CAT 2023 Registration and Exam Dates Out: Check Eligibility Criteria, Application Form, Admit Card and Syllabus

The CAT (Common Admission Test) is a competitive entrance examination in India that is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) to select candidates for admission to various management programs, including MBA (Master of Business Administration) and PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) programs in IIMs and other top business schools in India.  Nowadays, countless candidates have aspired to pursue Management courses like Master of Business Administration (MBA) to observe global requirements in the field of business management. The management course is one of the best ways to reach the highest career peak. Typically, admissions into MBA are given on the basis of CAT 2023 ranks. CAT 2023 is mandatory to get MBA Admission 2023 at a top MBA college in India that has been ended successfully.

CAT 2023 Latest Notifications

Updated on September 6, 2023: CAT Entrance Exam 2022 - Aspirants who have the ambition to pursue either post-graduation (MBA / PGDM) or fellow programs need to take part in the entrance test which is held every year across India to screen quality students to offer admissions. However, the Common Admission Test (CAT) is the best gateway to get admission in the various postgraduate and fellow curriculums as the Indian Institute of Management and other tier-I management colleges allow admission on the basis of the CAT Entrance Exam.

Although, the registration process for the entrance test (CAT) started on August 2, 2023, and the CAT Entrance Exam 2023 third slot is about to conclude on November 26, 2023 by IIM, at 156 various exam centers across India. However, candidates have been provided with an option by IIM to select any six exam cities according to their choice.

CAT 2023 Live Updates

Important Dates and Time Table for CAT 2023

Name of Events Important Dates
CAT 2023 Registration Starts at 10:00 AM 2/8/2023, Wednesday (Confirmed)
CAT 2023 Registration Ends at 5:00 PM 13/9/2023, Wednesday (Confirmed)
CAT 2023 Admit Card Download Begins at 5:00 PM 25/10/2023, Wednesday (Confirmed)
CAT 2023 Test Day 26/11/2023, Sunday (Confirmed)

Note:- The CAT Exam happens at around 156 test city centers. Candidates can select the preferred location/city for the entrance exam.

CAT Admit Card 2023

The Admit Card for the CAT 2023 exam is to be published on 25/10/2023, It will be available on the official website, and applicants who have registered can log in by using the credential to download the CAT Admit Card.

CAT Admit Card 2023: Steps to download

  • Visit the official website -
  • Click on the link to the CAT admit card
  • Login with your registered ID and Password
  • Get the CAT to admit card 2023 on the screen.
  • Download it and take a printout for future purposes.

What is the CAT (Common Admission Test)?

Common Admission Test is a premier selection process for admission the candidates for Master of Business Administration ( MBA) in which Group Discussions, Written Ability Test, Personal Interviews, and scores are comprised that is called CAT.

The Common Admission Test is a computer-based competitive test that is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management every year for selecting a candidate for business admission programs across India. The CAT examination is divided into three parts- Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Comprehension, Data presentation, and Logical Reasoning and the questions are asked by candidates on the basis of these three sections in which various topics are comprised.

Paper Patterns

Details of the syllabus with all sections have been maintained below:

CAT pattern and structure
Sections VARC, DILR, and QA
Total number of questions 100
Section-wise number of questions - VARC - 34
- DILR - 32
- QA - 34
Total marks 300
Sectional Time Limit Yes
Number of answer choices Four
Type of questions MCQs and Non-MCQs
Marking Scheme -3 marks for every correct response
-Negative marking of 1/3 (-1) for every wrong MCQ response
- No negative marking for wrong non-MCQ response

Standard 12th-based mathematics questions are enquired to students from Quantitative Ability in which various topics like Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, and Commercial Mathematics are comprised whereby solved under the scheduled time.

The data presentation and logical reasoning section comprises questions that are asked based on the given data like graphs, charts, tables, and paragraphs.

Standard English grammar, Verbal Logic questions test the candidate's knowledge of arranging paragraphs in a logical order is comprised in the Verbal Ability section and logical reasoning section

Application Fee

Applicants belonging to Other Backward Classes and general category have to pay INR 2400 as a registration fee while for SC/ST/and Person with Disability categories, INR 1200 have been scheduled as a registration fee. The fees for registration are submitted by online mode - Check CAT Registration Process to apply

Admission process

The admission process is based on the scores /ranks. Candidates who acquired the sectional cut-offs along with overall cut-offs in the written test are called for Group Discussion / Personal Interviews by the Indian Institutes of Management.


