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November 29, 2021

CAT Answer Key 2021: Expected on December 1; Check How to Download CAT Answer key & Check CAT Score

 

Latest Update

  • CAT Answer Key 2021 release is expected on December 1, 2021
  • Only the candidates who have actually taken CAT exam can view & download CAT Answer Key
  • The Slot wise Answer key will be released by IIM Ahmedabad  

CAT 2021 exam was conducted on November 28, 2021 in three slots by IIM Ahmedabad. After the CAT exam, IIM Ahmedabad will release the CAT exam 2021 answer keys likely on December 1, 2021 for the benefit of candidates so that they could confirm the accuracy level of attempts in CAT 2021 exam. As per the past trends IIMs make live the answer key 2-3 days after the exam date. Read below whether IIM Ahmedabad will release the CAT 2021 answer key, when it will be released and how to access them.

 

Table of Contents

  1. CAT Answer Key 2021 Release Date, Time and Last Date
  2. Explained – What is CAT Answer Key
  3. When & Where to Look for CAT Answers 2021?
  4. 10 Key Facts About CAT Answer Keys 2021  
  5. How to view & Get CAT 2021 Slot Wise Answer Keys
  6. How to download CAT Answer Key 2021: Step by Step Process  
  7. Important Instructions to File CAT Answer Key Objections
  8. Eligibility to Check CAT Exam Answer Key
  9. Who will Release the Answer Keys 2021?
  10. Why the CAT Answers are released?
  11. What do these CAT exam answer keys consist?
  12. CAT Unofficial Answer key
  13. FAQs on Answer Key 2021

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1. CAT Answer Key 2021 Release Date, Time and Last Date
The Objection Management tab for CAT 2021 will be active from 10.00 AM on the CAT answer key release date till 5:00 PM - three days after its release. Candidates will be able to see the Answer Key as well as their Individual Responses to Questions during this duration.  CAT Answer Keys 2021 for all the three slots Slots will be released separately:

CAT Exam Answer Key 2021 Activity
Important Dates
CAT 2021 Answer key Release Date
December 1, 2021 or before
Answer Key Release Time
10 AM
Last Date to Check & Download CAT Answer Key
December 4, 2021
Answer Key download closing time
5.00 PM
Last date & time to challenge and file objection form to CAT Answers
December 4, 2021 till 5.00PM
From where to Download CAT Answer Key 2021
IIMCAT.ac.in (CAT official website)

1.1 Last date to Raise CAT Answer Key Objections
The last date to raise CAT answer key objection is 3 days after the release of CAT answer key. Four key points to note about raising objection to CAT answer key are:

  • The CAT 2021 objection form to challenge the official CAT answer keys will be released a day after from the date of release of CAT 2021 answer key
  • No changes are allowed after submission of your CAT answer key objection form
  • An objection fee of Rs.1200/- to challenge each official answer key will have to be paid per objection. You can raise only one objection at a time. 

2. What is CAT Answer key?
The answer key for CAT exam is released to maintain transparency in exam and to help candidates to check their responses with the correct answers. IIM Ahmedabad is likely to release the CAT Answer key 2021 on December 1, 2021 on official CAT website. You can download your answer key from official CAT website, by login with your CAT login ID and password.  CAT 2021 response sheet slot wise will be released separately to enable the CAT exam takers to raise & file objection to the answers which appear wrong to the test takers. 

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3. When & Where to Look for CAT Answer Key 2021?
You should look for CAT answer key 2021 release announcement on December 1, 2021  on the home page of CAT 2021 official website. Immediately after the announcement, IIMs release the answer keys along with the CAT question paper. IIMs release the CAT answer key on official CAT website only with all the important instructions.

 

4. 10 Key Facts About CAT Answer Keys 2021

  1. CAT 2021 answer key release date is December 2021 first week
  2. CAT answer keys 2021 will be available only for those candidates who have actually appeared in CAT 2021 exam. They can access the CAT answer key for the question paper which they have attempted.
  3. CAT answer key will enable the test takers to check & verify their CAT answers and thereby arrive at their expected CAT score to explore chances for MBA admission 2022 in IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs and other preferred colleges.
  4. CAT 2021 answer keys can be accessed by login to CAT official website with CAT 2021 login ID and password
  5. CAT answer keys Pdf is released with a Query-cum-objection form. The candidates who are not satisfied with the answers as suggested by IIMs, can challenge any answer by submitting CAT Answer Key Objections  to CAT centre 2021 to get the same redressed after paying requisite fee of Rs.1200/-. If the CAT Answer Key Objections raised by a candidate is found to be valid, the remedial measures taken by IIMs will be applicable to all the candidates.
  6. The objections received for CAT answer keys 2021 by the CAT centre will be reviewed. If there is no change perceived by experts in the CAT answer key, the objection will not be entertained
  7. CAT solutions Pdf 2021 will be released as CAT 2021 final answer key  for all type of questions MCQs & Non-MCQs that appeared in CAT exam
  8. CAT 2021 final answer key  will contain CAT 2021 answer keys with detailed solutions for the three sections – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC); Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR); and Quantitative Ability (QA)
  9. All the answer keys for CAT 2021 for MCQs after taking into account the negative marking and only all correct answers for Non-MCQs are counted for percentile calculation in CAT exam 2021
  10. CAT answers will consist of CAT 2021 Question Paper with solutions pdf for all the question sets that appeared in CAT exam 2021

