The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a national-level entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for admission to various postgraduate management programs. The CAT 2023 exam was conducted on Sunday, November 26, 2023, in three slots of 2 hours each. The exam was held in 155 cities across India.
To be eligible to take the CAT 2023 exam, candidates must have fulfilled the following criteria:
- Nationality: Candidates must be Indian citizens or Persons of Indian Origin (PIO) or Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cardholders.
- Educational Qualification: Candidates must have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification from a recognized university or institution.
- Percentage Requirement: Candidates must have secured at least 50% marks (45% for SC/ST/PWD candidates) in their Bachelor’s degree.
- Age Limit: There is no upper age limit for appearing in the CAT exam.
|Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)||36||60|
|Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)||32||60|
|Quantitative Ability and Data Sufficiency (QA/DS)||40||60|
The CAT 2023 exam followed a normalized marking scheme. This means that the marks of the candidates were adjusted based on the difficulty level of the questions. There was negative marking for incorrect answers in the MCQ-type questions.
The CAT 2023 score was used by the IIMs and other participating institutes for shortlisting candidates for the next stage of the admission process. The next stage typically involved group discussions and personal interviews.
Important Tips for CAT Preparation
Here are some important tips for CAT preparation:
- Start your preparation early and give yourself enough time to cover the entire syllabus.
- Practice solving mock tests and previous year papers to get a feel for the exam format and time constraints.
- Focus on improving your speed and accuracy in solving questions.
- Work on your weaknesses and try to overcome them.
- Stay motivated and believe in yourself.