CAT 2017 Exam Pattern, Mock Tests and Syllabus
CAT or Common Admission Test is an All India Graduate level entrance test for MBA admissions in India. CAT 2017 is scheduled for November 26. CAT 2017 organizing body is IIM Lucknow & over 2.3 Lac students have registered for the exam this year.
CAT score is accepted by 20 IIMs and 100+ B schools. Around 4000 IIMs’ seats are filled based on CAT Cut off. The result for CAT exam is expected in second week of January 2018.
CAT 2017 Exam Dates
The registration window for CAT exam is generally 1 month. IIM Lucknow has published CAT Notification on July 29, 2017. The schedule for CAT 2017 is tabulated below-
|CAT 2017 Official Notification||July 29, 2017 (Over) (Read About CAT 2018)|
|CAT 2017 Application Form||August 9-September 25,2017 (Over)|
|Details about CAT 2017 Form Correction||September 27- September 30, 2017 (Over)|
|CAT Admit Card||October 18 – November 26, 2017 (Ongoing) (Download CAT 2017 Admit Card)|
|CAT 2017 Exam Date||November 26, 2017 (Check CAT 2017 Answer Key & Analysis)|
|CAT Results||Second Week of January 2018|
What is CAT?
Common Admission Test is a screening test for admission in MBA & PGDM programs at IIMs and top MBA institutes.
|CAT 2017 Conducting Body||Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIM Lucknow)|
|CAT 2017 Official Website||iimcat.ac.in|
|CAT 2017 Syllabus||Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning|
|CAT 2017 Exam Pattern||3 Hours (180 Minutes- 60 Minutes for Each Section)|
|CAT Exam Date 2017||November 26, 2017|
|CAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria||Graduation with 50%|
|CAT Application Mode||Online|
|CAT 2017 Participating Institutes||IIMs, IITs, FMS, ISB and Other Management Institutes|
|Candidates Expected to Appear in CAT 2017||Over 2,00,000|
|Courses Offered||Admission to MBA/PGDM Courses|
|CAT Helpdesk||1800-2663-549 | firstname.lastname@example.org|
Download CAT Sample Papers
The eligibility criteria for CAT are
Degree – Bachelors or Equivalent
Minimun Marks- 50% for General, 45% for SC, ST, OBC
Age: No Age Bar
*Final Year UG Students are also eligible
How to Apply for CAT?
The CAT 2018 application will start from the second week of September 2018 and the form can be filled at iimcat.ac.in.
CAT Application Fees – Rs. 1700 for General & Rs. 850 for SC, ST, & PWD
Payment Mode-Credit Card, Debit Card, Netbanking
Read Instructions to Complete the CAT 2018 Registration process here
CAT 2017 Selection Procedure
All the CAT aspirants need to check the cut off for IIMs & top B-Schools to plan the application process.
Counselling-No Common Counselling Process for CAT
Application Forms-For IIMs-Application is done while preliminary registration for CAT
Stages-Two Stages i.e. Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT). Few Insitutes also have Group Discussion (GD) session too.
*Few B-Schools ends their application process before the CAT result, so keep a tab on admission deadlines
Shorlisting of Candidates for PI & WAT-Candidates are shorlisted with a weightage system,
|CAT 2017 Score||28|
|Class X Marks||10|
|Class XII Marks||10|
|TOTAL||50 (48 + 2 Gender Diversity Factor)|
Final Selection-For final selection weightage of all the stages in selection process with work experience is calculated.
|Written Ability Test||5|
|Academic Diversity Factor for Bachlor’s Degree (ADFB)*||2|
*Point awarded for Academic Diversity at Bachelor’s degree level (Academic Diversity Factor for Bachelor’s degree (ADFB)): Candidates with any of the following bachelor’s degree in the list below are eligible for ADFB:
List X: BA, BA(H), B.Sc, B.Sc.(H), BS, B.Com, B.Com(H), BCA, BBA, B.Pharma, LL.B, MBBS, BDS or any other Non-Engineering subject areas at the Bachelor’s level not mentioned above.
