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CAT 2021 Notification, Syllabus PDF, Books, Test Date, Eligibility, Notes

Common Admission Test(CAT)

About CAT 2021

Common Admission Test or CAT is a national level entrance for admission to MBA/PGDM courses across the colleges of the country. It is one of the biggest and the toughest tests for MBA/ PGDM and every year about 2,40,000 students take this test.

The test is conducted across the country in almost 156 cities. It is the test through which one can get admission to colleges like, the IIM’s, DOMS IIT, FMS Delhi, SP Jain, MDI Gurgaon, IMT Ghaziabad, IISc Banglore, etc. Almost all the colleges across India accept CAT score for admission to their management programs.

Every year a different IIM conducts the CAT test on a rotation basis. It is a computer-based test and is conducted annually. Preferably it is conducted in the month of November, on Sundays. The duration is 3 hours. Section-wise allotment of time is given, i.e one hour for each section.

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CAT 2021 Notification

The first CAT 2021 Notification is already released. The interested candidates can check information about Registration deadlines, Eligibility criteria, Application form fees, test cities where the test will be conducted, etc.

Particulars Date
Registration process starts 4th Aug to 15th Sept 2021
Availability of Admit Card 27th Oct 2021
CAT 2021 test Date 28th Nov 2021
CAT 2021 Result  January 2022

 

CAT 2021 Form Fee
Category Fee
Open and NC-OBC Rs. 2,200
SC, ST, PwD Rs. 1,100

CAT 2021 Syllabus PDF

The syllabus for CAT 2021 is spread across 3 areas – Verbal ability and reading comprehension, Data interpretation and Logical reasoning, Quantitative aptitude. The section-wise distribution of the syllabus is given below as.

QA

  • Algebra – Linear & quadratic equations, maxima, minima, inequalities
  • Averages
  • Binomial theorem
  • Complex numbers
  • LCM/HCF
  • Geometry & Mensuration
  • Inequalities
  • Logarithm
  • Progressions
  • Probability
  • Percentages
  • Profit and loss
  • Permutation and combination
  • Mensuration
  • Mixtures and allegations
  • Number system
  • Speed, distance and time
  • Simple interest/ compound interest
  • Set theory
  • Surds and indices
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Time and work
  • Venn diagram
DILR

  • Blood relations
  • Bar graphs
  • Coding – decoding
  • Clocks and calenders
  • Caselets
  • Data charts, data tables
  • Direction sense
  • Line graph, area graph
  • Logical sequence
  • Pie charts
  • Miscellaneous charts – spider/bubble, etc.
  • Input/ Output
  • Games and tournaments
  • Scheduling
  • Seating arrangements – circular, square, etc.,
  • Zebra puzzle and Einstein’s puzzle

VARC

  • Analogies
  • Critical reasoning
  • Facts, inference and judgement
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Error spotting
  • Parajumbles
  • Idioms and phrases
  • Sentence completion
  • Sentence correction

CAT 2021 Books

The 4 books written by Arun Sharma are considered to be the best books for CAT 2021 preparation.

  • How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT
  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT
  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT
  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT

 

First of all, you should understand the mindset behind purchasing books for offline study.

  1. Of course for conceptual clarity and practice
  2. Whatever you read online on different websites etc., you have to write down notes for preparation purpose. A hardcover book is always handy against straining your eyes on gadgets
  3. A book will help you to swap between topics very easily

 

The total cost including all books(Arun Sharma) is Rs. 2200+

If you find the cost of books on the higher side then you can involve a friend who is also preparing for the CAT test. Both of you contribute and purchase – Smart Work.

 

If you have coaching material from IMS, TIME, Career Launcher, etc. then the same is sufficient for preparation.


CAT 2021 Study Material

Everyone cannot make it to the coaching centres, nor do all coaching provide free study material.

CAT 2021 study material

The links will take you to some free sources available on the internet and some are prepared by Team UOT. Click on the links, download the data and get started.

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CAT 2021 VA/RC Notes

CAT VARC Topics PDF Notes
99 RC with Solution Download
Sentence Correction Download
Parajumble Download
Reading Comprehension Tricks Download

In order to excel in the RC section, one must accept the fact that a lot of reading hours are required.

You can read Newspapers, Novels, Magazines etc. You must allocate at least 45 minutes from your daily schedule to the reading activity.

 

The RC passages in the actual CAT test stretch to a good length and in order to solve them, you must retain the information you read. This retention ability will not develop overnight. Besides retention, there are tons of benefits from reading daily.

 

CAT 2021 will be dominated by a lot of RC passages and it’s definitely an exhausting section as you have to concentrate a lot.

 

In addition to offline reading, I would personally request everyone to carry out the reading activity on screens like smartphones, laptops etc. The actual CAT paper would be on Computer Screen so do develop a habit of reading on screen.


CAT 2021 QUANT Notes

CAT Quant Topics PDF Notes
Handwritten Notes Download
101 Quant Shortcuts Download
Quant Tricks Download
100 Must Solve Quant Questions Download
Quant Question Bank Download

This can be a painful section for engineers as well as non-engineers. The past question papers show the ability of the Quant section to ruin the happiness of CAT aspirants with its level of difficulty.

The plan for Quant is very simple:

  • Understand the concept
  • Practice the concept questions without a timer
  • Sectional mocks to explore strong and weak areas

CAT 2021 DILR Notes

CAT DILR Topics PDF Notes
Handwritten Notes Download
300 Sets of DILR Download
Solved DI Sets Download

DILR, again a mate who ruins the complete game but definitely not an uncertain section. You can be very obvious about your scoring ability in Quant and DILR with practice sessions.

