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CAT 2022: Exam Date, Registration, Pattern, Syllabus, Preparation, Question Papers, and Cut off

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Sachin Gupta

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CAT 2022 exam is expected to be held on the last Sunday of November 2022, i.e. November 27 in 3 slots. CAT exam is conducted by one of the 20 IIMs every year. CAT 2022 Registration will begin with the release of the official notification tentatively in July/ August 2022.

  • To appear for CAT 2022, candidates must have completed their graduation with at least 50% marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD). Also, there is no upper age limit to take CAT exam. Check CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria
  • As per the revised CAT exam pattern, the paper will have 66 questions divided into 3 sections- VARC (24), DILR(20), and QA(22). The duration of the exam will be 120 minutes.
  • As per the marking scheme, 3 marks will be awarded for the correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for wrong answers. Check CAT Syllabus 2022
  • CAT exam is gradually changing from a knowledge-based test to an IQ-based test.
  • To begin preparation for CAT 2022, candidates are advised to download and solve the previous year CAT question papers to get familiar with the syllabus and the difficulty level and type of questions asked. Check CAT Preparation Books & Strategy

What is CAT? CAT stands for Common Admission Test. It is a national-level MBA/ PGDM entrance test conducted for admission in 20 IIMs and 1000+ other CAT score accepting B-schools. Every year around 2,00,000 candidates apply for CAT exam to get admission to 5000+ MBA/ PGDM seats. Based on the previous year’s trends, CAT Cut off for top IIMs is above 95 percentile, while for other top colleges it ranges between 80-95 percentile.

Read the article to know more about CAT 2022 preparation plan, study notes, pattern, syllabus, important dates, and much more.

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CAT Exam Dates

CAT 2022 Exam Dates

Events Dates (Tentative)
CAT 2022 Official Notification 4th week of July 2022
CAT 2022 Application form release date 1st week of August 2022
Last date to apply for the application form 2nd week of September 2022
Last date to submit the fees for the Application Form 2nd week of September 2022
CAT 2022 Form Correction Window shall open 3rd week of September 2022
CAT 2022 Admit Card Release date 4th week of October 2022
CAT 2022 Exam date 4th week of November 2022
CAT 2022 Result announcement date 1st week of December 2022

Check CAT 2022 Exam Dates

CAT 2021 Latest Updates

CAT 2021 IIM Admission Criteria and qualifying cut offs have been released by all the IIMs on their official websites.

  • CAT 2021 IIM admission process includes 3 stages- shortlisting of candidates based on the qualifying CAT 2021 Cut off scores, screening for WAT/ PI, and preparation of final merit list based on composite scores.
  • For IIM Ahmedabad Admission through CAT 2021, the PI shortlist has been released and the PI and AWT rounds will begin soon.
  • The application window for admission to IIM Visakhapatnam is open till March 15, 2022. Check IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Process & Criteria
  • IIM CAP counselling personal interview round has started for the shortlisted candidates. Check CAT Counselling 2021
CAT Exam Highlights

CAT 2022 Exam Highlights

Particulars Details
Name of Exam CAT (Common Admission Test)
CAT 2022 Conducting Body IIM, Indian Institute of Management
CAT Official Website iimcat.ac.in
Frequency of CAT exam Once every year
CAT Application Process Online
CAT Application Fees
  • INR 2200 for GN category
  • INR 1100 for Reserved category
Minimum Marks Eligibility 50% and 45% in Graduation for GN & Reserved category respectively
Duration of CAT Exam 2 Hours
Number of Sections 3 Sections:
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Number of Questions 66
Medium of Exam English (Exam is conducted in CBT mode)
Admission 20 IIMs + Various other Institutes
Courses Offered MBA/ PGDM in various streams
CAT Helpdesk cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in; 1800-2090-830
CAT Eligibility

CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria

To fill CAT Application forms, candidates need to fulfill certain eligibility criteria defined by the exam conducting authorities.

  • Graduation: It is mandatory to have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in any discipline from a recognized university.
  • Minimum Marks: Candidates must have scored at least 50% in graduation. For reserved category candidates, the minimum aggregate marks are 45%. Read CAT 2022 Reservation
  • Age: There is no upper age limit criteria to appear for CAT 2023.
  • Final Year Students: Final year students can also apply for the exam, however, they will be given admission only if they meet the minimum marks criteria of 50% (40% for SC/ ST/ PwD) after graduation. Furthermore, those who have completed their final examination and are awaiting results can also apply.
  • Professional Degrees: Candidates with CA/CS/ICWA degrees are also eligible to fill CAT application form.
  • Number of Attempts: There is no limit on the number of attempts for CAT exam.

