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CAT Eligibility 2023: Know Educational Eligibility, Age limit, Category-wise Relaxation

CAT 2023 eligibility criteria pertain to educational qualification, Reservation Category requirements and other parameters, established by the CAT conducting body, IIM Lucknow. Know CAT eligibility criteria for the year 2023.
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CAT Eligibility 2023: The Common Admission Test (CAT)  is among the most sought-after entrance examinations for admission to MBA programs in top management colleges of India. In order to be eligible to take the CAT 2023 exam, candidates must meet the eligibility criteria established by the IIMs. This year IIM Lucknow will conduct the CAT exam and will also be responsible for prescribing the eligibility requirements.

As per the CAT eligibility criteria, candidates must have completed graduation with a minimum of 50% marks. However, candidates from the reserved categories will be given a 5% relaxation in qualifying marks. Candidates in the final year of their graduation can also take the exam. Students must note there is no age limit to appear for the exam. 

CAT 2023 is expected to be held on the last Sunday of November 2023 i.e. November 26, 2023. Candidates qualifying for the CAT will be eligible to appear for a Written Ability Test (WAT) and  Personal Interview (PI). The final selection of candidates into IIMs is based on a variety of factors, including their performance in the CAT, their academic record, and their performance in the personal interview and written ability test (WAT).

CAT Eligibility 2023: 

The CAT eligibility criteria 2023 are prescribed by the IIMs in the CAT 2023 official Notification. Some of the key eligibility criteria for CAT 2023: 

CAT Eligibility 2023: Educational qualifications 

To be eligible to take the CAT, candidates must meet certain educational and age requirements. In general, candidates must have a bachelor's degree from a recognized university, with at least 50% aggregate marks (45% for reserved categories).

Candidates in their final year graduation are also eligible to apply, provided they complete their degree requirements before the start of the CAT selection process. Meanwhile, candidates with backlogs can also apply for the examination.

In the table below, aspirants can check their educational eligibility for applying in  CAT 2023.


Required Pass Percentage

Required Affiliation

Engineering Degree – B.Tech/ B.E.

50% (45% for SC, ST, and PWD candidates)

Recognized by MHRD/AICTE 

Bachelor’s Degree from any University

50% (45% for SC, ST, and PWD candidates)

Recognized by UGC

Students who are in their final year of a Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) are also eligible to take CAT Exam

50% (45% for SC, ST, and PWD candidates)

Continuing graduation from University Recognized by MHRD/AICTE or UGC

CAT Eligibility 2023: Category-Wise Relaxation

There are also several relaxations in the CAT 2023 educational criteria based on the candidates’ category. In the below-mentioned table, candidates can check the complete details for the prescribed Category wise relaxation:


Reserved Percentage

SC (Scheduled Caste)


ST (Scheduled Tribe)


NC-OBC (Non-creamy Other Backward Classes)


Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)

up to 10%

PWD (Person With Disability)


In the case of PWD (Person With Disability) category candidates are required to bring a PWD certificate issued by a competent authority. The List of disabilities in which eligibility relaxation can be availed are as follows:

  • Blindness or partial blindness,
  • Hearing disabilities
  • Locomotor disabilities (cerebral palsy, dwarfism, muscular dystrophy, leprosy cured, and acid attack victims), Other disabilities include autism, any mental illness, intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, etc.

The eligibility to avail PwD Reservation is mentioned in Section 39 of the PwD Act, 1995. PwD candidates are advised to check the list of all disabilities under this category. Candidates applying for the PWD category should have at least 40% of disability as certified by any medical authority.

CAT Eligibility 2023: Age Limit

As per the recent updates, IIMs do not specify any age criteria for appearing for CAT Exam However, the IIMs may impose their own age restrictions for their specific programs. It is always best to check with individual institutions for their specific eligibility criteria.

CAT Eligibility Criteria - Work Experience Requirements

  • Candidates are not required to have any prior work experience.
  • It should be mentioned that IIMs could provide a professional experience with some weightage while preparing the final merit list. The precise weightage, however, has never been made public and tends to differ from one IIM to another IIM.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What is CAT eligibility criteria 2023?

According to the CAT eligibility criteria, candidates with any Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University with 50% of aggregated marks or CGPA (45% for SC/ ST/ PwD) are eligible to apply for the exam

Can I give CAT after Post-graduation?

Yes, Candidates with master's degree can also apply for the CAT 2023 entrance test.

Can candidates doing graduation from correspondence apply for CAT 2023?

Yes, candidates pursuing UG courses from correspondence can apply for the CAT 2023 exam.

Should candidates appearing CAT 2023 are required COVID Vaccination?

CAT Conducting body i.e. IIMs do not have any specific criteria for the COVID-19 vaccine. However, candidates are expected to follow all covid guidelines illustrated in official brochure.

Can a Candidate appear in multiple slots in the CAT exam?

No, candidates can only appear in one slot assigned on the CAT Admit Card 2023.

When will the CAT 2023 application process begin? Which IIM will conduct CAT 2023?

CAT 2023 application process is expected to begin in August 2023. CAT Exam is conducted on the last Sunday of November every year i.e. 26 November 2023.

Can candidates with a backlog apply for CAT 2023?

Yes. Candidates with backlog are eligible to apply for CAT 2023, While applying for CAT 2023, candidates with backlog will have to mark  Yes for "Are you in your final year of your bachelor's degree?"

What is the age criteria to apply for CAT 2023? What is the importance of 12th marks for CAT?

IIM has no age criteria bar to apply for CAT 2023. For admission in IIMs, the academic performance of the candidate also plays a crucial role.

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