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Updated By Shreya Sareen on 01 Mar, 2021 10:37

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About CAT 2021 (Notification in July)

CAT 2021 is likely to be conducted in the last week of November on Sunday i.e November 28, 2021. CAT 2021 notification is likely to be released in July 2021 and CAT 2021 application process is expected to begin in August 2021. 

CAT 2021 question paper will have 100 questions in MCQ and non-MCQ format from Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. The exam duration is 180 minutes but the duration for CAT 2020 was revised to 120 minutes due to COVID-19. The exam will be held in over 150 test cities across India in two slots - morning and afternoon. The list of CAT 2021 test centres will be decided by the test conducting body in due course of time,

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021 is a national-level management entrance exam in India. It is conducted once every year in November for admission to the flagship PGP courses offered by the 20 IIMs in India. CAT 2021 is also accepted for admission in over 2,000 other MBA colleges in India for admission to their PGP/ MBA/ PGDM courses.

CAT 2021 is a test of a candidate's skills in logical and analytical reasoning, quantitative aptitude, and general awareness. Any student who has complete their graduation from a recognized institute in any stream is eligible to appear for CAT 2021. It is the most popular entrance exam for MBA admissions in India. The exam is conducted in a single paper on a single day in multiple shifts. CAT 2021 score is used by management colleges to shortlist candidates for their GD/PI/WAT rounds.

Here, you can find all the major details about the CAT exam such as the eligibility criteria for CAT,exam pattern and syllabus of CAT, preparation strategy for the CAT exam, etc. If you have any doubts/ queries about the CAT exam, you can ask the same through the Q & A section of CollegeDekho.

CAT 2020 Selection Process

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What Exactly does CAT 2020 Cutoff Mean?

CAT 2020 Cutoff is the minimum percentile required by candidates to


CAT 2021 Participating Colleges

Participating colleges of CAT 2021 are the colleges that accept


CAT 2020 Dates

CAT 2020 exam is about to be conducted on


CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The conducting IIM will prescribe the CAT 2021 eligibility


CAT 2021 Application Form (Registration in August)

The CAT 2021 application form filling process is mentioned here that


CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

According to last year's analysis of the CAT 2020


CAT 2021 Syllabus

The IIMs have not fixed any syllabus for CAT 2021


Best Books for CAT 2021

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CAT 2021 Mock Test

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CAT 2021 Percentile Predictor

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CAT 2021 Response Sheet

The conducting body of CAT 2021 will release the


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CAT 2021 Exam Highlights

The following table displays some of the important highlights of CAT 2021.

Exam NameCommon Admission Test (CAT)
Conducting BodyIndian Institutes of Management Indore (IIM-I)
Exam DateNovember 28, 2021
PurposeFor admission to PGP/MBA/PGDM courses in the 20 IIMs and over 2,000 other MBA colleges in India.
LevelNational-Level Postgraduate Exam
ModeOnline (CBT)
Minimum EligibilityGraduation in any stream.
Exam Sections
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)
Number of Questions100
Type of Questions75 MCQ and 25 Non-MCQs 
Total Registrations20212020
To be announced2,27,835

CAT 2021 Conducting Body

IIMs are responsible for conducting CAT exam every year on a rotational basis. The authority of conducting CAT exam is responsible for conducting all the activities of the exam such as the release of CAT official notification, CAT online application form, conducting the exam and declaration of results. Through CAT exam, one can aspire for admission in 20 IIMs and more than 100 management schools across the country. IIM LucknowIIM Calcutta, IIM Ahmedabad, and IIM Bangalore. are regarded as some of the top premier B-Schools in India..

CAT 2021 Important Dates

Candidates can check the official schedule of CAT exam here. CAT 2021 exam is likely to be conducted on November 28, 2021.



CAT 2021 Notification Date

Last Week of July 2021
 CAT 2021 Registration Process Start Date

First week of August 2021

CAT 2021 Registration Process End Date

Third week of September 2021

CAT 2021 Admit Card Download Start Date

Fourth week of October 2021

CAT 2021 Exam Date

November 28, 2021

CAT 2021 Answer Key Release

First week of December 2021

Last Date to Challenge CAT 2020 Answer Key

First week of December 2021

CAT 2021 Result Date

Second week of January 2021

CAT 2021 Exam Timings

CAT 2021 exam timings will be updated here shortly. However, CAT 2020 was conducted in three shifts

ShiftExam TimingReporting Time
Shift 1 (Forenoon)8:30 am - 10:30 am7:00 am - 8:15 am
Shift 2 (Afternoon)12:30 pm - 2:30 pm11:00 am - 12.15 am
Shift 3 (Evening)4:30 pm - 6:30 pm3:00 pm - 4:15 pm


CAT 2020 Exam Centers

It has been confirmed by CAT 2020 Convenor Prof Harshal Lowalekar that CAT 2020 will be conducted in more than 425 test centres across the country. The number of CAT 2020 test centres was expected to increase this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Prof Lowalekar has also confirmed that the number of nodes of CAT 2020 will also be doubled to ensure the safety of CAT 2020 aspirants as well as the exam-conducting authorities.

