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CAT 2023 exam date is November 26, 2023. The exam will be held in three sessions in 155 cities. CAT admit card 2023 has been released today. Earlier, the admit card download date was October 25, 2023. Candidates who have registered for the exam, can download the CAT 2023 admit card fom IIMCAT website now.

The CAT 2023 registration started on August 2, 2023 and concluded on September 21, 2023. This year, the IIM Lucknow received a record number of CAT applications – 3.3 lakh. This CAT 2023 registration number the highest since its inception.

This year, the CAT score will be accepted for admisison to Indian Institute of Foreign Trade’s MBA International Business and MBA Business Analytics courses too. Thus, IIFT aspirants need to appear for CAT 2023. Read below for CAT 2023 important dates, exam details, preparation tips and admission cut offs.


What is CAT Exam?

Common Admission Test or CAT is a national level management aptitude test which is conducted by the IIM for admission to the MBA courses offered by its 20 campuses and over 1,200 B-schools in India. Over two lakh candidates apply for the CAT exam every year. In CAT 2023, the registration set a new record with 3.30 lakh applications. CAT exam is conducted on a single day in three sessions at about 400 test centres in 155 cities across India. Those planning to pursue MBA in the 2024 academic session must appear for CAT exam as it is an exam which is accepted by most of the government as well as private MBA colleges in India. 

The CAT exam is a business aptitude test and its syllabus comprises these subjects – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). Difficulty level of the exam is moderate to high. 

CAT 2023 Admit Card

The CAT admit card is a mandatory document to be carried to the exam centre, thus candidates must download it before the exam day. It is advised to download two copies, as one copy is to be submitted at the exam centre. It will have test centre location, exam slot, reporting time and other exam related information printed on it. Here’s the process to download the CAT admit card 2023:

  • Log on to CAT website:
  • Click on ‘login’ tab
  • Enter CAT 2023 application number and password
  • Go to ‘admit card’ section
  • Click on ‘download’

CAT Exam Day Guidelines

CAT 2023 exam will be conducted at designated exam centres and candidates will have to follow certain guidelines which will be mentioned in the admit card. Read below important CAT exam day guidelines, documents to carry and prohibited items at the exam centre.

Documents to carry on CAT exam day

Candidates appearing for the exam this year must carry the following documents to the CAT exam centre to get entry: 

  • CAT admit card: Candidates appearing for the CAT 2023 exam must carry two printouts of their admit card with their photo affixed on it (preferably the same as uploaded with the application form). Entry without the CAT admit card and photo ID will not be permitted. 
  • Identity Proof: Along with the admit card, candidates are required to carry a photo ID proof such as College ID (must be supported with a valid debit/credit card), employer ID, driving license, passport, PAN card, Voter ID or Aadhaar card.
  • Name change document: In case a candidate changed their name, they will be required to carry a name change certificate/document.
  • PwD/Scribe Certificate: PwD candidates will have to carry certificate indicating the same and  the scribe certificate attested by the competent authority, if they with to avail scribe services.

Items prohibited inside the CAT exam hall:

  • Calculator, watch, phone, iPad or any other electronic item
  • Bags and purses
  • Eatables and beverages
  • Jewellery and accessories that contain metal
  • Jackets and clothes with pockets
  • Closed footwear 

Note: Candidates with a metal implant, pacemaker, etc. in their body will be required to carry medical certificate of the same to the test centre.