Read detailed CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022

CAT Registration

CAT 2022 Registration

Every year around 2 lakh candidates register for CAT exam. CAT Registration is the first step in getting admission to MBA programs offered by IIMs, IITs, and other top colleges.

  • CAT 2022 registration process will be completely online and the application forms will be released on the official website- iimcat.ac.in.
  • CAT 2022 Application window will be open for 5-6 weeks from the first week of August till the second week of September 2022.

CAT 2022 Registration Process

New Candidate Registration: Generate CAT User ID and Password

Candidates need to create their login credentials- CAT ID and Password on the official website-iimcat.ac.in by following the below-mentioned steps:

  • Visit the official website and click on the ‘Register’ tab under the ‘New Candidate Registration’ section.
  • Enter the basic details- email, name, contact number, country, and date of birth, etc., and click on ‘Submit’ to get an OTP.
  • Enter the OTP and Captcha code and click on ‘I Agree and Submit’.
  • Your CAT User ID and password will be generated and sent on your registered email id. Note it down for all future correspondence.

Fill CAT Application Form

Now, log in using the user ID and password generated in the previous step to fill CAT application form 2022. The below-mentioned details have to be filled in CAT application form:

  • Personal Details: Date of Birth, Category, Gender, Nationality, Details of Parents, Address of correspondence, Emergency contact details.
  • Academic Details: Class 10th marks, class 12th marks, graduation and postgraduation scores, professional degree/ course details.
  • Work Experience Details: Although not a mandatory field, you can enter full-time work experience details in this section.
  • IIM Program Preference: Candidates need to select the IIM institute, the program they wish to apply for, and the interview city.
  • CAT Exam City Preference: Candidates can select 6 CAT exam cities from the drop-down list based on their convenience of time and travel. Check CAT 2022 Exam Centers

Upload Documents

While filling CAT application form 2022, scanned images of the below-mentioned documents have to be uploaded:

  • Photograph: Recent photograph (not older than 6 months) in .jpg/ .jpeg format. File size should be less than or equal to 80kb.
  • Signature: Signature should be done only in black ink on a white paper. Size of the image (.jpg/ .jpeg) should not be more than 80kb. The recommended dimension is 80mm x 35mm.
  • NC-OBC/ SC/ ST Certificate: Self-attested scanned copy of category certificate in PDF format. The maximum file size allowed is 200 kb.
  • PwD Certificate: Download the PwD certificate from the official CAT 2022 website. Fill the details, self attest, and upload as a PDF file of 200 kb or less.

Read CAT Document Upload Guidelines

Pay CAT 2022 Registration Fee

CAT 2022 Application fee needs to be paid online after completing the above steps. The registration fee can be paid via Debit Card. Credit Card, Net Banking, UPI, or online wallets.

Category CAT Application Fee
General/ NC-OBC INR 2200
SC/ ST INR 1100
PwD/ DA INR 1100

CAT 2022 Form Correction

CAT 2022 Form Correction window will be opened for a few days after the completion of the registration window. Candidates who have paid the application fee within the stipulated time will be able to edit the below-mentioned details:

  • Signature
  • Photograph
  • Test City Preferences

CAT Registration Statistics

CAT Exam Registration Statistics
CAT Exam Year Total Number of Registrations
2021 2,29,969
2020 2,27,835
2019 2,44,169
2018 2,41,000
2017 2,31,000
2016 2,32,292
2015 2,18,664
2014 2,18,664
CAT Exam Pattern

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

CAT exam pattern was revised in 2021 by IIM Ahmedabad and these changes are expected to continue for CAT 2022 exam as well. So, as per CAT Exam Pattern 2022, the question paper will be divided into 3 sections having a total of 66 questions.

