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CAT Exam 2022- Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus
April 22 2024

CAT Exam 2022- Dates, Eligibility, Syllabus, Registrations, Centres, Results

What is CAT?

Common Aptitude Test- CAT is a computer-based test for admission to postgraduate management programs in India. CAT provides admissions for more than 500 MBA colleges in India including All 20 IIMs, FMS, JBIMS, SPJIMR, MDI, IMT, DoMS IITs, IISc, etc.

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Here is the information about the colleges which conducted the exam:

  • 2009 – Ahmedabad
  • 2010 – Lucknow
  • 2011 – Calcutta
  • 2012 – Kozhikode
  • 2013 – Indore
  • 2014 – Indore
  • 2015 – Ahmedabad
  • 2016 – Banglore
  • 2017 – Lucknow
  • 2018 – Calcutta
  • 2019 – Kozhikode
  • 2020 – Indore
  • 2021 - Ahmedabad
  • 2022 - Banglore
  • 2023 - Lucknow

CAT Key Highlights

  • Exam Level:     National
  • Application Mode: Online
  • Language: English
  • Exam Mode: Online
  • Exam Date:  November 24, 2024
  • Application Fee: INR 2,400 (General category) and INR 1,200 (Reserved category)

Important Dates(Tentative)

Event Date
CAT 2024 Notification Release 30-July-2024
CAT 2024 Registration Dates 03-Aug-2024 (10:00 AM) to 15-Sep-2024 (5:00 PM)
CAT Form Correction Last week of September 2024
CAT Admit Card 2024 25-Oct-2024
CAT Exam 2024 Date 24-Nov-2024
CAT Answer Key Release First week of December 2024
Answer Key Challenge Process First week of December 2024
Declaration of CAT 2024 Result Last week of December 2024 or First week of January 2025



Eligibility for CAT

The candidate is eligible for CAT if he/she satisfies the following criteria:

  1. Educational Qualification:

    • Candidates must possess a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized university or institution.
    • A minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA is required in the Bachelor’s degree.
    • For candidates belonging to SC, ST, and PWD/DA categories, the minimum percentage required is 45%.
  2. Calculation of Percentage/CGPA:

    • The percentage obtained in the Bachelor’s degree should be calculated as per the practice followed by the concerned college/institution.
    • In the case of grades/CGPA, the conversion should be done based on the method defined by the respective university/organization.
    • If there is no conversion scheme provided, the candidate's CGPA should be divided by the maximum possible CGPA and then multiplied by 100.
  3. Final Year Candidates:

    • Candidates appearing for the final year of their Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification are also eligible to apply for the CAT exam.

CAT Exam Pattern

The Paper has three sections:

  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  3. Quantitative Ability (QA)



Mode of CAT exam

Computer Based Test 

Duration of exam

  • 120 minutes 
  • 40 minutes per section

CAT exam slots

  • Morning: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Afternoon: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Evening: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Number of questions


CAT total marks


Language of question paper


Number of answer choices


Question Type

MCQ and non-MCQ


The break-up of Time and Questions section-wise are:

  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension - 24 Questions - 40 minutes
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning - 20 Questions- 40 minutes
  3. Quantitative Ability - 22 Questions - 40 minutes

CAT 2020 Improve your logical Reasoning The exam is conducted in two sessions- morning and Evening Slot on the same day. There are two types of scores in the exam: a raw score and a scaled score. The raw score is calculated for each section based on the number of questions one answered correctly, incorrectly, or left unattempted. Candidates are given +3 points for each correct answer and -1 point for each incorrect answer. No points are given for questions that are not answered. The raw scores are then adjusted through a process called equating. Equated raw scores are then placed on a common scale or metric to ensure appropriate interpretation of the scores. This process is called scaling.

  1. Duration and Structure:

    • Total duration of the exam: 120 minutes (2 hours).
    • Each section is allocated 40 minutes.
    • Candidates cannot choose the section to begin with or switch between sections during the exam.
    • Questions must be answered sequentially, from section 1 to section 3.
  2. Total Marks and Marking Scheme:

    • Total marks for the CAT paper: 198.
    • Each question carries three marks.
    • Negative marking: -1 mark for each wrong attempt.
    • No marks are deducted for unanswered questions.
  3. Question Types:

    • Some questions in each section may not be of multiple-choice type.
    • Candidates will have to type the solutions on the screen for such questions.
  4. On-Screen Calculator:

    • A basic on-screen calculator will be provided for computation during the exam.


