CAT Exam 2022 – Notifications, Exam date, Registration


CAT exam or common admission test is a computer based selection test conducted by the Indian institute of management (IIMs), as a prerequisite for admissions to their business administration programs. It is the most popular MBA entrance exam in India, which is usually held in the month of November. The official CAT exam date is expected to be conducted on 27th November 2022.

CAT exam is expected to be conducted in three stages across India. Candidates preparing for CAT Exam 2022 must be aware of CAT 2022 registration process, CAT exam dates, eligibility, exam pattern, syllabus and a lot more

What is CAT Exam?

The Common admission test or CAT is a computer based test examination for admission in graduate management programs. It is conducted at the national level for admission to all the IIMs and top MBA colleges. CAT exam is for those who wish pursue MBA from top colleges in India such as IIMs and institutes like S.P Jain institute of management and research, faculty of management studies etc.

The test consists of three sections namely verbal ability and reading comprehension, Data interpretation and logical reasoning, and the quantitative aptitude. The CAT exam covers both MCQ & Non MCQ questions.

CAT Exam Overview

If you are ready to appear for the CAT Exam 2022, then you must know all the required details, which are mentioned below.

Exam Name  CAT 2022
CAT Full Form Common Admission Test
CAT Official Website
Exam Conducting Body One of the IIMs on a rotational basis

Yet to be announced for CAT 2022

Exam Type National Level, MBA Entrance Exam
Exam Frequency Once a year
Exam Mode Online
Language English
Exam Helpdesk No. 1-800-209-0830 (Toll-Free)

CAT Exam 2022 Notification

CAT Exam 2022 notification will be released in the last week of July 2022, and CAT exam will be administered by IIM Ahmedabad. Applicants must go through the CAT exam 2022 notification to know all the important dates, exam pattern, syllabus and many more.

CAT exam 2022 eligibility

  • In 2021, IIM had eliminated the minimum grades (50% or 45%) for appearing for CAT Exams. This happens to ensure that candidates who finished their bachelors’ degree in the year 2020 or 2022 are fairly represented.

How to apply for CAT exam 2022

Interested candidates can apply for the common admission test or CAT exam 2022 after following certain steps which are mentioned below

  1. Firstly, candidates need to go through the official CAT 2022 website
  2. After that, click on the new candidate registration button of the CAT 2022 website
  3. It will lead to the registration page. Visit there and give all your required details such as Name of the candidate, date of birth, email address, country, mobile number and captcha code
  4. After the details mentioned above, click on Generate OTP button, by using that OTP, candidates can complete the CAT 2022 registration process
  5. Then log in and provide all the details such as personal details, communication address, emergency contact info, and upload all your documents
  6. Fill the academic qualification details of SSC, Class 12, Bachelors degree, masters degree and other professional degree details
  7. Final process of CAT 2022 registration process is to make payment through online mode

CAT 2022 exam pattern

The paper pattern for the CAT exam has changed many times. Last year due to Covid 19, IIM Indore announced a major change. The total time duration had been reduced to 2 hours instead of 3 hours. There is a negative marking of 1 mark for every wrong answer and every correct answer is for 3 marks each. It is expected that last’s year CAT exam will be followed this year too.

Sections Total Questions MCQs Non-MCQs
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 24 19 5
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 20 15 5
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 22 14 8
Total 66 48 18

CAT Exam syllabus

Here is a list of CAT exam syllabus for mainly three sections; verbal ability and reading comprehension, data interpretation, logical reasoning and quantitative aptitude.

CAT Quantitative aptitude syllabus

Topics Sub-topics
Number System
  • LCM and HCF
  • Divisibility Rules
  • Base Change
  • Finding Units place and tens place of a number
  • Cyclicity
  • Remainders
  • Prime Factorisation
  • Factorials
  • Indices and Surds
  • Time, Distance and Speed
  • Time and Work, Pipes and Cisterns
  • Simple Interest and Compound Interest
  • Ratios, Proportions and Variations
  • Percentages and Averages
  • Profit and Loss, Discount
  • Mixtures and Alligations
Geometry and Mensuration
  • Circles
  • Triangles
  • Polygons
  • Coordinate geometry
  • Lines and Angles
  • Trigonometry
  • Inequalities and Modulus
  • Functions and Groups
  • Linear and Quadratic Equations
  • Polynomials
  • Logarithms
  • Algebraic Identities
  • Maxima and Minima
Modern Mathematics
  • Permutations and Combinations
  • Probability
  • Set Theory & Venn Diagram
  • Binomial theorem
  • Arithmetic progression, Geometric progression, Harmonic progression

