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CAT 2022: Dates, Eligibility, Registration, Admit Card, Syllabus, Pattern, Result

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Kumar Shiwam

University Data Specialist | Updated On - Dec 10, 2021

CAT 2022 is expected to be conducted on the last Sunday of November. The official notification for the same will be released in July 2022, tentatively. The aspirants of CAT 2022 need to download and preserve their admit cards once the authorities release them. CAT 2022 Admit Cards will be released a week before the exam. The exam pattern for CAT was revised in 2020. The same pattern is expected to be followed in the 2022 session as well. The aspirants of CAT 2022 are advised to keep visiting the official website to receive the latest updates regarding the exam. 

  • The candidates belonging to the general category need to pay INR 2200 as CAT 2022 Application Fee. However, there is a relaxation of INR 1100 for the reserved category students. 
  • CAT 2022 Exam will consist of the following sections:- Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, and Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability, and Reading Comprehension.
  • CAT 2022 Preparation must be commenced at least 6 months before the exam. The national level exam is often associated with uncertainties. 
  • Once CAT 2022 gets concluded, the provisional answer keys will be released after two weeks. The candidate who finds discrepancies in the CAT 2022 Answer keys needs to raise objections. 
  • CAT 2022 Results will be based on the final answer keys released by the authorities. No objections will be accepted after the release of the final answer key. 

What is CAT Exam?

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted by IIMs every year. It is a competitive exam that offers admission to postgraduate courses in the Management stream. The candidates who qualify for CAT become eligible to get admissions to 5000+ seats. Based on the previous year’s trends, candidates with 90+ Percentiles can apply for the admission process of IIMs.

CAT 2022 Highlights

Some highlights of the CAT exam are as follows. 

Full-Form The Common Admission Test
Conducting Body Indian Institute of Management
Exam Level National Level
Mode of Application Online
Mode of exam Computer-Based Exam
Exam Frequency Once a year
Exam Duration 2 hours
No. of Question 64 – 68
Question Type MCQ
Application Fee INR 2200
Total Seats Offered 5000+
Applications Per Year 2 lakhs
Number of Exam Centres 425 centers
Official website iimcat.ac.in
CAT Helpline 1800-209-0830

CAT 2022 Exam Dates

The authorities haven’t released the examination schedule for CAT 2022. The candidates are advised to check the following expected dates table for their reference. 

Events Dates (Tentative)
Starting of Application Process 1st week of August 2022
Last date of Application submission Last week of September 2022
Availability of correction window Last week of September 2022
Admit card release Last week of October 2022
CAT Exam Date Last week of November 2022
Proposed Answer Sheet Release 2nd week of December 2022
Availability of Objection window 2nd week of December 2022
Final answer key release Last week of December 2022
The official announcement of the result 2nd week of January 2023

CAT 2022 Courses Offered

The list of courses offered after qualifying for CAT 2022 are tabulated in the table below. 

Courses Details
MBA
  • Course Name: Masters in Business Administration
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Specializations: Finance, HRM, IT, Marketing, Business, Rural Management, Operation Management
PGP
  • Course Name: Post Graduation Programme
  • Duration: 2-3 years (depending upon stream opted)
  • Specializations: Management, Finances, Business
PGPM
  • Course Name: Post Graduation Programme in Management
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Specializations: General Management, Finances, IT, HR, Marketing, Operations
PGPBM
  • Course Name: Post Graduation Programme in Business Management
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Specializations: NA
PGPEM
  • Course Name: Post Graduation Programme in Enterprise Management
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Specializations: NA
PGPPM
  • Course Name: Post Graduation Programme in Public Policy and Management
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Specializations: NA

CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility norms for candidates to take CAT 2022 exams are tabulated below. 

Eligibility Norms Criteria
Minimum Qualification Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university.
Minimum marks Applicants must have obtained 50 percent marks in aggregate in their graduation.
Maximum Age limit No age limit
Maximum number of attempts No limit on attempts
Appearing Candidates Applicants who are currently in their final year of graduation can also apply.
Degree holders CA/ CS/ ICWA degree holders can also apply.

