CAT logo

CAT Exam 2021: Registration, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Updated Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Advertisement: 29 Jul `21
See all dates
Urvashi Singhal logo

Urvashi Singhal

Exams Prep Master | Updated On -Jun 9, 2021

Common Admission Test (CAT) is an entrance exam to get into 2 year MBA programs at 20 IIMs in India. CAT 2021 is expected to held in the last week of November 2021 and CAT registration 2021 to begin in July. The eligibility for taking CAT exam is 50% marks in graduation, for reserved categories the qualifying marks are relaxed up to 5%. Check CAT Eligibility & reservation criteria 2021

Every year CAT exam is conducted by one of the IIMs for over 2 lakh candidates to offer admission in 5000+ seats. CAT Application fee 2021 for general & male candidates is INR 2000 + Bank Processing Charge & for other candidates is INR 1000 + Bank Processing Charge. CAT  2021 aspirants can also download the section wise CAT Previous Years Question Papers and CAT Mock Tests to check the level of their preparation. Download CAT Sample Paper

CAT Latest Updates:

  • May 21: IIM Kashipur & Raipur has released the final admission & 1st Admission Merit List PGP 2021-23 respectively. Check Here
  • May 20: IIM Lucknow has released the final admission result of the MBA programs on the official website. Check Here
  • May 17: IIT Roorkee has released the 2nd list of candidates to offer admission in MBA and the last date to deposit the admission fee is May 24. Check Here
  • May 14: IIM Amritsar will release the 2021-23 batch admission results for MBA, MBA-BA, & MBA-HR programs on May 17, 2021 at 10 am. Check Here
  • May 13: IIM Ahmedabad & Indore have released final admission list for MBA batch of 2021-23. Check Here
  • May 12: CAT 2021 conducting body ‘IIM Ahmedabad’ appoints Prof M P Ram Mohan as convener of CAT examination. Check Here
  • May 8: IIM will release the score normalization method to maintain transparency in CAT result process. Check Here
  • April 15: IIM-R Director has suggested the formation of ‘CAT Corporation’ to conduct CAT in multiple languages & attempts. Read More

CAT 2020 has been conducted successfully and IIMs have released CAT shortlisted candidates and have begun with their admission cycle. Know More IIM Common Application Process (IIM CAP). IIM Ahmedabad has decreased the weightage of CAT exam this year from 80% to 65%. This increases the chance of candidates from diverse backgrounds to sit for the selection process. IIM Ahmedabad Selection Process

The Average Cut Off to get into top IIMs this year is 94 percentile, map your score to percentile. Check Score vs Percentile mapper.

Common Admission Test Highlights

Particulars Details
CAT 2021 Conducting Body IIM-A
CAT Official Website
Duration 2 Hours
Number of Sections 3 (Quantitative Ability-34, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension-34, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning-32)
CAT 2021 Application Mode Online
Medium of Exam English (Exam is conducted in CBT mode)
CAT Helpdesk; 1800-2090-830
CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern & Syllabus

CAT 2021 pattern is likely to change because CAT 2020 was trimmed to 76 questions from 100 due to COVID-19. The CAT test duration was also trimmed to 120 minutes from 180 minutes which is likely to be restored for CAT 2021 (final notification awaited). CAT consists three sections of Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension(VARC) & Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR). As per trends, CAT Syllabus is derived from 10th -12th standard chapters and largely remains undefined. IIMs releases a CAT Mock Test every year which highlights question types and syllabus.

CAT Exam pattern 2021
CAT 2021 Important Dates

CAT 2021 Important Dates (Tentative)

The exam dates for CAT 2021 are tentative and will likely be finalized with the release of notification in July 2021. The conducting IIM for CAT 2021 will be confirmed by May 2021. Bookmark this page & keep visiting to get the fastest update on CAT Exam Schedule & Dates

Events Dates
Issue of CAT 2021 notification Last week of July 2021
Starting of CAT registration 2021 1st week of August 2021 (In online mode only at
Last date for CAT registration 2021 4th week of September 2021 (Form Correction facility available for image correction)
CAT Admit card 2021 release date October 2021 (In Online mode only)
Date of CAT exam 2021 November 2021
CAT Answer key 2021 release date December 2021 (Separate release of Provisional and Final answer Keys)
CAT Result declaration January 2022

Quick Links:

Why to take CAT

What is CAT Exam?

