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November 9, 2022
CAT 2022 exam is on Nov 27 and on Nov 9, IIM Bangalore has released the official CAT Mock Test. This Mock Test was supposed to be released in October as was released last year. IIM Bangalore has released the official CAT 2022 Mock Test on with all the details on number of questions, exam pattern, time duration for General and PwD candidates, sectional composition of the exam among others
CAT Official Mock Test Released by IIM Bangalore

IIM Bangalore has released the Official CAT 2022 Mock Test, only a few days before the CAT 2022 exam day which is November 27, 2022. Last year it was released by IIM Ahmedabad on October 31. CAT official mock test contains details of all the key changes in CAT exam to enable the candidates to familiarize themselves with different types of questions generally asked in CAT (MCQs/ Non-MCQs) and the navigation guide how to attempt the questions on CAT day. With the release of official CAT Mock, the CAT 2022 aspirants can understand the CAT pattern, total questions, sectional division and other changes.

CAT Mock test was supposed to be released in October as earlier confirmed by Dr Ashis Mishra, Convener CAT 2022 and faculty at IIM Bangalore,“A practice test will be available on the CAT website: You can familiarize yourself with the functionality and navigation of the actual exam. The CAT 2022 Mock Test link will be available by the end of October 2022”

It has been the trend that CAT conducting IIM releases the official CAT Mock Test along with or a few days after the release of CAT Admit Card. While CAT 2022 admit card was released on October 27, the official CAT mock test is released on November 9.   

Read this article to know what are the key benefits of CAT official Mock Test for the CAT aspirants :

Changes in Official CAT Mock Test 2022
Key changes in CAT 2022 exam are reflected in CAT mock test.  Following are the key changes in CAT 2022 official Mock Test

  1. CAT 2022 official Mock Test is designed with a total duration of 120 minutes for the non-PwD candidate. PwD candidates will have the option to complete the entire test with all three sections, within a maximum of 160 minutes.
  2. CAT Exam 2022 will be divided into three sections - I. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), II. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and III. Quantitative Ability (QA). These sections will be administered in the CAT question paper in the same order as above.
  3. Total questions in official CAT Mock are 66 as under
No. of Questions
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Quantitative Ability (QA)
  1. The time allotted to each section is 40 minutes. On completion of 40 minutes, the clock will stop, the particular section will be locked and the responses to the section will be auto-submitted. You will then need to move to the next section and start answering the next set of questions.
  2. The CAT question paper has a mix of Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) type with options and non-MCQ type
  3. On submission of all three sections a summary of your answers will be displayed on your screen.
  4. Each Section is based on the pattern followed over the last few years.
  5. The actual CAT 2022 exam may or may not contain similar type or number of questions
  6. Official CAT Mock Test is not in Pdf. You cannot download the official CAT Mock Test 2022 from CAT website and must attempt it on IIM CAT Mock Test link
  7. The CAT Mock Test by IIM can be practiced as many times as possible.
  8. No solutions are provided with the official CAT Mock. You need to find out the answer.

CAT Exam 2022: Key Changes Not Divulged by IIMs
Candidates anticipate more than what is revealed in the CAT Mock test. However, IIM Bangalore has not obliged the CAT aspirants with all the key changes in CAT pattern:

Total Number of Questions: Official CAT Mock has been released with reduced number of total questions on the CAT 2022 exam pattern. IIM Bangalore, giving the hint that the CAT 2022 may not have changed pattern, has kept the same number of 66 total questions in CAT Mock test.

Sectional Composition of Questions: Each section in CAT Mock has same composition of MCQ and Non-MCQ questions as was there last year. VARC has 24 questions; DILR 20 questions and Quant section consists of 22 questions. The sectional composition has same ratio of MCQs and Non-MCQs as appeared last year.

IIMs do not reveal the exact number of questions in CAT exam and as such IIM Bangalore has  also refrained from divulging this vital information.

What to Expect in Actual CAT 2022 Question Paper? Experts offer answers
India’s Top CAT Experts like Arun Sharma, after analysing the key changes in CAT 2022 exam and announcements made by CAT exam convener, has shared with the following changes as expected in CAT Question paper

1. CAT 2022 Expected Pattern
According to Arun Sharma, CAT expert, many times CAT topper and founder of Mindworkzz, “My prime expectation would be between 66-68 questions, with sections varying between 20 to 24 questions. A small possibility of 60 questions also exists, but that is very minute in my estimate.”

2. Impact on CAT Scoring Pattern due to Change in CAT Pattern
A major implication in CAT score and percentile will also be there if the number of questions are reduced in CAT 2022. According to Arun Sharma, “I would think 99 percentile will shift down by around 5 marks and there will be a similar drop at all percentile levels.” 

3. Impact on CAT Preparation and Test Taking Strategy
Experts say that if you are aware about the expected number of total questions in CAT 2022, it would help you to plan your test taking strategy, how many questions to target, what should be maximum number of questions that you can skip. Besides, you can devise your preparation plan and take mocks as per the actual exam pattern with expected number of questions.

IIM Bangalore to Synchronise Reduced Time with Reduced No. of Questions
In 2020, due to Covid, the test time was reduced to two hours and the questions were reduced from 100 to 76. But the time constraint in last year CAT was more than earlier, so IIM Ahmedabad had decided to further reduce the number of questions to rationalize and synchronize the reduced time with reduced number of questions. The move by IIM Ahmedabad appeared to be in line as there is ratio mismatch given the reduction in time Vs reduction in number of questions. It is expected that CAT 2022 may again have same reduced number of questions as were there in CAT 2021, Let us understand:

CAT Exam Year
Time limit
Percentage Decrease in Time Limit over last year
Total number of Questions
Percentage Decrease in Questions over last year
CAT 2015 to 2019
180 Minutes (3 Hours)
Remains Same
Remains Same
CAT 2020
120 Minutes (2 Hours)
CAT 2021
120 Minutes (2 Hours)
Remains Same
CAT 2022
120 Minutes
(2 Hours)
Remains Same
66 (Expected)
Remains Same

Section-wise expected Number of Questions in CAT 2022
Section wise number of questions in CAT 2022 will obviously be reduced if the total number of questions are reduced. Last year CAT test paper was divided into three sections with VARC 24 questions, DILR 20 questions and Quant 22 questions, making a total of 66 questions. The sectional composition of questions in CAT 2022 is expected to remain same. Besides, their division in MCQs and Non-MCQs in each section is also expected to remain same.

Time Limit (in minutes)
No of Questions (Expected)
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Quantitative Ability

Source: Analysis

Be ready for any surprises!
CAT exam over the years is known for surprises and twists in its exam pattern and twists. CAT 2022 in a changed pattern may come with many surprises as under:

  • Number of Non-MCQs may go down
  • Difficulty level may go down as the sectional time duration is reduced to 40 Minutes
  • Higher score can be obtained by attempting fewer questions
  • With CAT being conducted in three slots, score normalization may benefit many due to varying difficulty level
  • Arithmetic may dominate the Quant section
  • Gap between RC and VA questions may narrow down

CAT Official Mock Test in Previous Years
Since 2015, Official CAT Mock test has remained a full length replica CAT question paper. It used to be released a month before the actual CAT exam by IIMs for the benefit of CAT test takers. The Mock contained almost same number and type of total and section wise questions as you could expect in actual CAT exam.  For the first time in 2015, IIM Ahmedabad included Non-MCQs in CAT exam and released the CAT mock test on the same pattern with division of questions in MCQ and Non-MCQ type. Similar pattern has since been followed by all the subsequent CAT conducting IIMs and each official Mock Test released by them reflected the correct picture of forthcoming CAT exam.

It is advisable not to get misled by any type of misleading information making rounds in social media, instead visit the CAT official website or regarding the right information.

CAT 2022 scores will be accepted by 20 IIMs, FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, Great Lakes, LIBA, NITIE Mumbai, JBIMS Mumbai, TAPMI Manipal, XIM Bhubaneshwar among others for admission to MBA/PGDM  2023-25.

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