CAT Notification 2022: Exam Dates, Application Form, Eligibility Criteria

The CAT 2022 is expected to be held in November 2022, following the notifications of past years. The CAT Notification will be uploaded on the official website. It will contain the details about the CAT Exam Date, the reservation policy, the CAT 2022 Registration deadlines, the CAT 2022 Exam Slots, etc.

Here are the tentative timelines for the CAT Notification 2022:

  • CAT 2022 Official Notification Release - July 2022
  • CAT 2022 Registration Commences - August 2022
  • CAT 2022 Registration Completes - September 2022
  • CAT 2022 Issuance of Hall Ticket- October 2022 onwards
  • CAT 2022 Exam Date - November 2022  
  • CAT 2022 Publishing the Solution Key - December 2022
  • CAT 2022 Solution Key Challenge Process - First week of December 2022
  • CAT 2022 Declaration of Result - January 2023

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CAT 2022- Overview of the examination

CAT (Common Admission Test) or CAT exam is the premier MBA Entrance Exams in India which is accepted by hundreds of B-Schools. Around 2.30 lakh candidates registered for CAT in 2021, out of which 1.92 lakh candidates appeared for the CAT 2021 Exam. The number of candidates appearing for CAT this year is estimated to be more than the previous year. CAT 2022 will be conducted across 156 cities in the country, at prometric ION Digital Zones managed by Tata Consultancy Services. In order to appear for the CAT 2022 Exam, one needs to complete the registration process within the stipulated deadline. The registration timeline, which will be released in the CAT 2022 Notification, includes a registration start and ending deadline.

Read in detail: CAT 2022

CAT Notification 2022: Other Important Information

As soon as the CAT notification 2022 will be released around July 2022, candidates would have the option of downloading the entire document from the updated CAT website. The CAT Notification 2022 will mention the names of twenty IIMs and their registered programmes which a candidate can go through. As it is a time-consuming process, it is advisable to keep a notebook handy while going through the IIM list and write down your choice in the order of preference so you would quickly finish the registration process which will start a week after the release of the notification.

Also read: How to get into an IIM?

CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria

The CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria will be released as a part of the CAT 2022 Notification. It is very similar to the CAT Eligibility Criteria from 2021. Some of the tentative details of the CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria are:

  • In order to be eligible for the CAT Exam, the candidate has to pass at least their Bachelor's degree with at least 50% (for General Category, EWS and for candidates from the NC-OBC caste). For SC/ST and Differently Abled (DA) candidates, the percentage required is 45%.
  • For the Degree to be counted, the University that has awarded the degree has to be recognized by the MHRD.
  • If the University awards grades or CGPA instead of marks, the conversion factor given by the University has to be used. If there is no conversion factor specified by the University, the CGPA has to be converted into percentage by direct conversion i.e. divide the CGPA received by the highest CGPA possible and multiply the result by 100.
  • Candidates who have completed their professional degrees with over 50% (45% for SC/ST/PwD) are also eligible for CAT.

Note: For candidates who are appearing for their final year in 2022 (graduating in 2022 or 2023), a promotion/pass certificate in the previous year will make them eligible to appear for CAT 2022.

For Candidates who passed out in 2021 or 2022, the minimum percentage of marks in the undergraduate course has been waived.

CAT 2022 Registration and Application form

The CAT 2022 Notification will be released around July 2022 and the registration process will tentatively start from August 2022 to September 2022. Students will require a valid email ID and phone number to register for CAT 2022 as mentioned in earlier CAT notifications too. Also, students need to continue using this account even after completion of CAT 2022, till the entire selection process of IIMs and other MBA colleges that you have applied for is over.

The steps in filling out the CAT 2022 Application form are detailed below according to the previous years' CAT Application forms:

  • The candidate needs to register as a new user and fill out his/her personal details on the first page of the CAT 2022 application form.
  • Personal details of family members are to be filled in the form
  • Following this, the academic details have to be added to the form (the marks of all the subjects have to be used in calculating the aggregate percentage irrespective of the policy of the board).
  • The next section includes the work experience details
  • The penultimate form section to be filled includes the choice of programs that the candidate wishes to apply to (IIM A, IIM B, IIM C, New IIMs, etc.)
  • The final section to be filled includes the test center city in which the candidate wishes to appear for CAT Exam 2022. Most of the time, the centers are allocated according to the wishes of the student.
  • Following this, the payment of the application fee has to be made.
  • Upon payment, there will be a confirmation email sent to the email ID filled as a confirmation of the payment as well as sharing the status of the application. The email will also contain your registration ID and password to log in to the CAT official website for the latest updates and notifications.
  • All future correspondence will be through this email ID.

