New Delhi, 2 September 2021 – Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad has made a few changes in the eligibility criteria for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2021. Now, the students issued with a ‘promotion/pass’ certificate, instead of a ‘marks’ certificate (in any of the last 2 years of graduation) due to the pandemic can apply for CAT using the ‘promotion or pass’ option in the application form.
CAT 2021 – Revised Eligibility Criteria in Detail
Candidates with ‘promotion/pass’ certification instead of ‘marks’ certificates can apply for the CAT exam 2021 by choosing the ‘promotion or pass’ option in the application/registration form.
This revised eligibility relaxation is also applicable for final year graduation students who have received an ‘award of marks’ certification. This will allow the aspirants to submit the application forms despite the requirements of minimum eligibility criteria of 50% (general) and 45% (SC/ST/PwD) respectively.
Students must note that this exception in the eligibility criteria is only applicable for students who have either completed or are in the final year of graduation this year.
CAT 2021 – What Happened Earlier?
To ensure that the students are promoted/provided with degrees at an appropriate time, universities and colleges across the country have been altering their assessment criteria for the past two years. Since the students were promoted even when the institutions failed to conduct exams, various universities issued ‘promotion/pass’ certificates instead of the ‘marks’ certificates.
This led to the CAT authorities receiving a variety of complaints and calls from the students. Hence, the IIM committee introduced a few exceptions for the CAT registration 2021.
The aspirants must keep in mind that this announcement is only applicable to the CAT eligibility criteria for writing the CAT entrance test. Applicants are advised to look at and follow respective institution-specific admission policies.