CAT 2023 Registration Last date closes on Sept 14, 2022 at 5 PM. To avoid any last minute rush and possible technical glitches, it is recommended to register for CAT before the last date. The registration process is open at official CAT website with an application fee of Rs.2300/-. 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.  

Table of Contents   What is CAT Exam?How to Apply for CAT 2022? Step by Step CAT Registration & Application ProcessCAT 2022 Exam: Key Features & HighlightsCAT Exam Pattern 2022: Key Changes & Revised StructureCAT 2022 Exam Syllabus: Overall and Section wise syllabusExpected New Changes in CAT 2022CAT 2022 Previous Year Exam AnalysisBest CAT Preparation Books for VARC, DILR, Quant SectionsCAT Preparation with Top CAT Coaching Institutes Top CAT Coaching Centers in IndiaSelf & Coaching Mixed CAT PreparationToppers’ Tips for CAT PreparationCAT Preparation with CAT Mocks: How do CAT Mocks help in CAT Preparation? CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022Why is CAT 2022 so Important for MBA Aspirants?Which IIM Conducts CAT Exam? Past CAT ConvenersCAT 2022 Cut offs for IIMs for Admission 2023 through CATCAT 2022 Cut off for Non-IIMs: Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT other than IIMs MBA Courses Offered by IIMs through CATCAT Exam Centers in IndiaCAT 2022 Admit CardCAT 2022 Result & IIMs’ Final Selection ProcessCAT 2022 Important DatesImportant Changes in CAT Exam over the YearsImportant Points about CAT 2022CAT Exam 2022 Notification: Key Details CAT 2023 Exam: Highlights & Important DetailsFAQs 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:

  1. A computer based test conducted at more than 155 test cities and 400+ test venues
  2. Since 2020, CAT exam duration is reduced to two hours from earlier three hours
  3. The exam is divided into three sections of Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning; Quantitative Ability
  4. Each Section in the exam has to be attempted in a fixed individual time limit.
  5. 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. 

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

2.1 CAT 2022 Registration: Step by Step Process
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 and Create Profile
  2. Fill in the Registration & Application Form
  3. Make Online payment of CAT Registration Fee 

 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

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 FormCommon Admission Test,conducted on yearly basis for MBA admission by one of the 6 older IIMs 
CAT Exam Date 2022November 27, 2022
CAT Entrance exam sessionsLikely to be Conducted in 3 sessions – Morning, Afternoon&Evening on same day
CAT 2022 Conducting InstitutesIIM Bangalore. IIMs are the CAT conducting Institutes
CAT Entrance Exam ModeComputer based exam but not an online exam
When to Check for CAT 2022 NotificationFrom July 31, 2022 onwards, at; and in Newspapers
Details in CAT Notification 2022CAT Exam details, Application fee, Registration dates, IIMs & their management programmes through CAT
Maximum Age Limit to appear in IIM CATNo Age Limit, Graduates with 50% marks can apply
Number of Questions in CAT 202266 questions divided in 3 sections
CAT Exam Time Duration on CAT 2022 Exam Date2 hours for each Slot
Sectional Time limit40 minutes for 1 section
Name of sections and number of questionsVARC-24 Questions; DILR-20 questions; Quant-22 questions
Expected Difficulty levelModerate to Difficult
Order of SectionsPre-fixed, no change allowed
Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT 2022 for MBA admission 202320 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs, IMI, IMT& 1000 other MBA colleges in India
CAT Exam Fees 2022Rs.2300/-
How to ApplyApplication process is online only
CAT Official Website for CAT 2022 Form FillingIIMCAT.AC.IN
IIMs’ Application FeeNo 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 in last 10 years are:

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

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 componentsMCQs (With negative marking) Non-MCQs  (TITA Qs Without negative marking)Total Questions
Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) (Time limit: 40 Minutes)19524
Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) (Time Limit: 40 Minutes)15520
Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA) (Time Limit: 40 Minutes)14822
Total (Overall) (Time limit: 120 Minutes)481866

  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

5.1 CAT Syllabus Section-Wise

Sectional DivisionOverview of Topics in the CAT Syllabus 2022Weightage in exam
Quantitative Ability (QA)  Arithmetic, Modern Math, Number System Algebra, Mensuration, Trigonometry, Geometry34-36%
Data Interpretation& Logical Reasoning (DILR)Data Charts, Data Tables, Bar Graphs, Venn Diagrams, Seating arrangement, Team formation, Clocks & Calendars30-32%
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)Long & Short Passages Jumbled Paragraphs; Para-summary32-34%