Number of CAT Registrations over the years

CAT Application Process

  1. Online Registration:

    • Candidates need to register online on the official CAT website. iimcat.ac.in
    • The registration process involves providing personal details and creating login credentials.
  2. Login:

    • After successful registration, candidates need to log in using the created credentials.
  3. Filling the Application Form:

    • Once logged in, candidates fill out the CAT application form with the required personal and academic details.
    • Candidates need to select four preferred test cities in order of preference.
  4. Payment of Application Fee:

    • The application fee can be paid online using a Credit Card, Debit Card, or Net Banking.
  5. Test City Allocation:

    • Candidates will be assigned a test center based on their first preferred city.
    • If the first preference is unavailable, the process repeats for the second, third, and fourth preferred cities.
  6. No Rush Required:

    • Candidates are advised not to rush during the initial registration days to block slots.
    • They do not have the option to choose the exam center directly; instead, they select preferred cities.

STEP 1: CAT Application Procedure

  • The CAT application form is to be submitted online with payment of the application fee through a Credit Card, Debit Card, or Net Banking.

STEP 2: CAT Admit Cards

  • CAT admit cards will be available for download on the official website. CAT aspirants must download their admit cards from the official website as they won’t be sent to them by post.

STEP 3: CAT Results

CAT 2024 results will be announced on the IIMCAT website within 20-30 days of the exam. The CAT scorecard will have sectional and overall marks as well as percentiles. Here’s the process to download CAT 2024 result:

  • Log on to CAT website iimcat.ac.in
  • Click on 'CAT 2024 result/scorecard' tab
  • Enter CAT application number and password
  • Click on the scorecard section
  • Click on download option and save the PDF of CAT 2024 scorecard
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CAT Exam 2020 Syllabus

1. Mathematics or Quantitative Section

CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Ability
  • LCM and HCF
  • Percentages
  • Profit and Loss
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Averages; Ratio and Proportion and others
  • Number System (3-4) questions
  • Algebra (5-7 questions)
  • Geometry/Mensuration (6-8 questions)
  • Pure Math (1-2 questions)
  • Venn diagrams and other topic-based questions are 2-3
  • Linear Equations; Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm; Progressions
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability Functions
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Coordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry

Key Facts on Quantitative Ability Syllabus in CAT & Type of Questions 

  • Number of Questions: 22.
  • Sectional weightage in CAT Syllabus: 34%
  • Type of Questions: MCQs and Non-MCQs
  • The past trend in the CAT exam syllabus for Quant shows that there are 24 to 27 MCQs and 7 to 10 Non-MCQs in the Quant section of the CAT exam.
  • More emphasis on Arithmetic to promote academic diversity. Number of questions in Arithmetic: 10 to 12


2. English or Verbal Section is also known as VARC (Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension)

CAT Syllabus for Reading Comprehension
  • Current affairs making an impact on Social Life, International Affairs, Govt policies, and Schemes for example Triple Talaq, Clean India Mission, Migration of people from one country to other, Growing intolerance across the Globe,
  • Business & Economic RC Passages for example Global economic changes, economic development at the cost of environment, Impact of Demonetization in India, Wasteful expenditure by Governments
  • RC passages from various English Literature books, from articles authored by great philosophers, thinkers, from various speeches of great personalities like passages from Charles Dickens, Aristotle, Martin Luther King, Mohan Das Karam Chand Gandhi, Churchill among others
  • Passages on Science & Culture including the journey to the Modern world; Fading culture with the advancement of technology
  • Abstract topics and fiction are also included in the Reading Comprehension Syllabus for CAT. These passages make the candidates think much leading to put themselves in the author’s shoes before answering the questions following these passages since they are opinion based.
  • RC Passages on Historical events leading to social changes for example French Revolution, War of Roses, Social changes in Indian History and thoughts shared by  various activists which are very much relevant even today
  • RC Passages from Mythology. These passages try to correlate the Mythological events with the current social structure and answers to the questions on them have to be inferred.

