CAT 2022 : All You Need to Know About The Upcoming CAT Entrance Exam

By Anjali Chowdhury|Updated : March 21st, 2022

Common Admission Test or CAT is a computer-based entrance test conducted every year  by the IIMs for the aspirants who desire to get selected in the top-B schools of India. The test mainly comprises of three sections – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, and Logical Reasoning. CAT score plays an important role in the selection procedure for getting admissions into the IIMs. Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISC) also use CAT for admission to their management programmes. 

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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022

In CAT 2021, there was a slight change in the eligibility criteria. The CAT Authorities had removed the minimum percentage of marks for CAT 2021. Also, the candidates who are in the final year of their Graduation Degree with “promotion/pass” instead of “award of marks” certificates in any of the last two years of the Bachelor’s Programme can enter the “Promotion or Pass” option in the application form. However, the eligibility criteria for CAT 2022 can be checked once it is updated on the official website. The eligibility criteria for CAT 2021 is given below for reference:

Education Qualification


Age limit

There is no age limit

Work Experience

Not Mandatory but fetches weightage as per the duration of experience

Required Marks in Graduation

50%(General), 45%(SC/ ST/ PWD)

  • Candidates should have completed their Graduation Degree with at least 50% marks (General Category) and 45% marks (Schedule Caste, Schedule Tribe and PWD)
  • Final year students who have completed their degree requirements and are waiting for their results are also eligible.
  • Students with a professional degree are also eligible (CA/CS/ICWA/Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI)
  • There is no age limit for the candidates to apply for the CAT exam.

CAT Exam Pattern 2022

  • There were 66 questions in total in CAT 2021 out of which for every correct answer +3 marks were rewarded and for every incorrect -1 mark is deducted.
  • There is NO NEGATIVE MARKING for the NON-MCQ questions.
  • The pattern of the questions is in both MCQ and NON-MCQ format.
  • The medium of examination is English.
  • Time allotted is 120 minutes (2 hours) for this test.
  • There is a time limit of 40 minutes for each section (Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension)
  • A candidate is not allowed to swap the section unless the allotted time is over. Once he/she switches over to the next section, he/she can’t attempt the questions of the previous section
  • The is a Computer Based Test.
  • On-Screen Calculator will be provided to all the candidates

Following is given the CAT 2021 exam pattern for the candidates to refer preparing for the CAT 2022 exam:

Exam Duration2 Hours
Expected Number of QuestionsVARC - 24
DILR - 20
QA - 22
Total - 66 Questions
Number of Shifts3 Shifts
Sectional Duration40 Minutes each Section
Total Marks198

CAT Exam Marking Scheme 2022

The candidates will be marked in the CAT exam as per the following marking scheme:

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Application Fees For CAT 2022

The application fees for the CAT 2021 exam is given below for reference:

  • Rs. 2200 for General Category candidates
  • Rs. 1100 for SC, ST, PWD category candidates
  • Payment can be done through online mode

List Of The Documents Required For The CAT 2022 Exam

  • A valid email address and phone number of the candidate
  • Marksheets of class 10th and 12th and Graduation (if cleared)
  • You must have a valid ID Proof (Aadhaar Card/PAN Card/Voter Card/Passport etc.)
  • Candidates will also be required to upload certain documents like passport size photograph, signature, etc. along with their CAT 2022 application
  • While scanning the documents, make sure that the document is not less than 150px/inch.
  • The signature should be done on the blank page in black ink.
  • Photograph and signature must be in jpeg/jpg format and the file size should not extend more than 80kb.
  • Excluding General Category candidates, other students need to submit their SC/ST/NC-OBC/EWS and PWD certificates
  • Payment can be done through credit card/debit card/net banking system

*The above mentioned list of documents are subject to change as they are according to the notification of CAT 2021.

CAT 2022 Important Key Points

  • The CAT 2022 exam is expected to be held on 27th November 2022.
  • The test is expected to be conducted in two shifts as seen in CAT 2021.
  • Every year one of the IIMs conducts the CAT exam. 


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