• CAT 2023: Admit Card Link, Exam Date, Syllabus, Pattern

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26 Nov 2023
Update on: 07 Nov 2023 18:22:50 PM

CAT Admit Card 2023 has been released officially on 7th November on iimcat.ac.in/. This year the CAT exam will be conducted on IIM Lucknow on 26th November in online mode. On this page, the CAT aspirants can check CAT exam date, admit card download date, link, syllabus, exam pattern ad other information related to it. 

CAT 2023 Exam

IIM Lucknow has released CAT admit card 2023 on 7th November  2023. Candidates who had been eagerly waiting to download the CAT exam admit card can now download it to appear for the exam to be held on 26th November in online mode in various exam centres across the country. The Common Admission Test (CAT) exam 2023 is an annually conducted national-level management aptitude test that is conducted annually by IIM. By cracking the CAT exam, candidates become eligible to take admission in MBA courses offered by its 20 campuses and over 1200 other B schools of India. More than 2 lakh graduates apply for CAT exam each year for which the CAT exam centre is located across India.

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CAT 2023 Exam Highlights

CAT Exam Highlights

CAT 2023 Exam Particulars

CAT Exam Details 

CAT Full Form

Common Admission Test (CAT) 

CAT 2023 Conducting Institute

IIM Lucknow

Exam Level


Exam Frequency

Once a year

CAT Exam Date

26th November 2023

CAT Exam Timings

Session 1: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Session 2: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Session 3: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

CAT Exam Fees

Rs. 2,400 for General category and

Rs. 1,200 (Reserved category)

Eligibility Criteria

Graduation with at least 50% aggregate (45% for SC/ST students)

Purpose of CAT exam

Admission into IIMs, SPJIMR, FMS, MDI, IMT and over 1,200 B-Schools in India

Courses Offered


CAT syllabus subjects

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Quantitative Ability (QA)

CAT pattern

Computer Based Test (CBT) with MCQs and non-MCQs

CAT exam website


CAT 2023 Exam Date Out

IIM Lucknow released the CAT notification 2023 on its website on 30th July. Those who successfully apply for the exam will be eligible to appear for the CAT exam that shall be held on 26th November in 155 exam centres across the country. Check the important dates associated with CAT 2023 exam in the table below. 

CAT Exam 2023: Important Dates

CAT 2023 Exam Events

CAT 2023 Dates (tentative)

CAT 2023 Notification releases on

30th July 2023

CAT 2023 registrations window opens on

2nd August 2023, (10 AM)

Registration for CAT 2023 exam ends on

20th September 2023 (5 PM, Extended)

13th September 2023 (5 PM)

CAT form correction date

On or before 25th September 2023

CAT 2023 admit card releases on

7th November 2023 (Revised)

CAT mock test link activation

Fourth week of October 2023

CAT exam date

26th November 2023

CAT answer key release

First week of December 2023

Answer key challenge process

First week of December 2023

CAT result declaration date

Second week of January, 2024 (Tentative)

CAT 2023 Admit Card

IIM Lucknow will be releasing the CAT 2023 Admit Card from 7th November (Revised). Candidates will be able to download the call letter up to 26th November. Candidates who complete the CAT 2023 Registration process will be able to download the CAT Admit Card through the link which will be available on the official website. The admit card is a mandatory document that has to be submitted at the exam centre when appearing for the exams.

The CAT exam call letter will include details such as the candidate's name, roll number, exam centre address, exam date, exam timing, etc. You must ensure that you have taken a print out of the CAT admit card to the exam hall.

CAT Exam Full Form

CAT full form is the Common Aptitude Test. CAT is an annually conducted exam for various Post Graduate and Fellow/Doctorate programmes of IIMs. CAT 2023 scores allow a candidate to apply for MBA programs in IIMs and other B schools of the country. A candidate can appear as many times as he/she wants in the CAT exam. Hence, there is no limitation on the number of attempts for CAT exam provided he/she fulfils the eligibility criteria for it. 

