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  • Written by nikhil
  • Last Modified on 10-03-2023
  • Written by nikhil
  • Last Modified on 10-03-2023

About CAT Exam 2022

About Exam

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a national-level management aptitude test that candidates must pass in order to be admitted to MBA programs at 20 IIMs and over 1,200 B-schools in India. This exam also helps applicants to get admission to Executive MBA, Ph.D., and FPM programs. IIM Bangalore announced the CAT 2022 result on December 21, 2022.

Candidates who appeared for the exam on November 27, 2022, can check their results online at Based on the CAT result, they will be shortlisted for a group discussion (GD), a written ability test (WAT), and a personal interview (PI). Read on to find out more.

CAT 2022 Exam Summary


Check out the table below for the key highlights of the Common Admission Test 2022 exam:

Particulars Details
CAT Full Form Common Admission Test (CAT) 
Conducting Body Indian Institute of Management Bangalore
Exam Level National
Application Process Online
Frequency of Exam Once a year
Exam Purpose Admission into IIMs, SPJIMR, FMS, MDI, IMT, and over 1,200 B-Schools in India
Courses Offered MBA/ PGDM in various streams
Number of Sections

3 sections:

Quantitative Ability (QA),

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), and

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Medium of Exam English (CBT mode)
CAT Helpdesk 1800-2090-830
Official Website

CAT 2022 Notification

Exam Pattern

IIM Bangalore issued the CAT 2022 notification on July 31, 2022, on the official website – The notification includes details related to the exam date, registration process, eligibility, and so on. Find out more information related to the CAT 2022 exam by clicking on the link below:

Check out the Common Admission Test 2022 notification here.

CAT Latest Update 2022

Check out all the latest news and events related to CAT 2022 exam below:

  • December 21, 2022: IIM Bangalore declared the CAT 2022 result.
  • November 09, 2022: CAT 2022 mock test officially released.
  • October 27, 2022: IIM Bangalore releases the CAT 2022 admit card.

CAT 2022 Important Dates

IIM Bangalore released the CAT 2022 exam schedule on its official website. Check out the important dates and events related to Common Admission Test 2022 from the below table:

CAT 2022 Events CAT 2022 Dates
CAT 2022 Official Notification Release Date July 30, 2022
CAT 2022 Registrations Start August 03, 2022
Registrations End September 21, 2022
Form Correction September 23 to 26, 2022
Admit Card Release October 27, 2022
Mock Test Release Date November 09, 2022
CAT 2022 Exam Date November 27, 2022
Answer Key Release Date December 01, 2022
Answer Key Challenge Process December 01 to 04, 2022
CAT 2022 Result Declaration December 21, 2022

CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria

Exam Syllabus

The minimum eligibility criteria for the CAT exam is graduation in any stream. Candidates applying for this exam can check the detailed eligibility criteria below:

CAT Age Limit

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

CAT Educational Qualification

The following are academic 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 percent or higher average in the appropriate exam (45 percent for SC/ ST/ PWD candidates) or equivalent.
  • Professional degree holders (CA, CS, or ICWA) are also eligible.

CAT Eligibility for Final Year Students

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.

Get complete details on CAT Eligibility & Reservation Criteria 2022 here.

CAT 2022 Application Form

Study Plan to Maximise Score

The online registration for the CAT 2022 exam began on August 03, 2022. However, IIM Bangalore closed the CAT exam registration window on September 21, 2022. As the CAT 2022 form was available online, registration for the CAT test could have been done only on the official website-

Get complete details on CAT Application Form 2022 here.

How To Fill Out CAT 2022 Application Form?

To apply online for the Common Admission Test 2022, follow the steps outlined below:

  • 1st Step: Visit the official website –
  • 2nd Step: Select New Registration.
  • 3rd Step: To register, enter your name, date of birth, nationality, phone number, and email id.
  • 4th Step: Fill out the application form by logging in with the credentials received in the registered email.
  • 5th Step: Enter the personal and academic information.
  • 6th Step: Upload a passport-sized photo and a scanned signature.
  • 7th Step: Choose your preferred courses and IIMs.
  • 8th Step: Choose your preferred test cities.
  • 9th Step: Pay the application fee with a credit/debit card or through net banking.

