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CAT Admit Card 2023 Release on October 25; Check how to Download, Key Details, Exam day Guidelines


Latest Update:

  • CAT 2023 Exam Date is Nov 26, 2023
  • CAT Admit card 2023 to be released by IIM Lucknow on CAT website
  • Admit Card Release date is Oct 25, 2023
  • You can Download CAT Admit card with your CAT login credentials
  • Last date to download the CAT exam admit card is CAT 2023 Exam day

Organized by one of the top 6 IIMs every year, Common Admission Test (CAT) is the mandatory entrance exam for MBA/PGP admission in 20 IIMs and other top B-schools like FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurugram and IITs DMS. This year, IIM Lucknow is conducting CAT on November 26, 2023 in three slots of 2 hours duration.  


During the last 5 years, IIMs have released the CAT Admit card on pre-announced dates but before 2018, the CAT exam admit card were released with a delay of 4-5 days.


Step by Step process for CAT 2023 admit card download is shared below in detail. After completing the CAT Hall Ticket 2023 Download from official CAT website, you need to check if your Hall Ticket is error free in all respects. 

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Table of Contents

We shall cover all the important aspects, dates, and details for CAT Admit card 2023, so check below carefully

1. CAT 2023 Admit Card Download: Important Dates

2. How to Download CAT Hall Ticket 2023? Step by Step Process

3. CAT Admit Card 2023: Importance & Key Do’s & Don’ts

4. Details to Check on CAT 2023 Admit Card: Checking the Admit Card Errors

5. Important Changes in Admit Card

6. How to rectify the Admit Card Mistakes?

7. CAT Exam Day Instructions: Do’s & Don’ts

8. Importance of CAT Exam Admit Card 2023: Key Points to Note

9. When to Download CAT Admit Card?

10. CAT Admit Card 2023 Vs CAT Hall Ticket 2023

11. Delay in CAT Admit Card Release: Previous trends since CAT Pattern Changed

12. CAT Admit Card FAQs

CAT 2023 Admit Card Download: Important Dates

Below is shared the key information on CAT 2023 admit card download dates and release dates

CAT Admit Card 2023 Download
Admit Card Upload by IIMs
October 25, 2023
5 PM
CAT Admit Card Download Start Date
October 25, 2023
5.00 PM onwards
Last date to download CAT Admit Card 2023
November 26, 2023
As per test session start time as given in CAT Hall Ticket
CAT 2023 exam date
Sunday, November 26, 2023
Exam in 3 slots in Morning, Afternoon and Evening

2. How to Download CAT 2023 Hall Ticket?

You can view and download CAT exam admit card from official CAT website in 5 simple steps. While two steps are suffice to download your admit card, the three steps are related to the use of your CAT login ID, checking details and taking print of the admit card.


No hardcopy of the Hall ticket will be sent to you. You need to use your CAT login ID to download your Hall Ticket from official CAT website. Last date for Admit card Download is CAT 2023 exam date. But before you proceed to download your Hall ticket, check the things you need for the download  

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2.1 Things you need to Download CAT Admit Card 2023

To avoid the technical glitches caused by the rush of more than 2 lakh candidates who download their admit card simultaneously, you should download your Hall Ticket immediately after it is released by IIMs on CAT website.  Make sure you have with you following 3 most important things:

  1. The Computer/Laptop equipped with internet browsers - Internet Explorer (version 11 and above) or Mozilla Firefox (version 50 to 61) or Google Chrome (version 50 to 69) 
  2. Your CAT 2023 Login ID & Password
  3. Printer to Print your admit Card or Pen drive to save the downloaded admit card and to take print later

2.2 CAT Admit Card Download 2023: Single Click Process

You can download your Admit card with a single click on CAT website displaying download admit card. Now you do not need to take several steps and choosing action on Assessment window with drop down menu. Instead you need to use your CAT login ID and password only once.

