CAT Question Paper 2023 (Available) LIVE Updates: Slot 1, 2, 3 Questions asked with answers

Chinmayai Ajay Bobade
Chinmayai Ajay BobadeUpdated On: November 30, 2023 04:20 pm IST
CAT question paper 2023 for Slot 1, 2 and 3 can be downloaded in PDF here that consists of all memory-based questions collected from test takers. Along with CAT question paper, 
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CAT Question Paper 2023: The Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow has conducted CAT 2023 examination on November 26, 2023. It was conducted in three slots of 2-hour duration each. The overall difficulty level of all three slots was 'Moderate'. As CAT 2023 is a computer-based test, a question paper copy was not accessible. Hence, the students can refer to the memory-based questions to better calculate their likely scores. For all three slots, the memory-based questions are accessible through the links added here added here. Along with it, the unofficial answers and solutions to the same are also provided.

CAT Response Sheet & Answer Key 2023 (Live Updates)

Have you appeared for CAT 2023? Click Here to submit questions that you remember from Slot 1, 2 or 3
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CAT Expected Cutoff 2023

CAT Question Paper 2023 Live: Slot-wise questions

The slot-wise question paper for CAT 2023 can be checked by clicking on the links below -

SlotCAT 2023 Question Paper Link
Slot 1CAT Slot 1 Question Paper 2023
Slot 2CAT Slot 2 Question Paper 2023
Slot 3CAT Slot 3 Question Paper 2023

CAT Answer Key 2023

For the above memory-based questions, CAT answer key 2023 unofficial can be checked through the links below

SlotCAT 2023 Answer Key Link
Slot 1CAT Slot 1 Answer Key 2023
Slot 2CAT Slot 2 Answer Key 2023
Slot 3CAT Slot 2 Answer Key 2023

Note: As these questions are memory-based, all 66 questions may or may not be covered.

CAT Question Paper Analysis 2023

The detailed question paper analysis of CAT 2023 can be checked through the links below. The detailed analysis includes the section-wise difficulty level viz., VARC, DILR and QA. 

SlotQuestion Paper Analysis Link
Slot 1CAT 2023 Question Paper Analysis Slot 1
Slot 2CAT 2023 Question Paper Analysis Slot 2
Slot 3CAT 2023 Slot 3 Question Paper Analysis

    CAT 2023 Slot 1: Major highlights

    Here are some of the major highlights of CAT 2023 Slot 1:

    • DLIR - 6 houses were given (6 blocks) type questions - xx blocks, yy blocks, the basic cost of each house 10 lakh, 2 lakh additional if parking is there
    • Employee ratings from DILR, Voting questions, Visa processing office were asked in DILR
    • Singers in the restaurant - rating type question 
    • Hunting of vowels from VARC given
    • 4 questions from Para Jumbles, and there was paraphrasing from VARC
    • As per the first reactions, DILR was quite tough in the Slot 1
    • VARC and QA were moderate as per the first reactions
    • The overall difficulty level of the Slot 1 is 'Moderate to Difficult' in Slot 1
    • The questions that appeared from DILR were from ​DILR games and tournaments, Arrangements, Venn diagram, Bar graph
    • VARC received mixed reactions from takers. The difficulty level is 'Moderate'
    • According to a few students from an exam centre in Vijayawada (Andhra), the Slot 1 exam was easier than last year
    • QA was easier than last year but the paper was lengthy
    • 2 sets from DILR were doable
    • 'Odd one out' appeared in the Slot 1 VARC, para jumbles also appeared
    • The total number of questions was 66 (24, 20, 22)
    • 10 questions from DILR were easily doable
    • 7 to 8 Athematic questions were there from QA
    • Algebra 9 questions
    • Geometry 2 questions

    CAT 2023 Slot 2: Major highlights

    Here are some of the major highlights of CAT 2023 Slot 2:

    • The difficulty level was similar to Slot 1 i.e., 'Moderate'
    • VARC was moderately easy while DILR was difficult
    • QA was slightly tougher than Slot 1

    CAT 2023 Slot 3: Major highlights

    Here are some of the major highlights of CAT 2023 Slot 3:

    • The overall difficulty level of the paper is 'Moderate'
    • The difficulty level of VARC was 'Easy to Moderate'
    • DILR has been slightly difficult like the previous slots
    • In this slot, QA was slightly on tougher side than Slot 2 and 1

    CAT Question Paper 2023: Expected Marks vs Percentile

    The expected CAT 2023 marks vs percentile are as follows:

    CAT 2023 Expected Score for 95 Percentile
    CAT 2023 Expected Score for 90 Percentile
    CAT 2023 Expected Score for 80 Percentile
    CAT 2023 Expected Score for 85 Percentile
    CAT 2023 Expected Score for 75 Percentile
    CAT 2023 Expected Score for 70 Percentile
    CAT 2023 Expected Score for 65 Percentile
    CAT 2023 Expected Score for 60 Percentile

    CAT Question Paper 2023: Shortlisting Criteria for IIMs

    For all participating IIMs, the shortlisting criteria is available here:

    Shortlisting Criteria of IIM Ahmedabad through CAT 2023
    Shortlisting Criteria for IIM Bangalore through CAT 2023
    Shortlisting Criteria of IIM Calcutta through CAT 2023
    Shortlisting Criteria of IIM Lucknow through CAT 2023
    Shortlisting Criteria of IIM Indore through CAT 2023
    Shortlisting Criteria of IIM Kozhikode through CAT 2023
    Shortlisting Criteria of IIM Shillong through CAT 2023
    Shortlisting Criteria for IIM Rohtak through CAT 2023
    Shortlisting Criteria of IIM Raipur through CAT 2023
    Shortlisting Criteria of IIM Trichy through CAT 2023
    Shortlisting Criteria of IIM Kashipur through CAT 2023
    Shortlisting Criteria of IIM Udaipur through CAT 2023
    Shortlisting Criteria of IIM Bodh Gaya through CAT 2023
    Shortlisting Criteria of IIM Jammu through CAT 2023
    Shortlisting Criteria of IIM Nagpur through CAT 2023
    Shortlisting Criteria of IIM Sirmaur through CAT 2023
    Shortlsiting Criteria for IIM Vizag through CAT 2023
    Shortlisting Criteria of IIM Amritsar through CAT 2023

    Track more details such as the slot-wise analysis of the paper, expected cutoff, expected marks vs percentile, and so on through the live blog being updated here!

    CAT Question Paper & Answer Key 2023 LIVE

    • Nov 27, 2023 06:30 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: QA Difficulty Level

      The difficulty level of CAT 2023 QA is as follows:

      • Slot 1: Moderate to Difficult
      • Slot 2: Moderate to Difficult
      • Slot 3: Moderate

    • Nov 27, 2023 05:30 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: DILR Difficulty Level

      The difficulty level of CAT 2023 DILR is as follows:

      • Slot 1: Moderate to Difficult
      • Slot 2: Moderate to Difficult
      • Slot 3: Moderate to Difficult

    • Nov 27, 2023 04:30 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: VARC Difficulty Level

      The difficulty level of CAT 2023 VARC is as follows:

      • Slot 1: Easy to Moderate
      • Slot 2: Easy to Moderate
      • Slot 3: Easy to Moderate

    • Nov 27, 2023 03:30 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Expected percentile (2/2)

      Check out CAT 2023 expected percentile details through the links attached here:

    • Nov 27, 2023 02:30 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Expected percentile (1/2)

      Check out CAT 2023 expected percentile details through the links attached here:

    • Nov 27, 2023 01:30 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Likely toughest question

      Most likely, the toughest question in CAT 2023 was in Slot 3 DILR section. It was a number grid-based question in Window and Split AC. It was a tough as well as a time-consuming question.

    • Nov 27, 2023 12:27 PM IST

      CAT Answer Key 2023: Good Percentile for Tier 1 to 3 IIMs

      Tier-I IIMs

      99+

      Tier-II IIMS

      97+

      Tier-III IIMs

      94+

    • Nov 27, 2023 11:24 AM IST

      When CAT Answer Key 2023 will be released?

      Authorities have not confirmed the official date and time for the announcement of the answer key. But as per the previous year's trend candidates can expect the answer key between 6th to 8th December 2023.

    • Nov 27, 2023 08:58 AM IST

      CAT Overall Exam Anlaysis 2023

      This year, CAT 2023 received highly mixed reactions from students. DILR turned out to be a slightly tougher section in all three slots. Here is the detailed overall analysis - CAT 2023 Overall Analysis

    • Nov 26, 2023 08:30 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Upcoming expected dates

      For the upcoming events, the expected dates are available at the links below:

    • Nov 26, 2023 08:20 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Overall Analysis

      The overall and slot-wise analysis of CAT 2023 question paper is given in detail here:

    • Nov 26, 2023 08:10 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Expected shortlisting criteria for IIMs (3/3)

      Links for the expected shortlisting criteria of IIMs are interlinked below. Click on the institute name to access the same:

    • Nov 26, 2023 08:00 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Expected shortlisting criteria for IIMs (2/3)

      Links for the expected shortlisting criteria of IIMs are interlinked below. Click on the institute name to access the same:

    • Nov 26, 2023 07:50 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Expected shortlisting criteria for IIMs (1/3)

      Links for the expected shortlisting criteria of IIMs are interlinked below. Click on the institute name to access the same:

    • Nov 26, 2023 07:40 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Expected marks vs percentile

      As per the past trends and other factors that affect CAT marks vs percentile ratio, here is a complete analysis of the same from 99.5 percentile up to 60 percentile. The previous trends are also mentioned for reference. Access the link below:

    • Nov 26, 2023 07:30 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: DILR Topics with high weightage

       Across all slots, the topics from which most questions were asked in the Quantitative Aptitude section are as follows:

      • Number System, Basic Arithmetic
      • Geometry & Mensuration
      • Algebra
      • Trigonometry, Logarithms, and Sets

    • Nov 26, 2023 07:20 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: DILR Topics with high weightage

      Across all slots, the topics from which most questions were asked in the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section are as follows:

      • Syllogism
      • Sets
      • Blood Relations - Family Tree
      • Seating Arrangements
      • Pie Charts, Line Graphs, & Bar Graphs

    • Nov 26, 2023 07:10 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: VARC Topics with high weightage

      Across all slots, the topics from which most questions were asked in the Verbal Aptitude and Reasoning Comprehension section are as follows:

      • Word Usage (Vocabulary)
      • Fill in the Blanks
      • Sentence Completion and Correction
      • Odd Sentences
      • Para-Summary

    • Nov 26, 2023 07:00 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Expected cutoff

      Check out here the institute-wise cutoff percentile likely required to make it to the selection list of IIMs: CAT Expected Cutoff 2023 

    • Nov 26, 2023 06:50 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Slot 3 Analysis

       As per the student reviews, the following is the analysis for CAT Slot 3 Question Paper 2023:

      • Overall: Moderate
      • VARC: Easy to Moderate
      • DILR: Moderate to Difficult
      • QA: Difficult

      Check the detailed analysis here: CAT 2023 Question Paper Analysis Slot 3

    • Nov 26, 2023 06:40 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Good attempts

      For all slots, check the expected number of good attempts in CAT question paper 2023 at the link provided here: Good Attempts in CAT 2023 Slot-wise
       

    • Nov 26, 2023 06:30 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Slot 3 concluded

      With the end of Slot 3, CAT 2023 examination has now concluded. Now that students are leaving the exam centre, their reviews and the complete analysis of the paper will be provided here in the same manner as those of the earlier two shifts. The memory-based questions along with their answers will also be provided.
       

    • Nov 26, 2023 06:20 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Attempts required to score 90 percentile

      Based on the accuracy of the attempts, the following are the number of attempts required to score 90 percentile in CAT 2023 question paper:

      AccuracyAttempts RequiredCorrectIncorrectRaw Score
      100%Around 28All084 marks
      90%Around 3229384 marks
      80%Around 3831786 marks
      70%Around 47331484 marks

    • Nov 26, 2023 06:10 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Attempts required to score 95 percentile

      Based on the accuracy of the attempts, the following are the number of attempts required to score 95 percentile in CAT 2023 question paper:

      AccuracyAttempts RequiredCorrectIncorrectRaw Score
      100%Around 30All090 marks
      90%Around 3531492 marks
      80%Around 4133891 marks
      70%Around 50351590 marks

    • Nov 26, 2023 06:00 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Attempts required to score 97 percentile

      Based on the accuracy of the attempts, the following are the number of attempts required to score 97 percentile in CAT 2023 question paper:

      AccuracyAttempts RequiredCorrectIncorrectRaw Score
      100%Around 32All096 marks
      90%Around 3834398 marks
      80%Around 4536999 marks
      70%Around 52371596 marks

    • Nov 26, 2023 05:50 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Attempts required to score 99 percentile

      Based on the accuracy of the attempts, the following are the number of attempts required to score 99 percentile in CAT 2023 question paper:

      AccuracyAttempts RequiredCorrectIncorrectRaw Score
      100%Around 36All0108 marks
      90%Around 40364104 marks
      80%Around 48399108 marks
      70%Around 553916101 marks

    • Nov 26, 2023 05:40 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: MBA Scholarships at IIM Calcutta (2/2)

      The following are the institute scholarships available at IIM Calcutta for selected candidates to pursue MBA courses at the institute:

      • TIL Scholarship
      • India Carbon Scholarship
      • B.P. Poddar Scholarship
      • Aditya Kashyap Memorial Scholarship (for 1st rank holder)
      • P. R. Karthik Scholarship
      • Aditya Kashyap Memorial Scholarship (for achieving highest CGPA in Compulsory & Elective Courses)

      Note: Refer to the eligibility criteria and conditions of the scholarship before applying.