CAT Application Fees

Check out the registration fees for Common Admission Test from the below table. The applicant must pay the -below-mentioned fee online through credit/debit card or net banking as per their category.

Category CAT Application Fee
General/ NC-OBC INR 2,300

CAT 2022 Exam Centres

Previous Year Analysis

At the time of filling CAT application form, candidates were allowed to choose six exam centres based on their preferences from the list given below:

Test Cities
Port Blair Hamirpur Mumbai
Guntur Jammu Nashik
Nellore Bokaro Satara
Vijayawada Dhanbad Palghar
Kakinada Hazaribagh Ulhasnagar
Rajahmundry Jamshedpur Shillong
Visakhapatnam Ranchi Aizawl
Kurnool Belagavi(Belgaum) Kohima
Tirupathi Bengaluru Balasore
Vizianagaram Hubballi(Hubli) Cuttack
Itanagar Mysuru(Mysore) Sambalpur
Dibrugarh Kalaburagi(Gulbarga) Berhampur
Silchar Shivamogga(Shimoga) Dhenkanal
Guwahati Dharwad Bhubaneswar
Tezpur Mangaluru(Mangalore) Rourkela
Jorhat Udupi Puducherry
Aurangabad-Bihar Kannur Pathankot
Darbhanga Ernakulam Ludhiana
Arrah Kollam Amritsar
Muzaffarpur Kottayam Bhatinda
Bhagalpur Kozhikode Patiala
Patna Thrissur Jalandhar
Mohali Trivandrum Sangrur
Chandigarh Bhopal Ajmer
Bhilai Nagar Jabalpur Jaipur
Bilaspur Ujjain Sikar
Raipur Gwalior Alwar
Delhi Sagar Jodhpur
Faridabad Indore Udaipur
Gurugram Satna Bikaner
Ghaziabad Bhopal Kota
New Delhi Jabalpur Madurai
Greater Noida Ujjain Chennai
Noida Gwalior Salem
Meerut Sagar Trichy
Panaji Indore Coimbatore
Ahmedabad Satna Vellore
Mehsana Amravati Tirunelveli
Vadodara Jalgaon Hyderabad
Anand Nagpur Karimnagar
Rajkot Pune Warangal
Gandhinagar Solapur Allahabad
Surat Navi Mumbai Bareilly
Ambala Ahmednagar Kanpur
Hisar Kolhapur Muzaffarnagar
Karnal Nanded Agra
Kurushetra Raigad Gorakhpur
Panipat Thane Lucknow
Rohtak Vasai Varanasi
Shimla Aurangabad Aligarh
Jhansi Moradabad Dehradun
Haldwani Roorkee Asansol
Durgapur Bankura Burdwan
Kolkata Hooghly Kalyani
Siliguri Srinagar Imphal

Get state-wise CAT Exam Centre lists & Exam-Day Guidelines here.

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

The CAT exam pattern consists of three sections: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). Candidates must answer both MCQ and non-MCQ-type questions. As per the pattern, the QA section poses more difficult questions as compared to other sections. Check out the CAT 2022 exam pattern from the table below:

Paper Pattern and Structure
Sections VARC, DILR & QA
Duration of Exam 40 Minutes Per Section (Total 120 Minutes)
Total Number of Questions 66
Section-wise Number of Questions

– VARC- 24

– DILR- 20

– QA- 22

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 answer
– Negative marking of 1/3 for every incorrect MCQ response
– No negative marking for wrong non-MCQ answer

Get detailed CAT 2022 Exam Pattern here.

