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CAT 2023-Common Aptitude Test

By admin | Last Updated Sep, 2023

CAT 2023-Common Aptitude Test Exam

CAT 2023-Common Aptitude Test (Dates, Registration, Eligibility, Admission Process, Cutoff, and Preparation Tips)

The CAT exam will most likely take place on November 26, 2023. Aspiring applicants from all over India can take this famous exam, which is administered in computer-based mode across 400+ test centres.

At the announcement of the official CAT 2023 notification on July 30, 2023, hundreds of passionate participants were filled with excitement and anticipation. The exam will be administered in three sessions, as in previous years, giving the students a chance to demonstrate their skills and pursue their ideal occupations.

It is important to note that one of the most established Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) is in charge of overseeing the administration of CAT 2023. This duty is being carried out by IIM Lucknow this year. This ensures that the exam will be administered with the same calibre of competence, dependability, & fairness that has come to be expected of it.

The deadline to register for CAT 2023 was supposed to be September 13th, but according to the most recent notification, the deadline has been extended to September 20th. A two-hour test called the CAT includes both MCQs and non-MCQs. According to the most recent pattern, 66 questions will make up the entirety of the test. The CAT exam pattern has changed quite a bit over the past few years, but it will likely stay the same this time. You will discover everything there is to know about CAT 2023 in this article.

What is CAT?

An applicant must pass the Common Admission Test, often known as the CAT exam, in order to be admitted to the MBA programs offered by the 20 IIMs along with more than 1,200 B-schools in India. Every year, more than two lakh candidates apply to take the two-hour, computer-based CAT exam.

Both multiple-choice questions and non-MCQs (QA) are included in the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), & Quantitative Ability parts of the CAT exam paper. The exam has a moderate to high level of difficulty. In addition to MBA programs, the CAT score is accepted for admission to Executive MBA, PhD, & FPM programs.

Important Dates for CAT 2023

The tentative dates for CAT 2023 are shown below:

Release of the CAT 2023 notificationJuly 30th 2023
Starting of Registration for CAT 2023August 2nd 2023
End of Registration for CAT 2023September 20th 2023
Release of CAT 2023 Admit CardsOctober 25th – November 26th 2023
Date of CAT 2023 ExamNovember 26th 2023
Release of the CAT 2023 Answer Key1st – 2nd Week of December 2023
Declaration of CAT 2023 Results2nd Week of January 2024

CAT 2023 eligibility criteria

Candidates must fulfil specific requirements in order to be qualified to take the CAT exam. Make sure you have the necessary academic qualifications:

  • Candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree or an equivalent from a reputable institution. The CAT exam is open to students who are in their last year of study for their degree.
  • Candidates must have earned a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent with at least 50%. See New Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2023 for additional information.
  • You can take the CAT 2023 at any age; there is no maximum age limit.
  • Final-year students are also eligible to apply for the exam, but they won’t be approved until they receive at least 50% of the necessary grades (or 40% for SC, ST, or PWD) upon graduation. Candidates who have taken their most recent exam and are awaiting results are also welcome.
  • The CAT is also open to those who have professional degrees like the CA, CS, or ICWA.
  • There is no restriction on the number of times you can take the CAT exam.

CAT 2023: Procedure for Registration

When submitting an online CAT 2023 application, follow the instructions:

  • Create your login information by clicking “Register Now” on the official page. Type in the necessary information (such as your name, birth date, email address, etc.).
  • Regarding your login information, you will also receive an email and SMS.
  • You must enter your user ID and password to log in the following step. Once that is done, submit your CAT application form along with scanned copies of the required papers.
  • Before taking each subsequent step, don’t forget to click ‘Save & Continue’. Simply logging back in will allow you to finish the CAT application form in multiple sessions.
  • Along with your personal & academic data, you must include information about any relevant employment experience. You must also choose your desired programs and institutions (IIMs) and an interview city from the list of alternatives.
  • Last but not least, you must pay the CAT application cost using Net Banking, Credit, Debit Card, or another similar method. You won’t be able to make any changes to the form after you’ve paid the price. Re-check the form before submitting and making a payment.

Fees for CAT Registration 2023

To finish their CAT 2023 application procedure, applicants must pay the application costs. Each category has a different CAT application fee.

Unreserved/Other Backward Class (OBC)INR 2400
Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST)INR 1200
Person With Disability (PWD)INR 1200

CAT 2023 Syllabus

Topics from three subjects—Visual Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Quantitative Aptitude (QA), and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning—are covered in the CAT syllabus (DILR).

