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CAT 2022 - Exam Date, Notification, Registration, Pattern, Syllabus, Preparation

Updated By Shreya Sareen on 12 May, 2022 12:17

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What is CAT 2022 (Notification Soon)

The notification for CAT 2022 exam is expected to be out in July, and the registration for the same is likely to begin by August. CAT 2022 is most likely to be held on November 27, 2022, in 3 slots.  After the release of the CAT application form, the form correction window will also open for the CAT exam 2022 wherein candidates can edit their Photographs, Signature, and Test City preference. Post that, the admit card for the CAT exam will be released.

The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2022 is the largest national-level MBA entrance exam in India. IIMs conduct CAT once every year in November. The main purpose of CAT is admission to the flagship PGP courses offered by the 20 IIMs in India. The CAT exam is also accepted for admission to over 2,000 other MBA colleges in India for admission in their PGP/ MBA/ PGDM courses. 

Also Read: CAT 2022 Preparation Tips for Beginners

CAT 2022 is a test of a candidate's skills in logical and analytical reasoning, quantitative aptitude, and general awareness. Any student who has completed his graduation from a recognised institute in any stream is eligible to appear for CAT 2022. It is the most popular entrance exam for MBA admissions in India. The exam is conducted in a single paper on a single day in multiple shifts. CAT 2022 score is used by management colleges to shortlist candidates for their GD/ PI/ WAT rounds.

A candidate who has completed graduation in any stream is eligible to appear for CAT 2022 exam. The conducting body of CAT 2022 will declare the result in early January 2023 tentatively between January 2-5. Along with the result, the final answer key for the CAT 2022 exam will also be released. The counselling for CAT exam will also begin in January 2023 just after the result declaration.

Once CAT 2022 result is out, the selection process of all IIMs will commence. Candidates have to participate in the counselling of the exam to secure admission to the CAT 2022 participating institutes. They need to have an idea of the CAT cutoff scores of their desired colleges.

Also Read: What to Expect in CAT 2022 - Date, Pattern, Registration & Other Details

Here, you can find all the major details about the CAT exam such as the eligibility criteria for CAT, exam pattern and syllabus of CAT, preparation strategy for the CAT exam, etc. If you have any doubts/ queries about the CAT exam, you can ask the same through the Q & A section of CollegeDekho.

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CAT 2022 Official Notification

CAT 2022 official notification will be released in August 2022. Candidates will be able to download the PDF files of the notification from the links given below once released.

Download CAT 2022 Information Bulletin: To be updated
Download CAT 2022 Advertisement: To be updated

CAT 2022 Exam Highlights

The following table displays some of the important highlights of the CAT exam 2022

Exam NameCommon Admission Test (CAT)
Conducting BodyIndian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad(IIM A)
Exam DateNovember 27, 2022(Tentative)
PurposeFor admission to PGP/MBA/PGDM courses in the 20 IIMs and over 2,000 other MBA colleges in India.
LevelNational-Level Postgraduate Exam
Frequency of CAT examAnnual
ModeOnline (CBT)
Minimum EligibilityGraduation in any stream.
Exam Sections
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)
Number of Questions66
Type of QuestionsMultiple-choice questions
Total Registrations in CAT exam20212020
To be announced2,27,835

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CAT 2022 Important Dates

The CAT exam important dates 2022 are provided below.



CAT 2022 Notification Date

4th week of July 2022

 CAT 2022 Registration Process Start Date

1st week of August 2022

CAT 2022 Registration Process End Date

2nd week of September 2022

CAT exam Application Form Correction Window 2022

Third week of September, 2022

CAT 2022 Admit Card Download Start Date

4th week of October 2022

CAT 2022 Exam Date

4th week of November 2022

CAT 2022 Answer Key Release

First week of December, 2022

Last Date to Challenge CAT 2022 Answer Key

First week of December, 2022

CAT 2022 Result Date

1st week of December 2022

CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria

To fill out CAT Application forms, applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements established by the exam's administrators.

  • Graduation: An undergraduate degree or its similar in any relevant subject is required to apply for the CAT exam.
  • Minimum Marks: Applicants must have a college grade point average of approximately 50%. The minimum cumulative grades for SC/ST candidates are 45 percent. 
  • Age: There is no maximum age for appearing in CAT 2022.
  • Final Year Participants: The last year students can prepare for the exam as well; nevertheless, they will only be admitted if they reach the basic mark eligibility requirements of 50 percent (40 percent for SC/ ST/ PwD) after graduating from college. Those who have finished their final assessment and are waiting for results are also eligible to apply.

