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CAT Exam Admission Process 2023: Dates, Fees, Documents Required

Author : Palak Khanna

Updated On : September 14, 2023


Summary: The CAT Exam Admission Process 2023 is a standardised test conducted annually by the Indian Institutes of Management for admission into their Post Graduate management courses. Here is a comprehensive explanation of the CAT admissions procedure.

The CAT exam is considered to be one of the most competitive entry-level management exams in the country. 

Roughly 2 lakh students appear in CAT exam for admissions into IIMs and other B-Schools. 

To apply for the CAT exam, you must fill out the application form available on the official website and submit the required documents along with it. 

This article will walk you through the CAT exam admission process 2023!

CAT Exam Admission Process 2023

Let’s start understanding the step-by-step process for MBA admissions into IIMs. 

Important CAT Exam Admission Dates 2023

Check the CAT entrance exam tentative dates. 

CAT Exam Events Tentative Dates
CAT 2023 Registration Aug 2023 - Sep 2023
CAT 2023 form correction process Sep 2023
CAT 2023 admit card download Oct 2023
CAT 2023 mock test release Nov 2023
CAT 2023 exam date Nov 2023
CAT 2023 answer key challenge Dec 2023
CAT 2023 result announcement Dec 2023

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CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria 2023

The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree from a university or other accredited educational institution with at least 50% aggregate {CGPA; 45% for candidates from the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Persons with Disabilities (PwD) categories}. 

Both candidates taking the last year of the Bachelor's degree/ equivalent degree and awaiting results are also eligible to apply.

cat 2023 super-30 course

cat 2023 super-30 course

CAT Exam Registration Process 2023

For this year, the application fees may be modified. The data used to produce the information below is from the prior year. 

CAT Application Fees

  • Candidates who are from the categories - SC, ST, or PwD must pay an application fee of INR 1150
  • GEN candidates must pay an application fee of INR 2300.

Please be advised that you only need to pay the registration fee once, regardless of how many institutes they apply to. 

When registering, if you identify as SC, ST, or PwD must upload a copy of the necessary documentation.

Note: Already paid payments are not refundable under any circumstances.

Check: Difference between CAT and GATE Exam

CAT Exam Application Process 2023

Step-by-step process to complete your CAT application form. 

Step 1: Registration for User ID and Password

Use the following browsers: 

  • Mozilla Firefox (version 85 to 102)
  • Google Chrome (version 80 to 103)
  • Microsoft Edge (version 80 to 103)

On creation of your User Profile, enter the OPT and Catcha and submit the declaration. 

cat 2023 test series

cat 2023 test series

Step 2: Log in to CAT Website

You can access the website as a "Registered Candidate" and complete the CAT application using the system-generated User ID and Password you received after completing Step 1 above.

Enter your User ID/Password.

Check: CAT Exam Day Guidelines 2023

Step 3: Fill Application Form 

The Application Form is categorised into the following six sections:

  • Personal Details
  • Academics
  • Work Experience
  • Programs
  • Test City
  • Payment

If you have another Professional Degree, add the degree and save. 

Step 4: Pick the required program

Step 5: Pick a Test City

The drop-down box allows you to choose any six test cities according to your preferences.

One of the six preferred test cities will be assigned after the registration deadline, pending availability. 

Rarely will a candidate be assigned to a nearby test city if none of the chosen test cities is available.

Step 6: Make the Payment

Read the transaction fee instructions on the official site carefully before paying.

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CAT Exam Selection Process 2023

Please be aware that IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage using their own, maybe distinct criteria. The selection procedure may include 

  • Written ability tests (WAT)
  • Group discussions (GD)
  • Personal interviews (PI)

Performance on the CAT exam is a crucial component of the admissions process. 

At various phases of the admissions process, IIMs may further select and rank applications using additional factors such as the applicant's prior academic performance, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity, and other equivalent inputs. 

The methodologies, academic cutoffs, and weights assigned to the evaluation indicators may vary between IIMs. 

For further information, visit the admissions policies of each IIM on their individual websites.

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CAT Exam Counselling Process 2023

  • Registration for counselling is the initial step in the CAT Counselling procedure. Following the announcement of the CAT 2021 results, the registration process begins.
  • After registering, the applicant must complete the application form and include all required information, including their name, address, and any relevant educational background.
  • Selecting the colleges or institutions they want to apply to is the next step after submitting the application.
  • Payment of Counselling expenses: The candidate must pay the counselling expenses by the instructions.
  • The candidate must provide all required documentation, including their transcripts and other proof of schooling, for verification.
  • The candidate will be given a seat in one of the participating institutes based on merit after the documents are verified.
  • The candidate must arrive at their assigned institute and finish the admissions procedures.


The CAT exam admission process is an important part of your future. It can open the doors to the best institutions in India and pave the way for a successful career. Having a good strategy in place can maximise your chances of success in the exam. Understanding the syllabus, attending mock tests, and getting as much practice as possible are some steps that can be taken in the right direction. With the right strategy and a positive approach, success is not far away.

Check: CAT Exam Preparation 2023

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