CAT exam is the only gateway to get into IIMs. IIMs offer education from the best-qualified faculty and a chance to study with top-class students of India.  IIMs offer a considerable rise in paycheque and can offer up to 100% hike in the average pay. Internships and placements are offered by top firms like Goldman Sachs, TAS, JP Morgan, etc. Check out IIM Ahmedabad placement report to get an insight. if you have doubt about why to do an MBA then visit this page

IIM Ahmedabad to Conduct CAT 2021

IIM Ahmedabad is conducting CAT 2021 and based on several changes introduced by IIM-A in CAT examination in previous years, candidates can expect some changes in the 2021 examination also. Majory the changes are expected in CAT 2021 exam pattern. Check Complete details at CAT Exam Pattern

  • IIM Ahmedabad introduced the 3 sections in CAT. Also, 32 questions in one section & 34 in the other two sections were introduced by IIM-A in 2015. The distribution of the questions is the same since 2015. 
  • Before that only 2 sections were there in CAT with 50 questions each. 
  • Due to the current situation of pandemic, candidates can also expect some changes in CAT exam pattern to ensure the safe and smooth conduct of the exam.  

Changes in CAT Exam Last Year

  • The application fee for CAT exam was increased from INR 1,900 to 2,000 for General category students and from INR 950 to 1,000 for SC/ST/PwD candidates.
  • Candidates can now select up to six cities for CAT Exam center choice. 
  • Also total CAT Exam slots were increased from 2 to 3 i.e. Slot 1- 8:30 AM to 10:30 PM, slot 2 - 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM, slot 3 - 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.
  • Last year the time duration of CAT exam was reduced to 120 minutes from 180 minutes i.e. 40 minutes for each section due to COVID-19 for that particular CAT exam only. 
CAT 2021 Preparation

CAT 2021 Coaching & Preparation

CAT Coaching is offered in both the modes online + classroom. Many toppers have taken coaching of the entire CAT syllabus or single section depending upon the preparation level. Before shortlisting any coaching institute make sure you take a mock test using CAT Previous Year papers to get an idea of which part of the syllabus should be focussed. You should also ask for a demo class from the institute to get a feel of actual course delivery.

CAT Preparation

CAT Preparation should constitute over 50% of time spent on solving mock papers and practice papers. To get previous year papers in PDFs click here The weak areas needs to be addressed with the help of self study or some mentor or coaching institutes. CAT Exam is considered as one of the most competitive exams in our country which is given by lakhs of candidates each year to get selected in 21 IIMs located across the country. With the number of applicants increases each year, the exam is getting tougher day by day.

CAT Books

Ekansh Agrawal (CAT 2020 99.98 Percentile) solved 60% of the book Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma. There are many books that can be preferred while preparing for CAT. Check out CAT Books for Preparation

Arun Sharma CAT Books:

Name of CAT Books Publication
How to Prepare Quantitative Aptitude for CAT McGraw Hill Publication
How to Prepare Logical Reasoning for CAT  McGraw Hill Publication
How To Prepare For Data Interpretation for CAT  McGraw Hill Publication

Other Best CAT Books:

Name of CAT Books Author
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Nishit Sinha (2016)
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension for CAT Meenakshi Upadhyay and Arun Sharma (8th Edition)
The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Nishit Sinha (2016)
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis (2019)
  • CAT Preparation time for an average candidate varies between 8-10 months. Many toppers have suggested solving mock papers for at least 6 months to get a hold over the exam. Read preparation strategy for all the sections
  • Key Takeaways from CAT 2020 for CAT 2021 Aspirants- CAT exam pattern is slowly moving towards an IQ-based Test rather than a Knowledge-based test. The test that earlier gave an upper hand to engineering students is now touching the level of GMAT.
  • Sections like Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension is becoming a major hurdle. Conceptual questions are becoming less intensive with more occurrence of IQ based questions in every section.

