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CAT Exam 2023: Like every year, in 2023 CAT exam will be held on 26th November. In this CAT held on 27th November. On 1st Dec the answer was released. CAT 2023 exam will be conducted in 3 slots on November 26, 2023, likely by either IIM Lucknow or IIM Calcutta. CAT 2023 Registration will […]

 Saurav Anand |05/12/2022 | Share:
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CAT Exam 2023:

Like every year, in 2023 CAT exam will be held on 26th November. In this CAT held on 27th November. On 1st Dec the answer was released. CAT 2023 exam will be conducted in 3 slots on November 26, 2023, likely by either IIM Lucknow or IIM Calcutta. CAT 2023 Registration will open in the first week of August 2023 with the release of the official notification. As per CAT eligibility criteria, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% marks. 

IN the 2023 CAT exam pattern the question paper will comprise in 66 , this divided in 3 parts, VARC(24), DILR(20)  and QA(22). Like the before year, CAT exam 2023 will have 2 types of question-MCQs and TITA. As per cat exam marketing, 3 marks for correct answer and for incorrect  1 marks deduct and for TITA question there is no negative marking. 3-4 months is required to get good marks in CAT.

CAT 2023 Date:

CAT 2023 Official NotificationJuly 31, 2023
CAT 2023 Application form release dateAugust 3, 2023
Last date to apply for the application form
September 14, 2023
Last date to submit the fees for the Application FormSeptember 14, 2023
CAT 2023 Form Correction Window shall open3rd week of September 2023
CAT 2023 Admit Card Release dateOctober 27, 2023
CAT 2023 Exam dateNovember 26, 2023
CAT 2023 Result announcement dateJanuary 2024

CAT Exam Highlights:

Name of ExamCAT 2023
CAT Official
Frequency of CAT examAnnually
CAT Registration ProcessOnline
Duration of the Exam120 min
CAT Exam SectionsQuantitative Ability (QA)Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
Number of Questions66
Language Of ExamEnglish
Courses OfferedMBA/ PGDM in various streams at 20 IIMs, 7 IITs, and other top management colleges

CAT 2023 Eligibility Criteria:

Candidates need to fulfil the below-mentioned eligibility criteria to fill CAT Application form:

  • Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in any discipline from a recognized university.
  •  Minimum aggregate of 50% in graduation (45% for the reserved category candidates).
  •  No age limit criteria have been defined by the authorities.
  • Final year students can also apply for the exam provided they complete their graduation before the admission date and meet the graduation marks eligibility.
  • Candidates with professional degrees like CA/CS/ICWA are also eligible to apply for the CAT exam.

CAT 2023 Registration:

CAT 2023 Registration has to be done online on the official website- Given below are the details on the CAT registration process and fees.

New Registration

  • Visit the official website for CAT 2023.
  • Click on New Candidate Registration and fill in all the basic details- name, DOB, email address, phone number, and country of origin..
  • A unique user ID and password will be sent to your registered email address and mobile number after verification.

Fill CAT 2023 Application Form

  • Fill up the personal, academic, and work experience details such as the father’s name, mother’s name, date of birth, gender, nationality, category, address, graduation percentage, class 10th & 12th marks, and full-time work experience.
  • Choose the IIMs as per your preference and the course you want to take admission in.
  • You can select up to six cities as CAT examination centres.

Payment of CAT 2023 Application Fee:

  • Payment of CAT application Fee can be done via online mode only.
  • After making the payment, submit the online application form and download it for future reference.

CAT Exam Pattern:

CAT 2023 will be conducted in 3 slots. The question paper will be as per the below-mentioned CAT exam Pattern defined by the authorities.

Mode of ExaminationOnline
Total Duration120 minutes
Type of QuestionsMCQs and TITA-type questions
Number of MCQs75%
Number of TITA Questions25%
Sectional Duration40 minutes
Sections3- VARC, QA, DILR
No. of Questions66
Section-wise Distribution of QuestionsVARC- 24QA- 22DILR- 20
Total Marks198
Marks Awarded for Correct Answer3
Negative Marking-1 for every wrong MCQ answer; No Negative Marks for TITA type Questions

CAT Syllabus 2023:

CAT VARCReading Comprehension- Passages of 400-500 words based on various fields like Management, Business, Science & Tech, Economy, Abstract, Literature, Art & Culture, Verbal Ability- Para Jumbles, Summary, Sentence Completion, Odd Sentence Out, Antonyms & Synonyms, Error Detection
CAT QAArithmetic- Profit & Loss, Time & Work, Time Speed & Distance, Mixtures, Ratio & Proportion, Percentage, Averages Geometry & Mensuration- Lines & Angles, Circles, Triangles, Polygons, Area & Volume of 2D and 3D, figures Algebra- Quadratic Equations, Series, Inequalities, Functions, Surds & Indices, Numbers and Modern Math (P&C, Probability)
CAT DILRData Interpretation- Caselets, Tabular DI, DI sets based on Charts and Graphs
Logical Reasoning- Syllogisms, Puzzles, Critical Reasoning, Blood Relations, Coding-Decoding, Statement & Assumption, Inference, Seating Arrangement, Ranking, Direction sense test

CAT 2023 Admit Card:

CAT 2023 Admit Card will be released in the last week of October 2023 on the official website-

  • Successfully registered candidates will be able to download their CAT admit card by logging in with their registration id and password.
  • CAT Admit Card is an important document that contains the details of test centre, time & date of exam, and the important instructions for exam day.
  • It is mandatory to carry a CAT admit card to the allotted test centre on the exam day.

