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 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.
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|
|Application Fee||INR 2200|
|Total Seats Offered||5000+|
|Applications Per Year||2 lakhs|
|Number of Exam Centres||425 centers|
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.
|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|
The list of courses offered after qualifying for CAT 2022 are tabulated in the table below.
Eligibility norms for candidates to take CAT 2022 exams are tabulated below.
|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.|
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:
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|
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.
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|
|Jammu & Kashmir||Jammu|
|Jharkhand||Bokaro Steel City|
|New Delhi||New Delhi|
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.
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:
|Exam Mode||Computer Based Test (Online)|
|Exam Duration||3 hours (60 minutes for each)|
|Language of test||Only English|
|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|
|DI and Logical Reasoning||96||32|
|Total||300 marks||100 questions|
To prepare for CAT 2022 exam, the candidate must go through the syllabus and important topics. The syllabus for CAT 2022 is tabulated below.
|Quantitative Ability||Number System|
|Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability||Reading Comprehension|
|Basic English Usage|
|Fill in the blanks|
|Antonyms and Synonyms|
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||Data Sufficiency|
|Calendar and Clock|
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.
Along with the syllabus, the crisp study material is required to prepare well. Some important books for CAT 2022 preparation are tabulated below.
|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 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.
The candidates need to follow the below-mentioned steps to check 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:
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.
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:
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:
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|
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|
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.