Latest MBA Application Forms for IIMs
|Institute Name||Application Dates||Link|
|IIM Lucknow||To be announced soon||Click Here|
|IIM Bangalore||Till December 5, 2017||Click Here|
|IIM Ahmedabad||Till January 22, 2018||Click Here|
|IIM Ranchi||Till November 5, 2017||Click Here|
|IIM Sambalpur||To be out soon||Click Here|
|IIM Indore||January 15, 2018||Click Here|
Latest MBA Application Forms for B-Schools
|Institute Name||Application Dates||Link|
|SP Jain CAT Cutoff & Admission Criteria 2018||Till November 24, 2017||Click Here|
|LIBA CAT Cutoff & Admission 2018||Till January 31, 2018||Click Here|
|NITIE CAT Cutoff & Admission Criteria 2018||Till January 22, 2018||Click Here|
|UBS Chandigarh CAT Cutoff & Admission Criteria 2018||Till December 20, 2017||Click Here|
|FMS Delhi CAT Cutoff & Admission 2018||Till November 20, 2017||Click Here|
|LBSIM CAT Cutoff & Admission 2018||From October 6, 2017||Click Here|
Getting Ready for CAT
The three hours CAT exam is completely online and tests students in Verbal Aptitude & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability. The table below provides an overview of CAT Exam Pattern
|Section||VRC||DI & LR||QA|
|Number of Questions||34||32||34|
There is no set syllabus for CAT but analyzing last five-year question paper can give a fair idea of topics to be prepared. The table below provides important topics of quant section, Click for Data Interpretation and Verbal Syllabus
|CAT Syllabus for Quants||Sub-Topics|
|Arithmetic||Number System, HCF, LCM, Ratio & Proportion, Simplification, Percentage, Average, Age Calculation, Time & Work, Distances|
|Algebra||Theory of Equations, Quadratic Equation, Permutation & Combination, Sequence & Series|
|Geometry||Angles, Lines, Triangles, Circles|
|Mensuration||Areas and Volumes – Rectangles, Squares, Triangles, Circles, Cubes, Cones, Spheres, Pipes and Cistern|
|Calculus||Maxima and Minima, Function|
|Trigonometry||Trigonometric Ratios, Heights, and Distances|
CAT Cut Off
IIM admission closes at a very high percentile. The following table elucidates the probable score and expected percentile of CAT exam- (For Detailed Analysis of CAT Cut off all Participating Institute Click Here
|Overall Attempt||VA & RC||DI & LR||QA||Probable Score||Expected Percentile|
The following table represents a list of institutes based on CAT Cut off where we have classified IIMs and B-schools on the basis of the level of cutoffs from previous years’ trends-
|Rating||Level (Approx. CAT cut-off Percentiles for General)||Institutes|
|A+||I (CAT Percentile 98.5+)||IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, IIM-L, IIM-I, IIM-K, IIM-S, FMS, MDI-PGPM, IIT- B, JBIMS|
|II (CAT Percentile 96.5+)||SPJIMR, IIT-D, NITIE-PGDIM, MDI-PGP HR/IM, IIM-RH, IIM-RN, IIM-RP, IIM-KS, IIM-UP, IIM-T|
|III (CAT Percentile 94.5+)||IIT-KH, IIT-KN, IIT-M, IIT-R, IISc-B, IIM-BG, IIM-N, IIM-V, IIM-Asr, IIM-Sam, IIM-Srm, MDI-M, IIM-A (ABM), IIM-L (ABM)|
|A||I (CAT Percentile 90+)||MICA, IMT-G/N, IMI-D, FSM, IRMA, TAPMI, KJSIMSR, UBS-CHD, SPJAIN-D/S, BIM, NIRMA, PUMBA|
|II (CAT Percentile 87+)||WIMDR-M, LBSIM, LIBA, IMI-K/B, GLIM, BIMTECH-PGDM/IB, IBS-ICFAI, MFC-DU, IFMR, MIB-DU, MHROD-DU, IMT-H|
|III(CAT Percentile 85+)||MISB, ISBM-P, AJKMCRC, WIMDR-B, BIMTECH-Retail/Insurance, IIFM, MBE-DU|
Scholarships after CAT 2017
Don’t want to fund your MBA with an education loan, Get MBA admission through CAT can also rescue you from ever rising MBA fees. Scholarships for MBA studies are categorized in Merit Based Scholarship and Need Based Scholarship.
