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CAT Preparation Strategy

CAT Preparation Strategy : Dates, Registration, Syllabus, Pattern, Papers

CAT exam (common Admission Test) is a computer-based selection test conducted by the IIMs(Indian Institute of Management) for getting admission to IIMs and top colleges apart from IIMs. CAT Preparation Strategy is very crucial but, If we strategize it in a smart way it become easy to compete.

Some of the top institutions which accept CAT marks for admission apart from the IIMs are NMIMS, SPJIMR, FMS, IMT, IMI, etc.

Every year More than 2 lakhs applicants appear for the exam and only 5,000-6,000 students get selected for MBA/PGDM Courses.

CAT exams are conducted every year in three sessions in more than 150 cities in online mode and the duration of the exam is two hours.

Candidates have to solve 66 objective-type questions in the given time.

There are no expected changes in the pattern of the CAT exam in the year 2022.

It is the responsibility of an IIM to conduct this exam, IIM Lucknow or IIM Bangalore can be given the responsibility to conduct the CAT exam this year.

CAT exam was introduced in 1950, and it has undergone tremendous changes since 1950, in 2009 the exam shifted from pen-paper mode to a computer-based test.

CAT exam will be held most likely between November 25-30 this year. It is expected that the CAT exam schedule will be announced in the last week of July. 

Application of the CAT 2022 will begin in the first week of August and go on till the end of September.

The application fee for the general candidates is INR 2,200/- and for the reserved candidates, is INR 1,100/-

CAT 2022 (Eligibility Criteria)

The minimum eligibility criteria for the CAT exam is graduation in any stream.

Given below are the detailed eligibility criteria for the CAT 2022

  • Candidate must possess a bachelor’s degree with an aggregate score of 50-55% approximately or an equivalent score from a recognized university to appear in CAT 2022.

  • Candidates who have completed a professional degree(CA/CS/ICWA) with the required percentage can also give the CAT exam.

  • Candidates who are in the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification or awaiting their result can also take CAT 2022 exam.

CAT 2022 (Important Dates)

Before appearing for any exam, you must know the important dates for that particular exam.

Till now IIMs have not released the itinerary for the CAT exam.

So, here is the itinerary for the CAT exam 2022, all the dates given here are tentative.

CAT 2022 Events CAT 2022 Dates (Tentative)
CAT 2022
 registrations start
Registrations end 23-Sep-2022
CAT form correction Fourth week of
September 2022
CAT admit card release 26-Oct-2022
Mock test release the Fourth week
of October 2022
CAT 2022 exam 27-Nov-2022
CAT 2022 answer
 key release
The first week
of December 2022
CAT answers
key challenge
The first week of
 December 2022
CAT 2022 result
The first week
of January 2023

CAT 2022 (Key Highlights)

Given below are the key highlights of the CAT entrance exam for the year 2022.

Particulars CAT Exam 
CAT Full-Form Common Admission
Test (CAT) 
Conducting institute IIM Bangalore or
 IIM Lucknow
Exam level National level
Exam frequency Once a year
Exam Date November 27, 2022 (tentative)
CAT exam fees INR 2,200
(General category)
 and INR 1,100
(Reserved category)
Eligibility criteria Graduation with 50-55 %
aggregate marks approximately
Number of applications Around 2-2.5 lakhs
 every year
Exam purpose Admission into IIMs, SPJIMR, FMS, MDI, IMT,
NMIMS and over 1,200 B-Schools in India
Course offered MBA/PGDM
CAT syllabus Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 
Data Interpretation &
 Logical Reasoning (DILR)Quantitative Ability (QA)
CAT pattern Computer Based Test (CBT)
with objective-type questions
No. of test cities 150-160 approximately
CAT exam website

Section-wise syllabus CAT 2022

Knowing syllabus for the CAT exam before appearing for the exam is quite necessary.

In this section, we will discuss the section-wise syllabus for CAT 2022.

Given below is the syllabus for the quantitative aptitude section of the CAT exam.

CAT Syllabus  Sub-Topics
Arithmetic HCF, Number System, Ratio
 & Proportion, LCM, Simplification,
Percentage, Average,
Age Calculation, Distance, Time & Work
Algebra Theory of Equations, Quadratic Equation,
Permutation &
Combination, Sequence & Series
Geometry Angles, Lines, Triangles, Circles
Mensuration Areas and Volumes-
Rectangle, Squares, Triangle
, Circles, Cubes, Cones,
 Spheres, Pipes and Cistern
Calculus Maxima and Minima, Function
Trigonometry Trigonometric Ratios,
Heights and Distances

Given below is the subject for the data interpretation and logical reasoning section of the CAT exam.

