CAT 2017 – Common Admission Test


CAT 2017CAT 2017: The Common Admission Test 2017 (CAT 2017) is a national level entrance test conducted for admission to MBA programmes offered by Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) and other participating B schools. CAT 2017 is scheduled to be held in first week of December, 2017. CAT entrance test is conducted by the IIMs on a rotational basis. The test is likely to be conducted by IIM Calcutta but it is yet to be officially announced. Candidates who have bachelor’s degree/graduation in any stream can fill CAT application form. The online registration of CAT 2017 shall begin in the first week of August, 2017. In terms of exam pattern, CAT will be conducted in computer based mode and online question booklet will have questions from Verbal Ability, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability and Language Comprehension. The pattern of the question changes almost every year as CAT is one of the most dynamic online tests conducted in India. CAT 2017 score is calculated based on the normalisation process accepted by the 20 IIMs in India, and more than 100 B-schools across the country. Around 2 lakh candidates are expected to take CAT 2017 exam for admission to around 4,000 MBA seats in 20 IIMs and thousands of seats in CAT score accepting institutes. To have complete information on CAT 2017 like notification, eligibility criteria, application form, important dates, test pattern, admit card, result, cut off, participating institutes, etc. read the article below.


CAT 2017 Overview:

Q. When will CAT 2017 notification be released?

Ans. The CAT 2017 notification shall be released in month of July.

Q. What is the exam date of CAT 2017?

Ans. Based on the past year trend, CAT entrance test is conducted in month of December. The CAT 2017 exam is likely to be held in first week of December.

Q. Which IIM will conduct CAT 2017?

Ans. Every year IIM and CAT Convenor change. The exam is conducted by the old IIMs or IIM BLACKIS (Bangalore, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Calcutta, Kozhikode, Indore and Shillong). In 2016, IIM Bangalore conducted CAT and in 2015 IIM Ahmedabad. CAT 2017 exam is likely to be conducted by IIM Calcutta but it is yet to be officially announced.

Q. Who can fill CAT 2017 application form?

Ans. The candidates who have a Bachelor’s Degree (Graduation) can apply for CAT 2017. Unreserved category candidates must have at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. While, 45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD) categories.

Q. What is CAT 2017 exam pattern?

Ans. The CAT 2017 will be conducted in computer based mode. The exam will be held on a single day and in two sessions – morning and forenoon. The CAT 2017 online question booklet will have questions from Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension. Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice types and instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen. Each section will be of 60 minutes duration. The paper pattern of CAT 2017 may be similar to previous year. But it may change based on the discretion of the CAT 2017 convenor and CAT committee.

CAT 2017 Highlights:

  • Common Admission Test is commonly known as CAT
  • CAT is conducted annually for admission to 20 IIMs and 100+ B-schools
  • Types of CAT Questions: MCQs and Non-MCQs from VRC, QA, DI & LR
  • Number of question: The online test booklet contains 100 questions
  • Exam Duration: The test is conducted for 3:00 hours
  • Exam Mode: Computer based test
  • Application Mode: Candidates can apply for CAT 2017 in online mode only
  • CAT 2017 application fee: Rs. 1700 for General/NC-OBC category and Rs. 850 for SC/ST/PWD/DA category

CAT Important Dates 2017

The application form of CAT 2017 will be available from last week of July 2017. Candidates must fill the application form in online mode within specified dates. The exam of CAT will be conducted in first week of December and result will be announced in January. Candidates can check CAT 2017 important dates from the table given below. The CAT Important Dates 2017 are based on the last year notification. The given tentative dates will be updated as and when CAT 2017 notification will be announced.

CAT 2017 Important Dates

CAT 2017 Exam Events Important Dates (Tentative)
CAT 2017 Notification Last week of July
CAT 2017 Application Begins on August First week
Last Date to fill application September Last week
Admit Card to be released on October Third week
CAT 2017 Exam Date December First week
CAT 2017 Result Date January First week

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017

Candidates are advised to carefully read the eligibility criteria of CAT 2017 before filling the application form. The CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017 specifies educational qualifications and age criteria required while applying for the exam.

Age Requirement:

Age Limit No Age Limit

Candidates of any age can apply for CAT 2017 but they must be have a graduation degree

Nationality Only Indian nationals

  • Candidates must be Indian nationals. Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) or Foreign national are not eligible to apply for CAT

Educational Qualification: Bachelor’s Degree/Graduation Degree

  • Candidates must have Bachelor’s Degree in any subjects from recognised University or educational institution of India
  • General category candidates must have at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA
  • Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD) categories must have 45% marks or equivalent CGPA

CAT Registration 2017:

To apply for CAT 2017, first the candidates must start with the registration process. The CAT registration form will be available online. However, it is advisable that only the candidates who fulfill all the eligibility norms of the test, must start with the registration process. To register, candidates are required to enter a valid email ID, mobile number and the necessary details required. Only after successful registration, candidates will be able to access the application form.

