IIM CAT 2021-2022: Exam Review, Expected Cut Off, Answer Key, Result, Score

IIM CAT 2021-2022: Exam Review, Expected Cut Off, Answer Key, Result, Score

ByGaurav Gupta  |  Updated on: Nov 28, 2021CAT 2021 is being conducted on November 28, 2021. Check here CAT exam latest updates like exam analysis, expected cut off, calculate your CAT score, answer key, result and score card. Start preparation for CAT 2022 exam.
CAT 2021 is being conducted on November 28, 2021. Check here CAT exam latest updates like exam analysis, expected cut off, calculate your CAT score, answer key, result and score card. Start preparation for CAT 2022 exam.
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CAT 2021 Exam Date  -Nov 28, 2021

Latest News about CAT Exam 2021-2022

CAT 2021 is being conducted on 28 November 2021. The CAT 2021 exam is scheduled to be held in three slots at 400 test centres in 159 locations throughout India, according to IIM Ahmedabad. The exam pattern and test structure for the CAT exam 2021 have changed and the number of questions has been reduced to 66. There were a total of 18-Non MCQs and 48 MCQs.

  • CAT 2021 slot 1 difficulty level was similar to CAT 2020 exam. 
  • In CAT slot 2 - VARC was the most difficult section, while QA was easy.

CAT Exam Slot 3 Analysis 2021

CAT Exam Slot 2 Analysis 2021

CAT Exam Slot 1 Analysis 2021

Exam experts provide detailed CAT Exam analysis 2021 which includes valuable information about the CAT 2021 exam such as the difficulty level, sectional weightage, kinds of questions asked and more. Along with the CAT 2021 analysis, you get details about the expected CAT cutoff 2021 and more. 


CAT 2021 Notification

CAT 2021 Official notification has been released. CAT Exam is conducted by one of the IIMs each year, CAT 2021 will be administered by IIM Ahmedabad. Along with the notification, details about the CAT application 2021, registration details, important dates, syllabus and other details have been announced. 

Also Check, All You Need to Know About CAT 2021

Applicants must go through the CAT Exam notification to ensure that they understand all the important details about the CAT Exam 2021. We have mentioned the CAT Exam Notification pdf download link below. The direct link to download the CAT 2021 notification pdf is mentioned below. Stay tuned to get all the latest updates on CAT 2021 exam such as exam date, online application form, eligibility, syllabus, pattern, and other important details.

Download CAT 2021 Notification PDF 

What is CAT Exam?

CAT is a Computer Based Test (CBT) on aptitude and is conducted at the national level. With the CAT Exam score, you can get admission to various management institutes across the nation. CAT full form is the Common Admission Test. CAT Exam 2021 will help you take admission into approx 20 IIMs and over 1,200 B-schools across the country. IIM CAT is administered by one of the IIMs each year. 

CAT Information

Exam Name

Common Admission Test (CAT) 

Exam Conducting Body

IIM Ahmedabad

Exam Type

National Level, MBA Entrance Exam

Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Mode




Exam Helpdesk No.

1-800-209-0830 (Toll-Free)

What is the purpose of the CAT exam?

CAT also know as Common Admission Test is the biggest MBA Entrance Exam in the country. CAT Exam is conducted for candidates who wish to pursue an MBA from top colleges in India such as IIMs and institutes like S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), etc.

The purpose of the CAT Exam is to provide a common score for admissions to all the colleges. All participating CAT MBA Colleges release cutoff based on CAT Scores and call individuals for further rounds.

When is CAT Exam 2021?

CAT Dates 2021-22: It is crucial to note all the CAT important dates 2021 to avoid missing a deadline. We have mentioned the official CAT Exam Date 2021 below along with other important CAT Dates 2021. The below-mentioned dates are as per the official notification.



CAT 2021 Notification date

01 August 2021

CAT 2021 Registration form Starts

04 August 2021 (10:00 am)

Last Date to Fill CAT Form 2021 

22 September 2021 (5:00 pm)

CAT Form correction date 2021

25 to 27 September 2021

CAT Mock test release

October 2021

CAT official tutorial release date 

October 2021

CAT Admit Card 2021 Date

27 October – 28 November 2021

CAT 2021 Exam Date

28 November 2021

CAT 2021 Result Declaration

Second week of January 2022

CAT 2022 is also expected to follow the same timeline and similar dates. 