  • Mode of Exam: CAT 2022 will be conducted in online CBT mode at 438+ test centers located across 158+ major cities of India.
  • Medium of CAT Exam: It is conducted only in the English language.
  • CAT Exam Duration: 120 minutes for the entire paper
  • Sectional Time Limit: 40 minutes for each of the 3 sections.
  • Type of Questions: MCQs and TITA-type questions
  • Number of Questions: 66 questions (70-75% MCQs and 25-30% TITA-type questions)
  • Number of Sections: 3 sections- Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA), and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR).
  • CAT Marking Scheme: 3 marks awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark deducted for every wrong answer. No negative marking for TITA-type questions.
  • Sectional Distribution of Questions:
Weightage of QA, VARC, and DILR in CAT
CAT Section Number of Questions Total Marks
CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 24 72
CAT Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 20 60
CAT Quantitative Aptitude 22 66
Total 66 198

CAT 2022 Marking Scheme

Given below is the CAT exam marking scheme for MCQ and TITA-type questions:

Particulars MCQs TITA-type Questions
Correct Answer +3 +3
Incorrect Answer -1 No Negative Marking
Unanswered - -
CAT Syllabus

CAT 2022 Syllabus

CAT Syllabus includes topics from 3 subjects- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA), and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR).

  • CAT VARC Syllabus includes topics like grammar, vocabulary, RC passages, and para jumbles.
  • CAT DILR Syllabus comprises DI sets based on tables, graphs & charts, caselets, and LR sets based on analytical & non-verbal reasoning.
  • CAT Quant Syllabus consists of class 10th and 12th standard topics of Mathematics like arithmetic, algebra, numbers, geometry, etc.

CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

CAT 2022 Preparation Strategy, Study Plan, and Topper Tips

CAT 2022 exam will be conducted on November 27, 2022, hence there is enough time to prepare for the exam. With more than 2 lakh candidates competing for around 5000 seats, it becomes essential to prepare well for the exam.

  • To begin with CAT 2022 Preparation, one should solve & analyze previous year question papers, go through the detailed subject-wise exam analysis and focus on covering at least 70% of the syllabus in 2-3 months.
  • Some of the most important aspects of CAT exam preparation include:
    • referring to CAT books by Arun Sharma and Nishit K Sinha
    • enrolling in online classes & test series offered by coaching institutes like Unacademy, Career Launcher, IMS India, T.I.M.E, etc.
    • solving overall & section-wise sample papers and mock tests.

For most aspirants, the first question that comes to mind is How to Prepare for CAT exam. Hence, candidates can go through the below-mentioned section-wise CAT 2022 preparation tips and strategies.

CAT Preparation for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Questions in DILR section are asked in the form of Sets of 4-5 questions and cracking one set accurately will fetch you 12-15 marks.

  • For CAT DI preparation, solve at least 5-6 DI sets every week from different types of data sets- bar graphs, line graphs, pie charts, tabular data, and caselets.
  • To manage time while solving DI questions, be thorough with important ratio-percentage conversions, profit & loss, averages, and other arithmetic topics.
  • For CAT LR preparation, practice is the key. Practice as many questions as possible every day. Pick one LR topic for a day and solve 20-30 questions of varying difficulty.
  • Refer to Arun Sharma CAT Books to prepare for Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation to clear concepts and practice 500+ questions.
  • Start by solving questions that have only 5 variables and then gradually move to questions that have 7-8 variables.
  • Join online study groups on Facebook, Telegram, etc. and join online CAT mock test series provided by coaching institutes.

Read more CAT DILR Preparation Tips, Strategy, and Study Plan

CAT Preparation for Quant (QA)

Arithmetic accounts for 50% of the questions asked in CAT Quant section. The least number of questions (around 2-3) are asked from Numbers and Modern Mathematics. Focus more on preparing for Arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry.

  • Be thorough with the basic calculation concepts- ratio-percentage conversion, squares and cubes till 30, square roots & cube roots, averages, exponential theorems, divisibility rules, concept of numbers, units digit, alligation, probability, P&C, and tables till 25.
  • For Arithmetic, focus more on preparation for topics like Profit & Loss,TSD, Time & Work, Mixtures, Averages, and Percentages.
  • For Geometry, the most important topics include Triangles, Circles, and Parallelograms. Learn all the important theorems and formulas on triangles and circles. 1 question can also be expected from Mensuration- both 2D and 3D.
  • Pick 2 topics every day and solve 15 questions on each topic daily.
    • Refer to youtube channels and online preparation channels like Unacademy, hitbullseye, CATking, etc to learn short tricks and formulas.
  • Refer to Arun Sharma CAT books for CAT QA preparation. It is one of the most recommended for studying all the topics from start to finish and practicing 500+ questions of varying difficulty.
  • Attempt sectional mock tests in the time limit of 40 minutes. Review your performance after every mock test and work on your errors.

Read more CAT Quant Preparation Tips, Strategy, and Study Plan

CAT Preparation for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

RC accounts for more than 50% of the questions asked in CAT VARC. The important topics in Verbal Ability include para jumbles, odd one out, para summary, and error detection.

