CAT Eligibility 2021

The detailed CAT Eligibility 2021 is explained here for the aspirants of CAT 2021 exam. It should be noted that the eligibility for CAT exam is very simple and have remained the same for the past several years and so, it will remain the same this year too. Before starting with the preparation, candidates need to know the complete CAT 2021 eligibility criteria to understand whether they are eligible for CAT this year or not.

CAT Eligibility 2021: Overview

Age Limit For CAT None
Educational Eligibility Graduate
Work Experience None
Minimum Marks in Graduation 50% (45% for Reserved Category)
Reservation As per Category

The detailed eligibility is discussed below. There are certain points regarding the eligibility criteria for CAT that should be known properly. The points that are discussed in this article are:

  • CAT eligibility with respect to the educational qualification
  • CAT exam eligibility for final year graduate students
  • CAT eligibility criteria for students with backlogs
  • CAT eligibility and reservation details

Before going to the eligibility details, it is important to know the details about the CAT exam and what this exam is all about. A brief introduction to the CAT exam is given below. For further details about CAT, check the linked article.

CAT Eligibility

What is CAT exam?

Candidates preparing for CAT (Common Admission Test), is a computer-based test conducted in India by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). The CAT exam is conducted annually by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation. This test score of a candidate help them to take admission into prestigious management institutes of India, most of the questions are asked from quantitative aptitude, data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning. One should check the pattern and the latest CAT 2021 syllabus to know the detailed syllabus topics for the exam and prepare accordingly.

CAT 2021 will be conducted in the last week of November 2021 (tentative) and the result will be published in January 2022. Individuals aspiring to take CAT 2021 exam should check the latest CAT 2021 eligibility criteria before registering for the exam.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021: Academic Qualification

Qualification Required Affiliation Required Pass Percentage
Engineering Degree – B.Tech/ B.E. Recognized by MHRD/AICTE * 50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)
Bachelor’s Degree from any University Recognized by UGC 50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)
Students who are in their final year of Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) are also eligible take CAT Exam** Continuing graduation from University Recognized by MHRD/AICTE or UGC 50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)

Important Notes:

* The University has to be declared incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or declared as a deemed to be a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956.

** Such candidates have to submit a certificate from the Registrar / Principal of their

respective institution or University. The certificate must state that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.


It should be noted that the percentage an individual obtains in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated on the basis of practice followed by the concerned institution (or University). If a percentage conversion scheme is unavailable for a particular University, candidate’s CGPA will be divided by maximum possible CGPA and multiplied the result by 100.

CAT Eligibility With Backlogs

It should be noted that the official IIM admission policy does not state that candidates with backlogs cannot apply for CAT exam. So, any candidate with a backlog in the final year of graduation is also eligible to apply for CAT and complete the registration. To get more information about this, visit CAT Registration With Backlogs.

Reservation Details

The IIMs have included some reservations for the different category students applying for any of the business administration programmes. The reservation details of the IIMs are explained below in a comprehensive way.

Category Reserved Percentage
SC (Scheduled Caste) 15%
ST (Scheduled Tribe) 7.5%
NC-OBC (Non-creamy Other Backward Classes) 27%
PWD (Person With Disability) 3%

It should be noted that the candidates belonging to any of the above-mentioned castes are required to upload the caste certificate during registration and carry a photocopy of it during document verification. For further details about the caste certificate, check the below-given article.

Check: CAT Caste Certificate Format

In the case of PWD category students, they must bring a PWD certificate issued by a competent authority. The different categories of disabilities that are accepted under PWD reservation are the individuals with:

  • Blindness or partial blindness,
  • Hearing disabilities
  • Locomotor disabilities (dwarfism, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, and acid attack victims),
  • Other disabilities like autism, any mental illness, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, etc.

PWD candidates are suggested to go through the Section 39 of PWD Act, 1995 to check the list of all disabilities under this category. It should also be noted that the candidates applying for PWD category should have at least 40% of disability as certified by any medical authority.

Importance of CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria 2021

It is extremely important for the CAT aspirants to be completely acquainted with the CAT eligibility details before applying for the exam. During CAT 2021 registration, candidates will be asked to fill in their details and submit respective documents on the portal. In case of any discrepancies later, the candidature of the candidates can be cancelled without prior notice. It should also be noted that being eligible for CAT does not guarantee admission into the IIMs or any other B-school. CAT scores will be used to shortlist candidates for the further rounds of selection (WAT and PI).

This year, CAT 2021 exam will be conducted in the last week of  November 2021 (tentative). Every year almost 2-3 lakh candidates appear for the exam and only a few make it to their preferred institute. Having proper CAT preparation is the key to ace it.

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