CAT 2017 OVERVIEW
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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 2017 Conducting Body||IIM Calcutta|
|CAT 2017 Official Notification Date||July 2017|
|CAT 2017 Exam Date||First week of December|
|Eligibility Criteria||Graduation with 50%|
|Participating Institutes||IIMs, IITs, FMS, ISB|
|Number of candidates appeared in CAT 2016||1,79602|
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.
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 Notification||July 2017|
|Availability of CAT 2017 Application Form||August 2017|
|CAT 2017 Exam Date||December 2017|
|Announcement of CAT Results||January 2018|
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 Criteria||Percentage Required|
|Persons with disabilities||45%|
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CAT 2017 Application forms will be available in the month of August. Intersted candidates can apply online on iimcat.ac.in. The application process is usually a four-step process.
|Category||CAT 2017 Application Fee|
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 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.
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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.
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.
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%|
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.
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.
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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:
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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 .
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 Comprehension||Verbal reasoning, antonyms and synonyms, sentence correction, critical reasoning, fill in the blanks, syllogism, analogies, idioms|
|Data Interpretation||Area graph, Line graph, Charts (Columns, bar, pie), tables, venn diagrams|
|Logical Reasoning||Clocks and calendars, Directions, Binary Logic, Coding-decoding, Blood relations, Linear and matrix arrangement, Syllogism|
|Quantitative Ability||Number 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 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
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.
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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
|IIM||Cut off in 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 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:
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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