    • Nov 26, 2023 05:30 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: MBA Scholarships at IIM Calcutta (1/2)

      The following are the sponsored scholarships available at IIM Calcutta for selected candidates to pursue MBA courses at the institute:

      • Aditya Birla Group Scholarships
      • Tata Education Trust Scholarship
      • T. Thomas Scholarship
      • OP Jindal Engineering & Management Scholarship
      • NTPC Scholarship
      • National Means Cum Merit Scholarship
      • Scholarships for Top Class Education for students with disabilities
      • Top Class Education for Scheduled Tribe Students

      Note: Refer to the eligibility criteria and conditions of the scholarship before applying.

    • Nov 26, 2023 05:20 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: MBA Scholarships at IIM Indore

      The following are the scholarships offered at IIM Indore for selected candidates to pursue MBA courses at the institute:

      Scholarship NameAmount
      Need-based Financial Assistance (NBFA)Variable, depending on the need of financial assistance

      Note: Refer to the eligibility criteria and conditions of the scholarship before applying.

    • Nov 26, 2023 05:10 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: MBA Scholarships at IIM Kozhikode

      The following are the scholarships offered at IIM Kozhikode for selected candidates to pursue MBA courses at the institute:

      Scholarship NameAmount
      Sir Ratan Tata Trust ScholarshipRs 1 lakh
      Societe Generale Global Solution Centre India ScholarshipComplete expense of the candidate

      Note: Refer to the eligibility criteria and conditions of the scholarship before applying.

    • Nov 26, 2023 05:00 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: MBA Scholarships at IIM Lucknow

      The following are the scholarships offered at IIM Lucknow for selected candidates to pursue MBA courses at the institute:

      Scholarship NameAmount
      Need-based IIML ScholarshipsTuition Fees
      Amrit Kala Dayal ScholarshipRs 75,000
      Bharti ScholarshipRs 50,000
      The Government of India Merit-cum-Means scholarshipsRs 2,200 per year

      Note: Refer to the eligibility criteria and conditions of the scholarship before applying.

    • Nov 26, 2023 05:00 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: MBA Scholarships at IIM Bangalore

      The following are the scholarships offered at IIM Bangalore for selected candidates to pursue MBA courses at the institute:

      Scholarship NameAmount
      IIM Financial AidUndisclosed
      The Citi Women's Leader Award2nd year tuition fee
      Societe Generale Global Solution Centre India Scholarship2nd year tuition fee
      IIMB PGP Alumni First Batch (1976) ScholarshipRs 75,000 stipend
      Runwal Education Trust ScholarshipRs 1 lakh
      Yes Bank ScholarshipRs 2 lakh
      Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment Department of Persons with Disabilities (PwD)Rs 2,55,000 per year

      Note: Refer to the eligibility criteria and conditions of the scholarship before applying.

    • Nov 26, 2023 04:50 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: MBA Scholarships at IIM Ahmedabad

      The following are the scholarships offered at IIM Ahmedabad for selected candidates to pursue MBA course at the institute:

      Scholarship NameAmount
      Aditya Birla ScholarshipRs 1.75 lakh
      OPJEMS ScholarshipRs 1.50 lakh
      IIM Ahmedabad Special Needs ScholarshipUndisclosed
      PGP Alumni Endowment FundsRs 2 lakh to Rs 3 lakh.
      Shri GC Mital Entrepreneurship AidRs 2 lakh
      Dunia Scholarships for scholastic excellenceRs 1 lakh
      T. Thomas ScholarshipRs 1 lakh

      Note: Refer to the eligibility criteria and conditions of the scholarship before applying.

    • Nov 26, 2023 04:40 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Percentile round-off method

      The percentile scores will be rounded off with an accuracy of 0.01 percentile. For example, if a candidate scores more than or equal to 99.985 and strictly below 99.995, then his/her percentile will be rounded off to 99.99 percentile. Uniquely, if a candidate scores 99.995 percentile, then his/her percentile will be rounded off to 100 percentile.

    • Nov 26, 2023 04:30 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Slot 3 exam begins

      The paper for the third and final shift of the CAT 2023 examination has now begun. It will conclude at 6:30 PM and by 7 PM, its analysis and student reviews will be provided here. The paper for PwD candidates will conclude at 7:10 PM.

    • Nov 26, 2023 04:20 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Will percentile be rounded off?

