CAT 2021 Result

The CAT 2021 notification is expected to be released in the last week of July 2021. The CAT 2021 actual result dates have not been released yet. But CAT 2021 Result is something that each aspirant will  eagerly await. It is, after all, the culmination of their efforts of the entire year. This anticipation makes the CAT 2021 result extremely special. It can also hold unique importance for each candidate. For some people the CAT 2021 Result may represent a release from a monotonous job while others may see it as a new beginning. These diverse representations for different people make the CAT 2021  Result special.

The CAT 2020 examination was held on Sunday, November 29, 2020. IIM Indore declared the final answer key before declaring the CAT result so that the candidate checks his/her answers. The last date to raise objection against the preliminary answer key was December 11, 2020. After answer key scrutinization by the IIM Indore examiners, it was declared that the answer keys of slot 2 and slot 3 are correct. However, there was an error in the answer of one of the QA questions in slot 2. The same was rectified and uploaded by IIM Indore on the official website. The CAT 2021  Result is communicated to the aspirants through the SMS on their registered mobile number. It will also be available online in the first week of January on the official website.

Downloading the CAT 2021 Result

In order to download the CAT 2021 Result from the official website, some steps must be followed:

  • Go to the Official CAT Website
  • Log on to your account created at the time of registration
  • Click on the link for the CAT 2021 Result (which will appear in due time)
  • Click on "Score Card" for the CAT 2021 Result
  • The CAT 2021 Result will appear in a new window
  • This window should also allow you to download the CAT 2021 Result Score Card

The SMS, which carries the CAT 2021 Result, will contain simply the overall percentile details. In order to identify the sectional CAT 2021 Result, the online Score Card will have to be downloaded. The score of the CAT 2021 Result is only valid for 1 year and there have been talks about the CAT 2021 Result being declared only in the online mode with no offline variant.

CAT 2021 Result: Important Dates

Some important dates related to the CAT Result 2021 are given below:

Sr. No.


Approximate Date


CAT 2021  Exam

Fourth week of November 2021


CAT 2021  Answer Key

First Week of December 2021 (tentative)


Deadline of preliminary Answer key sheet objection window

8th Dec 2021 - 11th Dec 2021 (tentative)


Declaration of CAT Result 2021

First Week of January 2022 (tentative)


Selection Procedure of IIMs

February-March 2022 (tentative)

Also read: CAT 2021 Exam Dates

CAT 2021 Result: Latest Announcements

Candidates should note that as the final answer key will be released by IIM Ahmedabad, the test administrator. The login to CAT portal will be temporarily disabled until then. However, the authorities have predicted that candidates would receive their scorecard in the second week of January 2022 and accordingly, the portal will enable the candidates to download their CAT 2021 marksheet using their registration ID and password mentioned in their CAT admit cards.

Details available in CAT 2021 Result

There are some details that the candidates should check on their CAT 2021 Score Card. The chances of any discrepancy are minute, however if there are any issues, the authorities must be contacted at the earliest in order to sort out any confusion. The details in the CAT 2021 Result which may affect the candidate prospects in the selection processes are:

  • CAT 2021 roll no/user ID
  • Name, social category and Gender
  • DOB (Date of Birth)
  • Contact and Address Details
  • Email
  • Category
  • Date and Time of Exam
  • Overall CAT scaled score
  • Section wise CAT score
  • Section-wise CAT percentile
  • Overall CAT Percentile (Can be verified from the SMS that the candidate should receive)

It is to be remembered that the CAT 2021 scoresheet can be only downloaded from the registered IIMCAT  account of the student until 31st December 2022. . Till then, a student can easily access the marksheet through the official website. CAT 2021 results are not sent directly to the candidates in the form of a hard copy. Candidates should download the result document while the download window is active.Thereafter, no queries related to the download of scorecard will be entertained by CAT Helpdesk.

CAT Score vs Percentile

The CAT 2021 Result of the aspirant will contain two vital details: The Scaled Score and the Percentile. The scaled score of the individual is derived from the raw CAT Score and is calculated based on the difficulty level difference between the two slots.

Calculation of CAT Raw Scores

Before moving on to the Scaled score from the CAT 2021 Result, it is important to understand how the CAT 2021 Result raw score is calculated. The basic formula which is used to find the CAT Raw Score will be:

CAT 2021 Raw Score = (Number of Correct Attempts  * 3) -  (Number of MCQ Incorrect attempts * 1)

CAT 2020: Calculation of Scaled Score through Normalization

The scaled score is calculated through a process of normalization where the score of the 0.1%ilers in the CAT exam and the 0.1%ilers in your slot are compared. Apart from this, the standard deviation and mean of candidates in your slot and the overall exam is also compared. Using these comparisons, the Normalized Score is calculated using below mentioned formula:

Formula to calculate CAT Normalized score

Using the above stated comparisons, the Normalized Score is calculated using the formula,

Mn = Mo - (Masd*Mi) - Miasd ( Mij - Miasd )+ Masd
Mn is the Normalized Score calculated for the candidate in the ith slot of the exam.
Mij is the actual marks obtained by the jth candidate in the ith slot,
Mo is the mean marks of the top 0.1 % candidates in all slots,
Masd is the sum of average and standard deviation of marks of all candidates in all slots,
Mi is the sum of marks of top 0.1 % candidates in the ith slot,
Miasd is the sum of average and standard deviation of marks of all candidates in the ith slot.

