CAT 2023 Live Updates (Slot 1, 2 & 3); Question Paper Analysis (Available), Answer Key, Expected Cutoffs

CAT 2023 Live Updates (Slot 1, 2 & 3); Question Paper Analysis (Available), Answer Key, Expected Cutoffs

3 mins readComment FOLLOW US
Vipra
Vipra Shrivastava
Senior Manager - Content
New Delhi, Updated on Nov 28, 2023 16:14 IST

CAT 2023 exam was conducted on November 26 by IIM Lucknow in three slots. Slot 1 started at 8:30 am and ended at 10:30 am. The Slot 2 started at 12:30 pm and ended at 2:30 pm. The Slot 3 started at 4:30 pm and ended at 6:30 pm. Overall, the difficulty level of the exam this year was moderate but QA section was tougher than last year. Check here CAT 2023 live updates including exam timing, important guidelines, exam analysis, difficulty level and cut offs. 

CAT 2023 live updates

CAT 2023 live updates

CAT 2023 exam was held on November 26, 2023 at over 400 exam centres. This year, IIM Lucknow conducted the CAT so the question paper was moderate in terms of difficulty level. Over 3 lakh candidates appeared for the Common Admission Test or CAT 2023, in three slots tofay. The difficulty level of the CAT 2023 question papers of all three slots is understood to be moderately difficult. As per some students, the VARC section was easy but Quants was difficult.

There was no change in the exam pattern from last year. The CAT 2023 test form had 66 questions. VARC had 24 questions, DILR had 20 questions and Quantitative Aptitude had 22 questions. Candidates had to complete the test in 120 minutes.In all the CAT 2023 slots, VARC was dominated by 4 RC passages of 400-450 words each, having 16 quesrions in total. In Quants section, maximum questions were from Arithmetic and Algebra.

CAT 2023 Answer Key

The official CAT 2023 answer key is expected to be released in 2-3 days at the iimcat.ac.in website. Candidates will be able to download their response sheets along with official answers through login. The option to challenge the official CAT answer key 2023 will also be provided. For that, candidates will have to fill an online form indicating answer they feel are incorrect and will have to provide evidence in their support. 

The overall cutoff for a 99+ percentile is expected to range around 82-83.

CAT 2023 Analysis Slot 1

CAT 2023 slot 1 indicates that this year the question paper and difficulty level are same as last year. Check below key highlights below:

CAT  Sections

Number of questions

Break up

Difficulty level

VARC

24

4 passages having 4 questions each, 2 parajumble qestions, 2 parasummary questions, 2 paracompletion questions and 2 odd one out questions

Moderate

DILR

20

4 sets of 5 questions each

Moderate to difficult

Quantitative Aptitude

22

7 Algebra questions,7  Arithmetic questions, 3 Geometry questions, 4 Number System questions, 1 Modern Maths questions

 

Difficult

Total

66

--

--

CAT 2023 Analysis Slot 2 

CAT 2023 slot 2 question paper was same as slot 1. The difficulty level was also the same. Check below key highlights below:

CAT Sections

Number of questions

Break up

Difficulty level

VARC

24

4 passages having 4 questions each, 2 parajumble qestions, 2 parasummary questions, 2 paracompletion questions and 2 odd one out questions

Moderate

DILR

20

4 sets of 5 questions each

Moderate to difficult

Quantitative Aptitude

22

8 Algebra questions, 9 Arithmetic questions, 2 Geometry questions, 3  Number System questions, 0 Modern Maths questions

 

Difficult

Total

66

--

--

CAT 2023 Slot 3 Analysis

CAT 2023 slot 3 question paper was same as slot 1 and slot 2.The difficulty level was also the same. Quant was slightly tougher than VARC and DILR. Check below key highlights below:

CAT Sections

Number of questions

Break up

Difficulty level

VARC

24

4 passages having 4 questions each, 2 parajumble qestions, 2 parasummary questions, 2 paracompletion questions and 2 odd one out questions

Easy - Moderate

DILR

20

4 sets of 5 questions each

Moderate to difficult

Quantitative Aptitude

22

7 Algebra questions, 8 Arithmetic questions, 3 Geometry questions, 4 Number System questions, 0 Modern Maths questions

 

Difficult

Total

66

--

--

Also Read:

CAT 2023: Check important guidelines and documents to carry

CAT 2023 answer key releases date soon

CAT 2023 result date to be out soon at iimcat.ac.in

LIVE UPDATE

Update 2 months ago

CAT 2023 Live Updates

  • 4:14 PM IST28 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 over, focus on XAT 2024

    After CAT, the next big MBA entrance exam is XAT which is scheduled to be held on January 7, 2024. There's over a month for XAT preparation so candidates must get started now. XAT conducted by XLRI offers some of the top colleges.

  • 3:06 PM IST28 Nov 2023

    Final CAT 2023 answer key

    The final CAT 2023 answer key will be released if any of the objections received are found to be valid. The CAT 2023 result will be prepared on the basis of final CAT answer key 2023. 

  • 2:19 PM IST28 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 preliminary answer key

    IIMCAT will release the preliminary CAT answer key first. Test takers will be allowed to challege the preliinary answer key of CAT 2023, for any answer they think is incorrect. The ojbection raised by candidates will be evaluated and if any objection is found to be valid, the preliminary CAT answer key will be revised. 

  • 12:32 PM IST28 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: Total Number of test takers

    Around 2.88 lakh candidates appeared for CAT 2023 out of 3.28 lakh registered eligible candidates. The overall attendance this year was approximately 88%. The CAT exam 2023 was held at 375 centres in 167 cities across India.

