CAT Exam 2021 Notification Admit Card, Exam Pattern, Preparation and Cut off

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CAT Exam 2021 Notification: The notification for the CAT 2021 will be given in the last week of July 2021, and the registration process for the CAT will commence in the first week of August. IIM Ahmedabad will host the CAT Test, while Prof M P Ram Mohan has been named as the CAT convener. It will be held in an online format in 156 cities in India in 2021. Here you will get a brief detailed guide on the latest CAT Exam 2021 Notification. 

CAT Exam 2021 Notification

Before jump into the detailed guide, you should check the overview related to CAT Notification 2021:

Particulars

Details

Full name of the exam

Common Admission Test

Common Name

CAT

IIM conducting CAT 2021 Indian Institute of Management Indore
CAT 2021 Convenor Professor Harshal Lowalekar, Faculty for Operations Management and Quantitative Techniques
CAT exam 2021 Official Website iimcat.ac.in

Periodicity of CAT exam

Once a year

CAT exam type

A computer-based national level exam

CAT 2021 exam date

November 29, 2020

CAT eligibility and age

No age limit; any graduate with 50% can appear for the CAT exam
Time Limit per section in CAT 2020 1 hour per section

CAT 2020 application fee

Rs. 2000 (general category); Rs 1000 (reserved category)

CAT Registration Process

Online

Number of CAT Exam Centres

376 centers across 156 cities (2019). Students have to choose 6 cities instead of 4.

CAT Participating Institutes and score using institutes

20 IIMs, IITs, MDI, FMS, SPJIMR, JBIMS, and more than 500 management schools in the country

Admission Process after CAT exam

Separate applications to all IIMs and other MBA colleges. However, students do not need to pay a separate application fee for IIM admissions.

No of CAT applicants (2019) 2,44,169 – 75004 female, 134917 male and 5 transgender candidates

CAT Helpline

Email: cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in

CAT Exam 2021 Eligibility

​Before filling the Common Admission Test 2021 online application form, make sure that you have already met the essential CAT Eligibility criteria. Here you can check the criteria details according to CAT Notification 2021.

  • You should have a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% marks for SC/ST/PWD categories) or 
  • An equivalent examination recognized by the MHRD, Government of India; including AMICE of the Institution of Civil Engineers (India)

You should note that a student appearing in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree or waiting for the result is also eligible.

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CAT 2021 Exam Dates

Check the CAT Exam Dates are mentioned in the table below. Candidates can use the same to keep track of the important CAT exam events and plan their preparation.

CAT 2021 Events

CAT 2021 Dates

CAT 2021 notification release

Last week of July 2021

CAT 2021 registrations start

The first week of August 2021

(05-Aug-2021 tentatively)

Registrations end

The third week of September 2021

CAT form correction

The third week of September 2021

Admit card release

Last week of October 2021

CAT mock test release

The first week of November 2021 

CAT official tutorial release 

The first week of November 2021

CAT exam 2021

Last week of November 2021

(28-Nov-2021 tentatively)

CAT answer key release

The first week of December 2021

Answer key challenge process

The first week of November 2021

Final answer key release

Last week of November 2021

CAT result 2021 declaration

The first week of January 2021

 

CAT 2021 Application and Registration

Candidates who are willing to apply for the CAT 2021 Exam can go through the details provided here regarding CAT Application Form 2021. Candidates must note that the applications are accepted only in online mode for the CAT exam. 

CAT 2021 Exam Centers

You already know that the Common Admission Test is the most popular exam in India. The number of exam centers is increasing yearly. Here you can check some facts about CAT exam centers.

  • CAT 2021 will be conducted in 156 exam centers across the country.
  • You can select upto four preferences in the exam center while filling the CAT 2021 Application Form
  • The exam center will be allotted from the four choices preferred by you.
  • You will get an exam center address with a google map link, exam day, slot of examination, and other essential guidelines for the exam in the CAT Admit Card. 
  • You are requested to visit the allocated exam center once before the actual exam day to avoid any last-minute chaos. 

The below table indicates cities across India where CAT 2021 will be held. 

Port Blair

Hamirpur

Mumbai

Guntur

Jammu

Nashik

Nellore

Bokaro

Satara

Vijayawada

Dhanbad

Palghar

Kakinada

Hazaribagh

Ulhasnagar

Rajahmundry

Jamshedpur

Shillong

Visakhapatnam

Ranchi

Aizawl

Kurnool

Belagavi(Belgaum)

Kohima

Tirupathi

Bengaluru

Balasore

Vizianagaram

Hubballi (Hubli)

Cuttack

Itanagar

Mysuru (Mysore)

Sambalpur

Dibrugarh

Kalaburagi (Gulbarga)

Berhampur

Silchar

Shivamogga(Shimoga)

Dhenkanal

Guwahati

Dharwad

Bhubaneswar

Tezpur

Mangaluru (Mangalore)

