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Anwita Dhar

| Updated On - Jun 28, 2021

CAT Answer 2021 will be released in the first week of December 2021. CAT conducting IIM will release the CAT Response sheet along with CAT Answer Key. CAT Response Sheet is the record of responses marked by candidates in the exam and is released along with CAT Answer Key. It can be accessed using the login credentials of candidates. By comparing CAT Answer Key with your responses, you can count correct or incorrect responses and calculate your score. Candidates can also use CAT Percentile Predictor 2021 to get an idea about their percentile or colleges where they can get admission based on their raw CAT scores

Once the objection window is closed the authority will release the final CAT Answer key and based on that CAT Result 2021 ​will be declared. After which all the participating IIMs and other B-schools will release their qualifying CAT Cut off

CAT Latest Updates:

  • June 5: CAT 2021 is expected to held in the last week of November 2021. Check Here
  • June 1: After qualifying CAT 2021 candidates will also have to appear for WAT and PI rounds. Read More

In the 2020 session, no changes were made in Shift 1 & 3 answer keys but one question in the QA section was changed in Shift 2 based on the objection raised and submitted by candidates. Read the article to know more about CAT 2021 Answer Key. 

CAT Answer Key Highlights 2021



Mode of the release

Online Mode

Where to check?

Releasing Authority

Indian Institute of Management Ahemdabad

CAT Answer Key Challenge Fee

INR 1200 (Per objection)

Detailed Required to Check CAT Answer Key

Login credentials – CAT User ID and Password

Objection Fee Refundable or Non Refundable? Refundable Only if the Challenge is found Correct

CAT Answer Key 2021 Dates

Candidates can check the tentative schedule of CAT 2021 Answer Key Dates.

Events CAT 2021 Answer Key Dates
Release of CAT 2021 answer key 1st week of December 2021
Start Date to raise objection 1st week of December 2021
Last Date to raise objection 2nd week of December 2021
Release of Final Answer Key 1st week of January 2022
CAT 2021 result  1st week of January 2022
How to Download Answer Key?

How to Download CAT Answer Key 2021?

All the candidates who appear for CAT, can download their provisional answer key along with the question papers by following the steps given below:

  • Step 1: Click on the official website of CAT i.e.
  • Step 2: Now click on the “Candidate Login” tab.
  • Step 3: Enter your CAT Registration Id and password and then click on submit.
  • Step 4: Choos the shift for which the candidate appeared for the exam.
  • Step 5: Now click on “please click to download candidate response for CAT”
  • Step 6: Then the CAT answer key will be displayed on the screen which the candidate needs to download.
CAT Answer Key Sample

CAT Answer Key Sample

Details mentioned in CAT Answer Key

The details which will be mentioned in the answer key of CAT 2021 are:

  • Cat Registration Number
  • Name of the Candidate
  • Date of the exam
  • Time/Duration of the test
  • Question
  • Status
  • Type of Question
  • Question ID
  • CAT Exam center
  • Right Option/answer

CAT Answer Keys PDFs 

Candidates can download the CAT Question Paper and Answer Keys for the exam held in 2020 from the links provided in the table below: 

Section & Slot Number CAT Question Paper CAT Answer Key
CAT Quant Slot 1 Download  Download 
CAT Quant Slot 2 Download  Download 
CAT Quant Slot 3 Download  Download 
CAT DILR Slot 1 Download  Download 
CAT DILR Slot 2 Download  Download 
CAT DILR Slot 3 Download  Download 
CAT VARC Slot 1 Download  Download 
CAT VARC Slot 2 Download  Download 
CAT VARC Slot 3 Download  Download 

Steps Challenge CAT Answer Key 2021

The provision to raise objections to official answer keys was introduced by IIM CAT in 2018. Applicants who appeared for the exam can challenge the official answer key of any question asked in the entrance examination. If the objection is found to be genuine, the authorities will release the revised official answer key. Also the objection fee will be refunded to the candidate whose objections are found to be genuine. 

How to Submit CAT Answer Key Objections?

