CAT 2021: 5 Registration Form Mistakes You Must Avoid; Extended Last Date for CAT Registration Closes on September 22 News Desk |
September 17, 2021
After getting extended by one week, the CAT 2021 registration window closes on September 22, 2021 at 5 PM instead of Sep 15. This is the last chance to apply for CAT 2021 and you should be careful while filling your CAT 2021 Application form during the extended registration window. The personal details once entered and submitted cannot be changed. IIM Ahmedabad has added Srinagar (J&K) as CAT exam city for the benefit of the CAT aspirants from Kashmir
CAT 2021 registration

CAT 2021 registration and application last date is extended to September 22, 2021 till 5 PM from earlier September 15 giving last opportunity for CAT aspirants to register and apply for CAT exam.

Apart from this, Srinagar (J&K) has been added to the list of CAT 2021 exam cities saving the many hours of travel time of the candidates, especially from Kashmir valley, who wish to  apply and appear in CAT 2021 exam. Now, these candidates can appear in IIM-CAT 2021 in Srinagar instead of putting in 10-12 hours of travel time on the CAT day in winter of November 28, 2021.

CAT 2021 exam convener and faculty at IIM Ahmedabad, Prof M P Ram Mohan has advised the CAT aspirants to complete their registration and application early and not to wait for last minute in order to avoid technical glitches. CAT exam will be conducted in three slots of two hours each on the same day

CAT 2021 Registration: Important Announcement and Benefits
On September 15, 2021 following aspirant friendly changes were announced in CAT 2021 Registration Process:

Good Impact of changes
CAT 2021 Registration last Date
Extended to Sep 22, 2021 till 5 PM
Earlier date was September 15, 2021. New candidates can apply and those who applied earlier but did not pay fee can complete it
CAT 2021 Exam City
Srinagar (J&K) added as new exam centre
CAT Applicants from Kashmir valley are benefitted. They need not travel far to appear in CAT exam

IIM Ahmedabad, which is conducting CAT exam this year, opened the CAT 2021 registration and application process at 10 AM on August 4, 2021. With many changes introduced in CAT 2021 registration process as well as the eligibility criteria, you need to be careful while filling your CAT application form 2021 and should avoid the mistakes and review all the application pages before submitting and making payment of CAT registration fee. 

CAT 2021 Registration and application form is different from last year. You should be careful while completing the form as the personal details once entered and submitted cannot be changed. Besides, with changes announced in the CAT eligibility criteria especially for the candidates who have completed graduation degree in 2020 or have appeared/are appearing for 2021, 2022 exam, the filling of CAT registration and application form needs careful data entry.

Changes in CAT 2021 Eligibility: Check Carefully
In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting disruptions in the evaluations across the country, the CAT Committee has made some exceptions in eligibility criteria for CAT 2021.  

Giving a big relief to the candidates with “promotion/pass” instead of “award of marks” certificates in any of the last two years of the bachelor’s program, IIM Ahmedabad has allowed these candidates to enter the “Promotion or Pass” option in the application form instead of marks and percentage of marks.

This eligibility relaxation is also applicable to those final year students with “award” of marks. However, this exception is available only to candidates who are completing the bachelor’s degree this year or are in the final year bachelor’s’ programme (graduation years – 2021 and 2022). This announcement is only applicable on the eligibility criteria for writing the CAT 2021. Read More

The CAT Registration is a 30 minutes process and you should collect all the required documents/material before starting the CAT registration and Application Process. Please note that CAT 2021 application form must be submitted latest by 5 PM alongwith the requisite fee payment on September 22, 2021. After this your CAT application will not be accepted.  Read More 

Things you need before starting CAT registration
Instructions contained in CAT 2021 registration Guide and video demonstrating the procedure to fill up the online application form and clarifying each and every step to systematically complete the CAT online registration and online application form must be followed in completing all the pages in CAT 2021 registration and application form.

