CAT Application Form 2017


CAT Application Form 2017CAT Application Form 2017 – The application form of CAT 2017 has been released on August 9 by the exam conducting authority Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow. CAT application form 2017 is available in online mode and it can be filled in different stages which include creating candidates profile for the exam, log in with generated CAT User ID and Password, and submitting application form after filling personal, academic, work experience, MBA programmes details and making online payment of fee. According to officials, the last date to fill CAT application form 2017 is September 20. Candidates are advised to read the instructions carefully before filling up CAT 2017 application form to ascertain the eligibility for the exam. Also, it will help candidates to know what information and documents are required while filling the application form. The time allotted for filling up CAT application form is 30 minutes after that session will expire therefore candidates complete registration process within prescribed time slot. The application fee of CAT 2017 can be submitted online only through electronic payment gateway. The application fee of CAT 2017 is Rs. 1800 for General/NC-OBC candidates and Rs. 900 for SC/ST/PwD candidates. This year, the applicants will be able to track their application status after submission of their application form of CAT 2017. The window to track CAT application status will be activated soon. Candidates are advised to save their CAT 2017 log in details for future references. Candidates can check details related CAT 2017 application procedure, dates, how to fill, fee, etc. from the article below.


CAT Application Form Dates 2017

The important dates related to CAT 2017 application form is provided in the table below. To be eligible to appear for the test, aspirants must make sure they submit the completed CAT application form within the last date.

Important dates for CAT application process

S.No.CAT Application EventsDates
1.CAT 2017 Application Form available fromAugust 09, 2017
2.Last date to apply for CATSeptember 20, 2017
3.CAT 2017 Exam DateNovember 26, 2017

Latest: CAT 2017 Registration Form – Register Here

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017

Candidates applying for CAT 2017 must be a graduate from recognized university with at least 50% marks if they are from general category and 45% if they belong to for SC/ST/PwD category. Candidates with professional qualifications such as CA/CS/ICWA are also eligible to apply. Also, candidates appearing for the final year of the graduation or other qualifying exam are also eligible to apply.

Documents and details required for CAT Application Process 2017

The following documents and information are required to be kept ready before the candidates start with registering for CAT.

  • A valid email ID and mobile number (which must remain active until the admission process ends)
  • Scanned image of candidate’s recent passport size photograph and signature of required dimension
  • Scanned images of candidate’s NC-OBC/SC/ST/PwC certificate (if required)
  • Academic Profile (Class 10/SSC, HSC/Class 12, Bachelor’s Degree, Post Graduation and other Professional Degree details)
  • Work Experience (about the Industry type and tenure)
  • List of IIM programmes
  • Details about Credit Card/Debit Card or Net Banking 

Internet Browsers required to fill CAT Application Form 2017:

To fill CAT 2017 application form candidates are advised to use Internet Explorer (version 10 to 11) or Mozilla Firefox (version 48 to 54) or Google Chrome(version 50 to 59) to fill in the Application Form.

CAT Application Fee 2017

The candidates must pay a non-refundable fee before submitting the CAT application form 2017. It can be paid via net banking/ credit card/ debit card. In the table given below, the candidates can find the amount of application fee that they are required to pay –

CategoryApplication Fee (in Rs.)
GeneralRs. 1800/-
SC/ ST/ OBC/ PwDRs. 900/-

Steps to fill CAT Application Form 2017

As mentioned earlier, candidates are required to register for the test before accessing the CAT application form. The candidates fulfilling all the eligibility norms can follow the steps to fill in the CAT 2017 application form –

Step 1 – Registration: In the registration form of CAT, applicants are required to enter their name, date of birth, email address and mobile number. The name of the candidate must be same as it appears on their Class 10/SSC certificate while the email address and mobile number must remain active until the conclusion of the admission process. Also, while entering the mobile number, candidates are not allowed to enter any special character. After entering all the necessary details, applicants are required to read the declaration section and click on ‘I Agree’ check box if they agree with the terms and the click on the ‘Submit’ button.
On successful registration, candidates will receive the CAT User ID on their registered email address and Password as SMS on their mobile number. Also, a CAT application form link will be available in their email.

cat application formCandidates must remember that the information submitted here cannot be changed. Hence, the candidates must make sure that there are no errors in the details provided here.

Step 2 – login: With the provided CAT login credentials, candidates can access the application form by clicking on the link provided above. The application form of CAT is divided into 5 sections, which are Personal Details, Academics, Work Experience, Programmes and Payment. Before filling the application form, candidates are advised to read the instructions carefully.

cat application formStep 3 – Enter Personal Details: First, candidates are required to enter their personal details such as Father’s/Husband’s/Guardian’s Name, Mother’s Name (as applicable). Candidates who have an Aadhar card are required to enter their Aadhar number in the application form. Then, they are required to select their gender, Caste or Tribe category, nationality and select ‘Yes’ if they are Person with Disability.
Now, applicants are required to enter their postal address. Candidates can also provide an alternate email address and mobile number here.
In this section, candidates are required to upload the scanned image of their recent passport size photograph and signature. Also, applicants applying under the reserved category are required to upload all the necessary documents to support their reservation.

CAT 2017 Image Specifications

ImageDimensionsSizeFormatOther Specification
Photograph30mm X 45mmNot more than 80 KB.jpg or .jpegThe minimum resolution must be 150 px/inch. Also, the photo must not be more than 6 months old and the background must be white.
Signature80mm X 35mmNot more than 80 KB.jpg or .jpeg

Note: On the day of the test, the candidates are required to paste the same photograph provided in the admit card.

