About CAT

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer-based test for admission to a graduate management program. The test consists of three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs (MBA or PGDM). The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation.

CAT 2021 Notification

CAT Notification 2021 is released on 01 August 2021. This year, the Exam is being conducted by IIM Ahmadabad. The Indian Institute of Management will conduct a computer-based Common Admission Test 2021 (CAT 2021) on Sunday, 28 November 2021, in three sessions. CAT 2021 will be conducted by IIMs as a prerequisite for admission to various management programs of IIMs.

CAT 2021 Important Dates

CAT 2021 will be held on the last Sunday of November 2021 i.e. November 28, 2021. The CAT 2021 official website specifies the CAT registration last date and the dates for downloading admit card. Below are common admission test dates to allow all candidates to keep track of all major CAT 2021 exam events.

EventDate (Tentative)
CAT 2021 notification announcement1 August 2021
CAT 2021 Form Date4 August 2021
Last Date to submit the CAT Application form15 September 2021
Correction of CAT application formFourth Week of September 2021
CAT Mock Test 2021First Week of November 2021
Availability of Admit Card27 October 2021
CAT Exam DateNovember 28, 2021
CAT 2021 response sheet and question paper release dateFirst Week of December 2021
Start and end date to challenge the CAT Answer Key 2021First Week of December 2021
Release of Final Answer key of CAT 2021Second Week of December 2021
CAT Result 2021Second Week of December 2021
CAT 2021 Selection ProcessApril – June 2022

CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

  1. The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
  2. The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In the case of grades/CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/Institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.
  3. Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their University/Institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate. IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process.

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

The likely exam pattern for CAT 2021 has two possibilities. Either it will be based on CAT 2020 Pattern to move back to the CAT 2019 pattern.

CAT 2021 Exam ComponentsLikely CAT 2021 Pattern (If Covid situation does not improve)Likely CAT 2021 pattern (If Covid situation improves)
Test duration2 hrs3 hrs
Number Of Shifts32
Total questions76100
Total score228300
Total questions in VARC2634
Total Questions in DILR2432
Total Questions in QA2634

CAT 2021 Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude

Number Systems, HCF/LCM, Averages, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Simple/Compound Interest, Equations, Inequalities, Complex numbers, Functions, Probability, Permutation & Combination, Mensuration, Geometry, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Mixtures, Set Theory, Speed & Distance, Work & Time, Progressions, Surds & Indices, Logarithms, Ratio & Proportion.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Data Tables, Pie Charts, Line Graphs, Other Chart Types, Data Sufficiency, Bar Graphs, Cubes & Dice, Blood Relations, Number & Letter Series, Seating Arrangement, Venn Diagrams, Clocks & Calendars, Analytical Reasoning, Syllogism

Verbal Ability

Reading Comprehension, Parajumbles, Fill in the Blanks, Vocabulary Based, English Grammar, Sentence Correction, Analogies, Meaning-Usage Match, Verbal / Critical Reasoning, Facts / Inference /Judgement.

CAT 2021 Application Process


The CAT 2021 registration window opens on 4 August 2021 and will close at 5:00 p.m. on September 15, 2021. The details will be available in the registration guide.

At the time of registration, the candidates have to select any six test cities, as per their preference, from a drop-down menu. After the last date of registration, candidates will be allotted one among the six preferred cities subject to availability. In the rare case that a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted a nearby city. The candidates can download the admit cards from October 27, 2021, until November 28, 2021.

Application Fees


  • ₹1100 for SC, ST and PwD candidates.
  • ₹2200 for all other candidates.

Please note that a candidate needs to pay the registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for. SC, ST and PwD candidates must upload a copy of their SC/ST/PwD certificates at the time of registration. Fees once paid cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

How To Register For CAT 2021?

Download the complete steps here.

CAT Exam Day Guidelines

  • Duration: 120 hours or 2 hours
  • 160 minutes or 2:40 hours (For PwD Candidates)

1. Time: Forenoon Session - 08.30 am to 10.30 am

(Candidates Reporting Time: 7.00 am. Candidates NOT allowed entry post 8.15 am)

2. Time: Afternoon Session - 12.30 am to 2.30 pm

(Candidates Reporting Time: 11.00 pm. Candidates NOT allowed entry post 12.15 am)

3. Time: Evening Session - 04.30 am to 6.30 pm

(Candidates Reporting Time: 3.00 pm. Candidates NOT allowed entry post 4.15 am)

CAT 2021 Mock Test

Oliveboard provides online mock tests for the preparation of the CAT Online Exam. The tests include thousands of questions of varying difficulty levels to help you clear the CAT exam with great success.

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CAT Mock Test Series - FAQs

Q. Is there a Free CAT Mock Test?

A. Yes, the First mock test of the CAT Online Test series is absolutely free. You can directly attempt it by completing the registration. You can register either with a valid email id or through your Facebook account.

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A. One test can be attempted once, however you can view the detailed Solution and Analysis multiple times.

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Q. The CAT Online Mock Tests are available in how many languages?

A. You can access the CAT Mock Tests only in English Language.

Q. What are the payment options available for the purchase of the CAT Online Mock Test Series?

A. Following are the available payment options through which payment can be made -:
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Q. Why should a candidate choose Oliveboards CAT online test series?

A. Oliveboards CAT Mock Tests are designed by expert mentors. The questions are based on previous year trends and simulate a real exam scenario. Candidates get solutions, their performance reports and section-wise analysis to help them improve their weak areas and score higher.


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