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CAT Exam 2022: Exam Dates,Registration, Eligibility, Preparation, Exam Pattern, Syllabus, Result and Counselling

Sagnik Sarkar

Content Curator

Updated On - Aug 17,2022

When should I apply for CAT 2022?

CAT 2022 exam date is November 27, 2022. CAT exam 2022 registration has started on August 3 and the last date to apply is September 14, 2022 (5:00 PM). You need a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD) from a recognized university to register for CAT exam. CAT 2022 registration fees is increased to INR 2300 for GN/ EWS/ NC-OBC candidates and INR 1150 for SC/ ST/ PwD candidates.The link to CAT 2022 official website is also provided in this article. Read the article to know about CAT 2022 registration process, fees, documents required, eligibility, and exam pattern. CAT 2022 syllabus pdf, study notes, previous year CAT question papers, and preparation strategies are also provided here.

Is CAT 2022 Admit Card Out?

Yes, CAT 2022 Admit Card is out. CAT admit card 2022 download link is activated online on the official website- IIM Bangalore has issued CAT 2022 Admit Cards only for successfully registered candidates. CAT 2022 exam date is November 27, 2022. Read the article to get all the details of CAT 2022 admit card, syllabus, pattern, preparation, previous year papers, and cut off.

CAT 2022 exam is scheduled in 3 slots- forenoon (8:30 to 10:30 AM), afternoon (12:30 to 2:30 PM), and evening (4:30 to 6:30 PM). CAT 2022 Admit Card is available for download only at CAT Admit Card 2022 contains all the details of test center allotted to you. 

  • Only 2 months remain for CAT 2022 exam, you must now focus on preparation as per the weightage of important topics in the syllabus.​
  • CAT exam comprises 66 questions divided into 3 sections- VARC (24), DILR(20), and QA(22). 
  • CAT exam time duration is 120 minutes. CAT total marks 2022 are 198.
  • 3 marks are awarded for every correct answer. There is no negative marking for TITA questions.

What is CAT? CAT stands for Common Admission Test. It is a national-level MBA/ PGDM entrance test conducted for admission in 20 IIMs and 1000+ other CAT score accepting B-schools. Every year around 2,00,000 candidates apply for CAT exam to get admission to 5000+ MBA/ PGDM seats. 

CAT 2022 Exam Dates

Events Dates 
CAT 2022 notification July 31, 2022
CAT 2022 registration start date August 3, 2022
CAT last date to apply 2022

September 14, 2022 

September 21, 2022 (5 PM)

Last date to submit CAT registration fees September 21, 2022 (5 PM)
CAT 2022 form correction window opens  September 23, 2022
Last date to edit CAT application form September 26, 2022 (5 PM)
CAT 2022 Admit Card (Out) October 27, 2022 (5PM)
CAT 2022 Exam Date November 27, 2022
CAT 2022 Answer Key and Response Sheet Release Date December 7, 2022
CAT 2022 result date January 3, 2023

CAT Exam News: Latest Updates and Notifications

CAT aspirants must stay updated with the latest information and updates regarding CAT 2022 exam. Provided in this section are CAT exam news 2022, latest updates and notifications so that you don’t miss out on any important information.

  • CAT 2022 Admit Card released: IIM Bangalore has released CAT 2022 Admit Card on the official website- Check direct link to download hall ticket here
  • IIM Bangalore Admission Criteria 2023-25 released: IIM Bangalore has released its qualifying CAT 2022 Cut off and MBA admission policy for the academic year 2023-25. Shortlist for WAT and PI will be done on the basis of CAT 2022 scores, class 10 & 12 scores, and work experience. Check IIM Bangalore CAT 2022 Cut off and Admission Criteria 
  • CAT 2022 Registrations highest since 2008: As per a statement issued by IIM Bangalore, CAT registration this year has increased by 11% compared to last year. This year, approximately 2.56 lakh candidates have registered for the exam. It is the highest since the 2008 exam when 2.9 lakh candidates had registered for CAT exam. Check CAT Registration Statistics of Past Years
  • IIM Calcutta Admission Criteria 2023-25 released: IIM Calcutta has released its MBA admission policy for the academic year 2023-25 based on CAT 2022 scores. Based on the qualifying CAT 2022 cut off and other parameters like gender diversity & academic scores, candidates will be shortlisted for the WAT and PI rounds. Check IIM Calcutta CAT 2022 Cut off and Admission Criteria 
  • IIM Lucknow Admission Criteria 2023-25 released: IIM Lucknow has released the admission policy for the academic year 2023-25 based on CAT 2022 scores. Based on the qualifying CAT 2022 cut off, candidates will be shortlisted for the WAT and PI rounds. Check IIM Lucknow CAT 2022 Cut off and Admission Criteria 
  • CAT 2022 Official website and notification released on July 31, 2022: The official website of CAT 2022 is now LIVE. IIM Bangalore has released CAT notification 2022 mentioning the IIMs, courses, eligibility, reservation, and more on July 31, 2022. 

