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About Exam

About Exam

Exam Brief

The Common Admission Test, or CAT exam, is a common aptitude test that candidates must pass in order to be considered for MBA programmes at India's 20 IIMs and over 1,200 B-schools. Every year, around two lakh people apply for the exam. MCQs and non-MCQs from Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability make up CAT question paper (QA). The exam's difficulty level ranges from moderate to difficult.

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Exam Summary

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a two-year MBA entrance exam offered by 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). Every year, around 2 lakh applicants take CAT Exam in order to compete for 5000+ seats. IIMs provide education from the best-qualified instructors and the opportunity to study with India's top students.

CAT 2022 Exam Highlights

The table below lists some of the most important aspects of the CAT exam that applicants should be aware of. Here are some of the highlights:

Particulars Details
Name and Frequency of Exam CAT Common Admission Test, Once a year
CAT 2022 Conducting Body IIM, Indian Institute of Management
CAT Official Website
CAT Application Process Online
CAT Application Fees Rs 2200 and Rs 1100 for General(GN) and Reserved categories respectively
Minimum Eligibility 50% and 45% in Graduation for GN and Reserved category respectively
Duration of CAT Exam 2 Hours
Number of Sections 3 (Quantitative Ability-34, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension-34, and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning-32)
Medium of Exam English (Exam is conducted in CBT mode)
Admission 20 IIMs + Various other Institutes
Courses Offered MBA/ PGDM in various streams
CAT Helpdesk; 1800-2090-830


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Official CAT Notification:

IIMs release CAT official notification in the last week of July. Hence, CAT official notice can be expected in the fourth week of July 2022. The official announcement will contain all pertinent information regarding exam dates, eligibility, and pattern, among other things. Candidates can review the IIM's official notification from the prior year.

Trending News

  • On the 4th of January, CAT 2021 results were released. 
  • On November 28, 2021, the MBA entrance exam was held, with approximately 1.92 lakh students taking part. By 5:00 p.m, the CAT result 2021 download link was accessible. 
  • This year, nine students received a perfect score on the CAT, while 19 others received a 99.99 percentile. Seven out of nine perfect scorers have a background in engineering.
  • The CAT 2021 exam was held in three sessions across India, at 438 test centres in 156 cities. The exam drew a total of 1.92 lakh participants. 
  • The difficulty levels of the CAT 2021 question papers were moderate in all three slots, with VARC being the most difficult of the three parts - DILR was moderate, while Quantitative Aptitude was easy. The number of questions was lowered from 76 to 66 this year.

Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

Selection Process

On its official website, each Indian Institute of Management (IIM) publishes its own set of selection criteria. In the MBA Admission Process 2022-24, performance in CAT 2021 exam is an important factor to consider. Institute Accepting CAT score will shortlist candidates for additional selection phases (Personal Interview, Written Ability Test/Group Discussion) based on their performance in the CAT exam.

MBA Admission CAT Selection Process 2022-24

IIMs will shortlist candidates based on CAT score and the selection process. Group Discussion (GD), Written Ability Test (WAT), and Personal Interview (PI) will be part of the CAT selection procedure. However, several institutes have converted to a virtual personal interview mode solely in the present Covid-19 scenario.


Stages of Exam

There are three rounds in the selection process for IIMs for CAT, including:

Round 1: IIM Shortlist and CAT Result
Round 2: Personal Interview
Round 3: Final Selection and Verification of Eligibility

Round 1: IIM Shortlist and CAT Result

CAT 2021 results have been released, and IIM shortlist dates will be notified soon, with all IIMs beginning the shortlisting process. CAT cut-off will be announced by each IIM depending on the CAT score. On the individual IIMs' websites, a list of new IIM shortlisted candidates for the forthcoming CAT Counseling will be posted.

Shortlisted candidates will receive interview letters directly from each IIM. The CAT IIM shortlisting criteria differ from one IIM to the next.

IIM Interview Call Letter - MBA Admissions Process 2022 through CAT

Candidates who are chosen for the first stage of the CAT selection process in 2022 will receive invitation letters to their registered email addresses. The following information will be included in the invitation letter:

  • Registration information can be found here.
  • The deadline for completing the CAP registration has passed (for 9 IIMs)
  • WAT/GD and PI dates, times, and locations

Round 2: WAT, PI, and GD Rounds 

Written Ability Tests (WAT), Personal Interviews (PI), and Group Discussions (GD) are the next stages of the IIM MBA selection process 2022-24 for all students who meet the CAT cut off (GD). Candidates are judged on their general knowledge, communication skills, prior round performance, and cognitive abilities.

Round 3: Final Selection and Verification of Eligibility

Any candidate selected for a personal interview at an IIM must meet the CAT final selection process' eligibility and verification requirements.

Exam pattern details - Scoring pattern (+/- Marking)

VARC, DILR, and QA are the three sections of the CAT question paper. Candidates must answer both multiple-choice and non-multiple-choice questions. The questions on the paper are normally of intermediate difficulty, with QA posing more difficult questions. Following are the highlights of the CAT 2022 exam pattern:

CAT Question Paper Pattern and Structure
Sections VARC, DILR and QA
Duration of exam 40 minutes per section (Total 120 minutes)
Total number of questions 66
Total marks 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

Exam Pattern Details - Number of Questions Subject-wise

CAT 2022 Exam Time Limits - Overall and Sectional

The CAT exam includes a time limit for each section. This means that applicants will not be able to start with whatever section they like or switch between sections. They must work through the CAT question paper in order, from section one to section three. The sections will be organised in the following order:

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning> Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension>

Quantitative Skills

Aspirants must keep in mind that they must complete each section within the time allotted and that once they do, the screen will automatically advance to the next segment. At a later point, no adjustments or revisions will be permitted.

The table below summarises the number of questions asked in each area of the CAT exam, as well as the time allowed for each:

CAT 2022 Section Questions Allotted Time Allotted Time for PwD Students
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 24 40 minutes 53 minutes and 20 seconds
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation (LRDI) 20 40 minutes 53 minutes and 20 seconds
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 22 40 minutes 53 minutes and 20 seconds
Total 66 120 minutes 160 minutes

Sections of CAT and their Weightage

There are three components to the CAT question paper. VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension), DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning), and QAT (Quantitative Aptitude) are three types of aptitude tests (QA). Check out the table below for the question and marks distribution in each section:

CAT Sections Number of Questions Marks Allotted
VARC 24 72
DILR 20 60
QA 22 66

Marking Scheme for CAT Exam 

Before taking the exam, you should familiarise yourself with the CAT marking scheme so that you may choose which questions to answer and which to omit.

  • CAT 2022 paper will have a total of 198 points.
  • Each question will be worth three points.
  • For each incorrect answer, a minus one mark will be deducted.
  • If a candidate chooses not to attempt the question, no marks will be deducted.
  • Some questions in each part may not be multiple-choice, therefore you'll have to input your answers on the screen.