Follow the steps given below while raising the objection against CAT Answer Key:

  • Visit the official website of CAT.
  • Click on the tab “Candidate Login”
  • Now enter CAT Login ID and password.
  • After that, candidates personal details page will open
  • Click on the tab “Objection form”
  • Use “+” icon to add an objection
  • Now candidates need to select details like Question number, section and type of objection needs to be chosen.
  • Pick one of the three options - (i) None of the options is a correct answer (ii) More than one option is a correct answer (iii) The answer key is incorrect. 
  • Pay objection fee i.e. INR 1200 per objection through debit/credit or Net banking.

Fee to Challenge CAT Answer Key 

CAT Answer Key challenge fee per question is INR 1200. This has to be paid along with the Transaction Processing Fee for Raising Objections, which is tabulated below:

Debit Card (Visa/Rupay/Master)

0.75% of the value of the transaction for value up to INR 2,000 and 1.00% for value more than INR 2,000

ATM-cum-Debit Cards

0.75% of the value of the transaction for value upto INR 2000 and 1.00% for value more than INR 2,000

Credit Card (Visa/Master)

1.20% of the value of the transaction

Credit Card (Amex/Diners Club)

2.85% of the value of the transaction

Cash Credit and Wallet

1.75% of the value of the transaction

Net Banking

For HDFC,AXIS,ICICI- INR 18.00 per transaction and For SBI- INR 15.00 per transaction for rest of the banks.

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Calculate CAT Score

CAT 2021 Response Sheet & Calculation of Score

To calculate CAT score with the help of answer key, candidates need to follow the steps given below:

  • For each correct answer, 3 marks are awarded, which means if the candidate has got 70 answers correct, then the score will be 70x3 = 210 marks.
  • For each incorrect answer, 1 mark will be deducted. So, if a candidate has responded 10 questions incorrectly then negative marks are -10.
  • Now subtract total marks deducted from total marks scored to get CAT Raw score which is 210-10 = 200 marks.

Formula to calculate CAT Raw score:

3 X (Number of Correct Responses) - 1 X (Number of Incorrect Responses)

CAT Percentile Predictor 2021

After the exam is conducted, candidates can use CAT Percentile predictor to get an idea about the probable percentile. By using the answer key, candidates will know their overall/sectional score as well as the percentile for the same. Therefore, Collegedunia percentile predictor will help the candidates to estimate their percentiles and chances of getting shortlisted by management colleges.

Read  CAT Score Vs Percentile

CAT Cut Off 2021

The expected CAT Cut Off percentiles for General Category candidates for admission to the top 20 IIMs is tabulated below. Hence it is the final cutoffs on the basis of which the candidates will be called for the interview round. Candidates must note that for students belonging to General Category, the cutoff remains high every year (90-100) but for the students belonging to reserved category, there is relaxation of marksCheck Previous Years Cutoff



IIM Ahmedabad


IIM Bangalore


IIM Calcutta


IIM Lucknow


IIM Indore


IIM Kozhikode


IIM Amritsar


IIM Nagpur


IIM Sambalpur


IIM Trichy


IIM Raipur


IIM Kashipur


IIM Ranchi 


IIM Vizag


IIM Bodhgaya


IIM Udaipur


IIM Sirmaur


IIM Shillong


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CAT Answer Key FAQs

CAT Answer Key 2021 FAQs

Question: Is CAT Answer Key challenge fee refundable?

Ans. A fee of INR 1200 plus transaction processing charges needs to be paid for every challenge against CAT Answer Key. Candidates must note that this fee is only refundable if the challenge is found correct post verification by experts. 

Question: What are the benefits of releasing CAT Answer key?

Ans. One of the reasons for the release of the answer key is to ensure transparency and secondly to let the candidates know about their probable score based on the responses given by them in CAT. As this will help the candidates to get an idea about the prospective institutes from where they are likely to get a call for the next round of selection.

Question: Will the candidates get an opportunity to challenge the CAT 2021 answer key?

Ans. Candidates who appeared for the entrance exam can submit the objection against the answer key by paying the requisite fee.