  • 11:21 AM IST28 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Answer Key Date

    The official CAT 2023 answer key is expected to be released in 2-3 days. The download date is yet to be announced by IIM lLucknow. Candidates who have appeared for the CAT 2023 will be issued their response sheet along with the official answer key. 

  • 8:51 AM IST28 Nov 2023

    IIT MBA cut offs

    The MBA cut offs of IITs offering the course through CAT are listed below:

    IIT  

    MBA Cut Off (General Category)

    MBA Cut Off (SC/ST/PD Category)

    IIT Madras

    90 percentile

    75 percentile

    IIT Kharagpur

    90 percentile

    75 percentile

    IIT Bombay

    90 percentile

    60 percentile

    IIT Delhi

    90 percentile

    60 percentile

    IIT Kanpur

    85 percentile

    75 percentile

    IIT Roorkee

    90 percentile

    70 percentile

    IIT Dhanbad (ISM)

    80 percentile

    60 percentile

    IIT Jodhpur

    Direct admission to candidates with 98 percentile and above

    --

     

  • 7:25 AM IST28 Nov 2023

    Top MBA colleges in India 2023

    The list of top MBA colleges in India for 2023 as ranked by NIRF are mentioned below. All these colleges will accept CAT 2023 score for admission:

    Institute Name

    NIRF Ranking 2023

    IIM Ahmedabad

    1

    IIM Bangalore

    2

    IIM Kozhikode

    3

    IIM Calcutta

    4

    IIT Delhi

    5

    IIM Lucknow

    6

    NITIE Mumbai

    7

    IIM Indore

    8

    XLRI Jamshedpur

    9

    IIT Bombay

    10

    IIM Raipur

    11

    IIM Rohtak

    12

    MDI Gurgaon

    13

    IIT Kharagpur

    14

    IIT Madras

    15

    IIM Udaipur

    16

    SIBM Pune

    17

    IIT Roorkee

    18

    IIM Kashipur

    19

    S.P. Jain Institute of Management & Research

    20

    SVKM’s Narsee Monjee Institute of Management Studies

    21

    IIM Tiruchirappalli

    22

    IIT Kanpur

    23

    IIM Ranchi

    24

    Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi

    25

    IIM Shillong

    26

    IIFT Delhi

    27

    Amity University Noida

    28

    IIM Visakhapatnam

    29

    Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

    30

    Great Lakes Institute of Management Chennai

    31

    Lovely Professional University

    32

    Goa Institute of Management

    33

    International Management Institute Delhi

    34

    NIT Tiruchirappalli

    35

    Chandigarh University

    36

    MICA Ahmedabad

    37

    IMT Ghaziabad

    38

    UPES Dehradun

    39

    ICFAI Foundation for Higher Education, Hyderabad

    40

    IIM Jammu

    41

    TA Pai Management Institute Manipal

    42

    IIM Nagpur

    43

    IIT-ISM Dhanbad

    44

    K J Somaiya Institute of Management Studies and Research

    45

    XIM University Bhubaneswar

    46

    Jaipuria Institute of Management Noida

    47

    BIMTECH Gr Noida

    48

    Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology Patiala

    49

    Anna University Chennai

    49

  • 4:50 AM IST28 Nov 2023

    IIM Fees for MBA admission

    The MBA course fee of all IIMs is mentioned in the table below. The amounts are for the 2023 academic session. The fee may increase in 2024 academic session:

    IIM campus

    IIM MBA Fees(latest)

    IIM Ahmedabad

    INR 24.61 lakh

    IIM Bangalore

    INR 24.50 lakh

    IIM Calcutta

    INR 27.00 Lakh

    IIM Lucknow

    INR 20.70 lakh

    IIM Kozhikode

    INR 20.50 lakh

    IIM Raipur

    INR 16.10 (excluding boarding fees)

    IIM Udaipur

    INR 19.00 lakh

    IIM Rohtak

    INR 17.60 lakh

    IIM Visakhapatnam

    INR 17.58 lakh

    IIM Trichy

    INR 21.00 lakh

    IIM Sambalpur

    INR 13.08 lakh

    IIM Ranchi

    INR 17.50 lakh

    IIM Bodhgaya

    INR 15.50 lakh

    IIM Sirmaur

    INR 15.75 lakh (including fees for international immersion programme)

    IIM Jammu

    INR 17.15 lakh

    IIM Amritsar

    INR 16.00 lakh

    IIM Shillong

    INR 17. 50 lakh

    IIM Mumbai (formerly NITIE)

    INR 8.5 lakh

    IIM Kashipur

    INR 17.30 lakh

    IIM Nagpur

    INR 18.00 lakh

    IIM Indore

    INR 21. 14 lakh

     

  • 2:11 AM IST28 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: When will PI shortlisting start?

    The IIM PI shortlisting will begin most likely in the first week of January 2024. The forms will release at IIM websites. The WAT-PI round will be held in February-April 2024.

  • 11:45 PM IST27 Nov 2023

    IIM eligibility vs CAT eligibility

    IIM eligibility criteria for MBA admission is same as CAT eligibility criteria, i.e. a minimum of 50 percent score in graduation (45 percent for SC/ST/PwD candidates). However, candidates who have higher graduation score have better chance of getting admission.

  • 10:22 PM IST27 Nov 2023

    What is CAT admission process?

    Admission process through CAT included Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI). All the MBA colleges conduct WAT-PI or GD-PI round for selection of students. Academic record i.e. class 10, 12 and graduation scores play a very important role in admission.

