CAT 2022: Answer Key, Exam Analysis (Slot 1, 2 & 3), Question Papers, Result, Dates, Syllabus, Pattern

Common Admission Test 2022 ( CAT )

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CAT 2022 exam was held on November 27 in three shifts. The question papers of all the three exam slots were moderate in terms of difficulty level. As per the CAT exam analysis 2022 by experts about 98 to 99 raw score will fetch 99 percentile. The official CAT 2022 answer key and response sheet will be released anytime soon (most likely in the first week of December).

CAT 2022 duration was  two hours with sectional time limit of 40 minutes for each section. Candidates had to solve 66 objective-type questions in the stipulated time. The difficulty level of all the three slots was the same, even though the questions were different. The CAT 2022 slot 1 was held from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM, slot 2 was held from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM and the CAT 2022 slot 3 was held from 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM. Check this page for slot-wise CAT 2022 exam analysis.

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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 programmes, the CAT score is valid for admission to Executive MBA, PhD and FPM programmes. 

Latest Updates:

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Nov 27, 2022: CAT 2022 answer key and response sheet; question paper analysis

Nov 27, 2022: CAT 2022 student reactions and exam review

Nov 27, 2022: CAT 2022 Slot 1, 2, and 3 Answer Key PDF and Question Paper Analysis

CAT Exam Highlights

MBA aspirants planning to appear for the CAT entrance exam this year, must know the key highlights of CAT 2022 exam. Take a look at the table below:

Particulars

CAT Exam Details 

CAT Full Form

Common Admission Test (CAT) 

Conducting Institute

IIM Bangalore

Exam Level

National

Exam Frequency

Once a year

CAT Exam Date

November 27, 2022

CAT Exam Timings

  • Session 1: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Session 2: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Session 3: 4:30 PM to 6:30PM

CAT Exam Fees

INR 2,300 (General category) and INR 1,150 (Reserved category)

Eligibility Criteria

Graduation with 50 % aggregate (45 % for SC/ST students)

Number of Applications

2.31 lakh (in 2021)

Number of Test Takers

1.92 lakh (in 2021)

Exam Purpose

Admission into IIMs, SPJIMR, FMS, MDI, IMT and over 1,200 B-Schools in India

Courses Offered

MBA/PGDM

CAT syllabus

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

CAT pattern

Computer Based Test (CBT) with MCQs and non-MCQs

No. of test cities

150

CAT exam website

https://iimcat.ac.in

Exam helpdesk no.

1-800-210-1088 (Toll Free)

CAT Exam Analysis 2022

CAT exam analysis 2022 for slot 1, 2 and 3 are now available. As per the analysis by experts, the CAT 2022 exam was of moderate difficulty in all three slots. The VARC and DILR sections were easy to moderate, whereas Quantitative Aptitude section was moderate. Like last year, this year too the QA section was dominated by Arithmetic in all the three slots. Simliarly, in VARC section, Reading Comprehension has mode weightage than Verbal Ability. The DILR section had 10 questions each for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. 

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CAT 2022 Exam Dates

CAT exam dates 2022 was announced on July 30. Take a look at the table below for the schedule of CAT 2022:

CAT 2022 Events

CAT 2022 Exam Dates

Salient Features

CAT 2022 registrations start

03-Aug-2022

Online registrations commenced on the official website.

Registrations end

14-Sep-2022

21-Sep-2022

Registration process ended for all candidates.

CAT form correction

23-Sep-2022 to 26-Sep-2022

Window was opened for uploading of new photo and signature and change of test city choices.

CAT admit card release

27-Oct-2022

Admit card download process to start on CAT 2022 website.

Mock test release

09-Nov-2022

The official mock test released on the official website. Candidates can take the test without login.

CAT 2022 exam

27-Nov-2022

Exam to be held at various exam centres across India in three sessions.

CAT 2022 answer key release

First week of December 2022

Preliminary answer key and individual response sheet to be released for download from CAT website.

CAT answer key challenge

First week of December 2022

Candidates can challenge the official answer key by filling an online form.

CAT 2022 result declaration

First week of January 2023

CAT 2022 scorecards to be released official website for download.

