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Updated on September 13, 2023
With the CAT 2023 registration last date extended by 7 days to September 20 from earlier Sept 13, few more days are now available to apply for CAT 2023 exam. Still, you have sufficient time to register and apply for the exam instead of waiting for last date. Making mistake in CAT 2023 registration form can put your candidature at risk. Make sure to enter correct personal details, carefully choose 6 test cities in order of preference and preview your CAT application form before submission
CAT 2023 registration

CAT 2023 registration and application window is extended by 7 days till September 20, 2023 from earlier Sept 13. The CAT 2023 registration closes at 5 PM on the extended last date. CAT 2023 exam date is November 26, 2023 and this year IIM Lucknow is conducting CAT exam in 160 cities in three slots of 2 hours duration each. CAT 2023 registration fee is increased to Rs.2400 and you can choose upto 6 exam cities in order of preference.

Please note that CAT Registration Form Mistakes after submission of the CAT application form cannot be corrected. There is no chance of rectifying some of the important CAT Registration Form Mistakes especially your personal details. As such, you should be careful while completing your CAT 2023 Registration. Read below how you can avoid important registration mistakes while filling up the CAT 2023 registration and application form and complete it error free

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How to Carefully Complete CAT 2023 Registration? Check Below
With many changes introduced in CAT 2023 registration process, you need to be careful while filling your CAT application form 2023. CAT 2023 Registration and Application form is revised with changes like IIMs are sending two OTPs instead of one, many test cities are clubbed, CAT 2023 registration fees is increased among other changes. All of them call for careful data entry while filling up the CAT registration and application form to avoid any wastage of your application money.

While you should avoid any type of CAT 2023 Registration Mistakes, it is must to take at least following two steps before finally submitting the CAT form:

Review all the application pages before submitting and making payment of CAT registration fee as the CAT 2023 Registration and application form is different from last year

The CAT Registration is a 30 minutes process and you should collect all the required documents/material before starting the CAT registration and Application Process. Read More 

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  Starting CAT registration: Things you Need
Instructions contained in CAT 2023 registration Guide and video demonstrating the procedure to fill up the online application form and clarifying each and every step to systematically complete the CAT online registration and online application form must be followed in completing all the pages in CAT 2023 registration and application form.

CAT 2023 Exam Center at IIM Lucknow, has suggested to follow the 5 undernoted important instructions before you start filling up the CAT 2023 registration and application form  

  1. Gather all the information, documents, certificates regarding your date of birth, exact style of writing name, academics from class 10 onwards, caste, online fee payment instrument that you will need for filling the form beforehand
  2. Check your eligibility for CAT 2023 by referring to the Eligibility document on the CAT 2023 website.
  3. Ensure you have a valid and unique email address and mobile number.
  4. “*” (asterisk) in the CAT 2023 registration and application form indicates a mandatory field. The boxes marked with this symbol must be filled in, or you will not be allowed to submit your application for CAT 2023.
  5. For CAT 2023 registration, you will receive two OTPs- on Mobile and on Mail. So, Keep your Mobile phone near you to verify OTP and your laptop open with your mail id - to get CAT ID & PW and verify the same. Only after receiving the CAT user ID & Password from CAT Centre, you can login to CAT 2023 registration site as registered candidate to fill application form.

Getting CAT 2023 ID & PW: Wait Patiently
After successful submission of CAT 2023 Registration form on official CAT website, you need to check your CAT registration ID and password. This CAT ID and password is required to login as registered candidate and to fill your CAT 2023 Application form.

No Need to Hurry! All candidates at Par
You need not rush for early CAT Registration 2023. You need to register and apply within the registration window. All candidates will be treated at par who apply from CAT Registration opening date and last date in slot and test centre allotment. So, take your time and register and apply when it is most convenient during the registration window.