Merit Based Scholarship Amity Business School Scholarship- a) 100% Fees Waiver for candidates having 93% in 10th, Above 80% in 12th and Above 80% in Graduation. b) 5% Seat for 25% Candidates Securing more than 85 Percentile in CAT c) BIMTECH, 85% Percentile in CAT Scorecard d) IIM Ahmedabad Scholarship worth One Lac on merit basis (selected after interview) Need Based Scholarships a) IIM Ahmedabad Need Based Scholarship for the candidate having family income less than 200000 b) GOI Merit Cum Means Scholarship for First Year and Second year top 10% rankers
CAT Exam Latest News
CAT 2017 does not have major changes. Yet there are few modifications conveyed through CAT 2017 Mock Test that needs to be considered. For all other latest CAT Updates read below:-
- Dip in CAT 2017 Registrations
This year, CAT exam has seen a marginal fall of 0.6% in total number of registrations. Where 2016 had 2.32 Lacs Registrations, 2017 could manage to get 2.31 Lacs aspirants registered.
There was nearly 6% rise in registrations in year 2016 over that of 2015 registrations.
There was a rise in number of women registration this year. CAT 2017 witnessed highest number of women candidates over last five years. 2016 had 76,704 women candidates whereas, as notified by IIM Lucknow, 2017 has touched 78,009 registrations, marking total of 1.16% increase.
Number of Women Registered in 5 years
- New CAT 2017 Exam Centers
Every Year CAT Exam Centres are replaced with new ones. In last four years, number of exam centres have seen consistent rise. To cater as large as 2.31 Lacs aspirants, IIM L decided to conduct exam in approximately 650 CAT Exam Centres across 140 cities from that of 136 last year.
Along with increased number of women candidates, 31 transgenders too have applied for exam to be held in 140 cities on November 26, 2017.
Recently added exam centers are:
|Bhatinda in Punjab||Purnea in Bihar||Waknaghat in Himachal Pradesh|
|Samba in J&K||Dharwad and Gulbarga in Karnataka|
Ernakulam in Kerela
Ulhasnagar in Maharashtra
Dhenkanal in Odisha
Bankura in West Bengal
- CAT Mock Test and Changes in Exam Pattern
IIM Lucknow released CAT 2017 Mock Test on official website, iimcat.ac.in, late evening on October 30, 2017
CAT Exam is notoriously famous for being ambiguous in nature. This year as well, it adds few major changes to keep aspirants in a fix. Along with changes made last year, IIM-L have released some new changes in the CAT Exam Pattern conveyed through release of Mock Test 2017
- CAT mock test 2017 conveys that question composition for all the 3 sections, i.e., DILR, Quant and VARC would continue to be the same.
- There is fall in number of Non-MCQ questions. This has to be one of the remarkable changes so far. Continuing the trend of last two years, 2017 has also reduced the number of non-MCQs. Non- MCQs question are descriptive type of questions which do not carry any negative marking.