CAT Answer Key 2022

CAT answer key 2022 and candidate response sheet will be released a week after the exam. The response sheet will help them in estimating the raw score they are likely to get in the exam. Check the steps to download CAT 2022 answer key from the official website:

  • Visit the official website of CAT 2022 (iimcat.ac.in)
  • Click on the 'login' tab
  • Enter CAT login ID and password
  • Click on 'CAT 2022 answer key' will appear on the screen
  • Click on 'download' icon to save it as PDF

The answer key objection window will be opened for four days from the day of release. Candidates will be required to fill an online form, upload a supporting document to prove the object is valid and requisite fee.

CAT 2022 Result and Scorecard

CAT 2022 exam result will be declared most likely in the first week of January 2023. The CAT 2022 exam scorecard will be issued in downloadable PDF format, which can be accessed on the CAT 2022 website by using login ID and password. The CAT 2022 result cum scorecard contains each candidate’s raw scores (sectional and overall) and percentiles (section and overall). Here’s the process to download CAT 2022 result:

  • Log on to CAT website iimcat.ac.in
  • Click on CAT 2022 result/scorecard tab
  • Enter CAT application number and password
  • Go to scorecard section
  • Click on download

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MBA Admission Through CAT Exam Score

IIM admission and selection process begins after the announcement of CAT result. Each IIM fixes minimum CAT cut off percentile to shortlist candidates for participation in the next round of admission process. Given below is an overview of selection process of IIMs and non-IIMs:IIM Admission ProcessCAT 2021 selection procedure for all the IIMs includes the following:

  • Screening of candidates on the basis of their CAT score
  • Written Ability Test/Group Discussion/Personal Interview (WAT/GD/PI)
  • Computation of Composite Score followed by final selection

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Non-IIM Admission Process Through CAT

Institutes accepting CAT 2022 score other than IIMs also conduct GD/PI for admission to their MBA/PGDM programmes. However, there are a few colleges, which admit students based on CAT score only. Also Read:

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:

Predict CAT Admission Calls

IIM CAT Cut Off Percentiles

CAT cut off for IIM admission is fixed by each institute category wise. While the qualifying cut offs range between 80 and 90 percentile (General category), the final cut offs are much higher. Given below is the table indicating qualifying CAT cut offs:

IIM

CAT cut offs (qualifying)

IIM Ahmedabad

85

IIM Bangalore

85

IIM Calcutta

85

IIM Lucknow

90

IIM Kozhikode

85

IIM Indore

90

IIM Rohtak

95

IIM Visakhapatnam

80

IIM Trichy

93

IIM Udaipur

93

IIM Ranchi

93

IIM Amritsar

85

IIM Shillong

75

IIM Kashipur

93

IIM Sambalpur

93

IIM Jammu

93

IIM Sirmaur

93

IIM Nagpur

85

IIM Raipur

93

IIM Bodhgaya

93

*The cut off percentiles mentioned in the above table are of General category.

Top Colleges Accepting CAT Exam Score

CAT scores are accepted by 20 IIMs and over 1,200 B-schools across the country. You can visit the links in the below table to know the cut offs, placements, fees, rankings and selection process of each IIM: 

List of IIMs Accepting CAT Score
IIM Calcutta IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Bangalore IIM Lucknow
IIM Kozhikode IIM Indore
IIM Shillong IIM Rohtak
IIM Ranchi IIM Raipur
IIM Udaipur IIM Nagpur
IIM Tiruchirappalli IIM Kashipur
IIM Visakhapatnam IIM Bodh Gaya
IIM Amritsar IIM Sambalpur
IIM Sirmaur IIM Jammu

Also Read: MBA colleges accepting CAT score

Top Non-IIMs Accepting CAT Exam Score

Given below is the list of top 20 MBA colleges in India accepting CAT score. The list includes IITs offering MBA programme through their Department of Management Studies. 

Top 20 Non-IIMs Accepting CAT Score

FMS, Delhi University

SPJIMR, Mumbai

MDI, Gurgaon

IMT, Ghaziabad

IIT Kanpur-IME

IMI, Delhi

IIT Delhi - DoMs

IIT Bombay-SJMSOM

IIT Madras-DoMs

IIT Roorkee-DoMs

IIT Kharagpur-VGoSM

IIT Dhanbad-ISM

Great Lakes Institute of Management

IMT-Nagpur

IMI-Kolkata

IPE-Hyderabad

ITM-University

Institute of Management, Nirma University

IIITM-Gwalior

Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa

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Check Cut offs of top MBA entrance exams and predict calls from IIMs and other Top MBA Colleges. Check Fees, Placement Reviews, Admission, Shortlist Criteria and eligibility of all MBA Colleges by clicking the link below:

Predict IIM & Non IIM Calls

IIM Fees – Campus Wise

Below is the list of MBA/PGP programme fees of each IIM. The amount mentioned here is course fee of PGP/MBA (two years). 