CAT 2023 Result:

IIM will release CAT 2023 Result in the first week of January 2024.Candidates who take CAT 2023 have to use their user id and password to check the result.

  • The validity of the CAT Result is 1 year from the date of its release.
  • If, based on the CAT 2023 result, you do not take admission to the 2024-26 batch, then you will have to take the CAT exam again in 2024.
  • You can download the CAT score card on the official website till December 31, 2024
  • CAT 2023 result cum scorecard will mention your overall and sectional scores & percentile.

CAT 2023 Cut off:

CAT 2023 cut-off will be released by all IIMs for admission to the 2024-26 MBA batch. It’s mandatory to qualify for both CAT cut-off and participate in GD-PI rounds. Cut off is

IIMCut off QACut off DILRCut off VARC
IIM Ahmedabad707070
IIM Bangalore757580
IIM Calcutta758080
IIM Kozhikode757575
IIM Shilong757575
IIM Lucknow858585
IIM 707070
IIM Rohtak707070
IIM Kashipur707070
IIM Ranchi707070
IIM Indore808080
IIM Tiruchirappalli707070
IIM Udaipur707070
IIM Bodhgaya808080
IIM Amritsar807575
IIM Nagpur727272
IIM Jammu707070
IIM Visakhapatnam707070
IIM Sambalpur707070
IIM Sirmaur707070

Top Non-IIM Accepting CAT Score:

Department of Management Studies (DMS), IIT Delhi98
IIT Madras96
IIT Kharagpur90
IIT Bombay98.5
IIT Kanpur95
FMS, Delhi98.54
Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa90
IBS, Hyderabad85
Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur50
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), Mumbai95
K. J. Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research (SIMSR), Mumbai90
Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon97
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai97
National Institute of Technology (NIT Trichy)89.65
Prin. L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management Development & Research (WeSchool), Mumbai85
S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai85

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Frequently Asked Questions about CAT Exam

Q. When can I apply for the CAT exam 2023?

CAT 2023: Notification

Last date to submit the fees for the Application Form2nd week of September 2023
Beginning of Application Correction for CAT 20233rd week of September 2023
Admit Card availability for CAT 20234th week of October 2023
Date Of Examination of CAT 20234th week of November 2023

Q. When should I start preparing for CAT 2023?

Ans. The CAT 2023 exam is conducted by the reputed IIMs every year on a rotational basis to get into the top business schools of India for various courses.

CAT 2023 Important Dates.

EventsCAT 2023 Dates
CAT 2023 Notification Release4th week of July 2023
CAT 2023 Application Process Starts1st week of August 2023

Q. Is CAT held twice a year?

Ans. The test is conducted every year by one of the Indian Institutes of Managements based on a policy of rotation. Once a year (usually in November/December). 100+ cities and towns all over India.

Q. How can I apply for CAT 2023?

Ans. CAT application forms will be available in online mode only at website. CAT registration is the first step to apply for the exam. Only those candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will be allowed to apply. To register for CAT 2023, candidates will require a functional email ID and password.

Q. Is CAT possible in 3 months?

Ans. Yes, though it seems like an arduous task, it is possible to crack CAT in 90 days. Whether or not you ace CAT depends not on the time you have in hand but how effectively and strategically you utilise that time. With the right guidance, preparation and exam strategy you can be prepared for the CAT in less than 3 months.

Q. How many attempts are good for CAT?

Ans. Hence, it is apparent here that the difference between going from 100% accuracy to 90% is only 6-7 attempts but to go from 80% to 70% accuracy, an increase of 13 attempts is required. Hence, maintaining 90% to 80% accuracy is best for a candidate to get 99 percentile in CAT 2022.

Q. How many times can I attempt the CAT?

Ans. There is no restriction on the number of attempts you can take the CAT and no upper age limit. However, to attempt the CAT you need to have a bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution or its equivalent. Students in the final year of their respective degree programs can also appear and take the CAT.

Q. Is 2 Months enough to prepare for CAT?

Ans. Honestly, it does require a lot of effort and focus from your end if you are looking to crack CAT in just two months. If you are a repeater, it helps. If you are not, you know that all you have got is two months, but the good thing is that CAT is not a knowledge exam. It is an aptitude exam.

Q. Is CAT 6 months sufficient?

Ans. It is recommended that CAT take a lot of mock tests and be completely ready to deal with CAT questions easily. So, it can be said that it is not very difficult to prepare a CAT in 6 months if one prepares it in a smart and efficient way.

Q. Can I repeat the CAT exam?

Ans. There are no restrictions on the number of times you can attempt the CAT exam. The first time you can attempt the CAT exam is when you are in your final year of graduation. Post that, there is no limit. Technically, you can attempt the CAT every year till you are alive.