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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022- Check Qualification, Age Limit, Reservation, Marks Details

Updated By Nidhi Bahl on 03 Aug, 2022 07:34

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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022

CAT eligibility criteria 2022 has been uploaded on its official website as  part of the official notification on July 31, 2022. The eligibility criteria must be met by aspirants to appear for the exam. According to the basic CAT 2022 eligibility criteria, a candidate must have a bachelor’s degree in any stream with a minimum of 50% aggregate marks. For SC, ST, and PwD candidates, minimum required aggregate is 45% in the qualifying examination. Candidates in the final year of graduation can also clear the CAT eligibility 2022 for provisional admission through CAT 2022, provided that they satisfy the eligibility upon completion of their course. The CAT 2022 is being conducted by IIM Bangalore on November 27. It is a national-level MBA entrance exam in India. 

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One of the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) conducts the exam rotationally every year. Test takers who wish to appear for the exam must go through the detailed CAT eligibility criteria before applying. Candidates must follow the eligibility rules mentioned above, and who do not comply with them are not allowed to register or appear for the exam. If the candidates apply for the CAT 2022 exam without satisfying the mandatory eligibility norms, he/she will be disqualified from the entrance exam. Find category-wise eligibility criteria for CAT and other important information related to the exam below.

CAT Eligibility Highlights 2022

Candidates must also note that the MBA eligibility criteria of different MBA colleges in India may differ. It is also essential to go through the CAT eligibility criteria specified by a college before applying. Here are the key highlights of the CAT 2022 exam:

AbbreviationCommon Admission Test
CAT Minimum Educational QualificationBachelors Degree
Relaxation given to satisfy CAT Eigibility5% for reserved categories
CAT Minimum Marks50% aggregate marks (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD candidates)
CAT Age LimitNone
CAT Conducting BodyYet to be announced
Notification dateJuly 25, 2022 (Tentative)
CAT Exam dateNovember 27, 2022 (Expected)
Academic qualificationGraduation from a recognized institute in any stream
NationalityBoth Indian and foreign nationals eligible
Work experience requiredNone
ReservationSC, ST, NC-OBC, PwD, EWS

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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022 for General & NC-OBC Category

Exam takers can find the CAT eligibility criteria for the General and NC-OBC categories below.

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or educational institution with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA for General and NC-OBC candidates
  • Must have a score of 50% in graduation or its equivalent in any stream
  • Must have professional degrees such as CA/CS/ICWA with at least 50 percent aggregate
  • OR Must be in their final year of graduation degree or awaiting results.

Aspirants must fulfill the criteria to satisfy the CAT eligibility requirements. 

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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022 for SC/ ST/ PwD Category

Candidates interested in applying for CAT 2022 under SC, ST, and PwD categories must take note of the following CAT eligibility criteria.

  • Those who belong to the SC/ST/PwD categories must have a 45 percent aggregate in graduation (or equivalent) in any stream.
  • They must have professional degrees such as CA/ICWA/CS with at least 45% aggregate.
  • OR Aspirants must be in the final year of their graduation degree or awaiting results.
NOTE for All Categories for CAT eligibility 2022: Candidates in the final year of their degree courses, if shortlisted, will only be granted provisional admission through CAT 2022. The admission will be confirmed if a certificate from the candidate's university or institution stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate is given.

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CAT Age Limit 2022

There is no age limit for any category of candidates who are applying for CAT 2022. Candidates of all groups can apply who satisfy the CAT eligibility criteria mentioned above.

CAT 2022 Reservation Policy

A certain percentage of seats are reserved for the unreserved category in the IIMs required by law. Reserved category aspirants must go through the CAT eligibility requirements before applying. The category-wise reservation at IIMs given to candidates under the boundaries of CAT eligibility can be checked below.

Category of Students

Percent of Seats as Reserved Seats



Scheduled Caste (SC)


Scheduled Tribe (ST)






Note: Being eligible for reservation under various categories does not guarantee admission at IIMs. Candidates are shortlisted if they fulfill the prescribed eligibility criteria, score the minimum required percentile in CAT, and perform well in subsequent rounds of the admission process.

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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022 for Equivalent Degrees

CAT percentage is calculated based on the procedure followed by the respective university or institution. If there is no provision at the university or institution for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result by 100. 