6. Expected New Changes in CAT 2022
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 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:

7. CAT 2022 Previous Year Exam 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:

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

8.1.2 CAT Preparation Books for DILR

8.1.3 CAT Preparation Books for QA

 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

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 InstitutesClass room or online CoachingCity wise CAT Preparation Center Location
TIMEBothDelhi, Noida, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Gurgaon among total 100+ centres  
Career LauncherBothDelhi, Noida, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Gurgaon among 80+ centres
IMSBothDelhi, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Pune, Ahmedabad among 50+ centres  
Byju’sOnlineOnline Coaching via Tablet anywhere in India & Abroad
2IIM.comOnlineOnline coaching course with videos, quizzes, practice tests, and slideshows. Classroom coaching in Chennai only
MBAGURUBothCentres across Delhi located in CP, Rajouri Garden, Pitampura, Kailash Colony  
Arun Sharma’s MindworkzzBothMindworkzz has 3 centres in C P, Delhi and offers online coaching as well
EndeavorBothAhmedabad, Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Pune among 20+ centres across India
BullsEyeOnlineOffers Online Coaching
TathagatClassroom coachingCentres located in Delhi, Noida
AlchemistClassroom coachingCP-Delhi, North Delhi, West Delhi and Gurgaon

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:

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

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

Total MCQs (With negative marking)19
Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking) 5
Total Questions24
Key Sectional Highlights4 RC Passages with 18 to 19 MCQs; VA 5-6 Non MCQs divided into Para jumbles, Para Summary, and Out of Context Sentences

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:

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

Total MCQs (With negative marking)15
Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking) 5
Total Questions20
Key Sectional HighlightsLR – 12 Ques DI – 8 Ques All in Sets of 6 & 4 Qs

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:

Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)

Total MCQs (With negative marking)14
Total Non-MCQs (Without negative marking)  8
Total Questions22
Key Sectional HighlightsHigh on Arithmetic. Other on Log, Geometry, Roots, Algebra 

 12. Toppers’ Tips for CAT Preparation

Previous CAT Toppers studying at IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Udaipur, FMS, SPJIMR, MDI have shared with 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 TopperStudying AtCAT %ileProfile
Shubham BajajIIM Calcutta99.98B-Tech in CSE from IEM Kolkata, worked with  Nomura
Nancy JainIIM Calcutta99.72B.Tech from IGDTUW, worked at Tata Motors
Ekansh GuptaIIM Calcutta99.91B.Tech, from NIT Jamshedpur. Worked at EXL Services as Risk Analyst for a US bank
Nandan GoelIIM Calcutta99.95BMS from Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, DU, worked at DE Shaw
Yashvi BansalIIM Udaipur94.72BBA Marketing from Auro University Surat
Venkata Satya SrikarMedisettiIIM Udaipur98.44B.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: 

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:

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:

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:

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:

15. 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.

16. 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

ExamCAT ConvenerCAT Conducting IIM
CAT 2022Dr Ashis MishraIIM Bangalore
CAT 2021Dr M P Ram MohanIIM Ahmedabad
CAT 2020Dr Harshal LowalekarIIM Indore
CAT 2019Dr Shubhasis DeyIIM Kozhikode
CAT 2018Dr Sumanta BasuIIM Calcutta
CAT 2017Dr Neeraj DwivediIIM Lucknow
CAT 2016Dr Rajendra K BandiIIM Bangalore
CAT 2015Dr Tathagat BandyopadhyayIIM Ahmedabad

17.  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 IIMsMinimum CAT Cut off percentile Required
IIM Ahmedabad80
IIM Bangalore85
IIM Calcutta85
IIM Lucknow90
IIM Indore90
IIM Kozhikode90
IIM Tiruchirappalli92
IIM Shillong90
IIM Udaipur92
IIM Rohtak95
IIM Kashipur92
IIM Ranchi92
IIM Raipur92
IIM Bodhgaya92
IIM Jammu92
IIM Sambalpur92
IIM Sirmaur92
IIM Amritsar85
IIM Nagpur85
IIM Visakhapatnam80

