CAT Exam 2023: A to Z of the Common Admission Test (CAT)

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CAT exam 2023 will likely be conducted on the last Sunday of November 2023. It will be held in computer-based mode across 400+ test centres in India. The notification for CAT 2023 will be out in July/ August 2023. As usual, it will be conducted in three sessions. The onus of administering CAT 2023 will be on one of the old IIMs.
The registrations for CAT 2023 begin in the first week of August and close by mid-September, 2023. CAT is a two-hour test, composed of MCQs and Non-MCQs. Its total number of questions is expected to be 66, as per the latest pattern. In the last few years, there have been frequent changes in the CAT exam pattern but, it will most probably be the same this time. CAT 2023 result will be out in January 2024. In this article, you will learn about all aspects of CAT 2023.
Managing an organization requires expertise coupled with in-depth knowledge of various management principles. The lure of earning a handsome salary along with other perks draws many individuals to prepare for MBA entrances. The Common Admission Test (CAT) is one such MBA entrance that paves the way for acquiring higher education in management. The premier Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) use CAT scores to enrol students for the MBA/ PGDM programs. There are 20 IIMs offering undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral, and executive management education programmes.
What is CAT?
CAT Exam is the national-level management entrance test conducted by the Indian Institute of Management for admission into 20 IIMs and 100+ B-schools across India. Every year, one of the older IIMs is tasked with administering the exam. More than 2 lakh aspirants appear for the CAT exam annually but only a few thousand make it to their desired top B-schools. Apart from IIMs, other reputed B-schools that accept CAT scores include MDI (Gurgaon), IITs, SP Jain (Mumbai), IMT(Ghaziabad), FMS(Delhi), KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies (Mumbai), Great Lakes Institute of Management(Chennai), Xavier Institute of Management, Bhubaneshwar, to name a few.
CAT Exam Pattern 2023: Key Features
In view of limited admission seats and a large number of test-takers, CAT is rightly considered one of the most difficult entrance tests. It is designed to evaluate the candidate’s decision-making, time management, and dexterity in tackling complexity. All these traits determine the candidate’s suitability for management education as well as acumen for managerial occupations. Go through the main features of CAT exam structure:
  • The CAT exam is divided into three sections:-
    • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
    • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
    • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • The duration of CAT 2023 exam is 120 minutes.
  • Since the inclusion of TITA (Type in The Answer) questions in 2015, there has been a slight change in the test pattern of the exam. The number of TITA questions varies, but there is no negative marking for their incorrect answers.
  • In the last few years, almost 25-33% of the questions have been non-MCQ (TITA) type.
  • There is a penalty of 1 mark for each incorrectly answered MCQ, and 3 marks are awarded for each correct response.
  • The order of the sections in the CAT exam is fixed, and students get 40 minutes for each section. Due to sectional time limits, the students cannot switch sections.
Note: In case of changes in the CAT exam pattern, IIMs notify the candidates on their official website (iimcat.ac.in). Students should visit the site for mock tests/ tutorials and the latest exam pattern. These mock tutorials will be uploaded in the month of October.
The stated scores of CAT are a result of scaling and normalization based on the performance of candidates appearing in multiple sessions. Most of the institutes set their cut-offs based on CAT percentiles.
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CAT Syllabus 2023
There is no standard syllabus prescribed for CAT, but the type and difficulty level of exam questions have remained nearly the same over time. The following topics are considered important for different areas of CAT:
  • Quantitative part mainly focuses on the basic mathematical concepts and topics of arithmetic, number system, algebra, mensuration, geometry, and modern math. Arithmetic forms the major percentage of questions in this section, followed by algebra.
  • In the VARC section, reading comprehension passages have always dominated making up almost 70% of the total questions. Other important questions are based on Para-jumbles and Para-Summary. A few questions may also be verbal reasoning, sentence completion, fill-in-the-blanks, etc.
  • DI-LR sets primarily delve into caselets, tables, charts, graphs, and the common reasoning topics like arrangements, syllogism, blood relations, etc.
Besides, the non-MCQs feature in all the three sections of CAT syllabus and are based on similar topics as MCQs.
CAT Notification & Registration 2023
CAT is conducted in November every year. The detailed notification is released around July/August on the official website, where you will be required to register online. You will get to know about the important dates, application fee, MBA/PGP programmes and other essential information from the notification.
CAT 2023: Things to Know
  • CAT application form has to be submitted online.
  • CAT 2023 exam will be held in almost 150 cities across the country.
  • CAT registration stays open for nearly 45 days from its start date.
  • Most important, CAT aspirants should maintain a valid and unique email account and a mobile number for the selection process to be carried out smoothly.
  • CAT result is released after a month of the exam.
CAT 2023: Important Dates
Here is an overview of the tentative dates for CAT 2023:
Event
Dates
4th week of July 2023
CAT 2023 Registration Starts
1st week of August 2023
CAT 2023 Registration Ends
2nd week of September 2023
CAT 2023 Admit Card Release
4th week of October 2023
CAT 2023 Exam Date
4th week of November 2023
CAT 2023 Answer Key Release
1st/ 2nd week of December 2023
CAT 2023 Result Declaration
1st week of January 2024
CAT 2023: Registration Process
Follow the given steps while applying for CAT 2023 online:
  • At the official website, click ‘Register Now’ and generate your login credentials. Input the required details (Name, Date of Birth, Email Address, etc.).
You will also get an email and SMS regarding your login credentials.
  • In the next step, you need to login with your user ID and Password. Thereafter, complete your CAT application form and upload the scanned copies of the stated documents.
Remember to click on ‘Save & Continue’ before moving on to every next step. CAT application form can also be completed in several sessions, simply by logging in again.
  • Apart from your personal and academic information, you need to provide details about your work experience, if applicable. Further, you also have to indicate your preferred programmes/institutes (IIMs) and select the interview cities from the given options.
  • Finally, you need to pay CAT application fee via Net Banking/Credit/Debit Card/ or other such modes. Once you have paid the fee, you will not be able to make any changes in the form. So, double-check the form before the submission and payment.
CAT Admit Card 2023