Some of the documents required for this process are:

  • Scanned photograph and signature of the candidate
  • Grade Sheet from Xth and XIIth standard
  • Other documents depending on the candidate's qualifications (Work Experience Letter, Graduation Certificate, etc.)

CAT Exam 2022 Application Fee

In order to complete the CAT 2022 Registration process, the candidate needs to pay the application fee for the CAT 2022 Exam. The details about the amount will be released as per the CAT 2022 Notification and the candidates need to fill out the form and pay the amount within the registration window (August to September 2022) in order to be eligible to appear for the CAT 2022 Exam. The CAT 2022 Application fee is:

  • The application fee for General category candidates is Rs 2200
  • The application fee for SC/ST/PWD category candidates is Rs 1100
  • The mode of application fee payment is through Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking

CAT Notification 2022: Events Post Registration

Once you submit your CAT 2022 application form, the convening IIM will send you alerts regarding all the future events associated with CAT 2022, such as:

  • Successful completion of the CAT 2022 Application Process
  • Downloading the CAT 2022 admit card
  • Instructions and changes related to CAT 2022
  • Application Correction for 2022
  • Objection Window for CAT 2022
  • Declaration of CAT 2022 result
  • Your CAT 2022 percentile

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

While the CAT 2022 Exam Pattern has not been released officially, it is likely to continue with the pattern from CAT 2021. This can be inferred from the 3 exam windows (as informed in the CAT 2021 Notification) being available in the CAT Exam which means that the exam slots are likely to be 2 hours long. Here is the expected CAT 2022 Exam Pattern.

Here is a descriptive overlay of the CAT 2022 exam pattern based on the CAT 2021 Exam Pattern:

Important Module Key Element/ Elements

Test Administrator

To be Announced

Mode of the exam

Online Computer Based


Total: 2 hours

Section-wise: 40 minutes each

Number of sections

Three sections

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Data Interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR)

  • Quantitative Ability (QA)

Number of Questions per section

76 Questions in total

  • VARC - 24 Questions / 40 minutes

  • DILR - 20 Questions / 40 minutes

  • QA - 22 Questions / 40 minutes

Total Marks 

228 (2020)

198 (2021)



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Read in detail: CAT Exam Pattern

CAT Exam 2022 Syllabus

The CAT 2022 Notification will be released around July 2022, there is no official CAT 2022 Syllabus yet. Don't worry though, our Career Launcher experts have built the CAT 2022 Syllabus as per the topics tested over the years and will more than likely cover anything tested in CAT 2022.

There are three sections in the form of:

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

In 2021, the VARC section consisted of 24 questions, DILR section 20 questions and QA section 22 questions. If the CAT 2021 Pattern is followed, the VARC, DILR,and QA sections would fluctuate as per the pervious years pattern.

Here is the expected marking scheme of CAT 2022.

  • Each MCQ question has a marking scheme of +3/-1 while the TITA question has no negative marking which makes the marking scheme +3/0.
  • Each section is allocated 40 minutes without exception and time is not carried over from one section to the other.

Therefore the candidate needs to be competent across all sections rather than scoring heavily in any one or two sections. In the same spirit, there are usually sectional cutoffs for most of the better colleges.

The VARC section is majorly interpretation based and not vocabulary based, due to which it does not have a fixed syllabus. Thus reading level and grammar rules of Class X and some practice would allow the candidate to adequately prepare for the CAT exam 2022 syllabus for the VARC section.

The DILR section has no fixed exam syllabus and only practising different types of sets can help the aspirants prepare for the DILR section of the CAT 2022.
The QA section, like the VARC section, consists of topics from the CBSE Class X syllabus. The major topics in QA include:

  • Algebra
  • Arithmetic
  • Numbers
  • Geometry
  • Modern Maths

CAT 2022 Admit Card

The CAT 2022 Admit Card is one of the most crucial documents for every CAT 2022 Aspirant. The CAT 2022 Notification will contain the CAT 2022 Admit Card details. Admit cards will be available around August 2022 tentatively any time till the date of the CAT 2022 Exam.

