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What After CAT 2022 Exam? Here are Some Important Things To Do

Anjani Chaand
Anjani ChaandUpdated On: December 26, 2022 01:24 pm IST | CAT

The process of MBA admissions through the CAT does not end with the conclusion of the exam. Candidates must be aware of what after CAT 2022 to make sure they secure admission into their dream B-School.

What after CAT Exam? Here are Some Important Things To Do

The Common Admission Test or the CAT exam is a single step in the entire process of MBA admission for management aspirants. There are several phases of the admission process that candidates need to go through before successfully enrolling themselves in their preferred management institute. After the conclusion of the CAT exam, most candidates assume that their share of the responsibility is over, but that is not the case. There are several important tasks that aspirants must tend to, for enhancing their chances of securing admission to their dream MBA college or university.

One of the first things that a candidate should do after the CAT 2022 exam is to assess their performance and estimate their scores as accurately as possible. You can use tools like the CAT 2022 Rank Predictor and CAT 2022 College Predictor to gain a better understanding of their admission prospects. 

CAT 2022 Result is out now and now students can start shortlisting CAT participating colleges into which they wish to take admission. You can check out more details about the CAT 2022 result, CAT 2022 score vs percentile analysis, CAT cutoff 2022 for IIMs, and other related information in the links below.

CAT Result 2022 LinkCAT Cutoff 2022 for IIMs
CAT 2022 Topper ListCAT 2022 100-Percentile Scorers
CAT 2022 Score vs Percentile

The exam conducting body of the CAT exam or the IIMs follows a highly sophisticated procedure to arrive at the final CAT percentile scores of every candidate. Using techniques like the CAT normalization process, the exam authorities make sure that every candidate is marked fairly. In this article, we have covered all the areas that aspirants should focus on after the CAT 2022 exam.

Important Dates After CAT 2022

Here are the dates for some of the important events after CAT 2022 is conducted:



CAT 2022 Result

December 21, 2022 (Released)

IIM Shortlist Release

To be Announced

GD/PI Process for MBA Admissions

To be Announced

Final List of MBA Admissions

To be Announced

What after CAT Exam 2022?

Provided below are a few pointers explaining what your next step should be after appearing for the CAT exam.

Steps to Follow After CAT

Analyze your Exam Performance

Firstly, check out the detailed exam analysis of the CAT to understand the question paper and the difficulty level of the exam. It is very essential to evaluate how your performance was before seeking admission to any MBA college. Given underneath are the credible sources talking about the CAT 2022 paper analysis in detail. Go through them to get a firm understanding of the exam.

CAT 2022 Analysis

Calculate Your Raw Scores in CAT 2022

Your raw scores will be calculated for each section based on the number of questions you have answered correctly, incorrectly, or omitted. You will be given +3 points for each correct answer and -1 points for each incorrect answer. There will be no points for questions that are not answered. This scoring methodology ensures that candidates are only awarded points for what they know. 

What is a Good CAT 2022 Percentile/ Score?

Find Out How the CAT 2022 Score Will be Evaluated

The CAT, like virtually all large-scale exams, will utilize multiple forms, or versions, of the test. While all forms are carefully assembled to ensure that the content is comparable, the difficulty of each form may vary slightly. Such minor differences in the overall difficulty level cannot be accurately measured until after all of the forms have been administered and the results analyzed.

To facilitate this comparison, each form will contain equating blocks comprising a predefined number of statistically profiled questions selected from a large item bank. By comparing candidate responses to these equating blocks across multiple forms, the ability level of the individuals can be evaluated and the precise difficulty of the forms calculated. The raw scores are then adjusted, as necessary, through a process called equating.

Equating assures fairness for all candidates by allowing accurate comparisons to be made of performance across all of the test forms. Equated raw scores are then placed on a common scale or metric to ensure an appropriate interpretation of the scores. This process is called Scaling.

How CAT Scaled Score will be Calculated for Three Shifts?

Check the CAT 2022 Normalization Process

CAT 2022 will be conducted in two sessions. Two different Test Forms shall be administered in two Test Sessions. To ensure fairness and equity in comparison of the performances of the candidates across different test sessions, the scores of the candidates shall be subjected to a process of Normalization. The Normalization process shall adjust for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. After normalization across different forms, the scores shall be further normalized across different sections. The scaled scores obtained by this process shall be converted into percentiles for purposes of shortlisting.

The process of Normalization is an established practice for comparing a candidate’s scores across multiple Forms and is similar to those being adopted in other large educational selection tests conducted in India, such as the Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). For normalization across sections, percentile equivalence will be used.

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What will be the Normalization Process for CAT Result 2022?

Here's what will come next after the CAT normalization process 2022:
  • Adjust for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms
  • Then the scores will be further normalized across different sections
  • The scaled scores obtained by this process shall be converted into percentiles for purposes of shortlisting For reporting purposes, Scaled Scores for each section viz., Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability (QA)) and Total score, along with the percentile shall be published

Also Read: Top B-schools that Accept CAT Percentile Below 90 other than IIMs

What is the CAT Percentile Ranking?

A percentile rank is the percentage of scores that fall below a given score. For example, a 75 percentile would imply that your score is greater than or equal to 75% of the total CAT test-takers.

