CAT 2022 – Preparation, Exam Pattern, Toppers, Syllabus, Application Form

CAT 2022 – Common Admission Test (CAT) is an annual management entrance exam held for admission to MBA/PGP programs given by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and more than 1,200 b schools across India. Every year, over 2.39 lakh applicants take the CAT exam, which is held in November. MBA aspirants wishing to take the CAT 2022 entrance exam should begin their preparations right away, as full-proof preparation takes around a year. In this article, you’ll learn everything you need to know about the CAT 2022 exam, including the dates, application process, costs, eligibility criteria, syllabus, pattern, and preparation.

Check the interviews of CAT 2021 toppers to start the preparation for CAT 2022.

CAT 2022

The CAT 2022 exam will be tentatively held on November 27, 2022, with the online registration process beginning in the first week of August 2022. Every year, one of the top IIMs is tasked with administering the CAT exam. The responsibility for organizing CAT 2021 had already been entrusted to IIM Ahmedabad. By May 2022, the CAT 2022 convening institute will be revealed. Candidates can refer to the following expected dates.

CAT 2022 Events CAT 2022 Dates
CAT 2022 notification release 4th week of July 2022
CAT 2022 registrations start 1st week of August 2022
Registrations end 3rd week of September 2022
Form correction 4th week of September 2022
Mock test release 1st week of October 2022 
Admit card release 4th week of October 2022
Official tutorial release  1st week of November 2022
CAT 2022 exam 4th week of November 2022
Answer key release 1st week of December 2022
Answer key challenge process 1st week of December 2022
Final answer key release 4th week of December 2022
CAT 2022 result declaration 1st week of January 2023

The most probable CAT 2022 exam date is November 27, 2022. For the last 3 years, CAT 2021 is conducted on the last Sunday of November.

Candidates can refer to the CAT exam dates of previous years.

Year Exam Date Day
2021 28 Nov 2021 Last Sunday of November 2021
2020 29 Nov 2020 Last Sunday of November 2020
2019 24 Nov 2019 Last Sunday of November 2019
2018 25 Nov 2018 Last Sunday of November 2018

CAT 2022 Overview

CAT Particulars Details
Exam name Common Admission Test (CAT) 
Conducting institute To be announced
Exam level National
CAT syllabus Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)  Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) Quantitative Ability (QA)
CAT pattern CBT with MCQs and non-MCQs
No. of test cities 156
Exam frequency Once a year
Exam schedule November 27, 2022 (tentative)
Exam fees INR 2,200 (General category) and INR 1,100 (Reserved category)
Eligibility  Graduation with 50 % aggregate (45 % for SC/ST students)
Number of applications 2.31 lakh (In 2021)
Exam purpose Admission into IIMs, SPJIMR, FMS, MDI, IMT and over 1,200 B-Schools in India
Course offered MBA/PGDM
Exam help-desk no. 1-800-210-1088 (Toll-Free)
Exam website

CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria

Because the CAT is an entrance exam for a postgraduate program, the minimum requirement is a bachelor’s degree. The following are the CAT 2022 eligibility requirements :

  • Students must have received a minimum of 50% in their undergraduate degree (45% for SC/ST/PwD candidates).
  • Candidates in their last year of a bachelor’s degree are also eligible to take the CAT exam.
  • Candidates with professional certifications such as CA, CS, and ICWA are also eligible to take the CAT.

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

The CAT exam is a computer-based test (CBT) that is administered at several test centers throughout the country. Check out the highlights of the CAT exam pattern below :

Exam Pattern Particulars Details
Mode of CAT exam Computer Based Test 
Duration of exam 120 minutes total – 40 minutes per section
CAT exam slots Morning: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Afternoon: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Evening: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
Number of questions 66
Total marks 198
Language of question paper English
Number of answer choices 4
Question Type MCQ and non-MCQ
Marking Scheme +3 for every right attempt in MCQ.
-1 for every wrong attempt in MCQ.
0 for the wrong attempt in non-MCQ.
CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

CAT 2022 Sections and Weightage

The CAT question paper is divided into three sections: VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension), DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning), and QA (Quantitative Aptitude). Check out the table below for the question and marks distribution in each section :

CAT Sections No. of Questions Marks Allotted
VARC 24 72
DILR 20 60
QA 22 66
CAT 2022 Section-Wise Weightage

CAT 2022 Syllabus

The CAT 2022 syllabus is extensive and covers a wide range of topics. The following are the primary topics from which questions in the CAT exam are typically asked :

Sections Important Topics
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Analogies, Assumption, Completion of Paragraph, Critical Reasoning, Error Corrections, Fill in the blanks, Jumbled paragraphs, Main idea in the passage, Phrasal meaning & Usage, Sequence of sentences.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Assumption, Bar charts, Binary logic, Blood Relation, Calendars, Caselets, Clocks, Conclusion, Data Analysis, Graphs, Pie charts, Premise, Puzzles.
Quantitative Aptitude Number System, Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry, Binomial Theorem, Inequalities, LCM and HCF, Linear Equations, Logarithm, Percentages, PnC, Progressions, Quadratic Equations, Ratio & Proportion, Trigonometry.

