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September 12, 2022

CAT 2023 on Nov 26; IIM Lucknow to conduct CAT in Multiple Slots; Check Syllabus, Revised Test Pattern, How to Prepare for CAT

With more aspirant friendly changes expected in CAT 2023, Common Admission Test (CAT) 2023 for MBA admission 2024 in all the 20 IIMs is scheduled on November 26, 2023, the last Sunday of the month. IIM Lucknow will conduct CAT 2023 with some new changes in test content and structure. Last year IIM Bangalore conducted CAT 2022 with many aspirant friendly changes. The process of changes in CAT may continue this year also.

 

The CAT 2023 registration process will open in August first week at iimcat.ac.in and will remain open for more than 45 days. 


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CAT 2022

Latest Update: 

  • CAT 2023 likely to be conducted in three slots on November 26
  • Each CAT exam slot will have time duration of two hours
  • CAT Registration 2023 Process to Start from August 2023 first week
  • Candidates with 50% Marks in Graduation can apply for CAT 2023
  • CAT 2023 will be divided in three sections but total Questions in CAT exam are reduced to 66 from 100. No Grammar based questions are now asked in CAT Exam
  • IIMs release CAT Question papers with answer key after CAT exam each year
  • Apart from 20 IIMs, other top MBA colleges like FMS, SPJIMR, IITs, MDI will offer MBA admission 2024 based on CAT 2023 score

CAT 2023 is the largest MBA Entrance exam for MBA admission 2024 in 20 IIMs and more than 1000 other top MBA colleges including FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IITs among others accept CAT score for admission.  With CAT 2023 score, MBA admission opportunity at more than 20000 seats in top colleges, will be offered to the students for 2024-26 batch.

 

CAT experts and toppers are of the view that CAT is not a very difficult exam but needs some smart and timely preparation to crack it with high score and as such to score 99 percentile in CAT, instead of cramming the heads with intensive knowledge based preparation, the need is to follow a smart IQ based preparation. More than 2 lakh candidates register and apply for CAT every year. Last year, more than 2.30 lakh candidates applied for CAT 2022 and 1.92 lakh candidates appeared in the exam. Although IIMs are yet to announce the CAT 2023 Exam Dates, the CAT 2023 exam is likely to be held on November 26, 2023.

 

Read below all about the CAT exam details - What is CAT Exam, what are its key features and highlights, what are Important Dates, what is revised exam pattern, Key changes in CAT syllabus, how to prepare for CAT, what should be the month wise and week wise CAT preparation plan, which are top CAT coaching institutes, which top MBA colleges will accept CAT 2023 exam score for admission 2024, Which are the CAT exam Centres in India and more 

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IMT Ghaziabad PGDM Admissions 2023 Great Lakes PGPM & PGDM Admission 2023
IMI New Delhi PGDM Admission 2023 K J Somaiya MBA 2023-25 Admissions Open
GIM Goa PGDM Admissions 2023 Open FORE School of Management Admissions 2023
BIMTECH PGDM Admissions Open 2023 IFMR GSB, Krea University MBA Admissions 2023
SIBM Bengaluru MBA Admission 2023 SDMIMD Mysuru PGDM Admissions Open 2023
IBA Bangalore PGDM Admission 2023 Jaipuria Institute of Management PGDM Admission
JIMS Rohini PGDM Admission Open 2023 SIOM Nashik MBA in Agri Operations Management
KSOM, KIIT University MBA Admission 2023 JAGSoM Bangalore PGDM Admissions 2023

What is CAT Exam?

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2023 is the mandatory entrance exam for MBA admission 2024 in all the 20 IIMs, FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IIT Bombay, IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur; NITIE Mumbai and hundreds of other top B-schools in India. More than two lakh candidates appear in CAT every year to explore admission opportunity in MBA programmes offered by IIMs and other top MBA colleges in India. Salient Points about the Exam are:

  • A computer based test conducted at more than 155 test cities and 400+ test venues
  • Since 2020, CAT exam duration is reduced to two hours from earlier three hours
  • The exam is divided into three sections of Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning; Quantitative Ability
  • Each Section in the exam has to be attempted in a fixed individual time limit.
  • Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) will offer admission on the basis of CAT 2023 score only and will not accept any other test score

CAT 2023 Important Dates

Following are the CAT 2023 important dates like CAT Notification date, CAT exam date, and for other different activities related to the CAT exam 2023:

CAT 2023 Exam Date
Sunday, November 26, 2023
CAT Entrance exam sessions
Likely to be Conducted in 3 sessions – Morning, Afternoon & Evening on same day
Which IIM will conduct CAT 2023?
IIM Calcutta
CAT 2023 Testing Mode
Computer based exam but not an online exam
When to Check for CAT 2023 Notification
From July 31, 2023 onwards
Details to Check in CAT 2023 Notification
CAT Exam details, Application fee, Registration dates, MBA courses by IIMs through CAT 2023
Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT 2023 for MBA admission 2024
20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs, IMI, IMT& 1000 other MBA colleges in India
How to Apply for CAT 2023?
Application process is online only
CAT Official Website for CAT 2023 Form Filling
IIMCAT.AC.IN

