CAT Exam

About CAT Exams

CAT is the major and most popular MBA entrance exam for admission in 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools across India. IIMs conduct CAT on a rotational basis every year. CAT undergoes major changes or introduction of new elements almost every year. The Aspiring candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA, 45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)/Differently Abled (DA) category) awarded by any recognized University or institute. Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. If selected, such candidates will be allowed to join the program provisionally, only if she/he submits a certificate within the stipulated date. There is no age limit for applying or appearing in CAT exam.

List of IIM Colleges

Name of the Institute


Official Website


Ahmedabad, Gujarat


Kolkata, West Bengal


Bangalore, Karnataka


Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh


Kozhikode, Kerala


Indore, Madhya Pradesh

IIM Shillong

Shillong, Meghalaya

IIM Rohtak

Rohtak, Haryana

IIM Ranchi

Ranchi, Jharkhand

IIM Raipur

Raipur, Chhattisgarh

IIM Trichy

Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu

IIM Kashipur

Kashipur, Uttarakhand

IIM Udaipur

Udaipur, Rajasthan

IIM Nagpur

Nagpur, Maharashtra

IIM Visakhapatnam

Vishakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh

IIM BodhGaya

Bodh Gaya, Bihar

IIM Amritsar

Amritsar, Punjab

IIM Sambalpur

Sambalpur, Odisha

IIM Sirmaur

Sirmaur, Himachal Pradesh

IIM Jammu

Jammu, Jammu & Kashmir

Exam Pattern

CAT 2022 Exam ComponentsCAT 2022 Pattern
Test duration2 hrs (120 Minutes)
Test sessions/Slots3 (Morning, Afternoon and Evening)
Total questions66
Total score198
Number of Sections in CAT question paper3 (VARC; DILR; QA)
Time Allotted for Each Section in CAT exam40 Minutes
Total questions in VARC Section24
Total Questions in DILR section20
Total Questions in QA section22