The admit card for CAT 2023 needs to be downloaded from the official website. CAT admit card displays information regarding your exam center ’saddress, reporting time, exam timing, google map link to locate the center, and other requisite exam day instructions. You need to have a printout of the admit card to present at the exam center. The given steps will help you download CAT 2023 admit card:
  • At the official website, login with your CAT user ID and password
  • Click on the ‘Download CAT Admit Card’ link. Your hall will be displayed; you can download and take a printout of it. You can also save its soft copy for reference.
CAT Exam Day – Do’s and Don’ts
Before going to the exam, you need to have certain documents. Here is the list of things you are expected to have at the exam centre:
  • Admit card: Make sure that you have two print-outs of your admit cards, with your photo pasted on it.
  • Identity Proof: You are required to carry a photo ID (employer ID/ PAN card/ Aadhaar card/ driving license/ passport/ Voter ID)
In case, you have changed your name recently, then you must have a name change document or certificate.
Things forbidden at the CAT center:
  • Calculator, watch, phone, tablet, or any other electronic item
  • Metallic jewellery/ accessories
  • Bags/ Jackets/ clothes with pockets/ Closed footwear
  • Eatables/ beverages
Exception: People with any sort of metal implant in their body need to have a medical certificate for the same.
CAT Answer Key 2023
Almost a week after CAT 2023 exam, its answer key and the candidate’s response sheet will be revealed on the official website. Follow the given steps to access CAT answer key 2023 from the official website:
  • Login with your CAT user ID and password at the official website
  • Click on 'CAT 2023 answer key' and choose to ‘download’ it as PDF.
Note that the objection window for CAT answer key is open until 3-4 days of the release. If you want to report any such discrepancy or error, you need to fill an online form present on the official site, upload the required document/s to support your objection and pay the stated fee.
CAT Result 2023
CAT result is announced in the month of January. Its scorecard can be downloaded from the official site in PDF format. Here are the steps to check and download your CAT 2023 result:
  • At the official website, you will see a ‘CAT scorecard/ result’ tab.
  • Provide your related CAT application number and password
  • Choose the ‘scorecard’ section and download your CAT score report.
Your CAT 2023 scorecard will consist of individual sectional scores, sectional percentiles, overall score, and overall percentile.
CAT Exam Centres 2023
CAT is held across various cities of India. So, the candidates can conveniently choose a set of preferred cities from the given list. As per the last year, we are presenting here the complete table of CAT exam centres:
State
Exam Centres
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Port Blair
Andhra Pradesh
Guntur; Kakinada; Kurnool; Nellore; Rajahmundry; Tirupathi; Vijayawada; Visakhapatnam
Arunachal Pradesh
Itanagar
Assam
Dibrugarh; Guwahati; Silchar
Bihar
Aurangabad; Muzaffarpur; Patna; Purnea
Chandigarh
Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh
Bhilai; Raipur
Delhi-NCR
Delhi, New Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida, Panipat, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida, 
Goa
Madgaon; Panaji
Gujarat
Ahmedabad; Anand; Gandhinagar; Rajkot; Surat; Vadodara
Haryana
Ambala; Bahadurgarh; Hisar; Palwal; Rohtak; Sonipat
Himachal Pradesh
Simla; Waknaghat
Jammu & Kashmir
Jammu; Samba, Kashmir
Jharkhand
Bokaro; Dhanbad; Jamshedpur; Ranchi
Karnataka
Banglore; Belagavi (Belgaum); Dharwad; Gulbarga; Hubli; Mangalore; Mysore; Udupi
Kerala
Ernakulam; Kasaragod; Kollam; Kozhikode; Malappuram; Thrissur; Trivandrum
Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal; Gwalior; Indore; Jabalpur; Sagar
Maharashtra
Ahmednagar; Amravati; Aurangabad; Jalgaon; Kolhapur; Mumbai, Navi Mumbai; Nagpur; Nanded; Nashik; Pune; Raigad; Satara; Solapur; Thane; Ulhasnagar
Meghalaya
Shillong
Odisha
Balasore; Berhampur; Bhubaneswar; Cuttack; Dhenkanal; Sambalpur; Rourkela
Puducherry
Puducherry
Punjab
Bhatinda; Chandigarh; Fatehgarh Sahib; Jalandhar; Ludhiana; Mohali; Pathankot; Patiala; Ropar; Sangrur
Rajasthan
Ajmer; Alwar; Jaipur; Jodhpur; Kota; Sikar; Udaipur
Tamilnadu
Chennai; Coimbatore; Madurai; Namakkal; Thanjavur; Tiruchirappalli; Tirunelvelli
Telangana
Hyderabad; Karim Nagar; Warangal
Uttar Pradesh
Agra; Allahabad; Barabanki; Bareilly; Ghaziabad; Gorakhpur; Greater Noida; Kanpur; Lucknow; Mathura; Meerut; Muzaffarnagar; Noida; Varanasi
Uttarakhand
Dehradun; Roorkee
West Bengal
Asansol; Bankura; Burdwan; Durgapur; Hooghly; Howrah; Kalyani; Kolkata; Siliguri
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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2023
Candidates need to fulfil certain criteria to become eligible for the CAT exam. Make sure you meet the following educational requirements:
  • Candidates should have completed Bachelor’s/ equivalent degree from a recognized university/board. Students in their final year of graduation can also appear for the CAT exam.
  • Candidates must have attained at least 50% in bachelor degree/ equivalent. For more details, refer to New Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2023.
Note that the accurate eligibility criteria for MBA admission vary from one B-school to another as well as course to course in some institutes. Further, almost all B-schools provide reservations for various categories of candidates. For detailed information regarding eligibility, checkout the official websites of the respective colleges.
Did you Know:  After the foundation of IIM-Calcutta and IIM-Ahmedabad in 1961, the B-schools started conducting the admission on the basis of their own entrance examinations. But after the establishment of IIM-Bangalore in 1973 and IIM-Lucknow in 1983, these institutes decided to hold a common entrance test on the lines of GMAT. This led to the introduction of CAT in 1984.
Top Colleges Accepting CAT Score 2023
A total of 115+ reputed B-schools in India accept CAT scores, and a few foreign institutes also consider CAT. Apart from 20 IIMs, CAT participating Institutes include other public and private institutes. Some of the top B-schools accepting CAT scores are:
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Bangalore
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta
  • Indian Institute Of Management(IIM), Lucknow
  • S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai
  • Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon
  • Indian Institute Of Management (IIM), Kozhikode
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore
  • International Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi
  • Faculty of management studies (FMS), New Delhi
  • Institute Of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad
  • National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Trichy
  • Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management (IIM),Shillong
  • Xavier Institute of Management (XIM), Bhubaneswar
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kashipur
  • Department of management studies (IIT Delhi), New Delhi
  • Sydenham Institute of management studies and research and entrepreneurship education (SIMSREE), Mumbai
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of management studies (JBIMS), Mumbai
  • Shailesh J Mehta School of Management (IIT Bombay), Mumbai
  • Vinod Gupta school of management (VGSOM), IIT Kharagpur

