CAT Exam 2023: Check Provision Answer Key, Results

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 The CAT Exam Provision Answer Key was out on 1st December 2022 for the exam conducted on 27th November 2022. Candidates can raise the objection from 11 am 1st December 2022 till 5:00 pm on 04th December 2022. The CAT is conducted by any of the top IIMs such as IIM Bangalore, IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, etc. The CAT exam is an entry ticket to get into one of India's top MBA institutes, IIMs, and other premier business schools. The CAT 2022 was conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM) Bangalore. Aspirants who are looking to study various management programs in an MBA institute attempt the CAT exam to make a way for themselves. Here are some of the highlights of the CAT Exam 2023.

  • The common Admission Test or the CAT exam was conducted in 150 cities all across the country. 
  • The CAT exam is expected to be conducted in three slots i.e. morning, afternoon, and evening.
  • Applicants must meet the minimum CAT eligibility criteria of education to be eligible for the CAT examination. The candidates are expected to have a bachelor's degree with at least 50% marks to be eligible for CAT Exam 2023.
  • It is expected that the sectional timing for each section will be 40 minutes.

Read the complete article on CAT Exam 2023 to know about the eligibility criteria, registration process, application fees, exam pattern, syllabus, result, and other relevant details.

Features

Details

Exam Name

Common Admission Test (CAT)

Exam Level

National

Exam Conducting Body

IIM Bangalore

Exam Frequency

Once a Year

Course Offered MBA/PGDM/PGPBA/ PGPEX, and many others
Exam Purpose Admission into top IIMs, non-IIMs, and over 1200 B Schools in India
Recruitment Cycle 2022 2023

Number of Applications

To be Notified

To be Notified

No. of Test Cities

150

To be Notified

Notification Release Date

31st July 2022

To be Notified

Registration Begins

3rd August 2022

To be Notified

Last Date for Registration

14th September 2022 21st September 2022

To be Notified

Admit Card Release Date

27th October to 27th November 2022

To be Notified

Exam Date

27th November 2022

To be Notified
Result Date 2nd week of January 2023 (Tentative) To be Notified

Mode of Exam

Online

Official Website

IIM CAT

Download CAT Exam 2022 Information Bulletin

(CAT 2023 Information Bulletin is to be released)

CAT Exam Latest Updates

1st December 2022: CAT Provisional Answer key out!

The CAT Provisional Answer Key is out on 1st December 2022. Candidates can log in to the CAT Official website. Candidates can also raise the objection over the answer key till 4th December 2022 (5:00 pm).

Direct Link to Check the CAT Answer Key

16th November 2022: CAT Mock Test Link Active!

The IIM Bangalore has activated the CAT Mock Test link, attempting the mock test gives you an experience of the actual examination. The CAT is scheduled to be held on 27th November 2022. Below is the direct link to attempt the CAT Mock Test.

Direct Link to Attempt CAT Mock Test

27th October 2022: CAT Admit Card Out!

The IIM Bengaluru has released CAT Admit Card for the exam which is scheduled for 27th November 2022. Below is the direct link to download the admit card.

Direct Link to Download CAT Admit Card

21st September 2022: CAT Deadline to Apply Extended!

The last date to apply for the CAT exam has been extended till 21st September 2022. Earlier, it was 14th September 2022. The candidates can apply  through the direct link mentioned below.

Direct Link to Download CAT Exam

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2023

In order to complete the registration process, candidates must meet the minimum eligibility criteria stated by the conducting authority for CAT Exam 2023. Remember the application fees will not be refunded once paid. Have a look at the expected eligibility for the CAT exam 2023.

  • Applicants must hold a Bachelor's Degree, with a minimum of 50% marks or CGPA by any university.
  • 45% marks for the candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD category.
  • Applicants appearing for the final year of their bachelor’s degree or have completed their graduation degree requirements and are waiting for results are also eligible to apply for the CAT exam. (candidates have to show a certificate at the time of the selection process).
  • Those candidates who have completed a professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with a minimum of 50% or equivalent (45% for the Reserved category) are also eligible to apply.

For detailed eligibility criteria, check out and download the PDF below.

