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CAT 2022: Eligibility, Pattern & Syllabus.

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer-based test held in India. The test scores a candidate on the bases of Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR). The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs. The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation.

Important Details About CAT Exam

Name of the ExamCommon Admission Test (CAT)
Conducting BodyIIMs
IIM Stands forIndian Institutes of Management
Exam ModeComputer Based Test (CBT)
Sections in CATVerbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Quantitative Ability (QA)
Time Duration2 Hours (120 Minutes),40 Minutes for Each Section, and 50 Minutes 20 Seconds for PwD candidates
CAT 2022 Registration ModeOnline Mode
Question TypesMCQs and TITA (Non-MCQs)
CAT Exam Total Questions66

CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2022 :

To appear for the CAT exam, a candidate should have at least 50% marks or equivalent GPA in graduation.
SC/ST/PWD candidates should have at least 45% marks.

You can also apply if you have completed a professional degree (CA / CS / ICWA) with 50% marks or equivalent.

Final year students are also eligible to apply for CAT Exam.

If you are going to finish your graduation studies in 2023 – you can apply for CAT 2022.

Reservation :

15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% seats are reserved for OBC candidates belonging to Non Creamy Layer (NC – OBC).

Non Creamy layer OBC Classification :

As per the official classification, the sons and daughters of a person (belonging to an OBC) with gross annual income of 8 Lakh INR or above for three consecutive years fall into creamy layer who are not eligible to avail the benefits of reservation entitled to other OBC categories. They are treated like general category candidates.

Important Dates for CAT 2022

CAT 2022 notification4th week of July 2022
CAT 2022 registration1st week of August 2022
CAT 2022 last date to apply2nd week of September 2022
CAT 2022 admit card4th week of October 2022
CAT 2022 exam date4th week of November 2022

CAT Exam Pattern & Syllabus

Complete CAT Syllabus for CAT 2022 Exam. While it is a popular notion amongst students that CAT is unpredictable, the syllabus for CAT has in fact been somewhat unpredictable especially in the DILR section. CAT exam underwent some changes in the year 2020, wherein the duration of the test was reduced to 2 hours from 3 hours duration. The number of questions in each of the sections was reduced too. The exam is usually held in slots, one in the morning and the other in the evening.

The CAT Exam is divided into 3 sections, spanning 40 minutes long each, making it a 2-hour exam

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

DetailsCAT 2022 Pattern
Test duration2 hours
Test slots3
Total number of questions in CAT66 (varies)
Total marks198
No. of questions in VARC section of CAT24 (varies)
No. of questions in CAT DILR section20 (varies)
No. of questions in CAT QA section22 (varies)

As per previous years, the sections and question split are

Section 1: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension – 24 Questions (19 non-MCQs)
Section 2: Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation – 22-24 Questions (6-8 non-MCQs)
Section 3: Quantitative Aptitude – 22 Questions (14 non-MCQs)

The tricky part to the above pattern is that CAT does not allow you to toggle between sections, i.e. you have to complete the section within 40 minutes to move on to the next one as per the above order.

Now, let’s discuss the syllabus for each of these sections in detail.

1. CAT Syllabus for Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension of CAT 2022 Exam

A. Verbal Ability

Total Questions: 7-11
Sectional Weightage: 30%

-Gist of Short Para’s: based on 3-4 sentences
-Para jumbles: 3-4 jumbled sentences to be arranged logically/sequentially
-Sentence Exclusion: pick out the out of context sentence between 1-2 sentences
-Others (Sentence Completion or Correction, Fill in the blanks, Vocabulary Based, etc.): 0-1

These questions are generally NON-MCQ with no penalty for the wrong answer

B. Reading Comprehension

Total Questions: 16
Sectional Weightage: 70%

5 RCs – 3 Long, 2 Short
Long Para[800-900 words]: 6 Questions in each
Short Para[500 words]: 3 Questions in each
RC Areas – Business, Social Sciences, Economics, Humanities, Science, Current Affair, Literature, History, Abstract [These are not exhaustive, and only indicative]

Type of Questions – True/False statements, phrase/word explanation, author’s view, main idea of RC, purpose of passage, inference based questions, data driven questions, vocabulary based

2.CAT Syllabus for Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation of CAT 2022 Exam

22-24 questions, with 6-8 non-MCQs (TITA-based)

A. Data Interpretation

Total Questions: varies (12 questions in CAT 2018 & 19; 16 questions in CAT 2020)
Sectional Weightage: varies

Data Tables, Data charts, Bar diagrams, Pie charts, Graphs, Data analysis and comparison

The questions utilize – text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), Venn diagram, are asked. Data could be given in form of tables, charts or graphs.
The motive is to candidate’s ability to interpret data and derive insights out of it.