5. How to Get CAT 2021 Slot Wise Answer Keys
CAT 2021 exam is conducted in three slots. You can download CAT 2021 answer key of your slot, from CAT official website and should follow the 5 point process to check CAT answer key 2021 and related questions as below:

  1. Log on to CAT official website and Submit your CAT Login and User ID on “Login"
  2. Your Personal CAT Page will appear. This has 2 tabs:
    1. Applicant Details
    2. Candidate Response
  3. The icon on CAT website means that you can check here the answer key, your answer status, and the correct answer to the respective question. 
  4. Next step is to click on ‘Candidate Response’ Tab. This will enable you to download your CAT answers  for the slot in which you appeared in the CAT exam and check each question, its answer status and the correct answer option marked in green by IIM Ahmedabad. The complete document contains CAT 2021 answers with questions. This contains all CAT answers & questions that appeared to you in your slot of CAT exam with official correct answer keys.  The CAT answer keys contain your own marked answers also for the CAT questions for the respective slot.
  5. If you have any doubt on official answer key to any question in your slot of CAT exam, you can submit your doubts in the ‘Objection Form’. But remember, there is a cost which runs in thousands for filing each objection to the CAT official answer key 

The CAT Answers were first released by IIMs for the CAT exam held in 2017.  CAT 2021 Slot wise Answer Key will be released simultaneously to enable the candidates who have appeared in any slot of CAT exam to check the CAT questions and Answer Key for his/her respective CAT question paper.  

 

6. How to download CAT Answer Key 2021: Step by Step Process  
The step by step process how to download CAT answer key 2021 are shared screen by screen below.

 

The process is for Previous year CAT answer key. Please read well the information mentioned on CAT Answer Key like your slot, number of questions, your right and wrong responses before raising objection to the answers. It may be noted that IIMs release CAT answer key online only and you also have to download the CAT answer key online. 

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6.1: Step-1: Log on to CAT official website: Submit your CAT Id and Password

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6.2: Step-2: Your Personal CAT Page will appear. This has a Candidate Response tab. Follow the instructions on this page.

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6.3: Step-3: Click on ‘Candidate Response’ Tab to download your response for CAT. It is your CAT Response Sheet which contains your own marked answers in the exam as shown in the example below

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7. Important Instructions to File CAT Answer Key Objections
The very first thing is to get well versed with the Information Mentioned on CAT Answer Key as released by IIMs on CAT answer key online.  The candidates desirous to file CAT answer key objections, should follow important instructions shared below:

  1. The candidate can look at the Question Id from the Question Paper PDF available beside the "Candidate Response" tab. Candidate should ensure that the Question Id is as per the Question Paper PDF only.
  2. After the candidate has filled all the required fields such as Section Name, Question Id etc., (s)he should click on "Pay & Submit" button to complete the payment process and submit the objection successfully.
  3. Applicable fee will be Rs. 1200* per objection. This fee does not include transaction Processing Fee and applicable GST (if any).
  4. Objection fee (excluding transaction charges) will be refunded in case your objection is found valid by CAT expert panel.
  5. Objections once submitted cannot be edited later.
  6. Only one objection can be raised at a time.
  7. Response of the concerned examination authority will be treated as final against the objections raised. In case this process leads to any change in the evaluation mechanism, the decision taken by the concerned authority will be treated as final.
  8. Wherever applicable, the indicated mark of 1 for wrong answer is the mark deducted for incorrect answer.  

8. Eligibility to Check CAT Exam Answer Key

  • Only the CAT 2021 test takers who actually appear in the CAT exam 2021 can view and download the answer key for their respective slot.
  • A candidate who appears in Slot 1 can check CAT 2021 Slot 1 Answer Key and the candidate who appears in Slot 2 or slot 3 can verify his answers with the respective slot of Answer Keys. If you have appeared in Slot 1, you are not eligible to check CAT 2021 Slot 2 answer keys and if you have appeared in Slot 2 or 3, you are not eligible to view and check other slot of CAT answer key 2021.
  • Alongwith the answer keys, there will a form for CAT answer key objections to raise objection in case the CAT test taker is not satisfied with answers published on the official CAT exam website.
  • The answer keys can be accessed with CAT login ID and Password.

