CAT 2021 Registration Deadline Extended by a week to September 22; prediction comes true News Desk |
September 15, 2021
CAT 2021 Registration last date has been extended by seven days till September 22, 2021. This has been confirmed by Prof M P Ram Mohan CAT exam convener and IIM Ahmedabad faculty to which had already predicted the likely extension in CAT registration date a day before. The extended CAT registration date serves another good opportunity to apply for CAT exam
CAT 2021 Registration Last Date Extended

The last date for CAT 2021 registration stands extended by seven days from September 15 to September 22, 2021 till 5 PM. Confirming to exclusively about the extension in the last date of CAT Registration, Prof M. P. Ram Mohan, CAT exam convener and IIM Ahmedabad faculty said “In response to many requests and on account of continued prevalence of COVID-19, the CAT Committee of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have decided to extend the CAT 2021 registration deadline to September 22, 2021.” had already predicted the extension in CAT registration date on September 14, 2021 much before the announcement is made by IIM Ahmedabad. The Announcement in CAT registration date extension comes after 4 PM on September 15, the closing day of CAT 2021 Registration.  Earlier the CAT registration process was closing at 5 PM on September 15, 2021. The extended CAT registration date is a good relief for the CAT 2021 aspirants who have either not been able to finalise their CAT registration fee payment even after completing their registration process or have not been able to register for the CAT 2021 exam.

CAT Registration History: Data Reflect 5-7 Days Extension
It was IIM Ahmedabad which had for the first time, extended the last date for CAT registration in 2015 and created history. Not only this,  while conducting CAT exam in a different pattern and structure comprising MCQs and Non-MCQ type questions for the first time, IIM Ahmedabad had completely revamped the CAT exam pattern including time duration, number of questions, type of questions and many other firsts.

Since then, CAT exam has seen an extended last date of registration which is announced either on the closing day of CAT registration or a day before.

CAT exam Year
Initial Registration Last Date
Extended Registration Last date
September 20, 2015
September 25, 2021
September 22, 2016
September 27, 2016
September 20, 2017
September 25, 2017
September 19, 2018
September 26, 2018
September 18, 2019
September 25, 2019
September 16, 2020
September 23, 2020
September 15, 2021
September 22, 2021

Prof M P Ram Mohan, the CAT 2021 exam convener and faculty at IIM Ahmedabad has not changed the closing time of CAT registration on September 22, 2021 which remains at 5 PM.

Due to Pandemic situation and the difficulty of candidates to procure the necessary documentation for timely registration, the last date of CAT Registration 2021 has been extended. Read More on Step by Step CAT Registration

Extended Last Date for CAT 2021 Registration: Good Opportunity
No increase in CAT 2021 Registration fee is announced with the extended last date of CAT registration. The last date to apply for CAT 2021 is by another 7 days. It will serve a good opportunity for the candidates living in the areas which have recently been hit by severe pandemic situation and where internet services are badly hit.

No Change in CAT Pattern
No change in the CAT 2021 exam pattern has been announced by the CAT convening IIM Ahmedabad. The CAT exam duration remains of two hours with 75/76 questions divided in three sections, as was the last year.

IIM Ahmedabad is conducting CAT 2021 and has announced that CAT 2021 will have a combination of MCQs and Non-MCQs to provide level playing field to the students of all streams. Read More

Don’t Expect Any Further Extension in CAT Date
Now one thing CAT 2021 aspirants have to make sure is that they must not expect any further extension and should finalize their registration preferably before the extended last date and avoid the deadline as the last minute rush can again put them into technical glitches and they may miss the chance to get into any IIM or other top B-schools like FMS, IMI, IMT, MDI, NITIE, SPJIMR, TAPMI among others.

Already registered for CAT 2021? Make Payment Now
If you are an already registered candidate but have not made payment as yet for CAT 2021 registration fee, the work can be completed now without any delay, in the CAT 2021 exam extended registration window. The CAT convener has acceded to the request of thousands of such candidates who have not completed their CAT registration process and despite filling up the registration details have not made the CAT 2021 registration/application fee payment till date, all such CAT aspirants should make sure that they make the fee payment in time.

The CAT registration extended date is the last opportunity to complete your application in next few days, preferably avoiding the last day as heavy rush could create problem in transmitting your CAT fee payment.

New Candidate? Last chance to apply for CAT 2021
If you wish to apply for CAT 2021 but have missed the opportunity, you will have few more days before you to fill up your CAT 2021 online registration and application form. So utilize this opportunity.

Avoid petty mistakes
It is very much necessary that you are clear on what you have to fill in the CAT 2021 registration form and how to complete it. Petty mistakes can lead you to go for re-registration as your earlier registration will become invalid and you may have to shell out another chunk of Rs.2200/-.

Be careful to insert Date of Birth
As per the registration instructions for CAT 2021, no amendment is possible in Date of Birth after making the payment for registration and clicking the  submit button. Format for filling up the date of birth is DD/MM/YYYY in CAT 2021 registration form and a candidate is not required to write it since the calendar icon has to be used to select the correct date. 

How to upload Photograph & signature
Upload the photograph and signature of required size and style in personal details section of CAT 2021 registration form.  Scan the photograph and signature and then upload them. Check for the required photo resolution. CAT 2021 registration form wants you to upload your recent passport size photographin .JPEG, .JPG formats.

CAT 2021 convening IIM Ahmedabad has clarified well on the size and style of photograph and signature which you need to upload in the CAT 2021 registration form. It will be better to understand and then upload the photograph. 

Apply early
CAT aspirants should register early without waiting for the last date again. In past also, CAT conveners had advised the candidates to adhere to following don’ts while going to finalize their CAT registrations-

  • Don’t wait till last day and register in advance
  • Don’t rule out the last day technical glitches
  • Don’t let your money stuck in transit on last day due to more response time
  • Don’t invite last minute inconvenience due to heavy rush that may increase load on servers
  • Don’t expect any further extension in last date of CAT 2021 registration beyond Sep 22

Going by the trends of previous years, there will be a huge surge in the number of registrations in the last 2-3 days, which increases the load on the servers, and can potentially impact the server response time. Therefore, candidates are advised to register early and avoid last minute inconvenience.

To avoid any sort of technical glitches at the last minute while uploading the documents, photograph or signature, the best is to submit it now.  In fact the extended CAT registration window is provided to accede to the candidates’ genuine request and help those who are serious on taking CAT exam and not for the candidates who are always late and are fond of getting into technical glitches at the last moment registration instead of finalizing the things well in time.

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