CAT 2022 Exam Highlights

Particulars Details
Name of Exam CAT (Common Admission Test)
CAT 2022 Conducting Body IIM-B, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
CAT Official Website
Frequency of CAT exam Once every year
CAT Application Process Online
CAT Application Fees
  • INR 2200 for GN category
  • INR 1100 for Reserved category
Minimum Marks Eligibility 50% and 45% in Graduation for GN & Reserved category respectively
Duration of CAT Exam 2 Hours
Number of Sections 3 Sections:
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Number of Questions 66
Medium of Exam English (Exam is conducted in CBT mode)
Admission 20 IIMs + Various other Institutes
Courses Offered MBA/ PGDM in various streams
CAT Helpdesk [email protected]; 1800-2090-830
CAT 2022 Information Brochure- Download PDF CAT 2022 Official Website- LIVE Official CAT 2022 Registration Guide- Download PDF

CAT Full Form

CAT Full Form is Common Admission Test. CAT is the only national level entrance exam for admission to MBA courses in IIMs. Till 2008, CAT was conducted in pen-paper mode. From 2009 onwards, CAT exam is being conducted as a computer-based test. Every year, CAT exam is conducted by one of the top 6 IIMs on a rotational basis. CAT (full form- Common Admission Test) was introduced by IIMs for admitting candidates to their MBA and PGDM courses. Now, CAT scores are accepted by more than 500 b-schools.

CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria

To fill CAT 2022 application forms, candidates need to fulfill certain eligibility criteria defined by the exam conducting authorities.

  • Graduation: It is mandatory to have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in any discipline from a recognized university.
  • Minimum Marks: Candidates must have scored at least 50% in graduation. For reserved category candidates, the minimum aggregate marks are 45%.
  • Age: There is no upper age limit criteria to appear for CAT 2022.
  • Final Year Students: Final year students can also apply for the exam, however, they will be given admission only if they meet the minimum marks criteria of 50% (40% for SC/ ST/ PwD) after graduation. Furthermore, those who have completed their final examination and are awaiting results can also apply.
  • Professional Degrees: Candidates with CA/CS/ICWA degrees are also eligible to fill CAT application form.
  • Number of Attempts: There is no limit on the number of attempts for CAT exam.

CAT 2022 Login

CAT Login 2022 and password is generated after the basic registration for CAT exam is completed. To generate CAT login details, eligible candidates need to visit and fill in the basic registration details like name, number, gender, nationality, date of birth, email id, etc. and submit the form. The generated CAT login details are displayed on the screen and also sent on the registered email id of the candidate. CAT Login user id is a unique 8-digit number and CAT login password is a 7-digit number. CAT 2022 login details are used to complete the application form, make form corrections, download admit card, answer key, and result.

CAT 2022 Login: Forgot User ID and Password

If you forget your CAT 2022 Login credentials, i.e. password and user ID, you can recover it by following the steps given below:

  • Visit the official website and click on ‘Registered Candidate Login’.
  • Click on the tab for “Forgot User ID/ password”.
  • Enter your registered email address, mobile number, and captcha. 
  • The user id and the password reset link will be sent on your registered email address and mobile number.
  • Open this link to reset your CAT login password.

CAT 2022 Admit Card

CAT 2022 Admit Card has been released by the conducting IIM on October 27, 2022. It is now available for download on the official

  • CAT Admit card contains the exam center address, exam time, reporting time, google map link to locate the test center, and exam day instructions.
  • Candidates must carry a printout of the admit card along with a valid ID proof to the exam center on the day of CAT 2022 exam.

Steps to Download CAT Admit Card 2022?

  • Visit the official CAT website-
  • Enter your CAT id and Password to login.
  • Click on ‘Download CAT 2022 Admit Card’
  • Your hall ticket will be displayed on the screen. Download and take a printout.
  • Save the soft copy of your admit card for future reference.

CAT Exam Day Schedule 2022

CAT exam date is November 27, 2022. The schedule is expected to remain the same as 2021 for all the 3 slots. Until then CAT Exam Day Schedule 2022 is given below based on the previous year’s exam schedule.

