CAT 2021 - Common Admission Test


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Updated on
Friday, July 16, 2021

Latest Update: CAT 2021 Notification is expected on July 24-25, 2021 in News papers as well as on web portals like IIM Ahmedabad is conducting CAT 2021 after a gap of five years and has appointed  Prof M P Ram Mohan, faculty at IIMA, as CAT 2021 exam convener. With the timely appointment of CAT 2021 Convener, it is expected that CAT exam will be conducted without any delay but with some changes.  


So, CAT Exam is for What Purpose? Why more than 2 lakh candidates apply for CAT every year? A very simple answer can satisfy the query – CAT exam is for what purpose, that CAT exam offers MBA admission opportunity in top MBA colleges in India including 20 IIMs, high RoI FMS Delhi, IITs, SPJIMR, MDI, IMI, JBIMS among more than 500 other top B-Schools.


Common Admission Test - CAT 2021 is the largest national level entrance test for MBA admission 2022 in IIMs and other top MBA colleges in India. The expected CAT 2021 exam date is November 28, 2021. One of the six older IIMs conducts CAT Exam on the basis of rotation. This year, IIM Ahmedabad is assigned the task of conducting CAT exam 2021. IIM Ahmedabad conducted the last CAT exam in 2015. It was the first CAT exam on present pattern which had changed the complete CAT entrance exam pattern from 2 to 3 sections and introduced non MCQ type questions for the benefit of test takers.


Last year CAT exam was conducted by IIM Indore in a different structure, with a reduced number of 76 questions, reduced time limit of two hours and three testing sessions instead of two, due to Covid-19 pandemic. This year it is expected that CAT entrance exam will have three hours duration, with 100 questions and will be conducted in two sessions as was conducted before last year.


CAT 2021

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MBA Admission 2021: Last Date to apply for top B-schools; MBA Entrance Exams 2021; CAT Preparation, CAT Mock Tests,  Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT 2021


What is IIM CAT?

CAT is the Common Admission Test for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes in 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other top MBA colleges like FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad and hundreds of other top MBA colleges in India. More than two lakh candidates appear in CAT every year and this number is rising consistently, to explore admission opportunity in MBA programmes offered by IIMs and other top B-schools.

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IIMs will offer admission 2022 on the basis of CAT 2021 only and will not accept any other test score. There are more than 150 cities and more than 400 venues where CAT 2021 will be conducted in India.


Apart from being the most important entrance test for the 2 years full time post graduate management program (MBA/PGDM), CAT 2021 is the gateway for one year MBA programmes in IIMs and other prominent management institutes.


With effect from 2012, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian institute of Science (IISC) have also started accepting CAT for admission to their Management programmes instead of JMET.  

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CAT 2021 Exam: Highlights & Key Features
Following are the salient features of IIM CAT 2021 exam details like CAT Full Form, CAT 2021 Notification, CAT exam date,  CAT Eligibility, CAT Exam Structure among other key CAT exam details

CAT Full Form
Common Admission Test, conducted on yearly basis for MBA admission by one of the 6 older IIMs 
CAT Exam date 2021
November 28, 2021
CAT Entrance exam sessions
Conducted in 2 sessions – Morning & Afternoon on same day
CAT Entrance Exam 2021 Convening IIM
IIM Indore
CAT Entrance Exam Mode
Computer based exam but not an online exam
When to Check for CAT 2021 Notification
On July 24-25, 2021 on and in News papers
Details in CAT 2021 Notification 
CAT Exam details, Application fee, Registration dates, IIMs & their management programmes through CAT
Maximum Age Limit to appear in IIM CAT
No Age Limit, Graduates with 50% marks can apply
Number of Questions in CAT 2021
100 questions divided in 3 sections
Time duration of CAT 2021
3 hours
Sectional Time limit
1 hour for 1 section
Name of sections and number of questions
VARC-34 Questions; DILR-32 questions; Quant-34 questions
Expected CAT 2021 Difficulty level
Moderate to Difficult
Order of Sections
Pre-fixed, no change allowed
Colleges Accepting CAT 2021 for MBA admission 2022
20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs, IMI, JBIMS & 500 other MBA colleges in India
CAT 2021 Application Fee
How to Apply for CAT
Application process is online only
IIMs’ Application Fee
No Separate Application Fee to apply for IIM. CAT  Registration Fee covers application fee of all 20 IIMs 

IIM CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria
A candidate with minimum 50% marks in graduation can appear in CAT 2021. A final year student in graduation can also appear in CAT conducted by IIMs. However, there is no age limit to apply and appear in CAT 2021.