Registration Process for CAT 2022

Each year, approximately 2 lakh applicants enroll for CAT. The CAT exam registration process plays an important role in getting admission to the MBA programmes at IIMs, IITs, and other top universities. The IIMs will soon declare the CAT 2022 enrollment date on their official site.

  • The CAT 2022 application process will be entirely online, with online forms accessible at iimcat.ac.in.
  • From the first week of August to the second week of September 2022, the CAT 2022 registration window will be accessible for 5-6 weeks.

Steps for CAT 2022 registration process 

Applicants must register using a username and password on the official website-iimcat.ac.in for the CAT exam by completing the instructions outlined below:

  • Visit the official website and go to the 'New Candidate Registration' tab and select the 'Register' tab.
  • Enter your basic information, such as your email address, name, contact details, nation, and birth date, and then select 'Submit' to receive an OTP.
  • Fill in the OTP and Captcha code and press the 'I Agree and Submit' button.
  • Your CAT User ID and login will be created and emailed to you at the address you provided. Make a note of it for future communications.

Registration Fee CAT 2022 

Students can make the payment for CAT 2022 examination using methods such as net banking, debit, or credit cards.

CategoryCAT Registration Fee 
General/ NC-OBCINR 2200
PwD/ DAINR 1100
SC/ STINR 1100

CAT Exam Admission Process 2022

IIMs have their individual selection process and the admission process of IIMs usually includes the score obtained in CAT 2022 exam, academic record, and performance in PI & WAT rounds. There are 3 general stages through which the IIMs admission process is conducted through the CAT exam and all of them have been mentioned below:

  • Stage 1: CAT Exam Performance
  • Stage 2: Shortlisting by IIMs for Personal Interview round
  • Stage 3: IIMs Final Selection Process 2022 comprising WAT & PI Round

The final selection depends on the collective performance in all the stages listed above. Students must note that old IIMs conduct separate admission processes while the baby or new IIMs conduct a Common Admission Process for MBA admission after they appear for the CAT exam.

IIM Admission Criteria for 2022-2024: IIMs Selection Criteria

Popular IIMs Conducting Individual Admission Process

Top IIMs in India including, IIM Ahmedabad, Calcutta, Lucknow, Bangalore, Indore, Kozhikode, Shillong, Nagpur, Rohtak & Visakhapatnam shortlist students and conduct their own admission process to finalise candidates for PGDM/ MBA admission. They provide high weightage to diversity, academics, work experience, and CAT exam score.

IIM Ahmedabad Selection Criteria 2022-24

IIM Calcutta Selection Criteria 2022-24

IIM Lucknow Selection Criteria 2022-24

IIM Bangalore Selection Criteria 2022-24

IIM Indore Selection Criteria 2022-24

IIM Kozhikode Selection Criteria 2022-24

IIM Shillong Selection Criteria 2022-24

IIM Nagpur Selection Criteria 2022-24

IIM Rohtak Selection Criteria 2022-24

IIM Visakhapatnam Selection Criteria 2022-24

Popular IIMs Conducting Common Admission Process

There are around 9-11 IIMs that conduct a common admission process to finalize and select students. One of the 6 baby/ new IIMs coordinates this admission process which is also termed as Common Admission Process (CAP). Candidates will have to participate in common WAT and PI rounds for 9 to 11 new IIMs such as IIM Kashipur, Ranchi, RaipurUdaipur, Trichy, and some of the newest IIMs such as IIM Sambalpur, Bodhgaya, Sirmaur & Jammu.

Exam Process for CAT 2022

IIM Ahmedabad amended the CAT marking scheme in 2021, and these modifications are anticipated to remain for the CAT 2022 exam. So, according to the CAT Exam Pattern 2022, the questionnaire will be divided into three sections, each with 66 questions.

  • Exam Mode: The CAT 2022 examination will be held in online CBT mode at 438+ exam centres spread across 158+ cities across India.
  • CAT Exam Medium: The CAT exam is only given in English.
  • Duration of the CAT Exam: 120 minutes for the whole paper
  • Sectional Distribution:  Each one of the 3 phases has a time frame of 40 minutes in the CAT exam.
  • Multiple choice questions and TITA-style questions are the most common types of questions.
  • The total question number is 66. (70-75 percent MCQs, 25-30% TITA-style questions)
  • There are three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA), and Data Understanding and Reasoning Ability.
  • CAT Grading System: For each right answer, three points are given, and one point is allowed to deduct for each incorrect answer. In the CAT exam, there will be no negative marking for TITA-style questions.

