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The CAT 2021 notification will be released in the last week of July 2021, and speculations about the future of the exam have increased. While students have already wondered about whether CAT 2021 will be postponed, rumours have also been flying about whether the CAT exam pattern will see any changes.
If the IIMs decide to do any changes to the CAT exam pattern, students will have to alter their CAT 2021 exam preparation strategy. With over 2 lakh aspirants appearing for the exam, there is a lot that depends on this particular decision. However, there is no change as of now regarding any change in the exam pattern of CAT 2021.
The exam pattern of CAT 2020 was altered and the duration of the exam was reduced to 120 minutes, shortening the time duration to 40 minutes per section. It is yet to be known if CAT 2021 will follow the same exam pattern or if it will go back to following the pattern of the previous years. As per the analysis, CAT 2021 will not be delayed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
CAT 2021 Important Dates
Given below are the important dates of the CAT 2021 exam.
|CAT 2021 Notification Release||Last Week of July 2021|
|CAT 2021 Registration||First Week of August - Third Week of September|
|CAT 2021 Exam||Last Week of November 2021|
Will CAT 2021 Exam Pattern be Changed?
IIM Indore had announced major changes in the CAT 2020 exam pattern. The exam duration had been shorted to 2 hours from 3 hours. Candidates appearing for CAT 2020 had 40 minutes instead of the usual 60 minutes per section. Candidates were not allowed to switch between sections.
However, no other changes were made in the CAT 2021 exam pattern. It is expected that the same will be followed for CAT 2021. Any official notification regarding the same is yet to be released
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Will CAT 2021 Be Conducted in an Online Proctored Mode?
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, many entrance exams were conducted in the online mode so as to follow social distancing protocols. However, CAT 2020 was held as a centre-based exam as usual. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that CAT 2021 will be conducted in an online proctored mode.
While some exams like MAT 2020 IBT was held as an online proctored from home exam in which candidates could appear for the exam from their homes, CAT did not change its method last year.
As of now, the only option in front of the candidates is to be patient and continue their CAT 2021 preparation with full rigour.
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