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CAT- Gateway to B-schools

Updated: May 21, 2021

Common Admission Test or CAT exam is a common aptitude test which is a gateway to 20 IIMs and over 1,200 B-schools in India. CAT is conducted by the IIMs on rotational basis. The CAT question paper comprises MCQs & non-MCQs from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). Over two lakh candidates appear in CAT exam every year. For CAT 2020, about 2.30 lakh applications were received and the total number of candidates who took the test was 1.90 lakh.


CAT 2021 notification will release in the last week of July and the registration process will begin in the first week of August. CAT exam is held in the last week of November at multiple exam centers in 156 cities across India. CAT result is announced in the first week of January and IIM shortlisting begins soon after. The CAT 2021 exam is expected to be held on November 28.


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