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CAT 2021 Application Form Last Date Extended by One Week: Check Revised Time Line, How to Apply


Latest Updates: IIM Ahmedabad has extended the last date for CAT 2021 Application submission to September 22, 2021 till 5 PM. The one week extension in CAT application date offers last opportunity for the candidates to apply for CAT 2021. Another important development in CAT application process is the addition of one more test city. Srinagar (J&K) is added to the list of  CAT 2021 test cities. CAT 2021 exam convener and faculty at IIM Ahmedabad, Prof M P Ram Mohan has advised the aspirants to complete their CAT application early and not to wait for last minute to avoid technical glitches. CAT exam date is November 28, 2021 and the exam will be conducted in three slots of two hours each on the same day


CAT 2021 Application: Changes and Benefits to Applicants
On September 15, 2021 at 4 PM following changes were announced in CAT 2021 Application Process:

Remarks & Impact of changes
CAT 2021 Application 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 by Sep 22
CAT 2021 Exam City
Srinagar (J&K) added as new exam centre
While filling up CAT Application form, you can choose Srinagar as one of the 6 test cities. Candidates from Kashmir valley get more  benefit as they need not travel far to appear in CAT exam

Confirming to about the extension in the last date of CAT Application submission, 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.” 


With Srinagar (J&K) added as the new CAT exam centre, you can also choose Srinagar (J&K) as one  of the six preferred test cities while completing your CAT 2021 registration form. The addition of Srinagar as one of the CAT exam cities offers good opportunity for the Kashmir valley applicants as they will not need to travel hundreds of miles to appear in CAT exam and can take the test in the Valley itself


With many changes announced in CAT 2021 eligibility, you should understand well the key changes in CAT application process, eligibility requirement, documents required, photo and signature quality and size to upload it on CAT application form and the step by step CAT application process before proceeding to fill in CAT application so that you can complete the process without any mistake.


Revision in Eligibility Criteria to Apply for CAT 2021
IIM Ahmedabad has revised the CAT 2021 Eligibility for CAT application form with many aspirant friendly changes and has removed minimum percentage of marks requirement in graduation to fill the application form. In an Important announcement dated August 18, 2021, the CAT Centre has removed the requirement of minimum percentage of marks in graduation to complete the CAT application form and has changed it to “promotion/pass” instead of the “marks” due to Covid pandemic, for the applicants who have appeared in bachelor’s programme during last two years


Important Changes in Academic Requirement for CAT 2021 Application
Currently, CAT 2021 application requires candidates to meet eligibility criteria of at least 50% marks for General/NC-OBC/EWS or equivalent CGPA and 45% marks in the case of SC/ST/PwD candidates. However, in view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting disruptions in the evaluations across the country, the CAT Committee has made the following exceptions in eligibility criteria for CAT 2021:


Candidates in the final year: Candidates with “promotion/pass” instead of “award of marks” certificates in any of the last two years of the bachelor’s program can enter the “Promotion or Pass” option in the application form.


This will allow the candidate to complete & submit the CAT 2021 application form despite the requirements of minimum eligibility criteria (45% and 50% or equivalent CGPA, respectively).


This eligibility relaxation is also applicable to those final year students with “award” of marks.  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)


Candidates graduated in 2020 and 2021: Due to the implementation of above point and considering that there could be different evaluation patterns adopted by different universities across the country due to covid-19 pandemic, the CAT Committee has decided to remove the minimum percentage of marks (45% and 50% [or equivalent CGPA] respectively) for appearing for the CAT 2021 exam.  This exception is made to ensure parity to candidates who have completed the  bachelor’s degree in 2020 and 2021.


Changes in CAT Eligibility Applicable for CAT 2021 Only
This announcement is only applicable on the eligibility criteria for writing the CAT 2021. CAT centre has advised the candidates to look at and follow respective institution specific admission policy


For those who completed their graduation earlier, the CAT eligibility criteria for CAT 2021 which was released on August 1, will be applicable. The CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria for General & Reserved category candidates define different percentage of marks in the qualifying graduation degree.


CAT 2021 Application form process has started on August 4, 2021. The last date to fill CAT application form is September 22, 2021. The CAT exam date is November 28, 2021. IIM Ahmedabad has appointed Prof M P Ram Mohan, faculty in Business Policy area as Convener of CAT 2021 exam.


IIM Ahmedabad is conducting CAT 2021 on behalf of 20 IIMs and the exam will be held in three sessions on November 28, 2021. CAT 2021 Online Application Process opens from August 4 as CAT official notification was released on August 1. CAT Application form 2021 will remain open for more than 45 days. Around 2,45,000 candidates are expected to apply for CAT 2021. Last year 2.28 Lakh candidates had applied for CAT exam.