  • 8:40 PM IST27 Nov 2023

    List of colleges for CAT cut off 50-60 percentile

    For a score between 50 to 60 percentile in CAT 2023, the following MBA colleges will be within reach:

    • Asian Business School
    • School of Management Sciences Varanasi
    • New Delhi Institute of Management
    • Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India
    • School of Management Sciences Lucknow
    • International Institute of Management Studies Pune
    • Jagannath International Management School Delhi
    • Acharya Business School Bangalore
    • Doon Business School
    • FOSTIIMA Business School
    • Bengal Institute of Business Studies Kolkata
    • PSG Institute of Management Coimbatore
    • International School of Management Excellence Bangalore
    • Apeejay School of Management Delhi
    • AIMS Institute Bangalore
    • School of Communication and Management Studies Kochi
    • Balaji Institute of Modern Management Pune
    • Gitam Institute of Management Visakhapatnam
    • Amrita School of Business Bangalore
    • Eastern Institute for Integrated Learning in Management
    • MIT College of Management Pune
  • 7:45 PM IST27 Nov 2023

    List of colleges for CAT cut off 60-70 percentile

    For a score between 60 to 70 percentile in CAT 2023, the following MBA colleges will be within reach:

    • AIMS Institutes (AIMS), Bangalore
    • Amrita School of Business - Bangalore
    • Acharya Bangalore B-School
    • Asian Business School (ABS), Noida
    • Amrita School of Business, Kochi
    • Bengal Institute of Business Studies (BIBS), Kolkata
    • Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani
    • Christ Institute of Management, Pune
    • Doon Business School (DBS), Dehradun
    • Eastern Institute For Integrated Learning In Management, Kolkata
    • FOSTIIMA Business School, Delhi
    • International Institute of Business Studies, Noida
    • International School of Business and Media
    • IIKM Business School, Calicut
    • IILM Institute for Higher Education, Delhi
    • International Institute of Business Studies, Bangalore
    • Institute of International Trade, Kolkata
    • Indus Business School, IIEBM, Pune
    • International Institute of Management Studies, Pune
    • Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad
    • ISBR Business School
    • Presidency College
    • Justicec KS Hegde Institute of Management
    • Jagannath International Management School, Delhi
    • Jagan Institute of Management Studies, Delhi (JIMS ), Rohini, Delhi
    • Lotus Business School (LBS, Pune)
    • New Delhi Institute of Management
    • Pune Institute of Business Management (PIBM), Pune
    • PSG Institute of Management, Coimbatore
    • Sanskar Educational Group, Ghaziabad
    • SSN School of Management (SSN SOM), Chennai
    • School of Business Studies - Sharda University, Greater Noida
    • School of Petroleum Management-PDPU, Ahmedabad
    • The Indian Institute of Financial Planning, Delhi
  • 6:56 PM IST27 Nov 2023

    List of colleges for CAT cut off 70-80 percentile

    For a score between 70 to 80 percentile in CAT 2023, the following MBA colleges will be within reach:

    • Amity University
    • Alliance School of Business - Alliance University, Bangalore
    • Asia-Pacific Institute of Management (AIM, Delhi)
    • Birla Institute of Management Technology, Greater Noida
    • Birla Institute of Technology and Science, BITS-Pilani, Pilani
    • Christ University-Institute of Management, Bangalore
    • CMS Business School, J.P. Nagar, Bangalore
    • Chandigarh University
    • GITAM School of Business
    • Great Lakes Institute of Management, Gurgaon
    • GNA University, Phagwara
    • Infinity Business School, Gurgaon
    • Institute of Management, Nirma University, Ahmedabad
    • IIKM Business School, Calicut
    • Indus Business School, IIEBM, Pune
    • ICOFP - International College of Financial Planning, Mumbai
    • ICFAI University, Mizoram
    • IBS Business School
    • Jagdish Sheth School of Management (Formerly IFIM Business School)
    • JK Lakshmipat University-Institute of Management, Jaipur
    • Jaipur National University (JNU), Jaipur
    • JRE Group of Institutions (JRE), Greater Noida
    • Lotus Business School, Pune
    • Lovely Professional University, Jalandhar
    • MATS University, Raipur
    • IIM Shillong
    • School of Petroleum Management, Gandhinagar
    • School of Business Studies - Sharda University
    • SRIRAM Group of Institutions, Greater Noida
    • Universal Business School, Mumbai
    • Vignan's University, Guntur
    • XIME Kochi
    • XIME Bangalore
  • 5:41 PM IST27 Nov 2023

    List of colleges for CAT cut off above 85 percentile

    For a score of 85 percentile and above in CAT 2023, the following MBA colleges will be within reach:

    • IIM Nagpur
    • IIM Amritsar
    • IIM Bodh Gaya
    • Goa Institute of Management, Goa
    • FORE School of Management, Delhi
    • Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai
    • Great Lakes Institute of Management
    • TA Pai Management Institute
    • IRMA, Anand
    • MICA, Ahmedabad
    • KJ Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research, Mumbai
    • Nirma University, Ahmedabad
    • Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management (Delhi)
    • BITS Pilani Dept. of Management
    • Institute of Management, Banaras Hindu University
    • IMI, Delhi
    • Vinod Gupta School of Management, IIT Kharagpur
    • Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras
    • Department of Management Studies, IIT Roorkee
    • Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur
    • School of Management, Manipal University
    • University Business School, Chandigarh
    • Delhi School of Management-DTU
    • Department of Management Sciences, Pune University
    • Bharathidasan Institute of Management, Tiruchirapalli
  • 4:46 PM IST27 Nov 2023

