Updated On: 25 Aug, 2021 11:08


Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021  


Indian Institutes of Management Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Bodh Gaya, Calcutta, Indore, Jammu, Kashipur, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Nagpur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Sambalpur, Shillong, Sirmaur, Tiruchirappalli, Udaipur, Visakhapatnam

  The Indian Institutes of Management will conduct a computer-based Common Admission Test 2021 (CAT 2021) on Sunday, November 28, 2021 in three sessions.

 CAT 2021 will be conducted by IIMs as a prerequisite for admission to various management programmes of IIMs. These programmes are:

  1. Post Graduate Programmes in Management (PGP) Institutes
  2. IIM Ahmedabad Programmes PGP, PGP-FABM Website Addresses
  3. IIM Amritsar MBA,
  4. EMBA, MBA-Business Analytics,
  5. MBA-HRM
  6. IIM Bangalore
  8. IIM Calcutta MBA
  9. IIM Indore
  10. IIM Jammu PGP, PGP-HRM MBA
  11. IIM Kashipur MBA, MBA (Analytics), EMBA
  12. IIM Kozhikode
  14. Kochi PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM
  15. IIM Nagpur IIM Raipur PGP PGP
  16. IIM Ranchi PGP, PGP-HRM, PGP (Business Analytics)
  17. IIM Rohtak IIM Sambalpur PGP, EPGPX, EPGDSM MBA, Executive MBA
  18. IIM Shillong PGP, PGPEX, PGPWE
  19. IIM Sirmaur IIM Tiruchirappalli MBA, MBA (T&HM) PGPM, PGPM-HR, PGPBM
  21. IIM Visakhapatnam PGP, PGPEX, PGPDGM


Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021 Eligibility

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor's Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in the case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Persons with Disability (PwD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of the Bachelor's the degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the program provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their University/Institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate.
  • Candidates applying for CAT 2021 should fulfill any one of the following conditions:
  • Completed Bachelor's degree with the required percentage of marks*.
  • Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA/Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI)) with required percentage*.
  • Should be in the final year of Bachelor's degree with required percentage*. *SC/ST/PwD candidates should have a minimum of 45%. For General, EWS, and NC-OBC candidates, the minimum is 50%.
  • The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In the case of grades/CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/Institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate's CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.
  • IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at the website Applicants should note that the mere fulfillment of the minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for shortlisting by IIMs. Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a mobile phone number throughout the selection process. Reservation
  • As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% of the seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the "non-creamy" layer (NC-OBC). Up to 10% of the seats are reserved for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) candidates.
  • To be considered for reservations, the applicable Central Government list as on the last date of CAT registration shall be binding. No subsequent changes will be effective for CAT 2021 and any subsequent selection process of the IIMs. For an updated central list of state-wise OBCs eligible for availing of the benefit of reservation and information in respect of the creamy layer, visit the website http://www.ncbc.nic.inAs per the provisions of The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016), 5% of seats are reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD). "Person with Benchmark Disability" means a person with not less than forty percent (40%) of a specified disability where a specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and includes a person with disability where the specified disability has been defined in measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority. "Specified disability" means the disabilities as specified in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016. The categories of disability are a) Blindness and low vision b) Deaf and hard of hearing c) Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims, and muscular dystrophy. d) Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability, and mental illness e) Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d) f) Other 'specified disabilities' mentioned in 'The Schedule' of the RPwD Act 2016
  • The candidates belonging to the reserved categories need to note the eligibility requirements carefully before applying. It should be noted that while it is the endeavor of IIMs that the candidates belonging to SC/ST/NC-OBC/EWS/PwD categories join the Programme in proportions mandated by the law, they have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria and a certain minimum level of performance to be considered for the admission process.
  • The candidates should read the updated description of the selection process followed by each IIM on their respective websites. No change in the category will be entertained after CAT registration. The applicants are advised to pay attention while registering. Additional Information for SC, ST, NC-OBC, EWS, and PwD
  • If a candidate belongs to the SC or ST categories, the respective caste/tribe must be listed in the Government of India schedule. The caste certificate that the candidate submits to IIM should be in the Government of India approved format and should clearly state: (a) Name of the caste/tribe; (b) Whether the candidate belongs to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe; (c) District and State or Union Territory of the candidate's ordinary residence; and (d) the appropriate Government of India schedule under which the candidate's caste/tribe is approved by it as Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.
  • A copy of the SC/ST/NC-OBC/EWS/PwD certificate(s) must be uploaded at the time of the CAT application registration. Failure to upload a copy of the caste/class certificate will result in the rejection of a candidate's CAT registration.
  • The SC/ST/NC-OBC/EWS/PwD certificate(s) must be shown and a photocopy should be submitted at the time of interviews. Moreover, the certificate(s) must be submitted at the time of joining the programs of any of the IIMs. Failure to do so during the post CAT selection process.

