CAT 2021: Updated Exam Pattern, Preparation, Notification, Exam Date, Syllabus, Selection Procedure

CAT (Common Admission Test) is the premium entrance exam held by IIMs for admissions into top business schools. The CAT Exam score is accepted as a qualifier in over a 100 Business Schools. It is the most popular amongst the MBA Entrance Exams due to the vast number of colleges accepting the CAT Score including the top B-Schools in India such as IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, etc.

CAT 2021 can go in 2 different directions when it comes to the CAT Exam. It can stick to the modified pattern of this year or even change it further. Or it can go back to the previous pattern of 100 questions. There are no easy answers with respect to this particular question.If CAT 2021 Exam Pattern resembled that of last year, then the overall duration will be 120 minutes and the total number of questions will be 76.  If  CAT 2021 is likely to be conducted in the fourth week of November 2021. The mode of examination will be online and non adaptive. On the other hand, if the situation normalizes and the access to the vaccine is widespread, the CAT 2021 may revert to the tried and tested pattern of CAT 2019. The best thing for each CAT 2021 aspirant to do is to prepare for both exam patterns until the pattern is revealed.

Since CAT 2017, the CAT Exam has released its question paper for public scrutiny which has convinced a few international business schools like Singapore Management University to accept the CAT score for admissions into their business programs.

The CAT Exam is also quite simple in terms of the procedures to be followed.

  • It starts with the CAT 2021 Notification which is likely to be released in the last week of July 2021. The CAT 2021 Notification will also be announced in all the newspaper dailies and informs the candidate on the CAT 2021 Exam Dateand the CAT 2021 Registration Process.
  • The CAT 2021 Notification will also contain the details regarding the CAT 2021 Registration Process including the exact start and end dates for the CAT Registration. This is an essential step for the candidate where they also fill in their preference of the CAT Exam Center.
  • The CAT Registration is followed by the CAT 2021 Exam itself which will most likely be held on last Sunday of November 2021. A CAT Mock will be released just prior to the CAT 2021 Exam to give the candidate an idea of what to expect in the CAT 2021 Exam in terms of the test interface.
  • The concerned IIM for conducting CAT declares the final answer key before declaring the CAT result so that candidate checks his/her answers in the meantime. The last date to raise objection against the preliminary answer key is somewhere in the second week of December.
  • The final stage is the CAT 2021 Result and the selection procedures followed by the colleges to pick the best candidates for their college.

Read below for further details regarding CAT 2021 Exam, Notification, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Important Dates, Eligibility Criteria, Preparation strategy, and more.

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The first milestone that every CAT aspirant looks forward to is the CAT 2021 Notification. The CAT 2021 Notification, which has been released on 29th July 2021, marks the start of the fervent CAT Season which kicks off in earnest around August-September picking up the pace in November & December and finally stops around June. The CAT 2021 Notification is the time when the serious CAT aspirants start counting down their days for preparation. The CAT 2021 Notification may reveal some details about the CAT 2021 Exam like:

  • CAT 2021 Exam Date

  • CAT 2021 Exam Registration: Beginning and Deadline

  • Number of Centers in CAT 2021

  • Any Changes in CAT 2021 Exam Pattern CAT 2021 has introduced a change in the CAT 2021 Exam Pattern which has seen the exam duration reduce from 3 hours to 2 hours. More information about the number of questions per section will be announced on 20th September.

Some other details about the CAT 2021 Notification and subsequent Registration are:

CAT 2021 Notification: Important Dates

  • CAT 2021 Official Notification Release – Expected by fourth week of July 2021
  • CAT 2021 Registration Commences – Expected by first week of August 2021
  • CAT 2021 Registration Completes – Expected by third week of September 2021
  • CAT 2021 Issuance of Hall Ticket– Expected by fourth week of October 2021
  • CAT 2021 Exam Date – Fourth week of November 2021
  • CAT 2021 Publishing the Solution Key - First week of December 2021
  • CAT 2021 Solution Key Challenge Process – First week of December 2021
  • CAT 2021 Declaration of Result – Second week of January 2022

Live Updates:

  • CAT 2021 official notification will be released in the last week of July 2021
  • CAT 2020 will be conducted by one of six major IIMs i.e IIM BLACKI

CAT 2021 Notification

CAT 2021 Registration Process

  • CAT registration is held exclusively online and will be opened on 5th August 2021, as per the CAT 2021 Notification released on 29th July 2021.
  • Visit www.iimcat.ac.in.
  • Click on the 'registration' tab.
  • Enter details as asked.
  • On successful registration you will receive a unique User Id and password via mail/SMS.
  • Log in to the official website with given user id and password.
  • Complete the application form for CAT exam.