    List of colleges for CAT cut off 80-90 percentile

    For a score between 80 to 90 percentile in CAT 2023, the following MBA colleges will be within reach:

    • Amity University
    • Fore School of Management
    • Goa Institute of Management
    • International Management Institute, Delhi
    • Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal
    • Indian Institute of Management, Visakhapatnam
    • Loyola Institute of Business Administration, Chennai
    • Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management
    • National Institute of Technology, Tiruchirappalli
    • Praxis Business School, Kolkata
    • L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management development & Research, Bangalore
    • Shiva Institute of Management Studies, Ghaziabad
    • Sydenham Institute of Management Studies, Research and Entrepreneurship Education
    • P. Jain Institute of Management and Research
    • TA Pai Management Institute
    • Trinity College for Management and Technology, Ghaziabad
  • 3:38 PM IST27 Nov 2023

    CAT cut offs 2023 for Top MBA colleges

    Here’s a table indicating expected CAT cut offs for MBA admission 2024 for top B-Schools.

    Top MBA College

    *CAT Cut Offs (percentile)

    FMS, Delhi

    98-99

    IIFT Delhi

    95-99

    SPJIMR, Mumbai

    95-99

    IMT, Ghaziabad

    95-97

    JBIMS, Mumbai

    96

    MDI, Gurgaon

    97-99

    IMI, New Delhi

    90

    XIM, Bhubaneshwar

    91

    GIM Goa

    85

    K J Somaiya, Mumbai

    86

    TAPMI, Manipal

    80

    FORE, New Delhi

    85

    IFMR, Chennai

    80

    IRMA, Anand

    80

    MICA, Ahmedabad

    80

    LIBA, Chennai

    70

    XIME, Bangalore

    70

  • 2:45 PM IST27 Nov 2023

    Options after CAT 2023

    The plan of action for an MBA aspirant after CAT 2023, is to attempt other MBA entrance exams, such as XAT, CMAT or MAT. XAT 2024 registrations are open till November 30. MAT 2023 December phase registrations are open till December 14 and CMAT 2024 registrations will begin in February 2024. Candidates can decide to appear of these or any of these exams as per their preference.

  • 2:03 PM IST27 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: IIM Udaipur Cut Offs

    The qualifying CAT cut offs 2023 for IIM Udaipur have been fixed for PI-WAT shortlisting. Check category-wise IIM Udaipur cut offs:

    Category

    VARC percentile

    DILR percentile

    QA percentile

    Overall percentile

    General

    70

    70

    70

    92

    EWS

    40

    40

    40

    70

    NC-OBC

    45

    45

    45

    74

    SC

    35

    35

    35

    54

    ST

    25

    25

    32.5

    40

    DAP

    25

    25

    32.5

    40

  • 1:30 PM IST27 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: IIM Shillong Cut Offs

    The qualifying CAT cut offs 2023 for IIM Shillong have been fixed for PI-WAT shortlisting. Check category-wise IIM Shillong cut offs:

    Category

    VARC percentile

    DILR percentile

    QA percentile

    DA (D)

    50

    50

    50

    ST (T)

    50

    50

    50

    SC (C )

    60

    60

    60

    EWS (E )

    75

    75

    75

    Others (General)

    75

    75

    75

  • 1:03 PM IST27 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: IIM Indore Cut Offs

    The qualifying CAT cut offs 2023 for IIM Indore have been fixed for PI-WAT shortlisting. Check category-wise IIM Indore cut offs:

    Category

    QA

    DILR

    VARC

    Overall

    General/EWS

    80

    80

    80

    90

    NC-OBC

    70

    70

    70

    80

    SC

    55

    55

    55

    60

    ST

    40

    40

    40

    45

    PWD

    40

    40

    40

    45

  • 12:10 PM IST27 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: IIM Kozhikode Cut Offs

    The qualifying CAT cut offs 2023 for IIM Kozhikode have been fixed for PI-WAT shortlisting. The sectional cut offs are same for VARC, DILR and QA. Check category-wise IIM Kozhikode cut offs:

    Category

    CAT 2023 percentile

    Sectional percentiles ( VARC, DILR, QA)

    General

    85

    75

    NC-OBC/EWS

    75

    65

    SC

    65

    55

    ST/PwD

    55

    45

  • 11:30 AM IST27 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: IIM Lucknow Cut Offs

    The qualifying CAT cut offs 2023 for IIM Lucknow have been fixed for PI-WAT shortlisting. Check category-wise IIM Lucknow cut offs:

    Cut-off percentile for shortlisting candidates for WAT- PI stage for MBA

    Category

    VARC

    DILR

    QA

    Overall

    General

    85

    85

    85

    90

    EWS

    77

    77

    77

    82

    NC-OBC

    77

    77

    77

    82

    SC

    55

    55

    55

    65

    ST

    50

    50

    50

    60

    PWD

    50

    50

    50

    60

    Cut-off percentile for shortlisting candidates for WAT- PI stage for MBA-ABM

    Category

    VARC

    DILR

    QA

    Overall

    General

    80

    80

    80

    85

    EWS

    72

    72

    72

    77

    NC-OBC

    72

    72

    72

    77

    SC

    55

    55

    55

    65

    ST

    50

    50

    50

    55

    PWD

    50

    50

    50

    55

    Cut-off percentile for shortlisting candidates for WAT- PI stage for MBA-SM

    Category

    VARC

    DILR

    QA

    Overall

    General

    80

    80

    80

    85

    EWS

    72

    72

    72

    77

    NC-OBC

    72

    72

    72

    77

    SC

    55

    55

    55

    60

    ST

    50

    50

    50

    55

    PWD

    50

    50

    50

    55

  • 10:49 AM IST27 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: IIM Calcutta Cut Offs