- IIMs have been consistently reducing the number of Non- MCQs, from 28 in 2015 to 19 in current year. To substantiate the information, here is a table depicting the same:
|Total Non- MCQs||19||25||28|
|Non MCQs from VARC||10||10|
|Non MCQs from DILR||4||8||8|
|Non MCQs from Quant||5||7||10|
- Another change which can put aspirants in a fix is increase in number of options available for MCQ type Questions. CAT 2017 will also have options like ‘Not Applicable’, ‘Not Determinable’, and ‘None of These’.
- Another important notification released by the conducting body is change in scoring pattern of the exam. This year, there will be 3 marks for every correct answer and deduction of 1 mark for every wrong one.
- Login for CAT Exam Day
Shedding off the old rules, IIM L have decided to give a new login Id and Password for the exam day. Until Last year, Candidates could login into their exam systems using their CAT 2017 Registration ID and Password.
- SEC gives green signal to IIM L for conducting CAT 2017 on poll day
Urban bodies’ election in state coincides with CAT 2017. On November 26, the day of CAT, 25 districts go to polls of which seven are those where the exam was to be held. IIM L Director, prof. Ajit Prasad met state election commissioner SK Agarwal, seeking permsission for districts of Lucknow, Allahabad, Varanasi, Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, Mathura and Gautam Buddh Nagar. Following the discussions with various officials, IIM L was given a green signal for conducting the exam.
CAT 2017 FAQs
Ques. When is CAT 2017 scheduled to take place?
Ans. IIM Lucknow will conduct CAT 2017 on November 26. The exam will take place in online mode. Nearly 2 lac candidates are expected to sit for the exam.
Ques. Is there an option to write CAT in offline mode?
Ans. No, as per the directives issued by the authorities, CAT 2017 exam is conducted in online mode only. However, CAT was conducted in offline mode till 2009.
Ques. How many seats are expected to be filled through CAT 2017 in the top IIMs?
Ans. As per the new ordinance passed in 2016, there are 4300 seats that were filled in the academic year 2016-17.There is no increase in the number of seats this year, so it is expected to remain the same.
Ques. How many registrations are received for CAT 2017?
Ans. There are approximately 2.3 lac students who have registered for CAT 2017.
Ques. Is there any reservation of seats for female candidates in IIMs like we have in GATE?
Ans. No, there is no reservation policy defined for female category candidates. Although it was proposed in 2015, no further report on the same came out.
Ques. Can you give details of seat matrix for IIMs in the country for the year 2017?
Ans. The seat matrix for IIMs through CAT 2017 is given below:
|IIM name||GN||OBC||SC||ST||Total seats|
Ques. When is the form correction window for CAT 2017 application form?
Ans. You can edit the information provided in your CAT 2017 application form between September 27- September 30 only. This option can be exercised on CAT 2017 Official Website.
Ques. How many institutes in total are considering CAT Scores this year?
Ans. This year there are around 100 colleges and 20 IIMs are considering CAT score for their admission process.
Ques. Do I have to fill the application form separately for each CAT College?
Ans. YES, apart from 20 IIMs, you need to fill the application form separately for each of the participating institutes. You need to fill the application forms for all the institutes in which you wish to apply on the basis of the CAT 2017 result.
Ques. If I do not clear the minimum CAT 2017 Cutoff, will I still be eligible for admission?
Ans. You need to clear the minimum cut off for further admission process. If you fail on this step, you cannot get admission in any of the IIMs. However, some private college might invite you depending upon their admission rules.
Ques. When will I receive my CAT 2017 admit card?
Ans. Authorities are not sending CAT admit card 2017 manually, so best to download online through the official website in the time slot defined. It can be last downloaded till November 26.
Ques. In case I misplace my admit card at the exam center, can I download the CAT admit card at the exam center?
Ans. Yes, you must contact the authorities at the exam center and report the incident to them. They will help you with downloading the duplicate admit card.
Ques. What stationery items can I carry on the day of CAT exam?
Ans. Candidates DO NOT have to carry any stationery items. You will be given a pen and paper at the exam center itself, which have to be returned before you leave the exam hall.
