What is CAT Exam?
Common Admission Test or CAT exam is a national level management aptitude test, that a candidate has to clear for admission to the MBA courses offered by 20 IIMs and over 1,200 B-schools in India. Over two lakh candidates apply for the CAT exam every year which is conducted in computer-based mode for two hours. The CAT question paper comprises MCQs & non-MCQs from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). Difficulty level of the exam is moderate to high. Apart from MBA programs, the CAT score is valid for admission to Executive MBA, PhD and FPM programs.
An entry to the MBA world requires the candidates to appear for entrance exams of which the most popular is the CAT or Common Admission Test. The CAT Score allows the candidate to be eligible for most of the best B-Schools in India including the IIMs which hold the CAT Exam.
The CAT eligibility has remained more or less the same in the past years. Students can expect similar criteria this year as well. Aspirants should review the criteria, given below in detail, to check if they are eligible for the exam before they begin preparing.
Overview- CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022
Aspirants who wish to apply for the exam must meet the following eligibility requirements to sit for the CAT entrance exam 2022-
|Marks in Graduation
|50% (General Category
|As per category
The minimum eligibility criteria for CAT exam is graduation in any stream. Read below detailed CAT eligibility criteria:
- Candidates must possess a bachelor’s degree with minimum 50 per cent aggregate or equivalent CGPA (45 per cent aggregate for SC, ST and PWD/DA category) from a recognized university to appear in CAT 2022.
- Candidates who have completed a professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with the required percentage can also appear for CAT.
- Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification or awaiting the result are also eligible to apply for CAT 2022 exam.
CAT Exam Highlights 2022
Candidates planning to appear for the CAT this year, must know the key highlights of CAT 2022 exam. Take a look at the table below:
|CAT Exam Details
|CAT Full Form
|Common Admission Test (CAT)
|IIM Bangalore (tentative)
|Once a Year
(160 Minutes for PWD candidates)
|CAT Exam Fees
|INR 1100 (Reserved categories)
INR 2200 (Other categories)
|27th November 2022 (Tentative date)
|Medium of Exam
|CAT Exam Pattern
|Computer Based Test (CBT)
|CAT Exam Question Type
|MCQ and Non-MCQ questions
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
|Bachelor’s degree with 50% aggregate
(45% aggregate or equivalent for reserved categories)
About CAT Exam Timeline and Registration:
Every year, the total number of registered eligible candidates is approximately 2.30 lakh. CAT Exam 2022 is expected to be held on November 27, 2022. CAT Exam 2022 official notification will be released in the last week of July or the first week of August 2022 (tentatively).
iimcat.ac.in will be the official website where the CAT Exam 2022 notification will be released. Following is a table showing the tentative calendar of events for the CAT exam.
|CAT Exam Date
|Release of Online Notification
|Last week of July 2022
|Commencement of Online Application
|First week of August 2022
|Date of CAT Exam
|November 27th 2022
|CAT Exam Result Declaration
|First week of January 2023
CAT Exam Syllabus:
A thorough understanding of the CAT exam syllabus is important for determining your direction all through this CAT journey. It will be much easier to determine how much time you should spend on each segment, when you have a reasonable understanding of the CAT syllabus.
|Sectional Division of Syllabus
|Overview of Topics
|Weightage in CAT exam
|Quantitative Ability (QA)
|Arithmetic, Modern Math, Number System Algebra, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Geometry
|Data Interpretation (DI)
|Data Charts, Data Tables, Bar Graphs, Venn Diagrams
|Logical Reasoning (LR)
|Seating arrangement, Team formation, Clocks & Calendars, Direction Sense, Family Tree
|Verbal Ability (VA)
|Jumbled Paragraphs; Para-summary Picking the Out of context sentence from a jumbled paragraph
|Reading Comprehension (RC)
|Long & Short Passages
CAT Exam Marking Scheme:
- For each correct answer, candidates will receive 3 marks.
- Candidates will receive a negative marking of 1 mark for every incorrect answer for the objective questions.
- For non-MCQ-type questions, negative marks will not be deducted.
The table below will give you an outline of the MCQ and Non-MCQ questions for CAT:
|Number of MCQ and Non-MCQs
In each Section
Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Non-MCQ – 5
|MCQ – 15
Non-MCQ – 5
|MCQ – 14
Non-MCQ – 8
|Total no of Questions