2.3 Simplified Process to Download the Admit card

Simplification Introduced in Hall Ticket Download Process
Login directly at ‘Admit Card’
After Clicking at Admit card icon
Window opens with details of your CAT Exam centre, Time Slot & Admit Card Pdf
Further Action
Simply click on Admit card Pdf and the Admit card Download is done

2.4 Instructions by IIMs: How to Download Hall Ticket?

  • Download your admit card from CAT website, take printouts, affix photograph (same as the one uploaded in CAT application forms) 
  • Read carefully all the instructions printed on the Admit Card and adhere to them   
  • Admit Card is issued to the candidates with a test centre allocated in their first preference city to more than 90 percent of CAT applicants

2.5 Process to Follow to Download CAT Admit card 2023 on CAT website

You can download your CAT 2023 Admit card in following simple steps:

  1. Logon to CAT official Website
  2. Enter CAT Login ID & Password
  3. Click on ‘Admit Card’. It will lead to new page with Exam Centre and test Slot Details
  4. Click on PDF file 'Admit card', your admit card is downloaded now
  5. Check Details and Take Print of CAT Admit card

CAT Admit Card

Going to Admit Card link is made much simpler as against previous years. The previous years process for admit card download from official CAT website is simple as below and the same process is likely to continue for 2023:

2.5.1 Step-1: Logon to Official CAT Website

Open your computer system and check whether the CAT site is getting opened or there are technical glitches. Check for the icon ‘Login’ on the screen and click on it

CAT Official website

2.5.2  Step-2: Enter CAT Login ID & Password

Enter your 7 digit CAT user Id and the 7 digit CAT password. This will lead to Admit Card page. In case you forget your CAT password, do not worry, click on ‘forget password’ and IIMs will send your CAT login ID and password to your registered Mail ID for CAT exam

CAT 2022 Login

2.5.3 Step-3: Click on ‘Admit Card’

You are at the Admit card link. Click on it and it will open the page with the details of your CAT exam centre and CAT exam slot – Morning or afternoon

cat admit card download steps

2.5.4 Step-4: Click on ‘Admit card’ Pdf in Right hand corner

At the opened page click on the pdf file Admit card is displayed on the right hand corner. To get your Admit Card downloaded, click on it. It completes the Admit card Download process. Check last year process below

cat admit card download steps

2.5.4 Step-5: Take Print of CAT Admit Card

After downloading the Admit card in your pen drive, take at least 2 prints of the same on A4 size paper and affix your identical photo graph on the hard copy of the CAT Admit card. 

CAT Admit Card

2.6  Save Your Admit Card after Download

After your Admit Card is downloaded error free, save the document in the folder that you can remember – for example a document can be created with the name ‘CAT 2023 Admit Card’. Verify all your personal details, your printed photograph, signature image, Date of Birth, CAT registration Number, as it will be required to locate your testing room and seat in the testing lab, test venue, exam date and time as well as the reporting time at the CAT Exam centre.  Take at least 2 prints of the admit card on A4 size paper as you will need the hard copy of the admit card with your photo additionally affixed on it at the CAT exam centre on CAT exam date.  

3. CAT Admit Card 2023: Importance & Key Do’s & Don’ts

  • CAT 2023 Admit Card is the mandatory and most important document to appear in the CAT exam.
  • Without the hard copy of your admit card with your photo affixed on it, you will not be allowed to enter the CAT test centre on CAT day.
  • Please note that the Admit card will be  available for download from CAT official website with all the important dos’ & don’ts for CAT exam day
  • Must Take clear Print of CAT Admit Card on A4 Size paper
  • Produce the hard copy of your Admit Card with your photo affixed on it at Exam Centre
  • Keep one original photo id also for verification at the exam centre
  • Don’t carry any stationery, Mobile, digital/electronic watch, etc. on exam day
  • Don’t wear jackets, shoes, jewellery, coats/overcoats on exam day 

4. Details to check in the CAT 2023 Admit Card

You need to check the following mandatory details in your Admit card when you download it from CAT website

  • Your Name: Name should be as entered in the registration/application form of CAT 2023
  • Test date: Your Date of CAT 2023 exam
  • Test Time: Slot of exam (Morning or evening) with time of CAT exam and reporting time at test centre should be mentioned in CAT Admit Card  
  • CAT registration number should be available in the Admit Card
  • PWD status – In case the candidate is physically challenged, it must be mentioned in the Admit Card else the benefit of reservation will not be there.
  • Test center Details- Your test city, test site with address should be mentioned