  • To increase vocabulary, read newspapers, magazines, or online articles on a daily basis. Even while solving RC passages, note down the new words that you encounter. You can also refer to the book- Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis.
  • To brush up on your grammar concepts and to practice questions on error detection, para jumbles, para summary, fill in the blanks, refer to the best books for CAT preparation- How to Prepare for VARC for CAT by Arun Sharma, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Nishit K Sinha.
  • To increase your reading speed for RC passages, start with short passages (250-350 words) and then gradually move to 500+ word passages.
  • Solve CAT previous year question papers, sample papers, and various online mock test series to get hold on a variety of questions.

Read more CAT VARC Preparation Tips, Strategy, and Study Plan

CAT Preparation Tips by Toppers

CAT Preparation Tips by Toppers

Preparation tips from toppers are helpful in building the right preparation plan by learning from their experience. Given below are the section-wise preparation tips by CAT 2021 Toppers:

CAT Topper CAT VARC Preparation Tips CAT DILR Preparation Tips CAT QA Preparation Tips
CAT Topper Ritik Gupta (99.99 percentile) Practice previous year papers and mock tests. Solve more sectional mock tests and practice LR sets in reference books for increasing analytical skills Refer to Youtube channels for learning short tricks and formulas.
CAT Topper Aditya Bansal (99.95 percentile) Read newspapers and online magazines to improve speed and increase vocabulary. Try arranging the data in DILR set into tabular form for easy analysis Devote maximum time to prepare this section and adopt an option elimination strategy for saving time.
CAT Topper Sarthak Gupta (99.93 percentile) Read 1-2 online articles every week and refer to Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis. Practice more mock tests and afterwards go through the solution. Focus on Arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry and take 20+ mock tests.
CAT Topper Aman Goel (99.66 percentile) Read online journals, newspapers, novels, on a regular basis Refer to Arun Sharma CAT books for short tricks and practice well. Solve a variety of questions and refer to books by Career Launcher for CAT quant preparation.
CAT Topper Ashna Dawar (99.73 percentile) Read editorials in The Hindu and practice questions of varying difficulty from Arun Sharma CAT books Practice 2-3 LRDI sets every day and take mock tests every week. Revise concepts of arithmetic & algebra and solve previous year papers and mock tests.
CAT Topper Chetan Bhatt (99.77) Solve mock tests and review the solutions after completion. Read a lot of books, novels, and articles. Practice as many questions as possible. Refer to Arun Sharma CAT books and solve 1-2 mock tests every week.

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CAT Books for Preparation

Almost 99% CAT toppers have referred to Arun Sharma CAT books for preparation. Given below are some of the best CAT books for preparation:

CAT Books Author
NCERT Math from 8th to 10th NCERT
Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations Abhijit Guha
Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations R.S. Aggarwal
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Arun Sharma/TATA McGRAW HILL
Puzzles and some other number books Shakuntla Devi
Higher Algebra Hall and Knight
Crack The Cat Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation Vivek Gupta and Sandeep Amar
Course in Mental Ability and Quantitative Aptitude Edgar Thorpe
Fundamental of Reasoning A Logic Book Robert M. Johnson
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis
Business English and Communication Clark Grade C
All about Words Rosenblum and Nurenberg
How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay

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CAT Question Papers and Mock Tests

Previous year CAT question papers are helpful in understanding the type of questions and difficulty level of the paper. Furthermore, solving 1-2 question papers on a regular basis will help you in improving the speed and accuracy level of answering the questions. Candidates can download the previous year's question papers given below to prepare for CAT 2022 exam.

Section & Slot Number CAT Question Paper 2021 CAT Question Paper 2020 CAT Question Paper 2019
CAT Quant Slot 1 Download Download Download
CAT DILR Slot 1 Download Download Download
CAT VARC Slot 1 Download Download Download

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CAT 2022 Mock Test

  • CAT 2022 Mock Test will be released on the official website a few weeks before the exam date.
  • The total time duration of CAT 2022 Mock test will be 120 minutes with a sectional time limit of 40 minutes. The official links to take the mock tests will be released at iimcat.ac.in.
  • CAT 2022 Mock Test Link will offer aspirants access to online tests to become familiar with computer based test instructions, procedures, and features.
CAT Coaching Centers

CAT Coaching Centers 2022

CAT 2022 aspirants can also join a coaching institute to prepare for the exam. CAT Coaching Institutes provide best teachers having multiple years of experience.

