CAT Entrance Exam 2022-23

CAT 2022 Important Dates (Tentative)

  • Registration Process starts – July 2022, last week
  • Registration Process ends – August 2022, first-week
  • Fourth week of October, 2022 – CAT 2022 Admit Card Download Begins at 5.00 PM
  • 27-Nov-2022 (tentative) – CAT 2022 Test Day
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CAT 2022 Exam Information

What is Common Aptitude Test (CAT)?

CAT (Common Admission Test) is one of the well-known entrance exams among MBA candidates. This is a national-level entrance test conducted for getting admission to Top IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) and various other popular management colleges. Around 1000 management colleges offer admissions to MBA programs based on CAT scores.

  • The Common Admission Test is conducted in CBT mode that is designed for students to check their aptitude skills in various sections such as quantitative ability, data interpretation, logical reasoning and verbal ability, and reading comprehension. 
  • It is conducted in two different sessions i.e. morning and afternoon on the same date.
  • The exam paper consists of 100 questions of two types: Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Type in the Answer (TITA) questions. This must be solved in 180 minutes.
  • Candidates seeking admission to MBA colleges will need to have a valid CAT score or percentile. Thus, a decent score in each section and overall determines the selection of candidates for the next rounds of graduate management program admission.
  • After getting a decent percentile in the CAT examination, the shortlisted applicants will be called for the second stage of the MBA admission process. The second stage may include a Group discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT), and Personal Interview (PI).
  • Candidates must secure good marks in the CAT exam to be eligible for the second stage of the exam. The scores of the CAT examination are an integral part of the CAT index score as it carries a minimum 20% weightage in the final merit.

CAT 2022 Highlights

The registration for CAT 2022 examination will commence on August 5, 2022, and a candidate can apply for the exam till September 16, 2022. The CAT 2021 examination was conducted by IIM-Ahmedabad.

  • The examination will be held on November 27, 2022, in two sessions in the morning and the afternoon across 156 cities.
  • A total of 3 hours is given to a candidate to complete the exam.
  • The CBT mode of examination includes 100 questions divided into three sections: Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension.
  • An hour is allocated for each section in the CBT mode of the CAT exam. The VARC section has some trickier questions in comparison with the Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning sections.

The results of the CAT 2022 examination were announced by the Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode on January 3, 2022. A total of 10 candidates grabbed the 100 percentile mark, while 21 candidates secured the 99.99 percentile mark. Several days later, the list of shortlisted candidates for the second stage of GD, WAT, and PI was published in the fourth week of January by the various IIMs like IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Calcutta.

CAT EXAM

 

Conducted by

IIM Ahmedabad

Frequency of CAT exam

Once a year

 

Age limit

None

Medium of exam

English

     

Important dates of CAT 2022

Registration Process starts

July 2022, last week

Registration Process ends

August 2022, first-week

Availability of admit card

October 2022, fourth week

Date of Examination

November 27, 2022

Answer keys release dates

December 2022, first-week

Results

January 2023, second-week

Publication of shortlisting

January 2023 (first week) to February 2023 (first week)

GD/ WAT/ PI rounds

February 2023 – March 2023

Final list publication

April 2023

Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2022

As per the official notification issued for CAT 2022, candidates must meet the below-mentioned criteria to be eligible for appearing in CAT 2022.

  • A Bachelor’s Degree from any recognized Institute or university with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA is required to apply for the test.
  • The candidates belonging to the categories of SC / ST or PwD must have a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized institution or university with a minimum of 45% marks or equivalent CGPA. Also, the students studying in the last year of their Bachelor’s Degree program are eligible to apply for the same.
  • Professional degree holders like CA / CS / ICWA are also eligible to apply for the Common Aptitude Test.

Age Limit for CAT 2022 Exam

The choice to give the CAT examination solely depends on meeting the eligibility criteria. Candidates should not have to worry about the maximum or minimum age limit until they meet all the eligibility criteria. Also, the candidates can give as many attempts as he/she would like to give.

Registration: CAT 2022

Application process 

The application form commences on August 5, 2022, and ends on September 18, 2022. Candidates have to register for the exam from the official website of CAT.

  •    Step 1: Candidates have to register themselves at the respective website using a valid email id and mobile number.
  •    Step 2:After registration, the candidates will receive a CAT Registration id and corresponding password to that account which will be used to log in to the website. 
  •    Step 3: Candidates have to use the registration id and password to fill out the application form.
  •    Step 4: After filling out the form, candidates have to pay the non-refundable application fees.

