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CAT 2017 Exam Dates and Application form

CAT or Common Admission Test is conducted for MBA/PGDM Admissions in IIMs and top B-schools of India. It is organized every year by IIMs on rotational basis. IIM Calcutta is the conducting authority for CAT 2017. The official notification for CAT 2017 is expected to be announced in the month of July-2017. Graduates in any discipline with minimum 50%  (45% for Reserved category) marks are eligble to apply. 

The CAT Exam is scheduled in the month of December. There is no change in the CAT Exam Pattern and questions will most likely be distributed among 3 sections: Verbal Reasoning (34), Quantitative Ability (34) and Data Interpretation (32).  CAT syllabus is based upon fundamentals of 10+2 curriculum. So it is imperative to go through NCERT books for the chapters mentioned CAT 2017 Syllabus.

CAT Result will be announced in the month of January-2018. Once the result is declared, candidates can start applying to colleges as per the Cutoff. 20 IIMs and over 150 top private and public colleges accept CAT score for admission to MBA and PGDM programmes.

Selection process of IIMs and top MBA colleges usually starts within 15 days of result declaration. Selected candidates will appear for Group Discussion and Personal Interview. CAT Cutoff 2017 will give you a fair idea of score required to get into top B-Schools of India.

CAT Exam highlights

CAT 2017 Conducting BodyIIM Calcutta
CAT 2017 Official Notification DateJuly 2017
CAT 2017 Exam DateFirst week of December
Eligibility CriteriaGraduation with 50%
Participating InstitutesIIMs, IITs, FMS, ISB
Number of candidates appeared in CAT 20161,79602

Last 5 Year Trends in CAT

Candidates can check below the number of applicants who have applied for CAT and those who have actually appeared for the exam. The number of applicants has steadily increased in the exam owing to its massive popularity among management aspirants in India as well as abroad.

Last  Year Trends in CAT

Latest MBA Application Forms Available

ITM University, Navi Mumbai MBA Admission 2017    
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Hyderabad Business School MBA Admission 2017   

What is CAT?

  • Common Admission Test or CAT is the only entrance exam for admision in MBA and PGDM programs in Institute of Management (IIMs) in India. 
  • 20 IIMs and more than 136 management Institutes participate in CAT.
  • Open to all graduates having more than 50% in graduation.
  • Duration of CAT exam is 180 minutes and consists 100 questions. 
  • CAT 2017 will be conducted in December.
  • Candidates need to apply for all the IIMs seperately.
  • Admission into IIMs is based upon CAT Score Card, 10th Marks, 12th Marks and a Group Discussion and Personal Interview round conducted at respective IIMs.

    What is CAT


CAT 2017 Exam Dates

The official notification for CAT 2017 will be released in the month of July along with the exam dates. Candidates are given 1 month period to apply for CAT exam. Here is the tentative schedule for CAT 2017 application form availability, exam dates and announcement of results. Check About CAT 2017 Exam Dates

CAT 2017 Official NotificationJuly 2017
Availability of CAT 2017 Application FormAugust 2017
CAT 2017 Exam DateDecember 2017
Announcement of CAT ResultsJanuary 2018

CAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for CAT 2017, an aspirant must be a graduate degree holder in any stream. Candidates appearing in the final year/semester of their degree program can also apply for CAT 2017. They should have also scored the required percentage in their graduation degree. The category-wise percentage requirement for CAT 2017 is explained in the table below:

CAT 2017 Reservation CriteriaPercentage Required
Scheduled Caste45%
Scheduled Tribe45%
Persons with disabilities45%

Read More About CAT 2017 Eligibility 

CAT 2017 Application Process

CAT 2017 Application forms will be available in the month of August. Intersted candidates can apply online on  The application process is usually a four-step process.

  1. Registration on CAT 2017 official website.
  2. Filing up of Application form that includes entering personal details, contact information, academic details, work experience, program preference and exam center preference.
  3. Uploading scanned copies of documents such as Photograph, Signature, Category certificate and disability certificate.
  4. Payment of application fee:- CAT 2017 Application fee is Rs 1700/- for General category. It can be paid online via net banking/credit card/debit card. Mentioned below is the category wise application fee for CAT 2017
CategoryCAT 2017 Application Fee
General1700 INR

Last year, IIM Bangalore had also allowed candidates with backlog or supplementary to appear in the CAT 2016 exam. Read More About CAT Application Form

CAT 2017 Participating Colleges 

CAT is conducted mainly for admission to MBA/PGDM programs offered at 20 IIMs. Apart from IIMs, other top management institutes like FMS, MDI, NTIE, SP Jain, Department of Management Studies at IITs, Manipal University, ITM Delhi, Chandigarh University and over 115 management B-schools also accept CAT score as a qualifying criteria for their management programs. The cut off percentile for IIMs and other top institutes may be above 90 percentile.