CAT Cut-off 2023
For most B-schools in India, CAT serves as a primary criterion for shortlisting candidates for further admission rounds. As CAT results are declared in January, the test-takers start getting calls from B-schools as per their profile and score. Some institutes place more weightage on CAT scores, while some others equally consider the overall academic profile and work experience. Listed below are the main factors behind CAT cut-off:
  • Total number of students who appear for CAT 2023
  • Difficulty level of CAT exam
  • Total number of admission seats available at the B-school
  • Ranking/reputation of the B-school
The following shows the approximate cut-off figures for reputed B-schools of India:
CAT Cut-off
Institutes
94+
FMS, MDI-G, IISc-B, IIM-RH, IIM-RN, IIM-RP, IIM-KS, IIM-UP, IIM-T, IIM-BG
90+ (profile-based)
IIM-I, IIM-J, IIT-B, IIT-D, IIT-KH, IMT-G
80+ (profile-based)
IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, IIM-L, IIM-K, SPJIMR, NITIE, KJSIMSR
80+
DU, UBS-CHD, IMT-N, GLIM, FSM, IRMA, TAPMI, NIRMA, IIFM, LBSIM
70+
IMT-H, BIMTECH, MDI-M
MBA Admission Process
After the declaration of CAT result, IIMs and other B-schools shortlist the candidates for the selection rounds – WAT (Written ability test/Essay writing), GD/CD (Group/case discussion) /Group Exercise and PI (Personal Interview). While IIMs and some other top B-schools declare their admission criteria and cut-off prior to the result, a majority of the B-schools announce their cut-offs only after the declaration of CAT result. Many students face a lot of hardships before getting admission into their dream B-school. Nevertheless, Energy and Persistence conquer all things.
The final merit list at the B-schools is based on candidates’ performance in the CAT exam, selection rounds, and profile. Different B-schools allocate different weightages to CAT score, academic profile/diversity, work experience, and marks in the selection process. Accordingly, the candidates are granted admission to the management courses.
MBA Courses Offered by IIMs
The following table gives a glimpse of the popular and unique MBA/PGDM courses offered by IIMs:
Course
Description
PGP - Post Graduate Program in Management
 