Application fees 

The application fees for the CAT examination vary for candidates belonging to the various categories. However, candidates have to pay the fees using the different modes of payment best suited to them.

Open category students

Rs 2000

SC / ST / PwD

Rs 950

Modes of payment

The fees of the application form for the CAT examination are to be paid online using the various modes of payment best suited to the candidates. The candidates can use modes of payment like Online Net Banking/Credit Card/ Debit Card/ UPI id etc.

Candidates also have to choose 4 examination centers during the registration process.

Exam pattern: CAT 2022

The CAT exam is conducted in CBT mode (computer Based Test) all over the country.

The CBT exam consists of 100 questions to be solved in 180 minutes.

  • It is divided into three sections consisting of both MCQs as well as TITA questions.
  • TITA questions stand for Type in the Answer questions. Examinees have to type the answer in the respective box using the virtual keyboard.
  • However, the official notification did not notify about the exact division into these three sections.
  • There is a time limit of 60 minutes for each section. Candidates could move to the next section provided they attempted the previous section.
  • For every right answer, 3 marks are awarded. However, 1 mark is deducted for every wrong answer.

Section

Number of total questions

Number of TITA questions

Maximum marks

Duration

VARC

34

7

102

60 minutes

QA

34

8

102

60 minutes

DILR

32

11

96

60 minutes

Total

100

26

300

180 minutes

Tips for CAT preparation

Scoring more than 95 percentile requires sheer determination and continuous hard work. A systematic approach along with the preparation tips may prove to be fruitful for beginners as well as intermediates.

How to start CAT preparation?

  • An analysis of the previous year’s papers proves to be a great source to determine the trend of exam patterns. Since the CAT examination does not have any prescribed syllabus, the candidates thus count upon the previous year’s papers for the difficulty level, paper pattern, time limit, etc.
  • Once the candidates solve a decent number of previous papers, they are advised to identify their strengths and weaknesses.

How to make the timetable?

  • Preparation for the CAT examination requires discipline. Making a timetable to strengthen the strengths as well as weaknesses would help the candidates.
  • All sections need equal practice and attention for scoring very good marks. Thus aspirants should not ignore the strong section.
  • Practicing questions should be done regularly.
  • The candidates must turn their weaknesses into their strengths.

How many mocks should be taken?

  • Practicing questions regularly is a must. However, aspirants should also take the mock tests for understanding their level of preparation. They are also advised to attempt sectional mock tests.
  • The number of mock tests solely depends upon the level of preparation. On average five to six mock tests are taken by the aspirants. Some also take more than 20 mock tests.

Joining coaching institute for CAT

  • Joining a coaching institute surely helps for proper preparation for CAT. Nevertheless, they can attempt a mock test for understanding their preparation and decide afterward.
  • Aspirants can also opt for online methods for CAT preparation.

Books for CAT Preparation

Choosing the best books helps the aspirants to prepare for their overall development. Candidates can also find out a guide in some of the following best books for preparing for the CAT exam. A list of the best books is given below.

Sections

Book name

VARC

How to prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT

by Arun Sharma and Minakshi Upadhyay

QA

How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma

DILR

How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma

Mock Test

Is there any official mock test for CAT?

Candidates registering for the CAT exam are provided with mock tests on the official website of CAT. One can simply log in to the website and attempt the mock test on the respective dates announced for mock. The mock test gives applicants an idea of the pattern of the exam, marking scheme, and other aspects. It also makes an aspirant used to giving the CBT model of CAT examination. Mock tests are just like the main examination whose duration is 3 hours.

Best mock test series for CAT

There are three most popular mock test series taken by the candidates. One can opt from the IMS SimCATs, Career launcher test series, and AIMCAT test series from TIME.

Free mock tests for CAT

several coaching institutes offer free mock tests. One can also take the help of the online free test series for the CAT examination. The previous year’s papers could also be given as mock tests. Given below are the free mock tests available to the candidates preparing for CAT.

  • Career launcher ● IMS India

Syllabus for CAT 2022

There is not a proper specification of the syllabus for the CAT exam in the official notification issued. Thus a variety of questions are made from the three sections. Experts have suggested the syllabus of the examination after seeing the paper pattern of the previous few years.

