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About CAT 2023
The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2023 is scheduled to be conducted on November 26, 2023, Sunday. The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow will issue CAT 2023 admit card on October 25.
Earlier, the IIM Lucknow opened CAT 2023 correction window from September 25 to 28. Candidates could fill out the CAT entrance exam application form at iimcat.ac.in. In the recent release by the Ministry of Education Government of India, the National Institute of Industrial Engineering (Formerly known as NITIE Mumbai) has been included in the IIM amendment Act 2023 as the 21st IIM of India and now it is known as Indian Institute of Management Mumbai (IIM Mumbai).
In this regard, IIM Mumbai will use the CAT 2023 score for admission.
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- MBA (Operations and Supply Chain Management)
- MBA (Sustainability Management)
IIM Lucknow’s Prof Sanjeet Singh a senior faculty and chairperson of admission at IIML has been appointed as a convener of the CAT 2023. The CAT exam date for MBA admission has been officially announced by the exam convening IIM on July 30, 2023.
Earlier, the authority has commenced CAT 2023 registration on August 2, 2023. IIM Lucknow released the official IIM CAT 2023 notification on July 30. CAT notification contains all the details pertaining to CAT exam 2023 such as CAT registration date, CAT exam application form correction window, issuance of CAT admit card, CAT exam, and result date.
The CAT exam notification has been published online and in national newspapers. IIM Lucknow is conducting the CAT exam this year. However, the convening institute may be officially announced soon. Along with the notification, the CAT conducting body has also announced the registration start and end date, CAT exam date, admit card release date, etc.
What is CAT Exam?
More than 2 lakh candidates apply for the CAT exam every year. In last year’s CAT exam, around 2.55 lakh candidates registered, and around 2.22 lakh candidates appeared. The CAT exam is conducted in three sessions in one day at around 300 exam centres in 155 cities across India.
CAT exam is a business aptitude test and its syllabus consists of these subjects - Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), Quantitative Ability (QA), and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC). The difficulty level of the CAT exam is moderate to high.
Those who are planning to pursue an MBA in the 2024 academic session should appear for the CAT exam as it is accepted by most of the government and private MBA colleges in India. Apart from MBA programs, the CAT score is valid for admission to Executive MBA, PhD, and FPM programs of IIMs and other B-schools.
What's New in the CAT Exam?
There is no change in the CAT exam pattern and syllabus. However, some changes were introduced in the CAT exam registration process last year. Check out the latest changes in the CAT exam below:
- The CAT exam fee has been hiked from INR 2,300 to INR 2,400 for the general category and INR 1,150 for the reserved category from INR 1,200.
- Candidates must mention their COVID-19 vaccination status in the CAT exam application form.
Eligibility for CAT extended to FCAI graduates. Now, they are also eligible to appear for the CAT entrance exam.
Browse Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT Score: Location-Wise
CAT Exam Conducting IIMs Over the Years
The CAT exam for MBA is conducted by the top six IIMs on a rotational basis. Last year the CAT exam was conducted by IIM Bangalore. Check the table below to know which IIMs have conducted the CAT exam in recent years:
|CAT Year||CAT Conducting IIM|
Official CAT 2023 Contact Details
CAT 2023 Helpline: 18002108720 (Toll-Free)
Resource Links for Online MBA
CAT 2023 Highlights
|Full Exam Name||Common Admission Test|
|Short Exam Name||CAT|
|Conducting Body||Indian Institute of Management Lucknow|
|Frequency of Conduct||Once a year|
|Exam Level||National Level Exam|
|Mode of Application||Online|
|Application Fee (General)||2400 Rs [Online]|
|Mode of Exam||Online|
|Mode of Counselling||Online|
|Exam Duration||2 Hours|
CAT 2023 Important Dates
Upcoming Dates and Events
26 Nov, 2023
Exam | Mode: Online
25 Oct, 2023 - 26 Nov, 2023
Admit Card | Mode: Online
Past Dates and Events
25 Sep, 2023 - 28 Sep, 2023
Application Correction | Mode: Online
02 Aug, 2023 - 21 Sep, 2023
Application | Mode: Online
Candidates who want to appear in the CAT entrance exam must meet the CAT exam eligibility criteria. Check here for detailed IIM CAT exam eligibility such as educational qualification, marks in qualifying exam, and age limit.
- To appear in the CAT exam 2023, candidates must have a Bachelor's degree with a CGPA of at least 50% or equivalent (aggregate 45% for SC, ST, and PwD/ DA categories) from a recognized university.