CAT 2022 Application Form

Application forms can be filled up by interested candidates once they are officially launched on the website. The process of correctly filling the application form online is described step by step below:

  • CAT 2022 Application Forms will be made available from the first week of August 2022, tentatively.
  • Visit the IIM CAT website and register yourself.
  • After registration, log in with the verified credentials.
  • Fill in some basic information like name, date of birth, email address, mobile number, and OTP correctly.
  • Now fill in other details like academic qualification, personal details, and city preferences.
  • Fill in the authentic communication details so that you can track your application easily.
  • Recheck the application form and submit it
  • Pay the fees according to the category.
  • Download the duly filled application form along with the fee payment receipt

CAT 2022 Application Fees

Application fees for CAT 2022 exam can be filled online only. Candidates may use their credit or debit card or even net banking and UPI would work. Application fees for different categories of applicants are tabulated below. 

Name of category Application Fees
SC/ ST/ PwD INR 1000
OBC/ EWS INR 2000
UR INR 2000

CAT 2022 Application Form Correction

After completion of the registration process, the application correction window will be made available by the conducting authority to correct the mistakes in the application form. Candidates will be able to correct the mistakes if any within 3-4 days when this window will be active. Only a few of the details will be made available for rectification but primitive details like name, the email address will remain the same.

CAT 2022 Exam Center

The authorities haven’t released the official exam centers for CAT 2022. Given below are the previous year’s exam centers. The candidates can refer to the following table to get an idea.

Name of the State Exam Cities
Andaman and Nicobar Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Guntur
Kakinada
Kurnool
Nellore
Rajahmundry
Tirupathi
Vijayawada
Visakhapatnam
Vizianagaram
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar-Naharlagun
Assam Dibrugarh
Guwahati
Jorhat
Silchar
Tezpur
Bihar Aurangabad-Bihar
Arrah
Bhagalpur
Darbhanga
Muzaffarpur
Patna
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh Bhilai Nagar
Bilaspur
Raipur
Goa Panaji
Madgaon
Gujarat Ahmedabad
Anand
Gandhinagar
Mehsana
Rajkot
Surat
Vadodara
Haryana Ambala
Faridabad
Gurugram
Hisar
Karnal
Kurukshetra
Panipat
Rohtak
Sonipat
Himachal Pradesh Shimla
Hamirpur
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu
Srinagar (NEW)
Jharkhand Bokaro Steel City
Dhanbad
Hazaribagh
Jamshedpur
Ranchi
Karnataka Belagavi(Belgaum)
Bengaluru
Hubli-Dharwad
Kalaburagi(Gulbarga)
Mangaluru(Mangalore)
Mysuru(Mysore)
Shivamogga(Shimoga)
Udupi
Kerala Kannur
Ernakulam
Kollam
Kottayam
Kozhikode
Thrissur
Trivandrum
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal
Gwalior
Indore
Jabalpur
Sagar
Satna
Ujjain
Maharashtra Amravati
Ahmednagar
Aurangabad-MH
Bhiwandi
Boisar
Jalgaon
Kolhapur
Mumbai
Nagpur
Nanded
Nashik
Pune
Raigad
Satara
Solapur
Thane
Palghar
Navi Mumbai
Vasai
Virar
Meghalaya Shillong
Mizoram Aizawl
Nagaland Kohima
New Delhi New Delhi
Odisha Balasore
Berhampur
Bhubaneswar
Cuttack
Dhenkanal
Rourkela
Sambalpur
Punjab Pathankot
Bhatinda
Jalandhar
Ludhiana
Mohali
Patiala
Sangrur
Amritsar
Puducherry Puducherry
Rajasthan Ajmer
Alwar
Bikaner
Jaipur
Jodhpur
Kota
Sikar
Udaipur
Tamilnadu Chennai
Coimbatore
Madurai
Salem
Tirunelveli
Tiruchirappalli
Vellore
Telangana Hyderabad
Karimnagar
Warangal
Uttar Pradesh Agra
Aligarh
Bareilly
Ghaziabad
Gorakhpur
Greater Noida
Kanpur
Jhansi
Lucknow
Meerut
Moradabad
Muzaffarnagar
Noida
Prayagraj
Varanasi
Uttarakhand Dehradun
Haldwani
Roorkee
West Bengal Asansol
Bankura
Burdwan
Durgapur
Hooghly
Kalyani
Kolkata
Siliguri

CAT 2022 Admit Card

Based on previous year’s analysis, it is expected that the authorities will release CAT 2022 Admit Cards in the last week of October. The candidates are advised to follow the below-mentioned steps to ensure hassle free downloading of the admit cards. 