The Common Aptitude Test is taken to check the basic aptitude of the candidates from the three areas. The prescribed syllabus for the three sections are given below.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 

  • Grammar
  • Vocabulary
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Analogies
  • Para jumble
  • Reverse analogies
  • Sentence correction
  • Summary questions
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Facts and interferences

 

 Quantitative Ability (QA) 

  • Profit and loss
  • Number system
  • Speed distance and time
  • Geometry
  • Mensuration
  • Time and work
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Surds and Indices
  • Trigonometry
  • Alligation and Surds
  • Logarithm
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Averages
  • Equations

 

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 

  • Tables
  • Graphs
  • Venn diagram
  • Series
  • Binary
  • Logic
  • Blood relations
  • Caselets
  • Seating arrangement

 

Admit card for CAT 2022

CAT 2022 Admit Card

The candidates after successful registration of the examination can download the admit card from the official website from October 2022. Candidates are required to download and get a printout of the admit card on A4 size paper. Taking the admit card is compulsory to enter the exam centre to prevent any discrepancies.

Details given in admit card 

  • Name ● Registration ID ●  Exam Shift  ●  Date of Examination   ●  Name of exam centre  ●  DOB  ● Name and address

Documents Required for entrance in the exam

  • Admit card for CAT 2022.
  • A photograph is to be pasted on the admit card
  • Original Identification card (, PAN, Passport, Voter Id
  • Candidates belonging to PwD categories will have to show appropriate PwD certification. Also, a scribe affidavit is compulsory if a scribe is needed.

Exam centre for CAT exam

Various examination centres is allocated in 156 cities across India. The applicants are advised to report at 7.30 AM for the morning shift and 1.00 PM for the afternoon shifts. The examination cities are given below.

State

Cities

Andaman & Nicobar Islands

Port Blair

Andhra Pradesh

Chirala

Chittoor

Guntur

Kakinada

Kurnool

Nellore

Rajahmundry

Tirupati

Vizianagaram

Vijayawada

Visakhapatnam

 

 

Arunachal Pradesh

Itanagar

Assam

Dibrugarh

Guwahati

Jorhat

Silchar

Tezpur

 

 

Bihar

Darbhanga

Gaya

Muzaffarpur

Patna

Purnea

 

 

Chandigarh

Chandigarh

Chattisgarh

Raipur

Bhilai

Bilaspur

Delhi NCR

Delhi NCR

Goa

MadgaonPanji

Gujarat

Ahmedabad

Anand

Gandhinagar

Mehsana

Rajkot

Surat

Vadodara

Haryana

Ambala

Bahadurgarh

Faridabad

Gurgaon

Hisar

Palwal

Panipat

Rohtak

Sonipat

Himachal Pradesh

Hamirpur

Shimla

Jammu and Kashmir

Jammu

Simba

Jharkhand

Bokaro

Dhanbad

Hazaribagh

Jamshedpur

Ranchi

Karnataka

Banglore

Belagavi (Belgaum)

Dharwad

Gulbarga

Hubli

Mangalore

Mysore

Udupi

Kerala

Ernakulam

Kannur

Kollam

Kottayam

Kozhikode

Thrissur

Trivandrum

Madhya pradesh

Bhopal

Gwalior

Indore

Jabalpur

Sagar

Maharashtra

Ahmednagar

Amravati

Aurangabad

Mumbai

Nagpur

Jalgaon

Kolhapur

Nanded

Nashik

Pune

Raigad

Satara

Solapur

Ulhasnagar

Meghalaya

Shillong

Mizoram

Aizawl

Nagaland

Kohima

Odisha

Balasore

Berhampur

Bhubaneswar

Cuttack

Dhenkanal

Rourkela

Sambalpur

Puducherry

Puducherry

Punjab

Amritsar

Bhatinda

Jalandhar

Ludhiana

Mohali

Pathankot

Patiala

Sangrur

Rajasthan

Ajmer

Alwar

Bikaner

Jaipur

Jodhpur

Kota

Sikar

Udaipur

Tamil Nadu

Chennai

 

Coimbatore

 

Madurai

 

Salem

 

Tirunelveli

 

Trichy

 

 

Telangana

Hyderabad

Karim Nagar

Warangal

Uttrakhand

Dehradun

Haldwani

Uttar Pradesh

Aligarh

Allahabad

Agra

Bareilly

Gorakhpur

Jhansi

Kanpur

Lucknow

Meerut

Moradabad

Muzaffarnagar

Varanasi

West Bengal

Asansol

Bankura

Burdwan

Durgapur

Hooghly

Kalyani

Kolkata

Siliguri

 

Result for CAT 2022

Answer keys

After every exam, the IIM conducting the CAT examination releases the answer keys. The previous year’s answer keys were released by IIM Ahmedabad on November 29, 2021. The response sheet corresponding to each student is also released along with the answer keys. The response sheet consists of correct answers and the wrong answers for all the 100 questions. Applicants can use the official answer keys to compare their response sheets.

