The CAT answer key can be downloaded from the official website of the CAT. Candidates dissatisfied with the answers in the answer key are given a chance to raise an objection. The CAT administration will announce the deadline for submitting the objections. The CAT answer key is available in PDF format on the official website of the IIM CAT.
In this Article,
 Explore CAT YearWise Answer Key
 Highlights of the IIM CAT Answer Key
 How to Download CAT Answer Key
 How to Submit Objection to the CAT Answer Key
 CAT Answer Key Objection
 How to Calculate CAT Score Using the Answer Key
 Frequently Asked Questions on CAT Answer Key
In 2017, IIM Lucknow provided the CAT answer key for the first time in the history of the CAT Exam, with a cost of Rs. 1000 for each objection. This was done to ensure transparency and assist applicants in estimating their probable score prior to the scheduled release of the final result. Aspirants should be aware that the window for submitting objections will only be open for a limited time. After the deadline, the administration will not consider any objection forms. Students can use the CAT Answer Key to compute their approximate percentiles.
Explore CAT YearWise Answer Key
Candidates can download the previous year’s CAT Answer Keys, which will help them to review their responses and compare them to the correct answers. This will be extremely beneficial while working out the previous year’s question papers during preparation for analysing the answers. It will also provide them with a thorough understanding of the exam marking pattern. Listed below are details mentioned in the IIM CAT Answer Key
Candidate’s full name 
Registration number 
CAT 2021 exam location 
Date of the test 
Exam shift 
Question ID 
Question type 
Question status: Answered/ Unanswered 
Option/answer that is correct 
Highlights of the IIM CAT Answer Key
 The CAT answer key is released in the first week of December every year. They can be downloaded using the CAT login credentials created during registration.
 Only those candidates who have appeared for the CAT Exam will be able to obtain the CAT answer keys. Candidates who have only registered but have failed to appear for the exam will not have access to the answer key.
 Candidates can access the CAT answer key for the question paper for the attempted slot. A candidate will not be able to view the answer keys for any slots that they have not taken.
 The CAT experts will examine the objections received for the CAT answer key. If there is no revision in the CAT answer key, the objection will be dismissed and the objection fee will not be refunded. Furthermore, if the candidate’s objection to the questions is found to be valid, the fee will be refunded.
 The CAT revised answer key will include comprehensive solutions for all the questions asked from the three sections namely: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability (QA)
CAT Answer Key 2021
CAT Answer Key 2021 was released by IIM Ahmedabad on 8th December 2021. Candidates were allowed to raise the objections till 11th December, 2021, 5:00 PM. The CAT expert panel reviewed the objections for CAT 2021, and one of 161 questions was valid. There were no changes made to the VARC and DILR sections. In Shift 3, one objection for a nonnegative marking type question from the QA section was revised. IIM Ahmedabad released the revised answer key on 5th January and the scorecards.
Year & Slot 
Official Answer Key 
CAT 2021 Slot 1 – Answer key 

CAT 2021 Slot 2 – Answer key 

CAT 2021 Slot 3 – Answer key 
CAT 2021 Answer Key Discussion
On 28th November, IIM Ahmedabad successfully convened CAT 2021. The difficulty level of CAT 2021 ranged from moderate to difficult, and the answer key for the same was released in the first week of December. Watch the below videos to get a comprehensive slotbyslot analysis of the CAT answer key.
Explore below videos for CAT 2021 VARC Answer Key Detailed Discussion,
Explore below videos for CAT 2021 QA Answer Key Detailed Discussion,
Explore below videos for CAT 2021 DILR Answer Key Detailed Discussion,
CAT Answer Key for 2020
 IIM Indore released the CAT 2020 answer key on 8th December 2020.
 Notably, CAT 2020 was conducted in three slots owing to the pandemic. IIM Indore released the answer key for all three slots.
 The objection management tab for CAT 2020 was open from 8th December 2020 till 11th December 2020.
 There were no revisions in the questions asked in Shift 1 & Shift 3 after the CAT experts evaluated the objections; However, the answer key for one question with Question ID 48916812935 in the QA part of Shift 2 was revised.
 The revised answer key was released on 31st December 2020 and the CAT 2020 results were published by IIM Ahmedabad on 2nd January 2021.
CAT 2020 Answer Key Discussion
IIM Indore administered CAT 2020 in 430 exam centres across the country, with an overall attendance of 83.5 per cent for the three shifts. The CAT administrators ensured that the applicants had a seamless exam experience. In spite of the COVID 19 constraints, the answer key was released, as per the schedule. Join our CAT experts to get a brief summary of the CAT answer key, sectionwise.
Session Name 
Date 
YouTube Video Links 
CAT 2020 – Official Answer Key Released: Explore What next? 
Dec 8 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 1 – QA 
Dec 8 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 1 – QA 
Dec 8 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 1 – DILR 
Dec 8 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 1 – DILR 
Dec 8 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 3 – DILR 
Dec 8 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 3 – DILR 
Dec 8 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 2 – DILR 
Dec 8 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 2 – DILR 
Dec 8 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 2 – QA 
Dec 9 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 2 – QA 
Dec 9 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 1 – VARC 
Dec 9 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 1 – VARC 
Dec 9 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 2 – VARC 
Dec 9 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 2 – VARC 
Dec 9 

