The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer-based test for admission to a graduate management program. The test consists of three sections: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs (MBA or PGDM). The test is conducted every year by one of the IIMs based on a policy of rotation.
CAT Notification 2023
The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) has been released CAT 2023 Notification on the official website iimcat.ac.in on 30th July 2023. If you're interested in applying, you can find all the details on the official website – iimcat.ac.in. The registration for CAT 2023 has been started from August 2, 2023, at 10 a.m., and ends on September 13, 2023, at 5 p.m. to register. The exam is open to graduates and final-year students. The CAT 2023 Admit card will be available on October 25, 2023. This year, IIM Lucknow will be hosting the CAT exam. For more information on eligibility, application fees, and other important details, continue reading this post.
CAT Notification 2023 – Overview
|Exam Name||Common Admission Test (CAT)|
|Conducting Body||The Indian Institute of Management (IIM)|
|Registration Dates||2nd August 2023 to 13th September 2023|
|CAT Exam Fees||INR 2,400 (General) and INR 1,200 (Reserved category)|
|Eligibility Criteria||Graduation with 50% aggregate and 45% for SC/ST students|
|No. of Questions||66|
|Time Allotted||120 minutes|
|Types of Questions||MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) and TITA (Type In The Answer)|
|Sections in the Exam||3 Sections – VARC, DILR, and QA|
|Medium of Exam||English|
|CAT Syllabus||Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), Quantitative Ability (QA)|
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CAT Notification 2023 – Important Dates
The CAT 2023 exam is expected to take place on November 26, 2023. It will be conducted in three sessions across 300 test sites in 155 cities throughout India. CAT is the most popular entrance exam for MBA/PGDM programs in India. If you're planning to take the CAT exam in 2023, make sure to note the important dates for registration, admit card release, answer key release, and result declaration.
|CAT 2023 Notification Release Date||July 30, 2023|
|CAT 2023 Registrations Start||August 2, 2023, 10 AM|
|Registration Last Date||September 13, 2023, 5 PM|
|CAT 2023 Form Correction||Last week of September 2023|
|CAT Admit Card 2023 Release Date||October 25, 2023|
|CAT Exam Date 2023||November 26, 2023|
|CAT 2023 Answer Key Release||1st of December 2023|
|Answer Key Challenge Process||1st of December 2023|
|CAT 2023 Result Declaration Date||1st of January 2024|
CAT Notification 2023 – Download PDF
CAT 2023 is coming up! You can start registering from July 30 until August 2. Remember, the last day to register is September 13. Your admit card will be available from October 25, and the CAT 2023 exam will take place on November 26. Candidates ca download the CAT 2023 Notification PDF from the link given below.
CAT 2023 – Download Notification PDF
CAT Notification 2023 – Apply Online
Applying for CAT 2023 is easy and convenient. You can apply online starting from July 30 until August 2. Make sure to complete your registration by the final date, which is September 13. Don't miss out on this opportunity to take the exam and showcase your skills!
CAT 2023 – Registration Guide
CAT Notification 2023 – Guidelines
The revised duration of the test will be 120 minutes. There will be three sections:
Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Section III: Quantitative Ability
- Candidates will be allotted exactly 40 minutes for answering questions in each section and they will not be allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.
- Some questions in each section may not be of multiple-choice type. Instead, direct answers will have to be typed on the screen. Also, they will allow the use of a basic on-screen calculator for computation.
The relevant sections of the CAT website will be updated later to reflect changes as per the above announcements and the candidates are advised to check it regularly for further details
CAT Notification 2023 – Application Fees
- ₹1100 for SC, ST, and PwD candidates.
- ₹2200 for all other candidates.
Please note that a candidate needs to pay the registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for. SC, ST, and PwD candidates must upload a copy of their SC/ST/PwD certificates at the time of registration. Fees once paid cannot be refunded under any circumstances.