Since the CAT 2023 registration and application form is a little changed, the CAT Centre 2023 has suggested the CAT aspirants to go through the important instructions before proceeding to fill up the CAT 2023 registration form without making any mistake and avoid losing the CAT 2023 registration fee of Rs.2400/- 

CAT 2023 Eligibility: Check Carefully
Make sure that you are eligible to apply for CAT 2023. So, if you have passed graduation with 50% marks or are appearing in it can apply. There is no minimum or maximum age limit to apply for CAT 2023. Read More

CAT 2023 – 5 Registration Form Mistakes You Must Avoid 
While completing the 1st page of CAT 2023 registration form after login as new user and login again with the CAT 2023 user Id and password to complete the CAT application form, no specific skill is required. You simply need to be careful while filling up the CAT 2023 application form in which you have to fill up the specific academic details, upload your signature and photograph, upload required certificates and make payment. The five CAT Registration mistakes to be avoided are

1. Filling Personal Details Correctly: 1st CAT Registration Form Mistake to Avoid
The first and foremost of CAT registration form mistakes is to fill the correct particulars about your personal details. The CAT 2023 Registration Mistakes to be avoided in filling up the personal details are

1.1 Enter your name exactly in same pattern and style as it is written in your class 10/SSC certificate. Please ensure to insert correct date of birth from the menu at the column.

1.2 If you belong to SC/ST/OBC category or are a EWS/PWD candidate in General category, please carefully go through the list of serial numbers of different categories given in the application form. You should mark the correct serial number of the caste/tribe applicable to you. For details of the Caste/Tribe name applicable to you, see the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) website.

1.3 Download the NC-OBC, SC/ST Certificates from the CAT website, enter the required information and get attested from the appropriate authorities, self-attest, and scan as PDF documents to upload the certificates on the CAT website.

1.4 If you are a Person with disability (PwD), select yes. Also, select details under PwD Category of disability, Wheelchair Support and Scribe requirement.  Download the Person with Disability (PwD) Certificate from the CAT website, enter the required information and attest signatures from the appropriate authorities, self-attest, and scan as PDF document to upload the certificates on the CAT website.

2. Academic Details in CAT Form: 2nd CAT Registration Form Mistake to Avoid
The next one in the CAT 2023 Registration Form Mistakes is how to fill academic details in CAT registration and application form. This is one of the important CAT registration mistakes to be avoided while filling up your CAT form

2.1 You need to enter your education details in the 3rd page of CAT 2023 online application form. The details like percentage of marks obtained are to be entered in all sections. Required details for class 10, 12, bachelor’s degree, Master’s degree and Other Professional Degree need to be entered. 

2.2 If any Board/Institute/University awards only letter grades without providing an equivalent percentage of marks on the grade sheet, the candidate should obtain a certificate from the Board/Institute/ University specifying the equivalent marks or the conversion procedure, and the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on this procedure as certified by the respective board/ University/ institution.

2.3 If any board / University / institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate's CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100. The original equivalence certificate needs to be submitted at the time of interview, if shortlisted for the same.

2.4 Please note that for computing percentages of marks obtained in SSC/10th/Equivalent examination and HSC/12th/Equivalent/Diploma examination, the aggregate marks of all subjects that appear in the mark sheet/grade sheet would be considered irrespective of the Boards regulation.

2.5 If the Institute/University does not award the percentage of marks, it will be calculated on the basis of the marks obtained in all subjects listed in the mark sheet.

3. Enter Correct Percentage of Marks: 3rd CAT Registration Form Mistake to Avoid

Another important among the CAT 2023 registration form mistakes is filling up of correct marks and percentage scored in different exams. This is one of the key CAT Registration Form Mistakes that you should avoid
3.1 CAT 2023 online application form provides column with ‘nnn.nn’ space to fill up your percentage of marks.  The first three ‘nnn’ can be used only when you have scored 100% marks otherwise you should use only 2 digits if your percentage of marks is anywhere between 45% and 99.99%.

3.2 You must insert the percentage upto 2 decimal digits as provided for in the CAT 2023 online application form. There is no need to prefix ‘0’ before writing your percentage of marks as it will not accept it.

Correct: 96.50; Wrong: 096.50

3.3 After inserting the first 3 digits, if you place decimal and try to write 2 decimal digits, the last digit will not be inserted and the message will be to insert 2 decimal digits. To avoid this mistake, it is advisable to write only the correct form of the percentage of marks, as shown here.