Download CAT Exam 2022 Eligibility Criteria PDF

(The official notification for the CAT Eligibility Criteria 2023 is to be released)

Information Regarding SC/ ST/ PWD and EWS

  • Candidates belonging to SC or ST must provide a certificate to IIMs approved by the Government
  • Candidates of SC/ ST/ PWD and EWS must upload their category certificate at the time of the registration process, failing to do so can lead to the rejection of the application.
  • Reserved seats for candidates under SC/ ST/ OBC and EWS categories are 15% for SC, 7.5% for ST, 27 % for OBC and 10% for EWS.

If you are preparing for the exam then you can download CAT Exam Previous Year Papers here!

CAT 2023 Registration Process

Candidates who are not aware of how to fill out the CAT form can go through the step-by-step process carefully to begin the registration process for the CAT exam 2023. So, let’s begin. 

Step 1: Register Yourself

Step 1: Visit the official website of CAT
Step 2: Click on the Register button under the “New Candidate Registration”
Step 3: Here candidates have to enter their personal details such as name, date of birth, email ID, and Mobile number
Step 4: Now, click on the Generate OTP number
Step 5: This will redirect you to CAPTCHA, fill in the captcha
Step 6: In order to verify your mobile number, enter the OTP and click on “Validate the OTP”
Step 7: Now, submit the registration form
Step 8: After that, you will receive the User ID and password on your Email address or on the mobile number

Step 2: Log in to CAT Website

  • After the registration is successfully completed, log in to the CAT website.
  • Click on the login button under Registered Candidate login
  • Enter the User ID and Password
  • Click on the login button
  • This will redirect you to the Applicant Details page, from here you can begin to fill out the CAT application form

Step 3: Fill out the Application Form

There are multiple sections in the application form that are needed to be filled properly. Follow the steps to fill out the CAT application form. Click on the Save & Continue button after each section to save the details.

1: Personal Details

  • Candidate’s Name
  • Date of Birth
  • Father’s name
  • Mother's name
  • Spouse’s Name (if applicable)
  • Category
  • Nationality
  • Communication Address
  • Emergency contact details

2: Upload the Documents

  • Passport size scanned photograph dimensions of 30mm X 45mm, resolution 150px/inch. The file format should be .jpg or .jpeg and the file size should not exceed 80KB. If candidates are finding difficulty editing or resizing their image or signature then they can use the Resize Tool.
  • Scanned copy of signature dimensions of 80mm X 35mm. The file format should be .jpg or .jpeg and the file size should not exceed 80KB.
  • For EWS/NC-OBC/SC/ST/PWD certificate, download the certificate and enter the information required and a scanned copy of the document.

3: Academic Qualification

Candidates are required to enter their educational qualifications of all the sections that are applicable to the candidates. The educational qualification certificate must be from the respective Board/University/Institution. Enter the aggregate percentage of marks secured in all levels of education.

  • SSC/10th/Equivalent Details
  • HSC/12th/Equivalent/Diploma Course Details
  • Bachelor’s Degree Details
  • Master’s Degree Details
  • Other Professional Degree Details

In case any Institute/University awards a grade instead of a percentage then the candidate has to obtain the certificate for the conversion process.

4: Work Experience

If a candidate has work experience, then they must enter the experience in days. Check the industry type and then click on save & continue.

5: Programmes

Candidates can select all the programs by clicking on “Select All”. or selecting the Programme and Interview City for that Programme.

6: Test City

Candidates are given six options to select the cities as per their preference. One city cannot be selected twice.

7: Payment

The registration fees vary according to the categories of candidates. Payment will be made online either by BillDesk or PayU. 

Category

Expected Application Fees

General/EWS/OBC and all other categories

Rs. 2300

SC/ST/PWD

Rs. 1150

  • Select the payment option to enable the payment.
  • Click on “I have previewed the Application Form”
  • Now, under the Declaration section click on “ I Agree” and then click on the “Submit and Pay” button to proceed to the payment.

After the application and fees are submitted successfully, candidates will receive a confirmation. In case of any concern, candidates can reach out to the Candidate help desk.

  • E-mail: cathelpdesk@iimcat.co.in
  • Contact: 1800 2108720

CAT Exam Test Cities 2023 (Expected)

Candidates can choose six cities for their CAT exam centres across India. It is expected that a total of 150 cities are given for candidates to choose from them. The table below shows some of the cities where the CAT Exam 2023 will be held. Candidates can see all the expected test cities below as the details on the cities list is not yet out.