  • CAT coaching centers also provide specifically curated study notes, practice papers, overall & sectional mock tests, doubt clearing sessions, etc.
  • CAT Coachings also provide a platform where many CAT aspirants can interact and share strategies and opinions.

While selecting the coaching center you can take one demo session with a few institutes. Some of the city-wise coaching centers are provided in the table below:

CAT 2022 Preparation: Online Coachings, Resources, and Study Materials

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a drastic shift to online coaching for various MBA exams like CAT, XAT, CMAT, MAT, NMAT, etc. There are numerous online coaching centers, study channels, youtube channels, and online study material for CAT preparation.

  • Top CAT online coaching platforms include Unacademy, T.I.M.E, Career Launcher, IMS India, CATking, MBA Hitbullseye, etc.
  • These online education platforms offer well-curated courses with live sessions, study materials, doubt sessions, short revisions, sample papers, and mock tests.
  • There are numerous android apps for CAT preparation like MBA Exams Guide by CL, CATability, Unacademy, MBA Test Prep, etc.

CAT 2022: Previous Year Exam Analysis

CAT Exam Analysis has been provided for XAT 2022 aspirants to help them get an idea of the difficulty level of questions, important topics with maximum weightage, and the type of questions that they can expect. The overall difficulty level of CAT 2021 exam was moderate. Going through CAT 2021 exam analysis will help in devising a clear and strategic plan of preparation.

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 Slot 1

CAT Section Number of Questions Distribution Of Questions Difficulty Level Good Attempts
CAT VARC Exam Analysis 24 19 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions:
  • 4 RC passages with 4 questions each
  • 3 questions each on para jumbles and para summary
  • 2 questions on odd one out
Moderate-Difficult 16-18
CAT DILR Exam Analysis 20 15 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions:
  • 2 sets with 6 questions each
  • 2 sets with 4 questions each
Moderate 12-15
CAT QA Exam Analysis 22
  • 11 questions from Arithmetic
  • 5 from Algebra
  • 3 questions from Geometry, 2 from Numbers, and 1 from Modern Math
Moderate-Difficult 14-16
Overall 66 - Moderate 45-50

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 Slot 2

CAT Section Number of Questions Distribution Of Questions Difficulty Level Good Attempts
CAT VARC 24 19 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions:
  • 4 RC Passages with 4 questions each
  • 3 questions each on Para jumbles and Summary
  • 2 odd sentence out questions
Moderate 16-18
CAT DILR 20 15 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions
  • 2 DI sets with 6 questions each
  • 2 LR sets with 4 questions each
Moderate 13-15
CAT QA 22
  • 11 questions from Arithmetic
  • 5 from Algebra
  • 3 questions from Geometry, 2 from Numbers, and 1 from Modern Math
Moderate-Difficult 14-16
Overall 66 - Moderate 48-53

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 Slot 3

CAT Section Number of Questions Distribution Of Questions Difficulty Level Good Attempts
CAT VARC 24 19 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions:
  • 4 RC Passages with 4 questions each
  • 3 Para jumbles
  • 3 Summary-based questions
  • 2 odd sentence out
Moderate 17-19
CAT DILR 20 15 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions
  • 2 sets with 6 questions each
  • 2 sets with 4 questions each
Moderate 12-15
CAT QA 22
  • 11 questions from Arithmetic
  • 6 from Algebra
  • 4 questions from Geometry
  • 1 from Modern Math
Moderate 13-16
Overall 66 - Moderate 50-55
CAT Admit Card

CAT 2022 Admit Card

CAT 2022 Admit Card will be released by the conducting IIM in the last week of October 2022. It will be available for download on the official website-iimcat.ac.in.

  • CAT Admit card will contain the exam center address, exam time, reporting time, google map link to locate the test center, and exam day instructions.
  • Candidates must carry a printout of the admit card along with a valid ID proof to the exam center on the day of CAT 2022 exam. Check CAT 2022 Exam Centers

Steps to Download CAT Admit Card 2022?

  • Visit the official CAT website- iimcat.ac.in.
  • Enter your CAT id and Password to login.
  • Click on ‘Download CAT 2022 Admit Card’
  • Your hall ticket will be displayed on the screen. Download and take a printout.
  • Save the soft copy of your admit card for future reference.
CAT Result

CAT 2022 Result

CAT 2022 Result will be released in the form of a scorecard in the first week of January 2023.

