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CAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who are interested in appearing for Common Admission Test or CAT  are advised to check the CAT 2017 eligibility criteria before beginning of the CAT Registration.The candidate who holds a bachelor degree or having degree equivalent to graduation are eligible to apply for CAT 2017.

The eligibility to apply for CAT is minimum 50% marks in graduation for General and OBC category candidates and 45% for reserved category candidates. 

The participating colleges of CAT also follow the same eligibility criteria as prescribed by CAT organizing committee for the year.

CAT 2017: Important Dates

The CAT 2017 Exam Dates have been released on 31st July 2017.

ProcessExam DateRead More
CAT  RegistrationAugust 8. 2017 – September 22, 2017How to Fill CAT 2017 Application Form
Online Tutorial and Sample Paper releasedOctober 18, 2017CAT Sample Paper
Admit Card DownloadFrom October 18, 2017, 01:00 pm till exam dayDownload CAT 2017 Admit Card
Test DateNovember 27, 2017 
CAT Result Mid of January 2017CAT 2017 Result


CAT 2017 Academic Eligibility

The most important eligibility criteria for CAT is academic qualification. It is the minimum qualification or degree a candidate must possess in order to apply for CAT 2017. The academic qualification required to appear for CAT 2017 is listed below:

  1. A Candidate should have completed their Bachelor’s degree program in any stream from a recognized university or should have an equivalent qualification which is recognized by the Ministry of HRD, India.
  2. The minimum percentage required in Bachelor’s degree for appearing in CAT 2017 is 50% for General and NC-OBC candidates. For other candidates who fall in the reserved categories, the minimum aggregate percentage required in Bachelor program is 45%.
  3. For candidates who are awarded grades or CGPA, the conversion of grades or CGPA will be according to the process certified by the University or Institute.
  4. Candidates in the final year of the program or awaiting their result can also apply. In such cases, a candidate will have to submit a certificate issued by Principal/Registrar of the College/Institution latest by June 30, 2017. The certificate should state that the candidate has successfully completed the requirements of the course.

Note 1: A recognized university is one which is constituted by an act of the Central or State Legislature. It also includes any university or institute which is established by an act of Parliament or is declared as Deemed to be University under Section 3 of the UGC Act of 1956.

Note 2: In case of Universities which award grades or CGPA, but do not have a procedure for conversion of grades to percentage, the equivalent percentage will be calculated by the given process:

(Candidate’s CGPA/Maximum CGPA)  X 100 = Equivalent Percentage


CAT 2017 Eligibility for Graduation Equivalent Degrees

There are certain degrees which are considered equivalent to a Bachelor degree. Candidates who possess or are pursuing any of these degrees are also eligible to appear for CAT 2017.

The equivalent qualifications valid for appearing in CAT 2017  is listed below:

  1. A candidate with a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Technology of 4 years duration completed after 10+2 or Post B.Sc. or Post Diploma is eligible for appearing in CAT 2017.
  2. A Candidate can also apply if he/she possesses a degree equivalent to Bachelor degree in Engineering and Technology of Professional Societies recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE such as AMIE by Institution of Engineers, India or AMICE by Institute of Civil Engineers of India.
  3. Candidates with a qualification equivalent to Bachelor’s degree recognized by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi can also apply for CAT 2017.
  4. A Candidate with any other qualification not listed here can also apply but they will have to produce an equivalency certificate issued by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.

CAT 2017 Reservation Policy 

IIMs follow the reservation guideline of Central government for admission to their MBA programs. Consequently, the reservation norms are also applicable to CAT Exam. There are two types of reservations of seats at IIMs – Caste based reservation and Reservation for Differently abled individuals.

Caste Based Reservation Policy

The candidates falling in the SC, ST, or NC-OBC category fall under the aegis of Caste-based reservation policy. The rules which apply to these categories are as follows:

  1. Candidates who belong to the SC or ST categories must have scored an aggregate of 45% in their Bachelor’s degree program.
  2. Candidates who belong to the NC-OBC category must have scored an aggregate of 50% in their Bachelor’s degree program.

The distribution of seat reservation based on caste is given below:

CategoryPercent of seats reserved
Scheduled Caste (SC)15%
Scheduled Tribe (ST)7.5%
Other Backward Classes – Non Creamy Layer (NC-OBC)27%

Essential Documents for Caste based reservation

Candidates who apply under the caste based reservation, must upload their SC/ST/NC-OBC certificate during filling application form online. They will also need to produce the original certificate at the time of interview and admission.

The format for caste certificate is available on the CAT official website.

