CAT Answer Key 2021 (Available) – Download PDF, Response Sheet, Objection Details

CAT Answer Key 2021 – The questions and CAT 2021 answer key are available now. You can check it from below. Coaching institutes like career launcher, T.I.M.E, IMS have released the unofficial memory-based answer keys so far. Candidates can use it to evaluate performance in the exam. IIM Ahmedabad will also release the CAT 2021 answer key a few days after the exam. The official CAT answer key is expected to be released in the 1st week of December on the official website i.e. iimcat.ac.in. Candidates can only check the answer key of their CAT 2021 attempt. To check the CAT official answer key, candidates need to log in with their user ID and password. Along with the answer key, candidates can also check their CAT 2021 response sheet and question paper. If the answer key is modified based on the objection received then a final answer key is issued and based on it the final scores for CAT 2021 are calculated.

Latest: CAT 2021 Slot 1, 2, 3 answer key with the questions is out now. Check from the link below.

CAT Answer Key 2021

Answer KeyLink
CAT 2021 Slot 1 Answer KeyClick Here to Check
CAT 2021 Slot 2 Answer KeyClick Here to Check
CAT 2021 Slot 3 Answer KeyClick Here to Check

Download CAT Answer Key – Candidates can click on these links to download the answer key PDF for CAT slot 1 and CAT slot 2.

CAT 2021 Slot 1, 2, 3 Paper Analysis

Candidates can also check CAT 2021 analysis for slot 1, 2, and 3 from below.

SlotsCAT Analysis
Slot 1Check Here
Slot 2Check Here
Slot 3Check Here

CAT Answer Key 2021 Date

The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021 answer key releases a few days after the exam. It takes around 5 to 10 days for the IIM to release the answer key.

As soon as the official schedule for CAT answer key 2021 is released, we will update it here. Until then candidates can refer to the following table for expected dates of answer key related events. These dates are based on the information available for last year.

EventsDates
CAT 2021 exam date28 Nov 2021
Provisional Answer key release1st week of December 2021
Start date to submit objections1st week of December 2021
Last date to submit objections2nd week of December 2021
Final answer key release date4th week of December 2021
CAT 2021 Result1st week of January 2022

The past year trends for the CAT answer key release is as follows:

YearExam DateCAT Answer Key Release Date
202029 Nov08 Dec 2020 (9 days after the exam)
201924 Nov29 Nov 2019 (5 days after the exam)
201825 Nov07 Dec 2018 (11 days after the exam)
201726 Nov07 Dec 2017 (10 days after the exam)

How to Calculate Score Using CAT Answer Key 2021?

Candidates can use the official CAT answer key 2021 to cross-check their answers and calculate their probable CAT score. You can refer to the following steps for calculation of raw score using the answer key:

1st Step: Download the answer key at CAT 2021 candidate login by entering your user id and password that was provided after CAT registration 2021.

2nd Step: After you have downloaded the answer key, you need to add and deduct marks as per the marking scheme. Follow the below given marking scheme:

Type of questionsMarks for correct answerMarks for incorrect answerMarks for unattempted answers
MCQ based questions+3 marks-1 marks0 marks
non-MCQ based questions+3 marks00 marks0 marks

3rd Step: Marks obtained by adding and deducting marks is the total score of the candidate.

CAT raw score = 3 X (no. of correct MCQs + no. of correct non-MCQs) – 1 X (number of wrong MCQs)

For e.g. – If your number of correct MCQs are 19 & no. of correct non-MCQs are 6, and the no. of incorrect MCQs is 5. Then your CAT raw score will be like this.
=> CAT raw score = 3 X (19+6) – 1 X (5)
=> CAT raw score = 70

CAT 2021 Score Vs Percentile

CAT 2021 Expected CutoffClick here to view the expected cutoff for CAT 2021.

Candidates can refer to the below tables for the last 3 years of data of the conversion of sectional scores and overall scores into percentile.

