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CAT 2023 Application Form: Check Fees & Registration Process


CAT Application Form 2023: The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) has issued the important dates for CAT 2023. It began the CAT 2023 application form submission on August 2, 2023. The registration process will continue until the deadline, September 13, 2023. Interested candidates can apply online from the official website – iimcat.ac.in. Moreover, they can register directly from this page. However, before applying, we strongly recommend that all aspirants check and satisfy all eligibility criteria to avoid being disqualified later.

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– Candidates can now register for CAT 2023, and those already registered can log in to apply online for CAT 2023. For registration of Non-IIM Institutions for CAT 2023, register here.

Candidates having a bachelor’s degree with 50% minimum marks can apply for the exam. They must go through the detailed eligibility criteria before filling out the form. The online test is expected to be conducted on November 26, 2023. Read on for complete details on the registration dates, application process and more.

CAT 2023 Registration

Various private and government management institutes offer MBA admission through IIM CAT exam scores. Candidates who wish to register for this exam must check the overview table below carefully:

CAT RegistrationDetails
CAT application modeOnline
Fee payment modeDebit/credit card or net banking
Registration linkiimcat.ac.in
Test city options6
Documents required for uploading– Recent passport-size photo
– Scanned signature
– Caste/PwD/Scribe certificate

CAT Application Form Dates 2023

The CAT application form also serves as the entry form for IIM admission. In the form, applicants have to choose IIMs. However, the IIMs will shortlist candidates for the Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds based on that decision.

Check out the CAT 2023 important dates related to the registration from the table below:

CAT EventsCAT Dates
CAT Registration 2023 Start DateAugust 2, 2023
CAT Registration 2023 Last DateSeptember 13, 2023
Correction in CAT Application Form 2023September 23 to 26, 2023 (Tentative)
CAT 2023 Exam DateNovember 26, 2023 (Sunday)

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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2023

The eligibility criteria mainly comprise the minimum qualifications and marks. Candidates are advised to commence the registration only after ensuring they are eligible to apply. Look at the overview of CAT 2023 eligibility criteria from the table below:

Educational QualificationCandidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised University Or have completed a professional degree course, Or be in the final year of the Bachelor’s degree program.
Qualifying MarksCandidates belonging to the General and OBC – NC categories must have secured 50% marks or an equivalent CGPA in the qualifying exam. 
SC, ST, and PwD candidates must have secured a minimum of 45% aggregate in the qualifying exam.
Age LimitThere is no age limit to appear for CAT.
Work ExperienceNot mandatory
ReservationBased on Category

Documents Required During CAT Registration 2023

Candidates applying for CAT 2023 will be required to keep the following documents handy while filling in the application form. Before registering, make sure to keep the following documents ready for the smooth completion of the registration process. They must upload the documents before the last date.

Let’s look at the table below that contains the list of all the documents that are highly essential during the registration procedure:

Details Needed During Registration
Class 10 mark sheet Class 12 mark sheet
Marksheet of graduation or equivalent diploma Candidates in the final year of graduation must submit the mark sheet of the second year and the final year certificate from the college.
Details of work experience Scanned images of signature and photograph
Certificate of category scanned Details for payment of application fees like banking details, credit card etc.
List of IIM programs intended to apply for List of preferences for exam city and centre
PwD certificate as applicable E-mail Id & mobile address.
Passport size photograph Work experience certificate

CAT Documents Specification

All the above documents should be in the format and size to avoid unnecessary session expired errors. The below tables give an accurate idea of the size and format of the documents:

Image/ DocumentDimensionsFormat/ Size
Colour Passport photograph30 mm x 45 mmJPEG/JPG in 150 px/inch
Maximum 80 KB
Signature (Black/ Blue)80 mm x 35 mmJPEG/JPG in 150 px/inch
Maximum 80 KB
PwD Certificate to be uploaded during CAT RegistrationThe candidate must download the certificate of disability form to fill up the CAT exam registration.
SC/ ST/ EWS/ NC-OBC Certificate to be uploaded during CAT registrationCandidates must have to download official certification forms for the following:
Scribe Affidavit
Identification Affidavit
Final year certificate
NC-OBC certificate
EWS Certificate
SC/ST certificate

How to Fill Out CAT 2023 Application Form?

