Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow will conduct the CAT 2023 entrance exam for MBA admission. Full Form of CAT is The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2023 will be held tentatively on November 26, 2023, in three sessions at around 300 test centres spread across about 154 cities in India.

CAT (Common Admission Test) is the premier all India level management entrance exam conducted by IIMs (Indian Institute of Management). CAT Entrance exam shortlist applicants for admission in 19 IIM’s located at Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Bodh Gaya, Calcutta, Indore, Kashipur, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Nagpur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Sambalpur, Shillong, Sirmaur, Tiruchirappalli, Udaipur and Visakhapatnam. Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the competitive entrance examinations for pursuing postgraduate programmes in Business Administration.

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Common Admission Test (CAT)

CAT is the largest MBA entrance test conducted annually in India. The CAT score is also accepted by many Non – IIM institutes for the admission. CAT is a computer based test held in India. The test scores a candidate on the basis of Quantitative Ability (QA),Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR). The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam. It is the gateway for admission to 19 Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) and various B-schools located across the country. This national level examination is conducted by the IIMs on the rotation basis.

Important Dates

CAT 2023 exam schedule

The tentative dates of the CAT MBA entrance exam 2023 can be checked from the table below.

CAT 2023 Notification dateJuly 31, 2023
CAT 2023 registrations dateAugust 4, 2023
CAT exam 2023 application form last dateSeptember 13, 2023
CAT form correction dateSeptember 15, 2023
CAT admit card release dateOctober 26, 2023
CAT mock test, direct link activation dateNovember 8, 2023
MBA CAT 2023 exam dateNovember 26, 2023
CAT 2023 answer key out dateNovember 30, 2023
Last date to rais objection against CAT exam answer keyDecember 3, 2023
CAT exam 2023 result dateFirst week of January 2024
CAT 2023 exam schedule

Post Graduate Programmes in Management

IIM AhmedabadPGP and PGP-FABM
IIM AmritsarPGP
IIM Bodh GayaPGP
IIM IndorePGP and EPGP
IIM KashipurPGP and EPGPM
IIM KozhikodePGP
IIM RohtakPGP and EPGP
IIM SambalpurPGP
IIM SirmaurPGP
IIM TiruchirappalliPGP and PGPBM
IIM UdaipurPGP
IIM VisakhapatnamPGP
Post Graduate Programmes in Management

Fellow Programmes in Management (FPM) Offering Institutes

IIM AhmedabadIIM BangaloreIIM Calcutta
IIM IndoreIIM KashipurIIM Kozhikode
IIM LucknowIIM RaipurIIM Ranchi
IIM RohtakRGIIM ShillongIIM Tiruchirappalli
IIM UdaipurIIM KashipurIIM Raipur

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who passed a 3-year bachelor’s degree from any stream from a UGC-recognized degree are eligible to apply for CAT 2023. A detailed eligibility criteria is given below:

  • Candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in any stream from a recognized institution/ university.
  • Candidate should secure 50% marks in aggregate (45% for SC/ST/Pwd categories) in the qualifying exam
  • Candidates who have done CA/CS/ICWA and have scored the required percentage can also appear for CAT 2023
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification exam and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply 
  • Bachelor’s degree must be of minimum 3 years
  • No upper or lower age limit


  • As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates, 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates, 27% for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “Non-Creamy” layer (NC-OBC), up to 10% for Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) candidates and 5% for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD).

Application Process

  • Candidates can register for Common Admission Test (CAT) through online mode only
  • CAT application forms at iimcat.ac.in 2023
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM) will release the CAT 2023 application forms
  • CAT 2023 application forms release at iimcat.ac.in.
  • The CAT registration involves three simple steps:
  • Step-1: Registration
  • Step-2: Fill Application Form and Upload Images of required documents, photograph, signature etc.
  • Step-3: Make Payment
  • The details will be available in the registration guide on the website www.iimcat.ac.in.

Registration Fee

  • For SC/ST/PWD Category Candidates: Rs. 1150/-
  • For Other Category Candidates: Rs. 2300/-
  • Mode of Payment : Online through using Debit Card / Credit Card / Net Banking

Selection Process

  • Every B-school along with IIMs has its own selection criteria and cut-off list
  • The first stage for selection includes admission test, academic performance & relevant work experience,
  • On the basis of candidate’s performance in the admission test, academic performance & relevant work experience, the candidates will be shortlisted for the second stage of selection process
  • The second stage of selection includes – Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI).
  • Written Test- Candidate has to write on one or more topics a brief essay in the time duration of 15-45 minutes.
  • Group Discussion– A round is held where 8-10 candidates are given a particular topic and they have to discuss on it. This is to check the candidate’s group dynamics.
  • Personal Interview– In this round candidate has to present himself/herself before the panel of 4-8 interviewers. This is a final round and is held to check the candidate’s educational qualification, hobbies, interests and work experience
  • Students will be selected for admission on the basis of Entrance test, WAT, GD and PI.

Exam Pattern

  • CAT is a computer- based objective type test with a mix of multiple choice of questions (MCQs) as well as some non-MCQs
  • The CAT 2023 will comprise of three sections, i.e. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning & Quantitative Ability
  • The exam duration will be 180 minutes (3 hours) – 60 minutes will be given for each section.
  • Total Number of Questions: 100
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension: 34 questions
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning: 32 questions
  • Quantitative Ability: 34 questions
  • Marking Scheme
  • +3 for right answer
  • -1 for wrong answer
  • No negative marking for non-MSQs

Test Centers

  • CAT will be conducted in centers spread across around 150 test cities. Test cities will be mentioned in 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.