 

CAT test couples up DI and LR to bring up some interesting sets that have a practical orientation. You can master the DILR section with a good hold on calculation tricks and solving different varieties of DILR sets.

Remember, it will require patience to handle this section because some sets will seem to be like out of this universe.


CAT Past Question Papers with Solutions

It is recommended to check out past CAT question papers in order to understand the types of questions asked, number of questions asked from a particular topic, toughness level etc.

It will help you to figure out test strategies as per different sections and the number of questions to attempt.

Year Question Paper Solution
CAT 2020 – Slot 1, 2, 3 Download
CAT 2019 – Slot 1 Download Download
CAT 2019 – Slot 2 Download Download
CAT 2018 – Slot 1 Download Download
CAT 2018 – Slot 2 Download Download
CAT 2017 – Slot 1, 2 Download
2008 Download
2007 Download
2006 Download
2005 Download
2004 November Download
2004 February Download
2003 Download
2002 Download
2001 Download
2000 Download
1999 Download
1998 Download
1997 Download
1996 Download
1995 Download
1994 Download
1993 Download
1992 Download
1991 Download
1990 Download

CAT Formulas PDF

HKF CAT Formula Download
TIME CAT Formula Download

CAT Formulas PDF

CAT Formula PDF by Cracku
Permutations and Combination Download
Simple and Compound Interest Download
Mixtures and Alligations Download
Bayes Theorem & Conditional Probability Download
Progression & Series Download
Time, Distance, Speed & Work Download
Number System Download
Geometry/Mensuration Download
Linear Equations Download
Quadratic Equations Download
Venn Diagrams & Set Theory Download
Profit & Loss Download
Inequalities Download
Logarithm, Surds & Indices Download
Ratio and Proportion Download
Remainder Theorem – Fermat Download
Remainder Theorem – Euler Download
Remainder Theorem – Chinese Download
Remainder Theorem – Wilson Download
Handwritten CAT Formula Book by Non-Engineer
Averages and Mixtures Download
Mensuration Download
Coordinate Geometry Download
Geometry Download
Trigonometry Download
Time, Speed, Distance Download
Time and Work Download
Simple Equations Download
Simple & Compound Interest Download
Ratio and Proportion Download
Profit and Loss Download
Number System Download
Percentages Download
Permutations and Combinations Download
Golden Book for CAT Download

CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for general category students is:

  • The candidate must have passed at least a 3-year bachelor’s degree, from a recognised institute/ University recognised by the University Grants Commission or Association of Indian Universities in any discipline
  • The candidate must have an aggregate of 50%
  • If the marks are given in CGPA format, then the conversion of marks should be done as per the guidelines/ method given by the university/ institute
  • The percentage should be rounded off with two digits after the decimal point.

 

The eligibility criteria for the reserved category is

The candidates belonging to SC, ST, VJ/DT (NT (A)), NT (B), NT(C), NT (D), OBC SBC and SEBC categories and Persons with Disability belonging to Maharashtra State only

  • The candidate must have passed at least a 3-year bachelor’s degree, from a recognised institute/ University recognised by the University Grants Commission or Association of Indian Universities in any discipline
  • The candidate must have an aggregate of 45%
  • If the marks are given in CGPA format, then the conversion of marks should be done as per the guidelines/ method given by the university/ institute
  • The percentage should be rounded off with two digits after the decimal point.

 

CAT 2021 Registration Process

  • Visit the official website of CAT i.e. iimcat.ac.in
  • Register with your email id, name and mobile number.
  • Click on ‘Generate OTP’. An OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number, through which one can verify it’s an account for registration.
  • A registration number and password will be sent to the registered mobile number and email id.
  • One can use this registration number and password to fill the complete form.
  • Fill in all the details, viz academic details, marks of 10th and 12th standard, work experience(if any), the city preferences that the candidate wishes to opt for, etc.
  • The institutes in which the candidate wants to take admission, i.e the preference of IIMs and other institutes can also be selected by the candidate.
  • Click on the ‘SAVE & NEXT’ option, so that the information fed is saved for further process.
  • After all the details are filled in, click on the ‘FINAL SUBMIT’ option.
  • Proceed for payment.

CAT 2021 Test Pattern

Duration of test: 120 minutes

Particulars Number of questions Maximum marks per question MCQ questions Non MCQ questions
Verbal ability and reading comprehension 26 3 21 5
Data interpretation and logical reasoning 24 3 18 6
Quantitative ability 26 3 18 8

 

Important points:

The test is conducted in 3 slots, viz.,

  • Morning
  • Afternoon
  • Evening

There is a negative marking of 1/3rd marks per question, i.e. for each wrong question, 1 mark is deducted from the total score.

CAT 2021 Marking scheme

  • The total number of questions for CAT 2021 is 76.
  • Each question carries 3 marks.
  • Section-wise distribution of time is given. Every section needs to be completed in the given time, i.e 40 minutes.
  • For every wrong answer, 1/3rd of marks will be deducted, i.e., 1 mark will be deducted.
  • There is no negative marking for not attempting any question(s).

How to prepare for CAT 2021 test?

By now everyone has understood the importance of the CAT test and the related details. So, WHAT & WHY is clear but HOW is still pending.

For any student aspiring to pursue a coveted MBA degree from most top B-schools in India, the Common Aptitude Test or CAT is the mother test to be mastered and cleared. Apart from the IIMs, it also opens doors to prestigious institutes like SP Jain Mumbai, FMS Delhi, NITIE Mumbai and a lot more.

Hence, more than 2 lakh students register for this test annually, with this number rising to 2.4 lakhs in the 2019-20 season. In the current season, this number is expected to further rise in light of the job crisis that the Covid-19 crisis might bring upon.

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