B. Logical Reasoning

Total Questions: varies (20 questions in CAT 2018 & 19; 8 questions in CAT 2020)
Sectional Weightage: varies

Clocks, Calendars, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, Assumption, premise, conclusion, linear and matrix arrangement

3.CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude of CAT 2022 Exam

Quant undoubtedly has the widest syllabus when it comes to CAT. But the good part is that, despite being wide, it is well defined thus allowing candidates to take a structured approach

Total Question: 22 questions, 14 Non-MCQs
Overall Weightage: 34%

Quant is divided into 5 major pillars

– Algebra:
6-7 Questions
Topics: Linear Equations, Quadratic Equations, Inequalities, Logarithms, Functions,

– Arithmetic:
8-9 Questions
Topics: HCF & LCM, Percentages, Profit & Loss, Interest (SI & CI), Averages, Ratio & Proportions, Speed Time & Distance, Mixtures & Allegations, Time & Work, Calendars & Clocks

– Modern Math:
1-2 Questions
Topics: Sequence & Series, Binomial Theorem, P&C, Set Theory, Probability, Maxima & Minima

– Number System:
1-2 Questions
Topics: Divisibility Rules, Factors, Remainders, Base Systems, Factorials, Last digits, Last 2 digits, property of numbers

– Geometry:
4-5 Questions
Topics: Triangles, Circles, Mensuration, Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Solids, 3D Geometry, Lines & Angles

Detailed CAT Syllabus

Syllabus & iQuanta's Quant Course for CAT

TopicsSession on each Sub-topicsNo.of Sessions
NUMBERS1. Basics of number
2. Remainder(non-conventional divisibility rules, euler’s, Chinese remainder theorem etc.)
3. Numbers of factors, sum of factors, difference of square etc
4. HCF, LCM,digital sum,co-prime etc.
5. Base system
6. Mega event covering other important topics and intense practice on numbers.
GEOMETRY1.Fundamentals of geometry.
2. Conceptual application and practice.
3. Tricks and shortcuts of typical geometry problems.
4. Mass Point Geometry and other important topics.
5. Mega event for intense practice of geometry questions with shortcuts
ARITHMETIC1. Basics of time, speed and distance and problems.
2. TSD in details and types of problems.
3. Relative motion and shortcuts of TSD and typical problems.
4. Circular motion in detail.
5. Percentage in detail.
6. Commercial Mathematics:
a) profit and loss
b) faulty weights
c) SI & CI
d) instalments
7. Time and work.
8. clocks.
9. Mixture and allegations.
PATTERN AND SERIES1. Sequence and series(A.P, G,P, A.G.P)2
2. Special Series and Function
ALGEBRA1. Basics and problems on them.
2. Graphs and approaching a problem by graphs.
3. Quadratic-graphs, shortcut - formula and non conventional approach.
4. Descartes
5. inequalities and problems over that.
CUBES AND CUBOIDSAll shortcuts and easy approach for cube based problems.1
QUANT-O-MANIADiscussion on special type of problems on CAT and intense practice session.1
PnC and PROBABILITY1. Basics of number counting.
2. Selection and combination of various types and problems discussion.
3. basics of probability.
4. probability using permutation and various types of problems.
5. intense practice on all possible types of problems.
Discussion and revisions on other important topics as demanded
Total = 40+

Syllabus & iQuanta's DILR Course for CAT

Serial NumberClass PlanVideos
1DI- Ratios & Percentages-15
2DI- Ratios & Percentages-24
3DI- Ratios & Percentages-36
4DI- Ratios & Percentages-44
5DI- Ratios & Percentages-55
6DI- Ratios & Percentages-65
7DI- Ratios & Percentages-75
8DI- Ratios & Percentages-85
10LR-Cubes for CAT/XAT/SNAP/IIFT.5
11Linear Arrangement-14-5
12Linear Arrangement-24-5
13Linear Arrangement-34-5
14Arrangements MiX-4-5
15Circular Arrangement 1-4
16Circular Arrangement 2-4
18Venn Diagrams – introduction5
19Venn Diagrams - 25
204 Set Venn Diagrams5
21Venn Diagrams – Advanced5
22Venn Diagrams – Optimization5
23Venn Diagrams – Optimization-25
24Venn Diagrams – Optimization last5
26Binary Logics- 15
27Binary Logics- 25
28Games and tournaments4
29Games and tournaments - 25
30Network Flow Diagrams5

Syllabus & iQuanta's Verbal Course for CAT

Serial NumberTopicsNo.of Sessions
2Grammar for CAT/XAT2
3Grammar-2 Phrases and Clauses1
4Subject Verb Agreement2
5Para summary2
6Para Completion2
8Fill in the blanks1
9Fact inference judgement1
10Odd sentence out.1

The above topics cover CAT syllabus for CAT 2022, which should be starting point for your preparation, and in case you are looking for structured preparation with fastest doubt solving, you can check iQuanta CAT 2022 Course at

Indrajeet Singh
The mastermind behind IQuanta, Indrajeet Singh is an expert in Quant and has devised some ingenious formulae and shortcuts to significantly cut down on the time taken to solve a problem

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