CAT Selection Process 2022

IIMs and other CAT 2022 participating management institutes will conduct the selection procedure for the exam in the following stage:

  • Written Ability Test (WAT)
  • Group Discussion (GD),  and
  • Personal Interview (PI)

CAT 2022 Syllabus

Topper List Success Stories

For the past few years, the CAT 2022 exam syllabus has remained unchanged. Check out the topics included in the Common Admission Test syllabus from the below table:

Sections Syllabus
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) Reading Comprehension, Para Jumbles, Para Summary, Odd Sentence Out, etc.
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) Set Theory (Variables), Puzzles, Coding-Decoding, Series, etc.
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Number System, Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry, etc.

Get detailed subject-wise CAT Exam Syllabus 2022 here.

CAT 2022 Preparation Tips

Exam counselling

The CAT exam is challenging for students to pass on the first attempt. However, if they plan a proper strategy and timetable for this exam, they will undoubtedly succeed in passing it with an excellent percentile. Check out some CAT exam preparation tips below:

  1. Go through syllabus and exam pattern – Candidates should familiarise themselves with the CAT test format and the latest syllabus before beginning their studies. The CAT exam is divided into sections, and candidates must manage their time according to the complexity of each section. 
  2. Create a study plan – It is one of the most crucial aspects of exam preparation. Students must adhere to a strict preparation and study plan. This will assist them in completing the syllabus on time and passing the exam with 100+ percentiles. 
  3. Practice previous year question papers – Students must prepare from the previous year’s question papers in addition to learning from books. It will help them to learn about the difficulty level, types of questions asked, and more. It will also enable them to aware of their areas of strength and weakness.
  4. Attempt mock tests – To pass the CAT exam, candidates need to have a lot of logical thinking, which they can acquire by attempting mock tests on Embibe. It will help them to manage their time for each section easily.
  5.  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 concentration while studying for the CAT exam.
  6. Revision – Candidates must revise the entire syllabus and important topics one week before the examination. 

CAT 2022 Admit Card

Exam talks

The CAT Admit Card 2022 was released on October 27, 2022, only for the candidates who completed the application process successfully. It was a mandatory document to be brought to the exam centre. The Common Admission Test 2022 hall ticket included the details related to the CAT exam centre address, the exam day and time, the reporting time, a link to a Google map to locate the exam site, and exam day recommendations.

Get steps to download CAT Admit Card 2022 here.

CAT 2022 Answer Key

About Exam

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore released the CAT Answer Key 2022 on December 1, 2022. The last date to download the response sheet was December 4, 2022. Candidates who appeared in the exam must download the official answer key to estimate their final scores.

Get steps to download CAT Answer Key 2022 here. 

CAT 2022 Result

About Exam

The Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore released the CAT 2022 exam results on December 21, at 5 p.m. According to the CAT Result 2022, there were 11 toppers who obtained a perfect 100 percentile. However, the IIM CAT 2022 result link was only available online on the official website- Candidates must log in with their registered CAT login ID and password to view and download the scorecard. 

Check the steps to download CAT 2022 Result here.

CAT 2022 Cutoff

Eligibility Criteria

The CAT 2022 cutoffs for admission to the IIMs are expected to be in the 95 to 100 percentile range for all categories. However, the CAT 2022 cutoff percentile for top IIMs for general category candidates is expected to be around the 99 to 100 percentile. To achieve a total score of more than 100, one must obtain at least 35 marks in VARC, 30 marks in DLRI, and 37 marks in QA.

Expected CAT Cutoff 2022

Check below the table indicating the expected qualifying IIM cutoff 2022:

IIM Qualifying CAT Cutoff
IIM Ahmedabad 85
IIM Bangalore 85
IIM Calcutta 85
IIM Lucknow 90
IIM Indore 90
IIM Kozhikode 85
IIM Amritsar 90
IIM Nagpur 85
IIM Sambalpur 93
IIM Trichy 93
IIM Raipur 93
IIM Ranchi 90
IIM Kashipur 94
IIM Vizag 80
IIM Udaipur 93
IIM Bodhgaya 93
IIM Shillong 75
IIM Sirmaur 92
IIM Rohtak 95
IIM Nagpur 85
IIM Jammu 93

CAT 2022 Colleges

Admit Card

Check the list of MBA colleges that accepts CAT score below:

College Cutoff Round 1 Fees
IIM Bangalore – Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore PGPM
Opening Percentile – 99
₹ 23,00,000 (Total Fees)
Indian Institute of Management – [IIMA], Ahmedabad PGPM
Opening Percentile – 99
₹ 23,00,000 (Total Fees)
Indian Institute of Management – [IIMC], Kolkata MBA
Opening Percentile – 99
₹ 23,00,000 (Total Fees)
Indian Institute of Management – [IIM], Lucknow PGP-ABM
Opening Percentile – 97
₹ 10,05,000 (1st Year Fees)
Indian Institute of Management – [IIM], Indore PGPM
Opening Percentile – 97
₹ 16,00,000 (Total Fees)
Indian Institute of Management – [IIMK], Kozhikode Post Graduate Program in Management Finance
Opening Percentile – 97
₹ 20,50,000 (Total Fees)
Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology – [DOMS], Roorkee MBA Finance
Opening Percentile – 95
₹ 4,13,500 (1st Year Fees)
Indian Institute of Management – [IIMU], Udaipur MBA
Opening Percentile – 93
₹ 7,97,000 (1st Year Fees)
Indian Institute of Management – [IIM], Tiruchirappalli PGPM Quantitative Techniques & Operations Management
Opening percentile – 94
₹ 16,50,000 (Total Fees)
Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras – [DoMS IIT Madras], Chennai MBA Finance
Opening Percentile – 85
₹ 4,00,000 (1st Year Fees)
SP Jain Institute of Management and Research – [SPJIMR], Mumbai PGDM Finance
Opening Percentile – 92
₹ 19,00,000 (Total Fees)
NIT Trichy, Tiruchirappalli MBA Human Resource Management
Opening Percentile – 80
₹ 1,39,750 (1st Year Fees)
Great Lakes Institute of Management, Chennai PGDM Finance
Opening Percentile – 85
₹ 11,76,000 (Total Fees)
Indian Institute of Management – [IIM], Raipur PGP-OM
Opening Percentile – 94
₹ 7,27,600 (1st Year Fees)
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies -[JBIMS], Mumbai MHRD
Opening Percentile – 96
₹ 7,00,000 (Total Fees)
Symbiosis Institute of Business Management – [SIBM], Pune MBA Finance
Opening Percentile – 98
₹ 9,80,000 (1st Year Fees)
Symbiosis Centre for Management and Human Resource Development – [SCMHRD], Pune MBA Human Resource Management
Opening Percentile – 96
₹ 9,60,000 (1st Year Fees)
Indian Institute of Management – [IIM], Rohtak PGPM
Opening Percentile – 95
₹ 8,35,000 (1st Year Fees)
Indian Institute of Management – [IIM], Shillong Post Graduate Programme in Marketing
Opening Percentile – 94
₹ 1,46,000 (Total Fees)
Indian Institute of Management – [IIM], Kashipur MBA
Opening Percentile – 93
₹ 7,82,500 (1st Year Fees)
International Management Institute – [IMI], New Delhi PGDHRM
Opening Percentile – 90
₹ 9,11,850 (1st Year Fees)
Indian Institute of Management – [IIMR], Ranchi MBA Human Resource
Opening Percentile – 94
₹ 8,80,000 (1st Year Fees)
Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research – [WeSchool], Mumbai PGDM
Opening Percentile – 75
₹ 6,50,000 (1st Year Fees)
T. A. Pai Management Institute – [TAPMI], Manipal PGDM
Opening Percentile – 80
₹ 7,55,000 (1st Year Fees)
ICFAI Business School – [IBS], Hyderabad MBA Finance
Opening Percentile – 68
₹ 8,01,000 (1st Year Fees)
Loyola Institute of Business Administration – [LIBA], Chennai PGDM Finance
Opening Percentile – 70
₹ 15,38,800 (Total Fees)
FORE School of Management – [FSM], New Delhi PGDM International Business
Opening Percentile – 85
₹ 8,49,000 (1st Year Fees)
Institute of Management Studies, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi MBA International Business
Opening Percentile – 85
₹ 49,807 (1st Year Fees)
Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad MBA Family Managed Business & Entrepreneurship
Opening Percentile – 85
₹ 5,52,000 (1st Year Fees)
Institute of Management Technology – [IMT], Ghaziabad PGDM Marketing
Opening Percentile – 90
₹ 19,50,000 (Total Fees)
Alliance University, Bangalore MBA Finance
Opening Percentile – 75
₹ 13,50,000 (Total Fees)
University Business School, Panjab University – [UBS], Chandigarh MBA
Opening Percentile – 85
₹ 18,725 (1st Year Fees)
Goa Institute of Management – [GIM], North Goa PGDM
Opening Percentile – 88
₹ 9,32,500 (1st Year Fees)
Lovely Professional University – [LPU], Jalandhar MBA Financial Markets
Opening Percentile – 80
₹ 3,22,000 (1st Year Fees)
Birla Institute of Management Technology – [BIMTECH], Greater Noida PGDM Retail Management
Opening Percentile – 60
₹ 10,00,000 (Total Fees)
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida PGDM
Opening Percentile – 50
₹ 5,87,500 (1st Year Fees)
Jaipuria Institute of Management, Lucknow PGDM
Opening Percentile – 50
₹ 5,50,000 (1st Year Fees)
Jagan Institute of Management Studies – [JIMS] Rohini, New Delhi PGDM
Opening Percentile – 75
₹ 15,90,000 (Total Fees)
Institute of Management Technology – [IMT], Nagpur PGDM Finance
Opening Percentile – 85
₹ 6,42,000 (1st Year Fees)
Jagdish Sheth School of Management – [JAGSOM], Bangalore PGDM Finance
Opening Percentile – 75
₹ 14,40,000 (Total Fees)
IIHMR University, Jaipur MBA Hospital & Health Care Management
Opening Percentile – 50
₹ 9,60,000 (Total Fees)
Institute of Public Enterprise – [IPE], Hyderabad PGDM International Business
Opening Percentile – 70
₹ 4,55,000 (1st Year Fees)
Christ University, Bangalore MBA Finance
Opening Percentile – 70
₹ 3,80,000 (1st Year Fees)
Prin. L.N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research- [WeSchool], Bangalore PGDM Business Design
Opening Percentile – 70
₹ 6,50,000 (1st Year Fees)
SDM Institute for Management Development – [SDMIMD], Mysore PGDM Marketing
Opening Percentile – 70
₹ 11,20,000 (Total Fees)
Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship – [XIME], Bangalore PGDM Finance
Opening Percentile – 75
₹ 11,50,000 (Total Fees)
ITM Business School Kharghar – [ITM], Navi Mumbai PGDM Marketing
Opening Percentile – 78
₹ 10,45,000 (Total Fees)
Indus Business Academy – [IBA], Bangalore PGDM Human Resource Management
Opening Percentile – 70
₹ 4,81,000 (1st Year Fees)
Indian Institute of Social Welfare and Business Management – [IISWBM], Kolkata MBA Marketing Management
Opening Percentile – 70
₹ 3,09,000 (1st Year Fees)
SCMS Cochin School of Business, Kochi PGDM Human Resource Management
Opening Percentile – 75
₹ 3,75,000 (1st Year Fees)
Freaquently Asked Questions

Let us take a look at a few frequently asked questions related to CAT 2022.

Q: When will the CAT 2022 result be announced?

A: The CAT 2022 Result was announced on December 21, 2022.

Q: What is the CAT 2022 exam date?

A: The CAT 2022 exam was administered on November 27, 2022, in three slots. 

Q: When will IIM shortlisting process begin for admission through CAT?

A: The Common Admission Test shortlisting process is expected to begin in the second week of January 2023.

Q: Is the CAT exam tough?

A: Yes. The Common Admission Test is regarded as one of the most difficult MBA entrance tests. However, proper preparation and determination are essential for passing this exam.

Q: Who has conducted CAT 2022?

A: IIM Bangalore conducted the CAT 2022 exam. 

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