be considered in Agriculture quota . Because cutoff varies for both of above criteria and have advantage for agriculture and aligned courses in top B schools such as IIM-A and IIM-L. If you know about it and if you can help me, please help me out sir. I am waiting for your reply Thank you
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Anonymous
Hello sir, I am Yogesh , from Jodhpur, Rajasthan , i am a student and preparing for MBA Entrances 2020 by our pendrive course. I have one doubt regarding in which category i belong to.I am a student of final year B.Tech(food technology) from University of Agricultural Sciences Bangalore (UASB) ,which is a part of agriculture and agriculture aligned courses. My doubt is weather i will be considered as Engineer like other engineer or i will be considered in Agriculture quota . Because cutoff varies for both of above criteria and have advantage for agriculture and aligned courses in top B schools such as IIM-A and IIM-L. If you know about it and if you can help me, please help me out sir. I am waiting for your reply Thanks and regards Yogesh
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Anonymous
i have completed my AMIE degree in 2019. I had enrolled in 2014, am i eligible to fill CAT form
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Anonymous
Im doing pharmd.D (Doctor of Pharmacy) Internship now..which is final year of my course..Am I I eligible to CAT in my Internship?
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Anonymous
my gardauation with 48.11% and I belongs to OBC Catagory am I eligible for MBC CAT Entrance..?
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Anonymous
Hi Sajid, as per percentage criteria, you are eligible for this exam.
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Anonymous
hi i am prince babu kandikatla i completed my graduate 2001 i am belongs to SC category i got 45% how much fees for cat exam give me your feedback through mobile 9154557368 or email princebabukandikatla@gmail.com
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Anonymous
Hi Prince, as you belong to SC category, total application fee payable for you is INR 950.
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Anonymous
I Already have My SC caste certificate with me.Which was updated in 2017 through edistrict.It can be easily verified.So do i still need to download the CAT caste certificate and get it verified from authorities
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Anonymous
Hi Ankur, no, there is no need to get it verified again if it has been done already. However, you will have to upload the same while filling up the application form.
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Anonymous
What was the eligibility for cat MBA in bachelor degree and school 10 and 12th??
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Anonymous

Hi Ayush Jain, the minimum eligibility for admission in MBA through CAT Exam is graduation or its equivalent qualification from recognized University with at least 50% marks.

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i am a working professional and completed my graduation in 2017 ,can i apply for CAT 2019 ,august ? i scored 78 % overall . please advise .thanks
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Hi Arvind, Yes you are eligible. The minimum percentage required to apply for CAT 2019 is 50% with graduation.
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suhaib is this side, i would like to know that, i have just given exam for 4th sem. of b.com but result is not announced yet. would i be able to appear for the CAT exam?
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Anonymous
I have scored 85% in my bachelor's degree but I don't have 90% in my class 10th and 12th board. So is it compulsory to score 90% or above 10th and 12th board to get admission in IIM?
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Anonymous
Is it compulsory to score 90% or above in 10th and 12th board to get admission in IIM?
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I have done 10+2+3 (Diploma) and then taken a degree in Bsc. Computer science through Distant learning mode from Alagappa University. Am I eligible for CAT2019?
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Anonymous
Sir,I GOT 48% IN 12TH CLASS AND HAVE MORE THAN 50 % OF SCORE IN BACHELORS DEGREE SO AM I ELIGIBLE FOR CAT
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Anonymous
When we have to get final year certificate
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Anonymous
Hi Nikhil, It depends upon the college in which you get the classes for Law course. They will give you that information.
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Anonymous
When we have to get final year certificate
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Anonymous
Hi Nikhil, It depends upon the college in which you get the classes for Law course. They will give you that information.