CAT Exam 2021. Registration, Eligibility and Exam dates

IIM A (Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad) is expected to release the CAT notification soon. Official CAT 2021 notification will mention the details on CAT 2021 website. Here you can check details about registration, Pattern, exam dates, eligibility, exam time, mock test and other information. Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad (IIM A),, the conducting body of CAT 2021 is expected to release the official CAT notification 2021  soon.

IIM Ahmedabad is conducting the Common Admission Test (CAT) this year after a gap of 6 years; it conducted the last CAT exam in 2015. CAT is held every year for admission to MBA/PGDM/PGPM/Executive MBA and other management programmes offered by 20 IIMs and over 1000+ management institutes of India. CAT registrations are likely to start in the first week of August. Every year, about two lakh candidates apply for CAT.

Important dates


CAT Dates 2021 (Tentative)


July 31, 2021

Registration Start

First week of August 2021

Registration end

Last week of September 2021

admit card 2021 release date

Last week of October 2021

Exam date

November 28, 2021 (Tentative)


Major changes in previous year’s CAT exam

  • CAT application fee was increased to Rs 2,000 from Rs 1,900 for general category candidates and from Rs 950 to Rs 1,000 for SC/ ST candidates.
  • The duration of CAT exam was reduced to 120 minutes from 180 minutes, hence giving candidates 40 minutes as the sectional time limit.
  • The CAT testing slots were increased to three as compared to previous years where the test was conducted in two slots. This was due to the covid-19 pandemic situation and to ensure the safety of all stakeholders.

CAT Notification: Expected CAT Exam Pattern 2021

IIM Ahmedabad may or may not have plans to change the CAT 2021 test pattern. However, if it changes, it is likely to have either of the following test patterns.

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