Particulars Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
CAT Exam Time 8:30 am to 10:30 pm 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
CAT Exam Reporting Time 7:00 am 11:00 am 3:00 am
CAT Exam Center Entry Closing Time 8:15 am 12:15 pm 4:15 pm
CAT Exam Time for PwD Candidates 8:30 am to 11:10 am 12:30 pm to 3:10 pm 4:30 pm to 7:10 pm

CAT 2022 Exam Day Guidelines

Candidates appearing for the exam need to follow the exam day instructions for CAT 2022:

  • CAT exam day reporting: Candidates must report at their respective test center at least 1 hour before the scheduled CAT exam time to avoid any inconvenience and complete the biometric screening on time. 
  • Carry all the essential documents: All candidates must mandatorily carry a printout of their CAT Admit Card along with a photo ID proof to the test center for verification. Valid ID proofs could be either Aadhar Card, Voter ID Card, Passport, PAN Card, Driving License, or a Photo ID issued by the current education institute or employer. 
  • Do not carry prohibited items: Certain items are not allowed inside CAT exam hall. So, CAT exam aspirants are advised to avoid carrying items like jewelry, bags & wallets, calculators, watches, mobile phones & other electronic gadgets.
  • Use Google Map Link feature to locate CAT exam center: Introduced last year by IIM Ahmedabad, the Google Map Link feature on the Admit Card of CAT to check the exact location of the allotted test center is expected to be available for this year’s CAT exam as well. 
  • Follow COVID-19 guidelines: All the candidates appearing for CAT exam need to follow the COVID-19 guidelines of wearing a mask, social distancing, hand sanitization, thermal screening, and submitting the duly-filled self declaration form.
  • Do not talk to anyone after your CAT exam has started. This might be considered as cheating and may lead to disqualification.

CAT Exam Day Process

Candidates must be well aware of the process they have to follow on CAT exam day. Before starting with the exam, candidates will have to go through a few formalities. 

  • On arrival at the test center for CAT, firstly the candidates need to locate their lab and go through the process of frisking
  • Post completion of this task, document verification will be done and candidates will be assigned their systems for taking CAT exam. 
  • Finally, candidates will have to complete the registration process and login to the test screen to begin CAT exam.

CAT Exam 2022: Test Cities and Centers

CAT 2022 will be conducted in around 425 test centers located in 150+ CAT exam cities. Candidates applying for CAT exam 2022 will be given the option to choose 6 test cities in order of preference. Click on the link below to check the list of CAT test cities. 

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

CAT exam pattern was revised in 2021 by IIM Ahmedabad and these changes are expected to continue for CAT 2022 exam as well. So, as per CAT Exam Pattern 2022, the question paper will be divided into 3 sections having a total of 66 questions.

  • Mode of Exam: CAT 2022 will be conducted in online CBT mode at 438+ test centers located across 158+ major cities of India.
  • Medium of CAT Exam: It is conducted only in the English language.
  • CAT Exam Duration: 120 minutes for the entire paper
  • Sectional Time Limit: 40 minutes for each of the 3 sections.
  • Type of Questions: MCQs and TITA-type questions
  • Number of Questions: 66 questions (70-75% MCQs and 25-30% TITA-type questions)
  • Number of Sections: 3 sections- Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA), and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR).
  • CAT Marking Scheme: 3 marks awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark deducted for every wrong answer. No negative marking for TITA-type questions.

CAT 2022 Marking Scheme

Given below is the CAT exam marking scheme for MCQ and TITA-type questions:

Particulars MCQs TITA-type Questions
Correct Answer +3 +3
Incorrect Answer -1 No Negative Marking
Unanswered - -

CAT Question Paper Pattern Over the Years

CAT exam pattern is reviewed every year by the conducting IIM to ensure its conformity with the needs of the IIMs. This year also candidates can expect changes in the test pattern. Tabulated below is the year-wise list of CAT exam conducting IIMs along with the trends of the changes introduced in CAT question paper pattern:

CAT Exam Year CAT Exam Conducting IIM CAT Question Paper Pattern over the years
Number of Sections Exam Duration Number of Slots Numer of Questions Remarks
2021 IIM Ahmedabad 3- VARC, DILR, Quant 120 minutes 3 66 No prior information of revision in exam pattern. CAT question paper came as a surprise for the candidates.
2020 IIM Indore 3- VARC, DILR, Quant 120 minutes 3 76 Number of questions reduced to 76 and exam conducted in 3 slots instead of 2.
2019 IIM Kozhikode 3- VARC, DILR, Quant 180 minutes 2 100
2018 IIM Calcutta 3- VARC, DILR, Quant 180 minutes 2 100 CAT Quant section was rated to be the toughest of the last 10 years.
2017 IIM Lucknow 3- VARC, DILR, Quant 180 minutes 2 100 -
2016 IIM Bangalore 3- VARC, DILR, Quant 180 minutes 2 100 For the first time, CAT exam was conducted in the first week of December instead of the last week of November
2015 IIM Ahmedabad 3- VARC, DILR, Quant 180 minutes 2 100
  • Number of sections increased to 3
  • On-screen calculators and Non-MCQs/ TITA questions introduced for the first time in CAT exam.
2014 IIM Indore 2- VALR, QADI 170 minutes 4 100 Drastic change in the number of questions from the years 2011-13. Number of questions increased from 60 to 100.

