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CAT 2023 Notification (Out) - Exam Date (Out), Registration Link (Closed), Latest Updates

Intajur Rahaman
Intajur RahamanUpdated On: September 22, 2023 10:05 am IST | CAT
CAT 2023 notification has been released on July 30, on the official website - Check other details like CAT 2023 application dates, official website for candidate login & more.  
CAT 2023 Notification

CAT 2023 notification was released on July 30, on the official website. The CAT exam date 2023 is November 26, 2023, and IIM Lucknow will conduct the exam. The CAT 2023 registration process commenced on August 2, 2023, and ended on September 21, 2023 (extended)

The CAT notification consists of all the necessary details about the exam that aspirants must be aware of if they wish to seek MBA admission through CAT. Some of the most important aspects of the CAT exam covered in the CAT 2023 notification include important dates related to the registration and admission process, the eligibility criteria for the CAT, the reservation policy, etc. 

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The CAT exam is conducted by the top six IIMs on a rotational basis every year. CAT 2022 was administered by IIM Bangalore after a gap of six years. Candidates will be able to register for the CAT 2023 exam on the official website till the registration deadline. CAT aspirants must make sure to check the notification if they wish to appear for the exam. Candidates will find all the necessary information related to the CAT 2023 notification right here!

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CAT 2023 Notification: Latest Updates

  • September 22, 2023: The CAT registration link was closed yesterday at 11 AM!
  • August 2, 2023: The CAT 2023 registration link has been activated on the official website.
  • July 30, 2023: The CAT notification 2023 is OUT!
  • July 30, 2023: CAT 2023 notification likely today. It will be releasedalong with the exam, registration, and admit card dates. 
  • July 29, 2023: The CAT Convener Sanjeet Singh has confirmed that the IIM CAT 2023 notification will be released tomorrow. 
  • July 29, 2023: The CAT notification 2023 to be released shortly. Stay tuned to get the official pdf here. 
  • July 28, 2023: The official website link to access the CAT 2023 notification is
  • July 27, 2023: CAT registration 2023 will likely begin on August 2, 2023, and last till the second week of September 2023.
  • July 26, 2023:The CAT 2023 exam will be conducted on November 26, 2023, following previous year trends. The CAT exam is always conducted on the last Sunday of November each year.
  • July 25, 2023: It has been confirmed by a senior official that the Indian Institute of Management - Lucknow will be conducting the CAT 2023 exam and releasing the CAT notification 2023 by the end of July according to various news sources.
  • July 24, 2023:The CAT 2023 Notification is expected to be released this week on the official website - by the exam conducting authorities.

CAT 2023 Notification: Official PDF Download Link

The CAT 2023 notification has been made available in PDF format. Candidates who will be appearing for the CAT exam must download the CAT notification 2023 for future reference. The direct link to CAT 2023 notification PDF and the CAT advertisement PDF download have been updated below:

CAT 2023 Notification PDF - Download Link for Information Bulletin

CAT 2023 Notification - Advertisement PDF

CAT Notification 2023: Highlights

Before diving into the detailed information about the CAT 2023 notification and the exam, let’s take a look at the major highlights of CAT notification mentioned in the table below:


CAT 2023 Exam Details

Conducting Body

IIM Lucknow

CAT Notification 2023 Date of Release

July 30, 2023 (Out)

Time of Release

Around 10:30 AM

CAT 2023 Notification Website Link

Mode of Release

Online and Offline (Newspapers)


  • Time & Date of Exam
  • Registration Start Date
  • Registration Procedure
  • Exam Pattern
  • Conducting Body
  • Selection Process
  • Reservation Policy

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CAT 2023 Notification: Important Dates

The CAT notification 2023 will inform candidates about the entire CAT timeline. Once the CAT 2023 notification is released, candidates will know the exact dates of all the important pre-exam events related to CAT 2023 like the registration process, admit card release, exam dates, etc. Estimated dates of post-exam events like result declaration, answer key release, etc. will also be mentioned in the CAT information bulletin. 

CAT 2023 Events


CAT 2023 Notification Date

July 30, 2023 (Out)

CAT 2023 Application Form Release

August 2, 2023 (Released)

CAT 2023 Registration Deadline

September 21, 2023 (Closed)

CAT 2023 Application Form Correction Window

Last week of September 2023

CAT 2023 Admit Card Release

October 25, 2023

CAT 2023 Exam Date

November 26, 2023

Also Read:CAT 2023 Exam Day Instructions

Which IIM is Going to Conduct CAT 2023?