Quick Links:

CAT Previous Year Question Paper

Candidates can download the PDFs of CAT previous year question papers provided in the tale below: 

Section & Slot Number CAT Question Paper 2020 CAT Answer Key 2020 CAT Question Paper 2019 CAT Answer Key 2019
CAT Quant Slot 1 Download  Download  Download  Download 
CAT DILR Slot 1 Download  Download  Download  Download 
CAT VARC Slot 1 Download  Download  Download  Download 

Download More PDFs:

CAT 2021 Registration

CAT 2021 Registration, Eligibility & Reservation

CAT Application Form 2021

CAT Registration can be made online at the official website once the link gets activated. Students need to pick the preferred IIMs while filling the application form along with four exam centers. The allocation of CAT exam centers is done as per the availability and preference. It is advised to fill all the four exam center preferences carefully, though authorities may provide a small window for CAT form correction around September 2021.

CAT Application fees as discussed in the opening lines is 2000 for general candidates and 50% rebate is offered for female and reserved quota candidates. The payment can be made online only.

CAT Eligibility 2021

CAT Eligibility is 50% in graduation for general candidates and CA, CS, ICWA degrees are also eligible to take the exam. There is no limit to take the CAT exam. CAT 2021 Eligibility

Reservation in the CAT exam is offered to the reserved quota students as per the GOI guidelines. There is a 5% relaxation in qualifying percentage and also the qualifying percentile is subsidized for such candidates. Check More about CAT Reservation details

CAT 2021 Admit Card & Exam Centers

CAT Registration is followed by the release of CAT Admit Card 2021 which can be downloaded from the CAT website from October 2021. The CAT Hall Ticket will be released in fourth week of October 2021. Check the details around CAT 2021 Admit Card

CAT 2021 will be conducted in 425 test centers across 156 exam cities in the nation. The probability of conducting CAT in 2 slots rather than in 3 slots like that of CAT 2020 is high. Check CAT 2021 Exam Centers

CAT 2021 Marking Scheme

CAT Marking Scheme & Percentile

CAT score is the total marks obtained by a candidate in the entrance exam. Conventionally CAT is a 300 marks exam scored from 100 questions i.e. 3 marks per question and one negative marks for a wrong answer. Score is not widely circulated data for CAT but percentile. Many IIMs also consider sectional cut off for ex IIM Trichy sectional cut off is 80, 80 and 95 for QA, VARC & DILR respectively overall it is 94. Percentile can be mapped with the score on the basis of this score vs percentile mapper.

Quick Links:

CAT 2021 Cut Off

CAT 2021 Cut Off & Selection Process

Selection process of IIMs do not consider CAT Cut off as only qualifying criteria instead they test students on further rounds of Written Aptitude Test (WAT) or Group Discussion (GD), followed by a personal interview round. A certain weightage from CAT Exam, GD/WAT, PI and performance in graduation, 10th and 10+2 exam is considered to decide the selection. Checkout IIM Ahmedabad selection process in this snapshot.

IIM Selection process

Check out this answer on Collegedunia Q&A Platform around CAT Interview at IIM Calcutta

What was Your IIM Calcutta Interview Experience like?

Approx. CAT Cut-Off Percentiles (General Category) Institutes
 CAT Percentile 94.5+ IIT-C, IIT-KH, IIT-KN, IIT-R, IISc-B, IIM-A (ABM), IIM-Asr, IIM-BG, IIM-L (ABM), IIM-N, IIM-Sam, IIM-Srm, IIM-V, MDI-M
CAT Percentile 85+ AJKMCRC, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, IIFM, ISBM-P, IIMC (Mass Com Delhi), MISB, MBE-DU, WIMDR-B

Certain key changes have been observed in IIM Selection Process for 2021-23 admission process-

  • CAT 2020 cut off has been reduced for 1st stag of shortlisting.
  • Certain IIMs like IIM Rohtak are not considering sectional CAT cut offs. Instead it would shortlist candidates on the basis of overall CAT score.
  • Allotted weightage to CAT 2020 exam has been reduced. More weigtage has been given to academic performance and diversity.
  • Female candidates will be awarded bonus marks in IIM Admission process.
  • Many IIMs will not conduct WAT and will organize PI online.

