CAT 2022 exam is being held today. Check out live updates for CAT 2022 slot 1, 2 and 3 along with analysis, difficulty levels, answer key solutions, question paper and expected cut offs.
CAT 2022 live updates of exam day
CAT 2022 exam is being held today across India. About 2 lakh candidates are expected to appear for the exam today. The CAT exam will be administered at over 400 well equipped test centers in 150 cities across India.
CAT is a national level MBA entrance exam that is conducted by the IIM for admission to its MBA/PGDM and other courses. The CAT score is accepted by over 1,000 other B-Schools for MBA admission. These colleges include the top ranked – FMS, MDI, IMT, SPJIMR, NITIE, IIT-SoMs, IMI, GLIM, LIBA, etc.
CAT 2022 question paper did not witness much change from last year except for these:
- Para Completion replaced Odd Sentence Out questions in Verbal Ability
- DILR section had 4 sets of 5 questions
- Modulus based questions of Algebra were there in Quants.
The CAT 2022 quesrion paper has 66 questions to be solved in 120 minutes. The questions will be asked from Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Aptitude (QA).
CAT 2022 Exam Highlights
There is no change in the CAT syllabus. Check out the table below for highlights of CAT exam pattern 2022.
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
Section-wise number of questions
VARC - 24
DILR - 20
QA - 22
Number of answer choices
Type of questions
MCQs and Non-MCQs
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
Shiksha brings to you live updates of CAT 2022 exams. Read below for slot wise exam analysis, answer key solutions, question paper, expected cutoffs.
- 10:36 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
When will CAT 2022 result be announced?
CAT 2022 result will be announced most likely in the first week of January 2023. The CAT 2022 result announcement date has not been announced by IIM Bangalore. Candidates will be notified via SMS about the CAT result declaration.
- 10:07 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Answer Keys Slot 1,2 and 3
CAT 2022 Answer Keys Slot 1, 2 and 3 will be released officially withith 4-5 days. The official CAT 2022 answer key will be released with candidate response sheet and question paper. However, memory based CAT answer keys are not available on internet and social media. Shiksha will provide CAT 2022 answer key soon.
- 9:30 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Score vs Percentile, Slot 3
- 8:59 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 3 - Good Attempts for 99+ percentile
- VARC: A score of 40-42 is good enough for a 99 percentile
- DILR: A score of 26-27 marks is ideal for a 99 percentile
- QA: A score of 30-33 would be ideal for a 99 percentile
- 8:29 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 3: Reading Comprehension Passages
- RC 1 - Social reorganization increasing crime rate
- RC 2 Software if more easy humans are not capable to get solutions)
- RC 3 Indian history
- RC 4 American migration / urbanization increasing
- 8:09 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 3 Analysis Highlights
Overall, the CAT Slot 3 was moderate to difficult
VARC had four RC passages - 2 were easy and 2 were tough
Verbal Ability questions were moderate
DILR had the following sets:
- 1 set games and tournaments
- 1 set Graph based on Death ( Easy)
- 1 set based on algebra type ( based on types of students and courses - AIML )
- 1 set based on reasoning
- City -4 neighbors ; 5 days how many covid cases
Quantitative Aptitude section had questions from the following topics:
- Algebra - 8
- Arithmetic - 8
- Numbers -1
- Geometry 3-4
- 7:28 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
When will CAT 2022 Question Paper release?
CAT 2022 question paper for slot 1, 2 and 3 will release along with the official answer key in the next few days. One can expected that the CAT 2022 question paper will be available for download from December 5 onwards. Official announcement will be made by IIM Bangalore soon.
- 7:06 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 2 Score vs Percentile
Check the table below for CAT score vs percentile for Slo 2. These are estimated on the basis of difficulty level of CAT 2022 Slot 2 question paper.
- 6:37 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 3 Ends
The third and final slot of CAT 2022 ended at 6:30 PM. Canddiates who appeared in Slot 3 have started leaving the test lab. With the end of CAT 2022 Slot 3, now the candidates will be eagerly awaiting the CAT 2022 answer key to know their exam score.
- 6:00 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT Score vs Percentile 2022
CAT 2022 exam score is converted into percentile for result preparation. The MBA colleges, select students for GD/PI and admission on the basis of their CAT percentile which is mentioned i in the CAT scorecard. In order, to calculate the percentiles, the examination body converts raw scores of candidate into CAT scaled scores so that candidates from across the three slots are judged on the same plane. This score is then coverted into CAT percentile through the following formula:
P = (R/N) × 100
P= Percentile score
R= Rank of the candidate assigned on the basis of scaled CAT score or total number of candidates who rank below you.
