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CAT 2022 - Application Form(Released), Exam Date, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern, Result

Last Modified on : 25 Sep 2022

CAT 2022 will likely be conducted on the last Sunday of November as per the previous trends, i.e., based on that exam will be held on 27th November 2022. The Common Admission Test (CAT) is considered one of the most competitive examinations that assess a student's Intelligence quotient, scholastic aptitude, and problem-solving skills for admission to MBA courses. It is a national-level examination conducted by 20 IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) on a rotational basis. Apart from IIMs, the CAT score is accepted for admission in more than 100 management institutions.

CAT 2022 Latest Notification:

- CAT 2022 will be conducted on 27th November 2022.

- The application correction process started on 23rd September 2022.

- The official announcement regarding the exam date was released on 31st July 2022.

- The application process will start on 3rd August 2022, and the last date to apply is 21st September 2022.

CAT 2022 Highlights

Name of the Exam

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Purpose

For admission to MBA courses offered by 20 IIMs and 100+ Business schools

Conducting Authority

Indian Institutes of Management (on a rotational basis)

Official Website of Exam Conducting Authority

https://www.iiml.ac.in

CAT Website

https://iimcat.ac.in

Exam Level/Occurrence

National Level/Once a year

Score Validity

1 year

Paper Language

English

No. of Questions

66

Exam Pattern

MCQs and Non-MCQs

Exam Duration

2:00 Hours

Mode of Exam

Computer-based (Online)

Marking Scheme

  • 3 marks for each correct answer.
  • -1 for each wrong answer.
  • 0 for the wrong attempt of Non-MCQs.

CAT 2022 Exam Date

27th November 2022 

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CAT Exam 2022 Important Dates

CAT 2022 Events

Important Dates (Tentative)

CAT 2022 Official Notification Released

31st July 2022

Online Registration starts

3rd August 2022

Online Registration closure

21st September 2022

Issuance of Admit Card

27th October 2022

CAT 2022 Exam Date

27th November 2022 

Availability of Answer Key

December 2022

Result Announcement

January 2023

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CAT Exam 2022 Pattern & Syllabus

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

The candidates appearing in the Common Admission Test will face 48 MCQs and 18 non-MCQs, carrying 198 marks. Questions will be asked from 3 important sections -

  1. Section I: Verbal ability & reading comprehension
  2. Section II: Data interpretation & logical reasoning
  3. Section III: Quantitative ability

The duration of the test will be 2 hours.

Section

Number of Questions

Total Questions

Time Allotted (in minutes)

 

MCQs

Non-MCQs

 

 

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC)

19

5

24

40

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

15

5

20

40

Quantitative Ability (QA)

14

8

22

40

Total

48

18

66

120

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CAT 2022 Syllabus

The Common Admission Test 2022 syllabi comprise the following three sections -

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Ability

Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)

Caselets and Tables

Number Systems

 

Grammar or English Usage

Bar Graphs and Column Graphs

LCM & HCF

Correction in Sentence

Venn Diagrams

Profit, Loss & Discount

Fill in the blanks

Line Charts & Pie Chart

Percentages

Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage

Combination of two or more types linked to each other

Speed, Time & Distance

Analogies and Reverse Analogies

Number and Letter Series

Time & Work

Meaning/Usage Match

Calendars, Cubes and Clocks

Simple & Compound Interest

Verbal Reasoning

Binary Logic

Ratio & Proportion

Summary Questions

Seating Arrangement

Averages

Reading Comprehension

Syllogism

Quadratic & Linear Equations

Facts Inferences Judgments

Logical

Complex Numbers

 

Matching

Logarithm

 

Logical Sequence

Binomial Theorem

 

Logical

Sequences & Series

 

Connectives

Surds & Indices

 

Blood Relations

Inequalities

 

 

Probability, Permutation and Combination

 

 

Set Theory

 

 

Functions & Geometry

 

 

Mixtures & Allegations

 

 

Trigonometry

 

 

Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration

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CAT Exam 2022 Eligibility

Educational Qualification -

  • An applicant must hold a Bachelor's Degree with 50% marks (SC/ST/PWD candidates must possess 45% marks)
  • If a candidate is in the final year or is waiting for the results, he is eligible for the exam. If selected, such candidates need to produce a certificate from the Principal of their Institution, which would state that they are eligible for obtaining the Degree or equivalent certificate.
  • In case an applicant has done professional courses like ICWA, CS, CA, etc., with the required percentage (50%), he is certainly eligible for the entrance test.