CAT Exam 2021 Paper Pattern

As per the CAT Exam Pattern 2021, the CAT Exam is a computer-based exam, conducted in the English language. The CAT Exam pattern has been changed in 2021. The time duration and the section timing have been altered. Check CAT Exam Pattern in detail here

CAT Paper Pattern 2021



Time (in minutes)

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension



Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning



Quantitative Aptitude






Section-wise CAT Exam Pattern 2020

Section as per IIM CAT Paper Pattern 2021

Total Questions



Maximum Marks

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)





Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)





Quantitative Aptitude (QA)










Note: There is a negative marking of 1 mark for every wrong answer, and every correct answer is of 3 marks each.

CAT Group Discussion or/and Writing Ability Test

You will be called for a Writing Ability Test and/or a Group Discussion based on your performance in CAT and several other factors

CAT Personal Interview

This is the final round where you will be judged on several factors such as communication skills, your academic performance, General Awareness, performance in the previous round and more.

What is the syllabus for the CAT exam?

The CAT 2021-2022 Syllabus consists of three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability. Understand the CAT Syllabus in a thorough manner to check the list of topics to be covered for the exam.

CAT Quantitative Ability Syllabus 2021

Number System
  • LCM and HCF
  • Divisibility Rules
  • Base Change
  • Finding Units place and tens place of a number
  • Cyclicity
  • Remainders
  • Prime Factorisation
  • Factorials
  • Indices and Surds
  • Time, Distance and Speed
  • Time and Work, Pipes and Cisterns
  • Simple Interest and Compound Interest
  • Ratios, Proportions and Variations
  • Percentages and Averages
  • Profit and Loss, Discount
  • Mixtures and Alligations
Geometry and Mensuration
  • Circles
  • Triangles
  • Polygons
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Lines and Angles
  • Trigonometry
  • Inequalities and Modulus
  • Functions and Groups
  • Linear and Quadratic Equations
  • Polynomials
  • Logarithms
  • Algebraic Identities
  • Maxima and Minima
Modern Mathematics

CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus 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 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus 2021

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Syllabus

Para Summary

Para Jumbles (with and without options)

Odd One Out

Reading Comprehension

Download CAT Syllabus pdf

Candidates preparing for CAT 2021 can also download the CAT Syllabus pdf from the direct link mentioned below. It is a compilation of all the topics to be asked under all three sections of the syllabus.

CAT 2021-2022 Syllabus pdf, Download Now

How to prepare for CAT exam 2021-2022?

CAT MBA Preparation 2021-2022: It is essential to note the CAT preparation syllabus and be very clear about the exam pattern before starting the exam preparation. Conceptual clarity and regular practice with excellent time management is the key to ace the CAT Exam. Read the CAT Preparation Strategy 2021-2022 to mould your own. 

Also Read: CAT Study Plan

CAT Practice Set Papers

The best way to understand the kinds of questions asked in the examination is by practising the previous year CAT question papers. Attempt the CAT question papers and strategies your exam preparation accordingly. 

CAT Previous Year Question Papers

The best way to learn and analyse what to study for the CAT Exam is by analysing the previous year CAT question papers. download the CAT Paper pdf and solve them. Analyse your score and mistakes to improve upon them. 

CAT Online Classes

Level up your CAT preparation with the guidance of India's top teachers with a proven track record. The CAT Online Classes will help you cover the syllabus promptly with a good understanding of all the critical concepts. You will also be able to learn the best tricks to solve the questions with ease and speed. 

CAT Mock Test

Regular practice with BYJU'S Exam Prep CAT test series will ensure that you are prepared to handle all kinds of questions in the exam. The CAT Mock test is designed by experts and is based on the latest exam pattern and question trend. The CAT Online mock test also help you solve all your doubts and strengthen the concepts. 

CAT Quizzes

Understand the topic, learn the formulas, comprehend the best trick to solve the questions and then revise everything CAT quizzes. Solve CAT Quant quiz to excel at solving all types of problems with improved accuracy and speed. Also, solve Logical Reasoning Quiz for CATDI Quiz and Verbal Quiz For CAT 2021.

CAT Exam Analysis

CAT Paper is being conducted in three slots. Check the CAT 2020 exam analysis and difficulty level for each slot below:

What is the cut off for CAT 2020?

CAT cut off 2020 for IIM admission will be announced by the institutes on their official websites after result declaration. CAT cutoff is declared in two forms: Qualifying CAT cut-offs and Final CAT cut-offs. Also, check the previous year CAT cutoff to have a better understanding of the level of the exam. 