MBA College Accepting CAT Score (Above 90 Percentile)

College Total Fees (Approx) Average Placement Packages
Bharathidasan Institute of Management (BIM) Rs. 13,75,000 10 LPA
Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kgp Rs. 7,36,000 16.50 LPA
University Business School (UBS) Rs. 32,874 9.5 LPA
MICA Rs. 18,50,000 12.8 LPA
Delhi School of Management (DSM) Rs. 1,58,000 7.5 LPA
Institute of Rural Management (IRMA) Rs. 11,50,000 10.95 LPA
Welingkar Institute of Management Development and Research Rs. 11,00,000 11 LPA
Institute for Financial Management and Research Rs 12,00,000 9 LPA
SP Jain Institute of Management and Research Rs. 16,25,000 22 LPA
Institute of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University Rs. 98,888 9 LPA
Institute of Finance and International Management Rs. 11,00,000 19 LPA
Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education Rs. 1,36,000-1,53,000 10.43 LPA
Birla Institute of Technology, Mesra Rs. 4,77,00 11.76 LPA
Institute of Public Enterprise Rs. 8,00,000 6.09 LPA
Balaji Institute of Modern Management Rs. 6,60,000 6 LPA
SCMS Cochin School of Business Rs.. 7,50,000 5 LPA
Department of Management Sciences, University of Pune Rs. 1,32,000 6.43 LPA
Woxsen School of Business Rs. 34,60,000 8.1 LPA
Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan’s Usha and Lakshmi Mittal Institute of Management Rs. 12,25,000 4.5 LPA
DoMS, IISc Rs. 70,000 24.5 LPA
K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research Rs. 11,93,000 5 LPA
Indian Institute of Forest Management Rs. 4,80,000 7.5 LPA
Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam Rs. 9,00,000 13.08 LPA
Trinity College for Management and Technology RS. 2,12,000 3 LPA
MNNIT Rs.1,01,902 7.82 LPA

MBA College Accepting CAT Score (80-90 Percentile)

College 80-90 Percentile College Above 85 Percentile
Fore School of Management Rs 15.98 lakh IMI, Delhi Rs 16.95 lakh
Goa Institute of Management Rs 16.98 lakh Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur Rs 12.05 lakh
International Management Institute, Delhi Rs 17.68 lakh Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchirapalli Rs 13.75 lakh
S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research Rs 17.50 lakh Delhi School of Management-DTU Rs 3.17 lakh
Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai Rs 15.26 lakh KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai Rs 7.08 lakh
Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management Rs 15.29 lakh Department of Management Sciences, Pune University Rs 1.33 lakh
T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal Rs 14.60 lakh Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur Rs 7.36 lakh
Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management development & Research, Bangalore Rs 11 lakh Department of Management Studies, IIM Madras Rs 7 lakh
Amity University, Gurgaon Rs 8.20 lakh Department of Management Studies, IIT Roorkee Rs 8 lakh
Amity University, Gwalior Rs 8.20 lakh School of Management, Manipal University Rs 6.86 lakh

MBA College Accepting CAT Score (60-80 Percentile)

With preparation for one of the most favored management entrance tests in the nation CAT, aspirants also are in search of colleges that will grant admission at specified scores. Top scorers are usually aware of which college they will get a seat in, but students with a relatively low score are unaware of where to head forward. So here’s a list of colleges divided between different CAT Percentile Range where students can seek admission with designated scores along with their fee structure for the degree program.

Candidates should not get confused about the colleges accepting low percentile not accepting higher CAT percentile. Seats will be granted on the basis of higher scores between two candidates.

The list below marks ten colleges in each percentile range, but does not follow any rank preference.

