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CAT Notification 2022: Registration, Exam Date Released


CAT Notification 2022: The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) has released the official notification for CAT on their official website. As per the official notification, the registration process for CAT 2022 exam will start on August 3, 2022, and the last date to apply for the entrance exam is September 14, 2022. Furthermore, the CAT exam is scheduled to be conducted on November 27, 2022. The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a national-level management exam. It is conducted for admission to various management programmes of IIMs.

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Apart from IIMs, non-IIM member institutions also use CAT scores for admission to management courses. Candidates having a bachelor’s degree in any discipline with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks can apply for the exam. Candidates can further read the article to get more information. Check the exam date, centres, syllabus, exam pattern, answer key, result, etc.

Latest: Check the CAT 2022 Notification here.

IIM CAT 2022: Overview

CAT: Common Admission Test (CAT), a national-level entrance exam for admission to business administration courses (MBA/PGDM) in the prestigious Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Indian Institute of Science (IISc), and various other institutes all across the country.

Exam NameCommon Admission Test (CAT)
Conducting BodyIndian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
Institutes Accepting CAT ScoreIIMs, IITs, IISc and other participating institutes
CoursePostgraduate Management Programs (MBA/PGDM)
Level of ExamNational Level
Type of QuestionsMCQs and Non-MCQs
Number of SectionsThree
Total Number of Questions76
Time Duration2 hours
Negative Marking-1 for Incorrect Attempts in MCQ
Mode of ExamOnline
Application ModeOnline
Score validity One year
Official Websiteiimcat.ac.in

IIM CAT Important Dates 2022

The candidate must keep a check on the timeline of various important events related to CAT. IIM Ahmedabad has released an official notification containing all the important dates of the exam. The candidate must make a note of important dates to avoid missing out on any important events. Check the table below to know the important events and dates of CAT 2022. Let’s have a look at the CAT Exam’s important dates.

Release of CAT NotificationJuly 31, 2022
Beginning of CAT Online RegistrationAugust 3, 2022 (10:00 am)
Last Date to ApplySeptember 14, 2022 (5:00 pm)
Release of Admit CardOctober 27, 2022
Last Date to Download Admit CardNovember 27, 2022
CAT Exam Date 2022November 27, 2022
Release of CAT Answer KeyTo Be Announced
Challenge of Answer KeyTo Be Announced
Release of ResultSecond Week of January 2023 (tentative)
CAT SelectionTo Be Announced

CAT Eligibility Criteria

Before filling CAT application form, the candidate must read the eligibility criteria. IIM Ahmedabad has specified the requirements that candidates need to meet to appear in the entrance exam. Find below the eligibility criteria of CAT:

Educational QualificationBachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university 
Professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA)
Candidates in their final year of graduation can also apply.
Qualifying MarksAggregate 50% marks or equivalent CGPA for General and OBC-NC category candidates,
45% for reserved categories.
Duration of Qualifying CourseThree years
Age LimitNo age limit

It is to be noted that candidates in their final year of graduation must have completed the program at the time of admission to IIMs and other institutes accepting CAT scores.

Reservation Policy at IIMs:

Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
Other Backward Classes27%
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD)5%
Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)Up to 10%

IIM CAT Registration Process

Candidates will be able to apply for CAT only in the online mode. Follow the steps as under to fill up the CAT application form and apply for the exam:

  1. Visit the CAT official website – iimcat.ac.in.
  2. Click on “Register” under ‘New Candidate Registration’.
  3. Enter basic details, like Name, Email ID, Mobile Number, etc. An OTP will be generated and sent to respective mobile number to validate it. After successful validation, candidate will be registered and the “User ID” and “Password” will be generated.
  4. Use the same User ID and Password to log in.
  5. Enter Personal Details, Contact Details, Academic Details, Work Experiences, Program that the candidate is seeking admission to. Also, upload scanned images of the Photograph, signature, SC/ST/NC-OBC and/or PwD certificates (as applicable) in the prescribed format and dimension.
  6. Click on “Save & Continue” and review all the information provided.
  7. Select the mode of payment and make the payment of the CAT application fee.
  8. A confirmation message will be sent to the email ID. Take a print out of the same for future reference.

