CAT Exam Date 2023 Out: Every year Indian Institute of Management (IIM), conducts the Common Admission Test (CAT) for admission to B-Schools. CAT 2023 will be conducted on 26th November 2023 across 156 cities by IIM Lucknow across the country and as an estimated, more than 2.5 lakh candidates are going to appear for the CAT 2023 Exam. The graduates who have been looking for admission to various Post Graduate and Fellow/Doctorate programmes at various IIMs & Non-IIMs institutes have to mandatorily qualify CAT Exam which is one of the top MBA Entrance Exam.  

CAT Entrance Exam 2023

The CAT 2023 Exam Date has been decided to be held on 26th November 2023 in three sessions. The validity of the CAT score is for 1 year only. The candidates interested in the Common Admission Test must read the details about the Online computer-based examination that has been discussed in the below article. including the registration process, exam date, admit card release date, exam pattern, and more. 

CAT 2023 Exam Summary

IIM, Ahmedabad will be conducting the CAT 2023 Exam for the entrance of graduates to business schools. Interested candidates in the CAT Exam should check the overview table for the exam.  

CAT 2023 Examination 
Exam Conducting BodyIndian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow
Exam NameCommon Admission Test (CAT 2023)
Courses OfferedPost Graduate and Fellow/Doctorate programmes
Type of ExamEntrance Test
FrequencyOnce in a year
Examination ModeOnline Computer-Based Test
Sessions3 Sessions
Duration of Exam2 hours
CAT Exam Date 202326th November 2023
Validity of CAT score1 year
No. of Test Centres150 cities

CAT 2023 Exam Date Out

The important dates for the CAT entrance exam 2023 have been released along with its official notification. Common Admission Test CAT 2023 will be conducted in three sessions on 26th November 2023 (Sunday). Check all the important dates for CAT 2023 from the below table.

CAT Exam 2023 Notification 
CAT 2023 DetailsDates
CAT 2023 Notification30th July 2023
CAT Exam 2023 Registration Start02nd August 2023 (10 am)
CAT 2023 Registration Deadline13th September 2023 (5 pm)
CAT Admit Card 20237th November 2023
CAT Exam Date 202326th November 2023 (Sunday)
[Session 1: 8:30 am - 10:30 am
Session 2: 12:30 pm - 02:30 pm
Session 3: 04:30 pm - 06:30 pm]
CAT Answer Key 20235th December 2023
CAT 2023 Result Declaration21st December 2023

CAT 2023 Exam Result Out

Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow has released CAT Result 2023 on 21st December 2023 as already announced with the complete schedule. The candidates who appeared for the CAT 2023 Exam must click on the below link to check all details for CAT Exam Result 2023. 

CAT Result 2023 Out- Click to Check

CAT Exam 2023 Notification

Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow uploaded the official notification for the Common Admission Test on its website on 30th July 2023 for the students planning to grab admission to various Post Graduate and Fellow/Doctorate programs of IIMs & some of the Non-IIMs institutes. Download the CAT Exam 2023 Notification pdf from the direct link below and read all details regarding the CAT Examination.  

CAT 2023 Exam Notification PDF-Click to Download

CAT Exam 2023 Registration 

Interested graduates who have been looking for admission to B-schools must submit their registration form for the Common Admission Test for which the registration window was open from 2nd August 2023 to 13th September 2023. Any application will not be entertained after this date.

CAT Exam Fees 2023

The CAT exam registration fees for the candidates of the General category is Rs, 2300 and Rs. 1150 for SC, ST and PwD candidates. During the process of CAT 2023 Registration, the candidate has to pay the required application fee which is to be paid through online mode only (Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking).

CategoryApplication fee
General CategoryRs. 2200/-
SC/ST/PWD CategoryRs. 1100/-

How to Register for CAT 2023 Exam?

Step-1: Login to the IIM CAT official website or register from the above link. 

Step-2: Click on “Register” mentioned under New Candidate Registration and create a user ID by entering details such as name, date of birth, email ID and phone number.

Step-3: Click on ‘Generate OTP’ and the OTP will be sent to the registered mobile number.  

Step-4: Enter the OTP and verify your CAT registration. 

Step-5: Now click on ‘Login’ as mentioned under Registered Candidate Login and enter the registration number generated in the previous step. 

Step-6: Enter all the information in the application form including personal, academic details, work experience (if any).

Step-7: Upload scanned signature and photograph in the prescribed format. 

Step-8 Select a minimum of test cities and preferred IIM campuses for WAT-PI shortlisting

Step-9: Pay CAT application fees online via debit/credit card or net banking and click on “Submit”.

Step-10: Download your CAT 2023 Application Form for future reference. 

CAT Exam Eligibility 2023

The courses offered through CAT 2023 are of Post Graduate and Fellow/Doctorate programmes, therefore holding a graduation degree is mandatory. Check the detailed eligibility criteria including educational qualifications from the below section

IIM CAT Academic Qualification 

1. Candidates who have scored 50% marks (aggregate) or equivalent CGPA in bachelor’s degree (General) and 45% for SC/ST/people with disabilities are eligible to register for CAT 2023.