  • CAT Result 2022 will be released only on the official website-iimcat.ac.in. Candidates will have to login using their registration id and password to check the same.
  • CAT Result 2022 will be valid for 1 year from the date of its release.
  • The scorecard will be available for download till Dec 31, 2023.
  • CAT Scorecard will mention the overall and sectional scores & percentile.
  • Along with the result, IIM will also display the list of CAT Toppers 2022.
CAT Cut off

CAT 2022 Cut off and MBA Admission 2023-25

CAT Cut off is the minimum CAT percentile required to participate in the MBA admission process of IIMs, IITs, and other CAT score accepting colleges.

  • Candidates have to clear both the sectional and overall cut offs to be eligible for admission.
  • The qualifying CAT 2022 cut off for admission to the 2023-25 batch will be released by the respective IIMs for shortlisting candidates for GD/ PI rounds.

CAT 2022 Admission Criteria & Process

  • Each institute has its own selection criteria and process for MBA/ PGDM admissions. The 3 stages that form a part of the selection process are:
    • Clear the qualifying CAT cut offs and fill the application form on the official website of the respective institute.
    • GD/ PI shortlist released on the basis of CAT score, past academic performance, work experience, gender diversity, and academic diversity. Check CAT IIM Shortlist Criteria
    • Appearance for GD/ PI rounds and preparation of final merit list.

CAT Cut off and Admission Criteria for IIMs

Given below are the previous year qualifying CAT cut offs and admission criteria for IIMs to be eligible for admission:

IIM CAP CAT Cut off and Admission Process

  • IIM CAP is the Common Admission Process conducted for admission to 9 baby and new IIMs- IIM Bodh Gaya, IIM Jammu, IIM Kashipur, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Trichy, IIM Udaipur. Check CAT CAP Counselling
  • CAP process is conducted only for shortlisting the candidates for PI and conducting the PI rounds. The final merit list preparation criteria is different for all the 9 IIMs.
  • Last year IIM Trichy conducted the CAP counselling process for shortlisting candidates for PI.

Previous Year’s IIM CAP CAT Cut off for all 9 IIMs is given below:

Category CAT QA Cut off CAT DILR Cut off CAT VARC Cut off Overall Cut off
General 70 70 70 92
EWS 40 40 40 70
NC-OBC 45 45 45 74
SC 35 35 35 54
ST 32.5 25 25 40
DAP 32.5 25 25 40

CAT Cut off for IITs

CAT Cut off and Selection Process for IITs: 7 IITs also accept CAT Scores for admission to their MBA programs. Given below are the previous year qualifying CAT cut offs 2021 for IITs:

IIT CAT Cut off for General CAT Cut off for SC/ST/PwD
IIT Kharagpur 90 percentile 75 percentile
IIT Bombay 90 percentile 60 percentile
IIT Delhi 90 percentile 60 percentile
IIT Kanpur 85 percentile 75 percentile
IIT Roorkee 90 percentile 70 percentile
IIT Dhanbad (ISM) 80 percentile 60 percentile

CAT 2023

Like previous years, CAT 2023 exam will be held on the last Sunday of November 2021, i.e. November 26 in 3 slots by one of the 20 IIMs. CAT 2023 Registration will begin with the release of the official notification tentatively in the last week of July 2023. CAT 2023 eligibility, exam pattern, and syllabus are expected to remain in line with that of CAT 2022.

CAT Exam Date Trends

CAT Exam Year CAT Exam Date
CAT 2021 November 28, 2021
CAT 2020 November 29, 2020
CAT 2019 November 24, 2019
CAT 2018 November 25, 2018
CAT 2017 November 26, 2017
CAT 2016 December 4, 2016
CAT 2015 November 29, 2015
CAT 2014 November 16, 2014
Frequently Asked Questions

CAT 2022 FAQs

Ques. When will IIM release the official notification for CAT 2022 exam?

Ans. IIM is expected to release the official notification for CAT 2022 in the last week of July 2022 on the official website-iimcat.ac.in. As per exam date trends of the past 4-5 years, CAT 2022 exam will be conducted on November 27, 2022.

Ques. Can I also register for CAT 2022 in offline mode?

Ans. No, the process of CAT 2022 registration is online only. Also, CAT application fees can be paid only via online mode. There is no provision of offline application for CAT 2022 exam.

Ques. Is CAT exam necessary for pursuing MBA from IIMs?