The marking scheme for CAT is summarised in the table below:

Sections Number of Questions Marks Per Question Negative Marking (Only MCQ)
VARC 24 3 -1
DILR 20 3 -1
Quantitative Aptitude 22 3 -1
Total 66 198 -

Exam Calendar

CAT Important Dates

By the last week of July, the dates for CAT 2022 will be published. The following is a table with tentative dates and events:

CAT 2022 Events CAT 2022 Dates
CAT 2022 notification release Last week of July 2022
CAT 2022 registrations start The first week of August 2022
Registrations end The third week of September 2022
Form correction The fourth week of September 2022
Mock test release The first week of October 2022
Admit card release Last week of October 2022
Official tutorial release The first week of November 2022
CAT 2022 exam 27-Nov-2022 (tentative)
Answer key release The first week of December 2022
Answer key challenge process The first week of November 2022
Final answer key release Last week of November 2022
CAT 2022 result declaration The first week of January 2023


Exam Syllabus

Exam Syllabus

Exam Syllabus

CAT Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus

Aspirants must be completely familiar with the CAT quantitative aptitude syllabus, which is based on the previous year's question papers. Here is the CAT QA syllabus, which is essential for preparation.

CAT QA Syllabus
Coordinate Geometry Mensuration LCM and HCF
Set theory & Function Probability Quadratic and Linear Equations
Number System Averages Complex Numbers
Ratio, Proportion & Variation Speed, Time and Distance Geometry
Compound Interest Profit, Loss and Discount Algebra
Trigonometry Permutation and Combination Progressions and Series
Quantitative Aptitude Questions Quantitative Aptitude Shortcut Techniques for CAT Number System Shortcut for CAT
Shortcuts in Averages Remainder Concepts Circles
Factorials Power Cycle Relatives Speed
Arithmetic Progression Polygons Harmonic Progression
Quadrilaterals Points, Lines and Planes Circles
Angles Geometric Progression Weighted Average
Graphical Division Geometry Similar Triangles Derangement
Applications of Averages Conditional probability Application of Power Cycle
Constant Product Rule Laws in Set Theory Properties of Ratio
Triangles Boats and Streams for CAT Escalator Questions for CAT

Syllabus for CAT QA by Topic

Because the CAT exam does not have a specified syllabus, many applicants struggle and become confused during their CAT Quant test preparation. However, it should be emphasised that the questions are usually based on a few themes that are asked every year. As a result, candidates are advised to review the previous year's question trends, familiarise themselves with relevant knowledge, and prepare accordingly. Based on the past year's question paper research, some of the topics are predicted to reappear in CAT 2022.

Topic Description
Percentages Expect questions mostly from a change in percentage; increase or decrease. Go through the basic per cent formula.
Profit, Loss, and Discount This section simply revolves around the topic of percentages. Questions are mainly from profit, loss, cost price, selling price, discount, and market price. You can also expect questions from false wights. Learn all the formulas for profit and loss along with tricks for shortcuts.
Simple and Compound Interest The number of questions from this section has been mostly low, one might expect mostly calculation based questions. Basic formulas of Simple and Compound Interest are adequate. Questions related to the rate of increase in population are not to be missed.
Ratio and Proportion A wide variety of questions based on multiple and fundamental concepts are important. You will find the basic concepts handy in solving questions about time, work, time speed, distance, mixtures, allegation, geometry, and more.
Averages, Mixtures, Allegation This topic is quite important in CAT. Questions such as “which two elements are mixed together in different proportions to get a new mixture” are examples of questions from this section. This topic combines other topics like ratio and proportion, averages, and percentages.
Time and Work There can be more than one hundred varieties of questions from this section. Pipes and cisterns, which make up the core concept are also included. The method of LCM is recommended over formulas as there are over 20 of them.
Time, Speed, and Distance Expect questions about average and relative speed, meeting points, boats, and streams, which are important. Proper knowledge of relative speed and shortcuts to meeting points should suffice.
Equations Stress on questions from quadratic equations. Don't miss out on topics like integral solutions for variables. Learn the concepts of the nature of roots, quadratic equations, and integral solutions.
Progression stress on arithmetic and geometric progressions. Do not miss out on the summation of the series. Put effort into formulas from areas like a number of terms, cum of AP and GP series, and their means.
Functions and Graphs Most questions are on functions of simplification. Other sections like modulus functions and graphs have also occurred frequently. Trying to understand the graphs of a few functions such as modulus, log, and greatest integer, is helpful. Do not miss out on functions and composite functions.
Maxima Minima Mostly 3 types of questions (maximum in equation form) are included; AM-GM concept, polynomials, functions/graphs. Learn the method for solving each of these problems.
Properties of Numbers Expect questions on topics such as perfect squares, prime numbers, fractions, and integers. Learn the elementary concepts along with the properties of numbers. The level of difficulty of questions is moderate to hard.
Divisibility Rules Questions from this topic are expected to be pretty to the point. Expect problems based on divisibility rules on the initial sets of natural numbers. Learn the divisibility rules of these numbers - 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, and 13.
Remainders The difficulty level of questions on this topic is mostly easy to moderate. This is not a very important topic as, over the past few years, questions from this section were not set. Learn the basic concepts like remainders and negative remainders.
Factors, HCM & LCM This too is not a very important topic. Previous CAT papers featured questions from factors and remainders. Focus on prime factorisation and the approaches involved in finding integral solutions.
Factorials Not an important topic, problems are mostly based on finding the number of zeros that are trailing.
Unit and Last Two Digits Questions are based on finding the last or second last digit in the expansion from a single-digit number raised to the exponent. Learn power cycles and last 2 digit tricks.
Base System Not an important topic. Learn the fundamental concepts of the base system. Questions are based on the method of converting numbers from a given base to another. Learning fundamental concepts of the base system should suffice.
Triangles Questions from this topic mostly test the fundamentals theorems of triangles. This is an important topic and candidates should focus on the Pythagoras theorem, various degrees of triangles like isosceles, equilateral, and mass point geometry.
Circles Another important topic in geometry; you can expect questions which test the basic concepts, and problems involving multiple circles, the tangent is important. Focus on learning the theorems, formulas, segments, and tangent circles.
Quadrilaterals Expect questions mostly from parallelogram, trapezium, squares, and rectangles. Learn the formulas of areas for all quadrilateral figures and their perimeters.
Polygons Not an important topic. You can expect questions on the hexagon. Shortcut tricks and direct formulas of hexagon diagonals should suffice.
3D mensuration This topic is now quite frequent in CAT. Learning the formula for the area and volume of cones, cylinders, cubes, cuboids, spheres, and cylinders should do the trick.
Coordinate Geometry Not that of an important topic: learn the basics of coordinate geometry. The conic section can be left out.
Permutations and Combinations Moderately important topic. You can expect questions mainly from committee formation, arrangements, and counting. You should learn the elementary formulas for this topic. Do not ignore the fundamental principles of counting.
Probability You can ignore this topic completely as problems from probability have stopped coming altogether.
Set Theory Variable Venn diagram problems that include minima and maxima are important. Get a working knowledge of Venn diagram concepts.

