CAT Exam Eligibility 2022: Check Age Limit for CAT & Reservation Criteria

Common Admission Test 2022 ( CAT )

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CAT eligibility criteria is minimum 50 per cent aggregate in graduation for General category students and 45 per cent for SC/ST/PwD category candidates. Get all the information related to eligibility criteria of CAT exam 2022 below.

CAT eligibility criteria

Common Admission Test or CAT is conducted for admission to MBA/PGDM programmes offered by IIMs and over 1,200 other B-schools in India. Since MBA is a post gradaution programme, the basic CAT eligibility criteria is graduation, i.e. every CAT aspirant must have completed graduation or be in the final year of the degree course.

Last year, the exam authorities had given relaxation in minimum academic score criteria for the CAT due to disruption/delay in score calculation due to COVID-19 pandemic. Candidates who received “promotion/pass” certificate awarded instead of the “marks” certificates in the last two years of their course during the pandemic years (2020 and 2021) could mention the same in the CAT application form. This eligibility relaxation was applicable to graduates as well as final year students. For CAT 2022, this relaxation is not valid, as per the official notification released on July 30.

CAT exam 2022 registrations began on August 3 and end on September 21, 2022. Candidates interested in appearing in CAT exam 2022 must check the eligibility criteria of the exam thoroughly. In this article, you will get all the information on CAT eligibility criteria 2022, including:

  • Graduation Marks and Equivalent Degrees
  • Difference between IIM and CAT Eligibility Criteria
  • CAT Reservation Criteria
  • FAQs Related to CAT Eligibility Criteria

Also read: CAT registration and application process 2022

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022 - Graduation Marks

The minimum qualifiction required to apply for CAT 2022 is graduation. Check below, the CAT exam eligibility criteria and minimum marks required for General and Reserved category students:

Academic Qualification for CAT Affiliation Required Pass Percentage Required
Engineering Degree – BTech/ BE Recognized by MHRD/AICTE * 50% for General/EWS/NC-OBC & 45% for SC, ST, PwD candidates
Bachelor’s Degree in any stream from any University Recognized by UGC 50% for General/EWS/NC-OBC & 45% for SC, ST, PwD candidates
Students in their final year of Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) are also eligible to take CAT exam Continuing graduation from University Recognized by MHRD/AICTE or UGC 50% for General/EWS/NC-OBC & 45% for SC, ST, PwD candidates
 (CA/CS/ICWA/Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India
(FIAI)
Certification granting organisation 50% for General/EWS/NC-OBC & 45% for SC, ST, PwD candidates

CAT Eligibility Criteria–General and Non-Creamy Layer-Other Backward Groups (NC-OBC)

  • The candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree or equivalent from a university or educational institution recognized by the Government of India.
  • The candidates must have scored minimum 50 per cent aggregate in graduation (or equivalent) in any stream
  • Candidates must be in their final year of graduation or awaiting result
  • Candidates must have professional degrees like CA/CS/ICWA with minimum 50 per cent aggregate

CAT Eligibility Criteria–Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Person with Benchmark Disability (PwD)

  • Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD categories must have scored minimum 45 per cent aggregate in graduation (or equivalent) in any stream
  • Candidates must be in their final year of graduation or awaiting result
  • Candidates must have professional degrees like CA/CS/ICWA with minimum 45 per cent aggregate are also eligible to apply

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022: Equivalent Degrees

  • In case the marking scheme of any candidate’s bachelor’s degree is in grades or CGPA, percentage of marks would be calculated on the basis of practice as followed by the respective University/Institution.
  • If any University/Institution confirms that they do not follow any scheme for converting CGPA into marks, the calculation will be done by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100.

Who is Not Eligible to Apply for the CAT Exam?

Given below are six situations under which a candidate is not eligible to apply for CAT exam. 

  • If the candidate has not scored 50 per cent in graduation (45 per cent for SC/ST/PwD candidates)
  • Candidates who don’t have either a bahelor’s degree or any professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA
  • Candidates whose two years average in bachelor's degree does not make up 50 per cent (45 per cent or SC/ST/PwD candidates)
  • Candidates who are not in the final year of their bachelor’s degree
  • Candidates who have not completed professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA
  • If the candidates' bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) is not recognized by UGC/AICTE/MHRD-Govt

Difference between IIM Eligibility and CAT Eligibility Criteria

The basic academic eligibility criteria of CAT and IIM are same. However, while to appear in CAT exam, one has to fulfill mainly academic criteria which is graduation from a recognised university, to be able to get admission in to the IIMs, one has to meet CAT cut off percentile.