2. The candidates who are in the final year of their Graduation or waiting for results are also eligible to appear in the CAT entrance exam.

3. The candidates who have completed their professional degree in CA/CS/ICWA with 50% marks (45% for SC/ST/PwD) can also apply for CAT 2023. 

CAT 2023 Exam Pattern 

Before beginning with the preparation for CAT Exam, the candidates must be aware of the detailed CAT Exam Pattern which is followed by IIM to conduct the entrance test. Below we have discussed all the important points for IIM CAT 2023.

1. The CAT 2023 Exam will be conducted through Online Computer Based and the duration of CAT 2023 has been revised to 2 hours. 

2. There will be three sections in CAT 2023 Exam: 

  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  2. Data Interpretation and logical reasoning
  3. Quantitative Ability

3. Number of Questions will be 76 questions for 228 marks and per section distribution is as follows

  1. VARC - 26 Questions
  2. DILR - 24 Questions
  3. QA - 26 Questions

4. Each correct answer will be awarded +3 marks and a penalty of 1 mark for each incorrect answer. 

CAT 2023 Exam Pattern
SectionsNo. of QuestionsMarks Time Duration
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)267840 minutes
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI)247240 minutes
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)267840 minutes
Total76228120 minutes

Click For Detailed CAT 2023 Exam Pattern

CAT 2023 Syllabus 

Unlike the Exam pattern, The CAT syllabus has not been changed over the years, the topics covered in CAT 2023 syllabus are as follows:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension: Reading Comprehension, Verbal Ability, Para jumbles, Para summary, Sentence Completion, Inferences and more.

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation: Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets, Blood Relation, Seating Arrangement, Syllogism, and more

Quantitative Aptitude: Geometry, Algebra, Number System, Arithmetic, Mensuration, and others

Click For Detailed CAT 2023 Syllabus

Changes Made to CAT 2023

There have been numerous changes made to CAT 2023 from the previous years and all the changes from exam duration to the number of centres selected has been mentioned in the below table. 

Exam duration3 hours2 hours
Exam slots23
Total questions100 76
Total score300 228
Questions in VARC section34 26
Questions in DILR section32 24
Questions in QA section34 26
Exam City425158
No. of Exam Centre to choose46

Universities Accepting CAT Scores

Following IIM & Non-IIM universities accept admissions to Postgraduate & doctorate programs through CAT Scores.  

IIM Universities Accepting CAT Scores

Check the list of IIM Universities that accept CAT scores for admission to postgraduate and doctorate programmes. 

  1. IIM Calcutta
  2. IIM Ahmedabad
  3. IIM Bangalore
  4. IIM Lucknow
  5. IIM Kozhikode
  6. IIM Indore
  7. IIM Shillong
  8. IIM Rohtak
  9. IIM Ranchi
  10. IIM Raipur
  11. IIM Udaipur
  12. IIM Nagpur
  13. IIM Tiruchirappalli
  14. IIM Kashipur
  15. IIM Visakhapatnam
  16. IIM Bodh Gaya
  17. IIM Amritsar
  18. IIM Sambalpur
  19. IIM Sirmaur
  20. IIM Jammu

Non-IIM Universities Accepting CAT Scores

Check the list of Non-IIM Universities that accept CAT Scores for admission to postgraduate and doctorate programmes. 

  1. FMS, Delhi University
  2. SPJIMR, Mumbai
  3. MDI, Gurgaon
  4. IMT, Ghaziabad
  5. IIT Kanpur-IME
  6. IMI, Delhi
  7. IIT Delhi - DoMs
  8. IIT Bombay-SJMSOM
  9. IIT Madras-DoMs
  10. IIT Roorkee-DoMs
  11. IIT Kharagpur-VGoSM
  12. IIT Dhanbad-ISM
  13. Great Lakes Institute of Management
  14. IMT, Nagpur
  15. IMI, Kolkata
  16. IPE, Hyderabad
  17. ITM, University
  18. Institute of Management, Nirma University
  19. IIITM, Gwalior
  20. Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa

CAT 2023 Exam Centre 

The candidates can choose a minimum of 6 cities for the option of Exam centres. The official CAT notification 2023 has pointed out that the CAT exam centre is reduced from 158 to 150 for CAT 2023.  The below listed 150 cities has been selected as CAT 2023 Exam Centre. 

Port BlairHamirpurMumbai
KurnoolBelagavi (Belgaum)Kohima
Bhilai NagarJabalpurJaipur
New DelhiJabalpurMadurai
Greater NoidaUjjainChennai
SuratNavi MumbaiBareilly


CAT 2023: FAQs

Ans. The full form of CAT is Common Admission Test.

Ans. The CAT 2023 score is valid only till 31st December 2024.

Ans. The CAT 2023 Exam has been scheduled for 26th November 2023 (Sunday) in three sessions.

Ans. Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow will conduct CAT 2023.

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