5. Important Changes with Covid Instructions in CAT Admit Card

Apart from the regular instructions like carrying the Admit card with the photo affixed on it and one of the valid photo IDs, the CAT 2023 Admit card will contain following changes along with additional instructions in the wake of Covid pandemic. You should take note of these instructions:

  1. No Display of Seating Arrangement at CAT Exam Centre: Mapping of 'Candidate Application Number and the Lab Number' may NOT be displayed outside the test venue, but the same will be provided to the candidates individually at the time of the entry of the candidate to the test venue and post their Admit Card and Photo Identification Proof verification
  2. Articles to Bring: Candidate must bring their own Mask, Gloves, personal hand sanitizer (50ml), transparent water Bottle, 2 simple pens and the test related documents (Admit Card, ID Card etc.). No other items will be permitted inside the test centre
  3. No Shoes with Thick Soles: Shoes/Footwear with thick soles are not permitted at the exam centre
  4. No Garments with Large Buttons: Garments with large buttons are Not permitted inside the testing hall
  5. Report One & Half Hour Before: You need to report at the CAT exam centre 90 minutes before the Exam start time. For example if your CAT exam starts at 8.30 AM, you should report at the test centre by 7 AM
  6. Keep Social Distancing: Candidates must maintain social distance starting from point of entry in the test venue till his/her exit from the test venue.
  7. Checking of Temperature: The temperature of candidates will be checked at the entry to the test venue via a Thermo Gun. 
  8. Isolation Room for Symptomatic Candidates: Candidates having symptoms of fever, cough, and cold would be made to sit in a separate isolation room/place with adequate safety measures.
  9. Sanitization is Necessary: At the registration desk, the candidate will be directed to sanitize his / her hands using the sanitizer
  10. Sign the Covid-19 Declaration: Candidate must sign the declaration (provided below) appropriately and show the same to the centre staff at the entry into the test centre.

5.1 Aspirant Friendly Changes in Admit Card

CAT Hall Ticket has a few changes to help candidates appearing in CAT exam 2023:

  • Google Map Link: A Google Map Link to locate the CAT 2023 test centre and its accessibility is made available individually on the electronic version of all the CAT Admit cards 
  • Emergency Contact: CAT 2023 Admit card will have the emergency contact number. This is the candidate's second contact number which is asked by IIMs while completing their application form. This was also asked in past also but was not used in the Admit card earlier.

6. How to rectify the Admit Card Mistakes?

If you find any mistake in the admit card in your personal details like Your Name, Test date, Venue, CAT registration number, PWD status, Test center Details; please immediately contact the CAT exam centre at IIM Ahmedabad by mail or over phone for rectification  

7. CAT Exam Day Instructions: Do’s & Don’ts

  • CAT Exam 2023, like last year, will be conducted in three slots of 2 hours each - a) Morning - 8:30AM–10:30 AM; b) Afternoon - 12:30 PM – 2:30 PM; c) Evening - 4.30PM - 6.30PM,  depending upon the Covid pandemic situation
  • Candidates should locate their CAT 2023 test centres in advance and start early in order to reach their test centres on time
  • Go through the test day video uploaded in the CAT website to familiarize with the security and other exam day procedures   

7.1 Important Do's for Exam Day

  • Same photograph as appears on Admit card to be affixed on hard copy of Admit Card
  • CAT 2023 Admit card and one original photo ID proof required to take CAT exam
  • Report 90 minutes before at the CAT testing venue
  • Test system number applicable only to identify the floor/wing and the seating place on the CAT exam day 

7.2 Important Don'ts for the exam day:

Instructions on admit card make it clear not to carry any of the following articles to the CAT exam centre:

  • No Jewellery allowed inside the CAT testing room
  • No shoes allowed inside the testing room
  • Pen, Pencil, sharpener, watch, Mobile phones etc. not allowed
  • No break during the test duration of 3 hours
  • No documents except Admit card and photo ID allowed 

8. Importance of Admit Card: Your Passport for CAT 2023 Exam Day

CAT Exam 2023 Admit Card is the passport to your CAT Exam as without carrying it, you will not be allowed to enter the CAT exam centre on CAT exam day. Your Admit card download process, therefore is the most important activity on its day of release. Besides, in this pandemic situation and in case of curfew or lockdown in your area. you will be allowed to use your Admit card as Covid-19 pass while reaching your exam center.