This article will explain the CAT application process 2021 to help you in filling up CAT Application form in simple easy steps. You can check actual CAT application Form, Documents & Data required to fill the CAT application form 2021, How to pay CAT application Fee, How to rectify errors in CAT application form and other important guidelines  So, read on!


CAT 2021 Application Form: 5 Key Features
CAT 2021 application submission is the first and mandatory step to appear in CAT exam 2021 for MBA admission in 20 IIMs and other top MBA colleges. Note down these important features:

  1. CAT application form filling and submission is completely online process, to be completed on Official IIM CAT 2021 website
  2. The CAT 2021 application Fee is Rs.2200. It includes IIM application Fee and CAT exam fee. You do not have to pay any other fee for applying to 20 IIMs!
  3. During CAT application process 2021, you can choose Six Test Cities, in order of preference, to take your CAT exam
  4. It is advisable to register and apply for CAT 2021 much before the last date as during the last days of CAT application form submission, some technical glitches may come up
  5. CAT 2021 Exam application window is open for more than 45 days from August first week to September third week, 2021

CAT Application Form 2021: Important Dates

CAT 2021 Online Application Activity
Key Dates
CAT Application Form 2021 Start date
August 4, 2021
CAT Application Last Date
September 22, 2021 
Closing time on last date to fill CAT Application form 2021
5.00 PM
CAT 2021 Application Fee

CAT Application Form Fee 2021
Application fee for CAT 2021 is Rs.2200 only. It includes IIM application Fee and CAT exam fee. By paying the CAT 2021 Application fee, you apply to all the 20 IIMs by default. So, you do not have to pay any other fee for applying to any IIM.   

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Timely Submission of CAT Application Form 2021: Admission Opportunity in 20 IIMs
By completing your CAT Application 2021 and appearing in the exam, you become eligible to be considered in all the following 20 IIMs for admission 2022 selection process:


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IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Indore
IIM Rohtak
IIM Nagpur
IIM Bangalore
IIM Kozhikode
IIM Tiruchirappalli
IIM Sambalpur
IIM Calcutta
IIM Kashipur
IIM Udaipur
IIM Sirmaur
IIM Lucknow
IIM Ranchi
IIM Amritsar
IIM Visakhapatnam
IIM Shillong
IIM Raipur
IIM Bodhgaya
IIM Jammu

All the above IIMs will accept only CAT 2021 exam score to shortlist candidates for final selection round.


In addition to 20 IIMs, more than 500 B-schools including FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, Management Departments of IIT Delhi, Mumbai, Madras, Kanpur, Kharagpur, Roorkee, JBIMS Mumbai accept CAT scores. Check list of Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT. So, successful submission with fee payment of CAT application form is the first and important step to get into IIMs and other Top B-schools in India.  

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How to Apply for CAT 2021
Now, coming to the most important point -- how should you apply for CAT 2021 from August first week onwards. CAT Application steps are simple and can be completed easily. Follow this step by step guide:


It is simple! Refer image below. We will take you step by step to complete and submit CAT application and will give you all the details.

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Before we start Step by Step Guide, take note of these important guidelines:


8 Important Guidelines to fill CAT Application Form 2021

  1. Keep the entire information like academic details, scanned photo & signature images, application fee payment instruments ready before filling up the CAT application form
  2. Move carefully to fill your CAT 2021 online application form as given in the step by step process below
  3. It takes half an hour to complete CAT application form. However, you may complete it in parts also.
  4. Please ensure to click on ‘save and continue’ after completing each page of CAT application form otherwise your filled-in data will not be saved and you will have to fill in all the details again
  5. You will not be allowed to move further on CAT application form, if mandatory information is not filled up.
  6. Wherever needed, required Certificates, scanned images of photographs, signature are to be uploadedelse your CAT application form will remain incomplete
  7. If you forget your password during the CAT application process 2021, you may click on the Forgot Password button on the Existing User login window. The new password will be sent on the email to you, and not as an SMS.
  8. Once you have made payment of CAT Application form fee and submit the application, you will receive a confirmation mail. After this, changes to any information on the application form are not possible.

10 Documents Required to complete CAT Application Form 2021 Online
Before you start to fill in your CAT 2021 online application, remember to organize these 10 key documents required to complete CAT application process:

  1. Documents related to your Educational history from class 10 onwards
  2. Mark sheets – Class-10
  3. Mark Sheet – Class 12th
  4. Mark sheet – Bachelor’s Degree/Diploma
  5. Final Year Certificate from the HoD/Principal (If in final year of bachelor’s degree) also previous year mark sheet
  6. Work experience Document, if any
  7. Applicable Certificates to upload (Category/Affidavits)
  8. Scanned images of your passport size photo and signature. See detail below.
  9. Prepare and Keep Ready the list of the IIM programmes to which you wish to apply and the preferred interview cities for them, before you fill in the CAT application form.
  10. Keep ready the CAT application fee payment instruments like Debit/Credit cards, Net banking. 

