MBA CAT 2022

This is detailed information about CAT exam. CAT is an aptitude exam designed to take admission in management courses offered by some top management institutes in India. It is one of the most renowned and toughest entrance exams in India.

MBA CAT 2022


What is CAT Exam?

 

CAT is an aptitude exam designed to take admission in management courses offered by some top management institutes in India. It is one of the most renowned and toughest entrance exams in India.

 

Common Admission Test or CAT exam is a national level management aptitude test, that a candidate has to clear for admission to the MBA courses offered by 20 IIMs and over 1,200 B-schools in India. Over two lakh candidates apply for the CAT exam every year which is conducted in computer based mode for two hours. The CAT question paper comprises MCQs & non-MCQs from Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). Difficulty level of the exam is moderate to high. Apart from MBA programmes, the CAT score is valid for admission to Executive MBA, PhD and FPM programmes.

 

This entrance exam always conducted by one of the IIMs and CAT 2022 will be conducted by IIM Bangalore. In 2022 CAT may be held on 27th November 2022 this year. The notification for this year exam will be published on July 24, 2022 (tentatively).

 

CAT Exam Highlights

 

Name of the Exam

Common Admission Test or (CAT)

Conducting Body (CAT 2022)

IIM Bangalore (tentative)

Official Website

iimcat.ac.in

Exam Level

National

Exam Frequency

Once a year

Exam Date

27th November 2022 (tentative)

Exam Fees

2200/- INR for General Category Aspirants and 1100/- for SC/ST/PwD

Exam mode

Computer Based Test (CBT)

MCQ & Non-MCQ Questions

English medium

Exam Duration

2 hours

(160 minutes for PwD candidates)

Syllabus

Quantative Aptitude

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

No. of questions

66

Exam marking scheme

Total marks = 198

+3 marks for every correct answer -1 mark for every wrong answer


Eligibility Criteria

 

A candidate with minimum 50% marks in graduation can appear in CAT 2022.

A final year student in graduation can also appear in CAT 2022 conducted by IIM.

Candidates with CA/CS/ICWA degrees are also eligible to fill CAT application form.

There is no limit on the number of attempts for CAT exam.

There is no upper age limit criterion to appear for CAT 2022.

For CAT 2021 Eligibility Criteria by IIM, click here.

 

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

 

CAT exam pattern was revised in 2021 by IIM Ahmedabad and these changes are expected to continue for CAT 2022 exam as well. So, as per CAT Exam Pattern 2022, the question paper will be divided into 3 sections having a total of 66 questions.

 

Mode of Exam

Online (CBT)

Median of Exam

English Language

CAT Exam Duration

120 minutes

Sectional Time Limit

40 mins for each section

Types of questions

MCQs & Non-MCQs

No. of questions

66 questions (70-75% MCQs and 25-30% TITA-type questions)

 

 

Sectional Distribution of Questions

 

Sections

No. of questions

Total Marks

Quantative Aptitude

22

66

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

20

60

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

24

72

Total

66

198

 

CAT 2022 Marking Scheme

 

Particulars

MCQs

Non-MCQs

Correct Answer

+3

+3

Incorrect Answer

-1

No Negative Marking

Unanswered

-

-

 

 

CAT Exam 2022: How to Attempt CAT Question Paper to Score 99+ percentile?

 

Candidates will be given 40 minutes to attempt each section in CAT 2022 exam. Candidates need to attempt a reasonable number of questions in all the sections to be able to clear the overall and sectional CAT Cut off.

 

Sections

No. of questions

Attempts to score 99+ percentile

QA

22

15-16

LRDI

20

14-15

VARC

24

17-18

Total

66

46-49

 

 

CAT Score v/s Percentile

 

CAT Percentile

CAT Score VARC

CAT Score DILR

CAT Score QA

CAT Score Overall

99.5+

38-40

32-34

39-41

105-108

99+

34-35

28-30

36-37

98-102

98+

32-33

27-28

30-32

90-93

95+

32-34

20-21

28-30

80-82

90+

29-30

17-19

26-27

72-75

85+

24-25

14-15

20-22

59-61

80+

20-22

11-13

15-16

46-48

 

CAT 2022 Cut off and MBA Admission 2023-25

 

CAT Cut off is the minimum CAT percentile required to participate in the MBA admission process of IIMs, IITs, and other CAT score accepting colleges.

Candidates have to clear both the sectional and overall cut offs to be eligible for admission.

The qualifying CAT 2022 cut off for admission to the 2023-25 batch will be released by the respective IIMs for shortlisting candidates for GD/ PI rounds.

 

Admission Criteria & Selection Process for IIMs

 Each IIM has its own selection criteria and process for MBA/ PGDM admissions. 3 stages that form a part of the selection process are:

 

Clear the qualifying CAT cut offs and fill out the application form on the official website of the respective institute.

GD/ PI shortlist is released on the basis of CAT score, past academic performance, work experience, gender diversity, and academic diversity.

Appearance for GD/ PI rounds and preparation of final merit list.

 

Given below are the previous year's qualifying CAT cut offs and admission criteria for top IIMs to be eligible for admission:

 

IIMs

VARC

DILR

QA

Overall

IIM Bangalore

80

75

75

85

IIM Ahmedabad

70

70

70

80

IIM Lucknow

85

85

85

90

IIM Kozhikode

75

75

75

80

IIM Calcutta

75

80

75

85

IIM Indore

80

80

80

90

IIM Visakhapatnam

70

70

70

80

IIM Nagpur

72

72

72

85

IIM Raipur

70

70

70

93

IIM Rohtak

-

-

-

95

 

CAT Cut offs for IITs

 

7 IITs also accept CAT Scores for admission to their MBA programs. Given below are the previous year qualifying CAT cut offs 2021 for IITs:

 

IIT

CAT Cut off for General

CAT Cut off for SC/ST/PwD

IIT Kharagpur

90 percentile

75 percentile

IIT Bombay

90 percentile

60 percentile

IIT Delhi

90 percentile

60 percentile

IIT Kanpur

85 percentile

75 percentile

IIT Roorkee

90 percentile

70 percentile

IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

80 percentile

60 percentile

 

Admission to Top Non-IIMs through CAT scores


 Getting into IIMs is tough as the cut offs are usually above the 99 percentile. However, there are 500+ colleges other than IIMs that accept CAT scores for MBA/ PGDM admissions. Top Non-IIM MBA institutes include FMS Delhi, Delhi School of Economics, IITs, KJ Somaiya, etc. CAT 2022 admission process for Non-IIMs will include the below-mentioned stages:

 

Firstly, candidates need to clear the qualifying CAT 2022 cut off to be eligible for applying.

CAT qualified candidates will be shortlisted for participation in WAT/ GD/ PI.

Finally, candidates will be selected on the basis of CAT scores, GD/ PI scores, and academic qualifications depending on the parameters set by the respective institute.

 

Non-IIM Institute

CAT Cutoff Percentile

FMS, Delhi

98-99

Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa

90-95

Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai

92+

K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research (SIMSR), Mumbai

90+

Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon

97-98

S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai

85+

Shailesh J. Mehta School of Management (SJMSOM), Mumbai

95+

XIMB - Xavier University, Bhubaneswar

80+

Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (WeSchool), Mumbai

85+

IBS, Hyderabad

85-90

 

 

For CAT exam dates, notifications & other details, click here to visit IIM CAT official website.

 

 

 



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