CAT Exam 2022: Application Form, Dates, Syllabus, Preparation Tips, Question Papers, Mock Tests

CAT Exam 2022: Application Form, Dates, Syllabus, Preparation Tips, Question Papers, Mock Tests

CAT 2022 Exam - CAT is a national level management aptitude test and known as Common Admission Test. The exam will be conducted by IIM Bangalore on November 27, 2022 in online mode. CAT registration 2022 will start probably on August 3. Prior to the start of the CAT 2022 online application form window, authorities will release CAT notification on its official website- iimcat.ac.in. The CAT 2022 official website is likely to be launched for CAT 2022 on August 1. CAT entrance test has a total of three sections namely- Quantitative Ability (QA), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC).

CAT entrance test is likely to be held on the last Sunday of November 2022 i.e. November 27 (tentative). The exact exam date for CAT 2022 will be announced by the IIM Bangalore probably on July 31 with the issue of official notification. In this CAT 2022 entrance exam article of CareersToday, we have shared each and every detail pertaining to CAT 2022.

CAT 2022- Exam overview

Before filling CAT 2022 online application form, candidates should know all the details about CAT 2022 such as what is for CAT exam? and who should appear? and when will be CAT 2022 entrance exam be held? Those who are seeking an answer to what is a CAT exam? Then the answer is the CAT exam also known as Common Admission Test. It is an online (CBT) based management entrance test conducted on a rotation basis by one of the six designated Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) to get admission into MBA program in IIMs or other top B-schools. The IIM Bangalore is the conducting body of CAT 2022.

As per the last year’s CAT media release, a total of 2.30 lakhs candidates registered for the CAT entrance test. The overall CAT test-taker's attendance was approximately 83%. Out of total registered candidates, 1.92 lakh candidates appeared for the CAT entrance exam, 65% were males and 35% were females, and 2 candidates represent Transgender.

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CAT Exam 2022 Important Details

Particulars

Details

Exam name

Common Admission Test (CAT)

CAT 2022 conducting body

IIM Bangalore

IIM stands for

Indian Institute of Management

Exam mode

Computer Based Test (CBT)

Exam section name

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • Quantitative Ability (QA)

CAT 2022 exam time duration

2 Hours (120 minutes)

  • 40 minutes for each section

  • 53 minutes 20 seconds for PwD candidates

CAT 2022 registration mode

Online

Total number of CAT test cities

159

Number of CAT accepting colleges

1136

CAT 2022 registration fee

  • Rs 2,000 (General category)

  • Rs 1,000 (Reserved category)

CAT 2022 official website

iimcat.ac.in

CAT 2022 eligibility criteria

The CAT 2022 eligibility criteria comprise the minimum qualification marks and nationality that one needs to fulfill to appear for CAT 2022 entrance exam. Before going to apply for CAT 2022 exam, one should know the expected CAT eligibility criteria.

Particulars

Details

Academic qualification

Graduation/ Bachelor’s degree

Minimum marks required in graduation

50% (40% for SC/ ST/ PwD)

Age criteria for CAT 2022

There is no age bar to appear for CAT 2022 entrance test

Work experience

Not mandatory

Reservation

Based on category

  • Candidates who have successfully completed their graduation in any stream with a minimum aggregate of 50% marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD) from any recognized university/ institution are eligible to apply for CAT 2022.

  • Those who are pursuing their final year of graduation are also eligible to apply for CAT 2022.

  • There is no age bar to apply for CAT 2022.

  • It is not mandatory to have work experience in order to apply for CAT.

CAT 2022 exam date

Those candidates who are going to apply for CAT 2022 entrance test must know all the important dates pertaining to it such as CAT online application start and end date, admit card release date, CAT 2022 exam date, etc. The below-provided table shows the CAT 2022 important dates for all events related to Common Admission Test (CAT).

CAT Exam 2022 Events

Dates

Release of CAT 2022 official notification

July 31, 2022

CAT 2022 registration start date

August 3, 2022

CAT registration last date

Last week of September 2022

CAT 2022 application form correction window dates

Last week of September 2022

CAT mock test 2022

First week of November 2022

Availability of CAT 2022 admit card

Last week of October 2022

CAT 2022 exam date

November 27, 2022 (Tentative)

Release of CAT 2022 response sheet and question paper

First week of December 2022

Start and end date to challenge the CAT 2022 answer key

First week of December 2022

Declaration of CAT 2022 result

First week of January 2022

CAT 2022 selection process dates

April to June 2022

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  • Best study material for CAT 2022

  • CAT 2022 exam pattern

The CAT 2022 exam pattern comprises the duration of the exam, exam mode in which CAT 2022 will be held, and the total number of questions that will be asked in CAT 2022. The time duration of the CAT exam will be 120 minutes. The sectional time limit will be 40 minutes for each section (53 minutes 20 seconds for SC/ ST/ PwD). Check out the sectional breakup of the CAT exam pattern and other key highlights.