You must carry the hard copy of your admit card with photo affixed on it, to CAT exam center otherwise you will not be allowed to enter the test center. Admit Card is a mandatory document for taking the CAT 2023 examination. You must follow the instructions provided in the Admit Card before coming for the examination. The photograph affixed on the hard copy of the Admit Card must be the same as the one uploaded at the time of registration. 

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8.1 CAT Admit Card 2023: Important Points to Remember 

Admit Card 2023 download is available from the date of its release. Following are the important things to note about the release and download of the Admit Card:

  • Download only from CAT official website: You need to download the admit card 2023 from the official CAT exam website
  • Only Successfully Registered Candidates can Download: Your admit card will appear after login on IIM CAT website only if your online application form has been submitted successfully by the last date to apply for CAT. 
  • Check Automated Mail Confirmation from CAT Centre 2023: Please check that you have received an automated email confirmation upon successful submission of CAT application form alongwith the payment of CAT exam fee. 
  • Use CAT 2023 Login ID & PW: Login to the CAT website using your registered User ID and view/print the Admit Card.     
  • Use High Speed Internet: To avoid any technical glitches and to quickly download the Admit Card when it is enabled, it is advised to login with a high speed internet computer.
  • Take Print on A4 Size White Paper: After completing the Admit Card download process, you must take print of the admit card on A4 size white bond paper or the similar quality paper. 
  • Admit Card Download Available till CAT Exam Date: According to the release by IIMs, "After submission of the application, candidates will be permitted to download their examination admit card, till the date of the test."  
  • Check your CAT candidature: Please also note that your CAT candidature is subject to having paid the applicable CAT Test Fees and fulfilled the eligibility criteria of Academic qualification, Category, PwD status etc., as has been mentioned in the Application submitted. These details would be verified in the subsequent stages of the Selection process.

The Admit Card is a mandatory document required to take the exam. IIMs clearly advise that you must print the Admit Card and bring it to the exam centre on the day of the exam along with your photograph identical to the image used in the CAT 2023 registration and application form. Without Admit Card, entry to test centre will not be permitted and an aspirant has to ensure to carry the print out of his Admit Card with him

8.2 No Admit card is issued, if not eligible

The candidate will be eligible for an Admit Card only upon submission of online application form. The candidate should have received an automated email confirmation upon successful submission. 

8.3 No hard copy of Admit card by IIMs

The admit card will be only available on the CAT Website when you log on using your CAT 2023 User ID. No hard copy of CAT 2023 Admit card will be sent to you. 

9. When to Download CAT Exam Admit Card 2023? 

Immediately after the CAT Admit card release you must download your admit card from the CAT website by login with your CAT ID and password

9.1 Why to Download the Hall Ticket Early?

  • Early Download of CAT Admit Card helps you avoid technical glitches due to heavy rush on CAT website

  • After its release by IIMs, thousands of the candidates login to CAT website to download their Admit card which makes the server go very slow or it does not respond. So, either download your Admit Card immediately when it is released or after a few hours
  • Those who download Admit card early will have the opportunity to get the Admit Card errors rectified timely from CAT exam centre by contacting the CAT help desk. 
  • You will be able to know whether you CAT application has been successfully submitted as only the candidates whose CAT form has been submitted successfully will be able to view and download CAT Admit Card 2023.   

10. CAT Admit Card 2023 Vs CAT Hall Ticket 2023

Both CAT Admit Card 2023 and CAT Hall Ticket 2023 refer to one and same document. So, don’t get confused

11. Delay in CAT Admit Card Release: 6 year trends since CAT Pattern Changed

Since 2014, CAT Admit card could not be released on announced scheduled date and was delayed by a few days. However, CAT 2022, CAT 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018 admit card was issued in time on pre announced date.  The CAT 2023 Admit card may also not be delayed by the IIM Lucknow