Question: Is there any provision to get the money refunded for the answers that I have raised objection to?

Ans. The money will be refunded only if the experts find the challenges raised by you as genuine and correct or else the money will not be refunded in any case.

Question: What is the procedure to check CAT Answer key?

Ans. In order to check the answer key, candidates who appeared for CAT exam need to provide their login Id and passwords for the same.

Question: Is there any provision of re-evaluation and re-checking in CAT?

Ans. No, there is no provision of re-evaluation and re-checking in CAT.

Question: Till when can I raise an objection to the answer key?

Ans. The opening and closing dates of CAT answer key objection process will be declared after the release of CAT Answer key. The candidates are allowed to raise objections, if any, during that period only. No request will be entertained after that or after the result declaration by the authorities. 

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

CAT 2021 : 4 answered questions


Ques. What would my score have to be to get a call from any of the top IIM or other B-Schools like FMS, SP Jain, XLRI, ISB, MDI, etc.?

● Top Answer By Udita Mishra on 05 Jul 21

Ans. My brother is a CAT aspirant and has done extensive research on the cutoff for reputed B-Schools. Here is what he had to say about it.  Most of the colleges mentioned above take admission through CAT. So, if you are a general category student then you will need to score around 90-95% in order to get accepted at MDI, IMI, TAPMI, Great Lakes, KJ Somiya, and new IIMs.  In order to get admission at top IIMs, FMS, or ISB you will have to score at least around 98.5 or above.  XLRI takes admission through XAT and the cutoff is similar and around 99 percentile.  Hope this gives you some idea about the cutoff required for admission at these B-Schools.Read more
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Ques. How can a student with low academics get placed in B schools like XLRI, FMS, JBIMS, MDI, etc.?

● Top Answer By Damini Das on 28 Jun 21

Ans. It is important to know about the factors that might help you to get admission to B-schools. If you ask me, XLRI, MDI, JBIMS, and a few of the newer and baby IIMs have admission policies with distributed weight-age systems. Not only CAT cut off but also they do a selection on the profile basis. They check for job experience and other skill sets if any. You may face tough interrogation during the Interview process as you have low academic scores but it may also be overlooked if your CAT scores are high and your profile is good. Also, if you have any decent work-ex, it can make an impression on the selection committee. Moreover, you should score at least 60% in your academic career as most organizations require this. Exception cases are considered provided one is able to display significant tech skills/managerial qualities or a high score on the job requisite skills matrix. If in case you have less than 60%, you are already out of IIMs criteria and your chance to get into IIMs. Also, colleges like FMS give more weightage on CAT scores and less on academics.Read more
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Ques. What are my chances for IIM B,C or XLRI BM if I score 99.5%+ in CAT and XAT?

● Top Answer By Rahul Regi on 18 Jun 21

Ans. If you have a 99.5+ percentile in CAT, you have a good chance to get selected in IIM A, B, C, or XLRI. One of my friends was in a similar situation and these points helped him understand the proper requirements to get an interview call from these institutes. An overall good academic profile is definitely required. Mostly, the academics of college, 10th and 12th are considered.  In IIM interviews, there are several candidates with 90+ percentages in 10th and 12th, and 80+ percentages in engineering.  So, good academics can make a huge difference. Candidates in the SC category even get seats in IIM A, B, C, XLRI, etc with a 95+ percentile score in CAT and with some high academics.  So, the 99.5 percentile for an SC student is an excellent score. During the initial shortlisting, sports and other extracurricular activities don't matter much. But, in interviews, it can turn out to be an important point of discussion. For summer and final placements, extra-curricular definitely helps a lot. For the rest of IIMs, 90+ percentile is a sufficient score. There are several students with 91-92 percentile and got admission in IIM L, I, and K. So, the chances of new IIMs to shortlist such a candidate is very high. For XLRI, the score required for Business Management is 96 percentile, and for Human Resource Management, it is 93/ 94+ percentile in XAT. So, a student with a 99.5 percentile is sure to get shortlisted. Getting 99.5 percentile in CAT/ XAT is not an easy task, and requires a lot of hard work, dedication towards studies, and a never-give-up attitude. Such a score has good chances in all the top Business Schools in India.Read more
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Ques. What should be my CAT percentile and how can I get a call from IIM A/B/C/L/I/K, FMS and XLRI?

