CAT 2021: Exam Analysis, Question Papers, Answer Key (Out), Cutoff

CAT 2021 Exam Analysis

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad conducted the CAT 2021 Exam in three slot. Slot 1, Slot 2 & Slot 3 was held in the Morning (8:30 AM-10:30 AM) , Afternoon (12:30 PM-2:30 PM) and Evening (04:30 PM-6:30 PM) respectively. The CAT is a computer-based test that is designed to assess participant’s aptitude skills in the sections of Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), and Quantitative Ability (QA).

CAT 2021 Exam Analysis are as follow:

CAT 2021 Exam Highlights

1. CAT 2021 was conducted in three Slot .
2. CAT 2021 Exam Duration is 2 hours.
3. There were 66 questions in each slot.
4. Questions were divided into three sections: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR-20), Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC- 24), and Quantitative Ability (QA-22).

CAT 2021 Slot 1 (Morning) Analysis:

Overall Difficulty level of Slot 1 was Easy-Moderate as per the Student’s feedback & Expert’s opinion. 

SectionNo. of QuestionsMCQNon MCQDifficulty level

Good Attempts for 99%ile

Section Time
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)20155Moderate16-1740 Minutes
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)24195Moderate16-1740 Minutes
Quantitative Ability (QA)22148Difficult14-1540 Minutes
Overall664818Moderate46-49120 Minutes

CAT 2021 Slot 2 (Afternoon) Analysis:

Overall Difficulty level of Slot 2 was Moderate as per the Student’s feedback & Expert’s opinion. 

SectionNo. of QuestionsMCQNon MCQDifficulty levelGood Attempts for 99%ileSection Time
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)20155Moderate12-1440 Minutes
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)24195Easy-Moderate16-1840 Minutes
Quantitative Ability (QA)22148Moderate14-1540 Minutes
Overall664818Moderate42-47120 Minutes

CAT 2021 Slot 3 (Evening) Analysis:

Overall Difficulty level of Slot 3 was Moderate as per the Student’s feedback & Expert’s opinion. 

SectionNo. of QuestionsMCQNon MCQDifficulty levelGood Attempts for 99%ileSection Time
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)20155Easy-Moderate16-1740 Minutes
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)24195Moderate12-1340 Minutes
Quantitative Ability (QA)22148Moderate13-1440 Minutes
Overall664818Moderate41-44120 Minutes

CAT 2021 Question Papers

 SlotsCAT Question Paper 2021
CAT 2021 Slot 1 Question PaperClick here to download CAT 2021 Slot 1 Question Paper
CAT 2021 Slot 2 Question PaperClick here to download CAT 2021 Slot 2 Question Paper
CAT 2021 Slot 3 Question PaperClick here to download CAT 2021 Slot 3 Question Paper

CAT 2021 Answer Key (Out)

 SlotsCAT 2021 Answer Key
CAT 2021 Slot 1 Answer KeyTo be updated
CAT 2021 Slot 2 Answer KeyTo be updated
CAT 2021 Slot 3 Answer KeyTo be updated

CAT 2021 Cutoff

CAT 2021 Expected cutoff by IMS India:
Percentile Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
99.5 percentile 104 98 94
99 percentile 97 92 86
97 percentile 86 81 75
95 percentile 72 68 63
90 percentile 59 56 52
85 percentile 52 49 45
80 percentile 44 42 39
Expected Cut Off for CAT 2021 for IIMs:

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