CAT 2021 Important Dates
Following are the CAT 2021 important dates like CAT Notification date, CAT exam date, and for other different activities related to the CAT exam 2021:

CAT Important Dates
CAT 2021 Notification Date 
July 24-25, 2021
CAT Registration Start Date
August 2-3, 2021
Last Date to Apply for CAT exam 2021
September 15, 2021 
CAT 2021 Registration & Application Fee
CAT 2021 Admit card Download Start date
October 24, 2021
Last Date for CAT 2021 Admit Card Download
November 28, 2021
CAT 2021 Exam date
November 28, 2021
CAT 2021 Result date
January 4, 2022 

(All dates Tentative)


CAT Exam Details 2021: Test Pattern
CAT exam details and exam structure since 2015 have remained on similar pattern, except for last year, with time duration, number of questions and sections as under:

  • 180 Minutes Exam: CAT is a computer delivered test of 3 hours duration but it is not an Online Exam
  • 100 Questions: CAT will have 100 questions divided in 3 sections of VARC, DILR and Quantitative Ability. Earlier CAT used to have 60 questions divided in two sections and had only MCQ type questions with negative marking.
  • 25% No Penalty Questions: Out of 100 questions in CAT 2021, more than 25 questions will not have negative marking. CAT 2021 is divided into MCQ and Non-MCQ type of questions and the Non-MCQs do not carry negative marking. In case any non-MCQ has negative marking, a few MCQs are changed to no negative marking questions.
  • 70-75% CAT Questions with Negative Marking: More than 70% questions in CAT 2021 are of MCQ type and will carry penalty of 1/3 negative marking
  • Minimum CAT Score Requirement by IIMs: A Minimum qualifying score between 70 and 90 percentile in CAT 2021 is required by IIMs in each of the 3 sections to shortlist candidates for final admission round
  • Other Criteria with CAT score: Apart from High score in each of the 3 sections in CAT 2021 exam, if you have good academic profile with diversity, work experience, you are a preferred candidate to get admission into IIMs.

CAT 2021 Exam Syllabus
During the last 5 years, CAT exam syllabus has substantially changed. Major changes in CAT Syllabus 2021 are:

  • CAT Syllabus is changed and contains different type of questions now.
  • 25-30% Questions in CAT syllabus are no penalty questions now
  • Most of the changes in CAT syllabus have taken place in the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Section as the topics and number of questions in VARC section have changed.
  • A few changes in CAT syllabus have been introduced in Quantitative Ability section with more focus on Arithmetic questions

Although CAT exam Syllabus is not pre-defined by IIMs, it overall tests the candidate on Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Quantitative Aptitude; Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. Read More about CAT Syllabus


When CAT is Conducted?

  • CAT is conducted annually.
  • Now conducted preferably on the last Sunday of November or the first Sunday of December every year
  • With effect from 2015, CAT is conducted on a single day in two sessions – morning and evening. Prior to 2015, CAT was conducted in multiple sessions on multiple days.
  • In 2020, due to Covid-19 pandemic CAT was conducted in three sessions of 2 hours each with 40 minutes sectional time limit and 76 total questions in test paper

Which IIM Conducts CAT?
CAT is conducted by one of older IIMs by policy of rotation each year. There are six IIMs who conduct CAT one by one, they are IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode and IIM Lucknow. Since other 14 IIMs were established later, the responsibility to conduct CAT has not yet been assigned to any of them. CAT exam 2021 is proposed to be conducted by IIM Ahmedabad. 

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  Mode of CAT
CAT is a computer based entrance test of three hours duration with 100 questions divided in three sections and has a time limit of one hour for each section.


When to look for CAT Notification?
IIMs release all the details about CAT in leading news papers on the last Sunday of July every year. A day before this publication, the CAT convener sends the press release with important details about CAT on the designated web portals. The process to register and apply for CAT starts in the 1st week of August. 

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How difficult is CAT?
CAT is a highly competitive and most important MBA entrance exam in India. The difficulty level of CAT is considered moderate to high.