Also read: IIM Shortlist, Selection and Admission Criteria

CAT Reservation Criteria

There is no reservation criteria for CAT exam apart from 5 per cent relaxation of marks in graduation for SC/ST/PwD candidates. However, the IIMs follows reservation criteria fixed by the Government of India.

Take a look at the table below for percentage of seats reserved for SC, ST and NC-OBC candidates:

Categories

Percentage of Seats Reserved

SC

15%

ST

7.5%

NC-OBC

27%

PwD

5%

What is the meaning of Person with Benchmark Disability (PwD) in CAT?

Persons with benchmark disability means a person with not less than forty per cent of a specified disability as specified in the Schedule of the RPwD Act 2016. Given below are disabilities that fall under CAT’s PwD category:

  • Blindness and low vision
  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • Locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.
  • Autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness
  • Multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d)
  • Other 'specified disabilities' mentioned in 'The Schedule' of the RPwD Act 2016

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FAQs on CAT Eligibility Criteria

Q: Is there an age limit to appear in CAT exam?

A: No. There is no age limit to appear in CAT exam. Any individual can apply for CAT at any phase of their career. Candidates need to have only bachelor's degree with minimum 50 per cent aggregate.

Q: I have completed my bachelor’s degree, but have a backlog. Can I apply for CAT 2022?

A: Yes, you are eligible to apply for CAT provided your aggregate is 50 per cent in the first and second year of bachelor's degree programme. The aggregate marks are to be filled in the CAT application form.

Q: I have not completed graduation but I am pursuing CA. Am I eligible to apply for CAT 2022?

A: No, you are not eligible to apply for CAT exam until you complete your CA course. In case of absence of graduation degree, candidates are required to complete the professional degree before applying.

Q: What is the CAT eligibility criteria for the scribe for PwD candidates?

A: There is no specific eligibility criteria for the scribe to be used in CAT exam. However, he/she needs to submit a scribe affidavit confirming his/her appearance as the scribe for a particular candidate.

Q: I am a student belonging to Reserved category? What are the documents required to be submitted with CAT form?

A: You must upload the Caste Certificate issued by the Government of India at the time of filling CAT application form. The certificate must clearly mention the following:
  • Name of the caste/tribe
  • Whether the candidate belongs to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe
  • District and the State or Union Territory of candidate’s ordinary residence
  • The appropriate category under which candidate’s caste/tribe is approved by it as Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.

Q: I am in my final year of graduation and my aggregate of first and second year is less than 50 per cent. Can I apply for CAT 2022?

A: Yes, you can apply for CAT 2022, but you will have to ensure you score as much in the final year so that the overall aggregate in graduation is at least 50 per cent.

Q: When will CAT registration 2022 begin?

A: CAT 2022 registration cum application process began on August 3 and will end on Seotember 21 at 5:00 PM. The official CAT 2022 notification was released on July 30. The CAT application form is available on the official website of the exam until the last date of registration.

Q: Is CAT eligibility criteria and MBA eligibility criteria different?

A: No, CAT eligibility criteria and MBA eligibility criteria are same i.e. graduation. However, the minimum marks criteria may vary from institute to institute. Also, in case of stream specific MBA courses such as MBA in Pharma or MBA in Agri-Management etc., the requirement is graduation in specific subject. 

Q: What is the CAT application fee?

A: CAT application fee is INR 2,300 for General/OBC category candidates and INR 1,150 for SC/ST/PwD candidates. The fees is to be paid in online mode via debit/credit card, netbanking or mobile wallet.

Q: I have a Bachelor's degree in Arts degree. Am I eligible for CAT exam?

A: Yes. Candidates will bachelor's degree in any subject is eligible for CAT exam. However, you need to minimum aggregate score criteria for CAT, which is 50 per cent for General category and 45 per cent for SC/ST category students. 

Q: Can I appear for CAT exam multiple times?

A: Yes, every candidate is eligible to take CAT exam multiple times. However, since the exam is held annually, they will have to wait for one year to apply for next CAT exam.

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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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Guide-Level 14

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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

Beginner-Level 5

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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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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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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It will still be counted as 4 years.

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