CAT 2022 Syllabus

CAT Syllabus includes topics from 3 subjects- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA), and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR).

  • CAT VARC Syllabus includes topics like grammar, vocabulary, RC passages, and para jumbles.
  • CAT DILR Syllabus comprises DI sets based on tables, graphs & charts, caselets, and LR sets based on analytical & non-verbal reasoning.
  • CAT Quant Syllabus consists of class 10th and 12th standard topics of Mathematics like arithmetic, algebra, numbers, geometry, etc.

CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Para Jumbles Para Completion
Fill in the Blanks Solved Sample Questions
Phrase Modifiers Pronouns
Type of Clauses Type of Articles
Reading Comprehension Prepositions
Parts of Speech Error in Tenses

CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Arithmetic Algebra
Geometry Trigonometry
Mensuration Number System
Modern Math Cube & Square Roots
Mean, Mode Median Topic Wise Important Formulas for QA

CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Seating Arrangement Syllogisms
Venn Diagram for Probability Blood Relations
Puzzles Clocks and Calendars
Pie Charts and Tables Statement and Assumptions
Solved Questions on DILR Bar Graph

CAT 2022 Preparation Strategy, Study Plan, and Topper Tips

CAT 2022 exam will be conducted on November 27, 2022, hence there is enough time to prepare for the exam. With more than 2 lakh candidates competing for around 5000 seats, it becomes essential to prepare well for the exam.

  • To begin with CAT 2022 Preparation, one should solve & analyze previous year question papers, go through the detailed subject-wise exam analysis and focus on covering at least 70% of the syllabus in 2-3 months.
  • Some of the most important aspects of CAT exam preparation include:
    • referring to CAT books by Arun Sharma and Nishit K Sinha
    • enrolling in online classes & test series offered by coaching institutes like Unacademy, Career Launcher, IMS India, T.I.M.E, etc.
    • solving overall & section-wise sample papers and mock tests.

For most aspirants, the first question that comes to mind is How to Prepare for CAT exam. Hence, candidates can go through the below-mentioned section-wise CAT 2022 preparation tips and strategies.

CAT Preparation for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Questions in DILR section are asked in the form of Sets of 4-5 questions and cracking one set accurately will fetch you 12-15 marks.

  • For CAT DI preparation, solve at least 5-6 DI sets every week from different types of data sets- bar graphs, line graphs, pie charts, tabular data, and caselets.
  • To manage time while solving DI questions, be thorough with important ratio-percentage conversions, profit & loss, averages, and other arithmetic topics.
  • For CAT LR preparation, practice is the key. Practice as many questions as possible every day. Pick one LR topic for a day and solve 20-30 questions of varying difficulty.
  • Refer to Arun Sharma CAT Books to prepare for Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation to clear concepts and practice 500+ questions.
  • Start by solving questions that have only 5 variables and then gradually move to questions that have 7-8 variables.
  • Join online study groups on Facebook, Telegram, etc. and join online CAT mock test series provided by coaching institutes.

CAT Preparation for Quant (QA)

Arithmetic accounts for 50% of the questions asked in CAT Quant section. The least number of questions (around 2-3) are asked from Numbers and Modern Mathematics. Focus more on preparing for Arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry.

  • Be thorough with the basic calculation concepts- ratio-percentage conversion, squares and cubes till 30, square roots & cube roots, averages, exponential theorems, divisibility rules, concept of numbers, units digit, alligation, probability, P&C, and tables till 25.
  • For Arithmetic, focus more on preparation for topics like Profit & Loss,TSD, Time & Work, Mixtures, Averages, and Percentages.
  • For Geometry, the most important topics include Triangles, Circles, and Parallelograms. Learn all the important theorems and formulas on triangles and circles. 1 question can also be expected from Mensuration- both 2D and 3D.
  • Pick 2 topics every day and solve 15 questions on each topic daily.
  • Refer to youtube channels and online preparation channels like Unacademy, hitbullseye, CATking, etc to learn short tricks and formulas.
  • Refer to Arun Sharma CAT books for CAT QA preparation. It is one of the most recommended for studying all the topics from start to finish and practicing 500+ questions of varying difficulty.
  • Attempt sectional mock tests in the time limit of 40 minutes. Review your performance after every mock test and work on your errors.

