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Common Admission Test, also known as CAT is a computerized MBA entrance test, designed to test the aptitude and comprehensive capabilities of a student. This test is one-way ticket to get admission into IIMs; it is also accepted by most renowned MBA colleges in India. More than 2.5 lakhs students apply for this test every year, making it the most applied for test for MBA entrance. The application or exam form filling process starts from the first week of August and the exam takes place in November. Being an online exam, there are about 400 test centers in more than 158 cities across India.

Before 2019, there were 100 questions for CAT and the time limit for completing the test was 3 hours. There were 2 slots for the exam, commonly said, the morning slot, and the evening slot.

From 2020 onwards there were changes in the pattern of CAT Exam. Now, there are 3 slots for the examination: morning, Afternoon, and Evening. The number of questions was reduced to 66 and the time allotted was also reduced to 2 hours.

The result of CAT is declared in the first week of January. This exam score in the form of percentile is accepted by most of the colleges offering MBA/PGDM courses. The top IIMs accepting CAT scores are; IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM CalcuttaIIM Lucknow, and IIM Indore. Some of the top non- IIMs that care accepting CAT Score are FMS New Delhi, IMI New Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, GIM Goa. 

CAT 2022

For CAT 2022, the form filling process will start from the first week of August, and the last day to fill the form will be the third week of September (tentative). There can be a further extension in the application date, as seen in the previous years. The admit card can be downloaded from the official site from the last week of October (tentative). This will be a 2-hour exam with a total of 66 questions to be answered. There will be three sections in the exam: Quantitative Ability (QA), Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI), Reading Comprehension (RC).

The timing for the morning slot of CAT 2022 is 8:30 am to 10:30 am, the timing for the afternoon slot is 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm and the timing for the evening slot is 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm.


The following table provides all highlights about CAT 2022:

Full formCommon Admission Test
FrequencyOnce a year
Type of QuestionsMCQ and Non- MCQ
Number of Questions66
Duration2 hours (120 minutes), 40 minutes for each section
Number of Sections3 Sections Quantitative Ability (QA)
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI)
 Reading Comprehension (RC)  
TimingMorning Slot     –   8:30am to 10:30am
Afternoon Slot –   12:30pm to 2:30pm
Evening Slot     –   4:30pm to 6:30pm
Registration start DateFirst Week of August (tentative)
Registration End DateThird Week of September (tentative)
Correction facility DateFourth Week of September (tentative)
Admit Card Download DateLast Week of October (tentative)
Exam DateLast Sunday of November (tentative)
Fee2,200 for general category candidates 1,100 for SC/ST/PWD candidates
Eligibility criteria50% in aggregate for general category candidates 45% for SC/ST/PWD candidates
Documents neededAdhaar Card, PAN card, Marks Sheets (10+2+3), Work Experience Document, Scanned passport size photo, and signature
Answer Key DateFirst Week of December (tentative)
CAT Results DateFirst Week of January 2023 (tentative)
Scores validated for1 Year
Help Desk Number1800-209-0830


If you want to pursue your career in the field of management and are planning to apply for an MBA/PGDM Course, then you can apply for CAT as it is a golden ticket to your favorite business schools.

You can also apply for CAT if you are in the final year or in the second year of your graduation and you want to experience the difficulty level of the examination.

The coaching teachers, mentors, or other faculty that teach the syllabus of CAT to other students, also apply for CAT to get an insight into what are the current trends and what kind of questions are expected, the difficulty level, and to assess themselves.

CAT scores are accepted by more than 1200 business schools and their scores are regarded as the most reliable scores to give an insight into the aptitude and comprehensive skills of a candidate. So, if you are targeting to get into Top B-schools including IIMs, FMS, MDI, IMI, IRMA, MICA, you can apply for CAT.


There are various documents needed to fill up the Online Application Form for CAT. It is advisable to gather the following documents to speed up the process of Registration.

  • 10th Marks Sheet
  • 12th Marks Sheet
  • Graduation Marks Sheet
  • Adhaar Card
  • Driving License
  • Pan Card
  • Cast Certificate
  • PWD certificate
  • Scanned photo
  • Scanned Signature


The process of registration for CAT is simple and straightforward. The following are the steps for the application for CAT.

Step 1- Generate your login credentials at

Step 2- Click on “REGISTERED CANDIDATES LOGIN” using your credentials. A new window will open

Step 3- Fill in the personal details like Name, Parents name, Gender, Category, Address, etc

Step 4- Upload documents like Photograph and signature NC-OBC/SC/ST/PWD certificate

Step 5- Enter details of class 10+2, Graduation like Marks/CGPA.