      While in many exams, percentile scores are not rounded off and calculated until 7 digits, it is not the case with CAT. The percentile scores in CAT 2023 will be calculated until 3 decimal digits and it will be rounded off to 2 decimal digits.

    • Nov 26, 2023 04:10 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: How is percentile calculated?

      The following formula is used to calculate percentile scores based on the raw marks achieved in CAT 2023 question paper:

      • P = [ (N - r) / N ] *100
      Here, P = Percentile score
      N = Total number of candidates
      r = Rank of the candidate

    • Nov 26, 2023 04:00 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Parameters considered for IIM selection

      The following are the factors that will be considered at the time of selection for admission at IIM:

      • CAT Score
      • Graduation Scores
      • Gender Diversity
      • Work Experience
      • Class 10 & 12 Scores
      • Academic Diversity
      • WAT/GD-PI Scores

    • Nov 26, 2023 03:50 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: IIM Seat Matrix (4/4)

      ...(list continued)...

      InstituteNumber of seats available
      IIM Udaipur150 seats
      IIM Bodh Gaya120 seats
      IIM Vishakhapatnam120 seats
      IIM Sambalpur120 seats
      IIM Jammu120 seats

    • Nov 26, 2023 03:40 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: IIM Seat Matrix (3/4)

      ...(list continued)...

      InstituteNumber of seats available
      IIM Raipur210 seats
      IIM Tiruchirappalli210 seats
      IIM Kashipur210 seats
      IIM Shillong180 seats
      IIM Sirmaur170 seats

    • Nov 26, 2023 03:30 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: IIM Seat Matrix (2/4)

      ...(list continued)...

      InstituteNumber of seats available
      IIM Ahmedabad385 seats
      IIM Rohtak240+60 seats
      IIM Nagpur240 seats
      IIM Amritsar240 seats
      IIM Ranchi210+150 seats

    • Nov 26, 2023 03:20 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: IIM Seat Matrix (1/4)

      Until CAT 2023 question paper is being updated, check out here the seat matrix for all participating IIMs:

      InstituteNumber of seats available
      IIM Bangalore565 seats
      IIM Mumbai550 seats
      IIM Kozhikode525 seats
      IIM Lucknow490 seats
      IIM Calcutta462 seats

    • Nov 26, 2023 03:10 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Slot 2 Analysis

       As per the student reviews, the following is the analysis for CAT Slot 2 Question Paper 2023:

      • Overall: Moderate to Difficult
      • VARC: Easy to Moderate
      • DILR: Difficult to Moderate
      • QA: Moderate to Difficult

      Check the detailed analysis here: CAT 2023 Question Paper Analysis Slot 2

    • Nov 26, 2023 03:00 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Slot 3 reporting begins

      The exam centre reporting for the third and final session of CAT 2023 has now commenced. Candidates are advised to reach the examination centre at least 30 to 45 minutes before the commencement of the exam despite the last reporting time being 4:15 PM. Ensure to carry the exam admit card, original photo ID proof, and one passport-sized photograph to the examination centre.

    • Nov 26, 2023 02:50 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Is scaled score given in percentile?

      No, the scaled score will be given in terms of marks instead of percentiles. However, the calculation of percentile will be based on the scaled score instead of the raw scores.

    • Nov 26, 2023 02:40 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: What is scaled score?

      In order to adjust the differences between the difficulty level of the three slots, the raw scores of the candidates will be converted to scaled scores using the following formula:

      • Scaled score of Slot 1 candidate = G + [ (R - G1) (M0.1 -  G) / (M10.1 - G1) ]
      Here, G = Mean + Standard Deviation of all three slots
      G1 = Mean + Standard Deviation of Slot 1
      M0.1 = Mean raw score of top 0.1% candidates in all three slots
      M10.1 = Mean raw score of top 0.1% candidates in Slot 1

    • Nov 26, 2023 02:30 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Slot 2 exam concludes

      The afternoon slot of CAT 2023 has also concluded now. Only one more shift is now left for the conclusion of CAT examination. The last slot will commence at 4:30 PM and will end at 6:30 PM. As for Slot 1, the memory-based questions and answers, along with the shift analysis will shortly be made available here.

    • Nov 26, 2023 02:20 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Expected good percentile

      For admission to all participating IIMs, the expected details of very good percentile, good percentile, and average percentile requirements are available at this link: Expected Good Percentile in CAT 2023

    • Nov 26, 2023 02:10 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Validity of CAT score

      From the date of issuance of the result, CAT 2023 score is valid only until December 31, 2024. Thereafter, no queries or issuance requests of CAT 2023 scorecard will be entertained.

    • Nov 26, 2023 02:00 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Can a new institute be selected now?