N= Number of candidates who appeared in CAT exam (all three sessions)
Suppose, 1,000 people take CAT and you ba
- 5:25 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 2 Analysis: Raw Score and Percentile
Given below is the estimated raw score that can fetch you 99 percentile in CAT 2022 Slot 2
- In VARC, 40-42 can be considered enough for 99 percentile.
- In DILR, a score of 30-32 can fetch 99 percentile.
- In QA, a score of 30-34 would be ideal for a 99 percentile.
- 4:57 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 2 DILR Sets
- Set 1: Company revenue and profits
- Set 2: Tabular data of domestic and foreign products
- Set 3: network diagram Shortest path —— left in option
- Set 4: Scheduling type of but complex so left
- 4:35 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 3 Begins
CAT 2022 Slot 3 has commenced. This is the final slot for CAT exam this year. Nearly 2 lakh candidates are expected to have appeared for all the three slots of this national level entrance exam for MBA admission.
- 4:22 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot Analysis: 2 RC Topics
- RC 1 Topic: Music (Moderate)
- RC 2 Topic- Engineering Technology (easy)
- RC 3 Topic: Octopus (easy )
- -RC 4: Philosophy (abstract, tough)
- 3:54 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT2022 Slot 2 Analysis : Highlights
Here’s the overall difficulty level of CAT 2022 slot 2.
- CAT Slot 2 VARC was moderate with complex language
- CAT Slot 2 Quantitative Aptitude was tougher than Slot 1
- CAT Slot 2 DILR was moderate to tough
- 3:24 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 3 To Start at 4:30 PM
The third and final slot of CAT 2022 will start at 4:30 PM. The CAT 2022 Slot 3 is also expected to be of the same difficulty level as Slot 1 and Slot 2. The CAT 2022 Slot 3 analysis will be available after 7 PM.
- 2:53 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 2 Over
CAT 2022 Slot 2 got over at 2:30 PM. Candidates have started to come out of the examination centre. The next batch of test takerr, i.e. for CAT 2022 Slot 3 have started arriving at the test centres as the reporting time for CAT slot 3 is 3:00 PM.
- 2:42 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 2 DILR Sectional Composition
CAT 2022 Slot 1 DILR section was easy to moderate level of difficulty. There were four sets of five questions each.
No. of Questions
Data Interpretation Logical Reasoning
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- 2:20 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 1 VARC Sectional Composition
CAT 2022 Slot 1 VARC section had maximum questions on RC. The Odd Sentence Out questions were replaced by para completion. Check the composition of VARC below:
No. of Questions (MCQ/non-MCQ)
16 (4 4 4 4)
Verbal Ability - Parajumbles
Verbal Ability - Summary
Verbal Ability - Para completion
- 2:02 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Exam Analysis: Watch Student Reactions and Reviews
CAT 2022 was overall a moderate level exam. Candidates who appeared for the test today felt that VARC was tough as compared to other sections. Watch video for CAT 2022 student reactions and reviews.
- 1:37 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 2 Underway
CAT 2022 slot 2 exam is underway. Half time is over and the exam will get over at 2:30 PM. The paper is expected to be of moderate difficulty level.
- 1:17 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 1 Analysis
Scores for 99 percentile:
- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC): 37-38
- Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR): 30-32
- Quantitative Ability (QA): 40- 42
- 12:59 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 2 Expected Difficulty Level
Given that the first slot of CAT 2022 was moderate, the second slot is expected to be moderate too. There will be more questions on RC passages and Arithmetic.
- 12:45 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 1 Sectional Analysis
As per the experts, the first slot of CAT 2022 exam was of moderate difficulty level. Section-wise, CAT Slot 1 VARC, DILR sections were easy to moderate. Quantitative Aptitude sections were moderate. As per experts, an overall raw score of 98 to 99 should fetch a 99%ile in CAT 2022.
Number of questions
Easy to Moderate
Easy to Moderate
- 12:29 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 2 Starts; What is the Exam Pattern?
CAT 2022 Slot 2 has started now. The question paper of the second slot will be same as the first slot in terms of pattern, structure and difficulty levels, but the questions will be different.
