CAT Exam 2021 Date, Syllabus, Pattern, Preparation, Updates and Notification

CAT Exam

CAT Exam 2021

Common Admission Test

Exam Level

Post Graduation

Exam Format


Conducted Body

Indian Institutes Of Management

Frequency of Exam

Once A Year

Exam Category

National Level Exam

Mode of Payment

Online & Offline

Mode of Exam




CAT Exam 2021

Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most popular entrance exam for Management courses. CAT exam is conducted by Top most colleges of India that is the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). CAT exam is one of the toughest exams for MBA courses. Every year, around 2.5 lakh MBA aspirants appear for the CAT exam. Scores of CAT are considered as a medium for admission in 20 IIMs and various other management institutes across the country and the scores are valid for up to one year only. It is a computer-based exam which is held once a year usually in the month of November/December. Before 2009, the CAT test was conducted in pen and paper mode only on a single day for all the candidates. The question paper of CAT has gone through a considerable number of variations over the years. CAT became a computer-based online test for management courses with effect from 1st May 2009. CAT Exam is conducted to test the skills of candidates based on Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, and Analytical Reasoning. CAT Exam scorecard is valid for admission to only Post-graduate management programs. CAT is the most preferred Entrance exam for Management courses as it provides a chance of getting enrolled in the top most colleges of India. It is most preferred as well as one of the toughest exams for Postgraduate management courses. CAT scores are used by top most colleges for shortlisting candidates for admission to their courses. But merely qualifying CAT exam is not sufficient for getting admission to the top colleges of Management courses. After qualifying CAT, candidates are required to appear for the further procedure of admissions like Group discussion round and personal interview round. Questions asked in this exam are based on the syllabus of the 12th class. CAT paper consists of 100 each of 3 marks which are required to be answered in 180 minutes. CAT 2019 Notification is most likely to be published in the month of July and the application form will be available on the website in the first week of August.

CAT Exam Eligibility 2021

For appearing in the CAT exam the candidates must meet the eligibility criteria as formulated by the Indian Institute of Management. The candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50 % marks from a recognized university. For reserved category candidates, there is an exemption in eligibility criteria. The candidates from reserved categories like Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Persons with Disability (PWD), can appear for CAT Examination by securing a minimum of 45% marks in Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognized university. There is no age limit in appearing for CAT.

CAT Exam Dates 2021

The CAT Exam online registration will start on the 4th of August 2021 and close on the 22nd  of September 2021. The exam will be conducted on the 28th of November 2021 and as regards the result, it will be declared on the 2nd week of January, 2022.

CAT Exam Pattern 2021

This Exam is conducted once a year usually in the month of November on online mode. CAT question paper consists of three sections divided as Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). The question paper contains 100 questions to be solved in 3 hours. 3 marks are assigned for correct answers and 1 mark is deducted for the wrong answers in CAT Exam. English is the only medium of answering the questions. Each question consists of four choices from which the only one is correct, candidates have to select the right answer from the given options.

CAT Exam Syllabus 2021

CAT syllabus is not officially released by IIM. However, the Questions in CAT Exam are based on the curriculum of class 10+2. The questions asked in CAT are both Multiple Choice Questions and Non-Multiple Choice Questions. The syllabus for CAT is divided into three sections namely Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). The syllabus for VARC is divided into two parts, one is Reading comprehension passages and other is Verbal ability. DILR section is based on the questions of interpretation of data from Tables, charts bar diagrams, etc., and logical reasoning questions based on Binary Logic, Blood Relations, Series, and Seating Arrangement, etc. The Syllabus of Quantitative ability covers every topic in Mathematics.

CAT Exam Registration/Application Process 2021 

The online application process of the CAT exam is expected to start from the second week of August to the last week of September. The application form of CAT is released by the conducting IIM on the official website it. Applicants are required to fill the form properly. The application is a four-step process, it includes registration for CAT, filling of the application form uploading of required documents, and paying the fee. The fee can be paid through Credit Card, Debit Card, or Net Banking. To register for CAT, candidates are required to log in to the official website as a new user. User ID and password are shared with the candidate on email after a successful registration. Thereafter the candidate can fill the form.

CAT Exam Admit Card 2021

The CAT Admit Card 2020 can be downloaded from the official website of CAT. Admit card is likely to be made available on the official website by IIMs from 28th October 2020 and the last day to download the CAT Admit Card will be 28th November 2020, the CAT exam day. After downloading the CAT Admit Card, it is a must for a candidate to take a printout of it on A4 size paper. No hard copy of the CAT hall ticket will be sent to the candidates applying for CAT, it is required to download it. Admit Card is the most important document and no candidate is allowed to enter the exam hall without it. A candidate who has applied for CAT should immediately download the Admit Card once it has been made available on the website to recheck the details mentioned on it.

CAT Exam Center 2021

The list of all the exam centers for CAT will be released by Conducting IIM at its official website. According to the last year’s data, the CAT exam was conducted in 156 cities and at more than 400 test venues across the country. So, it is expected that a number of CAT centers will go beyond 156 this year. IIMs hold a right to change or cancel any exam center or city or change the time and date at their discretion. In the 2018 exam, IIM Lucknow previously added some new centers for the CAT examination in cities of Bhatinda (in Punjab), Samba in J & K, Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra, Purnea in Bihar, Dharwad and Gulbarga in Karnataka, Dhenkanal in Odisha, Waknaghat in Himachal Ernakulam in Kerala and Bankura in West Bengal. The candidate can choose four cities of their preference for giving the exam but the final exam center will be allotted by the Conducting IIM from the preferred location of the candidates.

CAT Exam Result 2021

It is expected that IIM Indore will declare CAT 2021 result in the second week of January. To check the result candidates can visit the official website i.e., With the declaration of results, the scorecards will also be released on the same official website. These scorecards can be downloaded by the candidate using their ID & Password. These scorecards are not only used by IIMs for admission but it is used by many other institutions for admission in management courses. Admission to IIMs doesn’t depend solely on the qualification of CAT. The next step towards admission to the topmost colleges of India for Management includes a group discussion round and a personal interview round.

CAT Exam Cut Off 2021

Cut-off marks are the minimum marks or percentile which a test taker must secure in order to qualify for further selection rounds. All the top colleges will release the CAT 2020 cut-offs to shortlist the candidates for the selection procedure. Cut off for the topmost colleges like old IIMs and other B-School like FMS, MDI Gurgaon, etc. goes over 99 percentiles every year. Cut off for the New IIMs like IIM Ranchi, IIM Raipur, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Rohtak, IIM Udaipur, IIM Trichy, and IIM Kashipur, and other top B-School goes over 90 percentile and above every year.

CAT Exam Question Paper

For cracking the CAT Exam, making the right choice of books and study material is the first choice in preparation for CAT. There are a lot of study materials and books which are available in the market for preparation.  Due to the presence of numerous books in the market, it is quite hard for the students to select the best out of it. As the selection of worthy study material is really important as this will work as a ladder towards the aim of cracking the CAT exam. But the best way to prepare for the exam is to take help from the last ten years Question papers, Question Banks and anyone can practice from the practice test series provided by many websites.



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