Reservation Policy for Differently Abled Candidates

There is a separate reservation policy for candidates who are differently abled. The criteria for Differently Abled candidates is defined as below:

  • Hearing impairment
  • Low Vision blindness
  • Locomotor Disability/Cerebral Palsy

This reservation is, however, applicable only for those candidates who suffer from the said disabilities at least to the extent of 40% or more. The candidates must possess a medical certificate stating the same, issued by an authorized medical authority.

Reservation norms for Differently Abled candidates for CAT 2017

  1. There is a reservation of 3% seats for differently abled candidates in IIMs.
  2. Differently abled candidates need to have 45% marks in their graduation degree.
  3. Differently abled candidates will be provided with a wheel chair (blind candidates or those affected with locomotor disability) at the exam center, if selected during application process.
  4. Differently abled candidates in the low vision category can bring a scribe with them. There is no eligibility criteria set for scribes.

Essential Certificates while applying

 Those applying under the Differently Abled category, must upload a PwD/DA certificate at the time of applying. They also need to produce the original certificate at the time of interview.

Download NC-OBC CertificateDownload SC-ST CertificateDownload DA/PwD Certificate

Instruction for Final Year Students for CAT 2017 Exam

Candidates who are in the final year/semester of Bachelor Degree or its equivalent examination and sit for the CAT exam then there will be 2 conditions as given below then must do the following things:

  1. Shortlisted for Personal Interview (PI)
  2. Selection for PGP at IIMs

1. Shortlisted for Personal Interview (PI)

If any candidate shortlisted for Personal Interview (PI) then

  • Candidate will have to show the original certificates from the Registrar/Principal/Director of the Institution/University certifying that he/she has secured 50% marks (for general candidates) and  45% marks (for SC/ST and PWD candidates)  or equivalent grade in the graduation
  • Candidate will have to submit an attested photocopy of his/her certificates at the time of Personal Interview (PI)

2. Selection for Programmes at IIMs

If any candidate is selected for Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP) at IIMs then such candidate will be allowed to join the programme if

  • Candidate must submit a certificate certifying that he/she has cleared all the necessary requirement also including the supplementary exams if any (result may be awaited) issued by the Registrar/Principal of the Institute/College (on or before June 30, 2017) obtaining the graduation degree or its equivalent exam
  • Admission of the candidate will be confirmed only after submitting the original mark sheet and certificate of the qualifying degree issued by the Registrar/Principal of the Institute/College.
  • Candidate must obtain a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA
  • Candidate will have to submit an attested copy of the original documents/certificates
Download Format for Final Year CertificateFormat for Candidate Identification Affidavit

Last Date of submitting the CAT Mark sheet and Certificates

All the candidates who have been selected for PGP of IIMs must submit their graduation or equivalent qualification mark sheet and certificates on or before December 31, 2017.

Reason for Cancellation of Admission

Due to the following reasons admission for PGP course at IIMs will be cancelled.

  • If the candidates do not submit the mark sheet and certificates of Graduation or equivalent qualification
  • Any certificates submitted by the candidate and those certificates are found to be incorrect then the admission will be cancelled.

Note: IIMs do not allow any candidate to join any programmes if the candidate is unable to fulfill the entire necessary requirement in the Bachelor Degree programme on or Before June 30, 2017. Candidate cannot take the admission in IIMs after June 30, 2017.   

Eligibility Verification for CAT 2017

Each & every student who has applied for CAT test must fulfill some eligibility criteria before form filling. All essential documents that are mentioned according to the eligibility criteria will be verified at the time of admission & interview proceedings in particular IIM’s.


If you are the one who has been shortlisted for interview then for such case you have to be well prepared in terms of all documents/certificates, as these documents will required to be verified at the time of final admission.

(1) Mark sheet & Degree Certificate Verification:

  • You have to present with your original mark sheet in front of interview panel & must submit an attested copies of the same
  • If you have been selected for a Programme then you will have to submit original & attested copies of all year/semester mark sheet for verification at the time of joining of programme

(2) Reservation Certificate Verification

  • If candidate from reserve category like (SC/ST/NC-OBC and DA) and shortlisted for interview then he/she must submit the original as well as photocopy of the caste certificateand Disability certificate at the time of interview
  • Candidate must also produce the original and an attested copy of the certificates for verification at the time of joining if any candidate is selected for a programme



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I got 88.1 percentile in CAT 2016, And 96 percentile in MAT SEPT 2016. Whether I can get admission in UBS or not ? Please guide me.

06 Mar, 2017 11:58

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