CAT Cutoff 2019


CAT cut off (percentile)

IIM Ahmedabad


IIM Bangalore


IIM Calcutta


IIM Lucknow


IIM Indore


IIM Kozhikode


IIM Amritsar


IIM Nagpur


IIM Sambalpur


IIM Trichy


IIM Raipur


IIM Ranchi


IIM Kashipur


IIM Vizag


IIM Udaipur


IIM Bodhgaya


IIM Shillong


IIM Sirmaur


CAT Admit Card 2021

CAT Admit Card 2021 has been issued to all the registered candidates. Applicants can download CAT admit card 2021 from the official website from 27 October 2021. Candidates who have successfully applied for the IIM CAT 2021 exam can now download the CAT hall ticket. The direct link to download the CAT Hall Ticket 2021 is updated here. CAT Admit Card is a must-have document for all applicants. You will not be able to take the exam without the hall ticket

The CAT Admit Card contains all details about the candidate and exam centre such as name, application number, DOB, Date & Day of the test, exam time, exam centre and more. Candidates can access their CAT 2021 admit card by logging in with their CAT login ID and password at iimcat.ac.in. It is believed that the official mock test for registered applicants will be available soon for practice. Aspirants must note the CAT Admit Card 2021 Date. 

CAT Admit Card 2021, Download Now

How to download the CAT Admit Card?

  • Log in to the official website using your user id and password.

  • Click on the admit card tab.
  • Go to download and save your copy of the CAT 2021 admit card.

Ensure that you go through the details of the admit card to check for discrepancies. The admit card is a mandatory document for CAT 2021 Examination along with a valid photo government Id.

Sample CAT Admit Card 2021

Instructions mentioned on the CAT Hall Ticket

Applicants must check the instructions mentioned on the CAT Admit Card to be better prepared. 


Who is eligible for the CAT exam?

The CAT Eligibility 2021-2022 demands a graduate degree from a UGC Recognized University or equivalent. Every applicant must check the CAT eligibility criteria before applying for the examination. The CAT exam eligibility details determine who can give CAT exam?

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 Changed. As per the latest IIM CAT exam eligibility, IIM has agreed to eliminate the minimum grades (45 per cent and 50 per cent [Or comparable CGPA] correspondingly) for appearing for the CAT 2021 exam. This exception is made to ensure that candidates who finish their bachelor's degrees in 2020 and 2021 are fairly represented. Candidates can now enter the “Promotion/ Pass” option in the CAT 2021 application form instead of marks. It is important to note that this is for candidates who graduated in 2021 and 2022. 

Is there an age limit for the CAT exam?

CAT Age Eligibility: As per the CAT exam eligibility criteria, there is no upper age limit for the CAT Exam 2021-2022. As long as the applicant satisfies other CAT eligibility, there is no limitation on age. 

CAT Exam Eligibility: Educational Qualification

The CAT eligibility criteria 2021 defines who is eligible for the exam. Applicants must fulfil any of the three conditions to be eligible. 

  • Must have completed UGC recognised Bachelor's degree with the required percentage of marks. 
  • Must have completed a professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with minimum required percentage
  • Candidates in the final year of a Bachelor's degree with the required percentage may also apply.

Refer to the table below for minimum marks eligibility criteria as per different categories. This minimum marks requirement has been removed by IIM for CAT exam 2021. Candidates with pass certificate, CAT eligibility for final year students and applicants with backlog has been relaxed.

Read detailed CAT Exam Eligibility 2021


Minimum Percentage Required

General /OBC


Scheduled Caste (SC)


Scheduled Tribe (ST)


Persons with Disabilities (PwD)


What is the reservation policy for CAT Exam?

The CAT 2021 Reservation policy is as per the legal requirement of the Government. The details are as follows:



Scheduled Caste (SC)


Scheduled Tribe (ST)


Other Backward Classes "non-creamy" layer (NC-OBC)


Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)


Note: Your SC/ST/PwD/NC-OBC original certificates must be shown, and a photocopy of the certificates should be submitted during the interview.

  • No change in the category will be entertained after CAT registration; hence, the applicants are advised to pay attention while registering.

How to apply for CAT exam 2021-22?

All the details about CAT Exam Registration and Form Correction 2021 are mentioned below. CAT 2021 Application form and CAT Exam registration details have been announced with the official notification. CAT registration date 2021 and the CAT registration last date are 04 August 2021 and 22 September 2021.

