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CAT Result 2017

CAT Result 2017 is expected to be declared in second week of January 2018. Candidates can download their score card from scorecard contains the marks/percentiles scored by the candidates overall and in different sections. Based on the number of participants and average percentile scored, IIMs determine their individual cutoff.

Shortlisted candidates are then called for  Group Discussion, Written Ability Test, and Personal Interview. Since the Paper Analysis of CAT 2017 declares it to be tough; the Cutoff is expected to be lower than the previous year. However, the seven-year high registrations could cause the Cutoff to be a little higher than expected.

How to check CAT 2017 results?

The step-wise process to download result for CAT 2017 is given below:

  1. Go to the official website for CAT.
  2. On the right hand side of the home page you will find a Download Score Card section.
  3. Click on the Existing User button”.
  4. You will be redirected to the login page.
  5. Enter your login id and password.
  6. You will be redirected to your candidate’s account page.
  7. Click on Download Score card link and download your score card.

Once downloaded, take a print out of your CAT 2017 Score card and keep it alongside other requisite documents necessary for CAT 2017 selection procedure.

Paper Analysis of CAT 2017Download Answer Key of CAT 2017 CAT 2017 Cut off

CAT 2017 Result Date

CAT Result date can vary between January 8- January 20, 2018. Last year it was declared on January 19, 2017. Candidates can download their score cards from the official website.

  • After result declaration candidates can apply for Non IIMs  till December 31, 2017 (Candidates need not to apply separately for IIMs.)
  • All the IIMs will start admission process from February, 2017.
Declaration of CAT 2017 Result January 9, 2018
Selection Process for IIMsFebruary 2018

How to download CAT Score Card?

CAT 2017 score card is an important document which will be necessary during interview and admission process. Institutes other than IIMs which accept CAT score also require students to submit their official CAT Score Card during application and admission process.

CAT 2016 Score Card

CAT score card obtained in the CAT Exam will have the following information:

  • Personal Details
  • Candidate’s contact details
  • Category Details
  • Test Details
  • Scaled Score
  • Percentile

The detailed explanation of each component on the CAT 2017 score card is given below.

Personal Details

The Personal Details include the following information:

  • Name of the candidate
  • Gender
  • Date of Birth

These are provided on the score card to verify the identity of the test taker.

Candidate’s Contact Details

This includes a candidate’s postal address and their email id provided during registration for CAT 2017.

Category Details

Category details include information if the candidate is from General, NC-OBC, or SC/ST category. The CAT 2017 score card also shows a candidate’s PWD/DA status.

Test Details

Test details, in CAT 2017 score card, includes CAT 2017 Registration number/Login id, test date and slot.

Scaled Score

Scaling of CAT scores is a process carried out to ensure fairness to all candidates. CAT exam is conducted in two shifts and the test paper is different for each shift. There might be a case where question paper in one shift may be tough in comparison to the other shift. In such cases, the scores may vary. Thus in order to ensure fairness in comparing scores of candidates across different test sessions the scores of all appearing candidates arescaled .


Your CAT 2017 score card will containsection wise scaled score and overall scaled score.

Percentile Score

A percentile score is the rank of a candidate relative to the rank of other candidates appearing in CAT exam. For example, if in an exam where 100 candidates appeared and your rank is 25, then 75 people scored less than you. So your percentile score would be

(75/100) X 100 = 75%ile

Your CAT score card will contain section-wise percentile score and overall percentile score.

What is CAT Score Normalisation?

CAT 2017 will be conducted in two different shifts and each shift will have a different set of question paper. The difficulty level for each question set may vary. Hence, in order to ensure fairness and equity in the marking process, CAT authorities follow a normalization process where marks of each candidate is scaled.

To explain further, let’s suppose 1000 students appeared in both the shifts in two cities A and B. The question paper in the second shift was tougher in the second shift. Also, the students from city B are from Hindi medium background but the question paper was in English. Now, average score of students in first shift is 110 and average score of students in second shift is 100. Also, average score of students in city A is 120 and city B is 100.

Read About Normalization Of Scores

Now, comparing the scores of all the students on the same parameter would not be fair. So the scores of the students in the second set and city would be multiplied by a number which is arrived at by careful consideration of multiple factors such as:

  • Highest score
  • Lowest score
  • Top 10 percentile scores
  • Lowest 10 percentile scores
  • Mean
  • Median
  • Other deviations (city, educational background etc.)

When CAT result is prepared every candidate’s original score undergoes the process of normalization. Though CAT authorities have not disclosed their method of normalization, the official brochure states that at first the process is adjusted for location and then scale the differences of score distribution across different forms. After this process the scores obtained are again scaled for different sections. The score thus obtained is then converted to percentiles.

What after CAT Results 2017?

After CAT Results are declared, all the participating institutes will start their admission process. Candidates need to apply for B-schools separately.There is no need to apply for IIMs seperately. The selection process usually consists of Group Discussion and Personal Interview rounds.

Every IIM has their own selection criteria. They shortlist the candidates on the basis of their score in CAT, academic and work experience and GD/PI Score. 

CAT 2017 Answer Key

Since the year 2009, when for the first time CAT was conducted in the online mode, CAT authorities do not release any official answer key. It will be the case for CAT 2017, and there will be no official answer key released. It is a part of a Non-Disclosure Agreement, that no authority is allowed to release CAT answer key official or otherwise.

According to the Non-Disclosure Agreement, any individual or authority releasing CAT 2017 Answer key, official or otherwise will have to bear legal consequences. So in case you encounter any such website which claims to have official CAT 2017 answer key, instead of following it report the same to CAT official authorities.

For those eagerly awaiting results, can expect CAT Results to be declared around the second week of January 2017.

CAT 2017 Exam will be conducted in the month of November. It will be a computer based test. The questions will display on a computer screen and the appearing candidate will have to mark their answer on the computer screen itself. CAT is one of the much awaited B-School entrance examinations in India.




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