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CAT 2022 fees criteria, eligibility, exam pattern, reason to pursue, preparation


          CAT (Common admission test)

The common admission test is a computer based test for graduate management students. It includes three sections: verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC), Data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR) and quantitative ability (QA).

 The CAT exam is conducted once in year and taken online over a period of three hour with one hour per section. Basically, this exam is compulsory entrance exam for aspiring candidates who wants to pursue career in management and business administration that is MBA (Master of Business Administration).

CAT exam is conducted by the Indian institute of management. To get admission into the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) and tops Business Schools in India.

There are over 20 IIMs tops universities in India namely: IIM Ahmedabad, IIM  Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhinkodo, IIM Indore, IIM Shillong, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak, IIM Kashipur, IIM Tiruchirappalli, IIM Udaipur, IIM Amritsar  and many more top B Schools in India.

Fees criteria:

In order to fill the CAT 2022 application form, candidates will have to pay the CAT exam registration fee of Rs2,200 for general/unreserved category and Rs1,100 for SC/ST/OBC and other reserved categories.

 The registration process of CAT will take from the first week of august (likely by august 3) on the IIMs official website iimcat.ac.in and will end in the third week of September (likely by September 23).  

Registration form for CAT will only be available in online mode. The CAT exam will be conducted on November 27. The official CAT 2022 notification will be released on july31. The CAT exam will be held in three slots: Morning, slot 1: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM Afternoon, slot 2: 12: PM to 2:30 PM Evening, slot 3: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

Exam name

CAT ( Common admission test)

Conducting body


Frequency of body

Once a year

Exam level

National exam level



Mode of application


mode of exam






 also check: CS Overview

Eligible criteria:

  • In order to be eligible for the CAT exam, the candidates has to pass their bachelor degree with at least 50% (For general category) and 45% required for SC/ST and differently abled candidates. Some Institutes accept other competitive exam scores like XAT, MAT, GMAT, NMAT, SNAP, etc.

 Exam Pattern:

CAT consist of three sections:

1.    Verbal and reading comprehension(VARC)

2.    Data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR)

3.    Quantitative ability (QA)






40 min



40 min



40 min


100 questions

120 min ( 2 hours )


 There is no negative marking for non-MCQ questions. The Quantitative Ability and Verbal & Reading Comprehension sections consisted 34 questions each, whereas the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section had 32 questions.

The candidates are given 3 marks for each correct answer. All the question (MCQ and Non-MCQ questions) contains equal marks. (NEGATIVE MARKING) For every wrong answer one mark will be deducted.

Reason to pursue and take CAT:

Common Admission Test (CAT) is much more important for students who desire to make a career in MBA (Masters in Management) in higher studies. By the score of CAT result, you can get admission into IIMs and top business schools.

CAT is a gateway for admission to top-ranked MBA colleges. Colleges that accept CAT scores offer excellent placement opportunities. CAT evaluates candidates based on their knowledge, aptitude, and skills.

 CAT exam preparation:

·       As CAT is held in the months of November, at least a year before exam, is the best time to begin/start your preparation.

·       Time to prepare for CAT is completely dependent on the students/candidates efficiency, understanding and conceptual. 

·       Around 6-7months is the best time to prepare for CAT as you are thinking to do CAT and if you are already in touch with basic studies.

·       It would be desirable to devote around 25-30 hours weeks towards preparation for CAT exam. As per my knowledge, many students who have joined coaching before 3-6months of CAT exam have cracked the exam and have secured admission int9o the IIMs.

·       Coaching Institutes are not mandatory for CAT preparation.  By doing Self preparation several students have achieved a score of 99 percent. 

Scope in foreign university with CAT exam:

Some of the institutes in foreign country like USA, France, UAE, Singapore, Norway, and Germany, they accept CAT score for admission in MBA Programs. So you can go and study there from the beginning.

How important is CAT exam for your career?

·      Better career option.

·      Salary between an IIM graduate and other institute.

·      Develop your business skills.

·      Strengthen your people network.

·      Strengthen your job security.

 also check: CLAT 2022