CAT 2023 Registration: Learn how to apply, Last date, Application Fee, and Get other details
IIM has released the CAT 2023 Notificationon official website. Scheduled for November 26, 2023, the CAT 2023 Exam is conducted by IIM Lucknow has opened its registration on August 2nd, 2023. Within the notification PDF, encompassing the CAT exam 2023 registration dates and closing dates, eligibility criteria, exam pattern, and additional significant dates for CAT exam. Let’s delve into the essential and the most recent eligibility criteria applicable to the CAT 2023 Exam.
Important Dates For CAT 2023 Exam
|Notification Released||July 30, 2023|
|CAT 2023 Registration Started Date||
August 2, 2023 (at 10 AM)
|CAT 2023 Registration Last Date||
September 13, 2023 (till 5 PM)
|CAT 2023 Admit Card Release Date||
October 25, 2023 (begins at 5pm)
|CAT 2023 Exam Date||
November 26, 2023
|CAT 2023 Results Date||
1st Week of Jan 2024 (tentative)
How to Apply for CAT 2023: Step by step process
- Visit the official website and Click on, “New Candidate Registration.”
- New users can register on the portal by providing the name of the candidate, date of birth, email id, and mobile number.
- Log in again using the system-generated ID and password.
- Fill up the form by providing the correct credentials.
- Upload the required documents – Your uploaded images (Photo Dimension: 30mm X 45mm) and (Signature Dimension: 35mmX80mm) in a JPG/JPEG format.
- At the time of Exam registration, candidates are required to upload their category certificate (If one belongs to NC- SC/OBC/PWD/ST category).
- Pay the application fee and Submit the CAT 2023 application form and take a printout of the same for future reference.
- The registration for the CAT 2023 exam will be opened on August 2nd, 2023, through online mode.
- The last date for the CAT exam 2023 application form is September 13, 2023.
- At the time of registration, the candidate can choose six test cities as per their option.
- You can also take a CAT application print copy for further use.
Application fees For CAT 2023 Exam:
Applicants can pay the registration fee through Online mode. The portal for the CAT 2023 registration is available on the official website of IIM. The online payment modes are debit cards (Visa/Master/Rupay), credit cards (Visa/Master/Amex/Diners Club), & net banking. The registration fee for the CAT 2023 is given below for various categories.
|General||Rs. 2400 + transaction processing fees|
|SC, ST and PwD||Rs. 1200 + transaction processing fees|
Exam Pattern For CAT 2023 Exam
CAT 2023 Exam pattern: Over the past two years (due to the covid pandemic), the CAT exam pattern has been changed. Earlier CAT was conducted in a 3-hour pattern with 1-hour for each section. But, Since 2020, the exam has moved to a 2-hour format. The exam pattern is expected to remain the same for the CAT 2023 examination. The exam pattern for CAT 2023 is as follows.
There will be three sections in CAT examination.
- VARC – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
- LRDI – Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation
- QA – Quantitative Ability
Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks, and each wrong answer carries a penalty of -1 mark. Some questions are Type-in-the-answer (TITA) questions. The marking scheme for TITA questions is +3 marks for the correct answer and NO negative marks for the wrong answer. No negative marks for unattempted questions.
Each section has a sectional time limit of 40 minutes, and candidates are not allowed to switch between the sections. Candidates are expected to perform well in all the sections, and most of the institutes accepting CAT scores for admission have sectional cut-offs in addition to overall cut-offs.
The below table shows the exam pattern for CAT 2023 (the following pattern is based on the previous year’s exam pattern):
|SECTION||EXPECTED DURATION||EXPECTED NUMBER OF QUESTIONS|
|Verbal Ability||40 minutes||24|
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||40 minutes||20|
|Quantitative Ability||40 minutes||22|
Eligibility Criteria For CAT 2023 Exam
The Eligibility criteria for the CAT exam has remained unchanged. The candidates who hold a recognized bachelor’s degree with an aggregation of 50% (45% for SC/ST and PWD students) , (or candidates having a professional degree like CA / CS / ICWA / Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI) with required percentage) – are eligible for the CAT 2023 examination.
Also, the candidates who are in the final year of their bachelor’s are also eligible to apply for the CAT 2023 examination. They need to submit the required provisional degree at the time of admission to the management institute in which they got selected.
Age Limit: There is no age limit to taking the CAT 2023 examination.
Download CAT 2023 Complete Syllabus PDF
There is no defined syllabus for the CAT exam, but based on the previous year’s paper trends, we have made a list of the important topics for CAT 2023. The CAT syllabus for 2023 comprises three sections: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). Acquiring a comprehensive understanding of the entire CAT examination syllabus stands as the initial and most crucial stride in preparing for this entrance exam conducted by the IIMs. Click on the link given below to download the CAT 2023 syllabus PDF.
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Preparation Strategy For CAT 2023
A good way to prepare for CAT 2023 is to ensure that you go through the CAT Previous Papers thoroughly. Also, taking a Free CAT online mock tests will help the candidates in gauging their strengths and weaknesses. Ensure that you utilize the free resources available well.
Check out the below excellent video on CAT 2023 preparation in 100 Days by Sayali Mam (IIMA Alumna). The video consists strategy for CAT 2023 preparation, exam taking strategy, a section-wise study plan and also the tips & tricks to crack the CAT exam. You can also enrol to the CAT 2023 Latest batch starting from August 1st (check the detailed schedule at link provided below)
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