What Expect in CAT Exam 2021: Exam Pattern, Date, Registration, and Other Details

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CAT exam notification 2021 will be going to be released soon and the exam dates for the CAT exam will also be released soon along with the notification. For this year the CAT 2021 exam was conducted by IIM Ahmedabad. After 5 year gap, IIMA will be the conducting body of CAT exam 2021. There are some rumors which say that IIMA will introduce new changes in the CAT exam pattern for 2021 like they did 5 years ago as well.

Due to COVID- 19 pandemic, CAT has made several major changes like the time duration were the exam was two hours and 76 were the total number of questions in the exam. Students want to know that whether these changes will be reserved for this year also.

The conducting body IIM is the only one that provides answers to all the above questions. Check the expected exam pattern, Date, and other details related to CAT exam 2021.

CAT Exam 2021 Expected Exam Time and Date

Applicants who want to apply for CAT 2021 exam then can fill their application form from the first week of August 2021 till the third week of September 2021 (Expected). The exam is expected to be held on the last Saturday of November (28, November 2021). Here is the tentative exam calendar of CAT 2021 exam calendar is given below:


Expected Date of CAT 2021

2021 CAT Dates

CAT notification will be released on

28, July 2021

29, July 2020

Registration will start from

4, August 2021

5, August 2020

Last date of CAT registration

15, September 2021

23, September 2020

CAT admit card availability

27, October 2021

28, October 2020

Exam Date of CAT

28, October 2021

29, November 2020

Expected Exam Timings of CAT 2021


Start time of exam

End time of exam

For slot 1

8:30 Am

10:30 Am

For slot 2

12:30 Pm

2:30 Pm

For slot 3

4:30 Pm

6:30 Pm

Exam Pattern of CAT 2021


CAT Exam Pattern (New)

CAT Exam Pattern (OLD)

Total number of questions



Total number of questions per section

QA- 26

DILR- 24

VARC- 26

QA- 34

DILR- 32

VARC- 34

Duration of the exam

three hours

Two hours

Total number of slots



Marking Scheme of CAT

1 mark will be cut(for wrong answer)

3 marks will be awarded (for right answer)

No negative marking for Non- MCQs questions

1 mark will be cut (for wrong answer)

3 marks will be awarded (for right answer)

No negative marking for Non- MCQs questions


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CAT 2021 Exam Pattern For This Year

There is no information about the CAT exam for 2021 whether it can be the same as the old exam pattern or a new one. Due to COVID 19 pandemic, the exam pattern is unlikely will be reverted to the old one. There can be possible that IIM Ahmedabad may revert the old exam pattern of CAT and can add some new exam centers.

CAT 2021 Registration and Attendance

Every year the total number of registration was increasing from 2015 to 2019. But due to COVID 19, the CAT registration was low in 2020 as compared to previous years. Take a look at the registration data:


Registration (Approx)


2.27 lacs


Approx. 2.44 lakhs


Approx. 2.42 lakhs


Approx. 2.31 lakhs


Approx. 2.32 lakhs


Approx. 2. 18 lakhs

Expected Registration for CAT 2021

The available candidate’s percentage in the CAT exam is around 83%, which means for every 100 applicants who registered for CAT exam 2020 there were 17 applicants absent in the exam. This year it is expected that a large portion of students and working professionals are expected to be partially or fully vaccinated by the CAT exam date. It is expected that this year’s total number of registration will be increased as compared to last year.

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