CAT Application Form 2022: Process Begins in Aug 1st week; Check Time-Line, Step by Step Process

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May 12, 2022

Latest Updates: IIM Bangalore is likely to conduct CAT 2022 exam on November 27, 2022. The CAT online application process 2022 is expected to start in the first week of August, 2022


The process of CAT Online Application form filling for CAT 2022 is expected to begin at 10 AM on August 5, 2022 after release of CAT 2022 Notification. The CAT 2022 application form submission last date will close after more than 45 days of CAT application form Start Date. Conducted by IIMs every year, Common Admission Test (CAT) is the largest MBA entrance exam leading to admission in top MBA colleges of India. This year IIM Bangalore is likely to conduct CAT 2022 on November 27, 2022 in two or three slots. The exam will have a combination of MCQs and Non-MCQs to provide level playing field to the students of all streams. 


Read below all about the key requirements & check points for CAT exam 2022 application, CAT application form start date, CAT application form Fees, Step by Step CAT Application Process 2022 for CAT online application 2022, CAT application form Last Date among other details


CAT Online Application 2022: 5 Check Points & Key Requirement
CAT application 2022 process is online. So you need a computer with good connectivity. Following are the key check points you should know before proceeding for filling in the CAT application form 2022

1. Check your Laptop/Desktop for fast connectivity

2. The recommended browsers to fill the Application form are:

  • Internet Explorer (version 11 and above)
  • Mozilla Firefox (version 50 to 61)
  • Google Chrome (version 50 to 69)

3. Make sure that your E-mail Id is working as you will need it throughout the CAT exam and even after till the admission process in IIMs is not completed

4. Make sure that you have with you all your academic details from class 10 onwards; details about your work experience if any; Category reservation certificate (if applicable)

5. Keep the instruments ready to pay the CAT application fee like Net Banking, Credit/Debit card


CAT Application Form 2022: Important Dates

CAT 2022 Online Application Activity
Key Dates
CAT Application Form 2022 Start date
August 5, 2022
CAT Application Last Date
September 15, 2022 
Closing time on last date to fill CAT Application form 2022
5.00 PM
CAT 2022 Application Fee
CAT 2022 Application form last date with late fee
Not Applicable

Note: All dates are Tentative


CAT Application Form Fee 2022
Application fee for CAT 2022 is likely to increase at Rs.2300. It includes IIM application Fee and CAT exam fee. By paying the CAT 2022 Application fee, you apply to all the 20 IIMs by default. Besides, all the candidates who complete their CAT 2022 application within the CAT Application 2022 window of more than 45 days will be treated at par in Test centre allotment and Test session allotment process. No change in the CAT online Application process is expected. The exam pattern is likely to remain same as that of last year and the exam will be conducted in 3 slots as was conducted last year.  

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CAT Exam Application Form 2022 : Key Features
CAT 2022 is the mandatory exam for MBA admission in 20 IIMs and other top MBA colleges. 

To appear in CAT 2022 you must apply for the exam first.

  • CAT 2022 application is online process at the IIM CAT 2022 website
  • CAT 2022 Exam application window will be of minimum 45 days from August 1st week to September 3rd week
  • The CAT Application Fee, IIM application Fee and CAT exam fee is included in the CAT exam Registration Fee
  • CAT 2022 online application is the first step to become eligible to appear in CAT 2022 exam
  • All the details on CAT application 2022 process for CAT exam will be released on official CAT 2022 exam website
  • Around 2,40,000 candidates are expected to apply for CAT 2022 online. Last year 2.30 Lakh candidates had applied for CAT exam 2021
  • It is advisable to register and apply for CAT 2022 a few days before the last date as during the last days of CAT application process, you may face some technical glitches
  • In case the CAT application form is not properly filled in and submitted at the last minute or the CAT online application fee payment is stuck in transit, you will have to apply again. It is advisable to complete your CAT online application 2022 as early as possible without waiting for last minute.    

Timely Submission of CAT Application Form 2022: Admission Opportunity in 20 IIMs
By completing your CAT Application 2022 and appearing in the exam, you become eligible to be considered in all the following 20 IIMs for admission 2023 selection process:


CAT Media Release

IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Indore
IIM Rohtak
IIM Nagpur
IIM Bangalore
IIM Kozhikode
IIM Tiruchirappalli
IIM Sambalpur
IIM Calcutta
IIM Kashipur
IIM Udaipur
IIM Sirmaur
IIM Lucknow
IIM Ranchi
IIM Amritsar
IIM Visakhapatnam
IIM Shillong
IIM Raipur
IIM Bodhgaya
IIM Jammu

In addition to 20 IIMs, more than 500 B-schools including FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, SJMSoM IIT Mumbai, DoMS IIT Delhi among others accept CAT scores. Check list of Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT. So, successful submission of CAT application online is the first and important step to get into IIMs and Top B-schools in India.  


CAT 2022 Application Guide
CAT 2022 application guide will be released by CAT convening IIM with the start of CAT application 2022 process at to help the CAT applicants to fill and submit CAT registration & Application form.  


CAT application guide will comprise all the key details how to register and how to fill CAT 2022 application form,  important instructions and do’s & don’ts that you should adhere to while filling in your registration & application form.  


How to Apply for CAT 2022?  
Now, coming to the most important point -- how should you apply for CAT 2022. CAT Registration and application 2022 steps are simple and can be completed easily following this step by step guide:

1. Login to CAT website and Create Profile
2. Fill in the Registration & Application Form in following steps
2.1 Fill in Personal Details in Application Form
2.2 Submit Academic Details from Class 10 onwards
2.3 Fill in your Work Experience
2.4 Select IIMs & Programmes that you wish to apply
2.5 Select your Preferred CAT Exam Cities ( IIMs offer a choice of 4 or 6 test cities)
3. Make Online payment of CAT Registration Fee 


Refer image below. We will take you step by step and give you all the details about how to apply for CAT 2022.

CAT application

Before we start Step by Step Guide, take note of the following important guidelines:


8 Important Guidelines for CAT Online Application 2022

  1. Keep the entire information like academic details, scanned photo & signature images, application fee payment instruments ready before filling up the registration & application form
  2. After receiving CAT ID and Password do not copy paste it to login window and for filling up application form as it may give mismatch message. Better to write it in the given spaces
  3. Move carefully to fill your CAT application form as given in the step by step process below
  4. It takes half an hour to complete the CAT registration and application form. However, you may complete it in parts also. Please ensure to save the application part that you have completed.
  5. You will not be allowed to move further on application form, if mandatory information is not filled up.
  6. Wherever needed, required Certificates, scanned images of photographs, signature are to be uploadedelse your application form will remain incomplete
  7. If you forget your password during the CAT online application process, you may click on the Forgot Password button on the Existing User login window. The new password will be sent on the email to you, and not as an SMS.
  8. Once you have made payment of application fee and submit the application, you will receive a confirmation mail. After this, changes to any information on the application form are not possible. 

10 Documents Required for CAT Online Application
Before you begin with the application process, remember to organize these 10 key documents required to complete the CAT application 2022 form:

  1. Documents related to your Educational history from class 10 onwards
  2. Mark sheets – Class-10
  3. Mark Sheet – Class 12th
  4. Mark sheet – Bachelor’s Degree/Diploma
  5. Final Year Certificate from the HoD/Principal (If in final year of bachelor’s degree) also previous year mark sheet
  6. Work experience Document, if any
  7. Applicable Certificates to upload (Category/Affidavits)
  8. Scanned images of your passport size photo and signature. See detail below.
  9. Keep ready the list of the IIM programmes to which you wish to apply, before you fill in the application form.
  10. Keep ready the application fee payment instruments like Debit/Credit cards, Net banking. 

CAT 2021 Application Form: Step by Step Process
Now, be ready to apply for CAT 2021. The CAT application process 2021 is open from August first week 2021 onwards. The CAT Application Form 2021 is divided in two parts – Registration and Application. The first part on Registration is meant for new candidates and second part on CAT application form is accessible for the candidates who have completed the first part of registration.  

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Below is shared the last year CAT online application form submission process. CAT application form 2022 will have same process and can be completed in following steps:


Step1: Login to CAT website to Create your Profile
First step is to visit CAT 2022 Website -- On the right hand, you will find the window that says ‘New Candidate Registration’. You need to click the ‘Register’ button below ‘New Candidate Registration’ as you are New User. Once you click ‘Register’, a new page titled ‘Register to get User ID and Password’ will open.


Image 1: New Candidate Registration Button

cat registration

Step-1.1: Register to Get User ID & Password
On ‘Register to get User ID and Password’ Page (see image below), enter your Name, Date of Birth, Email, Country, and Mobile Number. Then, click ‘Generate OTP’ button. You will get one-time OTP that you should verify. You also need to check ‘I agree’ box in Declaration section. Refer image 1.1 below.


CAT Centre 2022 will immediately send you CAT 2022 registration ID and password that you can use to login to CAT 2022 main Application Form.  

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Image 1.1: ‘Register to get User ID and Password’


CAT Fill Registration

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 Step-2: Complete CAT Application Form in Steps as below:
The step-1 of registration & application process is complete now. You should save your CAT ID and password. It will be required whenever you login in future. To proceed further to fill in online CAT application form, now you have to login at CAT website at the window  'Registered candidate login.' You will be directed to fill in the details in your CAT application form as in steps below.


Step-2.1: Fill in Personal Details in Application Form
First, fill your personal details like parents' name, gender, category, nationality, communication address among others. Then, you also need to upload your Photograph, Signature and Caste Certificate.

CAT Personal Details


Step-2.2: Fill in Academic Details from Class 10 onwards
After filling your Personal Details, next you will be directed to fill in all your academics beginning from Class 10 onwards like exam taken, Board/University, marks obtained, maximum marks, percentage of marks among others. The details of professional degree, if any are to be entered on this page.


CAT Academics


Step-2.3: Fill the Work Experience obtained after Graduation
After filling your Academic Details, next  page that opens is for work experience. If you are a candidate with work experience that you have earned after graduation, enter your experience in months as on 31st July 2022. Select which all industries (like Banking, Auto, IT…) you have worked and enter months of employment.


CAT Work Experience


Step-2.4: Select IIM Programmes & Interview Cities
This page of CAT application form requires you to select and tick against the preferred Programmes offered by 20 IIMs. Please note there is no extra fee to choose any programme. You can select and tick all the programmes. However, it is advisable to check your eligibility and then choose the programmes for which you are eligible. For example, if you are a fresher in humanities you are eligible for IIM Ahmedabad PGP programme, but you are not eligible for its FABM or executive programmes. So,Select the best IIM  programmes and then select the IIM Interview City for that programme from the  respective drop down  menu.  



CAT Programmes

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 Step-2.5: Select 6 preferred CAT Exam Cities
This is very important section of CAT application form 2022.  There are more than 155 test cities for CAT 2022 exam. Candidates can choose 6 preferred test cities in order of preference to appear in CAT 2022.   The choice of test cities should be made with utmost care to save on travel time with best mode of transport available, and in the manner that if you are not assigned 1st preferred city, other selected cities should also not be difficult to reach in time.


CAT City


Step-3: Make payment online for CAT 2022 Application Fee 
Payment of CAT application fee is the last step while completing your CAT Application form. The payment is to be made online. A General / NC-OBC candidate needs to pay Rs.2300 while an SC/ST/PWD candidate will pay Rs.1200 towards the application & examination fee. The final amount will also include applicable additional charges.


CAT application fee can be paid online through credit cards, debit cards and net banking, so make sure that you are making payment with one of these instruments.


cat registration payment

10 Points for Error Free Application Submission: How to Avoid mistake in CAT Application Form?  
Before you apply for CAT 2022, please note the following to successfully complete your application form:

  1. Carefully enter all the personal details in CAT application form 2022, no correction is allowed later 
  2. Review all the details you have entered on each page
  3. Please upload correct size of scanned images of your photograph & signature
  4. Download the EWS, NC-OBC, SC/ST, PwD Certificates from the CAT website, enter the required information and self-attest, scan as PDF documents & upload the certificates on the CAT website
  5. If you are a Person with Disability (PwD), Select yes in the CAT Application form, else you may not be provided assistance at the test centre like wheel chair support and Scribe
  6. If you need to use a Scribe for the test, arrange the Scribe and fill the Scribe Affidavit form available on the CAT website.
  7. After you submit the CAT application form 2022 online and make payment, no Editing is allowed, so be careful
  8. IIMs may open 2-3 days CAT application form Editing window after the last date is over. During the period you may re-upload your right size photograph, may edit a few details but no correction in Personal Details will be allowed
  9. Check that your CAT application form is successfully submitted and you have received the SMS from CAT Exam Centre after form submission
  10. In case you have made a mistake in the application form, you must register and apply again with a new email ID. Your CAT 2022 application will be considered for the latest application form submission and the Admit Card will be issued for the same. Please note that, you will not receive a refund for erroneous submission of application form nor will you get the Admit Card for your earlier Application.


CAT Application 2022: Major Changes
Compared to previous years, important changes in CAT application 2022 are introduced by IIMs:


  • The choice of test cities for Delhi NCR candidates in CAT application is now split into individual test cities like NOIDA, Ghaziabad, Faridabad among others as against one Delhi NCR test city which existed earlier. 
  • The CAT 2022 applicants can choose separate 6 preferred CAT test cities    
  • Your work experience earned after graduation will be calculated in days in CAT 2022 instead of months as was in previous years    


CAT Application Trends
CAT exam applications have gone up substantially in last few years. Number of candidates applying for CAT during last ten years are shared below:

CAT Registration Data


How to select Correct Photos for CAT 2022 Application Form: 
Check that you upload photograph as per the IIMs' prescribed criteria detailed as under to avoid rejection of your application Form 

cat sample photos

CAT Application Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. What is the CAT 2022 Application start date?
CAT Application process is likely to start on August 5, 2022.


Q. What is the CAT 2022 application fee?
Ans.  CAT exam application fee is expected to increase to Rs.2300/- for General category and Rs.1200/- for SC/ST category


Q. I am married and have changed my name after marriage. I am appearing in CAT for the first time which name I should enter in the CAT application form – Changed Name or as per the degree certificate?
Ans. Please enter your changed name. Provide the supporting documents for change of name at the time of examination, interview and admission.


Q. I have not received the CAT application Password although the application was successful and application fee has been paid. What to do now?
Click on the Forgot User ID/Password option on the Existing User login page. You will be prompted to enter your registered Email ID and a Captcha string. You will get your new password on your registered email address but not by SMS. 


Q. If I apply for CAT after 5 PM on the last date of CAT application, can I get successful registration message from IIMs?
Ans. No, you should complete your CAT application process before 5 PM. Usually IIMs close the CAT application process but in case of any technical glitches it may remain open for few hours more. However, the move is fraught with risk chances


Q. Can I apply for CAT 2022 in offline mode also?
No, you can submit only online application for CAT 2022


Q. Is it possible to amend mistake in CAT 2022 application after form submission?
 After submitting the CAT 2022 online application it is not possible to rectify the errors. You will have to re-apply.


Q. Can my score in Masters degree compensate for bachelors degree low score? I scored 76% in Masters but 49% in graduation, can I appear in CAT 2022?
Ans. No, you cannot, you need minimum 50% marks in graduation to appear in CAT 2022 if you are a general category candidate.


Q. What is the size and type of Photograph & signature to be uploaded on CAT 2022 application form?
Ans. The scanned image of your passport photo must be within the dimensions of 30mm X 45mm and for signature the dimensions are 80mm X 35mm.


Q. If I already have a category certificate, can I upload it on CAT 2022 application form or I need a new one?
 If you already have a certificate that fulfils the prescribed criteria, you may upload the same. 


Q. I was awarded only grades but not percentage of marks in academics? How should I fill it in CAT application form?
Ans. You should obtain a certificate from the Board/Institute/University specifying the equivalent marks which should be used for filling the online CAT 2022 application form 


Q. I have work experience in the Accounts & finance section of an Automobile company, what should I fill in the application form as the area of work experience - Finance or Automobile?
Ans. Your area of work experience is Finance but the type of company is Automobile. The work experience is to be entered in months till July 31, 2022  

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