General categories candidates who have craved to appear in the CAT exam must have a Bachelor's degree with 50% marks issued by any of the recognized Boards or Universities.

Whereas, candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Persons with Disability (PWD)/Differently Able (DA) category those have pursued to appear in CAT with purpose to admission in business management, must have Bachelor's Degree with 45 % marks issued by any of one recognized Board or Universities.

If the candidate is in the final year of the graduation course then they can also appear in the CAT examination.


The total duration for the CAT exam has been scheduled for 180 minutes with 100 questions. 

Suggestion: Candidates are given 4 marks in the examination for each correct answer while a negative mark is given for every wrong answer. 

CAT 2023 Exam Centers

CAT 2023 Exam Center Citywise
Port Blair Hamirpur Mumbai
Guntur Jammu Nashik
Nellore Bokaro Satara
Vijayawada Dhanbad Palghar
Kakinada Hazaribagh Ulhasnagar
Rajahmundry Jamshedpur Shillong
Visakhapatnam Ranchi Aizawl
Kurnool Belagavi (Belgaum) Kohima
Tirupathi Bengaluru Balasore
Vizianagaram Hubballi(Hubli) Cuttack
Itanagar Mysuru(Mysore) Sambalpur
Dibrugarh Kalaburagi(Gulbarga) Berhampur
Silchar Shivamogga(Shimoga) Dhenkanal
Guwahati Dharwad Bhubaneswar
Tezpur Mangaluru(Mangalore) Rourkela
Jorhat Udupi Puducherry
Aurangabad-Bihar Kannur Pathankot
Darbhanga Ernakulam Ludhiana
Arrah Kollam Amritsar
Muzaffarpur Kottayam Bhatinda
Bhagalpur Kozhikode Patiala
Patna Thrissur Jalandhar
Mohali Trivandrum Sangrur
Chandigarh Bhopal Ajmer
Bhilai Nagar Jabalpur Jaipur
Bilaspur Ujjain Sikar
Raipur Gwalior Alwar
Delhi Sagar Jodhpur
Faridabad Indore Udaipur
Gurugram Satna Bikaner
Ghaziabad Bhopal Kota
New Delhi Jabalpur Madurai
Greater Noida Ujjain Chennai
Noida Gwalior Salem
Meerut Sagar Trichy
Panaji Indore Coimbatore
Ahmedabad Satna Vellore
Mehsana Amravati Tirunelveli
Vadodara Jalgaon Hyderabad
Anand Nagpur Karimnagar
Rajkot Pune Warangal
Gandhinagar Solapur Allahabad
Surat Navi Mumbai Bareilly
Ambala Ahmednagar Kanpur
Hisar Kolhapur Muzaffarnagar
Karnal Nanded Agra
Kurushetra Raigad Gorakhpur
Panipat Thane Lucknow
Rohtak Vasai Varanasi
Shimla Aurangabad Aligarh
Jhansi Moradabad Dehradun
Haldwani Roorkee Asansol
Durgapur Bankura Burdwan
Kolkata Hooghly Kalyani

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What meant by CAT 2023?

Ans. CAT 2023 is a short name of Common Admission Test is a test which is happened to postgraduate MBA/PGDM/PGP/Executive MBA programs. The entrance exam commonly organized by IIM to offer admissions to its institutes. Along with this other top B-schools also give admission on the basis of CAT.

Q. What is eligibility criteria for CAT 2023?

Ans. As per the norm, one who wishes to appear in the CAT 2023 should have at least 50% aggregate (45 per cent for SC/ST/PwD) in graduation or equivalent from a valid university.

Q. What is the expected date for CAT 2023 registration?

Ans. As per the latest notice, CAT 2023 registration process will begin from August 2, 2023. Since the competent body has been release notification with respect to CAT 2023 registration.

Q. What is the examination date of CAT 2023?

Ans. CAT Exam 2023 will be held on November 26, 2023, Candidates are suggested to reach the examination center before the time.

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