CAT Eligibility Criteria 2021 - Academic Qualification and Age Limit

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CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria

I. Educational Qualifications
A candidate is eligible for the exam if he/she holds any of the educational qualifications as stated below:

(a) A Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 50% marks or a CGPA equivalent to 50% and above

In the case of candidates who belong to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe and Person With Disability categories the required minimum marks are 45%

(b) A Ministry of HRD-recognised equivalent qualification. [This also includes the Associate Membership Examination (AMICE) of the Institution of Civil Engineers, India]

(c) Candidates appearing for the final year of their Bachelor’s degree or any equivalent qualification are also eligible to appear for the CAT exam.

Calculation of Percentage Guidelines:

  • The process defined by the University/Institution will be the basis of calculating Percentage obtained in the bachelor’s degree
  • In the case where the University declares only grades or CGPA, the conversion to percentage will again be determined by the process followed by the University concerned.
  • In the absence of a prescribed conversion scheme – The CGPA obtained by the candidate will be divided by the maximum possible CGPA. This result will be multiplied by 100, to arrive at a percentage.
2. Age
There is no age criteria for appearing for CAT 2021 Examination, provided that the other criteria are fulfilled.
Reservation for CAT:
As per the legal requirements in accordance with GoI norms, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste category and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe category candidates.

Further, 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates. Only candidates belonging to the “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC) are eligible for this reservation.