Check: CAT 2020 Exam Centres - Number of Test Centres Increased to 425+

Out of the various CAT exam centres in these cities, candidates will get the option to choose 6 test cities in order of their preference. Last year, the total number of test cities for CAT exam was 147. It has been increased in order to accommodate all the CAT test-takers in both the sessions. However, the test centres will be allotted to candidates basis their availability.

Name of the State

Exam Cities

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Port Blair


Dibrugarh, Guwahati

Arunachal Pradesh

Chittoor, Kurnool, Nellore, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam


Aurangabad, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea




Raipur, Bhilai


New Delhi


Madgaon, Verna


Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara


Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Palwal, Panipat, Rohtak, Sonipat

Himachal Pradesh


Jammu and Kashmir



Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi


Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bidar, Chikballapur, Davanagere, Hasan, Kolar, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Ramnagara, Shimoga, Tumkur, Udupi


Kasaragod, Kochi, Kollam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur, Trivandrum

Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar


Ahmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Ratnagiri, Satara, Solapur, Thane




Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur




Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Ropar, Sangrur


Ajmer, Alwar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur

Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelvelli


Hyderabad, Karim Nagar, Khammam

Uttar Pradesh

Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Greater Noida, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Noida, Varanasi


Dehradun, Roorkee

West Bengal

Asansol, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri

All About CAT 2021

All important details about CAT 2021 can be found given below.

What is CAT 2021? 

CAT 2021 is the most popular national level management exam in India. It is basically an entrance exam for IIMs but is also accepted by many other MBA colleges in India. CAT 2021 is a computer-based examination that is usually conducted for 3 hours but this year, the duration of CAT 2021 has been revised to 2 hours (40 minutes per section) by the CAT Convenor. There are numerous centres for CAT 2021 across 147 cities all over the country. There will be 100 questions in this examination which will be provided in the form of Multiple Choice Based Examination.

CAT 2021 Registration and Eligibility

Applicants of CAT 2021 must know the CAT Registration and Eligibility criteria before they apply for the CAT 2021. The candidates must have secured at least 50% in the graduation or equivalent CGPA. Applicants belonging to the 3rd year of the graduation are also eligible to appear for the CAT 2021. There are several reservations for SC/ST/PwD/OBC and EWS which the applicants can check from the Registration and Eligibility of CAT 2021.

Also Read: CAT 2021 Registration and Eligibility

CAT 2021 Selection Procedure

More than 2 lakh candidates appear for the CAT examination every year and the ones who secure the qualifying marks in the CAT would be guided further for the CAT Selection Procedure. The CAT 2021 selection procedure comprises of certain parameters such as the applicants will have to get through the CAT 2021 cut-off.

The applicants of CAT 2021 will be called for certificate and document verification also cross-verification of CAT 2021 reserved category. Check the detailed CAT 2021 selection procedure to find out the required details about CAT selection.

Also Read: CAT Selection Procedure

CAT 2021 Mock Test

College Dekho has created CAT mock test for the test takers of CAT. It is convenient for the applicants to appear for the CAT 2021 only if they appear for CAT 2021 mock test. The applicants who appear for CAT 2021 mock test would get an idea about the exam and hence would be able to attend the paper in time and score really high. Taking CAT 2021 mock text is always considered advantageous for the applicants of CAT 2021.

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How to Prepare for CAT 2021

CAT 2021 is a national level examination and a large number of candidates appear for this examination every year. So all the candidates must know how to prepare for CAT 2021 in order to qualify for the exam. There are several tips and tricks to prepare for CAT 2021, test-takers can know about how to prepare for CAT

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern 

CAT 2021 exam pattern must be clear to the applicants. As mentioned above, the CAT 2021 exam pattern has been changed after CAT 2018. The CAT 2021 exam pattern would have all the new changes incorporated in the question paper. Candidates appearing for CAT 2021 must know the detailed CAT 2021 exam pattern in order to qualify the exam with good score.

Also Read: CAT 2021 Exam Pattern 

CAT 2021 Syllabus

The CAT 2021 syllabus is given in a subject-wise manner. The candidates who are appearing for the exam must also know the CAT 2021 syllabus to be able to prepare accordingly. There are 3 subjects for the applicants to prepare for CAT 2021. Hence the CAT 2021 syllabus can be covered with a proper strategy.

Also Read: CAT 2021 Syllabus

CAT 2021 Previous Year Question Papers

The CAT 2021 applicants must practice the CAT Previous Year question paper. The old questions papers are available here. All the applicants of CAT 2021 must practice the CAT old question papers or previous years’ question paper.

Also Read: CAT Previous Years' Question Paper.

CAT 2021 Exam Day Guidelines

Candidates appearing for CAT 2021 must know some of the important guidelines for the day of examination. 