Category

Marks/Cumulative Grade Performance Average (CGPA)

GENERAL

Minimum 50% aggregate marks or CGPA equivalent to 50%

SC/ST/PWD

Minimum 45%

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Age Qualification: There is no age limit for appearing in the Common Admission Test 2022.

Note: The Indian Institutes of Management may verify the eligibility of the candidates at any stage of the selection procedure. Hence, the aspirants are suggested to maintain a valid and active email ID and a phone number throughout the entire selection process for hassle-free communication.

Candidates should note that the mere fulfillment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for shortlisting by IIMs”.

CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria - Check Here

CAT 2022 Seat Reservation

IIMs and other government institutions strictly follow the below-mentioned reservation criteria:

Category

Seat Reservation Percentage

PWD

5%

ST

7.5%

SC

15%

OBC (Non-Creamy layer)

27%

EWS

10%

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CAT Exam 2022 Application Process

CAT 2022 registration started on 3rd August and will continue till the 14th of September 2022. The application process will entirely be online. Interested candidates are suggested to visit the official web portal of CAT with all the essential documents such as scanned copies of signature, photograph, mark sheets of Class X, XII, Bachelor’s Degree, etc. The registration process is done in three steps –

  1. CAT registration
  2. Log in using the system-generated user ID and password
  3. Filling in CAT application form 2022

How to Fill CAT Application Form 2022

It comprises five important sections such as – Personal Details, Academics, Work Experience, Programs and Payment.

  1. Personal Details: Here, the applicants need to provide details like their complete name, parent’s name, nationality, category, gender and address. They need to upload the scanned images of their signature, photograph and caste certificate.
  2. Academics: Provide your academic details right from class X to master. The details should include the exam name, University or Board, maximum marks, marks obtained, etc.
  3. Work Experience: Have you worked full-time? If so, you need to enter the details right here. Remember, candidates with “only full-time experience after graduation” are advised to enter the details.
  4. Programs: Select your programs and the Interview City name.
  5. Payment: Payment would be made online. General category candidates have to pay INR 2,200/-. Candidates belonging to reserved categories will pay INR 1,100/-.

CAT Registration Fee -

Irrespective of the number of colleges that a student is applying to, he is required to pay the application or registration fee only once.

Category

Fee Amount

General Candidates

INR 2,200/-

SC/ST/PWD Candidates

INR 1,100/-

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Candidates belonging to the reserved categories are suggested to upload a caste certificate during the registration process.

Note: The application fee, once paid, won’t be refunded under any circumstances.

CAT Exam 2022 Other Details

CAT Admit Card 2022

  • The concerned IIM will release the Common Admission Test (CAT 2022) admit card on the official website by 27th of October 2022.
  • The last date to download and get a printout of the admit card will be the CAT exam date.
  • Candidates can log in at the official website with their registered ID and password to download the admit card.
  • It is mandatory to carry the admit card to the examination venue for making entry to the examination hall.

Details Mentioned on CAT 2022 Admit Card

The CAT 2022 hall ticket will have the following details:

  • Candidate's name
  • Caste category
  • Date of birth
  • Registration number
  • Date and time of the exam
  • CAT exam center
  • Google map link to locate the exam center
  • Emergency contact number
  • Test system number to identify your examination room
  • Exam related instructions

