CAT 2021 Common Admission Test
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By: Avantika Bhardwaj on September 03, 2019

Nearly 2 lakh candidates appear for CAT Exam every year out of which only a few thousand candidates are selected for admission in IIMs. However, CAT Score is accepted by numerous Management Institutes across the country. The Selection Criteria of all the 20 IIMs may Vary from each other.

Common Selection Criteria of IIMs is mentioned below:

  • All the IIMs release their selection criteria every year. According to the notifications released, the selection procedure for the current year is similar to that of previous years.
  • Most of the Indian Institutes of Management follow two-step selection process i.e. the CAT Score and the Witten Ability Test (WAT) & Personal Interview (PI) Round.
  • The candidates who qualify the CAT examination and falls within the Cut Off of the respective Institute will be called for the second step i.e. WAT and PI Round.
  • Most of the Indian Institutes of Management weightage to CAT score and Personal Interview. Though, other factors such as academic performance, work experience etc. are also considered by the institutes.
  • The institutes do not conduct any common counseling for admission in various management courses. 

Eligibility Verification:

If a candidate is short-listed for interviews by any IIM, he/she has to comply with the following eligibility verification:

  • Mark sheets and Degree Certificate

A  candidate must show all the original mark sheets and submit attested copies to prove his/her eligibility at the time of interview.  Further,  if a  candidate is selected for a  program,  original degree certificate and mark sheets of all semesters/years along with their attested copies must be submitted for verification at the time of joining the program.

  • Reservation Category Requirements

If short-listed for interview SC, ST, NC-OBC and DA candidates must show the original caste/class and/or disability certificate and submit a photocopy at the time of interview. Further, if a candidate is selected for a program, the original certificate of qualifying degree and attested copy of the same must be
submitted for verification at the time of joining a programme.

  • Candidates in the Final Year of Graduation

If   short-listed   for   interview,   candidates   appearing   for   the   final bachelor's   degree   or   equivalent qualification examination must show an original certificate from the Principal/Registrar/Director of the university/institution certifying that the candidate has obtained 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of
the  candidates  belonging  to  SC,  ST,  and  DA  category)  based  on  latest  available  grades/marks.  He/she must submit an attested copy of the original certificate at the time of interview.




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



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FAQs related to CAT


When will CAT 2021 Exam be conducted?

CAT Exam 2021 is scheduled to be conducted on 28th November 2021.

Which IIM is conducting CAT Exam this year?

CAT 2021 is being conducted by IIM Ahmedabad on 28th November 2021.

What is the CAT Admit Card Release date?

IIM Ahmedabad has declared to release CAT Admit Card on 27th October 2021.

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 2021 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 2021?

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 2021 can go through previous year question papers of cat exam and prepare accordingly.

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