More info on CAT Score Vs Percentile

Know the section-wise percentile mapping process as well by clicking here

CAT 2021 Result: Important things to keep in mind

The Percentile that the candidate receives is the percentage of people who received less marks than them in the CAT Exam. This also means that the famed 100%ile does not truly exist. After all, as the topper of the exam, you cannot score more than yourself. Thus the 100%ile is simply indicative and given to a group of candidates who have scored the highest or very close to the highest marks.

Procedure after CAT 2021 Result

After the euphoria of the CAT 2021 Result ends, most candidates realize that they are unclear about the procedure post the CAT 2021 Result. No need to worry! This section is aimed at disbursing information about the selection procedure after the CAT 2021 Result.

For most B-Schools, the procedure after CAT 2021 Result includes the WAT-GD-PI. This stands for Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). However, there are several top B-Schools of India which pick and choose the shortlisting procedures or have some modifications in it.

Check the entire article here : What is to be done after the CAT 2021 Exam?

Procedure followed by Top IIMs

For all the top IIMs (Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, and Indore), the procedure followed is the WAT and PI. Earlier, these colleges used to have a round of Group Discussion as well, however it has recently been replaced by the Written Ability Test (WAT).

Read:How to get into an IIM?

Considering the present scenario of covid-19, there is a possibility of B-Schools restructuring their selection procedures for the academic session of 2022-2024. Instead of the traditional WAT-GD-PI process, B-schools might lean more in favour of virtual PI I.e online personal interview round. In that case, candidates will have to appear for the  personal interview through a video conferencing application like zoom or skype and the merit list would also be declared online. TISS Mumbai is one such institute that  adapted to this new way of handling interviews last year. This practice can also make selection procedures extremely tricky. Hence students are advised to stay up-to-date with the CAT related information and start preparing for GD-PI with all possible dispatch.

Procedure followed by IIM Kozhikode

For IIM Kozhikode, the procedure consists of the entire sequence of WAT-GD-PI in that order. The shortlisted candidates are asked to write a brief essay on a topic post which there is a GD held on the same topic. These are non-elimination rounds where the panel marks each student. Following the GD round, the PI is held with the panel and the scores for each round are added to decide on the final selection.

Also check:IIM Kozhikode Admissions, Eligibility

Procedure followed by IIM Indore

IIM Indore selects their candidates based on their CAT/GMAT scores and WAT-PI performance. After the candidate is shortlisted by IIM Indore on attaining the required cut off set by the institute, he/she appears for written ability test or WAT. After that, he/she faces a team of panelists for a round of personal interview. The scores of CAT and WAT-PI are clubbed together by the admissions team to decide on the final selection. Candidates applying through GMAT need to present three recommendation letters from their fellow colleagues/friends, attesting their professional or academic expertise.

Read more: IIM Indore Admissions, Eligibility

Procedure followed by New IIMs

The New IIMs follow a CAP (Centralized Admission Process) which means that one of the IIMs helms the procedure each year on a rotational basis. The CAP consists of a similar process to the older IIMs with the WAT and the PI.

The admission procedure of IIMs and other a listed b-schools will solely depend on the CAT 2021 Cut Off released by the institutes following CAT 2021 result.Read more

Procedure followed by SPJIMR

The shortlisted candidate must fill out an elaborate form which questions the candidate on the past achievements, failures and several other parts of their profile. Following the short listing of the candidates because of their profile or their CAT 2020 Result/XAT 2021 Result, the candidates are called for a GI (group interview). It is a combination of group discussion and personal interview and has the advantage of being more orderly than the group discussion. There is a second group interview for candidates chosen in the first group interview which is largely psychometric in nature where the panel tests the candidate's temperament and ethics.

Read in detail : SPJIMR Admissions, Eligibility

Procedure followed by NITIE

NITIE is one of the best colleges for Operations Management. The admission procedure for NITIE includes a Group Discussion and a Personal Interview. The Group Discussion consists of around 15 people, which is higher than the number of people generally included in B-School Admission GDs. Following this, the candidate is called for the Personal Interview which is closest to the traditional interview amongst all the B-Schools. The candidates with Work Experience are generally quizzed on their Work Experience while freshers are generally quizzed on their undergraduate subjects.

