CAT 2022 Eligibility criteria has been revised with many aspirant friendly changes due to Covid pandemic. Last year the CAT convening IIM had removed the requirement of of minimum 50 or 45 percent of marks in graduation for appearing in the CAT exam due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which had resulted disruptions in the evaluations across the country. This exception was applicable only for the candidates who had completed the bachelor’s degree in 2020 and 2021. This relaxation was applicable for writing CAT 2021 but the candidates who did their graduation in 2020 and 2021 may continue having this relaxation, unless otherwise is specified by CAT convening IIM for CAT 2022.

For those who completed their graduation earlier or are completing their graduation in 2022, the CAT eligibility criteria for CAT 2022 will be based on marks obtained in bachelor’s degree. The CAT Eligibility Criteria for General & Reserved category candidates define different percentage of marks in the qualifying graduation degree. 

CAT 2022 Eligibility
To appear in CAT 2022, you should have one of the following academic qualifications

CAT Eligibility for Candidates Who Graduated before 2020

General  & NC-OBC Candidates

SC/ST/PwD Candidates
Reserved category candidates applying for CAT 2022 are eligible if they possess one of the following qualifications:

CAT Eligibility for Students who did graduation in 2020 or 2021

CAT Eligibility for final year Students who are appearing in graduation in 2022

CAT Eligibility Age
There is no CAT eligibility age bar for any category of candidates who are applying for IIM-CAT 2022 exam.  

Key Points to ensure your CAT Exam Eligibility 2022

A. Completed Bachelor’s degree, or
B. Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage, or 
C. Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree  

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022: Clashing point in CAT Vs IIM Eligibility
Over the years the CAT exam eligibility criteria has more or less remained same. Some changes in CAT eligibility were introduced in 2014. After that, IIMs MBA admission eligibility and CAT exam eligibility criteria have faced few clashing points.

CAT eligibility for 2022 prescribes ‘No Age Bar’ to appear in the CAT 2022 exam nor the IIM MBA eligibility restricts any candidates to seek admission on the basis of age bar. However, one of the clashing points in CAT exam eligibility and IIM MBA eligibility is that although you are allowed to appear in CAT 2022 exam with 2 years of graduation in old system, but you are not allowed to pursue the management course at IIM unless you have completed graduation degree with minimum 3 years duration. Except this anomaly, CAT eligibility for 2022 and IIM MBA eligibility for 2023-25 batch remains the same. 

Who is Not Eligible for CAT 2022? IIMs Define

CAT Eligibility Determination: Conversion of CGPA/Grades to Percentage of Marks

To determine CAT Eligibility in case of CGPA is given and no percentage of marks is shared on the marks-sheet, the percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution.

The conversion to percentage of marks from Grades/CGPA 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. 

Reservation of Seats

The category wise Seat Reservation in IIMs is as below:

CategoryPercentage of Reserved Seats in IIMs
Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)  7.5%
Other Backward Classes of NC-OBC27%

The Eligibility criteria for CAT exam has not been much changed for CAT 2022. CAT 2022 Eligibility criteria feature some aspirant friendly changes. IIMs have kept the eligibility for CAT Exam on the same ground over the years. The only eligibility criterion change in CAT eligibility was introduced in 2014 when IIMs had announced to accept two years of graduation in CAT exam which continues as the CAT 2022 eligibility criteria also

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