Result in

The result for CAT 2021 was declared by IIM Ahmedabad on January 3, 2022. One can download their results using the same credentials. The result for the CAT 2021 examination will be valid for one year up to December 31, 2022.

More than 1000 management institutions accept the results of the CAT examination.

About Ten candidates managed to secure the 100 percentile mark whereas 21 candidates secured the 99.99 percentile. The toppers belonged to either technological or engineering backgrounds.

CAT CutOff

The cutoff marks of CAT are the minimum eligibility criteria for students to be eligible for the GD or WAT-PI rounds. The scores may differ from one college to another as per different criteria. Some of the factors for the determination of the CAT 2022 Cutoff are given below.

  • The total number of candidates that have appeared in the exam.
  • A total number of students who are qualified.
  • The difficulty level of the exam.
  • The intake capacity of an institute.

College/business school

Approx percentile

IIM AHMEDABAD

99+

IIM BANGALORE

99+

IIM CALCUTTA

99+

IIM INDORE

98+

FMS DELHI

98+

MDI GURGAON

98+

IIM LUCKNOW

98+

DMS, IIT DELHI

98+

SJMSOM, IIT BOMBAY

98+

Selection Process

Most of the top management schools that accept CAT test scores will publish the shortlist for the WAT or GD-PI rounds starting from the second week of January 2022. Each of the institutes has to send a call letter by email to the shortlisted candidates. The cutoff list is usually determined by the CAT percentile of the candidates.

After the CAT exam, the qualified candidates have to appear for the second stage of the admission process. The second stage usually includes Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interviews (PI). To get a rank in the final merit list, candidates have to pass the GD/WAT – PI stage whose process and weightage vary across different IIMs.

Colleges also use some of the other factors like work experience, academic performance, gender, and academic diversity of candidates to prepare the final merit list of the candidates.

Documents needed for verification

Shortlisted applicants must bring some of the documents required on the   Interview Day for verification.

  • Marksheets for Matriculation, Intermediate, and Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Professional certification (if any)
  • Documents to prove work experience (Joining letter, payslips, etc.)
  • Caste certification ( if applied for reservations)
  • Valid Identification cards like Aadhar, Voter ID, Pan card, etc.
  • Scorecard for CAT
  • Other documents are required by the colleges.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Ques.  What is CAT?

Ans.   CAT stands for Common Admission Test. It is conducted at the national level to shortlist the candidates for admission into the top management colleges of India. Candidates get a chance to study in the most prestigious Indian Institutes of Management after cracking the CAT exam.

 

Ques.  Who is eligible for the CAT exam?

Ans.  All the candidates having a Bachelor’s Degree with a minimum of 50% of marks or equivalent CGPA are eligible to apply for the CAT exam. However, those belonging to Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, or Differently Abled categories require a minimum of 45% marks in the Bachelor’s Degree.

 

Ques. Is the CAT score valid for 2 years?

Ans. The CAT score is valid for a period of one year after the date of result of the examination.

 

Ques. Why is the CAT exam important?

Ans.  The CAT examination is a CBT mode of examination conducted by one of the top six IIMs every year. It is done to give admission to the MBA aspirants in the top management colleges. A decent CAT score is also considered by various other B-schools. Thus, CAT proves to have a lot of relevance for MBA aspirants.

 

Ques. How many times does the CAT exam take place in a particular year?

Ans.  CAT exams are conducted once a year by a particular Indian Institute of Management. The CBT exam is conducted in two sessions on a specific day at more than 400 testing venues across the subcontinent.

 

Ques. Which IIM conducted the CAT 2021 examination?

Ans. The CAT examination for the year 2021 was conducted by IIM Ahmedabad.

 

Ques. What are the registration fees for different categories?

Ans. The registration fees for the applicants of the open category amount to Rs 2000 whereas for the reserved category the registration fee is Rs 950.

 

Ques. How many marks does it take to get admission to an Indian Institute of Management?

Ans.  The aspirants wishing to get admission specifically in any IIM have to secure more than 70% – 90%. However, for the open category the cutoff to get admission in any IIM is more than 90 percentile.

 

Ques.What is considered as a good score in CAT?

Ans.  A good score is what gets an aspirant admission to the IIM colleges. Though it depends on the various Business schools cut off. Usually getting a 90 percentile is considered as a good score in CAT examination.