CAT exam year
Scheduled date of Admit Card Release
Actual Date of Admit Card release
CAT Convening IIM
CAT 2014
October 16, 2014
October 19, 2014
IIM Indore
CAT 2015
October 15, 2015
October 25, 2015
IIM Ahmedabad
CAT 2016
October 18, 2016
October 24, 2016
IIM Bangalore
CAT 2017
October 18, 2017
October 25, 2017
IIM Lucknow
CAT 2018
October 24, 2018
October 24, 2018
IIM Calcutta
CAT 2019
October 23, 2019
October 23, 2019
IIM Kozhikode
CAT 2020
October 28, 2020
October 28, 2020
IIM Indore
CAT 2021
October 27, 2021
October 27, 2021
IIM Ahmedabad
CAT 2022
October 27, 2022
October 27, 2022
IIM Bangalore
CAT 2023
October 25, 2023
Yet to be Known
IIM Lucknow

12. CAT Admit Card FAQs 

Q.1. When to Download CAT Admit Card?
A. The Admit Card download for CAT 2023 exam is likely to start at 5 PM on October 25, 2023. You should download it from CAT website immediately after it is released as after a few minutes there will be a great rush and you may not be able to get access to the website. Besides, it will help you to check all your details.


Q.2. I have not received my Admit Card
A. There could be one of the three reasons for not receiving the CAT 2023 Admit Card - Due to incomplete or erroneous registrations done earlier; Registration was done multiple times or the Payment of CAT 2023 Registration fee has remained unsuccessful.


You should first check that you had received the message of successful submission of your CAT application form. Please note that CAT Centre 2023 may not issue the CAT admit card for the registrations which are not valid or faulty or if the candidate has registered multiple times.


Q.3. CAT Fee Deducted Twice, How to get it back?
A. IIMs have said that CAT fee is non refundable. However, in case you paid your CAT registration fee twice or multiple times and is not received back, please report it promptly so that in case of any anomaly, the correction could be made by CAT convening IIM.  CAT Centre 2022 will issue the Admit card only for the valid and most recent successful registration and not for the faulty or incomplete application


Q.4. How to confirm that I will get my CAT 2023 Admit Card?
A. You should check your mail from IIMs that your CAT 2023 application form has successfully been submitted. If yes and still you don’t receive the Admit Card you should immediately contact the CAT 2023 help desk.


Q.5. Can I download CAT 2023 Admit card from my Mobile Phone?
A. It is recommended that you should view the Admit Card only using the recommended browsers and not from your mobile phone. You should use one of the three correct versions of the recommended Internet browsers-Internet Explorer – version 11 and above; Mozilla Firefox – 50 to 61; Google Chrome 50 to 69.


Q.6. My CAT Admit Card is Blank
A. If the Admit Card is blank, you need not worry. If the candidate registers multiple times, CAT Centre 2023 will consider only the most recent (last) registration as the official application for CAT 2023. Admit Card generated for you is for the most recent (last) registration. Thus, if you login by using User ID of earlier registration attempts, you may find your CAT Admit Card as blank.


Q. 7. Will IIMs send the hard copy of CAT Admit Card?
A. No, you need to download the Admit Card from CAT exam website by using your CAT 2023 ID and Password. 

Q.8. My CAT Admit Card has errors, how to rectify them?
A. In case the Admit Card contains errors, it could be due to the wrong filling up of application form as the information on CAT admit card is taken from your application form. However, you should contact the CAT 2023 help desk on phone 1800 210 1088 (Toll Free) or e-mail ([email protected]). You should have your User ID and/or Payment Transaction Number details at hand for reference.


Q.9.  I am unable to access CAT Website, how to download the Admit Card
A. After a few minutes from the Admit card release, thousands of the candidates try to get access to CAT website simultaneously due to which some technical glitches may come up. The best strategy at that time is to access the website after some time when the rush gets subsided.


Q. 10. Do I need to take color print of Admit Card?
Ans. Not necessary, you can also have B&W print of your Admit card from laser printer. Don't forget to affix your photo on the hard copy of admit card in the space provided beside the printed photograph.


Q. 11. Can I use the Reference number while corresponding with CAT Centre?
Ans. No, for any correspondence with CAT Centre, you must provide your CAT Registration Number. 

Read More: CAT 2023 - Exam Date, Registration, Syllabus, Preparation, Books 

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