Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)
Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Bodh Gaya, Calcutta, Indore, Jammu, Kashipur, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Nagpur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Sambalpur, Shillong, Sirmaur, Tiruchirappalli, Udaipur, Visakhapatnam
The Indian Institutes of Management will conduct a computer-based Common Admission Test 2021 (CAT 2021) on Sunday, November 28, 2021 in three sessions. CAT 2021 will be conducted by IIMs as a prerequisite for admission to various management programmes of IIMs. These programmes are:
A. Post Graduate Programmes in Management (PGP):
|IIM Ahmedabad||PGP, PGP-FABM|
|IIM Amritsar||MBA, EMBA, MBA-Business Analytics, MBA-HRM|
|IIM Bangalore||PGP, PGPEM, PGPBA|
|IIM Bodh Gaya||PGP|
|IIM Indore||PGP, PGP-HRM|
|IIM Kashipur||MBA, MBA (Analytics), EMBA|
|IIM Kozhikode||PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, PGP-LSM, EPGP Kochi|
|IIM Lucknow||PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM|
|IIM Ranchi||PGP, PGP-HRM, PGP (Business Analytics)|
|IIM Rohtak||PGP, EPGPX, EPGDSM|
|IIM Sambalpur||MBA, Executive MBA|
|RGIIM Shillong||PGP, PGPEX, PGPWE|
|IIM Sirmaur||MBA, MBA (T&HM)|
|IIM Tiruchirappalli||PGPM, PGPM-HR, PGPBM|
|IIM Udaipur||MBA, MBA-DEM, MBA-GSCM, PGDBAWE|
|IIM Visakhapatnam||PGP, PGPEX, PGPDGM|
B. Fellow Programmes in Management (FPM) [Doctoral]
|IIM Bodh Gaya||PhD (FPM)|
|IIM Kozhikode||PhD, PhD (PT)|
|IIM Raipur||FPM/ PhD, EFPM|
|IIM Ranchi||PhD, EPhD|
|IIM Sambalpur||PhD, Executive PhD|
|RGIIM Shillong||PhD, PhDWP|
|IIM Tiruchirappalli||FPM, E-FPM|
Separate advertisements may appear for programmes other than PGP, specific to each participating IIM. Before a prospective candidate makes a decision to appear for CAT 2021, he/she must visit the website and/or read the programme advertisement of the concerned IIM and specific programmes to ensure accurate and updated information on the programmes he/she wants to apply for, including eligibility requirements and admission processes. The CAT 2021 scores are allowed to be used by listed non-IIM member institutions. The list of non-IIM member institutions that have registered to avail of the CAT 2021 scores is provided at Website. Please note that IIMs have no role in the selection process of non-IIM institutions.
INFORMATION SOURCES: CAT website
Help Desk Number: 18002090830
- The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in the case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PwD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as an University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognised by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
- Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their University/Institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate.
- Candidates applying for CAT 2021 should fulfill any one of the following conditions:
- Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks*.
- Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA/Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI)) with required percentage*.
- Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage*. *SC/ST/PwD candidates should have a minimum 45%. For General, EWS and NC-OBC candidates, the minimum is 50%.
- The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades/CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/Institution. If any University/Institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100.
- IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at the website http://www.iimcat.ac.in. Applicants should note that the mere fulfilment of the minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for shortlisting by IIMs. Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a mobile phone number throughout the selection process.
- As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% of the seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC). Up to 10% of the seats are reserved for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) candidates.
- For the purpose of being considered for reservations, the applicable Central Government list as on the last date of CAT registration shall be binding. No subsequent changes will be effective for CAT 2021 and any subsequent selection process of the IIMs. For an updated central list of state-wise OBCs eligible for availing of the benefit of reservation and information in respect of the creamy layer, visit the website http://www.ncbc.nic.in
- As per the provisions of The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016 (RPwD Act 2016), 5% seats are reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD). “Person with Benchmark Disability” means a person with not less than forty percent (40%) of a specified disability where a specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and includes a person with disability where the specified disability has been defined in measurable terms, as certified by the certifying authority. “Specified disability” means the disabilities as specified in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016. The categories of disability are:
a) Blindness and low vision
b) Deaf and hard of hearing
c) Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.
d) Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness
e) Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d)
f) Other ‘specified disabilities’ mentioned in ‘The Schedule’ of the RPwD Act 2016
- The candidates belonging to the reserved categories need to note the eligibility requirements carefully before applying. It should be noted that while it is the endeavor of IIMs that the candidates belonging to SC/ST/NC-OBC/EWS/PwD categories join the Programme in proportions mandated by the law, they have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria and a certain minimum level of performance to be considered for the admission process.
