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What is CAT exam?

CAT Exam is the acronym for the Common Admission Test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for admission into their MBA/PGDM programs. The test is accepted as part of their admission process by all the 20 IIMs as well as some other top business schools in India like FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon among others.

When is CAT exam conducted ?

CAT exam is an aptitude test that examines students in three important areas viz. Proficiency in English language, Ability to Interpret and Analyze Data, and Ability to solve high school level Math problems. Accordingly, the test is divided into three sections: the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and the Quantitative Ability (QA) sections.

Because of the sheer number of B-schools accepting CAT score including most of the premier B-schools, CAT becomes the most important test to prepare for and succeed in for an MBA aspirant.

CAT 2021 Pattern & Test Structure

The CAT exam Pattern & Test Structure is divided into three sections:

  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) (insert link to DILR section page)
  3. Quantitative Ability (QA) section

CAT Scoring System

The candidate is scored separately on each section as well as for the entire CAT test. The score achieved, as per the marking system in the table above, is considered as the raw score of the candidate. A scaled score is calculated based on a complex calculation that takes into consideration the scores of other candidates. The scaled score of each section and the overall scaled score are considered for further evaluation.

CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria – Who can take the CAT Exam?

Any individual who either:

  1. Has completed graduation in any stream with minimum 50% marks (45% for candidates from SC/ST/PWD/DA category) from a recognized board or university OR
  2. is studying in the final year of graduation or is awaiting result of the final year

is eligible to appear for CAT.

  • There is no age limit.
  • There is no requirement that graduation has to be completed in the first attempt.
  • There is no requirement for any work experience.
  • There is no limit on the number of times one can attempt CAT Exam.

CAT 2021 Registration and Fees

The CAT 2021 registration process will begin somewhere around August 2021. Official notification will be released by the IIM conducting CAT 2021 following which aspirants can register for CAT exam and fill the application form by visiting the official CAT website.

The fees for registration and application for CAT 2020 was Rs. 2,000/- for General category and Rs. 1,000/- for SC/ST/PWD categories and is expected to be similar for CAT 2021.

CAT 2021 Important Dates

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

List of IIMs accepting CAT Score

IIM Ahmedabad IIM Bangalore IIM Calcutta IIM Lucknow IIM Kozhikode
IIM Indore IIM Shillong IIM Rohtak IIM Ranchi IIM Raipur
IIM Udaipur IIM Nagpur IIM Tiruchirappalli IIM Kashipur IIM Visakhapatnam
IIM Bodh Gaya IIM Amritsar IIM Sambalpur IIM Sirmaur IIM Jammu

 

CAT 2021 Pattern & Test Structure

FMS, Delhi SPJIMR, Mumbai MDI, Gurgaon JBIMS, Mumbai NITIE, Mumbai
IIT Bombay IIT Delhi IIT Madras IIT Kharagpur IMT Ghaziabad

List of Top B-Schools which do not accept CAT Score

B-School Test Accepted
ISB, Hyderabad GMAT
XLRI, Jamshedpur XAT
IIFT, Delhi IIFT
NMIMS, Mumbai NMAT
SIBM, Pune SNAP

 

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