Scoring Pattern in CAT
Each correct answer in CAT is awarded with 3 marks. The raw score obtained in CAT is converted to scaled score and then converted to percentile score after allowing for equating and normalizing the scores for both the sessions in CAT.


IIMs and other top MBA colleges consider percentile awarded in CAT to shortlist the candidates for final selection round. 

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MBA Programmes Offered by IIMs through CAT
Following are the various management programmes at IIMs in which admission is available through Common Admission Test 2021:

Post Graduate Programmes (PGP)/MBA
IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Amritsar
IIM Bangalore
IIM Bodh Gaya
IIM Calcutta
IIM Indore
IIM Jammu
IIM Kashipur
IIM Kozhikode
PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, EPGP (Kochi Campus & IL)
IIM Lucknow
IIM Nagpur
IIM Raipur
IIM Ranchi
IIM Rohtak
IIM Sambalpur
RGIIM Shillong
IIM Sirmaur
IIM Tiruchirappalli
IIM Udaipur
IIM Visakhapatnam

When & How to Register & Apply for CAT 2021?
The very first thing to remember about CAT is that there is nothing offline now in CAT. You can apply online only on the official CAT website. The application fee for CAT has also increased to Rs.2000/- for General candidates; and to Rs.1000/- for SC/ST candidates. The fee should be paid online only.


The application process for CAT 2021 opens in first week of August and closes in the third week of September. During this period you can submit your application online for CAT. 

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CAT Registration Trends
More than 2.27 lakh candidates had registered last year for CAT exam despite Covid-19 pandemic. In 2019, more than 2.44 lakh candidates had applied for CAT and registered an upward trend by 3000 more candidates than in 2018.  It signified that candidates had to compete with more candidates in CAT exam and needed to score high to get shortlisted by top three IIMs and other top MBA colleges.


Although the trends in CAT registrations since 2010 show a downward journey initially, but from 2013 it has been showing a rising registration count reflecting the regaining trust of CAT aspirants and anticipation of better career opportunities after completing MBA/PGP from an IIM or other top B-school

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CAT 2021: Important Points

  • Low Cost Exam: CAT Registration and CAT exam application fee taken together comes to Rs.100 per IIM for General category and Rs.50/- per IIM for Reserved category. No fee to be paid to apply for any individual IIM
  • One Day Exam: CAT exam will be held in single day in Morning and Afternoon sessions. CAT is a Computer Based Test. Earlier it was held in 15 to 20 days testing window till 2013 by IIMs. Since 2015, CAT exam testing window has been shortened to one day only.
  • 45+ Days CAT 2021 Registration Window: The CAT Application process opens in August first week and will close in September 2021 third week
  • Dual Degree Accepted: A candidate with dual bachelor's degree should mention the academic scores of both the bachelor's degree programme in CAT application form
  • Single Fee for MBA Admission: CAT 2021 provides admission opportunity in 20 IIMs with the single point payment of CAT registration fee of Rs.2000/- for General candidates and Rs.1000/- for reserved category. 
  • Choice of 50 MBA Programmes in IIMs: CAT 2021 offers a choice of more than 50 management programmes in 20 IIMs without any additional application fee for admission.

CAT 2021 Admit Card

CAT 2021 Admit Card download will start immediately with the release of the CAT hall ticket by IIMs. IIMs will upload the CAT 2021 Admit card on official CAT exam website 2021. The CAT admit card release date may be extended by a few days in case the last date of registration for CAT 2021 exam is extended. The last date to download the CAT Admit Card is CAT 2021 exam date.  

MBA/PGDM Admissions 2021 Open in Top CAT/CMAT/MAT Colleges | Apply Now
LBSIM New Delhi, PGDM E-Business and AI & DS XIME Bangalore, PGDM Business Analytics
IIM Kozhikode PGP-BL 1 Year PGDM Jaipuria Noida, PGDM Admissions
UPES University Dehradun, MBA  Admissions EDII Ahmedabad, PGDM-Entrepreneurship
Lexicon MILE Pune PGDM Admissions NDIM New Delhi PGDM/MBA Admissions
IMS Unison University Dehradun, MBA Admissions  IBSAT 2021 Registration Open Register Now
IFIM College Bangalore, MBA Admissions Vijay Patil School of Management (VPSM) Mumbai
CIMR Mumbai, PGDM Admission Open Firebird Coimbatore, PGDM Admission
Jaypee Business School Noida, MBA Admission NBS Ahmedabad, PGDM Admissions
IPE Hyderabad, PGDM Admission Open IMS Ghaziabad University, MBA Admission

