CAT 2021 Registration - All About Application Process, Fee, Mode of Payment

CAT 2021 Registration to commence from July 2021. Find out more about CAT application details, application fee, important dates to apply and much more.

Created On: Apr 22, 2021 09:54 IST
Modified On: Apr 22, 2021 13:55 IST

CAT 2021 Registration: CAT 2021 Registration window opens generally in the month of July. Candidates can expect the registration to commence either from the last week of July or from the First week of August 2021.

The registration for the exam is online and candidates can register themselves at Click on the direct link provided below to register for one of the most coveted MBA entrance exam. 

CAT 2021 Registration - Direct Link

(Click Here- To be Activated) 

In addition to extending the deadline, IIM Indore has also introduced changes in the exam pattern this year. Find out changes in the CAT 2021 exam pattern by clicking here.  

Last year, the CAT exam notification was released on 29th July with the lunch of the new CAT 2021 website and IIM Indore conducted the MBA entrance exam. 

In this article, find out all about the CAT application process, CAT application fee, mode of fee payment and many more details related to CAT 2021 registration. Eligible and interested candidates can apply for the CAT exam by filling the online CAT application form. However, before applying for the exam, do read the CAT eligibility criteria carefully. Candidates are also required to pay CAT application fee through online mode.  

Recommended Books for CAT 2021 Preparation:

CAT 2021: QA Books

Quantum CAT by Sarvesh K Verma

The Pearson Guide to Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretation by Nishit Sinha 

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT: This reference book by Arun Sharma

CAT 2021: DI & LR Books

How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT Common Admission Test by Arun Sharma

Pearson Guide to Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT and Other MBA Entrance Examinations

How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT Common Admission Test

CAT 2021: VARC Books

Word Power Made Easy

Barron’s Pocket Guide to Vocabulary

How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay (Tata McGraw-Hill)

Wiley ExamXpert Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: Capt. A K Kalia

CAT 2021 exam is conducted for admission to postgraduate courses i.e. MBA/PGDM offered by the IIMs. There are other non-IIM institutes that accept CAT score for admission to MBA courses. You can apply for the non-IIMs through Here are the instructions that will help you during the CAT registration process. Read them carefully to apply for the MBA entrance exam:

CAT 2021 Registration Process

Before registering for the CAT exam, candidates have to register to generate a User ID and Password. CAT User ID is an important element using which candidates will be able to register for the CAT exam, make fee payment, download the CAT admit card.

Generally, the CAT registration form is expected to be a single document divided in 5 pages. Applicants would be required to provide their personal details in the 1st part of CAT registration form. The 2nd part will be about academic information, so if this year, the CAT registration form followed the same pattern, keep the documents ready to fill the marks scored in the 10th, 12th and graduation. The 3rd part is generally about work experience and finally aspirants are required to choose programmes and IIMs in the order of their preference.  

CAT 2021: Exam Registration Guide

The CAT website i.e. is made available for the purpose of exam registration. The exam conducting body i.e. IIM Indore will release a CAT 2021 registration guide and video with an objective to aid the candidates in understanding how to fill the form and make fee payment. Before you register for the CAT exam, it is recommended that ‘do watch the video and read the registration guide’ which talks about the forms that you would need at the time of CAT exam registration. Any discrepancy at the time of registration can cost you re-registration and payment of fee again. This process might seem time taking but would help you avoid blunders during registration.

CAT Exam was conducted on 29th November in 3 shifts last year. Find out the shift timings of CAT exam as under:-

CAT Exam Shifts

CAT Shift Timings


8:30am - 10:30am


12:30pm - 2:30pm


4:30pm - 6:30pm

How to Register for CAT 2021

Read the instructions mentioned below before you fill the CAT application form:

Before filling CAT application form

Here are a few instructions that you must keep in mind before getting registered for the CAT entrance exam.

1) The registration process begins with the 'New Candidate Registration' where you will receive a new User ID and Password to apply for the CAT exam.