The CAT 2023 will be conducted by IIM Lucknow; it has been confirmed. The CAT 2023 conducting body has been revelaed prior to the CAT notification 2023 release, which will inform candidates about the CAT 2023 exam date in addition to other important details. Candidates may check out the table below to find out the CAT conducting bodies of the last few years.


Conducting IIMs

CAT Exam Date


IIM Lucknow

November 26, 2023


IIM Bangalore

November 27, 2022


IIM Ahmedabad

November 28, 2021


IIM Indore

November 29, 2020


IIM Kozhikode

November 24, 2019


IIM Calcutta

November 25, 2018


IIM Lucknow

November 26, 2017


IIM Bangalore

December 4, 2016

CAT 2023 Notification: Exam Slot Timings

It is important to be aware of the entire CAT 2023 schedule in addition to being aware of the CAT 2023 exam dates for all aspirants. The exam slot timings will be mentioned in the CAT notification 2023. The exam is typically held on a single day in three different time slots to accommodate all the applicants. If there are any changes in the slot timings, it will be intimated in the CAT 2023 notification. The CAT 2023 exam slot timings are mentioned in the table below:


Exam Timings

Reporting Time

Shift 1 (Forenoon)

8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

7:00 AM to 8:15 AM

Shift 2 (Afternoon)

12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

11 AM to 12:15 PM

Shift 3 (Evening)

4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

3:00 PM to 4:15 PM

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CAT Notification 2023: Eligibility Criteria

The CAT 2023 eligibility criteria are another important area that is covered in the CAT 2023 notification. There have not been any major changes in the CAT eligibility criteria in the past few years and the eligibility requirements for CAT 2023 are also expected to remain the same. Any major changes in the eligibility criteria will be mentioned in the CAT notification 2023. The CAT 2023 eligibility criteria according to the previous year's CAT 2023 notification are mentioned below:

  • In order to be eligible for the CAT exam, candidates have to hold a Bachelor's degree with at least 50% aggregate marks (for General Category, EWS, and NC-OBC caste). For SC/ST and Differently Abled (PwD) candidates, the minimum percentage required is 45%.

  • For the degree to be considered towards the CAT eligibility criteria, the University that has awarded the degree has to be recognized by the MHRD.

  • Candidates who have completed their professional degrees (CA/CS/ICWA) with over 50% aggregate score (45% for SC/ST/PwD) are also eligible for CAT as per the CAT notification.

  • Candidates appearing for the final year of their bachelor's degree/equivalent qualification or awaiting their Bachelor’s degree result are also eligible to appear for CAT.

How to Apply for CAT 2023?

The CAT application form 2023 has been released on August 2, 2023. Now, aspirants can fill out the CAT application form by visiting the official website. In order to register for the CAT exam candidates are required to have a valid email address and a phone number, according to the CAT notification 2023. The CAT application form can only be filled out in online mode. Candidates must make sure they meet the eligibility criteria mentioned in the CAT 2023 notification before applying for the exam. Candidates must follow the steps mentioned below in order to register for CAT 2023:

  • Candidates must visit the official website for CAT - On the official website, candidates must click on the link for “New Candidate Registration”.
  • Candidates will then have to create a User ID on the official website by entering their Email ID, Phone Number, and other basic details.
  • Candidates will have to verify their contact details through OTP verification, through a One Time Password they will receive on their Email ID and Phone Number. Once the verification process is completed, the User ID and Password will be created.
  • Using the User ID and Password generated, candidates will have to login to the official CAT website and fill out the CAT application form with the necessary information:
    • Personal Details
    • Academic Qualifications
    • Work Experience (if applicable)
    • Management Program Preferences
    • Test City Preferences
  • Subsequently, candidates will have to upload certain documents after providing the necessary information required during the CAT application process. The specifications for each document will also be mentioned in the CAT notification 2023.