Percentile rankings are provided for each section as well as for the overall exam score. Raw scores will not be made available under any circumstance, as they do not represent a fair interpretation of your performance to other candidates who have taken the CAT during the same testing window.

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Taking Admission into MBA Colleges in 2023

Based on your CAT percentile score, you will get a call from the colleges individually, provided you had already individually applied to that college earlier. Each college follows its application deadline – some before the last date of application for CAT and some after. Usually, many colleges keep their application deadline open till January of the next year.

Besides CAT 2022 percentile, MBA colleges follow their shortlisting parameter usually comprising of Essay Writing, Group Discussion, Statement of Purpose, Case Analysis, Personal Interview or Extempore, etc.

MBA Admission Process 2023-25

Important Things to Do After Taking the CAT Exam 2022

Here are some important things that you should do after appearing for CAT 2022 entrance exam:

Things To Do After Taking The CAT

Preparing for GD/ PI

You should remember that scoring good marks in the CAT examination doesn't guarantee your admission to one of the top IB-Schools in India. You will have to perform well in GD/ PI and other rounds also. Final admission to colleges will be done on a merit list which will include your performance in CAT as well as GD/ PI rounds. Candidates are required to be well-versed in current affairs for group discussion. They must keep in mind that their speech should be concise and avoid unnecessary detail. The candidates must be knowledgeable on the most recent social, political, and economic developments occurring on both a national and worldwide scale. It is a wise choice for candidates to make newspapers a part of their morning routine. Here are some of the newspapaers candidates must go through.

  • The Hindu
  • Live Mint
  • The Economic Times
  • The Indian Express

Here are some topics for Group Discussion (GD) round that candidates can prepare beforehand.

  • Social media
  • Globalization
  • Quota system
  • Reservation in India
  • Privatization
  • Terrorism
  • Politics

Apply for Admission to B-Schools

You are advised to keep a track of the application dates of your selected colleges. Some colleges have an application deadline before the CAT result. You cant apply to them once the result is declared.

Attend Webinars And Workshops

Attending webinars and workshops will help you to get familiar with the type of questions that you can face in the interview. Besides this, it will also help you to gain some confidence before you appear for an interview. Refreshing your C.V. presentation at this time would be a great idea. While it's important to present yourself in the best possible way, there's no need to go overboard, and that's where expert assistance comes in. Join a reputable institution and improve yourself.

Choose your MBA Specialisation Wisely

Once you have appeared for the CAT exam, you have some time to choose your specialization. You can check the trends and future growth of all types of CAT specializations before finalizing one. You are advised to choose the specialization that matches your interest and experience. 

Back-Up Plan for MBA Admission 2022

One of the most important things is to have a back plan. Since you are not sure about the CAT result, you should keep a backup plan ready with you. You are advised to give at least 2-3 other entrance exams such as XAT, NMAT, or CMAT. If you can score good marks in any of these management entrance exams, then you will surely be able to get a good B-School. You don’t have to depend upon the CAT results.

Take a Break

Last but not least, give yourself a break by reading a book, watching some entertaining movies, and getting some rest since you deserve it and because doing so won't be possible for the next two years.

Also Read: CAT vs CMAT, NMAT, XAT, SNAP, IIFT & Other MBA Entrance Exams

Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT Scores in 2023

You are advised to sort out at least 8-9 colleges of each CAT percentile range. You can check the official website of the college to know about its cutoff percentage. Some of the well-known MBA colleges that accept CAT scores are provided below:

GITAM University, Visakhapatnam

Rai University, Ahmedabad 

Ramaiah Univerisity of Applied Sciences, Bangalore

SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat 

Maharishi University, Lucknow 

University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Dehradun

Mansarovar Global University, Sehore

International School of Business and Research, Bangalore

BML Munjal University

Chandigarh University

Amity University

The ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education (IFHE)

Jagan Institute of Management Studies (JIMS)

Rabindranath Tagore University, Bhopal

For admission-related guidance, fill out our Common Admission Form or call the student helpline number 1800-572-9877 (toll-free). Our admission experts will be glad to help you out.

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If you have any other doubts about the CAT 2022 examination, you can ask questions in the Q&A zone. Stay tuned with us for more updates!


Which are some top MBA colleges that consider CAT scores for admission?

Some top MBA colleges offering admission based on the CAT scores are GITAM University, Visakhapatnam, SRM University Delhi-NCR, Sonepat, Maharishi University, Lucknow, Future Group of Institutions, Bareilly, Rai University, Ahmedabad and many more. To know about the admission process of these colleges, applicants can dial the toll-free number 1800-572-9877 and take assistance from the admission experts of CollegeDekho.

What shortlisting parameters are adopted by the colleges accepting the CAT score?

The shortlisting parameters that are adopted by the colleges accepting the CAT scores are Written Ability Test ,Group Discussion and Personal Interview

Does scoring good marks in the CAT exam guarantee admission to the top b-schools accepting the CAT exam?

Scoring good marks in the CAT exam brings an individual one step closer to getting admission in the top b-schools. The final admission is granted based on the overall performance of an applicant which includes the separate selection processes adopted by the colleges.

What is the next process after the successful completion of the CAT exam?

After the successful completion of the CAT exam, the next process is the release of the answer key. It is released on the official website and shared on the CollegeDekho.


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