IIM campus

PGP/MBA seats

*MBA/PGP fees (INR)

IIM Ahmedabad

385

23.00 Lakh

IIM Bangalore

430

23.00 Lakh

IIM Calcutta

210

23.00 Lakh

IIM Lucknow

436

19.00 Lakh

IIM Kozhikode

375

19.00 Lakh

IIM Raipur

210

14.20 lakh

IIM Udaipur

260

17.60 lakh

IIM Rohtak

240

15.20 lakh

IIM Visakhapatnam

60

10.70 lakh

IIM Trichy

180

10.70 lakh

IIM Sambalpur

120

13.03 lakh

IIM Ranchi

240

15.30 lakh

IIM Bodhgaya

120

10.60 lakh

IIM Sirmaur

60

11.75 lakh

IIM Jammu

120

13.80 lakh

IIM Amritsar

60

12.00 lakh

IIM Shillong

120

12.68 lakh

IIM Kashipur

210

15.10 lakh

IIM Nagpur

130

13.34 lakh

IIM Indore

451

17.07 lakh

 *The fee amounts mentioned in the table above have been rounded off to the nearest lakh. The fees may increase in the new academic session.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022

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 recognised university to appear in CAT 2022.
  • Candidates who have completed a professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA/FCAI) 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.

Also Read: CAT eligibility criteria

CAT Registrations 2022

CAT 2022 exam registrations commenced on August 3. CAT registration last date was September 21. Candidates had to register at the iimcat website to fill the online application form. Check below CAT registration and application process 2022:

  • Go to iimcat.ac.in website (or click here: https://cdn.digialm.com/EForms/configuredHtml/756/77650/Registration.html)
  • Click on new registration
  • Enter name, date of birth, nationality, phone number and email ID to register
  • Log in with the ID received in email to fill the application form
  • Enter personal and academic details
  • Upload a passport sized photo and scanned signature
  • Select preferred courses and IIMs
  • Select preferred test cities
  • Pay application fee via credit/debit card or net banking

Note: Candidates can select up to six cities for allotment of CAT exam centre. Check the list of CAT test cities here.

CAT application numbers in past 10 years

CAT registrations in past 10 years

In 2022, the IIM Bangalore, reported an increase of 11 per cent in the total registrations for CAT as compared to last year. A total of 2.31 lakh applications were received for CAT 2021. In 2020, about 2.30 lakh candidates registered for CAT exam and about 1.97 students appeared for it. In 2019, about 2.44 lakh candidates applied for the CAT exam and 2.10 lakh appeared in the exam. The number of applications received for CAT exam 2019 is the highest in past 10 years.

CAT 2022 Admit Card

CAT 2022 admit card will be available on the official website for download from today 5:00 PM. The CAT admit card is a mandatory document to be carried to the exam centre, thus candidates must download a colour print-out of the same. It is advised to download two copies, as one copy is to be submitted at the exam centre. The CAT admit card 2022 has test centre location, exam slot, reporting time and other related information printed on it. Here’s the process to download CAT 2022 admit card:

  • Log on to CAT website: iimcat.ac.in
  • Click on 'login' tab
  • Enter CAT 2022 application number and password
  • Go to 'admit card' section
  • Click on 'download'

Also Read: CAT 2022 admit card

CAT Exam Day Guidelines

Like last year, CAT 2022 exam will be conducted by following COVID-19 guidelines. Read below CAT exam day guidelines, documents to carry and items prohibited at the CAT 2022 exam centre.

Documents to carry

Candidates appearing for the exam must carry the following documents to the CAT exam centre to get entry inside the exam hall: 

  • Admit card: Candidates appearing for the CAT 2022 exam must carry two print outs of their admit cards with their photo affixed on it. Entry without admit card and photo ID will not be permitted. 
  • Identity Proof: Along with the admit card, candidates are required to carry a photo ID proof such as College ID (must be supported with a valid debit/credit card), employer ID, driving license, passport, PAN card, Voter ID or Aadhaar card
  • Name change document: In case a candidate changed their name, they will be required to carry a name change certificate/document

Items prohibited inside the CAT 2022 exam hall:

  • Calculator, watch, phone, iPad or any other electronic item
  • Bags and purses
  • Eatables and beverages
  • Jewellery and accessories that contain metal
  • Jackets and clothes with pockets
  • Closed footwear 

Note: Candidates with a metal implant, pacemaker, etc. in their body will be required to bring medical certificate of the same to the test centre.