IIM CAT Documents Required

It is highly essential that candidates must keep the essential documents handy as these are required during the procedure of uploading the documents. CAT application form requires some documents in order to successfully register for the same. The candidate must keep the documents below ready to ease the registration process. This includes:

  1. Class 10 and 12 marksheets and graduation marksheets.
  2. Final year graduation student must have the final year certificate from HoD and must attach the previous year mark sheet.
  3. Date of birth certificate.
  4. Scanned images of passport size photograph and signature.

The photograph & signature specification is mentioned below:


DescriptionPassport size photograph with white background
How Old?Not older than 6 months
Dimension30mm X 45mm
SizeNot more than 80kb
Resolution150 px/inch
Formatjpg or jpeg


Dimension80 mm X 35 mm
SizeNot more than 80kb
Resolution150 px/inch
Formatjpg or jpeg

CAT Application Fee

The CAT application fee for different categories are tabulated below:

General CandidatesRs 2200
SC/ST/PwD CandidatesRs 1100

The CAT application fee can be paid using:

  1. BillDesk
  2. Paytm
  3. PayU

Note that the CAT application fee can be paid only in the online mode. No facility to make the payment in the offline mode is available.

Guidelines to Follow for CAT Registration

In order to successfully register for CAT 2022 application form, the candidate must read the below guidelines:

  1. Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome are recommended browsers for online registration process.
  2. Candidates must keep all the required details such as scanned images and documents ready such that there is no delay and the session expires.
  3. Keep all educational information & documents handy to avoid uploading the wrong document.
  4. Ensure that the photo, signature and other required documents required for CAT registration are ready to be uploaded in the specified format and size.
  5. Before the final submission, please re-check the details entered to avoid having any error.
  6. Candidates must select the preferred exam centres. Select convenient and easily accessible centres with lesser traffic issues.

CAT Application Form Correction Window

IIM opens the correction window for CAT, and this will remain open for two consecutive days. During this time, the candidate can correct all the mistakes made during uploading the document or filling the application form. Candidates can even make changes to the CAT test city option. The candidate will just have to login with the credential and make changes.

IIM CAT Exam Pattern 2022

Candidates can check the CAT exam pattern below:

CAT exam duration2 hours
Test slots3
Total number of questions76
Total marks228
Total questions in VARC section26 questions
Total questions in DILR section24 questions
Total questions in QA section26 questions


  1. Candidates will be allotted exactly 40 minutes for answering questions in each section, and they will not be allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.
  2. PwD category students will receive a total of 53 minutes and 20 seconds to complete any specific section of the CAT exam.
  3. Some questions in each section may not be of multiple-choice type. Instead, direct answers will have to be typed on the screen.
  4. A basic on-screen calculator for computation is ALLOWED.

CAT Exam Time Table

The candidate must check the exam schedule here.

Exam ShiftReporting TimeEntry ClosedExam Time
Forenoon session7 ampost 8:15 am8:30 am to 10:30 am
Afternoon session11 ampost 12:15pm12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Evening session3 pmpost 4:15 pm4:30 pm to 6:30 pm

Steps to be taken by candidates for CAT 2022:

  1. Document Verification-
    • CAT Admit Card (with affixed photograph)
    • One originial valid photo identity proof such as Employer ID, driving License, passport, PAN card, Voter card, Aadhaar card, identification affidavit.
  2. After document verification, candidate must move to the CAT exam lab.
  3. Registration process includes capturing IRIS & photo.
  4. Sign the attendance sheet and begin the exam.

IIM CAT Syllabus 2022

IIM Ahmedabad does not officially release the CAT syllabus. Based on the past few year’s trends, we have listed the important topics for each section of CAT and the syllabus. The candidates appearing for CAT must resort to this and prepare accordingly to be familiar with the exam pattern and syllabus. The CAT syllabus comprises important CAT topics from Section mainly verbal ability, reading comprehension, data interpretation & logical reasoning & quantitative aptitude.