CAT Preparation for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

RC accounts for more than 50% of the questions asked in CAT VARC. The important topics in Verbal Ability include para jumbles, odd one out, para summary, and error detection.

  • To increase vocabulary, read newspapers, magazines, or online articles on a daily basis. Even while solving RC passages, note down the new words that you encounter. You can also refer to the book- Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis.
  • To brush up on your grammar concepts and to practice questions on error detection, para jumbles, para summary, fill in the blanks, refer to the best books for CAT preparation- How to Prepare for VARC for CAT by Arun Sharma, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension by Nishit K Sinha.
  • To increase your reading speed for RC passages, start with short passages (250-350 words) and then gradually move to 500+ word passages.
  • Solve CAT previous year question papers, sample papers, and various online mock test series to get hold on a variety of questions.

CAT Preparation Tips by Toppers

Preparation tips from toppers are helpful in building the right preparation plan by learning from their experience. Given below are the section-wise preparation tips by CAT 2021 Toppers:

CAT Topper CAT VARC Preparation Tips CAT DILR Preparation Tips CAT QA Preparation Tips
CAT Topper Ritik Gupta (99.99 percentile) Practice previous year papers and mock tests. Solve more sectional mock tests and practice LR sets in reference books for increasing analytical skills Refer to Youtube channels for learning short tricks and formulas.
CAT Topper Aditya Bansal (99.95 percentile) Read newspapers and online magazines to improve speed and increase vocabulary. Try arranging the data in DILR set into tabular form for easy analysis Devote maximum time to prepare this section and adopt an option elimination strategy for saving time.
CAT Topper Sarthak Gupta (99.93 percentile) Read 1-2 online articles every week and refer to Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis. Practice more mock tests and afterwards go through the solution. Focus on Arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry and take 20+ mock tests.
CAT Topper Aman Goel (99.66 percentile) Read online journals, newspapers, novels, on a regular basis Refer to Arun Sharma CAT books for short tricks and practice well. Solve a variety of questions and refer to books by Career Launcher for CAT quant preparation.
CAT Topper Ashna Dawar (99.73 percentile) Read editorials in The Hindu and practice questions of varying difficulty from Arun Sharma CAT books Practice 2-3 LRDI sets every day and take mock tests every week. Revise concepts of arithmetic & algebra and solve previous year papers and mock tests.
CAT Topper Chetan Bhatt (99.77) Solve mock tests and review the solutions after completion. Read a lot of books, novels, and articles. Practice as many questions as possible. Refer to Arun Sharma CAT books and solve 1-2 mock tests every week.

CAT Books for Preparation

Almost 99% CAT toppers have referred to Arun Sharma CAT books for preparation. Given below are some of the best CAT books for preparation:

CAT Books Author
NCERT Math from 8th to 10th NCERT
Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations Abhijit Guha
Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations R.S. Aggarwal
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Arun Sharma/TATA McGRAW HILL
Puzzles and some other number books Shakuntla Devi
Higher Algebra Hall and Knight
Crack The Cat Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation Vivek Gupta and Sandeep Amar
Course in Mental Ability and Quantitative Aptitude Edgar Thorpe
Fundamental of Reasoning A Logic Book Robert M. Johnson
Word Power Made Easy Norman Lewis
Business English and Communication Clark Grade C
All about Words Rosenblum and Nurenberg
How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay

CAT Question Papers and Mock Tests

Previous year CAT question papers are helpful in understanding the type of questions and difficulty level of the paper. Furthermore, solving 1-2 question papers on a regular basis will help you in improving the speed and accuracy level of answering the questions. Candidates can download the previous year's question papers given below to prepare for CAT 2022 exam.

Section & Slot Number CAT Question Paper 2021 CAT Question Paper 2020 CAT Question Paper 2019
CAT Quant Slot 1 Download Download Download
CAT DILR Slot 1 Download Download Download
CAT VARC Slot 1 Download Download Download

CAT 2022 Mock Test

  • CAT 2022 Mock Test will be released on the official website a few weeks before the exam date.
  • The total time duration of CAT 2022 Mock test will be 120 minutes with a sectional time limit of 40 minutes. The official links to take the mock tests will be released at
  • CAT 2022 Mock Test Link will offer aspirants access to online tests to become familiar with computer based test instructions, procedures, and features.

CAT Coaching Centers 2022

CAT 2022 aspirants can also join a coaching institute to prepare for the exam. CAT Coaching Institutes provide best teachers having multiple years of experience.