- The mode of education of the Bachelor's degree can be regular or distance learning but must be a 3-year program.
- Candidates who have completed a professional degree ( CA / CS / ICWA / FCAI) with the required percentage can also appear for the CAT exam.
- Candidates who are in the final year of graduation/ equivalent qualification or awaiting results are also eligible to appear for the CAT entrance exam.
Age Limit: There is no age limit to appear for CAT. The CAT exam is open to both fresh graduates and working professionals.
Mode of Application : Online
Mode of Payment : Net Banking | Credit Card | Debit Card | NEFT | Paytm | Other
IIM Lucknow started the CAT exam registration on August 2 and it was closed on September 21, 2023, at 11 AM. Candidates had to register at the iimcat.ac.in website to fill out the online CAT application form.
Steps to fill out the CAT exam registration form
- Visit the official CAT website.
- Next, find and click on the 'New registration' link.
- Then, enter your name, date of birth, nationality, phone number, and email ID to register.
- Log in with the ID received in the email to fill out the CAT exam application form.
- Next, enter your personal and academic details.
- Upload a recent passport-size photo and signature in the prescribed format and size.
- Choose the preferred courses and IIMs.
- Then, select the CAT test city preference for exam centre allotment.
Finally, pay the CAT application fee via credit/ debit card or net banking.
Also Know; How to fill CAT Exam Application Form
NOTE: Candidates can select up to 6 cities for allotment to the CAT exam centre. Check the list of CAT test cities here.
Documents to upload during CAT exam registration
- Photograph as specified
- Signature as per given specific guidelines
- Academic certificates
- PwD certificate as applicable (if any)
- EWS/Category Certificate as applicable (if any)
- Identification document
CAT exam form correction window
The Indian Institute of Management opened the CAT exam form correction window on September 25. Registered candidates would be able to avail of the facility of the CAT exam correction window. This would allow the candidates to correct the details if they are wrong and provide them mistakenly.
Mistakes in scanned images of signatures, photographs, and IIM CAT city preference can be modified during this CAT application form correction window.
Details that cannot be corrected in CAT exam form
- Date of Birth
- Mobile Number and,
- Email ID.
|OBC, ST, SC||PWD||Online||Transgender, Male, Female||₹ 1200|
|General||Online||Transgender, Male, Female||₹ 2400|
Candidates willing to appear in the CAT exam 2023 should solve the CAT exam question paper as it is the best study source and also helps in effective preparation. There are multiple benefits of solving the CAT exam previous year's paper like understanding the types of questions asked, the marking scheme, the weightage carried by various sections, and importantly learning how to solve a problem quickly which will help in the CAT exam 2023.
Verbal ability and reading comprehension
Data interpretation and logical reasoning
Preparation for the CAT exam should start nine months before the exam date i.e. by March. CAT exam preparation includes completing the CAT syllabus phase-wise, mock test practice, and revision.
Candidates can join a coaching institute for the CAT exam or study on their own with the help of online study groups, books, and resources. Check the below table for important articles about CAT exam preparation.
|Tips and Tricks for CAT|
Benefits of Preparation through CAT Coaching
- Thinking Beyond
- Focus & Motivation
- Interaction with peer group
CAT exam preparation without coaching/ self-study mode
- Join online study groups across the internet such as handakafunda, iquanta, and many more on Quora, Facebook, Telegram, and Youtube.
- Obtain online CAT exam study material and subscribe to various online free CAT test series from coaching institutes.
- Download MBA entrance exam preparation apps
- Buy the best books for CAT exam preparation
Set CAT exam preparation timetable
How to prepare for CAT exam 2023?
Student Appearing Vs Seat Available
|Year||Student Appeared||Seats Available|
CAT Exam Pattern and Test Structure: According to the exam pattern, the CAT question paper is divided into three sections; Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). Candidates have to solve MCQ and Non-MCQ-type questions. Know the highlights of the CAT exam pattern below:
|CAT Exam Structure|
Mode of CAT exam
Computer Based Test (CBT)
Duration of the exam
CAT exam slots
Total number of questions
CAT total marks
Number of answer choices
MCQ and non-MCQ
Language of CAT exam question paper
For each wrong answer, 1 mark will be deducted, and 3 marks will be given for each correct answer. Note that there is no negative marking for TITA (Non-MCQ) questions.
Mock test practice is very important to prepare for the CAT exam. Candidates preparing for the CAT entrance exam must remember that they should practice at least 40-50 mock tests of various difficulty levels during the preparation phase. They should also practice the official CAT exam mock test to know the latest CAT exam pattern.
