CAT Notification 2021: Download Official PDF and Check Important CAT Dates Here

CAT Notification 2021: Download Official PDF and Check Important CAT Dates Here

ByGaurav Gupta  |  Updated on: Sep 15, 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 Notification 2021

The CAT exam notification 2021 released by the Indian Institutes of Management on 01 August 2021. The CAT 2021 notification is now available on the official website - According to the CAT notification, the application process for the CAT exam 2021 will commence on 04 August 2021 at 10:00 A.M. Candidates can now download the CAT 2021 notification pdf from the direct link mentioned below. 
The CAT 2021 exam date as per the notification is Sunday, November 28, 2021, in three sessions. The CAT 2021 exam notification provides all pertinent information, including the exam date, registration start and end dates, exam pattern, and exam eligibility in brief. The CAT 2021 notification pdf is also available on the official website in the form of the Information Bulletin. 
Check  CAT 2021 Notification changes in detail. The CAT registration fee has been increased by Rs. 200 and Rs 100 for different categories and the test centre has been increased to 158 test cities. Common Admission Test is a computer-based test conducted at the national level throughout the country. CAT 2021 will be administered by IIM Ahmedabad. 

CAT Notification 2021 Overview



Name of the Exam

CAT Exam 2021

CAT Full Form 

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Exam Conducting Body

Indian Institute of Management (IIM)

IIM Ahmedabad is the coordinating IIM for CAT 2021.

Type of Exam

MBA Entrance Test 

CAT Exam Registration Mode


CAT exam fees

  • Rs 2200 (General category)

  • Rs 1100 (Reserved category)

Course Offered

Post Graduate Programmes in Management (PGP)

CAT Exam Pattern

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • Quantitative Ability (QA)

Time Duration

2 Hours (120 Minutes) - 40 Minutes for Each Section

CAT Accepting Colleges


CAT 2021 Official website
Help Desk Number


Also read, CAT Exam 2021: All You Need to Know About Upcoming MBA Entrance Exam

Details Mentioned in CAT Notification 2021

The detailed CAT exam notification/ information bulletin pdf contains the following exam details.

  • Details about CAT Exam conducting IIM
  • CAT official website 
  • Post Graduate Programmes in Management (PGP)
  • CAT Important Dates
  • CAT 2021 eligibility 
  • Reservations
  • CAT Registration Fee 
  • CAT Test Centres

CAT 2021 Exam Notification PDF

The CAT 2021 notification is now available on the official website. Go through all the details mentioned in the CAT 2021 notification.

CAT Notification 2021: Important Dates

CAT Notification has released all the important dates concerning CAT Exam 2021. Below mentioned are the dates as per the latest CAT notification. 



CAT 2021 Notification date

01 August 2021

CAT 2021 Registration form Starts

04 August 2021 (10:00 am)

CAT 2021 Registration last date

22 September 2021 (5:00 pm)

CAT Form correction date

25 to 27 September 2021

CAT Mock test release

To be announced 

CAT official tutorial release date 

October 2021

CAT Admit card 2021

 27 October – 28 November 2021

CAT 2021 Exam Date

28 November 2021

CAT 2021 Answer Key release (unofficial)

28 November 2021

CAT 2021 Result Declaration

Second week of January 2022

CAT Notification 2021: Eligibility Criteria

As per the official notification, below mentioned is the detailed CAT Eligibility 2021

  1. Bachelor’s degree with a pass certificate. Earlier, there was a minimum marks requirement of at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of SC, ST and PWD categories). For CAT Exam 2021, IIM has altered the CAT eligibility. 
  2. Candidates appearing for the final year of the Bachelor’s 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 Reservation 2021

As per the legal requirements, CAT exam conducting body reserved the following section of seats for the reserved category. 

