All the candidates must know the eligibility criteria before applying for the CAT exam. We will look at all factors related to CAT eligibility in this section. It would Include Age Limit & Age relaxation, Educational qualification, Nationality.
CAT 2022 Eligibility
As per the latest update released by IIM Ahmedabad, there has been certain changes in the eligibility criteria, which are as follows
There is no upper limit to apply for CAT 2022. Candidates can apply for CAT 2022 without any restrictions on age.
- In the latest update released by IIM Ahmedabad, the restriction on minimum percentage has been lifted for candidates who have passed in 2020 and 2021.
- Other than that a candidate should have completed a bachelor's degree from a recognized university.
- The previous criteria was that a General and NC-OBC candidate should obtain 50% in Bachelors while candidates belonging to SC/ST and PWD should obtain 45%.
- If a score is obtained in the form of CGPA, then the corresponding CGPA should be converted to a percentage. If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate's CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.
- Candidates appearing for the final year of the Bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their University/Institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate. IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process.
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CAT Reservation Policy
Candidates should read all the instructions carefully before filling up the form. Those who want to avail reservation facility need to submit a separate caste certificate duly at the time of application
|A person with Benchmark Disabilities (PWD)||5 per cent|
|Other Backward Classes (non-creamy)||27 per cent|
|Scheduled Caste||15 per cent|
|Scheduled Tribe||7.5 per cent|
|Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)||Up to 10 per cent|
CAT Reservation Policy for PwD
As per the provision, 5% of seats in CAT are reserved for physically abled candidates, and as per the regulation there are three categories of disability:
- Low vision blindness
- Hearing impairment
- Locomotor Disability or Cerebral Palsy
CAT Reservation Policy for EWS Category
Persons who are not covered under the scheme of reservation for SCs, STs, and OBCs and whose family has a gross annual income below Rs 8 lakhs are identified as EWS for reaping the benefit of reservation.
Candidates can avail this scheme by providing an Income and Asset Certificate.
But there are certain exceptions to this arrangement. If the candidates' families' gross income is less than 8 lakhs but satisfies any of the condition stated below, the candidate shall not fall under this category-
- If the candidates' families own 5 acres of agricultural land and above.
- Candidates who owe a residential flat of 1,000 sq. ft. and above.
- Candidates whose parents possess a residential plot of 100 sq. yards and above in notified municipalities.
- Candidates whose parents own a residential plot of 200 sq. yards and above in areas other than the notified municipalities.