    The qualifying CAT cut offs 2023 for IIM Calcutta have been fixed for PI-WAT shortlisting. Check category-wise IIM Calcutta cut offs:

    Category QA percentile DILR percentile VARC percentile Overall percentile

    General

    75

    80

    80

    85

    NC-OBC

    65

    65

    70

    75

    EWS

    65

    65

    70

    75

    SC

    60

    60

    65

    70

    ST

    55

    55

    55

    65

    PWD

    45

    45

    45

    55

  • 10:16 AM IST27 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: IIM Bangalore Cut Offs

    The qualifying CAT cut offs 2023 for IIM Bangalore have been fixed for PI-WAT shortlisting. Check category-wise IIM Bangalore cut offs:

    Category

    VARC

    DILR

    QA

    Overall

    General

    80

    75

    75

    85

    NC-OBC

    75

    65

    65

    75

    EWS

    70

    65

    65

    75

    SC

    65

    60

    60

    70

    ST

    55

    55

    55

    65

    PWD

    50

    50

    50

    60

  • 9:41 AM IST27 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: IIM Ahmedabad Cut Offs

    The qualifying CAT cut offs 2023 for IIM Ahmedabad have been fixed for PI-WAT shortlisting. Check category-wise IIM Ahmedabad cut offs:

    Category

    VARC percentile rank

    DILR percentile rank

    QA percentile rank

    Overall percentile rank

    General

    70

    70

    70

    80

    NC-OBC-Transgender

    65

    65

    65

    75

    SC

    60

    60

    60

    70

    ST

    50

    50

    50

    60

    PwD (General, NCOBC-cum-transgender, SC)

    60

    60

    60

    70

    PwD (ST)

    50

    50

    50

    60

  • 6:40 AM IST27 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: IIM Admission Criteria 2024-26

    The IIM admission criteria and selection policy 2024-2026 includes 3 steps:

    • Step 1: Shortlisting of candidates ont the basis of CAT 2023 score
    • Step 2: WAT-PI round
    • Step 3: Final selection 

    Parameters on which candidates are rated include academic record, work experience, academic diversity and gender diversity.

  • 4:33 AM IST27 Nov 2023

    Courses offered through CAT

    IIM

    Courses Offered Through CAT

    IIM Ahmedabad

    PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP, PhD

    IIM Amritsar

    MBA, EMBA, MBA-Business Analytics, MBA-HRM, PhD

    IIM Bangalore

    PGP, PGPEM, PGPBA, PhD

    IIM Bodh Gaya

    PGP, PhD (FPM)

    IIM Calcutta

    MBA, PhD

    IIM Indore

    PGP, PGP-HRM, FPM

    IIM Jammu

    PGP, PhD

    IIM Kashipur

    MBA, MBA (Analytics), MBA (WX), PhD, EFPM

    IIM Kozhikode

    PGP, PGP-BL, PGP-F, PGP-LSM, PhD, PhD (PT)

    IIM Lucknow

    PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM, FPM

    IIM Nagpur

    PGP, PhD

    IIM Raipur

    PGP, FPM/ PhD, EFPM

    IIM Ranchi

    PGP, PGP-HRM, PGP (Business Analytics), PhD, EPhD

    IIM Rohtak

    PGP, EPGPX, EPGDSM, PhD, Part-Time FPM

    IIM Sambalpur

    MBA, PhD, E PhD

    IIM Shillong

    PGP, PGPEX, PGPWE, PhD, PhDWP

    IIM Sirmaur

    MBA, MBA (T&HM), PhD

    IIM Tiruchirappalli

    PGPM, PGPM-HR, PGPBM, FPM, E-FPM

    IIM Udaipur

    MBA, PhD

    IIM Visakhapatnam

    PGP, PGPEx, PGPDGM, PhD

  • 3:31 AM IST27 Nov 2023

    IIM CAT cut offs for WAT-PI shortlisting

    Check the table below for the qualifying CAT cut offs for MBA admission in 2024 academic year. The qualifying cut offs are the minimum CAT percentile required to be eligible for getting shortlisted for IIMs WAT-PI round. Final CAT cut offs 2023 will be higher.

    IIM

    Qualifying CAT cut offs

    IIM Ahmedabad

    85

    IIM Bangalore

    85

    IIM Calcutta

    85

    IIM Lucknow

    90

    IIM Indore

    90

    IIM Kozhikode

    85

    IIM Amritsar

    90

    IIM Nagpur

    85

    IIM Sambalpur

    93

    IIM Trichy

    93

    IIM Raipur

    93

    IIM Ranchi

    90

    IIM Kashipur

    94

    IIM Vizag

    80

    IIM Udaipur

    93

    IIM Bodhgaya

    93

    IIM Shillong

    75

    IIM Sirmaur

    92

    IIM Rohtak

    95

    IIM Nagpur

    85

    IIM Jammu

    93

  • 1:25 AM IST27 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Score vs Percentile Slot 3

    Percentile

    Score VARC Score

    Score DILR Score

    QA Score

    Overall Score

    99.9 %ile

    46

    36

    46

    104

    99.5 %ile

    42

    32

    30

    87

    99 %ile

    38

    28

    26

    77

    98 %ile

    34

    25

    23

    70

    95%ile

    28

    19

    18

    56

    90%ile

    23

    16

    14

    48

    85%ile

    20

    13

    12

    39

    80%ile

    18

    11

    10

    35

    75%ile

    16

    10

    9

    30

    70%ile

    14

    9

    8

    28

  • 11:51 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 result date

    CAT result is usually announced in the first week of January but last year, it was released in the third week of December. The CAT 2023 result may also be declared in December only. The CAT 2023 result date is never notified in advance.