Careers360’s CAT Mock Test
Careers360 has created online CAT mock tests for students to familiarize themselves with the actual CAT exam environment. Check the table below to access Careers360’s free CAT Mock Test for practice:
CAT Exam Mock Test
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Official CAT Mock Test by IIM
IIM officially releases mock tests for CAT exam candidates. The mock exam allows students to feel the real environment of the CAT entrance exam. Check out the below link to participate in the CAT exam mocks.
How to take CAT mock test online?
CAT admit card is a mandatory document to carry to the exam center so candidates should download it before the exam day. It is advised to download two copies as one must be submitted at the examination centre.
The admit card for the CAT exam will be issued on October 25, 2023. It will have the exam center name, exam venue, reporting time, and other relevant information printed on it. Here is the procedure to download the CAT exam admit card.
Steps to download CAT admit card
- Go to the CAT website: iimcat.ac.in
- Next, click on the 'Login' button.
- Then enter the CAT application number and password.
- Next, go to the 'Admit Card' section.
Finally, click on the 'Download' button.
CAT Exam Timings
Check the below table for CAT exam timings. Candidates must reach the examination center as per the official time to appear in the examination.
|CAT Exam Slot||Exam Timing||Reporting Time||Last Entry Allowed|
8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
4:30 PM to 6:30 PM
CAT Exam Day Guidelines
The CAT exam will be conducted at designated exam centers and candidates have to follow certain guidelines. Read below for CAT exam day guidelines , Documents to carry, and Prohibited items at the test center.
Documents to carry
CAT admit card
Original identity proof
Name change document (If required)
PwD/ Scribe certificate (If required)
Items prohibited inside the CAT exam hall
Calculator, watch, phone, iPad, or any other electronic item
Bags and purses
Eatables and beverages
Jewellery and accessories that contain metal
Jackets and clothes with pockets
NOTE: Candidates with a metal implant, pacemaker, etc. should bring the medical certificate to the examination center.
CAT 2023 Exam Centers
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||Port Blair|
|Jammu and Kashmir||Jammu|
Documents Required at Exam
- CAT 2023 admit card
- Original Photo ID
The CAT preliminary answer key will be released after three or four days after the exam. To download the CAT exam answer key, students have to log in to their dashboard using valid login credentials.
Check the steps to download CAT answer key and response sheet from the official website:
- Go to the official website of CAT - iimcat.ac.in.
- Next, find and click on the 'Login' tab.
- Then, enter CAT login ID and password.
- Click on the 'CAT answer key' tab at the top of the screen.
It will download automatically in pdf format.
An answer key objection window will be opened for three to four days to raise objections. Candidates have to fill out the online form, upload a supporting document to prove the subject is valid, and required payment.
Official CAT Exam Answer Key Snapshot
CAT Exam Answer Key: How to Calculate CAT Scores?
The score obtained = 3 x the number of correct answers (MCQ and Non-MCQ) - 1 x the number of incorrect MCQ answers.
The CAT scores will be normalized as per the methodology announced by the conducting IIM in light of the changes in the duration of the exam and other parameters. The details are available on this page in the result section.
As per the previous year's CAT exam analysis for slot 1, 2, and 3, the exam was moderately tricky in all three slots. The VARC and DILR sections were moderately easy, whereas the Quantitative Aptitude section was moderate in terms of difficulty level.
As in 2021, 2022 is dominated by Arithmetic in all three slots. Similarly, in the VARC category, reading comprehension had more weightage than verbal ability. The DILR section had 10 questions each.
CAT exam analysis: Highlights
|CAT Setions||Number of Questions||Difficult Level|
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Moderate to difficult
Quantitative Ability (QA)
CAT Exam Analysis- Slot 1
Varun (CAT aspirant) took the first slot and said- It was his first attempt and it went quite well. The English section in CAT was moderate and DILR was quite time-consuming. The QA section was a bit long and time-consuming as well. As per him, the VARC was easy and DILR & Quant was difficult. VARC had 24 questions and the remaining two sections had 20 & 22 questions respectively.
CAT exam analysis- Slot 2
As one of the students, Siddharth Singh who took CAT slot 2 said, " The VARC section had 2 RCs and some of the VA was easy to moderate. For LRDI, he says, "I don't think there was any easy set, it was moderate or tough. (I hardly did one set)". He also said that QA questions were not very straightforward, you really have to search for easy targets.
