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For many people, an MBA is a highly desired degree. Some people see it as a chance to get away to greener pastures, while others see it as an opportunity to learn more and explore new sectors before committing to a specific career path.

Candidates seeking admission to the MBA world must take Entrance Exams, the most prominent of which is the CAT or Common Admission Test. The CAT Score qualifies an applicant for admission to most of India’s top business schools, including the IIMs, which administer the CAT Exam.

The CAT exam is extremely competitive, with about a quarter of a million students taking it every year. Only a small percentage of all applicants choose it as their top choice. Before registering for the CAT entrance exam 2021, there are a few things to keep in mind.

The following are key exam details to double-check:

  • What is CAT Exam?
  • CAT Exam Date
  • CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria 2021
  • CAT Exam Pattern
  • CAT Exam Syllabus
  • CAT Exam Eligibility for Final Year Students
  • Key Points about CAT Exam Eligibility
  • CAT Exam Eligibility: Factors which Disqualify a Candidate
  • Admission Process
  • Reservation of Seats
  • How many times CAT exam is conducted in a year?
  • Who can apply for CAT 2021?
  • What is the fees for CAT exam?
  • What are the benefits of CAT exam?
CAT Entrance Exam All Important Information

What is CAT Exam?

The Common Admission Examination, or CAT exam, is a common aptitude test that is required for admission to MBA programs at 20 IIMs and over 1,200 B-schools across India. MCQs and non-MCQs from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability make up the CAT question paper (QA). The exam’s difficulty ranges from moderate to difficult. Every year, around two lakh applicants take the CAT exam. Approximately 2.30 lakh applications were submitted for CAT 2020, with 1.90 lakh students taking the test. The number of CAT applications received this year is 2.31 lakh.

The CAT exam framework was changed last year due to the coronavirus outbreak. The CAT exam was decreased in length from three to two hours, with the total number of questions cut from 100 to 76. In addition, instead of two slots, the exam was given in three. IIM’s have used the same exam pattern for the CAT 2021 exam. The examination structure has not changed since the CAT exam notification 2021.

CAT Entrance Exam All Important Information

CAT Exam Dates & Events

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

CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria 2021

Candidates must be eligible for the CAT Exam according to the CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria of 2021 in order to take it. Along with the CAT 2021 Notification, the official CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria have been released:

  • To be eligible for the CAT Exam, a candidate must have completed at least a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50%. (for General Category and for candidates from the NC-OBC caste). The required percentage for SC/ST and Differently Abled (DA) candidates is 45 percent.
  • The University that conferred the degree must be recognized by the MHRD in order for the degree to be counted.
  • If the university gives grades or a CGPA instead of marks, the university’s conversion factor must be utilized. If the University does not provide a conversion factor, the CGPA must be converted to a percentage via direct conversion, which means dividing the CGPA received by the maximum CGPA possible and multiplying the result by 100.
  • Candidates who have finished their professional degrees with a grade point average of at least 50% (45% for SC/ST/PwD) are also eligible to take the CAT.

Note: Candidates who are appearing for their final year in 2021 (graduating in 2021 or 2022) will be able to take the CAT 2021 if they received a promotion/pass certificate the previous year.

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 76
Total Marks 76
Total Sections 3
Total Exam Duration 2 Hours
Mode of Paper Online Only
Question Types MCQs and Non-MCQs (TITA)
Marking Scheme +3 For Correct Answers
-1 For Incorrect Answers
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) 26 40
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 26 40
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 24 40
TOTAL 76 120 (2 hours)

Syllabus for CAT 2021

There is no set curriculum for the CAT exam. The CAT exam syllabus consists primarily of middle school math and English themes, with some generic logical reasoning questions thrown in for good measure. The following are some of the specifics of the CAT Exam syllabus:

CAT Quantitative Aptitude: The CAT quantitative aptitude syllabus primarily covers topics from grades 8 through 10, such as geometry, algebra, and number systems.

CAT Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation: The logical reasoning component is quite broad, with questions based on seating arrangements, direction sense tests, and so on. The questions in the data interpretation area are largely based on data caselets and graphs.

CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension: This part includes comprehension passages and a few questions. Aside from that, a few grammar-related questions are asked, such as sentence completion, jumbled sentences, and so on.

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

CAT Exam Eligibility for Final Year Students

The eligibility for the CAT Exam is a prevalent concern among final-year students wanting to take it. Students in their final year of all Bachelor’s degrees are welcome to take CAT as long as they clear their Bachelor’s with the required percentage (45 percent or 50 percent ). If an applicant fails to pass their Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage, their results in subsequent admissions processes will be nullified.