Data Interpretation Logical Reasoning

Bar Graph Line Graph Arrangements Prepositions
Pie Chart Tables Data Arrangement Puzzles
Caselets Combination of Graphs Assumptions Statements
Data Sufficiency Games and Tournaments Clock and Calendars Venn Diagram
Logical Matching Logical Connectives

Given below is the syllabus for the verbal ability and reading comprehension(VARC) section of the CAT exam

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Critical Reasoning Grammar and Usage
Sentence Correction Word Usage
Fill in the Blanks Para Jumble
Para Completion Idioms
Para Summary

CAT 2022 (must-read books)

Knowing syllabus alone is not sufficient you must know about the study material for the exam you are planning to clear. It is also the part of CAT Preparation Strategy

In this section, we will discuss the section-wise must-read books to clear CAT 2022.

Given below are the best books for the quantitative aptitude section for CAT 2022, you can select any one of these books for your preparation. Our recommendation for this section is How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma.

Books for CAT Author Name/Publisher
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum
CAT Common Admission
Tests for Admission into IIMs
Sarvesh K. Verma
How to Prepare for
Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT
Arun Sharma
Aptitude for the CAT
Nishit K. Sinha

given below are the best books for covering the DILR section of CAT 2022, our recommendation for this section would be How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma.

Books for CAT Author Name/Publisher
CAT Data Interpretation
& Logical Reasoning
Gautam Puri
Logical Reasoning and Data
Interpretation for the CAT
Nishit K. Sinha
How to Prepare for
Data Interpretation for CAT
Arun Sharma

Given below are the best book for covering the VARC section of CAT 2022, our recommendation for this section will be How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT.

Books for CAT Exam Author Name/ Publisher
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading
Comprehension for CAT
Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
30 Days to a More
Powerful Vocabulary
Mass Market Paperback
Wilfred Funk &
Norman Lewis/
Simon & Schuster
How to Prepare for
 Verbal Ability and Reading
Comprehension for the CAT
Sharma and Upadhyay
PSC for VA for CAT Nishit Sinha

CAT Preparation Strategy tips

Given below are the Best tips for CAT Preparation Strategy 2022.

  • First of all, focus on the reading, and read the best books for the CAT exam preparation, Magazines, newspaper, etc., to improve your reading skills.

  • Practice as many questions as you can, you can solve questions from preparation books and also practice mock tests and previous year’s papers.

  • Regularly keep a track record of your preparation level to know your strengths and weak points in each section. 

  • You should Target topics carrying more weightage in each section of CAT to score well in the exam.

  • You have to manage your time too, to attempt maximum questions in time.

Exam pattern CAT 2022

Given below table shows the various elements of the CAT exam pattern for the year 2022, which one should know before appearing for the exam.

Particulars Events
Duration of the CAT Exam 2 Hours (120 Minutes)
Name of the Section Verbal Ability & Reading
Comprehension (VARC)
Data Interpretation
& Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
Section-wise Duration 40 Minutes for Each Section
Number of Questions 66 Questions
CAT exam total marks 198 marks
Mode of the CAT 2022 exam Computer-Based Mode (CBT)
CAT Marking Scheme For every right answer,
 +3 will be awarded For every
wrong answer
in MCQs, -1 will be deducted
No negative marks for non-MCQs

List of colleges accepting CAT in 2022

Given below is the list of IIMs with the number of seats available in these colleges

Name of the
of Seats
IIM Ahmedabad 385
IIM Bangalore 412
IIM Calcutta 462
IIM Lucknow 436
IIM Kozhikode 375
IIM Indore 451
IIM Trichy 180
IIM Amritsar 60
IIM Rohtak 240
IIM Bodhgaya 60
IIM Sambalpur 160
IIM Sirmaur 60
IIM Jammu 45
IIM Ranchi PGDM-120
IIM Raipur 210
IIM Kashipur 210
IIM Shillong 120
IIM Udaipur 180
IIM Nagpur 126


Question: What is the marking scheme for CAT 2022?
+3 marks are given for each correct answer and -1 mark is deducted for each incorrect answer.

Question: Is the CAT a difficult exam?
CAT exam is one of the most difficult MBA entrance exams in India.

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