Step 4 – Enter Academic Details: Here, candidates are required to education details (as applicable to them) such as –

  • Class 10 or SSC/Equivalent Information
  • Class 12 or SSC/Equivalent/Diploma Course Details
  • Graduation Details
  • Post Graduation Details
  • Other Professional Degree Details

Step 5 – Work Experience: The applicants who are still working or have worked full time after their graduation are required to fill this particular section. Here, candidates are required to click on the check boxes against the provided ‘Industry Type’ and enter their work experience in months.

Step 6 – Programmes: Candidates are required to select the Programmes Names and the Interview city for that particular programme. The list of Interview city will be provided in the drop down list. It must be noted that candidates applying for PGP/PGDM courses at IIM Kashipur, IIM Raipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Rohtak, IIM Tiruchirappalli and IIM Udaipur are required to select the same interview city for all the selections.

Candidates can select up to 4 test cities as per their preference from the drop down menu. Out of the 4 selected cities, the exam authorities will allot one of them in either of the two sessions. If the exam authorities are unable to allot any of the preferred city, then a nearby city will be allotted to the candidates. The address of the CAT exam centres will be provided on the admit card.

Note: In the CAT Application Form, candidates cannot select the same city for more than once.

Step 7 – Payment: The candidates belonging to the unreserved and NC – OBC category are required to pay a fee of Rs. 1800 only while the SC/ST/PwD category candidates are required to pay Rs. 900 only. The application fee can be paid via Credit Card, Debit Card or Internet Banking. Also, apart from the application fee amount, the candidates are also required to pay additional transactional charges. The details about the transactional charges are provided in the table below.

S.No.ServiceTransaction Processing Fee
1.Credit Card (Visa/Master)1.20% of the fee
2.Credit Card (Amex/Diners Club)2.85% of the fee
3.Debit Card (Visa/Master/Rupay)0.75% of the fee for up to Rs. 2000
4.Debit Card (Visa/Master/Rupay)1.00% of the fee for amount more than Rs. 2000
5. ATM-cum-Debit Cards0.75% of the fee for up to Rs. 2000
  ATM-cum-Debit Cards1.00% of the fee for amount more than Rs. 2000 
6.Net BankingRs. 20 per transaction
7.Cash Card & Wallet1.75% of the fee

On successful payment of the CAT Application Fee, a Payment Successful message will appear on the screen and candidates will be redirected to the official website of CAT 2017.

cat application form payment window

Track CAT Application Status

After the completion of the CAT application process, candidates can check the status of their application form. Here, the applicants will be able to know whether their CAT application form is being successfully submitted or not. Only the candidates whose CAT 2017 application form are successfully submitted will be able to appear for the exam.

CAT Application Form 2017






Certificates to be uploaded in CAT application form

As per the requirements, candidates are required to upload necessary documents, such as Scribe Affidavit, Identification Affidavit, Final Year Certificate, NC-OBC Certificate, SC/ST Certificate, Person With Disability(PwD) Certificate. Applicants are required to download these certificates, fill the details and get them attested by the appropriate authorities. The table below provides the link to each of the above-mentioned documents.

Scribe AffidavitDownload Here
Identification AffidavitDownload Here
Final Year CertificateDownload Here
NC-OBC CertificateDownload Here
SC/ST CertificateDownload Here
Person With Disability(PwD) Certificate – Form VDownload Here 
Person With Disability(PwD) Certificate – Form VI Download Here
Person With Disability(PwD) Certificate –  Form VIIDownload Here

CAT Application Summary

On successful submission of the CAT application form, a confirmation mail will be sent to the registered email address of the candidates. Also, the email will also contain communication details of the CAT Admit Card window. Now, the candidates can log in as ‘Exiting User’ by entering their credentials to view and download their application summary.

CAT Application Form 2017 – Correction window

This year also, CAT correction window will be available. Here, the candidates will be able to make the required changes in the application form of CAT. However, the candidates will be able to change only a few details, which are –

  • Qualifying exam’s percentage of marks
  • Work experience
  • Programmes selected, etc.

CAT Application Form 2017 – Important Points

The MBA aspirants applying for CAT 2017 are advised to go through the list of important points provided below –

  • The fields marked with “*” (asterisk) are mandatory
  • The candidates must make sure that all the details provided are accurate and error-free. The candidates will be disqualified if there are any discrepancies in the information provided
  • The images must be scanned properly and must meet the prescribed requirements
  • The duration to complete the application process is 30 minutes. Candidates failing to complete the application process within this time period will have to log in again
  • Like last year, the conducting body may provide the application correction window, for candidates to rectify the errors in CAT application form

CAT Application Form 2017 – Registration Trends

CAT is the most popular management entrance exam in India. With the exception of the year 2013 and 2014, the number of CAT applicants has remained above 2 lakh every year. Last year, 2.32 lakh candidates registered for CAT exam, which was highest in the past 7 years. The table given below provides information on the last ten years’ CAT registration trends. Also, check the visual representation of the same information in the graph.

CAT Registration Trends

YearNo. of CAT ApplicantsNo. of Test Takers 
2009241,000 2,30,000
2008290,000 2,76,000
The following graph provides the number of MBA aspirants applying against the number of candidates appearing for CAT each year. The year 2008 records the highest number of candidates applying for the entrance application form
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Bitupan Boruah

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