CAT 2017 – The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 will be conducted by Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM-L) for admission to the management programmes of the top 20 IIMs and other top-rated B-Schools. IIM Lucknow has released recently released the tender for advertising services of CAT 2017. The notification for IIM-CAT is expected to be announced on July 30, 2017. The CAT application process will commence from the first week of August 2017. It is the dream of every MBA aspirant to obtain good score and percentile in CAT and grab a seat in one of the IIMs or other top-rated B-Schools. Keeping in mind the previous year registration trends, it is expected that around 2 lakhs candidates will be applying for the entrance test. The CAT registration cum application process will be online and candidates are advised to appear for the test within the provided time period. Only the aspirants who have applied within the end date will be able to appear for the test. The entrance test will be held in a Computer-based mode in the first week of December while the result will be released in the first week of January 2018. CAT is considered to be one of the toughest management entrance exams of the nation held for admission to around 4000 management seats of various institutes. Know more about CAT 2017, dates, application process, fee, admit card, syllabus, participating institutes, cutoff, etc. from this page.
On 30th July 2017, the CAT notification is expected to be announced and will be available online on iimcat.ac.in. The notification will provide all the required details along with the schedule of CAT 2017. The applicants must make sure to get familiar with the list of important dates to avoid missing deadlines. The table below provides the list of tentative CAT 2017 important dates. These dates will be updated with the release of the notification.
|1.||Notification to be announced||July 30, 2017 (Expected)|
|2.||Availability of application form||First week of August 2017|
|3.||Last date to apply||Last week of September 2017|
|4.||Release of admit card||Third week of October 2017|
|5.||CAT 2017 Exam||First week of December 2017|
|6.||Announcement of result||First week of January 2017|
Management aspirants must make sure that they fulfill all the eligibility norms of the test. If candidates fail to meet any of the CAT eligibility criteria, then they will be disqualified on or before the counselling rounds. Thus, candidates are advised to check the eligibility criteria of CAT 2017 before registering for the test. For complete details on CAT 2017 eligibility criteria, one can click on the sub-head above. Also, get check the table below to get a glimpse of the CAT eligibility norms.
|CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017|
|1.||Nationality||Only citizens of India can apply for CAT 2017|
|3.||Age Limit||There is no age limit for CAT.|
CAT 2017 – Reservation Norms
The Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) strictly abides the reservation policy set by the Government of India. The category-wise reservation percentage of seats are as follows –
- 27% seats reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBC) candidates.
- 15% seats reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates.
- 7.50% seats reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates.
- 3% seats reserved for Person with Disability (PwD) candidates.
|NMAT 2018||XAT 2018||IIFT 2018||CMAT 2018|
CAT 2017 – Courses offered by the IIMs
These Indian Institute of Managements will offer admission to around 13 management programmes on the basis of CAT score. The following are the programmes offered by these IIMs –
|2.||IIM Bangalore||PGDM, PGPEM, PGPPM|
|3.||IIM Calcutta||PGP, PGDM|
|5.||IIM Lucknow||PGP, PGP-ABM, PGPSM|
|6.||IIM Indore||PGP, EPGP|
|7.||RGIIM Shillong||PGP, PGPEX|
|8.||IIM Raipur||PGP, PGPWE|
|9.||IIM Tiruchirappalli||PGP, PGPBM|
|10.||IIM Ranchi||PGDM, PGDHRM|
|12.||IIM Rohtak||PGP, EPGP|
|15.||IIM Kashipur||PGP, EPGPM|
|16.||IIM Bodh Gaya||PGP|
Full forms of the Management Programmes offered by the IIMs
- PGP (Post Graduate Programme)
- PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management)
- PGDHRM (Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management)
- PGPBM (Post Graduate Programme in Business Management)
- PGPEX (Post Graduate Programme for Executives)
- PGP-ABM (Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management)
- PGPEM (Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management)
- EPGPM (Executive Post Graduate Programme)
- PGPWE (Post Graduate Programme for Working Executive)
- PGP-UAE (Post Graduate Programme at UAE)
- PGPPM (Post Graduate Progamme in Public Policy and Management)
- PGP-Mumbai (Post Graduate Programme at Mumbai)
- PGPSM (Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets)
The Common Admission Test registration cum application form will be available online. The MBA aspirants must make sure that they enter all the required details and submit the application form on or before the end date. Also, while filling the application form of CAT, candidates must avoid making errors. Any discrepancy in the CAT application details will lead to cancellation of the candidature. Candidates are required to pay the application fee to conclude the application process. The application fee can be paid only through online mode, i.e. Credit/Debit Card, Net Banking, Cash Card and Wallet. It must be noted that along with the application fee, candidates are required to pay the additional charges. To understand the CAT registration cum application process, candidates can check the simple steps provided below –
- Step 1(Registration) – First, the applicants must create their User profile by entering their name, date of birth, email address and mobile number.