The CAT exam registration entails three steps: online registration, form completion, and fee payment. Check out the registration process in the sections below:

1st Step: CAT Registration 2023

Follow the below-mentioned steps to do registration and generate the User ID and Password:

  • Visit the CAT official website – iimcat.ac.in.
  • Click on “Register” under ‘New Candidate Registration.’
  • A new page will open. Read the instructions provided here carefully.
  • Enter the necessary details – Name, Date of Birth, Email Address, Country, and Mobile Number. Make sure to enter a valid/active email address and mobile number.
  • Click on “Generate OTP”.
  • Candidates will be redirected to a new page where they will have to enter a captcha and check the box against the declaration statement.
  • Enter the OTP sent to the mobile number in the specified field and click on the validate the OTP option.
  • Submit the CAT registration & application form.
  • Once the registration is complete, candidates will receive a User ID and Password in the registered email address and mobile number. Note them down.

2nd Step: Filling up CAT 2023 Application Form

The CAT registration form can be filled in after successfully receiving the user ID and password. It will help in carrying the procedure forward. After receiving the login credentials, follow the step-by-step process mentioned below to fill in the application form:

  • Visit the official website – iimcat.ac.in. 
  • Click on “Login” under ‘Registered Candidate Login’.
  • Enter the User ID and Password.
  • Click on the “Login” button.
CAT Candidates Login
  • Enter the following details after logging in to the account:
    a. Personal Details:
    i. Father’s/Husband’s/Guardian’s Name and Mother’s Name
    ii. Category of the Candidate
    iii. Nationality
    iv. Whether or Not a PwD Candidate
CAT Registration Step
  • In the case of the SC/ST/OBC-NC/PwD category, download the necessary certificate, enter the necessary details, self-attest the certificate, and scan it as a PDF document to be uploaded. In addition to this, candidates have to:
    – Provide the Communication Address, Postal Address, Alternate Email Address, and Emergency Mobile Number
    – Upload scanned images of the Photograph, Signature, and SC/ST/NC-OBC and/or PwD certificates (as applicable).

    b. Academic Details:
    i. SSC/10th/Equivalent Details – Aggregate of all subjects in the mark sheet irrespective of the regulation of the Board.
    ii. HSC/12th/Equivalent/Diploma Course Details – Aggregate of all subjects in the mark sheet irrespective of the regulation of the Board
    iii. Bachelor’s Degree Details – Aggregate as per the norms of the University/Board
    iv. Master‘s Degree Details
    v. Other Professional Degree Details – Aggregate for the degree in which candidates have scored the maximum.

    c. Work Experience:
    Full-time work experience for all industry types in months

    d. Programs:
    i. Programs
    ii. Interview City from the drop-down menu

    e. Test Cities:
    Choice of six test cities in order of preference
  • Click on “Save & Continue” to go to the Payment section.
  • Verify if all the details entered are correct.

Preview of CAT Registration Form

Candidates must preview the completed form before paying the CAT registration fee. After paying the fees, they can bring no change to the registration form.

3rd Step: Pay CAT Application Fee

The registration fee for the General category and SC, ST is different. The CAT application form fee for different categories are:

CategoryApplication Fee
SC/ ST/ PwD Candidates₹1200/-
All Other Candidates₹2400/-
  • Select the Payment Mode from any of the three options available:
    • a. Credit Card
    • b. Debit Card
    • c. Internet Banking/Wallets/Cash Cards.
  • Make the payment of the CAT application fee.
  • After successful payment, a message will be displayed on the screen. Take a screenshot of the same. A confirmation email will also be sent to the registered email address.

Note – The registration fee will be non-refundable, and the processing fee will also be charged. The mode of payment is online.

CAT Application Fee

CAT Transaction Fees 2023

Candidates will be charged transaction fees on the mode of payment. Let us have a look at the below transaction charges for registration.

Mode of PaymentTransaction Charges
Credit card (Master or Visa)1.20% of the transaction amount & the minimum amount is Rs 5
Credit card (American Express)2.85% of the transaction amount
Debit card (Master or Visa)0.75% of the transaction amount amount
Net bankingRs 20 for transaction
Other payment methodsPayU, Billdesk and Paytm

Confirmation Email After Successful CAT Registration

After paying the registration fee, candidates will receive a confirmation mail. This should be kept safe as this is proof of fee payment for the CAT exam registration. The candidate will even receive a confirmation message that will be sent to the candidate’s registered mobile.

