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Common Admission Test (CAT)


The IIM's will host CAT 2021. (Indian Institute of Management). The exam will take place once a year. CAT scores are accepted by a number of business schools for admission to MBA, PGDM, and other programmes. In general, students who want to apply to IIMs will study for the CAT exams. The Standardized Aptitude Test (CAT) is a common entrance exam for India's 20 IIMs and over 1,200 business schools. IIMs conduct the CAT test on a rolling basis. In 2021, the CAT test was held in IIM Ahmedabad. The CAT inquiry article contains MCQs and non-MCQs from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). The CAT test is taken by approximately two lakh students every year. A total of 2.30 lakh CAT 2021 attracted 1.90 lakh applications, with 1.90 lakh applicants taking the exam. The CAT 2021 notification will be given in the last week of July, and registration will begin in the first week of August. In the last week of November, the CAT exam is held in 156 locations across India at various exam centres. Shortlisting for IIMs begins shortly after the CAT results are revealed in the first week of January. The CAT 2021 exam is set to take place on November 28. The CAT 2021 is accepted by over 2,000 other MBA institutes in India for admission to their PGP, MBA, and PGDM programmes. The CAT 2021 is an exam that evaluates a candidate's logical and analytical thinking abilities, as well as their numeric aptitude and general knowledge. Any student with a bachelor's degree in any discipline from a recognized university is eligible to take the CAT 2021 exam. It is the most popular entrance exam for Management  admissions in India. On a single day, the exam is given in a single paper throughout various shifts. The CAT 2021 score is used by management institutes to shortlist applicants for their GD/PI/WAT rounds.


Entrance Exam Highlights:



Common Aptitude Test

Organized by

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad 

Exam Type

National level


once a year

Official Website

Mode of Registration


Exam Mode


Total Questions


Negative marking




Exam Pattern 

Computer-Based Test

No. of Participating Colleges

20 IIMs and over 1200 B-schools in India

Score Validity

One year


Important Dates for CAT 



Dates (officially announced)

CAT 2021 Official Notification

July 29, 2021

CAT 2021 Application Form Start

August 4, 2021 (10 am onwards)

CAT 2021 Application Form Closing

September 22, 2021 (5 pm onwards)

Release of CAT Admit Card 2021

October 27, 2021

CAT 2021 Exam Date

November 28, 2021

CAT Result Date 2021

January 03, 2022


Courses offered:


Applicants can take part in the following courses offered by 20 IIMs and other top Bussiness schools in India on the basis of a CAT Marks:

CAT 2021 Eligibility



Admission Process for CAT 2021:


CAT 2021 Application Form:



A few quick facts


How to Apply for the CAT 2021


There are some  steps to registering for the exam. :



CAT 2021 Application Fee (in INR)








CAT 2021 Application Fee Payment Options


The sole option for paying the registration fee is to do it via the internet. The payment options are as follows:


Exam Pattern for CAT 2021


Exam Type: Computer-based test

Total number of questions: 100

Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability, and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning are the number of sections (there are three sub-sections).

Exam time: three hours, with one hour allotted to each component.

75 multiple-choice questions (MCQs) with negative marking

Non-MCQs (questions with no negative marking): 25

Marking Scheme: +3 points for correct answers; -1 point for incorrect answers 


CAT 2021 Syllabus


The IIMs do not provide a CAT syllabus. However, a list of commonly occurring subjects has been compiled based on the analysis of previous year's exam papers.

Geometry, Arithmetic progression, Installment Payments, Arithmetic mean, Logarithm, Work and time are all examples of quantitative aptitude.

Graphs, critical reasoning, statements and assumptions, syllogisms, and Venn diagrams are all DILR terms.

VARC: Analogies, Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning, Idioms, Sentence Correction, Sentence Completion


CAT 2021 Selection Process :


More than 2 lakh individuals take the CAT test each year, with those who score well enough in the CAT moving on to the CAT Selection Procedure. Applicants must pass the CAT 2021 cut-off, which is one of the prerequisites of the CAT 2021 screening process. Verification of certificates and documents, as well as cross-verification of the CAT 2021 .CAT 2021 applicants will need to apply under the reserved category. Read the detailed CAT 2021 selection method for more information.


Admit Card CAT 2021


CAT 2021 admit cards will be available to download at in the last week of October 2021 for all students who have successfully registered for the entrance exam.


CAT 2021 Admit Card Requires Identification Documents


Along with their CAT 2021 admit card, candidates must bring one of the following photo ID proofs:



How to Get the IIM CAT Admit Card 2021



CAT 2021 Result


The CAT 2021 results are declared on Monday at 5 pm. Candidates can now download their official CAT 2021 scorecards by logging onto the CAT 2021 website ( This year, seven students from an engineering background and two from a non-engineering background scored 100 percentile in the IIM CAT examination.

CAT 2021 was successfully conducted on November 28, 2021, at 438 test centres spread across 156 cities in India.
Around 1.92 lakh candidates appeared for the exam out of 2.30 lakh registered eligible candidates. The overall attendance was approximately 83 percent.

Out of the total number of candidates, 35 percent were females, 65 percent were males and 2 candidates represented transgender.


The candidate's name, rank, registration, picture, sectional score, overall score, sectional percentile, and overall percentile will all appear on the CAT 2021 scorecard.


Answer Key for CAT 2021


The correct answers to all of the exam's questions will be included in the CAT 2021 response key. Using the CAT 2021 answer key, candidates will be able to calculate how many correct and erroneous answers they recorded on the admission exam. In order to appropriately estimate their likely ratings, candidates must also be conversant with the CAT 2021 labelling scheme.


How to Get the CAT Answer Key 2021


This section will walk you through the process of downloading the CAT 2021 answer key. Following the processes mentioned below, test takers can study the right answers to the questions on the admission exam. The infographic below is for CAT 2021, although the procedure for CAT 2021 will remain the same.


Step 1: Go to the exam's official website once the CAT 2021 response key is published.

Step 2: Go to the homepage and click 'Login.'

Step 3: After clicking the connection, enter your User ID and Password.

Step 4: After entering the proper credentials, the CAT 2021 response key will show on the screen.

Step 5: Check your answers against the CAT 2021 answer key.

Step 6: Save the CAT 2021 response key on your PC in case you need it again.