CAT Verbal Ability And Reading Comprehension Syllabus

Candidates can review the CAT VARC sectional syllabus in the tables below:

Current Affairs Issues affecting social life, foreign relations, governance policies and schemes such as Triple Talaq, CAA, Covid-19 Pandemic, Clean India Project, migration of citizens from one country to another, and worldwide intolerance.
Business and Economics Global Economic Change, Environmental Economic Growth, Indian Demonetisation Effect, Government Waste Expenditure.
Literature Passages from various books of English literature, essays written by great philosophers and thinkers, and different speeches of great personalities like Charles Dickens, Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi, and Churchill among others.
Science and Culture Transition into the modern world, disappearing society with technological advancement.
Abstract Topics and Fiction Such passages make the candidates think a lot and put themselves in the shoes of the author before addressing the questions asked because they are opinion-based.
Historical Events Events leading to social changes such as the French Revolution and the War of Roses. Social changes in Indian Culture and thoughts expressed by various activists are still of great relevance.
Mythology Such passages seek to connect mythological events with the actual social system and answers must be given accordingly.

CAT Verbal Ability Sectional Syllabus

CAT Verbal Ability Syllabus
The essence of a short paragraph/summary Jumbled paragraphs
Odd sentences in jumbled paragraphs Error correction in the verb, noun, pronoun, adjective, adverb and other parts of speech in sentences
Correcting the sequence of sentences in articles such as giving the correct usage of conditional statements, time clauses, reported speech, and passive writing Use of vocabulary in selecting the correct pair of words
Filling in blanks with appropriate vocabulary Use of vocabulary in RC passages to identify the right synonyms and antonyms
Completing the last statements of paragraphs Critical reasoning
Analogies Usage of phrasal verbs
Facts, inference, and judgement Sentence completion
Irrelevant sentences -

CAT Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Syllabus

Candidates can review the CAT DILR sectional syllabus in the tables below:

CAT Data Interpretation Syllabus

Topic Description
Tables and Charts Comparison of data for various years and ages
Graph, Bar diagram Data analysis, comparison of various years, groups, and classes
Tables, Pie chart Decoding and determining the data of missing period, taking clues, and interpreting the missing links
Graphs, Charts Data analysis and finding conclusions, making future projections

CAT Logical Reasoning Syllabus

Topic Description
Arrangements/Rankings/Team Formation Seating arrangement, ranks, types of team formation
Quantitative Reasoning/Puzzles Arithmetic, geometrical data, puzzles on words, letters, arrangements, seating
Syllogisms/Logical Deduction Questions based on statements and arguments
Venn Diagrams/Binary Logic Questions on set theory and network diagrams


Exam Blueprint

CAT Exam Pattern

It is vital to review the exam patterns for the other subjects before moving on to the CAT QA Exam Pattern. CAT Exam Pattern is as follows:

Sections in CAT exam Total questions Total MCQs (Negative marking) Total Non-MCQs (No negative marking)
Section-1: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 26 18 8
Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 24 18 6
Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA) 26 18 8
Total 76 54 22

In the CAT QA, the weightage and number of questions are important.

It should be noted that the topics listed above are not the only ones that must be covered in order to pass the CAT exam. As a result, candidates should have a good understanding of broader themes linked to the quantitative part. This part is extremely important for CAT because it has nearly 34 questions covering a wide range of numerical topics. Because the Quantitative section will test you on a variety of areas including arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and modern math, the most crucial Quantitative Aptitude Trick is to brush up on your fundamentals, followed by CAT Quantitative Aptitude Practice Questions. The following are some of the most essential subjects covered in this section:

Topic Name Expected No. of Questions Difficulty Level
Number System, Basic Arithmetic 5-10 Questions Moderate
Geometry and Mensuration 7-8 Questions Moderately Difficult
Algebra 6-7 Questions Moderate
Permutation and Combination 1-2 Questions Easy
Probability 1-2 Questions Moderate
Time, Speed, and Distance 1-2 Questions Moderately Difficult
Trigonometry, Logarithms, and Sets 1-3 Questions Easy
Profit, loss, and Discounts 1-2 Questions Moderately Easy
Interests (SI, CI) 1-2 Questions Moderately Difficult
Time and Work 1-2 Questions Difficult

Weightage of Important Topics in DILR

Important Topics Weightage (in percentile)
Tables and Charts 12.5
Graph, Bar diagram 12.5
Tables, Pie chart 12.5
Graphs, Charts 12.5
Arrangements/Rankings/Team Formation 12.5
Quantitative Reasoning/Puzzles 12.5
Syllogisms/Logical Deduction 12.5
Venn Diagrams/Binary Logic 12.5


Study Plan to Maximise Score

Study Plan to Maximise Score

Preparation Tips

For IIM aspirants, CAT is one of the most difficult exams. The CAT exam is challenging for students to pass. However, if you plan a proper strategy and timetable for this exam, you will undoubtedly succeed in passing it. We've provided some exam preparation ideas for you here.

  1. Organising your time - It is one of the most crucial aspects of exam preparation. Students must adhere to a strict preparation and study plan. This will assist pupils in passing the examination. The CAT is an aptitude test in which pupils must have conceptual clarity and know-how to solve problems using quick approaches.
  2. Question Papers from Previous Years - Students must prepare from the previous year's question papers in addition to learning from books. Students can learn more about the difficulty level, types of questions, and other details by consulting prior year question papers. You'll also be aware of your areas of strength and weakness.
  3. Mock Exam for Practice - To pass the CAT exam, you'll need to have a lot of logical thinking, which you can acquire by taking practice tests. You can also manage your time for each segment with the help of simulated tests.
  4. Recognise the Syllabus and Exam Pattern - Before beginning their studies, candidates should familiarise themselves with the CAT test format and syllabus. The CAT exam is divided into sections, and candidates must manage their time according to the complexity of each section. To begin their preparations, students must obtain all relevant information about the CAT's official syllabus.
  5. Books and Study Aids - Students would be perplexed by the extensive CAT syllabus if they do not have access to CAT books and study materials. Good books and study materials are essential for improved preparation. Students can also use previous year's question papers to familiarise themselves with the exam format, types of questions, and scoring system.
  6. Maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid stress - It is critical to have a healthy mind and body in order to concentrate better during exam preparation. Maintain a nutritious diet that includes fresh fruits and vegetables. Avoid eating junk food and drinking alcoholic beverages. Practice yoga and meditation to improve your concentration while studying for your exams.
  7. Revision - Because of the long syllabus, the candidate will not have enough time to revise. Candidates will forget to review essential topics due to a shortage of time. Candidates must attempt to revise the entire syllabus and crucial topics three to four days before the examination. Students should set aside at least one week for revision of topics they have already studied.
  8. Performance Analysis - Analysing yourself will offer you a clear picture of where you stand and will also assist you in identifying your weak areas. You'll have a clear image of where you need to focus your extra work once you've identified these weaker areas.

