Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021

Eligibility | Dates | Pattern | Syllabus

Last Updated on 11th October, 2021

Common Admission Test or CAT exam is an aptitude test conducted by any of the Indian Institute of Management on a rotational basis. The exam is conducted for admission into the Indian Institute of Management and other top-level business schools across India.

CAT exam is a highly competitive exam where lakhs of students appear to get into the management courses in the top management institutes across India. Besides Indian students, foreign nationals can also apply for this exam.

Exam Highlights
Level of Exam Graduate, National Level
Exam Medium English
Exam Frequency Once in a year
Purpose of the Exam For admission into Indian Institute of Management and top level Business Schools in India.
Conducting Body Indian Institute of Management (IIM)

CAT Exam Eligibity Criteria 2021

  1. Nationality
  2. Both Indian and foreign nationals can appear for this exam.

  3. Educational Qualification
  4. The candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50 per cent aggregate or equivalent CGPA (45 per cent aggregate for SC, ST and PWD/DA category) from a recognised board or university.

  5. Age Limit
  6. There is no age limit.

  7. Restrictions on Attempts
  8. There is no restriction on the number of attempts.

CAT Exam Important Dates 2021

Event Date
Starting Date of Application To be notified
Last Date of Application To be notified
Date of exam To be notified

CAT Exam Pattern 2021

  • The total number of questions 76 carrying total marks of 228.
  • Total time duration 120 minutes.
  • There is a time limit of 40 minutes for each section.

Pattern for CAT

Sl. No. Name of the Paper/Section Nature Nos. of Questions Question Type Duration Negative Marking Marks
1 Paper I
Merit Ranking Nature 76 Objective (Multiple Choice) 120 mins -1 will be deducted for each wrong answer. 228
Total Marks* 228

*The total marks shown here are considered for merit ranking purposes.

CAT Exam Syllabus 2021

Syllabus for CAT

1 Paper I

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

  • Vocabulary
  • Grammar
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Correction in Sentence
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Syllogisms
  • Multiple usage of one word
  • Idioms and phrases
  • One-word substitution
  • Odd sentence out

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Arithmetic: Numbers, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership
  • Algebra: Basic Algebraic Formulae, Linear Equations, Quadratic Equations, Roots, Maxima & Minima, Inequalities, Logarithm, Functions, Modifications of Graphs, Problems on Ages, Number of Integer Solutions, Smallest Value in a Maximum Function, etc.
  • Advance Mathematics: Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series
  • Geometry: Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Co-ordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: Bar Graph & Line Graph, 2 Pie Charts and 1 Table, Table (shirt & colour), Blood Relation and Data Arrangement, Linear Arrangement, Set Theory, Lift and Timing based question, Table (products and customers), Machine Input and Output, Missing Number.


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