CAT Answer Key

CAT Answer Key

CAT 2021 was held on 28th of November and the CAT ‘Answer Key’ is expected to be published around the first week of December, 2021 by IIM Ahmedabad. It helps candidates, calculate their tentative CAT scores and have an idea about the institutes where they can place their applications and get a call for MBA. Here are a few details on the ‘CAT Answer Key’ release, which may assist you in making sensible decisions ahead of time.

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When the CAT Answer Key will Release?

The answers to the CAT exams are released soon may be in the first week of December. The Answer is published on the official website of IIM CAT in a downloadable PDF format.

The purpose of the release of Answer Key is to ensure transparency, by allowing candidates to check and match their answers with the actual answers to ascertain, how many correct answers they obtained. Answer Key also helps candidates to raise genuine queries against wrong answers. Once having scrutinized the objections raised by candidates, CAT Centre releases a final answer key before the CAT exam results.

The Answer Key can be downloaded by logging on to the IIM website with CAT login ID and password. Slot wise response sheet is released separately, so that the CAT exam takers can bring up & file objections, if any. The Answer Key can be challenged with a fee of Rs 1200 for each objection.

  • The Answer Key is available only to the candidates who have appeared for CAT 2021 exam. The key is only available for the question paper that the candidate attempted.
  • A final answer key has detailed solutions for three sections viz. VARC, DILR and QA
  • In the CAT Answer Key, CAT answers will be available for all the question sets of the CAT exam 2021.

Tentative Answer Key Dates

As the CAT exam ends, candidates get inquisitive about the release of answer keys and results. The information is updated on iimcat.ac.in. timely. Going by the past dates, answer keys release in about two to three days from the CAT examination and the CAT results are declared by the second week of the next January.

First, the provisional answer keys for all three slots are released, after which objections can be presented in 3 to 4 days. The result and final answer keys are published later.

Events of CAT 2021 Exam Approximate Key Dates for CAT Answer Key 2021
Release of Provisional CAT Answer Key 2021 1st Week, December 2021
Start Date for raising objections to CAT Answer Key 1st Week, December 2021
Last Date for raising objections to CAT Answer Key 2nd Week, December 2021
Final Answer Key Release 1st Week, January 2022
CAT Result 1st Week, January 2022

Steps to Download CAT Answer Key

  • STEP 1: Login with your credentials (CAT ID and password) on the official website of IIM CAT.
  • STEP 2: Your Personal CAT page appears next and you need to click the ‘Candidate Response’ tab to follow the instructions.
  • STEP 3: Download your ‘Response Sheet’. You can check each question and its answer status (marked green). The document contains all correct answers, the answers that you marked, along with questions for the slot in which you appeared.
  • STEP 4: For any objections, you can submit your doubts in the ‘Objection Form’.

Calculating CAT Score with the Help of Answer Key

To calculate CAT 2021 score with the help of answer key, follow the below steps:

  • For every correct answer, allot 3 marks.
  • For every incorrect answer, 1 mark is deducted.
  • Subtract total marks deducted from the total marks scored, to get raw CAT score.

Also Read: What if your CAT Score is low?

How to Raise an Objection

  • Usually, the last date for raising objections to CAT answer key is 3 days from the release of the answer key.
  • The objection form will be released on the next day of release of CAT 2021 answer key
  • Changes will not be allowed after submission of the objection form
  • An objection fee of Rs.1200/- per objection needs to be presented with the form. The Fee is non-refundable.
  • If the objections stands valid, corrective actions will be taken by IIMs.

Unofficial Answer Keys

In the meantime, candidates can also refer to the unofficial response sheet. Unofficial response sheets and answer keys are published by experts of top CAT coaching institutes. Candidates can use them to assess their CAT performance. The unofficial CAT answer keys can be retrieved online, on the respective websites of the coaching institutes. These may have some variations but you can still assess your tentative CAT exam scores.

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Few of NON IIMs accepting CAT score

  • TAXILA - Jaipur
  • Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), University of Delhi
  • Indian School of Business, Hyderabad
  • Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT)
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS)
  • National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE)
  • S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR)
  • XLRI Xavier School of Management (XLRI)
  • Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIMI)
  • MDI GURGAON