CAT 2022 Exam – Eligibility, Pattern, Cutoff, Admit Card, Result & More

4 August, 2022, NEW DELHI, CAT 2022 exam: The notification for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2022 has been released by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore on its official website: iimcat.ac.in. CAT is a prerequisite exam to get admission in Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) at IIM and other various premier business schools across the country. IIM Bangalore is the institute-in-charge of conducting the CAT 2022 exam. 

The CAT 2022 registration started on August 3, 2022 and will close on September 14, 2022. The CAT admit card will be released between September 27 and November 27, 2022. The CAT examination will be a computer-based test and will be conducted on November 27, 2022.

The notification also states that the CAT 2022 result will be announced somewhere in the second week of January, 2023. The CAT exam will be conducted in 150 cities across India. The test will last 120 minutes and constitute three sections – Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Section III: Quantitative Ability. The candidates will be allotted 40 minutes to spend on each section.

The registration fee for CAT 2022 exam is Rs. 1150 for Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PwD) categories and Rs. 2300 for all other categories. To be eligible for the CAT 2022, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. The candidates belonging to the SC, ST, and PwD categories must score at least 45% on their undergraduate degrees.

This article will further discuss the eligibility criteria, important dates, reservation allotments, examination patterns, previous years’ cut-offs, and more. Students are advised to read the whole article so as to not miss any important information about the CAT 2022 exam.

CAT 2022 Exam – General Overview

Name of the Exam Common Admission Test 2022 (CAT 2022)
Exam Conducting Institute Indian Institute of Management (Bangalore)
Academic Session 2022-2023
Registration Opening Date August 3, 2022
Registration Closing Date September 14, 2022
Admit Card Releasing Date September 27, 2022 – November 27, 2022
Test Date November 27, 2022
Result Declaration Date (Tentative) Second Week January, 2023
No. of Test Centres 150 
Registration Fee
  • Scheduled Caste (SC) –  Rs. 1150
  • Scheduled Tribe (ST) – Rs. 1150
  • Persons with Disability (PwD) – Rs. 1150
  • General – Rs. 2300
  • Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)  – Rs. 2300
  • Other Backward Class (OBC) – Rs. 2300
Eligibility Criteria
  • Candidates must have a bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA.
  • The candidates belonging to the SC, ST, and PwD categories must score at least 45% on their undergraduate degrees.
Test Duration 120 minutes
Test Sections
  • Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • Section III: Quantitative Ability
Time Allotted to Each Section 40 minutes
Purpose of the Exam CAT is a prerequisite exam to get admission in Master’s of Business Administration (MBA) at IIM and other various premier business schools across the country.
Official Website iimcat.ac.in

What is the Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2022 Exam?

  • Candidates must possess an undergraduate degree, with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. 
  • The candidates belonging to the SC, ST, and PwD categories must score at least 45% on their undergraduate degrees. 
  • The degrees must be awarded by any university and college as incorporated by an Act of Parliament. The institute must be declared to be deemed as a university under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956.
  • Candidates who are appearing for the final year examination of their respective undergraduate programmes or who are awaiting results can also apply. However, those candidates who are waiting for their results, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme only if they submit an undertaking from the head of the institution stating that they have completed all the requirements of the undergraduate degree.
  • The percentage of marks acquired by students will be analysed based on the criteria as practised by their educational institution. In case of CGPA and other grades, the conversion to percentage of marks will be based on the process as followed by respective institutions. 
  • If any educational institution states the unavailability of any policy for converting CGPA into percentage of marks, the conversion will be done by dividing the student’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with the number 100. 

CAT 2022 Exam – Important Dates

Registration Opening Date August 3, 2022
Registration Closing Date September 14, 2022
Admit Card Releasing Date September 27, 2022 – November 27, 2022
Test Date November 27, 2022
Result Declaration Date (Tentative) Second Week of January, 2023

What is the Reservation Criteria for CAT 2022 Exam?

  • 7.5 percent of the seats are reserved for scheduled tribes and scheduled castes. 
  • Candidates from Other Backward Classes (OBC) who fall into the “non-creamy” layer are allocated 27% of the seats. 
  • Candidates from economically weaker sections (EWS) are allotted 10% of the seats.
  •  The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act of 2016 (RPwD Act 2016) stipulates that 5% of seats are set aside for people with benchmark disability (PwD) (at least 40% disability). 
  • Prior to applying, candidates from the reserved categories must carefully review the eligibility conditions. 