  • 10:52 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 score normalization process

    To ensure fairness and equity in the performances of candidates in all the sessions, their scores will go through CAT normalisation process to arrive at individual percentiles. The formula of CAT normalization is same as that of GATE. The scores are normalised by adjusting location and scale differences of score distributions across different question papers. The scaled scores obtained by this process are then converted into CAT percentiles. 

  • 10:15 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 cut off percentiles slot 2

    Percentile

    VARC Score

    Score DILR Score

    QA Score

    Overall Score

    99.9 %ile

    50

    38

    46

    108

    99.5 %ile

    46

    34

    30

    91

    99 %ile

    42

    30

    26

    81

    98 %ile

    38

    26

    23

    73

    95%ile

    32

    20

    18

    59

    90%ile

    26

    17

    14

    50

    85%ile

    22

    13

    12

    41

    80%ile

    20

    11

    10

    36

    75%ile

    18

    10

    9

    32

    70%ile

    16

    9

    8

    30

  • 9:47 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 cut off percentiles slot 1

    CAT Percentile

    VARC Score 

    DILR Score 

    QA Score 

    Overall Score

    99.5 %ile

    45

    33

    48

    104

    99 %ile

    41

    29

    42

    97

    98 %ile

    37

    26

    37

    86

    95%ile

    32

    21

    28

    72

    90%ile

    27

    17

    23

    59

    85%ile

    23

    15

    19

    52

    80%ile

    21

    13

    16

    44

  • 9:15 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 3, DILR Sets

    Set 1: Routes and Network
    Set 2: Contradictory Conditions
    Set 3: 12 Months Students Subscribed
    Set 4: Grouping, Students, Project Scores, and Test Scores

  • 8:44 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 3, RC Passages

    Passage 1: Colonialism and Pollution 
    Passage 2: Rationalization
    Passage 3: Romanticism
    Passage 4: History

  • 8:30 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 answer keys soon

    The CAT 2023 answer keys for slot 1, 2 and 3 will be released at iimcat.ac.in website within 3-4 days. Some of the coaching institutes have released analysis and answer keys (memory based) for candidates to assess their performance.

  • 7:53 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 2: Ideal Score

    In the CAT 2023 slot 2, the ideal score would be:

    CAT Section

    Difficulty Level

    Ideal Score

    VARC

    Moderate

    40-42

    DILR

    Moderate- Difficult

    25-26

    QA

    Difficult

    28-30

    Total

    Moderate- Difficult

    82-83

  • 7:28 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 3 first impression

    CAT Sections

    Break up

    Difficulty level

    VARC

    4 passages having 4 questions each, 2 parajumble qestions, 2 parasummary questions, 2 paracompletion questions and 2 odd one out questions

    Easy - Moderate

    DILR

    4 sets of 5 questions each

    Moderate to difficult

    Quantitative Aptitude

    7 Algebra questions, 8 Arithmetic questions, 3 Geometry questions, 4 Number System questions, 0 Modern Maths questions

     

    Difficult

    Total

    --

    --

  • 7:00 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 slot 2 DILR sets

    Topic

    No. of Questions

    Difficulty Level

    Arrangement → Scores → two days average

    5

    Moderate - Difficult

    Missing Values Based Table→ Company Starting/ Closing Years

    5

    Easy - Moderate

    Rides & Timings

    5

    Moderate - Difficult

    Grid Based→two 3*3 tables (Mean, Median, Mode)

    5

    Difficult

     

    20

    Moderate - Difficult

  • 6:37 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 3 over

    The third and last slot of the CAT exam this year is over now. The third slot was also moderate like slot 1 and slot 2. The exam structure and pattern were also the same.

  • 6:09 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 slot 2 difficulty level

    CAT 2023 slot 2 was same as slot 1 in terms of difficulty level. The VARC and DILR sections were moderate and QA section was tough.

  • 5:41 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 2 RC passages

    • Garments/ fashion Industry & Pollution- Easy to moderate
    • Netflix Dubbing of titles for Europe→ Good or Bad for Europe? - Easy to moderate
    • Liberalism is Dying- Moderate to Difficult
    • Facts & Interpretation in History- Easy
  • 5:14 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 DILR sets asked in slot 1 and slot 2

    DILR D Sets Slot 1

    Set 1: Professors and Departments

    Set 2: VISA Office

    Set 3: Routes

    Set 4: Statistics

    DILR sets, slot 2

    Set 1: Ride - 3 Girls Taking Ride

    Set 2: 3x3 Grid Box with Coins Placement

    Set 3: Competition with Numbered Balls 1-9

    Set 4: Start and End of 5 Companies

  • 4:46 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 question and answer key (memory based)

    A QA question asked in CAT 2023 slot 1 was as follows:

    Geeta sells A – 20% profit and B – 10 % loss at the same SP. If she increase SP, such that A and B still sold at an equal price and profit of 10% made on B, then profit made on A will be?

    A. 45% B. 47% C. 42% D. 49%

    The correct answer is 47%.

  • 4:16 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 3 to start at 4:30 pm

    The third and last slot of the CAT 2023 exam will start at 4:30 pm. Candidates have already entered the test centres and the gates have been closed. The last session is also of 2 hours. It will end at 6:30 pm.

