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CAT (Common Admission Test) - Indian Institute of Management (IIM) is considered as
India's premier national institutes provide quality management education and research. 
IIMs primarily offer postgraduate, Doctorial, and executive education programs.
The program of IIMs is a two-year post-graduate program. These two programs are residential in nature.

Admission to the two-year post-graduate programs in IIMs is based on Merit and involves a
rigorous selection process comprising of a Personal Interview, Written Ability Test / Group 
Discussions, and scores in the Common Admission Test which is commonly known as CAT.

CAT is a management aptitude test conducted by the IIMs primarily to evaluate and shortlist 
candidates for the postgraduate program. It is a computer-based exam and the candidate has to follow the due process of registering in order to appear for this exam conducted once a year.

CAT (Common Admission Test) is a national-level entrance examination, which is conducted
for admission to management programs in the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) and top  B-Schools across the country. It tests a candidate on his quantitative ability, data 
interpretation skills, verbal ability, and logical reasoning.

CAT also serves as the eligibility criteria for being admitted into the business administration
courses in various IIMs spread across the country. The test is designed to evaluate the
management aptitude of students by testing their analytical and communication skills. It 
demands up to three to four months of intense preparation.

The test is open to all graduates. Usually, the CAT examination will be held in November every
year. CAT is conducted online at the examination centers. In August 2011, it was announced
that the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) and Indian I

CAT Exam Highlights 

Exam name  Common Admission Test (CAT)
Organised by  Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)
Exam level National
Frequency Once a year
Mode of exam  Computer-based
Number of IIMs 20
Application fee  Rs 2300
Application mode Online
Admit card mode Online
Duration of the exam 3 hours
Type of questions MCQ and Non-MCQ


CAT exam date November 27, 2022
CAT result  January 8, 2023 (Tentative)

CAT Eligibility 2022

The candidates must hold a Bachelor's Degree, with at least 50% Marks or Equivalent CGPA
[45% in case of candidates, belonging to the Schedule Caste (SC), Scheduled Test (ST) and Persons with Disability (PwD) Categories],

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 is may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principle / Registrar of their University / Institution

Educational Qualifications CAT 

Bachelor's degree in engineering/technology (4 years after 10+2/Post B.Sc./Post 
Diploma) or B.E / B.Tech or its equivalent examinations

Any qualification recognised by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi which is
equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree awarded by UGC recognized University/Institutions

Candidates who are aiming to appear for the CAT entrance test should submit the 
registration form successfully. The CAT 2022 registration window opens at 10.00 AM on 03 August, 2022 and will close at 5.00 PM on September 14, 2022.

CAT Application Fee 

Candidates have to pay the prescribed application fee to complete the CAT registration
process. The application fee can be paid through net banking, debit card, credit card, BillDesk, PayU and Paytm.

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

    For General Category Candidates – Rs 2300/-
    For NC - OBC Category Candidates – Rs 2300/-
    For SC/ST/PwD Category Candidates – Rs 1150/- 
    For All Others – Rs 2300/-

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 of their SC / ST / PwD certificates at the time of registration. Fees once paid
cannot be refunded under any circumstances

CAT Exam Pattern:

Once a centre is allotted to a candidate, no change is permitted.

CAT 2022 is a Computer Based Test (CBT). Therefore, candidates have to answer within 120 
minutes (2 hours). It contains 3 sections with a total number of 100 questions. CAT 2022 exam pattern remains on the lines of CAT official Mock test released by IIMs a month before the CAT exam.


CAT 2022 Test Pattern:

The test comprises of three sections:

(a) Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
(b) Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
(c) Quantitative Ability

Section Total Question Total MCQs with -Ve Marking  Total MCQs without -Ve Marking  Maximum Marks
Verbal Ability & Reading 
34  24 to 27 7 to 10 102
Data Interpretation & Logical 
32 24 8 96
Quantitative Ability 34 23 to 27  7 to 10 102


    Total No. Questions: 100
    Number of sections: 3
    Questions with negative marking (MCQs): 75
    Questions without negative marking (Non-MCQs): 25
    Score awarded for each correct answer: 3 Marks
    Negative marking (Applicable for wrong answers in MCQs): -1 mark

Candidates will be allotted exactly 40 minutes for answering questions in each section and
they will not be allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.

Each section is time bound for one hour and candidates are not allowed to switch between 
any of the sections within this one-hour duration. However, candidates are free to answer any 
of the questions within a particular section. Candidates need to ensure high score in each of
 the 3 sections as there is also a sectional score cut off in IIM's for shortlisting.


CAT Syllabus

CAT Exam tests the skills of the aspirant in four main sections : Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Logical & Analytical Reasoning and Data Interpretation. It is also a test time management.

1. Mathematics or Quantitative Section.
   Some of the core concepts in maths and quant subjects are:
   Percentages and its applications.
   Ration and Its applications.
   Numbers and its applications.
   Geometry and its applications.

2. English or Verbal Section.
   Prominent topics in this section are as follows:
   Critical Reasoning (and its numerous applications).
   Reading Comprehension.

3. Analytical Reasoning Section.
   Important topics under AR are:
   Blood Relations.
   Direction Sense.
   Data Structures.
   Clocks and Calendars.

4. Data Interpretation Section.
   Problems related to organised and unorganised data are quite common in this section. Core topics
   are as follows:
   Line Graphs etc.

IIM Ahmedabad will declare CAT 2022 results. The CAT Result 2022 will be declared in the second week of January 2023 on the CAT official website.






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  • Exam Name CAT
  • Exam LevelNational Level
  • EligibilityBachelor's Degree
  • Preparation Periodmore than 12 Months
  • Duration of Exam3 hours
  • Mode of Examonline
  • CAT Total FeesRs. 2300 per year
  • Frequency Once a year
  • Passing Criteria