4. Carefully Select IIM Programmes: 4th CAT Registration Form Mistake to Avoid

This is one of the common CAT registration form mistakes which most CAT applicants make while filling up the CAT application form as they do not check their program eligibility for admission. So, prior to choosing the programme and interview city, prepare a list of programmes for which you are eligible to apply. If you are a fresh graduate, you CAN NOT apply to executive MBA or one year MBA; if you are not a science, Agriculture, Biotech, Engineering or a graduate in related streams you may not apply to IIMs’ ABM, FABM, IIM Mumbai O&SCM programmes. So, make sure to tick on such IIM programmes for which you are eligible

Name of the IIM offering MBA courses
List of MBA courses offered
IIM Ahmedabad
IIM Amritsar
MBA, EMBA, MBA-Business Analytics, MBA-HRM
IIM Bangalore
IIM Bodh Gaya
IIM Calcutta
IIM Indore
IIM Jammu
IIM Kashipur
MBA, MBA (Analytics), EMBA
IIM Kozhikode
PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, PGP-LSM, EPGP (At Kochi campus)
IIM Lucknow
IIM Nagpur
IIM Raipur
IIM Ranchi
PGP, PGP-HRM, PGP (Business Analytics)
IIM Rohtak
IIM Sambalpur
MBA, Executive MBA
IIM Shillong
IIM Sirmaur
IIM Tiruchirappalli
IIM Udaipur
IIM Visakhapatnam

5. Choose Six Test Cities Carefully: 5th CAT Registration Form Mistake to Avoid
IIMs change number and type of CAT cities every year. Sometimes CAT cities are separated and sometimes many cities are clubbed into one choice. There are 155 CAT exam cities for 2023. As you are proceeding to complete your CAT 2023 registration and application form, you have to choose the preferred test cities otherwise your form will remain incomplete. Later when IIM Lucknow offers the opportunity to change the test cities, you may revise your preferences. Check below how to choose the preferred test cities:

5.1 CAT 2023 online application form allows you to choose six test cities out of 155 cities.

5.2 Since, IIM Lucknow has clubbed many Delhi NCR test cities – for example the twin cities of Noida & Greater Noida are clubbed; Faridabad & Gurgaon are clubbed in one city, you need to be careful while making a choice of separate six test cities.

5.3 Choose the test cities after assessing the approach, travel time, means of transport and expenses involved.

How to Avoid CAT Registration Form Mistakes? Don’t Fill the Form in One Go
You can Logout and exit the CAT 2023 Application form as many times as you wish, to edit and complete later or Save & Continue each section till you submit the application.

So before submitting the application and making payment of CAT 2023 registration fee, preview the application form, using the Preview button to check for accuracy and completeness of all the data you have entered, before proceeding with the payment. Besides, you can preview your application at any stage and any number of times before submitting your application

CAT 2023 Application Form is compatible with Android (version 4.0 and above) and iOS (version 11 and above). IIM Lucknow has also suggested to use following browsers to fill the Application form:

  • Mozilla (version 94 to 112)
  • Google chrome (88 to 113)
  • Microsoft Edge (88 to 113)

Other browsers may be slow to upload your documents, in getting your details filled and in submission of application or making your fee payment. Whenever you login to the CAT website as a Registered User, it will be better to view the Application Summary that will give a Read-only view of the details you have entered.  

Please note that you cannot edit any details on the Application form after you have made the online payment. However, after the last date of CAT 2023 registration process is over, IIM Lucknow will open a limited time window during which you can re-upload your blur photograph, correct selective mistakes and can modify very limited details like Percentage of Marks scored, Work Experience, Programs Selected.

You will not be able to modify any details entered in the Personal Details section, any details entered in the Academics section except the percentage marks scored, Exam Centre City Preferences. You can only view and print your application form after this. 

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2023 is the mandatory exam for admission to management programmes in all the 20 IIMs – old and new. CAT 2023 will also offer the admission opportunity to PGDM/MBA programs in other top management institutes in India like FMS Delhi, MDI Gurgaon, NITIE Mumbai which is set to become 21st IIM in India, SPJIMR Mumbai, Management departments of IITs, IMI Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, TAPMI Manipal and other more than 500 B-schools.

Last year 2.55 lakh candidates applied for CAT. This number may increase this year as during last few years CAT has seen tremendous growth in registration of candidates and test takers. IIMs alongwith other top B-schools offer admission to more than 50000 students in their different management programs. 

Important CAT 2023 Dates
CAT 2023 Registration: Important Dates

CAT Online Registration 2023 Activity
Important CAT Dates for Registration
CAT Registration Start date 2023
August 2, 2023
CAT 2023 Registration Last Date
September 20, 2023 (Extended from Sept 13) 
Closing time on CAT Registration Last Date
5.00 PM
CAT Registration Fee

Source: CAT website

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