Key Facts on RC Syllabus in CAT & Type of Questions 

  • Number of Questions: 14
  • Sectional Weightage in CAT Syllabus: 34%
  • Type of passages in CAT Exam Syllabus on RC: 3 Long and 2 shorter
  • Division of questions: 6 questions based on each long passage and 3 questions based on each shorter passage. Sometimes a uniform number of 5 questions follow 4 RC passages and 1 RC Passage is followed by 4 questions.
  • Type of Questions: All of MCQ type with a penalty of -1 negative marking
  • Format of questions: Questions based on information in the RC passage; explanation of the words & phrases as used in the passage; In the context of the passage –True/false statements; Author’s view on various issues raised in the RC passage; Inference from the passage; the main idea of RC passage; Purpose of the RC passage
  • Length of RC passages in CAT Syllabus: Longer RC passages are around 600 words; shorter passages are around 500 words in the CAT exam syllabus as reflected in the last 3 years.
  • Past trends of topics in RC Syllabus for CAT
    • Genetics
    • Second World War
    • Plastic Pollution
    • Elephant Society
    • Consumer Behaviour
    • Status of Languages in 2115
    • Education System
    • Sustainable Economic Development
    • Anthropology / Excruciating Rituals & Reasons
    • Government Definition of Poverty and Treatment of Household Work

CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability

  • The essence of short paragraph/Para summary – (3-4 questions);
  • Jumbled Paragraphs (3-4 questions)
  • Out of Context Sentence in Jumbled paragraphs (2-3 questions)
  • Error Correction of Verb, Noun, Pronoun, Adjective, Adverb, and other parts of speech in the Sentences.
  • Correcting the sequence of sentences in the paragraph, for example, correct use of the conditional sentence, time clauses, reported speech, passive writing
  • Vocabulary usage – picking the correct pair of words
  • Vocabulary usage in RC passages – finding out the correct synonyms and antonyms
  • Fill in the blanks with correct vocabulary words
  • Completion of the last sentence of Paragraphs
  • Analogies
  • Critical Reasoning
  • Sentence Completion
  • Facts, Inference, and Judgement
  • Irrelevant Statements
  • Phrasal Verbs Usage

Key Facts on Verbal Ability Syllabus in CAT & Type of Questions 

  • Number of Questions: 10
  • Sectional Weightage in CAT Syllabus: 10%
  • Type of Questions: All of Non-MCQ type with No penalty for the wrong answer
  • Format of questions: The essence of paragraph questions is based on around 5-6 sentences; questions on Jumbled paragraphs and out-of-context jumbled paragraphs have 4 -5 jumbled sentences that are to be placed in a coherent manner. The out-of-context sentence has to be picked out.
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4. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Section

CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation (DI)

  • Data Tables
  • Data charts
  • Bar diagrams & Charts including Simple, Stacked, and Composite Bar charts
  • Pie charts
  • Graphs – Line X-Y Graphs
  • Data analysis and Data comparison among others
  • Caselet based Data

Key Facts on Data Interpretation Syllabus in CAT & Type of Questions 

  • Number of Questions: 16 divided into MCQs and Non-MCQs
  • Sectional weightage in CAT Syllabus: 16%
  • Past trend of topics in CAT Syllabus for DI: Table (Student Pass percentages over 5 years;
    • Comprehension – Marks in Two sections of papers; Films, Launch, Completion, Release, and Profits;
    • Table on Consumption of Veg and Non-Veg Protein; Happiness Index: 4 questions based on Table;
    • Kids Learning in Rural Areas: Data table based 4 questions; Flight operation Questions were in the set of 4 questions.
    • Questions on Data Interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), and Venn diagrams, are asked. 
    • Data could be given in the form of tables, charts, or graphs. In this section, it is tested that how candidates can interpret the given data and answer questions based on it.

CAT exam Syllabus for Logical Reasoning (LR)

  • Clocks
  • Calendars
  • Binary logic
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Blood Relations (Family Tree)
  • Logical Sequence
  • Assumption
  • Premise
  • Conclusion
  • Linear and matrix arrangement
  • Team Formation
  • Direction sense and Decision Making
  • Input-Output
  • Series
  • Syllogism
  • Cubes
  • Rows
  • Set Theory, Venn Diagrams, Network Diagrams
  • Quantitative Reasoning
  • Puzzles
  • Logical Reasoning based on Rankings
  • Critical Reasoning
Key Facts on Logical Reasoning Syllabus in CAT & Type of Questions
The CAT entrance exam syllabus defines that questions in the LR section can be individual or can be in the set of 4 questions.
  • Weightage of LR Syllabus questions in CAT exam: 16%
  • Total LR questions in CAT syllabus for 2022 exam: 20
  • Type of Questions: MCQs & Non-MCQs
  • Past trend of topics in CAT LR Syllabus:
    • Distribution/Arrangement;
    • Venn Diagrams; 
    • Arrangement of files in folders;
    • Students using various Trains and the fares for the same;
    • Seating Arrangement;
    • Direction sense for Cars;
    • Ordering items;
    • Burgers/Fries/ Ice Cream.
Strategy to Crack Data Interpretation

CAT Exam Centres

There are 156 test cities all over India for CAT Exam 2022.