CAT Exam 2022 Information

Details

Exam mode

Computer Based (Online) Mode

Section name

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • Quantitative Ability (QA)

Total time duration for CAT 2022

120 minutes (2 hours)

Sectional time limit

40 Minutes (for PwD candidates 53 Minutes and 20 Seconds)

CAT 2022 marking scheme

  • +3 Marks for each right answer

  • -1 Marks for each wrong answer

  • No negative marks for Non-MCQs

CAT 2022 exam pattern- Sectional break-up

CAT exam section name

Number of questions

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

24

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI)

20

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

22

Total

66

CAT 2022 syllabus

While understanding the comprehensive CAT 2022 syllabus, it is a must to get an overview of all the important topics from each section. Check out the table outlining important topics from the CAT 2022 exam syllabus.

CAT 2022 exam syllabus

CAT Syllabus (section-wise)

Major topics

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Para-jumbles

  • Sentence completion

  • Inferences

  • Questions based on reading comprehension

  • Grammar or English Usage

  • Meaning/Usage Match

  • Summary Questions

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Fill in the blanks and etc

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • Graphs

  • Tables

  • Seating Arrangement

  • Syllogism

  • Blood Relation

  • Data Caselets

  • Venn Diagrams

  • Binary Logic

  • Coding-Decoding

  • Connectives

  • Number and Letter Series and etc

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

  • Time and Work

  • Geometry

  • Algebra

  • Mensuration

  • Number System

  • LCM & HCF

  • Quadratic & Linear Equations

  • Probability, Permutation and Combination

  • Inequalities

  • Surds & Indices and etc

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CAT 2022 sample paper

Before appearing for CAT 2022 entrance test, candidates should know the exact exam syllabus. This is where CAT mock test, previous year's CAT question paper, and sample paper play their role. Candidates should solve CAT sample paper as it will help in analyzing the preparation required.

The below table holds the past few years' CAT question paper with answers. By clicking the “Download” link, candidates can get their appropriate question paper for the CAT 2022 entrance exam.

Year-wise CAT sample paper

Download link

CAT previous year papers (2020) with solution pdf

Download here

CAT 2019 question paper with solution pdf

Download Slot 1

Download Slot 2

CAT previous year papers (2018) with solution pdf

Download here

CAT 2017 question paper with solution pdf

Download here

CAT 2022 application form

CAT 2022 registration will begin from August 3 and candidates will be able to submit their CAT online form till the last week of September proabably. CAT registration form can be accessed via online mode by visiting the official website- iimcat.ac.in. At the time of CAT online form filling candidates will have to pay the application fee of Rs 2,000.

CAT 2022 registration

CAT 2022 registration process involves three steps:

  • CAT 2022 online registration

  • Filling up CAT 2022 exam application form

  • Payment of application fee

How to fill CAT 2022 application form

The candidates who are interested to apply for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2022 are required to submit the CAT application form by visiting the official website. Check out the step-by-step process to fill CAT application form.

  1. Visit the CAT 2022 official website i.e. iimcat.ac.in.
  2. Find and click the button states “New Candidate Registration” on the right side of the webpage.
  3. Then it will redirect to the CAT exam 2022 application form. From there, you have to enter the required details such as,
    • Name of the Candidate
    • Date of Birth
    • Email Address
    • Country
    • Mobile Number and
    • Captcha
  4. Once you entered all the essential details, click on the “Generate OTP” button. Using the OTP which is sent to the candidate's registered mail id, complete the CAT 2022 registration process.
  5. Next, log in to the dashboard and fill out the CAT Exam Application Form 2022 with valid details like,
    • Personal Details
    • Other Personal Details
    • Communication Address
    • Emergency Contact Details
    • Upload Documents (in a prescribed format and size)
  6. Fill in the academic details of SSC/ Class 10, HSC/ Class 12, Bachelor’s Degree Details, Master’s Degree Details, Other Professional Degree Details.
  7. After completing the above process, the candidate needs to enter the work experience details if any.
  8. Then choose the IIM Programmes & Interview Cities.
  9. Next, select any six preferred test cities to take CAT Exam 2022.
  10. Final process of the CAT Registration 2022 process is to make payment online for an application fee.
    • For General Category Candidates: Rs 2000

    • For SC/ ST/ PwD: Rs 1000

NOTE- The final amount also includes applicable additional fees.

