Begin your preparations for the CAT exam 2023

Begin your preparations for the cat exam 2023

The Common Admission Test, or CAT, is a nationwide test held in India for admission to several IIMs and other top management schools. Learn more about CAT in this guide.


CAT 2023: Notification, Eligibility, Registration, Pattern, Syllabus, Preparation

The CAT test for 2023 is expected to be held on the last Sunday of November of that year. Do not let lack of drive stop you from achieving your goals. "Don't allow what you can't do interfere with what you can," as the saying goes. This post will provide you with all the information you need to keep focused and on track during your CAT preparation trip.

CAT 2023: Introduction

The Common Admission Test, or CAT, is a nationwide test held in India for admission to several IIMs and other top management schools. The exam is given yearly by one of the IIMs and is held in 156 locations throughout the country. It's used by 20 IIMs and other universities, like SPJain, FMS, and MDI, to see if students are eligible for MBA programmes.

CAT 2023: Notification

Registration for CAT 2023 is scheduled to open in August. It's best to keep updated by visiting the website, often for updates, dates, and other information.

The following are some possible dates for CAT 2023:

Exam Dates

Notification Release Date of CAT Exam 20234th week of July 2023
Registration of CAT 20231st week of August 2023
Last date to fill out the Online 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
Answer Key Release Date1st week of December 2023
Last date to submit an objection2nd week of December 2023
CAT 2023 Announcement of Results1st week of January 2024

CAT 2023: Overview

Below is the important highlights of CAT 2023:

Name of the ExamCAT 2023
Exam Conducting AuthorityIndian Institutes of Management (IIMs)
Mode of the examComputer-Based Mode (CBT)
Duration of the CAT Exam2 Hours (120 Minutes)
Duration (Section-wise)

40 Minutes for (VARC, DILR, QA).

Each section -53 Minutes 20 Seconds for PwD candidates.

Session (Slot-wise)
  • Morning Session - 8:30 am - 10:30 pm
  • Afternoon Session - 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evening Session - 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
No. of Questions66 Questions
Total marks198 marks

CAT 2023: Eligibility Criteria

The requirements for being eligible to take the CAT exam have been relaxed due to the pandemic. It is important for candidates to review the updated criteria to make sure they meet the necessary qualifications. Below are the details for the CAT 2023 eligibility criteria.

  • Candidates with a bachelor's degree from a recognised institution in any field are eligible for the CAT exam.
  • The final year students of graduation are also eligible for CAT 2023.
  • The minimum percentage criteria (45% and 50% for Gen. and reserved categories, respectively) were removed from CAT eligibility.
Age Limit
  • There are no age limits for CAT Exam.

There are no explicit prerequisites for job experience in the CAT qualifying criteria; thus individuals with or without work experience can take the exam. Some business schools, however, may include job experience as a criterion in the admissions process.

No. of Attempts

There is no restriction on the number of times a candidate can take the CAT exam, you can attempt it multiple times.

CategoryReserved Seats
Schedule Cast (SC)15%
Schedule Tribe (ST)7.5%
Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC)27%
PWD(Persons with Disability)3%

CAT 2023: Registration

Candidates must generate a User ID and Password on the official website. It is done in the following way:

  • Click on the “Register” link and register as a new candidate.
  • Then, you need to enter your details, including Name, Contact Number, Email, DOB etc. and then click on the “Submit” to generate a User ID and Password.
  • The newly generated User ID and Password will be sent to the contact details provided at the time of registration.
Eligible Degrees
DegreeApproval Authority
Engineering Degree – B. Tech/ B.E.MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE Approved
Bachelor’s Degree from any UniversityUGC Approved
Bachelor’s Degree from any UniversityUGC Approved
Students pursuing the final year of their Bachelor’s degree can also take the examination.MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE or UGC Approved
CA/CS/ICWA/Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI)MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE Approved

It is imperative to start your preparations for the CAT exam 2023 without delay. The CAT exam is a highly competitive and challenging test that requires extensive knowledge and preparation. By beginning your preparations early, you give yourself ample time to cover the vast syllabus, understand the exam pattern, and develop effective strategies for each section.

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