Exam Taking Strategy

  • Spend a few moments thinking about the question. A quick explanation of why any option is correct or incorrect might cross your mind. You can do well on the actual examination if you are willing to practise this tip on sample logical thinking questions.
  • Do not make any assumptions or use any information that is not provided by the question. This isn't a test to see how much you know about a subject in general. When choosing between the different responses to each reading passage, consider only the information provided.
  • Read the factual paragraph and the sentence completion instruction carefully. When making your decision, you must consider both factors.
  • Before eliminating or selecting one of the solution alternatives, make sure to read all of them thoroughly.
  • When answering questions that need you to choose a legitimate conclusion, always go with the one that is most likely to follow from the information provided. Select the one conclusion that clearly does not suit the information supplied to you in questions that ask you to determine the erroneous choice.
  • When reading the factual facts provided by each question, pay special attention to words like "all," "none," and "some." Other phrases to consider are "other than," "only," and "until." These terms will be crucial in determining which facts will be used in your reasoning.
  • Negative prefixes such as non—, un-, and dis- should be avoided. These could be crucial in outlining the paragraph's main points.
  • Any answer choices using the quantifiers "all" or "zero" should be avoided at all costs. In general, these terms in the sample practice questions and the genuine CAT evaluation do not indicate erroneous response selections. They'll show up in both correct and bad response choices.
  • Keep an eye out for the word "only" and the phrase "if and only if."

Detailed Study plan

Preparation Plan for CAT 2022

CAT is a competitive test that attracts over 2,27,835 candidates every year. As a result, candidates must prepare thoroughly in order to pass the exam. Aspirants can devise tactics that would aid them in achieving their goals.

  • Begin by creating a timetable or routine that will allow the candidate to track their development over time. Make a routine that works for you and keep to it.
  • Try to identify your weaker and stronger areas. Give more time and attention to the portions where you believe you are weak. Prepare the ones that are the easiest for you first.
  • Work on verbal reasoning, logical reasoning, data interpretation, mathematics, and other skills. The more you practise, the more confident you will get.
  • Mnemonics should be remembered. It is beneficial to study wisely.
  • Conceptual clarity. The application of common sense is central to CAT. While studying for the CAT, one should be clear.
  • Make sure you don't use your phone or social media. It will take up the applicants' valuable time.
  • The following are some subject-specific tips to keep in mind as you prepare for the CAT 2022 exam.

Tips for CAT Quantitative Exam Preparation

  • Begin with the fundamentals of mathematics.
  • Learn quick ways to solve the questions faster.
  • Maintain one Formula Book for changes and continue to add new formulas to it.
  • To quickly solve the questions, learn Square Roots, Cube Roots, Conversion Formulas, and so on.

How Should CAT QA Preparation Be Scheduled?

  • It is recommended that you concentrate more on the number system and geometry themes because they carry the most weight. Most of these topics from the QA portion are covered not only in CAT but also in other Management colleges/universities. Candidates should practise past year's question papers once they have mastered the fundamental topics.
  • CAT Mock Tests are highly important for familiarising yourself with the test design and scheduling as well as getting a feel for the real exam setting. They also help to assess your level of preparation. By analysing the question structure and difficulty level of the previous year's papers, you can learn a lot.
  • Due to the large number of MBA aspirants who register for CAT each year, competition has been fierce over the years. So, with honest preparation, well-focused and determined applicants for the exam will be able to simply solve the questions and obtain a decent percentile to gain admission to the IIMs or any other prominent B-School.
  • To achieve a score of more than 95 percentile in this subject, the candidate needs to have more than 25 questions.
Session No. Topic Time (Hours)
Session 1 Averages 2
Session 2 Percentages 2
Session 3 Profit and Loss 2
Session 4 Linear and Quadratic Equations 2
Session 5 Ratio Proportion 2.5
Session 6 Mixtures 1.5
Session 7 Speed, Time and Distance 2.5
Session 8 Races 1.5
Session 9 Pipes and Cisterns 2
Session 10 Simple and Compound Interest 2
Total 20

Tips for CAT VARC Exam Preparation

  • Spend 2-3 hours reading to improve your reading and comprehension of passages.
  • Begin your VARC study by learning the fundamentals of grammar.
  • The questions in the VA and RC sections will be different. During your preparation, try to identify the questions and prepare accordingly.
  • Solve as many set type questions as possible.

Tips for CAT Reading Comprehension Preparation (RC)

The following pointers can help you improve your reading comprehension skills in preparation for CAT:

  • Every day, choose a chapter from a magazine, book, newspaper, or novel to test your reading comprehension skills.
  • Make flashcards of the terms that appear fresh to you while reading to help you expand your vocabulary. These flashcards should be read frequently.
  • Enjoy what you read to increase your vocabulary. Do not think of it as a never-ending task.
  • Make a clear summary of your readings.
  • When you're exhausted, read the passage aloud.
  • You should be able to reach every part of a given text. Do not skip any pieces, no matter how little they may appear.
  • With your friends, discuss your readings and their interpretations, and engage in sensible conversations about the words you've learned.

Types of RC Questions Asked in CAT Last Year

Slot 1 Slot 2 Slot 3
Anarchism Investing in renewable energy technologies Travel writing and feminism during colonial times
Migration of Northern Seals Piracy in international trade The need for economic literacy in the general population
Currency of the Tang Dynasty Freudian models of aggression Screen time and undercurrents of social class
Grammar/Vocabulary A study of visualisation Analysis of human nature

Tips for CAT Verbal Ability Preparation (VA)

The following suggestions will help you improve your speaking ability:

  • Read a variety of magazines and novels, even if they aren't in your usual genre. This will assist you in learning numerous new words.
  • Try a few VARC practice exams to become used to a variety of questions that examine your verbal ability.
  • While preparing for the CAT VARC, use the appropriate verbal ability study resources. You'll need to look at example CAT papers to figure out which book to use based on the syllabus.
  • Download smartphone apps like Vocabulary Builder, Word by Word, and others to make studying more interesting.
  • Use new terms or phrases in your everyday contact with friends or family when you learn them. It will assist you in remembering how to use certain words.
  • When you're tired of reading, try watching movies or TV shows or playing word games to learn more vocabulary.
  • Learn the definitions of hard terms from the dictionary. When viewing movies or reading books, it's a good idea to keep your dictionary nearby.

Tips for CAT DILR Exam Preparation

  • DI and LR are two separate types of questions, but they will both be asked in a set format, and cracking one set will help you answer 4-5 questions.
  • Puzzles and seating arrangements will be the basis for LR questions.
  • Graphs and pie charts will be used to answer DI questions.
  • In DI inquiries, a few formulas such as percentage, profit and loss, and so on can be used.

Tips for CAT DILR Exam Preparation

  • Work on improving your ability to grasp large amounts of information.
  • Familiarize yourself with various types of graphs.
  • Improve your analytical math skills.
  • While tackling issues, practise quickening your pace.
  • Calculate a percentage increase or reduction, as well as a comparison ratio. This will be a useful time-saving technique.
  • Solve DI sets that involve reasoning skills on a regular basis to expand your knowledge of these sets.
  • Answer as many questions as possible ahead of time to gain a thorough comprehension of the DI sets.
  • Don't forget to include DI sets that appear to have a lot of data. More data does not always imply a harder task.
  • Do not attempt to tackle all of the issues at the same time. At a time, try to answer a large number of easy questions and a few harder ones.
  • Test yourself on questions that you can confidently answer in 2 to 2.5 minutes. This would help you get a higher grade.
  • Above all, practise as many DI tasks as possible.