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CAT 2022 application form correction window

The Indian Institute of Management will open the correction window for the CAT 2022 application form from the last week of September 2022 probably and it will remain open for two days. Mistakes in scanned images of signatures, photographs, or other documents can be modified during this CAT application form correction window.

Also, candidates can make changes to the test city option if provided. Students must log in and adjust the images as per the suggested specifications. Any other changes can be made with the help of the CAT help desk at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM).

CAT 2022 exam centres

CAT 2022 will be held in at least 159 test cities at more than 425 test centers across the country. All details pertaining to CAT test venue and test cities will be available on the official website of CAT 2022. Candidates will be assigned test city as per their preference. The name and CAT 2022 centre venue details will also be mentioned on the CAT admit card. Check out some CAT exam centres states' name as well as exam cities.

CAT 2022 preferred test city and allocation process

  • Candidates will be given the opportunity to select six test cities of their choice.

  • Cities and CAT test centres will be assigned to candidates after the CAT registration process.

  • There is no need to rush to block CAT test slots and cities in the early days of CAT 2022 registration.

  • The CAT exam session cannot be chosen because it will be assigned approximately.

CAT 2022 exam centres

Andhra Pradesh

Andaman & Nicobar

Arunachal Pradesh

Assam

Bihar

Chattisgarh

Chandigarh

Gujarat

Goa

Himachal Pradesh

Haryana

Jammu & Kashmir

Jharkhand

Kerala

Karnataka

Madhya Pradesh

Maharashtra

Meghalaya

Odisha

Punjab

Poducherry

Rajasthan

Telangana

Tamilnadu

Uttarakhand

Uttar Pradesh

West Bengal

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  • CAT 2022 mock test

The official mock test of CAT 2022 will be available on the CAT official website at IIM Banglaore tentatively in the third week of October 2022. CAT 2022 mock test gives the actual picture of the CAT exam. If the Indian Institutes of Management, Bangalore offers only one or two CAT mock tests, candidates can try them on the web from various coaching centers. The IIM CAT exam mock test should be an integral part of the CAT preparation because it allows students to know exactly how to answer, navigate between sections, and more. Before going to take the mock test, the candidates should know the CAT exam strategy and tips.

In the meantime, the CAT official mock test can be used to understand how the test goes. IIM Ahmedabad conducts a separate mock test for PwD category candidates. These candidates get 53.20 minutes for each section in CAT 2022. The total of 159.60 minutes to complete the CAT Exam 2022. PwD category candidates with low vision can also practice with CAT mock test from the official website.

CAT 2022 admit card

Candidates can download the respective CAT 2022 admit card using their CAT login credentials till the day of the CAT exam. CAT 2022 admit card will be released probably in the last week of October. The CAT admit card 2022 is a mandatory document to take to the examination center. Failure to carry the CAT 2022 admit card at the examination center may result in disqualification from the CAT exam. Therefore, candidates are required to download their hall tickets before the CAT exam day.

How to download CAT 2022 admit card

  • To download the CAT 2022 admit card, candidates should follow the steps given below:
  • Go to the official CAT 2022 website i.e. iimcat.ac.in.
  • Click on the “CAT Admit Card 2022” download link.
  • It will redirect you to the admit card login window. From there, enter the required CAT login credentials (User ID and Password).
  • A pop-up will appear on the computer screen stating that the CAT 2022 application form has been successfully submitted and then click on the "Close" tab.
  • The complete form and information related to CAT candidate details will be displayed on the screen.
  • Click on the CAT 2022 admit card download tab.
  • A new page will open, which will reveal the test center address and shift time along with the Common Admission Test 2022 admit card.
  • Check all the details mentioned in the Admit Card and take its printout.

By following the above steps, candidates can easily download their appropriate CAT exam admit card in pdf format. If there are any errors or discrepancies while downloading the admit card of CAT 2022, send an email to the authorities at cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in or call 1800-266-3549. They will shortly resolve the issues regarding the CAT exam 2022 admit card.

CAT 2022- Exam Day Guidelines

The candidates who are going to appear in CAT 2022 must follow some exam day guidelines which helps them to face the exam without any stress. Candidates should know the time and CAT 2022 exam date so as not to miss anything. This is the primary CAT exam day tip. IIM has strongly advised the candidates to follow these on CAT 2022 exam days.

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Exam Day Guidelines to Follow at CAT 2022 exam center

  • Candidates are advised to reach the CAT exam center at least one hour before the gate closes.

  • Please double-check the reporting time before the deadline for CAT 2022.

  • Bring the CAT Admit Card 2022 and the required documents (ID Proof).

  • Use the applicant's number printed on a CAT 2022 admit card to locate the exam lab/ console in the CAT exam centres.