CAT Notification 2023 – Exam Center
CAT will be conducted in centres spread across 156 test cities. Test cities will be mentioned on the CAT website and the name of the test centre will be indicated in the Admit Card. IIMs reserve the right to change or cancel any test centre/city and/or change the test time and date at their discretion.
|Andaman & Nicobar Islands||Port Blair|
|Andhra Pradesh||Guntur; Kakinada; Kurnool; Nellore; Rajahmundry; Tirupathi; Vijayawada; Visakhapatnam|
|Assam||Dibrugarh; Guwahati; Silchar|
|Bihar||Aurangabad; Muzaffarpur; Patna; Purnea|
|Delhi-NCR||Delhi, New Delhi, Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida, Panipat, Ghaziabad, Greater Noida,|
|Gujarat||Ahmedabad; Anand; Gandhinagar; Rajkot; Surat; Vadodara|
|Haryana||Ambala; Bahadurgarh; Hisar; Palwal; Rohtak; Sonipat|
|Himachal Pradesh||Simla; Waknaghat|
|Jammu & Kashmir||Jammu; Samba, Kashmir|
|Jharkhand||Bokaro; Dhanbad; Jamshedpur; Ranchi|
|Karnataka||Banglore; Belagavi (Belgaum); Dharwad; Gulbarga; Hubli; Mangalore; Mysore; Udupi|
|Kerala||Ernakulam; Kasaragod; Kollam; Kozhikode; Malappuram; Thrissur; Trivandrum|
|Madhya Pradesh||Bhopal; Gwalior; Indore; Jabalpur; Sagar|
|Maharashtra||Ahmednagar; Amravati; Aurangabad; Jalgaon; Kolhapur; Mumbai, Navi Mumbai; Nagpur; Nanded; Nashik; Pune; Raigad; Satara; Solapur; Thane; Ulhasnagar|
|Odisha||Balasore; Berhampur; Bhubaneswar; Cuttack; Dhenkanal; Sambalpur; Rourkela|
|Punjab||Bhatinda; Chandigarh; Fatehgarh Sahib; Jalandhar; Ludhiana; Mohali; Pathankot; Patiala; Ropar; Sangrur|
|Rajasthan||Ajmer; Alwar; Jaipur; Jodhpur; Kota; Sikar; Udaipur|
|Tamilnadu||Chennai; Coimbatore; Madurai; Namakkal; Thanjavur; Tiruchirappalli; Tirunelvelli|
|Telangana||Hyderabad; Karim Nagar; Warangal|
|Uttar Pradesh||Agra; Allahabad; Barabanki; Bareilly; Ghaziabad; Gorakhpur; Greater Noida; Kanpur; Lucknow; Mathura; Meerut; Muzaffarnagar; Noida; Varanasi|
|West Bengal||Asansol; Bankura; Burdwan; Durgapur; Hooghly; Howrah; Kalyani; Kolkata; Siliguri|
|Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Daman & Diu||Silvassa|
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CAT Notification 2023 – Exam Pattern
The likely exam pattern for CAT 2023 is as follows
|CAT Section||Questions||MCQs||Non-MCQs||Maximum Marks|
|Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)||26||18||8||78|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)||24||18||6||72|
|Quantitative Aptitude (QA)||26||18||8||78|
CAT Notification 2023 – Programs Offered
A. Post Graduate Programs in Management (PGP)
|IIM Ahmedabad||PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP||www.iima.ac.in|
|IIM Amritsar||MBA, EMBA, MBA-Business Analytics, MBA-HRM||www.iimamritsar.ac.in|
|IIM Bangalore||PGP, PGPEM, PGPBA||www.iimb.ac.in|
|IIM Bodh Gaya||PGP||www.iimbg.ac.in|
|IIM Indore||PGP, PGP-HRM||www.iimidr.ac.in|
|IIM Kashipur||MBA, MBA (Analytics), MBA (WX)||www.iimkashipur.ac.in|
|IIM Kozhikode||PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, PGP-LSM||www.iimk.ac.in|
|IIM Lucknow||PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM||www.iiml.ac.in|
|IIM Ranchi||PGP, PGP-HRM, PGP (Business Analytics)||www.iimranchi.ac.in|
|IIM Rohtak||PGP, EPGPX, EPGDSM||www.iimrohtak.ac.in|
|IIM Shillong||PGP, PGPEX, PGPWE||www.iimshillong.ac.in|
|IIM Sirmaur||MBA, MBA (T&HM)||www.iimsirmaur.ac.in|
|IIM Tiruchirappalli||PGPM, PGPM-HR, PGPBM||www.iimtrichy.ac.in|
|IIM Visakhapatnam||PGP, PGPEx, PGPDGM||www.iimv.ac.in|
B. Fellow Programs in Management (FPM) [Doctoral]
|IIM Bodh Gaya||PhD (FPM)|
|IIM Kashipur||FPM, EFPM|
|IIM Kozhikode||PhD, PhD (PT)|
|IIM Raipur||FPM/ PhD, EFPM|
|IIM Ranchi||PhD, EPhD|
|IIM Rohtak||PhD, Part-Time FPM|
|IIM Sambalpur||PhD, E PhD|
|IIM Shillong||PhD, PhDWP|
|IIM Tiruchirappalli||FPM, E-FPM|
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CAT Notification 2023 – Eligibility Criteria
Candidates must full fill certain eligibility in order to attempt CAT 2023 exam. The eligibility criteria for CAT exam is given in the table below.
