CAT 2023 Registration Underway. Explore Eligibility, Exam Pattern and More!

New Delhi, August 22, 2023 – CAT 2023 – The registration for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2023 is underway. The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow has already begun the registration process on August 2, 2023. 

Eligible candidates who want to take the exam can register themselves on the official website on or before September 13, 2023. The examination is scheduled to take place on November 26, 2023. 

This article covers crucial information about the examination, important dates, admission procedure, eligibility requirements, and more.

CAT 2023 – General Overview

The CAT is a management aptitude test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM).

It serves as the entrance test for securing admission into MBA programs offered across 20 IIM campuses and more than 1,200 other esteemed business schools in India.

Around 2.50 lakh candidates are expected to take part in the CAT examination 2023.

Name of Exam CAT 2023
Exam Conducting Body IIM Lucknow
Application Mode Online
Notification Date July 30, 2023
Start Date of Registration August 2, 2023
Last Date of Registration September 13, 2023
Form Correction Date To be announced
Date of Release of Admit Card October 25, 2023
Direct Link Activation Date for Mock Test To be announced
Exam Date November 26, 2023
Answer Key Release Date To be announced
Deadline for Raising Objections on Answer Key To be announced
Date of Result Announcement  First week of January
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CAT 2023 – Eligibility Criteria

Candidates applying for CAT 2023 are required to fulfil one of the following criteria: 

  • Should have completed Bachelor’s degree with the prescribed percentage of marks*.
  • Should have completed professional degree (such as CA/CS/ICWA/Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI)) with the requisite percentage*.
  • Should be in the final year of a Bachelor’s degree program with the required percentage*.

*For SC/ST/PwD candidates, a minimum of 45% is required, while for General, EWS, and NC-OBC  candidates, a minimum of 50% is necessary.

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CAT 2023 – Reservation

Category Reserved Seats (%)
Scheduled Caste (SC)  15
Scheduled Tribe (ST)  7.5
Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) 10
Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD) 5

‘Person with Benchmark Disability’ refers to an individual with a specified disability that amounts to no less than 40%. 

The disability categories are outlined as below:

  • Blindness and low vision
  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • Locomotor disabilities, which include cerebral palsy, cured leprosy, dwarfism, acid attack victims, and muscular dystrophy
  • Autism, specific learning disability, intellectual disability, and mental illness
  • Multiple disabilities among individuals falling under above-mentioned clauses
  • Other disabilities specified in the Schedule of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act 2016

CAT 2023 – Registration Fees

  • ₹1200 for candidates falling under the SC, ST, and PwD categories.
  • ₹2400 for candidates from all other categories.

Note: A candidate is required to pay the registration fee only once, regardless of the number of institutes they are applying to. 

CAT 2023 – Test Centres

  • CAT 2023 will be held at test centres located in around 155 cities. 
  • Candidates will have the opportunity to choose 6 cities in their order of preference.

CAT 2023 – Exam Pattern

  • The CAT exam is conducted in English and comprises three sections: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). 
  • Candidates taking the CAT exam are required to answer both multiple-choice (MCQ) and non-multiple-choice (Non-MCQ) questions within the stipulated time frame. 
  • Negative marking is applicable. 1 mark shall be deducted for each incorrect response. Each correct response shall be awarded 3 marks.
  • No negative marking applies to Non-MCQ questions.
  • The CAT exam pattern features a total duration of 120 minutes (two hours) with a sectional time limit of 40 minutes assigned for each section. 
  • PwD candidates receive an additional 13.20 minutes.

The allocation of questions among the three sections for the year 2022 is stated below:

Sections Total Questions MCQs Non-MCQs
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 24 19 5
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 20 15 5
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 22 14 8
Total 66 48 18

CAT 2023 – Exam Timing

The CAT exam is conducted in multiple slots throughout the day. The exam has been divided into three slots, each spanning two hours (120 minutes) with each section allotted 40 minutes. 

