IIM CAT 2021 Notification: Check CAT Exam Date, Registration, Fees, Syllabus & Exam Pattern

By Gaurav Gupta|Updated : August 1st, 2021

CAT 2021 Notification PDF: CAT 2021 will be conducted by IIM-Ahmedabad and the notification for the same has been released today by the authority. Here we will give a brief about all the new changes we will be witnessing in the CAT 2021 and experts from Gradeup will provide exam preparation tips as per the new changes in the exam pattern.

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CAT Notification 2021: CAT 2021 will be conducted by IIM-Ahmedabad and the notification for the same has been released today by the authority. Here we will give a brief about all the new changes we will be witnessing in the CAT 2021 and experts from Gradeup will provide exam preparation tips as per the new changes in the exam pattern.

Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most anticipated management test in the country with more than 2.2 lakh candidates appearing for it every year.

Download CAT Official Notification 2021 PDF Here

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021

  1. Bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of SC, ST and PWD categories).
  2. Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s the degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply.
  3. Candidates should fulfil any one of the following conditions:
    (i) Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks.
    (ii) Completed a professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with the required percentage.
    (iii) Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 - In Detail

CAT 2021 Information Bulletin - Download PDF

CAT Exam Pattern 2021

Due to the pandemic spread continued in this year, it is expected that the CAT exam pattern remains the same as was seen in CAT 2020 with 76 questions in total instead of 100 questions. The exam pattern  will be as follows:


CAT 2021

Exam Duration

120 minutes

Sectional Duration

40 minutes (General/Unreserved Category)

53 minutes 20 seconds (PwD/Reserved Category)

Exam Shifts

3 shifts

Expected Number of Questions

VARC - 26

DILR - 24

QA - 26

Total - 76 Qs

Total Marks (tentative)


CAT Syllabus 2021

The CAT syllabus hasn’t changed much for many years. Given below is the section-wise syllabus for the CAT exam 2021.

QA Syllabus for CAT 2021

Number System


Finding Units place and tens place of a number

Divisibility Rules




Base change

Prime Factorization

Indices and Surds


Percentage and Average

Time and Work

Mixtures and Allegation

Ratio, Proportion and Variation

Profit, Loss and Discount

Pipe and Cistern

SI and CI

Time, Speed and Distance

Geometry and Mensuration

Lines and Angles




Coordinate Geometry



Algebraic Equations

Functions and Groups

Maxima and Minima



Linear and Quadratic Equation

Inequalities and Modulus

Modern Mathematics

Permutation and Combination


Set Theory

Venn Diagram

Binomial theorem

Arithmetic Progression

Geometric Progression

Harmonic Progression

VARC Syllabus for CAT 2021

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus

Para Summary

Para Jumbles (with and without options)

Odd One Out

Reading Comprehension

DILR Syllabus for CAT 2021

Data Interpretation


Line Chart

Venn Diagram

Pie Chart

Scatter Plot

Radar Chart

Column Graph

Bar Graph

Routes and Network

Bubble Chart

Data Caselets - Reasoning Based DI

Logical Reasoning

Team Formation


Order and Ranking

Binary Logics

Games and Tournaments

CAT Syllabus and Exam Pattern - Download PDF

CAT 2021 Registration Date & Important Dates to Remember

Since the CAT 2021 Notification has been released, it is very important for the candidates to be aware of the start and end dates of other important events happening around CAT 2021.

  • The CAT registration process 2021 will begin from August 4, 2021 onwards. 
  • The last date for CAT registration is September 15th 2021
  • The CAT 2021 Admit Card will be available from October 27th 2021.
  • The CAT 2021 Exam Date - It will be held in a computer-based test (CBT) on 28th November 2021.



Registration Starts

 August 4, 2021

Registration Closes

September 15, 2021 

Issuing of Admit Card 

October 27, 2021 

Exam Date

November 28, 2021 

Result Declaration (tentative)

Second week of January 2022 

CAT Registration 2021

The CAT registrations will start from 4th August 2021 soon after the notifications are out on 1st August 2021. The last date for CAT 2021 registration is 15th September 2021.

You must check the CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 before applying online

To apply for CAT and complete the CAT Registration 2021, you must keep in mind the following points. 

A valid phone number and email address are required at the time of registration. The following steps need to be followed for CAT Registrations 2021 :

  • The candidate are required to register as a new user.
  • For the CAT registration 2021, the following details are required
    • Personal details of the candidate 
    • Academic details
    • Work experience details, if any, requires to be filled
    • Choices of the programs the aspirant wishes to apply for
    • Choices of the test centre cities in which the candidate wish to appear for CAT Exam 2021
  • After this, applicant needs to make the payment

A confirmation email along with the registration ID and password for login will be sent to the mail ID filled after the payment

CAT Application Fee 2021

The Registration Fee for CAT 2021 has increased slightly as compared to the one seen in CAT 2020. It is as follows:


Registration Fee





CAT 2021 Preparations Tips

At this point of time, the pressure amongst CAT aspirants could be seen very well as only few months are left for the D-Day. Given below are some preparation strategies and tips by Gradeup’s team of expert faculty which if followed for the last 3 months will give them the best results.

  1. Read a lot - Although this habit should have been started quite early, starting now would also help you. Read a newspaper daily (preferably The Hindu). Editorials, magazines, novels must also be considered for reading. This will help you improve your English language skills, you will learn a lot of new words and you will have an idea about the current affairs happening around the world
  2. Attempt Mocks - This is the time when you must attempt lots and lots of mock tests to check your speed and accuracy to solve questions. You must time your mock tests and identify your weak areas and work on them
  3. New Topics - If at all you have any topic untouched, this is the right time to pick those topics and prepare them. At the last moment, you will not be able to pick any new topic (neither it is suggested to do so)
  4. CAT is an exam of speed and accuracy. To crack CAT, you must master this skill

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  • CAT 2021 will be held on Sunday, 28th November 2021.

  • No, the CAT 2021 will be held in 3 shifts of 2 hours each which means the exam pattern will remain same as was seen in CAT 2020.

  • The CAT Registration Fee has increased slightly for CAT 2021. It is as follows:

    • General/EWS/NC-OBC - Rs.2200/-
    • SC/ST/PwD - Rs.1100/-
  • Candidates can register for CAT 2021 from August 4th, 2021 (10 AM onwards) to September 15th, 2021 (till 5 PM).

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