CAT Exam Day Instructions

  1. The candidates must carry two copies of the CAT 2022 admit card and a photo ID proof (original and photocopy).
  2. Only CAT 2022 admit cards & photo ID cards will be allowed inside the exam hall.
  3. A writing pad and pen will be provided for rough work, to be returned after the test. The candidates will be required to write their name and registration number on the writing pad.
  4. The candidates must reach the CAT exam center before reporting time to complete the identification process. Candidates should report at 7:30 AM for the morning session, at 11.30 AM for the afternoon session, and at 3:30 PM for the evening session.
  5. Use the Reference Number printed on the admit card to identify the door/wing/lab at the test venue on the day of the test.
  6. The candidates are not supposed to sign their CAT admit card beforehand. The admit card is to be signed only inside the exam hall in front of the invigilator.
  7. The candidates must affix their photo (same as the one uploaded with the application form) on the admit card.
  8. Mobile phones, calculators, IPad or any other gadget is prohibited inside the examination hall.
  9. The candidates are advised not to carry bags or luggage to the CAT 2022 exam center as you may not find any provision to keep it safe.
  10. Jewelry that contains metal, clothes with pockets, jackets and footwear are prohibited inside the exam hall.
  11. Candidates with a metal implant, pacemaker, etc., in their body, will be required to bring medical certificates of the same.

CAT Result 2022

The result of CAT 2022 exam will be uploaded to the official website of the concerned IIM tentatively in January 2023. Candidates can obtain their CAT 2022 scorecard by using the below-guided steps:

  • Open the official CAT 2022 website.
  • The result link of CAT 2022 will be available on the screen, just click and open it.
  • Enter all the asked credentials and access the scorecard of the CAT 2022 exam.

Note: The CAT score will be valid for 1 year.

After the announcement of the CAT result, the list of selected candidates will be published on the website of the respective IIMs, and Interview letters will be sent to the selected candidates. The second phase of selection includes Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interviews (PI).

Details Mentioned on CAT Result cum Scorecard 2022

Each candidate’s CAT scorecard will contain the following details:

  • CAT 2022 registration number/user Id
  • Candidate's name, category and gender
  • Date of birth
  • Date and time of examination
  • Candidate contact details and email id
  • CAT scaled score (overall)
  • CAT score (section-wise)
  • CAT percentile score (section-wise)
  • CAT percentile score (overall)

The candidates must note that the CAT scorecards can be downloaded only from the official CAT website and will remain available for a specified time. The hard copy of the CAT result will not be issued. Hence the candidates must download a copy of their scorecard before the download window closes.

CAT Cut-off 2022

Candidates who will qualify CAT 2022 exam can view the CAT 2022 cut-offs offered by the IIMs and non-IIM member institutions. After the declaration of the cutoff percentile, candidates will be required to apply for the Written Ability Test and Personal Interview round of IIMs.

The minimum cut-off marks for all the IIM institutes are 90 percentile of the candidates. However, those who are not able to fulfill this criterion can apply for other non-IIM institutes that also accept CAT scorecards. The list is as follows:

Leading Management Institutes

CAT Cutoff percentile

IIM Delhi

90

IMT Ghaziabad

90

TAPMI, Manipal

82

SPJIMR, Mumbai

85

IIM, Shillong

90

BIMM, Pune

80

NIRMA University, Ahmedabad

82

Amity University (Raipur, Mumbai, Gwalior, Jaipur, Noida, Lucknow)

79

Asia-Pacific Institute of Management, Delhi

75

BITS-Pilani

80

Christ University – Institute of Management, Bangalore

80

Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida

78

Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship (XIME Kochi and Bangalore)

84

IIKM Business School, Calicut

75

Bengaluru School of Management Studies, GITAM University, Doddaballapur Rd., Bangalore

75

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What After CAT 2022 Result?

After the declaration of the CAT result, the IIMs will invite candidates for Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. The candidates who will meet the minimum cut-off set for shortlisting for this round will be required to apply on the official website of the IIMs they selected in the CAT application form for admission. Thereafter, the institutes will shortlist candidates on their overall and sectional CAT percentile and academic record.

The IIM admission process consists of three stages. Given below is a brief description of the IIM admission process:

  • Screening of candidates on the basis of CAT score and academic history
  • Written Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview (WAT/GD-PI) round
  • Final selection of the candidates

The final selection of the candidates for the 2023-2025 MBA batch will be done on the basis of various parameters such as CAT score, academic history, work experience, academic diversity, gender diversity, and performance in WAT/GD-PI.

