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CAT 2022 exam will be conducted by IIM Bangalore. The notification was released on July 31, 2022. The registration details and exam dates are already announced. The candidates need to go through the complete page to get more information about CAT 2022 exam, such as eligibility criteria, paper pattern, fees, registration details, selection process and cut-off.
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Common Admission Test, commonly referred to as the CAT examination, happens to be a nationwide management aptitude test which is held once a year to grant admission to MBA aspirants in IIMs and almost 1200 other business schools across the country.
As per stats gathered till 2021, almost 2,00,000 candidates sit for this highly competitive examination that generally takes place near the end of November. Total number of questions in CAT 2022 is expected to be same as that of CAT 2021 i.e., 66 questions in all.
The entire marks are distributed among multiple subjects like Quants or Quantitative Aptitude, Logical reasoning, Data Interpretation, Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability. The time duration of exam is 2 hours.
The guidelines for the CAT examination are set by any top IIM institute each year. In 2021, IIM Ahmedabad got this prestigious opportunity of hosting the exam. The exam governing body’s name for this year’s Common Admission Test will soon be declared by the General Council. We have listed the highlights of 2022’s CAT examination for your prompt reference:
|Examination Particulars||Detailed Insights|
|Full name of CAT||Common Admission Test|
|Host for 2022||IIM Bangalore (as per provisional announcement)|
|Level of Examination||National|
|Syllabus||Three distinct sections include VARC (Verbal Ability along with Reading Comprehension), Quantitative Aptitude and Logical Reasoning coupled with Data Interpretation (DILR)|
|Examination process||CBT (includes both response based and MCQ type questions)|
|Total number of cities participating in CAT 2022||156|
|Examination tentative date||27th November, 2022|
|CAT Eligibility||Students need to graduate with at least 50% marks on aggregate. Percentage relaxation of 5% is allowed for ST/SC candidates|
₹ 2,200 for General caste candidates
₹ 1,100 for Reserved category students
|Course affiliated||MBA/ PGDM|
|CAT Examination’s motive||To secure admission in one of the top IIMS or PJIMR, IMT, MDI, SPJIMR or in any of top 1200 business schools across the country|
|Statistical inputs from CAT Examination 2021|
|Total applications recorded||2.31 lakhs|
|Total number of examinees||1.92 lakhs|
To check the latest updates related to CAT Exam 2022, we highly recommend the aspirants to stay in touch with the official website tagged as iimcat.ac.in. This ensures that no important notification related to examination dates, issuance of admit card, application form availability etc. is missed by a student. Also, there is a toll-free help desk extension which is 1-800-210-1088.
As we have already discussed earlier that the CAT Examination is conducted to fill up PG-level managerial course vacancies, hereby we are about to discuss the bare minimum qualification that a candidate must secure in his/her undergraduate course to sit for CAT:
On July 31, 2022, the official website will publish an updated notification on the upcoming CAT examination. However, we have provided you with the provisional timeline of vital events concerning the CAT 2022:
|Examination Events||Probable Dates|
|Notification was announced on||31st July 2022|
|Applications will be accepted from||3rd August 2022|
|Registration closing date||23rd September|
|Application form correction window||Last week of September|
|Release of mock evaluation||1st week of October|
|Release date of Hall ticket||26th October|
|Official release of tutorial||November (first week)|
|Tentative exam date for CAT 2022||27th November 2022|
|Revelation of answer key||December 2022 (first week)|
|Result Declaration date||January 2023 (first week)|
Ideally, a minimum of six months is recommended for each candidate who attempts to fully brush up on the vast syllabus for the CAT examination. For first-timers, this timeframe is sufficient to prepare well by appearing in several mock tests while the students who have already sat before, might need lesser preparation.
|CAT Subjects||Subject Topics|
|VARC||Verbal Ability, Para Summary, Reading Comprehension, Para Jumbles and ODD Sentence identification|
|Quants||Algebra, Number system, Mensuration, Basic Arithmetic Problems, Geometry|
|DILR||Arrangement, Set theory, Puzzles, Numerical Reasoning, Games and Tournaments etc.|
Specific test centres are selected to conduct the CAT exam across various cities. The mode of examination is online and the students answer the papers seated in front of computers.
Exam pattern underwent alterations in 2020 followed by the pandemic effect. The number of questions reduced to 76 from 100, also the exam duration had been reduced to 120 minutes or 2 hours from 3 hours. In 2021, the number of questions was reduced to 66 from 76.
|CAT Examination mode||Computer Based Test|
|Exam Time||40 minutes are allotted for each section making it a total of 2 hours|
|The time slots for CAT Examination 2022|
Morning: 8:30 in the morning to 10:30 A.M.
Second slot (afternoon): 12:30 in the noon to 2:30 P.M.
Last slot (Evening): 4:30-6:30 P.M.
|Revised number of questions||66|
|Number of options per question||4|
|Question format||MCQ and student response based|
|Question paper’s language||English|
|Marking Criteria||3 marks will be awarded for correct answers, and 1 mark is deducted for each wrongly answered MCQ type question, for student response based, candidates can attempt the question even if they are unsure about the solution as these questions does not apply negative marking.|
The aspirants are expected to start preparation for this examination at least by the end of June; however, those who prepare from March create a more decent chance for themselves to secure a handsome aggregate in the CAT. Top MBA institutes including the IIMs provide admission to students with percentile ranging between 95 and 99.5+, thus without adequate preparation, it is not suggested that one must appear for this highly competitive examination. Several dedicated books are designed for cracking this test; this includes books on Quantitative Aptitude, Logical Reasoning, self-study books, last week’s preparation modules and much more. After sufficient practice, a student can appear for a reasonable number of mock evaluations depending on their conceptualization satisfaction of key aspects. After all of these, one becomes ready to excel in this national-level test.
The registration procedure involves filling out the CAT exam application form by all those who are willing to officially enrol their names in top MBA institutes across the country. First, the candidate must visit the official web page of the CAT Examination and register their candidature. It is estimated that the registration process for 2022’s CAT Examination will start in August (1st week). To know more about registration, visit the website and execute CAT login.
IIM, Bangalore is going to release the hall ticket of CAT 2022 in October’s end week. Students will be able to download it by visiting the website iimcat.ac.in and entering their login credentials.
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