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Updated By Abhinav Chamoli on 26 Jul, 2021 16:26

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About CAT 2021 (Notification Expected Soon)

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad(IIM A) will release the CAT 2021 notification soon. The notification release will be announced on the official website Major publications expect the notification to be released on July 25, 2021. Candidates will be able to access the latest news about CAT 2021 on this page. The application process for CAT 2021 will begin in the 1st week of August. The exam is likely to be conducted in the last week of November on Sunday i.e November 28, 2021.

Also, check what to expect in the article given below.

What to Expect in CAT 2021 - Date, Pattern, Registration & Other DetailsDownload CAT 2021 Notification Here - to be updated

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021 is the largest national-level MBA entrance exam in India. IIMs conduct CAT once every year in November. The main purpose of CAT is 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. A candidate who has completed graduation in any stream is eligible to appear for CAT.

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.

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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.

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CAT 2021 Official Notification

Students are awaiting the release of the official notification of CAT 2021. Going by the previous year's trends, many experts believe that the CAT 2021 notification was to be released today on July 25, 2021. However, there has been no update from IIM Ahmedabad about when would the CAT 2021 official notification be released. Given below is a live screenshot of the IIMCAT website.

IIMCAT Home Page at 4:25 pm on July 26
IIMCAT Home Page at 4:25 pm on July 26

We are expecting the notification to be out any time soon this week. The expected date of release of the CAT 2021 Notification is July 28. Last year, the CAT notification was delayed by a few days and it was finally released on June 29. Candidates can keep checking this space for the latest updates from IIMA about the CAT 2021 notification and exam dates.

Check:CAT 2021 Notification Releasing This Week; Registrations Begin in August

CAT 2021 Exam Highlights

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

Exam NameCommon Admission Test (CAT)
Conducting BodyIndian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad(IIM A)
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 Important Dates

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



CAT 2021 Notification Date

July 28, 2021 (Tentative)
 CAT 2021 Registration Process Start Date

August 4, 2021 (Tentative)

CAT 2021 Registration Process End Date

2nd week of September 2021

CAT 2021 Admit Card Download Start Date

4th week of October 2021

CAT 2021 Exam Date

November 28, 2021 (Tentative)

CAT 2021 Answer Key Release

1st week of December 2021

Last Date to Challenge CAT 2020 Answer Key

1st week of December 2021

CAT 2021 Result Date

1st week of January 2022

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 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 2021 Exam Centers

The complete list of CAT 2021 exam centres will be available soon. The number of CAT 2021 test centres is expected to increase this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Last year, CAT was conducted in more than 425 exam centres. The number of nodes of CAT 2020 was also 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. In 2019, the total number of test cities for CAT exam was 147. It was 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. Given below is a tentative list of CAT exam centres based on previously available data.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Sir, I am a college student studying for the CAT. Could you please tell me how I should plan for it?

-Abhishek negiUpdated on May 11, 2021 08:21 AM
  • 1 Answer
Rahul Raj, Student / Alumni

Dear Student,

We recommend that you go through our CAT 2021 Preparation Strategy & Study Plan Exam Page for CAT preparation. Other resources that may be useful in preparing for the CAT 2021 Entrance Exam are listed below:

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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.


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FAQs about CAT

Who is the conducting body of CAT 2021?

CAT 2021 will be conducted by IIM Ahmedabad. IIMA last conducted CAT in 2015.

What are the benefits of appearing for CAT?

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

When will CAT 2021 be conducted?

CAT 2021 is expected to be conducted on a Sunday in the last week of November as per the previous year dates. This year, the expected date of CAT 2021 is November 28, 2021.

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.

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.

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.

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