Things to be CarriedThings Not to be Carried
Admit Card, Identity Proof, Name Change Document (if Any)Calculator, Watch, Phone, Bags, Purse, Eatables and Jewellery 

Selecting CAT Test Cities

CAT 2020 candidates will have to fill in the required preferences to choose the city or centre of examination for CAT 2021. The candidates of CAT 2021 can select up to 6 cities. The candidates must choose the options as per their preferences of colleges. The exam city is allocated basis availability. If the first prefered city not available, then the second one would be allocated.

Contact Details

Candidates applying for the CAT exam must note that they are free to contact the concerned authorities if they have any issues or queries related to the exam. 

For any query on the Registration Process, Payment, and Document Uploading related to CAT 2021, 

  • Toll-free Number: 1800-209-0830 (Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM)

  • Email ID:


  • CAT 2021 test takers will have to agree to a Non-Disclosure Agreement, which means that the test takers are barred from disclosing any sort of content pertaining to the CAT exam. Candidates who violate the rules will have to face a punishment of up to three years in jail and should also pay a fine of up to Rs. 2,00,000. 
  • During the admission or selection process, if it is found that a candidate has furnished any incorrect information or has violated any process, he/she will be barred from participating in the selection process. Also, the candidate will not be allowed to appear for the CAT in future.


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Hi, I am candidate of Socially and Educationally Backward Class (SEBC). can i apply for CAT 2020 from SEBC category?

-Kunal shelkeUpdated on September 18, 2020 03:51 PM
  • 1 Answer
Abhinav Chamoli, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

CAT 2020 does not have any seat reservations for Socially and Economically Backward Students (SEBC). You can find more information about the same in our article on the CAT 2020 seat reservation policy.

Please feel free to write back to us if you require any other information. For help with admission to MBA colleges in India, please fill our Common Application Form (CAF) or call our helpline number 18005729877.

Thank you.


I don't have any old EWS certificate and my new certificate will come after 16th sept. Can I submit the undertaking without any old certificate as of now??

-AyushiUpdated on September 18, 2020 02:47 PM
  • 1 Answer
Abhinav Chamoli, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

You have to submit any available certificates with the CAT 2020 undertaking. However, CAT 2020 exam dates have now been revised and the deadline to submit the CAT 2020 application form has been extended to 23rd September to help candidates get sufficient time to arrange any certificates.

Please feel free to write back if you have any other queries,

Thank you.


If I am taking bank and SSC railway coaching. Is it helpful for CAT?

-AnonymousUpdated on September 09, 2020 10:26 AM
  • 3 Answers
Shreya Sareen, CollegeDekho Expert

Dear Student,

Yes, the syllabus of banking and CAT exam is almost the same. However, the level of difficulty of the CAT exam is very difficult compared to the banking exam. The SSC or IBPS PO coaching will help you understand the basics of Quantitative Aptitude, Reasoning Ability and English Language. You can directly proceed to solve the advance level questions of CAT exam without going through the basics. The coaching will help you while preparing for other MBA entrance exams such as MAT, CMAT, GMAT or XAT. You can check the detailed syllabus of CAT exam provided here. Besides ...


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FAQs about CAT

Which is tough UPSC or CAT?

UPSC is more difficult than CAT due to its vast syllabus and competition level. CAT exam will only test the candidate’s analytical, arithmetical and communication skills while UPSC will test the knowledge, personality as well as analytical skills of the candidates.

Is CAT difficult than JEE?

CAT and JEE are conducted for different streams. JEE is conducted for admission to the top engineering colleges of India while CAT is conducted for admission to the top B-Schools of India. The difficulty level of JEE is much more than the CAT exam. JEE exam tests the knowledge of candidates for Science and Maths concepts while the CAT exam test the speed, accuracy and communication skills of the candidates.

How many times is CAT conducted in a year?

CAT is conducted once a year. The exam is conducted in the month of November every year.

When will CAT 2020 exam be conducted?

CAT 2020 will be conducted on 29th November 2020. You can check the important dates from the official website of CAT.

Is CAT conducted every year?

Yes, CAT is conducted every year. Candidates who are seeking admission to the MBA program will have to appear for this examination.

What does it take to clear CAT examination?

A mix of smart work and hard work along with proper planning will help you clear CAT. You can plan your preparation as per your strengths and weaknesses.

What are the benefits of appearing for CAT?

CAT 2020 will help you get admission in one of the top-ranked management institutes in India. It will also help you improve your logical thinking and reasoning skills.

How tough is CAT?

It totally depends on the preparation level of the candidate. With the right preparation strategy and a lot of practice, one can get a good percentile in CAT.

How many colleges accept CAT scores?

More than 3,763 colleges accept CAT scores. Candidates can visit the official website of the selected college to know if the college accepts CAT scores or not.

Who is the conducting body of CAT 2020?

CAT 2020 will be conducted by IIM Indore.

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