CAT Application Form 2017:

The application form of CAT 2017 can be filled in online mode. The CAT 2017 application form will be available from first week of August. Candidates are advised to carefully read the application procedure before filling the form because any mistake will lead to rejection of candidature. The application form can be completed in five stages. The different stages of CAT 2017 application form are mentioned below.

Stage 1: Personal Details – Under this section candidates have to mention their parents’/guardian’s name, corresponding address, gender, date of birth, caste category, and nationality

Stage 2: Academics In this section of application form candidates have to enter their aggregate percentage, total marks obtained in class 10 & 12, graduation, Master Degree or any other professional degree

Stage 3: Work Experience Candidates with full-time work experience have to mention their working area from the given list. They have to mention their work experience in months

Stage 4: Programmes In this section candidate have to choose the Programmes offered in IIMs and Interview Cities

Stage 5: Payment After completing the above mention stages candidates have to pay requisite exam fee through credit/debit card or net banking. The category wise CAT 2017 application fee is given below.

Category CAT Application Fee
Unreserved (General) Rs.1700
Reserved (SC, ST, PwD) Rs.850

CAT Exam Centres 2017

The online exam of CAT 2017 is likely to be conducted in more than 140 cities of India. The exam centre of CAT 2017 is decided by IIMs or the CAT conducting authorities in order to accommodate a large number of test takes. CAT Exam Centres 2017 is decided after careful consideration so to ensure fair and smooth conduct of exam. Candidates can select up to four exam centres at the time of application process. Last year, the test was conducted across various test centres in 136 cities. The online test centres of CAT 2017 will be allotted to randomly based number of candidates to be accommodated in particular cities.

CAT Exam Pattern 2017

The exam will be conducted online and the pattern of test will be similar to last year. There is no fixed exam pattern of CAT 2017. It varies every year and changes on the discretion of the CAT 2017 convenor and CAT committee. Based on the last year CAT exam pattern, the question booklet had 100 objective type questions from VRC, DI & LR and QA. All the three sections had both multiple choice and non-multiple choice questions. The total duration of the exam is three hours and each section was of one hour.

The CAT 2017 exam pattern is yet to be announced and given below online test pattern is based on previous year. The new exam pattern of IIM CAT 2017 will be updated with the announcement of the notification.

CAT Exam Pattern

CAT 2017 Exam Pattern Detail of Entrance exam
Exam Date & Time Date: First week of December, 2017Time:Morning session:10:00 am to 01:00 pmForenoon session: 02:00 pm to 05:00 pm
Exam Mode Computer Based
Language of Paper English Only
Types of questions Multiple choice and Non Multiple choice questions
Number of Questions 100 (Subject to change)
Distribution of Questions VRC:34DI & LR:32QA: 34Total – 100 Questions
Marking Scheme
  • For correct answer: +3 marks are given
  • For incorrect answer: -1 mark is deducted
Syllabus Common syllabus notified by the examination authority

Section wise distribution of CAT 2017 Question Paper

S.No. Section Questions from each section Non MCQs MCQs Time allotted to each section (minutes)
1 Quantitative Ability (QA) 34 7 27 60
2 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC 34 10 24 60
3 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) 32 8 24 60
Total 100 25 75 180 minutes

CAT Syllabus 2017

The online question booklet of CAT 2017 will have multiple choice as well as non-multiple choice questions from data interpretation and logical reasoning, verbal ability and reading comprehension and quantitative ability. The examination authority has not prescribed any specific syllabus of CAT 2017 but as per the previous year’s paper pattern, the difficulty level of questions in all the section will be from class 8 to graduation. The syllabus of CAT is divided into 3 sections. The table given below shows the important section of CAT 2017 syllabus.

CAT Syllabus 2017 – Important Topics

Quantitative Ability Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Quadratic & Linear Equations Seating Arrangement Analogies and Reverse Analogies
Profit, Loss & Discount Combination of two or more types linked to each other Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)
Complex Numbers Caselets and Tables Verbal Reasoning
Binomial Theorem Bar Graphs and Column Graphs Reading Comprehension
Simple & Compound Interest Calendars, Cubes and Clocks Facts Inferences Judgements
Ratio & Proportion Venn Diagrams Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage
Speed, Time & DistanceTime & Work Logical Sequence Grammar or English Usage
Simple & Compound Interest Matching Fill in the blanks

CAT Admit Card 2017

The admit card of CAT 2017 will be released in November, one month prior to scheduled date of the exam. Only those candidates will be able to download CAT 2017 admit card who successfully submit their application form and pay the requisite examination fee. The admit card can be downloaded by visiting the CAT 2017 official website. To download CAT admit card candidates have to enter registration ID and password.