  • CAT coaching centers also provide specifically curated study notes, practice papers, overall & sectional mock tests, doubt clearing sessions, etc.
  • CAT Coachings also provide a platform where many CAT aspirants can interact and share strategies and opinions.

While selecting the coaching center you can take one demo session with a few institutes. Some of the city-wise coaching centers are provided in the table below:

CAT Coaching Centers in Delhi CAT Coaching Centers in Hyderabad
CAT Coaching Centers in Mumbai CAT Coaching Centers in Chennai

CAT 2022 Preparation: Online Coachings, Resources, and Study Materials

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a drastic shift to online coaching for various MBA exams like CAT, XAT, CMAT, MAT, NMAT, etc. There are numerous online coaching centers, study channels, youtube channels, and online study material for CAT preparation.

  • Top CAT online coaching platforms include Unacademy, T.I.M.E, Career Launcher, IMS India, CATking, MBA Hitbullseye, etc.
  • These online education platforms offer well-curated courses with live sessions, study materials, doubt sessions, short revisions, sample papers, and mock tests.
  • There are numerous android apps for CAT preparation like MBA Exams Guide by CL, CATability, Unacademy, MBA Test Prep, etc.

How to Prepare for CAT exam in 3 months?

With only 3 months remaining for CAT exam 2022, candidates must go through the expert tips and strategies to prepare well. The most important tips to keep in mind are:

  • On the first 2 days, go through CAT exam analysis of 2021 and 2020 to get hold of what the exam demands. The same is provided in this article.
  • In QA, start preparing with arithmetic topics like profit and loss, mixtures, time speed and distance, etc.
  • Devote 2 hours everyday to clear the concepts of a topic and then practice 15-20 questions for another 1-2 hours.
  • Mandatorily refer to Arun Sharma CAT books to solve different levels and types of questions.
  • Give 2 hours to VARC preparation every day. Solve Reading Comprehension passages from last 10 years’ CAT question papers provided here.
  • Begin solving CAT sample papers and previous year papers during the second half of October 2022.
  • In the last month focus on preparing for DILR for the first 15 days as it is mostly practice based. 
  • For the last 15 days of CAT exam preparation, focus only on joining CAT mock test series offered by top coaching institutes like Career Launcher and T.I.M.E.
CAT Exam Study Plan to Score above 99 percentile Number of Days for Preparation
Arithmetic 20-25
Algebra + Geometry 5 + 6
Reading Comprehension (mostly practice at least 3-4 passages every day) 15
Parajumbles + Vocabulary 4
LR Puzzles 8
DI sets based on bar graphs, tables, and pie charts (especially the combination questions) 8
Solving Sample Papers, Previous Year Papers, and Mock Tests 15
Total 55-60 days

CAT Exam 2022: How to Attempt CAT Question Paper to Score 99+ percentile?

Every candidate appearing for CAT exam aims to score above 99 percentile to get MBA admission in top IIMs. However, scoring a 99+ percentile in CAT exam requires more than just attempting maximum questions in CAT question paper. Scoring 99+ percentile requires a clear understanding of CAT exam pattern & marking scheme, developing speed and accuracy, and strategy to attempt CAT question paper. Given below are some of the important points on how to attempt CAT exam paper to score 99+ percentile:

Do not focus on attempting 100% of the paper

Focus more on accuracy than quantity. Attempt only those questions that you are sure about as giving wrong answers will lead to a negative marking of 1 mark per incorrect answer. As per experts, attempting 80% questions with 100% accuracy is enough to score above 99 percentile.

Choose CAT questions wisely

Choosing the right questions is extremely important to score well in CAT exam. Start with the easy questions and then move to the more time-consuming ones. Do not spare more than 2 minutes for any question. If unable to solve, mark it for later and move to the next question.

Know CAT score normalization process

Many candidates find the score normalization process in CAT exam a little confusing. Hence, it becomes extremely difficult to predict the scores they might obtain in CAT exam. As CAT exam is conducted in 3 slots, the difficulty level is not the same. CAT score normalization is basically the calculation of scaled scores to ensure that all candidates are judged on an equal level of difficulty irrespective of their CAT exam slot.

Time Management is the key in CAT exam

As CAT exam is time-based, time management holds 50% importance in clearing CAT exam with a 99+ percentile. Toppers and experts also agree that time management is the game changer in CAT exam. So, practice sectional and overall mock tests with a timer set as per the actual exam duration. Measure your progress and attempt more and more such sample papers to improve your time management.

Focus on meeting the sectional and overall CAT cut off

Candidates will be given 40 minutes to attempt each section in CAT 2022 exam. Candidates need to attempt a reasonable number of questions in all the sections to be able to clear the overall and sectional CAT Cut off.

