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Content Curator | Updated On - Jun 20, 2022

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern will be released along with the information brochure. All the information about marking scheme, number & type of questions, exam duration etc will be mentioned in the CAT Exam Pattern 2022. 

  • As per past year CAT Exam Patter, the question papers will be comprises a total of 66 questions. 
  • MCQs and TITA type of questions to be asked in the CAT 2022.
  • In VARC section, a total of 24 questions will be asked while in QA & DILR section, 22 & 20 questions will be asked respectively.
  • Three marks will be awarded for every correct answer whereas 1 marks will be deducted for every incorrect answer. 
  • There is no negative marking for TITA questions.

As per CAT 2022 Syllabus, the highest weigthtage topics are algebra, arithmetic, geometry, para summary, parajumbles, reading comprehension.

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

Given below is the basic format of the CAT 2022 exam that will be followed. Candidates should prepare their strategy keeping all these particulars in mind. Although the official CAT 2022 pattern is not yet released. if you refer to these above-stated guidelines, It would be really helpful for your exam.

Particular Details
Duration of the exam 2 hrs (120 Minutes); Extra 13 Minutes 20 Seconds for PwD candidates
Mode of examination CBT (Computer-based test); Online
Sections Verbal ability & reading comprehension (VARC), Quantitative aptitude (QA) and Data interpretation & logical reasoning (DILR)
Medium English
Question types MCQ & NON-MCQ questions
Number of questions
  • VARC (24 questions)
  • QA (22 questions)
  • DILR (20 questions)
Time for each section 40 Minutes for each section
Marking Scheme
  • +3 for correct answer
  • -1 for each wrong answer
  • No negative marking for TITA questions
Marking scheme No negative marking for Non-MCQ questions
  • +3 marks will be awarded for every correct answer
  • -1 marks for every wrong answer
  • No marks will be awarded or deducted for the questions not attempted
Total marks 198 marks

CAT 2022 Section Wise Exam Pattern 

The below-mentioned sectional display of questions is according to the previous year’s CAT 2022 papers and earlier patterns. These mentioned details are estimated by following the trends of CAT examinations.

According to the sectional display, aspirants should definitely attempt the non-MCQ. i.e., TITA questions as those questions do not carry any negative marks but if you correct them, they can surely award you with positive ones. Earlier, the number of questions were around 30 per section and the exam duration was 3 hrs.

Sections Number Of Mcq Questions Number Of Non-Mcq Questions Total Number Of Questions Maximum Marks Per Section
Verbal ability & reading comprehension (VARC) 18-20 3-4 24 Questions (In total) 24 * 3 = 72
Quantitative aptitude (QA) 15-18 3-4 22 Questions (In total) 22 * 3 = 66
Data interpretation & logical reasoning 18-20 1-2 20 Questions (In total) 20 * 3 = 60
Total 58 8 66 198 Marks

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern: Sectional Time Limit

Students must keep in consideration the alloted time for managing the time wisely during the CAT 2022 examination. Students need to solve one section within 40 Minutes of time. Once the time limit for one section is over, the another section will appear autometically. Candidates cannot switch between the sectione by their own.Candidates are advised to go through the below table to know the alloted time for each section in CAT 2022. 

Sections Time Limit Per Section Time Limit Per Section (Pwd Candidates)
Verbal ability & reading comprehension (VARC) 40 Minutes 53 Minutes, 20 SECONDS
Quantitative aptitude (QA) 40 Minutes 53 Minutes, 20 SECONDS
Data interpretation & logical reasoning 40 Minutes 53 Minutes, 20 SECONDS
Total time 120 Minutes 160 Minutes

CAT 2022 Marking Scheme

Students must be aware of the CAT 2022 marking scheme to solve the CAT 2022 paper wisely. Students will be awarded the marks according to the below mentioned section wise CAT 2022 marking scheme.

Section  Number of Questions Marks  Marking Scheme. 
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 24 72
  • +3 for correct answer 
  • -1 for incorrect answer.
  • No negative marking for TITA questions
Quantitative Ability 22 66
  • +3 for correct answer 
  • -1 for incorrect answer.
  • No negative marking for TITA questions
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 20 60
  • +3 for correct answer 
  • -1 for incorrect answer.
  • No negative marking for TITA questions
Total 66 198

Changes in CAT Exam Pattern over the years

The table below mentions how the CAT examination pattern has changed over years. The mode of examination was changed from offline to online in 2009. The major changes that happened in CAT over years are mentioned below

  • Number of Non-MCQs were 26 in 2017 and increased to 27 in 2018.
  • RC has been decreased to 4 from 5 with 4 questions from each passage.

The other major changes are mentioned in the table below since 2018.

Years Number Of Questions Duration Of The Exam Questions In Varc Questions In Quant Questions In Dilr
2021 66 2 Hours 24 22 20
2020 76 2 Hours 26 26 24
2019 100 3 Hours 34 34 32
2018 100 3 Hours 34 34 32

Comparative analysis of CAT vs Other MBA Examinations

The table below mentions the comparative analysis between the CAT entrance exam and other entrance examinations held for MBA admissions in India. 