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Take a look at CAT 2022 exam day work flow:

CAT exam day work flow

CAT 2022 Exam Timings

Check the table below for exam timings of CAT 2022. Candidates must reach the exam as per the official timings to be able to appear for the test. 

CAT exam slot

Exam timing

Reporting time

Last entry allowed

Slot 1

8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

7:00 AM

8:15 AM

Slot 2

12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

11:00 AM

12:15 PM

Slot 3

4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

3:00 PM

4:15 PM

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CAT Conducting IIMs Over the Years

CAT exam for MBA is conducted by the top six IIMs on rotation basis. This year, IIM Bangalore will conduct CAT. Check the below table to know which IIMs conducted CAT in recent years:

CAT Year

CAT Conducting IIM

2022

IIM Bangalore

2021

IIM Ahmedabad

2020

IIM Indore

2019

IIM Kozhikode

2018

IIM Calcutta

2017

IIM Lucknow

2016

IIM Bangalore

2015

IIM Ahmedabad

2014

IIM Indore

2013

IIM Indore

2012

IIM Kozhikode

2011

IIM Calcutta

2010

IIM Lucknow

2009

IIM Ahmedabad

What's New in CAT 2022?

  • CAT 2022 notification was released online a day before scheduled date. Until last year, the official notification used to be released on July 31 but this year, it was released on July 30.
  • The CAT entrance exam fee for General/EWS/NC-OBC candidates has been hiked from INR 2,200 to INR 2,300. For the SC/ST/PwD candidates, it has been hiked from INR 1,100 to INR 1,150.
  • The number of CAT test cities have been reduced from 156 to 150.
  • Among professional degrees acceptable, Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI) has been added to CAT eligibility criteria.
  • Imphal has been added as a test city for CAT 2022.
  • This year, candidates have to mention their COVID-19 vaccination status in the CAT application form.

Also Read: What's new in CAT exam?

CAT Previous Year Papers

CAT syllabus can be best understood by looking at the CAT question paper. By refering to CAT previous year papers, candidates can know the topic wise weightage and section wise weightage, etc. Candidates can solve CAT previous year question papers to know the difficulty level of the exam. Candidates preparing for the CAT 2022 exam can download previous years' CAT papers below:

CAT 2020 question paper: download free PDF CAT 2018 question paper: download free PDF
CAT 2019 question paper: download free PDF CAT 2017 question paper: download free PDF

Prepare for CAT 2022 exam with previous years' question papers & prep guides. Get topper tips & expert advice.

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Free DILR Questions with Answers for Practice Free VARC Questions with Answers for Practice Free Quantitative Aptitude Questions with Answers for Practice

CAT 2022 Exam Syllabus

The syllabus of CAT 2022 exam has remained the same for more than last ten years. Check below the in-focus topics of CAT 2022 syllabus for exam preparation:

CAT Syllabus sections

CAT Syllabus topics

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Reading Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Para Summary and Odd Sentence Out

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Set Theory (Variables), Set Theory + Puzzles, Puzzles with Additional Data, Coding-Decoding and Series

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Number System, Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry and Mensuration

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CAT Exam Pattern & Test Structure 2022

CAT question paper is divided into three sections: VARC, DILR and QA. Candidates are required to solve both MCQ and Non-MCQ type questions. The questions paper is usually of moderate to high difficulty level with QA posing more challenges in terms of tough questions. Check the highlights of CAT 2022 exam pattern below:

CAT exam pattern and structure
CAT exam sections VARC, DILR and QA
Duration of CAT exam

40 minutes per section (Total 120 minutes)

Total number of questions

76

66

Section-wise number of questions
  • VARC - 26 24
  • DILR -  24 20
  • QA - 26 22
Total marks

228

198

Language of question paper English
Number of answer choices Four
Type of questions MCQs and Non-MCQs
Marking scheme
  • 3 marks for every correct response
  • Negative marking of 1/3 (-1) for every wrong MCQ response
  • No negative marking for wrong non-MCQ response

CAT Exam Difficulty Level

CAT exam is considered to be the toughest MBA entrance exam in India. The overall paper is moderate to tough in terms of difficulty level, with one of the two sections being easier than the other. Check the table below for overall difficulty level of CAT Exam in past five years:

CAT Year

Difficulty Level

Paper Analysis

2021

Moderately difficult 

Read: CAT 2021 exam analysis

2020

Moderately difficult

Read CAT 2020 exam analysis

2019

Moderately difficult

Read CAT 2019 exam analysis

2018

Moderately difficult

Read CAT 2018 exam analysis

2017

Moderately difficult

Read CAT 2017 exam analysis

2016

Moderately difficult

Read CAT 2016 exam analysis

CAT 2022 Preparation Tips

A minimum of six months of preparation is required to score 99+ percentile in the CAT exam. There are three elements in CAT 2022 preparation – conceptual clarity, practice and revision. Those taking CAT exam for the first time should start much earlier (by March). They should first get familiar with the syllabus and exam pattern and then make a study plan. We have listed some key tips on how to start CAT 2022 exam preparation below:
  • Make a list of topics according to your strengths and weaknesses.
  • Join online study groups on platforms such as Facebook, YouTube, Telegram, etc.
  • Collect relevant study material and recommended books for CAT preparation.
  • Make a day-wise plan and allot one topic each from VARC, DILR and QA.
  • Practice two-three questions from the topic studied on the same day to assess how much you have learnt.
  • Gradually, increase the speed in covering the number of topics each day.

For detailed and section-wise CAT 2022 preparation strategy, read CAT preparation: Tips, tricks and expert guide

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CAT Preparation Articles

Go through the articles listed below for expert tips and topper interviews for CAT preparation:

CAT Tips and Tricks

CAT exam: How to prepare without quitting your job

CAT exam: Preparation plan for verbal ability

Quantitative aptitude preparation plan for CAT

CAT exam: Preparation plan for data interpretation & logical reasoning

Your love for reading can get you the desired result

Simple tips to optimize CAT exam preparation

What is the best time to start CAT preparation

Advantages of giving CAT for final year student

CAT: How to approach CAT questions: Tips by toppers

Mistakes to avoid on CAT exam day

Last week preparation tips for VARC

Last week preparation tips for DILR

Last week preparation tips for QA

How many questions to attempt in CAT to score 99+ percentile

Official CAT Mock Test 2022

The official CAT mock test has been released for candidates to practice and experience the actual exam environment beforehand. The official CAT 2022 mock test is available without login at the IIMCAT website. Given below is the process to take the official CAT mock test 2022.

  • Open the official website of CAT 2022: iimcat.ac.in
  • Go to CAT 2022 mock test link and click on it or click here: https://www.digialm.com/OnlineAssessment/index.html?756@@M19
  • The candidate will be directed to a login page
  • Click on 'Sign In'
  • Click on 'Next'
  • Check the box for ' I agree to the terms and conditions'
  • Click on 'I am ready to begin'

Every CAT 2022 aspirant must practice the official mock test atleast once to be acquainted with the test navigation and the environment. This will boost their confidence a lot. 

CAT Topper Tips

In the final stages of the exam preparation, you need to know what tips and tricks work during the exam. Given below are interviews of CAT toppers of previous years who have shared their secret of cracking the exam with 99-100 percentile.

CAT Toppers

CAT Topper Interviews

Chirag Gupta

CAT 2021, 100 percentile

I started preparing in March 2021. I focused mainly on giving mock tests and analysing them. I used to work on my weaknesses by watching various CAT preparation YouTube videos on various topics.

Read: Chirag's full interview

Bir Anmol Singh

CAT 2021, 99.94 percentile

I started preparing in April 2021. I solved Arun Sharma sir's CAT books for VARC, LR, DI and Quant. I attempted as many past year CAT questions papers (timed attempt) that I could attempt, on weekends.

Read: Bir Anmol’s full interview

Mohit Babu

CAT 2021, 99.85 percentile

I started my preparations in April 2021. My strategy mostly involved solving the previous years' mock papers from different coaching institutes. After that, I analysed my weak areas and then focused on improving them.

Read: Mohit’s full interview

Vinayak Prabhu

CAT 2021, 99.82 percentile

If you are dedicated, self-motivated and can stick to sincere practice then you don't need any coaching. But coaching will definitely give you a competitive edge because they will be sharing their years of experience which you can't have on your own.

Read: Vinayak’s full interview

Mayank Kapoor

CAT 2021, 99.69 percentile

A coaching institute gives you a routine and this is a pretty big factor. Most of us have other things that we are busy with but if we have a schedule then it will nudge us to be regular with the prep.

Read: Mayank’s full interview

Sagar Sengar

CAT 2021, 99.48 percentile

I started preparing around the end of June this year and went into the full-throttle mode by end of August. My overall strategy was to first complete the theory end to end and then practice different kinds of problems across all the sections. 

Read: Sagar’s full interview

Vinay Kotwal

CAT 2021, 99.40 percentile

Being from a mathematics background, I had a hold over the Quant section. I mainly focused on the VARC section. I referred to Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis. I also used to read the newspaper daily to improve my English.

Read: Vinay’s full interview

Ved Vineet

CAT 2021, 99.40 percentile

Along with the CAT preparation, I have limited time on weekdays. I devoted two hours on all the weekdays. However, had to stretch during the weekends; thus, 4-5 hours of preparation on the weekends helped me score well.

Read: Ved’s full interview

Sareen Shah

CAT 2021, 99.35 percentile

I knew that Quant and DILR was my strong point. Had to attempt the most there. VARC was unpredictable and hence focused majorly on RCs rather than other questions.

Read: Sareen’s full interview

Shreshth Khare

CAT 2021, 99.28 percentile

I began preparing in August. I joined the All India Test series offered by TIME and IMS. My strategy was to take the mock in the designated window and analyze it thoroughly. 

Read: Shreshth’s full interview

Kshitiz Singhal

CAT 2020, 99.99 percentile

My suggestion for the aspirants is to work on your fundamentals, speed and accuracy.

Read: Kshitiz’s full interview

Ekansh Agarwal

CAT 2020, 99.98 percentile

I would say that mock tests are the most important part of CAT preparation. Attempt as many mock tests as possible.

Read: Ekansh’s full interview

Naval Mittal

CAT 2020, 99.97 percentile

Solve as many types of questions you can from each section. Secondly, focus on your accuracy.

Read: Naval’s full interview

Swarnadeep Ghosh

CAT 2020, 99.92 percentile

Attempt all kinds of mock tests, difficult and easy. Maximise your strengths and do not stress about the weaker areas.

Read: Swarnadeep’s full interview

Sabyasachi Mishra

CAT 2020, 99.90 percentile

Focus more on concepts more than the mock tests. I would say that mocks do not matter much. What you learn from the mock tests is what matters.

Read: Sabyasachi’s full interview

Ravi Prinshu

CAT 2020, 99.78 percentile

Be self-disciplined and take mock tests regularly and decide your preparation strategy accordingly by identifying your strengths and weaknesses.

Read: Ravi’s full interview

Aruneet Dutta

CAT 2020, 99.52 percentile

You have to decide your own preparation and test-taking strategy through trial and error method. You are the best person to decide which preparation method works best for you. 

Read: Aruneet’s full interview

Deepanshu Arora

CAT 2020, 99.49 percentile

Take as many mock tests as possible and analyse your performance. This would improve your exposure to the various question types.

Read: Deepanshu’s full interview

Gahana Agarwal

CAT 2020, 99.30 percentile

It is necessary to keep yourself motivated by any means possible through the entire preparation phase and not to let mocks scores and percentiles affect your mindset.

Read: Gahana’s full interview

Arijit Kumar

CAT 2020, 99.10 percentile

Work on your strengths. Refer to the CAT preparation books like Arun Sharma and take ample mock tests and practice varieties of question types.

Read: Arjit’s full interview

FAQs Regarding CAT Exam 2022

Q: What is the CAT 2022 result announcement date?

A: CAT 2022 result is expected to be announced in the first week of January 2023.The result announcement date is not declared by the examination authorities beforehand. Candidates will be able to download their CAT scorecards from the iimcat.ac.in website by using their login credentials. 

Q: When will CAT 2022 answer key release?

A: CAT 2022 answer key will release most likely in the first week of December. The examination authorities do not announce the answer key announcement date beforehand. Candidate's response sheets will also be released along with the CAT answer key 2022. Candidates will be able to download the answer key and response sheet by using their login credentials. 

Q: What is the CAT 2022 exam date?

A: CAT 2022 exam was held on November 27.  The CAT exam was held in three slots: Morning, Slot 1: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM Afternoon, Slot 2: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM Evening, Slot 3: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM.

Q: What is the CAT 2022 admit card download date?

A: The CAT admit card 2022 was released on October 27 at the IIMCAT website. Candidates can download their admit cards from 5:00 PM onward. The CAT 2022 admit card can be downloaded till the exam day, i.e. November 27, 2022. 

Q: What is the difficulty level of CAT exam?

A: CAT exam is usually tough. CAT 2022 exam was of moderate difficulty level. All the thress slots has same difficulty level. This year, there was no change in CAT exam pattern. The total number of questions were only 66  - VARC had 24 questions, DILR had 20 questions and QA had 22 questions.

Q: Which are the top MBA colleges I can apply to with 80 percentile CAT score?

A: Amity University, Fore School of Management, Goa Institute of Management, International Management Institute, Delhi, Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal, Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai, Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management, Praxis Business School, Kolkata, Prin L N Welingkar Institute of Management development & Research, Bangalore and TA Pai Management Institute are some of the colleges you can apply to with a CAT score of 80 percentile. Also Read: List of all MBA colleges accepting CAT score of 80 percentile

Q: What is the application fee for CAT exam?

A: CAT exam application fee 2022 is INR 2,300 for General category and INR 1,150 for Reserved category students. The fee amount is to be paid in online mode only via debit/credit card or net banking.

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

A: No, there is no age limit to appear in the CAT exam. Any candidate who is a graduate or is in the final year of graduation is eligible to apply for CAT. Working professionals are also eligible to appear in CAT.

Q. I am in the second year of graduation. Can I appear for CAT for practice purpose?

A: No, the candidate must fulfil the minimum eligibility criteria for CAT to be able to appear for the exam. If you haven't completed graduation and/or are not in the final year of bachelor's degree, you are not eligible.

Q: Can I appear for more than one slot of CAT exam?

A: No, a candidate can appear for the CAT exam in one slot only. The test slot is allotted to the candidate by the exam authority. To ensure every candidate attempts the exam in only one slot, admit cards, photo IDs, candidate photo and biometric records are verified at the exam centre.

Q: Are there any special provisions for PwD candidates?

A: Yes, there are special provisions for PwD candidates, such as scribe assistance and extra exam hours. To avail these facilities, the candidates have to upload PwD and scribe certificates along with the CAT application form and carry the same to the exam centre.

Q: Is the extra one hour for PwD candidates distributed among three sections of CAT question paper?

A: Yes. The PwD candidates get 20 minutes extra per CAT exam section. This extra hour is divided equally among the three sections. The candidates need to fill the PwD form at the time of application submission and carry related documents to the exam centre to avail time and other relaxation.

Q: I belong to EWS category, which documents do I need to upload with CAT application form?

A: You are required to upload an EWS category form available on the CAT website along with the CAT application form. The form should be duly filled and self-attested before submission.

Q: What is the marking scheme for CAT exam? Is there negative marking?

A: In the CAT exam, three marks are awarded for every right attempt and one mark is deducted for every wrong attempt. There is no negative marking for unattempted questions so the candidates must choose their options wisely.

Q: Can I select my preference for shift and test date?

A: The CAT exam is conducted on one day in three shifts. The exam slot is allotted by the exam authority as per availability of seats at a particular exam centre. A candidate cannot choose exam shift of their choice.

Q: What are the scholarship schemes in IIMs that candidates appearing in CAT can avail of upon admission?

A: IIMs provide scholarships to meritorious candidates and the ones belonging to the economically weaker section. The candidates can avail this benefit by submitting the relevant documents at the time of admission.

CAT 2022 Contact Information

Aueries regarding CAT Registration, Application and Payment Processing, Document uploading:

1-800-210-8720 (Toll Free) 
Monday to Saturday 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (excluding National holidays).
cathelpdesk@iimcat.co.in

Academic queries like eligibility, category and PwD certificate contact CAT Centre office with the following details.

Monday to Friday, 9:30 AM to 5:30 PM (excluding holidays)
+91-080-26993388 / 3017 / 3013
cat2022@iimb.ac.in

 

CAT Centre
C/o. Admissions Office,
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore,
Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru – 560 076, Karnataka, India.

