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CAT 2023 Exam - The Complete Guide

What is CAT Exam ?




The selection criteria for admission through this entrance exam are different for each institute. Each of the IIMs or any participating institute has its own guidelines for accepting admission through CAT. CAT is conducted by one of the IIMs and in 2022 IIM Bangalore will be the host this time. The notification about the CAT 2022 is declared on 31 July 2022. CAT is considered the most prestigious admission test for PGP/PGDM/MBA and similar management courses offered by IIMs and non-IIMs colleges in India. There are 20 IIMs in India that offer various management courses for admission.

CAT is an aptitude exam designed to take admission in management courses offered by some top management institutes in India. It is one of the most renowned and toughest entrance exams in India. CAT Exam is considered one of the major events of management studies in India. Common Admission Test or CAT is a computer-based aptitude test. Every year this exam is scheduled on the last Sunday of November and this year the exam of CAT will be conducted on Nov. 27, 2022. In total, more than 2,00,000 candidates appear every year in the exam and only the top 5000 get the chance of studying in IIMs. Not only IIMs over 1300 Business Schools in India consider the result of this exam for admission.

Important Dates of CAT Exam

CAT Exam Eligibility

Registration of CAT 2023



The candidate must satisfy the following conditions for CAT Eligibility:

  • The candidate should have a graduation degree of minimum three-year duration, having not less than 50% marks, 45% in case of Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Persons with Disability (PWD) /Differently Abled (DA).


  • The graduation degree should have been granted by any of the universities formed by an act of the parliament or assembly (central or state statutory body in India) or other educational establishments constructed by an act of Parliament or announced to be deliberated as a university under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or retain an equal qualification documented by the Ministry of Education, Govt. of India.

  • Candidates appearing for the final year of graduation degree/equivalent qualification examination and the individuals who have finished degree requisites and are expecting results can also apply. On selection, such students will be permitted to join the program provisionally, and they need to present a certificate by June 30, from the principal/registrar of their college/institute mentioning that the student has finished all the requirements for acquiring a four-year or three-year degree.

CAT 2023 registration will begin in the first week of August 2023. Candidates with a bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognized university will be able to apply for CAT 2023 till the third week of September 2023.

CAT Latest Notifications

CAT 2023 exam will be conducted in 3 slots on November 26, 2023 likely by either IIM Lucknow or IIM Calcutta.  As per CAT eligibility criteria, candidates must have a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 50% marks. 


CAT Exam Events

CAT 2023 Notification releases

CAT 2023 registration open

CAT 2023 registration ends

CAT form correction

CAT 2023 admit card releases​​

CAT mock test link activation

CAT 2023 exam date

CAT 2023 answer key releases

CAT 2023 result declaration

CAT 2023 Exam Dates (tentative)

31- July - 2023

First Week of August , 2023

Last Week of August , 2023

Last Week of September, 2023

Last Week of October , 2023

Fourth Week of October , 2023

26 - Nov - 2023

First Week of December , 2023

First Week of January , 2024

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