State Cities
Andhra Pradesh
  • Chittoor, Kurnool,
  • Nellore, Tirupati,
  • Vijayawada,
  • Visakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh
  • Itanagar
  • Dibrugarh,
  • Guwahati,
  • Silchar
  • Aurangabad,
  • Gaya,
  • Muzaffarpur,
  • Patna,
  • Purnea
Chandigarh Muzaffarpur
  • Bhilai,
  • Raipur
  • New Delhi
  • Madagaon,
  • Verna
  • Ahmedabad,
  • Gandhinagar,
  • Rajkot,
  • Surat, 
  • Vadodara,
  • Anand
  • Ambala,
  • Bahadurgarh,
  • Faridabad,
  • Gurgaon,
  • Palwal,
  • Rohtak,
  • Panipat,
  • Sonipat
Himachal Pradesh
  • Shimla,
  • Solan
Jammu & Kashmir
  • Jammu
  • Jamshedpur,
  • Ranchi,
  • Dhanbad
  • Bengaluru,
  • Belgaum,
  • Bidar,
  • Mangalore,
  • Mysore,
  • Shimoga,
  • Udupi,
  • Ramanagara,
  • Davanagere,
  • Chikballapur,
  • Mandya,
  • Kolar,
  • Hassan,
  • Tumkur
Madhya Pradesh
  • Bhopal,
  • Indore,
  • Gwalior,
  • Sagar,
  • Jabalpur
  • Ahmednagar,
  • Amravati,
  • Aurangabad,
  • Jalgaon,
  • Kolhapur,
  • Mumbai,
  • Nagpur,
  • Nashik,
  • Navi Mumbai,
  • Pune,
  • Solapur,
  • Nanded,
  • Ratnagiri,
  • Satara,
  • Thane
  • Shillong
  • Puducherry
  • Fatehgarh Sahib,
  • Jalandhar,
  • Ludhiana,
  • Mohali,
  • Patiala,
  • Ropar,
  • Sangrur,
  • Paghwara
  • Jaipur,
  • Jodhpur,
  • Kota,
  • Udaipur,
  • Sikar,
  • Alwar,
  • Ajmer
Tamil Nadu
  • Chennai,
  • Coimbatore,
  • Madurai,
  • Namakkal,
  • Tiruchirappalli,
  • Tirunelvelli,
  • Thanjavur
  • Hyderabad,
  • Karim Nagar,
  • Khammam
Uttar Pradesh
  • Agra,
  • Allahabad,
  • Ghaziabad,
  • Gorakhpur,
  • Greater Noida,
  • Kanpur,
  • Lucknow,
  • Meerut,
  • Varanasi,
  • Mathura,
  • Bairelly
West Bengal
  • Hooghly,
  • Howrah,
  • Kolkata,
  • Kalyani,
  • Siliguri,
  • Burdwa


Check out: 7 points to remember for Data Interpretation

CAT Exam Admit Card Download

CAT admit card 2024 will be available for download on the official website only. To download the CAT 2024 admit card, candidates will have to use the CAT admit card login credentials and follow the steps given below: 

  • Visit the official CAT 2024 website - iimcat.ac.in
  • Click on 'Login' 
  • Enter registration ID and password
  • Click on 'admit card'
  • Click on download and save the admit card on desktop
  • Take a print out of the CAT 2024 admit card

CAT Answer Key

CAT answer key is expected to be released 4-5 days after the CAT exam. The answer keys are released online on the official CAT website. The candidates can check their responses by login into the CAT website by using their CAT ID and password. CAT answers key carries each candidate’s name, registration number, questions, and his/her responses.

The following is displayed in the CAT answer key: CAT vs CET

  • Name of the candidate
  • CAT registration number
  • CAT exam center
  • Test date
  • Test time
  • Question
  • Question type
  • Status
  • Question ID
  • Right option/answer

CAT Exam Results

CAT 2024 results will be announced by the third week of December 2024. The result cum scorecard of CAT 2024 will contain each candidate's name, registration number, category, photo, sectional score, overall score, sectional percentile, and overall percentile.

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