CAT exam centres across India

Port Blair

Hamirpur

Mumbai

Guntur

Aurangabad-Bihar

Jammu

Nashik

Nellore

Bokaro

Kannur

Satara

Vijayawada

Dhanbad

Palghar

Puducherry

Kakinada

Hazaribagh

Ulhasnagar

Rajahmundry

Udupi

Jamshedpur

Shillong

Visakhapatnam

Ranchi

Jorhat

Aizawl

Kurnool

Belagavi

Kohima

Rourkela

Tirupathi

Bengaluru

Balasore

Vizianagaram

Tezpur

Hubballi 

Cuttack

Itanagar

Mysuru (Mysore)

Bhubaneswar

Sambalpur

Dibrugarh

Kalaburagi 

Berhampur

Dharwad

Mangaluru 

Silchar

Shivamogga

Dhenkanal

Guwahati

Ludhiana

Ernakulam

Darbhanga

Kalyani

Hooghly

Bhatinda

Pathankot

Siliguri

Kolkata

Burdwan

Kottayam

Patiala

Kozhikode

Bhagalpur

Durgapur

Bankura

Muzaffarpur

Amritsar

Kollam

Arrah

CAT Exam Pattern 2023 (Expected)

The CAT exam pattern is set by the IIMs. Have a look at the table below to get an overview of the expected CAT 2023 exam pattern.

Total No. of sections

Three

Subjects Name

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Time Duration

  • Total time 120 minutes
  • 40 minutes for each section

Question Paper Language Mode

English

Types of questions

MCQs and TITA (Type In The Answer)

No. of Question (section-wise)

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension – 22
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning – 20
  • Quantitative Aptitude – 24

Difficulty Level (CAT 2023)

  • VARC – Easy to moderate
  • DILR – Difficult
  • QA – Moderate to difficult

Total No. of Marks

198

Marking Scheme

  • Correct answer – 3 marks
  • Wrong answer – 1 mark
  • No negative marks in TITA

CAT Syllabus 2023 (Expected)

The detailed CAT syllabus for CAT Exam 2023 is mentioned below along with the weightage of important topics. Candidates must have a thorough understanding of the syllabus to prepare for the CAT exam. Three are three sections in CAT i.e. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, and Quantitative Aptitude. Each section holds its importance so it is necessary to study all the sections equally. An overview of the syllabus is given below.

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Quantitative Aptitude

  • Para-jumbles
  • Para-summary
  • Sentence completion
  • Inferences
  • RC passages-based questions.
  • Fact Inference and Judgement
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Visual Reasoning
  • Tables
  • Graphs
  • Data Caselets
  • Caselets (Condition-Based)
  • Number System
  • Geometry
  • Algebra (Equation, Progression, etc)
  • Arithmetic (Percentage, Profit & Loss, Ratio & proportion, etc)
  • Mensuration
  • Time, and Work
  • Modern Maths

1:Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Syllabus Weightage

In verbal ability and reading comprehension, there are a few topics that are important and repeated every year in the CAT exam. This section holds 26 questions and 5 questions are TITA (Type In The Answer). Have a look at the below table to check the expected weightage.

Question Topics

No of Qs Asked

Reading Comprehension

18

Verbal Ability (Para jumbles, Out of Context sentence,  Para Summary)

8

2: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus Weightage

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning includes 24 questions out of which 6 questions are TITA based. DI holds 12 questions and LR holds 12 questions. Logical Reasoning important topics are seating arrangement, Visual Reasoning, Tables, and Graphs. Data Interpretation 3 to 4 sets of questions are asked to check the accuracy of the candidates.

Question Topics

No. of Questions

Data Interpretation

14

Logical Reasoning

10 

3: Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus Weightage

In Quantitative Aptitude, there are a few topics that are very crucial and candidates need to focus more on them. This section consists of 26 questions of which 8 questions are TITA

Question Topics No of Questions
Numbers 2
Arithmetic 10
Algebra 8
Geometry 3
Modern Maths 3

Details to check on CAT Admit Card 2023

Candidates must check the details mentioned on the CAT admit card 2023. All the details must be printed correctly. In case of misinformation, a candidate must contact the authority for correction. The following are the details to be checked.