Recommended Chapters

Topic Name Key Features Expected Number of Questions
Jumbled Paragraphs 5 jumbled sentences are to be arranged in the right order 3 - 4
Summary/Inference of Short Paragraphs Small paragraphs of 4-5 sentences are followed by 4 answer options 3 - 4
Picking the Odd Sentence in a Jumbled Paragraph 5 jumbled sentences from which one odd sentence is to be picked out 3

Type of Topics in Reading Comprehension

Passage Type Key Features Expected Number of Questions
Long Passage 1 Moderate level; based on facts 6
Long passage 2 Moderate to difficult level; rich in vocabulary and based on literary terms and opinions 6
Long passage 3 Difficult level; based on abstract topics and literature and can contain a tough vocabulary 6
Short passage 1 Moderate to difficult level; based on business, economy or geography 3
Short passage 2 Occasionally difficult level; rich vocabulary and based on historical facts, opinions, future plans 3
Short Passage 3 Difficult level; based on an abstract topic 3

Best CAT Quantitative Aptitude Books and Resources

In reality, the finest books for the CAT Quantitative Aptitude Section should be of the most recent version, with the most up-to-date features in accordance with the current CAT exam format, as well as Quantitative Aptitude Questions and Answers.

Name of the Book Name of the Author
NCERT Mathematics Books (Class 6 to 10) NCERT
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Sarvesh Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations Abhijit Guha
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT Nishit Sinha

VARC Preparation Books for the CAT

In the table below, candidates can find the top books for CAT preparation. These books will aid you in your studies.

CAT VARC Book Author Description
Word Power Made Easy Normal Lewis ‘Word Power Made Easy’ aids in the development of vocabulary. It explains how to use words correctly. It is divided into oriented sections, with exercises at the end of each chapter for review.
Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT Ajay Singh 'Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT' is an outstanding CAT VARC study material, with over 200 sections for preparation.
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay Topics are separated in 'How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT.' The information is quite thorough. Mock examinations and evaluations of prior year's papers are also available.

Best CAT DILR Preparation Books

The following books are recommended for CAT 2021 preparation:

CAT DILR Reference Books
Name of Book Publisher/Author Description
How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT Arun Sharma/McGraw Hill This new complete book on data interpretation by Arun Sharma is designed to properly prepare aspirants to answer all types of questions that may be posed on the subject.
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT Arun Sharma/McGraw Hill 'How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CAT,' designed and written by Arun Sharma, is a complete work dedicated specifically to preparing students to answer all types of questions that can be asked in the CAT on Logical Reasoning.
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT Nishit K Sinha/ Pearson Education This book covers the fundamentals and advanced themes of DILR, as well as provides examples to help explain the concepts. This book has three stages of preparation: foundation, moderate, and advanced.


Important Dates

About Exam

Exam Notification Date

The CAT Exam 2022 is set to take place on November 27, 2022, as one of the 20 IIMs hosts the exam every year on the final Sunday of November. The formal notification for CAT 2022 will be released in the last week of July, and the registration process for CAT 2022 will commence shortly after. The eligibility conditions for 2020 and 2021 session pass-outs, as well as final year applicants, were relaxed for CAT 2021 test. With the official announcement, any other modifications to CAT 2022 Eligibility criteria will be made public.

CAT 2022 Exam Dates

Events of CAT Exam Dates (Tentative)
CAT 2022 Official Notification 4th week of July 2022
CAT 2022 Application form release date 1st week of August 2022
Last date to apply for the application form 2nd week of September 2022
Last date to submit the fees for the Application Form 2nd week of September 2022
CAT 2022 Form Correction Window shall open 3rd week of September 2022
CAT 2022 Admit Card Release date 4th week of October 2022
CAT 2022 Exam date 4th week of November 2022
CAT 2022 Result announcement date 1st week of December 2022


Application Form Filling - Start & End Date

Admission Procedure for CAT 2022

There will be no centralised counselling for CAT 2022 exam, as each IIM will perform individual counselling based on CAT scores.

Following the announcement of the results, the CAT 2022 admission procedure will begin. The final admissions procedure will take place at each of the IIM campuses. Because each IIM's admissions procedure is unique, candidates should visit each IIM's website before applying.

Every shortlisted candidate will get an admission confirmation message via their registered email address and phone number. To accept the admission offer, candidates must report to their assigned centre within the given time period.

4th week of October 2022

Result Date

3rd January 2022

Application Process

About Exam

Dos and Donts of Form Filling

Registration for CAT 2022

The entire registration process will take place online. On the official website, candidates can register for CAT 2022. Candidates must complete the form with all of the required information. The following documents are required to complete the CAT 2022 Application Form:

Class 10 mark sheets Class 12 mark sheets
Graduation Marksheets Proof of Age
Proof of Address Caste Category Certificate
PWD certificate Work Experience Document

How to Complete the CAT 2022 Application Form

  • Register for CAT 2022: Visit CAT 2022 official website. Name, date of birth, email address, phone number, and country of origin are required fields. After verification, a user ID and password will be provided to the candidate's registered email address and mobile number. Log in with your CAT 2022 user ID and password to access the application form.
  • Filling out the Application Form: Candidates must fill out their personal information, including their name, father's name, date of birth, gender, nationality, category, phone number, email address, and mailing address. Candidates must choose their preferred IIMs as well as the course they wish to pursue. The candidate has a choice of up to six cities in which to take the exam.
  • Paying CAT 2022 Application Fee: After filling out all of the essential personal information, candidates must pay for the application form using a debit/credit card, Internet Banking, or another method of payment.

CTA Application Fees

The application fee for the CAT has increased. The following table shows the current fees for completing the application form:

Category CAT Application Fee
General/ NC-OBC INR 2,200


Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Age Criteria

There will be no age or attempt limit for CAT applicants.

Education Qualification

The following are some of the requirements that candidates must meet in order to apply for the CAT 2022 exam:

  • Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent in any discipline from a recognised college or institute.
  • Applicants must have a 50 per cent or higher average in the appropriate exam (45 per cent for SC/ ST/ PWD candidates) or equivalent.
  • Candidates in their final year of a Bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification examination, as well as those who have finished their final examination and are waiting for results, are eligible to apply.
  • Professional degree holders (CA, CS, or ICWA) are also eligible.

Eligibility and Reservation Criteria for CAT 2022

Criteria for CAT Reservations

According to legislative requirements, CAT 2022 has reservations for several categories, such as:

Reserved Categories Percentage of Reservation of seats
Scheduled Caste 15%
Scheduled Tribe 7.5%
NC- OBC 27%
EWS 10%
PWD 5%


Number of Attempts

There is no limit on the number of attempts.

Language Proficiency

The CAT exam is conducted in the English language.

Admit Card

Admit Card

Admit Card Release Date

CAT Admit Card will be released on the official website. Candidates who complete the application process successfully will be able to access their admission cards.

  • A printout of your admit card, as well as a valid photo ID, must be brought to the exam centre.
  • Your admit card will contain vital information such as the exam centre, exam times, and so on.

How to Download CAT Admit Card?

