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CAT details regarding Cat exam 2021

The Common Admission Test is the gateway to the most prestigious B- schools in the country. It is conducted once every year in the month of November in the online mode. Here we have mentioned some CAT details regarding the upcoming CAT 2022 examination.

CAT is a highly competitive exam and every year more than 2 Lac students apply for it. The result of the CAT exam is used to take admission into various business programs for schools all over India. Many fellowship programs also consider the scores of this exam. The prominent colleges that accept CAT exam scores are all the IIMs, FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, IMT Ghaziabad, MDI Gurgaon, IRMA Anand and many more.

CAT 2022 Important Dates (Officially Released)

The Indian Institutes of Management will conduct a computer- based Common Admission Test 2021 (CAT 2022) on November 28, 2022 in three sessions. Detailed information on CAT 2022 may be obtained from the CAT website.

CAT website:

This exam is a prerequisite for admission to various Post-Graduate and Fellow/Doctorate programs of IIMs. CAT scores are allowed to be used by listed non-IIM member institutions provided on the CAT website. IIMs have no role in the selection process for non-IIM institutions.

Below mentioned are the CAT details regarding all the dates associated with the CAT process:

EventsCAT 2022 Dates (Official)
CAT notification 2022 date (on web portals)July 31, 2022
CAT 2022 notification date (in newspapers)August 01, 2022
CAT Registration start dateAugust 04, 2022
Last date to fill CAT 2022 application formSeptember 15, 2022
CAT exam admit card download beginsOctober 27, 2022
CAT 2022 exam dateNovember 28, 2022
IIM CAT exam result declarationSecond week of January 2023

CAT Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2022

Please make sure to see these CAT details regarding the eligibility: 

• The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in the case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PwD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as an University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognised by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

• Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their University/Institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate.

Candidates applying for CAT 2022 should fulfil any one of the following conditions:

1. Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks*.

2. Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA/Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI)) with required percentage*.

3. Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage*

*SC/ST/PwD candidates should have a minimum 45%. For General, EWS and NC-OBC candidates, the minimum is 50%.

• The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades/CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/Institution. If any University/Institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.

• IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process. Applicants should note that the mere fulfilment of the minimum CAT eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for shortlisting by IIMs. Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a mobile phone number throughout the selection process.

How to Apply for CAT

You can register for CAT 2021 at the official CAT 2021 website, between 10:00 am on August 4, 2021 and 5:00 pm on September 15, 2021. The CAT details for the CAT registration steps are as follows:                                            

• Register to generate unique User ID and Password.

• Log in with the generated User ID and Password to fill in the Application form.

• Submit Application form after entering details and making online payment to complete the registration

and application process.

During registration, the mobile number and email address provided by the domestic candidates will be verified through an OTP sent to that mobile number and email address. Once the OTP is verified, the User ID and the Password will be sent on the registered email address and or on the registered mobile number to complete the registration process. Overseas candidates will receive the OTP on their email address only.

Once the OTP is verified, both the User ID and Password will be sent to the registered email address. Using these credentials, you can login as a Registered User to fill up the Application form. Applicants do not have to complete the application form in a single session. Applicants can save their current session and login later to complete their Application form. This can be done multiple times.

Once the payment is made and the Application form is submitted, applicants will not be allowed to make any changes. You can only view and print the Application form after submitting the Application form. Details are available on the Application submission page.

To understand the registration procedure for CAT 2022, see the Registration Video on the CAT website.

No change in the category will be entertained after CAT registration. The applicants are advised to pay attention while registering.


CAT Form Payment for Registration Fee

• ₹1100 for SC, ST and PwD candidates.

• ₹2200 for all other candidates.

Please note that a candidate needs to pay the registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for. SC, ST and PwD candidates must upload a copy of their SC/ST/PwD certificates at the time of registration. Fees once paid cannot be refunded under any circumstances.

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

Here are some important CAT details regarding the how the exam is conducted:

The CAT 2022 Exam constitute 3 sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), Quantitative Ability (QA). The CAT Exam is held as a Computer Based Test (CBT) with duration of 2 hours. Each section of the CAT exam is allocated 40 minutes and there is no concept of carrying that time forward to other sections.

The CAT exam pattern has changed a bit over the years, however, for the past 4 years, it has remained constant. But CAT 2020 added a new element to the table by reducing the exam duration from 60 minutes to 40 minutes per section. This change in the CAT 2020 Exam Pattern had come as a surprise to many candidates and has been enforced due to the COVID 19 Crisis.


