CAT 2022 Exam: Dates, Applications, Fees, Eligibility, Preparation, Books, Syllabus

CAT 2022 exam will be held on November 27, 2022 (tentatively). Read here all about CAT exam 2022 including dates, applications, syllabus, pattern, books and process. 

Common Admission Test or CAT is a national level management aptitude test conducted annually for admission to MBA/PGP programmes offered by the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) and over 1,200 B-Schools in India. Every year, about 2 lakh candidates appear for the CAT exam, which is conducted on the last Sunday of November. In CAT, candidates have to solve 66 questions on Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretatation, Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, in 120 minutes. CAT 2022 exam will be conducted on November 27, 2022 and the online registration process for the same will commence most likely by August 3, 2022.

The 20 IIMs that accept CAT score for admission to post graduate management courses are IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Shillong, IIM Raipur, IIM Indore, IIM Nagpur, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Trichy, IIM Visakhapatnam, IIM Bodhgaya, IIM Ranchi, IIM Jammu, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Udaipur, IIM Amritsar, IIM Kashipur and IIM Rohtak.  

Top colleges accepting CAT scores apart from IIMs include IMT, IMI, FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, IITs, GLIM, NITIE, NMIMS, ICFAI, GLIM, TAPMI, Amity University, Xavier University, Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology, BIMTECH and LIBA among others.

MBA aspirants must start preparations CAT 2022 exam now as minimum six months are required to complete the exam syllabus and practice enough numbers of mock tests. If you’ve appeared for the exam before, you’ll need lesser time to prepare for it. Read all about CAT 2022 exam in this article including dates, application process, fees, eligibility criteria, syllabus, pattern, preparation, etc.

CAT Features 
CAT full formCommon Admission Test
Conducting IIMTo be announced
Exam levelNational
CAT syllabusVerbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)  Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) Quantitative Ability (QA)
CAT patternCBT with MCQs and non-MCQs
No. of test cities156
Exam frequencyAnnual
CAT 2022 exam dateNovember 27, 2022 (tentative)
Exam feesINR 2,200 (General category) and INR 1,100 (Reserved category)
Eligibility Graduation with 50 % aggregate (45 % for SC/ST students)
Number of applications2.31 lakh (in 2021)
Number of test takers1.92 lakh (in 2021)
Exam purposeAdmission into IIMs, SPJIMR, FMS, MDI, IMT and over 1,200 B-Schools in India
Course offeredMBA/PGDM
Exam helpdesk no.1-800-210-1088 (Toll Free)
Exam website

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022

CAT is an entrance exam for admission to PG-level management courses. Thus, the minimum qualification required is graduation. Check the CAT 2022 eligibility criteria below:

  • Candidates must have completed graduation in any stream with minimum 50 per cent in aggregate (45 per cent for SC/ST/PwD candidates) or equivalent from a recognised university
  • Final year bachelor’s degree candidates or those awaiting their result are also eligible to appear CAT exam
  • Candidates will professional qualifications such as CA/CS/ICWA can also appear in the CAT

CAT 2022: Important Dates

CAT 2022 dates will be announced on July 31. Given below is the table indicating tentative dates and events:

CAT 2022 EventsCAT 2022 Dates (tentative)
CAT 2022 notification release31-Jul-2022
CAT 2022 registrations start03-Aug-2022
Registrations end23-Sep-2022
Form correctionFourth week of September, 2022
Mock test releaseFirst week of October, 2022 
Admit card release26-Oct-2022
Official tutorial release First week of November, 2022
CAT 2022 exam27-Nov-2022 (tentative)
Answer key releaseFirst week of December, 2022
Answer key challenge processFirst week of November, 2022
Final answer key releaseLast week of November, 2022
CAT 2022 result declarationFirst week of January, 2023

CAT Exam Pattern 2022

CAT exam is a Computer Based Test (CBT) conducted at multiple test centres across the country. The exam pattern was changed in 2022 due to COVID-19 pandemic. The total number of questions was reduced from 100 to 76 and the duration was reduced from 180 minutes to 120 minutes. The CAT pattern was revised again in 2021. The total number of questions were reduced from 76 to 66. Check below CAT exam pattern highlights:

CAT Exam Pattern 2022
Mode of CAT examComputer Based Test 
Duration of examTotal: 120 minutes  Section wise:40 minutes per section
CAT exam slotsMorning: 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 questions76 66
Total marks228 198
Language of question paperEnglish
Number of answer choices4
Question TypeMCQ and non-MCQ
Marking Scheme+3 for every right attempt -1 for every wrong attempt 0 for wrong attempt in non-MCQ

CAT Sections and Weightage

The CAT question paper has three sections. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). Check the table below for sectional distribution of questions and marks:

CAT SectionsNumber of QuestionsMarks Allotted
VARC26  2478 72
DILR24 2072 60
QA26 2278 66

Section-Wise CAT Syllabus

CAT syllabus is vast and includes a wide range of topics. Given below are the main topics from which the questions are usually asked in CAT exam:

CAT Syllabus sectionsCAT Syllabus topics
VARCReading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Para Jumbles, Para Summary and Odd Sentence Out
DILRSet Theory (Variables), Set Theory + Puzzles, Puzzles with Additional Data, Coding-Decoding and Series
QANumber System, Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry and Mensuration

CAT 2022 Application Process

CAT 2022 registration cum application process is a mandatory step for appearing in CAT as well as admission to IIMs. The CAT registration cum application process in online and the candidates have to submit the forms at website. Given below are the steps to register of CAT 2022 exam and fill the application form:

  • Go to website
  • Click on ‘New User’
  • Enter name, date of birth, nationality, email ID and mobile phone number
  • Enter captcha code and click on ’submit’
  • An OTP will be received on the email ID and mobile phone number
  • Use the OTP to validate registration
  • Next, fill personal details in the CAT application form
  • Upload passport size photo and signature
  • Fill academic details – class 10, 12 marks and UP, PG or professional degrees
  • Select IIM Course, campuses and test city preference
  • Make fee payment via debit/credit card, net banking or e-wallet

CAT Exam Fees

CAT application fee is to be paid at the time of form submission. The CAT registration process will remain incomplete until the fee payment. Check CAT 2022 application fee below:

CategoryCAT 2022 Fees
General, OBCINR 2,200
SC/ST/PwDINR 1,100

CAT Test Cities

CAT exam is conducted at multiple exam centres across India. The list of CAT 2022 tests cities will be released along with the exam schedule. Candidates will be given the option to choose up to four cities for allottment of CAT 2022 test centre. Check below, CAT 2021 test cities for reference:

CAT Test Cities
Port BlairHamirpurMumbai
KurnoolBelagavi (Belgaum)Kohima
Bhilai NagarJabalpurJaipur
New DelhiJabalpurMadurai
Greater NoidaUjjainChennai
SuratNavi MumbaiBareilly

CAT 2022 Admit Card

The admit card for CAT 2022 exam will be issued to registered candidates only. It will be issued online and will be available for download from the IIMCAT website. CAT 2022 admit card will be issued in the fourth week of October. The admit card is a mandatory document to be carried to the exam centre. Given below is the process of CAT admit card download:

  • Open the IIMCAT website
  • Click on ‘CAT 2022 admit card’
  • Enter CAT ID and password
  • Go to ‘admit card’ tab
  • Open the CAT 2022 admit card and download as PDF

CAT 2022 Result

CAT result 2022 will be announced in the first week of January 2023. Candidates will be able to download their scorecards by logging into their CAT account. The CAT scorecard will contain candidates sectional and overall scores and percentiles. Given below is the process of CAT 2022 result download:

  • Go to IIMCAT website
  • Click on ‘CAT 2022 Scorecard’
  • Enter CAT application number and password
  • Click on ‘scorecard’ option
  • Download the PDF of CAT 2022 scorecard

Colleges Accepting CAT Score

Apart from the IIMs there are 1,200 MBA colleges in India that accept CAT score for admission. The MBA admission process through CAT includes Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). IIMs do not conduct GD anymore. The selection process of IIMs include WAT/PI or only PI. Given below is the list of some of the top MBA colleges accepting CAT score for admission:

List of IIMs Accepting CAT Score
IIM CalcuttaIIM Ahmedabad
IIM BangaloreIIM Lucknow
IIM KozhikodeIIM Indore
IIM ShillongIIM Rohtak
IIM RanchiIIM Raipur
IIM UdaipurIIM Nagpur
IIM TiruchirappalliIIM Kashipur
IIM VisakhapatnamIIM Bodh Gaya
IIM AmritsarIIM Sambalpur
IIM SirmaurIIM Jammu
Top 20 Non-IIMs Accepting CAT Score
FMS, Delhi UniversitySPJIMR, Mumbai
MDI, GurgaonIMT, Ghaziabad
IIT Kanpur-IMEIMI, Delhi
IIT Delhi – DoMsIIT Bombay-SJMSOM
IIT Madras-DoMsIIT Roorkee-DoMs
IIT Kharagpur-VGoSMIIT Dhanbad-ISM
Great Lakes Institute of ManagementIMT, Nagpur
IMI, KolkataIPE, Hyderabad
ITM, UniversityInstitute of Management, Nirma University
IIITM, GwaliorGoa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa