CAT 2022 Exam: Check Pattern, Sessions, Timings

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Vipra Shrivastava
Senior Manager - Content
Updated on Nov 22, 2022 14:10 IST

CAT 2022 exam is just five days away. Here’s a sneak peek into the pattern of this year’s CAT question paper.

CAT 2022 exam day preparation

CAT 2022 exam day preparation

It is time now to put aside CAT books and focus on the technical aspects of the exam. As candidates know that CAT is a speed based test so they need to be 100 percent prepared for solving MCQs quickly. The CAT 2022 is being conducted by IIM Bangalore. The institute has not introduced any change in the CAT exam pattern. This year too, candidates will have to solve 66 questions in 2 hours. However, the difficulty level of the paper could be high.

Candidates must be thoroughly aware of the CAT 2022 exam pattern before the exam day so that they don’t face any surprise during the exam. All the three question papers of all the three CAT sessions will be same. Check CAT 2022 exam pattern below.

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

Here’s a table indicating highlights of CAT 2022 exam pattern:

CAT Paper Pattern 2022

Mode of CAT exam

Computer Based Test 

Duration of exam

  • 120 minutes 
  • 40 minutes per section

Number of questions


Section wise number of questions

  • VARC: 24
  • DILR: 20
  • QA: 22

CAT total marks


Marking scheme

  • +3 for correct option
  • -1 for incorrect option
  • 0 for unanswered question
  • No negative marking for non-MCQs

Number of answer choices


Question Type

MCQ and non-MCQ

The CAT 2022 exam will be held at about 400 test centres in 150 cities across India. Each test centre will be equipped with facilities for Computer Based Test. Candidates have to reach their designated CAT test centre as per the reporting time mentioned in their CAT 2022 admit card. The exam timings are:

  • CAT 2022 Slot 1 - 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • CAT 2022 Slot 2 – 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
  • CAT 2022 Slot 3 – 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Entry gates will close 15 minutes prior to the commencement of exam. No candidate will be allowed to enter the CAT test centre after that. CAT 2022 test takers must keep in mind the exam timings and make arrangement to reach the location well in time.

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