CAT 2022 Best Books

A list of books recommended by experts are provided below for better preparation of CAT 2022:

CAT 2022 Application Process

The application process for CAT 2022 registration will commence in the first week of August and end in the third week of September. The CAT registration and application process is conducted entirely online, and candidates must send their applications to The processes to register for the CAT exam and fill out the application form are as follows :

  • Visit the website.
  • Select ‘New User’.
  • Name, date of birth, nationality, email address, and cell phone number are required fields.
  • Click ‘submit’ after entering the captcha code.
  • An OTP will be sent to the email address and mobile phone number provided.
  • To verify registration, use the OTP.
  • Fill out the CAT application form with your personal information.
  • Upload a passport-sized photo as well as your signature.
  • Fill up your academic information, such as grades in grades 10 and 12 and UP, PG, or professional degrees.
  • Choose an IIM course, a campus, and a test city.
  • Pay your fee with a debit/credit card, net banking, or an e-wallet.

CAT 2022 Fees

The CAT application cost must be paid at the time of submission of the form. Until the cost is paid, the CAT registration procedure will be incomplete. Fees for CAT 2022 are listed below :

Category Fee
General, OBC INR 2,200
SC/ST/PwD INR 1,100
CAT 2022 Fees

CAT 2022 Admit Card

The CAT 2022 admit card is a required document for all candidates to bring to the exam center. Candidates who do not have their CAT 2022 admit card with them on exam day will be unable to take the exam. As a result, students must download their admit cards and print two copies of them prior to the CAT 2022 exam day. The CAT 2022 admit card will be tentatively released 4th week of October 2022. The steps to download the admit card are given below :

1st step – Go to the official website for CAT 2022. Select ‘Login‘.

2nd step – Fill in your registration number and password. Select ‘admit card‘.

3rd step – Save the admit card to your PC by clicking on the download button.

4th step – Obtain a copy of the CAT 2022 admit card.

Details mentioned on the CAT 2022 Admit Card are as follows :

  • Name of the candidate
  • Candidate’s caste
  • Date of birth of the candidate
  • Candidate’s photo
  • Candidate’s signature
  • Registration number
  • Date and time of the exam
  • CAT 2022 exam centre address
  • Google map link to locate exam centre
  • Emergency contact number
  • CAT 2022 exam instructions

Given below is the list of documents that candidates can carry an ID proof :

  • Aadhaar card
  • Voter ID
  • Passport
  • PAN card
  • E-Aadhaar
  • Ration Card
  • College/University ID
  • Driver’s license and so on.

CAT 2022 Answer Keys

CAT 2022 answer keys are tentative to be released on the 1st week of December 2022 and candidates can challenge them from the time of their release. By login into their CAT 2022 account on the official website, candidates can access the answer key and response sheet. The CAT answer key 2022 will include the candidate’s solution to each question as well as the official answer. Candidates can challenge or object to the answer key by paying a fee of INR 1200, and the CAT exam authorities will review the objections. A revised answer key (CAT final answer key) will be released if it is found to be genuine. The final CAT 2022 answer key will be used to determine the CAT 2022 result. The answer key is used to calculate the candidates’ tentative RAW score of the exam :

  • Three marks are provided for each successful answer, thus if the candidate correctly answers 50 questions, the score will be 50×3 = 150.
  • One mark will be deducted for each incorrect response. So, if a candidate marks 10 questions wrongly, he or she will receive a ten-point penalty.
  • To calculate the CAT Raw score, subtract the total marks deducted from the total points scored, which is 150 – 10 = 140.

CAT 2022 Result

CAT 2022 Result will be announced tentatively during the 1st week of January 2023. Each candidate’s name, registration number, category, photo, sectional score, overall score, sectional percentile, and overall percentile will be listed on the CAT 2022 result cum scorecard. Only the online version of the CAT 2022 result will be available. Following the announcement of the CAT results, IIMs will commence the shortlisting process for admission based on the CAT 2022 cutoffs in order to choose candidates for the WAT-PI round.

To get their results, candidates must follow the steps outlined below :

1st step – Visit the official website (

2nd step – Select ‘CAT Login’.

3rd step – Please enter your CAT 2022 ID and password.

4th step – Go to the ‘scorecard’ tab.

5th step – Obtain a copy of the CAT scorecard by clicking there.

Three steps are involved in calculating the CAT percentile in the results. Take a look at the following :

  • Each applicant is given a score in each segment based on the number of correct and incorrect tries, and then the overall score is calculated by adding the section-wise scores together.
  • These section-by-section and overall (raw) results are then normalised to get a scaled CAT score.
  • The percentiles are calculated from the normalised scores and reported on the CAT scorecard.

