CAT 2023 Objection Form (Closed): Last Date (Dec 8), Steps to Challenge Answer Key

Sukriti Vajpayee
Sukriti VajpayeeUpdated On: December 22, 2023 03:06 pm IST | CAT

CAT 2023 objection form is out along with the response sheet and answer key. If you find any discrepancy in the CAT 2023 answer key, you can raise objections against it by filling out the form available on the official IIM CAT website.

Challenging CAT Answer Key

The CAT 2023 Objection Form was available on the official IIM CAT website ( from December 5 to December 8, 2023. The exam conducting authority allowed candidates to raise objections against the provisional CAT answer key if they found any errors in it. To challenge the answer key, candidates had to log into the portal using their CAT User ID and Password. Here's the direct link to the CAT 2023 objection form:

CAT 2023 Objection Form - Direct Link to Challenge CAT Answer Key(Closed)

Candidates were charged INR 1200 for every question they challenge on the CAT 2023 answer key. If the objection raised is found genuine, the exam will revise the answer key and refund the amount paid by the student. CAT answer key contains the correct answers to all questions asked in the exam while the CAT 2023 response sheet comprises the responses marked by a candidate during the exam. Check the complete details about the CAt 2023 objection form provided in the table below.

Latest Updates:

CAT Result 2023 Link
CAT 2023 Answer Key Released
CAT 2023 Response Sheet Released

Challenging CAT Answer Key 2023

All candidates who appeared for CAT 2023 can raise objections to the CAT 2023 answer key. In 2018, an important provision was introduced that allows applicants who have taken the CAT exam to raise objections to the official answer keys. This means that if a candidate believes that the official answer key contains an error or is inaccurate, they can challenge the answer key of any question that was asked during the entrance examination. If the objections are found to be genuine, the exam authorities will release a revised official answer key. It is worth noting that there is a CAT Answer Key challenge fee per question, which is INR 1200, but this fee will be refunded to the candidate if their objections are found to be genuine.

In the 2021 session, candidates raised objections resulting in changes to one question in the QA section of Shift 2. Changes were also made to the Shift 1 & 3 answer keys. This highlights the importance of this provision and the value it brings to the fairness of the CAT examination process. In case the CAT aspirants find any discrepancies in the CAT 2023 answer key, they will get a chance to challenge it within the specified time. They must keep themselves updated with the schedule of the process so that they do not miss out on any deadline.

How to Fill Out CAT 2023 Objection Form?

To submit the objections to the CAT 2023 answer key, candidates have to follow the steps mentioned below.

  • Log on to the official website of CAT 2023 (

  • Go to the tab of the candidate login and click on it.

  • Enter your login credentials and sign in.

  • The screen will show the page of your personal details.

  • On the page, click on the tab titled “Objection Form.”

  • Choose the question number, section, and type of objection from the provisional CAT answer.

  • Select one from the following three options given:

    • More than one option is a correct answer

    • None of the options is a correct answer

    • The answer key is incorrect

  • While objecting to any CAT question, you will be given the option to add remarks of up to 500 words.

  • After you have raised the objection and given the remark, you will be required to pay the objection fee of INR 1200.

  • It is important to be very careful while submitting the objections to CAT 2023 because no changes will be allowed later on.

  • There is no restriction to the number of objections that you can raise.

Also Read: CAT Toppers List 2023

Important Dates for CAT 2023 Answer Key

Candidates check out the dates for important events related to the CAT 2023 answer key in the table below.

CAT 2023 Events


CAT Exam 2023

November 26, 2023

CAT 2023 Answer Key Release

December 5, 2023

CAT Answer Key 2023 Challenge Window

December 5 to 8, 2023

CAT 2023 Response Sheet Release

December 5, 2023

CAT 2023 Result

December 21, 2023 (Out)

CAT 2023 Final Answer Key Release

December 21, 2023 (Out)

Also ReadMBA Colleges Accepting 95-99 Percentile in CAT 2023

CAT Answer Key 2023 Objection Management

The exam-conducting organisation, IIM Lucknow, has made public which objections were taken into account in the assessment of the CAT provisional answer key and the calculation of CAT scores along with the release of the CAT Final Answer Key. A total of 85 objections were received for all three sections of the CAT exam in all three sessions on November 26, 2023. All of the objections received during this window were examined by a panel of sectional review specialists for CAT 2023. Below is a summary of the objections, their split, and the ultimate decision:

CAT Exam Sections

Total Objections Received

Response to Objections

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)


One Objection Accepted

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)


One Objection Accepted

Quantitative Ability (QA)


No Changes



2 Questions Re-evaluated

CAT Answer Key 2023 Re-Evaluations

The objections that were accepted by IIM Lucknow when evaluating all the objections against the CAT provisional answer key have also been provided in their latest media release. The objections accepted are as follows:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) (Question for Shift 2) - Total 8 Objections:

Question ID: 48916816173 Question Type: SA Response Type: Numeric 

Correct Marks: 3 Wrong Marks: 0 

Decision: Officially released answer key: 4321 was found to be incorrect. Revised Correct Answer Key: 4312 

Those candidates who entered 4312 as their answer were awarded +3 marks and all others were awarded 0 marks. This being SA Type question, there was no negative marking

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) (Question for Shift 1) - Total 20 Objections:

Question ID: 48916816317 Question Type: MCQ 

Correct Option Marks: 3 Wrong Option Marks: -1 

Decision: Apart from the officially released answer key (Option ID: 48916840863 (answer: B1)), one more Option (Option ID: 48916840864 (Answer: D2)) is a correct answer. 