CAT Syllabus for VARC

Fill in the blanksSolved Sample Questions
Para JumblesPara Completion
Types of ClausesPronouns
Phrase ModifiersTypes of Articles
Parts of SpeechError in Tenses
Reading  ComprehensionPrepositions

CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude

MensurationNumber System
Modern MathCube & Square Roots
Mean, Mode MedianTopic Wise important Formulas for QA

CAT Syllabus for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Seating ArrangementSyllogisms
PuzzlesClock and Calendars
Venn Diagram for ProbabilityBlood Relations
Pie Chart and TablesStatements and Assumptions
Solved Question on DLRBar Graph

CAT Exam Pattern for 2023

Candidates can view the entire CAT Exam pattern 2023 in the section below:

Exam Mode: The CAT exam will be given in the online format (a computer-based test) in 2023.

Slots: The exam will likely be administered over three slots.

Types of questions: There will be MCQs and non-MCQ questions of various types in the exam.

Time duration: Two hours will be allotted to finish the CAT question paper.

Marking System:  For each correct answer, the candidate will receive 3 marks.

Negative Marking: For each wrong answer or attempt in the objective type section, 1 mark will be deducted. The subjective section, however, will not receive any negative marking.

CAT 2023 Admit Card

It is mandatory to download the CAT 2023 admit card from the official website. The CAT admit card includes details such as your exam center’s address, reporting time, exam timing, a link to a Google Maps location, and other necessary exam day instructions. The admit card must be printed out and brought with you to the testing location. You can get your CAT 2023 admit card by following the instructions below:

  • Enter your CAT user ID and password to access the official page of the website.
  • Select the link that says “Download CAT Admit Card.” Your hall will be shown, and you can download and print it out. For reference, you can also save a soft copy of it.

CAT 2023 Results 

The 2023 CAT results will be released in January. You can obtain a PDF version of the scorecard from the official website. The procedure to check and get your CAT 2023 result is as follows:

  • The ‘CAT scorecard/ result’ tab may be found on the official website.
  • Please enter your password and linked CAT application number.
  • Download your CAT score report by selecting the “scorecard” section.

You will receive a scorecard for the CAT 2023 exam that includes your individual sectional scores, sectional percentiles, overall score, & overall percentile.

CAT 2023 Preparation Tips

There is still plenty of time to study for CAT 2023, despite the fact that it is one of the hardest management admission tests in India.

  • Interested applicants might use the advice in the following CAT exam preparation tips to succeed:
  • Prior to taking the exam, the candidate must fully comprehend the material and exam format.
  • Identify the areas where they excel and where they fall short. Concentrate more on the weakest areas while continuing to practice the strong areas.
  • Examine some question papers from prior years to become more familiar with the exam format and level of difficulty.
  • Always read and concentrate on excellent novels by well-known authors.
  • Another important idea is to give priority to independent study. Coaching centres can be helpful, but you should never rely entirely on them.
  • You can also do some of the online CAT practice tests.

CAT 2022 Exam Day Guidelines

Candidates taking the exam must adhere to the CAT 2022 exam day instructions:

  • To avoid any inconvenience and finish the biometric screening in time for the CAT exam, candidates must be at their designated test center at least one hour before the testing time.
  • To be verified at the exam center, every candidate is required to bring a printout of their CAT admit card and a valid ID. Aadhar Cards, Voter ID Cards, Passports, PAN Cards, Driving Licenses, or Photo IDs issued by the present educational institution or workplace are all acceptable forms of identification.
  • Inside the CAT test room, some items are not permitted. As a result, those preparing for the CAT exam are recommended not to bring jewellery, backpacks, wallets, watches, calculators, mobile phones, or other electronic devices.
  • The Google Map Link function, first made available on the CAT admit card last year by IIM Ahmedabad to examine the precise location of the test facility assigned to you, is anticipated to be available again this year.
  • All applicants for the CAT exam must adhere to the COVID-19 regulations, which include donning a mask, avoiding close contact, hand-washing, thermal screening, and completing a properly completed self-declaration form.
  • Talking to anyone once the CAT exam has begun is not permitted. Disqualification could result if this is viewed as cheating.

Related FAQs

Is the CAT exam only for MBA students?

Yes, most Indian B-schools include it as a requirement for applicants to their MBA programs. But many business schools also accept results from other entry exams that are comparable.

How many times can I take the CAT test?

The number of CAT attempts is unrestricted.

To achieve a 99+ percentile on the CAT, how many questions should I attempt?

The CAT tests tactical abilities more so than time management. In order to achieve a 99+ percentile, experts advise that you should attempt at least 75% of the questions with high accuracy.

What is the CAT exam for?

The CAT is the entrance exam for MBA/PGDM/equivalent programs provided by business schools and management research centers.