      Any accommodation for a new college is not feasible at the time of counselling registration. Hence, the candidate will only be eligible for admission at the institutes selected during CAT 2023 registration.

    • Nov 26, 2023 01:50 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Is shortlisting criteria the same for all IIMs?

      No, the shortlisting criteria is not the same for all IIMs. The criteria is decided individually by each IIM and the selection list is also individually released. The selection process however will remain the same afterwards.

    • Nov 26, 2023 01:40 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Admission Process

      Based on the shortlisting criteria of the IIMs, the list of shortlisted candidates will be posted online at the official website of the IIMs, except for those IIMs participating in IIM CAP counselling. Shortlisted candidates will have to appear for selection rounds, namely:

      • Written Ability Test (WAT)
      • Group Discussion (GD)
      • Personal Interviews (PI)
      The previous academic performance of the candidates may also be considered.

    • Nov 26, 2023 01:30 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Reservation Criteria

      As per the legal requirements, the reservation criteria in CAT 2023 admissions is as follows:

      • NC-OBC: 27%
      • EWS: Up to 10%
      • SC: 15%
      • ST: 7.5%
      • PwD: 5%

    • Nov 26, 2023 01:20 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Number of seats at IIMs

      The total number of seats at all participating IIMs is 5500+ seats, far less than the number of applicants, thus increasing cutoff requirements and making IIM admission much tougher. 

    • Nov 26, 2023 01:10 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Number of registrations

      This year has recorded the highest-ever number of registrations for CAT examination. Over 3.3 lakh applicants have registered for CAT 2023 while last year, the number was at 2.55 lakh and in 2021, it was 2.31 lakh.

    • Nov 26, 2023 01:00 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Section-wise score for 99 percentile

      The expected section-wise score required for 99 percentile are as follows:

      • DILR: 30 to 35 marks
      • VARC: 40 to 45 marks
      • QA: 35 to 40 marks.

    • Nov 26, 2023 12:50 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Institutes participating in IIM CAP

      The following are the institutes participating in IIM CAP 2023 counselling:

      1. IIM Bodh Gaya
      2. IIM Jammu
      3. IIM Kashipur
      4. IIM Raipur
      5. IIM Ranchi
      6. IIM Sambalpur
      7. IIM Sirmaur
      8. IIM Trichy
      9. IIM Udaipur

    • Nov 26, 2023 12:40 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: IIM CAP counselling

      IIM CAP is a common admission process held for MBA/PGP admissions to the nine new IIMs. The counselling process for IIM CAP consists of the shortlisting of candidates based on their CAT 2023 exam scores, followed by a Written Ability Test (WAT), Personal Interview (PI), and a Final Selection based on parameters such as the academic record of the candidate and their work experience.

    • Nov 26, 2023 12:30 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Slot 2 exam begins

      CAT 2023 Slot 2 paper has now commenced and it will conclude by 2:30 PM for regular candidates and at 3:10 PM for PwD candidates. As for Slot 1, a complete analysis for Slot 2 will be provided here as well along with its memory-based questions and answers.

    • Nov 26, 2023 12:20 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Expected Good Percentile for Non-IIMs

      The expected percentile requirements to obtain admission to MBA courses at various participating non-IIMs are as follows:

      Institute TypeExpected Good Percentile
      Tier-I Non-IIMs92+ percentile 
      Tier-II Non-IIMs90+ percentile 
      Tier-III Non-IIMs85+ percentile 

    • Nov 26, 2023 12:10 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Expected Good Percentile for IIMs

      The expected percentile requirements to obtain admission to MBA courses at various participating IIMs are as follows:

      Institute TypeExpected Good Percentile
      Tier-I IIMs98+ percentile 
      Tier-II IIMS96+ percentile 
      Tier-III IIMs92+ percentile 

    • Nov 26, 2023 12:00 PM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Unofficial Answer Key

      For the memory-based questions shared here, the unofficial answer key for all slots is available for reference here:

      Do note that the answer keys for Slot 2 and Slot 3 will be added only after the conclusion of each shift while the Slot 1 answer key is now available.

    • Nov 26, 2023 11:50 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Expected cutoff percentile for IIMs - Important note

      A candidate qualifying the cutoff percentile is only eligible to register for the counselling process. It is important to note that it does not guarantee admission to any of the institutes. The actual seat allocation will be based on the scores of the candidates who have opted for that IIM as a preference.

    • Nov 26, 2023 11:40 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Expected cutoff percentile for IIMs (3/3)

      ...(list continued)...

