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July 22, 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)

 

IIM Ahmedabad is conducting CAT 2021 on behalf of 20 IIMs and the likely exam date is November 28, 2021. CAT 2021 Online Application Process is expected to begin on August 2 after release of CAT notification in the last week of July 2021. CAT Application form 2021 will remain open for more than 45 days and is the likely last date to submit CAT application form 2021 is September 15. Around 2,45,000 candidates are expected to apply for CAT 2021. Last year 2.27 Lakh candidates had applied for CAT exam.

 

This MBAUniverse.com 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!  

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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.2000. 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 are expected.
  5. CAT 2021 Exam application window will remain 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 2, 2021
CAT Application Last Date
September 15, 2021 
Closing time on last date to fill CAT Application form 2021
5.00 PM
CAT 2021 Application Fee
Rs.2000/-

 (All dates tentative)

 

CAT Application Form Fee 2021
Application fee for CAT 2021 is Rs.2000 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. More details follow.  

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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:

 

CAT Media Release

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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JAIPURIA Lucknow, PGDM Admissions CIMR Mumbai, PGDMAdmission Open
IPE Hyderabad, PGDM​ Admission UPES University Dehradun, MBA  Admissions
Vivekanand Business School (VBS) Mumbai, PGDM JIMS Rohini (Sec-5) Delhi, PGDM Admissions
IMS Ghaziabad, PGDM Admission IESMCRC Mumbai, PGDM Admission

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.

CAT application

 

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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 iimcat.ac.in to Create your Profile
First step is to visit CAT 2021 Website -- IIMCAT.ac.in. 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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IPE Hyderabad, PGDM Admission Open IMS Ghaziabad University, MBA Admission

Image 1: New Candidate Registration Button

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 2020. 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.2000 while an SC/ST/PWD candidate will pay Rs.1000 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

How to Avoid mistake in CAT Application Form? 10 Points for Error Free Application Submission 
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 Indore:

  • CAT 2021 application window is likely to open as early as on August 2 and may remain open till September 15, 2021 
  • An increase of Rs.100/- is made in CAT 2021 application fee which has gone upto Rs.2000
  • 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?
Ans.
CAT Application process starts on August 2, 2021.

 

Q. What is the CAT 2021 application fee?
Ans.  CAT exam application fee is Rs.2000/- for General category and Rs.1000/- 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?
Ans. 
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?
Ans. 
No, you can submit only online application for CAT 2021

 

Q. Is it possible to amend mistake in CAT 2021 application after form submission?
Ans.
 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?
Ans.
 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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