In the wake of changes in CAT 2021 registration form, Prof M P Ram Mohan, faculty at IIM Ahmedabad and CAT 2021 exam convener has suggested to follow the 5 undernoted important instructions before you start filling up the CAT 2021 registration and application form  

  1. Gather all the information, documents, certificates regarding your date of birth, exact style of writing name, academics from class 10 onwards, caste, online fee payment instrument that  you will need for filling the form beforehand
  2. Check your eligibility for CAT 2021 by referring to the Eligibility document on the CAT 2021 website.
  3. Ensure you have a valid and unique email address and mobile number.
  4. “*” (asterisk) in the CAT 2021 registration and application form indicates a mandatory field. The boxes marked with this symbol must be filled in, or you will not be allowed to submit your application for CAT 2021.
  5. Keep your Mobile phone near you to verify OTP to get CAT ID & PW. With the ID & Password received from CAT Centre, you can login to CAT 2021 registration site as registered candidate to fill application form.

Getting CAT 2021 ID & PW: Wait Patiently
After successful submission of CAT 2021 Registration form on official CAT website, you need to check your CAT registration ID and password. This CAT ID and password is required to login as registered candidate and to fill your application form.

No Need to Hurry! All candidates at Par
CAT Centre 2021 has advised the candidates not to rush for early CAT Registration 2021. You need to register and apply within the registration window. All candidates will be treated at par who apply from August 4 to September 22, 2021 in slot and test centre allotment. So, take your time and register and apply when it is most convenient during the registration window.

Since the CAT 2021 registration and application form is a little changed, the CAT Centre 2021 has suggested the CAT aspirants to go through the important instructions before proceeding to fill up the CAT 2021 registration form without making any mistake and avoid losing the CAT 2021 registration fee of Rs.2200/- 

CAT 2021 online application form: 5 mistakes you must avoid 
While completing the 1st page of CAT 2021 registration form after login as new user and login again with the CAT 2021 user Id and password, no specific skill is required. You will need to be careful while filling up the CAT 2021 application form where you have to fill up the specific academic details, upload your signature and photograph, upload required certificates and make payment. The five mistakes you can easily avoid are:

1. Personal Details Mistakes: Insert & Upload correct category details and certificate
Enter your name exactly in same pattern and style as it is written in your class 10/SSC certificate. Please ensure to insert correct date of birth from the menu at the column.

If you belong to SC/ST/OBC category or are a EWS/PWD candidate in General category, please carefully go through the list of serial numbers of different categories given in the application form. You should mark the correct serial number of the caste/tribe applicable to you. For details of the Caste/Tribe name applicable to you, see the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) website.

Download the NC-OBC, SC/ST Certificates from the CAT website, enter the required information and get attested from the appropriate authorities, self-attest, and scan as PDF documents to upload the certificates on the CAT website.

If you are a Person with disability (PwD), select yes. Also, select details under PwD Category of disability, Wheelchair Support and Scribe requirement.  Download the Person with Disability (PwD) Certificate from the CAT website, enter the required information and attest signatures from the appropriate authorities, self-attest, and scan as PDF document to upload the certificates on the CAT website.

2. Academic Details Mistakes
You need to enter your education details in the 3rd page of CAT 2021 online application form. The details like percentage of marks obtained are to be entered in all sections. Required details for class 10, 12, bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Other Professional Degree need to be entered. 

If any Board/Institute/University awards only letter grades without providing an equivalent percentage of marks on the grade sheet, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the Board/Institute/ University specifying the equivalent marks or the conversion procedure, and the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on this procedure as certified by the respective board/ University/ institution.

If any board / University / institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate's CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100. The original equivalence certificate needs to be submitted at the time of interview, if shortlisted for the same.

Please note that for computing percentages of marks obtained in SSC/10th/Equivalent examination and HSC/12th/Equivalent/Diploma examination, the aggregate marks of all subjects that appear in the mark sheet/grade sheet would be considered irrespective of the Boards regulation.

For graduates and postgraduates, if the marks are not awarded, please enter ‘Pass’/’Promotion.’ It the percentage of marks is awarded by the Board/Institute/ University, it will be treated as final. If the Institute/University does not award the percentage of marks, it will be calculated on the basis of the marks obtained in all subjects listed in the mark sheet.

How to enter percentage of marks?
CAT 2021 online application form provides column with ‘nnn.nn’ space to fill up your percentage of marks.  The first three ‘nnn’ can be used only when you have scored 100% marks otherwise you should use only 2 digits if your percentage of marks is anywhere between 45% and 99.99%.

You must insert the percentage upto 2 decimal digits as provided for in the CAT 2021 online application form. There is no need to prefix ‘0’ before writing your percentage of marks as it will not accept it.