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What are some of the important tricks used for solving the quant section of the CAT exam?

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CAT 2022 Tricks for Quant by 99 PercentileBegin with solving the basic questions and gradually move to the difficult questions. Firstly, focus on clearing the concepts. Practice as many mock tests as possible to know the weaker sections. Buy study material to learn the tips and tricks to solve th...CAT 2022 Tricks for Quant by 99 Percentile
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Is NMAT easier than CAT?

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Rashad Abul Hasan

Beginner-Level 5

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Yes, the difficulty level of CAT is higher than NMAT. Infact, CAT is considered the toughest MBA entrance exam in India.

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What percentile is needed in CAT to get admission in IFMR?

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The minimum CAT Cut off to apply for MBA at IFMR is 80. There is no sectional cutoff.

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I have 10 cgpa in 10th, 83% in 12th, and 66% in graduation (B.Sc.). What percentile do I need to secure in CAT to get a call from SP JAIN?

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Aranyak Basu

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

According to the proper calculation and average requirements around 99.5 percentile would be enough to get a call from SP JAIN.

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Samichi Jain

Beginner-Level 3

a week ago

Just focus on What can you do from now onwards, to increase the Probability of getting the best possible outcome for yourself cause that's only in our hands.

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I am from ST category. What is the safe CAT score to get admission in IIT Bombay?

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Shubham Kumar

Contributor-Level 7

a week ago

ST category for getting IIT Bombay according to your category: The CAT score according to VARC is 50 and DILR score is 50

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I have 51% in 10th and 60% in 12th. Can I get admission on the basis of CAT score in FMS? I have a year's gap between my 10th and 12th.

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Nilesh Nahar

Contributor-Level 7

a week ago

Yes,12th marks are not important for MBA Admission. You get admission to MBA institute on the basis of CAT marks.

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Which are the exam centers for CAT in Mumbai in 2022?

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Vicky Barman

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

Following are the exam centre for CAT in Mumbai
Ahmednagar; Amravati; Aurangabad; Jalgaon; Kolhapur; Mumbai, Navi Mumbai; Nagpur; Nanded; Nashik; Pune; Raigad; Satara; Solapur; Thane; Ulhasnagar.

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Vipin Goyal

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

The exam centers for CAT in Mumbai in 2022 are not published yet.

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Can I get seat in a-CAT with 337 marks in NEET?

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Aman Kothari

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

337 is a very less score if you have the EWS Certificate or a state quota where the cutoff is less only there is a chance to get a college. Or you have to pursue for a private college. 337 is not decent score and chances are less to get colleges at this score but you should try in some private co...337 is a very less score if you have the EWS Certificate or a state quota where the cutoff is less only there is a chance to get a college. Or you have to pursue for a private college. 337 is not decent score and chances are less to get colleges at this score but you should try in some private colleges where number of seats are good.

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REETU Rana

Beginner-Level 5

a week ago

337 is not a decent score and chances are less to get colleges at this score, but you should try in some private colleges where number of seats are good. You can apply in COMEDK, Maharashtra Private colleges, UP private colleges, Madhya Pradesh private colleges etc. for MBBS and BDS courses.

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I attempted CAT mock from your website and now I am unable to get my result. How do I know which question is correct or wrong?

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Guide-Level 14

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You can reattempt the test or a new one.

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What is the passing score for CAT?

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deepika maurya

Contributor-Level 10

a week ago

Passing score for CAT .A Student of Competency Level shall be declared to have passed the CAT (Common Admission Test) Examination if he secures a minimum of 40 percent marks in each section and an aggregate of 50 percent of total marks. The CAT exam is a computer-based test. More than 1,300 Maste...Passing score for CAT .A Student of Competency Level shall be declared to have passed the CAT (Common Admission Test) Examination if he secures a minimum of 40 percent marks in each section and an aggregate of 50 percent of total marks. The CAT exam is a computer-based test. More than 1,300 Master of Business Administration Colleges in India accepts the Common Admission Test score. I hope this will help you.

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yash Rane

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For IIMs, nothing less than 97-98 percentile is good but for other top MBA colleges, 90-95 percentile is good. A majority of CAT test takers fall in the category of 80-90 percentile and 100s of B-schools accept candidates having CAT scores in this range.

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