Note: The authorities may verify a candidate's eligibility at various stages during the CAT selection process at IIMs. Another thing that candidates must keep in mind is that meeting the minimum CAT eligibility criteria will not guarantee admission to the IIMs. In addition, throughout the selection process, candidates must maintain a valid and unique email account and phone number.

Who is Not Eligible for CAT 2022?

Candidates who will not meet the CAT 2022 eligibility criteria are those who:

  • Have not completed their Bachelor’s degree or any professional degree such as CS/CA/ICWA 
  • Candidates have not completed their graduation but are pursuing a professional course and are in the final year of the same.
  • Belong to the general category and have secured less than 50% aggregate in graduation to meet the CAT eligibility 2022
  • Belong to SC/ST/PwD category and have secured less than 45% aggregate in graduation
  • Have completed their graduation from a college or institution for satisfying the CAT eligibility criteria 2022 that is not recognized by either of AICTE/UGC/MHRD-Government of India

Procedure to Convert Percentage of Marks into Grades for CAT 2022

Sometimes mark sheet contains marks in grades or CGPA, which must be converted into percentage marks to help the authorities determine CAT eligibility. Every University or Institution converts the CGPA or grade scores obtained by the candidates into percentage marks to determine their eligibility. Candidates must note that every University or Institution employs its formula in converting the grade scores or CGPA into percentage scores to know whether they meet the requirements for CAT eligibility 2022. If any University or Institution does not have a working formula to convert the grade/CGPA scores into percentage scores, then a universal formula will be deployed to calculate the percentile scores of the candidates. The formula is:

Additionally, candidates should refer to the guidelines for converting CGPA to the Percentage specified by their university for more information.

Additional CAT Eligibility 2022 Facts

Here are some additional CAT eligibility 2022 facts that the candidates should know:

  • Aspirants who have completed their graduation in the old system are eligible to appear for CAT. The degree obtained by the candidates under such a system must be approved and recognized by UGC to meet the CAT eligibility requirements.
  • Keeping in view the CAT eligibility, shortlisting candidates in the IIMs is based on various factors and does not depend only on the candidates fulfilling the CAT eligibility criteria.
  • The candidates must furnish their valid and working email addresses and cellular number throughout the selection process.
  • There is no maximum age limit to appear for the CAT exam.

Important Information for Reserved Category CAT 2022 Applicants

SC or ST category candidates must submit the caste certificate in a format approved by the Government under the CAT eligibility criteria 2022. Also, the caste/tribe that a candidate belongs to must be listed in the Government of India schedule. The caste certificate should clearly state:

(a) Name of the candidate's caste/tribe;

(b) Whether the candidate belongs to SC or ST category;

(c) District and the State or Union Territory of aspirant's ordinary residence; and

(d) the appropriate Government of India schedule under which the caste/tribe is approved by it as SC or ST.

Candidates must upload a copy of the SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD certificate(s) during CAT registration 2022. Failure to do so will lead to the rejection of their CAT registration.

At the time of interviews, candidates must show the SC/ST/NC-OBC/PwD certificate(s) and submit a photocopy to clear the CAT eligibility criteria. If a candidate fails to do so during the selection process at IIMs, they will not be considered under the reserved category.

Also Read: How to Apply for Category Certificates (SC / ST / NC-OBC / PWD / EWS) for CAT 202

IIM vs CAT Eligibility Criteria 2022

Many times, candidates ponder over the question if there is any difference between IIM and CAT eligibility. To ensure all the speculations over this question are put to rest, CollegeDekho provides the candidates with the only difference in the CAT and IIM eligibility criteria. Candidates who have graduated from the old two-year graduation system satisfy the CAT 2022 eligibility criteria, but such candidates cannot pursue their desired management course from IIM. Candidates who want to pursue management at any of the IIMs after qualifying for the CAT exam must have completed their graduation from the contemporary three-year graduation system. Except for this, there is no difference in IIM and CAT eligibility criteria.

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FAQs about CAT Eligibility

What will happen if a candidate applies for CAT without meeting the minimum percentage limit?

If any candidate applies for CAT without satisfying the minimum requirements then he/she will be disqualified from the exam.

Does CAT offer any reservation for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD)?

Yes, around 5% of seats are reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD).

I have not completed my bachelor degree. Am I eligible for CAT?

No, candidates who have not completed their bachelor degree are not eligible for CAT.

What is the difference in eligibility criteria of IIM and CAT?