College 60-70 Percentile College 70-80 Percentile
Christ University Institute of Management, Bangalore Rs 17.87 lakh Alliance School of Business - Alliance University, Bangalore Rs 13.50 lakh
IILM Institute for Higher Education, Delhi Rs 12.90 lakh Amity Business School, Noida Rs 12.80 lakh
Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad Rs 10.04 lakh Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida Rs 12 lakh
Amrita School of Business - Bangalore Rs 10 lakh Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon Rs 11.76 lakh
Acharya Bangalore B-School Rs 8.10 lakh Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, (XIME Bangalore), Hosur Road, Bangalore Rs 10 lakh
International School of Business & Media, Pune Rs 8.90 lakh Amity University, Mumbai Rs 10.00 lakh
AIMS Institutes (AIMS), Bangalore Rs 8.10 lakh CMS Business School, J.P. Nagar, Bangalore Rs 9.90 lakh
Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani Rs 8.04 lakh RICS School of Built Environment, Amity University, Noida Rs 9.5 lakh
School of Petroleum Management-PDPU, Ahmedabad Rs 8.20 lakh Asia-Pacific Institute of Management (AIM, Delhi) Rs 9.65 lakh
New Delhi Institute of Management Rs 7.25 lakh Universal Business School, Sion, Mumbai Rs 8.78 lakh
CAT 2021 FAQ

CAT Exam 2021 FAQs

Ques. When can I apply for CAT Exam 2021? 

Ans. The application procedure for CAT 2021 begins from the first week of August, 2021. The CAT application process will only be done online, and the application procedure will close in the fourth week of September, 2021. Candidates will get a small window for correction of their application in the last week of September, 2021. 

Ques. Will CAT 2021 be postponed? 

Ans. Various reports indicate that the CAT 2021 exam will not be postponed. As per the CAT 2020 convener, Harshal Lowalekar, there is very little chance that the CAT exam will be postponed or cancelled. However, considering the COVID-19 pandemic and other pertinent situations such as Government Directives at the time, there may be some changes to this. 

Ques. Is 6 Months enough for CAT Preparation? 

Ans. A time of 6 months is largely enough to prepare for the CAT exam. Preparation largely consists of practicing questions and topics of the different questions. If done diligently, six months is enough to clear the CAT Cut Offs of major colleges. 

Ques. Is CAT Score valid for 2 years? 

Ans. No, the CAT scores are valid for a period of 1 year only. Post 1 year, candidates have to re-attempt CAT and clear the Cut Off again to secure admission to their preferred college. 

Ques. Who will set CAT 2021? 

Ans. The CAT Exam is managed and conducted by the first generation IIMs on a rotational basis, which includes the release of notifications, setting the CAT question paper, managing Cut Off etc. The Exam Conduction is handled by Tata Consultation Services, or TCS since 2014. 

Ques. Is a Calculator allowed inside the CAT Exam Center 2021? 

Ans. No, a calculator will not be permitted inside the CAT Exam Center 2021. You will be frisked outside most exam centers and will be asked to keep the calculator inside your bag if you are carrying one. However, an onscreen calculator will be available on the computer you will be attempting the exam on. The calculator can perform most basic calculations. 

Ques. What is the difficulty level of CAT Exam? 

Ans. The CAT exam is generally considered to be tough. The Quantitative Aptitude Section is considered to be the most difficult section followed by the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section. 

Ques. Can a Third Year student apply for CAT 2021? 

Ans. Yes, third year students can apply for CAT, i.e. candidates in the final year of graduation can apply for CAT. However, admission is subject to the candidates providing the proof of graduation such as mark sheets etc. to the college that they have been admitted to. 

Ques. Which is the best institute for CAT Preparation? 

Ans. Here are some of the best institutes for CAT Preparation - 

  • Career Launcher.
  • IMS
  • Triumphant Institute of Management
  • PT Education
  • Bulls Eye

Ques. Can an academically weak student clear the CAT Cut Offs? 

Ans. Yes, academically weak students can crack the CAT exam if they prepare for the exam properly and properly work on their weak points. However, candidates have to keep in mind that many IIMs have a certain minimum academic criteria for admission. 

Ques. Is GK asked in CAT? 

Ans. No, GK is not asked in the CAT exam. However, other management exams such as XAT ask questions based on Current Affairs and General Knowledge.

Ques. What is the best way to prepare for CAT 2021?