Documents Required to Complete CAT Application Process

The documents that need to be uploaded during the CAT registration process are as follows:

Required Documents




Photograph of Candidate

30 mm X 45 mm

.jpg or .jpeg

<= 80 Kb

Signature of Candidate

80 mm X 35 mm

.jpg or .jpeg

<= 80 Kb

NC-OBC/SC/ST (Reservation) Certificate

Self-attested Scanned Copy


<=200 Kb

PwD/DA Certificate

Self-attested Scanned Copy


<=200 Kb

  • Finally, candidates have to pay the CAT application fee to successfully complete the registration process. Candidates will also have to option to preview their CAT application form before submitting the application fee to check for errors as per the CAT notification. A confirmation email will be sent to the applicants shortly after the application fee has been successfully paid.

CAT 2023 Notification: Application Fees

The CAT notification will also mention the CAT 2023 Application Fee which is an important aspect of the registration process. The application form of a candidate will only be valid if they have successfully paid the application fee as mentioned in the CAT 2023 notification. The application fee must be paid within the specified timeline or the application form of an aspirant will be rejected. The CAT 2023 application fees for different categories of applicants are as follows:


CAT 2023 Application Fee

General/ EWS/ NC-OBC

INR 2400


INR 1200

Also Read:CAT 2023 Application Form Correction

CAT Notification 2023: Reservation Policy

The CAT reservation policy is another vital component of the CAT 2023 notification. Candidates belonging to the reservation categories like Scheduled Caste, Scheduled Tribe, etc. are eligible for certain concessions during the CAT admission process according to the CAT notification 2023. However, candidates belonging to these categories must produce valid proof to verify their eligibility for reservation. Applicants must indicate on the CAT application whether they belong to a reserved category. The CAT 2023 reservation policy as per the CAT 2023 notification is mentioned below:

Reservation Category

Reservation Percentage

Scheduled Caste (SC)


Scheduled Tribe (ST)


Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC)


Economically Weaker Section (EWS)

Up to 10%

Person with Disabilities (PwD)


CAT 2023 Notification: Exam Centers

The CAT exam centers are where the CAT 2023 examination will be conducted on the CAT 2023 exam date. The CAT 2023 notification will also cover this aspect of the examination. Since the CAT exam is by far the most popular MBA entrance exam in India, it is natural that over lakhs of candidates apply for the exam every year. Due to the high number of candidates every year, the CAT exam is conducted in multiple shifts to accommodate every aspirant, as mentioned in the CAT notification. Every CAT test center conducts three sessions of the CAT exam on the exam day.

Every test city consists of multiple CAT test centers. There number of CAT test cities was 150 last year and that number is expected to increase in 2023. The CAT 2023 notification will inform candidates about the test cities. Candidates will receive their assigned CAT test center once their CAT admit card is issued.

Also Read:CAT 2023 Exam Centres

CAT Notification 2023: Exam Day Instructions

The CAT exam day is easily one of the most nerve-wracking days that aspirants will experience. During such a time, having a smooth examination experience is mandatory to ensure that candidates can focus on the actual CAT exam date 2023. However, in order to have a smooth and hassle free examination experience, aspirants must make sure they follow all the necessary instructions and guidelines mentioned in the CAT 2023 notification by the exam conducting authorities. Some of the most vital CAT exam days instructions are mentioned below:

  • Candidates must make sure that they reach the examination center with ample time to complete all the formalities before the exam on the CAT 2023 exam date.
  • Candidates must not forget to carry their CAT admit card and the required government-issued Photo ID proof. To err on the side of caution, candidates should carry two copies of the required documents.
  • Candidates must not sign their CAT admit card prematurely. The admit card should only be signed in the presence of the CAT exam invigilator.
  • The photo that candidates will attach to the CAT admit card must be the same as the one uploaded during the CAT registration process.
  • Candidates should also make sure that they do not have any rubbish or scrap paper in their pockets as only the CAT admit card and the Photo ID proof are allowed inside the exam hall on the CAT exam date 2023.
  • The writing pad provided for rough work during the CAT exam has to be returned after the examination is over. Candidates should also make sure to write their name and registration number on the rough pad.
  • Any kind of electronic gadgets are prohibited inside the CAT examination room. Thus, candidates must refrain from carrying such items to the examination centre.
  • Any kind of clothes with pockets, metal jewellery, and heavy footwear are also prohibited inside the CAT examination hall.
  • Bags and other kinds of luggage are not allowed inside the examination hall. Candidates must make sure they carry all the required documents in a transparent folder.
  • Candidates with medical conditions who have metal inside their body like metal implants or pacemakers will be required to submit medical certificates for the same at the CAT exam hall on the CAT 2023 exam date.
Also Read:A Look at CAT Previous Year Pattern

