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By: Avantika Bhardwaj on May 24, 2021

The eligibility criteria for CAT Exam have been defined as per the recent notification released by IIM Indore, which is the current examination body of CAT Exam 2021. The defined eligibility criteria must be followed by candidates in order to be eligible for taking the examination. CAT Exam 2021 is scheduled to be conducted on 28th November 2021 and here is the detailed minimum educational qualification required.

Since it is the most awaited and most sought after Management Entrance Examination, lacs of students apply and appear for CAT Exam. The eligibility criteria vary for students applying at different levels.

  • The basic requirement is to possess a bachelor's degree in any field securing at least 50% marks in aggregate from a recognized university.
  • Candidates in final year are also eligible to apply for examination.
  • There is no restriction to number of attempts each student has.

A brief description of the eligibility criteria is given below:




Final Year Students

Work Experience

Bachelor's Degree

Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Technology

Candidates will be admitted only if they graduate securing at least 50% marks

Firstly, it is not mandatory to hold work experience

50% marks in aggregate for General Category

Degree equivalent to bachelor's degree in Engineering & Technology of Professional Societies

Must show an original certificate in case of qualifying the examination

It contributes to some weightage by the IIMs

45% marks in aggregate for Reserved Categories

Bachelor's degree recognized by Association of Indian Universities

Must submit the photocopy of original certificates when asked

It does not contribute to selection until the final stage of selection


Any qualification not mentioned here are also eligible to apply



CAT Exam Eligibility 2021

  • Candidates must possess a bachelor's degree in any field securing at least 50% marks in aggregate (45% for Reserved Categories i.e. SC/ST/PwD). The degree must be awarded by a recognized university as incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature in India.
  • The degree awarded by a university which has been declared to be deemed as a university under section 3 of the UGC Act 1956 or recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
  • Final year students of bachelor's degree/ or equivalent degree are also eligible to apply for taking the examination or students who have completed the degree requirement, but the result is awaiting are also eligible to apply for admission.

NOTE* The required conditions must be fulfilled while applying for CAT 2020:

  • Candidates with a bachelor's degree with required qualification.
  •  A completed professional degree with required percentage.

For candidates belonging to Reserved Categories:

The aggregate of Minimum Educational Qualification marks for SC/ST candidates and Person with Disability (PwD) should be at least 45% marks. 

Reservation criteria for CAT:

  • 15% of the total seats are reserved for candidates of Scheduled Caste category. 
  • 7.5% of the seats are reserved for candidates of Scheduled Tribe category. 
  • 27% of the seats are reserved for candidates of Other Backward Classes category belonging to non-creamy layer.
  • In accordance with Section 39 of PwD Act 1995, 3% of the seats are reserved for Persons with Disability candidates. The three categories of disability are detailed as Low vision blindness, locomotor disability problem, cerebral palsy and hearing impairment. The provision stands applicable if the applicant is suffering from the listed disabilities to the extent of not being less than about 40%, as prescribed by a medical authority.

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FAQs related to CAT


When will CAT 2022 Exam be conducted?

CAT Exam 2022 is scheduled to be conducted on 27th November 2022.

Which IIM is conducting CAT Exam this year?

CAT 2022 is being conducted by IIM Bangalore on 27th November 2022.

What is the CAT Admit Card Release date?

IIM Bangalore will release CAT 2022 Admit Card release date once the CAT Registration is successfully concluded.

Can I appear for CAT Exam from home?

No. CAT Admit Card will have details of candidate's exam center, exam shift, exam date, and timing. Candidates are required to be physically present at the examination center on the exam day.

Is qualifying CAT Exam is the only criterion for admission to IIMs?

No. CAT score is used to shortlist candidates for admission. The final admission procedure takes place based on candidates' performance in all the rounds conducted by respective IIMs.

How much time sufficient for CAT Exam Preparation?

There is no specific timeline which can be considered enough for CAT Preparation. It sometimes depends on candidates' caliber. But yes, 6 months time is large enough to prepare for the mba competitive exam.

How long does the CAT Score remain valid for?

The marks obtained by candidates in CAT Exam 2022 will remain valid only for one year. After one year, candidates are required to reappear in CAT Exam and clear the cat cutoff again to get admission.

Who sets CAT Exam Question Paper?

CAT Exam is generally conducted by one of the present IIMs on a rotational basis. The conducting IIM is held responsible for release of notifications, setting cat question paper, releasing cat cutoff, etc.

Can I use calculator while taking CAT Exam 2022?

Yes. But you can only use the onscreen calculator available on your desktop which will be able to perform only basic calculation. Candidates are not allowed to bring calculators of their own inside the examination hall.

Is CAT Exam very difficult?

Being one of the most prominent and sought after MBA Entrance Examinations, CAT Exam is comparatively tough. The Quantitative Aptitude section is considered the toughest among all. While Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning stand 2nd and 3rd.

I am in third year of graduation. Can I apply for CAT Exam?

Depends. If third year is the final year of your graduation, then you are eligible to apply for exam. As per the eligibility criteria, final year students are eligible to take cat exam.

Which is the best coaching institute to apply for CAT Exam?

Some of the best institutes to prepare for cat exam include Career Launcher, IMS, Triumphant Institute of Management, PT Education, and Bulls Eye. Self study will also be sufficient for exam preparation.

Can an average student like me qualify CAT Exam?

Yes. If the preparation of exam is started in time and you work on your weak points properly, the it becomes easy to qualify cat exam. Dedication and perseverance are two factors that might help you achieve what you actually seek.

What are the different sections CAT Question Paper is divided in?

There are three sections in which the CAT Question Paper is divided. These sections are Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.

What is the best way to prepare for and crack CAT Exam?

CAT Exam is undoubtedly one tough nut to crack, and to score a valid percentile an assiduous practice is required. Candidates appearing in CAT 2022 can go through previous year question papers of cat exam and prepare accordingly.

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