CAT 2022 Cutoffs

Following the announcement of the CAT 2022 result, the IIMs will disclose CAT 2022 cut-offs. The actual CAT cut-off 2022 for admission into any IIMs or other top MBA colleges in India would be a minimum 90 percentile. Top IIMs such as IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, and IIM Kozhikode continue to have high CAT cutoffs (99+ percentile). CAT cut-offs in Tier 2 institutions are usually around 80 percentile and higher, whereas CAT cut-offs in Tier 3 colleges are usually around 60 percentile and above. Cutoffs for CAT 2022 are projected to stay the same.

Previous Year CAT Cutoff (2021) :

Score vs Percentile :

CAT 2021 Percentile VARC Score DILR Score QA Score Overall Score
99.5 %ile 45 33 48 104
99 %ile 41 29 42 97
98 %ile 37 26 37 86
95%ile 32 21 28 72
90%ile 27 17 23 59
85%ile 23 15 19 52
80%ile 21 13 16 44

Colleges Accepting CAT 2022 Score

Aside from IIMs, India has 1,200 b-schools that accept the CAT score for admission. Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT), and Personal Interview (PI) are all part of the CAT MBA admissions process. The following is a list of some of the best MBA schools that accept the CAT score for admission :

IIMs :

  • IIM Calcutta
  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • IIM Bangalore
  • IIM Lucknow
  • IIM Kozhikode
  • IIM Indore
  • IIM Shillong
  • IIM Rohtak
  • IIM Ranchi
  • IIM Raipur
  • IIM Udaipur
  • IIM Nagpur
  • IIM Tiruchirappalli
  • IIM Kashipur
  • IIM Visakhapatnam
  • IIM Bodh Gaya
  • IIM Amritsar
  • IIM Sambalpur
  • IIM Sirmaur
  • IIM Jammu

Non-IIMs :

  • FMS, Delhi University
  • SPJIMR, Mumbai
  • MDI, Gurgaon
  • IMT, Ghaziabad
  • IIT Kanpur-IME
  • IMI, Delhi
  • DoMs – IIT Delhi
  • SJMSOM – IIT Bombay
  • DoMs – IIT Madras
  • DoMs – IIT Roorkee
  • IIT Kharagpur-VGoSM
  • IIT Dhanbad-ISM
  • Great Lakes Institute of Management
  • IMT, Nagpur
  • IMI, Kolkata
  • IPE, Hyderabad
  • ITM, University
  • Institute of Management, Nirma University
  • IIITM, Gwalior
  • Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa

About CAT 2022

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) are India’s leading national institutes for management education and research. Postgraduate, doctoral, and executive education programs are the mainstays of IIMs. Admission to the two-year postgraduate programs at IIMs is competitive and requires a thorough screening procedure that includes a personal interview, a written ability test/group discussion, and results on the Common Admission Test (CAT). The CAT is a managerial aptitude exam administered by the IIMs with the goal of evaluating and shortlisting candidates for postgraduate study. It is a computer-based exam, and in order to take it, a candidate must first complete the registration process. IIMs reserve 15% of seats for SC candidates, 7.5% for ST candidates, 27 percent for NC-OBC candidates, and up to 10% for EWS candidates, according to Government of India guidelines. Persons with Benchmark Disabilities are also given 5% of the seats. Scholarships are also available at IIMs for deserving students who require financial assistance.

FAQs on CAT 2022

Ques: When will the CAT 2022 exam take place?

Ans: The CAT 2022 exam is scheduled to take place on November 27, 2022. IIMCAT will make the formal announcement of the exam date in July 2022.

Ques: Which IIM will host the CAT 2022 exam?

Ans: CAT 2021 was conducted by IIM Ahmedabad. In May 2022, the CAT 2022 conducting institute will be revealed.

Ques: What is the CAT exam syllabus?

Ans: The Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude topics are all covered in the CAT 2022 syllabus.

Ques: What is the format of the CAT exam?

Ans: VARC, DILR, and QA are the three sections of the CAT question paper. The total time restriction is two hours, with a 40-minute segment time limit. There are 24 questions in VARC, 20 questions in DILR, and 22 questions in QA. There are two types of questions: MCQ and non-MCQ.

Ques: How much does it cost to apply for the CAT?

Ans: The CAT application cost is INR 2,200 for candidates from the General and NC-OBC categories. The fee for candidates from the SC/ST/PWD categories is INR 1,100.

Ques: Who is eligible to take the CAT exam?

Ans: Any MBA candidate who has completed a bachelor’s degree programme or is in the last year of one can apply for the CAT. For General category applicants, a minimum aggregate score of 50% is required, while for Reserved category candidates, a minimum score of 45 percent is required.

Ques: When will the application procedure for CAT 2022 begin?

Ans: The application period for CAT 2022 will open in the first week of August 2022. In the last week of July 2022, the official exam notification will be released.

Ques: How many business schools accept the CAT score as a criterion for admission?

Ans: The CAT score is accepted by over 1,200 MBA colleges in India.

Ques: What is an acceptable CAT score for IIM admission?

Ans: A 99 percentile in the CAT is required for admission to IIMs (General category). However, an excellent academic record is required, as is a strong performance in the Personal Interview phase.

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