5 Steps to Download CAT 2021 Admit Card

  1. Logon to CAT official Website
  2. Enter CAT Login ID & Password
  3. Click on ‘Admit Card’
  4. At Assessment drop down menu select Common Admission Test 2021
  5. Click on Action-Download & Take Print of CAT Admit card

CAT 2021 Result & IIMs’ Admission Process
CAT 2021 exam result will be declared on January 5, 2022 in morning hours. Immediately after the CAT result declaration, IIMs will start announcing their shortlist on the basis of CAT scores and other parameters in their shortlisting criteria for final selection round. The final admission offer will be made to the candidates in the months of April/May 2022 by IIMs 

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Important Changes in CAT over the Years
Journey of IIM-CAT has witnessed substantial changes. In recent years, number of sections and type of questions in CAT have changed substantially. Important changes in pattern and conduct of CAT are shared below: 

  • CAT has changed from Paper Based to Computer based test
  • CAT now has 3 sections instead of 2
  • CAT has introduced 25 to 30 percent questions with No Negative marking

CAT Exam pattern over the past 10 years since it was computerised in 2009 has gone for perceptible changes. CAT paper pattern prior to 2009 was paper-pen based. CAT exam format was changed from paper based exam to CAT online computer based test in 2009. Even after that CAT paper pattern continued changing from 3 sections to 2 and then CAT pattern was changed to 3 sections in 2015. Since then CAT is following similar pattern. CAT 2021 pattern also remains the same as that of CAT exam 2021 pattern with 3 sections and 3 hours time although the number of MCQs and Non-MCQs may change.

CAT Year &  Number of Questions
Question break up
CAT 2020
VARC 26. RC -18 (All MCQs), Verbal-8 (Non MCQs)
DILR 24. DI-14, LR-10, MCQs-18, Non-MCQs-6
Total 26. MCQs-18; Non-MCQs-8
Moderate difficulty CAT in changed pattern with changes in number of MCQs & non-MCQs in each section
CAT 2019
VARC-34. RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Total-34. MCQs 23, Non-MCQs-11
Moderate difficulty CAT on last year pattern with changes in number of MCQs & non-MCQs in each section
CAT 2018-100
VARC-34. RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (2 MCQs, 7 non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Total-34. MCQs 22, Non-MCQs-12
CAT on last year pattern with changes in number of MCQs & non-MCQs in each section
CAT 2017-100
VARC-34. RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (3 MCQs, 7 non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Total-34. MCQs 23, Non-MCQs-11
CAT Pattern in the lines of last year with changes in non-MCQs in each section
CAT 2016-100
VARC-34, RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (All non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Quant-34, MCQ-27, Non-MCQs-7
CAT exam pattern on the same lines as of CAT exam pattern 2015 Non-MCQs in Quant reduced.
CAT 2015-100
VARC -34, RC-24 (MCQs), Verbal-10 (Non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Quant-34, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-10
Time limit increased to 180 minutes; Sectional time constration of 1 hour re-introduced; Non-MCQs without negative marking penalty for wrong answer No questions on error correction and vocabulary.
CAT 2014-100
50 VARC-34 LR-16
50 Quant-34 DI-16
Test time increased to 170 minutes; Sectional time constrain removed; More questions on error correction; RC questions based on reasoning Overall moderate exam.
CAT 2013-60
30 10 verbal 10 RC 10 LR
30 DI-10
On the same pattern as last year. No new surprise element.
CAT 2012 -60
30 (LR 10) 10 verbal 10 RC 10 LR
30 (DI 10)
Error correction-1 to 2, parajumbles-2, Completion of last sentence of paragraph-2, Out of context Sentence in jumbled paragraph -1 to 2, Fill in the blanks vocabulary words- 1 to 2, Words used in different ways-2, Reading comprehension – three passages with 3 to 4 questions each (Common question in almost all the sessions from 11th Oct.2012 to 6th Nov.2012 – Tone of the author-at least two questions in every session) New or surprise element – Two questions on ‘Out of context sentences in jumbled paragraph’ – Paragraph had to be placed in order and the out of context sentence had to be picked out. Permutations & Combinations, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Number Systems, Modern Maths.
CAT 2011-60
30(LR 10)
Jumbled sentences, error correction, Vocabulary, RC, grammar Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Number Systems, Modern Maths 
CAT 2010-60
RC, Grammar, Parajumbles, sentence correction & completion,
Quant was tougher compared to CAT 2009. The areas were more calculation intensive and needed conceptual understanding.
CAT 2009-60
Sentence rearrangement, Grammar, comprehension, correction of errors, sentence completion, Usage Vocabulary
Number System, Algebra, Mensuration, and Commercial Math.