The CAT syllabus for all three sections are as under:

CAT Syllabus For Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

  1. English Grammar
  2. One Word Substitution
  3. Verbal Reasoning
  4. Analogies
  5. Antonyms
  6. Synonyms
  7. Para Jumbles
  8. Para Completion and Inference
  9. Contextual Usage
  10. Verbal Logic
  11. Fill in the Blanks
  12. Different Usage of the Same Word
  13. Jumbled Paragraphs
  14. Reading Comprehension
  15. Phrases & Idioms
  16. Sentence Completion
  17. Foreign Language Words Used in English
  18. Sentence Completion

CAT Syllabus For Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

  1. Pie Charts
  2. Tables
  3. Data Sufficiency
  4. Bars
  5. Line Graphs
  6. Caselets
  7. Syllogism
  8. Statements
  9. Family Tree
  10. Distance & Directions
  11. Blood Relations
  12. Seating Arrangements
  13. Coding-Decoding
  14. Series
  15. Sets
  16. Venn Diagram
  17. Binary Logic
  18. Clocks and Calendars
  19. Propositions
  20. Assumptions
  21. Data Structures
  22. Data Arrangements
  23. Puzzles

CAT Syllabus For Quantitative Ability

  1. Average
  2. Surds and Indices
  3. Geometric Progression
  4. Number System
  5. Mensuration
  6. Geometry
  7. Trigonometry
  8. Work and Time
  9. In-equations (Quadratic and Linear equations)
  10. Percentage
  11. Profit and Loss
  12. Partnership (Accounts)
  13. Ratio and Proportion
  14. HCF and LCM
  15. Logarithm
  16. Algebra
  17. Time, Speed and Distance

IIM CAT Mock Test

IIM Ahmedabad releases the CAT mock test on its official website. CAT mock test will help in providing a real picture of the actual CAT exam. IIM CAT mock test is an integral part of CAT preparation as this allows students to be familiar with the exam pattern. Before appearing for the mock test, the candidate should know the exam strategy and tips.

Taking up the free CAT mock test online is important for candidates as this is designed to help candidates get a feel of the CAT question paper. The CAT mock test will help identify candidates’ weaknesses and analyse their performance.

Benefits of attempting CAT mock tests include:

  1. Helps candidate understand the online process of CAT exam.
  2. CAT mock test provides reasonable understanding of question paper pattern and marking scheme.
  3. CAT online mock test helps in improving speed and accuracy in solving questions.
  4. Practicing mock tests will help in finding tricks and develop speed, and even shortcuts to solve CAT question paper in least amount of time.

Steps to Use CAT Mock Test:

Candidates who wish to appear for CAT mock test must follow the below steps. This involves:

  1. Click on Mock Test link by visiting the official website.
  2. Sign in using registration number and password.
  3. Post logging, candidates must read the general instructions for candidate page.
  4. Candidate must click on disclaimer check box on other important instructions for Candidate page.
  5. Click “I am ready to begin” to start the CAT mock test.

CAT Admit Card 2022

The conducting authority releases the CAT admit card on the official website. Candidates have to log in to their account with their User ID and Password to download their admit card. No hard copy of the CAT Hall Ticket will be sent to the candidates. Admit card contains details such as name, date of birth, category, CAT entrance exam day instructions, exam date, emergency contact number, google map link, reference number, photograph etc.

Note: Candidates must download their admit card as soon as it releases and check all the details mentioned on it. In case of any discrepancy or missing details, candidates must contact the official authorities/helpdesk at the earliest and get it rectified.

Note that the CAT hall ticket is a document of utmost importance, without which no candidates will be allowed to enter the exam hall. Also, the hall ticket should be preserved until the end of the admission process.

Steps To Download CAT 2022 admit card includes:

  1. Visit the official website.
  2. Login using CAT exam credentials like user ID & Password.
  3. CAT admit card will be displayed.
  4. Download the same and check the details mentioned.
  5. Keep a copy of the admit card and preserve it for the admisison procedure.

CAT Exam Centres

  1. CAT 2022 will be conducted in test centres spread across approximately 159 cities.
  2. Candidates will be given the option to select six test cities in order of preference.
  3. Cities and centres will be assigned to the candidates only after the last date for CAT 2022 registration.

The concerned authorities will try their best to assign candidates to their first preferred city. In case this is not possible, they will assign the CAT test centre following the order of the candidate’s preferences. In the rare case that a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted an alternate city. However, candidates will not be able to select the session because it will be assigned randomly.

CAT Answer Key 2022

The official authorities will release the provisional CAT answer key. This will help candidates get an idea about how much they are likely to score in the exam. The conducting body will also give candidates an opportunity to challenge the answer key if they think there are errors in it.

Once the objections are raised, the authorities will review the questions and make necessary changes in the answer key if the objections are found to be valid. The CAT result will be based on the final answer key of CAT.