      InstituteExpected Cutoff
      IIM Kozhikode85 percentile 
      IIM Amritsar85 percentile 
      IIM Vizag80 percentile 
      IIM Ahmedabad80 percentile 
      IIM Shillong60 percentile 

    • Nov 26, 2023 11:30 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Expected cutoff percentile for IIMs (2/3)

      ...(list continued)...

      InstituteExpected Cutoff
      IIM Lucknow90 percentile 
      IIM Indore90 percentile 
      IIM Jammu90 percentile 
      IIM Nagpur90 percentile 
      IIM Bangalore85 percentile 
      IIM Calcutta85 percentile 

    • Nov 26, 2023 11:20 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Expected cutoff percentile for IIMs (1/3)

      In order to participate in the counselling for the respective IIMs, the expected cutoff percentile to be obtained in CAT 2023 are as follows:

      InstituteExpected Cutoff
      IIM Rohtak95 percentile 
      IIM Raipur92 percentile 
      IIM Trichy92 percentile 
      IIM Bodh Gaya92 percentile 
      IIM Sirmaur92 percentile 

    • Nov 26, 2023 11:10 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Slot 2 reporting begins

      The reporting time for CAT 2023 Slot 2 paper has begun at 11 AM while the last reporting time is at 12:15 PM. Candidates are advised to reach the examination centre at least between 11:30 PM and 12 PM in order to avoid any on-time rush.

    • Nov 26, 2023 11:00 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Slot 1 Analysis

      As per the student reviews, the following is the analysis for CAT Slot 1 Question Paper 2023:

      • Overall: Moderate
      • VARC: Moderate
      • DILR: Tough to Moderate
      • QA: Moderate
      Check the detailed analysis here: CAT 2023 Question Paper Analysis Slot 1

    • Nov 26, 2023 10:50 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Tentative result date

      WIth the release of the notification for the exam, IIM Lucknow has declared the tentative date for the release of CAT 2023 result as the second week of January 2024.

    • Nov 26, 2023 10:40 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Expected answer key date

      If previous timelines are analysed, IIM Lucknow is likely to release the provisional answer key by the first or second week of December 2023. Along with the answer key, the response sheet will also be released.

    • Nov 26, 2023 10:37 AM IST

      CAT 2023 Slot 1: First reactions

      As per the initial reaction, DILR was little difficult in the Slot 1 of CAT 2023

    • Nov 26, 2023 10:30 AM IST

      CAT 2023 Question Paper: Slot 1 concludes

      The first shift of CAT 2023 has now concluded. Shortly anytime soon, CAT Slot 1 memory-based question paper 2023 along with its answer key will be provided here.

    • Nov 26, 2023 10:20 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper: What after CAT?

      Within a few days after the conclusion of CAT 2023 examination, IIM Lucknow will release its provisional answer key. Objections to the answer key will be accepted until 2 to 3 days and based on the final answer key, the result will be released. Shortly after, the IIMs counselling rounds will commence and a separate IIM CAP counselling round for the nine new IIMs will also be conducted.

    • Nov 26, 2023 10:10 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Time extension for PwD

      An additional time of 13 minutes and 20 seconds is provided per section for PwD candidates i.e., 40 minutes in total. Hence, Slot 1 for PwD will conclude at 11:10 AM, Slot 2 at 1:10 PM, and Slot 3 at 3:10 PM.

    • Nov 26, 2023 10:00 AM IST

      CAT 2023 Question Paper: CAT 2010 Analysis

      Before 2017, CAT 2010 was also conducted by IIM Lucknow whose analysis is as follows:

      • Overall: Moderately Difficult
      • VARC: Moderate
      • QA: Moderate to Tough
      • DILR: Moderate to Difficult

    • Nov 26, 2023 09:50 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper: CAT 2017 Analysis

      CAT 2017 was conducted by IIM Lucknow and the papers this year are also expected to follow the same:

      • Overall: Moderate
      • VARC: Easy to Moderate
      • QA: Moderate
      • DILR: Difficult

    • Nov 26, 2023 09:40 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Will the paper be time-consuming?