Ans. CAT examination is a tough nut to crack and in order to qualify the examination, a year long rigorous practice is required. Candidates who will be appearing in CAT 2021 can refer to CAT Preparation Tips (Hashlink) for better guidance.

Ques. Do I need to submit the overall percentage of marks as that in bachelor’s degree while applying for CAT 2021?

Ans. In order to fulfill that CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria, you need to provide your overall percentage marks as per university norms.

Ques. I have changed my name after completing my Bachelor’s. Which name should I enter in my CAT application form? The previous one or the new one?

Ans. You may enter the changed name while filling up the CAT application form. However you should also provide supporting documents to your changed name at the time of examination, interview, and admission process.

Ques. Can I appear for CAT 2021 from my personal desktop?

Ans. A candidate should appear for the examination at the prescribed date and exam center mentioned in CAT 2021 admit card. Attempting paper from workstations other than the mentioned ones will not be considered.

Ques. Is CAT score the sole criteria for getting admission into IIMs?

Ans. No, CAT score helps in shortlisting of candidates. The final admission list is declared on the basis of the marks scored in all rounds.

Ques. I have completed a dual degree program i.e. Bachelor’s and Master’s. Which course marks should I enter in CAT Registration?

Ans. You need to enter the aggregate marks of Bachelor degree under the bachelor’s score section and the same process should be repeated for Masters.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.


During registration for the exam, what should I do I have made mistake in spelling of my name?
shivangi srivastava

The candidates are allowed to make any changes or corrections in the submitted application forms of CAT 2021, in case they made any errors or mistakes regarding the same. The Form Correction window is available on the offcial website itself until the deadline, so you may directly visit the site thereby.

rohan bharti
Is there any weightage of percentage in graduation during admission?
shivangi srivastava

The basic eligibility criteria to apply for CAT 2021 requires the candidate to have secured a minimum of 50% marks aggregate in graduation for general category. For other reserved category students and quota candidates there is a 5% relaxation in the qualifying percentage. Some weightage is given to these marks while creating merit list.

Can I get admission in the colleges only on the basis of my score in the exam?
shivangi srivastava

Well no, you cannot get admission in colleges only on the basis of your performance and score card obtained in CAT 2021 as per the guidelines. The candidates are required to appear for counselling procedures as well as further selection rounds of Written Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview.

preetam oinam
Do I have to give CAT even though I have cleared TOEFL?
shivangi srivastava

No, if you have successfully appeared for TOEFL or GRE then you need not give CAT 2021 examination as well. There are multiple universities and colleges that accept TOEFL scores and performance as a mode of admission under themselves. It depends on which college you are seeking admission in and if CAT is mandatory as a criteria.

anas ansari
Please provide addmission updated.
shivangi srivastava

The official notification regarding CAT 2021 will be released in the last week of July, 2021 on the official website. The application forms are expected to be released in the 1st week of August, 2021 and the last date to submit the same is in the 4th week of September, 2021 respectively.

mohammed najamuddin
What is the cutoff of CAT to get admission in IIM Jammu?
diya suresh

For general category, CAT cut off for 2021-23 batch admission was 93 percentile. Cut off varies for other reserved category which is 74 for EWS & NC-OBC, 54 for SC, 40 for ST and PwD category. There will be sectional cut off applicable for the test which will be added to get overall cut off percentile. Find more details at IIM Jammu CAT cut off 2021.

bhagyashri kene
How many seats are available at IIM Sirmaur on the basis of CAT?
diya suresh

Availability of seats will vary every academic year and the exact numbers will be available at the college official website or annual admission brochure released before the admission process. CAT score will be considered for admission to MBA courses for which different specialisations are available at IIM Sirmaur.

Find more details at IIM Sirmaur admissions 2021.

laxmi mishra
Can I prepare for the complete syllabus of the exam online?
diya suresh

Yes, you can go for online preparation classes which is apt for working professionals as well. Study materials are also available in online mode. Enrolled students will be able to download previous year question papers as well as sample papers for preparation. There are various android apps also for preparation which includes MBA Test Prep,TCY Exam Prep, CAT MBA 2021- DigiBook Technologies, CAT Preparation 2IIM etc.

