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CAT Exam Pattern 2022: Marking Scheme, Syllabus

01 Nov 2022 17:07:18 PM

Candidates planning to appear for the MBA entrance exam must be aware of the latest CAT exam pattern. With the help of the paper pattern, candidates can understand the marking scheme, time allotted and other details. Check complete details on CAT exam pattern here. 


CAT 2022 Exam Pattern: Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore has released the exam pattern of the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2022 along with the notification. With the help of the CAT 2022 exam pattern, candidates will get an idea about the different sections, types of questions, time allotted to each section, number of questions etc.  As per the updates, there are three sections - Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). 

To understand the CAT 2022 exam pattern better, candidates must also appear for the official CAT mock test. The exam pattern of CAT 2022 will include the topics and chapters from where the questions will be asked in the examination. Read on to find out the CAT marking scheme, number and type of questions, no. of sections, and other details here. 

What's New in CAT Exam Pattern 2022?

The CAT exam pattern 2022 is the same as last year. No change has been announced by IIM Bangalore who will be conducting the exam this year. The only change in the CAT exam pattern is the change in the total number of questions which was implemented last year. IIM Ahmedabad, conducted CAT in 2021 and retained the CAT exam pattern of 2020 but reduced the number of questions from 76 to 66. Now, the CAT exam is of 120 minutes or two hours with a sectional time limit of 40 minutes. Earlier, the PwD candidates used to get 20 minutes extra in each section, but from 2020 onwards, they get only 13.20 minutes extra.

CAT Exam Pattern 2022: Highlights




CAT time duration

2 Hours (120 Minutes)

Name of the Section

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Section-wise time duration

  • 40 Minutes for each section (VARC, DILR, QA).
  • 53 Minutes 20 Seconds for PwD candidates for each section.

CAT exam time slots

  • Slot 1: 8:30 - 10:30 am (Morning Session)
  • Slot 2: 12:30 - 2:30 pm (Afternoon Session)
  • Slot 3: 4:30 - 6:30 pm (Evening Session)

Number of Questions

66 Questions

Total marks of CAT exam

198 marks

Mode of the CAT 2022 exam

Computer-Based Mode (CBT)

CAT Marking Scheme

  • For every right answer, +3 will be awarded
  • For every wrong answer in MCQs, -1 will be deducted
  • No negative marks for Non-MCQs

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern - Overall and Sectional Time Limit 

As per the CAT 2022 exam pattern, candidates have to solve the exam in 120 minutes. The exam will be held in three slots, that is in the morning, afternoon, and evening on the same day, as the computer-based test (CBT). Check the table below. 


No. of Questions

Time Allotted

Time Allotted for PwD Students

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI)


40 minutes

53 minutes and 20 seconds

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)


40 minutes

53 minutes and 20 seconds

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)


40 minutes

53 minutes and 20 seconds



120 minutes

160 minutes

CAT Exam Pattern 2022 Number of MCQs and Non-MCQs

As per the exam pattern of CAT 2022, the total number of MCQs and Non-MCQs questions asked are given below - 


Total Questions*



Maximum Marks*

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)





Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)





Quantitative Aptitude (QA)










*The details mentioned in the above table is based on the previous year's question paper of CAT. The questions have been revised for CAT 2021.

CAT Exam Pattern 2022 Marking Scheme

Candidates must be aware of the CAT marking scheme before skipping any question in the exam. As per the CAT question paper pattern 2022, for each correct answer, three marks will be awarded whereas for each wrong answer, one mark will be deducted. For unanswered questions, no marks will be deducted. Some questions in each section may not be of the multiple-choice type, thus the answers will have to be typed on the screen. Check below the marking scheme for CAT 2022 - 

Type of questions

Marks Per Question

Negative Marking (Only MCQ)







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CAT Exam Pattern 2022 Syllabus 

The CAT syllabus includes topics from where the questions will be asked in the entrance exam. By following the syllabus of CAT candidates can prepare well for the exam and can understand the topics. The syllabus for the exam will be based on the following topics -  verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC), data interpretation & logical reasoning (DILR), and quantitative aptitude (QA). 

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