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CAT 2022: Exam Date, Notification, Eligibility, Syllabus, Pattern, Preparation Tips

Mahima Gupta
Mahima GuptaUpdated On: December 01, 2022 12:02 pm IST | CAT

CAT exam date 2022 was November 27, 2022, and the exam was conducted in various test cities across India. Read the full article below to know more details about the exam including the eligibility criteria, preparation tips, syllabus, exam pattern, admit card, result, and more.

CAT 2022: Eligibility Criteria, Preparation Tips, Syllabus, Pattern

CAT 2022 was conducted by IIM Bangalore. Every year, 1 out of the 20 renowned IIMs of India conducts the most popular management exam to help aspirants get admission to the top MBA colleges in India. The CAT 2022 exam date was November 27, 2022. Notifications for CAT 2022 were released on July 30, 2022. The registration process started on August 3 and ended on September 21, 2022. The correction window for CAT 2022 application form was open from September 23 to September 26, 2022. CAT 2022 will be held in three different slots and across 400 examination centers in India.

Meanwhile, candidates taking the CAT 2022 exam will be able to download the CAT 2022 Question Paper for Slot 1, Slot 2, and Slot 3, including the CAT exam analysis 2022, CAT 2022 answer key, and know about the CAT cutoff 2022 for IIMs from the links below. The test-takers can also get access to the memory-based questions that will be made accessible in a PDF format.

CAT Question Paper 2022
CAT Exam Analysis 2022
CAT Answer Key 2022 (Released)
CAT Cutoff 2022 for IIMs

Read this article further to know about all the details related to the CAT 2022, including important dates, registration process, eligibility criteria, test pattern, syllabus, and much more. Also, keep a regular check on the CAT’s official website ( for the latest updates.

CAT 2022: What is its Purpose?

A standard score for admission to all MBA colleges is what the CAT exam is intended to achieve. Cutoffs based on CAT Scores are announced by all participating CAT MBA Colleges, and individuals who meet them are summoned to further rounds. Candidates must fill out the CAT exam application form and appear for the CAT exam if they want to study an MBA at one of India's top business schools. For admission to their MBA programmes, 88 colleges other than the IIMs also use these scores.

CAT 2022 Important Dates

Check the important dates for CAT 2022 mentioned in the table below:



CAT 2022 Official Notification Date

July 30, 2022

CAT Registration 2022 Start Date

August 3, 2022

CAT 2022 Registration End Date

September 21, 2022 (Closed)

CAT Application Correction Window 2022

September 23-26, 2022 (Closed)

CAT 2022 Admit Card Date

October 27, 2022

CAT Exam Date 2022

November 27, 2022

CAT Answer Key 2022 Release

First Week of December 2022

Last Date to Challenge CAT 2022 Answer Key

First Week of December 2022

CAT 2022 Result Date

Second Week of January 2023

CAT 2022 Highlights

Check the table below for the important highlights of CAT exam 2022:

Exam Name


Full Form 

Common Admission Test

Exam Frequency

Once a year

Registration Form


Registration Fee

General: Rs. 2,200

SC/ ST/PwD/OBC: Rs. 1,100

Exam Mode

Pen-Paper Mode

Exam Duration

2 hours

Application Process


Exam Accepting Colleges

List of CAT 2022 Accepting Colleges

Courses Offered

MBA and PGDM courses in various streams

CAT Official Website

Helpdesk; 1800-2090-830

CAT 2022 Notification 

On July 31, 2022, the CAT official website published the CAT 2022 Exam Notification. IIM Bangalore has also made announcements on the CAT 2022 notification, the CAT exam application process, registration, important dates, syllabus, and other key information. Candidates should carefully read the CAT Exam Notification 2022 to make sure they are aware of all the pertinent information regarding the exam.

Who Administers the CAT 2022 Exam?

The CAT exam is administered annually by a range of IIMs on a rotating basis, and the IIMs alone offer about 5100 MBA seats. Nearly 2.30 lakh individuals apply for the CAT exam each year, which serves as a national-level management aptitude exam. The official notification for CAT 2022 was released by the IIM conducting CAT 2022 on July 31, 2022. The IIM that will administer the CAT 2022 exam can be determined from the table below. 

YearConducting IIM
2022IIM Bangalore
2021IIM Ahmedabad
2020IIM Indore
2019IIM Kozhikode
2018IIM Calcutta
2017IIM Lucknow
2016IIM Bangalore
2015IIM Ahmedabad
2014IIM Indore
2013IIM Indore
2012IIM Kozhikode
2011IIM Calcutta
2010IIM Lucknow

New Changes in CAT 2022

The changes introduced in the CAT exam 2022 are as follows:
  • A day before the scheduled date, the CAT 2022 notification was made available online. Up until last year, the official notification was released on July 31; however, this year, it was made public on July 30.

  • The CAT entrance exam fee for applicants who fall under the general/EWS/NC-OBC categories has increased from INR 2,200 to INR 2,300. It has increased from INR 1,100 to INR 1,150 for SC/ST/PwD candidates.

