CAT 2022 exam is expected to be held on the last Sunday of November 2022, i.e. November 27 in 3 slots. CAT exam is conducted by one of the 20 IIMs every year. CAT 2022 Registration will begin with the release of the official notification tentatively in July/ August 2022. To appear for CAT 2022, candidates must have completed their graduation with at least 50% marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD). Also, there is no upper age limit to take CAT exam. Check CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria
As per the revised CAT exam pattern, the paper comprises 66 questions divided into 3 sections- VARC (24), DILR(20), and QA(22). The duration of the exam is 120 minutes. As per the marking scheme, 3 marks are awarded for the correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for wrong answers. Check CAT Syllabus 2022
CAT exam is gradually changing from a knowledge-based test to an IQ-based test. To begin preparation for CAT 2022, candidates are advised to download and solve the previous year CAT question papers to get familiar with the syllabus and the difficulty level and type of questions asked. Check CAT Preparation Books & Strategy
What is CAT? CAT stands for Common Admission Test. It is a national-level MBA/ PGDM entrance test conducted for admission in 20 IIMs and 1000+ other CAT score accepting B-schools. Every year around 2,00,000 candidates apply for CAT exam to get admission to 5000+ MBA/ PGDM seats. Based on the previous year’s trends, CAT Cut off for top IIMs is above 95 percentile, while for other top colleges it ranges between 80-95 percentile.
Read the article to know more about CAT 2022 preparation plan, study notes, pattern, syllabus, important dates, and much more.
|CAT 2022 Official Notification||4th week of July 2022|
|CAT 2022 Registration 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|
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The conducting IIM will release CAT notification 2022 on the official website in the last week of July 2022. Last year, IIM Ahmedabad released CAT notification 2021 on July 31, 2021. CAT Notification contains all the important details regarding the Common Admission Test. CAT Notification also mentions the helpline numbers and the link to the official CAT exam website- iimcat.ac.in. To check the official CAT website, click here.
To download CAT 2022 exam notification PDF, you need to visit the official IIM CAT 2022 website and click on the PDF link for CAT 2022 Information Bulletin. Candidates can also download other important documents from CAT official website including CAT Eligibility PDF, IIM Selection Process PDF, etc. Other important certificates related to scribe affidavit, diasbility, category are also available for filling CAT application form.
CAT Notification 2022 will mention all important details related to CAT exam dates, application form release date, registration fees, number of test centers, reservation criteria, CAT exam eligibility, exam pattern, and any changes in the syllabus. It must be noted that the list of programmes offered by all the IIMs will also be mentioned in the official notification for CAT. One can find the below-mentioned details in CAT information bulletin 2022:
To get an idea of how the official CAT Notification (Information Bulletin) looks like, download previous year’s CAT notification PDF. A sample image of CAT notification is given below for your reference:
Candidates must go through the official CAT notification pdf before registering for CAT 2022. Tabulated below are the CAT notification trends for the past 5 years:
|CAT Notification||Release Date|
|CAT notification 2022 (Expected)||July 28-31, 2022|
|CAT notification 2021||July 31, 2021|
|CAT notification 2020||July 29, 2020|
|CAT notification 2019||July 26, 2019|
|CAT notification 2018||July 29, 2018|
|CAT notification 2017||July 29, 2017|
|Name of Exam||CAT (Common Admission Test)|
|CAT 2022 Conducting Body||IIM, Indian Institute of Management|
|CAT Official Website||iimcat.ac.in|
|Frequency of CAT exam||Once every year|
|CAT Application Process||Online|
|CAT Application Fees|| |
|Minimum Marks Eligibility||50% and 45% in Graduation for GN & Reserved category respectively|
|Duration of CAT Exam||2 Hours|
|Number of Sections||3 Sections: |
|Number of Questions||66|
|Medium of Exam||English (Exam is conducted in CBT mode)|
|Admission||20 IIMs + Various other Institutes|
|Courses Offered||MBA/ PGDM in various streams|
|CAT Helpdeskfirstname.lastname@example.org; 1800-2090-830|
To fill CAT Application forms, candidates need to fulfill certain eligibility criteria defined by the exam conducting authorities.
Read detailed CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022
Every year, CAT exam is conducted by one of the 6 top IIMs on a rotation basis. Last year, CAT exam was conducted by IIM Ahmedabad on November 28, 2021. It is expected that CAT 2022 will be conducted by either IIM Lucknow or IIM Bangalore. The name of CAT 2022 exam conducting IIM will be officially announced in May 2022. CAT exam pattern is reviewed every year by the conducting IIM to ensure its conformity with the needs of the IIMs. Tabulated below is the year-wise list of CAT exam conducting IIMs along with the trends of the changes introduced in CAT question paper pattern:
|CAT Exam Year||CAT Exam Conducting IIM||CAT Question Paper Pattern over the years|
|Number of Sections||Exam Duration||Number of Slots||Numer of Questions||Remarks|
|2021||IIM Ahmedabad||3- VARC, DILR, Quant||120 minutes||3||66||No prior information of revision in exam pattern. CAT question paper came as a surprise for the candidates.|
|2020||IIM Indore||3- VARC, DILR, Quant||120 minutes||3||76||Number of questions reduced to 76 and exam conducted in 3 slots instead of 2.|
|2019||IIM Kozhikode||3- VARC, DILR, Quant||180 minutes||2||100||-|
|2018||IIM Calcutta||3- VARC, DILR, Quant||180 minutes||2||100||CAT Quant section was rated to be the toughest of the last 10 years.|
|2017||IIM Lucknow||3- VARC, DILR, Quant||180 minutes||2||100||-|
|2016||IIM Bangalore||3- VARC, DILR, Quant||180 minutes||2||100||For the first time, CAT exam was conducted in the first week of December instead of the last week of November|
|2015||IIM Ahmedabad||3- VARC, DILR, Quant||180 minutes||2||100|| |
|2014||IIM Indore||2- VALR, QADI||170 minutes||4||100||Drastic change in the number of questions from the years 2011-13. Number of questions increased from 60 to 100.|
Every year around 2 lakh candidates register for CAT exam. CAT Registration is the first step in getting admission to MBA programs offered by IIMs, IITs, and other top colleges. CAT 2022 Registration date will be announced soon by the IIMs on the official website. CAT 2022 registration process will be completely online and the application forms will be made available at iimcat.ac.in. CAT 2022 Application window will be open for 5-6 weeks from the first week of August till the second week of September 2022.
Candidates need to create their login credentials- CAT ID and Password on the official website-iimcat.ac.in by following the below-mentioned steps:
Now, log in using the user ID and password generated in the previous step to fill CAT application form 2022. The below-mentioned details have to be filled in CAT application form:
While filling CAT application form 2022, scanned images of the below-mentioned documents have to be uploaded:
Read CAT Document Upload Guidelines
CAT 2022 Application fee needs to be paid online after completing the above steps. The registration fee can be paid via Debit Card. Credit Card, Net Banking, UPI, or online wallets.
|Category||CAT Application Fee|
|General/ NC-OBC||INR 2200|
|SC/ ST||INR 1100|
|PwD/ DA||INR 1100|
CAT 2022 Form Correction window will be opened for a few days after the completion of the registration window. Candidates who have paid the application fee within the stipulated time will be able to edit the below-mentioned details:
|CAT Exam Year||Total Number of Registrations|
CAT exam pattern was revised in 2021 by IIM Ahmedabad and these changes are expected to continue for CAT 2022 exam as well. So, as per CAT Exam Pattern 2022, the question paper will be divided into 3 sections having a total of 66 questions.
|CAT Section||Number of Questions||Total Marks|
|CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension||24||72|
|CAT Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||20||60|
|CAT Quantitative Aptitude||22||66|
Given below is the CAT exam marking scheme for MCQ and TITA-type questions:
|Incorrect Answer||-1||No Negative Marking|
CAT Syllabus includes topics from 3 subjects- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA), and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR).
|Para Jumbles||Para Completion|
|Fill in the Blanks||Solved Sample Questions|
|Type of Clauses||Type of Articles|
|Parts of Speech||Error in Tenses|
|Modern Math||Cube & Square Roots|
|Mean, Mode Median||Topic Wise Important Formulas for QA|
|Venn Diagram for Probability||Blood Relations|
|Puzzles||Clocks and Calendars|
|Pie Charts and Tables||Statement and Assumptions|
|Solved Questions on DILR||Bar Graph|
Ques. Is CAT exam only for MBA?
Ans. CAT exam is conducted for MBA/ PGDM admissions to the 20 IIMs and top non-IIMs like FMS Delhi, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, Delhi School of Business, NITIE Mumbai, IIT Roorkee, IBS Hyderabad, and others. To take admission to MBA programs offered at the 20 IIMs, it is compulsory to take CAT as no other exam is accepted for admission.
Ques. Can I study MBA without CAT?
Ans. CAT is mandatory if you wish to pursue MBA from IIMs. However, there are various other colleges that provide admission to MBA/ PGDM without CAT. Most candidates who take CAT also appear for other MBA exams like MAT, CMAT, XAT, NMAT, IIFT, etc., to increase their chances of pursuing MBA. The list of top colleges accepting exam scores other than CAT is given below:
|JBIMS Mumbai||MAH CET, MAT, CMAT|
|SIMSREE Mumbai||MAT, CMAT, ATMA|
|KJ Somaiya Institute of Management, Mumbai||NMAT, CMAT, XAT, GMAT|
|Goa Institute of Management, Goa||XAT, MAT, CMAT, GMAT|
|Alliance School of Business, Bangalore||NMAT, XAT, MAT, CMAT, KMAT|
Ques. Are 12th marks important for CAT?
Ans. To apply for CAT exam, 12th marks are not important. You just need a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% marks (45% for reserved candidates). However, at the time of admission, 12th marks may play an important factor as most IIMs award a considerable weightage to past academic records in preparing the final shortlist.
Ques. CAT exam is for what purpose? What are the benefits of passing CAT exam?
Ans. CAT exam is primarily taken by students for admission to full-time MBA/ PGDM courses offered by the 20 IIMs in India. CAT exam scores are also accepted in other 500+ MBA colleges across the country. If it is your dream to get an MBA degree from top institutes and then get high paying jobs in top MNCs, then clearing CAT exam is what you should be focusing on. CAT exam is not only beneficial in terms of admission opportunities, but taking this exam also increases your analytical and thinking skills.
Ques. What is the average salary I can expect after completing my MBA from IIM?
Ans. Based on the previous admission statistics, the average salary packages offered by the top IIMs ranges between 15-25 lakhs per annum. Aspirants have also received packages above 50 lakhs per annum after completing their MBA from top 3 IIMs- IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, and IIM Calcutta. The average salary packages offered at the newer IIMs is usually between 8-15 lakhs per annum.
CAT 2022 exam will be conducted on November 27, 2022, hence there is enough time to prepare for the exam. With more than 2 lakh candidates competing for around 5000 seats, it becomes essential to prepare well for the exam.
For most aspirants, the first question that comes to mind is How to Prepare for CAT exam. Hence, candidates can go through the below-mentioned section-wise CAT 2022 preparation tips and strategies.
Questions in DILR section are asked in the form of Sets of 4-5 questions and cracking one set accurately will fetch you 12-15 marks.
Read more CAT DILR Preparation Tips, Strategy, and Study Plan
Arithmetic accounts for 50% of the questions asked in CAT Quant section. The least number of questions (around 2-3) are asked from Numbers and Modern Mathematics. Focus more on preparing for Arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry.
Read more CAT Quant Preparation Tips, Strategy, and Study Plan
RC accounts for more than 50% of the questions asked in CAT VARC. The important topics in Verbal Ability include para jumbles, odd one out, para summary, and error detection.
Read more CAT VARC Preparation Tips, Strategy, and Study Plan
Preparation tips from toppers are helpful in building the right preparation plan by learning from their experience. Given below are the section-wise preparation tips by CAT 2021 Toppers:
|CAT Topper||CAT VARC Preparation Tips||CAT DILR Preparation Tips||CAT QA Preparation Tips|
|CAT Topper Ritik Gupta (99.99 percentile)||Practice previous year papers and mock tests.||Solve more sectional mock tests and practice LR sets in reference books for increasing analytical skills||Refer to Youtube channels for learning short tricks and formulas.|
|CAT Topper Aditya Bansal (99.95 percentile)||Read newspapers and online magazines to improve speed and increase vocabulary.||Try arranging the data in DILR set into tabular form for easy analysis||Devote maximum time to prepare this section and adopt an option elimination strategy for saving time.|
|CAT Topper Sarthak Gupta (99.93 percentile)||Read 1-2 online articles every week and refer to Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis.||Practice more mock tests and afterwards go through the solution.||Focus on Arithmetic, Algebra, and Geometry and take 20+ mock tests.|
|CAT Topper Aman Goel (99.66 percentile)||Read online journals, newspapers, novels, on a regular basis||Refer to Arun Sharma CAT books for short tricks and practice well.||Solve a variety of questions and refer to books by Career Launcher for CAT quant preparation.|
|CAT Topper Ashna Dawar (99.73 percentile)||Read editorials in The Hindu and practice questions of varying difficulty from Arun Sharma CAT books||Practice 2-3 LRDI sets every day and take mock tests every week.||Revise concepts of arithmetic & algebra and solve previous year papers and mock tests.|
|CAT Topper Chetan Bhatt (99.77)||Solve mock tests and review the solutions after completion. Read a lot of books, novels, and articles.||Practice as many questions as possible.||Refer to Arun Sharma CAT books and solve 1-2 mock tests every week.|
Almost 99% CAT toppers have referred to Arun Sharma CAT books for preparation. Given below are some of the best CAT books for preparation:
|NCERT Math from 8th to 10th||NCERT|
|Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations||Abhijit Guha|
|Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations||R.S. Aggarwal|
|How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT||Arun Sharma/TATA McGRAW HILL|
|Puzzles and some other number books||Shakuntla Devi|
|Higher Algebra||Hall and Knight|
|Crack The Cat Quantitative Aptitude & Data Interpretation||Vivek Gupta and Sandeep Amar|
|Course in Mental Ability and Quantitative Aptitude||Edgar Thorpe|
|Fundamental of Reasoning A Logic Book||Robert M. Johnson|
|Word Power Made Easy||Norman Lewis|
|Business English and Communication||Clark Grade C|
|All about Words||Rosenblum and Nurenberg|
|How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT||Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay|
Previous year CAT question papers are helpful in understanding the type of questions and difficulty level of the paper. Furthermore, solving 1-2 question papers on a regular basis will help you in improving the speed and accuracy level of answering the questions. Candidates can download the previous year's question papers given below to prepare for CAT 2022 exam.
|Section & Slot Number||CAT Question Paper 2021||CAT Question Paper 2020||CAT Question Paper 2019|
|CAT Quant Slot 1||Download||Download||Download|
|CAT DILR Slot 1||Download||Download||Download|
|CAT VARC Slot 1||Download||Download||Download|
CAT 2022 aspirants can also join a coaching institute to prepare for the exam. CAT Coaching Institutes provide best teachers having multiple years of experience.
While selecting the coaching center you can take one demo session with a few institutes. Some of the city-wise coaching centers are provided in the table below:
|CAT Coaching Centers in Delhi||CAT Coaching Centers in Hyderabad|
|CAT Coaching Centers in Mumbai||CAT Coaching Centers in Chennai|
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been a drastic shift to online coaching for various MBA exams like CAT, XAT, CMAT, MAT, NMAT, etc. There are numerous online coaching centers, study channels, youtube channels, and online study material for CAT preparation.
Every candidate appearing for CAT exam aims to score above 99 percentile to get MBA admission in top IIMs. However, scoring a 99+ percentile in CAT exam requires more than just attempting maximum questions in CAT question paper. Scoring 99+ percentile requires a clear understanding of CAT exam pattern & marking scheme, developing speed and accuracy, and strategy to attempt CAT question paper. Given below are some of the important points on how to attempt CAT exam paper to score 99+ percentile:
Focus more on accuracy than quantity. Attempt only those questions that you are sure about as giving wrong answers will lead to a negative marking of 1 mark per incorrect answer. As per experts, attempting 80% questions with 100% accuracy is enough to score above 99 percentile.
Choosing the right questions is extremely important to score well in CAT exam. Start with the easy questions and then move to the more time-consuming ones. Do not spare more than 2 minutes for any question. If unable to solve, mark it for later and move to the next question.
Many candidates find the score normalization process in CAT exam a little confusing. Hence, it becomes extremely difficult to predict the scores they might obtain in CAT exam. As CAT exam is conducted in 3 slots, the difficulty level is not the same. CAT score normalization is basically the calculation of scaled scores to ensure that all candidates are judged on an equal level of difficulty irrespective of their CAT exam slot. Read CAT Score Calculation and Normalization
As CAT exam is time-based, time management holds 50% importance in clearing CAT exam with a 99+ percentile. Toppers and experts also agree that time management is the game changer in CAT exam. So, practice sectional and overall mock tests with a timer set as per the actual exam duration. Measure your progress and attempt more and more such sample papers to improve your time management.
Candidates will be given 40 minutes to attempt each section in CAT 2022 exam. Candidates need to attempt a reasonable number of questions in all the sections to be able to clear the overall and sectional CAT Cut off.
|CAT Exam Section||Number of Questions||Good Attempts to score 99+ percentile|
CAT Exam Analysis has been provided for XAT 2022 aspirants to help them get an idea of the difficulty level of questions, important topics with maximum weightage, and the type of questions that they can expect. The overall difficulty level of CAT 2021 exam was moderate. Going through CAT 2021 exam analysis will help in devising a clear and strategic plan of preparation.
|CAT Section||Number of Questions||Distribution Of Questions||Difficulty Level||Good Attempts|
|CAT VARC Exam Analysis||24||19 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions: ||Moderate-Difficult||16-18|
|CAT DILR Exam Analysis||20||15 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions: ||Moderate||12-15|
|CAT QA Exam Analysis||22|| ||Moderate-Difficult||14-16|
|CAT Section||Number of Questions||Distribution Of Questions||Difficulty Level||Good Attempts|
|CAT VARC||24||19 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions: ||Moderate||16-18|
|CAT DILR||20||15 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions ||Moderate||13-15|
|CAT QA||22|| ||Moderate-Difficult||14-16|
|CAT Section||Number of Questions||Distribution Of Questions||Difficulty Level||Good Attempts|
|CAT VARC||24||19 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions: ||Moderate||17-19|
|CAT DILR||20||15 MCQs and 5 TITA-type questions ||Moderate||12-15|
|CAT QA||22|| ||Moderate||13-16|
CAT 2022 Admit Card will be released by the conducting IIM in the last week of October 2022. It will be available for download on the official website-iimcat.ac.in.
CAT exam date and time is yet to be announced. The schedule is expected to remain the same as 2021 for all the 3 slots. Until then CAT Exam Day Schedule 2022 is given below based on the previous year’s exam schedule.
|Particulars||Slot 1||Slot 2||Slot 3|
|CAT Exam Time||8:30 am to 10:30 pm||12:30 pm to 2:30 pm||4:30 pm to 6:30 pm|
|CAT Exam Reporting Time||7:00 am||11:00 am||3:00 am|
|CAT Exam Center Entry Closing Time||8:15 am||12:15 pm||4:15 pm|
|CAT Exam Time for PwD Candidates||8:30 am to 11:10 am||12:30 pm to 3:10 pm||4:30 pm to 7:10 pm|
Candidates appearing for the exam need to follow the exam day instructions for CAT 2022:
Candidates must be well aware of the process they have to follow on CAT exam day. Before starting with the exam, candidates will have to go through a few formalities.
CAT 2022 Answer Key will be released a week after the conclusion of CAT exam. Along with the answer key, IIM will also release the response sheet for CAT 2022 exam on the official website- iimcat.ac.in. Using the answer key and response sheet, candidates can calculate their raw scores. Also, the answer key objection window will be opened for 4-5 days before the declaration of CAT 2022 result.
To download CAT 2022 Answer Key, candidates must follow the below-mentioned steps:
CAT 2022 Result will be released in the form of a scorecard in the first week of January 2023.
CAT Cut off is the minimum CAT percentile required to participate in the MBA admission process of IIMs, IITs, and other CAT score accepting colleges.
Given below are the previous year's qualifying CAT cut offs and admission criteria for top IIMs to be eligible for admission:
|IIM Bangalore CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria||General||75||80||75||85|
|IIM Ahmedabad CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria||General||70||70||70||80|
|IIM Lucknow CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria||General||85||85||85||90|
|IIM Kozhikode CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria||General||75||75||75||80|
|IIM Calcutta CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria||General||80||80||75||85|
|IIM Indore CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria||General||80||80||80||90|
|IIM Visakhapatnam CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria||General||70||70||70||80|
|IIM Nagpur CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria||General||72||72||72||85|
|IIM Raipur CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria||General||70||70||70||93|
|IIM Rohtak CAT Cut off & Admission Criteria||General||-||-||-||95|
Previous Year’s IIM CAP CAT Cut off for all 9 IIMs is given below:
|Category||CAT QA Cut off||CAT DILR Cut off||CAT VARC Cut off||Overall Cut off|
CAT Cut off and Selection Process for IITs: 7 IITs also accept CAT Scores for admission to their MBA programs. Given below are the previous year qualifying CAT cut offs 2021 for IITs:
|IIT||CAT Cut off for General||CAT Cut off for SC/ST/PwD|
|IIT Kharagpur||90 percentile||75 percentile|
|IIT Bombay||90 percentile||60 percentile|
|IIT Delhi||90 percentile||60 percentile|
|IIT Kanpur||85 percentile||75 percentile|
|IIT Roorkee||90 percentile||70 percentile|
|IIT Dhanbad (ISM)||80 percentile||60 percentile|
Getting into IIMs is tough as the cut offs are usually above the 99 percentile. However, there are 500+ colleges other than IIMs that accept CAT scores for MBA/ PGDM admissions. Top Non-IIM MBA institutes include FMS Delhi, Delhi School of Economics, IITs, KJ Somaiya, etc. CAT 2022 admission process for Non-IIMs will include the below-mentioned stages.
The list of top 20 non-IIMs accepting CAT scores for MBA/ PGDM admission is provided in the table below along with the expected cut off percentile based on the analysis of previous years’ cut off data.
|Non-IIM Institute||CAT Cut-Off Percentile|
|Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa||90-95|
|Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur||70-80|
|Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai||92+|
|K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research (SIMSR), Mumbai||90+|
|Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon||97-98|
|National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai||97-98|
|National Institute of Technology (NIT Trichy)||89-95|
|Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (WeSchool), Mumbai||85+|
|S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai||85+|
|Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), Mumbai||95+|
|T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal||80+|
|XIMB - Xavier University, Bhubaneswar||80+|
|Xavier Institute of Management & Entrepreneurship, Bangalore (XIME), Bangalore||70+|
|Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA), Chennai||85+|
|BIMTECH, Greater Noida||75+|
|Amity Business School, Noida||85-90|
Every IIM offers admission to a variety of MBA/ PGDM programs through CAT exam. The table below mentions the programs offered by all 20 IIMs along with the link to check the detailed course structure, fees, and admission policy.
|IIMs||MBA Programs||Link for Details of Every Course with Fees|
|IIM Ahmedabad||PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP, PGPX||Check Here|
|IIM Amritsar||MBA, MBA-BA, MBA-HR||Check Here|
|IIM Bangalore||PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM, PGPBA||Check Here|
|IIM Calcutta||MBA||Check Here|
|IIM Tirchy||PGPM, PGPBM, PGPM-HR||Check Here|
|IIM Kozhikode||PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, EPGP||Check Here|
|IIM Lucknow||PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM||Check Here|
|IIM Bodh Gaya||PGP||Check Here|
|IIM Visakhapatnam||PGP||Check Here|
|IIM Indore||PGP, PGP-HRM||Check Here|
|IIM Jammu||PGP||Check Here|
|IIM Kashipur||PGP, EPGP||Check Here|
|IIM Nagpur||PGP||Check Here|
|IIM Raipur||PGP||Check Here|
|IIM Ranchi||PGP, PGP-HRM||Check Here|
|IIM Rohtak||PGP, EPGPX||Check Here|
|IIM Sambalpur||MBA||Check Here|
|IIM Shillong||PGP, PGPEX||Check Here|
|IIM Sirmaur||MBA, MBA-BA||Check Here|
|IIM Udaipur||MBA||Check Here|
CAT is the only exam accepted for MBA admission to the IIMs. Admission to these prestigious management institutes offers a bundle of opportunities for making a career in business administration. After passing CAT exam with a good percentile, you will be able to get admission to not only these 20 IIMs but also top non-IIMs like IIT Delhi, IIT Madras, FMS Delhi, etc.
Candidates must go through the following points to know the benefits of pursuing an MBA from IIMs after CAT exam.
Like previous years, CAT 2023 exam will be held on the last Sunday of November 2021, i.e. November 26 in 3 slots by one of the 20 IIMs. CAT 2023 Registration will begin with the release of the official notification tentatively in the last week of July 2023. CAT 2023 eligibility, exam pattern, and syllabus are expected to remain in line with that of CAT 2022.
|CAT Exam Year||CAT Exam Date|
|CAT 2021||November 28, 2021|
|CAT 2020||November 29, 2020|
|CAT 2019||November 24, 2019|
|CAT 2018||November 25, 2018|
|CAT 2017||November 26, 2017|
|CAT 2016||December 4, 2016|
|CAT 2015||November 29, 2015|
|CAT 2014||November 16, 2014|
Other MBA Entrance Exams that MBA aspirants are searching and applying for are mentioned in the table below:
Ques. When will IIM release the official notification for CAT 2022 exam?
Ans. IIM is expected to release the official notification for CAT 2022 in the last week of July 2022 on the official website-iimcat.ac.in. As per exam date trends of the past 4-5 years, CAT 2022 exam will be conducted on November 27, 2022.
Ques. Can I also register for CAT 2022 in offline mode?
Ans. No, the process of CAT 2022 registration is online only. Also, CAT application fees can be paid only via online mode. There is no provision of offline application for CAT 2022 exam.
Ques. Is CAT exam necessary for pursuing MBA from IIMs?
Ans. Yes, CAT is mandatory for admission to MBA programs offered by IIMs. However, for pursuing MBA from other colleges you can also take other management exams like XAT for XLRI Jamshedpur, MAT & CMAT for JBIMS, SPJIMR, etc., NMAT for NMIMS Mumbai & other campuses, SNAP for SIU institutes, IBSAT for IBS Hyderabad & other campuses.
Ques. Is CAT exam more difficult than XAT?
Ans. CAT exam is considered to be slightly easier than XAT. Based on the reviews of experts and students, the difficulty level of the questions asked in XAT Quant & DI, and VARC are tougher than those asked in CAT. Furthermore, the presence of 2 extra sections (Decision Making and GK) make it even more difficult than CAT exam.
Ques. Is there any sectional time limit in CAT exam?
Ans. Yes, there is a sectional time limit in CAT exam. The total exam duration is 120 minutes. Out of this, 40 minutes each are allotted to Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation, and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Ques. Can a final year student apply for CAT 2022?
Ans. Yes, candidates in their final year of graduation (3rd or 4th) can apply for CAT 2022. However, admission is subject to the submission of proof of graduation degree and mark sheet before the beginning of the admissions for the academic year 2023-25.
Ques: Is there any limit on the number of attempts for CAT exam?
Ans: No, there is no such limit set for the number of attempts for CAT exam. Candidates can take CAT every year. So, even candidates who appeared for CAT exam in 2021 can appear for CAT 2022 provided they fulfill other eligibility.
Ques. Due to some reasons, I have changed my name after completing my Bachelor’s. So which name should I write in my CAT Application Form 2022?
Ans. Any candidate who has changed their name is advised to write the changed name while filling up CAT application form 2022. However, you should also provide supporting documents to your changed name at the time of CAT 2022 examination, interview, and admission process.
Ques. Are there sectional cut offs for IIM admission through CAT?
Ans. Yes, every IIM releases sectional CAT cutoffs. Candidates have to mandatorily secure the minimum CAT percentile in each section along with the overall cut off. If one is unable to meet the sectional CAT cut offs, one is ineligible for admission to MBA courses offered by IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Indore, and others.
Ques. Are 3 months enough to prepare for CAT 2022?
Ans. Yes, cracking CAT exam in 3 months of preparation is not impossible. Focus on solving sample papers mock tests, and previous year questions. Also, refer to CAT books by Arun Sharma and Nishit K Sinha to complete the syllabus and practice.
Ques. How many candidates take CAT exam every year?
Ans. On average, CAT exam is taken by 2,00,000 candidates every year. In 2021, 2,29,969 candidates registered for the test out of which 1,91,660 candidates appeared.
Ques. Who is eligible for CAT exam?
Ans. CAT exam can be taken by any one with a bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognized university. However, one should have secured a minimum of 50% marks (45% for reserved categories) in graduation.
Ques. Is maths compulsory for CAT exam?
Ans. To apply for CAT exam, it is not compulsory to have studied maths in class 12th or graduation. However, CAT exam tests the mathematical aptitude of the candidate in the Quant section. So, you just need to clear your basics in maths of class 10th level to appear for CAT exam. It is advised to join a coaching institute (online or offline) and solve previous year CAT question papers.
Ques. Is CAT 2022 Syllabus PDF available for download?
Ans. Yes, CAT 2022 Syllabus PDF is available for download. CAT Syllabus is not defined by IIMs. It is based on the analysis of the previous year papers. Candidates must go through the complete syllabus before beginning preparation for CAT exam. Click on the link given below to download CAT 2022 Syllabus PDF.
Ques. Can I give CAT exam after 12th?
Ans. No, it is not possible for you to take CAT exam after 12th as the minimum eligibility to appear for Common Admission Test is graduation. So, only when you complete your graduation or are in the final year, you will be able to apply for CAT exam.
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Hi Ali, Looking at your qualification and in order to get best MBA College, You can prepare for CAT Examination which is conducted for admission in top MBA Colleges in India. For more information, please refer to the following link, CAT 2021.
Hi Utkarsha, The overall cut off required for UBS Chandigarh Admission by a general category student is expected to be around 90 to 92 percentile. For more information, please refer to the following link, UBS Chandigarh.
Hi Vanshika, For information on Best Exective MBA Course, please refer to the following link, Executive MBA.
Hi Yash, Each IIM has a reservation policy as per norms issued by the government and 64.5% of the total seats at IIMs are reserved. 27%, 15%, 10%, 7.5% and 5% of the seats are reserved for OBC, SC, EWS, ST and PwD candidates respectively. For more information, please refer to the following link, CAT.
Hi Riya, Six months' time, is considered ideal for preparation for CAT exam. As experts and qualified students claim, to qualify CAT you need to do smart and targeted preparation.
Hi Hussain, This depends on the profile of the candidates. For more information, please refer to the following link, CAT Selection process.
Hi Shubham, This depends on various actors like number of seats, number of students appearing for the examination, difficulty level of the paper, etc.
Hi Ananya, There is no provision for common counselling, admission to IIMs and other top B schools accepting CAT score is done through Written ability test, group discussion and personal interview. IIMs release individually CAT Cutoff, other participating institutes issue their own schedule and selection criteria.
Hi Sunny, The Quantitative Ability section in CAT is quite a bit tougher than the Quantitative section in the GMAT exam. ... The Verbal section has approximately the same time per question but the number of Reading Comprehension passages are lower for GMAT than for CAT.
Hi Sheetal, Yes, CAT score is valid for admission to Executive MBA courses of IIMs. For more information, please click on the following link, Eligibilty Criteria for Eexecutive MBA- CAT.
Hi Vikram, Yes, IIMs do prefer diversity but it doesn’t mean that they prefer non- engineers. The selection process is completely unbiased and is completely on the basis of a candidate’s profile.
Hi Suraj, CAT has a sectional time limit, which means each section needs to be completed in 60 minutes. Due to sectional time limit candidates cannot switch to the other section.
Yes Suraj, CAT score is mandatory for the eligibility in JNU for the MBA program.
Hi Karan, if the number of candidates appearing for the examination are less, there is a chance that the cut-off might be less as compared to the previous years for the CAT exam.
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Hi Himani, click here for the updated state-wise list of the CAT examination centres.
Hi Mansi, the cut-offs for various colleges will be released once the results for the CAT exam are declared. Hence, there is no concrete information that suggests if the cut-offs will be high or low for this session.