However, the edit window for CAT application form 2021 will be live from 25 to 27 September 2021, 10 am. The CAT 2021-2022 Registration details and how to fill the CAT Exam form are mentioned in detail below. Interested candidates can apply for CAT 2021 exam through the official site.

CAT Registration 2021 Direct Link

How to fill the CAT Application Form 2021

The CAT 2021 application form is a step by step process:

  1. CAT Registration
  2. Submit the Application Form
  3. Upload Documents
  4. Select Test City
  5. Pay Application Fee

Follow the steps to apply online for CAT 2021. Please note that the CAT registration will be done through online mode only, there is no offline mode available.

CAT Registration 2021

  • Visit the official website and register to generate a unique User ID and Password.
  • Register on the website using the credentials.

  • Fill in the following information to successfully create your user profile
    • Name of Candidate
    • Date of Birth
    • Email Address
    • Mobile Number

  • After submitting the Registration Form, you will receive your Login Details on the registered email address

Login and fill in the CAT Form

  • Login to the CAT Official website using the credentials 

  • Fill in the CAT Application Form. The form asks for the following details

• Personal Details
• Academic Qualifications
• Work Experience
• Programmes
• Test City
• Payment

Documents Required to Fill CAT 2021 Application Form

  • Class 10th & 12th, Bachelor’s Degree and/or higher education mark sheet
  • Scanned passport size photograph and signatures. The sizes are: Photograph- 30 mm (width) x 45 mm (height), Signature- 80 mm (width) x 35 mm (height) and the Image Resolution must be 150px/inch (min) for each.
  • List of IIM programmes

CAT Test City

Applicant can select any Six Test Cities as per his/her preference

Note: Candidates are advised to print the receipt for future references. After successful payment, students shall take the printout of their online application form for CAT 2021. Keep a copy of your application no., login ID & Password.

CAT 2021 Application Fee

The CAT 2021 Application fee has been released. The CAT 2021 application fee has been changed this year. 


Application Fee

General/EWS/NC-OBC candidate


SC/ST/PwD candidate


Note: The final amount to be paid may be varied, as it will incorporate applicable additional charges. The CAT 2021 Application fee can be paid online via net banking/credit card/debit card.

CAT Application Form Correction 2021

CAT Form Correction Window open for a few days after the registration processes is over. Applicants who have successfully registered for the CAT Exam 2021 may edit certain parts of their application form and make the required correction. It is important to note that details like name, DOB, email id and phone number cannot be changed. 

Candidates may change the photograph, signature and exam centre. Check all the details about CAT Form Correction 2021

Where does the CAT exam take place?

CAT Exam is conducted in test centres. Candidates must select the test cities preference at the time of the application form. The details of the CAT Exam Centre is released on the admit card.  The CAT will be administered in 158 test cities across the country. Candidates will be able to choose from a list of six test cities in order of preference.

List of CAT Test Cities

CAT Test Cities
Port BlairHamirpurMumbai
Bhilai NagarJabalpurJaipur
New DelhiJabalpurMadurai
Greater NoidaUjjainChennai
SuratNavi MumbaiBareilly

What is the CAT Selection Process 2021-2022

The CAT selection process for admission into management colleges begins with CAT 2021 Examination. After that, the CAT 2021-2022 results will be available on the official website. The list of candidates shortlisted for future rounds will be published on the respective IIMs websites. Each IIM shall send interview letters to the shortlisted candidates directly.

You will be selected based on:

  • Written Ability Test (WAT)
  • Group Discussion (GD)
  • Personal Interview (PI)
  • Academic Records

How many times CAT exam is conducted in a year?

The CAT Exam is conducted once a year, generally in the month of November.

CAT Answer Key 2021

After the completion of CAT 2021, the exam conducting college will release the provisional and final answer key on its official site.

CAT 2020 Answer Key Details

The CAT Answer Key 2020 has been released on the official site. IIM Indore has released the CAT Answer Key 2020 for Slots 1, 2, & 3 separately on its official site. The direct link to check the CAT response sheet and CAT answer key I mentioned below. 

CAT Answer Key 2020

CAT Answer Key 2020: Slot-wise PDFDownload pdf
CAT 2020 Question & Answers Slot 1 PDFDownload CAT Slot 1 Answer Key 2020
CAT 2020 Question & Answers Slot 2 PDFDownload CAT Slot 2 Answer Key 2020
CAT 2020 Question & Answers Slot 3 PDFDownload CAT Slot 3 Answer Key 2020

How do you check the CAT answers key?

