CAT 2017 – Common Admission Test


CAT 2017 – Common Admission TestCAT 2017 – The application process for Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 has started. The CAT 2017 will be conducted by IIM Lucknow on November 26. To apply for IIM-CAT 2017, first, candidates are required to register for the test and only after successful registration, candidates will be able to access the application form. The last date to submit the completed application form is September 20, 2017. Only the candidates who are able to apply on or before the last date will be issued the admit card on October 18, 2017. The test will be held in a computer-based mode across 140 cities in two sessions (morning and afternoon sessions). CAT exam will contain 100 MCQs and non-MCQs and duration of the test is 3 hours. These questions will be divided into 3 sections, which are Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR). For each section, the test takers will be allotted 1 hour. Candidates will be able to switch from one section to the other after completion of the sectional time limit. The result will be announced in the second week of January 2018. The CAT scores will be accepted by all the 20 IIMs offering over 4000 seats and various other 100 top MBA Institutions. Go through this article for more details on CAT 2017, dates, eligibility criteria, application form, exam pattern, syllabus, admit card, result, cut off, etc. A link to access the application form of Common Admission Test 2017 is provided below.
Latest: CAT 2017 Registration Starts from August 09 – Apply here


CAT 2017 – Overview

Name of the TestCommon Admission Test (CAT)
Exam TypeNational Level
Conducted byIIM Lucknow
ConvenerProf. Neeraj Dwivedi
Purpose of TestAdmissions to PG management programmes in IIMs and 100+ institutes
Exam ModeComputer-based
Exam Duration180 minutes (3 hours)
MediumEnglish Language
Types of QuestionsMCQs and Non-MCQs
Number of Sections3 (Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning)
Marking Scheme+3 for every correct answer, -1 for every wrong answer
EligibilityGraduation with minimum 50% marks
Registration StartsAugust 09, 2017
CAT 2017 DateNovember 26, 2017 (eight days earlier than previous year’s date)

CAT 2017 Dates

CAT 2017 notification was announced on 29 July 2017 and is available online. Candidates can find all necessary details related to the exam here. To make it easier for candidates, given below is a table that gives out important CAT 2017 dates.

CAT Exam Dates

1.Date of Releasing NotificationJuly 29, 2017
2.Availability of application formAugust 09, 2017
3.Last date to applySeptember 20, 2017
4.Release of admit cardOctober 18, 2017
5.CAT 2017 ExamNovember 26, 2017
6.Announcement of ResultSecond week of January 2018

CAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria

Aspirants must make it a point to fulfil entire CAT 2017 eligibility criteria. In case they fail to meet any of them, they risk being disqualified on or before counselling. Hence, it is advisable that they check for complete CAT eligibility criteria and understand all the norms.

Check the table given below to get a glimpse of the eligibility norms.

CAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria
S.No.FactorsRequired Criteria
1.NationalityOnly citizens of India can apply for CAT 2017
  • One must be a graduate from a recognized University in any discipline.
  • Candidates applying under the Unreserved (General) category must have scored a minimum of 50% marks or CGPA in graduation or equivalent exam.
  • Candidates applying under the Reserved (SC/ST/PWD) category must have scored a minimum of 45% marks or CGPA in graduation or equivalent exam.
  • Also, MBA aspirants in the final year of their qualifying exam can apply for CAT 2017.
3.Age LimitThere is no age limit for CAT 2017.

CAT Eligibility Criteria cat eligibility criteria

CAT 2017 Application Form

CAT 2017 Registration cum Application form is available online. MBA aspirants must make sure that they enter all required details and submit the application form on or before the end date. While filling up the CAT 2017 Application Form, candidates must avoid making errors. Discrepancies will lead to cancellation of candidature. Furthermore, candidates are required to pay the application fee of Rs. 1800 (SC/ST/PwD: Rs. 900) to conclude the application process. The fee can only be paid 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 additional charges. To understand the CAT 2017 registration cum application process, check the simple steps provided below –

CAT 2017 Registration

Step 1: To begin with, candidates are required to enter their name, date of birth, email address and mobile number.

Step 2: Only after entering all the required details can they click on the Submit button.

Step 3: After successful registration, CAT 2017 User ID and Password will be sent to the registered email address and mobile number via SMS, respectively.

CAT 2017 Application Form

Step 1: Now log in with the credentials provided to fill in the application form. The CAT 2017 application form contains 5 sections in total.

Step 2: Enter personal details, communication address and upload necessary images and documents.