Read in detail : NITIE Mumbai Admissions, Eligibility

Procedure followed by FMS Delhi

FMS, New Delhi is one of the best colleges after IIM-A, B and C in India. Following a short listing based on the CAT Result, the candidates are selected based on a two-part selection procedure. These include the extempore followed by a personal interview.

Read in detail :FMS Admissions, Eligibility

Procedure followed by IITs

IITs also have their own Schools of Management which are highly reputed. The best Management Programs amongst the IITs are in Bombay, Delhi, Kharagpur and Chennai. The procedure for most of the IITs include the Group Discussion and Personal Interview. The focus of the Personal Interview is like NITIE where the Work Experience candidates are asked about their Work Experience while freshers are asked about the Undergraduate subjects.

Procedure followed by IMT Ghaziabad

IMT Ghaziabad is quite well reputed for their Marketing Program and has a slightly different admission procedure. The shortlisted candidates are given a group exercise rather than a group discussion. Using these procedures, the candidate's leadership qualities as well as ability to work in a group are tested apart from the candidate's ability to think on his feet. Following the group exercise, the candidates undergo a personal interview which is the final selection procedure.

Read in detail: IMT Ghaziabad Admissions, Eligibility

Procedure followed by MDI Gurgaon

MDI Gurgaon is one of the best B-Schools in India. It has a relatively traditional admission process including the WAT-GD-PI. The candidate undergoes the Group Discussion (GD) followed by the Written Test (WAT). These processes are followed by the Personal Interview.

Read in detail : MDI Gurgaon

For more information on Group Discussion, please visit this page. In order to learn more about preparation for the Group Discussion and Personal Interview, please visit our page on the Personality Development Program (PDP) where we train candidates to give their best on whichever calls they receive after the CAT Result 2021.

A Look into the Group Discussion and Personal Interview Process

After the CAT 2021 Result, the focus will shift automatically to the processes following the CAT 2021 Result. The most common selection procedures following the CAT 2021 Result are the group discussion and personal interview. While the previous section talked about selection procedures followed by some of the top colleges, this section talks about the group discussion and personal interview in general. Let us take down these selection components one by one:

  • Group Discussion - This is generally the first process that shortlisted candidates will go through after the CAT 2020 Result. It may or may not be an elimination round for the colleges but will carry some weightage in the final selection criteria. Some salient points about the Group Discussion are:
    • There are usually around 5-6 people in each group discussion. Although the number may also increase up to 15 people.
    • The GD is presided over by a panel that will be judging each person in the group discussion and marking them according to their performance.
    • The Group Discussion looks for the candidate's communication skills, ability to think on their feet, leadership skills, etc. Therefore composing yourself well in front of the panel can greatly enhance your chances of success.
    • The Group Discussion may have a factual topic, an abstract topic or a case study as a topic.
  • Personal Interview - This is the final selection process for most colleges. It is the process where the candidates and the panel have a one-to-one interaction. This is the most unpredictable selection round as it is quite subjective in nature. Some topics which are generally suggested in terms of preparation for the personal interview are past work experience, graduation subjects and projects (especially for freshers), achievements and other pointers mentioned in the CV.

This is a brief about the Group Discussion and Personal Interview which are the most common selection processes for B-School admissions. Therefore it is a good idea to read up about the topic before the CAT 2021 Result.

Opportunities from CAT 2021 Result

As the above passage talked about, the CAT 2021 Result will open doors to several of the best B-Schools in India for candidates who can capitalize on the opportunity. Given below is a table on the number of seats available in some of those colleges in order to emphasize upon the candidates, the scope of challenge remaining post the CAT 2021 Result.

Colleges Seats Colleges Seats
IIM Ahmedabad 385 IIM Sirmaur 60
IIM Bangalore 412 IIM Sambalpur 140
IIM Calcutta 462 IIM Amritsar 60
IIM Lucknow 436 IIM Jammu 45
IIM Kozhikode 353 SP Jain 276
IIM Indore 550 NITIE 274 + 39
IIM Shillong 120 SJMSOM 120
IIM Udaipur 240 IIT-Delhi 115
IIM Trichy 180 IIT-Kharagpur 160
IIM Ranchi 155 FMS-Delhi 226
IIM Raipur 210 MDI Gurgaon 335
IIM Rohtak 180 IMT Ghaziabad 480
IIM Kashipur 210 XIM, Bhubaneshwar 300
IIM Nagpur 60 IIM Bodh Gaya 60
IIM Visakhapatnam 60     

The colleges mentioned here are few of the top colleges not all the top colleges and nor are there in any particular order

CAT 2021 Exam Result: Trends of Test Taker Numbers

The number of candidates in the CAT 2021 exam emphasizes on the level of achievement of securing a good percentile in the CAT 2021 Result.

Exam Number of Applicants Number of actual CAT takers
CAT 2020 2,27,835 1,90,143 (Approximate)
CAT 2018 240338 209405
CAT 2017 231000 199000
CAT 2016 232434 195000

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