CAT 2023 Exam Date and Timings

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Amit Agnihotri
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November 25, 2023

CAT Exam 2023 date is Sunday, November 26, 2023 and the CAT exam timings will remain divided in three slots – Morning, Afternoon and Evening. There will be hardly a few minutes gap between the preceding CAT exam slot getting over, and beginning of reporting for next CAT exam slot. IIM Lucknow is conducting CAT 2023 exam after a gap of five years. Earlier IIM Lucknow conducted CAT in 2017. Last year 2, 55, 501 candidates had registered for CAT 2022 and 2,22,184 appeared in CAT exam. It is expected this number would go up in CAT 2023. 

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No candidate will be allowed to appear in all the CAT exam slots on CAT exam day 2023 other than the allotted exam slot.  To avoid any delay due to Covid protocol and GoI guidelines, CAT Centre has advised the candidates to reach the test centre 90 minutes before the exam commencement time. The CAT 2023 exam timing for slot-1 begins at 8.30 AM followed by slot-2 at 12.30 PM and slot-3 at 4.30 PM.


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CAT 2023 Exam Date & Time: All Activities

CAT 2023 Exam Date and Time for different activities to appear in CAT exam is shared below:

Slot wise CAT 2023 Exam Date & Timings

Complete details about the CAT Exam 2023 timing, CAT 2023 exam reporting time and the CAT 2023 exam timing for entry to the exam centre are given below. No candidate is permitted to enter the CAT test centre after the close of entry at CAT exam centre.    

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CAT 2023 Exam Date & Time for Slot 1: Morning Session

  • CAT Exam Date Slot-1: November 26, 2023
  • CAT Exam Time Slot-1 (Gen/OBC/SC/ST Candidates): 8.30 AM to 10.30 AM
  • CAT Exam Time Slot-1 (PwD candidates): 8.30 AM to 11.10 AM
  • CAT Exam Reporting Time Slot-1: 7.00 AM
  • CAT Exam Entry Closing Time Slot-1: 8.15 AM 

CAT Exam Date & Time for Slot 2: Afternoon Session

  • CAT Exam Date Slot-2: November 26, 2023
  • CAT Exam Time Slot-2 (Gen/OBC/SC/ST Candidates): 12.30 PM to 2.30 PM
  • CAT Exam Time Slot-2 (PwD candidates): 12.30 PM to 3.10 PM
  • CAT Exam Reporting Time Slot-2: 11 AM
  • CAT Exam Entry Closing Time Slot-2: 12.15 PM

CAT Exam Date & Time for Slot 3: Evening Session

  • CAT Exam Date Slot-3: November 26, 2023
  • CAT Exam Time Slot-3 (Gen/OBC/SC/ST Candidates): 4.30 PM to 6.30 PM
  • CAT Exam Time Slot-3 (PwD candidates): 4.30 PM to 7.30 PM
  • CAT Exam Reporting Time Slot-3: 3 PM
  • CAT Exam Entry Closing Time Slot-3: 3.15 PM 

Important Note

  • Please arrive at the CAT Test Centre at least 30 minutes before the gate closure time of the CAT Test Venue
  • A day before your CAT exam date, visit the Test Venue to ascertain about the distance and transport system between your place of stay and the test venue. 
  • Add some more time to the total time taken in reaching the CAT exam centre.
  • No candidate will be allowed to leave the testing room before the completion of CAT exam
  • No Break during the exam time will allowed. The candidate must use the rest room before exam commencement 

How to Get Ready for CAT 2023 Exam Date?

Remember the following to gather and complete before the CAT 2023 Exam Date:

CAT 2023 Exam date Activity: Important Do’s and Don’ts


  • Arrive at the CAT exam centre on the CAT exam date 90 minutes before the commencement of the CAT exam
  • Carry Admit Card & Photo ID Card inside the CAT test hall 
  • Wear Mask, Gloves, keep 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
  • Candidates must maintain social distance starting from point of entry in the test venue till his/her exit from the test venue.
  • Your temperature will be checked at the entry to the test venue via a Thermo Gun. 
  • Candidates having symptoms of fever, cough, and cold would be made to sit in a separate isolation room/place with adequate safety measures.
  • At the registration desk, you will be directed to sanitize your hands using the sanitizer
  • Carry the Signed Covid-19 Declaration appropriately and show the same to the centre staff at the entry into the test centre. The declaration is attached to your Admit Card. Download, take print and sign the same
  • Allow PwD candidates to get into test centre first as they will get priority entry


  • Do not carry Mobile phones, electronic gadgets, watches, calculators, stationary items, papers, wallets, goggles or similar such things as they are not allowed inside the test hall on CAT exam date.
  • Do not wear any jewelry or other items containing metal, you may be asked to remove them.
  • Don’t wear shoes and socks, you have to remove your footwear before entering the test hall.
  • Don’t carry valuables on CAT exam date to CAT exam centre. There is no facility for safekeeping of your personal belongings outside the test hall and CAT Centre is not responsible for its loss.
  • Don’t ask your friends and relatives to accompany you as they will not be allowed inside the test centre. 

Locating your Seat on CAT exam date

On CAT 2023 exam date, IIMs may not display Mapping of 'Candidate Application Number and the Lab Number' outside the test venue. The same will be provided to you individually at the time of your entry to the test venue after the verification of your Admit Card and Photo Identification Proof. For any correspondence with CAT Centre you must provide your CAT Registration Number. 

Inside the CAT testing hall on CAT exam date

  • Before you enter the CAT testing hall use the wash room as you are not allowed to go to wash room during the CAT exam duration.
  • You will be provided with small writing pad for rough work. This will have to be returned after the test.
  • You should clearly write your name and registration number on the rough pad.

CAT Exam Date & Time: Previous Year Advertisement as Released by IIMs

Below is shared the CAT exam advertisement of previous year as released by IIMs. This short CAT advertisement cum notification contains not only the CAT exam date & time but also following other important information which you will also find in CAT 2023 Advertisement:

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