9. Who will Release CAT Answer Keys 2021?
CAT 2021 exam Conducting IIM, the IIM Ahmedabad will release the answer keys along with CAT 2021 question paper after 2-3 days from the CAT 2021 exam date. The CAT 2021 Question Papers with solutions pdf for all the sets will be live on official CAT website iimcat.ac.in.

 

10. Why the CAT Answer Keys are released?
The CAT answer keys pdf is released for the CAT exam alongwith an objection form suggesting the CAT exam takers to submit their queries and objections in case they are not satisfied CAT question paper with solutions.

 

A period of 3 days is allowed for the candidates to raise and submit their objections against the CAT solutions.

 

11. What do these CAT exam answer keys consist?

 

11.1 CAT Answers: Consists of Question papers & correct solutions
CAT 2021 answer keys for each slot will have same number of answers corresponding to questions. There are four question paper sets in CAT exam. Alongwith the answer key, IIMs release the CAT question paper with solutions for all the slots and for all the four question paper sets. However, on login to CAT official website, the test taker can get access only the CAT question paper with answer keys pdf that he attempted in his/her slot.  

 

11.2 Browser to Check Answer Keys
Since there is heavy rush of the test takers who wish to check the CAT 2021 Slot wise answer keys when they are released, it is advisable to open the CAT 2021 website in mozila firefox with the recommended version to get faster navigation through the page.

 

11.3 Know the CAT Scoring Pattern
Each correct answer in CAT 2021 will carry +3 marks and each wrong answer will impose a negative penalty of -1 mark for MCQ type questions. However, there is no negative marking for wrong answers on Non-MCQ type questions. What you attempted in CAT 2021 exam, if you remember a good part of it, you may arrive at your near CAT raw scores and on its basis check what percentile you could get with the help of CAT answer keys. 

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11.4 CAT Answers Released for All the 3 Slots of CAT exam
CAT 2021 was conducted in 3 slots in Morning, Afternoon and Evening. It had time duration of 2 hours for each slot with reduced number of  66 questions and reduced maximum score of 198 marks available. Following table will guide you about your score as per the CAT 2021 sectional composition

Section
Total questions
Total MCQs (With negative marking)
Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking)
Total Maximum Marks
Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
24
19
5
72
Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
20
15
5
60
Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)
22
14
8
66
Total
66
 48
18
198

Every year, there are grumblings on the ambiguous answer options in CAT exam. The release of CAT 2021 answer keys helps candidates to raise their genuine queries against such answers which are not found correct and the candidates are not satisfied with them. After scrutinizing the objections received from the test takers, CAT Centre at IIM Ahmedabad will release the CAT 2021 final answer key before release of CAT exam result

 

12. Unofficial CAT Answer Key 2021
Apart from the release of official response sheet by IIMs, top experts and CAT coaching institutes have also released unofficial CAT Answer Key 2021 for the benefit of test takers to enable them to assess their performance. These unofficial CAT answer key 2021 are available online at the respective CAT coaching institute website. While there may be some variation in these unofficial CAT answer key 2021 by the experts and coaching institutes, it will give a good assessment of your CAT performance and expected score that you can get.      

13. FAQs on CAT Answer Key 2021

Q. When will the CAT answer key 2021 be released?
Ans. CAT answer key will be released between December 1 and 3, 2021

 

Q. Who will release the CAT answer key?
Ans. CAT conducting IIM Ahmedabad will release the CAT answer key.

 

Q. What is the difference between CAT Answer Keys and CAT Response Sheet?
Ans. CAT Answer key and CAT response sheet is the same document

 

Q. How the CAT response sheet/answer key is released?
Ans. CAT 2021 response sheet/answer key is released on the official CAT website for slot-1, slot-2, and slot-3 separately

 

Q. How can I get access to CAT 2021 response sheet/answer key?
Ans. After the CAT 2021 answer key is live, you need to download it by login to CAT official website with your CAT ID/Password

 

Q. Can anyone who had applied for CAT 2021 get the answer key?
Ans. No, only the actual CAT 2021 test taker can download CAT answer key with questions for the test paper that he/she attempted.

 

Q. What does the CAT response sheet will contain?
Ans. It will have all the CAT questions as contained in your test paper with your right or wrong responses or no responses duly marked right or wrong by IIMs

 

Q. If I am not satisfied with the CAT answer responses marked wrong by IIMs, what should I do?
Ans. You can file objection through the objection from as provided by IIMs till the last date which is around 3 days after the answer key is live and 2 days after the objection form is live on CAT website

 

Q. Is there any fee to challenge the wrong answers as marked by IIMs in response sheet?
Ans. Yes, a fee of Rs.1200/- is charged for each answer objection. The fee should be paid online. If you wish to raise more than one objection, you should multiply this amount accordingly with the number of objections. 

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