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CAT EXAM Overview

IIM Ahmedabad conducted the CAT 2021 exam on 28th November 2021 in 3 slots. According to reports from a leading education portal, approximately 2.31 lakh candidates have registered successfully for CAT 2021 exam compared to 2.28 lakh candidates in the previous year.

The CAT entrance exam is divided in three sections – VARC, DILR and Quant. Each section has its defined sectional time limit of 40 minutes, indicating that candidates get only 40 mins to attempt/solve questions from each section.

CAT Exam Eligibility CAT 2021 - Exam Highlights

The exam was conducted in 159 test cities across the country at various test centres. As per the reviews of the test takers, CAT 2021 was moderately difficult and lengthy too. There were 2 types of questions in the CAT Exam (MCQs and non-MCQs).

Candidates had 120 minutes time to solve 66 questions compared to 76 questions in previous year exam.

The CAT 2021 exam was conducted in 3 slots as mentioned under:-

  • Morning session (8:30 am - 10:30 pm)
  • Afternoon session (12:30 pm - 2:30 pm)
  • Evening session (4:30 pm - 6:30 pm)
CAT Syllabus Difficulty Level of CAT Exam

Candidates who appeared for the exam mentioned that overall it was moderately difficult exam with VARC being relatively easy compared to other sections.  Quantitative Aptitude and DILR was Moderate to difficult. Candidates who have been able to achieve the below mentioned good attempts per section, slot-wise, can expect a good percentile in the CAT exam.

Section

No. of Good Attempt Questions

Slot 1

Slot 2

Slot 3

VARC

15-20

16-18

17-18

DILR

8-12

10-14

13-14

Quant

15-18

15-17

16-18

CAT Exam Pattern CAT 2021 – Type of Questions

As per the exam pattern, candidates get +3 to attempt the MCQ correctly and -1 is deducted for wrong attempt. However, the non-MCQ questions do not invite any negative marking in the exam. Last year, candidates had to attempt 76 questions to clear the CAT exam. However, this year IIM Ahmedabad reduced the limit to 66 questions for the aspirants.

Take a look at the classification of type of questions asked in the exam.

Sections

MCQs

Non-MCQs

Total

VARC

19

5

24

DILR

15

5

20

QA

14

8

22

Total

48

18

66

CAT Exam Pattern CAT Exam Analysis – Initial Impressions

As the CAT exam was conducted in 3 slots, so here is the slot-wise analysis of the MBA entrance exam for your better understanding:-

VARC: The Verbal Section of CAT 2021 Slot 1 Exam was relatively easier as compared to previous year and the other two sections. There were total of 4 reading comprehensions in the CAT exam.

DILR: The DILR section moderately difficult and was a lengthy section. The DILR section comprises 2 Sets of 4 Questions and 2 Sets of 6 Questions each. In Slot 1, one set was purely of DI and 2 Sets were of LR.

Quantitative Aptitude: This year, candidates had to solve 22 questions in the Quantitative Aptitude Section compared to 24 questions provided last year. Questions from topics of Arithmetic, Moderate Function, Arithmetic Dominating, Integral Solution Arithmetic Apple and Easy mensuration were seen in the exam.

CAT Cutoff CAT 2021 - Expected Cut-off

The minimum marks required by a candidate in the CAT exam to make it to the next selection rounds of the B-schools is called CAT cut-off. Here is the summary of the expected cut-off for the CAT exam:-

Section Name

Expected Cut off for Slot 1

VARC

50-53

DILR

41-45

Quantitative Aptitude

43-46

Total

124-132

CAT Selection Criteria What after CAT Exam – CAT Answer Key

After the exam is over, candidates can expect to download CAT answer key 2021 tentatively in the first week of December 2021. After downloading the CAT answer key and cross-checking the respective response sheets from the exam website, candidates will be able to calculate the expected raw scores in the exam.

In case of doubts, exam takers can challenge the official CAT answer key which requires filling an online form by paying an application fee as mentioned on the official website. Valid objections will be accepted and final answer key will be released after a few days along with the CAT result.

CAT Selection Criteria CAT Exam Result

The CAT Exam result is expected to be released in the second week of January 2022 in online mode. Candidates will be able to download the CAT scorecard issued by the CAT exam organising body. It should be noted that CAT exam result 2021 will be valid till December 31, 2022 for admission to the PGDM 2022-24 batch. The CAT result will be announced at the official website dedicated to the CAT exam i.e. iimcat.ac.in.

All the Best!