+ 3 marks were awarded to all those candidates who have marked either of these two options as their answer. The remaining candidates were awarded -1 mark for choosing the wrong option & 0 marks for leaving the question unattempted.

What Does CAT Answer Key 2023 Consist of?

The following information is provided on the answer key of CAT 2023.

  • The candidate's name

  • The candidate's CAT registration number

  • Exam Centre of CAT 2023

  • Date of CAT 2023

  • CAT 2023 Slot of the candidate

  • Question

  • Type of Question

  • Question ID

  • Status (the answer marked by the candidate)

  • Correct answer

Also Read:CAT 2023 Cut Off for Top B-Schools in India

How to Calculate CAT 2023 Score?

The answer key or response sheet of CAT 2023 is used for calculating the CAT 2023 score obtained by the candidate. Check the table given below to know the marking scheme of CAT 2023.

Type of Answer

Marks Given

For Every Correct Answer

+3 Marks

For Every Wrong Answer

-1 Mark

For Each Unattempted Question

0 Mark

    Who Can Check CAT 2023 Answer Key?

    The answer key of CAT 2023 is not available for everybody. Find below who is eligible to check the CAT answer key.

    • Those who have appeared for CAT 2023 will be able to view the answer key of CAT 2023.

    • The candidates who have registered for CAT 2023 but did not appear for the exam will also be able to access the answer key.

    • The CAT answer key is released in the online mode.

    • Candidates will have to log on to the official website of the exam to view the CAT answer key.

    • They will be required to use their login credentials to access the CAT answer key 2023.

    • Any individual who appeared for CAT in the previous years will not be able to check the answer key of CAT 2023.

    Why is CAT 2023 Answer Key Released?

    The CAT answer key 2023 helps the test-takers in getting an understanding of their expected score. They will be provided with the correct answers to all the questions and they can match the answers they marked themselves while giving the exam. Through this, the candidates get to know the total number of questions they answered correctly and incorrectly. This helps them roughly figure out their CAT 2023 score. 

    Facts About CAT 2023 Answer Key

    Here are some important facts about the CAT 2023 Answer Key.

    • The CAT answer key 2023 is available only for the candidates who appear for the CAT 2023 exam.

    • The institute has released separate answer keys for CAT 2023 Slot 1, Slot 2, and Slot 3.

    • The CAT 2023 answer key assists the candidates in verifying their CAT 2023 answers. This will help them in arriving at their expected CAT 2023 score.

    • Through the answer key of CAT 2023, candidates get an idea of their percentile and will start targeting MBA colleges for admission accordingly.

    • The answer key of CAT 2023 is released in PDF format along with a query-cum-objection form.

    • All CAT 2023 test-takers who think there is any discrepancy in an answer can challenge that by submitting their objections.

    • The CAT solutions 2023 consist of the CAT 2023 answer keys along with the detailed solutions for all three sections of CAT - VARC, DILR, and QA.

    • The final answer keys for CAT 2023 will be counted for the CAT 2023 percentile calculation.

    CAT Answer Key Release Trends

    Events related to the CAT exam tend to follow a similar trend every year. Knowledge of these trends can be useful to candidates in preparing their own schedules around the CAT timeline. Here are the release dates of the CAT answer key for the past few years.

    CAT Exam

    Exam Date

    CAT Official Answer Key Release Date

    CAT 2023

    November 26

    December 5, 2023

    CAT 2022

    November 27

    December 1, 2022

    CAT 2021

    November 28

    December 8, 2021

    CAT 2020

    November 29

    December 30, 2020

    CAT 2019

    November 24

    November 29, 2019

    CAT 2018

    November 25

    December 7, 2018

    Through the CAT answer key, candidates can understand how they performed in the exam. Additionally, they can also use the CAT Percentile Predictor 2023 to gain a better understanding of their performance.

    Related Links:

    CAT Score vs Percentile 2023

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    Top 10 Non-IIM Colleges Accepting CAT Scores

    What is a Good Percentile in CAT 2023?

    Stay tuned with us to get more updates and information regarding CAT 2023. You can send your queries through the QnA Zone and fill out the Common Application Form (CAF) for admission-related queries.

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