Step 6- Enter work Experience Details (If any)

Step 7- Select the programs or IIM colleges and select the city for interview

Step 8- Choose your nearest and most convenient City for the exam. You can choose 6 cities

Step 9- Pay the application fee using online method only. UPI, Net Banking, Google pay, Debit Card are all accepted modes of payment.


General/ Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates2,200
ST/SC/PWD candidates1,100


As CAT is an online entrance exam to get admission into post graduate courses like MBA/PGDM, there is a minimum qualification that is necessary to get the admission. Anyone can apply for CAT exam if he /she had completed their graduation or in the final year of their bachelor’s degree.

The following is the detailed reservation criteria for 2022

  • Candidates applying for CAT 2022 should have completed their graduation with a minimum of 50% in aggregate for general category candidates and 45% aggregate for SC/ST/PWD candidates
  • Students with professional qualifications such as CA/CS/ICWA can also apply for CAT 2022
  • Students who are currently in their final year of their bachelor’s degree or are awaiting for their results can also appear for the exam
  • If the candidate graduation score is in the form of grades or CGPS, then the marks will be calculated by the methods as suggested by the institute/university.


There are various situations where a candidate cannot apply for CAT 2022 exam. Some of them are:

  • If the candidate has not fulfilled the minimum marks required to apply for CAT, i.e. 50% for general category candidates or 45% for SC/ST/PWD candidates. The candidates who are in the final year of graduation and NOT have an average score of 50% for general category candidates or 45% for SC/ST/PWD candidates.
  • Candidates who are not in their final year of graduation or have not completed any professional degrees like CA/CS/ICWA cannot apply for CAT
  • If the bachelor’s degree of the candidate is not recognized by UGC/AICTE/MHRD.


Below is the List of all IIMs, their state location, Fee, estimated cutoff, and their official website.

Name of instituteState locationEstdFee*Cutoff*Official Website
IIM AhmedabadGujarat1961₹ 23.00
IIM BangaloreKarnataka1973₹ 23.00 lakhs99
IIM CalcuttaWest Bengal1961₹ 23.00 lakhs99
IIM KozhikodeKerala1996₹ 19.00 lakhs97
IIM LucknowUtter Pradesh1984₹ 19.00 lakhs97
IIM UdaipurRajasthan2011₹ 17.60 lakhs92
IIM RaipurChhattisgarh2010₹ 14.20 lakhs94
IIM VisakhapatnamAndhra Pradesh2015₹ 10.70 lakhs92
IIM RohtakHaryana2010₹ 15.20 lakhs95
IIM SambalpurOdisha2015₹ 13.03 lakhs95
IIM TiruchirappalliTamil Nadu2011₹ 11.90 lakhs94
IIM RanchiJharkhand2010₹ 15.30 lakhs94
IIM SirmaurHimachal Pradesh2015₹ 11.75 lakhs90
IIM BodhgayaBihar2015₹ 10.60 lakhs92
IIM JammuJammu and Kashmir2016₹ 13.80 lakhs94
IIM AmritsarPunjab2015₹ 12.00 lakhs95
IIM KashipurUttarakhand2011₹ 15.10 lakhs94
IIM ShillongMeghalaya2007₹ 12.68 lakhs95
IIM IndoreMadhya Pradesh1996₹ 17.07 lakhs97
IIM NagpurMaharashtra2015₹ 13.34 lakhs95

*The cutoff percentile and fee are subject to change by the college


There are more than 1,200 prestigious and renounced colleges in India that accept CAT Scores for their MBA/PGDM courses. Below is the list of top Non-IIM Colleges that accept cat score, their state location, Fee, estimated cutoff and their official website.

Name of instituteState locationEstdFee*Cutoff*Official Website
Faculty of Management Studies (FMS)New Delhi19541.92 lakhs95
S.PJain Institute of Management and ResearchMumbai198119 lakhs92
Management Development Institute (MDI), GurgaonHaryana197321.3 lakhs93
International Management Institute (IMI)New Delhi198118.3 lakhs92
FORE School of ManagementNew Delhi198116 lakhs85
Goa Institute of Management (GIM)Goa199317.2 lakhs85
Institute of Rural Management Anand (IRMA)Gujarat197915.17 lakhs85
Mudra Institute of Communications, Ahmedabad (MICA)Gujarat199121 lakhs85
T.A Pai Management Institute, ManipalKarnataka198015.1 Lakhs85
Prince L N Welingkar Institute of Management Development and ResearchMaharashtra197712.9 lakhs77

*The cutoff percentile and fee is subject to change by the college


The CAT syllabus is divided into 3 sections quantitative aptitude (QA), Verbal ability and Reading Comprehension (RC), and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI&LR). Below is the syllabus for CAT 2022.

