CAT 2022: Advantages for Students in Final Year of Graduation

Common Admission Test 2022 ( CAT )

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Most of the CAT aspirants start preparing for it while still in their final year of graduation. Read below to know what are the benefits of appearing in CAT exam while pursuing bachelor's degree programme.

CAT preparation

Common Admission Test or CAT is a national level conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for admission to its 20 campuses. The CAT exam scores are accepted by over a 1,200 B-schools across the country for admission to their MBA/PGDM programmes. CAT is an online exam conducted once a year at about 450 exam centres in over 150 cities across the country. 

The CAT exam tests the candidate's general aptitude, analytical abilities and problem solving skills, essential for a manager. The CAT question paper includes questions from Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension.

Although anybody with a graduation degree can appear for CAT, whether fresh graduates or working professionals; maximum CAT applicants are students in the final year of their bachelor's degree programme. Why so? There are several benefits of appearing for CAT exam in the final year of graduation. Read below to know more.

CAT Exam: Advantages for Students in Final Year of Graduation

Overview of CAT Exam Pattern

CAT 2022 will be conducted on November 27 and CAT registration is underway. The CAT exam pattern is same as last year. Check the CAT pattern below: 

CAT Exam Features

CAT Exam Details

Sections

  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Number of sections

3

Total number of questions

76

66

Total marks

228

198

Exam mode

Online

Exam duration

180 minutes

120 minutes

Question type

MCQ and non-MCQ

Negative marking

Yes

Difficulty level

High

Check complete CAT exam syllabus

CAT 2022 Exam: Advantages for Students Pursuing Final Year of Graduation 

Although it is up to the aspirant ro decide when he/she is ready for CAT, appearing for it while still in the final year of graduation has several advantages. We shall discuss a few here.

Advantage in CAT preparation: Preparation for CAT exam at least requires nine to twelve months. For a candidate who is in the final year of graduation, it is an ideal time to prepare for CAT alongside their final year. BTech, BSc and BCom students can prepare better because some of the subjects in their course like Maths help them prepare easily for Quantitative Ability.

Advantage in CAT coaching: Unlike a working professional, candidates in their final year of graduation can easily take out time to attend coaching classes. Such candidates are not bound by nine to five job schedule. Ask any working professional who has cracked the CAT why he/she did not take coaching classes and their answer will be due to lack of time. Taking coaching classes for CAT preparation may not be necessary for all, but it does help the candidate in disciplined and streamlined preparation. 

No gap year: As mentioned above that preparation for CAT takes at least nine to twelve months to prepare, a candidate who has already graduated will have to spare that many months for it resulting in a gap between UG and PG education.

No loss of income: Many working professional, who plan to appear in CAT, have to quit their well-paying jobs to prepare for the CAT exam. Those who prepare for the exam while working have to toil extra to be able to prepare well along with their regular job. An undergraduate aspirant, however, is saved from such a situation.

Can earn work experience before joining the course: The IIMs allows, candidates selected for admission to defer their admission for up to two years for candidates who wish to earn work experience before pursuing the PGP course. Around 10 per cent of seats are kept aside for such candidates. If a final year graduation candidate clears IIM admission in a particular year, he/she can even take up a job for a year or two before joining the programme.

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Also Read:

CAT Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree in any stream with at least 50 per cent aggregate or equivalent CGPA* (45 per cent for SC, ST and PWD/DA category) from a recognized board or university
  • The candidate must have completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage
  • A candidate appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification or awaiting result is also eligible to apply for CAT
  • There is no age limit for appearing in the CAT exam

*Percentage obtained in bachelor’s degree would be calculated on the basis of practice followed by the concerned university/institution. In case of grades/CGPA, the conversion would be based on the process defined by the concerned university/ institution. In absence of any percentage conversion scheme, candidate’s CGPA will be divided by maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.

Also Read: CAT eligibilIty criteria

Reservation criteria for IIMs and other institutes accepting CAT scores

For IIM admission, 15 per cent of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5 per cent for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27 per cent of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC). Five per cent seats are reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD).

Since the CAT exam is open for candidates from all streams of education, the number of participants is quite high. On an average, over two lakh candidates take the CAT every year, which includes graduates, undergraduates in their final year as well as working professionals. Given the competition and the difficulty level of the exam, it is imperative for an aspirant to plan about it in advance, about a year before.