  • There are now 150 CAT test cities instead of 156.

  • Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI) has been added to the list of acceptable professional degrees in the CAT exam 2022 eligibility criteria.

  • Imphal has been added as a test city for CAT 2022.

  • Candidates must this year specify in the CAT application form if they have had their COVID-19 vaccination.

CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria

You can no longer apply for CAT 2022 since the registration process for that exam ended on September 21, 2022. However, you may still go through the CAT exam eligibility criteria below if you are planning for the next year's exam:

  • Students must possess a bachelor's degree or its equivalent from a recognized institution.     

  • Aspirants of the unreserved category must have at least 50% aggregate and SC/PWD/OBC/ST must have 45% aggregate in the test.

  • Students who are in their final years and waiting for the results to be released can also apply.                     

  • CA/CS/ICWA aspirants can also apply for CAT exam 2022.

CAT 2022 Application Form

The CAT 2022 application process began on August 3, 2022, at and ended on September 21, 2022. Listed below are the steps for filling the CAT application form.

Step 1: Visit the official website.

Step 2: Enter User ID and Password

Step 3: Applicants must enter details and submit the form.

Step 4: Pay the application fee through credit card/debit card/net banking.

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

Candidates can check the glimpse of the CAT exam pattern 2022 below.

Total Sections

3 (Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)

Test Duration

2 hours

Test Language


Question Type


Total Number of Questions


Total Marks


Negative Marking


Marks per Correct Answer


Marks per Incorrect Answer

-1 (No negative marking for TITA type of questions)

CAT 2022 Admit Card

The authorities released the CAT 2022 admit card on October 27, 2022, on the official website. Applicants must carry the admit card copy along with their photograph to the test centers. Candidates must download a colour printout of their CAT admit card. Since one copy must be submitted at the exam site, it is advisable to print two copies of the CAT 2022 admit card. Location of the test center, exam time, reporting time, and other pertinent data are printed on the CAT admit card.

CAT 2022 Syllabus

There is no prescribed syllabus for the CAT 2022 exam but most of the questions asked in the VARC section inlcude a wide range of English Grammar, Critical Reading, and Verbal Rationale discussions. The QA section covers Mathematics topics from 9th to 10th classes, including Geometry, Arithmetic, Quadratic equations, Measurements, and Coordinate Geometry. The DILR section will have questions based on Puzzles, Pie Charts, Tables, and Bar Graphs.

Preparation Guide for CAT 2022

For the CAT exam to be passed with a 99+ percentile, at least six months of preparation is needed. Conceptual clarity, practice, and revision are the three components of CAT 2022 preparation. The following is a summary of the most important tips for beginning your CAT 2022 exam preparation:
  • Based on your strengths and shortcomings, make a list of the CAT 2022 important topics.

  • Join study groups online on websites like Facebook, YouTube, Telegram, and others.

  • Compile important information from the best books and study materials for the CAT.

  • Allot one topic from VARC, DILR, and QA for each day of the week.

  • To gauge your level of understanding, practise two to three questions from the topic learned that day.

  • The number of things you cover each day should be increased gradually.

Also Read:

Time Management Tips for CAT

CAT Preparation Tips for Beginners

Important Topics for CAT & Subject-wise Weightage

50+ Important Formulas for CAT Preparation

CAT Last Minute Tips for VARC
CAT Last Minute Tips for DILR

CAT Last Minute Tips for QA
Dos & Don’ts for Writing the CAT Exam

CAT 2022 Answer Key

Based on past trends, the CAT 2022 answer keys for slots 1, 2, and 3 are anticipated to be made accessible on December 7, 2022. A response sheet will also be made available along with the CAT 2022 answer key so that candidates can evaluate their performance. Candidates must log in with their CAT ID and password in order to download the CAT 2022 answer key for the slot they have appeared. The CAT 2022 answer key will be made available as a PDF and will include all of the correct responses to the questions asked on the CAT 2022 exam. By entering their CAT ID and password, candidates can also download the CAT response sheet. They should match the answers marked on the CAT 2022 response sheet with the responses provided on the CAT 2022 answer key. Candidates may raise objections against any discrepancy in the answer keys provided by submitting supporting documentation. Along with the CAT results, the official CAT 2022 answer key will also be made available to the public. The CAT answer key 2022 will comprise details like CAT 2022 registration number, candidate’s name, date of exam, test-timing, exam centre details, questions, type of questions, Status, and right option/ answer.

CAT 2022 Result

CAT result 2022 is expected to be released in the second week of January 2023. CAT scorecards will also be released online and students would be able to check their overall and sectional scores mentioned on the results. The CAT 2022 scorecard will be valid until December 31, 2023.

We hope that this article helped you! For admission-related details, aspirants can fill out the Common Application Form (CAF) and avail free counselling from our experts. For any queries, students can write to us through the Q&A Zone or call on the toll-free student helpline number 1800-5729877.

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