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CAT is the entrance exam for management that is conducted on a national level. It is held to provide admissions to MBA aspirants into 20 IIMs and 100+ Business Schools in India. Each year, responsibility to conduct CAT is given to one of the older IIMs like Indore, Ahmedabad, Calcutta, Bangalore etc. Each year, the CAT exam is held in November. This year CAT 2022 is expected to take place on November 27, 2022. The process of registration will commence from the August first week and go on till September. 

CAT 2022: Eligibility Criteria 

Certain educational requirements have been laid out that must be fulfilled by the candidate in order to be eligible for preparing for the CAT exam.

  1. Candidate with a completed bachelor’s degree/equivalent degree from a recognized university/board. Final year students of graduation can sit for the exam.
  2. There was a minimum percentage criteria before pandemic. For the upcoming year, this criterion remains or will be suspended, is yet to be notified.


Each year, more than 2 lakh students sit for the CAT exam and only a few thousand successfully get the B-schools of their choice. Due to such cut-throat competition, we won’t be wrong in saying that CAT is amongst some of the most difficult entrance exams. CAT is designed to determine and assess candidates achievability and agility for managerial exposure and ventures. 

CAT exam has three main sections:

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

CAT exam is conducted in the CBT (Computer-based test) mode. It includes MCQ as well as TITA type questions. TITA questions stand for ‘type in the answer’. The number of TITA questions is not fixed but by looking at the previous year CAT exam papers, TITA questions comprise of 25-33% of the exam. TITA questions are not counted for negative marking whereas correct MCQ is awarded 3 marks per question whereas incorrect MCQ answers lead to deduction of 1 mark. There is a sectional time limit of 40 minutes for each section.


As discussed above, the CAT exam has 3 sections; i.e. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Analysis (QA).  Topic under each section are:

  1. VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)

Reading comprehension; Paragraph Jumbles; Paragraph Summary; Sentence Elimination and some other miscellaneous question about sentence correction etc.

  1. DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)

Bar Graph; pie charts; tables; line graphs; Venn Diagrams; word problems; combination of graphs; visualization based puzzles; mathematical puzzles; tournaments and games; calendar; sequencing; grid puzzles; seating arrangement; direction-based puzzles.

  1. QA (Quantitative Aptitude)

Arithmetics; Geometry; Algebra; Number Theory and Modern Maths.

CAT 2022 Result

Before posting the result, CAT answer key and candidates response sheets are uploaded on the website for the candidates reference. Answer keys are most likely to be posted around a week after the exam is conducted. Post that, in the first week of January, CAT results are announced. The scorecards are available for downloading from the official website. To download the result for CAT 2022, follow these steps:

  • Click on the ‘CAT scorecard/result’ tab on the official website.
  • Enter CAT application number and the password.
  • Click on the scorecard and you can download your scorecard from there.

The scorecard includes candidates’ sectional score,  section-wise percentile, total score and overall percentile.

CAT Mocks and Exam Preparations

Mocks are really helpful while preparing for the CAT exam. These tests help in timed preparation and their analysis helps to spot areas of strength and weaknesses. The mocks for CAT 2022 will be released on the official site of the IIM administering the exam for the year. Tentatively, mock tests will be available on the side by the end of October 2022.

Apart from these mocks, one can opt for the MBA preparation at Hitbullseye as they provide ample amount of test series and mocks to practise with. The well-designed courses at Hitbullseye not only help in cracking the exams but also help to build confidence and become top-scorers. The details of the their study material can be looked at: MBA courses.

Apart from mocks, 

  • Practising and performance analysis of CAT previous year question papers can also help.
  • Regular reading of newspapers, articles, and books must be included in the CAT preparation plan.
  • Recognising areas of strength and weakness is very crucial.
  • For vocabulary building, make flashcards to learn new words every day. Try to use the learnt vocabulary in daily conversations for better retention.
  • Read testimonials of top-scorers and take up strategies that might prove beneficial for your CAT preparation.
  • Find ways to motivate yourself because motivation is needed for persistent and focused preparations.

Determination, strategic preparation and guidance that is all that you need to land in the B-school you always desired for. Practise indeed makes a man perfect.

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