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Check CAT cut offs and predict calls from IIMs and Non-IIMs accepting CAT score for admission. Check Fees, Placement Reviews, Admission, Shortlist Criteria and Eligibility of all CAT participating colleges by clicking the link below:

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FAQs on CAT Preparation 2022

Q: How much time is required to prepare for CAT exam?

A: The candidates can decide upon the time duration according to their ability. But experts suggest, to prepare well for CAT exam, candidates must start studying at least nine months before the exam date. 

Q: Can I crack CAT by self-preparation?

A: Yes, it is possible to crack CAT by self-preparation, all one needs to do is set a time-table and follow self-discipline in following it. Also, start preparing for CAT early on by February-March.

Q: I am working in an MNC. How many hours should I dedicate daily to CAT preparation?

A: A working professional should dedicate about four hours on weekdays and eight to ten hours on weekends for CAT preparation. If they are well versed with Quant and Data Interpretation, they might not need more than five to six months to prepare.

Q: What is the difficulty level of CAT question paper?

A: CAT question paper is usually of higher difficulty level. Section-wise difficulty level is unpredictable as sometimes QA turns out to be tough and sometimes VARC or DILR sections difficulties to candidates.

Q: Should I drop a year to prepare for CAT exam?

A: Ideal time duration for CAT preparation is six to nine months. If you think, you need more time to prepare for the exam then you can drop a year. Dropping a year will not affect your future prospect, if the result of preparation during that one year is excellent.

Q: How many mock test should one practice to score 99+ percentile in CAT?

A: Experts and toppers recommend that one should practice at least 35-40 CAT mock tests to score 99+ percentile. Candidates must also carefully analyse their performance in each mock test to assess their growth wrt the CAT syllabus.

Q: Is the syllabus of CAT exam tougher than other MBA entrance exams?

A: The syllabus of CAT exam is same as other MBA entrance exam, i.e. Quant, Logical Reasoning, Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability. What makes CAT tougher is the type of questions asked in the exam. The difficulty level of CAT questions is higher than any other MBA entrance exam.

Q: Is there negative marking in CAT exam?

A: Yes, one mark is deducted for every wrong selection in MCQ in every section of CAT question paper. There is no negative marking for non-MCQs and unattempted questions.

Q: What is the test structure of CAT?

A: CAT question paper has three sections: VARC, DILR and QA. The total number of questions in 100 and the total marks is 300. In CAT 2020, the number of questions was reduced to 76 as the exam duration was also reduced by 60 minutes. In CAT 2021, the questions were further reduced to 66. In CAT 2022, the exam pattern will be same as CAT 2021.

Q: How much cut off is required for admission to top IIMs?

A: To make it top IIMs, a General category student must aim 99+ percentile. However, a good academic record is also essential for being selected by the IIMs.

Q: Is there difference between the CAT question papers of slot 1 and slot 2?

A: There is no difference between the structure and difficulty level of paper but the question papers of slot 1, 2 and 3 will be different from each other so that there is no chance disadvantage to any candidate in case of question paper leak.

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Which college can I get with 75 percent marks in CAT?

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Harsh Pandey

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At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto...At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto 20000 in CMAT or 230 and above score in NMAT then LPU NEST is exempted.

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Which colleges can I get with 75 %ile in CAT?

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Navneet Kaur

Guide-Level 14

4 days ago

LPU is known for its MBA. LPU provides quality education, with great scholarship programs plus holistic learning opportunities. As per the eligibility at LPU, student need to Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or...LPU is known for its MBA. LPU provides quality education, with great scholarship programs plus holistic learning opportunities. As per the eligibility at LPU, student need to Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT and Interview or Completed Company Secretary CS from Institute of Company Secretaries of India (ICSI) or Completed Chartered Accountancy CA from Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI) or Completed Cost & Management Accountancy (CMA) from Institute of Cost Accountants of India (ICAI). Applicant should have 80 percentile or above in CAT or MAT or all India rank upto 20000. For more detials you can check the website.

