CAT 2022: Exam Notification, Important Dates (Updated)

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CAT 2022 or Common Admission Test is expected to be conducted on the last Sunday of November, considering the previous years’ date trends. The annual management aptitude test will be for admissions in PG management courses offered by the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) and over 1500 B-schools in India including, but not limited to IMT, SPJIMR, IMI, FMS, and MDI. CAT exam is conducted every year by one of the 20 IIMs across India on a rotational basis, and the notification is released 3 to 4 months prior to the exam. The official notification for CAT 2022 exam will be tentatively released by August 2022.
CAT 2022
CAT is held once a year and the result is declared after a month. Here, you will find all the related details about the upcoming dates. Here is a quick snippet of what to expect from the official CAT 2022 notification:
The official CAT 2022 notification will inform you about-
  • Registration dates of CAT 2022
  • CAT 2022 admit card release date
  • CAT 2022 Exam date and timings of different slots
  • CAT remains one of the most sought-after competitive examinations and attracts graduates of all streams. Many working professionals also take CAT in order to step up the corporate ladder. Approximately, 5100 MBA seats are offered by the IIMs alone.
    One of the IIMs will conduct CAT 2022 in the last week of November.
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    CAT Notification for the year 2022 is yet to be released officially. However, considering the past trends, registration of CAT will begin in the month of August and end in September. Here, we bring you the tentative timeline of CAT 2022 so that you gain a fair idea about the exam and plan your preparation accordingly. A well-structured plan and a step-by-step approach are required for covering the entire syllabus and scoring high in the exam.
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    CAT Notification 2022: Important Dates
    CAT 2022 Exam Details CAT 2022 Exam Dates
    CAT Notification Release August 2022
    CAT 2022 Registration Starts August 2022
    CAT 2022 Registration Ends September 2022
    CAT 2022 Issue of Admit Card October 2022
    CAT 2022 Exam Date To be notified
    Release of CAT Answer Key December 2022
    CAT 2022 Result Announcement January 2023
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    Did you Know: Until the year 2008, CAT was a paper-based test.
    CAT 2022: Important Facts
    A quick overview of important facts about CAT:
    Name of test Common Admission Test (CAT)
    Purpose of test Qualifying test for admission to 20 IIMs and 100+ reputed B-schools across India
    CAT 2022 Exam Date To be notified
    CAT Entrance exam sessions 3 Sessions/Slots
    Slot Timing (Tentative) Slot 1 (8.30 am to 10.30 am)
    Slot 2 (12.30 pm to 2.30 pm)
    Slot 3 (4.30 pm to 6.30 pm)
    Conducted by IIM
    Exam type National level
    Periodicity Once in a year
    Score/Percentile Validity One Year
    Annual Number of Test Takers 2-2.5 lakh
    Pattern of Test MCQs and Non-MCQs
    Number of Questions (As per CAT 2021) 66
    Test Duration 2 hours
    Marking Scheme +3 for every correct answer
    -1 for each wrong answer
    Syllabus Questions from VARC, QA and DI & LR
    Mode of Conduct Computer-based
    CAT 2022 Convenor To be notified
    Application Fee Rs. 2200/- for General & NC-OBC candidates
    Rs. 1100/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates
    Reservation of seats in IIMs and B-schools As per the Government of India regulations
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    Over the last few years, there have been significant changes in the pattern of CAT; one such major change being the drop in the number of questions from 100 to 76 in 2020 and then to 66 in 2021. Accordingly, the time limit and total marks were altered for the exam. Nonetheless, the dates for CAT notification, registration, and result remain nearly same. You are required to register online on the official website for CAT 2022.
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    Now that you are aware of the tentative CAT notification dates, you can kickstart your preparation for the exam. After the CAT result is out, the candidates are shortlisted by different B-schools and called to attend further admission rounds. A two-year post-graduate degree in management from one of the top IIMs is an assurance for a bright career in the corporate sector. In these programmes, candidates get to learn management principles and develop the leadership qualities required for working in top multinational companies.
    Note: Students are advised to go through the official website for more information on CAT notification and mock tutorials.
    Frequently Asked Questions for CAT 2022 Notification
    1. What is the CAT 2022 exam date?
    CAT 2022 exam is likely to be held on 27 November, which is the last Sunday of November 2022(based on the CAT date trends of recent years). The common entrance test will be concluded in 3 slots: morning, afternoon, and evening for 2 hours each. We recommend you consult the official notification for the CAT exam(after release) for detailed info.
    2.When will the official CAT 2022 exam notification be released?
    CAT 2022 official exam notification will be tentatively out by July or August 2022. Candidates can keep a check here for more information on this year’s CAT exam notification.
    3. Is there a way to register for CAT 2022 offline?
    No, CAT has been conducted online since 2009, and candidates can only apply for CAT 2022 online.
    4. What will be the CAT’22 application fees?
    CAT application fees have been set INR 2,200 for General & NC-OBC candidates whereas INR 1,100 for SC/ST/PwD candidates.
    5. How is CAT different from other business management tests?
    CAT exam is the most prestigious business management test since it is the only way for business students to pursue MBA/PG courses from IIMs. Apart from that, the CAT score is also accepted by top business schools in India including, but not limited to, NITIE, SPJIMR, FMS-DU, MDI, GIM-Goa, LIBA Amity, GLIM, JIMS, & more.
    6. Can I apply for the CAT if my graduation will complete in May-June 2022?
    Yes, if candidates are completing their degree by May-June 2022, they can apply for the CAT exam later this year. The only academic eligibility is that you need to complete your bachelor’s with at least 50% marks.
    7. What will be the expected CAT 2022 MBA Cut Off in IIMs?
    Candidates should know that there will be two types of CAT 2022 cutoffs, qualifying and final. This year, CAT qualifying cutoff or IIM eligibility cutoff or shortlist cutoff is expected to be over 90 percentile for all IIMs.The final CAT 2022 cutoff is usually 99+ percentile for top IIMs and fairly over 95+ for new IIMs and other top B-schools.
    8. How many months should I prepare for the CAT 2022 exam?
    Some prefer preparing for CAT for an entire year but you can clear CAT 2022 even with 3 months of preparation in which you can solve sample papers, take mock tests, and solve previous year’s questions. Candidates can pick any of FREE or paid prep solutions available for CAT '22 on Mobile/PC.
    9. Is CAT more difficult than XAT?
    Our experts suggest that CAT is easier than XAT considering the varying topics and sections in both the exams. For instance, sections such as Decision Making and GK are only found in XAT making it a little more difficult.
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