The three test sessions and their respective timing slots are as follows:

                  Test Sessions            Timing Slots
Morning Session 8:30 am to 10:30 am
Afternoon Session 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Evening Session 4:30 pm to  6:30 pm

CAT 2023 – Syllabus

The CAT entrance exam syllabus consists of three sections. They are as follows:

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Ability. 

Although no specific syllabus is formally outlined for these sections, a refined list of topics that typically appear in the exam has been compiled based on past year’s question papers and the emerging trends.

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
    • Number of Questions: 24
    • Time Allotted (Minutes): 40
    • Important Topics: Reading comprehension, para jumbles, para summary, verbal reasoning, etc.
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
    • Number of Questions: 20
    • Time Allotted (Minutes): 40
    • Important Topics: Charts, graphs, arrangements, blood relations, puzzles, etc.
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
    • Number of Questions: 22
    • Time Allotted (Minutes): 40
    • Important Topics: Algebra, arithmetic, number systems, geometry, permutations and combinations, mensuration, etc.
  • Total Number of Questions: 66
  • Total Time Allotted: 120 Minutes

Candidates can refer to the official notification on the hyperlink here.

CAT 2023 – How to Apply?

To complete the registration process, candidates must follow these instructions step-by-step:

  • Visit the official website of CAT exam 2023 at and click on the ‘New Candidate Registration’ option on the homepage.

CAT 2023

  • A new page will open. Enter the following details:
    • Candidate’s Name
    • Date of Birth
    • Email Address
    • Country
    • Mobile Number
    • Captcha

CAT 2023

  • After providing the required information, click on the ‘Generate OTP’ button. 
  • Candidates will receive a One-Time Password (OTP) on the registered email ID and mobile number. They must enter the OTP to verify their credentials.
  • Now the candidate should login again using the CAT ID and password. Proceed to fill in the following details:
    • Personal details
    • Additional personal details
    • Communication address
    • Emergency contact details
  • Upload essential documents.
  • Provide academic information for SSC/Class 10, HSC/Class 12, Bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree, and other professional degrees.
  • Enter details of full-time work experience if applicable.
  • Select up to 6 cities as the preferred test centre of choice (up to six).
  • Complete the registration fee payment using any of the available methods.
  • After successfully completing the registration, make sure to take a printout of the completed application form for future reference.

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CAT 2023 – FAQ

Q: What is CAT?

Ans: CAT stands for Common Admission Test. It is a computer-based examination required for admission into graduate management programs in India.

Q: When will the examination for CAT 2023 be held?

Ans: The CAT 2023 exam will be conducted on November 26, 2023 at test centres located in around 155 cities. 

Q: How do I register for CAT 2023?

Ans: A candidate can register for the CAT 2023 exam on the official website of CAT.

Q: What is the selection process following after clearing CAT examination?

Ans: Candidates who successfully clear the CAT exam and meet the cutoff criteria will be invited to participate in the CAT exam selection process. Each IIM and MBA college may have its own unique admission procedures. In general, it has various stages like shortlisting candidates based on their CAT scores, as well as conducting Group Discussions (GD), Written Ability Tests (WAT), and Personal Interviews (PI).

Q:  Which are the participating institutes where CAT scores remain valid?

Ans: CAT scores are valid for all CAT participating institutes, both IIMs and Non-IIMs. Some notable Non-IIM institutes that accept CAT scores include six IITs, IISc. Bangalore, NITs, JNU, IMT Ghaziabad, IPU, MDI Gurgaon, and SPJIMR Mumbai.

Q: What is the examination format for CAT 2023?

Ans: The examination format has three sections: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA).

Q: Is there a reservation policy for CAT?

Ans: Yes, there are reservations for various categories such as SC, ST, EWS, and PwD.

Q: Can I change my preferred CAT exam cities later?

Ans: Yes, candidates can modify their preferred cities for examination within a specified timeframe.

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