Candidates who wish to appear for the upcoming CAT Exam 2023 must know its eligibility criteria. The basic CAT eligibility is a graduate degree from a recognized university or equivalent. Every applicant must check the CAT 2023 Eligibility details before applying for the examination to avoid disqualification at a later stage.
Recently, CAT Exam Eligibility added a Fellow of the Institute of Actuaries of India (FIAI) professional degree as an acceptable eligibility criterion. In 2021, IIM eliminated the minimum grades (45% and 50% [Or comparable CGPA] correspondingly) for appearing for the CAT Exam. This exception was made to ensure that candidates who finished their bachelor's degrees in 2020 and 2022 are fairly represented. Candidates could enter the 'Promotion/ Pass' option in the CAT 2023 application form instead of marks.
CAT Age Limit
As per the official eligibility criteria, there is no upper age limit for CAT Exam 2023. As long as the applicant satisfies other CAT eligibility, there is no limitation on CAT Age Limit.
CAT Exam Educational Qualification
Candidates with the following educational qualifications can apply for CAT 2023.
- Must have completed UGC recognized Bachelor's degree with 50% marks for the general category and 45% for SC, ST, and PWD/DA categories.
- Applicants with a professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA/FIAI) minimum required percentage can apply for CAT Exam 2023.
- Candidates in the final year of a Bachelor's degree with the required percentage may also apply.
CAT Reservation Policy
The reservation policy for the CAT Exam is as per the government's legal requirement. The details are as follows:
Category in CAT Exam
Scheduled Caste (SC)
Scheduled Tribe (ST)
Other Backward Classes "non-creamy" layer (NC-OBC)
Economically Weaker Sections (EWS)
Note: Your SC/ST/PwD/NC-OBC original certificates must be shown, and a photocopy of the certificates should be submitted during the interview process of CAT 2023. No change in the category will be entertained after CAT Exam registration; hence, the applicants are advised to pay attention while registering.
CAT Entrance Exam: Number of Attempts
There are no limitations on the number of attempts for the CAT Exam. The candidates can appear for CAT at any stage of their career. They must have qualified a Bachelor’s Degree in any stream from a recognised university to appear for this exam.