CAT 2023 Exam Date: 26th November 2023 (Expected)
CAT 2023 Results: 1st week January 2024 (Expected)
Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as an entrance exam to select candidates for admission to various management programmes.
Apart from the IIMs, many other top MBA colleges in India accept the CAT Score. B-schools such as the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) Delhi, SP Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Management Development Institute (MDI), Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), IIT-MBAs, IMT Ghaziabad, etc., use CAT score in their admission process. You can also check out the complete list of top MBA colleges in India (with detailed fees and placements) here.
There are many other MBA entrance exams available, but there is a unique preference for the candidates who ace the CAT exam during the admission process of the respective colleges. But why? The reason is that CAT tests a student's aptitude, logical reasoning, reading comprehension skills, time management skills, etc. - the basic skills necessary for aspiring managers/business leaders before starting their MBA journey.
How much CAT percentile is required for an IIM call? (based on your profile)
CAT is the first stage in the selection process. The institutes prepare a shortlist of candidates based on the CAT score and several other criteria like 10th class, 12th class, Graduation percentage and Work experience. The selection criteria and weightage assigned to each criterion, including the CAT score, might vary from institute to institute.
The CAT exam is an annual management entrance test, so it will be conducted only once a year, in November. Each year, the CAT exam is conducted by any one of the top six IIMs in India. The CAT 2023 exam is expected to be conducted by IIM Lucknow. Check out the important dates of CAT 2023, including the examination date.
|Event||Important Dates (Tentative)
|CAT 2023 Notification||Last week of July 2023
|CAT 2023 Registration starts||
1st week of Aug 2023
|CAT 2023 Application last date||
1st week of Sept 2023
|Release of Admit Card|
3rd week of Oct 2023
|CAT 2023 Exam date||26th November 2023|
|Answer key release||1st week of December 2023|
|Results||1st Week, January 2024
The CAT is an exam conducted by the IIMs and is held nationwide, so the candidates must fulfil certain eligibility criteria. The requirements to satisfy the CAT exam eligibility criteria are as follows:
Over the past two years (due to the covid pandemic), the CAT exam pattern has 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 (2-hrs) for the CAT 2023 examination. The expected exam pattern for CAT 2023 is as follows.
There will be three sections:
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. Also, there is no negative marking 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||DURATION||Number of questions (Expected)|
|Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension||40 minutes|
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning||40 minutes|
|Quantitative Ability||40 minutes|
What is the CAT syllabus?
CAT does not have a defined syllabus. Two sections (VARC & LRDI) out of the three do not require you to memorise even basic formulae. VARC and LRDI are the sections entirely based on the candidate's logical reasoning ability, reading comprehension skills, language skills etc.
Coming to the third section (Quantitative Ability): This section deals with mathematics based on the concepts learned in high school. The weightage for each section is represented in the below pie chart. (You can also download the PDF of the detailed CAT syllabus, which is given under this pie chart)
The topics involved in each section are as follows.
Topics in each section of CAT
Each section constitutes specific sub-topics. The below table shows the broad sub-topics in each section.
Cracku offers the following excellent courses to crack CAT 2023.
The CAT 2023 exam registration is expected to start in the 1st week of August 2023. Check out the steps given below to register for the CAT 2023 exam.
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmedabad
Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Calcutta
Indian Institute Of Management(IIM), Lucknow
Indian Institute Of Management (IIM), Kozhikode
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore
Faculty of management studies (FMS), New Delhi
S. P. Jain Institute of Management & Research (SPJIMR), Mumbai
Management Development Institute (MDI), Gurgaon
Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of management studies (JBIMS), Mumbai (for outside Maharashtra candidates)
Institute Of Management Technology (IMT), Ghaziabad
National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai
Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Shillong
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Trichy
Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kashipur
Department of management studies (IIT Delhi), New Delhi
Shailesh J Mehta School of Management (IIT Bombay), Mumbai
Vinod Gupta school of management (VGSOM), IIT Kharagpur
Xavier Institute of Management (XIM), Bhubaneswar
International Management Institute (IMI), New Delhi
Knowing the level of questions that arrive in the CAT examination is essential. The CAT previous year's question papers are one of the best resources to have an idea regarding the level of questions and the pattern of the examination. One can download the PDFs of the past year's question papers with all slots, with detailed video solutions, for FREE. These PDFs with video solutions of CAT previous papers will help you understand each question well. You can practice these questions or can also take these as an actual test.
Download CAT previous question papers PDFs with video solutions
Last updated: February 1st, 2023 15:05 IST
Published February 1st, 2023 15:03 IST