  • Visit the official website and log in to get access to your account
  • Locate and click on the link for CAT 2022 Admit Card.
  • Admit card will appear on your screen
  • Download it in PDF form or directly print it
  • Keep it safe until the counseling process

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

CAT 2022 is a computer-based test consisting of 3 sections: Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, and Data Interpretation. Major details of the CAT 2022 exam are tabulated below:

Particulars Details
Exam Mode Computer Based Test (Online)
Exam Duration 3 hours (60 minutes for each)
Language of test Only English
Total sections 3
Number of Questions 100 questions in total
Marks 300 marks in total
Types of Questions MCQs and subjective type questions
Marking System +3 for correct and -1 for the wrong answer

Also, more details of the exam pattern section-wise are elaborated below:

Name of the section Marks Total number of questions
Quantitative Ability 102 34
DI and Logical Reasoning 96 32
Verbal Ability 102 34
Total 300 marks 100 questions

CAT 2022 Syllabus

To prepare for CAT 2022 exam, the candidate must go through the syllabus and important topics. The syllabus for CAT 2022 is tabulated below.

Sections Important Topics
Quantitative Ability Number System
Algebra
Arithmetic
Geometry
Modern Mathematics
Higher Mathematics
Mensuration
Trigonometry
Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability Reading Comprehension
Basic English Usage
Verbal Reasoning
Sentence Correction
Fill in the blanks
Antonyms and Synonyms
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Data Sufficiency
Tables
Graphs
Line graph
Pie chart
Binary Logic
Puzzles
Blood Relation
Proposition
Seating Arrangements
Sets
Venn Diagram
Statements
Syllogisms
Calendar and Clock

CAT 2022 Preparation Tips

CAT 2022 is a national-level exam. The candidates need to follow the below-mentioned steps to maintain their calm during preparing for the exam. 

  • Go through the syllabus and prepare each topic very well.
  • Analyze previous trends of exam papers to know about important topics and difficulty levels.
  • Prepare the short notes for revision.
  • Learn to manage time very well so that you get maximum time for practice.
  • Practice question sets regularly and learn short tricks that are useful.
  • Solve the mock test to have exam experience.

CAT 2022 Important Books

Along with the syllabus, the crisp study material is required to prepare well. Some important books for CAT 2022 preparation are tabulated below. 

Books Authors
Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations R.S. Aggarwal
Higher Algebra Hall and Knight
Course in Mental Ability and Quantitative Aptitude Edgar Thorpe
NCERT Maths from 8th to 10th NCERT
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Arun Sharma/TATA McGRAW HILL
Puzzles and some other number books Shakuntla Devi
Crack The Cat Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation Vivek Gupta and Sandeep Amar
Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations Abhijit Guha
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

CAT 2022 Answer Key

CAT 2022 Answer Key is expected to be released on the 2nd week of December 2022. Applicants can refer to the answer key to get a predicted score. Answer keys will be released in two slots. The first one will be a provisional answer key to which candidates can also raise objections if they find any mistake. Candidates need to upload the supporting documents to correct answers while raising objections. Later one will be released as the final answer key that cannot be subjected to changes.

How to Check CAT 2022 Answer Key?

The candidates need to follow the below-mentioned steps to check CAT 2022 Answer Key. 

  • Go to the official website iimcat.ac.in
  • Login with your registered credentials.
  • Navigate to the Answer key window
  • You will be able to download the provisional or final answer keys for your slot whenever they are released by the authority.
  • Save the answer key in form of a PDF.

How to Raise Objections Against CAT 2022 Answer Key?

If you want to raise objections to certain answers then you can also raise objections when the provisional answer key is released. If you raise a relevant objection, the authority will update the correct answer in the final answer key. Steps to raise objections are mentioned below:

  • Log in to the official website of CAT 2022 iimcat.ac.in with registered credentials.
  • Navigate to Objection Form title.
  • Choose the question number and type of objection from the answer key.
  • Select any one option:
  1. None of the options is correct
  2. More than one option is correct
  • Add a remark of up to 500 words and also upload supporting document if any present.
  • Candidates may raise as many objections as they want
  • Now you have to pay INR 1200 as the objection fees.

CAT 2022 Results

CAT 2022 results are expected to be released in January 2023. Results will be officially released along with the final answer key. The result of CAT 2022 will be declared in online mode only. It is recommended to keep the scorecards safe as it will be required in counseling and admission procedure. Steps to check CAT 2022 results are as follows. 

  • Go to the official website of CAT iimcat.ac.in
  • Login using your registered credentials
  • Navigate to the scorecard tab
  • Download the scorecard in PDF form.

