CAT 2021 Application Form: Dates, Registration, Form-Filling & Correction

CAT stands for Common Admission Test. It is a management entrance examination. Are you interested in CAT registration? If yes, this post will be of help to you. In this post, we will have an in-depth analysis of CAT 2021 application process.

CAT Application

Each year, hundreds of thousands of candidates register for CAT examination. It is a popular management admission test in India. This post has been crafted keeping the needs of CAT applicants and aspirants in mind.

 

Here, readers will find the following details – CAT application form (dates and details), registration process (step by step guide), documents required and application fee. In short, this post contains all the important details that you need to know about CAT application process.

 

Come, let us take a quick look at CAT application process-overview:

Name of entrance exam: CAT (Common Admission Test)
Level: National
Mode of application process: Online

 

CAT is a national level competitive examination. This examination is conducted by IIMs. IIMs are premier B-Schools in India. IIM stands for Indian Institute of Management. An IIM is an institute of national importance that offers PG level management education programs (MBA, PGDM and other programs).

 

The main aim of CAT examination is to facilitate admission of eligible candidates into PG level management programs (like MBA and PGDM) in IIMs across India. Apart from IIMs, numerous top B-Schools across India are known to accept CAT score for facilitating admission process.

 

MBA and PGDM admission aspirants will benefit from this post. After going through this post, readers will find answers to the following questions – How to register for CAT? How to fill CAT application form? How to correct/edit my CAT application form? And other questions.

 

First of all, let us check out important dates related to CAT application process –

 

Important dates

Event Date
Online application process will start on 1st/2nd week of August, 2021
Last date to submit application form 3rd/4th week of September, 2021
Admit card will be released on 1st/2nd week of October, 2021

 

What’s CAT registration process like, some of you may ask. Come, let us take a closer look at CAT registration process –

 

CAT 2021 Application Process

CAT registration process consists of the following stages – primary registration, form-filling, payment of application fee and submission of application form. Come, let us take a closer look at each stage now –

 

Steps to register for CAT 2021

  1. Visit the official website of CAT (iimcat.ac.in).
  2. If you have not registered for CAT yet, click on ‘register’ button.
  3. Fill up the registration form by entering the following details – candidate’s name, date of birth, email address, country and mobile number.
  4. Click on ‘generate OTP’ button.
  5. Go through the declaration text and click on ‘I agree’ tab/button.
  6. Enter the captcha code/security pin.
  7. Click on ‘submit’ button.
  8. A candidate will receive his/her CAT user id and password via SMS and E-Mail.
  9. Registration process is complete.

 

After completing registration process, a candidate may move to the next stage – application form-filling. Come, let us check out the steps involved in this process –

 

Steps to fill CAT 2021 application form

  1. After completing registration process, visit the official website of CAT (iimcat.ac.in).
  2. You are a registered candidate now. So click on ‘login’ button.
  3. Access the login page, enter your user id and password.
  4. Click on ‘login’ button.
  5. Check the applicant details page and check your personal details.
  6. Click on the ‘go to application form’ link.
  7. Access the application page. This page consists of the following sections – personal details, academics, work experience, programmes, test city and payment.
  8. Fill up the personal details section by entering the following details – Candidate’s name, father’s/husband’s/guardian’s name, mother’s name, date of birth, gender, nationality, Aadhar card number, category, disability (if any) etc.
  9. Enter address information – address of residence, city/town, district, state/UT, country, pin-code etc.
  10. Enter contact information – primary email id, alternate email id, primary mobile number, emergency mobile number etc.
  11. Upload scanned image of your passport size photograph and signature.
  12. Click on ‘save and continue’ button.
  13. Enter academic details (10th class) – name of education board, year/month of passing, total marks, marks secured, aggregate percentage etc.
  14. Enter academic details (12th class or equivalent) – course type, maximum marks, marks secured, aggregate percentage etc.
  15. Enter Bachelor’s Degree details – pass status and whether you are studying in the final year of Bachelor’s Degree program or not.
  16. Enter Master’s Degree and other professional Degree details.
  17. Click on ‘save and continue’ button.
  18. Candidates who possess work experience must mention the following details – industry type, duration of work experience etc.
  19. Click on ‘save and continue’ button.
  20. Enter your choice of programmes.
  21. Click on ‘save and continue’ button.
  22. Enter your choice of test city.
  23. Click on ‘save and continue’ button.
  24. Select your preferred mode of payment and click on ‘make payment’ button.
  25. You will get confirmation message via email.
  26. Download your CAT application form and take its printout for further use/reference.