CAT 2021 Online Application

The CAT 2021 online application form is usually divided into the following sections:

  • Personal Details
  • Contact Details
  • Academic Details
  • Work Experience
  • Choosing IIMs you want to apply for
  • Choose Test Centre and Interview City

On completing the information on the form, click 'Save & Next' option. As the next step, you will be required to upload your photograph and signature in the respective sections. The last step of the CAT 2021 registration process is the payment of the application fee via Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking.


CAT 2021 Application Fee

  • The application fee for General/OBC category candidates is INR 2000.
  • The application fee for SC/ST/PWD category candidates is INR 1000.
  • The mode of application fee payment is completely online through Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking.

As per the eligibility criteria of CAT 2021 charted by IIMs, candidates should fulfill the following parameters:

  • Candidates should have a Bachelor's Degree in any discipline from a recognized university or institute.
  • General and OBC-NC category candidates should obtain at least 50% marks in aggregate or equivalent CGPA. For reserved category candidates, the minimum percentage to secure is 45.
  • The duration of the graduation programme should be minimum 3 years.
  • Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply for CAT 2021 provided they complete their programme within the stipulated schedule.
  • There is no age limit for applying or appearing in CAT 2021.

CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria for Reserved Categories

The CAT 2021 eligibility criteria for reserved categories as decided by IIMs are as follows:

  • 15% of seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC);
  • 7.5% of seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST);
  • 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBC);
  • 5% of seats are kept reserved for Persons with Disability (PWD). The categories of disability include:
  • a) low vision blindness,

    b) hearing impairment,

    c) locomotor disability/cerebral palsy

  • Any candidate who wishes to apply for this category will be eligible if only he/she suffers from any listed disabilities to the extent of less than 40%, as certified by a medical authority.
  • Candidates applying for reserved categories are required to score a minimum cut-off score as per the norms of the IIMs.

On 15th September 2020, IIM Indore announced on the official website of CAT 2020 that the exam duration for CAT 2020 has been reduced from 3 hours to 2 hours.

The order of sections will remain the same: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA).

The use of a basic on-screen calculator for computations is allowed.

The CAT 2021 Exam pattern is expected to return to the original form which is given below:

S.NO SECTION Number of Questions Time Limit
1 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC) 34 60 minutes
2 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) 32 60 minutes
3 Quantitative Ability (QA) 34 60 minutes
TOTAL   100 180 minutes

Marking Scheme

  • Every correct answer carries 3 marks.

  • Every wrong answer carries -1.

  • Negative marking does not apply to non-MCQs or TITA (type in the answer) questions.

  • The order of attempting the sections is predetermined.

  • Sections start with VARC, followed by DILR, and end with QA.

Here is what our experts have to say about the CAT 2021 Updated Exam Pattern

Also, there is a fair possibility that the CAT 2021 exam pattern might be similar to the CAT 2020 Exam Pattern. Here is a descriptive overlay of CAT 2020 Exam Pattern:

Section (Ascending Order)

Number of questions

Number of MCQs

Number of Non MCQs (TITA)

Sectional time

VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)

26

21

5

40 min

DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)

24

18

6

40 min

QA (Quantitative Aptitude)

26

20

6

40 min

Total

76

59

17

120 min

Based on the previous years' question papers, the subjects for CAT 2021 can be classified under the following categories:

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Ability

Each of these sections contains different types of questions. A highly-effective CAT preparation strategy includes dense familiarity with all the topics that fall under these categories.


Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension


Verbal and Reading Comprehension sections comprises of Reading Comprehension passages. Thorough practice of RC passages will aid in better understanding of longer and complex texts.