2) You will receive the CAT User ID on your registered email address and Password on your registered mobile number (via SMS). Fill the online CAT application form using the registered CAT User ID and Password.

3) Provide correct information pertaining to Name, Date of Birth, Mobile Number and Email Address. Double check before submitting the CAT application form because these information cannot be changed at a later stage when the CAT application correction window is opened.

1. Visit the official website of IIM CAT i.e.

2. Click on the 'Registered Candidate Login' option which is provided on the right side of the homepage.

3. You will be redirected to another window.

4. Provide your generated CAT User ID and Password to fill the CAT application form 

5. Create your Profile with true and correct information. In the CAT application form, there are five windows in which details such as: Personal Details, Academic qualifications, Work Experience, Programmes, Test City of preference, are to be filled.

6. Submit the CAT Application form after providing all the necessary details.

7. The final step is to make online payment through Net banking/Credit card/Debit card. The CAT 2021 application fee payment partners are Bill Desk and PayU. The fee payment window will appear like this:

CAT 2021 Application fees

Another crucial aspect of CAT registration is the CAT Application fee. The CAT registration fee has been increased minimally last year. Take a look at the CAT application fee as it was in the previous year:


Registration Fee(s) in 2020

General / NC-OBC

Rs. 2000/-


Rs. 1000/-

In 2019, IIM Kozhikode (IIM-K) decided the CAT application fee to be Rs. 1900/- which has seen a jump of INR 100/- in 2021. For the other reserved category aspirants the application fee for CAT exams was INR 950/- only.

CAT exam conducting body has also stated that once the fee is paid, it will not be refunded under any circumstances. So, candidates are advised to fill the CAT registration form carefully.

Perks for Women Candidates

CAT MBA entrance exam will be conducted in 156 test cities and the female candidates got an opportunity to take the test in their domicile city. This move is aimed at encouraging the female candidates take the test eagerly and would also invite more participation from both the genders without a bias.

This perk is also aimed at enhancing the gender diversity in the IIMs. It is expected that after this announcement the absentee ratio among the female candidates to take the exam will gradually reduce. When the first time this initiative commenced in 2015, it became a hit and an increase in the attendance of females was quite evident.

For other candidates, CAT will provide an opportunity to choose up to 4 test centers depending upon the convenience of the candidate. The final decision to allot the test center is reserved with the exam conducting body i.e. IIM Calcutta.

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CAT 2021 Application Correction – How to make Changes?

The CAT Application correction window option allows candidates to edit discrepancy in the photograph and signature being uploaded at the time of registration. Candidates can also change their test city preference if chosen wrong by any chance. For any other errors and related corrections in the CAT application form, candidates are advised to contact the CAT 2021 help desk.

Errors Not Subject to Change

Mistakes in email address, date of birth, mobile number, etc are cannot be rectified and in this case the applicant need to register again with a new email ID. No refund shall be provided for the basic errors occurring due to these discrepancies. Find out how to makes changes in the CAT application form as per the instructions mentioned below:-

Step 1 - Visit

Step 2 - Click on the “Existing User” tab

Step 3 - Enter your allotted User ID and Password and click on “Login” tab

Step 4 – You can change or modify your photograph and signature if it is blurred or not as per the specifications and are allowed to change CAT 2021 test city preference as well

Step 5 - After you have carefully done the changes, click on “Save” button

Step 6 - Download and take print out of the CAT 2021 registration form

Rectification of errors in CAT Registration form

Caution! Once you press the ‘SUBMIT button’ after filling all the details, you will not be able to make any changes in the CAT application form. Rectification of errors is not welcomed so it is advisable that you double check the filled in information or else you might end up re-registering and paying application fee. Do not submit your CAT registration form unless you are sure of all the details put in the form.

For further assistance, candidates can contact at the CAT helpdesk in and can also use the 1-800-209-0830 (Toll Free).

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