  • Candidate's name
  • Category
  • Date of Birth
  • Registration number
  • Date and time of the exam
  • CAT exam centre
  • Emergency contact number
  • Exam instructions

Documents to Carry With the CAT Admit Card 2023

Candidates are required to carry an ID proof along with the admit card when appearing for the CAT exam. In case candidates do not provide ID proof they will not be allowed to attend the examination.

  • Aadhar card
  • Voter ID
  • Passport
  • College/University ID
  • Driver's license

Problems While Downloading the CAT Admit card 2023?

Candidates may face a few problems while downloading the CAT 2023 admit card.

  • The technical issue on the official website
  • Incorrect password or login credentials
  • Slow internet connection

How to Correct Information on the CAT Admit Card 2023?

In case there is any misinformation printed on the candidates' CAT 2023 admit card they must immediately contact the exam authority and get it corrected. Here are the contact details.

Contact Information

Contact Details

1-800-209-0830

Email ID

cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in

CAT Result 2023

The CAT result 2023 will be available on the official website of the IIMCAT. The CAT 2023 result contains the candidate’s scores and percentile. The validity of the CAT result will be for admission to the MBA batch of 2023-24.

1: How to Download the CAT Result 2023?

There are simple steps to download the CAT result 2023, just follow the steps given below to check the result.

Step 1: Visit the IIMCAT official website
Step 2: Click on login'
Step 3: Enter User ID and password
Step 4: Click on the scorecard tab
Step 5: Download the CAT scorecard

2: Details Mentioned on the CAT Result (Scorecard)

Each Applicants CAT scorecard contains the details mentioned below:

  • Registration number or user ID
  • Candidate's name
  • Category
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Date and time of examination
  • Contact details
  • Email id
  • CAT scaled score (overall)
  • CAT score (section-wise)
  • CAT percentile score (section-wise)
  • CAT percentile score (overall)

3: How to Calculate CAT Percentile?

There are a few easy steps to calculate the CAT Exam 2023 percentile score. The marking scheme for all the sections is the same. For every correct answer, 3 marks are allotted and for every wrong answer, 1 mark is deducted.

  • Calculate the total number of candidates who appeared for CAT (i.e. morning, afternoon and evening slots).
  • Assign a rank based on the scaled scores obtained in a section, to the number of candidates, who appeared for CAT
  • Calculate the percentile score of a candidate with rank in a particular section
  • Round off the percentile score of the candidate up to two decimal places.

4: What after the CAT Result 2023?

After the CAT Exam 2023 result is declared the IIMs will invite candidates for the selection process i.e. Written Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview. Candidates who score the minimum cut-off set by IIMs for shortlisting will be required to apply on the official website of the IIMs. 

  • The IIM admission selection process consists of three stages. 
  • Candidates screening will be done on the basis of marks scored in CAT exam and academic history
  • After that candidates have to undergo Written Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview.
  • Final selection of the candidates

CAT Answer Key 2023

CAT 2023 provisional answer key along with the question paper is released on 1st December 2022. The candidates who raise an objection against the official answer key have to pay a fee of Rs. 1,000 per question. Candidates can raise an objection to the Answer Key till 4th December 2022 (5 am). 

1: How to Download the CAT Answer Key 2023?

Applicants can check their CAT Exam 2023 answer keys to know their performance and predict their final scores. To download the CAT 2023 answer key follow the steps given below.

Step 1: Visit the official website of CAT
Step 2: Click on the 'login' button
Step 3: Enter User ID and password
Step 4: Candidates can see the CAT answer key appear on the screen

Candidates can download and take a printout of the CAT answer key for further reference.

2: Information Provided on the CAT Answer Key

The CAT Exam 2023 answer key will contain each question, your answer and the correct answer with the candidate's details. Following is the information mentioned on the CAT answer key:

  • Candidate’s Name
  • Registration number
  • Exam centre
  • Test date
  • Test time
  • Question
  • Question type
  • Question ID
  • Status
  • Right answer

3: How to Raise Objections Against CAT Answer Key 2-23?

The IIM allows candidates to raise an objection against the answer key. If the objection raised by the candidate is found to be correct then a reversed answer key will be released and the fees of Rs. 1,000 (expected) will be refunded. After the final answer key is released candidates are not allowed to raise any objection against that. Follow the steps given below to fill out the objection form.