Ques. Is there any traveling allowance issued to the candidates of reserved categories for CAT 2017 exam?
Ans. NO TRAVELLING ALLOWANCE is issued to candidates, whether from reserved or non- reserved categories.
Ques. What is the last time to enter CAT exam center on the exam day?
Ans. Students in the morning shift will not be allowed to enter the exam center premises after 8.45 am, and for evening shift the deadline time is 2:15 pm.
Ques.Can you give me a list of items that are banned to be carried at the CAT 2017 exam center?
Ans. Students are not allowed to carry the following items at the exam center:
- Mobile Phones
- Pen, pencil
- Books/ chits/ sheets/ clips
- Electronic Gadgets
Ques. Is it true that students are not allowed to take bio- breaks during CAT exam hours?
Ans. Yes, it is funny but an important point issued by the authorities that no- bio breaks are allowed during the exam time.
Ques. What support are PwD candidates getting while writing the CAT 2017 exam?
Ans. You will get the following privileges while writing CAT Exam:
- Scribe/ reader- candidates suffering from visual impairment or cerebral palsy are allowed to bring a scribe as an assistant, who has filled or submitted affidavits which ensure scribe’s authenticity.
- Other allowed devices- an abacus without a calculator is allowed to candidates suffering from visual impairment or hearing impairment.
Ques. What items are to be carried on the day of CAT 2017 exam?
Ans. A candidate needs to carry CAT 2017 admit card, along with a valid photo ID proof.
Ques. Can you give a list of items that can work as valid photo Id proof?
Ans. The following documents are accepted as the photo Id proof:
- College ID
- Employer ID
- Driving License
- PAN Card
- Voter ID
- Aadhaar Card
- Identification Affidavit
Ques. What fields can be corrected in CAT application form 2017?
Ans. CAT authorities are allowing only the following fields to be edited from this year onwards:
- Programs selected
- Percentage of marks scored
- Work experience
Rest, cannot be edited within the form correction window. So best to preview the application form before hitting the final submit button.
Ques. What steps to follow to edit details in my CAT application form 2017?
Ans. Following steps have been defined by the authorities to edit the application form:
- Open the official CAT website 2017.
- Click on the “existing user” tab.
- Log in to the portal with the username and password.
- Check the date supplied in the fields.
- Edit the information that needs to be corrected.
- Click on “save “and continue once the whole form has been edited.
Ques. Are transgender candidates allowed to write the CAT exam?
Ans. Yes, since 2015, transgender candidates are allowed to write CAT exam. All the rules ply on them as is.
Ques.What is the minimum academic eligibility criteria for writing CAT 2017?
Ans. A bachelor’s degree from a recognized institute is compulsory and mandatory for writing the CAT 2017 exam, this must meet the minimum percentage requirement of 55% in the qualifying examination.
Ques.What information do I need to keep handy before filling the CAT application form?
Ans. The following information must be kept handy before CAT Registration:
- Candidate’s name
- Candidate’s DOB
- A valid email address
- Educational history
- Mark sheet of the previous qualifying examinations
- Additional certificates to be uploaded
- Scanned images of the passport size photo
- List of IIMs in the order of application
Ques.What details are asked in CAT Application Form?
Ans. You will find the following fields in the form:
- Personal details
- Academic details
- Work experience
- Payment of application fee
Ques. I have worked as a part time employee with a management firm. Will my experience be counted during CAT Registration?
Ans. No, your experience will not be counted, ONLY FULL TIME JOB EXPERIENCE AFTER COMPLETING GRADUATION is considered as WORK EXPERIENCE.
Ques.What are the dimensions for the photograph to be uploaded with the CAT application form?
Ans. Only a scanned copy of the photograph and signature is accepted if it meets the following criteria:
Pass port size photograph
30mmX 45mm .jpg or .jpeg. minimum resolution of 150 px/ inch.
upto 80 Kb
80mmx 35mm, .jpg or .jpeg. minimum resolution of 150 px/ inch.