CAT 2022 answer key

IIM, Bangalore will be releasing the CAT 2022 answer key for slot 1, slot 2, slot 3 along with the CAT response sheet in online mode in the first week of December 2022 probably. The final answer key will have the correct answers to the questions asked in the CAT 2022. Candidates can challenge the CAT exam answer key 2022 with evidence in support of their claim.

For the objection, they have to pay Rs 1,200 per question. Officials will refund only for all challenges that appear to be valid. Candidates can measure their potential CAT 2022 score. All the candidates who came for the examination can download the CAT response sheet 2022 file by entering the CAT login ID and password after IIM is released. The response file for the CAT entrance exam 2022 will indicate the answers given by the candidate to a particular question. Details of unanswered questions will also be given in the response sheet.

CAT 2022 result

Candidates will get to know how they have performed in the exam when the CAT result 2022 is released by the authorities. To download their CAT scorecard 2022, candidates must use a registered CAT login ID and password. The scorecard for CAT 2022 will have a section and overall scaled score and percentile. Candidates should take the printout of the CAT 2022 result and keep it safe till the admission process is over. CAT result validity period is one year i.e. December 31, 2023.

CAT 2022 Result: key points to note

  • CAT 2022 Result Time & Date will be announced on the official website.
  • Post declaration of CAT result, IIMs will release the CAT score card along with CAT 2022 rank list.
  • You can download the CAT scorecard 2022 as soon as the results of CAT 2022 are declared.
  • The conducting body will send the CAT score via SMS to all the candidates

How to check CAT 2022 results online

In order to know the CAT 2022 result, the candidates need to follow the following procedure.

  • First, go to the official website of CAT 2022.
  • Visit the dashboard using the CAT login credentials like User ID and Password.
  • Then find and click the tab called “CAT Result”.
  • It will appear on the screen.
  • Click the “Download” link to download the CAT scorecard 2022.

CAT 2022 cutoff

The minimum marks required for test-takers to call for an additional MBA selection process are called the CAT cut off 2022. IIMs Like Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Kozhikode, Bangalore, Raipur etc will release CAT cutoff from August onwards.CAT 2022 for the best IIMs is typically 99 to 100 percentile for general category students.

IIM CAT Cutoff (Expected)

IIMs colleges in India

General

NC-OBC

SC

ST

PwD

Ahmedeabad

80

75

70

60

70

Calcutta

≥ 85

≥ 75

≥ 70

≥ 65

≥ 65

Bangalore

85

75

70

65

60

Indore

90

80

60

50

50

Lucknow

90

82

70

65

65

CAT 2022 selection process

Candidates who clear the CAT 2022 entrance examination will have to take part in the selection process of CAT 2022 which includes shortlisting of candidates by the IIMs for the next round of selection. The CAT selection process 2022 will consist of

  • Written Ability Test (WAT)
  • Group Discussion (GD)
  • Personal Interviews (PI)

CAT Reservation Criteria

Check out the category-wise reservation policy of IIMs.

CAT Reservation Category

Reserved Percentage

NC-OBC (Non-Creamy Other Backward Classes)

27%

SC (Scheduled Caste)

15%

ST (Scheduled Tribe)

7.5%

PwD (Person with Disability)

5%

Reservation Policy for Person with Disability (PwD)

For Person with Disability (PwD) candidates, they must submit the PwD certificate issued by a competent authority. Individuals with different types of disabilities who will be accepted under the PwD reservation:

  • Blind/ Low vision candidates.
  • Candidates with hearing impairment.
  • Candidates with a cerebral palsy or locomotive disability

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IIM admission criteria 2022 and programme

IIMs name

Offered programmes

IIM admission criteria

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad

PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP

IIM Ahmedabad Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore

PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM, PGPBA

IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Amritsar

PGP

IIM Amritsar Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Bodh Gaya

PGP

IIM Bodh Gaya Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta

MBA

IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Indore

PGP, PGP-HRM

IIM Indore Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Jammu

PGP

IIM Jammu Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Kashipur

PGP, EPGP

IIM Kashipur Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode

PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, EPGP (Kochi Campus & IL)

IIM Kozhikode Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Lucknow

PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM

IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Nagpur

PGP

IIM Nagpur Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Raipur

PGP

IIM Raipur Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Ranchi

PGP, PGP-HRM

IIM Ranchi Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Rohtak

PGP, EPGPX

IIM Rohtak Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Sambalpur

MBA

IIM Sambalpur Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Sirmaur

MBA

IIM Sirmaur Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Shillong

PGP, PGPEX

IIM Shillong Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Trichy

PGPM, PGPBM, PGPM-HR

IIM Trichy Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Udaipur

MBA

IIM Udaipur Admission Criteria

Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam

PGP, PGPEX

IIM Visakhapatnam Admission Criteria

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