  • Visit the official website of the CAT 
  • Click on the 'Login' button
  • Enter your User ID and password
  • Go to the Objection tab
  • Click on the ‘+’ sign to add an objection
  • Enter relevant details
  • Candidates need to pay a sum of Rs. 1000 per objection

CAT Cut-Off 2023

CAT Exam 2023 cut-off will be declared on the official website for IIM admission. Candidates who score the minimum CAT cut-off can apply for the Written Ability Test, Group Discussion and Personal Interview round of IIMs. Have a look at the expected cut-off, factors affecting the cut-off and the previous year cut-off.

IIMs

Expected Cut-Off 2023

IIM Ahmedabad

100-99

IIM Bangalore

100-99

IIM Calcutta

99

IIM Lucknow

97-98

IIM Indore

97-98

IIM Kozhikode

97-98

IIM Amritsar

95-96

IIM Nagpur

95-96

IIM Sambalpur

95-96

IIM Trichy

94-95

IIM Raipur

94-95

IIM Ranchi

94-95

IIM Kashipur

94-95

IIM Vizag

92-94

IIM Udaipur

92-94

IIM Bodhgaya

92-94

IIM Shillong

90

IIM Sirmaur

90

Factors affecting CAT Cut-Off

There are various factors depending on which CAT Exam 2023 cut-off will be released. Below are some of the factors.

  • Number of candidates appeared for the exam
  • Number of candidates qualify the exam
  • The difficulty level of the exam
  • Number of seats in a particular institute
  • Ranking of the IIMs

Previous Year Cut-Off

Candidates must know the previous year's cut-off to get an idea about how many marks they have to score to get into an of the best IIMs institute. 

IIMs

CAT Cut-Off 2018

IIM Ahmedabad

81.53

IIM Bangalore

90+

IIM Calcutta

95+

IIM Lucknow

90+

IIM Indore

90

IIM Kozhikode

95.5

IIM Rohtak

90+

IIM Trichy

96

IIM Udaipur

90

CAT 2023 – Books For Preparation

Candidates preparing for CAT Exam 2023 can take references from the books listed below. These books will be a helpful hand for the candidates as they cover the entire syllabus of CAT 2023. CAT books for preparation are mentioned section-wise to make study plans easy for candidates.

1: Books for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

There are 34 questions asked in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension. Refer to the books listed below with the name of the author to cover the VARC syllabus.

Books Name

Author/ Publications

PSC for VA for CAT

Nishit Sinha

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT

Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/Arihant

How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT

Sharma and Upadhyay

High School English Grammar & Composition

Wren & Martin

30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market Paperback

Wilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster

2: Books for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

The table below provides the books that cover all the topics in logical reasoning and Data Interpretation. All types of questions from each section are provided in this book to prepare well for the CAT exam.

Books Name

Author/ Publications

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT

Nishit K. Sinha

How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT

Arun Sharma

CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Gautam Puri

Data Interpretation & Data Sufficiency

Ananta Ashisha

3: Books for Quantitative Aptitude

Quantitative Aptitude is a very crucial section and every candidate wants to have accuracy while attempting this section. Following are the books that will be helpful to go through the topics in quantitative aptitude.

Books Name

Author/ Publications

How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT

Arun Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations

Abhijit Guha

NCERT Mathematics Books (Class 6 to 10)

NCERT

Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT

Sarvesh Verma

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT

Nishit Sinha

CAT Eligibility Verification

If the candidate is shortlisted for Written Ability Test and Personal Interview by any of the IIMs institutes they have to fulfil the required eligibility verification. Have a look at the eligibility verification mentioned below. 

1: Marksheets & Degree Certificate

Shortlisted Applicants should provide all their original mark sheets and submit attested photocopies at the time of their interview. If the candidate is selected for any particular program, they have to submit the original mark sheets of all the years/ semesters of degree certificates with their attested copies at the time of joining the program.

2: Requirements for Reservation Category

Candidates of ST, SC, NC-OBC, and DA categories, if shortlisted, must show their original caste or Disability certificate and submit a copy of that certificate at the time of their interview. If selected for any program have to submit the original certificate of qualifying degree and the attested copy for verification.

3: Candidates Attending the Final Year of Graduation

Candidates who are appearing for their final year bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification examination must provide an original certificate from the Director/Principal/Registrar of the institution or university certifying that the candidate has obtained a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent (45% for SC, ST, and DA category) based on the latest marks at the time of interview. They must also submit an attested copy of the original certificate.

