Snapshot of CAT Entrance Exam 2022 : Mandatory Piece of Information

CAT Common Admission Test is a national level common aptitude test conducted for admission to management courses in Indian Institute of Management and other top B-schools across India. Indian Institute of Management started this exam to select the students for business administration programs MBA or PGDM). This exam is conducted every year by any one IIMs based on the rotation policy.


Courses offered in IIM


There are different courses offered by IIMs namely the post-graduate, doctoral and executive education program. Some of the institute even offer Fellowship Management Program (FPM) which is equivalent to PhD. But their flagship program is two years residential post graduate program. Find below the list of courses offered by IIM


Course Name


Post Graduate Program in Management PGP
Post Graduate Program in Management in Food and Agriculture Management PGP-FAM
Post Graduate Program in Management in Enterprise Management PGPEM
Post Graduate Program in Management in Public Policy Management PGPPM
Executive Post Graduate Program in Management EPGP
Post Graduate Program in Management in Sustainable Management PGPSM
Post Graduate Program in Management in Management for Working Executive PGPWE
Post Graduate Program in Management in Business Management PBPBM
Fellow Program in Management FPM


Highlights of CAT Exam


Features Details
Exam Name Common Admission Test (CAT)
Conducting Body Indian Institute of Management (IIM)
Exam Level National
Exam Frequency Once a year
Exam Mode Computer-Based (Online)
Exam Pattern MCQ and Non-MCQ Format
Exam Duration 3 hours
Exam Syllabus ·         Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

·         Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

·         Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Exam Language English
Exam Purpose Admission into IIMs, SPJIMR, MDS, FMS, IMT, and other top B-Schools.
Courses Offered MBA-PGDM
Number of IIM 20
Number of Registration 2 Lakh+
Official Website


CAT Entrance Exam-Proposed Month


Event Tentative Month
CAT Notification July
CAT Admit Card October
CAT Exam November
CAT Result January


CAT Entrance Exam – Eligibility Criteria:



Age limit:

There is no age limit set for appearing in the CAT exam.


Educational Qualification:

  • The candidate must have a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from a recognized University or equivalent with a minimum of 50% or equivalent CGPA (45 % or equivalent CGPA for SC, ST, PWD/DA category) aggregate mark.
  • Candidates who have completed a professional course like CA/CS/ICWA with a minimum percentage are also eligible to appear for the exam.
  • Appearing and result awaited candidates are also eligible to appear for the exam.


CAT Entrance Exam Pattern


Particulars Details
Exam Mode Computer-Based Exam (Online)
Number of Sections 3
Duration of the exam 3 hours

4 hours for PWD Category

Sectional duration of the exam 60 minutes

80 minutes for PWD Category

Number of questions 100
Marking Scheme 3 marks were awarded for every correct answer

1 mark deducted for every wrong answer

Panel color indication v  Red: Question not answered nor marked as review

v  Green: Question answered but not marked as review

v  Grey: Question neither viewed nor visited

v  Violet: Question marked for review but not answered

v  Violet with green tick: Question marked for review and answered


CAT Entrance Exam Section-wise


Section TITA Question MCQ Question Total Question Duration
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 7 27 34 60 minutes (80 minutes for PWD)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 8 24 32 60 minutes (80 minutes for PWD)
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 11 23 34 60 minutes (80 minutes for PWD)
Total 74 26 100 3 hours (4 hours for PWD)


IIM CAT Entrance Exam
IIM CAT Entrance Exam


S.No Name of the Institute State Establishment Year
1 IIM Ahmedabad Gujarat 1961
2 IIM Calcutta West Bengal 1961
3 IIM Bangalore Karnataka 1973
4 IIM Lucknow Uttar Pradesh 1984
5 IIM Indore Madhya Pradesh 1996
6 IIM Kozhikode Kerala 1996
7 IIM Shilong Meghalaya 2007
8 IIM Raipur Chhattisgarh 2010
9 IIM Ranchi Jharkhand 2010
10 IIM Rohtak Haryana 2010
11 IIM Kashipur Uttarakhand 2011
12 IIM Tiruchirappalli Tamil Nadu 2011
13 IIM Udaipur Rajasthan 2011
14 IIM Amritsar Punjab 2015
15 IIM Bodh Gaya Bihar 2015
16 IIM Nagpur Maharashtra 2015
17 IIM Sambalpur Odisha 2015
18 IIM Sirmaur Himachal Pradesh 2015
19 IIM Vishakhapatnam Andhra Pradesh 2015
20 IIM Jammu Jammu and Kashmir 2016


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