Verbal Reasoning questions involve analyzing the form and content of passages. Sometimes the questions herein can surprise the candidates. Previous years' paper contained the following types of questions under Verbal Ability:

  • Passage-based questions (5 passages; 3 passages with 6 questions each and 2 passages with 3 questions each)
  • Summary-based questions (3 questions)
  • Ordering sentences (4 questions)
  • Odd-sentence out (3 questions)

How to improve VARC section?

If you are looking for help in VARC specifically for CAT 2021, please have a look at the following page.

What to keep in mind while answering RC passages?

According to CAT 2020, the number of RC questions can be 24 out of 34 VARC questions and according to CAT 2019, the number of questions will be reduced to 18 out of 26 VARC questions. In any case the weightage of Reading Comprehension questions is at least 70%, with respect to the entire questions. If we look at the RC questions closely, 2-3 of them are of moderate-difficult level and 10–12 is of easy-moderate level. There is a variation when it comes to easy and difficult passages which a candidate needs to keep in mind. If the passage seems to be complex, the questions following it may be easy and workable. If the passage seems easy to read, the questions related to the same might trick you. So, one needs to be scrupulous while reading the questions as much as while reading the passage. Here is a brief analysis of trends noticed in the RC sub section of previous year CAT papers:

  • The overall RC questions will range from 18-24
  • The candidate will be awarded 3 marks for answering a question correctly and will face a deduction of 1 mark for answering it incorrectly.
  • There will be at least four lengthy passages and 1-2 short passages. The lengthy passages will consist of 800 words approx. and the short passage will consist of 500 words (approx.)
  • The topics will be mainly based on politics, sports, psychology, economy, literature, mythology and abstract topics etc.

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Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR) consists of charts and graphs of all kinds i.e. line, bar, and pie. These may appear individually or along with tables or other elements.

The questions in the Logical Reasoning sections are fundamentally word problems. However, they may also combine word problems with any of the aforementioned data forms. The form of questions asked in the DILR section may slightly seem complex and hence, consistent practice is the key.

If you are looking for help in DILR for CAT 2021, please have a look at the following page.

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What to keep in mind for Data Interpretation?

CAT 2020 made the students jumpy with the difficulty of the Data Interpretation section. It is never a good idea to undermine the importance of this topic in the DILR section. Here are a few important pointers to remember about CAT Data Interpretation :

  • This section has an overall sectional weightage of 50%
  • DI contains multiple choice and TITA (Type in the answer) questions
  • The section has an individual cut off
  • The number of DI questions are expected to be equal to the number of LR questions
  • No marks are detected for the TITA questions.

What to keep in mind during LR?

  1. Number of questions in LR is between 16-20
  2. Sectional weightage of this section is 50 per cent
  3. This section also contains either MCQ or TITA questions
  4. For every correct answer, three marks are awarded.
  5. For every incorrect MCQ answer, one mark is deducted
  6. No marks are deducted for TITA questions.

Take a personalized Logical Reasoning mock to warm up your basics.

Quantitative Aptitude

The question progression in the Quantitative Ability (QA) section may indeed seem heavy. From fractions to profit and loss to triangles and circles to exponents, etc., the escalation continues. Nonetheless, the calming feature of this section is the uniform pattern.

Questions under the QA section include algebra, arithmetic, geometry, modern math (including set theory, polynomials, probability, progressions, and permutations/combinations), and number systems (e.g. integers, primes, exponents).

The subjects' syllabus of CAT exam is definitely not confined. However, it follows a logical and standard pattern. This only means that once you're very familiar with the pattern, preparation gets more effective. Good luck for CAT 2021!

Important highlights of CAT QA 2021 syllabus:

The QA section is basically a calculation intensive section based on topics that candidates study in 9th and 10th grade. However, there is a plot twist. This is the last section of the paper and odds are that you would be low on stamina and more on exhaustion when you would approach this section. This section is known to usually surprise a candidate in terms of difficulty. You must keep a keen eye on the ball and not be in an autopilot mode while solving QA. We suggest that work in your favor is that you should start from the last question of the section and work your way upwards. The easier questions are scattered throughout the paper and all a candidate has to do is spot and answer, as determined by CL experts.