Candidates for Post Graduate Programmes of IIMs, if selected, they will be allowed to join the program provisionally only if they have submitted the certificate from the Principal of their college or institute clarifying that they have completed all the requirements including appearing for subsidiary exams (if any) for obtaining the bachelor’s degree on the date of issue of the certificate. Also, must have secured minimum 50% marks or equivalent grade and submit an attested copy of the graduation mark sheets and degree certificate.

NOTE

  • The deadline to submit the mark sheets and certificate is December 31, 2023 (Tentative). 
  • IIMs states that “NON-FULFILLMENT OF THIS CONDITION WILL AUTOMATICALLY RESULT IN THE CANCELLATION OF THE PROVISIONAL ADMISSION.” 
  • Provisional admission can also be cancelled if found that the certificate is incorrect or has any kind of discrepancies. 
  • It is expected that IIM does not allow any Applicants to attend their programs if a candidate fails to complete the requirements for a bachelor’s degree on or before June 2023. After June 2023, IIMs would allow admissions to any of the candidates.

CAT Admission Process

Applicants must note that after clearing the CAT exam, IIMs will shortlist the candidates for further stages i.e. the admission process. The Admission process consists of a Written Ability Test, Group Discussion and a Personal Interview. The performance of the candidates in the CAT Exam 2023 is an important factor in the selection process. IIMs also take into consideration the previous academic records, work experience, and other components at the time of shortlisting and ranking the applicants at multiple stages of the admission process. The academic cut-offs, processes, and weights assigned to rate the parameters vary across the IIMs. Candidates can visit the respective websites of IIMs to know their admission policies.

Download CAT Exam 2022 Admission Process PDF

(Admission process for CAT 2023 is to be released)

Changes in CAT

There were 5 major changes that have been made in the CAT Exam 2022 and it is expected that CAT 2023 will be conducted with the same pattern as CAT 2022. Applicants can have a look at the changes stated below.

CAT Three Sessions

CAT 2022 exam was conducted on November 28, 2022, in three sessions. Previously there were two sessions. So, it is expected that this year too (CAT 2023) there is an additional session as per social distancing norms.

  • Morning Slot: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Afternoon Session: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Evening Session: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

CAT Exam Duration

The exam duration of the CAT 2022 was changed and decreased to 2 hours. The revised duration of the CAT exam 2022 was 120 minutes instead of 180 minutes. It is expected the exam duration for the CAT 2023 will be the same.

Section-Wise Time Limit 

It is expected that candidates will be given only 40 minutes in each section for answering questions. Previously the section timing was 60 minutes.

CAT Having Three Sections

It is expected that due to sectional timing, candidates are not allowed to switch to other sections. The sections are given below.

  • Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 
  • Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • Section III: Quantitative Ability

CAT Registration Trend Over the Years

There were more than 2.44 lakh candidates who registered for the CAT exam last year. The total registration number for CAT was more than 3000 candidates. This signifies that the candidates had to compete with more candidates in the CAT exam and must score high percentile to get shortlisted by the top three IIMs and other top MBA institutes. It is expected that for CAT 2023 the number will be more.

Though the CAT registrations trends since the year 2010 show a downfall then from 2013 the registration started raising and it regained the trust of candidates for CAT for a better career after completing their MBA program from IIM. have a look at a few points that reflects CAT registration over the years,

  • A Low-Cost Exam: CAT Registration and CAT exam application fee taken together comes to Rs.100 per IIM (General category) and Rs.50/- per IIM (Reserved category). 
  • One-Day Exam: CAT exam will be held on a single day in three slots. CAT is a (CBT) Computer Based Test. Previously it was held in a 15 to 20 days testing window till 2013 by IIMs. Since 2015, the CAT exam testing window has been shortened to one day only.
  • CAT 2023 Registration Window: The CAT 2023 registration process is soon to be released.
  • Dual Degree Accepted: A candidate with a dual bachelor's degree should mention the academic scores of both the bachelor's degree program in the CAT application form
  • Single Fee for MBA Admission: CAT 2023 score provides admission opportunities in 20 IIMs with a single payment of the CAT registration fee.
  • Choice of 50 MBA Programmes in IIMs: CAT 2023 offers candidates a choice of more than 50 management programs in 20 IIMs without any additional application fee for admission.