|Education Qualification||Bachelor's Degree|
|Minimum Marks Required||At least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA|
|Relaxation for Reserved Categories||45% marks or equivalent CGPA for candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories|
|Recognition of University/Institution||The degree must be awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State Legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India|
|Calculation of Percentage of Marks||The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades/CGPA, the conversion to the percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/Institution. If the University/Institution doesn't have a scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence will be established by dividing the candidate's CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result by 100|
|Eligibility for Final Year Candidates||Candidates appearing for the final year of the Bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply|
|Provisional Admission for Final Year Candidates||Such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the program provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their University/Institution (issued on or before the date stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate|
|Verification of Eligibility||IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process|
CAT Notification 2023 – Booklist
Learning resources like books are a great way to stay involved while preparing for CAT. Here is the CAT 2023 Booklist
CAT Books For Quantitative Ability:
|Book Title||Author||Key Features|
|How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT||Arun Sharma||– Offers 3 levels of difficulty for each topic to gradually build concepts.|
– Simple and easy-to-understand language, making it popular among CAT aspirants.
– Popular choice for CAT preparation.
– Recommended for candidates seeking a structured approach to learning.
|Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT||Sarvesh Verma||– Comprehensive content tailored for CAT aspirants.|
– Suitable for both students with and without a strong mathematical background.
– One-stop book that covers all essential topics for the CAT exam.
– Lucid explanations for easy understanding.
|Quantitative Aptitude for CAT||Nishit Sinha||– Covers crucial topics for building a solid basic and advanced understanding.|
– Authored by a CAT trainer and coach from IIM Lucknow, adding credibility.
– Published by Pearson, known for its quality study materials.
– Recommended for aspirants seeking well-structured content from an expert.
Verbal Ability Books For CAT:
Certainly! Here's a proper table comparing the three popular books for preparing Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT exam:
|Book Title||Authors||Key Features|
|How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT||Arun Sharma, Meenakshi Upadhyay||– Covers three major topics: Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, and Verbal Reasoning.|
– Provides practice papers and mock exams for self-assessment.
– Aims to improve verbal and reading comprehension skills for CAT aspirants.
|Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension For The CAT||Nishit Sinha||– Exhaustive resource for verbal ability preparation.|
– Includes numerous tests for practice.
– Provides problem-solving techniques and approaches.
– Highly recommended book for CAT preparation in the verbal section.
|High School Grammar and Composition by Wren and Martin||Wren and Martin||– Focuses on improving grammar skills.|
– Useful for those who need to strengthen their grasp on verbal abilities.
– Helps in understanding and conceptualizing different aspects of grammar.
– Considered a must-have book for grammar improvement.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Books For CAT:
|Book Title||Author||Key Features|
|A Modern Approach to Logical Reasoning||R.S. Agarwal||– Best for starting with basic reasoning tasks due to easy-to-understand language.|
– Covers logic, statements, inferences, arguments, assumptions, conclusions, action plans, logical puzzles, etc., in different sections.
|How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for CAT||Arun Sharma||– Topics covered for CAT and other entrance exams.|
– Solved examples for each topic followed by challenging problems for practice.
|How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT||Arun Sharma||– Discusses all aspects of Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency.|
– Emphasizes the importance of developing calculation skills for gaining an advantage in DI.
– Contains past test papers, sample test papers, and questions from previous years.
|Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CAT||Nishit Sinha||– Six sections covering various logical reasoning and data interpretation topics.|
– Each subject explained with examples, case studies, and exercises.
– Can be used for other exams as well.
|Data Interpretation by Nishit Sinha||Nishit Sinha||– Ample practice for interpreting data for CAT and other MBA entrance exams.|
– Sharpens data interpretation skills.
– Useful for various competitive exams such as NMAT, GMAT, SNAP, XAT, CMAT, etc.
In addition, previous years' CAT papers can prove to be useful in preparing for the CAT as you become familiar with the questions asked in the CAT, giving you an edge. They can be used as mock examinations, and their analysis can give you a lot of insights into your preparation.
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