CAT Exam Section Number of Questions Good Attempts to score 99+ percentile
VARC 24 17-18
DILR 20 14-15
Quant 22 15-16
Overall 66 46-49

CAT 2022 Exam Analysis

CAT 2022 Exam Analysis will be provided here after the exam concludes for all the shifts on November 27. To help candidates in devising a clear and strategic plan of preparation for CAT exam 2022, last year’s CAT exam analysis has been provided below for slot 1, slot 2, and slot 3. The overall difficulty level of CAT exam 2021 was moderate. Going through CAT 2021 exam analysis will help in knowing the difficulty level of questions, important topics with maximum weightage, and the expected type of questions. 

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 Slot 1

CAT Section Number of Questions Distribution Of Questions Difficulty Level Good Attempts
CAT VARC Exam Analysis 24 19 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions:
  • 4 RC passages with 4 questions each
  • 3 questions each on para jumbles and para summary
  • 2 questions on odd one out
Moderate-Difficult 16-18
CAT DILR Exam Analysis 20 15 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions:
  • 2 sets with 6 questions each
  • 2 sets with 4 questions each
Moderate 12-15
CAT QA Exam Analysis 22
  • 11 questions from Arithmetic
  • 5 from Algebra
  • 3 questions from Geometry, 2 from Numbers, and 1 from Modern Math
Moderate-Difficult 14-16
Overall 66 - Moderate 45-50

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 Slot 2

CAT Section Number of Questions Distribution Of Questions Difficulty Level Good Attempts
CAT VARC 24 19 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions:
  • 4 RC Passages with 4 questions each
  • 3 questions each on Para jumbles and Summary
  • 2 odd sentence out questions
Moderate 16-18
CAT DILR 20 15 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions
  • 2 DI sets with 6 questions each
  • 2 LR sets with 4 questions each
Moderate 13-15
  • 11 questions from Arithmetic
  • 5 from Algebra
  • 3 questions from Geometry, 2 from Numbers, and 1 from Modern Math
Moderate-Difficult 14-16
Overall 66 - Moderate 48-53

CAT Exam Analysis 2021 Slot 3

CAT Section Number of Questions Distribution Of Questions Difficulty Level Good Attempts
CAT VARC 24 19 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions:
  • 4 RC Passages with 4 questions each
  • 3 Para jumbles
  • 3 Summary-based questions
  • 2 odd sentence out
Moderate 17-19
CAT DILR 20 15 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions
  • 2 sets with 6 questions each
  • 2 sets with 4 questions each
Moderate 12-15
  • 11 questions from Arithmetic
  • 6 from Algebra
  • 4 questions from Geometry
  • 1 from Modern Math
Moderate 13-16
Overall 66 - Moderate 50-55


CAT Exam Competition Level

CAT exam is considered the most competitive MBA exam in terms of both the quality of the test paper and the number of candidates appearing every year. Based on the feedback received from CAT toppers of previous years, it can be said that if you prepare for CAT exam, you can easily take other MBA exams.

Number of Applicants

Every year more than 2 lakh candidates apply for CAT exam, highest for any MBA exam in India. IIMs offer about 5500 seats only. With such a high number of applicants for CAT, the chances of admission to top colleges becomes very tough. 

Difficulty Level of CAT exam

The average difficulty level of CAT exam is higher than other MBA exams like SNAP, MAT, CMAT, NMAT, etc. The questions are more logic-based and calculation-intensive. A lot of practice is required to crack CAT exam with a high percentile in the first attempt. It is recommended to go through CAT questions asked in previous years to get a thorough understanding of the difficulty level.

Negative Marking in CAT exam

The presence of negative marking makes CAT examination even more competitive. Not only is it important to solve more questions, but also to solve them with 100% accuracy.

Pool of Candidates

Candidates from different backgrounds take CAT exam. The pool of applicants comprises candidates from both engineering and non-engineering backgrounds. Even candidates who have previously taken CAT multiple times appear for the exam. So, prepare to compete with the best talent in the country who are equally willing to get a seat in IIMs through CAT exam.

CAT 2022 Answer Key

CAT 2022 Answer Key will be released a week after the conclusion of CAT exam. Along with the answer key, IIM will also release the response sheet for CAT 2022 exam on the official website- Using the answer key and response sheet, candidates can calculate their raw scores. Also, the answer key objection window will be opened for 4-5 days before the declaration of CAT 2022 result.

How to Check CAT 2022 Answer Key?