  • Candidates’ CAT 2023 scorecards will be made accessible on the CAT website.
  •  Candidates may also be intimated individually by SMS.
  • The CAT results are likely to be declared by the First week of January 2024.
  • The CAT 2023 score is valid only till December 31, 2024 and will accordingly be accessible on the website.
  • Thereafter, no queries related to the issuance of CAT 2023 scorecards will be entertained.


CAT question paper comprises three sections namely- Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). Download CAT syllabus PDF section-wise. The VARC section is the first section of the CAT question paper and has a sectional time limit of 40 minutes. CAT VARC section is divided into two sub-parts, Verbal Ability, and Reading Comprehension.

CAT VARC Syllabus 2023: Key points

  • In the CAT exam, there will be around 8 Verbal Ability questions
  • CAT VARC section will have both MCQs and Non-MCQs questions which means for Non-MCQ questions, candidates will have to type the answers.
  • There will be no negative marking for non-MCQ questions

Types of questions in CAT VARC includes: Para-Jumble, reading comprehension, basic vocabulary, odd one out, analogies, verbal reasoning and error correction in a paragraph.

There is no prescribed syllabus for CAT but seeing the question pattern a detailed syllabus has been mentioned below:

The CAT syllabus 2023 includes three sections namely verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC), data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR), and quantitative aptitude (QA). Based on the previous year CAT questions the syllabus of CAT 2023 can be taken from the points below. The VARC section of the CAT exam syllabus covers various topics of Verbal Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, English Grammar, etc. The CAT DILR syllabus includes topics that require analytical interpretation of data presented in the form of Pie Charts, Puzzles, Bar Graphs, and Tables. The QA section of CAT syllabus includes topics of Mathematics from classes 9 and 10 such as Algebra, Arithmetic, Trigonometry, Algebra, and Mensuration.

Click here to go through the complete CAT Syllabus

CAT Exam centers

State/Union TerritoriesExam Cities for CAT
West BengalAsansol, Burdwan, Bishnupur,Durgapur, Howrah, Kalyani, Hooghly,Kolkata, Siliguri
UttarakhandDehradun, Roorkee
Uttar PradeshAgra, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Bareilly, Greater Noida, Kanpur, Mathura, Meerut, Lucknow, Varanasi
TelanganaHyderabad, Karim Nagar, Khammam
Tamil NaduChennai, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelvelli, Coimbatore, Madurai, Namakkal
RajasthanAjmer, Alwar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
PunjabFatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Ropar, Sangrur
OdishaBalasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur
MaharashtraAhmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Ratnagiri, Satara, Solapur, Thane
Madhya PradeshBhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar
KeralaKasaragod, Kochi, Kollam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur, Trivandrum
KarnatakaKolar, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Ramnagara, Shimoga, Tumkur, Udupi, Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bidar, Chikballapur, Davanagere, Hasan
JharkhandDhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
Jammu & KashmirJammu
Himachal PradeshSimla
HaryanaGurgaon, Palwal, Panipath, Rohtak, Sonipath, Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Faridabad
GujaratAhmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
GoaMadgaon, Verna
DelhiNew Delhi
ChattisgarhRaipur, Bhillai
BiharAurangabad, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea
AssamDibrugarh, Guwahati
Arunachal PradeshItanagar
Andhra PradeshChittoor, Kurnool, Nellore, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
Andaman & Nicobar IslandsPort Blair
CAT Exam centers List

When should I apply for CAT 2023?

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) is expected to officially issue the CAT 2023 notification this weekend, most likely tomorrow, July 29. The official CAT 2023 website is likely to be activated after the notification is released. The eligible candidates are expected to fill up CAT application form 2023 from August 4, 2023 as notification is expected by tomorrow, July 2023.

Admit Card

Admit Card download will be available from July 2023 till Exam day. Students are requested to check the CAT website: https://iimcat.ac.in and stay updated.


Candidates can expect CAT 2023 result in the month of December/January. They have to keep themselves updated by checking the CAT website.

CAT Score Card

Scorecard of candidates will be available at the official website of CAT: www.iimcat.ac.in and candidates will be made aware regarding the same. The Scorecard will be possibly available at its official website in the month of January 2023.

For more details and to apply online, please visit the official website

Contact Details

CAT Centre
C/o. Admissions Office,
Indian Institute of Management Bangalore,
Bannerghatta Road, Bengaluru – 560 076, Karnataka, India.

Phone.: +91-080-26993388 / 3017 / 3013

Email: [email protected]


CAT official website 2023

The official website of IIM CAT is iimcat.ac.in. As per the latest update, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow will conduct the CAT entrance exam for MBA admission this year. Eligible candidates will be able to apply at iimcat.ac.in.

CAT 2023 notification date

The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow will release the official IIM CAT 2023 notification likely on July 29. The CAT notification will have the details related to CAT exam 2023 such as CAT registration date, CAT exam application form correction window, issuance of CAT admit card, CAT exam, and result date.

How much is required in CAT for IIM?

Candidates who score more than the 95 percentile can get a call from most of the IIMs for the WAT and PI rounds. To get a call from top IIMs like IIM Ahmedabad, and IIM Bengaluru, students need to score more than 99%. The expected cutoff will be released by the coaching institutes soon after the conclusion of the CAT exam for MBA. Also read; PGP fees, and seats in IIMs

Changes expected in CAT exam 2023?

Currently, everyone across the country has been vaccinated against COVID-19. Therefore, the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow is likely to remove the mandatory submission of vaccination status. Also, the conducting body is expected to reduce the CAT exam centers as the exam authorities did earlier. In 2017, IIM Lucknow conducted the CAT exam in around 140 exam

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