Visit our CAT 2021 Preparation Strategy page to know how you can follow a highly-effective preparation strategy for CAT devised by our MBA experts.

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Despite the absence of rigid CAT syllabus, our experts have analyzed and provided a tentative CAT 2021 syllabus based on the past CAT trends. While there could be additions of new topics or removal of the old, CAT syllabus is expected to remain the same for the year 2021.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Ability

  • Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)
  • Grammar or English Usage
  • Correction in Sentence
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage
  • Analogies and Reverse Analogies
  • Meaning/Usage Match
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Summary Questions
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Facts Inferences Judgements
  • Caselets and Tables
  • Bar Graphs and Column Graphs
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Line Charts & Pie Chart
  • Combination of two or more types linked to each other
  • Number and Letter Series
  • Calendars, Cubes and Clocks
  • Binary Logic
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Logical
  • Matching
  • Logical Sequence
  • Logical
  • Connectives
  • Blood Relations
  • Number Systems
  • LCM & HCF
  • Profit, Loss & Discount
  • Percentages
  • Speed, Time & Distance
  • Time & Work
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Averages
  • Quadratic & Linear Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Sequences & Series
  • Surds & Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Probability, Permutation and Combination
  • Set Theory
  • Functions & Geometry
  • Mixtures & Allegations
  • Trigonometry
  • Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration
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In 2017, IIMs, for the first time released the official CAT 2017 questions and answer key. Based on this continuing trend into 2018 & 2019 as well, the official CAT 2021 question paper can be expected to be released by the first week of December, 2021.

What should be a retaker’s strategy for CAT 2021?

CAT retakers have a generic view when it comes to how to retake CAT. They usually choose to go for conventional offline training programs in place of online training programs. Offline programs, though having a comparatively lesser ROI, can ensure a student’s concentration for 2-3 hours straight and helps get that personalized attention. However, due to the rigid covid-19 safety guidelines introduced in order to encourage social distancing, students taking CAT for the second time are opting for CAT online classes as an alternative. Given below are some techniques you can avail while framing your CAT retaker’s strategy.

  • Building a strong foundation:: Strong concept knowledge would help you grasp the basic concepts and understand the exam pattern. If you aren’t aware of the exam pattern and the topics included in the syllabus, you will find it difficult to get through the trickier questions in the exam. Cracking a decent score is possible, but breaking into 98+ percentile can only be achieved once you are up to mark with your basics. As rightly pointed out, well begun is half done!
  • Going step by step: At the initial phase of the preparation, interactions with the faculty is a must. Here is when online classes come into action. It enables a candidate to take online mock tests, video lectures, CAT related exercises, online quizzes and convenient study material. Taking offline classes becomes more tiring for someone who travels all the way to attend classes after a long day. The weariness takes a toll on a candidate and makes him/her end in a state of confusion.  You’ve got to consider other elements related to the preparation along with the actual preparation. The expert faculty helps you diversify your solutions and develop a formulaic approach.
  • Attending Important lectures by the faculty: The online faculty varies from center to center but one thing that binds each one of them is to develop effective communication with their candidates regarding how to build important test-taking strategies. Students are also given a chance to learn at their own pace and can listen to the lecture again in case the concepts are unclear.
  • Highly Interactive Group Learning: CAT Retakers should make it a point to highly interactive webinars, wherein CAT aspirants can share their experiences, discuss and clear their queries and maintain a peer-to-peer relationship with their classmates. This also helps students stay aware of the competition level. The competition for CAT 2021 is going to be more than previous years because of the stay-at-home situation. Hence, candidates can see this as an alternative to study as per their comfort with zero commuting time and charges.
  • Engage in multitasking: You need to cross the bridge between basics and practice. During the actual CAT exam, you need to sit through a ton of questions without throwing in the towel. It is advisable to solve online assignments that will help you practice a set of 20-30 questions every day, breaking down datasets, enhance your reading speed, solve puzzle-related questions and have the energy to complete the paper in a given amount of time.
  • Do not obsess about the questions: Once you have gained clarity over your concepts, the next phase of your preparation will be to donate less time and fuel in solving a question. Do not spend more and more time over a single question. This will give rise to undue agitation. While preparing for cat through online preparation, try to confront your weaknesses and pick the correct approach in solving a question through mocks. Also, over a period of time, you will find it super easy to solve any kind of questions that are asked in CAT, scaled from easy to difficult.