CAT Slot 3 - Exam Analysis
According to the students who appeared in the CAT 2021 exam slot 3, the overall difficulty level was moderate when compared to CAT slot 1 and slot 2. Candidates who took CAT exam slot 2, said, "Exam was Moderately difficult. The quant was easy but tricky". As per the slot 3 paper, the Verbal, and DILR were moderately difficult. No surprises were there in the number of questions.
CAT exam results can be checked from the official website using a login id and password. The authority will announce the CAT result tentatively in the first week of January 2024. The CAT exam result cum scorecard contains each candidate’s raw scores (sectional and overall) and percentiles (section and overall).
Here’s the process to download the CAT exam results;
- Visit the CAT website - iimcat.ac.in.
- Find and click on the 'CAT result/ scorecard' link.
- Then, enter the CAT application number and password.
- Next, click on the ‘Scorecard’ section.
Find and click on the ‘Download’ option and save the pdf of the CAT scorecard.
Also Check; CAT Score Vs CAT Percentile
What after CAT Result?
After the announcement of the CAT exam result, candidates who meet the minimum CAT exam cut-off score will be notified by email by the respective IIMs for further examination rounds. Each IIM will send the interview letters directly to the shortlisted candidates by registered e-mail/ speed post.
Check the CAT Exam - Percentile Predictor
CAT exam percentile predictor is an online tool developed exclusively by Carriers 360 that helps you evaluate your performance in the CAT exam and predict your sectional and overall score. The CAT predictor tool uses the expected/ estimated CAT score to predict the CAT exam percentile.
Top Colleges in India Offering MBA
The CAT cut-off for IIM admission will be fixed by each institute category-wise. While the qualifying cut-offs are between 80 and 90 percentile (general category), the final cut-offs are much higher. Below are the qualifying CAT cut-off percentiles of 20 IIMs:
|IIM's||CAT Cutoffs (Qualifying)|
IIM selection process and admission include shortlisting of candidates based on CAT exam score and Written Ability Test (WAT) / Group Discussion (GD) / Personal Interview (PI). Each IIM sets a minimum CAT exam cutoff percentile to participate in the next round of the IIM admission process. Below is an overview of the selection process for IIMs and non-IIMs:
IIM Selection Process
IIMs release the admission criteria and selection process for PGP/ MBA before the CAT exam result declaration. The documents contain parameters, processes, cutoffs, etc. for MBA admission. The selection process through the CAT exam for all IIMs includes:
Screening of candidates on the basis of their CAT exam score
WAT/ GD/ PI
Computation of Composite Score followed by final selection
Also Read: Know all about IIM Common Admission Process
Non-IIM Selection Process through CAT exam
Other than IIMs, institutions accepting CAT exam score conduct GD/ PI for admission to their MBA/ PGDM programmes. However, a few colleges admit students only on the basis of CAT exam scores without conducting a personality assessment round.
Documents Required at Counselling
- Class 10, Class 12, graduation, and professional (if applicable) mark sheets
- Class 10, Class 12, graduation, and professional (if available) degree certificates
- Proof of date of birth (DOB)
- Caste certificate (if applicable)
- Admission letter
- CAT admit card
- Address proof of parents
- Passport size photographs (colour/black & white)
- CAT Scorecard
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Question:Who is the convener of CAT 2023?
IIM Lucknow’s Prof Sanjeet Singh a senior faculty and chairperson of admission at IIML is a CAT 2023 convener.
Question:Where can I check CAT exam result?
Once the CAT exam result is out, candidates can check the same by clicking on the designated link provided on the official CAT website, iimcat.ac.in.
Question:What is the CAT exam application fee?
The CAT exam application fee was Rs 2,400 for General, EWS, and NC-OBC candidates. For SC/ ST/ PWD candidates, the fee is Rs 1,200.
Question:What is the CAT exam eligibility criteria?
Any candidate who has completed graduation with 50% (45% for SC/ST candidates) can apply for the CAT exam. Final-year candidates are also eligible and there is no age limit to apply for the CAT exam.
Question:Who will conduct the CAT exam this year?
CAT exam 2023 is to be held on Sunday, November 26, 2023, in three slots of 2 hours each. This year, the CAT entrance exam is to be conducted by IIM Lucknow in 155 cities.
Question:How can I apply for the CAT exam?
The CAT exam application form was accepted in online mode, and those interested in taking the CAT exam 2023 could fill out the registration form at the official website, iimcat.ac.in.
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