It should be emphasised that although IIMs strive to have applicants from the SC/ST/NC-OBC/EWS/PwD categories join the programme, the candidates must first achieve the minimal eligibility requirements and perform at a particular minimum level in order to be given consideration for admission.

NOTE: 

  • A candidate’s caste or tribe must be recorded in the Government of India schedule if they fall under the SC or ST categories. 
  • When registering for CAT, a copy of the SC/ST/NC-OBC/EWS/PwD certificates must be uploaded. A candidate’s application for the CAT would be denied if they fail to upload a copy of their caste or class certificate.
  • At the time of the interview, the SC/ST/NC-OBC/EWS/PwD certificates must be presented, along with a photocopy. Additionally, the certificates must be submitted when applying to any of the IIM courses. If this isn’t done during the post-CAT selection process, the candidate won’t be taken into consideration for the reserved category.

CAT 2022 Exam – Exam Pattern

  • CAT 2022 exam will take place on November 27, 2022 (Sunday) in three sections.
  • The examination will last for 120 minutes.
  • The test constitutes three sections – Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Section III: Quantitative Ability. 
  • Candidates will have exactly 40 minutes to complete each section’s questions, and they are not permitted to move between sections while completing one section’s questions.
  • The CAT website will provide tutorials to help students comprehend the test format.
  • Candidates are recommended to start working on the CAT internet tutorials ahead of the test.

CAT 2022 Exam – Syllabus

CAT 2022 exam syllabus majorly constitutes three sections, which include:.

Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

  • English usage and English grammar
  • Vocabulary usage (synonyms and antonyms)
  • Fill in the blanks with appropriate vocabulary usage and synonyms and antonyms
  • Sentence correction
  • Cloze passage 
  • Analogies and reverse analogies
  • Jumbled paragraph
  • Summary questions
  • Verbal reasoning
  • Para-jumbles
  • Reading comprehensions
  • Facts, inferences and judgments

Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

  • Tables
  • Calendars
  • Number series
  • Caselets
  • Letter series
  • Bar graphs
  • Pie chart
  • Line charts
  • Venn diagrams
  • Column graphs
  • Cubes
  • Binary logic
  • Logical matching
  • Syllogism
  • Blood relations
  • Logical connectives
  • Other basic reasoning questions

Section III: Quantitative Ability

  • Coordinate geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Mensuration
  • Permutation and combination
  • Inequalities
  • Surds and indices
  • Series and sequences 
  • Logarithm
  • Quadratic equations
  • Linear equations
  • Averages
  • Percentages
  • Ratio and proportion
  • Speed, time and distance
  • Profit, loss and discount
  • Number systems
  • Set theory and function
  • Mixtures and alligations

How to Apply for CAT 2022 Exam?

  • Candidates must first visit the CAT 2022 exam official website: iimcat.ac.in
  • Then, they must click on the “New Candidate Registration” option.

How to Apply for CAT 2022 Exam

  • A new window will open containing the registration form. Candidates must then fill in all the required information and click on the “Submit” option.

Submit CAT 2022 Exam

  • After submitting the form, candidates must save the login credentials for future reference.

CAT 2022 Exam – Admission Process

  • The CAT 2022 exam admission process includes Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI).
  • Each IIM is free to set its own eligibility standards (such as cut-offs) and selection procedures.
  • Performance in the CAT 2022 exam is a crucial factor that will be taken into account during the selection process. 
  • IIMs may also shortlist individuals at different phases of the selection process using the candidates’ prior academic performance, pertinent work experience, gender, and other similar inputs. 
  • Candidates must consult the admissions policies of each IIM on their separate websites for more details.

CAT 2022 Exam – Eligibility Verification

Any IIM that selects a candidate for an interview will be required to pass the following eligibility verification stage:

Degree and Certificates Verification

  • To demonstrate their eligibility at the time of the interview, a candidate must present all of their mark sheets along with verified copies.
  • Additionally, if a candidate is chosen for a programme, the original degree certificate, all semester and year mark sheets, and their attested copies must be submitted for verification at the time of enrollment in the programme.

