• CAT Exam 2022 Eligibility Criteria

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Update on: 02 Nov 2022 12:43:32 PM

CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria is now available on the official website. Students interested in appearing for the CAT 2022 exams must make sure that they cross check the details given in the eligibility criteria before registering for the exams.

CAT 2022 Exam Eligibility Criteria: The CAT 2022 eligibility criteria have been released for the 2022 examination by IIM Bangalore, the exam conducting body. CAT 2022 is one of the most coveted national-level MBA entrance exams. Candidates qualifying the CAT 2022 exams will be eligible for Management admissions to top Management colleges along with other names such as IIT, FMS, and SPJAIN etc. Candidates Appearing for the CAT 2022 exams can check the eligibility criteria and other details here.

CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria

Check below the basic eligibility criteria prescribed for the CAT 2022 examinations.

Basic Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2022

Candidates applying for CAT 2022 should fulfill any one of the following conditions:

1. Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks*.

2. Candidates must have completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA/Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI)) with required percentage*.

3. In case the candidate is in the final year of Bachelor’s degree they are required to secure the required percentage*. *SC/ST/PwD candidates should have a minimum 45%. For General, EWS and NC-OBC candidates, the minimum is 50%.

Marks obtained in the Graduation

The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in the case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PwD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria Summary





Recognized Bachelor's degree of minimum 3 years' duration.

No age limit

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 Able (DA) category)

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CAT 2022: Seat Reservation

According to the reservation criteria given, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% of seats are reserved for other backward classes candidates belonging to the “non - creamy” layer (NC - OBC).  Persons With Disability (PWD) candidates have been given a reservation of 5 per cent. Apart from the reservation that has been granted to other categories, from 2019 onwards, 10 per cent reservation has been extended to candidates applying from the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) Category.

CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria: Reservation



Scheduled Caste (SC)


Scheduled Tribe (ST)


Other Backward Classes “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC)


Economically Weaker Section (EWS)


Persons With Disability (PWD)


Candidates must note that once the selection of category is made while filling the online application form, changes in the category will not be accepted or entertained later. Candidates applying under SC / ST / N C-OBC / PWD / EWS category are also required to upload a copy of the certificate(s) at the time of CAT online registration and they are also required to submit a photocopy of the certificate at the time of interview.  

Find out more about the CAT 2022 Eligibility Criteria in detail through the official CAT 2022 notification

CAT Eligibility Criteria vs. IIM Eligibility

Candidates should not consider or assume the fulfillment of CAT eligibility criteria as a sure shot means to get short listing for admission to the IIMs. CAT eligibility criteria differ from IIM's eligibility criteria on various grounds. A few of them are:

1. CAT 2022 eligibility prescribes ‘No Age Bar’ to appear in CAT exam whereas IIM restricts any candidates to seek admission on the basis of age bar.

2. Candidates can appear for the CAT exam with 2 years of graduation, however, a candidate cannot seek admission in the IIMs unless they have completed education with 10+2+3/4 year format.

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