Before 2009, CAT was a paper based test. On May 1, 2009, it was announced that with effect from 2009, CAT would be a Computer based test. American firm Prometric was entrusted with the responsibility of conducting CAT for 5 years from 2009 to 2013. 

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However, the first computer based CAT confronted many technical glitches like server slow down, blurred system display among others. At many test centres CAT had to be conducted again.


In 2014, the responsibility of testing agency to conduct CAT was assigned to Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). Since then, TCS has remained the partner testing agency for IIM-CAT.


CAT 2021 is the mandatory entrance exam for admission to MBA 2022 in 20 IIMs and other top MBA colleges in India. The exam is therefore referred to as IIM CAT and is conducted by IIMs on annual basis. 

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Exam dates and schedule

  • Notification date: 25-07-2021 06:00 AM (Tentative)
    Registration – Online: 02-08-2021 10:00 AM to 15-09-2021 05:00 PM (Tentative)
    Admit Card Release: 24-10-2021 10:00 AM (Tentative)
    Exam Date & Timings- Online: Sunday, November 28, 2021 - 09:30 (Tentative)
    Result: 05-01-2022 10:00 AM (Tentative)

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CAT Eligibility 2021

CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria for General & Reserved category candidates define different percentage of marks in the qualifying graduation degree. 

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CAT Registration 2021

Important Update: CAT 2021 Registration start date is August 2, 2021. The last date to fill CAT form 2021 is September 15, 2021. The CAT exam is expected on November 28, 2021. IIM Ahmedabad has appointed Prof M P Ram Mohan, faculty in Business Policy areas as CAT 2021 Convener.


Conducted by IIMs every year, Common Admission Test (CAT) is the largest MBA entrance exam leading to admission in top MBA colleges of India. IIM Ahmedabad is expected to conduct CAT 2021 on November 28, 2021. The exam will have a combination of MCQs and Non-MCQs to provide level playing field to the students of all streams. 


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CAT Application Form 2021

CAT Application Form 2021: Key Dates, Fee, How to Fill CAT Application Form  


Latest Updates: CAT Exam 2021 Application form start date is August 2, 2021. The last date to fill CAT application form is September 15, 2021. The CAT exam is expected on November 28, 2021. IIM Ahmedabad has appointed Prof M P Ram Mohan, faculty in Business Policy area as Convener of CAT 2021 exam.

(All dates are tentative)


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CAT Syllabus 2021

CAT Syllabus 2021: Read & Download Latest Exam Syllabus 

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CAT 2021 Exam will be conducted by IIM Ahmedabad and the expected exam date is November 28, 2021. IIM Ahmedabad has appointed Prof M P Ram Mohan, faculty in Business Policy area as CAT 2021 convener. Given the reputation of IIM Ahmedabad for bringing changes in CAT exam, number of changes are expected in the CAT syllabus 2021 as the exam pattern for CAT will also change this year as against last year.

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CAT Exam Pattern

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern: Overall & Sectional Composition, Scoring pattern, Weightage, CAT Vs other exams

CAT 2021 likely exam date is November 28, 2021. IIM Ahmedabad will conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT) this year. IIM Ahmedabad has appointed Prof M P Ram Mohan, faculty in Business Policy Area as CAT 2021 exam convener. The testing slots may remain three as were last year or may be reduced to two depending upon the Covid pandemic situation to ensure safety of all stake holders.


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CAT Notification 2021

CAT Notification 2021 is likely to be released on July 24 on web portals and on July 25, 2021 by IIM Ahmedabad in all leading news papers. Inspite of the Covid-19 pandemic disruptions it is unlikely that CAT 2021 Notification is delayed going by the last year trends when the CAT Notification was released on the last Saturday/Sunday of July and the exam was scheduled and conducted on time.


