About CAT - 2021

CAT 2021 - To know all the information about CAT 2021 including important dates, details about eligibility criteria, application form, exam pattern, syllabus, vital preparation tips and the best books, read the full article. The Common Admission Test (CAT 2021) is likely to be conducted by Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode tentatively in the last week of November. The entrance exam is conducted by the IIMs on a rotational basis. CAT 2021 is a national level management entrance examination which is conducted in computer based mode. Candidates who qualify CAT 2021, they will be offered admission to MBA/PGDM courses that at IIMs as well as other B-schools which admit candidates on the basis of CAT score.

The notification for CAT 2021 will be released around the last week of July and the registration process will begin from the second week of August. The end date for filling the CAT 2021 application form will be last week of September. The fee for the application form of CAT 2021 is likely to be Rs. 1900 for General/ NC-OBC candidates and Rs. 950 for SC, ST & PWD candidates. In 2018, CAT was held in 147 cities at 374 centres across India. There are at least 115 B-Schools which admit candidates on the basis of the CAT score, out of which one is in Singapore and 114 are in India.

CAT 2021 Important Dates

CAT 2021 Events

CAT 2021 Dates

CAT 2021 notification release

31-Jul- 2021

Exam registrations start


Registrations end


CAT form correction

Last week of September, 2021

CAT admit card release


CAT mock test link activation First week of November, 2021

CAT exam 2021


CAT answer key release

First week of December, 2021

Answer key challenge process

First week of December, 2021

Final answer key release

Last week of December, 2021

CAT 2021 result declaration

Second week of January, 2022

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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021
According to the official eligibility criteria of CAT 2021, applicants should fulfil the parameters as stated below -
  1. Candidates should obtain a Bachelor’s Degree across disciplines from a recognised University or Institute
  2. General and OBC-NC category candidates must secure at least 50 per cent marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage to obtain is 45.
  3. The duration of the graduation programme in any discipline should be minimum three (3) years.
  4. Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply for CAT 2021 provided they complete their undergraduate studies within the stipulated schedule.
  5. Age Limit - There is no age limit for applying or appearing in CAT 2021 exam.

CAT 2021 Registration

The CAT 2021 application form will be released by the conducting IIM and the registration window will remain open for around 50 days from the date of release. Last year, IIM Calcutta released the application on August 8 and the last date to apply was September 26, 2018 (11:59 PM). The mode of CAT 2021 registration process will be completely online and applicants will have to visit the official website to fill the application form

CAT Reservation Criteria

A certain percentage of seats in IIMs are reserved for SC, ST, OBC and PWD candidates. The table given below provides an overview of the same:
Category Reservation (%)
Scheduled Caste (SC) 15

Scheduled Tribe (ST)

Non-Creamy – Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC) 27
People with Disability (PWD) 3
Total Percentage of Reserved Seats 52.5

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