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for CAT 2022 can be found below 

CAT 2022 Sections

Total Questions

Total MCQs (With negative marking)

Total Non-MCQs  (TITA Questions Without negative marking)

Section-1: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) (Time limit: 40 Minutes)




Section-2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

(Time Limit: 40 Minutes)




Section-3: Quantitative Ability (QA)

(Time Limit: 40 Minutes)




Total (Overall) (Time limit: 120 Minutes)




What is CAT 2022 Conducting Body

IIMsare responsible for conducting the CAT exam every year on a rotational basis. The conducting body for CAT 2022 is not declared yet. The conducting body for the exam is responsible for all the activities such as the release of CAT official notification, CAT online application form, conducting the exam, and declaration of results. 

Through the CAT exam, one can aspire for admission in 20 IIMs and more than 100 management schools across the country. IIM Lucknow, IIM Calcutta, IIM Ahmedabad, and IIM Bangalore. are regarded as some of the top premier B-Schools in India.

CAT 2022 Exam Timings

CAT 2021 was conducted in 3 shifts last year. There is no information yet regarding the CAT 2022 exam timings. The information will be updated here once it is available.

CAT Syllabus 2022

The CAT 2022 exam will be held on November 27, 2022, so there is plenty of preparation time. With over 2 lakh applicants contending for approximately 5000 seats, it is critical to prep thoroughly for the CAT exam.

To begin CAT 2022 planning, solve and analyse sample question papers, go through comprehensive subject-wise exam evaluation, and concentrate on wrapping at least 70% of the curriculum in 2-3 months.
Among the most crucial components of CAT exam preparation entail: reading Arun Sharma and Nishit K Sinha's CAT books; taking online classes and exam preparation provided by coaching establishments such as Unacademy, Career Launcher, IMS India, T.I.M.E, and others; and attempting to solve overall questions and section-wise study material and practice CAT exams.

Best books for CAT 2022 preparation 

Some of the best books for CAT 2022 preparation are as follows:

  • Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Examinations- Abhijit Guha
  • How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT- Arun Sharma/TATA McGRAW HILL
  • Higher Algebra- Hall and Knight
  • Course in Mental Ability and Quantitative Aptitude- Edgar Thorpe
  • Word Power Made Easy- Norman Lewis
  • How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT- Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhya

CAT 2022 Exam Centers

The complete list of CAT 2022 exam centres will be available soon. Last year, CAT was conducted in more than 425 exam centres. 

Out of the various CAT exam centres in these cities, candidates will get the option to choose 6 test cities in order of their preference. In 2019, the total number of test cities for the CAT exam was 147. It was increased in order to accommodate all the CAT test-takers in both sessions. However, the test centres will be allotted to candidates basis their availability. Given below is a tentative list of CAT exam centres based on previously available data.

Name of the State

Exam Cities

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Port Blair


Dibrugarh, Guwahati

Arunachal Pradesh

Chittoor, Kurnool, Nellore, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam


Aurangabad, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea




Raipur, Bhilai


New Delhi


Madgaon, Verna


Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara


Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Faridabad, Gurgaon, Palwal, Panipat, Rohtak, Sonipat

Himachal Pradesh


Jammu and Kashmir



Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi


Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bidar, Chikballapur, Davanagere, Hasan, Kolar, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Ramnagara, Shimoga, Tumkur, Udupi


Kasaragod, Kochi, Kollam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur, Trivandrum

Madhya Pradesh

Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar


Ahmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Ratnagiri, Satara, Solapur, Thane




Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur




Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Ropar, Sangrur


Ajmer, Alwar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur

Tamil Nadu

Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Namakkal, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelvelli


Hyderabad, Karim Nagar, Khammam

Uttar Pradesh

Agra, Allahabad, Bareilly, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Greater Noida, Kanpur, Lucknow, Mathura, Meerut, Noida, Varanasi