● Top Answer By Ajay Singh on 30 May 21

Ans. You will not get a call from IIM A or IIM B if your 12th marks are low. Neither IIM K will call you as they do not give weightage to 10th marks, but to 12th and graduation score. You can get a call from IIM-K if you have a percentile between 97-98. The percentile you need to get a call from other IIMs are as follows: IIM C- To get a call from IIM-C you need above 99.5 percentile, which is likely to decrease the increasing diversity. IIM L- You need above 99.2 percentile, which is likely to decrease the increasing diversity. FMS- You need 98.5 percentile and 99.5 percentile for conversion, XLRI- XAT score in BM should be 95 percentile for call and 99.2 percentile for conversion. And in HRM 90 percentile for getting a call, and 9 percentile for conversion.  Therefore, you need to work hard and get above 90 percentile to get a call from IIMs. Read more
1 Answer


lakshay kakkar
How many questions are asked?

Hi Lakshay

There are total 76 question of 228 marks total from which 54 are MCQs based and 22 are Non MCQ. For each correct answer +3 will be rewarded and for wrong attempt -1

ibashisha mukhim
When can I challenge the answer key?
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, The test takers can challenge the official answer of any question asked in the CAT exam if they are convinced it is wrong. 

Candidates will be able to download the CAT answer key for each of the three slots. CAT 2020 answer key can be accessed by using the CAT login Id and password.
CAT Answer Key 2020: Important Dates.

Events Dates
Last date to challenge CAT 2020 answer key Second week of December
divakar sharma
After the release of answer key, usually how many days are given to challenge it?
arvind kumar

Hi Divakar, Greetings from Collegedunia. CAT 2020 will be conducted on 29 november 2020 by IIM Indore. You can challenge the answer key till the date notified by the authorities on the official website. For more details visit: CAT EXAM

nafisa khatoon
Where can I find my result?

Hello Nafisa,

The result of the CAT is usually available in the first week of January. To access your result, you’ll have to go to the official IIM CAT website. Log in with your Candidate Id and Password and then click on the scorecard tab. For more information visit – CAT Results

rakhisree chatterjee


To check the CAT result 2020, the candidates need to follow the below mentioned steps:

  • Visit the official website of IIMCAT.
  • Click on 'CAT login'
  • Enter CAT 2020 ID and password.
  • Click on scorecard tab.
  • Download the CAT scorecard.
deep jyoti das
What is the cutoff for admission in IIM Lucknow?
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, The qualifying percentile required in CAT 2020 to make it to WAT-PI round of IIM Lucknow is 90 for General category students. For NC-OBC candidates, it is 82 percentile while for SC candidates it is 70 percentile and for ST candidates, it is 65 percentile.

surabhi s
How do you get the CAT answer key?
common admission test

Hii Surabhi, Greetings from collegedunia. The CAT answer key are available for downloading from the official website which is after the exam is over. 

Can I get previous years' exam papers?

Hello Neha,

For the previous year papers and mock papers, kindly visit-  CAT Practice Papers.

preetam oinam
Can I get asnwer keys for mock test papers?
common admission test

Hii Preetam, Greetings from collegedunia. A mock test is a replica of the real examination which is conducted online with the same time duration (2 hours), question numbers (100), etc. Kindly refer this link for mock test with answer key:- CAT MOCK TEST 

How to challenge the answer key?
rakhisree chatterjee

Hi, One should pay the required fee to challenge the answers.

Step 1: A candidate should use their login credentials and click on "Objection Form".

Step 2: One should click on ''+'' sign to raise an objection.

Step 3: Aspirant should select the section name, question number and type of objection.

shaik kabeer
Where can I access 2019 official answer Key?

Hi Shaik. You can click on the following links to get the answer key or last year. CAT 2019 answer key morning slot. CAT 2019 answer key evening slot.