CAT notification 2023 will be out by July/ August 2023. And the exam will be held in the last week of November 2023.
CAT is an annual management aptitude test, held for admissions in PG management courses offered by the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) and over 1500 B-schools in India
including, but not limited to IMT, SPJIMR, IMI, FMS, and MDI. The official authorities release the CAT notification 3 to 4 months prior to the exam date. Every year, one of the 20 IIMs conducts CAT across India.
CAT is held once a year and the result is declared after a month. Here, you will find all the related details about the upcoming dates. Here is a quick snippet of what to expect from the official CAT 2023 notification:
The official CAT 2023 notification will inform you about-
Registration dates of CAT 2023
CAT 2023 admit card release date
CAT 2023 Exam date and timings of different slots
CAT remains one of the most sought-after competitive examinations and attracts graduates of all streams. Many working professionals also take CAT in order to step up the corporate ladder. Approximately, 5100 MBA seats are offered by the IIMs alone.
One of the old IIMs will conduct CAT 2023
CAT Notification for the year 2023 is yet to be released on the official website. The registration for CAT
will most probably begin in the month of August and end in September. Here, we bring you the tentative timeline of CAT 2023 so that you gain a fair idea about the exam and plan your preparation accordingly. A well-structured plan and a step-by-step approach are required for covering the entire syllabus and score high in the exam.
CAT Notification 2023: Important Dates
|CAT 2023 Exam Details
||CAT 2023 Exam Dates
|CAT Notification Release
||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 Issue of Admit Card
||4th week of October 2023
|CAT 2023 Exam Date
||4th week of November 2023
|Release of CAT Answer Key
||1st week of December 2023
|CAT 2023 Result Announcement
||1st week of January 2024
Did you Know: Until the year 2008, CAT was a paper-based test.
CAT 2023: Important Facts
A quick overview of important facts about CAT:
|Name of test
||Common Admission Test (CAT)
|Purpose of test
||Qualifying test for admission to 20 IIMs and 100+ reputed B-schools across India
|CAT 2023 Exam Date
||4th week of November 2023
|CAT Entrance exam sessions
|Slot Timing (Tentative)
||Slot 1 (8.30 am to 10.30 am)
Slot 2 (12.30 pm to 2.30 pm)
Slot 3 (4.30 pm to 6.30 pm)
||Once in a year
|Annual Number of Test Takers
|Pattern of Test
||MCQs and Non-MCQs
|Number of Questions (As per CAT 2022)
||+3 for every correct answer
-1 for each wrong answer
||Questions from VARC, QA and DI & LR
|Mode of Conduct
|CAT 2023 Convenor
||To be notified
||Rs. 2300/- for General & NC-OBC candidates
Rs. 1150/- for SC/ST/PWD candidates
|Reservation of seats in IIMs and B-schools
||As per the Government of India regulations
Over the last few years, there have been significant changes in the pattern of CAT
; one such major change is the drop in the number of questions from 100 to 76 in 2020 and then to 66 in 2021. Accordingly, there were changes in the time limit and total marks. Nonetheless, the dates for CAT notification, registration, and result remain nearly the same. You have to register online on the official website for CAT 2023.
Now that you are aware of CAT notification dates, you can kickstart your preparation for the exam. After the CAT result is out, the candidates are shortlisted by different B-schools and called to attend further admission rounds. A two-year post-graduate degree in management from one of the top IIMs is an assurance of a bright career in the corporate sector. In these programmes, candidates get to learn management principles and develop the leadership qualities required for working in top multinational companies.
Note: Students are advised to go through the official website for more information on CAT notifications and mock tutorials.
FAQs about CAT 2023 Notification
1. What is CAT notification about?
CAT notification is basically an official notice released by the exam conducting authority. It is uploaded on the official website and includes details like exam date, registration schedule, admit card date, eligibility criteria, and related policies.
2. What is the CAT 2023 exam date?
In 2023, CAT exam will be held on the last Sunday of November 2023. The common entrance test will be concluded in 3 slots: morning, afternoon, and evening for 2 hours each. We recommend you consult the official notification for the CAT exam for detailed info.
3. When will the official CAT 2023 exam notification be released?
The official exam notification for CAT '23 will be released in the last week of July or the first week of August '23. Candidates can keep a check here for more information on this year’s CAT exam notification.
4. Is there a way to register for CAT 2023 offline?
No, CAT has been conducted online since 2009, and candidates can only apply online for it.
5. What will be the CAT ’23 application fees?
CAT application fee is INR 2300 for General & NC-OBC candidates whereas INR 1150 for SC/ST/PwD candidates.
6. How is CAT different from other business management tests?
CAT exam is the most prestigious business management test since it is the only way for business students to pursue MBA/PG courses from IIMs. Apart from that, the CAT score is also accepted by top business schools in India including, but not limited to, NITIE, SPJIMR, FMS-DU, MDI, GIM-Goa, LIBA Amity, GLIM, JIMS, & more.
7. Can I apply for the CAT if my graduation will complete in May-June 2024?
Yes, if candidates are completing their degree by May-June 2024, they can apply for the CAT exam later this year. The only academic eligibility is that you need to complete your bachelor’s with at least 50% marks.
8. What will be the expected CAT 2023 MBA Cut Off in IIMs?
This year, CAT qualifying cutoff or IIM eligibility cutoff or shortlist cutoff is more than 90 percentile for most of IIMs. The final CAT '23 cutoff is fairly over 95+ for new IIMs and other top B-schools. However, it is important to note that profile-based calls are made even at lower cut-off scores.
9. How many months should I prepare for the CAT 2023 exam?
Some prefer preparing for CAT for an entire year but you can clear the exam even with 3 months of preparation in which you can solve sample papers, take mock tests, and solve previous year’s questions. Candidates can pick any of FREE or paid prep solutions available for CAT '23 on Mobile/PC.
10. Is CAT more difficult than XAT?
Our experts suggest that XAT is easier than CAT, in terms of the level of questions.