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CAT 2021 - Introduction

Eligibility for CAT 2021

Paper Pattern for CAT

The exam pattern for CAT has been changed several times in the past years by conducting IIMs. But it seems like exam pattern introduced in 2015 will continue in CAT 2020 as well, concerning the total marks, duration, and total questions, keeping the basic preparation for the CAT exam the same as earlier barring some changes in the topic-wise distribution of questions. The CAT aspirants need to know the CAT paper pattern as it helps to devise personal test-taking strategies and techniques to crack the exam. 

 

There will be three sections that comprise of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude. The total number of questions will be the same that is 100 and screening the previous year’s question paper we can estimate that VARC -34, DILR -32, QA – 34 will be the number of questions section-wise. Paper will comprise of MCQs and Non-MCQs questions making the paper a of total 300 marks. Each question will be awarded 3 marks for the right answer and a negative marking of 1/3 will be for each wrong answer. No negative marking will be there for Non-MCQ questions. Here, the latest exam pattern followed by CAT 2020, which can help the CAT 2020 aspirants to get acquainted with the latest pattern and prepare accordingly

Total Questions in CAT Exam 100
Total Marks 300
Total Sections 3
Total Exam Duration 3 Hours
Mode of Paper Online Only
Question Types MCQs and Non-MCQs (TITA)
Marking Scheme +3 For Correct Answers
-1 For Incorrect Answers
0 For Unattempted Questions
Section Names 1. Quantitative Aptitude
2. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
3. Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation
SECTION NAME NUMBER OF QUESTIONS DURATION (MINS)
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 34 60
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) VA:10 60
RC:24
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) DI:16 60
LR:16
TOTAL 100 180 (3 hours)

CAT 2021 Important Dates

EVENTS TENTATIVE DATES
CAT 2021 notification release July 4th week, 2021
CAT Registrations start July 4th week or August 1st week, 2021
Registrations end September 4th week, 2021
CAT form correction September 4th week, 2021
CAT mock test and official tutorial release October 2nd week, 2021
Admit card release October 3rd week, 2021
CAT 2020 exam 28-Nov-21
Answer key release December 2nd week, 2021
Result declaration January 1st week, 2022

Syllabus for CAT 2021

QUANTITATIVE ABILITY
Module 1: Numbers
Number Classification & Number Line
Divisibility & Remainders
Factorizations, Remainders, Cyclicity
Factorial Binomial Theorem
Module 2: Algebra
Linear Equations
Quadratic Equations
Polynomials
Graphical Questions
Module 3: Arithmetic
Percentage
Profit Loss, SI CI
Average, Ratio, Proportion
Avg. Mixtures Alligation
Time work
Time Speed Distance
Module 4: Geometry
Triangles
Quadrilaterals
Circles
3D (Mensuration)
Module 5: Modern Maths
Permutations & Combinations
Probability
Set Theory
Progression
Functions
LOGICALREASONING/ DATA INTERPRETATION VERBAL ABILITY
Tables English usage or Grammar
Caselets Vocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)
Bar Graph Fill in the blanks
Line chart Sentence Correction
Column graph Cloze Passage
Venn diagram Jumbled Paragraph
Pie chart Meaning-Usage Match
Other basic reasoning questions Analogies or reverse analogies
Calendar Summary questions
Number and letter series Verbal reasoning
Clock Facts-Inferences-Judgments
Cube Reading Comprehension
Seating Arrangement
Binary logic
Logical Matching
Logical Sequence
Syllogism
Logical Connectivity
Blood Relations

Exam cities for CAT 2021:

Prominent Colleges accepting CAT 2021 Score

SR. NO. INSTITUTE NAME FEE (RS. IN LAKHS) FEE (RS. IN LAKHS) AVERAGE SALARY (RS. IN LAKHS)
1 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (IIM) AHMEDABAD 22 24.45
2 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (IIM) CALCUTTA 21 24.2
3 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (IIM) BANGALORE 21 22.76
4 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT ,LUCKNOW 16 18.45
5 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (IIM) INDORE 16 18.17
6 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (IIM) KOZHIKODE 17 17.1
7 IIM RANCHI 15.1 16.07
8 RAJIV GANDHI INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (IIM) SHILLONG 14 15.5
9 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (IIM) TRICHY 13 14.28
10 IIM UDAIPUR 13.54 13.16
11 IIM RAIPUR 13 12.45
12 INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (IIM) KASHIPUR 12.5 12.19
13 IIM VISAKHAPATNAM 12 12.07
14 IIM NAGPUR 11.5 12.05
15 IIM SIRMAUR 10.34 12
16 IIM AMRITSAR 9 11.93
17 IIM ROHTAK 12.73 11.7
18 IIM BODHGAYA 11 10.6
19 IIM SAMBALPUR 11 10.55
20 IIM JAMMU 12.75  
21 FACULTY OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES (FMS) NEW DELHI 0.25 21.1
22 SYDENHAM INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES AND RESEARCH AND ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION (SIMSREE) MUMBAI 1.36 10.92
23 JAMNALAL BAJAJ INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES (JBIMS) MUMBAI 2 18.91
24 VINOD GUPTA SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT (VGSoM) IIT KHARAGPUR 6 16.29
25 DEPARTMENT OF MANAGEMENT STUDIES (IIT DELHI) NEW DELHI 8 16.54
26 NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING (NITIE) MUMBAI 8.5 17.09
27 INSTITUTE OF RURAL MANAGEMENT ANAND (IRMA) 12.1 11.39
28 T A PAI MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE (TAPMI) MANIPAL 13 12
29 GOA INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (GIM) GOA 15.98 10.58
30 S. P. JAIN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT & RESEARCH (SPJIMR) MUMBAI 16 22.24
31 SHAILESH J MEHTA SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT (IIT BOMBAY) MUMBAI 16 19.06
32 INTERNATIONAL MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE (IMI) NEW DELHI 16.95 12.23
33 XAVIER INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT (XIM) BHUBANESWAR 17.3 12.91
34 INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT TECHNOLOGY (IMT) GHAZIABAD 17.5 11.6
35 MANAGEMENT DEVELOPMENT INSTITUTE (MDI) GURGAON 21.34 19.17

CAT 2021 Percentile Calculation Method

The steps described below are followed to calculate the CAT 2020 overall and sectional percentile scores obtained by a candidate.

While illustrating the percentile score calculation process, QA section is chosen as an example. A similar process is followed for the overall percentile score calculation and for the other two sections, i.e. DILR and VARC in CAT 2020.

The rank of a candidate can be predicated by CAT Rank Predictor, where one needs to fill appropriate eligibility status for various institutes. The marks can also be calculated through a Normalization Process. The steps described below are followed to calculate the CAT 2020 overall and sectional percentile scores obtained by a candidate. 

Step 1

Calculate the total number of candidates (N) who appeared for CAT (i.e. including both morning and afternoon sessions).

Step 1

Step 2

Assign a rank (r), based on the scaled scores obtained in the QA section, to all candidates who appeared for CAT. In the case of two or more candidates obtaining identical scaled scores in the QA section, assign identical ranks to all those candidates.
As an illustration, suppose exactly two candidates obtain the highest scaled score in the QA section, then both of those candidates are assigned a rank of 1. Moreover, the candidate(s) obtaining the second highest scaled score in the QA section are assigned a rank of 3 and so on.

Step 2

Step 3

Calculate the percentile score (P) of a candidate with rank (r) in the QA section as:

P = (N-r)/N  x 100

Step 3

Step 4

Round off the calculated percentile score (P) of a candidate up to two decimal points.

For example, all percentile scores greater than or equal to 99.995 are rounded off to 100, all percentile scores greater than or equal to 99.985 but strictly less than 99.995 are rounded off to 99.99 and so on.

A methodology similar to the one described above is used for the computation of the overall CAT percentile scores and for the percentile scores of other sections.

Step 4

CAT 2021 Percentile vs Marks

PERCENTILE OVERALL (SCALED) MARKS VERBAL LR DI QUANT
99 170+ 70+ 40+ 70+
98 160+ 67+ 38+ 67+
95 140+ 65+ 35+ 60+
90+ 120+ 55+ 30+ 50+
85+ 100+ 50+ 20+ 35+
80+ 90+ 45+ 20+ 30+

CAT 2021 Cut Offs

CAT 2021 Admission Procedure

Course Offered by IIMs through CAT 2021 Exam

PGPEM (Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management) PGP-ABM (Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management)
PGP-Mumbai (Post Graduate Programme at Mumbai) PGP-ABM (Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management)
PGPBM (Post Graduate Programme in Business Management) PGPSM (Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets)
PGPEX (Post Graduate Programme for Executives) EPGPM (Executive Post Graduate Programme)PGP (Post Graduate Programme)
PGPPM (Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management) PGPWE (Post Graduate Programme for Working Executive)
PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) PGDHRM (Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management)
PGP-UAE (Post Graduate Programme At UAE) -
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