2020

Percentile VARC DILR Quant Overall Score
80 %ile25171957
90 %ile30232769
95 %ile35273383
98 %ile393340101
99 %ile423644106
99.5 %ile474148122

2019

PercentileVA-RCDI-LRQAOverall Score
99 %ile704960162
95 %ile583842130
90 %ile503233108
85 %ile42272892-95

2018

Percentile VARC DILR Quant Overall Score
85 %ile45252595
90 %ile503030105
95 %ile553838120
98 %ile604545140
99 %ile705050150

Types of CAT Answer Key 2021

There are different types of answer keys released for CAT 2021. CAT 2021 answer key is divided into two types – Official answer key and Unofficial answer key.

Official CAT 2021 answer key – The official CAT answer key is released by the conducting body i.e. IIM Ahmedabad. There are two types of official CAT answer keys – Provisional answer key and Final answer key.

Unofficial CAT 2021 answer key – The unofficial answer keys are released by coaching institutes and exam experts. A memory-based CAT answer key is a type of unofficial answer key.

CAT Memory Based Answer Key 2021

The unofficial answer key for CAT 2021 is released by some coaching institutes and exam experts on their respective social media channels or through youtube videos or their own websites. Every year, coaching institutes like T.I.M.E, IMS, Carrer launcher release the unofficial answer key for the CAT exam. The unofficial answer key is released soon after the CAT exam is over for a particular slot. It shall not be 100% correct, however, till the time, the official key is released, candidates can use the unofficial key to calculate their scores.

What is a memory-based answer key? Candidates who appear in CAT 2021, tell questions as per their memory to the coaching institutes. These institutes take such data from numerous candidates and on the basis of it, release the answer key.

CAT 2021 memory-based questions and answers shall be available here after the exam for all slots.

How to Download Official CAT Answer Key 2021?

The official answer key for CAT 2021 is released on the official website i.e. iimcat.ac.in. Hence, to download it, candidates can follow the steps as provided below:

Step 1: Click on the direct link which is provided on this page to download the CAT answer key.

Step 2: Next, candidates have to log in by entering their user id and password, as they did while downloading the CAT admit card 2021.

Step 3: Click on the “Login” button.

Step 4: In the next screen, click on the “Candidate response” tab.

Step 5: Next, click on the relevant link to download the answer key and start cross-checking your answers.

How to Check the CAT 2021 Official Answer Key

To know how to check the answers in the answer key candidates can read below. Refer to the below image for reference.

  • From the answer key, you can deduce the number of questions you have attemted and how many of them are correct, and how many of them are incorrect. You can refer to the below image for reference.

Other than this, the following details are mentioned at the start of the CAT answer key:

  • Subject name
  • Total marks
  • Section id
  • Section number
  • Section type
  • Number of question in each section
  • Section marks, etc.

CAT 2021 Response Sheet and Question Papers

With the answer key of CAT 2021, IIM shall also upload the response sheet of the candidates that shall have the questions asked in the exam and the response of the candidates marked against it. Since the exam is held in the online mode question paper is not available for the students. After the exam, question papers are uploaded for each candidate who appeared for the exam.

The question paper has the below details:

  • Question number
  • Question
  • Question type
  • Question ID
  • Chose option by the candidate
  • Status -answered/marked for review/unanswered/etc.

How to Submit Objections for CAT Answer Key 2021?

You can submit an objection to the answer key if you are not satisfied with the option(s) marked in the key. Along with the objection, candidates will need to submit relevant documents in proof for the objection raised and pay the necessary amount of fee. 

The amount for submitting objection (as per last year) – The candidates have to pay the objection fees of Rs 1200/- per objection using debit cards, credit cards, or net banking.

How to Submit Objection in CAT Answer Key?

In order to submit an objection in CAT 2021 official answer key, you may follow the steps as provided below: 

1st Step – Click on the direct link provided on the page above.

2nd Step – Next log into the dashboard by entering their user id and password.

3rd Step – Now, click on the submit button after which you need to click on the Objection tab as provided on the candidate dashboard.

4th Step – After this, click on the ‘+’  sign to add an objection.

