Indian Institutes of Management CAT-2022 online applications schedule and procedure

Looking for the key dates for the IIM Common Admission Test 2022? Want to know where to find a mock CAT test online? This article provides complete information about the Common Admission Test 2022 (CAT-2022) for admission to management programs at the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) in India. Details of the CAT schedule, eligibility requirements to register, the CAT exam format, the complete list of IIMs in India, and the online application procedure have been provided.

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will conduct a computer-based Common Admission Test 2022 (CAT-2022) in three sessions. This is a mandatory test for students who wish to pursue a Post Graduate Program in Management (PGP) or a Fellow/Doctorate Program in Management (FPM) at any of the IIMs in India.

IIM CAT-2022 Registration Notification Banner
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Eligibility requirements

You need to fulfill the below-mentioned eligibility criteria in order to be permitted to appear for CAT-2022. Note, though, that appearing for the test does not provide any guarantee that you will get admission to an IIM. You will be required to fulfill the IIM's eligibility requirements as well in order to be shortlisted for admission to that specific IIM.

Educational Qualification

: You should have a Bachelor's Degree, with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (at least 45% is the requirement for candidates applying in the categories of Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, and Persons with Disability) from a UGC-recognized University or educational institution or any equivalent qualification that is recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. If you are appearing for the final year of your Bachelor's degree course (or any recognized equivalent qualification exam) and have also completed all the degree requirements and are awaiting results, then you are eligible to register for CAT-2022. In this case, however, once you are selected for admission at an IIM, you can join the course at the IIM only on a provisional basis after you submit a certificate from the Principal or the Registrar of the University/Institution where you are studying, stating that you have completed all the requirements for obtaining the degree/equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate. It is mandatory to then submit the qualifying degree/equivalent mark sheet and certificate before the date specified by the IIM, otherwise, your provisional admission will be cancelled.

In the case of those candidates having a professional qualification, those who have completed a professional degree, such as CA or CS or ICWA (with the afore-mentioned min.) or ICWA/Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI)) with min. 50% (SC/ST/PwD candidates should have a minimum of 45%).

Work experience

: While experience is not mentioned as a mandatory criterion to appear for CAT-2022, it should be noted that an IIM may give weightage to relevant work experience that is not part of an internship or project work associated with academics. Hence, don't forget to mention this during the online application process.

List of IIMs

These are the IIMs where the CAT-2022 score will be accepted-
  1. IIM Ahmedabad
  2. IIM Amritsar
  3. IIM Bangalore
  4. IIM Bodh Gaya
  5. IIM Calcutta
  6. IIM Indore
  7. IIM Jammu
  8. IIM Jammu
  9. IIM Jammu
  10. IIM Kashipur
  11. IIM Kozhikode
  12. IIM Lucknow
  13. IIM Nagpur
  14. IIM Raipur
  15. IIM Ranchi
  16. IIM Rohtak
  17. IIM Sambalpur
  18. IIM Shillong
  19. IIM Sirmaur
  20. IIM Tiruchirappalli
  21. IIM Udaipur
  22. IIM Visakhapatnam

You can check the official information bulletin to know which management programs are offered at each of the above, namely, MBA programs, PGP programs, PGPM programs, Management Executive programs, Ph.D. programs, FPM programs, DPM programs, etc. A student can also apply for admission to a listed non-IIM member institute (the list is available through a link at the bottom of the home page of the official website) with the CAT-2022 score, in which case an IIM will not be involved in the selection process of that institute.

Seat reservation

The reservation of seats is as follows-
  • 27% for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the "Non-Creamy" layer (NC-OBC)
  • 15% of the seats for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates
  • 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates
  • Up to 10% for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) candidates
  • 5% for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD)

CAT-2022 Registration Fees

You are required to pay a non-refundable registration fee using a valid Credit Card or a Debit Card, or via the NetBanking facility as follows-
  • For SC candidates: Rs. 1150/-.
  • For ST candidates: Rs. 1150/-.
  • For PwD candidates: Rs. 1150/-.
  • For all other candidates: Rs.2300/-.

Note- If you are keen to apply for admission to more than one IIM, you do not need to pay a separate registration fee for each. For the purpose of registration for CAT-2022, there is a single registration fee irrespective of the number of IIMs where you will seek admission.

How to register and apply for CAT-2022

The registrations for CAT-2021 should be done in online mode only at the official CAT-2022 registration portal, starting from 3rd August 2022 at 10 a.m. and ending on 14th September, 2022 at 5 p.m.
Ensure that you provide a valid email ID and mobile number that is your own, as you will receive an OTP on it for the purpose of registration and further requirements of the selection process. Once you have entered all the details in the application form, make the requisite online payment to complete the process. When selecting a test centre, you are allowed to select 6 of the around 150 designated cities where you would like to appear for the Test.

CAT-2022 Format

The CAT-2022 will be a Computer-Based Test (CBT) that will be conducted at a Test centre as per Covid-19 protocols. The test will have three sessions, each of 40 minutes, namely-
  1. Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  2. Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  3. Section III: Quantitative Ability

Important notes: You will be allotted an exam shift, namely either in the forenoon or in the afternoon or in the evening as per the preferred city that you opted for during the application process. You will not be able to switch from one section to another but will be required to complete one section in its entirety before moving to another one. The official website will provide a few tutorials for you to familiarize yourself with the format of the CAT.

After the declaration of CAT-2022 result

Once the result of CAT-2022 is declared, IIMs will display a list of the shortlisted candidates for the selection process, and also send interview letters to the candidates. Each IIM will display details of the selection process and further eligibility criteria for admission to its programs. Some IIMs may conduct group discussions and personal interviews and/or a written ability test. You will be required to produce all the mark sheets and also submit attested copies as supporting proof of your eligibility at the time of the interview. Also, on selection for an IIM course, you will be required to submit the original degree certificate and mark sheets of all the semesters/years along with attested copies of the same for the purpose of verification at the time of joining the program.

Important dates

CAT-2022 registration begins: 3rd August 2022 at 10 a.m.
CAT-2022 registration closing date: 14th September 2022 at 5 p.m.
CAT-2022 Admit Card available for download: 27th October 2022 5 p.m. onward up to 27th November 2022.
Availability of CAT 2022 Mock Test: by the end of October 2022. Learn how to prepare for CAT exams.
CAT-2022 Test date: 27th November 2021.
The last date to submit the qualifying degree/equivalent mark sheet and certificate for those who are in the final year of their Degree/equivalent qualifying exam and have got provisional admission is 31st December 2023.
CAT-2022 Test result: likely in the second week of January 2023 (tentative).

Contact information

For queries regarding CAT registration, the application process, and payment processing, and for queries related to uploading of documents, you can call on the Toll-free number 1-800-210-8720, Monday to Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (excluding National holidays).

For academic-related queries, such as eligibility criteria, reservation category, and PwD certificate, you can contact the CAT Centre office from Monday to Friday (excluding holidays) from 9.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Ph: +91-080-26993388 / 3017 / 3013

Address of CAT Centre-
C/o. Admissions Office,
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore,
Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru – 560 076,
Karnataka, India.

Important directive- Candidates are not allowed to disclose the contents of the Common Admission Test in any form or format. Refer-

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