The CAT admit card 2017 is an important document and test takers must carry it on the exam day otherwise they will not be allowed to enter the exam hall. Candidates are advised to carry a photo identity card along with the CAT 2017 admit card. The admit card of CAT 2017 have following details.

  • Candidate’s name
  • Date of Birth (DOB)
  • Registration Number and User ID: Candidate’s registration number, roll number and user ID
  • Candidate’s Category
  • Test System Number

CAT Result 2017

The CAT result will be announced tentatively by the second week of January, 2018. The exam conducting authority will release CAT result 2017 for all test takers. To download IIM CAT 2017 result candidates have to enter their CAT ID and password. The result will show section wise, overall scaled scores and percentiles secured by candidates in the exam.

While deriving CAT result, normalisation process will be adopted to equate and compare performances of the candidates in different test sessions. CAT normalization process helps to adjust and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. After normalization across different forms, the scores shall be further normalized across different sections. The scaled scores obtained by this process shall be converted into percentiles for purposes of preparing CAT result.

CAT Cut off 2017

The cut off score is the minimum marks which candidates must secure to qualify the entrance exam. Candidates who will secure equal or more than the CAT 2017 cut off score will be declared qualified and eligible for next round of selection process for admission to MBA programmes offered at IIMs. All the IIMs will announce their own CAT cut off 2017 and candidates who will score the required cut off score will be called for Written Ability Test (WAT) or Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds.

The CAT cut off for top B-schools’ are on higher sides and exceeds more than 90 percentile because they select prospective candidates who have high competency level. While CAT cutoff 2017 for tier two and tier three B-schools will be 70-80 and around 50-60 percentile respectively.

The CAT 2017 cut off for IIMs will be updated as soon as it will be released by different Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs). For more clarity on CAT Cut off score we bring the last years cut off score of different IIMs.

IIM Ahmedabad CAT Cut off

Sections VRC DI & LR QA Overall Percentile
General 75 70 70 80
NC-OBC 50 50 50 60
SC 65 65 65 75
ST 60 60 60 70
DA 60 60 60 70

IIM Bangalore CAT Cut off

Sections VRC DI & LR QA Overall Percentile
General 85 80 80 90
NC-OBC 75 70 70 80
SC 70 65 65 75
ST 60 60 60 75
DA 60 60 60 75

 IIM Calcutta CAT Cut off

Sections QA DI & LR VRC Overall Percentile
Open 80 80 80 90
NC-OBC 75 75 75 85
SC 65 65 65 70
ST 60 60 60 70
DA 65 65 65 70

IIM Lucknow CAT Cut off

Sections QA DI & LR VRC Overall Percentile
General 85 85 85 90
NC-OBC 77 77 77 82
SC 55 55 55 70
ST 50 50 50 65
PWD 55 55 55 70

IIM Kozhikode CAT Cut off

Sections QA DI & LR VRC Overall Percentile
General 80 80 80 90
OBC 70 70 70 80
SC 50 50 50 65
ST/DA 40 40 40 55

CAT Selection Procedure 2017

The selection process for MBA admission based on CAT score will vary with the Institutes. Old IIMs or IIM BLACKIS have their own CAT selection procedure to provide admission to various MBA programmes. They call candidates for appearing in Writing Ability Test (WAT) or Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds based on CAT cut off. While, some newly constituted IIMs conduct a common admission process in different rounds of WAT, GD and PI to select deserving candidates providing admission to their management programmes. Each IIMs releases their own merit list of candidates, based on the rank and preference for the courses the candidates had selected for admission.

B schools other than IIMs have their own CAT Selection Procedure 2017 and mode of selecting candidates depends on their discretion. While admission to CAT scores accepting colleges, the respective institutes may conduct GD or WAT or both during with PI rounds. Some institutes also conduct Group Exercises during CAT Selection Procedure.

Most of B schools give weightage to candidates profile in terms of their academic records, work experience, participation in extra-curricular activities, etc.

CAT Participating Institutes 2017

Primarily CAT 2017 is conducted for admission to 20 IIMs. Apart from these more than 100 B schools in India accept CAT score. The table given below show the participating institutes of CAT 2017 along with their seat intake, fee structure and cut off (previous year percentile).

IIMs Seats, Fee and Cut off (overall percentile)

S.No. IIMs Over all percentile (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

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