CAT Answer Key 2023, Response Sheet Download

04 December, 2023
parthiva mewawala

The Common Admission Test (CAT 2023) was held by the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow, on November 26th, 2023. Candidates have been eagerly awaiting the release of the CAT 2023 answer key and the response sheet so that they can check their scores and percentiles. The wait has finally ended. IIm Lucknow has released the CAT 2023 answer key, response sheet, and objection form today (5th December 2023).


Those who appeared for the exam can now download the same from the official website As seen in the past, the CAT exam answer key was released at 11:00 AM and will remain available on the site till 5:00 pm on 8th December 2023. The candidates can check the CAT Answer keys 2023 for all slots – Slot 1, Slot 2, and Slot 3 on CAT’s official website. 


Candidates who took the exam during slots 1,2, or 3 can calculate their percentiles using the CAT 2023 answer key and their response sheets. Here are the step-by-step instructions for downloading the CAT answer key 2023 and CAT response sheet.


Step-by-step instructions on how to access the CAT 2023 answer key 

  1. Visit the official website
  2. Click on the candidate login tab on the homepage. 
  3. Enter your CAT registration ID and password. 
  4. The CAT 2023 answer key will be displayed on the screen. 
  5. View and download the answer key.
  6. Use the candidate’s response tab to download the CAT response sheet 2023. 
  7. The CAT Answer key for 2023 will comprise important information like the candidate’s name, registration number, exam date and time, questions, exam centre, type of questions, status, and correct options/answers. 


CAT Answer Key 2023 release date, time, and last date 

IIM Lucknow will put up an official announcement on the website before releasing the CAT answer key and response sheets. Following the announcement, IIM Lucknow will release the CAT 2023 Answer Keys for all Slots – Slot 1, Slot 2, and Slot 3. Here are key details:


Provisional CAT Answer Key 2023 release date11 AM December 5, 2023
CAT 2023 response sheet release date11 AM December 5, 2023
Raise objections against CAT Answer Key 2023December 5 to 8, 2023
CAT 2023 Final Answer KeySecond week of January 2024
CAT 2023 Result DateSecond week of January 2024

Details mentioned on Answer Key 

The following information is given on every candidate’s CAT response and answer sheet: 

  1. Name of the candidate. 
  2. CAT registration number 
  3. CAT 2023 exam centre 
  4. Question type
  5. Question ID
  6. Status (attempted/not attempted)
  7. Right option/answer
  8. Candidate’s response
  9. Test date 
  10. Test time
  11. Question

What documents will IIM Lucknow release? 

IIM Lucknow will release the following information: 

  1. Official Answer Key for Slot 1 
  2. Official Answer Key for Slot 2 
  3. Official Answer Key for Slot 3 
  4. Response Sheet for all candidates 
  5. Objection Filing process. 

How to challenge the CAT 2023 Answer key? 


Candidates must first calculate their scores using the Answer Key and the CAT response sheet PDF. You will receive 3 marks for each correct answer, and for each incorrect answer, you will receive 1 mark. Only MCQs are subject to negative markings.

Students can also use the CAT 2023 score calculator tool by IMS to get an accurate idea of their probable scores and percentiles. All you need to do is upload your response sheet into the tool, and you’ll be shown what your percentile might be. The tool is helpful for students to start preparing for their GDPI and WAT processes for various colleges.


According to the cut-offs of IIMs, IITs, and other MBA colleges, the candidate can know which colleges they can get into based on their percentile. The candidate can also raise any discrepancy in the CAT Answer key 2023. 


The provisional CAT answer key will be open for challenge for 2-3 days at a payment of INR 1,200 per objection. If the objections are accepted, the final answer key will be released along with the results in the second week of January 2024. 


Why is the CAT Answer Key important?


  1. The Answer Key release makes the CAT exam transparent. 
  2. Test takers can check the official CAT answer keys and arrive at their likely CAT score to explore their chances for MBA admission 2023 in IIMs, FMS, MDI, SPJIMR, IIFT, and IITs, among other colleges. CAT score accepting colleges can be chosen based on the score they would receive.
  3. The candidate who is not satisfied with the CAT 2023 answer keys can challenge any answer by submitting an objection to CAT Centre 2023 to get it redressed after paying a requisite fee of Rs.1200.
  4. The CAT centre will review the objections received from candidates after releasing the CAT slot-wise answer keys. IIMs will not entertain objections if they do not perceive any changes in the CAT answer key.


Candidates must use the official CAT answer key 2023 to evaluate their performance and score to assess their chances of admission fairly. It is now available and can be downloaded in PDF format.