 

While filling up CAT registration and application form, a candidate must provide the following details –

 

Details required

  • For filling registration form: Candidate’s name, date of birth, email address, country and mobile number.
  • Personal details: Candidate’s name, father’s/husband’s/guardian’s name, mother’s name, date of birth, gender, nationality, Aadhar card number, category, disability (if any) etc.
  • Address: address of residence, city/town, district, state/UT, country, pin-code etc.
  • Contact details: primary email id, alternate email id, primary mobile number, emergency mobile number etc.
  • Scanned documents: Candidate’s passport size photograph and signature specimen, category certificate (if applicable) and PwD certificate (if applicable).
  • Preferences: Choice of programmes and test center.
  • Work experience: Duration of work experience and type of industry.

 

CAT 2021 Application Fee

Here’s category-wise application fee –

Category Fee
SC/ST/PwD 950 INR
General/OBC 1900 INR

 

A candidate may pay his/her application fee online. There are different payment modes to choose from – credit/debit cards, net banking, Paytm etc.

 

Important documents required

  • A valid email id
  • An active mobile number
  • Academic certificates
  • Scanned documents
  • Aadhar card
  • Category certificate (if applicable)
  • PwD certificate (if applicable)
  • Credit/debit card for paying application fee

 

Keeping the above mentioned things/documents ready will simplify the application process. For example, a candidate is supposed to enter his/her Aadhar card number. Keeping the card ready will help you enter the number quickly.

 

Guidelines for scanned images

While filling up the application form, a candidate is supposed to upload the following documents –

  • Latest passport size photograph of the candidate
  • Candidate’s signature specimen
  • Category certificate (if applicable)
  • PwD certificate (if applicable)

 

Document Size Format
Photograph Not exceeding 80KB JPG/JPEG
Signature specimen Not exceeding 80KB JPG/JPEG
Category certificate PDF
PwD certificate PDF

 

  • All scanned images must be clear, not blurry.
  • Dimension of photograph: 30 x 45mm.
  • Dimension of signature: 80 x 35mm.
  • Minimum image resolution (photograph and signature) should be 150px/inch.
  • Upload your latest passport size photograph (not older than 6 months).
  • Don’t wear cap/mask/sun-glass/dark glass while getting the photograph clicked.
  • Signature specimen must be on white paper.
  • Sign using black or blue inked pen only.

 

CAT 2021 Application Form Correction

Here are the steps involved in CAT application form correction process –

  1. Visit the official website of CAT (iimcat.ac.in).
  2. Search for ‘form correction’ link or tab and click on it.
  3. Enter your credentials (user id and password) and login.
  4. Modify details where required (details or scanned images).
  5. Click on ‘save’ button.

 

Primarily, form correction process has been provided to help applicants change or edit scanned images. It is not uncommon to see scanned image of a candidate’s photograph and/or signature specimen get rejected by the authorities. The form correction window has been created to help applicants change images on their application form. Apart from images, candidates are also allowed to edit certain details on the application form.

 

If you want to rectify a mistake, and are unable to do it via form correction option, you may contact CAT help-desk ([email protected]) and ask for assistance.

 

Let us check out whether you are eligible to apply for CAT or not –

 

General instructions

  • Make sure that you are eligible to apply (before filling the application form).
  • Fill up and submit the application form before the deadline.
  • Fill up the application for correctly. Revise it before submitting.
  • Enter a valid email id while registering.
  • Enter a working mobile number while registering.
  • Keep necessary documents ready while filling up the form.
  • Make sure that scanned documents adhere to the guidelines set by the authorities.
  • Take printout of the form/confirmation page.
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