CAT Reservation Policy 2017


CAT Reservation of Seats 2017CAT Reservation of Seats 2017 – Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted by IIMs on a rotational basis. On the basis of CAT result, IIMs offer admission in MBA programmes. IIMs follow the reservation criteria as specified by the Government of India. In every IIM, a certain percentage of seats is reserved for the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Other Backward Classes (OBC). Apart from these classes, the seats are also reserved for People with Disability (PWD). The candidates who wish to apply under the reserved category must have a clear understanding of CAT reservation of seats 2017. The candidate should take utmost care while filling up the application form as any discrepancy will lead to disqualification. During the admissions process, The candidates will be required to furnish the caste certificates in the government approved format. In this article, the candidates can find complete information on reservation criteria of CAT 2017 exam.


CAT Reservation of Seats 2017 – Seats Reserved for Different Categories

As mentioned above, a certain percentage of seats in IIMs are reserved for SC, ST, OBC and PWD candidates. The table given below provides an overview of the seats reserved for different categories –

S. No.CategoryReservation (%)
1Scheduled Caste (SC)15
2Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5
3Non Creamy – Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC)27
4People with Disability (PWD)3
 Total Percentage of Reserved Seats52.5

These percentages are fixed by the central government. No change will be effective unless there is a change made by the central government.

CAT Reservation of Seats 2017 – Things to Remember

The candidates who wish to apply for CAT exam under any of the reserved category, must read all the instructions carefully. Once the registration process closes, any request to change the category will not be entertained. Here are some of the important things every CAT 2017 exam applicant needs to know –

      • The candidates with the following disabilities can apply under PWD category –
        • Low vision blindness
        • Hearing impairment
        • Locomotor disabilities (more than 40%)
      • The candidates need to upload the SC/ST certificate, NC-OBC certificate or PWD certificate (as applicable) at the time of registration.
      • The candidates need to show the original certificate at the time of admission. Also, they will have to submit a photocopy of the certificate. If a candidate fails to do so, he/she will be disqualified from the admission process.

CAT Reservation of Seats 2017 – What is Non-Creamy Layer in OBC?

Non-creamy layer refers to the comparatively poorer and less educated members of Other Backwards Classes (OBC). People belonging to non-creamy layer are eligible for quotas in various institutions as per the rules specified by the government.

As per the definition, the creamy layer is –

      • An annual income of more than 6 lacs – Applies for professionals, agriculturists, landowners etc.
      • High posts in the government – Group A/B employees (there are a few exceptions).
      • Governor, Supreme court judges and other constitutional posts.

The concept of creamy and non-creamy layers in OBC was established to differentiate between people belonging to economically weaker and economically powerful sections of the society. As per the reservation of seats in CAT 2017, 27% of the seats are reserved for people belonging to non-creamy layer in OBC.

CAT Reservation of Seats 2017 – Certificates and Forms

The candidates who wish to apply for CAT exam 2017 under reserved category, must submit the required certificates and forms. These certificates must be in the format that has been prescribed by the government. Here is a step by step process of filling the reservation form for CAT 2017 –

      • Click the link provided here (as applicable)
      • Download the reservation form
      • Fill the form
      • Get it attested by competent authorities (as applicable)
      • Upload the form along with the application form

CAT Seat Reservation 2017 – Details to be filled

In the caste certificate, the candidates belonging to SC/ST category need to fill all the detailed correctly. Name of the candidate, village/ town, district/division and state/ union territory along with the caste/ tribe the candidate belongs to must be clearly mentioned on the certificate. Most importantly, it must be signed by the competent authorities. PWD certificate must be signed by the doctor. The type of disability and the degree of disability (in percentage) should be clearly mentioned on the certificate. A small description of the disability must also be given on the certificate.

Common Admission Test (CAT) is counted among the most competitive entrance exams in India. A large number of candidates from all parts of the country appear for CAT exam every year. There are 20 IIMs in India that offer admissions into MBA programmes on the basis of CAT score. As per the government rules, all IIMs have reserved the seats for SC, ST and OBC candidates. The candidates who are planning to appear for CAT 2017 exam are advised to visit this page regularly to find updated information on CAT reservation of seats 2017.

Bitupan Boruah

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I am an Adrian writer working as a Sub-Editor for Entrance Corner. I have been covering education events for Management Programmes offered by top B-Schools. Follow me for all the latest updates for top Management Programmes.
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