The flagship programme of IIMs, PGP is equivalent to an MBA degree.It is a two-year full-time programme spanning six trimesters.
PGP covers all the core subjects of management, and in the second year, students can select their preferred subject from the choice of electives. After completing the programme, students are awarded with PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management).
PGDHRM - PGP in Human Resource Management
 
This is the flagship programme of IIM Ranchi. It is offered by IIM Indore, and similar courses are extended by other IIMs.
PGP- FABM (Food and Agribusiness Management), previously PGP-ABM
 
Offered by IIM-A, PGP-FABM maintains a common syllabus with PGP in the first year. In the second year of FABM, the focus is specifically on agro-based subjects.  
PGPPM - PGP in Public Policy and Management
 
Facilitated by IIM-B, PGPPM is a one-year programme developed to train students in public policy and leadership. It also covers an international immersion programme of 2 weeks.
PGPBM - PGP in Business Management
 
PGPBM is offered by IIM Tiruchirappalli. It is a two-year programme devised to mentor working executives for higher leadership.
PGPEM - PGP in Enterprise Management
Preferred by senior and mid-level executives, PGPEM is a two-year weekend programme provided by IIM Bangalore. It is meant for people with a minimum 4 years of work experience.
PGP-ABM - PGP in Agri-Business Management
PGP-ABM is a two-year full-time programme extended by IIM Lucknow. It is particularly designed to develop leaders in the field of agribusiness.
PGP-SM - PGP in Sustainable Management
 