Visit the official IIM CAT website iimcat.ac.in or use the direct link mentioned here. 

  • You can login using your credentials of username and password
  • CAT answer key will appear on the screen

After checking the CAT Answer Key, you have a window to raise objections and submit the changes. The final answer key will be released after the objection window.

Top MBA Colleges accepting CAT Score

Check the list of colleges the accept CAT scores. 

CAT Result 2021

The CAT Result 2020 announced on 02 January 2021.

The CAT 2021 result will be announced in January 2022. CAT Result declaration contains names and scorecard and will be available for download on the official website. CAT Result and scorecard will have each candidate's scores and percentile (sectional and overall). You can check the sample CAT Scorecard below

How to check CAT Result

  • Log in to the official website using your User ID and Password
  • You will find the scorecard
  • The result will be available on the same website as per the schedule.
  • You can also download the CAT result cum scorecard for future reference.

CAT Individual Final Merit List

All the IIMs then release the final merit list based on one or more of a few factors such as CAT score, your performance in WAT/AWA, Group Discussion and Personal Interview, 10th, 12th, Graduation marks, Gender Diversity, Work Experience and Reservations.

What is CAT Normalization Process?

The CAT scaled scores are deduced after taking into consideration a number of factors and steps to normalize the score obtained by any CATspirant. First of all, for CAT normalization, the raw scores of any candidate are calculated by counting the number of correct and incorrect answers. 

The raw scores for each candidate are then normalized taking into consideration the following factors: 

  • The difficulty level of the slot/shift he/she has appeared for the CAT exam
  • Scores of top scorers in that slot

This process is done for both section-wise scaled scores and Overall scores.

Important CAT Links
CAT Notification 2021CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021
CAT Registration 2021
CAT Syllabus PDF
CAT Practice Set Papers
CAT Exam Pattern 2021
CAT Admit Card 2021
CAT Answer Key
CAT Cut off
CAT Analysis
CAT Question Papers
CAT Result 2021

CAT 2021-2022 Percentile Score Calculation

Following are the key steps to calculate the CAT 2021 overall and sectional percentile scores obtained by a candidate. 

Step 1 - Total number of candidates who appeared for CAT 2021 in both morning & afternoon sessions. 

Step 2- A rank will be assigned to all candidates who appeared for CAT. This will be based on the scaled scores obtained in the QA, DILR & VARC sections. 

CAT Official Mock Test 2021

CAT Official Mock Test Released. IIM has released the official CAT mock test pdf on the official website. Candidates who will be taking the CAT 2021 exam can now take the official mock examinations available at iimcat.ac.in. The purpose of the IIM CAT mock test is to familiarise applicants with the types of questions that are commonly given in exams. The direct link to download and practice the CAT mock test is mentioned below. 

CAT Mock Test 2021 PDF

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  • Since there is no upper age limit to be eligible for CAT 2021 Exam. The only eligibility is to have a graduate degree from a recognized institution and a 50% score in graduation.

  • No, it is not compulsory for MBA however, if you wish to pursue an MBA from the top IIMs or other top MBA colleges, you must take the CAT exam. All the top colleges demand a CAT score.

  • Practising online mock test series for CAT 2021 exam is the best method to prepare and achieve success in the exam.

  • No, CAT eligibility does not require the high school scores in order to appear for CAT 2021 exam.

  • The average salary package offered to the candidates from top IIMs range from 20-25 lakh per annum.

  • The CAT score card is valid for a period of one year only. You must take admission into an MBA college the same year or you will have to take the CAT examination again next year.

  • There are various MBA Entrance exams. Some of them are: Common Admission Test (CAT), Xavier's Aptitude Test (XAT), Symbiosis National Aptitude (SNAP), IIFT, NMAT, CMAT, GMAT, etc

  • You must begin your preparation for the CAT examination at least a year before the exam. You can also prepare along with your graduation.

  • The CAT percentile determines the management college you get. The better the CAT percentile, the better are the chances of getting your desired college. The top IIMs require a high CAT percentile.

  • There is no limit on the number of attempts for the CAT exam. A candidate can take as many attempts as they like.

  • The CAT Exam consists of the following sections: Verbal Ability And Reading Comprehension (VARC), Logical Reasoning, and Data Interpretation (LRDI) and Quantitative Aptitude.

  • No, the use of a calculator is prohibited in the CAT Exam.