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CAT 2023: How to Apply for Category Certificates Online?

Yash Dhamija
Yash DhamijaUpdated On: September 25, 2023 05:14 pm IST | CAT

Candidates belonging to any reserved categories will have to attach the caste certificate of their respective categories to verify their reservation. They can download the Category Certificates from the official website of CAT 2023. Find out more about CAT Category Certificates right here!

How to Apply for Category Certificates for CAT Exam

Understanding how to apply for category certificates online for CAT 2023 can be quite overwhelming for students. As we know, the CAT 2023 registration process consists of several formalities that are put in place to help certain categories of students. Candidates must ensure that they follow these procedures and take care of every single detail when filling out the CAT application form. For example, candidates who belong to the reserved category must attach a copy of their caste certificate along with their passport-size photograph and signature. Candidates can find more about category certificates in the CAT notification.

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CAT 2023 will be conducted on November 26, 2023, and the CAT registration process was conducted from August 2 to September 21, 2023. The Common Admission Test, which is the CAT full form, is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams in India. Lakhs of students register for CAT every year from all across the country and the number of CAT takers increases every year. Students from all walks of life appear for the CAT exam to seek admission to some of the top MBA colleges in India. Thus, it is imperative that students follow the guidelines that are specific to their personal circumstances when registering for CAT 2023. To know more about SC/ ST/ NC-OBC/ PwD/ EWS certificates for the CAT exam 2023, check out the article below.

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What are SC/ ST/ NC-OBC/ PwD/ EWS Certificates?

Candidates belonging to any of the SC / ST / NC-OBC / PwD / EWS categories will have to attach their caste certificate while filling out the application form. These certificates are proof that the candidate belongs to a particular category. The caste certificates will comprise some important information such as the name of the candidate, the address of the candidate, and his belonging category. You can download the caste certificates from the official website of CAT 2023.

How to Apply & Download Category Certificates for CAT 2023?

You will have to register on the official website of CAT 2023 in order to download the caste certificate for the CAT exam. The complete procedure to download the caste certificate is provided below.

How to Apply & Download Category Certificate for CAT
  • Go to the official website of CAT -

  • Click on the appropriate reservation form under the "Certificate Proformas and Forms" column and then proceed to download.

  • Fill in all the necessary details such as name, category, and address.

  • Get the application form attested by the gazetted officer.

  • Once done, attach the scanned copy of the form with the CAT application form.

  • Submit the CAT 2023 application form.

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Download CAT Category Certificates 2023

Here are the certificates that you will have to attach along with the application form. You can click on your belonging category to download the caste certificate.

Importance of SC/ ST/ NC-OBC/ PwD/ EWS Certificates for CAT 2023 Registration

It is necessary for the candidate belonging to any reserved category to attach his caste certificate along with the application form. The caste certificate will be required to confirm the category of the candidates. It must be noted that you will have to attach a scanned copy of the certificate along with the form while the original copy of the certificate will be required during the time of admission.

What is the EWS Category for CAT Registration?

Candidates whose family income is not more than 8 lakh per annum and who do not fall under any reserved category are considered as EWS category. They will have to submit an Income and Asset Certificate issued by a Competent Authority in order to apply for a reservation.  

Who are the candidates for the EWS category?

  • The Economically Weaker Section (EWS) of the society or the Economy Based Un-Reserved Category who do not fall under the category of SC, ST, and OBC.
  • The candidates whose gross annual family income is less than Rs 8 lakh are awarded the CAT 2024 reservation.
  • The reservation can be availed on the Income generation and Asset Certificate issued by a Competent Authority.

Who are excluded from the EWS quota?

Irrespective of the annual family income, if the candidates lack the following eligibility criteria, they can not avail the benefits of the reservation:

  • Whose families have 5 acres and above agricultural land.
  • Those who own a residential flat of 1,000 sq. ft. and above.
  • They whose parents own a residential plot of 100 sq. and above yards in the mentioned municipalities.
  • Whose parents possess a residential plot of 200 sq. and above yards in places other than the mentioned municipalities.