CAT Exam 2021 Application Form: Step by Step Process (Based on Last Year CAT Exam)
Now, be ready to apply for CAT 2021. The CAT application process 2021 is open from August first week 2021 onwards. The CAT Application Form 2021 is divided in two parts – Registration and Application. The first part on Registration is meant for new candidates and second part on CAT application form is accessible for the candidates who have completed the first part of registration. 

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Below is shared the last year CAT online application form submission process. CAT application form 2021 will have same process and can be completed in following steps:


Step1: Login to CAT website to Create your Profile
First step is to visit CAT 2021 Website -- On the right hand, you will find the window that says ‘New Candidate Registration’. You need to click the ‘Register’ button below ‘New Candidate Registration’ as you are New User. Once you click ‘Register’, a new page titled ‘Register to get User ID and Password’ will open. 

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Image 1: New Candidate Registration Button

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Step-1.1: Register to Get User ID & Password
On ‘Register to get User ID and Password’ Page (see image below), enter your Name, Date of Birth, Email, Country, and Mobile Number. Then, click ‘Generate OTP’ button. You will get one-time OTP that you should verify. You also need to check ‘I agree’ box in Declaration section. Refer image 1.1 below.


CAT Centre 2021 will immediately send you CAT 2021 registration ID and password that you can use to login to CAT 2021 main Application Form.  

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Image 1.1: ‘Register to get User ID and Password’


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 Step-2: Complete CAT Application Form in Steps as below:

The step-1 of registration & application process is complete now. You should save your CAT ID and password. It will be required whenever you login in future. To proceed further to fill in online CAT application form, now you have to login at CAT website at the window  'Registered candidate login.' You will be directed to fill in the details in your CAT application form as in steps below.


Step-2.1: Fill in Personal Details in Application Form
First, fill your personal details like parents' name, gender, category, nationality, communication address among others. Then, you also need to upload your Photograph, Signature and Caste Certificate.

CAT Personal Details


Step-2.2: Fill in Academic Details from Class 10 onwards
After filling your Personal Details, next you will be directed to fill in all your academics beginning from Class 10 onwards like exam taken, Board/University, marks obtained, maximum marks, percentage of marks among others. The details of professional degree, if any are to be entered on this page.


CAT Academics


Step-2.3: Fill the Work Experience obtained after Graduation
After filling your Academic Details, next  page that opens is for work experience. If you are a candidate with work experience that you have earned after graduation, enter your experience in months as on 31st July 2021. Select which all industries (like Banking, Auto, IT…) you have worked and enter months of employment.


CAT Work Experience


Step-2.4: Select IIM Programmes & Interview Cities
This page of CAT application form requires you to select and tick against the preferred Programmes offered by 20 IIMs. Please note there is no extra fee to choose any programme. You can select and tick all the programmes. However, it is advisable to check your eligibility and then choose the programmes for which you are eligible. For example, if you are a fresher in humanities you are eligible for IIM Ahmedabad PGP programme, but you are not eligible for its FABM or executive programmes. So,Select the best IIM  programmes and then select the IIM Interview City for that programme from the  respective drop down menu.  



CAT Programmes

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 Step-2.5: Select 6 preferred CAT Exam Cities
This is very important section of CAT application form 2021.  There are 156 test cities for CAT 2021 exam. Candidates can choose 6 preferred test cities in order of preference to appear in CAT 2021.   The choice of test cities should be made with utmost care to save on travel time with best mode of transport available, and in the manner that if you are not assigned 1st preferred city, other selected cities should also not be difficult to reach in time.


CAT City


Step-3: Make payment online for CAT 2021 Application Fee 
Payment of CAT application fee is the last step while completing your CAT Application form. The payment is to be made online. A General / NC-OBC candidate needs to pay Rs.2200 while an SC/ST/PWD candidate will pay Rs.1100 towards the application & examination fee. The final amount will also include applicable additional charges.


