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CAT - At a Glance

CAT Exams: Mistakes you must avoid on the test day – PaGaLGuY -  At a Glance


Overview and Background

Common Admission Test (CAT) Exam is conducted annually for admission into Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other best colleges for MBA or PGDM in India at national level. It is a management aptitude test conducted for acquiring entrance in MBA/PGP programs. CAT 2022 exam will be conducted on November 27, 2022. 


CAT 2022 Highlights

Conducting Body                                      Indian Institute of Management Indore

Frequency of Conduct                              Once a year

Exam Level                                              National Level Exam    

Languages                                               English

Mode of Application                                 Online

Application Fee (General)                        Rs 2300 (Online)

Mode of Exam                                          Online 


CAT 2022 Syllabus & Pattern

  • Verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC)
  • Data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)

Understanding the CAT exam pattern creates a blueprint for how to qualify CAT exam 2022. The CAT exam pattern is basically the exam pattern provided by CAT conducting body (IIM Bangalore this year). The CAT 2022 questions will be based on this pattern only. CAT exam pattern has information related to the number of questions, sections, exam duration, marking pattern, and mode of examination.



No. of questions

Difficulty Level

Ideal Score/ Pt for 99%ile

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)



37-39 (15-18)

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)



25-28 (9-11)

Quantitative Ability (QA)



42-44 (16-18)



Easy to moderate

99-100 (42-48)


CAT 221: Exam Analysis

According to the students who appeared in the CAT exam, the overall difficulty level of CAT exam 2021 was moderately difficult. Candidates, according to students appearing in CAT 2021"The Quant section were moderately difficult and tricky to answer”. 

The VARC was moderate and English was a bit lengthy and the DILR was the easiest section than other sections in the CAT exam syllabus for MBA. The total number of questions in the CAT 2021 question paper was 66 and it was distributed in the format 24-20-22 (VARC: 24, DILR: 20, QA: 22). Careers360 will bring the CAT entrance exam analysis live from the exam centres as well as expert opinions from leading coaching centres.

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Guidelines to Prepare

One needs grit, determination, planning, and execution to clear the CAT entrance exam. The tough part is to clear CAT 2022 with a very high percentile for IIM admissions. The Top 10 business schools in India require a good CAT percentile and this can be achieved with proper preparation.

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VARC Types of Questions 

The verbal ability and reading comprehension section includes questions based on the following topics: 

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Verbal Logic
  • Syllogisms
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Para Jumbles
  • Para Completion and Inference
  • Grammar
  • Fill in the Blanks
  • Analogies
  • Antonyms
  • Contextual Usage
  • Different Usage of the Same Word
  • Jumbled Paragraphs
  • Sentence Corrections
  • Idioms
  • Foreign Language Words used in English

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Documents Required at the Examination Hall

  • CAT 2022 Admit Card
  • Photo ID


FAQs on CAT 2022 Preparation Tips

Below are the frequently asked questions on CAT exam Preparation strategy for the VARC section.

Q.1: How many questions were there in the CAT 2022 paper from the verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC) section?
Ans: In the verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC) section of the CAT 2022 paper, a total number of questions were 34 out of which 24 questions were multiple-choice questions and ten questions from the TITA category.

Q.2: What time duration will be allotted to solve the section of verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC) in CAT 2022?
Ans: To solve the section on verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC) in CAT 2022, 40 minutes will be allotted for candidates from the General category. For the applicants belonging to the PwD category, the time limit will be 120 minutes.

Q.3: What is the marking scheme for the Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension section (VARC) for CAT 2022?
Ans: In CAT 2022, 3 marks will be awarded for every correct answer, and 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Q.4: What study material I can refer to for self-study to prepare for the VARC section of the CAT 2022 paper?
Ans: To prepare for the VARC section of the CAT 2022 paper, the students can refer to the VARC quick notes, VARC books, VARC mock test series, etc.

Q.5: What type of questions will CAT aspirants have to prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) Section?
Ans: The questions from the verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC) sections are based on English grammar and vocabulary.


CAT Selection Process 2022

 IIMs will start the selection process for admission after the results of CAT 2022 are announced. The CAT result 2022 is expected to be released in the second week of January 2023. Based on the performance in the CAT 2022 exam, candidates will be shortlisted for the next rounds of selection. The list of the candidates selected for further rounds of admission process will be made available on the website of the respective IIMs. Shortlisted candidates will be notified through email as well.

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It is Important  

  1. Each question carries 04 (four) marks.
  2. For each correct response, the candidate will get 04 (four) marks.
  3. For each incorrect response, 01 (one) mark will be deducted from the total score.
  4. To answer a question, the candidates need to choose one option corresponding to the correct option.
  5. However, after the process of challenges of the key, if more than one option is found to be correct then the multiple correct options will be given the four marks (+4). Any incorrect option marked will be given the minus one mark (-1). Un-answered/un-attempted will be given no marks. In case, a question is dropped/ignored, all candidates will be given four marks (+4) irrespective of the fact whether the question has been attempted or not attempted by the candidate.

CMAT Exam Day Guidelines

A candidate may prepare well for the CMAT exam, but he/she is not well prepared for the exam day then it might ruin his/her entire efforts.


  1. A day before the exam, check the address of the center. Estimate the traveling time to reach the center so that you can prepare a schedule for the exam day.
  2. Make sure your vehicle is fit and have enough fuel. Keep an alternate in mind in case you face any issues in the morning.
  3. Start early from home so that you do not panic in case of any traffic jams.
  4. As digital, scanned or photocopy of the admit card is not a valid document at the test center, you should carry a colored printout of the CMAT admit card.
  5. Kindly mind the time and reach the exam center at least an hour before the reporting time.
  6. Do not carry any valuables or electronic items as it is not allowed. You may even wear slippers because sometimes at the center the shoes are not allowed. Do not wear even a watch.
  7. Check your pockets. It should not have any objectionable papers, objects.



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