Step 3: Enter academic and professional (work experience) details.

Step 4: Select the management programmes and city as the venue for an interview from the drop down list according to the candidate’s preference.

CAT 2017 Application Fee

Step 1: The CAT 2017 application fee is Rs. 1800 (SC/ST/PwD: Rs. 900) and can be paid via online mode only. It is important to pay the application fee to conclude the application process. Candidates must pay the CAT 2017 application fee through the available payment gateways.

Step 2: On successful payment, a confirmation email will be sent to the registered address of the candidate. Applicants are required to check their email and make sure their payment is made successfully. In the case of unsuccessful payment, do contact officials in charge of CAT 2017.

CAT 2017 Application Summary – After the conclusion of the application process, candidates can view the application summary. Download and print the summary for future reference.

CAT Registration Trends

Except the year 2013 when the number of applicants reduced by around 20,000, the number of CAT applicants has only gone up consistently since 2010. Last year, the number of CAT applicants were over 2.32 lakh, which broke a 7-year long record. Check the table below to know the total number of applicants and test takers –

CAT Registration Trends
S.No.YearApplicantsTest Takers

The bar graph below provides the number of CAT registered candidates and number of test takers for each session.

cat 2017 application trends

The pie-chart below provides the percentage of CAT applicants according to the different zones of India.








The pie-chart below provides the MBA aspirants applying for CAT from different academic backgrounds.






CAT 2017 Reservation Norms

All 20 IIMs abide by the reservation norms prescribed by the Government of India. Seats are reserved for the Scheduled Castes (SC), Scheduled Tribes (ST), Other Backward Classes (OBC) and Persons with Disabilities (PwD). Candidates applying for CAT 2017 under the reserved category are required to upload necessary documents and also produce the same at the time of admissions. The table given below provides the reservation percentage according to the category of candidates.

IIM Reservation Percentage

S.No.CategorySeats Reserved

CAT 2017 – Courses Offered by IIMs

In the table given below, candidates can check for the various post graduate management programmes offered by the 20 IIMs across the country.

IIMsProgramme(s) offeredCutoff (General)No. of SeatsFee (in Rs.)
IIM AhmedabadPGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)
PGP-FABM (Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agri-Business Management)
8038519.5 lakh
IIM BangalorePGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management)
PGPEM (Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management)PGPPM (Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management)
9041218.7 lakh
IIM CalcuttaPGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)
PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management)
9046219 lakh
IIM KozhikodePGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)9035313.75 lakh
IIM LucknowPGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)
PGP-ABM (Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management)PGPSM (Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets)
9043614 lakh
IIM IndorePGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)
EPGPM (Executive Post Graduate Programme)
9055013 lakh
RGIIM ShillongPGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)
PGPEX (Post Graduate Programme for Executives)
7012012.68 lakh
IIM RaipurPGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)
PGPWE (Post Graduate Programme for Working Executive)
9021010.26 lakh
IIM TiruchirapalliPGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)
PGPBM (Post Graduate Programme in Business Management)
9012010 lakh
IIM RanchiPGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management)
PGDHRM (Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management)
9015510.5 lakh
IIM SirmaurPGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)80609 lakh
IIM RohtakPGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)
EPGPM (Executive Post Graduate Programme)
85170-18010.5 lakh
IIM SambalpurPGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)9014010 lakh
IIM UdaipurPGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)901809.5 lakh
IIM KashipurPGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)
EPGPM (Executive Post Graduate Programme)
9021010.5 lakh
IIM Bodh GayaPGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)906011 lakh
IIM VisakhapatnamPGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)906010.5 lakh
IIM NagpurPGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)906010 lakh
IIM AmritsarPGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)90609 lakh
IIM JammuPGP (Post Graduate Programme in Management)804510 lakh

CAT 2017 Exam Pattern

Since 2009, CAT is being held as a computer-based test. There will be a total of 100 questions divided into 3 sections. CAT 2017 will contain both Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) as well as non-MCQs. For each section, candidates will be provided with 60 minutes and the total duration of the test is 180 minutes. The various sections of CAT 2017 are –

  • Quantitative Ability (QA)
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

CAT maintains the reputation of bringing changes in its admission or test pattern. Although, there are unlikely to be any major changes in the exam pattern of CAT 2017, candidates must stay prepared for a few changes. For a better understanding of the exam pattern of CAT 2017, 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 or decrease this year.