To download CAT 2022 Answer Key, candidates must follow the below-mentioned steps:

  • Visit the official IIM CAT official website-
  • Login using your CAT user id and password.
  • Click on the link for CAT 2022 Answer Key to download the same in PDF format.
  • Save CAT 2022 answer key pdf for future reference.

CAT 2022 Result

CAT 2022 Result will be released in the form of a scorecard in the first week of January 2023.

  • CAT Result 2022 will be released only on the official Candidates will have to log in using their registration id and password to check the same.
  • CAT Result 2022 will be valid for 1 year from the date of its release.
  • The scorecard will be available for download till Dec 31, 2023.
  • CAT Scorecard will mention the overall and sectional scores & percentile.
  • Along with the result, IIM will also display the list of CAT Toppers 2022.

CAT Score vs Percentile

CAT Score vs Percentile analysis is useful in providing an idea of the score needed to get a desired percentile. CAT Score is the total score obtained in the exam based on the marking scheme. Scaled CAT scores are different from the raw scores. CAT Scaled scores are calculated by IIM after normalizing raw scores for all 3 CAT slots. CAT Percentile is calculated based on the scaled scores of the candidates.

Tabulated below is the expected score vs percentile of CAT 2022 based on the previous year exams.

CAT Percentile CAT Score- VARC CAT Score- DILR CAT Score- Quant CAT Score- Overall
99.5+ 38-40 32-34 39-41 105-108
99+ 34-35 28-30 36-37 98-102
98+ 32-33 27-28 30-32 90-93
95+ 32-34 20-21 28-30 80-82
90+ 29-30 17-19 26-27 72-75
85+ 24-25 14-15 20-22 59-61
80+ 20-22 11-13 15-16 46-48

CAT 2022 Cut off and MBA Admission 2023-25

CAT Cut off is the minimum CAT percentile required to participate in the MBA admission process of IIMs, IITs, and other CAT score accepting colleges.

  • Candidates have to clear both the sectional and overall cut offs to be eligible for admission.
  • The qualifying CAT 2022 cut off for admission to the 2023-25 batch will be released by the respective IIMs for shortlisting candidates for GD/ PI rounds.

CAT 2022 Admission Criteria & Process for IIMs

  • Each IIM has its own selection criteria and process for MBA/ PGDM admissions. The 3 stages that form a part of the selection process are:
    • Clear the qualifying CAT cut offs and fill out the application form on the official website of the respective institute.
    • GD/ PI shortlist is released on the basis of CAT score, past academic performance, work experience, gender diversity, and academic diversity.
    • Appearance for GD/ PI rounds and preparation of final merit list.

CAT Cut off and Admission Criteria for IIMs

Given below are the qualifying CAT cut offs and admission criteria for top IIMs to be eligible for admission:

IIMs Category DILR VARC QA Overall
IIM Bangalore CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria General 75 80 75 85
IIM Ahmedabad CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria General 70 70 70 80
IIM Lucknow CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria  General 85 85 85 90
IIM Kozhikode CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria General 75 75 75 80
IIM Calcutta CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria General 80 80 75 85
IIM Indore CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria General 80 80 80 90
IIM Visakhapatnam CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria General 70 70 70 80
IIM Nagpur CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria General 72 72 72 85
IIM Raipur CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria General 70 70 70 93
IIM Rohtak CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria General - - - 95

CAT 2022 College Predictor: Predict your chances of getting MBA Call from IIMs & Non-IIMs

CAT 2022 College Predictor is designed by Collegedunia to help CAT test-takers in predicting their chances of getting admission into top MBA colleges including 20 IIMs and 500+ non-IIMs. CAT College predictor shows results based on the previous year’s CAT cut offs. Candidates just need to enter their expected score or percentile to get the list of most suitable colleges for MBA/ PGDM. Last year’s qualifying cut offs for IIM Ahmedabad was 80 percentile while it was 85 percentile for IIM Bangalore and Calcutta.

CAT 2022 Reservation

For CAT exam registration, the only benefit provided to the reserved categories is a relaxation of 5% in graduation marks. Reserved category candidates need only 45% in graduation to register for CAT exam. CAT 2022 Reservation is provided by the IIMs based on the rules laid down by the Government of India. As per the category-wise reservation norms, the percentage of seats reserved are tabulated below for your reference:

Category Percentage of Seats Reserved
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 Exam Conducting IIM

Every year, CAT exam is conducted by one of the 6 top IIMs on a rotation basis. CAT 2022 is being conducted by IIM Bangalore. CAT 2022 exam convener is Dr. Ashis Mishra, faculty of IIM Bangalore. Last year, CAT exam was conducted by IIM Ahmedabad on November 28, 2021.