Now that you have made up your mind for CAT 2023, you-must-not-make-any-mistake during the registration process.
To help you fill the form smoothly and without any hassle, we bring here the complete guide for CAT registration 2023. Apart from explaining the application steps, we will equip you with all the requisite information.
CAT is the most popular MBA entrance exam, conducted to provide admissions in more than 100 top B-schools across India. The IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) hold CAT every year in the month of November. Based on CAT scores
, the institutes shortlist candidates for the subsequent admission rounds. IIMs alone offer more than 5,000 seats in various management programs.
Approximately 2.5 lakh candidates apply for the CAT exam every year, out of which over 80% appear for the exam. One of the old IIMs will conduct CAT 2023 in the month of November. CAT registrations 2023 will likely begin in August and end in September.
CAT Registration 2023: Overview
Candidates have to submit the CAT 2023 application in online mode only. Generally, there are three simple steps for filling the CAT application form. To help the candidates with CAT Registration, CAT Centre releases an official Guide along with a registration video explaining the necessary do’s and don’ts.
Given below are the main steps for CAT registration:
- Creating a Profile
- Logging in to CAT Website (with system generated user ID and password)
- Submitting the CAT Application Form (Entering the details and making online payment)
CAT Registration 2023: Important Dates
|CAT Registration Starts
||1st week of August 2023
|CAT Registration Ends
||2nd week of September 2023
CAT Registration 2023: Things to Remember
Before filling out the online form, you must keep the following points in mind:
- CAT 2023 registration opens for almost 45 days from the start date of registration.
- While filling out the online form for CAT 2023, you will need to select the relevant management programmes in all the 20 IIMs.
- You must carefully read the instructions that appear at the start of the CAT application before filling out the form.
- Your candidature will be treated as invalid if you fill in any incorrect information in the application. Additionally, the CAT registration fee will be forfeited.
- You can save and exit the registration form any number of times to edit and complete it later until you finally submit the application.
- You can choose 6 test cities as per your preference and keep them in the preference order for CAT 2023.
- Fee can be paid only after completing the online registration and application form.
- Your application form will remain incomplete and you will not be allowed to appear in CAT 2023 exam, if you do not pay the requisite exam fee.
Documents Required for CAT Registration 2023
Apart from the above-stated things, you need some documents to complete your application form. Following is the list of documents you will require while filling out your CAT application:
- Marksheets of class 10th, 12th
- Bachelor’s degree/diploma, and higher education, if any.
- Work experience certificate, if applicable.
- Scanned images of your passport-size photo and signature. (The photo should not be more than six months old and should have a white background).
- Scanned image of a passport-size photo should have dimensions: 35mm X 45mm and the scanned image of the signature should be of dimensions: 1000mm X 35 mm. Both the files should be in .jpg or .jpeg format and the file size should not be more than 80KB each. The image needs to be clear with a minimum resolution of 150px.
- Applicable Certificates to be uploaded.
- Fee payment instruments to pay CAT exam fee – Debit/Credit cards, Net banking, etc.
Finally, you can make a list of the IIM programmes to which you wish to apply.
CAT 2023 Registration Fees
The fees for CAT Registration is Rs. 2300/- (for general category) and Rs. 1150 (for SC, ST and PwD candidates). This includes both the CAT Registration Fees and the IIM application fees. After you have paid this amount, you do not have to pay any further amount for applying to the other 20 IIMs.
Did you know: In the last 14 years, the highest number of registrations was done for CAT in 2008. A total of 2.90 lakh aspirants applied for CAT that year.
Other than the 20 IIMs, there are several top –schools across the country that accept CAT scores for admissions to their management programmes. B-schools like MDI Gurgaon, FMS Delhi, IMI New Delhi, IIT Roorkee and 500 more Business schools accept CAT Scores. To get into any of these prestigious institutes, you have to clear CAT and score well.
CAT Registration 2023: Detailed Step-by-Step Process
The detailed CAT registration and application process is as follows:
Step 1 – CAT Registration 2023
- Go to the official website (iimcat.ac.in) and click on ‘Register Now’. This will generate your login credentials.
- Enter the required details (Name, Date of Birth, Email Address, and Mobile Number) in the fields provided. Ensure that you have entered the correct details, especially the contact details so that you do not face any problems in receiving information regarding the test. Go through the following instructions while filling up the fields in CAT registration/application form:
- Name -. The name should be same as mentioned in your 10th Standard or SSC Certificate. If there is a change of name due to marriage or any other reason, you will need to submit a valid document (court affidavit/marriage certificate) to support the same.
