CAT 2022 Exam: Dates, Applications, Fees, Eligibility, Preparation, Books, Syllabus

Common Admission Test or CAT is a management aptitude test conducted annually for admission to MBA/PGP programmes offered by the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) and over 1,200 B-Schools in India. Every year, about 2.30 lakh candidates appear for the CAT exam,  which is conducted in the month of November. CAT 2022 exam will be conducted on November 27, 2022 and the online registration process for the same will begin in the first week of August 2022.

MBA aspirants planning to appear for CAT 2022 exam must start the preparations from now on as about a year is required for full-proof preparation. Read all about the CAT 2022 exam in this article, including dates, application process, fees, eligibility criteria, syllabus, pattern, preparation, etc.

CAT 2022 Highlights

Every year, one of the top IIMs is given the responsibility to conduct the CAT exam. IIM Ahmedabad has been given the responsibility to conduct CAT 2021. The CAT 2022 convening institute will be announced by May 2022. Read below key highlights of CAT exam 2022:

CAT Features  Details 
Exam name Common Admission Test (CAT) 
Conducting institute To be announced
Exam level National
CAT syllabus
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)
CAT pattern CBT with MCQs and non-MCQs
No. of test cities 159
Exam frequency Once a year
Exam schedule November 27, 2022 (tentative)
Exam fees INR 2,200 (General category) and INR 1,100 (Reserved category)
Eligibility  Graduation with 50 % aggregate (45 % for SC/ST students)
Number of applications 2.31 lakh (In 2021)
Exam purpose Admission into IIMs, SPJIMR, FMS, MDI, IMT and over 1,200 B-Schools in India
Course offered MBA/PGDM
Exam helpdesk no. 1-800-210-1088 (Toll Free)
Exam website

CAT Eligibility Criteria

CAT is an entrance exam for admission to a PG-level course, thus the minimum qualification required is graduation. Check the CAT 2022 eligibility criteria below:

  • Candidates must have completed graduation with minimum 50 per cent in aggregate (45 per cent for SC/ST/PwD candidates)
  • Final year bachelor’s degree candidates are also eligible to appear CAT exam
  • Candidates will professional qualifications such as CA/CS/ICWA can also appear in CAT

CAT 2022: Important Dates

CAT 2022 dates will be announced by the last week of July. Given below is the table indicating tentative dates and events:

CAT 2022 Events CAT 2022 Dates
CAT 2022 notification release Last week of July, 2022
CAT 2022 registrations start First week of August, 2022
Registrations end Third week of September, 2022
Form correction Fourth week of September, 2022
Mock test release First week of October, 2022 
Admit card release Last week of October, 2022
Official tutorial release  First week of November, 2022
CAT 2022 exam 28-Nov-2022 (tentative)
Answer key release First week of December, 2022
Answer key challenge process First week of November, 2022
Final answer key release Last week of November, 2022
CAT 2022 result declaration First week of January, 2023

CAT Exam Pattern 2022

CAT exam is a Computer Based Test (CBT) conducted at multiple test centres across the country. Check below CAT exam pattern highlights:

CAT Exam Pattern 2022
Mode of CAT exam Computer Based Test 
Duration of exam 120 minutes 

40 minutes per section

CAT exam slots Morning: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Afternoon: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Evening: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Number of questions 76
Total marks 228
Language of question paper English
Number of answer choices 4
Question Type MCQ and non-MCQ
Marking Scheme +3 for every right attempt

-1 for every wrong attempt

0 for wrong attempt in non-MCQ

CAT Sections and Weightage

Check the table below for sectional distribution of questions and marks:

CAT Sections Number of Questions Marks Allotted
VARC 26  78
DILR 24 72
QA 26 78

CAT Preparation Tips

CAT 2022 preparation should start as early as January. Since the CAT exam syllabus is vast and the competition is high, one needs to devote ample time to score 95-99 percentile, to get IIMs or the top MBA colleges in India. Candidates planning to appear for CAT 2022, must divide their preparation into phases. In the first phase, they should complete the CAT syllabus with the help of CAT books. In the second phase, they should practice 25-30 CAT mock tests of different varieties. In the last phase, they should immerse themselves in revision. Given below are some articles on CAT preparation that candidates can read:

CAT 2022 Application Process

CAT 2022 registration cum application process will begin in the first week of August and conclude by the third week of September. The CAT registration cum application process is online and the candidates have to submit the forms at website. Given below are the steps to register of CAT exam and fill the application form:

  1. Go to website
  2. Click on ‘New User’
  3. Enter name, date of birth, nationality, email ID and mobile phone number
  4. Enter captcha code and click on ’submit’
  5. An OTP will be received on the email ID and mobile phone number
  6. Use the OTP to validate registration
  7. Next, fill personal details in the CAT application form
  8. Upload passport size photo and signature
  9. Fill academic details – class 10, 12 marks and UP, PG or professional degrees
  10. Select IIM Course, campuses and test city preference
  11. Make fee payment via debit/credit card, net banking or e-wallet