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CAT 2023: Exam in November with Changed exam Pattern

Calender Icon CAT Registration Ends: 13th September 2023

CAT 2023: Exam in November with Changed exam Pattern


CAT aspirants may note that the countdown has already begun and this year  CAT Exam 2023.

Important dates 

  • Exam date: November, 2023
  • Online Registration: August, 2023  to  September, 2023
  • Result: January 2024

Crucial Points to Remember 

  • CAT 2023 be applicable to top 100 plus MBA institutes besides 19 IIMs.
  • 6 New IIMs are at  Amritsar, Bodh Gaya, Nagpur, Sambalpur, Sirmaur, Visakhapatnam
  • Allotted Time for Exam will be for 180 minutes with 60 minutes for each section 
  • There will be 3 Sections in CAT 2023 and these will be 
  1. Quantitative Aptitude (QA)  with 34 Questions 
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) with 32 Questions 
  3. Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) with 34 Questions

Tutorial to understand the format of the examination are available from October 2023.

Steps of Registration for CAT 2023

  1. The registration window will be open from August 2023 and will close in September 2023. The details about the registration process will be available on CAT 2023 website www.iimcat.ac.in
  2. At the time of registration, the candidates have to select any four Test Cities as   per their preference from the drop down menu. 
  3. Candidates will be allotted one among the 4 preferred Cities in any 1 of the 2 sessions after the last date of registration.

Changed Exam Pattern

There will be 3 Sections in CAT 2023

  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)
Section Number of Questions
Quantitative ability (QA) 34
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)  32
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) 34
  • Duration of the examination has been increased to 180 minutes instead of 170 minutes. There will be three sections, ‘Quantitative Aptitude (QA)’, ‘Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)’ and ‘Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)’. QA and VRC will have 34 questions each, and DILR will have 32 questions.
  • Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type. Instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen.  
  • Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.
  • Candidates may attempt any section first. The questions can be answered out of sequence too.
  • Toggling between sections is also possible to attempt questions.
  • On-screen timer will mark remaining minutes for the test.
  • Three (3) points will be awarded for each correct answer; one (1) point will be deducted for each wrong answer.
  • There is no penalty for questions that are left unanswered.

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