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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017

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 must check CAT eligibility before filling up CAT Application Form.
  • The basic eligibility for CAT is that a candidate should have passed graduation with at least 50% marks.
  • There is a provision of relaxation of marks at graduation level for candidates belonging to reserved and PWD category.
  • CAT Eligibility Age Limit- There is no age limit defined by IIM Lucknow to appear for the exam.
  • There is no limit confined for the number of attempts. 

CAT Eligibility Criteria – Academic Qualification

  • 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.
  • 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% marks.
  • 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.

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.

QualificationUniversityPass Percentage
Engineering Degree – B. Tech/ B.E.Recognized by MHRD/ UPSC/AICTE50% (45% for SC, ST, PWD candidates)
Bachelor’s Degree from any UniversityRecognized by UGC50% (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 UGC50% (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:

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

CAT 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 are listed below:

  1. Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or Technology of 4-years duration completed after 10+2 or Post B.Sc. or Post Diploma.
  2. 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. Qualification equivalent to bachelor’s degree recognized by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi.
  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 Eligibility for Final Year Students

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-

  • They must show an original certificate from the Principal/Head of the Department/Registrar/Director of the University/Institution certifying that they have obtained 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of reserved category) based on latest available grades/marks.
  • They must also submit a set of photocopy of the original certificates at the time of interview.

For the PGP in IIMs, such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the program provisionally only if they submit a certificate, stating-

  • They have completed all the requirements (the results may, however, be awaited) for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/ equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate.

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.

  • They must obtain at least 50% marks or equivalent. They must submit a photocopy of the mark sheets and degree certificate.
  • Non-fulfillment of this condition will automatically result in the cancellation of the provisional admission.
  • IIMs would not allow any candidate to join their program in case the candidate is unable to complete all the requirements for a bachelor degree.


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:

  • Valid and unique Email ID and a phone number
  • CAT User ID (provided to you via email after completion of your online registration)

CAT Reservation Criteria 

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.

Caste Based Reservation Policy

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:

  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 Backwards 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 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.

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 graduate 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 CAT Registration.
  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 

 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-

  1. Download NC-OBC Certificate
  2. Download SC-ST Certificate
  3. Download DA/PwD Certificate
  4. Download Format for Final Year Certificate
  5. Download Format for Candidate Identification Affidavit



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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.

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