MBA Entrances-National Level

CAT is the entrance exam for more than 150 management institutes across India, including the 21 IIMs. The online exam is conducted every year - for the year 2023 it will be conducted on 26th November. The WAT/GD/PI round for IIM admissions takes place from late Jan - Feb to April. The academic sessions at IIMs begin in the month of June.

CAT focuses on general aptitude (English, Math, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) which are key areas tested in most competitive exams such as Bank PO, SSB, Campus placements etc. What makes CAT special is the quality of opportunities it opens for you and therefore the nature of competition. The exam is quite rightly seen by many as the mother of all management entrance exams. However, this also means that your preparation for CAT will prepare you for a good part of a lot of other exams as well.

The concepts tested in Other Management Entrance Tests (OMETs) would essentially remain the same as CAT, except for questions based on GK/Current affairs asked in a few tests. Your preparation for CAT will adequately prepare you for any of these exams as well. We at T.I.M.E. believe in thoroughness of preparation and provide adequate study material and support for each of these exams over and above the guidance given for CAT preparation to each student.

List of IIMs

  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • IIM Bangalore
  • IIM Calcutta
  • IIM Lucknow
  • IIM Indore
  • IIM Kozhikode
  • IIM Shillong
  • IIM Visakhapatnam
  • IIM Nagpur
  • IIM Sirmaur
  • IIM Sambalpur
  • IIM Bodhgaya
  • IIM Jammu
  • IIM Ranchi
  • IIM Mumbai (NITIE Mumbai)
  • IIM Raipur
  • IIM Rohtak
  • IIM Trichy
  • IIM Kashipur
  • IIM Udaipur
  • IIM Amritsar

The duration of the test will be 120 minutes. The Test will have the following three sections:

  • Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • Section III: Quantitative Ability

Candidates will be allotted exactly 40 minutes for answering questions in each section.

CAT 2022 Exam Analysis

Important Dates

  • CAT 2023 Registration Starts - AUG 2, 2023
  • CAT 2023 Registration Ends - SEP 20, 2023
  • CAT 2023 Admit Card Download Begins - Nov 7, 2023
  • CAT 2023 Test Day - NOV 26, 2023, Sunday

The fee is ₹1200 for SC, ST and PwD category candidates and ₹2400 for all other categories of candidates.

Candidates will be required to pay the CAT exam fee during online registration through payment gateway. They can use a valid Credit Card, Debit Card, or NetBanking facility.


The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in the case of candidates belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PwD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as an University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognised by the Ministry of Education, Government of India.

  • Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal/Registrar of their University/Institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate.
  • Candidates applying for CAT 2023 should fulfill any one of the following conditions:
    a) Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks.
    b) Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA/Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI)) with required percentage.
    c) Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage

Note-SC/ST/PwD candidates should have a minimum 45%. For General, EWS and NC-OBC candidates, the minimum is 50%.