CAT 2022 Analysis

CAT 2022 will be held on 27 November.
Every year, Common Admission Test (CAT) is held by one of the old IIMs and taken by lakhs of management aspirants. It serves as the primary criterion for admission to the top B-schools of India. Hailed as the toughest MBA entrance exam, CAT is a computer-based test that evaluates the general aptitude skills of the candidates.
After the exam, candidates are eager to learn about their performance and estimate their prospects of getting a reputed B-school. So, here we provide a detailed analysis of CAT 2022 exam.
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CAT 2022: Overall Analysis
CAT is composed of three sections and has a total time limit of 120 minutes. Since the onset of covid-19, there have been several changes in the exam. These changes are likely to continue in CAT 2022. In terms of difficulty level, CAT 2022 paper was almost the same as that of the previous year. Have a look at the major features of CAT 2022:
Main Features of CAT 2022 (includes the changes continued from 2021):
  • Total Number of questions: 66 (reduced from 76)
  • Types of Questions: MCQs and non-MCQs
  • Total Duration: 120 minutes
  • Fixed order of sections (with VARC always being the first section)
  • Time Limit per section: 40 minutes
  • 3 marks given for every correct answer
  • 1 mark penalty for each incorrectly answered MCQ
  • No negative marking for Non-MCQs
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CAT 2022: Exam Structure & Pattern
Given below is the expected sectional break-up of CAT 2022 exam:
Section Name
Total No. of Ques.
No. of Multiple Choice Ques.
Number of Non-MCQs (TITA Ques.)
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
24
19
5
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
20
15
5
Quantitative Aptitude
22
15
7
Total
66
49
17

CAT 2022 Exam Analysis
CAT is conducted in three slots, and there are slight differences in the difficulty level and types of questions among different slots papers. However, the overall level is maintained across all slots. This time also, the difficulty level of VARC was relatively high. Here is the section-wise analysis of CAT 2022:
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
The verbal section was on the difficult side. As expected, it had four RC passages of 400-500 words and 4-5 questions each. Other questions were based on parajumbles, parasummary, and odd-one-out. There were 4-5 Non-MCQs in VARC, and most questions seemed tricky.
An attempt of 15+ questions with accuracy is sure to fetch a high score.
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Similar to last year, this section was the most difficult. DILR section had 4-5 sets with 4-6 questions each. The reasoning sets have information presented in tabular format. As always, this section was the lengthiest and toughest of all.
An attempt of 12+ questions with good accuracy will get you a fair percentile.
Quantitative Aptitude
Quant section was a mix of moderate and tricky questions. As usual, there were most questions from arithmetic-based topics and related commercial mathematics. Other important topics were algebra, Geometry & Mensuration, and Modern Maths. Overall, if attempted with the right approach, the quant section seemed manageable.
An attempt of 15+ questions with good accuracy will fetch 99+ percentile in the section.
After CAT 2022 results are out, you will be called for the next rounds like group discussion/exercise, essay-writing test, and personal interview.
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CAT Cut-offs
CAT scores/percentiles are utilised to shortlist candidates for subsequent rounds. However, the B-schools institutes also consider other factors while selecting the candidates. These factors include past academic performance (class 10th& 12th marks, graduation marks), work experience, academic diversity, etc. The given table indicates the expected CAT cut-offs of the leading B-schools:
Level
(Approx cut-off percentiles  Gen.)
Institutes
99.5+
3-8  Call from IIM A,B,C,L,K,I,S, FMS
99+
1-2 Call from IIM A,B,C,L,K,I,S
And All other IIM calls, IIT B
98+
IIT-D, MDI-PGP, All IIMs except old 7
96.5+
SPJIMR, , NITIE, MDI- HR/IM, few new IIMs ( Latest 6)
94.5+
IIT-KH, IIT-KN, IIT-C, IIT-R, IISc-B, XLRI-Global BM, MDI-M, IIMA (Abm), IIML (Abm)
90+
MICA, IMT-G/N, XIMB, IMI-D, FSM, IRMA, GIM, TAPMI, KJSIMSR, SIMSREE, , UBS-CHD, SPJAIN-D/S, BIM, NIRMA,
87+
WIMDR-M, LBSIM, LIBA, IMI-K/B, GLIM, BIMTECH-PGDM/IB, IBS-ICFAI, MFC-DU, IFMR, MIB-DU, MHROD-DU, IMT-H
85+
MISB, ISBM-P, WIMDR-B, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, IIFM, MBE-DU,
Further, several institutes carry out profile-based calling instead of relying solely on CAT scores. Putting it other way, even the candidates with relatively less percentile but excellent profiles can get calls from top-ranked B-schools.
NOTE:An actual detailed analysis of CAT 2022 done by our experts will be available here on the day of the exam.
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