 Also read: Importance of CAT mocks

CAT 2021 Admit Card

The CAT 2021 Admit Card will be released in October 2021 as per previous years’ timelines. It will remain available for registered candidates till the day of the CAT 2021 Exam (28th November 2021). Candidates will be able to download their admit cards online by logging onto the official website with their unique credentials.

CAT Admit Card is one of the most important documents. One must carry a hard copy to the center on the exam day and keep it safe till the end of the admission

CAT 2021 timeline is quite similar to that of CAT 2019 according to the CAT 2021 Notification. The main exam will be held on 29th November 2021, and with the CAT 2021 Notification released on 29th July 2021. Online application for the exam shall remain open from 5th August 2021 to the 23rd September 2021.


How to be ready on CAT 2021 exam date

  • Carry a print out of your CAT Admit card to your exam center.
  • Ensure that the photograph on CAT 2021 admit card is identical to the one uploaded during the online registration.
  • Not that CAT Admit Card is only valid on clear and legible printing of admit card, i.e., the photograph and signature must be neatly visible.
  • Carry at least one original and valid photo identification card. This ID needs to be produced for verification at the CAT exam center on the day of the exam.
  • Photo IDs that are valid and acceptable are: College ID, Employer ID, Driving License, Passport, PAN Card, Voter ID, Aadhar Card, and Identification Affidavit.
  • The candidate's photograph and signature on the ID should match the same on Admit Card. The Photo ID card should not be damaged or smudged.
  • Locate your allocated CAT exam center and its accessibility a day before the test so there will be no defaults on the exam day.

CAT 2021 Exam Date: Do's and Don'ts

Do's

  • Do reach the allocated CAT exam center one and a half hours before the CAT exam is supposed to commence.
  • Please carry only your Admit Card & Photo ID Card inside the CAT test hall, nothing else is allowed.
  • Do allow candidates with disabilities to get into test center first as they are allowed entry on priority.

Don'ts

  • Do not carry your cell phones, electronic gadgets, calculators, stationary items, papers, wallets, or similar things as they are not allowed inside the exam center on CAT exam date.
  • Do not wear any jewelry or other metal accessories because you will be asked to remove them before entering the exam hall.
  • Do not ask your friends or relatives to accompany you as they will not be permitted inside the test center.

Locating your seat at your CAT exam center

There is Test System Number in your CAT Admit card. This unique number is provided for the purpose of identifying the floor / wing and your designated seat at the exam center.

For any other correspondence with your CAT exam center, you should provide your Registration Number and not the Test System number. Test System number is only needful for seat location/identification during the main exam date.


Inside the CAT exam hall

  • Before you enter the exam hall, you should use the washroom as you will not be permitted to go to washroom during the exam.
  • You will be given a rough pad and pen for rough work. You should write your name and registration number on the rough pad. This rough pad will have to be returned at the end of the exam.

CAT 2021 Exam Centres

Similar to CAT 2020, CAT 2021 exam centers will be located in over 150 cities across India. The actual number of exam centers may vary depending on the number of participating candidates and the situation at the time.

During the exam registration process, candidates will have to select three CAT exam centers in the order of their preference. The final allotting of exam center is decided by the IIMs which are then reflected on the official CAT Admit Card.

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CAT 2021 Mock Test

The official CAT mock test is usually released by the IIMs in the last week of October. It is created and shared with the candidates one month prior to the CAT exam. This way, candidates may practice and become familiar with the format and navigation process of the online test. Candidates can also familiarize themselves with the usage of the online calculator and timer. However, it must be noted that the CAT mock test is intended for practice purposes only. The questions therein cannot be considered as an insight to the actual questions due to the absence of qualitative similarity.

CAT 2021 Result

CAT result 2021 is expected to be released in the second week of January, 2021. The official CAT 2021 score card will be available for download online by entering your unique CAT ID and password on the official website (www.iimcat.ac.in). The CAT score card will include your detailed sectional and overall scaled scores and percentiles. The score cards are available online alone, hence, take a print out for further admission processes


Past CAT Trends

The table below contains past exam-result trends as an attempt to lay down the past exam mechanism of CAT.