CAT Notification 2023: Participating Institutes

The CAT exam is conducted for MBA/PGDM admission to the Indian Institutes of Management which are a chain of premier management institutes across the country. Apart from the IIMs, there are over 1000 B-schools in India that accept CAT scores for management admissions. Candidates must also learn more about the selection process for IIMs through CAT which will be mentioned in the CAT 2023 notification. Here is a list of the top colleges accepting CAT 2023:

Name of the Institute

CAT 2023 Expected Cutoff (Percentile)

IIM Ahmedabad


IIM Bangalore


IIM Calcutta


FMS, Delhi


MDI, Gurgaon


IIM Lucknow


IIM Indore


IIM Kozhikode


SPJIMR, Mumbai


IMT, Ghaziabad


IIM Amritsar


IIM Nagpur


IIM Sambalpur


IIM Trichy


IIM Raipur


IIM Ranchi


IIM Kashipur


IIM Vizag


IIM Rohtak


IIM Udaipur


IIM Bodhgaya


JBIMS, Mumbai


XIM, Bhubaneshwar


IIM Shillong


IIM Sirmaur


IIM Jammu


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When will CAT 2023 be held?

The CAT 2023 exam will be administered on November 26, 2023, as it is conducted every year on the final Sunday of November. The exam date has been formally announced on the website in the CAT 2023 notification. There will be three slots available for the CAT exam. The exam conducting body assigns the slots; candidates are not given a choice. 

Are there any age restrictions for CAT 2023?

There is no upper or lower age restriction for taking the CAT exam. Both recent graduates and seasoned professionals are eligible to take the CAT exam. The only requirement for eligibility is a graduation degree with at least a 50% aggregate marks (45% for Reserved category candidates).

Who will conduct the CAT 2023 exam?

IIM Lucknow will conduct CAT 2023. One of the top six IIMs—IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Kozhikode, and IIM Indore—conducts the CAT exam on a rotating basis.

Is there a sectional time limit for the CAT exam?

Yes, the CAT exam has a 40-minute time limit for each section. Each section of the CAT exam must be finished by candidates within the allotted time of 40 minutes. The CAT exam's system automatically moves the candidate to the following section once the allotted time for a given section has passed. Because of this, one of the most important components of the CAT exam is time management. The CAT exam has a total time limit of 120 minutes, or 2 hours.

Which are the top colleges that accept CAT?

For admission to MBA programs, many colleges in India accept CAT scores. The following are some of the top colleges in India that accept the CAT:

  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • IIM Bangalore
  • IIM Calcutta
  • IIM Lucknow
  • FMS Delhi
  • MDI Gurgaon
  • SPJIMR Mumbai
  • SJMSoM IIT Mumbai
  •  DoMS IIT Delhi
  • IISc, Bangalore
  • IIT Kanpur

What is the application fee for CAT?

For students in the General category, the CAT application fee is INR 2,300. The CAT application fee is INR 1,150 for students in the Reserved Category. Credit/debit cards, net banking, and UPI can all be used to pay the fee. The fee is not refundable, candidates must be aware of this. Additionally, the CAP application form won't be submitted until the fee has been successfully paid.

When should candidates start preparing for CAT?

Candidates must invest a lot of time and effort in their preparation if they hope to achieve a high percentile score, such as the 99 percentile on the CAT exam. Typically, CAT preparations must be started atleast 6 months before the exam. On weekdays, candidates are advised to put in at least four hours, and on weekends, eight to ten hours. This will enable them to finish the CAT syllabus and take practise exams.

What is CAT Notification?

CAT 2023 notification includes the official schedule of the exam including the registration process. Apart from that, it has details about the eligibility, application process, exam pattern, conducting body and so on.

Where can I find CAT notification 2023?

Candidates can find the CAT notification 2023 on the official website of IIM CAT - The same is available for students to download in PDF format.

What is CAT 2023 notification release date?

The CAT 2023 notification release date is July 30, 2023. It has been released in the form of an information bulletin and advertisement. The official website has also been updated to CAT 2023.

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