CAT 2022 Admit Card may be easily downloaded by visiting the official CAT website. You must log in using the User ID and password you received during CAT Registration 2022. The following is the procedure for obtaining a CAT Admit Card:

  • To go to the official CAT website click here.
  • Fill in your Username and Password.
  • On the right side of the homepage, click 'Download Admit Card.'
  • Your applicant profile will be redirected to you.
  • To store the admit card for future use, click the Download Admit Card icon.
  • The final step is to print the CAT Admit Card.

CAT Admit Card: Important Details

Details Verification
Name & Date of Birth of the candidate As mentioned in academic records
User Id/Registration Number As generated at the time of registration
Category As Reservation category certificate provided with the application form
Test Schedule & Slot In one of the two shifts
CAT Exam Center Probably out of 6 preferences mentioned in the registration form
Candidate’s Signature & Photograph As uploaded in the form, to be verified at the exam centre as well
Exam Day Instructions To be strictly followed
Google Map Link Feature (In the electronic version of CAT Admit Card) To locate the exam centre
Reference Number In case of any query or discrepancy
Emergency Contact Number In case of any query or discrepancy


List of Exam Centres

Kashmir has been included as a new CAT Exam Center for this year. The exam centre has been added to the list, as well as a deadline extension for filling out the application forms. Candidates can also look at the table below for a list of CAT exam centres that were added last year:

New Exam Centers
Bhatinda in Punjab Purnea in Bihar Waknaghat in Himachal Pradesh
Samba in J&K Dharwad and Gulbarga in Karnataka Ernakulam in Kerala
Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra Dhenkanal in Odisha Bankura in West Bengal

New CAT Exam Centers added for Delhi NCR Applicants

Delhi New Delhi Faridabad Gurugram Panipat
Noida Ghaziabad Greater Noida Rohtak Meerut

Exam Center for CAT 2022

The conducting board had allocated a total of 425 test centres across 159 testing cities for the 2021 session. The exam centres for CAT 2022 will be announced along with the official notice.

State Test Cities
Andaman & Nicobar Islands Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh Guntur; Kakinada; Kurnool; Nellore; Rajahmundry; Tirupathi; Vijayawada; Visakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh Itanagar
Assam Dibrugarh; Guwahati; Silchar
Bihar Aurangabad; Muzaffarpur; Patna; Purnea
Chandigarh Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh Bhilai; Raipur
Delhi Delhi; New Delhi
Goa Madgaon; Panaji
Gujarat Ahmedabad; Anand; Gandhinagar; Rajkot; Surat; Vadodara
Haryana Ambala; Bahadurgarh; Faridabad; Gurgaon; Hisar; Palwal; Panipath; Rohtak; Sonipat
Himachal Pradesh Simla; Waknaghat
Jammu & Kashmir Jammu; Samba, Kashmir
Jharkhand Bokaro; Dhanbad; Jamshedpur; Ranchi
Karnataka Banglore; Belagavi (Belgaum); Dharwad; Gulbarga; Hubli; Mangalore; Mysore; Udupi
Kerala Ernakulam; Kasaragod; Kollam; Kozhikode; Malappuram; Thrissur; Trivandrum
Madhya Pradesh Bhopal; Gwalior; Indore; Jabalpur; Sagar
Maharashtra Ahmednagar; Amravati; Aurangabad; Jalgaon; Kolhapur; Mumbai, Navi Mumbai; Nagpur; Nanded; Nashik; Pune; Raigad; Satara; Solapur; Thane; Ulhasnagar
Meghalaya Shillong
Odisha Balasore; Berhampur; Bhubaneswar; Cuttack; Dhenkanal; Sambalpur; Rourkela
Puducherry Puducherry
Punjab Bhatinda; Chandigarh; Fatehgarh Sahib; Jalandhar; Ludhiana; Mohali; Pathankot; Patiala; Ropar; Sangrur
Rajasthan Ajmer; Alwar; Jaipur; Jodhpur; Kota; Sikar; Udaipur
Tamilnadu Chennai; Coimbatore; Madurai; Namakkal; Thanjavur; Tiruchirappalli; Tirunelvelli
Telangana Hyderabad; Karim Nagar; Warangal
Uttar Pradesh Agra; Allahabad; Barabanki; Bareilly; Ghaziabad; Gorakhpur; Greater Noida; Kanpur; Lucknow; Mathura; Meerut; Muzaffarnagar; Noida; Varanasi
Uttarakhand Dehradun; Roorkee
West Bengal Asansol; Bankura; Burdwan; Durgapur; Hooghly; Howrah; Kalyani; Kolkata; Siliguri


Cut off

Expected Cut-off

IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, and others have revealed their CAT Cut off 2021 (Qualifying) results. IIMs publish CAT qualifying cut-offs, and candidates are shortlisted for the admission process based on these (Personal Interview). Following the announcement of CAT results in the first week of January 2022, IIMs will also reveal the final CAT cut-offs.

In the CAT, a score of more than 100 is required to achieve the 99 percentile. The specific marks earned in each segment vary depending on the exam's difficulty level. To achieve a total score of more than 100, one must obtain at least 35 points in VARC, 30 points in LRDI, and 37 points in QA. If a candidate achieves a score of more than 99 percentile on the CAT exam, he or she may be contacted by:

  • IIM Ahmedabad - An 80+ percentile in 10th, 12th, and bachelor's is a good CAT score to obtain a call if you have an 80+ percentile in 10th, 12th, and bachelors.
  • IIM Bangalore - You must have an 80+ percentage in your 10th, 12th, and graduation years in addition to a good CAT score of 99.5+. If you are lacking in any of these three areas, you will have a difficult time getting a call unless you have sufficient work experience to compensate.
  • IIM Calcutta - If you earn a score of 99.5+ and 80+ in your 10th and 12th grades, you can get a call from IIM Calcutta.

Previous Year Cut-off

Sectional & Overall Qualifying Cut-offs for CAT 2021

The CAT 2021 Cut-off has been announced by IIMs to help screen candidates for the admission process (GD and PI). The following table shows the CAT 2021 cut off for general category candidates:

IIMs QA Percentile DILR Percentile VARC Percentile Overall Percentile
IIM Ahmedabad 70 70 70 80
IIM Bangalore 75 75 80 85
IIM Calcutta 75 80 80 85
IIM Kozhikode 75 75 75 85
IIM Shillong 75 75 75 --
IIM Lucknow 85 85 85 90
IIM Raipur 70 70 70 93
IIM Rohtak 70 70 70 95
IIM Kashipur 70 70 70 93
IIM Ranchi 70 70 70 93
IIM Indore 80 80 80 90
IIM Tiruchirappalli 70 70 70 93
IIM Udaipur 70 70 70 93
IIM Bodh Gaya 80 80 80 94
IIM Amritsar 80 75 75 85
IIM Nagpur 72 72 72 85
IIM Jammu 70 70 70 93
IIM Visakhapatnam 70 70 70 80
IIM Sambalpur 70 70 70 93
IIM Sirmaur 70 70 70 93


Actual Cut-off

The cut-off rank will be the minimum score required for candidates to proceed to the next round of the admissions process. Each IIM will declare its own CAT 2022 cut-off marks for admission to its various programmes via the online medium.