PGP-SM is a two-year full-time programme offered by IIM Lucknow. It aims to nurture professionals with good knowledge ofsocial, economic, and environmental issues.
ROI of Top MBA programmes
No doubt, MBA counts among the most expensive courses in India and abroad. Yet, considering the course’s ROI in terms of career prospects and hefty placement packages, it makes the cost worth it. IIMs and other top-ranked B-schools are known for their high ROI. Glance through some great facts about the ROI of the best MBA programmes in India:
  • In the year 2022, 190 companies participated, releasing a total of 220 offers at IIM- Ahmedabad.
  • Top MNCs such as Goldman Sachs, JP Morgan, McKinsey & Co, Blackstone Group, and Strategy recruit management graduates from IIM Ahmedabad. Many new companies, such as Garena, Eightfold.ai, and H&R Johnson, (Prism Johnson Limited) participated in this year's IIM-A placements.
  • At IIM Bangalore, there are 500+ offers from top Multinational Companies and a constant increase in the total number of jobs offered compared to previous years. The Average Salary offered was INR 33.82 LPA whereas the Median Salary stood at INR 31.2 LPA.
  • The average CTC of MBA graduates from IIM Lucknow is INR 31.03 LPA, and the Highest CTC: INR 61.59 LPA.
  • At IIM Kolkata, the average salary of MBA graduates is 29.71 LPA, and the median salary is INR 42.5 LPA. The top 10% of MBA graduates at IIM Kolkata receive astounding packages of average Rs 54 Lakh per annum. Apart from this, more than 190 companies visited the campus and 631 offers were made during IIM Kolkata placements 2022. The top recruiters of IIM Calcutta in 2022 included leading companies such as Amazon, Flipkart, Microsoft and Paytm.
  • In the majority of the IIMs, the average placement salary is between INR 20-25 lakh per annum. Other B-schools with the same statistics include FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, etc.
The above data indicates that students of these premier IIMs will benefit innumerable ways. Getting recruited by top multinational companies for varied managerial roles will enhance their learning and raise their career graphs.
Preparation Tips for CAT 2023
Usually, aspirants start preparing at least six months before the exam. Ideally, it should begin with going through the syllabus and building conceptual clarity of essential topics to practising CAT mock tests and previous year papers. Listed below are some expert tips and tricks to include in your CAT preparation plan:
  • Make quick notes of important formulae and shortcuts for last-minute revisions.
  • Develop a regular habit of reading newspapers, books, magazines, etc.
  • Jot down notes/ use flashcards for new words you learn every day. If you make it a point to utilize them while communicating, you will be able to build a strong vocabulary.
  • Practice topic-wise and sectional tests on a periodic basis. Alongside, monitor your improvements in speed and accuracy over time.
  • Identify your weak and strong areas and strategize to work on the former.
  • Once you are thorough with all the requisite topics, start practicing the full-length mock tests and analyze your performance.
  • You may need to modify your test-taking strategy after testing it during mocks. Keep in mind that different strategies work for different candidates.
  • Remember to take regular breaks in between your study routine. It will help you stay motivated and focused.
Lastly, you must have a well-planned daily schedule as well as a month-wise plan for CAT preparation. Consistency, coupled with a smart exam strategy, will help you crack CAT 2023 with an excellent score.
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Best Books for CAT 2023
There are many CAT books available both in online and offline formats. After thorough scrutiny, our experts have shortlisted the most reliable and best books for CAT preparation. Here is the list of CAT books for your reference:
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension by Ajay Singh
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT by Nishit K. Sinha
  • How to prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
  • How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT by Arun Sharma
Apart from the above-listed, it is recommended that you begin with the books like:
  • Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis
  • Barron’s Pocket Guide to Vocabulary
  • Puzzles to Puzzle you by Shakuntala Devi
  • Quantitative Aptitude by R.S. Aggarwal
NOTE: Make sure to buy only the latest edition of these books.
CAT Coaching
Considering the high competition and difficulty level of CAT, students usually opt for coaching so as to crack the exam with a good score. With lakhs of MBA aspirants competing for the limited seats of IIMs, it is not easy to attain a top percentile in CAT. To guide you the right way, we at Hitbullseye, provide you with the most comprehensive study resources, including eBooks, recorded and live lectures, mock tests, and more in our CAT prep courses.
CAT Sample Papers
Sample papers and mock tests are based on the expected pattern and questions of CAT. These give you a good idea of the actual exam environment and prep up you well for the time restraints and difficulty level. In other words, you will have less chance of surprise elements or nerve-racking moments on exam day. This is because with every next CAT sample paper or mock test that you practice, you will have bettered your exam-taking strategy. Here, we have provided a list of sample papers for CAT 2023:
CAT Sample Papers Download Link
CAT Sample Paper 1
 
CAT Sample Paper 2
 
CAT Sample Paper 3
 
CAT Sample Paper 4
 
CAT Sample Paper 5
 
CAT Sample Paper 6
 
CAT Sample Paper 7
 
CAT Sample Paper 8
 
CAT Sample Paper 9
 
CAT Sample Paper 10
 
CAT Sample Paper 11
 
CAT Sample Paper 12
 
Previous Year CAT Papers
The actual CAT papers prove highly useful in understanding the exam pattern and difficulty level. It will also help you know about the important topics of different sections. Solve the given papers and check your progress for the exam:
Paper
Description
Link
CAT 2021
CAT 2021 Question Paper Slot I
CAT 2021 Question Paper Slot II
CAT 2021 Question Paper Slot III
CAT 2020
CAT 2020 Question Paper Slot I
CAT 2020 Question Paper Slot II
CAT 2020 Question Paper Slot III
CAT 2019
CAT 2019 Question Paper Slot I
 