CAT Exam Day Guidelines

Candidates who are appearing for the CAT 2023 exam must carry the documents listed below to the exam centre to get an entry inside the exam hall: 

  1. Admit card: Candidates must carry their CAT 2023 admit cards to the exam centre. Candidates without admit cards and photo IDs will not be allowed to sit in the exam. 
  2. Identity Proof: Along with the CAT admit card, candidates must carry a photo ID proof like College ID (supported with a valid debit/credit card), employer ID, driving license, passport, PAN card, Voter ID, or Aadhaar card.
  3. Name change document: In case a candidate's name is changed, they have to carry a name change certificate/document with them to the exam hall.

Items Not to Carry Inside the CAT exam hall:

  • Calculator, watch, phone, iPad, or any electronic item
  • Closed footwear 
  • Bags and purses
  • Jackets with pockets
  • Eatables items and beverages
  • Jewellery and accessories that contain metal

Note: Candidates with a pacemaker or a metal implant in their body have to provide a medical certificate at the test centre.

Top Colleges Accepting CAT Exam Score

Have a look at the expected list provided below that shows the top colleges that accept CAT exam scores.

  • IIM Calcutta
  • IIM Ahmedabad 
  • IIM Bangalore 
  • IIM Lucknow 
  • IIM Kozhikode 
  • IIM Indore 
  • IIM Shillong 
  • IIM Rohtak 
  • IIM Ranchi 
  • IIM Raipur 
  • IIM Udaipur 
  • IIM Nagpur 
  • IIM Tiruchirappalli 
  • IIM Kashipur 
  • IIM Visakhapatnam 
  • IIM Bodh Gaya 
  • IIM Amritsar 
  • IIM Sambalpur 
  • IIM Sirmaur 
  • IIM Jammu

Top Non-IIMs Accepting CAT score

CAT score is not only accepted by the IIMs but also by Non-IIMs colleges as well. Below is the expected list of top Non-IIMs that accept CAT scores.

  • FMS, Delhi University
  • SPJIMR, Mumbai
  • MDI, Gurgaon
  • IMT, Ghaziabad
  • IIT Kanpur-IME
  • IMI, Delhi
  • IIT Delhi – DoMs
  • IIT Bombay-SJMSOM
  • IIT Madras-DoMs
  • IIT Roorkee-DoMs
  • IIT Kharagpur-VGoSM
  • IIT Dhanbad-ISM
  • Great Lakes Institute of Management
  • IMT, Nagpur
  • IMI, Kolkata
  • IPE, Hyderabad
  • ITM, University
  • Institute of Management, Nirma University
  • IIITM, Gwalior
  • Goa Institute of Management (GIM), Goa

IIM Fees – Campus Wise (Expected)

Go through the below table to get an idea of the campus-wise fees. We are providing you with the expected IIM fees for each campus. Go through the below table to know more.

S.NO.

IIM Campus

MBA/PGP Seats

PGP Fees

1.

IIM Calcutta

210

23 lakh

2.

IIM Ahmedabad

385

23 lakh

3.

IIM Bangalore

430

23 lakh

4.

IIM Lucknow

436

19 lakh

5.

IIM Kozhikode

375

19 lakh

6.

IIM Raipur

210

14.20 lakh

7.

IIM Udaipur

260

17.60 lakh

8.

IIM Rohtak

240

15.20 lakh

9.

IIM Visakhapatnam

60

10.70 lakh

10.

IIM Trichy

180

10.70 lakh

11.

IIM Sambalpur

120

13.03 lakh

12.

IIM Ranchi

240

15.30 lakh

13.

IIM Bodhgaya

120

10.60 lakh

14.

IIM Sirmaur

60

11.75 lakh

15.

IIM Jammu

120

13.80 lakh

16.

IIM Amritsar

60

12.00 lakh

17.

IIM Shillong

120

12.68 lakh

18.

IIM Kashipur

210

15.10 lakh

19.

IIM Nagpur

130

13.34 lakh

20.

IIM Indore

451

17.07 lakh

We hope that candidates have got all the information regarding the CAT 2023 Exam. Aspirants who want to score a nice percentile in CAT 2023 exam and get into IIMs must well prepare for the examination. Apart from the books listed above candidates can download our PrepForSure App. Here you will get section-wise mock tests, various practice sets, the previous year's paper, and much more.