Dehradun, Roorkee

West Bengal

Asansol, Burdwan, Durgapur, Hooghly, Howrah, Kalyani, Kolkata, Siliguri

CAT 2022 Answer Key Release Date and Highlights

  • CAT 2022 final answer key will be released with the result in early January.
  • The answer key for the CAT exam will only be available for the aspirants who took CAT 2022. 
  • To access CAT 2022 exam answer key, candidates will need to login into the CAT official website and enter their CAT 2022 Login ID and password
  • The CAT exam answer key PDF is released along with an objection form. The aspirants who are not happy with the CAT answer key get the option to challenge the answer key by submitting an objection to the CAT 2022 centre. They also need to pay 1200;
  • If the objection found by the candidate is valid, the measures taken by IIMs will apply to all the candidates
  • If there is no change even after the candidate has raised an objection, the candidate's challenge will not be considered
  • CAT 2022 solutions PDF will also be released for the various MCQs and non-MCQs that were there in the CAT exam
  • CAT answer key helps the candidates verify their answers and figure out their CAT 2022 expected score for MBA admission to IIMs and other top B-schools

CAT 2022 Result, Score Card - Details, Check How to Download

CAT 2022 exam result is likely to be out in the first week of January 2023. It will be announced by the exam conducting body. CAT 2022 scorecard will also be available to download on the official website (iimcat.ac.in) on the same date.

CAT 2022 Result and Scorecard - Key Points

  • CAT 2022 result date and time will be released on the official CAT website 
  • IIMs send the CAT exam score to all the candidates who took the exam via SMS
  • Once CAT result is out, IIMs inform that CAT scorecard is live 
  • CAT 2022 scorecard can be downloaded as soon as the CAT result is declared
  • CAT scorecard has the scaled score and percentile
  • CAT 2022 exam score will only be valid till December 31, 2022.

Top Colleges Accepting CAT 2022 with Cut-off Percentile

A large number of MBA colleges in India accept CAT 2022 scores for their MBA admissions 2022. These include 20 IIMs and several other MBA colleges in the non-IIM category, such as FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, SPJIMR Mumbai, SJMSoM IIT Mumbai, DoMS IIT Delhi, etc. Some of the top colleges accepting CAT 2022 with their expected cutoff scores are listed in the table below.

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) Category

S. No.

Name of the IIM

Expected CAT 2022 Cutoff Percentile

1IIM Ahmedabad99+
2IIM Bangalore99+
3IIM Calcutta99+
4IIM Lucknow97-98
5IIM Kozhikode97-98

IIM Indore



IIM Nagpur



IIM Amritsar


9IIM Sambalpur95-96
10IIM Ranchi94-95
11IIM Tiruchirappalli94-95
12IIM Kashipur94-95
13IIM Raipur94-95

IIM Visakhapatnam



IIM Bodh Gaya



IIM Udaipur



IIM Rohtak



IIM Sirmaur



IIM Jammu



IIM Shillong90

Non IIM MBA Colleges Category

S. No.

Name of Institute 

Expected CAT 2022 Cutoff Percentile
1IIT Bombay99+
2Faculty of Management Studies98.20+
3IIT Delhi 98+
4Management Development Institute (MDI, Gurgaon)95+
5Xavier's Institute of Management (XIM, Bhubaneshwar)94+
6Institute of Management Technology (IMT, Ghaziabad90+

Loyola Institute of Business Administration (LIBA, Chennai)



TA Pai Management Institute (TAPMI, Manipal)



SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR, Mumbai)


CAT 2022 Exam Percentile Cutoff

Here is the CAT 2022 percentile as predicted by the experts 


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CAT 2022 Admit Card

The conducting IIM will release the CAT 2022 admit card in the last week of October 2022. You can download the same from the official website. The CAT exam Hall Ticket will include the exam centre location, timing of the exam, reporting time, a link to a Google Map to help you find the test centre, and examination day guidelines.
On the day of the CAT 2022 test, applicants must bring a printout of their admit card as well as an identity card to the examination centre.

Steps to download Admit card 2022

  • Visit the CAT's official site at iimcat.ac.in.
  • To username and password, enter your CAT.
  • Press the 'Download CAT 2022 Admit Card' button.
  • The screen will show your admit card. Take a print of the document after downloading it.
  • Keep a photocopy of your hall ticket for future use.

All About CAT 2022

All important details about CAT 2022 can be found given below.

What is CAT 2022? 

CAT 2022 is the most popular national-level management exam in India. It is basically an entrance exam for IIMs but is also accepted by many other MBA colleges in India. CAT 2022 is a computer-based examination that is usually conducted for 3 hours but this year, the duration of CAT 2022 has been revised to 2 hours (40 minutes per section) by the CAT Convenor. There are numerous centres for CAT exam across 147 cities all over the country. There will be 100 questions in this examination which will be provided in the form of Multiple Choice Based Questions

CAT 2022 Registration and Eligibility

Applicants of CAT 2022 must know the CAT Registration and Eligibility criteria before they apply for CAT 2022. The candidates must have secured at least 50% in the graduation or equivalent CGPA. Applicants belonging to the 3rd year of graduation are also eligible to appear for the CAT 2022. There are several reservations for SC/ST/PwD/OBC and EWS which the applicants can check from the Registration and Eligibility of CAT 2022.