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2023

Below are the important points that determine CAT eligibility criteria 2023

  • A candidate with minimum 50% marks in graduation can appear in CAT 2023
  • A final year student in graduation can also appear in CAT 2023 conducted by IIM
  • There is no age limit to apply and appear in CAT 2023

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CAT 2023 Registration & Application: CAT 2023 Form Filling Process

  • CAT 2023 Registration process is online
  • You can register & apply for CAT 2023 online only on the official CAT website
  • CAT 2023 registration fee is Rs.2300/- for General candidates. CAT exam fee should be paid online only
  • The application process for CAT 2023 opens in August first week after release of CAT Notification 2023
  • You can complete CAT 2023 registration and application process in 3 major steps

1. Login to CAT website iimcat.ac.in and Create Profile
2. Fill in the Registration & Application Form
3. Make Online payment of CAT Registration Fee 

Read in detail step by step process how to register and apply for CAT 2023

CAT Registration Trends

More than 2.30 lakh candidates had registered last year for CAT exam despite Covid-19 pandemic. In 2020, 2.26 lakh candidates applied for CAT and in 2019, more than 2.44 lakh candidates had applied for CAT. The rising number of CAT registrations signify that candidates have to compete with more candidates in CAT exam and need to score high to get shortlisted by top three IIMs and other top MBA colleges. 

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IMT Ghaziabad PGDM Admissions 2023 SPJIMR Mumbai PGDM Admission 2023 
Great Lakes PGPM & PGDM Admission 2023 K J Somaiya MBA 2023-25 Admissions Open
GIM Goa PGDM Admissions 2023 Open IMI New Delhi PGDM Admission 2023
LBSIM Delhi PGDM Admission 2023 FORE School of Management Admissions 2023
BIMTECH PGDM Admissions Open 2023 IFMR GSB, Krea University MBA Admissions 2023
XIM University MBA Admission 2023 SDA Bocconi Asia Center IMB Admission 2023
SOIL Gurgaon PGPM & PGDM Admission 2023 JAGSoM Bangalore PGDM Admission 2023
We School | Welingkar PGDM Admissions 2023 IFMR GSB, Krea University MBA Admission 2023

 

Although the trends in CAT registrations since 2010 show a downward journey initially, but from 2013 it has been showing a rising registration count reflecting the regaining trust of CAT aspirants and anticipation of better career opportunities after completing MBA/PGP from an IIM or other top B-school

CAT Year
Candidate Registrations
% Increase/Decrease
2022
2.55 
11%
2021
2.3
0.9%
2020
2.28
-6.6%
2019
2.44
1.2%
2018
2.41
4.3%
2017
2.31
-0.4%
2016
2.32
5.9%
2015
2.19
11.2%
2014
1.97
1.0%
2013
1.95
-8.9%
2012
2.14
4.4%
2011
2.05
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Source: MBAUniverse.com Research & Analysis

CAT 2023 Exam: Key Features & Highlights

Following are the key features of IIM CAT 2023 exam details like CAT Full Form, Notification, CAT 2023 exam dates, Eligibility, Exam Structure among other details

CAT Full Form
Common Admission Test,conducted on yearly basis for MBA admission by one of the 6 older IIMs 
CAT Exam Date 2023
November 26, 2023
CAT Entrance exam sessions
Likely to be Conducted in 3 sessions – Morning, Afternoon&Evening on same day
CAT 2023 Conducting Institutes
IIM Lucknow. IIMs are the CAT conducting Institutes
CAT Entrance Exam Mode
Computer based exam but not an online exam
When to Check for CAT 2023 Notification
From July 31, 2023 onwards, at MBAUniverse.com and in Newspapers
Details in CAT Notification 2023
CAT Exam details, Application fee, Registration dates, IIMs & their management programmes through CAT
Maximum Age Limit to appear in IIM CAT
No Age Limit, Graduates with 50% marks can apply
Number of Questions in CAT 2023
66 questions divided in 3 sections
CAT Exam Time Duration on CAT 2023 Exam Date
2 hours for each Slot
Sectional Time limit
40 minutes for 1 section
Name of sections and number of questions
VARC-24 Questions; DILR-20 questions; Quant-22 questions
Expected Difficulty level
Moderate to Difficult
Order of Sections
Pre-fixed, no change allowed
Top MBA Colleges Accepting CAT 2023 for MBA admission 2024
20 IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IITs, IMI, IMT& 1000 other MBA colleges in India
CAT Exam Fees 2023
Rs.2300/-
How to Apply
Application process is online only
CAT Official Website for CAT 2023 Form Filling
IIMCAT.AC.IN
IIMs’ Application Fee
No Separate Application Fee to apply for IIM.  Registration Fee covers application fee of all 20 IIMs 

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CAT 2023

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