CAT 2022 Score Card

Candidates who appeared in the exam will be able to download their scorecards. CAT 2022 scorecard can be downloaded from iimcat.ac.in. The selection process will be conducted based on the score and rank achieved. The scorecard will contain the following information:

  • Name and roll number of candidates
  • Exam center
  • Total marks obtained
  • Percentile
  • All India Rank (AIR) of candidate

CAT 2022 Counseling

Conducting authority of CAT 2022 will not have any centralized counseling. Each college will conduct its counseling process. Steps to apply for the counseling process are:

  • Visit the official website of CAT.
  • Click on ‘Apply Online' for selecting the colleges.
  • Check the minimum criteria of counseling. Apply to the colleges where you satisfy the criteria.
  • Navigate to the counseling button. Fill the counseling form online.
  • Also, fill in the choices of your preference. You will most likely be allotted selected colleges if you satisfy the criteria.
  • Fill in the details correctly and you will receive information via mail.
  • Follow the instructions and attend the counseling process.
  • You will receive an admission letter once you get shortlisted and seat allocation is done.

CAT 2022 Cut-off

Cut-off for CAT 2022 will be released in two phases namely qualifying cutoff and final cutoff. The qualifying cutoff is released before results to know the number of candidates who passed the exam while the final cutoff is released after result declaration. Based on the previous year’s analysis, the cutoff trend for some of the well-known institutes is tabulated below. 

Name of IIM General Category SC ST OBC PwD
IIM Ahmedabad 80 70 60 75 60
IIM Calcutta 85 70 65 75 65
IIM Bangalore 85 70 65 75 60
IIM Raipur 94 54 40 75 40
IIM Lucknow 90 70 65 82 65

CAT 2022 Facts and Figures

Some major facts and figures for the CAT exam are mentioned below. This data will help the candidates get a fair idea about the exam.

Year (s) Number of registered candidates Number of candidates who appeared the exam Number of qualified candidates Number of seats available in IIMs
2021 2.31 lakh 2.3 lakh NA 5000
2020 2.30 lakh 2.25 lakh NA 5000
2019 2.44 lakh 2.40 lakh NA 5000

CAT 2022 FAQs

Ques. What is the validity of the CAT score?

Ans. The recent CAT score is valid for one year only. Candidates must appear for the CAT exam in the next session if they want admission. CAT score will not be used for counseling and admission if they have crossed 1 year.

Ques. Is it possible to crack the CAT exam in 3 months?

Ans. The answer to this question may vary from candidate to candidate. But if you are determined and prepared according to the syllabus you can crack it. Also, try to follow some crash courses and take as many mocks as possible to cover the syllabus timely.

Ques. Which institute will conduct the CAT 2022 exam?

Ans. CAT 2022 exam will be conducted by IIM Ahmedabad. It is the conducting body of the CAT exam. Candidates may apply online on the official website of CAT iimcat.ac.in. IIM Ahmedabad conducts the CAT exam every year.

Ques. Is the GMAT exam easier than CAT?

Ans. GMAT has a well-defined exam structure and syllabus. Not much variety is found in the GMAT exam so it is easier to prepare for the GMAT. Coming to the CAT exam, There are a lot of varieties of questions and you need to practice a lot to go through all types of questions so CAT is a tougher exam.

Ques. What is the age limit for the CAT exam?

Ans. There is no age bar for the CAT exam. CAT exam can be attempted at any point of the career. The candidate needs to have completed graduation with 50 percent marks and there Is no age bar. There is no lower age limit bar and no upper age limit bar.

Ques. Can I use gadgets in the CAT exam?

Ans. No, you cannot take any extra gadgets like mobile phones to the CAT exam. The only calculator is allowed in the CAT exam that will be monitored by the invigilator also. So, no gadget other than a calculator is allowed in the CAT exam.

Ques. Can engineers crack the CAT exam?

Ans. Most of the applicants who crack the CAT exam are engineers. Pursuing an MBA from a top B-School is a major choice in India. Engineers are automatically good at quants and they find it easy to crack the CAT exam. So, yes engineers can crack the CAT exam.

Ques. Is it necessary to study GK for the CAT exam?

Ans. No, general knowledge is not a part of the CAT exam. It is asked in the XAT exam only. However, you should have some basic IQ of different fields so that you can appear in the GD round and perform well. Also, work on your confidence to reach the interview process.

*The article might have information for the previous academic years, please refer the official website of the exam.

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