Forgot CAT Login ID & Password?

If candidates forget the login ID and password, they must not panic as this can be retrieved easily. They must click on the “Forgot user ID/ password” option and enter the registered email ID and the captcha to get the user Id. The same procedure will be followed for retrieving the password.

Mistakes to Avoid During CAT Registration

Candidates who wish to fill out the CAT application form must remember the following points during the CAT registration procedure. These include:

  • It is mandatory to fill in all the details that are marked “*” during CAT registration.
  • Candidates must ensure that there are no spelling errors, as some fields cannot be edited later.
  • Candidates must click on “Save & Continue” after completing each section of the form.
  • As the CAT form can be filled in several sessions, it is essential to save the information after each session.
  • Any changes or corrections can be made until the form payment fee point arises. Editing cannot be done further after this point.
  • There will be no change in the section after registering, so be careful when registering to avoid mistakes.
  • Before the final submission, double-check all the fields filled in to ensure that the details in the CAT exam form match the educational documents.

CAT Correction Window 2023

Aspirants can make corrections in the uploaded images of photographs and signatures and can even change the test city choice according to the applicants’ choice. The correction window will be opened soon for candidates who successfully filled in the application form and paid the fee. If aspirants face any issue with the form, they must contact the CAT help desk.

How To Make Corrections?

The application form can be edited after the successful submission of the form and when the correction window opens. Candidates who wish to make any corrections to the CAT application form must follow the below-mentioned steps:

  • Candidates must visit the official website.
  • Click on the tab “Existing User”.
  • Enter the login credentials, i.e. User ID & Password, and then click on the “Login” tab.
  • Candidates must change the images of the photograph & signature and make further changes in the test city.
  • After making all the changes, candidates must click on the “Save” option.
  • After this, candidates must download the modified CAT registration form.

Do’s & Dont’s for Uploading CAT Photograph & Signature

Candidates who are willing to fill in the application form must consider the following Do’s and Don’t regarding the upload of photographs for smooth completion of the application form. Let’s have a look at the below instructions:

Do’s with CAT Photograph

  • The candidate’s photograph must be the latest one, i.e. it should not be old than six months.
  • The background in the photograph should be white.
  • Candidates must be facing toward the camera, and their faces should be visible.
  • The candidates’ eyes, nose, and hair must be visible in the photograph.
  • In the passport-size photograph, the shoulders of the candidate must also be visible.
  • The photo must be clicked by a professional photographer.

Don’t with CAT Photograph

  • Candidates must not upload pictures that have a landscape background.
  • A picture that is not straight will lead to the cancellation of the application form.
  • A photograph in which the candidate is not facing straight will not be acceptable.
  • Self-taken photographs or selfies are not acceptable in the application form.
  • Candidates should not edit their photographs by adding filters to them.
  • No shadow in the photograph is acceptable.

CAT Signature Details

  • Candidates need to sign with a black pen on white paper.
  • Candidates must ensure that they do the right signature. The candidate is considered disqualified if the signature does not match the attendance sheet.

What After Filling out the CAT Application Form?

After successfully filling in the application form, candidates must download the admit card. IIM will release the CAT 2023 admit card online. Candidates must enter the login details to download the hall ticket. It is highly mandatory to carry the admit card on exam day.

CAT Helpdesk

Students with doubts about the application process or eligibility details can contact the officials between 9 A.M and 6 P.M from Monday to Saturday. The contact details are:

  • CAT Helpdesk Number: 18002108720

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FAQs on CAT Application Process 2023

While filling in the registration form or applying for CAT 2023, many questions arise in a candidate’s mind. Here we have listed them:

Q: When will the CAT registration 2023 be started?

A: The online registration for CAT 2023 started on August 2, 2023.

Q: Can I fill out the CAT 2023 exam form offline?

A: No. There is no facility to fill out the CAT 2023 exam form offline.

Q: What is the last date to submit the CAT application form 2023?

A: The last date to submit the CAT 2023 exam form, as per the official notification, is September 13, 2023.

Q: How can I apply for CAT 2023?

A: Candidates must visit the official website, i.e. iimcat.ac.in, to apply online for the CAT 2023 exam. Furthermore, they can also fill in the form from this page.

Q: Can I pay the CAT exam fees offline?

A: No, it is not possible to pay CAT fees in cash, challan, or Demand Draft.

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