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CAT Response Sheet 2021 (Out): Download Slot 1, 2, & 3 Response Sheets

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Exams Prep Master | Updated On - Dec 7, 2021

CAT Response Sheet 2021 has been released along with the answer keys on Dec 8, 2021, on the official website- iimcat.ac.in. Candidates can access their CAT 2021 response sheets by logging in to their accounts. CAT 2021 Response sheet contains the candidate’s responses along with the correct responses as per IIM. Candidates can use the response sheets for calculating their raw scores. Check CAT 2021 Score Calculation

  • IIM Ahmedabad has activated 2 tabs- Candidate response and Objection management tabs. Candidates can compare the response sheet with CAT 2021 Answer Key to raise objections against the answers till Dec 11, 2021. 
  • After the completion of raising objections, CAT 2021 Result is expected to be announced by the first week of January 2022. Candidates qualifying CAT 2021 Cut off will become eligible for the admission process of IIMs and other B-Schools. Check CAT 2021 College Predictor

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CAT Response Sheet Dates

CAT 2021 Response Sheet Dates

Event Name  Dates
CAT Exam Date 2021 November 28, 2021 (Concluded)
Publishing of CAT Response Sheet 2021 December 8, 2021
Last Date to File Objections to the Response Sheet of CAT 2021 December 11, 2021
CAT 2021 Official Answer Key December 8, 2021
CAT 2021 Result Announcement 1st week of January 2022

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What is CAT Response Sheet?

CAT Response Sheet 2021

CAT response sheet will have the official CAT  answers which provide the exam takers with the chance to check their responses with the correct standardized responses.

  • Firstly, you must download the response sheet for CAT, view your answers, compare them with the official response sheet published by the conducting body, and then determine if you want to challenge and file an objection to the official CAT answer keys.
  • To contest official responses, IIMs have instructed applicants to fill out a CAT response sheet objection form only in respect of those answers for which they find it necessary to do so. This is because they will be forfeited if objections to CAT responses are found to not be accurate. The objection fee will also not be returned. 

While checking the CAT Response Key, keep the following in mind: 

  1. Check your answers with official answers from CAT with the Response Key 

The CAT response sheet and the evaluation paper will only be valid for the candidates who appeared in CAT. The CAT formal response sheet can help these candidates verify their responses. They can object by submitting an objection raising form in their respective CAT slot. The PDF of the test paper and the CAT answer sheet will be published for all the MCQs and Non-MCQs that were included in the CAT. 

  1. Use the right browser to download the CAT response sheet

Because there is a great rush of exam takers who want to check the published CAT Slot 1 and Slot 2 responses, it is advisable to open the CAT website with the recommended version of Mozilla Firefox to navigate faster through the site. Please check and compare your CAT answers and the official CAT response sheet before you submit the objection inquiries to the CAT website after you review the CAT answer sheet.

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Who can Check CAT Response Key?

  • Only CAT exam takers who will actually appear for CAT can access and download the response sheets for Slot 1 and Slot 2. 
  • A CAT Slot 1 candidate will be able to analyse the CAT Slot 1 response sheet.
  • CAT Slot 2 candidate will be able to do so with the Slot 2 response sheet.
  • If you belong to slot 1, you will not be able to access the response sheet of CAT Slot 2.
  • Similarly, you will not be eligible to view the CAT slot 1 response sheet if you appear in slot 2.

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Download CAT Response Sheet

How can CAT Response Sheet be Downloaded?

Once the CAT result has been announced, the candidates can review their response sheets. Students can download the CAT response sheet through the following steps: 

  • Step 1 - Go over to the CAT 2021 official link, iimcat.ac.in. 
  • Step 2 - Tap on the registration window and enter the CAT registration ID and password. 
  • Step 3 - Candidates could access the CAT response sheet from a new tab. 
  • Step 4 – Calculate the likely marks based on the CAT examination pattern. 
  • Step 5 – Download the CAT response sheet and print it out.

Score Calculation

How to Calculate the Score in CAT Response Sheet?