- Date of birth – Be careful in using the virtual calendar to enter your date of birth.
- Email address – The email id must be a valid one. The CAT ID/username will be sent to this email address. For overseas candidates, both Username and Password will be sent via email.
- Mobile number – The mobile number should be a valid one as the password will be sent via SMS at this number. The number should be India based and of 10 digits. Other mobile numbers should be prefixed with the area code.
- After filling the details, enter the captcha displayed on the screen to verify and authenticate your CAT registration.
- You will receive the CAT 2023 login credentials through Email and SMS. The CAT Serial Number/User ID will be sent to the email address provided by you and the password will be sent via SMS to your registered mobile number.
- Select the ‘I Agree’ checkbox to ensure the submission of your CAT registration form.
Step 2 - Login to CAT Website
The next step is to login to the official website using the system-generated User ID & Password and fill out your CAT application form. In case you forget the password, click on ‘Forgot Password’ tab on the ‘Existing User’ login window, and a new password will be sent to your registered email id.
Keep the following instructions in mind before filling out the complete application form:
- All the ‘*’ marked fields are mandatory to fill.
- You need to fill all the required information and upload scanned copies of the requisite documents.
- Before proceeding to the every next section, click on ‘Save & Continue’.
- Use the mouse to move to the next field instead of using the ‘Tab’ key.
- You may complete the application process in multiple sessions by logging in the next session. But make sure that you have properly saved the application form fields before logging out in the previous sessions.
- After the payment of the application fee, you will not be allowed to make any changes to the information or documents submitted.
Step 3 – Fill and submit CAT Registration Form 2023
After logging in, you can start filling out the CAT application form. Generally, the form is divided into five sections:
- Personal Details:
It includes: Name, father’s/husband’s/guardian’s name, mother’s name, date of birth, candidate’s gender, category, communication address, mobile number and email address.
The candidate belonging to SC/ST/OBC category needs to provide details like the serial number of caste/tribe, State/UT of caste/tribe and caste/tribe name. If the candidate is a PWD category, he/ she needs to select the ‘Yes’ option and provide details like PWD category and disability percentage.
Further, you will have to upload a scanned copy of the following documents:
- Passport size photograph and signature
- Category proof document, if applicable
- PWD/DA certificate, if applicable
Here, you are required to enter your past academic records of: SSC/10th standard/equivalent details, HSC/12th standard/equivalent details, bachelor’s degree details, master’s degree details and other professional degree details
- Work Experience:
In case of full-time work experience, you will need to provide the following details: industry type and work experience (in months).
Only full-time work experience after graduation will be considered. Part-time/ project/ internship/ pre-graduation work experience should not be entered and will not be considered as work experience.
In this section, you will have to select the programmes you wish to apply for. You can choose any number of programmes. For each selected programme, you will have to select an interview city.
Further, you will have to select any four test cities from the drop-down menu. After the last date of registration, you will be allotted one among the four preferred cities and either of the two selected sessions.
You can pay the application fee through Credit/Debit Card/Net Banking after confirming the details filled in the form. After the successful payment transaction, you will be redirected to the Application Summary with your payment transaction number.
Mistakes to Avoid While Filing CAT Registration Form 2023
In their nervousness and hurry, candidates often end up committing certain errors during exam registration. However, sometimes the tiniest mistakes can result in the cancellation of your candidature. Follow the given tips to avoid such mistakes:
- Double-check the spellings of all the details you provide in the form.
- Try to always use the mouse to click and move forward instead of the Tab key.
- As you can fill the form in several sessions, remember to 'Save' your details every time.
- You cannot make any changes after submitting the fee. So, make sure you have entered the correct details prior to fee payment.
- Always use the recommended browser to fill the CAT form.
Lastly, you will receive an application confirmation email at your registered email id. The email contains information about communication and CAT admit card details. You can only appear in the allotted time slot.
CAT Registration 2023: Admission to 20 IIMs
After you have completed your CAT registration and appeared in the CAT exam, you are eligible to get into any of the 20 IIMs. Admission at IIMs is based on your CAT score, academic profile, work experience, and performance in selection rounds. So, if you have a great CAT score, there will high chance of being considered by the top IIMs. Following are the 20 IIMs for admissions:
Don’t forget to carry an original Photo ID proof, along with your admit cards to the exam venue.