  • IIM Bangalore
  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • IIM Calcutta
  • Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras
  • IIM Lucknow
  • IIM Kozikhode
  • IIM Indore
  • Vinod Gupta school of Management, IIT Kharagpur
  • FMS Delhi

Know More About CAT Participating institutes and courses offered

CAT 2017 Exam Centers

Candidates are required to provide an exam center preference while registering for CAT 2017. Candidates can provide a preferance for upto 4 test cities and on the basis of this they will be alloted their CAT Exam Centers. The time slot for CAT Examination is generally alloted randomly.

The CAT Exam centers are available in all the major cities across India to accomodate the growing number of test-takers. Along with the admit card, candidates are required to carry a government approved identification proof such as Pan Card, Voter ID, Aadhar Card etc.

Last year, there has been an addition of three new exam centers namely Udaipur in Rajasthan, Khanna and Phagwara in Punjab. Also two exam centers namely Bishnupur in West Bengal and Purnea in Bihar have been removed from the list.

Read More About   CAT Exam Centers 

CAT 2017 Reservation

All the 20 IIMs follow reservation policy laid out by the government of India. The reserved categories in CAT Exam as described in the official notification are mentioned below in the table. In case of seats reserved for PwD or DA candidates, following is the definition of disability as described in the Section 39 of PwD Act of 1995.

  1. Candidates with low-vision blindness
  2. Candidates with hearing impairment
  3. Candidates with loco-motor disability/ cerebral palsy

Candidates who suffer from these disabilities to the extent of not less than 40%, are eligible for reservation under this category. There is a predefined norm for the percentage of seats for the reserved categories. The table given below describes the percentage of seats reserved for each category.

Category% of seats reserved
Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
Other Backward Classes – Non-creamy layer (NC-OBC)27%
Persons with Disability(PwD)/Differently Abled (DA)3%

Required Documents for Reserved Categories

Candidates who apply under the reserved categories must upload the scanned copy of the following certificates at the time of filling the form. On selection for Personal Interview and admission, a candidate is required to produce a photocopy and original of these certificate before the assigned authority. 

CAT 2017 Admit Card

Admit Card for CAT 2017 exam will be available on CAT official website in the month of October. Candidates can download their CAT 2017 Admit Card by logging into their candidate’s profile using their registration number and password created at the time of registration. 

CAT admit card will have personal details of a candidate and details related to the exam date such as test venue, session. It is a provisional document and must be supported at the test center with a valid photo id issued by Govt of India.

Read More About CAT Admit Card 

CAT 2017 Exam Pattern

CAT is a computer-based test which consists of three sections, i.e. Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. CAT exam is a 3 hour duration exam where one hour is assigned for each section. The paper will have 100 questions of both MCQ and Non-MCQ nature. For every correct answer, a candidate will be awarded 3 marks and 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. The distribution of questions across the three sections is uneven and is explained in the graph below:

CAT Exam Pattern

Read More About  CAT 2017 Exam Pattern

CAT 2017 Preparation Strategy

For late starters, it is time to get deep buried in your books and for the candidates still looking for new chapters this is time to start solving mock papers. It is very important for Candidates to categorize the preparation strategy and find below the five points for the  .

  1. Brush Up Your Basics : In the pursuit of cracking CAT, it is very important to reading basics of Venn Diagrams, Data Interpretation, Number Systems, Time and Work Reading News Papers and Gramatical Skills.
  2. Follow the Study Material or Standard Text Books for CAT : It is preferred to close on single reference books for Quant, Verbal Ability and Data Interpretation and Many Mock papers and Question banks. Find the Suggested Books at the bottom of this section.
  3. Mock Test :Do attend the mock papers couple of times from different institutes.
  4. Relax and indulge in recreational activities : Most importantly dont convert yourself into book zombie rather make a balance between leisure life and studies. For the working candidates it is a bit difficult to cope up between studies and work and adding up leisure will make things messy. But as we know slow and steady wins the race. 
  5. Adhere to a Time-table: No question about it, be strict with your schedule but your time table should also include cheat days. Dont be too harsh on your self.

CAT 2017 Syllabus

CAT exam consists of three sections namely Verbal and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability.  Each section is further divided into multitude of topics. The topics covered in each section for CAT exam is detailed below:

Verbal and Reading ComprehensionVerbal reasoning, antonyms and synonyms, sentence correction, critical reasoning, fill in the blanks, syllogism, analogies, idioms
Data InterpretationArea graph, Line graph, Charts (Columns, bar, pie), tables, venn diagrams
Logical ReasoningClocks and calendars, Directions, Binary Logic, Coding-decoding, Blood relations, Linear and matrix arrangement, Syllogism
Quantitative AbilityNumber system, Geometry, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Quadratic & Linear Equation, Algebra, Permutation and Combination, Ratio & Proportion, Time & Work, Trigonometry

Each topic from CAT syllabus mentioned above is further divided into sub-topics. The division into sub-topics makes it easier to concentrate on the various aspects of a section and helps during preparation.  Check Detailed CAT Syllabus

CAT Practice Papers

What is CAT 2017 Result date?