A day before the CAT notification official release, IIM Ahmedabad will release CAT 2021 Notification via Media Release with all the details on CAT 2021 exam like important dates for CAT 2021, testing mode, test sessions, list of participating IIMs, programmes offered by IIMs among other details.  


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Self Preparation for CAT 2021

CAT 2021 Self Preparation: How to Crack CAT with Self preparation - Books, Strategy, Tips by Toppers 


IIM Ahmedabad is conducting CAT 2021 and the likely CAT exam date is November 28, 2021. The exam offers tough competition to get into IIMs or other top B-schools. A large number of CAT toppers crack CAT with self preparation and more than 60-70 percent CAT aspirants preferred self-preparation in the past also by making a well devised Self Study plan for CAT Exam Preparation at home on their own. Accordingly self preparation for CAT is a good idea as per the experience of the past CAT toppers who were not only able to crack CAT with self preparation but also scored high enough to get a seat in one of the top IIMs.


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CAT Online Preparation

CAT 2021 Exam is scheduled on Sunday November 28, 2021 in 150+ cities in India as a computer based test. This year IIM Ahmedabad is conducting CAT exam and Prof M P Ram Mohan, faculty at IIM Ahmedabad is convener of CAT 2021. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the top coaching institutes are largely offering CAT online preparation 2021 instead of class room coaching.


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CAT Preparation

CAT Preparation 2021: How to prepare - Books, Strategy, Options, Tips by Toppers 
IIM Ahmedabad is likely to conduct CAT 2021 exam on November 28, 2021. Only a few months of preparation are left to crack CAT. The exam offers tough competition to get into IIMs or other top B-schools. Accordingly, the preparation for CAT 2021, the best and largest MBA entrance exam leading to admission in 20 IIMs and hundreds of other top MBA colleges in India requires a well-planned approach with time management. More than two lakh candidates appear in Common Admission Test (CAT) every year and the number is still rising giving a tough competition in MBA admission.


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CAT Preparation Books

If you are preparing for CAT 2021 exam with an aim of getting admission in 2022 in one of the top 3-4 IIMs, FMS or other top MBA colleges accepting CAT, the best time to prepare for CAT exam is now. During the pandemic situation, reading the CAT preparation books could be one of the best preparation strategy for you.


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Verbal Ability for CAT

Verbal Ability for CAT 2021: Pattern, Questions and Preparation, Tips


Verbal Ability (VA) is an important part of CAT preparation for VARC section. CAT Verbal Ability questions will constitute 33% share in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Section in the CAT 2021 exam.  The largest MBA entrance exam leading to admission 2021 in IIMs, FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, IITs, IMI, IMT, NITIE among other top MBA colleges, CAT 2021 is a computer based test. This year IIM Ahmedabad is conducting CAT 2021 exam in morning and afternoon sessions on the same day.


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CAT Mock Test By IIM

Official CAT Mock Test 2021 will be released by IIM Ahmedabad in the last week of October or first week of November, 2021 in accordance with the CAT 2021 test pattern.


Official CAT Mock Test by IIMs will have 100 questions on the same pattern as expected in the CAT 2021 exam. It will consist of number and type of questions, sectional composition of MCQs and Non-MCQs, navigation process among other key aspects to guide the test takers in right direction to take CAT exam.


You can take the full length official CAT Mock test on CAT website free. CAT Mock by IIM is a single Mock test without answers and is not an official CAT Mock Test Series. 


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Reading Comprehension (RC) For CAT

Reading Comprehension (RC) For CAT 2021: RC Tips For CAT, RC Questions

Reading Comprehension is the most important topic in CAT exam. It commands highest sectional as well as overall weightage in CAT exam.  Section-1 in CAT exam consists of Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) topics with 34 questions divided in MCQs and Non-MCQs. Out of it, 70% weightage goes to the 24 questions based on CAT Reading Comprehension passages and 30% weightage is assigned to Verbal Ability topics. RC questions in overall CAT exam commands 24% overall weightage. 


