Candidates who have successfully submitted their applications for the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2023 can acquire their CAT 2023 admit cards, commencing on November 7, at the official website, iimcat.ac.in. These admit cards will provide essential information including candidate names, examination centers, reporting times, and other relevant details. The CAT 2023 examination, organized by the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM Lucknow), is slated for November 26, with sessions scheduled from 8.30am to 10.30am, 12.30pm to 2.30pm, and 4.30pm to 6.30pm.
The CAT 2023 exam serves as a gateway for admission into MBA and PGDM programs offered by 21 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and more than 1,200 business schools across the country. It features questions from three main categories: data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR), quantitative ability (QA), and verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC).
To download the CAT 2023 admit card, follow these steps:
- Visit the official website, iimcat.ac.in.
- Click on the ‘login’ button within the new tab.
- Provide your CAT application number and password.
- Navigate to the ‘admit card’ section.
- Click on the ‘download’ button.
Notably, IIM Lucknow has witnessed a substantial surge in CAT registrations this year, with over three lakh candidates registering. This marks a remarkable increase of approximately 30 percent compared to the previous year when around 2.55 lakh registrations were recorded in 2022.
The increase in CAT registrations can be attributed to various factors. Many esteemed institutes and Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) now consider CAT scores as part of their admission processes, making it an appealing choice for students. Additionally, the expansion of exam centers in smaller cities has played a significant role in the rise in applications.
The selection process for each IIM varies, typically involving a combination of CAT exam scores and components like a written ability test (WAT), group discussion, or personal interview (PI). Each IIM sets specific weightages for these phases and establishes minimum CAT exam cutoff percentiles for progressing to the next stage in the IIM admission process. For detailed admission criteria, candidates can refer to the respective IIMs’ websites.
Besides the IIMs, institutions that accept CAT exam scores may conduct group discussions or personal interviews for MBA and PGDM program admission. However, some colleges admit students solely based on CAT exam scores without a personality assessment round.