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Harsh Pandey

Guide-Level 12

a week ago

At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto...At LPU the eligibility for MBA at LPU is Pass with 55% aggregate marks in Bachelors degree (any discipline) or equivalent, subject to qualifying LPU NEST or CAT or MAT or XAT or NMAT or CMAT^ and Interview. The student should have 80 Percentile or above in CAT or MAT or XAT or All India Rank upto 20000 in CMAT or 230 and above score in NMAT then LPU NEST is exempted.

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What CAT score do I need to get into FABM? I'm from B.Sc. Agriculture.

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Srishti Pranjal

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5 days ago

General cut off to get into FABM for general is 80, for OBC, it is 70 and for SC and ST, it is 60.

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Can I get admission for MBA in IPS Business School without giving CAT or any other exam?

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Sharanya B

Beginner-Level 4

5 days ago

Hello Priyanka, CAT is one of the most commonly accepted exam. CMAT XAT MAT exams are also accepted in IPS business school.

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Neha Sudarshini

Beginner-Level 1

5 days ago

Although CAT percentile is kept as a criterion in most colleges, there are other management entrance exams too. Few of the different exams are MAT XAT NMAT etc. These scores again are accepted by numerous number of colleges.

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While filling CAT 2022 form, I followed the best of 5 marking pattern for SSC which is not correct. Can I fill the form again?

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yash sahani

Contributor-Level 9

a week ago

We should avoid common mistakes while filling the CAT form are:1. Not having the required documents: when applying for CAT not having your documents ready can significantly increase of chances of error. 2. Entering personal details incorrectly: Another common mistake candidates usually make it wh...We should avoid common mistakes while filling the CAT form are:
1. Not having the required documents: when applying for CAT not having your documents ready can significantly increase of chances of error.
2. Entering personal details incorrectly: Another common mistake candidates usually make it while entering their personal details.
3. Uploading unclear photograph and signature: uploading your photograph is the last step of entering your personal details in the CAT application form.

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Harsh Rastogi

Beginner-Level 5

a month ago

No, you cannot fill the form again. You should always read the instructions carefully before filling any form.

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I have heard that UGC has given regulations for CAT eligibility that the colleges can accept CAT eligibility for the past two years. Is it?

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Harsh Verma

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

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 exam eligibil...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 exam eligibility has remained more or less the same in the past years. As per the CAT notification for CAT the same criteria will be followed without any changes. Aspirants should review the criteria, given below in detail, to check if they are eligible for the exam before they begin preparing. They should understand the factors and requirements to appear for CAT 2022 to avoid disqualification at any stage of the admission process. Moreover, candidates should also identify the eligibility criteria for the B-schools separately along with the difference in the eligibility requirements for CAT and the IIM.

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ANKIT Tiwari

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

The CAT score card is valid for a period of one year only. After which candidates will have to take the following years' CAT exam for admissions in respective institutes. Most of the Institutions/Universities in India accept the CAT score for admissions.

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What percentile should I score in CAT exam to get MDI Gurgaon under defence quota?

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Harsh Verma

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

Going by my own experience and of others who have a similar profile as yours, you can expect a call from MDI at about 96.5 -97 percentile. A few people from my batch had received calls at a lower percentile as well but that again varies from year to year. So all in all, 97 percentile would be a s...Going by my own experience and of others who have a similar profile as yours, you can expect a call from MDI at about 96.5 -97 percentile. A few people from my batch had received calls at a lower percentile as well but that again varies from year to year. So all in all, 97 percentile would be a safe bet.

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Utkarsh Tiwary

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

The MDI Gurgaon is the best college which has defence quota. The percentile which is required by MDI Gurgaon under defence quota is expected as 94 percentile. It is also the best college for defence.

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How to start preparing with CAT and IIFT?

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Sunit Chatterjee

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

To start first start with your basics remember these 4 to 5 points 1) read 1 hour every day
2. Do sudoku and basics of dilr
3. Do quant from ncert if your basics are weak if it is strong then do past year paper or previous year mock
5. Give ample amount of mock and sectional test thanks.

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I am applying for CAT 2022 and also had applied for CAT last year. Do I need to re-register or should use last year's credentials?

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ANISHKA LUNAWAT

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Yes, you have to apply for the CAT form again from the beginning even if you have registered last year also. Since exam score is valid for only one year.

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I have a gap year in my engineering. What should I fill in the duration of course in CAT form? Should I fill 4 or 5 years?

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Sonima Dwivedi

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It will still be counted as 4 years.

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