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Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaUpdated On: August 13, 2022 08:46 am IST | CAT

Candidates belonging from any reserved categories will have to attach the caste certificate of their respective categories. They can download the Category Certificates from the official website of CAT. 

How to Apply for Category Certificates for CAT Exam

The CAT 2021 notification was released on August 01, 2021. The CAT 2021 exam was conducted on November 28, 2021, in online mode. The CAT 2021 application form was released on August 04, 2021. The last date to fill-up the application form was September 22, 2021. The CAT 2021 Admit Card was released on October 27, 2021 and the exam was held on November 28, 2021. 

There are many important things that you should take care of while filling the CAT application form. You should ensure that you have entered all the details correctly. Besides this, the candidates from reserved categories must make sure that they have attached a copy of their belonging caste certificate along with the passport-sized photograph and signature. This article will help you to apply and download the SC/ ST/ NC-OBC/ PWD/ EWS Certificates for CAT Exam 2021 entrance exam.

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What are SC / ST / NC-OBC / PWD / EWS Certificates?

Candidates belonging to any of the SC / ST / NC-OBC / PWD / EWS categories will have to attach their caste certificate while filling the application form. These certificates are proof that the candidate belongs to a particular category. The caste certificates will comprise some important information such as the name of the candidate, the address of the candidate and his belonging category. You can download the caste certificates from the official website of CAT 2021.

How to Apply and Download the Category Certificates for CAT Exam 2021

You will have to register on the official website of CAT 2021 in order to download the caste certificate for the CAT exam. The complete procedure to download the caste certificate is provided below.

  • Go to the website of CAT

  • Click on the reservation form and then proceed to download 

  • Fill all the necessary details such as name, category and address

  • Get the application form attested by the gazetted officer

  • Once done, attach the scanned copy of the form with the application form

  • Submit the application form 

Download CAT Category Certificates 2021

Here are the certificates that you will have to attach along with the application form. You can click on your belonging category to download the caste certificate.

Importance of SC / ST / NC-OBC / PWD / EWS Certificates for CAT 2021 Registration

It is necessary for the candidate belonging to any reserved category to attach his caste certificate along with the application form. The caste certificate will be required to confirm the category of the candidates. It must be noted that you will have to attach a scanned copy of the certificate along with the form while the original copy of the certificate will be required during the time of admission.

What is the EWS Category for CAT Registration?

Candidates whose family income is not more than 8 lakh per annum and who do not fall under any reserved category are considered as EWS category. They will have to submit an Income and Asset Certificate issued by a Competent Authority in order to apply for reservation.  

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What is the NC-OBC Category for CAT Registration?

CAT 2021 offers 37% reservation to the NC-OBC or non-creamy layer of the OBC category. Candidates who satisfy the conditions provided below are eligible to apply for NC-OBC.

  • Group A/B employee of the central government

  • The annual income of the candidate should be at most 6 lakh

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What is the PWD Category for CAT Registration?

There are three categories of disability i.e Hearing impairment, Low vision blindness and Locomotor disability or Cerebral Palsy. As per the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, candidates with at least 40% of a specified disability where the specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and those whose disability has been defined under measurable teams are categories under PWD category.

CAT Reservation 2021

All the IIMs, as well as the various government institutes of India, follow the reservation criteria decided by the Government of India. As per the reservation criteria, some seats will be reserved for candidates belonging to any reserved categories. You can check the reservation criteria of CAT here.

CAT 2021 reservation

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I belong from SC category. Do I have to apply for the caste certificate for CAT 2020?

Yes, you will have to fill the ST certificate available on the official website of CAT 2020. You can check the steps to apply for caste certificates for CAT 2020 provided on this page.

How can I download the category certificates for CAT Exam 2020?

You can download the category/ caste certificates for CAT 2020 from the official website of CAT. Steps to download the caste certificates are provided here.

What is the reservation policy of CAT 2020? 

Each IIM has a reservation policy as per norms issued by the government and 64.5% of the total seats at IIMs are reserved. 27%, 15%, 10%, 7.5% and 5% of the seats are reserved for OBC, SC, EWS, ST and PwD candidates respectively.

Can I make changes to the CAT application form after submission?

IIMs open a CAT Application Form correction window for a limited period through which you can upload an updated photograph and signature (if necessary). If made any other mistakes in the CAT application form, you will have to inform the CAT helpdesk at to make any corrections.

Is caste certificate necessary to fill the CAT application form? 

Yes, candidates who wish to apply for reserved seats at IIMs will have to submit a valid caste certificate. Any candidate who fails to submit a valid caste certificate will be considered for Unreserved / General seats only.

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