CAT 2023 Notification PDF 

IIM Lucknow has released the much-awaited CAT notification PDF 2023 on its website. The notification gives you the complete details regarding the CAT exam which is needed to be known by any CAT exam aspirant. The direct link to download the CAT 2023 notification is shared here. 

CAT 2023 Notification Link  Download PDF

How to fill CAT Application Form 2023?

Interested and eligible candidates can apply for CAT 2023 exam only through the online mode. The CAT registrations begin from 2nd August and will end on 13th September 2023. A candidate needs to fill out all the details carefully in it and upload all the documents to successfully register for CAT exam.

CAT 2023 Registration Process

CAT registration 2023 process is a three stage process. The following are the stages to fill out CAT registration form.

  • Online CAT 2023 registration
  • Filling up CAT exam form 2023
  • Payment of CAT exam fee

Steps to fill CAT 2023 application form

The steps to fill CAT application form 2023 is given below.

  • Visit CAT 2023 official website which is iimcat.ac.in
  • On the home page, click on the link that displays “New Candidate Registration”
  • A new page will open where you would be required to enter the basic details such as your name, date of birth, email address, mobile number, etc. 
  • An OTP will be generated and sent to your registered email Id and mobile number. Enter that OTP for the purpose of verification. 
  • Thereafter, login using the CAT 2023 credentials and fill out the details such as communication address, academic details, work experience, exam centre etc. 
  • Once you have filled in the application form, proceed to make the payment and take print out of the application form. 

CAT 2023 Application Fee (Revised) 

IIM Lucknow has increased the CAT 2023 fee for all categories of candidates. The CAT exam fee for General/EWS/NC-OBC is Rs. 2400 while for SC/ST/PwD candidates, it is Rs. 1200/- Check the following table to know the CAT exam fee.  

CAT Exam Fee 2023

Candidate's Category

CAT Form Fee

General/EWS/NC-OBC candidate

Rs. 2400

SC/ST/PwD candidate

Rs. 1200

CAT 2023 Eligibility Criteria 

CAT 2023 eligibility criteria is the first and foremost step that clarifies if you can appear for the exam or not. So before applying for the exam, carefully read the list of criteria so that you do not have to face any disqualification during the selection stage. The CAT eligibility criteria has been specified below here. 

CAT Educational Qualification

  • Candidates applying for the CAT 2022 exams must have completed their Bachelor's program.
  • Candidates in the final year of their undergraduate studies are also eligible to apply for the CAT exam.
  • Candidates from the General category must have secured a minimum of 50% marks in their qualifying degree exams while those in the SC/ST and PWD categories must have secured a minimum of 45% in their qualifying exam. 

CAT 2023 selection process

CAT selection process is a three stage process. However, each IIM or an MBA college ay chose to have a different set of criteria to select candidates that may include a Group Discussion or Personal interview. Check the CAT selection process below. 

  • Written Ability Test (WAT)
  • Group Discussion (GD)
  • Personal Interviews (PI)

You must note that both IIMs and non IIMs are CAT score accepting colleges. IIMs consider only the CAT exam score to select candidates and no other cores. However, the non IIMs may consider other scores as well for the purpose of selection such as CAT, MAT, etc. 

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CAT 2023 Exam Pattern 

CAT exam consists of three sections, VARC, DILR and Quantitative Aptitude. Every section has to be attempted by the candidates appearing for CAT 2023 exam. The CAT question paper consists of both MCQ and Non-MCQ type questions. The difficulty level of the questions in CAT exam is found to be high. Here is an overview of the CAT exam pattern.

CAT Exam Pattern

Mode of CAT exam

Computer Based Test 

Duration of exam

120 minutes where each section is for 40 minutes

CAT exam slots

Morning: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Afternoon: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Evening: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

Number of questions in CAT exam


Total Marks in CAT exam


Medium of exam 


Type of questions

MCQ and non-MCQ

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