About CAT Exam - 2023

The admit card for the CAT 2023 exam will be available on November 7, 2023. All the aspirants can download their admit cards using their user ID and password. The exam of 2023 will be held on November 26, 2023. As per the news coming almost 3.3 Lakh students have applied for the exam this year. So the level of exam is going to be tougher this time as there is a 30% increase CAT registration. In this 38% are females which takes up their participation to 1.17 lakhs. A total of 5500+ seats are there in 20 IIMs for these students are fighting.

About CAT Exam

What is CAT Exam?

CAT exam is an entrance exam conducted online and tests the aptitude skills of the candidate. In 2023 more than 3,30,000 students applied for this exam to try their fortune of getting admission to the top management institute of India. CAT is also known as the Common admission test and refer as one of the most competitive exams in India. IIM Lucknow is going to host the exam this year in 155 cities and 410+ centres in India. Along with the Indian Institute of Management, more than 1400 other top management schools also accept the CAT score for admission.

One Interesting fact about the exam is that it is conducted on the last Sunday of November every year. This exam comes on the list of the top 5 toughest exams in India. Also, all the CAT participating institutes have their own criteria for accepting the CAT exam score and granting admission to candidates. The whole process of selection via CAT includes Group Discussion and Personal Interview rounds. After all three round the final merit is released by the Institutes and on the basis of that, the seats are allocated to candidates.

Imporant Information of CAT 2023

Point Details
Full Name Common Admission Test
Level National
Motive Admission into best business schools of India
Duration 120 minutes (2 hours ) + 40 Minutes Extra to PWD Candidates
Admit Card Release November 07, 2023
CAT Exam date November 26, 2023
Result Announcement December 15, 2023 (Tentative)
Exam Mode Online Computer Based Test (CBT)
Medium of Exam English
Number of Questions Up to 100
Total Marks Up to 300
Exam Slots Morning, Afternoon & Evening
Fee of Exam Form For General/OBC Aspirants - 2400/- INR only and for SC/ST/PWD- 1200/- INR only
Sections in Exam Mainly 3 Sections - QA, VARC and DILR
Total Seats Offered 5500+

Eligibility Criteria of CAT Exam

If you are looking to participate in CAT then you need to satisfy the below-mentioned criteria :

  • All the cat aspirants are required to have a graduation degree with a minimum of 50% marks if they belong to the general or OBC category. And if aspirants are from SC/ST/PWD/DA are given 5% relaxation which means they should have more than 45% in their graduation.
  • Degree of graduation must be granted by a university formed under the act of parliament of India In other words, it must be recognized by the state/central government.
  • Final year appearing candidates or candidates who are waiting for their results can also apply for the exam. They are allowed to join the institute provisionally and have to submit their all certificate on or before the 30th of June. If they failed to present the certificate then it can lead to revoking of admission.

Sneak Peeks into Exam Syllabus

Classification of CAT Exam Syllabus
Topic Sub-Topic
Data Interpratation & Logical Reasoning
  • Data Tables and Charts
  • Graphs
  • Diagrams
  • Clocks, Calendars, Assumptions
  • Series, Linear Matrix, Team Formation
Quanatative Ability
  • Percentages
  • profit & Loss
  • Work and Time
  • Algebra
  • Number System
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
  • Passages
  • Para Summary
  • Grammer
  • Jumled Paragraphs
  • Sentence Completion

Interestingly IIMs never declared an official syllabus for the exam. It also means that this exam does not have any limitation on topics. All the information available regarding the syallbus is based on the past years trends, mock test exam pattern and the analysis of experts. Learn About Detailed CAT Syallbus

Exam Pattern and Marking Scheme

Particular Details
Total Time Duration 120 Minutes ( 2 Hours )
Total Number of Section 3
Time Per Section 40 Minutes + 13 Minutes ( Only For PWD Candidates)
Total Number of Question Up to 100
Total Marks 300
Marking +3 For Every Right Answer
Negative Marking -1 For Wrong Answer
Exam Mode Online

Frequently Asked Questions(FAQs)

What is CAT Exam?
CAT is an entrance exam for admission into management courses offered by various business schools all over India. Also, it is one of the toughest exams in India which test the aptitude skills of the candidate, For securing admission in top IIMs, candidates are required to score 99+ percentile in the exam.
Anyone who has passed the graduation exam from a state/nationally recognized university with a minimum of 50% marks can apply for this exam. Also, there is no limitation on age for the candidates but he or she must be a resident of India.
The syllabus of the exam is classified into 3 main sections - 1. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, 2. Quantitative Ability. 3. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension.
CAT 2023 registration fee is 2400/- INR for all the general/OBC category candidates and for the SC/ST/PWD candidates the exam fee is 1200/- INR.
The difficulty level of this exam is moderate to high. The selection rate is around 1.50%. which means only 3 students among 200 applicants are able to take admission through CAT in IIMs.

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