REGISTRATION FOR CAT The CAT 2021 registration window opens at 10.00 a.m. on August 4, 2021 and will close at 5:00 p.m. on September 15, 2021. The details will be available in the registration guide. At the time of registration, the candidates have to select any six test cities, as per their preference, from a drop-down menu. After the last date of registration, candidates will be allotted one among the six preferred cities subject to availability. In the rare case that a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted a nearby city. The candidates can download the admit cards from October 27, 2021 until November 28, 2021.

CAT 2021 SCORE Candidates' CAT 2021 scorecards will be made accessible on the CAT website. Candidates may also be intimated individually by SMS. The CAT results are likely to be declared by the second week of January, 2022. The CAT 2021 score is valid only till December 31, 2022 and will accordingly be accessible on the website. Thereafter, no queries related to the issuance of CAT 2021 scorecards will be entertained.



Syllabus for Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021  



Major Topics

Sectional Time Duration

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

·         Para-jumbles

·         Sentence completion

·         Inferences

·         Questions based on reading comprehension and etc







For    General: 40 Minutes for each section


For PwD: 53 Minutes 20 Seconds for each section

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

·         Graphs

·         Tables

·         Seating Arrangement

·         Syllogism

·         Blood Relation

·         Data Caselets and etc

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

·         Time and Work

·         Geometry

·         Algebra

·         Mensuration

·         Number System



Exam Pattern for Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021  




Duration of the CAT Exam

3 hours (180 Minutes)

2 Hours (120 Minutes)

Name of the Section

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Section-wise Duration

60 minutes per section (Total 180 minutes)

  • 40 Minutes for Each Section (VARC, DILR, QA).

  • 53 Minutes 20 Seconds for PwD candidates for each section.

Slot-wise Session

  • Slot 1: 8:30 am - 10:30 pm (Morning Session)

  • Slot 2: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm (Afternoon Session)

  • Slot 3: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm (Evening Session)

Number of Questions

100 questions

76 Questions (54 MCQs and 22 Non-MCQs)

CAT exam total marks

300 marks

228 marks

Mode of the CAT 2021 exam

Computer-Based Mode (CBT)

Marking Scheme

  • For every right answer, +3 will be awarded

  • For every wrong answer in MCQs, -1 will be deducted

  • No negative marks for Non-MCQs

Exam Date

Exam date for CAT 2021 is 28 November

Admit Card

Admit card download begin 5pm on 27 October 2021   


to be announced

Counselling Date

to be announced

Cut Off

to be announced

Latest Updates

IMPORTANT Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a mobile phone number throughout the selection process.

- Registration starts at 10A.M. on 4 August2021

- Registration close at5pm on 15 September 2021

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Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)

IIMs are considered India’s premier national institutes providing quality management education and research. IIMs primarily offer post graduate, doctoral and executive education programmes. The flagship programme of IIMs is the two-year post-graduate programme. These two year programmes are residential in nature. The Fellow / Doctorate Programme in Management (FPM) is a fulltime doctoral level programme in management, leading to the award of a Ph.D. The Executive Post Graduate programmes are targeted at working professionals.

Admission to the two year post graduate programmes in IIMs is based on merit and involves a rigorous selection process comprising of a Personal Interview, Written Ability Test/Group Discussions, and scores in the Common Admission Test which is commonly known as CAT. CAT is a management aptitude test conducted by the IIMs primarily to evaluate and shortlist candidates for the post graduate programme. It is a computer-based exam and a candidate has to follow the due process of registering in order to appear for this exam conducted once a year.

As per Government of India norms, IIMs reserve 15% seats for SC candidates, 7.5% seats for ST candidates, 27% seats for NC-OBC candidates and up to 10% seats for EWS candidates. 5% seats are also reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities. IIMs also provide scholarships to deserving students who need financial support.

The Indian Institutes of Management are leading institutions providing management education in India with the older IIMs having been established more than 50 years ago. Today, there are 20 IIMs established in different parts of India.