Reservation Category Verification

  • At the time of their interview, SC, ST, NC-OBC, EWS, and PwD candidates must present the original caste/class and disability certificates, and submit a hardcopy.
  • They must also bring in the documents required in the “Marksheets and Degree Certificates” section.

Candidates in the Final Year of Graduation

  • Candidates in the final year of their bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification, who are selected for an interview must present an original certificate from the principal, registrar, or director of the university or institution attesting that they received at least 50% (or an equivalent grade).
  • Candidates belonging to the SC, ST, and PwD categories must present the same document attesting that they obtained at least 45% of the marks.
  • At the time of the interview, candidates must present an attested copy of the same original certificate.

CAT 2022 Exam – Admit Card

The CAT 2022 admit card will be released between September 27 and November 27, 2022. Below is a step-wise guide of how to download the CAT admit card:

  • Candidates must first visit the CAT 2022 official website: iimcat.ac.in
  • Candidates must then click on the “Login” option.
  • Then, they must enter their registration ID and password.
  • Then, they must click on the “Admit Card” option to download it.
  • After downloading their respective CAT 2022 admit cards, candidates must take out a printed copy of the same for future reference.

CAT 2022 Exam – Previous Years’ Cut-Offs

The IIM CAT cut off is the minimum percentile required by a candidate in the CAT exam for him/her to  qualify for the personal interview round. 

IIM cut-offs differ depending on the different IIM campuses. Below is a table showing the previous years’ cut-off trends varying campus-wise.

IIM Campuses CAT 2019 Cut-Off CAT 2020 Cut-Off CAT 2021 Cut-Off
IIM Ahmedabad 81.53 99 80
IIM Bangalore 90+ 99 85
IIM Kolkata 95+ 99 85
IIM Kozhikode 95.5 97 – 98 85
IIM Lucknow 90+ 97+ 90
IIM Indore 90 97+ 90
IIM Amritsar 90 95+ 85
IIM Nagpur 90 95+ 85
IIM Tiruchirappalli 96 94 93
IIM Sambalpur 90 95+ 85
IIM Raipur 90 – 94 94 93
IIM Ranchi 90 94 94
IIM Rohtak 90+ 95 95
IIM Kashipur 90 94 93
IIM Bodhgaya 90+ 92 90
IIM Vizag 90 92 85
IIM Udaipur 90 92 90
IIM Shillong 90 90 85
IIM Sirmaur 95 95 95

CAT 2022 Exam – Results

  • The CAT 2022 result will probably be announced by the second week of January, 2023.
  • Scorecards for CAT 2022 will be available to candidates on the CAT website: iimcat.ac.in
  • Candidates may also receive personalised SMS notifications regarding their respective score cards. 
  • The CAT 2022 score will be available on the website and will only be available until December 31, 2023. After that, no inquiries on the release of CAT 2022 scorecards will be answered.

FAQs

What are the eligibility criteria for CAT 2022?

Candidates must possess an undergraduate degree with a minimum grade point average of 50% or equivalent CGPA. The candidates belonging to the SC, ST, and PwD categories must score at least 45% on their undergraduate degrees from a recognised university or institution. Candidates who are appearing for the final year examination of their respective undergraduate programmes and who are awaiting results can also apply. However, those candidates will be allowed to join the programme only if they submit an undertaking from their respective heads of institution stating that they have completed all the requirements for an undergraduate degree.

What is the syllabus for CAT 2022 exam?

The CAT 2022 syllabus majorly comprises three sections: Section I assesses verbal ability and reading comprehension; Section II assesses data interpretation and logical reasoning; and Section III assesses quantitative ability. Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension consists of subsections such as: English usage and English grammar; vocabulary usage (synonyms and antonyms); and more, Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning consists of subsections such as: Tables, Calendars, Number series, Pie chart and more. Section III: Quantitative Ability includes topics like coordinate geometry, trigonometry, geometry, probability, and more. (To find out the detailed syllabus, please read the whole article.)

What is the application starting date for CAT 2022?

The CAT 2022 registration started on August 3, 2022 and the window will close on September 14, 2022. The admit card will be released between September 27 and November 27, 2022. The CAT examination will be a computer-based test and will be conducted on November 27, 2022.

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