CAT 2022 Exam: Student Reviews, Question Paper Analysis with Answer Key, Top B-school Application Deadlines & More – PaGaLGuY

The Common Admission Test, or CAT 2022, was held on November 27, 2022, and was conducted in three slots by IIM Bangalore. The first slot was from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., the second from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., and the last from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The CAT 2022 test was held in around 428 centres throughout India in 151 cities, with an estimated 2.5 lakh candidates attempting the exam. CAT is an approved admission test for postgraduate programmes at non-IIM institutes and Indian Institutes of Management(IIMs).

CAT 2022 Exam Review – Student Feedback

After taking one of the most awaited entrance exams, CAT 2022, I found the slot 1 paper fairly moderate. Starting with the VARC section that consisted of four reading comprehensions and a new kind of ‘fill in the blank’ question, it can be concluded that the section was moderate with 2 easy and 2 tough RCs. The following section was the DILR section which was the toughest of the lot, with all of the questions on logical reasoning. Finally, the Quantitative Ability section was easy, with a pattern similar to CAT 2021.

Srijoni Hore, CAT 2022 Exam Taker


A. VARC – Moderate. 24Q

Had 4 passages with 4 questions, 8 VA questions …reasonably moderate passages, except one on tech.

VA had paragraph-sentence filler questions “where will you place a particular sentence”. 

3 RCs easy (Supernatural, Stoicism, Western Chinese forgery type) one on the tech a little dif

B. LRDI, A little tougher

4 sets of 5Qs each.

A. Tournament and goal one were moderate.

B. interviewer-tokens was tough (avoid in the first round)

C. Metro tracks – calculation intensive – yet easy

D. Boys/girls picnic is reasonably easy

You must be able to do 2+ sets, about 12-13 attemptable.

C. Quant – has been easy this time…22Q.

Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and modern math too

Arithmetic was easy, approx 12 questions. 

Geometry – had 4 questions, all doable.

Modern Math – 1 Venn diagram question of mod difficulty. 

Algebra was also doable..

If you do not get stuck, then people have been able to attempt 17-18, 13-14 easily.

99%ile will be around 98 score

VARC – 38-40

LRDI – 28-30

Quant – 36-38

99.5%ile about 110


Ravi Dawda, CAT 2022 Exam Taker & CAT Expert

Slot 2 felt like the most challenging Slot VARC was not just difficult to comprehend, but the options were so close that it became nearly impossible to stick to one and mark with certainty. I kept going in rounds and still needed help to reach a conclusive answer or crack the sets entirely. I could personally attempt just 9 questions hoping for 8 to be correct.

The QA section of this paper felt shocking; there were negligible questions about Arithmetic, and it had more weightage on Algebra. This was new to me since, usually, they are a good number of questions focusing just on Arithmetic. Someone who prepared for QA following the pattern of previous years and focused more on Arithmetic would’ve faced a great deal of difficulty here.


Yash Shah, CAT 2022 Exam Taker

Slot 3 Insight: The paper was a mixture of difficulty levels. With a calm focus and a constant presence of mind, it was easy to locate the precise questions, which were at an easy to moderate difficulty level. Section-wise, VARC was comprehendible with respect to the questions, but the options posed needed to be clarified. Elimination became difficult in VA. DILR had one easy and three moderate to difficult sets. DI for the section was extremely easy to get through, but LR needed clarification and could throw you in an inevitable loop if not done carefully. QA was comparatively easier but had questions that needed time to solve; they were lengthy. But 11-12 questions could’ve been easily done in QA with 100% accuracy.


Mehak Arora, CAT 2022 Exam Taker

CAT 2022 Paper Analysis:

  • According to applicants and experts, the exam’s difficulty level in the AM slot was moderate. There were no substantial changes to the exam pattern except for VARC and DILR.
  • Some slot 2 test takers also believed that the paper pattern was not followed accurately.
  • Slot 3 students have also described the slot as moderately tricky, stating the questions from VARC & DILR were difficult & confusing to solve.

CAT 2022 Answer Key: The answer key for the exam will be published on on December 7, 2022 (tentatively); along with the answer key, a response sheet to analyse the candidate’s performance for CAT 2022 will also be released. You may obtain the answer key for your slot by logging in using your CAT ID and password. The CAT 2022 answer key is available as a PDF download.

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