To know more details click CAT Online Preparation.

Can CAT exam be given by students of Nepal and Bhutan?
aniket ranjan

Yes, Students having citizenship of Nepal and Bhutan are also eligible for appearing in CAT entrance exam. The eligibility for them is Bachelor’s degree program of minimum 3 year duration in any stream from a recognized university or have an equivalent qualification that is recognized by the Ministry of HRD, India.

Is there reservation in CAT exam?

Yes, the CAT exam does have a reservation policy similar to every entrance exam in the country.

As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% of the seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC). Up to 10% of the seats are reserved for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) candidates.

As per the provisions of The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016), 5% of seats are reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD).

During admission procedure, can I use 2 years old CAT score?
aniket ranjan

No, You can't use your 2 year old CAT score for admission as CAT scores are valid for just 1 year from the date of the test. if you are not able to score well in an attempt, you would have to wait for a year to take it again.

ammar zaheer ahmed
If I get a decent score in GMAT, do I still need to give CAT for admission in IIM?
aniket ranjan

Yes, if you are willing to take admission in regular MBA program of IIM than you have to appear for CAT entrance exam as the admission is only done on the basis of valid score in CAT entrance exam. You can use your GMAT score for admission in Executive MBA program for which along with educational qualification a minimum 5 year work experience is required.

What should be my percentile in CAT to apply for Universities in the US?
aniket ranjan

Admission in Universities of United States is done on the basis of Standardized test scores of GRE/GMAT/LSAT/MCAT depending upon the choice of course. Universities of US doesn't accept CAT entrance Score for admission in any of the program. You can use CAT entrance Score for admission in some Universities of France and Singapore.

bhagyashri kene
Will the WAT round be conducted by all the IIM in India?
aniket ranjan

Yes, As Written Ability Test or the WAT is preferred by most IIMs instead of the Group Discussion. The candidates who have cleared the Cut Off of CAT entrance exam are called for WAT, Group Discussion and personal interview.  

From where we get proper pdf of cat syllabus
shivangi srivastava

The sectional- wise detailed syllabus for CAT 2021 as per your requirement is mentioned in the link below for your further reference. There might be an option to download the same in pdf form as well in the same site. You must go through all the important topics covered under each subject- section.

CAT 2021 Syllabus

Best online coaching institute for CAT
shivangi srivastava

We are providing you with multiple options of online coaching institutes for your CAT preparation that might give you guidance further. One of the best and most opted online coaching by toppers or other aspirants seeking CAT is T.I.M.E. For more, you may check the list linked below:

CAT Online Coaching

shivkumar dama
Do I need to score minimum marks in every section to clear the cutoff?
diya suresh

Yes for CAT entrance test, there is sectional cut off required as well to qualify overall cut off. Cut off is released by IIM in the form of qualifying or shortlist cut off. For most of the top ranking IIMs like IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Calcutta, cut off ranges between 99-100 percentile. It is low for young IIMs. To know more details visit CAT cut off 2021.

gouri kumari
What is the cutoff for admission in IIM Visakhapatnam?
diya suresh

The qualifying cut off for 2021-23 session was 85 percentile for general category. It is further low for reserved category students and lies in the range of 40-75 percentile. The cut off is more or less same since last few years. Those who have score more than the qualifying cut off will be further called for selection rounds.

neha thasale
What are the questions asked in Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning?
diya suresh

Questions for DILR section consists of topics like Arithmetic, Geometrical Data, puzzles on words and letters, seating arrangements, graphs etc. There will be 16 questions each from DI and LR. There will be MCQs as well as non MCQs with 3 marks for right answer and 1 deducted for wrong answer. To know more details visit CAT 2021 DI & LR topics.

Which IIM in India has least cutoff of CAT to get admission ?
diya suresh

The new IIMs or young IIMs have low cut off requirements for admissions in comparison to established or old ones like Ahmedabad or Calcutta. For IIM Shillong, IIM Sirmaur and IIM Jammu, the cut off required is usually 90 or low, however it is between 92-94 for IIM Vizag, Udaipur and Bodhgaya. To know more details visit CAT cut off 2021.