Ans. Yes, CAT is mandatory for admission to MBA programs offered by IIMs. However, for pursuing MBA from other colleges you can also take other management exams like XAT for XLRI Jamshedpur, MAT & CMAT for JBIMS, SPJIMR, etc., NMAT for NMIMS Mumbai & other campuses, SNAP for SIU institutes, IBSAT for IBS Hyderabad & other campuses.

Ques. Is CAT exam more difficult than XAT?

Ans. CAT exam is considered to be slightly easier than XAT. Based on the reviews of experts and students, the difficulty level of the questions asked in XAT Quant & DI, and VARC are tougher than those asked in CAT. Furthermore, the presence of 2 extra sections (Decision Making and GK) make it even more difficult than CAT exam.

Ques. Is there any sectional time limit in CAT exam?

Ans. Yes, there is a sectional time limit in CAT exam. The total exam duration is 120 minutes. Out of this, 40 minutes each are allotted to Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation, and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Ques. Can a final year student apply for CAT 2022?

Ans. Yes, candidates in their final year of graduation (3rd or 4th) can apply for CAT 2022. However, admission is subject to the submission of proof of graduation degree and mark sheet before the beginning of the admissions for the academic year 2023-25.

Ques: Is there any limit on the number of attempts for CAT exam?

Ans: No, there is no such limit set for the number of attempts for CAT exam. Candidates can take CAT every year. So, even candidates who appeared for CAT exam in 2021 can appear for CAT 2022 provided they fulfill other eligibility.

Ques. Due to some reasons, I have changed my name after completing my Bachelor’s. So which name should I write in my CAT Application Form 2022?

Ans. Any candidate who has changed their name is advised to write the changed name while filling up CAT application form 2022. However, you should also provide supporting documents to your changed name at the time of CAT 2022 examination, interview, and admission process.

Ques. Are there sectional cut offs for IIM admission through CAT?

Ans. Yes, every IIM releases sectional CAT cutoffs. Candidates have to mandatorily secure the minimum CAT percentile in each section along with the overall cut off. If one is unable to meet the sectional CAT cut offs, one is ineligible for admission to MBA courses offered by IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Indore, and others.

Ques. Are 3 months enough to prepare for CAT 2022?

Ans. Yes, cracking CAT exam in 3 months of preparation is not impossible. Focus on solving sample papers mock tests, and previous year questions. Also, refer to CAT books by Arun Sharma and Nishit K Sinha to complete the syllabus and practice.

Ques. How many candidates take CAT exam every year?

Ans. On average, CAT exam is taken by 2,00,000 candidates every year. In 2021, 2,29,969 candidates registered for the test out of which 1,91,660 candidates appeared.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College.

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vandana kumari
i need cat choching not for pg programe
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ashish ramtari

The popular CAT Coaching institutes are TIME, Career launcher, IMS, and PT Education. The popular online coaching institutes are CrackU institute, 2IIM, IMS Learning Institute and Career Launcher Institute etc. Read More: Read Also: CAT Online VS Offline Coaching

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aditya kumar
C an i pursue MBA after going graduation in BAG Bachelor Of Arts (General) from IGNOU .?
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ashish ramtari

Yes, you are eligible for appearing in CAT and can do an MBA as the most basic eligibility criteria of the exam is that you must have completed your graduation in any specialization and from a recognized university such as IGNOU. Read More: CAT Eligibility

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bariya sonal
Mba kese karenge ? Cat exam k bare me?
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chitransha

To be eligible for the MBA program at top B-Schools like IIMs, you need to get valid scores on the Common Admission Test or CAT entrance test. CAT examination is considered the national-level MBA/PGDM entrance examination. Also, according to the trends of the previous year, now, the cutoff for CAT for top IIMs and B-schools will be 95 percentile. 

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syntiewnylla mawthoh
Which month is the last month to apply mba this year?
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ashish ramtari

The CAT 2022 examination dates will be announced in the fourth week of July 2022. The expected dates of CAT registration will be in the month of August 2022. The entrance examination is expected to be in November 2022. Read More: CAT Exam Dates 2022.

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jadhav sachin
Which CAT COACHING is best for crack cat 2022 with 99.99%....please help proper,,, with respect to
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ashish ramtari

The popular CAT coaching institutes are TIME, Career Launcher, IMS, PT Education. You can also apply for online coaching which is a trending option nowadays. The popular online coaching institutes are iQuanta, TIME, Career Launcher Institute, 2IIM institute. Read More: CAT Online Coachings.