S.No.SectionNo. of MCQsNo. of Non-MCQsTotal Number of QuestionsDuration of each section (in minutes)
1.Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC)24103460
2.Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)2483260
3.Quantitative Ability (QA)2773460

CAT 2017 Syllabus

The CAT conducting body never discloses any notification regarding the exam syllabus. Thus, this makes the exam tougher and more unpredictable for first time exam takers. However, for the convenience of CAT 2017 aspirants, the list of topics that dominate the question paper are provided below. The data provided in the table below are prepared after analyzing old question papers and sample papers prepared by various experts. With the help of CAT 2017 syllabus, candidates can avoid wasting time by neglecting unnecessary topics. Know more about the CAT 2017 syllabus by clicking on the sub-heading above and from the table below.

Quantitative AbilityProbability, Speed, Simple & Compound Interest, LCM and HCF, Ratio & Proportion, Percentages, Mensuration, Analogies, Time & Distance, Trigonometry.
Data Interpretation & Logical ReasoningBlood Relations, Calendars, Logical Sequence, Seating Arrangement, Binary Logic, Syllogism, Cubes & Clocks, Venn Diagrams, Logical Matching.
Verbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionReading Comprehension, Analogies and Reverse, Verbal Reasoning, Meaning – Usage Match, English Usage and Grammar, Synonyms & Antonyms, Fill in the Blanks, Jumbled Paragraph.

CAT 2017 Exam Centers

CAT 2017 will be held at test centers across 140 cities. Over the years, the number of CAT exam centers have increased consistently. Each year, more cities are added to the list of examination centers to make things convenient for candidates. Last year, CAT was conducted in 138 cities across India. Here, it must be noted that candidates can choose up to 4 examination centers at the time of filling the CAT 2017 application form. Based on their choices, exam centers are alloted to the candidates.

CAT 2017 Admit Card

Candidates who have successfully submitted the CAT 2017 application form 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 2017 hall ticket will be available only in online mode and the exam conducting body won’t be sending any hard copy of the admit card via mail or courier. On the day of the test, candidates must make sure to carry the CAT 2017 admit card to the exam centre. The invigilator will ask for it and only after producing it, will the candidate be allowed to enter the examination hall. Even after the test, it is advised candidates keep their admit card safely. The CAT 2017 admit card 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.

CAT 2017 Result

CAT 2017 results will be available online and test takers are required to log in with their User ID and Password. Results will provide the score and percentile (sectional & overall) along with details of the candidate. Test takers are required to take a print out of the result for future reference. After the announcement of CAT 2017 results, the various IIMs will release their list of shortlisted candidates for the pre-admission rounds. Only those candidates having obtained the minimum required cut-off scores will be eligible for the Group Discussion, Personal Interview and Written Ability Test (WAT) rounds. Candidates must keep their CAT 2017 score card safe until the conclusion of the counseling rounds.

CAT 2017 Cut-Off

After announcing CAT 2017 results, the IIMs and other affiliated B-Schools will release their cutoff scores. Test takers must note that these cutoff scores are the minimum marks required to get shortlisted for the counselling rounds. For each Institute, the cut-off scores will vary. Also, along with the category of candidates, the cut-off scores will differ. While preparing the cut-off scores, the following factors will be considered –

  • The difficulty level of the examination.
  • The total number of candidates appeared for the test.
  • The number of seats available.
  • Reservation policy of the Institute.

CAT 2017 cut-off scores of almost all the IIMs and other top-rated B-Schools exceeds the 90 percentile mark. More details regarding the cut-off scores will be provided on this page with the announcement of the cut-off scores. To know more about the cut-off scores, check the previous year cut-off marks from the table below.

IIM Ahmedabad Cut off

SectionsVRCDI & LRQAOverall Percentile

IIM Bangalore Cut off

SectionsVRCDI & LRQAOverall Percentile

IIM Calcutta Cut off

SectionsQADI & LRVRCOverall Percentile

IIM Lucknow Cut off

SectionsQADI & LRVRCOverall Percentile

IIM Kozhikode Cut off

SectionsQADI & LRVRCOverall Percentile

CAT 2017 Selection Procedure

Each participating institute has its own selection process. The candidates are shortlisted on the basis of their CAT 2017 cut-off 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 2017 and GD/ WAT/ PI scores, 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 2017 Participating Institutes

The CAT is primarily conducted for admissions to the various MBA programmes offered by the 20 IIMs. The exam is conducted by the IIMs on a 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.

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Bitupan Boruah

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