CAT 2022 Preparation Tips

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Last Updated: 30th Nov, 2022

CAT 2022

By: Avantika Bhardwaj on September 03, 2019

Your CAT preparation strategy entirely depends on how much time you are giving for your preparations. According to the experts, as your exam date approaches nearer, you need to spend major on the time in revising all the topics you have covered in the past few months. CAT Preparation involves Preparation strategy, preparation time, right study material and many other factors.

Below are the CAT Preparation tips, based on experts and toppers view:

Tips for Students preparing for CAT at home:

  • The candidate must know the revised CAT exam pattern.
  • The candidate must thoroughly analyze the CAT syllabus.
  • Examine your own weaker and stronger areas according to the syllabus.
  • Compile the best study material which includes books, study materials and research papers.
  • Start working on your weaker areas and master the areas where you are already confident.
  • Practice mock tests regularly and try to improve your mistakes.
  • You can also practice previous years question paper and try to complete them according to the time limit.

Prepare for CAT in 6 months:

  • Understand the CAT Exam Pattern and CAT Syllabus thoroughly.
  • Figure out your stronger and weaker areas.
  • Start with the basics of each topic. Develop the fundamentals and clear all your doubts.
  • Once you are done with the basics, start taking the sectional quiz.
  • Solve Mock Tests and Previous years paper daily, once you have covered the whole syllabus.
  • Assess your mistakes in mock tests and sample papers and overcome the difficulties, you had been facing while solving them.
  • As you have given enough time to your preparation, stay confident and trust yourself. 

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FAQs related to CAT


When will CAT 2022 Exam be conducted?

CAT Exam 2022 is scheduled to be conducted on 27th November 2022.

Which IIM is conducting CAT Exam this year?

CAT 2022 is being conducted by IIM Bangalore on 27th November 2022.

What is the CAT Admit Card Release date?

IIM Bangalore will release CAT 2022 Admit Card release date once the CAT Registration is successfully concluded.

Can I appear for CAT Exam from home?

No. CAT Admit Card will have details of candidate's exam center, exam shift, exam date, and timing. Candidates are required to be physically present at the examination center on the exam day.

Is qualifying CAT Exam is the only criterion for admission to IIMs?

No. CAT score is used to shortlist candidates for admission. The final admission procedure takes place based on candidates' performance in all the rounds conducted by respective IIMs.

How much time sufficient for CAT Exam Preparation?

There is no specific timeline which can be considered enough for CAT Preparation. It sometimes depends on candidates' caliber. But yes, 6 months time is large enough to prepare for the mba competitive exam.

How long does the CAT Score remain valid for?

The marks obtained by candidates in CAT Exam 2022 will remain valid only for one year. After one year, candidates are required to reappear in CAT Exam and clear the cat cutoff again to get admission.

Who sets CAT Exam Question Paper?

CAT Exam is generally conducted by one of the present IIMs on a rotational basis. The conducting IIM is held responsible for release of notifications, setting cat question paper, releasing cat cutoff, etc.

Can I use calculator while taking CAT Exam 2022?

Yes. But you can only use the onscreen calculator available on your desktop which will be able to perform only basic calculation. Candidates are not allowed to bring calculators of their own inside the examination hall.

Is CAT Exam very difficult?

Being one of the most prominent and sought after MBA Entrance Examinations, CAT Exam is comparatively tough. The Quantitative Aptitude section is considered the toughest among all. While Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning stand 2nd and 3rd.

I am in third year of graduation. Can I apply for CAT Exam?

Depends. If third year is the final year of your graduation, then you are eligible to apply for exam. As per the eligibility criteria, final year students are eligible to take cat exam.

Which is the best coaching institute to apply for CAT Exam?

Some of the best institutes to prepare for cat exam include Career Launcher, IMS, Triumphant Institute of Management, PT Education, and Bulls Eye. Self study will also be sufficient for exam preparation.

Can an average student like me qualify CAT Exam?

Yes. If the preparation of exam is started in time and you work on your weak points properly, the it becomes easy to qualify cat exam. Dedication and perseverance are two factors that might help you achieve what you actually seek.

What are the different sections CAT Question Paper is divided in?

There are three sections in which the CAT Question Paper is divided. These sections are Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.

What is the best way to prepare for and crack CAT Exam?

CAT Exam is undoubtedly one tough nut to crack, and to score a valid percentile an assiduous practice is required. Candidates appearing in CAT 2022 can go through previous year question papers of cat exam and prepare accordingly.

What is CAT 2022 Exam Date?

The CAT 2022 Exam Date is 27 November 2022. IIM Bangalore has released a notification declaring the exam dates of CAT Exam 2022.

Has IIM Bangalore released CAT Exam Date?

Yes. IIM Bangalore has released the CAT 2022 Notification on its official website. The registration procedure will begin from 3 August 2022.

What was CAT Exam Date 2021?

CAT Exam Date 2021 was scheduled to be 28 November 2021. There were almost 2.30 lakh candidates who registered for the exam.

When is the last date to download CAT Admit Card?

Candidates can download CAT Admit Card until the CAT Exam Date i.e. 27 November 2022.

When will the CAT cut off 2022 be released?

After the announcement of the results, the IIM, which is hosting the test, will post the CAT 2022 cutoffs on its official website. The cutoffs are anticipated to be made public in January 2023 based on trends from past years. Only test takers will be able to access the CAT 2022 cutoffs using the login information they created while registering for the exam.

What does CAT Cut Off stand for?

The minimal qualifying percentile for the CAT is what candidates must achieve in order to be selected for the IIM admission phases, which include the Written Ability Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interview. The 90-99 percentile cutoff for CAT 2022 is required for admission to IIMs.

What is the CAT Cut off Range for new IIMs?

The CAT cutoff range for the more recent IIMs, including IIM Nagpur, IIM Bodh Gaya, IIM Ranchi, IIM Jammu, IIM Kashipur, and IIM Sirmaur, is likely to be 90-95 percentile for applicants in the General category and 60-75 percentile for students in the Reserved category in 2022.

What is the difference between the CAT qualifying cut off and the final cut off?

The qualifying CAT cut off is the minimum percentile that candidates must achieve in CAT 2022 in order to be eligible for the WAT/GD-PI rounds, while the final CAT cut off is the minimum percentile that candidates must achieve in order to participate in the selection rounds.

Is the CAT cutoff for 2022 the same for all applicants?

No, depending on the candidate's category, the CAT cut off for 2022 varies. For applicants in the Reserved category, the cutoff for the CAT 2022 exam will be lowered.

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