  • 3:20 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 2 Analysis First Impression

    CAT 2023 Slot 2 ws same as CAT 2023 slot 1. Given bekow is the first impression:

    CAT sections

    Number of questions

    Break up

    Difficulty level

    VARC

    24

    4 passages having 4 questions each, 2 parajumble qestions, 2 parasummary questions, 2 paracompletion questions and 2 odd one out questions

    Moderate

    DILR

    20

    4 sets of 5 questions each

    Moderate to difficult

    Quantitative Aptitude

    22

    8 Algebra questions, 9 Arithmetic questions, 2 Geometry questions, 3  Number System questions, 0 Modern Maths questions

     

    Difficult

    Total

    66

    --

    --

  • 3:02 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Expected Cut Off Percentiles

    As per the experts of Career Launcher, the expected CAT cut offs 2023 will be:

    Percentile

    VARC

    DILR

    QA

    Overall

    99

    40

    25-27

    25-28

    80

    95

    28-30

    18-20

    20-22

    55

    90

    22-24

    15-17

    15-17

    45-48

    85

    20-22

    13-14

    12-14

    39-41

    80

    18-20

    11-12

    10-12

    35-37

  • 2:35 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 2 Over

    The second slot of CAT 2023 is over now. Candidates have started to come out of the test centre. The third slot will start from 4:30 pm.

  • 1:59 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 1 RC passages, word limit and difficulty level

    • Environmentalists vs Farmer (400 words) - easy
    • Change in Work Culture (400 words) - difficult
    • Indian Ocean-based Geographical Literature (400 words) - difficult
    • Human Behavior (450 words) - easy
  • 1:24 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 1: Ideal score, section-wise

    Given the difficulty level of CAT 2023 slot 1, here the assessment of ideal score per section:

    Section

    Difficulty Level

    Ideal Score

    VARC

    Moderate

    40

    DILR

    Moderate- Difficult

    27-30

    QA

    Difficult

    25-28

    Total

    Moderate to Difficult

    80

  • 12:46 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 student reactions and reviews

    Check out what CAT 2023 test takers have to say about the paper.

     

  • 12:32 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 2 begins

    The second slot of CAT 2023 exam has started. This slot is also expected to be tough like slot 1, but candidates must keep their confidence high to crack it.

  • 12:15 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 2 Entry Closed

    Entry of candidates for CAT 2023 slot 3 has been completed and the gates have been closed. No one is now allowed to enter the premises.

  • 12:02 PM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 1 Analysis Quantitative Aptitude

    The Quantitative section of CAT 2023 slot 1 paper was tough. Topic wise distribution of questions:

    • Algebra -7
    • Arithmetic - 7  
    • Geometry - 3
    • Number System - 4
    •  Modern Maths -1
  • 11:47 AM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 1 Analysis DILR

    There were four sets with 5 questions each, just like last year. The difficulty level can be said to be moderate to difficult.

  • 11:29 AM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 1 Review VARC

    The CAT 2023 slot 1 difficulty level was moderate to high. In VA, there were four types of questions, parajumble, parasummary, paracompletion and odd one out. There were 4 passages having 4 questions each.

  • 11:01 AM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 2: Entry process begins

    Entry for CAT 2023 slot 2 has started. Candidates are queueing up at the test centres to gain entry. The second slot will begin at 12:30 PM.

  • 10:51 AM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 1 First Reaction from students

    Shiksha team visited a CAT 2023 test centre for a review of the exam by students. Some of them said, the exam was of moderate difficulty level, whereas some said it was tough. They said that VARC section was easy but Quantitative Aptitude was difficult. 

  • 10:31 AM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 1 over

    The first slot of CAT 2023 exam got over at 10:30 am. Candidates have started to leave the test room. At the examination centres, test takers of slot 2 have also started to trickle in.

  • 9:58 AM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 conducting IIM

    This year, IIM Lucknow is conducting the CAT exam. The institute is conducting the CAT after a gap of 6 years. It previously conducted the exam in 2017.

  • 9:29 AM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 expected difficulty level

    The difficulty level of CAT 2023 slot 1, 2 and 3 is likely to be moderate. We will share section wise difficulty level and important topics for each CAT slot after it gets over.

  • 9:10 AM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 total number of test takers

    Today about 3.3 lakh candidates will be appearing in the CAT exam. This year, IIM Lucknow received 3.30 lakh applications for this national level MBA exam which is a record since its inception.

  • 8:32 AM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 1 started

    CAT 2023 slot 1 has started at over 400 centres in 155 cities across India. The CAT is the biggest national level MBA entrance exam in India. Over 1300 B-Schools accept CAT score for admission. Even IIFT Delhi has decided to accept CAT score instead of theit own entrance test score for MBA admission, for 2024 batch.

  • 8:00 AM IST26 Nov 2023

    Gates to close by 8:15 am

    The entry is still underway and gates of CAT test centres will close by 8:15 am. After that no one will be allowed to enter the venue.

  • 7:26 AM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 1: Identification and entry process underway

    Entry and identification process is underway for CAT 2023 slot 1 at every test centre. Some candidates have been accompanied by their guardians who are waiting outside.

  • 7:00 AM IST26 Nov 2023

    Candidates starts reaching test centres for Slot 1

    The CAT exam day 2023 has arrived and it is time for Slot 1 to start at 8:30 am. Candidates of slot 1 have started reaching their test centres.

  • 6:22 AM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: Can slot 1 candidate appear for exam in slot 2?

    No, candidates can appear for CAT 2023 in only that slot which is mentioned on their admit card. If they try to enter the test centre in any other slot, they will be disqualified.