CAT 2022 Selection Procedure

More than 2 lakh candidates appear for the CAT examination every year and the ones who secure the qualifying marks in the CAT would be guided further for the CAT Selection Procedure. The CAT 2022 selection procedure comprises of certain parameters such as the applicants will have to get through the CAT 2022 cut-off.

The applicants of CAT 2022 will be called for certificate and document verification also cross-verification of CAT 2022 reserved category. Check the detailed CAT 2022 selection procedure to find out the required details about CAT selection.

Also Read:CAT Selection Procedure

CAT 2022 Mock Test

College Dekho has created CAT mock test for the test takers of CAT. It is convenient for the applicants to appear for the CAT 2022 only if they appear for CAT 2022 mock test. The applicants who appear for CAT 2022 mock test would get an idea about the exam and hence would be able to attend the paper in time and score really high. Taking CAT 2022 mock text is always considered advantageous for the applicants of CAT 2022.

Also Read:CAT Mock Test

How to Prepare for CAT 2022

CAT 2022 is a national-level examination and a large number of candidates appear for this examination every year. So all the candidates must know how to prepare for CAT 2022 in order to qualify for the exam. There are several tips and tricks to prepare for CAT 2022, test-takers can know about how to prepare for CAT

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern 

CAT 2022 exam pattern must be clear to the applicants. As mentioned above, the CAT 2022 exam pattern has been changed after CAT 2018. The CAT 2022 exam pattern would have all the new changes incorporated in the question paper. Candidates appearing for CAT 2022 must know the detailed CAT 2022 exam pattern in order to qualify for the exam with a good score.

Also Read:CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

CAT 2022 Syllabus

The CAT 2022 syllabus is given in a subject-wise manner. The candidates who are appearing for the exam must also know the CAT 2022 syllabus to be able to prepare accordingly. There are 3 subjects for the applicants to prepare for CAT 2022. Hence the CAT 2022 syllabus can be covered with a proper strategy.

CAT 2022 Previous Year Question Papers

The CAT 2022 applicants must practice the CAT Previous Year question paper. The old questions papers are available here. All the applicants for CAT 2022 must practice the CAT old question papers or previous years’ question paper.

Also Read:CAT Previous Years' Question Paper.

CAT 2022 Exam Day Guidelines

Candidates appearing for CAT 2022 must know some of the important guidelines for the day of examination. 

Things to be Carried in CAT examThings Not to be Carried  in CAT exam
Admit Card, Identity Proof, Name Change Document (if Any)Calculator, Watch, Phone, Bags, Purse, Eatables, and Jewellery 

Selecting CAT Test Cities

CAT 2020 candidates will have to fill in the required preferences to choose the city or centre of examination for CAT 2022. The candidates for CAT 2022 can select up to 6 cities. The candidates must choose the options as per their preferences of colleges. The exam city is allocated basis of availability. If the first preferred city is not available, then the second one would be allocated.


  • CAT 2022 test takers will have to agree to a Non-Disclosure Agreement, which means that the test takers are barred from disclosing any sort of content pertaining to the CAT exam. Candidates who violate the rules will have to face a punishment of up to three years in jail and should also pay a fine of up to Rs. 2,00,000. 
  • During the admission or selection process, if it is found that a candidate has furnished any incorrect information or has violated any process, he/she will be barred from participating in the selection process. Also, the candidate will not be allowed to appear for the CAT in future.

CAT 2022 Contact Details

Candidates applying for the CAT exam must note that they are free to contact the concerned authorities if they have any issues or queries related to the exam. 

Queries Regarding Registration Process, Payment, and Document Uploading related to CAT 2022:

Toll-free number1-800-210-1088Monday - Saturday from 9 am - 6 pm (excluding National holidays)
Email addresscathelpdesk@iimcat.co.inAny time
AddressIndian Institute of Management
Vastrapur, Ahmedabad 380015
CollegeDekho Student Helpline18005729877Any time

Academic queries such as eligibility, category and PwD certificate:

Phone number+91-079-7152 4630 / 4631 / 4633 / 4634
Email addresscat2022@iima.ac.in

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FAQs about CAT

How do we find out the CAT percentile?

