CAT 2022

The Common Admission Test is a computer based test for admission in a graduate management program. The test consists of three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability.

Important Dates
Registration Begins :
August 3, 2022
Last Date for Application :
September 21, 2022
Admit Card Release :
October 27, 2022
Exam Date :
November 27, 2022
Result :
1st week of January, 2023
Exam Details
Website :
Mode :
Exam Fee :
INR 2,200 (General, OBC) and INR 1,100 (SC/ST/PwD)
Exam Frequency :
Once a year
Duration :
120 minutes (40 minutes per section)
Conducted By :
Languages :
Min Age : A final year student in graduation can also appear in CAT conducted by IIMs.
Number of Attempts : A candidate can appear unlimited time,but candidate should hold a minimum 50 % marks or equal no of CGPA or grade in Graduation.
Aggregate Percentage / Marks Required : Candidates must have completed graduation with minimum 50% in aggregate (45% for SC/ST/PwD candidates), Final year bachelor’s degree candidates are also eligible to appear CAT exam.
Marking Scheme, Pattern & Cut-Offs
Exam Mode :
Computer Based Test (CBT) (MCQ and non-MCQ)
Stages :
Negative Marking :
-1 for every wrong attempt, 0 for wrong attempt in non-MCQ
Number of Ques. :
Maximum Marks :
Cut-Offs :
CAT Cut Off is fairly dynamic in nature.


  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 

  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • Quantitative Ability (QA)

CAT Sections  

 CAT Syllabus topics

Number of Questions  

 Marks Allotted  


Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Para Jumbles, Para Summary and Odd Sentence Out




Set Theory (Variables), Set Theory + Puzzles, Puzzles with Additional Data, Coding-Decoding and Series




Number System, Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry and Mensuration






CAT Question Papers and Mock Tests

CAT Question Paper 2020
CAT Answer Key 2020
CAT Question Paper 2019
CAT Answer Key 2019
CAT Quant Slot 1


Exam Information & Centers

In the 2021 session, the exam was held in 158 test cities. CAT 2022 is also expected to be held in the same exam centers.

  • While filling CAT Application Form, you will get the opportunity to select up to 6 exam centers.
  • CAT test center allotted to the candidates will depend on the city of their preference filled in the application form. 
  • CAT exam centers once allotted cannot be changed under any circumstances.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the CAT 2022 exam date?

A: CAT 2022 exam is expected to be conducted on November 27. The official announcement of the exam date will be made by IIMCAT in July 2022.

Q: Which IIM will conduct CAT 2022 exam?

A: One of the top five IIMs conducts CAT exam. IIM Ahmedabad conducted CAT 2021. The CAT 2022 conducting institute will be announced in May 2022.

Q: What is the syllabus of CAT exam?

A: The CAT syllabus includes all the topics of Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude.

Q: What is the CAT exam pattern?

A: The CAT question paper has three sections – VARC, DILR and QA. Total time duration is two hours sectional time limit is 40 minutes. VARC has 24 questions, DILR has 20 questions and QA has 22 questions. The format of questions is MCQ and non-MCQ.

Q: What is the CAT application fees?

A: CAT application fees for General and NC-OBC category candidates is INR 2,200. For SC/ST/PwD category candidates, the fees is INR 1,100.

Q: Who can apply for CAT exam?

A: Any MBA aspirant who has completed graduation or equivalent or is in the final year of bachelor’s degree programme can apply for CAT. The minimum score requirement is 50 per cent aggregate for General category candidates and 45 per cent for Reserved category candidates.

Q: When will CAT 2022 application process begin?

A: CAT 2022 application process will begin in the first week of August 2022. The official notification for the exam will be released in the last week of July 2022.

Q: How many B-schools accept CAT score for admission?

A: Over 1,200 MBA colleges in India accept CAT score for admission. Some of the top B-schools apart from IIMs, which accept CAT score include FMS-DU, MDI, SPJIMR, IIT-DoMS, NITIE, GLIM, GIM-Goa, LIBA, Amity, JIMS, etc.

Q: I am pursuing BA. Can I appear for CAT?

A: Candidates from any stream of education can appear for CAT. The minimum eligibility criteria for CAT is graduation or equivalent degree in any stream.

Q: I am pursuing graduation from correspondence. Can I apply for CAT 2022?

A: Yes, you can apply for CAT 2022 if you are in the final year of graduation and have an aggregate of 50 per cent and above in first two years (45 per cent for reserved category candidates).

Q: What is a good CAT score for admission to IIMs?

A: For admission to IIMs, one must score about 99 percentile in CAT (General category). However, one also needs to have a good academic record and must perform well in the Personal Interview round.