18. 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
Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) New Delhi97
Management Development Institute (MDI) Gurgaon94
SPJIMR Mumbai85
DMS-IIT Delhi90
SJMSoM-IIT Bombay90
International Management Institute (IMI) New Delhi90
Institute of Management Technology (IMT) Ghaziabad90
K J Somaiya Institute of Management Mumbai85
T. A. Pai Management Institute (TAPMI), Manipal85
FORE School of Management (FSM) New Delhi85+
Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management (LBSIM) New Delhi85
Great Lakes Institute of Management (GLIM) Chennai80

19. 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 AmritsarMBA, EMBA, MBA-Business Analytics, MBA-HRM
IIM Bodh GayaPGP
IIM CalcuttaMBA
IIM KashipurMBA, MBA (Analytics), EMBA
IIM KozhikodePGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, PGP-LSM, EPGP (At Kochi campus)
IIM RanchiPGP, PGP-HRM, PGP (Business Analytics)
IIM SambalpurMBA, Executive MBA
IIM SirmaurMBA, MBA (T&HM)
IIM TiruchirappalliPGP, PGPM-HR, PGPBM

19.1 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

20. 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

StateTest Cities
Andaman & Nicobar IslandsPort Blair
Andhra PradeshGuntur; Kakinada; Kurnool; Nellore; Rajahmundry;  Tirupathi; Vijayawada;  Visakhapatnam
Arunachal PradeshItanagar
AssamDibrugarh; Guwahati; Silchar
BiharAurangabad; Muzaffarpur; Patna; Purnea
ChhattisgarhBhilai; Raipur
DelhiDelhi; New Delhi
GoaMadgaon; Panaji
GujaratAhmedabad; Anand; Gandhinagar; Rajkot; Surat;  Vadodara
HaryanaAmbala; Bahadurgarh; Faridabad – Gurgaon; Hisar; Palwal; Panipath; Rohtak; Sonipat
Himachal PradeshSimla; Waknaghat
Jammu & KashmirJammu; Samba
JharkhandBokaro; Dhanbad; Jamshedpur; Ranchi
KarnatakaBanglore; Belagavi (Belgaum); Dharwad; Gulbarga; Hubli; Mangalore; Mysore; Udupi
KeralaErnakulam; Kasaragod; Kollam; Kozhikode; Malappuram;  Thrissur; Trivandrum  
Madhya PradeshBhopal; Gwalior; Indore; Jabalpur; Sagar
MaharashtraAhmednagar; Amravati; Aurangabad; Jalgaon; Kolhapur;  Mumbai, Navi Mumbai; Nagpur; Nanded;  Nashik; Pune; Raigad; Satara; Solapur; Thane; Ulhasnagar
OdishaBalasore; Berhampur; Bhubaneswar; Cuttack; Dhenkanal; Sambalpur; Rourkela
PunjabBhatinda; Chandigarh; Fatehgarh Sahib; Jalandhar;  Ludhiana; Mohali;  Pathankot; Patiala; Ropar; Sangrur
RajasthanAjmer; Alwar; Jaipur; Jodhpur; Kota; Sikar; Udaipur
TamilnaduChennai; Coimbatore; Madurai; Namakkal; Thanjavur; Tiruchirappalli; Tirunelvelli
TelanganaHyderabad; Karim Nagar; Warangal
Uttar PradeshAgra; Allahabad; Barabanki; Bareilly; Ghaziabad; Gorakhpur; Noida – Greater Noida; Kanpur; Lucknow; Mathura; Meerut; Muzaffarnagar; Varanasi
UttarakhandDehradun; Roorkee
West BengalAsansol; Bankura; Burdwan; Durgapur; Hooghly; Howrah; Kalyani; Kolkata; Siliguri

21. 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

22. 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:

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.”

22.1 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

22.2 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.

22.3 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.  

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

EventsCAT Important Dates
CAT Notification Release Date 2022July 31, 2022
CAT Registration Start DateAugust 3, 2022
Last Date to Apply for CAT exam 2022September 14, 2022 
CAT 2022 Registration & Application FeeRs.2300/-
CAT 2022 Admit card Download Start dateOctober 27, 2022
Last Date for CAT 2022 Admit Card DownloadNovember 27, 2022
CAT 2022 Exam dateNovember 27, 2022
CAT 2022 Result dateJanuary 5, 2023 (Expected)  

24. 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 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.

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

25.1 When CAT is Conducted?

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

25.3 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.

25.4 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.

25.5 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.

26. 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. Check Below

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