CAT 2017 ELIGIBILITY
NATIONAL LEVEL ONLINE TEST
CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017: IIM Lucknow, the conducting body of Common Admission Test (CAT) has laid out the eligibility criteria. The following article informs the educational qualification, number of attempts, age limit and other such details in order to register for the national level exam.
Candidates in the final year of the program or awaiting their results 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.
|Engineering Degree – B. Tech/ B.E.||Recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE||50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)|
|Bachelor’s Degree from any University||Recognized by UGC||50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)|
|Students who are pursuing final year of their Bachelor’s degree can also take the examination.||Continuing graduation from University Recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE or UGC||50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)|
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 the percentage, the equivalent percentage will be calculated by the given process:
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 are listed below:
The eligibility criterion for CAT is graduation, though final year students of various bachelor's degree courses can also take the test. However, a candidate will be admitted into the course, only if they clear graduation with at least 50% marks. IIMs and other management institutes verify CAT eligibility at various stages of the selection process.
After taking CAT exam, shortlisted candidates must follow the following instructions-
For the PGP in IIMs, such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the program provisionally only if they submit a certificate, stating-
Their admission will be confirmed only when they submit original mark sheet and degree certificate of having passed the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification referred to in the certificate issued by Principal/Registrar of their college/institute.
During CAT registration, the entered data is treated as final, and no change is permitted at a later stage. Any variation in data provided at selection stage with the actual data will lead to the nullification of candidature.
Candidates must declare and maintain the following throughout the selection process:
IIMs follow the reservation guideline of Central government for admission to their MBA programs. Consequently, the reservation norms are also applicable to CAT. There are two types of reservations of seats at IIMs – Caste based reservation and Reservation for Differently abled individuals.
The candidates falling in the SC, ST, or NC-OBC category falls under the aegis of Caste-based reservation policy. The rules which apply to these categories are as follows:
The distribution of seat reservation based on caste is given below:
|Category||Percent of seats reserved|
|Scheduled Caste (SC)||15%|
|Scheduled Tribe (ST)||7.5%|
|Other Backwards Classes – Non-Creamy Layer (NC-OBC)||27%|
Candidates who apply under the caste based reservation must upload their SC/ST/NC-OBC certificate during filling the 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.
There is a separate reservation policy for candidates who are differently abled. The criteria for Differently Abled candidates is defined as below:
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.
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 in the desired format-
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