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CAT Exam 2021: Admit Card (Out), Exam Dates, Preparation, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, and Cut off

CAT Exam 2021 is scheduled to be held on Nov 28 in online mode. CAT 2021 Admit Cards are available at the official website i.e. iimcat.ac.in and aspirants can download the document till the date of exam.




  • Last year due to the COVID-19 situation, CAT Exam Pattern was revised and this year also CAT 2021 is to be held on the same guidelines as of the previous year.

  • The total number of questions has been reduced to 76 from 100 and the exam is to be held in 3 sessions for a duration of 120 minutes. Check CAT 2021 Syllabus

  • CAT 2021 Question Paper will have 2 types of questions i.e. TITA and MCQ type. In TITA type questions, no internal choices are provided and candidates will have to enter their answers manually. Therefore, CAT 2021 aspiring candidates are advised to download CAT Question Papers to get a better understanding of the type of questions and difficulty level.

What is CAT Exam? Common Admission Test (CAT) is an entrance exam to get into 2 year MBA programs at 20 IIMs in India. Every year, over 2 lakh candidates participate in CAT Exam to get admission against 5000+ seats. IIMs offer education from the best-qualified faculty and a chance to study with top-class students of India.



Common Admission Test Highlights

  • CAT 2021 Conducting Body & Official Website: IIM Ahmedabad is conducting CAT 2021 and the official website is iimcat.ac.in

  • Medium of CAT Exam: CAT 2021 is to be held in online mode in 3 sessions on Nov 28, 2021.

  • Changes in CAT Exam Pattern: Based on the new exam pattern, there will be a total of 76 questions in the exam.

  • Reduction in Overall and Sectional Time Limit: Based on the new pattern, the sectional time limit has been reduced to 40 minutes for each section and the overall time limit has also been reduced to 2 hours.

  • Increase in CAT 2021 Registration: 2.31 lakh candidates have registered for CAT this year.


  • Relaxation in CAT Eligibility: Candidates who have not been awarded marks in the final year of their degree are also eligible to apply for the exam. Because due to COVID-19, 2020 and 2021 pass out candidates are eligible without fulfilling the minimum marks criteria.

  • Addition of CAT Exam Centers: More than 400 test Centres are added this year in 159 cities of India. Srinagar (J&K) is the new test city added to the list.

  • No Extra Fees to Apply for IIMs – CAT Registration Fee of Rs.2000/- for General candidates and Rs.1000/- for reserved category paid by the candidates during the registration process is the only fee that needs to be paid. There will be no extra fee charged to apply for admission in IIMs.

  • Degrees Accepted – Dual Degree programs are also accepted while applying for CAT exam.

  • CAT Exam Day – CAT exam is conducted in a single day in 3 slots. Earlier it was conducted on multiple days. Since the exam is conducted in multiple slots CAT Normalization method is used by the authority to calculate the percentiles.

  • CAT Participating colleges & IIMs: After qualifying CAT 2021 candidates will become eligible to get admission in MBA programs offered by 20 IIMs without paying any additional application fee for the admission process. Other than that various other MBA colleges also accepts CAT scores.





CAT 2021 Admit Card

CAT 2021 Admit Card has been released on October 27 in PDF format. Candidates will be able to download the admit card till the date of examination.

  • All the important details like CAT 2021 exam center, slot timings, address of exam centers, etc will be mentioned in your admit card.

  • Candidates are advised to check the important details carefully and in case of any discrepancy inform the concerned body.

Download CAT 2021 Admit Card


  • The official website to download CAT 2021 admit card is iimcat.ac.in.

  • Candidates visiting the official website on or after Oct 27 can login into their profiles using credentials provided during the time of the registration process to download CAT 2021 admit card.

  • In the e-admit card, candidates can also check the link of Google Map to check the directions or route to their CAT exam center.

  • After downloading the admit card, keep it safe with you till the time of the admission process.


Sample of CAT 2021 Admit Card




CAT Exam Centers 2021 CAT 2021 Exam Centers are located in 159 cities all over India. Around 425 test centers will be used to conduct the exam. The one CAT 2021 Exam Centers allotted to the candidates will be based on the 6 exam center preferences filled by the candidates.

  • No changes in CAT exam centers will be entertained after the release of CAT admit cards. However, the opportunity to change the test city preference was provided during the form correction window.

  • Google Map Link will also be mentioned in your admit card which will help you in getting the right direction to the CAT exam center.

  • The newly added CAT Exam Center for this year is Kashmir.




CAT 2021 Exam Pattern CAT 2021 Exam Pattern: Updated Pattern & Duration CAT exam pattern 2021 is the same as it was in last year. The important details and changes in pattern are mentioned below:





  • TITA Type Questions – No Negative Marks: Around 25% or 20-25 questions will be TITA-type questions in CAT 2021. No marks will be deducted for wrong answers while answering TITA-type questions that means candidates can score high marks if they solve TITA questions with a 90% accuracy rate.

  • MCQ Type Questions: Remaining 70-75% CAT question paper will have MCQ type questions only. Candidates will also face negative marks for marking wrong answers in the case of MCQ-type questions.

  • CAT Marking Scheme: For every correct answer 3 marks will be awarded and a penalty of 1/3 negative marks is there for wrong answers.







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