CAT 2022: Highlights

It is imperative that you understand the basics of the CAT exam before you begin your preparations. Here are the highlights of the CAT 2022 exam-



Name of Exam

CAT (Common Admission Test)

Conducting Body

Indian Institute of Management

Official website

Type of Exam


Time Duration

120 minutes


Management courses


3- morning, afternoon and evening slots

Sections in Exam

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Time per section

40 minutes each

CAT 2022: Exam Dates

The CAT notification informs candidates about the official timeline of the CAT exam including the start date of registrations, admit cards, exam and results. Given below are the tentative deadlines for CAT 2022-



Notification Release

July 2022


August- September 2022

Admit Card Issue Dates

October 2022

Exam Date

November 2022

Publishing the Solution Key

December 2022

Results Declaration

January 2022

Also read: How to get into an IIM?

CAT 2022: Eligibility Criteria

The CAT 2022 eligibility criteria are expected to be along the same lines as CAT 202. The CAt exam has no age limit, though a bachelor’s degree is required. Some of the tentative details of the CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria are:

Note: Students who have passed in the last two years and been given a certificate for “promotion/pass” instead of “award of marks” can opt for the “Promotion/Pass” option in the CAT 2022 application form.

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

CAT 2022: Exam Pattern

The CAT 2022 exam pattern will follow the structure of CAT 2021 with a reduced number of questions.

Here is an overview of the CAT 2022 exam pattern along with paper details based on previous CAT papers:




Total Questions

Time Allotted


Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension




40 minutes

VA- 3 parajumbles, 2 odd sentence parajumbles, 3 parasummary

RC- 4 passages with 4 questions each.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning




40 minutes

4 sets of Questions

2 sets with 4 questions each.

2 sets with 6 questions each.

Quantitative Aptitude




40 minutes

Dominated by Arithmetic, followed by algebra.

4 questions of geometry.





120 minutes

Read in detail: CAT Exam Pattern

CAT 2022: Syllabus

The IIMs do not release an official CAT syllabus making it tricky to study and prepare accordingly. The basic outline of the syllabus includes the Maths and English syllabus from school, which does not narrow down the problem any further. However, based on past papers, candidates can identify the most frequently covered topics for each section.

Here is an overview of the most common topics covered in each section-


Main Topics


Parajumbles, parasummary, facts, inferences, reading comprehension


Bar graph, pie chart, Venn diagram, seat arrangement, blood relations


Arithmetic, algebra, modern maths, geometry, number systems

CAT 2022: Changes in the Past Years

The CAT exam has changed over the past few years due to the pandemic. Here is an overview of the exam pattern and syllabus across the past few years-




Time Allotted (minutes)




No. of Questions




VARC Questions




DILR Questions




QA Questions




CAT 2022: How to Register

The registration process for CAT 2022 begins soon after the CAT 2022 notification is released. Thus, registrations would tentatively begin at the start of August 2022. To register candidates must have a valid email id and phone number.

Here are the steps to successfully register for CAT 2022.

Step 1: Open the official CAT website and select the New User to register. Fill in the details required and submit to verify the account.

Step 2: An OTP will be sent to the official mail and mobile no. Enter the OTP and very your account.

Step 3: On thte official mail the candidate will then receive the user ID and password to log into their account.

Step 4: Once logged in, the candidate can fill out all the details including personal details, academic details and work experience.

Step 5: The documents will be uploaded during the registration process including a photograph, signature and reserved category proof.

Step 6: The candidate must also select their preferred programmes and their university of choice.

Step 7: In the application, the student will also be required to select 6 test centres according to their preference.

Step 8: After reviewing the application, the applicant will be required to pay the application fee online.

Step 9: Once the fee is paid, the candidate will receive a confirmation of their registration via mail.

CAT 2022: Documents for Registration

Candidates should have all their documents scanned and ready for upload during registration according to the guidelines. Some of the documents required for the application process are:

CAT 2022: Application Fee

After the candidate has filled out the application form, uploaded the documents and checked all their details, they will be directed towards the payment page. The exact application fee will be released according to the CAT 2022 notification. Based on the official notice, the candidate must pay the registration fee within the registration window to successfully submit their application. The mode of application fee payment is through a Credit Card, Debit Card or Net Banking.

The expected CAT 2022 application fee is:


Payment Mode

Application Fee



INR 2,200



INR 1,100

CAT 2022: Exam Centres

During the registration process, the candidate will be required to choose six test centres in their order of preference. As of 2021, there are 158 test cities, the list will be updated on the official site as the CAT 2022 dates draw near. The aim of the conducting body is to allot the candidates atleast one of the preferred locations if possible. The candidates will find their exam centre of the admit card.

CAT 2022: Reserved Category

During the registration process candidates are required to mention if they belong to a reserved category. Candidates who wish to declare that they are a part of a reserved category should do so during registration and attach their certificate of proof as later changes to this section are not entertained.

Given below are the reserved categories-

Reserved Category


Scheduled Caste (SC)


Scheduled Tribe (ST)


Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC)


Economically Weaker Section (EWS)

Up to 10%

Person with Disabilities (PwD)


CAT 2022: Downloading the Admit Card

Every candidate who successfully registers for CAT 2022 will have access to their admit card from the day it is released according to the CAT 2022 notification. The tentative timeline for issuance of the admit card is from October 2022 till the CAT exam.

The details provided in the CAT Admit Card are stated below:

Candidates should check and verify their personal details on receiving the admit card and ensure that everything is in order. In case of errors, you can contact the relevant authorities to rectify the discrepancy at the earliest.

CAT 2022: After the CAT Exam

After the CAT exam has come to an end, the conducting body will release the solution key, response sheet and question paper in the following weeks. The details will be available for download on the official website.

These papers can help candidates review their answers and identify the approximate oercentile they can score. Thus predicting the IIM calls as well.

The conducting body will first release a provisional answer key soon after the exam is over. It will be followed by a window to raise objections and challenge the answer key. Once the window closes the authorities will release the final answer key.

CAT 2022: Result & Scorecard

The results for CAT 2022 will tentatively release in January 2023. The scorecard will be available on the official website.

Each candidate must log in to their account to access and download the score card.

The scorecrad will include the overall and sectional scores of the candidate along with their percentile.

Like all the previous CAT exams, the CAT 2022 exam is valid only for admissions to b-schools for the 2023-25 academic year.

Check Out: CAT 2021 Result

CAT 2022: Institutes Accepting CAT

The CAT exam is the most popular MBA entrance exam with over 2 lakh registrations every year. It is the key to getting admission to one of the IIMs among various other top b-schools in India. Here is a list of the best institutes that require the CAT scores for admissions to their MBA programmes.

Given below are the reserved categories-