Correct: 96.50; Wrong: 096.50

After inserting the first 3 digits, if you place decimal and try to write 2 decimal digits, the last digit will not be inserted and the message will be to insert 2 decimal digits. To avoid this mistake, it is advisable to write only the correct form of the percentage of marks, as shown here.

3. MBA Programmes offered by IIMs: Make your Error Free Choice
Prior to choosing the programme and interview city, prepare a list of programmes for which you are eligible to apply. If you are a fresh graduate, you can not apply to executive MBA or one year MBA; if you are not a science, Agriculture, Biotech, Engineering or a graduate in related streams you may not apply to ABM, FABM programme. So make sure to tick on such IIM programmes for which you are eligible

Name of the IIM offering MBA courses
List of MBA courses offered
IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Amritsar
MBA, EMBA, MBA-Business Analytics, MBA-HRM
IIM Bangalore
IIM Bodh Gaya
IIM Calcutta
IIM Indore
IIM Jammu
IIM Kashipur
MBA, MBA (Analytics), EMBA
IIM Kozhikode
PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, PGP-LSM, EPGP (At Kochi campus)
IIM Lucknow
IIM Nagpur
IIM Raipur
IIM Ranchi
PGP, PGP-HRM, PGP (Business Analytics)
IIM Rohtak
IIM Sambalpur
MBA, Executive MBA
IIM Shillong
IIM Sirmaur
IIM Tiruchirappalli
IIM Udaipur
IIM Visakhapatnam

4. Choose Six Test Cities Carefully
This year the CAT 2021 online registration form allows you to choose six test cities out of 160 cities. Besides, IIM Ahmedabad has added Srinagar, the capital city of Kashmir valley as new CAT exam centre. Another aspirant friendly key feature in CAT registration process is that instead of clubbing the test cities in Delhi NCR as one centre,  all the Delhi NCR test cities are split into 8 separate CAT test Centres. Now you can choose separate six test cities in Delhi NCR out of 8 cities.

You need to choose the test cities carefully after assessing the approach, travel time, means of transport and expenses involved.

5. No Need to Fill the Form in One Go
You can Logout and exit the CAT 2021 Application form any number of times to edit and complete later or Save & Continue each section till you submit the application.

So before submitting the application and making payment of CAT 2021 registration fee, preview the application form, using the Preview button to check for accuracy and completeness of all the data you have entered, before proceeding with the payment. You can preview your application at any stage and any number of times before submitting your application

IIM Ahmedabad has suggested to use following browsers to fill the Application form: Internet Explorer (version 11 and above);  Mozilla Firefox (version 50 to 61) or Google Chrome (version 50 to 69).  Other browsers may be slow to upload your documents, in getting your details filled and in submission of application or making your fee payment. Whenever you login to the CAT website as a Registered User, it will be better to view the Application Summary that will give a Read-only view of the details you have entered.  

Please note that you cannot edit any details on the Application form after you have made the online payment. However, after the last day of CAT 2021 registration process is over, IIM Ahmedabad will open a limited time window during which you can re-upload your blur photograph, correct selective mistakes and can modify very limited details like Percentage of Marks scored, Work Experience, Programmes Selected.

You will not be able to modify any details entered in the Personal Details section, any details entered in the Academics section except the percentage marks scored, Exam Centre City Preferences. You can only view and print your application form after this. 

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021 is the mandatory exam for admission to management programmes in all the 20 IIMs – old and new. CAT 2021 will also offer the admission opportunity to PGDM/MBA programme in other top management institutes in India like FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, NITIE Mumbai, SPJIMR Mumbai, Management departments of IITs, IMI Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, JBIMS Mumbai, TAPMI Manipal and other more than 500 B-schools.

2.28 lakh candidates applied for CAT last year. This number may increase this year as during last few years CAT has seen tremendous growth in registration of candidates and test takers. IIMs and other top B-schools along offer admission to more than 30000 students in their different management programmes. 

Important CAT 2021 Dates

CAT 2021 Exam Activity
Start Date
Last Date
CAT 2021 Registration & Application
22.9.2021 (5 PM)
CAT 2021 Admit Card
CAT 2021 Exam Date
28.11.2021  (In 3 slots of 2 hours each)
28.11.2021 (4.30 PM to 6.30 PM)
CAT 2021 Result Date
Available till CAT 2022 date

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