CAT Results will be declared in the month of January 2018. Candidates can check their results on the official website. Post result declaration each IIM will release their separate cut- offs. On the basis of cut off, candidates will be called for Group Discussion and Personal Interview rounds.

Step to check CAT 2017 Results

  • Visit official website
  • Click on “Result link”.
  • Enter your roll number and date of birth.
  • Check your result.

Post result declaration candidates can check shortlisted candidates’ lists on respective IIMs. Also, Each IIM will send interview letters to shortlisted candidates directly for GD/PI rounds.

Read More about  CAT Result

CAT 2017 Cut off

After the results are declared, each IIM will declare a separate cut off list for shortlisting candidates for the selection procedure. The cut off comprises of an overall cut off and asectional cut off. Sectional cut off is the percentile a candidate must score in eachsection of the test paper. The overall cut off for the IIMs generally, falls in the bracket of 90-99 percentile. Find College Wise CAT Cutoff

CAT 2017 Expected Cutoff for IIMs

IIMCut off in Percentile
IIM, Bangalore90
IIM, Ahmedabad90
IIM, Calcutta90
IIM, Lucknow90
IIM, Kozhikode90
IIT, Roorkee90
IIM, Indore90
IIM, Rohtak90
IIM, Raipur90
IIM, Trichy94

CAT 2017 Expected Percentile

For shortlisting candidates for GD/PI round, along with CAT Score candidate’s academic work and relevant work experience will be taken into account.

CAT Percentile (Approximate)Name of CAT participating Non-IIMs B-School
Around 98 Percentile with sectional cut-off
Around 97 Percentile with sectional cut off
Around 96 Percentile with sectional cut off
Around 95 Percentile Range with sectional cut off
Around 85-90 Percentile
Around 80-85 Percentile
Around 75-80 Percentile
Around 70-75 Percentile
Around 60-70 Percentile

Around 50-60 Percentile

Around 40-50 Percentile

CAT 2017 Rank Predictor

CAT Result will be declared in October and candidates can check their score on the official website. All the participating institutes release cut-offs for next rounds. They shortlist the candidates on the basis CAT Ranks. Candidates can predict their ranks using the collegedunia rank predictor provided below:


CAT 2017 Selection Procedure

After the declaration of results and cut- offs, shortlisted candidates appear in the selection process which is held separately by each of the IIMs. The selection procedure through CAT EXAM may consist of a Group Discussion and/or Written Ability Test round and, Personal Interview. In recent years, IIMs have been known to prefer Written Ability Test over Group Discussion. Check GD/PI tips for CAT 2017

Personal Interview is also an important part of the selection procedure and can prove to be a decisive factor in selection to IIMs. The final selection is based on performance in CAT and selection procedure rounds.

Written Ability Test comprises of one or more topics on which a candidate is required to write a brief essay. The time duration assigned to write essay on the given topic varies from IIM to IIM and can be anywhere between 15 minutes to 45 minutes.

Group Discussion round is less preferred these days but it is wise to prepare for this round as well. In this round, a group of 8-10 candidates is given a topic to discuss. Through this round, a candidate’s performance and group dynamics are assessed.

Personal Interview round is the final round. In this round, a candidate has to appear before a panel of 4-8 interviewers who test the candidate on their academic background, work experience, hobbies, interests etc.

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ryan flecher

can any science graduate participate in CAT?

19 Apr, 2017 00:20

Hi Ryan, yes, any candidate holding graduation degree with an aggregate of 50% marks in any discipline can apply for the CAT exam.

20 Apr, 2017 17:22
Akshay Arya

I have graduated with 42% (580/1350)in B.COM (p) course from the School of Open Learning, Delhi University. Am I still eligible for the CAT exam.

03 Apr, 2017 00:20

Hi Akshay, to know the eligibility criteria for CAT exam, please find the link

03 Apr, 2017 14:37
Shweta murlidhar rokde

Plz tell me cat exam date for mba

22 Mar, 2017 21:16

Hi Shweta, to get details on CAT exam and it's important dates, please find the link

23 Mar, 2017 12:36

what start study for beginers

06 Mar, 2017 11:58

Hello sir, I am vaidehi adlakha. persuing bcom 2nd year. An average student. Wants to do mba from international business. and working also. wants to prepare for cat can you suggest some tips about that. Thanks and regards Vaidehi

06 Mar, 2017 11:58

Hello Currently I am in First year of college. I am very confused as to how i should start preparing for CAT exams can you please guide me for same? I wish i could get the guidance on the provided email id rather than phone number. thank you

06 Mar, 2017 11:58
Gaurav Patil

how can I register for cat exam?

06 Mar, 2017 11:58
aradhya singh rajput

which bachelor degree one should have for going to iim

06 Mar, 2017 11:58

i have scored 35% in graduation, shall i eligible for giving cat exam

06 Mar, 2017 11:58
Ashmita Phuyal

I am a nepali should I try in these universities?

06 Mar, 2017 11:58
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