Rourkela

Jorhat

Udupi

Puducherry

Aurangabad-Bihar

Kannur

Pathankot

Darbhanga

Ernakulam

Ludhiana

Arrah

Kollam

Amritsar

Muzaffarpur

Kottayam

Bhatinda

Bhagalpur

Kozhikode

Patiala

Patna

Thrissur

Jalandhar

Mohali

Trivandrum

Sangrur

Chandigarh

Bhopal

Ajmer

Bhilai Nagar

Jabalpur

Jaipur

Bilaspur

Ujjain

Sikar

Raipur

Gwalior

Alwar

Delhi

Sagar

Jodhpur

Faridabad

Indore

Udaipur

Gurugram

Satna

Bikaner

Ghaziabad

Bhopal

Kota

New Delhi

Jabalpur

Madurai

Greater Noida

Ujjain

Chennai

Noida

Gwalior

Salem

Meerut

Sagar

Trichy

Panaji

Indore

Coimbatore

Ahmedabad

Satna

Vellore

Mehsana

Amravati

Tirunelveli

Vadodara

Jalgaon

Hyderabad

Anand

Nagpur

Karimnagar

Rajkot

Pune

Warangal

Gandhinagar

Solapur

Allahabad

Surat

Navi Mumbai

Bareilly

Ambala

Ahmednagar

Kanpur

Hisar

Kolhapur

Muzaffarnagar

Karnal

Nanded

Agra

Kurushetra

Raigad

Gorakhpur

Panipat

Thane

Lucknow

Rohtak

Vasai

Varanasi

Shimla

Aurangabad

Aligarh

Jhansi

Moradabad

Dehradun

Haldwani

Roorkee

Asansol

Durgapur

Bankura

Burdwan

Kolkata

Hooghly

Kalyani

Siliguri

   

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

Here you can check the latest CAT Exam Pattern from the below table:

Sections

Subjects

Time Allotted

Number of Questions

Total Marks

Section I

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

60 Minutes

34

102

Section II

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

60 Minutes

32

96

Section III

Quantitative Ability

60 Minutes

34

102

Total

 

180 Minutes

100

300

CAT Marking Scheme

You can see the Marking Scheme for CAT 2020 is as below: 

  • For MCQ type questions: You will get three marks on every correct answer and -1 marks for every wrong answer
  • For Non-MCQ type questions: You will get three marks on every correct answer and no negative marking for every wrong answer

CAT 2021 Syllabus

To correctly prepare for the exam, you should know the latest CAT syllabus 2021. You can check the syllabus, as given below.

Section

Sub-Topics

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Verbal reasoning, antonyms and synonyms, analogies and reverse analogies, sentence correction, facts inference judgments, critical reasoning, fill in the blanks, syllogism, summary questions, passage-based questions

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Area graph, Venn diagram, Line and Pie Charts, Column and Bar graphs, Caselets and Tables

Number and letter series, Syllogism, Clocks, calendars and cubes, Directions, Blood relations, Binary Logic, Coding-decoding, Logical sequence, Matrix, and linear arrangement

Quantitative Ability

Number system, Geometry, Algebra, Permutation and Combination, Mixtures and Allegations, Ratio & Proportion, Logarithm, Time & Work, Functions, Trigonometry, Coordinate Geometry, and Mensuration

CAT 2021 Question Paper

You should have the CAT Previous years question papers, sample papers, and Mock Test series. Daily preparation and time management can help you can do well in CAT 2021.

  • CAT question paper 2021 has 100 MCQ and 100 Non-MCQ Questions with a time duration of 3 hours.
  • By practicing question papers and full-length mock tests, you will enhance your preparation.
  • With the help of the CAT 2021 Model Paper, you can analyze the structure of the upcoming question paper.

It is estimated that the competition level of CAT 2021 will be comparatively high for this year. So you have to prepare in a better way by giving additional attention to the Quantitative Ability (QA) section that appeared in the previous CAT question papers.

CAT Exam 2021 Preparation

You need to prepare properly to score better in the CAT 2021 exam. Without a better score, you will not get admission to a high-ranked IIM. You should have a solid CAT Study plan and study materials for that.

To boost your preparation, we have provided a complete link related to the best study materials below.

CAT Exam 2021 Mock Test

Follow the steps given below are the steps to access the official mock test.

  • You have to click on the link stating- CAT 2021 Mock Test Link available at iimcat.ac.in.
  • Now you have to sign in using your registration number and password.
  • You have to Press F11 to read the general instructions.
  • You should click on “Next” to read the instructions.
  • Then you need to click on the disclaimer checkbox on “Other Important Instructions for the candidates.
  • Now you are required to click on “I am ready to begin” to start the mock test.

CAT Exam 2021 Paper Analysis

CAT 2021 Paper Analysis will elaborate in detail the scrutiny of each section with the respective difficulty level and expected cut-off, being highlighted.

