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CAT 2022 Exam: Dates, Applications, Fees, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern, Marking Scheme


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. In CAT, candidates have to solve 66 questions on Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, in 120 minutes

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.  


CAT 2022 Exam Date (expected)

CAT 2022 exam is expected to be held on the last Sunday of November 2022, i.e. November 27 in 3 slots and the online registration process for the same will commence most likely by August 3, 2022 and will continue till September 3, 2022.

 CAT exam is conducted by one of the 20 IIMs every year. CAT 2022 Registration will begin with the release of the official notification most likely in July/ August 2022.


CAT 2022 Exam Fees

 In order to fill the CAT 2022 application form, candidates will have to pay the CAT exam registration fee of Rs 2,200 for the General/ Unreserved category and Rs 1,100 for SC/ ST/ OBC and other reserved categories (as per last year). Those who have a Bachelor's degree with 50% marks or equivalent CGPA will be eligible to fill out the CAT 2022 registration form.



CAT Application Fee

General/ NC-OBC

INR 2200


INR 1100


INR 1100


CAT 2022 Exam Eligibility

In order to fill out the CAT application

  • 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 are no upper age limit criteria to appear for CAT 2023.
  • 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 Highlights

Full Exam Name

Common Admission Test

Short Exam Name


Conducting Body

Indian Institute of Management Indore

Frequency of Conduct

Once a year

Exam Level

National Level Exam



Mode of Application


Application Fee (General)

2200 Rs [Online]

Mode of Exam


Mode of Counseling


Participating Colleges


Exam Duration

2 Hours




                                CAT 2022 Exam Syllabus

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

  • CAT VARC Syllabus includes topics such as grammar, vocabulary, RC passages, and Para jumbles.
  • CAT DILR Syllabus consist DI sets based on tables, graphs & charts, caselets, and LR sets based on analytical & non-verbal reasoning.
  • CAT Quant Syllabus comprises 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


Type of Clauses

Type of Articles

Reading Comprehension


Parts of Speech

Error in Tenses


CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude (QA)







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


Venn Diagram for Probability

Blood Relations


Clocks and Calendars

Pie Charts and Tables

Statement and Assumptions

Solved Questions on DILR

Bar Graph

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.
  • Sectional Distribution of Questions:


CAT Section

Number of Questions

Total Marks

CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension



CAT Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning



CAT Quantitative Aptitude






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CAT 2022 Marking Scheme

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



TITA-type Questions

Correct Answer



Incorrect Answer


No Negative Marking




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