Note: Candidates who are appearing for their final year in 2021 (graduating in 2021 or 2022) will be able to take the CAT 2021 if they received a promotion/pass certificate the previous year.

Key Points about CAT Exam Eligibility

  • According to the CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria, there is no age limit on the CAT Exam.
  • While the current qualifying criteria specify that the candidate must have a three-year bachelor’s degree, candidates with a two-year bachelor’s degree will be considered as long as the university is recognized by the UGC.
  • The percentage of marks earned is computed in accordance with University policy.
  • The candidate should keep a unique and valid email address as well as a phone number for official correspondence during the admissions process at IIMs.

CAT Exam Eligibility: Factors which Disqualify a Candidate

  • If the candidate has not yet completed their bachelor’s degree and is working on their professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA). 
  • If the candidate is working on both a bachelor’s degree and a professional degree but has not yet completed both.
  • If the candidate’s degree is not recognized by the UGC/AICTE/MHRD, he or she will be disqualified to take the CAT Exam.

Admission Process

It should be mentioned that each IIM selects candidates for the second stage of the selection process on its own. A Written Ability Test (WAT) and a Personal Interview are part of the selection procedure (PI). Individual success on the CAT 2021 exam will play a significant role in the overall selection process. When shortlisting and ranking individuals at various stages during the admission process, IIMs also take into account their previous academic records, relevant work experience, and other similar factors. Across IIMs, the methods, academic cut-offs, and weights assigned to the evaluation parameters may differ.

Reservation of Seats

After passing the CAT Exam Eligibility and the CAT Exam itself, every student’s ambition is to gain admission to one of India’s most prestigious MBA colleges, the IIMs. However, because the IIMs are government-run institutions, they must adhere to government rules regarding reservations for underprivileged groups.

Reservations for Differently Abled Individuals or Persons with Disabilities are also available. In order to be eligible for Caste Based Reservation, aspirants must submit proof in the form of an SC/ST/OBC certificate with their application. The original may then be requested as part of the final admissions process. The standard formats for caste certificates are available on the official CAT website, ensuring some regularity and making certificate verification reasonably simple.

These reservations are as follows:

  • Scheduled Caste – 15%
  • Scheduled Tribe – 7.5%
  • Other Backward Classes of NC-OBC – 27%
  • Person with Disability – 5%

This reserve means that a general category candidate will have access to a little over 54% (54.5%) of the seats available. There are approximately 4000 seats available in the various IIMs. With the current reservation status, the number of seats available to general category candidates is just over 1900. The General Category candidates now have around 4000 seats to compete for, thanks to the inclusion of 20 or so prominent institutions.

Who can apply for CAT 2021?

To be eligible for the CAT entrance exam 2021, a candidate must have completed at least a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50%. (for General Category, EWS and for candidates from the NC-OBC caste). The required percentage for SC/ST and Differently Abled (DA) candidates is 45 percent.

How many times CAT exam is conducted in a year?

The CAT (Common Admission Test) is an entrance examination for MBA (Master of Business Administration) students. The CAT is administered by IIMs on a rotating basis. It is one of the most widely used entrance exams for admission to elite business schools. The IIMs are the country’s best business schools. Every MBA candidate aspires to be accepted into an IIM.

The CAT can be used to get admission to both public and private colleges. The CAT exam is only administered once a year. It is actually carried out over the course of 21 days. You have the option of scheduling the exam on a date and time that is convenient for you. You must first register for the CAT exam before taking it.

What is the fees for CAT exam?

CAT exam registration 2021 fees as discussed in the opening lines is 2000 for general candidates and a 50% rebate is offered for female and reserved quota candidates. Only online payments are accepted.

  • General/NC-OBC – INR 2200
  • SC/ ST – INR 1100
  • PwD/ DA – INR 1100

What are the benefits of CAT exam?

The IIMs use the CAT as a computer-based management aptitude test to evaluate and shortlist candidates for postgraduate programs. India’s leading national institutes, such as IIM, provide high-quality management and research education, therefore CAT is without a doubt one of the most trusted exams available today. The exam is held once a year.

Admissions to two-year post-graduate programs, which are the flagships of IIMs, are granted solely on the basis of merit. Personal interviews, written ability tests, and discussions, as well as exam scores, are all part of the CAT exam selection process.

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)
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