      The overall paper is expected to be moderately time-consuming and the section-wise lengthiness of the paper is as given here:

      • VARC: Moderately time-consuming
      • QA: Less-to-moderately time-consuming
      • DILR: Very time-consuming

    • Nov 26, 2023 09:30 AM IST

      CAT 2023 Question Paper: Expected section-wise difficulty level

      The overall difficulty level for CAT 2023 is expected to be above moderate while the section-wise difficulty level is as stated here:

      • VARC: Moderate
      • DILR: Slightly Tough
      • QA: Moderate to Tough

    • Nov 26, 2023 09:20 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper: Percentile vs Marks (3/3)

      The expected scaled marks requirement from 70 to 60 percentiles are as follows:

      PercentileExpected Marks
      70 percentile28 to 32 marks
      65 percentile23 to 28 marks
      60 percentile20 to 23 marks

    • Nov 26, 2023 09:10 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Percentile vs Marks (2/3)

      The expected scaled marks requirement from 90 to 75 percentiles are as follows:

      PercentileExpected Marks
      90 percentile50 to 65 marks
      85 percentile40 to 50 marks
      80 percentile35 to 40 marks
      75 percentile32 to 35 marks

    • Nov 26, 2023 09:00 AM IST

      CAT 2023 Question Paper: Percentile vs Marks (1/3)

      The expected scaled marks requirement from 99.5 to 95 percentiles are as follows:

      PercentileExpected Marks
      99.5 percentile90 to 110 marks
      99 percentile85 to 90 marks
      98 percentile75 to 85 marks
      95 percentile65 to 75 marks

    • Nov 26, 2023 08:50 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Will difficulty level be same for all slots?

      To accumulate the slot-wise differences in difficulty level and more, the marks of candidates will be scaled across all slots and the final score will be normalized in the form of percentiles. The ranks will be allotted based on the percentile scores.

    • Nov 26, 2023 08:40 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper: Will difficulty level be same for all slots?

      IIM Lucknow will set the paper such that the difficulty level across all slots will broadly be the same. However, there will be slight differences in the difficulty level, types of questions asked, section-wise number of questions asked, and so on.

    • Nov 26, 2023 08:30 AM IST

      CAT 2023 Question Paper: Slot 1 exam begins

      The first shift of CAT 2023 examination has now commenced and it will conclude at 10:30 AM. Shortly afterwards, the memory-based questions for the same along with their answer key will be made available here.

    • Nov 26, 2023 08:20 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023 Analysis

      Post the examination, a complete analysis of CAT 2023 question paper for all slots will be provided here.

    • Nov 26, 2023 08:10 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper: Last reporting time

      The deadline to report to the examination centre concludes in five minutes at 8:15 AM. After this time, no candidate will be allowed inside the exam centre. The examination will commence in 20 minutes at 8:30 AM and will conclude after two hours at 10:30 AM.

    • Nov 26, 2023 08:00 AM IST

      CAT 2023 Question Paper: Slot 1 subject-wise timing

      The subject-wise timings for Slot 1 are as follows:

      • Slot 1 (VARC): 8:30 AM to 9:10 AM
      • Slot 2 (DILR): 9:10 AM to 9:50 AM
      • Slot 3 (QA): 9:50 AM to 10:30 AM
       

    • Nov 26, 2023 07:50 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Section-wise time limit

      As CAT is a computer-based test, section-wise time limits have been set. Each section can only be solved in 40 minutes. After that, all marked answers will be auto-submitted and the next section will begin. Switching back and forth between the sections will not be permitted.

    • Nov 26, 2023 07:40 AM IST

      CAT 2023 Question Paper: Reference number

      A unique Reference Number for each candidate is provided on the admit card. Candidates shall use the reference number for identifying the examination hall only. For all other purposes such as marking attendance, logging in for the test, and others, only CAT 2023 registration number shall be provided and not the reference number.

    • Nov 26, 2023 07:30 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper: Is the paper expected to be tough?

      It is likely that the CAT paper set by IIM Lucknow will be slightly tougher than the previous years, given that IIM Lucknow CAT papers in both 2017 and 2010 were of a higher difficulty level. To know more about the expected section-wise difficulty level, click here: Is CAT 2023 going to be Tougher than Previous Years?

    • Nov 26, 2023 07:20 AM IST

      CAT 2023 Question Paper: Original valid ID proof required

      Aside from the admit card, candidates must also carry their original valid photo ID proof with them. This proof must be in original and not a printout or soft copy of the same. Furthermore, it must not be expired such as an expired driving license will not be considered even if it is presented in original. Any of the government-issued IDs with a photograph such as the Aadhar Card, Driving License, Voter's Card, and so on can act as valid ID proofs.

    • Nov 26, 2023 07:10 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Reporting time for Slot 1

      The reporting time for Slot 1 has commenced at 7 AM while the last reporting time is until 8:15 AM. After the last reporting time, no candidate will be permitted to enter the examination centre.

    • Nov 26, 2023 07:00 AM IST

      CAT Question Paper 2023: Exam Today

      IIM Lucknow is the conducting authority of CAT 2023. As scheduled, the exam will be conducted today, November 26, 2023. It will be held in three slots as follows:

      • Slot 1: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
      • Slot 2: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
      • Slot 3: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

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