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Data Interpretation For CAT

Data Interpretation for CAT 2021: DI Questions and Answers, Tips


Preparing for the Data Interpretation for CAT 2021 is an important part of overall CAT preparation. It commands 16% weightage in overall CAT exam and 50% weightage in DILR section. Scoring high in Data Interpretation can take you through the IIMs admission process.


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Many candidates who scored 99 percentile in CAT could not get a call from any IIM only because of the reason that their score in DILR was below the IIMs cut off. The CAT Data Interpretation proved to be the most difficult and time consuming section resulting in a low score for them.


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Logical Reasoning for CAT

Logical Reasoning for CAT 2021: Composition, Best Books, Previous Year Questions, Toppers’ Tips


If you can develop good logic in your approach to understand and solve a Reasoning problem, you can learn faster than those who find it difficult to logically approach a problem. So, How to prepare Logical Reasoning for CAT, depends upon your understanding of topics and type of CAT Logical Reasoning Questions and Answers that appear in CAT LR section.


LR preparation for CAT therefore, depends upon how much efforts and practice on variety of LR questions you have done.


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Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

CAT 2021 Quantitative Ability: Composition, Difficulty Level, Topics, How to Prepare-Toppers’ Tips


Quantitative Ability (QA) in CAT exam is the last and 3rd but most important section which can improve or reduce your CAT score substantially. CAT Quantitative Aptitude questions contribute 34% share in overall CAT exam . Out of 3 sections in CAT exam with 100 questions, the QA questions in CAT are divided into MCQs with negative marking and Non-MCQs without negative marking.


A three dimensional approach is recommended on CAT Preparation for Quant section. The key aspects of CAT Preparation for Quant section are:

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CAT Previous Year Question Papers

CAT previous year test papers for last few years released by IIMs are brought to you with detailed solution by The CAT 2020, 2019, 2018 and 2017 Question Papers are given here with easy accessibility and in readable format. The previous CAT exam test papers are followed by answers and detailed solutions. This will help you to very well understand the exact CAT exam pattern, recent changes over the years. You can test your preparation level with the help of these previous year actual CAT question papers which are made available free for CAT aspirants. 


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CAT 2021 Exam Date and Timings

CAT Exam 2021 date is Sunday, November 28, 2021 and the CAT exam timings will remain divided in two or three slots depending upon the Covid pandemic situation. CAT 2021 exam timing could be of two hours duration, in case the exam is conducted in 3 slots or it will be of 3 hours duration, if CAT 2021 is conducted in 2 slots.


You will need to wear Mask, gloves and keep personal sanitizer while going to exam centre on CAT exam date. IIM Ahmedabad is conducting CAT 2021 exam after a gap of six years. Earlier IIM Ahmedabad conducted CAT in 2015. No candidate will be allowed to appear in all the CAT exam slots on CAT exam day 2021 other than the allotted exam slot.  

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CAT Sample Paper

CAT 2021 Sample Papers are the right source to boost your CAT preparation level. With the help of CAT sample papers, you can assess your CAT 2021 preparation as these papers, prepared by experts are based and updated as per the revised CAT exam pattern. The Sample Question Papers For CAT 2021 will guide you about the probable CAT questions 2021.  


The CAT sample paper pdf consists of probable CAT questions with answers of varying difficulty level. These Sample Question Papers for CAT 2021 can be attempted online and are based on actual CAT papers.


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CAT Mock Test

CAT Mock Test 2021: 10+ Full Length Free CAT Mocks; 1000+ questions with solutions by experts; Mocks by IIMs with solutions; Sectional Quizes; Toppers’ Strategy


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CAT 2021 Online Coaching

CAT 2021 Online Coaching: Top Preparation Institutes, Fee, Offerings

CAT Coaching Institutes can be broadly divided into two types: Classroom CAT Coaching Institutes (like TIME, IMS, CL) and Online CAT Coaching Institutes (think Byjus and 2IIM). Due to rising popularity of Online programs, traditional Classroom Coaching Institutes have started offering Online coaching in a big way. All three top players, ie TIME, CL and IMS are offering many online coaching programs for CAT 2021. In last few years, Online Coaching Institutes like Byjus and 2IIM have improved their offering by incorporating student feedback. Then there is free CAT online coaching material available also.  


