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June 4, 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.


The official CAT exam website mentions the CAT 2021 exam Result date as in the second week of January 2022. However, as per the past trends, the result is declared much ahead of the schedule every year. CAT 2021 will be held in 155+ test cities at 400+ test centres which is the highest number of test cities for any MBA entrance exam in India. 

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CAT Result 2021 Dates
Below are the CAT 2021 result dates for all the related activities

Step Wise CAT Result Activity
Important  Date 
Submission of Objection for CAT responses
December 7, 2021
These objections are processed with authenticated CAT answers before the CAT result date
Release of  the final CAT Answers by IIMs
January 3, 2022
No objection is entertained by IIMs after publishing these answers
Declaration of CAT Result 2021
January 5, 2022
Result with score card is released for all the candidates who appeared in CAT 2021

All dates are tentative


CAT 2021 Result: Key Points to Note

  • CAT 2021 Result Date & Time is announced on Official CAT website
  • After CAT result declaration IIMs inform ‘CAT Score Card is live’
  • You can download you CAT 2021 score card immediately after CAT result declaration
  • IIMs send CAT score through SMS to all candidates who appear in CAT exam
  • CAT 2021 Score Card will contain your scaled score and percentile.
  • You can download your CAT score card in 3 steps from official CAT website 
  • CAT 2021 score is valid only till December 31, 2022 and will accordingly be accessible on the website

Details to check in CAT Result 2021
Your CAT Result 2021 will contain the details of your CAT exam date and time in slot-1, slot-2, or slot-3, Sectional and overall scaled score, sectional and overall CAT percentile so that you may anticipate your call from the preferred B-school to which you have applied. 

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Key details in CAT 2021 Score Card are:

  • Your personal details like Name, Address, photograph, Date of Birth, Email ID
  • CAT 2021 Registration number/User ID – Both should be the same
  • Your category – General/OBC/SC-ST
  • Gender – Male/Female
  • PWD Status
  • Date & Time of CAT 2021 exam
  • Section-wise CAT 2021 exam Scaled Score and Section-wise CAT percentile score
  • Overall CAT 2021 Scaled Score and overall Percentile score 
  • Important Instructions related to CAT result 

How to Download CAT 2021 Result with Score Card?
As per the last year CAT result download process, you need to take following steps to check CAT 2021 Results and to download your CAT 2021 Rank Card when the CAT score card 2021 is released: (Based on last year CAT result Download process)  

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How to Download CAT Result

Step by Step Process to Download CAT Result 2021

Step-1: Go to the CAT website to login and begin the CAT result 2021 score card download process.  

To download your CAT Exam Result 2021, enter your registered CAT id and password at ‘Login For Score Card CAT 2021’ window on  CAT official iimcat website, as shown in the image below:


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 Step-2: Now you can view and download your CAT 2021 score card. Please remember that after downloading your CAT 2021 Rank card, you should take print of the CAT Result 2021 as it contains your scaled and percentile scores. Below is shared the copy of actual CAT score card of last year CAT Exam:

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CAT Exam Result on SMS
CAT 2021 Score card by means of SMS on your mobile phone will also be sent by IIMs after CAT Result declaration. The glimpse of your score card contains your sectional and overall score & percentile 

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CAT 2021 Exam Result: Important instructions
Following are the important CAT result related instructions issued by IIMs for the benefit of CAT 2021 exam takers regarding the CAT 2021 score card download:

  • Only candidates who have taken the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021 are entitled to receive the score card. The print-out of the score card is for your information pertaining to CAT 2021. You will not receive score card by email or by post.
  • The Scaled Scores of Section-1 (Verbal Ability & reading Comprehension); Section-2 (Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning) and Section-3 (Quantitative Ability) are not additive. The Overall Scaled Scores is based on the total raw scores earned by the candidate.
  • Percentile refers to percentage of candidates who receive score less than or equal to the score obtained by the candidate.
  • IIMs and Non-IIM member institutions independently decide how to use CAT 2021 scores on the basis of their own selection process. The scores are to be used only for selecting the candidates to their Post Graduate / Fellow Programme(s) in Management.
  • All queries regarding post-CAT 2021 selection process must be directed to respective IIMs. CAT Centre will not answer post-CAT related queries.
  • CAT 2021 score is valid until 31st December 2022 and subject to meeting the minimum eligibility marks in the qualifying examination.

Shortlisting by IIMs: Post CAT Result Process
Immediately after CAT results are announced, the top 3-4 IIMs like IIM Calcutta, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Lucknow announce the shortlist of candidates for final selection process. Each IIM sends interview letters to the shortlisted candidates directly on email/registered/speed post. The criteria for shortlisting vary across IIMs. 

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CAT Exam Result: Rising number of Test Takers
Candidates who appear in CAT are rising year after year. Except for the last year when the CAT applicants reduced slightly due to pandemic, there were more & more candidates who had registered and applied for CAT year after year with more test takers in CAT exam. Data on CAT Result Trends during last five years will bring home this fact:

CAT Exam Year
Total Applicants
Actual CAT Takers
CAT 2020
227, 835
CAT 2019
CAT 2018
CAT 2017
1, 99,632
CAT 2016
1, 95,679

CAT Toppers of Last Year

  • 9 candidates scored an overall 100 percentile in the CAT examination in 2020.
  • 7 candidates were from engineering and technology back ground; 1 is from Mathematics background and 1 is from Management background
  • Of the nine candidates, 5 candidates are from the IITs, and the remaining four candidates are from IIM Indore (IPM program), BITS Pilani, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, and YMCA institute of Engineering respectively
  • 19 candidates have scored an overall 99.99 percentile in CAT 2020, of which 18 are male and 1 is female  
  • 3 candidates with 99.99 percentile were from Non-Engineering back ground. 
  • 66,755 female candidates appeared in CAT in 2020; 1,23,388 were the male candidates; one was  transgender candidate

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Must Check Shortlists by IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta & Top PGDM Colleges
IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta release their shortlists in a day or two from the date of CAT result declaration. IIM Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode, Shillong and IIM Rohtak (which is not participating in CAP round), will also release their shortlists in one week from the CAT result date. IIM Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Tiruchirappalli, Udaipur will announce their shortlists for CAP round. The seven baby IIMs will announce their shortlists in March/April 2022. You can check your chances of getting IIM Call accurately with the help of IIM Call Predictor.


Some of the following top B-schools will announce their shortlists for final selection round in January last week/February 2022 -  FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, FORE School of Management New Delhi, LBSIM Delhi    

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