IIM CAT Result 2022

The authorities will declare the CAT result on the official website of CAT in the month of January 2022. Candidates will have to log in to their account with their User ID and Password to see their CAT 2022 result and download their CAT scorecard. No hard copy of the CAT scorecard will be sent to the candidates.

CAT scorecard will contain the overall as well as sectional percentile scores secured by the candidate.

Steps to Check CAT Result:

  1. Visit the official website and click on the “Login” button.
  2. Enter the login details that include CAT registration ID & password.
  3. By doing this, the CAT result or scorecard will appear on the screen.
  4. Download the same and save it for future use.

How to Calculate CAT Percentile Scores?

Steps to calculate CAT exam includes overall and sectional percentile scores. The procedure is shown below:

  1. Calculate the total number of candidates who appeared for CAT in all three slots.
  2. Assign rank on the basis of scaled scores obtained in the QA section to all candidates who appeared for CAT exam. In case of two or more candidates obtaining identical scores in QA, same rank is assigned to the candidates.
  3. Calculate the percentile scores of the candidate with rank in QA section.
  4. Round off calculated percentile score up to two decimal points.

What After CAT Result?

As soon as CAT results are announced, candidates who meet the cutoff will be notified by email by the respective IIMs for further examination rounds. Each IIM will send the interview letter directly to the shortlisted candidates. IIMs usually follow a selection process i.e. Written ability test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interview rounds. Some IIMs also follow Common Admission Process for which candidate has to separately do the online registration once the minimum CAP cut-off percentile is matched.

CAT Cut-off 2022

The CAT cut-off is the minimum marks or percentile that is required to secure admissions in different IIMs. The minimum mark required for candidates to get a call from IIM is called CAT cut-off. CAT cut-off scores for the best IIMs is typically 99 to 100 percentile for General category and for the unreserved category is 97 to 98 percent.

MBA Admission Through CAT Score

After the CAT result is announced, the IIM Selection process and Admission will begin. Each IIM will set the CAT cut-off. Candidates must have scored equal to or more than the CAT cutoff in order to get admission to the particular IIM. Once the candidates are selected, the IIM Admission Process will begin.

Here is the overview of the selection process of IIMs and non-IIMs:

IIM Admission Process

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

Non-IIM Admission Process: Candidates can also seek admission to colleges other than IIMs. Such colleges may also conduct GD/ PI for admission to their MBA/ PGDM programs. However, there are a few colleges that accept students based on CAT score only.

CAT Entrance Exam- Important Features

Some of the salient features of CAT 2022 involves:

  1. Onscreen calculator in CAT exam
  2. CAT exam timer
  3. Question format of CAT 2022
  4. Facility to expand CAT question area
  5. Scrolling during CAT entrance exam
  6. Changing response in CAT exam
  7. Navigating through CAT sections
  8. Zoom options in CAT 2022

CAT 2022 Exam Guidelines

  1. Things that must be carried include, CAT 2022 admit card, original valid Identity card, mask, sanitiser, transparent water bottle, and requisite medical certificate.
  2. CAT dress code: socks, plain pullovers, sweaters, and cardigans without any pockets can be worn. Candidates who have metal implants or pacemakers will have to provide the exam centre medical certificate.
  3. Once the exam starts, the clock inbuilt in the system will start ticking and displays the remaining available for current sections.
  4. Candidates will automatically be moved to the next sections after completion of one.
  5. Candidates can leave the CAT exam hall only after the completion of 2 hours.

Related links:

CAT Syllabus
CAT Preparation
CAT Mock Test
CAT Important Date
CAT Exam Pattern
CAT Exam Centre

FAQs Regarding CAT Notification 2022

Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the CAT notification 2022:

Q.1: When will CAT 2022 be conducted?
Ans: The CAT 2022 will be conducted on November 28, 2022.

Q.2: Is the CAT exam conducted twice a year?
Ans: No, the CAT exam is conducted only once a year.

Q.3: How difficult is the CAT?
Ans: The CAT exam is generally moderate to tough. But if you are seeking admission to top colleges, then it will be difficult.

Q.4: Is the calculator allowed in CAT?
Ans: Yes, calculators are allowed in the cat exam.

Q.5: What is the fee for the CAT exam?
Ans: Last year, the CAT exam fee was Rs 2,200 (for General category students) and Rs 1,100 (for SC/ST/PwD candidates)

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