About CAT

Common Admission Test (CAT) is an entrance exam to get into 2 year MBA programs at 20 IIMs in India. CAT 2021 is scheduled in November 2021 and the registration process will begin in July. The eligibility for taking CAT exam is 50% marks in graduation, for reserved categories the qualifying marks are relaxed up to 5% check CAT 2021 eligibility & reservation criteria.
CAT Application fees for general & male candidates is INR 2000 + Bank Processing Charge & for other candidates is INR 1000 + Bank Processing Charge.

Important Dates

New 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

Application Process

CAT registration and application form submission is an online process. The candidates can fill CAT application forms online on the official website by creating a login ID. Read below some important points related to CAT 2021 registration process.

  • CAT 2021 registration process will take place from first week of August to third week of September
  • CAT 2021 registration can be done on the official website of CAT only (iim.cat.ac.in)
  • CAT registration cum application fee is Rs 2,000 for General and OBC candidates and Rs 1,000 for SC, ST, PwD candidates
  • To apply for CAT 2021, the candidates will have to create a login ID using their mobile phone number and email ID
  • Documents such as passport size photo, scanned signature and Category/PwD certificate needs to be uploaded at the time of form filling
  • Candidates have to select test city for allotment of CAT test centre in the application form only. They can select up to four cities as preference.
  • Candidates have to select IIM courses and IIM campuses of their choice in the CAT form only. Post the declaration of CAT result, candidates can apply to only those IIMs which they select in the application for.
  • CAT application fee is to be paid via credit/debit card or internet banking

Selection Process

Once Exam is over and results are declared, the entire admission is done by respective authority through online CAP Round / Admission process, please refer this page for further updates.

No of seats/vacancies

Approximately around 3000+ seats are available for candidates appearing for NATA in 2021 including all IIMs around India.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must have cleared bachelor’s programme with minimum 50 per cent aggregate or equivalent CGPA (45 per cent aggregate for SC, ST and PWD/DA category) from a recognised board or university
  • The candidate must have completed a professional degree (CA/ CS/ ICWA) with required percentage
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification or awaiting result are also eligible to apply for CAT 2021

Exam Syllabus and Pattern

CAT syllabus 2021 can be divided into three sections: Quantitative Ability (QA); Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC). For better understanding and preparation, the CAT MBA Syllabus 2021 for each section can be divided into subsections.

Key Components of CAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus
CAT 2021
Test duration
3 hrs
Test sessions
Total questions
Total score
Total questions in VARC Section
Total Questions in DILR section
Total Questions in QA section


Let’s start with a broad understanding of CAT Syllabus. There are total 100 questions in CAT exam but the three sections in CAT syllabus carry different weightage in the exam. Although the CAT syllabus 2021 is divided in 3 sections, the effective number of sections are five as VARC and DILR sections are further sub-divided into 2 sub sections.

CAT Syllabus Sectional Division
Overview of Topics in the CAT Syllabus 2021
Weightage in CAT exam
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Arithmetic, Modern Math, Number System
Algebra, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Geometry
Data Interpretation& Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Data Charts, Data Tables, Bar Graphs,
Venn Diagrams, Seating arrangement,
Team formation, Clocks & Calendars
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Long & Short Passages
Jumbled Paragraphs; Para-summary
Picking the Out of context sentence from a jumbled paragraph

Despite being very wide, the CAT entrance exam syllabus is neither specifically defined nor released by IIMs. Instead, IIMs release an official Mock Test which is as per the forthcoming CAT exam topics and consists of question types which are expected in actual CAT Exam.


Quantitative Ability (QA)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Ratio & Proportion
Profit and Loss
Interest (Simple and Compound)
Speed, Time and Distance
Time and Work
Number System
Pure Math
Venn diagrams
Linear Equations
Quadratic Equations
Complex Numbers
Binomial Theorem
Surds and Indices
Permutation and Combination
Probability Functions
Set Theory
Mixtures and Alligations
Co-ordinate Geometry
Data comparison from Table
Bar charts - Simple, Stacked, Composite Bar charts
Pie charts
Data Analysis
Direction sense
Team formation
Seating Arrangement
Blood Relation
Binary logic
Logical Sequence
Linear and matrix arrangement
Set Theory
Venn Diagrams
Network Diagrams
Quantitative Reasoning
Main idea in the passage
Inferences, Statements, Arguments
Phrasal meaning & Usage
Para Summary
Jumbled paragraphs
Odd sentence out of Jumbled paragraph
Error Corrections
Sequence of sentences
Vocabulary usage
Fill in the blanks
Completion of Paragraph
Critical Reasoning
Sentence Completion


As per last year CAT eligibility criteria, candidates are required to submit the percentage as per their university norms.

No, there is no age bar to appear for CAT 2020.

Candidates belonging to General and NC-OBC category candidates need to pay Rs 2000. Those belonging to reserved category (SC/ ST/ PWD) need to pay Rs 1000.

CAT 2020 online registration has begun from August 5 till September 23. Candidates can use the registration guide and video which will be published on the official website.

Candidates can pay the registration fee while doing CAT registration. Payment of application fee can be done via payment gateway. Candidates will have to use a valid credit or debit card and net banking facility is also available.

If the registration window or website is not accessible for any reason, then close the internet browser (clear cache & cookies, browsing history of the web browser) and try again.

Yes, candidates who are completing their bachelor’s degree by May 2020 are eligible to apply for CAT 2020. However, candidates should select Yes to the question “Are you in the final year of Bachelor’s degree”