5th Step – Next, select the question number and enter the relevant details as needed. 

  • Finally, you will need to pay the required amount of objection fee. 

If there are changes in the provisional answer key, then IIM Ahmedabad releases a final answer key in the 4th week of December 2021.

Previous Year CAT Question paper and Answer Key

The candidates can download the question paper in the same way as the answer key was downloaded above in the steps. Some question papers with their answer key have been provided below-

Question paper and Answer KeyLink
CAT 2020 Question Paper with answer key Slot 2CAT 2020 Question Paper with Answer Key Slot 2 (aglasem.com)
CAT 2020 Question Paper with answer key Slot 3CAT 2020 Question Paper with Answer Key Slot 3 (aglasem.com)
CAT 2019 Question Paper with answer key Slot 1CAT 2019 Question Paper with Answer Key Slot 1 (aglasem.com)
CAT 2019 Question Paper with answer key Slot 2CAT 2019 Question Paper with Answer Key Slot 2 (aglasem.com)
CAT 2018 Question Paper with answer key Slot 1 CAT 2018 Question Paper with Answer Key Slot 1 (aglasem.com)
CAT 2018 Question Paper with answer key Slot 2CAT 2018 Question Paper with Answer Key Slot 2 (aglasem.com)
CAT 2017 Question Paper with answer key Slot 1CAT 2017 Question Paper with Answer Key Slot 1 (aglasem.com)
CAT 2017 Question Paper with answer key Slot 2CAT 2017 Question Paper with Answer Key Slot 2 (aglasem.com)

CAT 2021 Result

IIM Ahmedabad could release the CAT result 2021 in the 1st week of January 2022 on the official website i.e. iimcat.ac.in. The candidates can check the result by the following mentioned steps given below –

  • Visit the official website i.e. iimcat.ac.in.
  • Click on ‘CAT 2021 Score-card’
  • Login through User ID and Password.
  • You can see your scorecard on the screen now.
  • You can download it and take a printout of it.

Candidates can find these details on the CAT scorecard –

  • Name of the Candidate
  • Date of Birth
  • Address
  • City
  • State
  • District 
  • Email id
  • Category
  • Date and Time of test.
  • Sectional Score
  • Overall Score
  • Overall Percentile
  • Important Instructions
  • Photograph of the candidate

CAT Answer Key 2021 – FAQs

Ques: Is the CAT answer key released?

Ans: Yes a few days after the exam, the official CAT answer key is released under the login of the candidates.

Ques: Is the CAT response sheet also released?

Ans: The response sheet having the questions and the answers marked by the students on the exam day is also released officially.

Ques: How do I download the answer key?

Ans: To download the CAT answer key candidate have to visit the official website and log in with the user ID and password of CAT 2021.

Ques: What are answer keys?

Ans: The answer key is the document that has the correct actual answer to all the questions asked in the exam.

Ques: I think some answers in the answer key are incorrect. What should I do?

Ans: You can submit an objection in the answer key if you are not satisfied with the option(s) marked in the key. Along with the objection, candidates will need to submit relevant documents in proof for the objection raised and pay the necessary amount of fee. 

Ques: What is the CAT response sheet?

Ans: A CAT response sheet is a document that has the answers marked by the candidates on the day of the exam.

Ques: I have found an error in the answer key. How can I submit an objection?

Ans: IN CAT answer key, objections can only be paid online at the candidate login. For each objection, you need to pay Rs. 1200.

Ques: Will the Objection fees be refunded in the CAT answer key?

Ans: Yes, it will be refunded if the objection raised is found to be valid by the examination authority.

Ques: Does IIM releases the CAT answer key?

Ans: Yes, IIMs release answer key for CAT. It is released 5-6 days after the exam.

Ques: How to check CAT 2021 response sheet?

Ans: The response sheet for CAT is released under the candidate login at iimcat.ac.in. To check it, access the candidate by entering the user id and password. Next, in the dashboard look for the question paper. With the question paper, you will get the responses as well.

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