In order to check their answers and calculate their expected CAT score, the candidates can use the answer key and response sheet. The following steps can be taken for the calculation of the score: 

  • Step 1: Download the response sheet and answer key directly from the official CAT website.
  • Step 2: Review the answers from the response sheet and the answer key. Mark the answers as right or wrong. 
  • Step 3: Ensure that marks are added and deducted in accordance with the marking scheme. Employ the CAT marking scheme given as: 
Type of Questions  Marks for a Correct Answer  Marks for an Incorrect Answer 
MCQs +3 -1
Non-MCQs +3 0
  • Step 4: The cumulative score of the candidate is calculated by using the following formula: CAT Raw Score (for MCQs) = 3 x (number of correct answers) – 1 x (number of wrong answers). 
  • Step 5: Then, the marks received must be added to the marks for Non-MCQs.

Raise Objections

How to File Objections to CAT Response Sheet?

Besides publishing a response sheet, the Indian Management Institute (IIM) of Indore would also give candidates the opportunity to object to the CAT response key within the specified dates and times. Candidates may file their objections provisionally by the first week of December, in compliance with the CAT exam dates.

Candidates who think that the CAT response sheet of IIM Indore has a mistake can file objections by taking the following steps:

  • Step 1 - Go to the authorized CAT page. 
  • Step 2 - Fill in the CAT registration ID and password to login, and then press the "Sign in" tab. 
  • Step 3 - Now, click on the "Challenge the Response Key" link.
  • Step 4 - Select the question and answer that you think is wrong 
  • Step 5 - Tap on the Objection tab and click "+" to pose a doubt.
  • Step 6 - Then, a new window will open to select the section, question type, and question number for the candidate.

On the basis of the last year, the following options are probably available to candidates, while challenging answer keys of CAT 2021:

  1. “None of the Options are Correct”
  2. “Given Answer Key is Wrong”
  3. “More than One Options are Correct”

The number of objections that can be made will not be limited. This means that more than one challenge may be posed by candidates. For each challenge, however, the applicants are obliged, as a raising objection charge, to pay INR 1200

Advantages of CAT Response Sheet 

The following are some of the main benefits of the CAT answer sheet for students: 

  • To bring clarity, IIMs generate response sheets. 
  • Test participants in CAT will find out where they went wrong. 
  • Predicted scores found using the CAT response sheet would help to anticipate the final result. 
  • Query-Cum-Objection Form can be used to raise objections.

CAT Final Answer Key

CAT Final Answer Key 2021

Once candidates raise their objections, the final CAT answer key, which contains all correct responses, is issued by the respective IIM.

  • If the candidate's objection is considered valid by the IIM, then the amount paid will be reimbursed on the same account from which the payment was made.
  • Otherwise, it does not get reimbursed
  • CAT Result will be published by IIM-A after the final CAT answer sheet is released.
  • During the first week of January 2021, IIM Indore will release the result of CAT.
  • The selection process of CAT, which includes IIM Written Ability Test, a Group Discussion, and the Personal Interview rounds, is open to all applicants qualifying for the CAT.

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Frequently Asked Questions

CAT Response Sheet 2021 FAQs

Ques: When and where can the CAT response sheet be accessed? 

Ans: CAT Response Sheet has been made available on iimcat.ac.in on Dec 8, 2021. CAT 2021 Response sheet contains your responses and the correct responses which will also help you in calculating the raw scores.

Ques:How can a student check the response sheet for CAT online? 

Ans: Candidates should use their CAT login ID and password on the official webpage to review the CAT response key online. 

Ques:What is there in the CAT response sheet? 

Ans: The CAT response sheet consists of section-wise questions that you have answered or not answered in your slot, the answer option that you have given, and answer status – whether right or wrong as per the IIM's official response sheet. 

Ques: How can I challenge the official CAT response sheet? 

Ans: You have to fill out the CAT objection form for the response sheet which will be available on the official CAT website and submit the same. Please check and compare thoroughly before submitting a query-cum-objection form.

Ques: Will candidates be reimbursed for their fees for objections? 

Ans: IIM Indore shall only refund the fee for objection if the objection raised by candidates is deemed correct.

Ques: What is the distinction between the CAT response sheet and the final CAT response sheet? 

Ans: The IIMs release the final CAT response sheet after reviewing all the objections to the originally published CAT response sheet. At the time of final release of the CAT response sheet, if there is no alteration in the CAT response sheet of the IIMs, you would receive the following message: "The IIMs' expert panels have carefully examined the objections raised to the CAT questions. There is no change in the answer key to any subsequent question." 

Ques: How Much Time will be Given to Review and Challenge the CAT Response Sheet? 

Ans: Typically, students would have 3 days to review their CAT slot 1 response sheet or CAT slot 2 response sheet and to raise and send their objections to the official CAT responses.

*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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