CAT application fee can be paid online through credit cards, debit cards and net banking, so make sure that you are making payment with one of these instruments.


cat registration payment

10 Points for Error Free Application Submission: How to Avoid mistake in CAT Application Form?  
Before you apply for CAT 2021, please note the following to successfully complete your application form:

  1. Carefully enter all the personal details in CAT application form 2021, no correction is allowed later 
  2. Review all the details you have entered on each page
  3. Please upload correct size of scanned images of your photograph & signature
  4. Download the EWS, NC-OBC, SC/ST, PwD Certificates from the CAT website, enter the required information and self-attest, scan as PDF documents & upload the certificates on the CAT website
  5. If you are a Person with Disability (PwD), Select yes in the CAT Application form, else you may not be provided assistance at the test centre like wheel chair support and Scribe
  6. If you need to use a Scribe for the test, arrange the Scribe and fill the Scribe Affidavit form available on the CAT website.
  7. After you submit the CAT application form 2021 online and make payment, no Editing is allowed, so be careful
  8. IIMs may open 2-3 days CAT application form Editing window after the last date is over. During the period you may re-upload your right size photograph, may edit a few details but no correction in Personal Details will be allowed
  9. Check that your CAT application form is successfully submitted and you have received the SMS from CAT Exam Centre after form submission
  10. In case you have made a mistake in the application form, you must register and apply again with a new email ID. Your CAT 2021 application will be considered for the latest application form submission and the Admit Card will be issued for the same. Please note that, you will not receive a refund for erroneous submission of application form nor will you get the Admit Card for your earlier Application.

CAT Application 2021: 5 Major Changes
Compared to previous years, important changes in CAT application 2021 have been introduced by IIM Ahmedabad:

  • CAT 2021 application window is open from August 4 till September 22, 2021 
  • CAT 2021 application fee is Rs.2200
  • The choice of test cities for Delhi NCR candidates in CAT application is now split into individual test cities like NOIDA, Ghaziabad, Faridabad among others as against one Delhi NCR test city which existed earlier. 
  • The CAT 2021 applicants can choose separate 6 preferred CAT test cities    
  • Your work experience earned after graduation will be calculated in days in CAT 2021 instead of months as was in previous years    

CAT Application Trends
CAT exam applications were 2.27 lakhs last year. The number was going up consistently till 2019 and due to Covid pandemic number of CAT applicants reduced in 2020. Number of candidates applying for CAT during last ten years are shared below:

CAT Registration Data


How to select Correct Photographs for CAT Application Form: 
Check that you upload photograph as per the IIMs' prescribed criteria detailed as under to avoid rejection of your CAT application Form subsequently

cat sample photos

CAT Application Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What is the CAT 2021 Application start date?
CAT Application process starts on August 4, 2021.


Q. What is the CAT 2021 application fee?
Ans.  CAT exam application fee is Rs.2200/- for General category and Rs.1100/- for SC/ST category


Q. I am married and have changed my name after marriage. I am appearing in CAT for the first time which name I should enter in the CAT application form – Changed Name or as per the degree certificate?
Ans. Please enter your changed name. Provide the supporting documents for change of name at the time of examination, interview and admission.


Q. I have not received the CAT application Password although the application was successful and application fee has been paid. What to do now?
Click on the Forgot User ID/Password option on the Existing User login page. You will be prompted to enter your registered Email ID and a Captcha string. You will get your new password on your registered email address but not by SMS. 


Q. If I apply for CAT after 5 PM on the last date of CAT application, can I get successful registration message from IIMs?
Ans. No, you should complete your CAT application process before 5 PM. Usually IIMs close the CAT application process but in case of any technical glitches it may remain open for few hours more. However, the move is fraught with risk chances


Q. Can I apply for CAT 2021 in offline mode also?
No, you can submit only online application for CAT 2021


Q. Is it possible to amend mistake in CAT 2021 application after form submission?
 After submitting the CAT 2021 online application it is not possible to rectify the errors. You will have to re-apply.


Q. Can my score in Masters degree compensate for bachelors degree low score? I scored 76% in Masters but 49% in graduation, can I appear in CAT 2021?
Ans. No, you cannot, you need minimum 50% marks in graduation to appear in CAT 2021 if you are a general category candidate.


Q. What is the size and type of Photograph & signature to be uploaded on CAT 2021 application form?
Ans. The scanned image of your passport photo must be within the dimensions of 30mm X 45mm and for signature the dimensions are 80mm X 35mm.


Q. If I already have a category certificate, can I upload it on CAT 2021 application form or I need a new one?
 If you already have a certificate that fulfils the prescribed criteria, you may upload the same. 


Q. I was awarded only grades but not percentage of marks in academics? How should I fill it in CAT application form?
Ans. You should obtain a certificate from the Board/Institute/University specifying the equivalent marks which should be used for filling the online CAT 2021 application form 


Q. I have work experience in the Accounts & finance section of an Automobile company, what should I fill in the application form as the area of work experience - Finance or Automobile?
Ans. Your area of work experience is Finance but the type of company is Automobile. The work experience is to be entered in months till July 31, 2021 

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