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CAT Exam 2021 in detail | eligibility criteria | Best Books

CAT Exam 2021

Here is the complete information about the CAT Exam, eligibility criteria, documents required for the CAT exam, a list of books for the CAT exam, Pattern for CAT exam as well as the Cut- Off which helps you to choose the best colleges for your future.

About CAT:-

Cat is nothing but the Common Admission Test. Cat exam is highly a Competitive exam which is a computer-based test for the candidates looking for admission in graduate management programs.

This exam is conducted online i.e computer-based test. In this exam, there are three sections, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI and LR), and Quantitative Ability (QA).

Eligibility for the exam:-

  •  Candidates should check CAT eligibility criteria before applying for the exam.
  • There is no requirement of 45 or 50 percent aggregate marks in graduation.
  • There is no age limit for candidates appearing for the CAT examination.
  • Work experience is not mandatory for candidates appearing for the CAT examination.
  • Students who are pursuing final year graduation are also eligible for the CAT examination.
  • Candidates with backlogs in the final year can also apply.
  • Students with the PWD category must bring a PWD certificate.

Documents Required for CAT exam:-

  • ID Proof:- Address proof, Caste certificate
  • Contact Details:- Phone number, Email ID
  • Marksheets :- Class 10, Class 12, Graduation/Diploma
  • Certificates:- Date of Birth, Degree certificates
  • Payment Details:- Credit card, Debit Card, Net Banking

List of books for the exam:-

  • Quantum CAT – Sarvesh K Verma
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning – Gautam Puri
  • How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for a CAT – Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative aptitude for the CAT – Nishit K. Sinha
  • Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency – Ananta Ashisha 

Pattern for CAT exam 2021:-

  • CAT exam pattern is divided into 3 sections.
  • The total duration for the CAT exam is 2 hours.
  • The exam consists of a total of 76 (54 MCQs and 22 Non-MCQs) questions.
  • Overall CAT exam is of 228 marks.
  • Each question carries 3 marks.
  • 1 mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • No negative marking scheme for non MCQ questions.

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

CAT 2021 exam pattern

Total questions



Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning2418672
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension2618878
Quantitative Aptitude2618878

Cut-Off for CAT exam 2021

IIM Colleges

CAT Cut-off (2021)
IIM Ahmedabad99-100
IIM Bangalore99-100
IIM Calcutta99
IIM Lucknow97-98
IIM Kozhikode97-98
IIM Indore97-98
IIM Amritsar95-96
IIM Nagpur95-96
IIM Sambalpur95-96
IIM Trichy94-95
IIM Raipur94-95
IIM Ranchi94-95
IIM Rohtak95
IIM Kashipur95
IIM Sirmaur90-95
IIM Bodh Gaya90-95

Highlights of CAT Exam


CAT Exam
Conducted byIndian Institute of Management
Full Form of CATCommon Aptitude Test
Exam levelNational level Exam
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Mode of ExamOnline
Participating Colleges1164
SectionsVerbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC),
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), Quantitative exam (QA)
EligibilityEligibility criteria for CAT
Fees per mode• Rs.2,200/- (General Category)
• Rs.1,100/- (Reserved Category)
Negative mark1 for every wrong answer
Exam duration2hours
Exam Syllabus • Verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC):-
Para-Jumbles & Para- Summary, RC passages,
Sentence completion, Inferences.
• Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR):-
Graphs, Data Caselets, Seating Arrangement, Blood relation, Syllogism and Tables-based questions.
• Quantitative exam (QA):-
Time and work, Algebra, Number system, Mensuration,
and Geometry-based questions.


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