Exam Result

Exam Result

Result Declaration

On January 3, 2022, CAT Result 2021 was released. This year's CAT results were released for the 1,91,660 applicants who took the exam on November 28, 2021. To download CAT Scorecard for 20 IIMs, 7 IITs, and other non-IIM institutes, candidates must visit the official CAT website. Scorecards for the CAT 2021 exam will be available for download until December 31, 2022.

Dates for the CAT Result 2021 are now available.

Candidates could download CAT Results on 3rd January 2022. CAT 2021 Answer Key was released on December 8 in accordance with prior years' dates. All of the significant dates for CAT results are listed below:

Event Important Dates
CAT Exam Date 2021 November 28, 2021
CAT Answer Key 2021 December 8, 2021
CAT Result Date 2021 January 3, 2022 (Out)
IIM Shortlist for WAT, GD, and PI rounds January to February 2022
Final Selection April 2022

Important Points from the CAT Result

Candidates must read the following critical instructions from IIMs regarding the declaration of CAT results and the download of scorecards:

  • The CAT 2021 scorecard is only available online on the official website and will not be mailed. However, to download the CAT scorecard, an SMS will be issued to the candidate's registered mobile number.
  • The candidates' overall and sectoral scaled scores will be included in the CAT results. It's important to remember that the total scaled score is based on the candidates' overall raw scores, not the sum of the scaled scores from the VARC, DILR, and QA parts.
  • CAT scores will be valid until December 31, 2022, and candidates can apply to MBA programmes that accept CAT scores as long as they meet the other minimum requirements.
  • The issuance of a CAT scorecard does not ensure acceptance into MBA programmes. IIMs and non-IIMs both publish their own cut-offs and follow their own admissions procedures for MBA/PGDM programmes.

Cut-off Score

Every CAT aspirant keeps an eye on the CAT cut-offs for all of the leading B-Schools so that they know what they're aiming for. The CAT cut-off is the first stage that an applicant must pass before being considered for future procedures. While the actual CAT cut-off is far higher than the CAT cut-off set by the institutions, these CAT cut-offs must be considered so that the applicant has a realistic goal to strive for.

The following are the overall tendencies for top B-Schools:

  • To be considered for the interview rounds at the top IIMs and universities like FMS and ISB Hyderabad, you must have a CAT score of over 99 percentile.
  • For an interview call, new IIMs such as IIM Udaipur, IIM Trichy, and others have a CAT Cut Off of 90-95 percentile.
  • Baby IIMs have comparable CAT Cut Offs to the New IIMs, although some can go as low as the 85th percentile for the suitable individual.
  • CAT Scores and CAT Cut Offs for Tier 2 and Tier 3 colleges might range from the 50th to the 80th percentile.

Cut-offs for IIMs in CAT

For candidates from the general category, the CAT Cut Offs for IIMs is exceptionally high. The CAT cut-offs for major IIMs, according to recent trends, are: 

  • IIM Ahmedabad - 99 percentile 
  • IIM Bangalore - 99 percentile 
  • IIM Calcutta - 99 percentile

The CAT cut-offs for the top three IIMs are, as expected, extraordinarily high. IIM Ahmedabad, on the other hand, provides opportunities to candidates with a variety of backgrounds. As a result, candidates with a Bachelor of Arts degree may receive a call from IIM Ahmedabad even if their percentiles are significantly lower. For the remaining old IIMs:

  • IIM Lucknow will take in the 97-98 percentile
  • IIM Kozhikode will take in the 97-98 percentile and 
  • IIM Indore will take in the 97-98 percentile.

These IIMs must lower their CAT cut-offs in order to recruit students who are not eligible for admission to the top three IIMs. The IIMs are able to recruit a broader set of candidates by lowering the cut-off.

For new IIMs:

  • IIM Shillong has a 95%
  • IIM Udaipur has a 95%
  • IIM Ranchi has a 95%
  • IIM Raipur has a 95%
  • IIM Rohtak has a 95%
  • IIM Trichy has a 95%
  • IIM Kashipur has a 95%
  • IIM Sirmaur has a 95%
  • IIM Bodh Gaya has 90-95%


Freaquently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. What is the Quantitative Aptitude part of the CAT?

A. Quantitative Aptitude (CAT) simply refers to an individual's ability to solve numerical and mathematical computations in a brief amount of time. It evaluates a person's ability to play with numbers in a sensible manner. This is frequently requested in most competitive tests.

Q2. What are the best books to read in order to prepare for CAT VARC?

A. 'Word Power Made Easy' by Norman Lewis and 'Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT' by Ajay Singh are the best books to prepare for CAT VARC. Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay 'How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT'

Q3. Is it possible for me to do well in the CAT with self-study?

A. Yes, self-study can help you score well in the CAT if you are motivated and diligent in your preparation. Find reliable study resources and limit your reading to a few books. Take practice tests on a regular basis and examine your results in each section. Form your own tactics to ace the exam based on your talents and shortcomings.

Q4. What is the difference between data interpretation and logical reasoning?

A. Data interpretation and logical reasoning is a component of the CAT that assesses students' ability to make decisions quickly and with limited information. Data interpretation entails studying data, and logical reasoning entails using logic to reach a conclusion.

Q5. How can I enhance my CAT score in a short period of time?

A. Doing one or two fake tests per day for a week is the greatest way to analyse your performance. Before you begin, review all of the topics and identify your weak and strong areas. Do the preparation when you've identified these locations.

Dos and Donts

Q1. What is the Quantitative Aptitude part of the CAT?

A. Quantitative Aptitude (CAT) simply refers to an individual's ability to solve numerical and mathematical computations in a brief amount of time. It evaluates a person's ability to play with numbers in a sensible manner. This is frequently requested in most competitive tests.

Q2. What are the best books to read in order to prepare for CAT VARC?

A. 'Word Power Made Easy' by Norman Lewis and 'Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT' by Ajay Singh are the best books to prepare for CAT VARC. Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay 'How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT'

Q3. Is it possible for me to do well in the CAT with self-study?

A. Yes, self-study can help you score well in the CAT if you are motivated and diligent in your preparation. Find reliable study resources and limit your reading to a few books. Take practice tests on a regular basis and examine your results in each section. Form your own tactics to ace the exam based on your talents and shortcomings.

Q4. What is the difference between data interpretation and logical reasoning?

A. Data interpretation and logical reasoning is a component of the CAT that assesses students' ability to make decisions quickly and with limited information. Data interpretation entails studying data, and logical reasoning entails using logic to reach a conclusion.

Q5. How can I enhance my CAT score in a short period of time?

A. Doing one or two fake tests per day for a week is the greatest way to analyse your performance. Before you begin, review all of the topics and identify your weak and strong areas. Do the preparation when you've identified these locations.