CategoriesReservation %
Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates7.5%
Other Backward Classes candidates ((NC-OBC)27%
Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)10%
Persons with
Benchmark Disabilities (PwD)

CAT Notification 2021: Registration

CAT Registration and form details have been released along with the notification pdf. The CAT Registration 2021 begins on 04 August 2021 (10:00 am). the last date to apply for CAT exam 2021 is 15 September 2021 (5:00 pm). To register for CAT 2021, the following guidelines can be followed:

  • Go to the official website of CAT
  • Register as the ‘New Candidate Registration. (The registration link will activate as per the dates
  • As a part of the CAT application form registration, you have to fill in some of the basic details like your name, email id, contact number, DOB etc.
  • Once you have successfully registered, you will have to log in again to the website and complete the application.
  • As a part of the application, you have to fill in the required details.
  • You have to upload your passport size photograph and signature (both should be of a size less than 80 kb each).
  • You are also required to upload the other documents like caste certificate for (OBC-NCL, SC, ST) and PWD/DA certificate, if applicable.
  • Select the test centre out of the given list. You are allowed to select four centres.
  • You can pay for the application by any of the following methods: Credit card/debit card/DD etc.
  • Once you are registered, you will receive a confirmation email on your registered email id. You can take a printout of the application form and keep it for your future reference.

CAT 2021 Registration Fee

 Category Fee
General/NC-OBCRs. 2200
SC/ST/PWDRs. 1100


CAT Exam Notification 2021 - IIM & Programs Offered

As per the CAT 2021 notification, the following Post Graduate Programmes in Management (PGP) can be applied for in the mentioned IIM's. Check the list of CAT College 2021



Official Website

IIM Ahmedabad


IIM Visakhapatnam


IIM Udaipur


IIM Tiruchirappalli


IIM Sirmaur


IIM Shillong


IIM Sambalpur


IIM Rohtak


IIM Ranchi


IIM Raipur


IIM Nagpur


IIM Lucknow


IIM Kozhikode


IIM Kashipur

MBA, MBA (Analytics), MBA (WX)

IIM Jammu


IIM Indore


IIM Calcutta


IIM Bodh Gaya


IIM Bangalore


IIM Amritsar


CAT Syllabus and Exam Pattern 2021

The Common Admission Test 2021-22 is conducted in the online mode. The test is divided into 3 sections namely: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation, Quantitative Ability.

Section-wise CAT Exam Pattern 2021

Section as per IIM CAT Exam Pattern 2021

Total Questions



Maximum Marks

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)





Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)





Quantitative Aptitude (QA)










  • The entire test is for 2 hours where every section is for 40 minutes.
  • A candidate cannot move to the next section until he/she completes the time allocated in the previous section. Also, one cannot move back to the previous sections after the allotted time for that section is over (switching of sections is not allowed).
  • There are two types of questions in the test: MCQs and non-MCQs (also known as TITA), where the candidate has to write the answer in the space provided.
  • The number of Non-MCQ Questions asked in CAT 2020:
           VA/RC           LR/DI              QA   Total
 Slot 156819
  • There is an allotment of 3 marks for every correct answer and one mark is deducted for every incorrect attempt. However, there is no negative marking for the non-MCQ questions.

Read CAT Syllabus & CAT Exam Pattern in detail and give CAT Mock Test for Free for upcoming MBA entrance exam preparation.

CAT Admission Process

Please keep in mind that each IIM has its own set of qualifying requirements (including academic cut-offs and relative weights) and CAT MBA admission procedures. Performance in the CAT 2021 exam is an important factor to evaluate during the selection process. IIMs may additionally short-list candidates based on their previous academic performance, relevant work experience, and other similar factors at various stages of the selection process. Individual IIMs' admittance policies can be seen on their own websites for further information.

Download CAT Previous Year Question Papers PDF to ensure that your exam preparation is up to the mark. 

CAT Test Centres 2021

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.

CAT 2021 Score

After the CAT exam 2021 is concluded, IIM will release the CAT score 2021. Candidates will be able to download their CAT Scorecard after the CAT result is released. CAT score will be declared in the first week of January 2022. The validity of the CAT exam score till December 2022

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  • CAT 2021 Notification has been released on 01 August 2021. You can download the CAT exam notification 2021 from the direct link here. 

  • The official website of CAT 2021 is

  • CAT 2021 Notification has been released on 01 August 2021. The registration dates as per the CAT notification are from 04 August 2021 (10:00 am) to 15 September 2021 (5:00 pm)

  • IIM Ahmedabad is the coordinating IIM for CAT 2021. 

  • After the release of the CAT exam notification 2021, the registration fee has been increased by Rs. 100 and the test cities increased to 158 exam cities.