YEAR

EXAM

RESULT

2015

November 29th, 2015

January 8th, 2016

2016

December 4th, 2016

January 9th, 2017

2017

November 26th, 2017

January 8th, 2018

2018

November 25th, 2018

January 5th, 2019

2019

November 24th, 2019

January 4th, 2021

2020

November 29th, 2021

-

2021

November 28th, 2021

-


Steps to Check CAT Results 2021

When the CAT 2021 Results are declared, the candidates will be able to check it and download the score card by following the given steps:

  • Step 1

    Go to the official CAT website www.iimcat.ac.in.

  • Step 2

    Enter User Id and Password and login to your account

  • Step 3

    Click on 'score card for CAT 2021'.

  • Step 4

    Take print out of your CAT Result 2021 for reference/record keeping.

Predict CAT 2021 Percentile with Career Launcher

Although the official CAT result is after almost two months, it is an added advantage and a peace of mind to have an insight on the performance. Keeping this in mind, Career Launcher experts have created a percentile calculator for the purpose of score assessment. The link below is to help you predict/calculate your CAT percentile, so you can begin your college picking plan ahead of time.

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CAT 2021 Normalization Procedure

Since CAT is conducted in morning and afternoon slots on a single day, it becomes necessary to normalize the scores of all candidates from both slots. Therefore, IIMs normalizes CAT scores by using a formula similar to that applied for GATE.

The scaled scores for each section along with percentiles are declared along with the result. This is practiced for transparency and for equalizing the scores. This way, no candidates from either slot are left in an advantaged or disadvantaged position.

Read in detail : CAT Score vs Percentile

CAT cut-off is an indication of the minimum percentile score that is expected of a candidate to achieve for getting shortlisted by the participating institutes. While top B-schools are known to have a higher CAT cut-off range, the minimum cut-off varies from institute to institute.

CAT cut-off is generally dependent on certain factors like difficulty level of the exam, number of test-takers, number of seats, etc.

Find the below the tabulated 2021 CAT cut-off of top-tier IIMs for reference:

IIM

SECTION

GENERAL

OBC-NC

SC

ST

EWS

PwD (except ST)

PwD (ST)

IIM Ahmedabad

VRC

70

65

60

50

    -

60

50

 

DI&LR

70

65

60

50

    -

60

50

 

QA

70

65

60

50

    -

60

50

 

Aggregate

80

75

70

60

    -

70

60

IIM Bangalore

VRC

85

75

70

60

70

50

 

 

DI&LR

80

70

65

60

65

50

 

 

QA

80

70

65

60

65

50

 

 

Aggregate

90

80

75

70

75

60

 

IIM Calcutta

VRC

85

75

65

60

70

60

 

 

DI&LR

80

75

65

60

65

60

 

 

QA

80

75

65

60

65

60

 

 

Aggregate

90

85

70

70

75

70

 

CAT 2021 Selection Procedure

The selection procedure differs according to various participating institutes. However, the one uniform feature among all is the preliminary round selection where candidates are shortlisted based on CAT cut-off.

For the second-round selection, candidates will have to appear for the Group Discussion (GD) orWriting Ability Test (WAT)or both and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. The new IIMs have in fact started to conduct the Common Admission Process (CAP) where the shortlisted candidates from all participating IIMs appear for WAT and PI rounds jointly.

After the end of the CAT selection procedure, each IIM releases their separate merit lists. The final selection process of B-schools or the CAT selection procedure of participating B-schools is based on multiple criteria such as performance in CAT and GD/WAT and PI rounds and past academic records and or work experience. The criteria or parameters vary from institute to institute. IIMs release their detailed admission criteria after the CAT notification every year.

Also check: What is to be immediately done after CAT 2021?

Other MBA Exams

Apart from CAT, the other MBA exams are XAT, IIFT, SNAP, NMAT, MICAT, TISSNET and a few others.

This diagram gives you a representation of all the important MBA exams and the timeline.

Read in detail : MBA Entrance Exams Notifications 2021