- 12:16 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 2 About to Start
CAT 2022 Slot 2 paper will start in 30 minutes from now. The identification and frisking process is over at the test centres and now candidates will be heading to the test lab. Entry gates are closed now.
- 12:00 PM IST• 27 Nov 2022
Sequence of CAT 2022 Question Paper
The first section of CAT 2022 question paper is VARC, the second section is DILR and the third section is Quantitative Aptitude.
As per Career Launcher, VARC was easy to moderate, with a para completion in place of the odd-sentence-out questions. DILR was easy to moderate with 4 sets with 5 questions in each set. Quantitative Aptitude was moderate to difficult Arithmetic being the dominant topic.
- 11:45 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 2 Timings
CAT 2022 Slot 2 will be held from 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM. There will be no bio breaks. 40 minutes will be allotted to each section. For PwD candidates, the sectional time limit is 53 minutes and 20 seconds per section.
- 11:30 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 2 Frisking and Identification
Like CAT 2022 Slot 1, the same identification process will be followed for allowing entry to candidates for CAT 2022 Slot 2. Candidates will have to show their admit card and documents to gain entry.
- 11:16 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 2 to Start at 12:30 PM
Candidates for CAT 2022 Slot 2 have started reaching their exam centres as the reporting time for them was 11 AM. Entry inside the test centre is underway.
- 11:02 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 1 Analysis by Students
As per the candidates who appeared for the test, the CAT exam was moderate to tough. Some students felt the VARC section was tough, whereas some thought that LR questions were tough. Quantitative Aptitude section was usual like every year, they said.
- 10:46 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 1 Sectional Composition
CAT 2022 Slot 1 analysis will be shared here soon. Check out the estimated sectional break up:
Composition of CAT 2022 Slot 1 DILR Section
The CAT 2022 Slot 1 DILR section is likely to have 12 Data Interpretation questions and 8 Logical Reasoning sections. The topics will be known after the first session.
Composition of CAT 2022 Slot 1 Quantitative Aptitude section
The CAT 2022 Slot 1 Quantitative Aptitude section is likely to be dominated by Arithmetic questions, followed by Algebra and Geometry.
Composition of CAT 2022 Slot 1 VARC section
The CAT 2022 Slot 1 VARC section is likely to have 4 to 5 RC passages having about 16 questions. Rest of the 8 questions will be from VA that will include parajumbles and fill in the blanks.
- 10:31 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 1 is Over
CAT 2022 Slot 1 is over now. The examination centre that Shiksha team visited did not witness any technical glitch or inconvenience during the online test. Students will start coming out of the test lab soon. Shiksha will share CAT 2022 slot 1 student reactions and exam analysis here soon.
- 10:15 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 1 is About to Get Over
The CAT 2022 slot 1 paper is about to get over in 15 minutes. Candidates will start exiting the test lab 10:40 am onwards. The CAT 2022 slot 2 will begin at 12:30 PM, for which students have started reaching the test centres.
- 10:00 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 1: Is the First Slot Toughest of the Three?
It has been usually seen that the first slot of the CAT exam is usually tougher or it seems tougher because it is the first session of the day. However, it may happen that candidates get tougher questions in the second or third shift.
- 9:44 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 1: Half Time Over
One hour of the CAT 2022 Slot 1 is over. The exam is underway at about 400 test centres. By now, VARC section is over and half of DILR section would be completed.
- 9:27 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 1: Marking Scheme
For every correct attempt, the candidate will get 3 marks and for every incorrect attempt, 1 mark will be deducted. There is no negative marking for non-MCQ questions. Candidates will be marked 0 for unanswered questions.
- 9:15 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Syllabus: Important Topics
CAT 2022 question paper will have questions from VARC, DILR and Quantitative Aptitude. The important topics are:
- VARC: Reading Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Para Summary and Odd Sentence Out
- DILR: Set Theory (Variables), Set Theory Puzzles, Puzzles with Additional Data, Coding-Decoding and Series
- Quantitative Aptitude: Number System, Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry and Mensuration
- 9:00 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
Section Wise Number of Questions in CAT 2022
The CAT 2022 question paper has the following sectional break up. The number of questions per section are:
- VARC – 24 questions
- DILR – 20 questions
- QA – 22 questions
The exact composition will be known after the first shift of the exam ends at 10:30 AM.