- Step 2 – After entering all the registration details, candidates can go through the declaration and then agree to the terms by clicking on “Submit”.
- Step 3 – On successful registration, candidates will receive their User ID on the registered email address and password on their registered mobile number through SMS.
- Step 4 (Application Form) – With the provided login credentials, candidates are required to log in and start the application process. There are a total of 5 sections in the CAT 2017 application form which are required to be filled and submitted on or before the end date.
- Step 5 – First, the candidates are required to enter all the personal details, communication address, and upload the necessary images and documents.
- Step 6 – Enter the academic details such as Class 10, Class 12, Graduation, Postgraduate, and other professional degree details.
- Step 7 – If candidates are working professionals, then they are required to enter the details about their work profile.
- Step 8 – Select the number of programmes and select the interview city for that programme as per the provided list of cities in the drop down list. Then, select the exam city preferences.
- Step 9 (Application Fee) – Pay the requisite application fee to conclude the application form. After successful payment of the CAT 2017 application fee, an email will be sent to the candidate’s registered email address stating the successful submission of the form. Also, details and link to the CAT admit card will be provided in the email.
- Step 10 (Application Summary) – After successful submission of the application form, candidates can view their application summary, download the same and print the same for their reference.
CAT Registration Trends
With each passing year, the number of CAT applicants are increasing. Last year, the number of CAT applicants were over 2.32 lakhs, which broke last 7 years record. Check the table below to know the total number of applicants and test takers –
|CAT Registration Trends|
CAT is a computer based test of three hours duration. It is conducted in two sessions – Morning (9 am to 12 pm) and Afternoon (2pm to 5pm). The exam is divided into three sections – Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC), and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR). Most of the questions asked in the CAT exam are Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). However, all the three sections also have a few Non-Multiple Choice Questions (Non-MCQs). Here’s a broad overview of the CAT exam pattern –
- Exam mode – Computer based
- Language of Exam – English
- Types of Questions – Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Non – Multiple Choice Questions (Non-MCQs)
- Number of Questions – 100
- Distribution of Questions – VRC – 34 DI & LR – 32 QA – 34
- Marking Scheme – +3 for every correct answer -1 for every correct answer
- Syllabus – Common syllabus notified by the examination authority
CAT has a reputation of springing a surprise every now and then. Although, there are unlikely to be any major changes in the exam pattern of CAT 2017, the candidates must stay prepared for a few changes. For a better understanding of the exam pattern of CAT, take a look at the table given below. It must be noted that the number of MCQs and Non-MCQs in every section may increase/ decrease this year.
|S.No.||Section||No. of MCQs||No. of Non-MCQs||Total Number of Questions||Duration of each section (in minutes)|
|1||Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC)||24||10||34||60|
|2||Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)||24||8||32||60|
|3||Quantitative Ability (QA)||27||7||34||60|
The CAT conducting body never discloses any notification regarding the exam syllabus. Thus, this makes the exam more tough and unpredictable for the first time exam takers. However, for the convenience of the CAT aspirants, the list of topics that dominates the question paper are provided below. The data provided in the table below are prepared after analysing the old question papers and sample papers prepared by various experts. With the help of the CAT syllabus, candidates can avoid wasting time by preparing unnecessary topics. Know more about the CAT syllabus by clicking on the sub-heading above and from the table below.
|Quantitative Ability||Probability, Speed, Simple & Compound Interest, LCM and HCF, Ratio & Proportion, Percentages, Mensuration, Analogies, Time & Distance, Trigonometry.|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning||Blood Relations, Calendars, Logical Sequence, Seating Arrangement, Binary Logic, Syllogism, Cubes & Clocks, Venn Diagrams, Logical Matching.|
|Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension||Reading Comprehension, Analogies and Reverse, Verbal Reasoning, Meaning – Usage Match, English Usage and Grammar, Synonyms & Antonyms, Fill in the Blanks, Jumbled Paragraph.|
Over the years, the number of CAT exam centres has increased consistently. Every year, more cities are added to the list of examination centres to make things convenient for the candidates. Last year, CAT exam was conducted in 136 cities across India. CAT 2017 is likely to be held in over 140 cities in India. At the time of application process, the candidates can choose up to 4 exam centres. Based on their choices, the exam centres are alloted to the candidates.
The candidates who have successfully submitted the application form on or before the end date will be issued the admit card. The CAT 2017 admit card is an important document which will provide details about the candidate, address of the exam venue, timings of the test, details about the test, etc. The CAT hall ticket will be available only in online mode and the exam conducting body won’t be sending any hard copy of admit card via mail or courier. On the day of the test, candidates must make sure to carry admit card to the exam centre. Before entering the exam venue, one must produce the CAT 2017 hall ticket to the invigilator. If candidates fail to produce the admit card, then they won’t be allowed to enter the exam hall and write the test. Even after the conduct of the test, candidates are advised to keep the admit card safe. The admit card of CAT 2017 will provide the following details –
- Name and Date of Birth of candidates.