Percentiles in the CAT exam are just like percentiles in other exams. The percentiles are just a representation/ indication of the number of people who are behind you in the test. The General formula to calculate percentile along with some of the examples in this regard are elaborated below.

Percentile = ( 1 - All India Rank(Total Candidates in the Exam) * 100%

Example 1: Let us assume that 50 candidates appeared for the CAT exam. You have done well in the exam and scored 3rd rank in the entrance test, which means that 47 students scored less than you. Now, your percentile should be calculated as follows: -

47/50*100 = 94 Percentile.

Which is tough UPSC or CAT?

UPSC is more difficult than CAT due to its vast syllabus and competition level. CAT exam will only test the candidate’s analytical, arithmetical and communication skills while UPSC will test the knowledge, personality as well as analytical skills of the candidates.

Is CAT difficult than JEE?

CAT and JEE are conducted for different streams. JEE is conducted for admission to the top engineering colleges of India while CAT is conducted for admission to the top B-Schools of India. The difficulty level of JEE is much more than the CAT exam. JEE exam tests the knowledge of candidates for Science and Maths concepts while the CAT exam test the speed, accuracy and communication skills of the candidates.

How many times is CAT conducted in a year?

CAT is conducted once a year and the application form of the exam is released either in the month of August or September. The exam is held in the month of November every year across 150 exam centres located in different test cities of India.

When will CAT 2021 be conducted?

CAT 2021 is a computer-based test that is usually held in the last week of November. This year, the CAT 2021 exam was held in three slots on November 28, 2021.

Is CAT conducted every year?

Yes, CAT is one of the many popular entrance exams of MBA that, without a fail, is conducted every year. Candidates who are seeking admission to the MBA program will have to appear for this entrance test and obtain a valid score in order to be eligible for admission at the top B-Schools of India.

What does it take to clear CAT examination?

A mix of smart work, dedication and hard work along with proper planning will help you clear the CAT exam. Candidates can plan their preparation as per their strengths and weaknesses. Since speed and accuracy are two integral factors that can decide the final score of the students, they also need to work on their time management skills to pass the CAT exam.

What are the benefits of appearing for CAT?

The prime benefit of appearing for CAT is that through the score of the exam students get to take admission in various top B-schools including IIMs, IISc etc. The entrance test also helps the students in improving their logical thinking, reasoning and time management skills.

How tough is CAT?

The difficulty level of CAT 2021 totally depends on the preparation level of the candidate. Although Common Admission Test is one of the toughest exams of an MBA, with the right preparation strategy and a lot of practice, candidates can easily crack the entrance test and score a good percentile in the exam.

How many colleges accept CAT scores?

CAT is an important entrance exam for MBA admission that is accepted by more than 3,763 colleges located in India. Currently, there are a total of 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and all of them accept the CAT score for MBA admissions. Aspirants can visit the official website of the selected college to find out if the college accepts CAT scores or not.

Who is the conducting body of CAT 2021?

CAT 2021 is held every year by different IIMs on a rotational basis. The exam was conducted by IIM Ahmedabad this year, however last year, it was held by IIM Indore. IIMA last conducted the CAT exam in the year 2015.

What is the duration of CAT 2021?

The total exam duration of CAT 2021 is 2 hours or 120 minutes. Students have to report to the exam venue on time and after 2 hours end, no extra time will be provided to any candidate.

How is the CAT exam centre allotted to the applicants?

The exam conducting body allots the test centre for CAT 2021 on the basis of availability and preference made by the candidates on their application form. Although not guaranteed, candidates usually get the first or second CAT exam centre of their choice.

When is CAT conducted?

CAT is conducted in the month of November every year. This year, the exam was held on November 28, 2021 in a Computer-based mode and the last date to apply for the exam was September 22, 2021.

What is CAT?

CAT is a well-known entrance exam in the management stream that is also popular by the name Common Admission Test. The exam is conducted for MBA admission at various B-Schools. Scores of CAT are accepted at FMS-Delhi, JBIMS, IITs, SP Jain and IIMs among numerous other institutes located in India.

Who has a better chance of success at CAT and MBA Entrance Exams - a fresher or a person with work-experience?

There is no factor that determines the success of a fresher or a working professional. Both cases have their own advantages and disadvantages. A fresher is more in touch with the academic requirements and prepared for intense learning mode. Whereas, a working professional brings along the real world knowledge and reasoning that is a key requirement to succeed in entrance exams like CAT.

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