  • 4:10 AM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: Is calculator allowed?

    Calculator or any electronic gadget is prohibited inside the CAT test centre. For rough work and calculation, rough sheet and a pen will be provided to every candidate inside the exam hall. Candidates will have to mention their name and application ID on the rough sheet and leave it in the exam hall only.

  • 3:01 AM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 3 timings

    CAT 2023 slot 3 timing is 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm. Reporting time is 3:00 pm and the gates will close at 4:15 pm. Candidates cannot enter the test centre after the gates have been closed.

  • 1:08 AM IST26 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 2 timings

    CAT 2023 slot 2 timing is 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. Reporting time is 11 am and the gates will close at 12:15 pm. No entry will be allowed after that.

  • 11:46 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Slot 1 timings

    CAT 2023 slot 1 timing is 8:30 am to 10:30 am. Reporting time is 7:00 am and the gates will close at 8:15 am. Candidates reaching the test centre later than that, will not be allowed to enter.

  • 10:40 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    Important topics of CAT Quantitative Aptitude

    Arithmetic dominates the CAT Quantitative Aptitude section. Other topics in this section include Number System, Algebra, Geometry and Mensuration.

  • 9:33 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    Important topics of CAT DILR

    The DILR section has 10 questions from DI and 10 from LR. All the questions are in sets. Topics from which questions are asked include Set Theory (Variables), Set Theory + Puzzles, Puzzles with Additional Data, Coding-Decoding and Series.

  • 8:49 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    Important topics of CAT VARC

    In CAT, reading comprehension dominates the VARC section. Almost 50 percent of the questions are RC based. Rest of the questions are divided between Para Jumbles, Para Summary and Odd Sentence Out. There are rarely questions from FIB, Antonym-Synonym, etc.

  • 8:00 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: What to do a day before?

    CAT aspirants must spend sometime today in revision of the most important theorems and formulae. They should also go through short notes and short cuts for solving questions quickly and accurately.

  • 7:05 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: Number of questions section-wise

    • CAT VARC will have24 questions
    • CAT DILR will have 20 questions
    • CAT Quantitative Aptitude will have 22 questions
  • 6:40 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    Latest CAT 2023 exam pattern

    There is no change in the CAT exam pattern this year. Then number of questions, marking scheme and time duration is same as CAT 2021 and CAT 2022.

  • 6:03 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    Don’t miss important instructions on CAT 2023 admit card

    Before heading to the CAT exam centre go through the instructions printed on the card so that you are aware of all the dos and don’ts of the exam day.

  • 5:34 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    Attempt Official CAT mock test 2023

    As part of your final preparation, attempt the official CAT mock test 2023. The official CAT mock test will give you a preview of the actual exam that will be presented to you tomorrow.

  • 5:06 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    Download CAT 2023 admit card before exam

    Those who haven’t downloaded their CAT 2023 admit card yet, should do it today at iimcat.ac.in website. Check here the process to download CAT admit card:

    • Go to iimcat.ac.in website
    • Click on login
    • Enter login credentials
    • You will see ‘admit card’ tab in dashboard
    • Click on it and download your admit card
  • 4:51 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 Dress Code

    Do not wear jackets, hoodies, caps, goggles or clothing with pockets to the CAT exam centre. Simple shirts and pullovers are allowed. Closed shoes are also not allowed. 

  • 4:33 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    Items not to carry to the CAT test centre

    • Electronic gadget, book, note book, paper, stationary item (other than a pen).
    • Jewelry or accessories containing metal.
  • 4:20 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    Documents acceptable as valid ID proof

    PAN card/Driving License/Voter ID/ Passport/ Aadhaar Card (With photograph)/ E-Aadhaar/Ration Card/ Identification Affidavit along with the Admit Card.

  • 4:11 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: What to carry on CAT exam day 2023?

    • Two copies of the CAT admit card 2023
    • Original copy of a photo ID card
    • Medical certificate (incase of suffering from any medical condition)
    • PwD certificate and scribe affidavit (if applicable)
    • A blue/black ball point pen
  • 4:00 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023 exam mode and test form

    CAT exam is conducted in computer based test. Every candidate has to take the test on a computer system allotted to them at a designated CAT test centre. One has to follow a process to fill the test form with correct answers, which is explained to students by the authorized invigilator.

  • 3:52 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: No COVID-19 restrictions

    Unlike CAT 2020, 2021 and 2022, there are no COVID-19 guidelines to be followed this year so test takers are not required to carry facemask, gloves or handsanitiser.

  • 3:42 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    No google link for CAT test centre location in CAT admit card 2023

    This year, the CAT 2023 admit card, does not have google link for the test centre location, so candidates must check the location, distance and mode to travel to their respective test centre today only.

  • 3:33 PM IST25 Nov 2023

    CAT 2023: First session starts at 8:30 am tomorrow

    The first session of CAT 2023 will start tomorrow at 8:30 am. Candidates who have been allotted the first slot should reach their test centre at 7:00 am.

Follow Shiksha.com for latest education news in detail on Exam Results, Dates, Admit Cards, & Schedules, Colleges & Universities news related to Admissions & Courses, Board exams, Scholarships, Careers, Education Events, New education policies & Regulations.
To get in touch with Shiksha news team, please write to us at news@shiksha.com

About the Author
author-image
Vipra Shrivastava
Senior Manager - Content

Vipra is a massive Breaking Bad fan. When not watching crime drama series, she spends time in updating the list of places she wants to visit and people she wants to meet, but she is happiest in the company of dogs. ... Read Full Bio

Comments