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CAT 2021 Analysis

November 29, 2021

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad conducted the Common Admission Test (CAT) on November 28. The exam was held in three slots in computer-based mode. Slot 1 of the exam was conducted from 8:30 am – 10:30 am, the timing for slot 2 was 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm, and slot 3 was held from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm.

CAT consisted of three sections, Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR).

The data interpretation and logical reasoning sections were a little difficult and time-consuming. There were some changes in reading comprehension passages with the dominance of inference based questions. Students found the exam of moderate difficulty level. Here is a sectional analysis of the paper.

The total number of questions in the CAT 2021 exam was less in comparison to the usual previous year trends. CAT marking scheme remained the same. Each correct attempt has three marks and each wrong attempt gets a negative marking of one mark. All slots were of 66 total marks each and were moderately difficult. Find below the sectional and overall analysis of the CAT 2021 exam.


CAT Exam 2021: Key Highlights

  • The total number of questions in CAT was 66

  • There were 48 multiple choice questions

  • The questions were distributed in the format 24-20-22 (VARC - 24, DILR - 20, QA - 22)

  • The CAT exam duration was 120 mins

  • The sectional time limit of each question was 40 minutes


CAT 2021 Slot 1 Analysis

According to students and experts, CAT slot 1 was easy to moderate.

CAT 2021 Slot 2 Analysis

According to students and experts, CAT slot 2 was moderate to difficult.

CAT 2021 Slot 3 Analysis

According to students and experts, CAT slot 3 was easy to moderate.


Top B-School CAT Cutoff: CAT 80 Percentile & Above

Below are the top B-School CAT Cutoffs for admission 2022. The CAT cut offs in these MBA colleges is 80+ percentile.

Top B Schools

Expected CAT 2021 Cut Off Percentile
Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) New Delhi


Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon




International Management Institute (IMI) New Delhi  88-90
Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad  88-90
K J Somaiya SIMSR Mumbai  83-85
T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal  82-85
FORE School of Management (FSM) New Delhi  85-86
Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management (LBSIM) New Delhi  85-86
Great Lakes Institute of Management (GLIM) Chennai  80-83
Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA) Chennai  80-82
IFMR Graduate School of Business at KREA University  80-82
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon  80-82
Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH), Greater Noida  75-80
Christ University Bengaluru  75-80
XIME Bangalore  75-80
IFIM Business School Bangalore  80
SDMIMD Mysore  80
WE School: Prince L.N.Welingkar Institute of Management, Mumbai  80