CAT 2019 Question Paper Slot II
 
Previous Year CAT Analysis
CAT exam has undergone several changes since its inception. These changes have been seen in its exam pattern, type of questions, number of questions, and time limits. Nevertheless, the difficulty level of the exam has always remained on the higher side. Here is a brief section-wise analysis of the actual CAT papers of the last few years:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
There are four RC passages in this section, accompanied by questions that make up nearly 70% of the total weightage. Other questions include Parajumbles, Para Summary, odd-one-out, and other grammar-based topics.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
This section is considered the lengthiest of all, due to the calculation-intensive of its questions. There are 4-5 sets based on data interpretation and reasoning, followed by 4-6 questions each. In DI sets, the information is represented in bar graphs, charts, tables, or other such graphical formats. LR questions are themed around arrangements, blood relations, syllogism, and related topics.
Quantitative Aptitude
Quant section in CAT is dominated by arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. Around 8-10 questions are from arithmetic alone, followed by 4-6 questions of algebra, and 3-4 questions of geometry. A few questions of modern mathematics also feature in this section.
B-School Counselling
FAQs Regarding CAT 2023
  1. Who is eligible for CAT exam?
  2. Candidates with bachelor's degree/equivalent from a recognised institute can appear for CAT. Also, they need to have attained at least 50% marks/equivalent CGPA in their bachelor's degree. Even the candidates in the final year of their graduation can take CAT, but they must be able to fulfil the remaining conditions before admissions.
  3. What is CAT exam used for?
  4. CAT is the entrance test for admissions to MBA/PGDM/equivalent programmes offered by B-schools and management institutes.
  5. Is CAT exam only for MBA?
  6. Yes, it is a compulsory test for people seeking admission to MBA programmes for most of the B-schools in India. However, several B-schools accept other similar entrance test scores also.
  7. Is the CAT exam tough?
  8. Yes, CAT is not just a competitive exam but also complex in terms of questions. However, if you stay focused and follow a disciplined preparation strategy, you will be able to crack it well.
  9. What is the registration fee for CAT 2023?
  10. CAT 2023 fee is Rs. 2300 for general category and Rs. 1150 for reserved category students.
  11. What is fee for raising objection on CAT 2023 answer key?
  12. You need to pay Rs. 1200 per question, while challenging the answer key.
  13. How long are the CAT scores valid?
  14. Generally, the CAT score is valid for one year except for the institutes which offer deferred admission, taking into account the work experience of the candidate.
  15. Are there any age restrictions for appearing in CAT?
  16. There is no age bar to appear for CAT.
  17. How many times can I take the CAT exam?
  18. There is no limit on the number of attempts for CAT.
  19. Can I appear for more than one slot for CAT?
  20. No, you are not allowed to appear for more than one slot for a CAT session.
  21. Can I opt for the exam shift of my choice?
  22. CAT is held in 2-3 shifts on a single day. However, the slot/shift is assigned by the authorities only.
  23. What is a good score/percentile in CAT?
  24. Initially, most of the IIMs shortlisted candidates with 95-99 percentile. But in the last few years, the top ones like IIM-A have started profile-based shortlisting and have set their CAT cut-offs at 80 percentile. Yet, it is still better to target a percentile of 95 and above, if you want to stay open for a more number of B-schools.
  25. How many questions should I attempt to get 99+ percentile in CAT?
  26. CAT is more a test of tactical skills than time management. Experts recommend that you will need to attempt atleast 75% questions with high accuracy so as to get 99+ percentile.
  27. Is there any sectional qualifying score in CAT?
  28. Most B-schools differ in their overall CAT cut off as well as sectional cut offs. However, the top institutes like IIMs usually set their sectional cut off criteria somewhere between 70 to 90 percentile.
CAT 2024
Observing the trends of the previous years, CAT 2024 is expected to be held on the last Sunday of November 2024. As for the registrations, they will be notified by July 2024, and most likely begin in August and end in 2024.
More updates will be posted soon!
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