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CAT 2017 Notification

The official notification for CAT 2017 is expected to release on July 30. The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow will be organizing the exam this year. Interestingly, the institute is organizing CAT exam after a gap of 7 years. Prof. Neeraj Dwivedi is the convener of Common Admission Test 2017.

CAT is one of the most distinguished management exams, whose score is accepted in 20 IIMs and other leading institutes across India. Each year, more than 2 lakh candidates appear for CAT and compete for nearly 4000 seats available in these institutes.

  • IIM Lucknow will release CAT 2017 Official Notification on July 30 on its official website.
  • This year, CAT Registration will commence from August 10, 2017, onwards. Interested candidates can apply online at iimcat.ac.in.
  • Graduates in any discipline with minimum 50% (45% for Reserved category) marks are eligible to apply. Check CAT Eligibility 
  • The conducting body will release the admit card for CAT in November 2017 at its website. 
  • CAT 2017 is scheduled in December 2017 in online mode
  • Candidates will be notified about CAT Result in January 2018. 
  • Post declaration of results, candidates can start applying to colleges as per CAT Cut off.

Quick Facts About CAT 2017

Release of CAT 2017 NotificationJuly 2017
Exam NameCommon Admission Test (CAT)
CAT 2017 Organizing Body IIM Lucknow
Exam TypeNational Level
CAT 2017 Official Websiteiimcat.ac.in
Exam PeriodicityYearly
PurposeAdmission to MBA/PGDM Courses
CAT 2017 Exam Date (Tentative)December 3, 2017
Eligibility CriteriaGraduation with 50%
Mode of ApplicationOnline
Participating InstitutesIIMs, IITs, FMS, ISB and Other Management Institutes
CAT Helpdesk1800-2663-549

CAT 2017 Exam Dates

IIM Lucknow will be releasing CAT Official Notification on July 30, 2017. Aspirants must keep a track of other important dates associated registration, admit card and result for CAT 2017 etc. Following are the tentative dates for examination-

EventDate (Tentative)
Availability of CAT Application Form 2017August 10, 2017
Last Date for CAT Registration 2017September 30, 2017
Availability of CAT 2017 Admit CardNovember 15, 2017
CAT 2017 Exam DateDecember 3, 2017
Declaration of CAT Result 2017January 15, 2018
Commencement of CAT 2017 CounselingFebruary 1, 2018 onwards

Check CAT 2017 Exam Dates


CAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria

Various eligibility and reservation guidelines have been established for candidates, which have to be necessarily fulfilled. Prior to commencement of CAT Registration, it is necessary for candidates to check CAT Eligibility CriteriaA brief about them is given below:

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

CAT Reservation

Indian Institutes of Management will consider the applicable central government list for reservation as on the last date of CAT Registration. Following are the current reservation policies:

  • 15% and 7.5% seats are reserved for SC and ST category candidates respectively
  • 27% and 3% seats are reserved for NC-OBC and PD category candidates respectively
  • For reservation under PWD category, candidate must have at least 40% of either of the following three disabilities:
  1. Low Vision Blindness
  2. Hearing Impairment
  3. Loco Motor Disability/Cerebral Palsy

CAT 2017 Application Form

Post release of CAT Official Notification, the Application Form will be available in the month of August 2017. Interested candidates can apply online on iimcat.ac.in. The application process is usually a four-step process.

  1. Registration- Visit CAT 2017 Official Website and enter your email id, phone number, and date of birth.
  2. Fill CAT Application Form- This includes entering personal details, contact information, academic details, work experience, program preference and exam center preference.
  3. Upload Documents- Upload your scanned copies of documents such as Photograph, Signature, Category certificate and disability certificate.
  4. Payment of Application Fee-  CAT 2017 Application Fee 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 (in INR)
General1700/- 
OBC850/-
SC/ST850/-

Fill Here CAT Application Form


CAT 2017 Exam Pattern

CAT exam pattern has been always unpredictable it generally undergoes some changes each year. For CAT 2017, it is anticipated that IIM Lucknow may introduce some changes in the paper pattern.

The difficulty level of Quantitative Aptitude section may be lowered a bit this year. This may be done to encourage more non-engineers to participate in CAT exam. 

Here are some highlights of CAT 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.
  • It 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.
  • 72% of questions are multiple choice questions whereas the remaining 28% are non-MCQs.
  • For every correct answer, a candidate will be awarded +3 marks and -1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer.

Check Here Detailed CAT Exam Pattern

Increase in Exam Centers Expected- Last year, two test cities – Udaipur (Rajasthan) and Khanna (Punjab) were added to the list of exam centres, and the CAT exam was conducted in 138 cities across India. The highest number of exam cities were in Maharashtra (15) followed by Karnataka (14) and Uttar Pradesh (12). As there is a growing demand for including more small towns as test centres, CAT 2017 is likely to be held in over 140 cities in India.

CAT 2017 Selection Process

  • Post declaration of CAT Result in January 2018, each participating college will begin its selection rounds. 
  • The selection process for all participating colleges/institutions are different. Candidate will have to apply separately to all institutes in which admission is sought before their respective deadlines. 
  • Candidate’s eligibility will be ascertained on the basis of their CAT score, previous academic records and work experience. Shortlisted candidates will be called to attend selection procedure.
  • Subsequent to the announcement of CAT 2017, IIMs will declare their own admission criteria.
  • Some important facts about CAT Selection Criteria are mentioned below-
  1. Shortlisted candidates will have to attend selection process that involves Written Ability Test (WAT) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds.
  2. Older IIMs follow their individual selection process for admission to various courses offered by them.
  3. Newly-established IIMs conduct Common Admission Process (CAP) round.
  4. Individual shortlists are announced by IIMs participating in CAP.
  5. WAT and PI rounds for candidates under CAP are same.
  6. Subsequently, institute-wise merit lists will be released by IIMs depending on their admission and selection criteria.
  7. IIMs that have been set up during 2015-16 may conduct GD, WAT or PI rounds this year.
  8. Merit list will be released based on CAT percentile and candidate’s profile.

CAT Registration Trends

With the exception of the year 2013 when the number of applicants reduced by around 20,000, the number of CAT applicants has increased consistently since 2010. Last year, the number of CAT applicants were over 2.32 lakhs, which broke last 7 years record. Check the table below to know the total number of applicants and test takers –

CAT Registration Trends
YearApplicantsTest Takers
20162,32,4341,95,000
20152,18,6641,79,602
20141,96,9881,67,829
20131,94,5161,73,714
20122,14,0001,95,000
20112,05,0001,86,000
20102,04,0001,85,000
20092,41,0002,30,000
20082,90,0002,76,000
20072,50,0002,30,000

CAT 2017 Contact Details

In case candidates have any queries associated with CAT 2017, they can contact the following details to resolve them. 

  • Problems associated with application form, payment and document uploading can be resolved through following contact details-

Toll Free Number: 1-800-266-3549

Email Address: cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in

  • Problems associated with eligibility, category and PWD certificate can be resolved through following contact details-

Contact Number: 080-2699 3388 / 3188

Address: CAT Centre 2017

C/o. Admissions Office

Indian Institute of Management Lucknow

Prabandh Nagar, IIM Road,

Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh 226013


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