 The analysis will be studied and reviewed in 2 sections:

  • CAT 2020-21 Slot 1 Analysis: The study of the test undertaken by applicants appearing CAT 2020 from 9 am to 12 noon.
  • CAT 2020-21 Slot 2 Analysis: The study of the test undertaken by applicants appearing CAT 2020 from 2.30 pm to 5.30 pm.

The general pattern of the CAT is to balance the section-wise difficulty of the exam. For example, if the difficulty of one section is great, then the other sections will be comparatively moderate, while the third section will be easier. 

CAT Exam 2021 Admit Card

In the third week of October 2021, enrolled candidates will receive their CAT Admit Card 2021. Candidates will be able to download their individual Hall Ticket until the exam day using their CAT login ID. 

The information mentioned on the admit card of CAT 2021 is given below:

  • Name & Date of Birth of the candidate
  • User Id/Registration Number
  • Category
  • Test Schedule & Slot
  • CAT Exam Center
  • Candidate’s Signature & Photograph
  • Exam Day Instructions

CAT Exam 2021 Result

You should CAT 2020 Result will be declared on January 7, 2020, on the official website. You can easily download your CAT Scorecard 2021 PDF. You should note that each IIM will announce its cutoff for shortlisting candidates for the selection process separately. 

CAT Exam 2020-21 Answer Key

You should know that the IIM Indore is expected to publish the CAT 2020-21 Answer Key after a week of the CAT exam date. You can object to any correct response if you find incorrect information. For every objection, you will have to pay Rs.1200, which will be refunded, excluding the transaction charges by the CAT authorities if found to be correct/apt as per the raised objection.

CAT Exam 2021 Cutoff

You need to score sectional and overall cutoff to be eligible for the subsequent rounds. The overall cutoff for IIMs usually falls between the 90-99 percentile. The top 3 IIMs- Ahmedabad, Bangalore, and Calcutta have a cut-off over 99 percentile. The cutoff for other top business schools like FMS, JBIMS, and SPIJMR is over 95 percentile.

CAT 2019 Exam Toppers

The list of CAT 2019 toppers is tabulated below:

CAT 2019 Toppers With Overall Percentile

Somansh Chordia –  100 percentile

Rishi Mittal –  100 percentile

Saathwik Kolluru –  99.99 percentile

Rahul Manglik –  99.99 percentile

Karan Goyal –  99.95 percentile 

Ankit Desai –  99.91 percentile

Romik Banerjee –  99.87 percentile

Srishti Banzal –  99.86 percentile

Ronit Banerjea –  99.80 percentile

Karal Maheshwari –  99.03 percentile

Highest Salary Package offered after Completion of MBA from IIM

You can check the salary packages offered after doing MBA from IIM and another top- B school graduates:- 

Institute

Number of Recruiters

Number of Students Placed

Highest Package

Average Package

IIM Bangalore

119

442

62.3 LPA

24.54 LPA

IIM Calcutta

125

501

44.6 LPA

25.4 LPA

SPJIMR

40 LPA

16 LPA

IIM Ahmedabad

124

388

72 LPA

16 LPA

FMS, Delhi

81

209

1 Crore PA

23 LPA

IIM Indore

200+

607

89.25 LPA

20.79 LPA

IIFT

31.12 LPA

28.64 LPA

IIM Shillong

62

177

28 LPA

16.79 LPA

IIM Rohtak

95+

252

24.13 LPA

11.85 LPA

IIM Ranchi

171

253

48 LPA

10.89 LPA

IM Sambalpur

49

56

58 LPA

11.33 LPA

IIM Vishakhapatnam

50

56

22 LPA

17.07 LPA

XLRI

104

50 LPA

22.35 LPA

IIM Udaipur

78

205

27.5 LPA

13.2 LPA

IIM Kashipur

72

218

28 LPA

12.17 LPA

IIM Kozhikode

107

390

40.5 LPA

18.8 LPA

IIM Lucknow

147

460

24 LPA

IIM Tiruchirappalli

94

170

35.15 LPA

20.88 LPA

IIM Bodh Gaya

16 LPA

10.9 LPA

IIM Amritsar

81

107

24 LPA

8.07 LPA

IIM Sirmaur

63+

56

16 LPA

9 LPA

IIM Raipur

200+

201

24.06 LPA

14.12 LPA

IIM Jammu

34

24 LPA

6.24 LPA

Revised Seat Intake of IIMs

IIMs

Total Seats

IIM Ahmedabad

395

IIM Bangalore

400

IIM Calcutta 

460

IIM Lucknow

500

IIM Indore

450

IIM Kozhikode

375

IIM Shillong

180

IIM Rohtak

240

IIM Trichy

180

IIM Udaipur

260

IIM Ranchi

185

IIM Kashipur

180

IIM Raipur

240

IIM Amritsar

105

IIM Bodhgaya

60

IIM Nagpur

126

IIM Visakhapatnam

60

IIM Jammu

60

IIM Sambalpur

60

IIM Sirmaur

60

Total

3265

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