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aman mishra
Sir I want to get admission in mba .in 2022
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chitransha

To get admission to the top Business schools you need to get valid scores in the CAT entrance examination. The registration for the exam is going to start in the first week of August 2022. You can visit the official website of the IIM CAT to fill out the application form for the exam.

For more information, refer to this link: CAT Registration Dates 2022 

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pooja naaga shri
if i write exam in 2022,i can join only in 2023?
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chitransha

Yes, after the declaration of the result and after passing all the selection criteria you can join. For the year 2021, the results of the CAT examination have been declared on 3rd January 2022. To check the scores of the CAT you can visit the official website of the exam authority. 

For more information, refer to this link: CAT Result 

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nilesh dhakad
I haven't completed my graduation yet . I am in 3rd year and by the end of April the exam is expected to be done . So can I prepare for cat exam 2022 after my final year exam .
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chitransha

Yes, you can prepare for the CAT exam. As the registration for the exam is going to start in the first week of August 2022. Therefore. you have enough time after April to prepare for the exam. You can visit the official website of the IIM CAT to fill out the application form for the exam.

For more information, refer to this link: CAT Registration Dates 2022 

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aakash
I want to preparation of cat exam
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chitransha

To prepare for the CAT exam you have to get a basic understanding of three topics that is VARC, DILR & QA. You can follow the timetable of six months that covers all these three subjects and important sub-topics. You can also solve previous years' question papers of the CAT exam.

For more information, refer to this link: CAT Preparation 

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rachit pinakin bhatt
i am pursuing bsw from parul university,vadodra and i am in 4th sem and eaxm for 4th sem will be completed by march or april.so probably in june 2022 my 5th sem will start which is my last year and by june 2023 my degree will be completed.i want to know wheter i am eligible to give cat exam 2022?
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ashish ramtari

Yes, you will be eligible for appearing in CAT. This is because the CAT registrations are expected to be in the month of August and before that your final year will start. According to CAT Eligibility criteria, you can apply for CAT in the final year of your graduation as well. Read more: CAT Eligibility Criteria.

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sayalee anil jangam
I have to register for cat exam
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chitransha

To register for the CAT examination you need to visit the official website of the IIM CAT. After that, you have to register yourself by filling up the registration form with the required information. To complete the registration process you need to pay the application fee.

For more information, refer to this link: CAT 2022 Registration: Steps to Apply

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suneeta bhan
no mail received ,Practice papers have not been received
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ashish ramtari

You can download the practice papers of the Common Admission Test on the mentioned below link. The link mentioned below contains question papers of different stages of the Common Admission Test.

Link: Common Admission Test Practice Papers

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bompalli pranav kumar
PLZ GIVE THE UPDATES REGARDING CAT AND MAT 2022 ACADEMIC YEAR
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k fasiullah
Need to know about the center of cat exam on urgent basis
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shivang agarwal
from where I must start preparing for CAT examination?
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pradnya nagaraj patil
Syllabus of CAT exam for preparation
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ashish ramtari

CAT Includes four major subjects and various minor subtopics. These major Subjects are Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation. Some of the minor subtopics are arithmetic, algebra, advanced mathematics etc. Read More: CAT Syllabus. 

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himanshu rai
My dream is to get into IIM Ahmedabad and want to be a first millionaire in my city
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ashish ramtari

First, you are required to qualify Common Aptitude Test and then you are required to qualify the interview round for getting admission in IIM Ahmedabad. On the basis of overall cutoffs, you will be selected for admission in IIM Ahemdabad MBA. The cutoff of IIM Ahemdabad is 99.5 which is quite high. 

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saurabh rawat
I want to admission in iim banglore
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ashish ramtari

You are required to score at least 85 percentile in the overall category for taking admission in the Indian Institute of Management Bangalore for an MBA course. If you belong to any reserved category, then you need to score at least 75 percentile (for OBC NCL) and at least 70 percentile for the Scheduled Caste category. 

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md umar
do your college is best for mba in marketing in india
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ashish ramtari

There are various participating colleges and universities in India which offer admission to the MBA course on the basis of CAT for different specializations. Kindly mention the name of the college about which you are asking the question. Only then  I can tell you about the ranking and rating of that particular college or college.

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vinay oraon
Doranda college Ranchi.. I want to do MBA course.
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ashish ramtari

Yes, you can do provided that you have completed graduation from a recognized university. The candidates who have qualified the CAT/ATMA/MAT/CMAT with valid scores are considered eligible for admission in Doranda College, Ranchi. The first-year fees of MBA course is around INR 40,000. Applicatons for MBA course are accepted online.