CAT 2020  Questions to be Challenged SLOT – 1 
Dec 9 

CAT 2020  Questions to be Challenged SLOT – 2 
Dec 9 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 3 – VARC 
Dec 10 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 3 – VARC 
Dec 10 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 3 – QA 
Dec 10 

CAT 2020  QuestionAnswer & Solution  Slot 3 – QA 
Dec 10 
How to Download CAT Answer Key
 Step 1: Go to iimcat.ac.in, the official website of CAT.
 Step 2 – On the right side of the screen, select the “registered candidate login” option.
 Step 3 – Enter the appropriate login credentials (Login ID andPassword).
 Step 4 – Select the candidate response option from the tabs listed above.
 Step 5 – This option allows you to download your CAT answers for the slot in which you took the CAT exam, and verify each answer with the correct response choice marked in green.
CAT Answer Key Objection
Candidates who take the CAT exam can raise objections to the provisional answer key when it is released. Candidates had the option to raise objections to the CAT 2021 answer key from 8th December – 11th December 2021. This is not a mandatory procedure and applies only to candidates dissatisfied with any answer or in case of any error. The step by step process to raise an objection is outlined below.
How to Submit an Objection to CAT Answer Key
 Step 1: Once you have downloaded the answer key, click on the “Objection Form” option next to the candidate response tab.
 Step2: Select the question number, section, and type of objection. Choose one of the three options below.
 None of the options is a correct answer.
 The answer key is incorrect.
 More than one option is a correct answer.
 Step 3: After selecting the type of objection, candidates are given the option to add up to 500 words of remarks when raising an objection to any question.
 Step 4: Pay the objection fee of Rs.1200.
 Step 5: Submit your response after thorough revision.
*There are no restrictions on the number of objections a candidate can make. However, it is important to note that there is an objection fee of Rs.1200 for every objection raised, and no changes will be accepted after submission.
How to Calculate CAT Score Using the Answer Key
The CAT answer key allows test takers to compare their marked responses to the IIM CAT answer key. Candidates can calculate their probable scores using the formula in the table below. This will help predict their probable CAT score, compare it with the IIM selection criteria and explore their chances of getting into the IIMs and various other Bschools
Features 
MCQs 
NonMCQs 
Unanswered questions 
Marking Scheme for CAT Exam 
+3 For every correct answer 
+3 For every correct answer 
Nil Deduction 
+3 For every correct answer 
Nil Deduction 
Nil Deduction 

Formula to Calculate CAT Raw Score 
Final Raw score: CAT raw score for MCQ+ CAT raw score for nonMCQ 
Frequently Asked Questions on CAT Answer Key
What is the CAT Answer Key?
The answer key contains all of the correct responses to the questions in the CAT Exam. Applicants can assess their performance in the exam using this answer key; they can also verify their answers on the CAT Exam, allowing them to estimate their probable CAT score and plan their MBA admissions to the Bschools, according to the score. The CAT Answer key can only be downloaded online.
When will the CAT 2022 official answer key be released?
The dates for CAT 2022 are yet to be announced by the IIM administration. However, the exam is scheduled to be held on 27th November, 2022 (tentative). After which the CAT Administration will release the answer key on the first week of December (tentative)
Can I confirm my accurate percentile by using the answer key?
Before calculating the percentile, candidates are advised to clearly understand the CAT Score vs Percentile. Aspirants can estimate their probable score using the answer key. However, the CAT Percentile is affected by various factors like No. of Test takers, the total number of seats available, the difficulty level of questions and category.