Number System Sequence Averages Series and progression Simplification Ratio and Proportion Percentage Speed Time and Distance Profit and loss Quadratic and Linear Equation Functions Geometry Inequalities Logarithms Permutations and Combinations Mensuration Coordinate Geometry Maxima Minima Probability Set Theory Trigonometry  Unseen Passages Analogies Antonyms Sentence Correction Para Jumbles Contextual usage Fill in the blanks Meaning/Usage Match Para Completion  Unseen Passages Analogies Antonyms Sentence Correction Para Jumbles Contextual usage Fill in the blanks Meaning/Usage Match Para Completion Fact Inference Judgement  


Around 2.5 Lakhs candidates apply for CAT every year, making it the most applied management entrance exam in India. As CAT is conducted in online mode,IIM in collaboration with TCS has opened more than 400 test centers in 158 cities across India. Below is the list of all the cities in which CAT is conducted and has a test center.

Andaman and NicobarPort Blair
Andhra PradeshGuntur Kakinada Kurnool Nellore Rajahmundry Tirupathi Vijayawada Visakhapatnam Vizianagaram
Arunachal PradeshItanagar-Naharlagun
AssamDibrugarh Guwahati Jorhat Silchar Tezpur
BiharAurangabad-Bihar Arrah Bhagalpur Darbhanga Muzaffarpur Patna
ChhattisgarhBhilai Nagar Bilaspur Raipur
GoaPanaji Madgaon
GujaratAhmedabad Anand Gandhinagar Mehsana Rajkot Surat Vadodara
HaryanaAmbala Faridabad Gurugram Hisar Karnal Kurukshetra Panipat Rohtak Sonipat
Himachal PradeshShimla Hamirpur
Jammu & KashmirJammu Srinagar 
JharkhandBokaro Steel City Dhanbad Hazaribagh Jamshedpur Ranchi
KarnatakaBelagavi (Belgaum) Bengaluru Hubli-Dharwad Kalaburagi(Gulbarga) Mangaluru(Mangalore) Mysuru (Mysore) Shivamogga (Shimoga) Udupi
KeralaKannur Ernakulam Kollam Kottayam Kozhikode Thrissur Trivandrum
Madhya PradeshBhopal Gwalior Indore Jabalpur Sagar Satna Ujjain
MaharashtraAmravati Ahmednagar Aurangabad-MH Bhiwandi Boisar Jalgaon Kolhapur Mumbai Nagpur Nanded Nashik Pune Raigad Satara Solapur Thane Palghar Navi Mumbai Vasai Virar
New DelhiNew Delhi
OdishaBalasore Berhampur Bhubaneswar Cuttack Dhenkanal Rourkela Sambalpur
PunjabPathankot Bhatinda Jalandhar Ludhiana Mohali Patiala Sangrur Amritsar
RajasthanAjmer Alwar Bikaner Jaipur Jodhpur Kota Sikar Udaipur
Tamil NaduChennai Coimbatore Madurai Salem Tirunelveli Tiruchirappalli Vellore
TelanganaHyderabad Karimnagar Warangal
Uttar PradeshAgra Aligarh Bareilly Ghaziabad Gorakhpur Greater Noida Kanpur Jhansi Lucknow Meerut Moradabad Muzaffarnagar Noida Prayagraj Varanasi
UttarakhandDehradun Haldwani Roorkee
West BengalAsansol Bankura Burdwan Durgapur Hooghly Kalyani Kolkata Siliguri


Q. How many colleges accept CAT score?

Ans. CAT score is accepted by more than 1200 Management colleges across India. CAT is the most trusted entrance exam and its score is accepted by most MBA/PGDM colleges.

Q. What will be the exam pattern for CAT 22?

Ans. The pattern will be similar as CAT 2021, this online exam will be of 2 hours with 66 questions divided into three sections, Quantitative Ability (QA), Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI), Reading Comprehension (RC).

Q. What is the exam date for CAT 22?

Ans. The tentative date of CAT 22 is the last week of November 2022.

Q. Can I apply for CAT while working?

Ans. Yes, you can apply for CAT while working as long as you have completed the graduation or in the final year of graduation.

Q. For how many times can I give CAT?

Ans. There is no ageboundation or limit to the number of times you can appear forCAT, as long as you have cleared the eligibility criteria, you are fit to appear.

Q. I have got 46% in my graduation; can I appear for CAT?

Ans. The minimum marks required in graduation is 50% in aggregate for general category/NC-OBC candidates and 45% for SC/ST/PWD candidates.

Q. How can I check my CAT score?

Ans. CAT scores are released generally in the first week of January;you can visit the official website and login with your credentials and see your score. The scores are in the form of percentiles. You can see your individual section percentile and your overall percentile.

Q. What is the fee for CAT 2022?

Ans. The fee for CAT 2022 is 2,200 for general category/NC-OBC Candidates and 1,100 for SC/ST/PWD candidates.

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