- Candidate’s registration number.
- Category of the candidates.
- Address of the examination venue.
- Date and timing of the test.
- Test system number.
The result will be available online and test takers are required to log in with their User ID and Password. The CAT result will provide the score and percentile (sectional & overall) along with details of the candidate. The test takers are required to take a print out of the result for future reference. After the announcement of result, the various IIMs will release their list of shortlisted candidates for the pre-admission rounds. Only the candidates obtaining the minimum required cut off scores will be eligible for the Group Discussion, Personal Interview, Written Ability Test (WAT) rounds. Candidates must keep the score card safe until the conclusion of the counselling rounds.
After the announcement of CAT result, the IIMs and other affiliated B-Schools will release their cutoff scores. Test takers must note that these CAT 2017 cutoff scores are the minimum marks required to get shortlisted for the counselling rounds. For each Institute, the CAT cut off scores will vary. Also, along with the category of candidates, the cut off scores will differ. While preparing the CAT cut off scores, the following factors will be considered –
- The difficulty level of the examination.
- Total number of candidates appeared for the test.
- Number of seats available.
- Reservation policy of the Institute.
The cutoff scores of almost all the IIMs and other top-rated B-Schools exceeds the 90 percentile mark. More details regarding the CAT 2017 cutoff scores will be provided on this page with the announcement of the cut off scores. To know more about the cut off scores of CAT, check the previous year cutoff marks from the table below.
IIM Ahmedabad CAT Cut off
|Sections||VRC||DI & LR||QA||Overall Percentile|
IIM Bangalore CAT Cut off
|Sections||VRC||DI & LR||QA||Overall Percentile|
IIM Calcutta CAT Cut off
|Sections||QA||DI & LR||VRC||Overall Percentile|
IIM Lucknow CAT Cut off
|Sections||QA||DI & LR||VRC||Overall Percentile|
IIM Kozhikode CAT Cut off
|Sections||QA||DI & LR||VRC||Overall Percentile|
Each participating institute has its own selection process. The candidates are shortlisted on the basis of cutoff scores. In most of the institutes, the shortlisted candidates have to appear for the Writing Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI). Some of the institutes also conduct Group Discussion (GD).
The IIMs follow a rigorous selection process to ensure that only the best candidates are selected. Over the last few years, the GD round has been replaced by WAT round in some of the IIMs. Apart from CAT and GD/ WAT/ PI score, the IIMs and other B-Schools may take into consideration the following factors while selecting the candidates –
- Past academic record
- Work experience
- Extra-curricular activities
CAT exam is primarily conducted for admissions to MBA programmes offered by 20 IIMs. The exam is conducted by IIMs on rotational basis. However, CAT scores are accepted by more than 100 management institutes across the country. These include both government and private institutes. The colleges that want to conduct their admission through CAT 2017 need to register themselves with IIMs. The table given below contains the list of top IIMs along with their cutoffs, number of seats and fees –
IIMs Seats, Fee and Cut off (overall percentile)
Cutoff (General Category)
|Number of Seats||Fee (Lakh)|
|1||Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad||80||385||19.5|
|3||Indian Institute of Management Bangalore||90||412||18.7|
|5||Indian Institute of Management Calcutta||90||462||19|
|9||Indian Institute of Management Lucknow||90||436||14|
|6||Indian Institute of Management Indore||90||550||13|
|8||Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode||90||353||13.75|
|7||Indian Institute of Management Kashipur||90||210||10.5|
|10||Indian Institute of Management Nagpur||90||60||10|
|11||Indian Institute of Management Raipur||90||210||10.26|
|18||Indian Institute of Management, Jammu||80||45||10|
|4||Indian Institute of Management Bodh Gaya||90||60||11|
|12||Indian Institute of Management Ranchi||155||10.5|
|13||Indian Institute of Management Rohtak||85||170 – 180||10.5|
|2||Indian Institute of Management Amritsar||60||9|
|15||Indian Institute of Management Trichy||90||120||10|
|16||Indian Institute of Management Udaipur||90||180||9.5|
|19||Indian Institute of Management, Sambalpur||140||10|
|17||Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam||60||10.5|
|14||Indian Institute of Management Shillong||120||12.68|
|20||Indian Institute of Management, Sirmaur||60||9|
CAT 2017 – Important Facts
Some important points about the entrance test is provided in the table below –
|Name||Common Entrance Test|
|Commonly known as||CAT|
|Exam Type||National Level MBA entrance test|
|Conducting Body||One of the Indian Institute of Management (on rotational basis)|
|Mode of test||Computer Based Test|
|Types of questions||Multiple Choice Questions and Subjective Questions|
|Registration to start from||August 2017|
|Participating Institutes||20 IIMs and more than 100 B-Schools|
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