- 8:46 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Sectional Time Limit
CAT 2022 sectional time limit is 40 minutes per section. For PwD candidates, the sectional time limit is 53 minutes and 20 seconds per section. The computer screen will automatically move to the next section once the clock reads 0 minutes left.
- 8:31 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 1 has Started
CAT 2022 Slot 1 has started at the designated test centres and will be conducted for 2 hours. There will be no bio breaks in between. Candidates will be allowed to leave the test lab only after submitting the rough sheet after 10:30 AM.
- 8:16 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Exam Centre Gates Closed for Slot 1
The entry gates of the CAT exam centres have been closed. All the test takers have entered the premises. No more entry is allowed. The CAT 2022 exam starts in 14 minutes.
- 8:05 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 1: Test Centre Entry Process Completed
All the candidates for shift 1 have entered the premises. Candidates can carry only the admit card and photo ID inside the exam centres. Parents and guardians have to wait for their wards outside.
- 7:59 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 1, 2 and 3: Activities and Timings
Given below is the process to be followed for CAT 2022 slot 1, 2 and 3. Candidates must follow the guidelines for a smooth day.
Arrive at Test centre (candidate’s reporting time)
Gate closes 15 minutes before the Test start time
Scrutiny of Admit Card
First scrutiny of the documents done at the Entry gate
Locate your Test Lab number
Candidate checks the location of the Test Lab from Barcode Desk.
Deposit personal belongings (Phone, bag etc.)
Candidate deposit their personal belongings at the baggage counter
Frisking of candidates
Assigned Security staff to frisk candidates
Candidates reach their Test Labs
Candidate reaches Test Lab.
Document (id card and Admit Card) checking at the Test Lab entrance
Document verification to be done at Lab entrance
Candidates go to the Registration Desk and signs (manual) on attendance sheet
Candidate signs on the Attendance Sheet available at the Registration Desk.
Candidate photograph captured and IRIS scanned as per process.
Candidates check their photo on the registration desk & ensure it is their photo
Candidate verifies captured photo at the Registration desk.
Candidate sits at the allotted system
Candidate checks the allotted system in the test Lab. Pen and scribble pad placed at the desk
Gate Closure and Login to Test screen
Final entry time for candidates. Candidates completes first login
Verify & confirm profile information
Candidate verifies and confirms the profile Information, which he/she had filled during the CAT 2022 Registration.
Read & agree to Declaration
Candidate reads all the instructions given for the Test and clicks on “Accept”.
06.30 pm (07.10 pm for PwD candidates)
Test ends & candidate shares the feedback online
After 120 minutes. Test gets over and the feedback page is displayed on the screen. Candidate shares his/her feedback
Return Admit Card, pen and Scribble Pad
Candidate drops the Admit Card, pen and scribble pad in the boxes provided for the same
Exit Test Lab and collect the deposited belongings
Candidate exits the Test Lab and collects belongings (if any) from baggage counter
Exit the Test centre
Candidate leaves Test Centre.
- 7:51 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Test Day Work Flow
Given below is the process of CAT test day. Candidates have to proceed according to the following 17 steps.
- Arrive at test centre
- Locate lab
- Admit card checking
- Deposit mobile phone, bag, etc.
- Undergo mandatory frisking
- Document verification
- Arrive at test lab
- Complete registration process
- Locate console
- Log in to profile page
- Verify and confirm profile information
- Read instructions and click on ‘I agree’ check box
- Start the test
- Complete the test and register feedback
- Return rough sheet
- Exit test lab
- Exit test centre
- 7:44 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 1 wise exam timings
CAT exam slot
Last entry allowed
8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
- 7:37 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
Documents to be presented at CAT Test Centre
Candidates need to present the following documents at the exam centre during the identification process. Two copies of CAT 2022 admit card and one of the following documents in original:
- PAN card
- Driving License
- Voter ID
- Aadhaar Card (With photograph)
- Ration Card
- Identification Affidavit
Also Read: Key dos and don'ts for CAT 2022
- 7:29 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 1 reporting time
The reporting time for CAT 2022 Slot 1 is 7 AM. All the candidates who have been allotted the morning slot for taking the test have to reach their designated test centres by 7 AM. The identification process will begin from 7:05 AM.
- 7:23 AM IST• 27 Nov 2022
CAT 2022 Slot 1 starts from 8:30 AM
Candidates have started reaching the test centre for the first session of CAT 2022. The first slot will be held from 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM. Gates will be closed for entry at 8:15 AM.