Total Questions in CAT Exam76
Total Marks228
Total Sections3
Total Duration120 Minutes
Negative Marking-1 for Each Incorrect Attempt
+3 for Correct Answers
0 for not Attempted
Sectional DetailsQuantitative Aptitude (QA),
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), &
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (DILR)

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Exam pattern of the last 3 years indicates that the section consists of two primary components:

• Reading Comprehension

• Verbal Ability


Reading Comprehension:

• Accounts for over 70% of the question (18 questions out of 26)

• Question Format: MCQs with few TITA (Type in the Answer) questions

• There are usually 4 passages in this section (2 larger ones and 2 smaller ones)

Verbal Ability:

• Relatively small sub-section with only 7 to 8 questions

• Includes questions in the form of:

o Paragraph-jumbles

o Summary questions

o Picking the odd sentence out


Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Section:

This has been the most challenging section according to the CAT exam pattern for the last 3 years. As the name suggests, the section consists of two parts:

Data Interpretation

Logical Reasoning

Let us mention some important CAT details for both of these:

Data Interpretation

• Consists of 4 sets usually which individually have 4 questions each.

• These questions can be based directly on data that can be extracted from tables/graphs shown in the set or may require further calculation

• MCQs and TITA Questions with usually 3 MCQs and 1 TITA Question per set


Logical Reasoning Section:

• Consists of 4 sets

• Based on Blood Relations, Arrangements, and combinations of topics

• There is a combination of MCQs and TITA questions with one TITA question being part of each set

Quantitative Aptitude

This is the section that most candidates prepare for the most. This is because the CAT exam pattern and syllabus for this section is the most fleshed out amongst all the sections.

It is the section which can make or break the exam for most candidates. It consists of 18 to 20 MCQs while the other questions are in the form of TITA questions. There is no specific division in terms of topics which carry higher weights compared to its compatriots. Thus, candidates have to go through the entire syllabus in order to be confident of scoring well in this section.

The CAT exam pattern and syllabus for the Quantitative Aptitude section consist of:

Number Systems


Profit, Loss and Discount

Simple and Compound Interest


• Speed, Time & Distance

Time & Work

Ratio & Proportion


• Quadratic Equations

• Complex Numbers


• Binomial Theorem 

• Sequence and Series

Surds & Indices

Probability and Permutation Combination

Set Theory


Geometry and Mensuration

Mixtures and Allegations


In the past, the CAT used to be famed for their difficult QA section but recently the IIMs have reduced the difficulty level of this section in order to accommodate non-engineers. This has also led to higher scores and cut- offs in this section. Hence, candidates now need a better Cat Exam Result.

CAT Exam Syllabus

For the CAT exam, there is no predefined syllabus. The syllabus is mainly from the middle school topics of Maths and English with some generic logical reasoning questions. A few of the important CAT details of the syllabus are:

CAT Quantitative Aptitude:

The syllabus for CAT quantitative aptitude mainly includes topics from 8th to 10th standards like Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra, Number System, Modern Maths, etc.

CAT Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation:

The logical reasoning section includes a wide variety of questions based on Linear Arrangements, Games & Tournaments Complex Arrangements, Number Based Puzzles, Critical Path, Team Selections & Groupings, etc. The Data Interpretation section includes questions mostly based on Caselets, Line & Bar Graphs, etc. 

CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension:

Reading Comprehensions (Commonly called as RCs) are the major portion of this section. Apart from that Verbal Ability Based Questions like Para Jumbled, Para Completion, Odd Sentences etc. are also asked. 

List of Colleges Accepting CAT Scores

S.No.College NameLocationWebsite LinkCut-Off Percentile (Expected
for 2020)
1Indian Institute of
2Indian Institute of
3Indian Institute of
4Indian Institute of
5Indian Institute of
6Indian Institute of
7Indian Institute of
8Indian Institute of
9Faculty of Management
10Management Development
11Indian Institute of
12Indian Institute of
13National Institute of
Industrial Engineering
14Indian Institute of
15Indian Institute of
16Indian Institute of
17Indian Institute of
18SP Jain Institute of
Management and Research
19Indian Institute of
20Indian Institute of
21Indian Institute of
22Institute for Financial
Management and Research
23Great LakesChennai
24Department of Management
Sciences (PUMBA)
25ICFAI Business School (IBS)Hyderabad
26Lal Bahadur Shastri
Institute of Management
27T.A. Pai Management InstituteManipal
28International Management
29Welingkar InstituteBangalore
30Indian Institute of
31Xavier Institute of
32Indian Institute of
Financial Management
33Indian Institute of
34Jamia Milia IslamiaDelhi
35National Institute of
36Banaras Hindu UniversityVaranasi
37Institute of Management
38BML MunjalGurugram
39Alliance UniversityBangalore
40Indian Institute of
41Amity UniversityNOIDA
42Panjab UniversityChandigarh
43FORE SchoolDelhi
44Nirma UniversityAhmedabad
45Institute of Rural
46Indian Institute of Mass
47Birla Institute of
Management Technology
Greater NOIDA
48Goa Institute of ManagementGoa
49Lovely Professional
50Loyola Institute of Business

Expected cut- off for CAT exam

The category wise and section-wise cut- off for IIM Ahmedabad for the year 2020 is as follows-


NC-OBC- Transgender65656575

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