It is required not only at the CAT 2022 Exam Center but also in some of the procedures post CAT 2022. The CAT Admit Card contains several details such as:

  • Name
  • CAT 2022 Exam Center
  • CAT 2022 Time Slot
  • Category
  • CAT Registration Number
  • Password
  • Exam Centre Instructions
  • Authorized Candidate Signatory
  • Declaration Form
  • Candidate's photograph

The personal details have to be carefully examined at the time of release to ensure that there are no mistakes in the CAT 2022 Admit Card. If there are some errors, the authorities should be contacted at the earliest to clarify these mistakes as soon as possible.

CAT 2022 Solution Key

The responsible authority will put up the solution key, individual response sheet and question paper of CAT 2022 following up the completion of the CAT 2022 examination. It can easily be downloaded from the official website to calculate your percentile and predict IIM calls. The CAT 2022 solution key will be delivered in two phases: preliminary and final. The answer key will be released the fastest after the CAT 2022 exam will give the preliminary solution key. Students are open to objecting against this CAT 2022 solution key. Keeping these objections in mind, the preliminary answer key will undergo further revisions and modifications. The final solution key will be released after convening IIM is 100% satisfied with the accuracy of the solution key.

CAT Exam 2022 Result

The CAT 2022 exam result will be uploaded on the official website ( and each candidate will be able to download his/her scorecard in its entirety after logging in. The CAT Exam result will be applicable only for the current academic year and will be declared in the second week of January 2023 tentatively.

You will be notified here once the official dates are declared.

The validity of the CAT 2022 result is one year. Hence only students who have given CAT 2022 will be considered for MBA batch 2023-25.

  • Steps to get CAT 2022 result
  • Open the CAT 2022 official website
  • Login to your account
  • Click on the "Scorecard" tab
  • Click download and save the file on your computer.
  • Open “downloads” and view the result file

Check Out: CAT 2021 Result

Top B-schools Colleges Accepting CAT 2022

As mentioned above, the CAT Exam is held for admissions into some of the best MBA colleges in India. Some of these colleges include:

...and many more Tier 2 and 3 colleges

Read in detail : MBA B School Ranking

Also read : CAT Cut off

CAT 2022 Notification & Registration: Important Dates

If you are looking to get an indication of the CAT 2022 timeline post the exam, you can have a look at the CAT 2021 Notification and Important dates mentioned below:



CAT 2021 Notification

31st July, 2021

CAT 2021 Registration Start

4th August, 2021

CAT 2021 Registration Deadline

22rd September, 2021

CAT 2021 Admit Card Release

28th October, 2021

CAT 2021 Exam Date

28th November, 2021

CAT 2021 Result Declaration

2nd January, 2022

CAT 2020 Notification & Registration: Important Dates

Have a look at the CAT 2020 Notification and Important dates as mentioned below:

Details Date

CAT 2020 Notification

29th July, 2020

CAT 2020 Registration Start

5th August, 2020

CAT 2020 Registration Deadline

23rd September, 2019

CAT 2020 Admit Card Release

28th October, 2020

CAT 2020 Exam Date

29th November, 2020

CAT 2020 Result Declaration

2nd January, 2020

CAT 2015-2020 Registration Pattern

The CAT population has been on a significant rise over the last few years. CAT is a gateway to pursuing a career in management from the best B schools in the country. Almost 100 top B schools grant admission based on CAT scores, including the twenty IIMs. We can understand the last 5 years' CAT Registration Pattern better in form of the graph presented below:

FAQs about CAT 2021

  • Are calculators allowed in the CAT exam?
    • - Physical calculators are not allowed in the CAT exam although the on-screen calculator is available on the computer
  • Are watches allowed in the CAT exam?
    • -No electronic gadgets are allowed in the CAT exam center. So, no watches, calculators, etc. can be taken inside the exam hall
  • Is there any age limit for CAT 2022?
    • - There is a lower age limit of 20 (due to graduation requirement) for giving CAT however there is no upper age limit.
  • How many times can I give CAT?
    • - There is no limit to the number of attempts for giving CAT.
  • How many years is the CAT score valid for?
    • - The CAT score is valid for one year before it expires.
  • In which month is CAT conducted?
    • - The exam dates has not been declared in the official CAT 2022 Notification. The CAT 2022 Exam will tentavily be held on 27/28 November 2022.
  • How much do I need to score in order to get a 90%ile in CAT?
    • - There is no fixed score to score 90%ile as it depends on how other people score. In CAT 2015, one needed to score 124 to get 90%ile while CAT 2016 pushed down the score to 105 CAT 2017 was 118.