List of Educational Institutions

About Exam

List of Schools/Colleges

College Cut-off Round 1 Fees
IIM Bangalore - Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore PGPM
Opening percentile 2021 - 99
₹ 2,300,000 (Total Fees)
Indian Institute of Management - [IIMA], Ahmedabad PGPM
Opening percentile 2021 - 99
₹ 2,300,000 (Total Fees)
Indian Institute of Management - [IIMC], Kolkata MBA
Opening percentile 2021 - 99
₹ 2,300,000 (Total Fees)
Indian Institute of Management - [IIM], Lucknow PGP-ABM
Opening percentile 2021 - 97
₹ 1,005,000 (1st Year Fees)
Indian Institute of Management - [IIM], Indore PGPM
Opening percentile 2021 - 97
₹ 1,600,000 (Total Fees)
Indian Institute of Management - [IIMK], Kozhikode Post Graduate Program in Management Finance
Opening percentile 2021 - 97
₹ 2,050,000 (Total Fees)
Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology - [DOMS], Roorkee MBA Finance
Opening percentile 2021 - 95
₹ 413,500 (1st Year Fees)
Indian Institute of Management - [IIMU], Udaipur MBA
Opening percentile 2021 - 93
₹ 797,000 (1st Year Fees)
Indian Institute of Management - [IIM], Tiruchirappalli PGPM Quantitative Techniques & Operations Management
Opening percentile 2021 - 94
₹ 1,650,000 (Total Fees)
Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras - [DoMS IIT Madras], Chennai MBA Finance
Opening percentile 2021 - 85
₹ 400,000 (1st Year Fees)
SP Jain Institute of Management and Research - [SPJIMR], Mumbai PGDM Finance
Opening percentile 2021 - 92
₹ 1,900,000 (Total Fees)
NIT Trichy, Tiruchirappalli MBA Human Resource Management
Opening percentile 2021 - 80
₹ 139,750 (1st Year Fees)
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai PGDM Finance
Opening percentile 2021 - 85
₹ 1,176,000 (Total Fees)
Indian Institute of Management - [IIM], Raipur PGP-OM
Opening percentile 2021 - 94
₹ 727,600 (1st Year Fees)
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies -[JBIMS], Mumbai MHRD
Opening percentile 2021 - 96
₹ 700,000 (Total Fees)
Symbiosis Institute of Business Management - [SIBM], Pune MBA Finance
Opening percentile 2021 - 98
₹ 980,000 (1st Year Fees)
Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development - [SCMHRD], Pune MBA Human Resource Management
Opening percentile 2021 - 96
₹ 960,000 (1st Year Fees)
Indian Institute of Management - [IIM], Rohtak PGPM
Opening percentile 2021 - 95
₹ 835,000 (1st Year Fees)
Indian Institute of Management - [IIM], Shillong Post Graduate Programme in Marketing
Opening percentile 2021 - 94
₹ 146,000 (Total Fees)
Indian Institute of Management - [IIM], Kashipur MBA
Opening percentile 2021 - 93
₹ 782,500 (1st Year Fees)
International Management Institute - [IMI], New Delhi PGDHRM
Opening percentile 2021 - 90
₹ 911,850 (1st Year Fees)
Indian Institute of Management - [IIMR], Ranchi MBA Human Resource
Opening percentile 2021 - 94
₹ 880,000 (1st Year Fees)
Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research - [WeSchool], Mumbai PGDM
Opening percentile 2021 - 75
₹ 650,000 (1st Year Fees)
T. A. Pai Management Institute - [TAPMI], Manipal PGDM
Opening percentile 2021 - 80
₹ 755,000 (1st Year Fees)
ICFAI Business School - [IBS], Hyderabad MBA Finance
Opening percentile 2021 - 68
₹ 801,000 (1st Year Fees)
Loyola Institute of Business Administration - [LIBA], Chennai PGDM Finance
Opening percentile 2021 - 70
₹ 1,538,800 (Total Fees)
FORE School of Management - [FSM], New Delhi PGDM International Business
Opening percentile 2021 - 85
₹ 849,000 (1st Year Fees)
Institute of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi MBA International Business
Opening percentile 2021 - 85
₹ 49,807 (1st Year Fees)
Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad MBA Family Managed Business & Entrepreneurship
Opening percentile 2021 - 85
₹ 552,000 (1st Year Fees)
Institute of Management Technology - [IMT], Ghaziabad PGDM Marketing
Opening percentile 2021 - 90
₹ 1,950,000 (Total Fees)
Alliance University, Bangalore MBA Finance
Opening percentile 2021 - 75
₹ 1,350,000 (Total Fees)
University Business School, Panjab University - [UBS], Chandigarh MBA
Opening percentile 2021 - 85
₹ 18,725 (1st Year Fees)
Goa Institute of Management - [GIM], North Goa PGDM
Opening percentile 2021 - 88
₹ 932,500 (1st Year Fees)
Lovely Professional University - [LPU], Jalandhar MBA Financial Markets
Opening percentile 2021 - 80
₹ 322,000 (1st Year Fees)
Birla Institute of Management Technology - [BIMTECH], Greater Noida PGDM Retail Management
Opening percentile 2021 - 60
₹ 1,000,000 (Total Fees)
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida PGDM
Opening percentile 2021 - 50
₹ 587,500 (1st Year Fees)
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow PGDM
Opening percentile 2021 - 50
₹ 550,000 (1st Year Fees)
Jagan Institute of Management Studies - [JIMS] Rohini, New Delhi PGDM
Opening percentile 2021 - 75
₹ 1,590,000 (Total Fees)
Institute of Management Technology - [IMT], Nagpur PGDM Finance
Opening percentile 2021 - 85
₹ 642,000 (1st Year Fees)
Jagdish Sheth School of Management - [JAGSOM], Bangalore PGDM Finance
Opening percentile 2021 - 75
₹ 1,440,000 (Total Fees)
IIHMR University, Jaipur MBA Hospital & Health Care Management
Opening percentile 2021 - 50
₹ 960,000 (Total Fees)
Institute of Public Enterprise - [IPE], Hyderabad PGDM International Business
Opening percentile 2021 - 70
₹ 455,000 (1st Year Fees)
Christ University, Bangalore MBA Finance
Opening percentile 2021 - 70
₹ 380,000 (1st Year Fees)
Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research- [WeSchool], Bangalore PGDM Business Design
Opening percentile 2021 - 70
₹ 650,000 (1st Year Fees)
SDM Institute for Management Development - [SDMIMD], Mysore PGDM Marketing
Opening percentile 2021 - 70
₹ 1,120,000 (Total Fees)
Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship - [XIME], Bangalore PGDM Finance
Opening percentile 2021 - 75
₹ 1,150,000 (Total Fees)
ITM Business School Kharghar - [ITM], Navi Mumbai PGDM Marketing
Opening percentile 2021 - 78
₹ 1,045,000 (Total Fees)
Indus Business Academy - [IBA], Bangalore PGDM Human Resource Management
Opening percentile 2021 - 70
₹ 481,000 (1st Year Fees)
Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management - [IISWBM], Kolkata MBA Marketing Management
Opening percentile 2021 - 70
₹ 309,000 (1st Year Fees)
SCMS Cochin School of Business, Kochi PGDM Human Resource Management
Opening percentile 2021 - 75
₹ 375,000 (1st Year Fees)


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