Mode of exam Online (Computer-based test) Online (Computer-based test) Online (Computer-based test) Online (Computer-based test)
Exam conducted by Indian institutes of management (IIMs) Xavier school of management (XLRI), Jamshedpur National testing agency Symbiosis international deemed university
Total questions 66 Questions 101 Questions 100 Questions 60 Questions
Total time 2 Hours 3 Hours 3 Hours 1 Hour
Sectional time limit 40 Minutes per section None None None
Marking scheme
  • +3 for every correct answer;
  • -1 for every wrong answer;
  • No negative marking for TITA questions (Subjective types)
  • +1 for every correct answer;
  • -0.25 for every wrong answer;
  • After 8 answered questions, 0.10 marks will be deducted for every unanswered one
  • +4 for every correct answer;
  • -1 for every wrong answer
  • +1 for every correct answer;
  • -0.25 for every wrong answer
  • Verbal ability and reading comprehension;
  • Quantitative ability;
  • Logical reasoning and data interpretation
  • Verbal and logical ability;
  • Quantitative ability and data interpretation;
  • Decision making; general knowledge
  • Language comprehension; Quantitative techniques and data interpretation; Logical reasoning; General awareness; Innovation and entrepreneurship
  • Analytical and logical reasoning; Quantitative, data interpretation and data sufficiency;
  • General English: Reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, and verbal ability 

CAT Syllabus 2022

The section-wise CAT 2022 syllabus is mentioned below. 

History Algebra Logic-Based DI
Business Number Systems New type
Social Geometry Arrangement
Science Arithmetic Quant Based DI
Para jumbles Higher Maths Games
Para summary Trigonometry Traditional DI
Odd sentence Modern Mathematics -
- Mensuration -

CAT Important Topics

VARC Important Topics

  • History based reading comprehension is very important as it covers most of the section. 
  • The main focus should be on reading comprehension as they are a very important part of VARC syllabus. Verbal ability and reading comprehension is the section that is not that difficult to crack and is easy to moderate when it comes to the level.
  • Reading comprehension requires a strong focus on connecting the dots with the questions. 
  • Once you connect the dots between the paragraph given and the questions, you will be able to achieve the correct answer.

QA Important Topics

  • In Quantitative aptitude, the major topics that cover the section are Percentage, Time & Speed, Time & Work, and arithmetic as a whole. 
  • Aspirants who did not have Mathematics in their higher classes should focus properly on arithmetic as the CAT examination mainly focuses on the basics. 
  • Quant in CAT exam requires strong basics and concentration. 
  • Overall, the level of the Quantitative aptitude section in CAT exam varies from easy to moderate. The section is easy to crack after practicing and working on basics.

DILR Important Topics

  • The most important topic in the DILR section is the logic-based DI and a new type of questions. Both topics have the most weightage in the DILR section. 
  • The logical reasoning section demands a little concentration and it becomes easy for this section. 
  • On the other hand, data interpretation requires intensive calculation and is time-consuming. 
  • This section is highly scored but requires extreme concentration.

CAT 2022 Preparation Books

Candidates preparing for CAT should take references from good preparation books.

Books for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Books

The best books for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension are as follows.

Books  Author/ Publications
PSC for VA for CAT Nishit Sinha
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/ Arihant
High School English Grammar & Composition Wren & Martin
30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Dr. Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis

Books for Quantitative Aptitude

The best books for the preparation of the Quantitative Aptitude section are as follows.

Books Name Author/ Publications
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations Abhijit Guha
NCERT Mathematics Books (Class 6 to 10) NCERT
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Sarvesh Verma
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Nishit Sinha

Books for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

The best books for preparation of the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section are as follows.

Books Name Author/ Publications
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT Nishit K. Sinha
Data Interpretation for CAT Arun Sharma
How to Prepare Logical Reasoning for CAT Arun Sharma
CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Gautam Puri
Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency Ananta Ashish


Ques. Will, there be some model papers provided by the IIMs for a better understanding of the paper pattern?

Ans. Yes, model papers and practice papers will be provided on the official CAT website during October. You can go through the papers and try to solve them as per your strategy.

Ques. Can I attempt the questions according to my preference or is there any specific order

Ans. You can answer the questions according to your preference but you can’t switch between sections before the allotted time for the particular section gets over i.e. 40 Minutes. There is a specific order for attempting the paper. You are free to choose whichever question you want to answer within the opened section but cannot change the section before time.

Ques. When will be official CAT 2022 exam pattern released?

The CAT 2022 registrations will start from the first week of August and the official notice containing the CAT 2022 exam pattern will be released on the official CAT website by the end of July.

Ques. What is the difficulty level of the overall exam?

The exam’s difficulty level varies from moderate to difficult but if you are well prepared then it would not be much difficult for you.

Ques. How many questions should I get correct to get a good score?

Ans. Approximately 10-12 questions per section will fetch you a good score. It would be great if you could do more than this. Try to skip those questions in the beginning, that you don’t know and keep them for the end as it is better to leave the question than mark any wrong option as marking wrong would deduct one mark of yours.

Ques. What is the section-wise number of questions in CAT 2022? 

Ans. In CAT 2022, there will be 24 questions from VARC, 22 questions from QA and 20 questions from DILR

Ques. What is the maximum possible score in CAT 2022?

Ans. The total marks in CAT 2022 that students can score is 198.

Ques: Can I attend the CAT from my PC?

Ans: The candidate will take the exam on a workstation assigned at the test center. No candidate can take the exam on their laptop or computer system.

Ques: Is there a negative marking for CAT 2022?

Ans: A mark of one will be deducted for the wrong answer to the MCQ-type question.

Is there a specific order for attending to the questions of each section?

Yes, candidates must answer the sections in a pre-specified order, and this order will remain the same for all the candidates.

Ques: Do MCQ and TITA-type questions carry the same marks?

Ans: Yes, all the questions carry equal marks.

Ques: What are TITA-type questions?

Ans: Type in the Answer (TITA) type questions also referred to as non-MCQ type questions are those questions in which no options or choices are provided. Candidates have to go through the questions and solve them to type the answer in the text box provided. 25-30% of the questions asked in the paper are non-MCQ-type questions.

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


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