CAT 2022: Exam Date, Mock Test, Syllabus, Pattern

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CAT 2022 Exam on Nov 27: Application Error Correction Window Open from Sept 23 to 26; Check  Exam Pattern, Syllabus How to Prepare, Top B-Schools

After close of CAT 2022 Registration on September 21, a short period CAT Application Form error correction window has opened on Sept 23 to provide facility for CAT applicants to edit the 3 specified mistakes they have made in CAT application form. The last date to edit CAT application form errors closes on September 26, 2022 at 5 PM. IIM Bangalore had earlier extended CAT 2022 Registration last date by 7 days from Sept 14 to Sept 21, 2022.

 

CAT Notification

Conducted by one of 6 top IIMs, the Common Admission Test (CAT) is the mandatory entrance exam for MBA/PGP admission in 20 IIMs and other top B-schools like FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurugram and IITs DMS. This year, IIM Bangalore is conducting CAT on November 27, 2022 in three slots of 2 hours duration each.  

 

CAT Error Correction Window: Opportunity to Rectify Application Form Mistakes
The CAT registration error correction window is open from September 23 at 10 AM for a period of three days with the option to edit the specified CAT application pages. This year, the CAT exam centre at IIM Bangalore has permitted to edit three CAT registration errors. The error correction window closes at 5 PM on September 26, 2022

 

CAT Application Errors that you can Edit
The candidates can edit the below mentioned fields in the CAT application form, if they feel so

  1. Photograph: Re-upload available
  2. Signature: Re-upload available
  3. Test City Preferences: Can change the test city preference for 6 test cities

Check step by step CAT Error Correction Process

 

How many times you can Edit CAT Application Errors?
You can edit your CAT application errors only once. If you try to edit your CAT application multiple times, the website will not allow you to login to CAT error correction window again. So be careful, give a thought what do you wish to edit especially if you are planning to change your 6 preferred test cities

 

CAT Exam date 2022 is Sunday, November 27. The Exam will be held in 3 sessions and each session will be of 2 hours duration. On the CAT exam date 2022, the Morning session is scheduled from 8.30 AM to 10.30 AM; Afternoon session will be from 12.30 PM to 2.30 PM and Evening Session is from 4.30 PM to 6.30 PM.

 

Check table of contents below and detailed explanation for each point regarding CAT exam details. Bookmark this page as it will give you all the latest information and updates on all the CAT exam details 2022.    

Table of Contents
  1. What is CAT Exam?
  2. How to Apply for CAT 2022? Step by Step CAT Registration & Application Process
  3. CAT 2022 Exam: Key Features & Highlights
  4. CAT Exam Pattern 2022: Key Changes & Revised Structure
  5. CAT 2022 Exam Syllabus: Overall and Section wise syllabus
  6. Expected New Changes in CAT 2022 Exam
  7. CAT 2022 Previous Year Exam Analysis
  8. Best CAT Preparation Books for VARC, DILR, Quant Sections
  9. CAT Preparation with Top CAT Coaching Institutes
  10. Top CAT Coaching Centers in India
  11. Self & Coaching Mixed CAT Preparation
  12. Toppers’ Tips for CAT Preparation
  13. CAT Preparation with CAT Mocks: How do CAT Mocks help in CAT Preparation?
  14. CAT 2022 Cut offs for IIMs for Admission 2023 through CAT
  15. CAT 2022 Cut off for Non-IIMs: Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT other than IIMs
  16. MBA Courses Offered by IIMs through CAT
  17. CAT Exam Centers in India
  18. CAT 2022 Admit Card
  19. CAT 2022 Result & IIMs’ Final Selection Process
  20. CAT 2022 Important Dates
  21. Important Changes in CAT Exam over the Years
  22. Important Points about CAT 2022
  23. CAT Exam 2022 Notification: Key Details
  24. CAT 2023 Exam: Highlights & Important Details
  25. CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022
  26. Why is CAT 2022 so Important for MBA Aspirants?
  27. Which IIM Conducts CAT Exam? Past CAT Conveners
  28. FAQs on CAT: Answers by Experts

1. What is CAT Exam?
Common Admission Test (CAT) 2022 is the mandatory entrance exam for MBA admission 2023 in all the 20 IIMs, FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur; NITIE Mumbai and hundreds of other top B-schools in India. More than two lakh candidates appear in CAT every year to explore admission opportunity in MBA programmes offered by IIMs and other top MBA colleges in India. Salient Points about the Exam are:

  • A computer based test conducted at more than 150 test cities and 400+ test venues
  • Since 2020, CAT exam duration is reduced to two hours from earlier three hours
  • The exam is divided into three sections of Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning; Quantitative Ability
  • Each Section in the exam has to be attempted in a fixed individual time limit.
  • Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will offer admission on the basis of CAT 2022 score only and will not accept any other test score

CAT experts and toppers are of the view that CAT is not a very difficult exam but needs some smart and timely preparation to crack it with high score and as such to score 99 percentile in CAT, instead of cramming the heads with intensive knowledge based preparation, the need is to follow a smart IQ based preparation. More than 2 lakh candidates register and apply for CAT every year. Last year, more than 2.30 lakh candidates applied for CAT 2021 and 1.92 lakh candidates appeared in the exam. 

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  2. How to Apply for CAT 2022? Step by Step CAT Registration & Application Process
With CAT 2022 Registration extended to Sept 21, now you still have few days to register and apply for the exam. CAT 2022 Form Filling Process is divided into 2 parts – CAT exam Registration form submission and CAT Exam Application form submission with CAT registration and application Fees. Important details about CAT 2022 Registration & Application form and step by step process to complete the CAT Registration and Application form is given below

  1. CAT 2022 Registration process is online
  2. You can register & apply for CAT 2022 online only on the official CAT website
  3. CAT 2022 registration fee is Rs.2300/- for General candidates. CAT exam fee should be paid online only
  4. The application process for CAT 2022 opens in August first week after release of CAT Notification 2022

2.1 CAT 2022 Registration: Step by Step Process
As CAT exam 2022 application form last date was extended, providing sufficient time to gather all your documents and complete your CAT registration and application form. You can complete CAT 2022 registration and application process in 3 major steps. The process is further divided into few sub-steps. It takes about 20-30 minutes to complete your CAT Registration & Application process including payment of CAT registration fees, provided your computer has good connectivity, you have all the required documents, scanned images of your photo & signature of required size and online fee payment instruments like credit/debit cards, Net Banking

  1. Login to CAT website iimcat.ac.in and Create Profile
  2. Fill in the Registration & Application Form
  3. Make Online payment of CAT Registration Fee 

CAT Registration

Read in detail step by step process how to register and apply for CAT 2022 

 

2.2 Previous CAT Registration Trends
More than 2.30 lakh candidates had registered last year for CAT exam despite Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, 2.27 lakh candidates applied for CAT and in 2019, more than 2.44 lakh candidates had applied for CAT. The rising number of CAT registrations signify that candidates have to compete with more candidates in CAT exam and need to score high to get shortlisted by top three IIMs and other top MBA colleges.

 

Although the trends in CAT registrations since 2010 show a downward journey initially, but from 2013 it has been showing a rising registration count reflecting the regaining trust of CAT aspirants and anticipation of better career opportunities after completing MBA/PGP from an IIM or other top B-school

CAT Year
Candidate Registrations
% Increase/Decrease
2021
2.3
0.9%
2020
2.28
-6.6%
2019
2.44
1.2%
2018
2.41
4.3%
2017
2.31
-0.4%
2016
2.32
5.9%
2015
2.19
11.2%
2014
1.97
1.0%
2013
1.95
-8.9%
2012
2.14
4.4%
2011
2.05
--

Source: MBAUniverse.com Research & Analysis 

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 3. CAT 2022 Exam: Key Features & Highlights
Following are the key features of IIM CAT 2022 exam details like CAT Full Form, Notification, CAT 2022 exam dates, Eligibility, Exam Structure among other details

CAT Full Form
Common Admission Test,conducted on yearly basis for MBA admission by one of the 6 older IIMs 
CAT Exam Date 2022
November 27, 2022
CAT Entrance exam sessions
Likely to be Conducted in 3 sessions – Morning, Afternoon&Evening on same day
CAT 2022 Conducting Institutes
IIM Bangalore. IIMs are the CAT conducting Institutes
CAT Entrance Exam Mode
Computer based exam but not an online exam
When to Check for CAT 2022 Notification
From July 31, 2022 onwards, at iimcat.ac.in;  MBAUniverse.com and in Newspapers
Details in CAT Notification 2022
CAT Exam details, Application fee, Registration dates, IIMs & their management programmes through CAT
Maximum Age Limit to appear in IIM CAT
No Age Limit, Graduates with 50% marks can apply
Number of Questions in CAT 2022
66 questions divided in 3 sections
CAT Exam Time Duration on CAT Exam Date 2022
2 hours for each Slot
Sectional Time limit
40 minutes for 1 section
Name of sections and number of questions
VARC-24 Questions; DILR-20 questions; Quant-22 questions
Expected Difficulty level
Moderate to Difficult
Order of Sections
Pre-fixed, no change allowed
Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT 2022 for MBA admission 2023
20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs, IMI, IMT& 1000 other MBA colleges in India
CAT Exam Fees 2022
Rs.2300/-
How to Apply for CAT Exam 2022
Application process is online only
CAT Official Website for CAT 2022 Form Filling
IIMCAT.AC.IN
IIMs’ Application Fee
No Separate Application Fee to apply for IIM.  Registration Fee covers application fee of all 20 IIMs 

4. CAT Exam Pattern 2022: Key Changes & Revised Structure
CAT exam since 2015 has seen many changes. Some of the key changes in CAT exam details in last 10 years are:

  • In 2014, CAT increased the exam time duration to 3 hours, increased the number of questions to 100 and reduced the testing window to two days
  • In 2015, CAT reduced the testing window to single day and two slots of 3 hours each. The number of CAT exam sections were increased to three from earlier two. TITA questions with No penalty of negative marking were introduced for the first time. This pattern is still followed
  • In 2020, due to Covid pandemic, CAT reduced the number of questions to 76, reduced the CAT time duration to 2 hours and increased the testing slots to 3 from earlier 2
  • In 2021, CAT further reduced the number of questions to 66 to allow more time for the test takers to attempt the test. No change in test duration of 2 hours was made

4.1 CAT 2022: Current CAT pattern
In terms of time duration, number of questions and sections the current CAT Pattern is as under:

  • 120 Minutes Exam: CAT 2022 is a computer delivered test of 2 hours duration but it is not an Online Exam
  • 66 Questions: Like last year, CAT 2022 exam will have 66 questions divided in 3 sections of VARC, DILR and Quantitative Ability. Earlier it used to have 100 questions divided in three sections
  • 18-20 No Penalty Questions: Out of 66 questions, there will be 18 or more questions which will not have negative marking. CAT 2022 exam is divided into MCQ and Non-MCQ type of questions and the Non-MCQs do not carry negative marking. In case any non-MCQ has negative marking, a few MCQs are changed to no negative marking questions.
  • 48-50 CAT Questions with Negative Marking: More than 48 questions in CAT 2022 are of MCQ type and will carry penalty of 1/3 negative marking
  • CAT cut off Requirement by IIMs: A Minimum qualifying score between 70 and 90 percentile in CAT 2022 is required by IIMs in each of the 3 sections to shortlist candidates for final admission round
  • IIM Shortlisting Criteria: Apart from High score in each of the 3 sections in the exam, if you have good academic profile with diversity, work experience, you are a preferred candidate to get admission into IIMs.

4.2 CAT Pattern 2022: Revised Structure of Question Paper
The table below shares the sectional order, number and type of questions in each section, questions with and without negative marking for each section for the 2 hours exam 

CAT 2022 exam components
MCQs (With negative marking)
 Non-MCQs  (TITA Qs Without negative marking)
Total Questions
Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
(Time limit: 40 Minutes)
19
5
24
Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
(Time Limit: 40 Minutes)
15
5
20
Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)
(Time Limit: 40 Minutes)
14
8
22
Total (Overall) (Time limit: 120 Minutes)
48
18
66

Source: Based on CAT 2021 Pattern Read all about Revised CAT Exam Pattern 

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  4.3 VARC in CAT: Highest Weightage Section
As is evident from above, the section on Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) in CAT is awarded highest weightage in the exam and its score can push-up or pull-down your percentile to a large extent as shared below

CAT Exam Pattern: Sectional Weightage in cat

5. CAT 2022 Exam Syllabus: Overall and Section wise syllabus
Although the exam Syllabus is not pre-defined by IIMs, it overall tests the candidate on Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Quantitative Aptitude; Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning.During the last 5 years, CAT exam syllabus has substantially changed. Major changes in CAT Syllabus 2022 are:

  • The Syllabus is changed and contains different type of questions with a combination of MCQs & Non-MCQs.
  • 25-30% Questions are no penalty questions now
  • Most of the changes in syllabus have taken place in the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Section as the share of Reading Comprehension based questions has increased as compared to Verbal Ability questions
  • A few changes in syllabus have been introduced in Quantitative Ability section with more focus on Arithmetic questions

5.1 CAT Syllabus Section-Wise

Sectional Division
Overview of Topics in the CAT Syllabus 2022
Weightage in exam
Quantitative Ability (QA)
 
Arithmetic, Modern Math, Number System
Algebra, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Geometry
34-36%
Data Interpretation& Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Data Charts, Data Tables, Bar Graphs,
Venn Diagrams, Seating arrangement,
Team formation, Clocks & Calendars
30-32%
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Long & Short Passages
Jumbled Paragraphs; Para-summary
Picking the Out of context sentence from a jumbled paragraph
32-34%

Check Revised CAT Syllabus

 

6. Expected New Changes in CAT 2022 Exam
Last year IIM Ahmedabad brought about many changes in CAT exam structure. The process of changes in CAT is likely to continue this year also. With 2.5 lakh MBA aspirants registering for the exam, the Common Admission Test (CAT) is gateway to top B-schools in India including IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta and other 17 IIMs and other top MBA colleges like FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, IITs among others. The CAT 2022 registration process will open in August first week at iimcat.ac.in and will remain open for more than 45 days. For CAT 2022, it is expected that IIM Bangalore will also bring about more aspirant friendly changes in the exam. It is likely that IIM Bangalore bring following changes:

  • Total Questions in CAT 2022 may reduce further from earlier 66
  • Number of Non-MCQs type TITA questions without negative marking penalty may increase
  • More changes in CAT may be brought to improve academic and gender diversity in IIMs 

7. CAT 2022 Previous Year Exam Analysis

  • CAT 2021 Exam was held on November 28, 2022 in 3 slots of 2 hours each at 400 test centers in 159 Cities in India.
  • CAT 2021 Overall Exam Difficulty Level was Moderate
  • Total Questions in CAT exam 2021 were Reduced to 66 from 76 last year
  • Questions were split into 48 MCQs and 18 Non-MCQs            
  • CAT was divided into 3 sections – VARC, DILR and Quantitative Ability
  • Section-1: VARC had Total No of 24 Questions with 19 MCQs and 5 Non-MCQs
  • There were 4 RC Passages with 16 Questions in VARC Section
  • Overall VARC Section had Moderate Difficulty Level
  • Section-2: DILR had Total No of 20 Questions divided into 15 MCQs and 5 Non MCQs
  • There were 2 LR Sets and each set was followed by 6 Questions
  • There were 2 DI Sets and each set was followed by 4 Questions
  • Section-3: Quantitative Ability had total No of 22 Questions divided into 14 MCQs and 8 Non MCQs
  • Arithmetic had maximum number of 9 questions followed by Algebra & Geometry with 5 and 3 questions
  • Difficulty Level was Moderate
  • 99 percentile in the exam could be secured at a raw score of 90 Read in detail Complete CAT previous year Analysis  

8. Best CAT Preparation Books for VARC, DILR, Quant Sections
The Best Books for CAT Preparation should keep pace with the IIM CAT changing pattern. Every year different types of questions appear in the exam. During the last few years, the CAT has been modified completely.  Most of the CAT preparation books in the market are based on the previous CAT exam pattern but the best CAT books shared here are the updated CAT preparation books which have  incorporated changes with the anticipated question type in CAT exam. While choosing the best books for CAT preparation, it should be kept in mind that the books are conversant with the changed exam pattern and difficulty level. Few things to check in the books are:

  • Should Provide conceptual clarity on the relevant CAT topic
  • Rich on the exercises, practice questions and Mocks given after each topic
  • Caters your need to focus more on the weak areas with variety of practice questions  
  • Latest edition of CAT preparation Book offers the updated exam pattern and syllabus also

8.1 Section-Wise 10 Best books for CAT Preparation
If you are self-preparing for CAT or are preparing with the support of CAT coaching institute, in both the cases, the latest edition of the CAT books for preparation as shared below section wise will help you in getting more conceptual clarity, practice questions and attempting the sample papers

 

8.1 Section-Wise 10 Best books for CAT Preparation
If you are self-preparing for CAT or are preparing with the support of CAT coaching institute, in both the cases, the latest edition of the CAT books for preparation as shared below section wise will help you in getting more conceptual clarity, practice questions and attempting the sample papers

 

8.1.1. CAT Preparation Books for VARC

  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT- by Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

8.1.2 CAT Preparation Books for DILR

  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma (Published by McGraw Hill)
  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma (Published by McGraw Hill)
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
  • CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning by Gautam Puri, Publisher Career Launcher

8.1.3 CAT Preparation Books for QA

  • How to prepare for Quantitative for the CAT by Arun Sharma, published by MGH Education
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT by Sarvesh K Verma

Check & Read about the key features, price for Best CAT Preparation Books 

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 9. CAT Preparation with Top CAT Coaching Institutes
As short time is left for CAT preparation 2022, a few months of devoted preparation can enable you to crack CAT exam as it requires ‘Smart Preparation.’ You can join a coaching as it offers expert guidance. Key aspects of CAT preparation with CAT coaching

 

9.1 Benefits of CAT 2022 Preparation with CAT Coaching

  • CAT coaching institutes help you to prepare for CAT systematically without deviating from your preparation path.
  • While offering smart and intensive preparation for CAT exam 2022, the top CAT coaching institutes help you to minimize the wastage of time with optimum utilization.
  • There are 1 year, 6 months, 3 months and 2 months CAT preparation time modules offered by the good CAT coaching institutes that help you crack CAT with high score
  • If you need to clear the concepts and build your basics before practicing sessions, CAT coaching centers suggest to start CAT preparation with a 6 month time margin.

10. Top CAT Coaching Centers in India
The choice of CAT coaching mode depends upon your interest, time, money and preparation level while preparing for CAT 2022 exam. Shared below are the top CAT coaching institutes with their key centres and available options for coaching:

Top CAT 2022 Coaching Institutes
Class room or online Coaching
City wise CAT Preparation Center Location
TIME
Both
Delhi, Noida, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Gurgaon among total 100+ centres  
Career Launcher
Both
Delhi, Noida, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Gurgaon among 80+ centres
IMS
Both
Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad among 50+ centres  
Byju’s
Online
Online Coaching via Tablet anywhere in India & Abroad
2IIM.com
Online
Online coaching course with videos, quizzes, practice tests, and slideshows. Classroom coaching in Chennai only
MBAGURU
Both
Centres across Delhi located in CP, Rajouri Garden, Pitampura, Kailash Colony  
Arun Sharma’s Mindworkzz
Both
Mindworkzz has 3 centres in C P, Delhi and offers online coaching as well
Endeavor
Both
Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune among 20+ centres across India
BullsEye
Online
Offers Online Coaching
Tathagat
Classroom coaching
Centres located in Delhi, Noida
Alchemist
Classroom coaching
CP-Delhi, North Delhi, West Delhi and Gurgaon

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11. Self & Coaching Mixed CAT Preparation
CAT preparation can be self, with the support of CAT online or offline coaching or a mix of both. To begin and advance with your CAT preparation experts suggest:

  • You should have strong basics with clarity on concepts
  • Improve your weak areas and strengthen your strong areas
  • Consistent revision is required with Mocks, practice tests, Quizzes
  • Prepare a list of topics as per the syllabus and improve on each of them
  • Form a peer group on social media for preparation
  • Focus more on RC in VARC section; focus equally on DI & LR and practice more Arithmetic questions to clear the section wise cut offs
  • Time Management with Accuracy & Speed is required. Consistently improve on them
  • Consult best CAT preparation books and attempt their practice questions
  • Read Interviews and tips from CAT Toppers studying at IIMs, FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, on their CAT preparation strategy published on MBAUniverse.com and other channels

11.1 CAT Preparation for VARC, DILR, Quant
The section wise CAT preparation strategy is very important. Key tips to prepare for each section is as below:

 

11.1.1 CAT VARC Preparation

  • Go through the Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Syllabus 
  • Choose the Best books
  • Read the strategy for CAT Verbal Ability Preparation of past CAT toppers How to Ace CAT Verbal Ability
  • Questions on RC passages in CAT constitute 70% share and Verbal questions are 30%. So focus and practice more RC based questions to crack CAT

Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC): Composition

Total MCQs (With negative marking)
19
Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking)
 5
Total Questions
24
Key Sectional Highlights
4 RC Passages with 18 to 19 MCQs; VA 5-6 Non MCQs divided into Para jumbles, Para Summary, and Out of Context Sentences

Check in Detail How to prepare for VARC

 

11.1.2 CAT DILR Preparation
DILR is the 2nd section in CAT exam. It plays very important role to clear the cut off percentile. The section has equal number of Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Questions. You need to practice more to score high in this section. Experts advise following tips to prepare for DILR:

  • Data Interpretation questions for CAT test your analytical skills of interpreting the Data given to you in the form of Table, Chart, Graph or in other form
  • Logical Reasoning for CAT constitutes 50% share in the newly created Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation Comprehension (DILR) Section in CAT
  • The goal of scoring high in CAT 2021 can be achieved with small but consistent efforts and time devoted to the DILR section.
  • DILR preparation for CAT requires you to first get as many as DILR practice questions for CAT
  • To move in direct DILR preparation direction, it will be better to refer to DILR questions for CAT with solutions

Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR): Composition

Total MCQs (With negative marking)
15
Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking)
 5
Total Questions
20
Key Sectional Highlights
LR – 12 Ques
DI – 8 Ques
All in Sets of 6 & 4 Qs

Read Expert Guidance How to prepare for DILR

 

11.1.3 CAT Quant Preparation
Quantitative Ability (QA) is the last section in CAT exam. It can improve or reduce your CAT score substantially. To score high in this section, experts advise following tips:

  • A three dimensional approach is recommended on CAT Preparation for Quant section
  • Strengthen your basics and formulae in Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Modern Math and allied topics
  • Practise on variety of questions of different difficulty level
  • Finally solve previous CAT papers and Mocks for each topic. The more you do it, the more expertise in Quant section for CAT, you will get.
  • QA Sectional Composition

Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)

Total MCQs (With negative marking)
14
Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking)
  8
Total Questions
22
Key Sectional Highlights
High on Arithmetic. Other on Log, Geometry, Roots, Algebra 

Read Quant Preparation Strategy by Experts   

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 12. Toppers’ Tips for CAT Preparation
Previous CAT Toppers studying at IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Udaipur, FMS, SPJIMR, MDI have shared with MBAUniverse.com their CAT preparation strategy and how they overcame their weak areas and scored high. The last minute CAT preparation tips from these CAT toppers are very helpful in improving your score in the exam. Check Below   

CAT Topper
Studying At
CAT %ile
Profile
Shubham Bajaj
IIM Calcutta
99.98
B-Tech in CSE from IEM Kolkata, worked with  Nomura
Nancy Jain
IIM Calcutta
99.72
B.Tech from IGDTUW, worked at Tata Motors
Ekansh Gupta
IIM Calcutta
99.91
B.Tech, from NIT Jamshedpur. Worked at EXL Services as Risk Analyst for a US bank
Nandan Goel
IIM Calcutta
99.95
BMS from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, DU, worked at DE Shaw
Yashvi Bansal
IIM Udaipur
94.72
BBA Marketing from Auro University Surat
Venkata Satya SrikarMedisetti
IIM Udaipur
98.44
B.Tech from NITK Suratkhal, Worked in a pharmaceutical company

12.1 How did CAT Toppers Prepare for Each Section in CAT? Check Strategy
Sectional CAT preparation strategy as followed by these toppers is shared below: 

CAT Topper
VARC
DILR
Quant
Shubham Bajaj; IIMC
1.Attempt 80% with 80% accuracy, much better than 100% attempt with 50% accuracy
2.VARC is not a lot about having a very good vocabulary knowledge or extremely great grammatical skills. It is more about comprehending what you are reading
 
1. Learn better methods for solving a particular LRDI set
2. Use Elimination Option, you can easily eliminate 2 options out of four and for the remaining 2 options, you need a little bit careful attention
 
1.Found Rodha YouTube playlist on Quants quite helpful for most of the basic understanding.
2.Referred to Prepzone daily events organized on the Facebook Page
3.Attended free workshops on topic wise discussion organized by CrackU on YouTube
 
Nancy Jain; IIMC
1.Read from various online platforms. The Hindu, The Indian Express, Medium, Knappily, Guardian were some of the major online platforms I followed
2. Made it a habit to read at least 6-7 articles/day
3. Solved questions from question banks of the test series
4.Also followed “Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Nishit K.Sinha
 
1.Started with getting familiarized with a variety of sets
2.Began with solving 4-5 sets/day
3.It is important to choose the right sets in the exam
4.Daily practice and proper analysing of the sets are very crucial for DILR preparation
 
 
1.Build up QA concepts
2.Followed “Quantitative Ability by Nishit K. Sinha” and made detailed notes
3.Used to revise my notes regularly from page-1 till the last
4. Motive was to achieve good accuracy while attempting questions
5.My mock strategy for QA was mainly to solve the questions in three phases:
1)I would first attempt the questions that could be solved within 1-2 mins
2)Next to the question which I could solve within 3-4 mins
3)Questions that are time-consuming but could be solved
In the end, if time permits, I’d solve the remaining questions.
Ekansh Gupta; IIMC
1.Started with 10 books, a mix of fiction and nonfiction books
2.Switched to CR practice over free resources like the GMAT club
3.Started practicing 4.VARC from previous year mocks, past CAT papers
5.Some telegram groups provide free VARC practice resources like RC a day or google form-based tests
6.Also enrolled for GEJO's VARC 1000 that helped me know the techniques or strategies I was missing. It was also a great practice resource too.
1.Previous mocks in a time-based environment was my strategy to tackle this section
2.Two YouTube resources that I followed were the LRDI master and Anastasis Shankar
1.Master individual topics and practice them as extensively as you can
2.I relied on the Cracku study room, used to practice there a lot
3.Was also active in some FB groups such as Elites Grid, Quantifiiers where I used to do freely available mixed practice sets
Nandan Goel; IIMC
1.VARC is one section which requires existing acumen and little of current preparation
2. I solely focused on mocks and sectional tests
3.I made a point of attempting every question in this section, unless I can’t understand the meaning of a problem.
1.Refined my basics using the material I had by attempting some questions from some chapters
2.Major preparation was through sectional tests and mock exams
3.There was no test in my student portal which was not attempted by me
1.Completed the material (TIME books) and had for 3 times, attempted each and every question.
2.Took sectional tests on a regular basis
 

13. CAT Preparation with CAT Mocks: How do CAT Mocks help in CAT Preparation?
CAT toppers are of the view that taking Mocks is of utmost importance as it is a very important CAT preparation tool. How to take CAT mocks and how they will help in your CAT preparation is shared by CAT toppers as below:

 

Shubham Bajaj, IIM Calcutta MBA student is of the view, “I was more or less dependent upon mocks for most of my preparation. And I wanted the mocks, where the number of people attempting the mocks are more. So, I chose Time and IMS (both having 15k people approx).” Key Tips shared by him are:

  • You need to keep solving the mocks on a regular basis, may be one mock or two mocks a week Even if a particular portion is incomplete, you should attempt the mock and test the concepts which you have prepared.
  • Also, for the chapters which are not completed, you will understand on how to have the roadmap for preparation for that particular topic.
  • Along with the mocks, mock analysis is extremely important. Giving 20 mocks and analyzing them is much better than appearing for 50+ mocks without analysis

Nancy Jain, IIM Calcutta MBA student shares, “ Mocks played a major role in my CAT prep. I started with 1-2 mocks/week and eventually increased it to 1-2 mocks/day.” Key tips shared by her are:

  • Mocks provide with an environment almost similar to the actual exam D-day
  • With the help of mocks, you are able to keep a regular check on your performance
  • A proper mock analysis helps you understand your weak and strong areas.
  • Tweak mock strategies to remain prepared for the uncertainties  

Ekansh Gupta, IIM Calcutta MBA student says, “Mocks were a very important part of my preparation strategy and starting from April'20 I gave around 40 full-length mocks till Nov'20.” Key tips shared by him are:

  • Main advantage that mocks provide you is to get habitual of the emotions that one faces during an exam. For eg if your one section was bad then mocks give you ample opportunity to learn from mistakes and how to control your emotions in the next sections
  • One other benefit that mock provide you if you are enrolled for two three mock series is a real-time analysis of your competition in actual CAT.

Nandan Goel, MBA student at IIM Calcutta shares, “ Mocks played a really big role in my preparation. Around 40% of the time of my preparation went towards mocks. I attempted around 45 full mocks (2-hr mocks) and around 200 sectional tests.” Key tips shared by him to prepare for CAT through Mocks are:

  • Mocks give an idea about the different kind of questions and the level of stress which we can experience during the D-day
  • Mocks teach us how to manage the time while attempting the questions and also give checks to your state of preparation.

Read 100+ CAT Toppers’ Preparation Strategy 

How A Graphic Designer, Painter with B.Tech- Nancy Jain cracked CAT with 99.72 %ile & Got into IIM Calcutta for MBA 2021

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14.  CAT 2022 Cut offs for IIMs for Admission 2023 through CAT
All the 20 IIMs including the top IIMs namely, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Indore in which average salary in placement is more than Rs.20 lakhs per annum, offer MBA admission through high CAT exam score. The required CAT cut off percentile in all these IIMs for admission 2023 is shared below.

Top IIMs
Minimum CAT Cut off percentile Required
IIM Ahmedabad
80
IIM Bangalore
85
IIM Calcutta
85
IIM Lucknow
90
IIM Indore
90
IIM Kozhikode
90
IIM Tiruchirappalli
92
IIM Shillong
90
IIM Udaipur
92
IIM Rohtak
95
IIM Kashipur
92
IIM Ranchi
92
IIM Raipur
92
IIM Bodhgaya
92
IIM Jammu
92
IIM Sambalpur
92
IIM Sirmaur
92
IIM Amritsar
85
IIM Nagpur
85
IIM Visakhapatnam
80

15. CAT 2022 Cut off for Non-IIMs: Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT other than IIMs
More than Top 500 MBA colleges in India will accept CAT 2022 score for MBA admission 2023. Apart from 20 IIMs, other top MBA colleges with CAT cut offs in non-IIM category, include FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, SJMSoM IIT Mumbai, DoMS IIT Delhi among others. Some of the top colleges accepting CAT 2022 with their expected cut offs are as below: 

Top MBA Colleges (Non-IIMs with CAT cut offs)
Expected CAT 2022 Cut Off Percentile
97
94
85
DMS-IIT Delhi
90
SJMSoM-IIT Bombay
90
90
90
85
85
85+
85
80

Check and Read all about the CAT Accepting Colleges

 

16. MBA Courses Offered by IIMs through CAT
Apart from being the most important entrance test for the flagship 2 years full time post graduate management program (MBA/PGDM), CAT 2022 is the gateway for one year MBA programmes in IIMs and other prominent management institutes. Following are the various MBA courses and other management programs at IIMs in which admission 2023 is available through Common Admission Test 2022

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) 
MBA Courses Open for Admission 2023 through CAT 2022
IIM Ahmedabad
PGP, PGP-FABM
IIM Amritsar
MBA, EMBA, MBA-Business Analytics, MBA-HRM
IIM Bangalore
PGP, PGPEM, PGPBA
IIM Bodh Gaya
PGP
IIM Calcutta
MBA
IIM Indore
PGP, PGP-HRM
IIM Jammu
MBA
IIM Kashipur
MBA, MBA (Analytics), EMBA
IIM Kozhikode
PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, PGP-LSM, EPGP (At Kochi campus)
IIM Lucknow
PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM
IIM Nagpur
PGP
IIM Raipur
PGP
IIM Ranchi
PGP, PGP-HRM, PGP (Business Analytics)
IIM Rohtak
PGP, EPGPX, EPGDSM
IIM Sambalpur
MBA, Executive MBA
IIM Shillong
PGP, PGPEX, PGPWE
IIM Sirmaur
MBA, MBA (T&HM)
IIM Tiruchirappalli
PGP, PGPM-HR, PGPBM
IIM Udaipur
MBA, MBA-DEM, MBA-GSCM, PGDBAWE
IIM Visakhapatnam
PGP, PGPEX, PGPDGM

16.1 Admission Process in IIMs through CAT
Step by Step IIM Admission process through CAT 2022 is shared below. Each of the 20 IIMs follow this admission procedure except the fact that 9 new and baby IIMs conduct Common Admission Process  (CAP) to avoid multiple individual PI rounds

cat 2022

17. CAT Exam Centers in India
CAT 2022 will be held in 150+ test cities at more than 400 exam centres across the country. List of State Wise CAT Test Cities is given below in the Tabular Form

State
Test Cities
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh
Guntur; Kakinada; Kurnool; Nellore; Rajahmundry;  Tirupathi; Vijayawada;  Visakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh
Itanagar
Assam
Dibrugarh; Guwahati; Silchar
Bihar
Aurangabad; Muzaffarpur; Patna; Purnea
Chandigarh
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Bhilai; Raipur
Delhi
Delhi; New Delhi
Goa
Madgaon; Panaji
Gujarat
Ahmedabad; Anand; Gandhinagar; Rajkot; Surat;  Vadodara
Haryana
Ambala; Bahadurgarh; Faridabad - Gurgaon; Hisar; Palwal; Panipath; Rohtak; Sonipat
Himachal Pradesh
Simla; Waknaghat
Jammu & Kashmir
Jammu; Samba
Jharkhand
Bokaro; Dhanbad; Jamshedpur; Ranchi
Karnataka
Banglore; Belagavi (Belgaum); Dharwad; Gulbarga; Hubli; Mangalore; Mysore; Udupi
Kerala
Ernakulam; Kasaragod; Kollam; Kozhikode; Malappuram;  Thrissur; Trivandrum  
Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal; Gwalior; Indore; Jabalpur; Sagar
Maharashtra
Ahmednagar; Amravati; Aurangabad; Jalgaon; Kolhapur;  Mumbai, Navi Mumbai; Nagpur; Nanded;  Nashik; Pune; Raigad; Satara; Solapur; Thane; Ulhasnagar
Meghalaya
Shillong
Odisha
Balasore; Berhampur; Bhubaneswar; Cuttack; Dhenkanal; Sambalpur; Rourkela
Puducherry
Puducherry
Punjab
Bhatinda; Chandigarh; Fatehgarh Sahib; Jalandhar;  Ludhiana; Mohali;  Pathankot; Patiala; Ropar; Sangrur
Rajasthan
Ajmer; Alwar; Jaipur; Jodhpur; Kota; Sikar; Udaipur
Tamilnadu
Chennai; Coimbatore; Madurai; Namakkal; Thanjavur; Tiruchirappalli; Tirunelvelli
Telangana
Hyderabad; Karim Nagar; Warangal
Uttar Pradesh
Agra; Allahabad; Barabanki; Bareilly; Ghaziabad; Gorakhpur; Noida - Greater Noida; Kanpur; Lucknow; Mathura; Meerut; Muzaffarnagar; Varanasi
Uttarakhand
Dehradun; Roorkee
West Bengal
Asansol; Bankura; Burdwan; Durgapur; Hooghly; Howrah; Kalyani; Kolkata; Siliguri

18. CAT 2022 Admit Card
CAT 2022 Admit Card download will start from October 2022 last week, immediately with the release of the CAT hall ticket by IIMs. IIMs will upload the CAT 2022 Admit card on official CAT exam website 2022. The CAT admit card release date may be extended by a few days in case the last date of registration for CAT 2022 exam is extended. The last date to download the CAT Admit Card is CAT 2022 exam date. 

 

3 Steps to Download CAT 2022 Admit Card

  1. Logon to CAT official Website
  2. Enter CAT Login ID & Password & Click on ‘Admit Card’
  3. Click on Download & Take Print of CAT Admit card

19. CAT 2022 Result & IIMs’ Final Selection Process
CAT 2022 exam official result declaration date is 2nd week of January 2023. However, IIMs release the CAT result in the first week of January. It is likely that CAT 2022 result may be released on January 5, 2023 in morning hours. Immediately after the CAT result declaration, IIMs will start announcing their shortlist on the basis of CAT scores and other parameters in their shortlisting criteria for final selection round. The final admission offer will be made to the candidates in the months of April/May 2023 by IIMs

 

IIMs release their individual admission process before the declaration of CAT exam result. The admission process in IIMs depends upon your performance in three major areas – Your CAT 2022 exam score; your academic record and performance in Personal Interview round. There are three stages through which IIM Admission Process is completed, they are:

  • Stage-1: Performance in CAT Exam
  • Stage-2: Shortlisting by IIMs for PI round
  • Stage-3: IIMs Final Selection Process 2023 comprising WAT & PI Round

Your final admission offer depends upon your performance in all the above three stages of IIMs selection process. While the older IIMs conduct their individual selection process, 9 new and baby IIMs conduct common admission process (CAP) for admission. Remaining IIMs conduct their individual selection process. Sharing the details on selection process based on CAT 2022 for all the 20 IIMs, Prof Ashis Mishra, faculty at IIM Bangalore and CAT 2022 exam convener has clarified, “IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage based on their own criteria, which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Performance in the CAT 2022 examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors such as the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs.”

 

19.1 Top IIMs Conduct Individual Admission Process
IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode, Shillong individually shortlist the candidates and conduct their own admission process that award high weightage to academics, diversity, work experience apart from CAT exam score

 

19.2 Common Admission Process (CAP) for 9 IIMs
The final selection process at 9 new IIMs is conducted as a common process. One of the six new IIMs co-ordinates this selection process which is referred to as Common Admission Process (CAP). The CAP 2023 will consist of common WAT and PI round for 9 new IIMs namely IIM Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi,  Trichy,Udaipur and some of the newest IIMs like IIM Bodhgaya, Sambalpur, Sirmaur, Jammu.

 

19.3 IIM Nagpur, IIM Rohtak, IIM Visakhapatnam to conduct individual admission process
IIM Nagpur, IIM Rohtak and IIM Visakhapatnam do not participate in CAP round and conduct their own final selection process to make admission offer to the students. The final admission offers will be generated as per the merit lists prepared on the basis of CAT scores, Academic profile, Work experience and gender diversity in accordance with the weightage awarded to each of these factors.  

 

20. CAT 2022 Important Dates
Following are the CAT 2022 important dates like CAT Notification release date, CAT exam date 2022, and CAT exam dates for other different activities:

Events
CAT Important Dates
CAT Notification Release Date 2022
July 31, 2022
CAT Registration Start Date
August 3, 2022
CAT Exam form last date 2022
September 21, 2022 (CAT Registration last date Extended from Sept 14) 
CAT 2022 Registration Fees
Rs.2300/-
CAT Application Form 2022 Fees
No Separate fee for CAT Application form 2022. CAT registration fees covers CAT Application form Fees and CAT Exam Fees
CAT 2022 Admit card Download Start date
October 27, 2022
Last Date for CAT 2022 Admit Card Download
November 27, 2022
CAT 2022 Exam dates
November 27, 2022
CAT Exam 2022 Sessions
3 Sessions of 2 hours each
CAT 2022 Result date
January 5, 2023 (Expected)

21. Important Changes in CAT Exam over the Years
Journey of IIM-CAT has witnessed substantial changes. In recent years, number of sections and type of questions in CAT have changed substantially. Important changes in pattern and conduct of CAT are shared below: 

  • CAT has changed from Paper Based to Computer based test
  • CAT now has 3 sections instead of 2
  • CAT has introduced 25 to 30 percent questions with No Negative marking

CAT Exam pattern over the past 12 years since it was computerized in 2009 has gone for perceptible changes. CAT paper pattern prior to 2009 was paper-pen based. CAT exam format was changed from paper based exam to CAT online computer based test in 2009. Even after that CAT paper pattern continued changing from 3 sections to 2 and then CAT pattern was changed to 3 sections in 2015. Since then CAT is following similar pattern. CAT 2022 pattern also remains the same as that of CAT exam 2022 pattern with 3 sections and 3 hours time although the number of MCQs and Non-MCQs may change.

 

22. Important Points about CAT 2022
Key points to note about CAT exam are given below:

 

22.1 When CAT is Conducted?

  • CAT is conducted annually.
  • Now conducted preferably on the last Sunday of November every year
  • The exam is conducted on a single day in three sessions – morning, afternoon and evening with a duration of 2 hours for each session. From 2015 to 2019, CAT was 3 hour, two session exam.
  • The change in sessions and time duration is due to Covid-19 pandemic.

22.2 What is Mode of CAT?
CAT is a computer based entrance test of two hours duration

 

22.3 When to look for CAT Notification and complete CAT Information?
IIMs release all the details about CAT in leading news papers on the last Sunday of July every year. A day before this publication, the CAT convener sends the press release with important details about CAT on the designated web portals. The process to register and apply for CAT starts in the 1st week of August.

 

22.4 How difficult is CAT?
Despite being a highly competitive and most important MBA entrance exam in India, the difficulty level of CAT is considered moderate to high.

 

22.5 Scoring Pattern in CAT
Each correct answer in CAT is awarded with 3 marks. The raw score obtained in CAT is converted to scaled score and then converted to percentile score after allowing for equating and normalizing the scores for both the sessions in CAT.

 

IIMs and other top MBA colleges consider percentile awarded in CAT to shortlist the candidates for final selection round.

 

23. CAT Exam 2022 Notification: Key Details
CAT 2022 Advertisement or CAT 2022 Notification was released with all the details on July 31, 2022 by IIM Bangalore. CAT 2022 exam Notification as released by IIMs contains all the CAT exam dates, test duration & sessions, eligibility criteria, CAT 2022 registration dates & fees, number of test centres among other details. 

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 24. CAT 2023 Exam: Highlights & Important CAT Exam Details
Following are the key highlights of IIM CAT exam details for CAT 2023  

 

CAT Exam Date 2023
Sunday, November 26, 2023
CAT Entrance exam sessions
Likely to be Conducted in 3 sessions – Morning, Afternoon & Evening on same day
Which IIM will conduct CAT 2023?
IIM Calcutta
CAT 2023 Testing Mode
Computer based exam but not an online exam
When to Check for CAT 2023 Notification
From July 31, 2023 onwards
Details to Check in CAT 2023 Notification
CAT Exam details, Application fee, Registration dates, MBA courses by IIMs through CAT 2023
Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT 2023 for MBA admission 2024
20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs, IMI, IMT& 1000 other MBA colleges in India
How to Apply for CAT 2023?
Application process is online only
CAT Official Website for CAT 2023 Form Filling
IIMCAT.AC.IN

 

25. CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022
Below are the important points that determine CAT eligibility criteria 2022

  • A candidate with minimum 50% marks in graduation can appear in CAT 2022
  • A final year student in graduation can also appear in CAT 2022 conducted by IIM
  • There is no age limit to apply and appear in CAT 2022 Read & Check your CAT exam Eligibility

26. Why is CAT 2022 so Important for MBA Aspirants?
CAT 2022 is the largest MBA Entrance exam for MBA admission 2023 in 20 IIMs and more than 1000 other top MBA colleges including FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IITs among others who accept CAT score for admission.  MBA admission opportunity at more than 20000 seats in top colleges, will be offered to the students for 2023-25 batch with CAT 2022 score.  

 

So, if you are planning to pursue MBA from one of the top MBA colleges in India and also want to appear in only the best admission test for the best management institutes, Common Admission Test (CAT) 2022 is the answer. CAT is the largest and prestigious MBA entrance test and its score is accepted not only by all the IIMs but also almost all the best MBA colleges in India. It is the only MBA entrance exam which can lead you to MBA admission with your high as well as very low percentile. More than 3000 MBA colleges in India accept CAT score. These are high RoI low fee, moderate fee and high fee management institutes where you can explore MBA admission opportunity through CAT exam score. Besides, CAT exam over the years has become moderate difficulty exam with short duration and a graduate with only 50% marks can appear in the exam.

 

27. Which IIM Conducts CAT Exam? Past CAT Conveners
Going by the tradition, one of the six older IIMs conducts CAT on behalf of 20 IIMs for admission to their flagship MBA and other management programmes. In 2015, Common Admission Test (CAT) witnessed many changes when it was conducted by IIM Ahmedabad. Since then, the exam has seen various changes.

 

This year, IIM Bangalore is conducting CAT 2022 with some new changes in test content and structure. Professor Ashis Mishra, faculty in Marketing Area and Chairperson Admissions at IIM Bangalore is the Convener of CAT 2022 exam. This is the second time that IIM Bangalore is conducting CAT exam within a span of 7 years. Earlier, IIM Bangalore conducted CAT in 2016. Last year IIM Ahmedabad conducted the CAT 2021 exam with many changes. Below are shared the details of CAT conveners since 2015

Exam
CAT Convener
CAT Conducting IIM
CAT 2022
Dr Ashis Mishra
IIM Bangalore
CAT 2021
Dr M P Ram Mohan
IIM Ahmedabad
CAT 2020
Dr Harshal Lowalekar
IIM Indore
CAT 2019
Dr Shubhasis Dey
IIM Kozhikode
CAT 2018
Dr Sumanta Basu
IIM Calcutta
CAT 2017
Dr Neeraj Dwivedi
IIM Lucknow
CAT 2016
Dr Rajendra K Bandi
IIM Bangalore
CAT 2015
Dr Tathagat Bandyopadhyay
IIM Ahmedabad

28. FAQs on CAT: Answers by Experts

 

Q. Is CAT Registration Last Date Extended? What is the revised date?
A.
CAT exam registration last date is extended by 7 days from September 14 to September 21, 2022 till 5 PM

 

Q. How many Questions are expected in CAT 2022?
A.
CAT 2022 exam is expected to consist of 66 to 70 questions

 

Q. How difficult is the CAT exam
A.
While some of the questions are of moderate difficulty level, some are more difficult

 

Q. Do IIMs provide any document and guide how to attempt CAT 2022 Exam?
A.
IIMs release CAT practice test with complete navigation guide on the  official website iimcat.ac.in. You can familiarize yourself with the functionality and navigation of the actual exam. You can also attempt CAT Mock Tests and CAT previous years question papers with answers at MBAUniverse.com

 

Q. Quant and DI questions in CAT require too much calculations. Can I take a calculator to the testing centre?
A.
No, but the onscreen calculator is available throughout the exam. You can use that

 

Q.What is the Scoring Pattern in CAT 2022? Do the wrong answers carry any penalty of negative marking?
A.
The CAT question paper is divided into MCQs and Non-MCQs. Each correct answer in CAT 2022 is awarded +3 marks for all the questions but the MCQs carry a penalty of -1 mark for each wrong answer. For the Non-MCQs (Known as TITA Questions), there is no penalty of negative marking. Besides there is no penalty for any unattempted questions whether MCQ or Non-MCQ.

 

Q. How a Non-MCQ is different from MCQ type question?
A.
For a non-MCQ type question, you must type the answer in the given space while for the MCQ you only need to click on the most appropriate answer option

 

Q. What is the number of Non-MCQs overall and section wise in the CAT question paper?
A.
Out of the total overall questions in CAT exam, there are about 25% to 28% Non-MCQs. The same principle applies to each section. Exact number of Non-MCQs in CAT 2022 depends upon the total questions in the Exam.

 

Q. Can I choose the order of sections while attempting the CAT question paper?
A.
No, You should answer the sections in a pre-specified order. This order is same for all the candidates. Besides, each section has an individual time limit of 40 minutes, so after the individual section time is over, you will be taken to next section automatically.

 

Q. Can I submit the paper early and leave the test center before the exam time is over?
A.
No, the CAT paper cannot be submitted before the test duration of 2 hours is over. You can neither leave your seat, nor can leave the test centre early 

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CAT 2022 exam date is November 27, 2022 and the exam will be conducted in three slots of two hours each. The exam pattern for CAT 2022 is completely changed with fewer number of questions by IIM Bangalore which is conducting CAT this year. Some of the features in CAT exam pattern – like number of sections, scoring pattern, sectional and overall time limit are not changed.

 

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CAT Notification 2022 Released: Download Pdf, Exam on Nov 27; Registration starts on August 3; Check Registration Fee, Eligibility, Top B-schools

IIM Bangalore has released CAT 2022 Notification on July 31, 2022 on the official exam website iimcat.ac.in through a Media Release. The notification contains all the important CAT exam details including Registration dates, fee, CAT admit card date, CAT exam date, IIMs participating in CAT 2022 among other details

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Self Preparation for CAT 2022

CAT 2022 Self Preparation: How to Crack CAT with Self preparation - Books, Strategy, Tips by Toppers 

IIM Bangalore is conducting CAT 2022 and the likely CAT exam date is November 27, 2022. The exam offers tough competition to get into IIMs or other top B-schools. A large number of CAT toppers crack CAT with self preparation and more than 60-70 percent CAT aspirants preferred self-preparation in the past also by making a well devised Self Study plan for CAT Exam Preparation at home on their own. Accordingly self preparation for CAT is a good idea as per the experience of the past CAT toppers who were not only able to crack CAT with self preparation but also scored high enough to get a seat in one of the top IIMs.

 

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CAT Online Preparation 2022

CAT online Preparation: Best & Cost Effective CAT Preparation Module

CAT 2022 Exam is likely to be conducted by IIM Bangalore on Sunday November 27, 2022 in 155+ cities in India as a computer based test. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the top coaching institutes are largely offering CAT preparation online 2022 instead of class room coaching.

 

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CAT Preparation 2022

CAT 2022 Preparation: Check Your 5 Month Prep Plan; How to prepare - Books, Strategy, Options, Tips by Toppers 

 

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CAT Preparation Books: Best Books, Section-Wise CAT 2022 Books

CAT 2022 Preparation Books: Best Books, Section-Wise CAT Books

 

If you are preparing for CAT 2022 exam with an aim of getting admission in 2023 in one of the top 3-4 IIMs, FMS or other top MBA colleges accepting CAT, the best time to prepare for the exam is now. Reading the CAT preparation books could be one of the best preparation strategy for you.

 

However, with so many CAT preparation books flooding the market, it is not only difficult but also confusing to choose the best and most relevant preparation books for CAT exam. Making the right choice of subject wise CAT preparation books to crack CAT 2022 is the first step in your CAT preparation journey. 

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Verbal Ability for CAT 2022: Pattern, Questions and Preparation, Tips

Verbal Ability (VA) is an important part of CAT preparation for VARC section. CAT Verbal Ability questions will constitute 33% share in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Section in the CAT 2022 exam.  The largest MBA entrance exam leading to admission 2023 in IIMs, FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, IITs, IMI, IMT, NITIE among other top MBA colleges, CAT 2022 is a computer based test. This year IIM Bangalore is conducting CAT 2022 exam on November 27, 2022

 

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CAT Mock Test By IIM 2022

IIMs will release Official CAT Mock Test 2022 in October last week, with complete details how to attempt actual CAT exam on November 27, 2022 as per the revised CAT 2022 test pattern on official CAT exam website iimcat.ac.in. CAT 2022 official mock test is considered as the replica test of actual CAT exam pattern. This IIM CAT Mock test contains all the details about the expected number of questions, overall and sectional time duration, how to navigate among other important guidelines for actual CAT test paper.

 

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Reading Comprehension For CAT

Reading Comprehension (RC) For CAT 2022: RC Tips For CAT, RC Questions

 

Reading Comprehension or RC is the most important topic in CAT exam. It commands highest sectional as well as overall weightage in CAT exam score.  Out of the three sections in CAT exam, the first Section consists of Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) topics. Read below the important of RC based questions in IIM-CAT exam, weightage, Key Trends, what is the composition, how to prepare, how to solve RC based questions and more 

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Data Interpretation for CAT 2022: DI Questions and Answers, Tips & Tricks

Preparing for the Data Interpretation for CAT 2022 is an important part of overall CAT preparation. It commands 16% weightage in overall CAT exam and 50% weightage in DILR section. Scoring high in Data Interpretation can take you through the IIMs admission process.

 

CAT DILR Preparation: As Important as Other Two Sections
Many candidates who scored 99 percentile in CAT could not get a call from any IIM only because of the reason that their score in DILR was below the IIMs cut off. The CAT Data Interpretation proved to be the most difficult and time consuming section resulting in a low score for them. 

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Logical Reasoning for CAT 2022: Composition, Best Books, Previous Year Questions, Toppers’ Tips

If you can develop good logic in your approach to understand and solve a Reasoning problem, you can learn faster than those who find it difficult to logically approach a problem. So, How to prepare Logical Reasoning for CAT, depends upon your understanding of topics and type of CAT Logical Reasoning Questions and Answers that appear in CAT LR section.

 

LR preparation for CAT therefore, depends upon how much efforts and practice on variety of LR questions you have done.

 

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Quantitative Aptitude for CAT 2022

CAT 2022 Quantitative Ability: Composition, Difficulty Level, Topics, How to Prepare-Toppers’ Tips

Quantitative Ability (QA) in CAT exam is the last and 3rd but most important section which can improve or reduce your CAT score substantially. CAT Quantitative Aptitude questions contribute 34% share in overall CAT exam . Out of 3 sections in CAT exam with 66-70 questions, the QA questions in CAT are divided into MCQs with negative marking and Non-MCQs without negative marking.

 

A three dimensional approach is recommended on CAT Preparation for Quant section. The key aspects of CAT Preparation for Quant section are:

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CAT Previous Year Question Papers

Previous CAT Exam Papers: Solve Latest Question papers free; Check answers and assess your CAT Readiness 

 

CAT previous year test papers are released every year by IIMs since 2017. These CAT previous question papers with answer keys for last few years are brought to you with detailed solution by MBAUniverse.com.

 

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CAT 2022 Exam Date and Timings

IIM Bangalore is conducting CAT 2022 Exam on Sunday, November 27, 2022 and the CAT exam timings are divided in three slots of morning, afternoon and evening sessions of two hours each. The CAT 2022 exam timing for slot-1 begins at 8.30 AM followed by slot-2 at 12.30 PM and slot-3 at 4.30 PM. 231000 candidates have registered for CAT 2022 and 195,000 are expected to appear in CAT 2022 on Nov 27. To avoid any delay due to Covid protocol and GoI guidelines, CAT Centre has advised the candidates to reach the test centre 90 minutes before the exam commencement time. 

 

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CAT Sample Paper 2022

CAT 2022 Sample Papers are the right source to boost your CAT preparation level. With the help of CAT sample papers, you can assess your CAT 2022 preparation as these papers, prepared by experts are based and updated as per the revised CAT exam pattern. The Sample Question Papers For CAT 2022 will guide you about the probable CAT questions 2022.  

 

The CAT sample paper pdf consists of probable CAT questions with answers of varying difficulty level. These Sample Question Papers for CAT 2022 can be attempted online and are based on actual CAT papers.

 

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CAT Mock Test: Free CAT Mock Tests 2022

CAT 2022 Mock Test: 10+ Full Length Free Online CAT Mock Tests; 1000+ questions with solutions by experts; Official Mocks by IIMs with solutions; Sectional Quizzes; Toppers’ Test Taking Strategy

 

If you are seriously preparing for CAT exam 2022 and wish to score high percentile, it is necessary to attempt more and more Mock Tests to get ready for CAT exam day. This article, prepared by experts contains full length and sectional Mocks with low to high difficulty level for CAT exam 2022 as per latest CAT exam pattern. 

 

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CAT Online Coaching 2022 : Top Preparation Institutes, Fee, Offerings

CAT Coaching Institutes can be broadly divided into two types: Classroom CAT Coaching Institutes (like TIME, IMS, CL) and Online CAT Coaching Institutes (think Byjus and 2IIM). Due to rising popularity of Online programs, traditional Classroom Coaching Institutes have started offering Online coaching in a big way. All three top players, ie TIME, CL and IMS are offering many online coaching programs for CAT 2022. In last few years, Online Coaching Institutes like Byjus and 2IIM have improved their offering by incorporating student feedback. Then there is free CAT online coaching material available also.  

 

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CAT Coaching: Best CAT Coaching Institutes in India 2022, Best CAT Coaching Centres

Top CAT Coaching Centres: Check MBAUniverse.com List of Best Institutes with Fees, Modes of Coaching in Delhi NCR, Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Bangalore and 15 + Cities

 

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CAT Admit Card 2022: Key Dates, CAT Hall Ticket

CAT Admit Card 2022: Live on Oct [email protected] iimcat.ac.in; Exam on Nov 27; Check Last Date, How to Download CAT Hall Ticket

 

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CAT 2023

CAT 2023: Exam Highlights

Following are the key highlights of IIM CAT 2023 exam details  
CAT 2023 Exam Date
Sunday, November 26, 2023
CAT Entrance exam sessions
Likely to be Conducted in 3 sessions – Morning, Afternoon & Evening on same day
Which IIM will conduct CAT 2023?
IIM Calcutta
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CAT Percentile Predictor & Calculator 2021: Live Now! Check CAT Percentile Here

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IIM Call Predictor 2022: CAT College Predictor

IIM & B-school Call Predictor 2022 - Predict Colleges based on Admission 2022 Criteria, CAT Cutoffs & Your Profile

 

CAT Exam Results are out! Soon, IIMs will release their shortlists one by one after release of CAT result. But you do not have to wait till then! Check your chances to get a call from top IIMs - IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta and other top B-schools like FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon by using the IIM Call Predictor 2022 below. 

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CAT Exam Analysis 2022: Check Key changes in Paper Pattern, Difficulty Level, Cut offs

CAT 2022 Analysis: Exam on Nov 27; Expect Moderate Difficulty Paper with 66-70 Questions

 

CAT 2022 Exam date is November 27, 2022 and the exam will be conducted in three slots in 155+ Cities at 435+ test centres. Around 2 lakh candidates are expected to take the test.

 

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CAT Exam Centers 2022: Check State Wise Test Centers List

CAT 2022 will be held in 158 test cities at more than 400 exam centres across the country. All the 10 test cities of Delhi NCR have been split into separate test cities. Earlier IIMs clubbed all these Delhi NCR cities into one exam city as NCR. The applicants who are planning to choose Delhi, New Delhi, Noida, Gurugram. Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Panipat, Greater Noida and others, can choose any 6 preferred test cities.

 

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CAT Answer Key 2022: Expected on December 4; Check How to Download CAT Answer key & Check CAT Score

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CAT Result: Check How to Download Your Score Card

CAT Result: Key Dates, How to Download, Important Details to Check

 

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CAT Score Vs Percentile 2022

CAT Score Vs Percentile: Check the Likely Cut offs, Conversion Process, Top Colleges

 

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2022 is the mandatory entrance exam for MBA/PGP admission 2023 in 20 IIMs and other top B-schools like FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurugram and IITs DMS. This year, IIM Bangalore is conducting CAT on November 27, 2022 in three slots of 2 hours duration.   


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