- The candidates should read the updated description of the selection process followed by each IIM on their respective websites. No change in the category will be entertained after CAT registration. The applicants are advised to pay attention while registering.
Additional Information for SC, ST, NC-OBC, EWS and PwD
- If a candidate belongs to the SC or ST categories, the respective caste/tribe must be listed in the Government of India schedule. The caste certificate that the candidate submits to IIM should be in the Government of India approved format and should clearly state: (a) Name of the caste/tribe; (b) Whether the candidate belongs to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe; (c) District and State or Union Territory of the candidate’s ordinary residence; and (d) the appropriate Government of India schedule under which the candidate’s caste/tribe is approved by it as Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.
- A copy of the SC/ST/NC-OBC/EWS/PwD certificate(s) must be uploaded at the time of the CAT application registration. Failure to upload a copy of the caste/class certificate will result in the rejection of a candidate’s CAT registration.
- The SC/ST/NC-OBC/EWS/PwD certificate(s) must be shown and a photocopy should be submitted at the time of interviews. Moreover, the certificate(s) must be submitted at the time of joining the programmes of any of the IIMs. Failure to do so during the post CAT selection process will result in the candidate not being considered under the reserved category.
How to Apply:
PAYMENT OF CAT REGISTRATION FEE:
- Rs. 1150 for SC, ST and PwD category candidates.
- Rs.2200 for all other categories of candidates.
Please note that a candidate needs to pay the registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for. SC, ST and PwD candidates must upload a copy of their SC/ST/PwD certificates at the time of registration. Fees once paid cannot be refunded under any circumstances.
REGISTRATION FOR CAT:
The CAT 2021 registration window opens at 10.00 a.m. on August 4, 2021 and will close at 5:00 p.m. on September 15,
2021. The details will be available in the registration guide. At the time of registration, the candidates have to select any six test cities, as per their preference, from a drop-down menu. After the last date of registration, candidates will be allotted one among the six preferred cities subject to availability. In the rare case that a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted a nearby city. The candidates can download the admit cards from October 27, 2021 until November 28, 2021.
CAT will be conducted in centres spread across around 158 test cities. Test cities will be mentioned in the CAT website and the name of the test centre will be indicated in the Admit Card. IIMs reserve the right to change or cancel any test centre/city and/or change the test time and date at their discretion.
CAT 2021 SCORE
Candidates’ CAT 2021 scorecards will be made accessible on the CAT website. Candidates may also be intimated individually by SMS. The CAT results are likely to be declared by the second week of January, 2022. The CAT 2021 score is valid only till December 31, 2022 and will accordingly be accessible on the website. Thereafter, no queries related to the issuance of CAT 2021 scorecards will be entertained.
Please note that each IIM is independent to mandate their own eligibility criteria (including academic cut-offs and relative weights) and follow different selection processes. Performance in the CAT 2021 examination is an important component for consideration in the selection process. IIMs may also use the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short-listing of candidates at various stages of the selection process. For more information, refer to the admissions policies of individual IIMs on their respective websites.
Instances of any incorrect information or process violation detected at any stage of the selection process will lead to immediate disqualification of the candidate from the selection process and he/she will not be allowed to appear for CAT in future. If such instances go undetected during the current selection process but are detected in subsequent years, such disqualification will take place with retrospective effect. Candidates must retain this Information Bulletin for future reference. Any dispute concerning CAT 2021 would be subject to the jurisdiction of the competent courts within the territorial jurisdiction of the city of Ahmedabad only.
IMPORTANT Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a mobile phone number throughout the selection process.
Registration Opens: 4th August, 2021 (10:00 am)
Registration Closes: 15th September, 2021 (5.00 p.m.)
Admit Card download: 17th October to 28th November 2021
Test Date: 28th November, 2021
Result declaration: Second week of January, 2022 (Tentative)