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December 30, 2021

CAT Result 2021: Key Dates, How to Download, Important Details to Check


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IIM Ahmedabad is likely to release CAT 2021 Exam Result on January 5, 2022. Going by the past trends the CAT Result will be declared in morning hours at CAT official website 1.92 lakh test takers who appeared in CAT 2021 on Nov 28, 2021 are waiting for CAT exam result.


Although IIM Ahmedabad has shared the expected date of CAT 2021 exam result as 2nd week of January, 2022, but during the past five years, CAT result was released in the first week of January every year and even before Jan 5. The same trend is expected for CAT 2021 Result date. 


Earlier IIM Ahmedabad released on Dec 8, CAT 2021 answer key with candidate response sheet to check your correct and incorrect answers and calculate your score. After arriving at your score, you could check your CAT percentile much before the CAT result declaration, with the help of IIM Call Predictor.


Read below the important date and details about CAT exam 2021 result, how to download CAT result, key details to check in the score card, IIMs shortlisting process after declaration of CAT result and more


Table of Contents

  1. CAT 2021 Result Dates
  2. CAT Exam 2021 Result Highlights: 8 Key Points
  3. CAT Result: Check Details Mentioned on CAT 2021 Scorecard
  4. How to Download CAT Result 2021: Flow Chart
  5. Step by Step Process: How to Download CAT Result 2021
  6. How to Check CAT Exam Result on Mobile?
  7. CAT 2021 Exam Result: Important instructions
  8. What after CAT Result 2021: Shortlisting Process by IIMs
  9. Top B-schools accepting CAT Result 2021
  10. CAT Result Key Trends: Rising number of Test Takers
  11. CAT Toppers of Previous Years 

1. CAT 2021 Result Dates: Important Schedule
Below are the CAT 2021 result dates for all the related activities. However, before the CAT 2021 Result Release date, IIM Ahmedabad will release CAT answer key, will scrutinize the objections raised by the test takers, will release the final answer keys and will complete the CAT Normalization process across three exam slots. After completing and thoroughly checking the process and getting the 100% correct output, the CAT 2021 result release date is finalized. Going by the past trends, the likely CAT result release date is January first week, although IIM Ahmedabad has announced the CAT 2021 result release date as 2nd week of January 2022. 

Step Wise CAT Result Activity
Important  Date 
CAT 2021 Exam Date
November 28, 2021
Exam in Morning, Afternoon and Evening Slots
Release of CAT 2021 Question paper with candidates’ responses and correct answer keys 
December 8, 2021
Question paper answer keys are released for each section –VARC, DILR and Quant for each slot
Last date to raise and submit  Objection for CAT responses
December 11, 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
CAT 2021 Result Release Date
January 5, 2022
Result with score card is released for all the candidates who appeared in CAT 2021

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 exam was held in 156 test cities at 438 test centres in 3 slots. Candidates have to login with their CAT Id on CAT website to download their CAT 2021 score card.  


2. CAT 2021 Result Highlights: 8 Key Points to Note
Shared below are the CAT 2021 Result Highlights with all the important points

  1. After completing the CAT Normalization process across 3 slots, IIM Ahmedabad will release CAT Result 
  2. CAT 2021 Result Date & Time is announced on Official CAT website
  3. After CAT result declaration, IIMs inform ‘CAT Score Card is live’
  4. You can download you CAT 2021 Result with Score Card immediately after CAT result declaration
  5. IIMs send CAT score through SMS to all candidates who appear in CAT exam
  6. CAT 2021 Score Card will contain your scaled score and percentile.
  7. You can download your CAT Result in 3 steps from official CAT result website
  8. CAT 2021 score is valid only till December 31, 2022 and will accordingly be accessible on the website                  

3. CAT Result: Details Mentioned on CAT 2021 Scorecard
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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3.1 Check Following Important Details Mentioned on CAT 2021 Scorecard:

  • 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 

4. How to Download CAT Result 2021 with Score Card: Flow Chart
After the CAT score card release, you need to visit the CAT Result 2021 Download Link to download your CAT 2021 Rank Card. As per the last year CAT result download process, you need to take following steps to check CAT 2021 Results: (Based on last year CAT result Download process) 


How to Download CAT Result


5. Step by Step Process: How to Download CAT Result 2021?


5.1 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:


cat login

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 5.2 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 as it contains your scaled and percentile scores. Below is shared the copy of actual CAT score card of last year CAT Exam:

CAT Score Card


6. How to Check CAT 2021 Result on Mobile?
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 


7. CAT 2021 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.

8. What after CAT Result 2021? Shortlisting Process by IIMs  
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. 


9. Top B-schools accepting CAT Result 2021: IIMs & Other Top MBA/PGDM Colleges
The top B-schools accepting CAT Result 2021 include IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode, Shillong, Rohtak, Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Tiruchirappalli, Udaipur and the baby IIMs. Apart from IIMs the top B-schools accepting CAT result 2021 are FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, IITs, MDI Gurgaon, NITIE Mumbai, IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, FORE New Delhi, TAPMI Manipal, K J Somaiya, Great Lakes, GIM Goa, LBSIM New Delhi among others


After CAT result release, while 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 release their shortlists in one week from the CAT result date. IIM Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Tiruchirappalli, Udaipur will announce their shortlists for CAP round in February. 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    


10. CAT Exam Result Key Trends: 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 2021
Data to be Released
CAT 2020
227, 835
CAT 2019
CAT 2018
CAT 2017
1, 99,632
CAT 2016
1, 95,679

11. CAT Toppers of Previous Years

  • 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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