CAT Data interpretation and logical reasoning syllabus

Topics related to data interpretation

  1. Tables
  2. Venn Diagram
  3. Pie chart
  4. Live chart
  5. Bar graph
  6. Radar chart
  7. Scatter plot
  8. Column graph
  9. Bubble chart
  10. Routes and network
  11. Data caselets – Reasoning Based DI

Topics related to logical reasoning

  1. Team formation
  2. Order ranking
  3. Binary and logic
  4. Games and tournaments

CAT Verbal ability and reading comprehension syllabus

  1. Para summary
  2. Odd one out
  3. Para jumbles
  4. Reading comprehensions

How to prepare for CAT exam 2022

Candidates preparing for CAT exam 2022 must have the proper knowledge of the syllabus. To get high percentage in CAT exam 2022, you may have the excellent time management skill and must practice regularly. You must prepare for all the three sections in a comprehensive manner.

CAT exam cut off

CAT exam cut off is declared in two forms: qualifying CAT cut-offs and final CAT cut-offs. You may check the cut off of the year 2019 to know them in broad.

IIMs CAT cut off (percentile)
IIM Ahmedabad 99
IIM Bangalore 99
IIM Calcutta 99
IIM Lucknow 97+
IIM Indore 97+
IIM Kozhikode 97-98
IIM Amritsar 95+
IIM Nagpur 95+
IIM Sambalpur 95+
IIM Trichy 94
IIM Raipur 94
IIM Ranchi 94
IIM Kashipur 94
IIM Vizag 92
IIM Udaipur 92
IIM Bodhgaya 92
IIM Shillong 90
IIM Sirmaur 90

CAT Reservation 2022 category wise

Candidates belonging to reserved categories and planning to appear in CAT should know the reservation policies of IIMs for a clear understanding. The different numbers of seats are reserved for each category as per the rules. IIMs adhere to the following CAT reservation criteria for their post graduate management course.

Category Reservation (%)
Schedule Caste 15%
Schedule Tribe 7.5%
Non-Creamy Other Backward Classes 27%
Person with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD) 5%
Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) Up to 10%

CAT Admit card 2022

The upcoming CAT Admit card 2022 will be issued to all the registered candidates on the official website by the last week of October 2022. Candidates can access their admit card by logging in with their CAT login details.

CAT 2022 FAQs

Q1. What is CAT Exam?

Ans: – CAT or common admission test is a national level MBA exam that is held by IIMs for admission into one of the 20 Indian institutes of management and 80+ other MBA colleges.

Q2. How to register for CAT exam 2022?

Ans: – IIM releases CAT notification on the official website in the month of July. Candidates wishing to register for CAT Exam 2022 may visit the official website, fill up the form, pay the application fee, and upload the necessary documents.

Q3. Is CAT exam necessary for MBA?

Ans: – No, it is not compulsory to take the CAT exam for MBA. But, if you had a dream of pursuing MBA from IIMs or other top MBA colleges in India, you must take the CAT exam, as it is in demand by most top colleges.

Q4. What are the CAT exam dates?

Ans: – Official CAT Dates 2022 are yet to be announced, however it is seen that usually CAT exam is held on last Sunday of the month of November. So, it might be held on 27th November 2022.

Q5. How many times CAT exam is conducted in a year?

Ans: – CAT exam is conducted once in a year in the month of November. There are no limits in the number of attempts for the CAT exam.

Q6. Who is eligible for CAT exam 2022?

Ans: – Candidates holding graduation degree or Masters Degree with 50% marks or 45% marks are eligible for CAT exam 2022.

Q7. What are the subjects asked in CAT exams?

Ans:- Basically you have to be strong in these subjects –Verbal ability and reading comprehension, data interpretation, and quantitative aptitude.

Q8. Which of the colleges accept CAT score?

Ans: – All IIMs accept CAT score, and inspite of that some other colleges are FMS, Delhi, JBIMS, MDI etc.

Q9. What happens after qualifying CAT exam?

Ans: – After the CAT exam, IIM releases the CAT result in the form of scorecard. Depending on the CAT score and percentage, the lists of candidates who have been shortlisted for the next round of selection will be posted on the individual’s IIMS website.


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