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What is the NC-OBC Category for CAT Registration?

CAT 2023 offers 37% reservation to the NC-OBC or non-creamy layer of the OBC category. Candidates who satisfy the conditions provided below are eligible to apply for NC-OBC.

  • Group A/B employee of the central government

  • The annual income of the candidate should be at most 6 lakh

What is the PwD Category for CAT Registration?

There are three categories of disability i.e. Hearing impairment, Low vision blindness, and Locomotor disability or Cerebral Palsy. As per the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2016, candidates with at least 40% of a specified disability where the specified disability has not been defined in measurable terms and those whose disability has been defined under measurable teams are categories under the PwD category.

What is the SC/ST Category for CAT Registration?

As per the eligibility criteria set by IIM, CAT 2023 reservation is also provided to SC/ST category students. The SC and ST category candidates are provided with 15% and 7.5% CAT 2023 reservation respectively. Moreover, the candidates from the SC/ST category must have a minimum of 45% aggregate in graduation or equivalent.  

What is CAT 2023 Reservation for Women?

There is nothing like women reservation/ relaxation in the CAT 2023 exam. However, during the GDPI process, in order to maintain the ratio between male and female, gender diversity weightage is awarded by most of the IIMs. To shortlist the eligible female candidates, most of the IIMs add bonus points to promote the gender diversity in the class. For instance, IIM Bangalore provides an extra 5 points while IIM Calcutta provides an extra 4 points.

CAT Reservation 2023

All the IIMs, as well as the various government institutes of India, follow the reservation criteria decided by the Government of India. As per the reservation criteria, some seats will be reserved for candidates belonging to any reserved categories. You can check the reservation criteria of CAT here.

CAT Reservation policy

Category of Applicants

CAT 2023 Reservation

Schedule Tribe (ST)


Schedule Caste (SC)


Person with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD)


Non-Creamy Other Backward Classes (OBC)


Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)

Up to 10%

That was all about applying for category certificates in CAT 2023! Candidates must also check out the articles mentioned below to learn more about CAT 2023!

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Is caste certificate necessary to fill the CAT application form? 

Yes, candidates who wish to apply for reserved seats at IIMs will have to submit a valid caste certificate. Any candidate who fails to submit a valid caste certificate will be considered for Unreserved / General seats only.

Can I make changes to the CAT application form after submission?

IIMs open a CAT Application Form correction window for a limited period through which you can upload an updated photograph and signature (if necessary). If made any other mistakes in the CAT application form, you will have to inform the CAT helpdesk at to make any corrections.

What is the reservation policy of CAT 2023?

Each IIM has a reservation policy as per norms issued by the government and 64.5% of the total seats at IIMs are reserved. 27%, 15%, 10%, 7.5% and 5% of the seats are reserved for OBC, SC, EWS, ST and PwD candidates respectively.

How can I download the category certificates for CAT Exam 2023?

You can download the category/ caste certificates for CAT 2023 from the official website of CAT. Steps to download the caste certificates are provided here.

I belong from SC category. Do I have to apply for the caste certificate for CAT 2023?

Yes, you will have to fill the ST certificate available on the official website of CAT 2023. You can check the steps to apply for caste certificates for CAT 2023 provided in the aforementioned article.

Who signs on EWS?

The issuing authorities of EWS certificate are:

  • District Magistrate 
  • Additional Deputy Commissioner 
  • Sub-Divisional Magistrate 
  • Additional District Magistrate 
  • Deputy Commissioner 
  • Collector 
  • Taluka Magistrate 
  • Executive Magistrate 
  • Extra Assistant Commissioner 
  • First Class Stipendiary Magistrate 
  • Presidency Magistrate 
  • Chief Presidency Magistrate 
  • Additional Chief Presidency Magistrate 

Can a government employee apply for EWS reservation?

In general, government employees can be eligible for the EWS certificate with the terms that they meet the income and asset criteria set by the government. However, the availability of the EWS certificate depends on the specific policies and guidelines set by the state or central government.

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