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CAT Coaching

CAT Coaching: CAT Coaching Centres, Class Room Coaching, Top CAT Coaching Institutes 

CAT Exam requires smart and intensive preparation. CAT coaching institutes help you to prepare for CAT systematically without deviating from your preparation path. The wastage of time is minimized with optimum preparation utilization. Peer learning in CAT class room coaching is a great advantage while preparing for CAT. CAT coaching centres help you not only in scoring high in the exam but they also help you to take the CAT exam with ease and without stress. This year CAT exam date is November 28, 2021 and as such very short time is left to select best Coaching Classes for CAT and start your CAT preparation without further loss of time. 


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CAT Admit Card 2021

CAT Admit Card 2021: Download - CAT Hall Ticket @


CAT 2021 Admit card will be released in the last week of October 2021 on CAT official website IIM Ahmedabad is likely to conduct CAT exam 2021 on Sunday, November 28, 2021. Immediately after the CAT Admit card release you must download your admit card from the CAT website by login with your CAT ID and password.  Please note that CAT Admit card and CAT Hall Ticket is one and the same thing, so don’t get confused between Hall Ticket and the Admit card.


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CAT Percentile Predictor 2021: Check your CAT Percentile now

IIMs have introduced key changes in CAT 2021 percentile calculation process along with the revised CAT exam structure with overall and sectional CAT exam pattern. This year the CAT percentile score normalization process for IIM admission 2022 may be equated for two slots or three slots depending upon the Covid pandemic situation.  


The CAT 2021 percentile calculation method is released by IIMs, much before the CAT exam date which is likely on November 28, 2021. CAT percentile calculation is based on the following key factors to predict your CAT percentile 2021 after taking your CAT 2021 exam:

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IIM Call Predictor

IIM Call Predictor 2022: Check CAT Cut offs, key criteria and check your chances 

CAT exam 2021 is likely to be conducted on November 28, 2021. CAT 2021 exam result is expected on January 5, 2022. Immediately after declaration of CAT exam result, top IIMs - IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta and others will release IIM Calls based on candidate's CAT Percentile, Academic Profile, Diversity and work experience either on the CAT result date or within 2-3 days from the date of declaration of CAT result 2021.  

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CAT Exam Analysis

CAT 2021 Exam Analysis: Check No of Questions, Paper Pattern & Difficulty Level


CAT 2021 Exam Analysis will be released with first information by with changes in exam pattern, difficulty level, expected cut offs immediately after the CAT 2021 slot-1 exam is over. CAT 2021 exam is expected on November 28, 2021. will also separately publish the CAT Analysis 2021 from top CAT coaching institutes like TIME, IMS, CL for all the exam slots with their take on exam difficulty level, sectional and overall changes and expected cut offs.


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CAT Exam Centers

CAT Exam Centers 2021: Check State Wise Test Centers List


CAT 2021 will be held in 160 test cities at more than 400 exam centres across the country. All the 10 test cities of Delhi NCR have been split into separate test cities. Earlier IIMs clubbed all these Delhi NCR cities into one exam city as NCR. The Delhi NCR candidates can choose any 6 preferred test cities out of Delhi, New Delhi, Noida, Gurugram. Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Panipat, Greater Noida and others.


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CAT Answer Key 2021

CAT Answer Key 2021: Check Dates for CAT response sheet, How to Download CAT Answer key & Check Score


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CAT Result 2021

CAT 2021 Exam Result date is January 5, 2022. IIMs will release the CAT 2021 Result in morning hours. Last year CAT result was declared for 1.90 lakh test takers who appeared in CAT exam.


CAT 2021 exam date is November 28, 2021. The exam will be held in two or three sessions on the same day.  Along with the CAT result for MBA admission 2022 in 20 IIMs and other top B-schools, IIM Ahmedabad will release the CAT 2021 Score Card on its official website. Candidates have to login with their CAT Id on CAT website to download their CAT 2021 score card.


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CAT Score Vs Percentile

CAT Score Vs Percentile: Check the Conversion Process, Likely Cut offs, Top Colleges

IIMs have released the CAT 2020 Result on January 2, 2021. The CAT Score Vs Percentile conversion process was already released by IIM Indore. After examining and comparing the expected raw scores of hundreds of CAT 2020 test takers and based on the Difficulty level for Slot-1, Slot-2 and Slot-3, the updated version of CAT 2020 score conversion  to percentile score for each slot is shared below with the calculation of your raw score to percentile score. 


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