CAT 2022 Test Cities

Check out the indicated cities where CAT 2022 will be performed.

Port Blair

Hamirpur

Mumbai

Guntur

Jammu

Nashik

Nellore

Bokaro

Satara

Vijayawada

Dhanbad

Palghar

Kakinada

Hazaribagh

Ulhasnagar

Rajahmundry

Jamshedpur

Shillong

Visakhapatnam

Ranchi

Aizawl

Kurnool

Belagavi(Belgaum)

Kohima

Tirupathi

Bengaluru

Balasore

Vizianagaram

Hubballi (Hubli)

Cuttack

Itanagar

Mysuru (Mysore)

Sambalpur

Dibrugarh

Kalaburagi (Gulbarga)

Berhampur

Silchar

Shivamogga(Shimoga)

Dhenkanal

Guwahati

Dharwad

Bhubaneswar

Tezpur

Mangaluru (Mangalore)

Rourkela

Jorhat

Udupi

Puducherry

Aurangabad-Bihar

Kannur

Pathankot

Darbhanga

Ernakulam

Ludhiana

Arrah

Kollam

Amritsar

Muzaffarpur

Kottayam

Bhatinda

Bhagalpur

Kozhikode

Patiala

Patna

Thrissur

Jalandhar

Mohali

Trivandrum

Sangrur

Chandigarh

Bhopal

Ajmer

Bhilai Nagar

Jabalpur

Jaipur

Bilaspur

Ujjain

Sikar

Raipur

Gwalior

Alwar

Delhi

Sagar

Jodhpur

Faridabad

Indore

Udaipur

Gurugram

Satna

Bikaner

Ghaziabad

Bhopal

Kota

New Delhi

Jabalpur

Madurai

Greater Noida

Ujjain

Chennai

Noida

Gwalior

Salem

Meerut

Sagar

Trichy

Panaji

Indore

Coimbatore

Ahmedabad

Satna

Vellore

Mehsana

Amravati

Tirunelveli

Vadodara

Jalgaon

Hyderabad

Anand

Nagpur

Karimnagar

Rajkot

Pune

Warangal

Gandhinagar

Solapur

Allahabad

Surat

Navi Mumbai

Bareilly

Ambala

Ahmednagar

Kanpur

Hisar

Kolhapur

Muzaffarnagar

Karnal

Nanded

Agra

Kurushetra

Raigad

Gorakhpur

Panipat

Thane

Lucknow

Rohtak

Vasai

Varanasi

Shimla

Aurangabad

Aligarh

Jhansi

Moradabad

Dehradun

Haldwani

Roorkee

Asansol

Durgapur

Bankura

Burdwan

Kolkata

Hooghly

Kalyani

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CAT Exam Frequently Asked Questions

CAT question paper comprises three sections – Quantitative Ability (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical reasoning (DILR) and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC).

CAT is considered to be the most difficult MBA entrance exam in India. The difficulty level of the exam is usually high to crack.

Over 1200 MBA colleges apart from 20 IIMs across India accept CAT score for admission.

Every IIM college has a set of standards to select candidates for the second stage of selection. Students are selected on the basis of Written Test, Group Discussion, Personal Interviews and Work-experience.

Besides IIMs, IITs, IISc and top-ranked B-schools accept the CAT score for admission to various management programmes.

There is no prescribed age limit for the CAT Exam.

Yes, candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD categories with 45% marks in graduation are eligible for the exam.

No. The scanned image of the PwD certificate must be uploaded while filling out the CAT 2022 application form.

No. Such candidates must indicate in their CAT application form about the requirement of the scribe. Candidates are required to arrange the scribe themselves.

Yes, the CAT 2022 score will remain valid till 31st December 2023.

IIM Bangalore is the exam conducting authority for Common Admission Test 2022.

The CAT 2022 application forms will be available from 3rd August 2022 and will be available till 14th September 2022. Candidates can download the application forms from the official website.

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