Candidates who have completed their graduation in the old two-year graduation system are eligible to appear for CAT but such candidates cannot pursue their desired management course from IIM.

How can I calculate the percentage from my CGPA for CAT registration?

To caculate the percentage from your CGPA, you need to multiply your CGPA with 9.5 and the result will be your percentage.

I have completed my CS professional degree. Am I eligible to appear for CAT?

Yes, candidates who have completed their CA/CS/ICWA professional degree with at least 50% marks are eligible to appear for CAT.

I am in the final year of my bachelor degree. Am I eligible for CAT?

Yes, you are eligible for CAT. However, you have to select yes for “Are you in the final year of Bachelor’s degree” choice while registering for the exam.

What is the reservation policy of CAT?

Around 7.5% of seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates, 15% for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 27% for OBC candidates.

What is the minimum requirement for CAT examination?

Candidates who have completed their bachelor's degree with at least 50% marks in case of general category and 45% marks in case of reserved category are eligible to appear for CAT.

Is there any age limit for taking CAT?

No,candidates from any age group can apply for CAT.

For how many years CAT score is valid?

CAT score is valid for one year.

Is the CAT score valid for two years?

No. CAT score is valid for one year.

Can final year students apply for the Common Admission Test (CAT)?

Yes, final students can apply for the exam but their admission will be done on the basis of their CAT result will be provisional un till they produce their final year graduation mark sheet.

Is there any maximum age limit for CAT exam?

No, there is no age limit criteria for appearing in CAT.

What screen appears once a candidate logs into the CAT website post registration?

Post successful registration for CAT, you will be able to use the system generated User ID and Password to log into the website. Upon logging in, you will first see the Registration Summary page and then you can click on 'Go to Application Form'. This will direct you to the application form page.

In case the website does not work and I am unable to complete my application for CAT, what should I do?

If the registration website is not accessible for any reason, please close your Internet browser and try again. Also, ensure you are using the correct version of any of the following recommended Internet browser: Internet Explorer (version 11 and above) or Mozilla Firefox (version 50 to 61) or Google Chrome (version 50 to 69). The Registration/Application form for CAT is best viewed in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers. You may also refer to the help desk details given below for instructions: Toll- free: 1-800-209-0830 Email:

I have made mistake(s) in entering Percentage of Marks/Category/Gender/Work Experience/etc., in the CAT application. What should I do now?

If you have made a mistake in filling out details for those fields which will affect the selection process, such as Percentage of Marks, Category, Gender, Work Experience, etc. then you are advised to re-register with a new email ID. Your CAT application will be considered for the latest registration and admit card will be issued accordingly. Note: You will not receive a refund or admit card for your earlier registration. Failure to re-register in such circumstances may lead to the nullification of your candidature.

If I have made any mistake(s) while registering for CAT, can I make changes later to rectify?

You may select 'Existing User Login' on CAT website to make changes to your personal details, such as address, educational information or exam city preferences. For security reasons, editing of candidate's full name, date of birth, email ID, mobile no, State, and Country will not be allowed. However, if you have genuinely made a mistake in entering your Date of Birth, State, etc., you will have to show evidence of the correct data at the time of examination/interview/admission else your candidature will be nullified. Note: The ability to edit application profile will be available only until you have not submitted the Application Form. Once you have submitted and made the exam fee payment, you will NOT be allowed to make any more changes. You may only view and print thereafter.

Can I use my coaching institute's or a friend's email address when registering for CAT?

No, you need to have a valid and unique email address. All correspondence until CAT and during the selection stage will be communicated using the email address provided by you.

Where do I pay my fees?

The CAT exam fee is payable at the time of online registration via a valid credit, debit card or online net banking facility.

When and how do I register for the CAT?

Online registration for CAT is usually done between the period of August and September. Additional information for the online registration is available on the CAT official website.

I am a General category candidate and got 49% in the Bachelor's degree. I have also completed Master's degree with 51%, am I eligible to apply for CAT?

No, as per CAT eligibility, you should have obtained 50% or more in the Bachelor's degree.

Is there any age restriction for taking the CAT exam?

No, there is no age restriction for taking the CAT exam.

Can I appear for CAT for practice purpose, though I am aware that I am not eligible?

No, this is not permitted.

I am not pursuing or completed my Bachelor's degree or any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc., am I eligible to appear for CAT?

As you are not appearing/completed any Bachelor Degree or not completed any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc. you are not eligible to appear for CAT.

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