Ques.Can CAT application fee be paid in offline mode by bank challan?
Ans. NO, application fee has to be paid in the online mode only, by the help of credit/debit card or internet banking. No other mode of payment even in the online mode is accepted.
Ques.What documents do I have to upload with my CAT application form?
Ans. A candidate has to upload compulsorily following set of documents with their CAT 2017 application form:
- A recent scanned photograph
- Scanned image of the signature
- SC/ST/OBC certificate must be signed by competent bodies and must be self attested, and then scanned and uploaded.
- PWD/DA certificate must be signed by authorities and self attested thereof, thus scanned and uploaded.
Ques.Do I have to send a hard copy of the completely filled CAT application form to the authorities?
Ans. No, you do not have to send any copy of the application form, however you must keep one print out for yourself ready.
Ques.Can the details in the application form be edited after paying the CAT application fee?
Ans. No, only the information can be edited before the payment of application fee. Some fields can be edited after the payment of application fee but some will be frozen so cannot be altered. The system thus provides you the freedom to log in multiple times and fill the details before hitting the final submit button.
Ques.How to contact CAT helpdesk in case of some emergency?
Ans. You can contact the authorities by the following methods:
Toll free number: 1-800-266-3549
Email ID: email@example.com.
Ques. What is the minimum age requirement for appearing for the CAT 2017 exam?
Ans. There is no minimum age bar defined for writing CAT entrance exam.
Ques. Are students in the final year of examination eligible to apply for Common Admission Test?
Ans. Yes, students can apply but their admission on the basis of their CAT result will be provisional un till they produce their final year graduation marksheet.
Ques. Is graduation degree from an Open University or correspondence recognized and accepted for CAT eligibility criteria?
Ans. It will be accepted only if it falls in one of the following categories:
- Any Qualification recognized by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree awarded by UGC recognized University/Institutionswill be regarded as “Equivalent Qualification”.
- In case the equivalent qualification possessed by the candidate is not covered in those mentioned above, then he/she will have to get an equivalence certificate from Association of Indian Universities New Delhi
Ques. How many non- MCQ type questions can I expect in my CAT 2017 question paper?
Ans.The following table will help you with the details of the MCQ and non- MCQ questions distribution:
|Section||QA||DI & LR||QA|
|Number of questions||34||32||34|
Ques. Can you give me the exam pattern of CAT 2017 in brief?
Ans. Read below the highlights:
- There are total 100 questions divided among the three sections.
- Candidates have to finish the exam in 3 hours or 180 minutes.
- CAT is a computer based test or exam.
- Candidates cannot switch between sections.
- Question paper is printed in English only.
- TITA question must be attempted carefully.
Ques. Is there a marking scheme for non-MCQ questions in CAT 2017 exam?
Ans. There is no marking scheme defined for non-MCQ/ TITA questions, but the marks awarded if you type the answer accurately will add to your percentile.
Ques. What is the marking scheme defined for MCQ type questions in CAT?
Ans. As per the marking scheme, 3 marks are awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for every wrong answer.
Ques. Can you list some important topics for preparing the QA section in CAT?
Ans. Yes, you must prepare the following important topics for QA:
- Number system
- Permutation and combination
- Set theory, trigonometry and logarithms
Ques. Can you list the topics to prepare for the Verbal and Reading comprehension section?
Ans. On the basis of the previous years analysis following topics must be prepared as part of CAT VRC syllabus:
- Fact Inference Judgment
- Fill in the blanks
- Para Completion
- Para Jumble
- Sentence Correction
- Verbal Reasoning
- Word Usage (Vocabulary)
Ques. How can I check my CAT result online?
Ans. A simple 4 step process to check the CAT result online is as follows:
- Open the official website: iimcat.ac.in.
- Look for the link that reads “CAT 2017 result”.
- Click on the link and provide the details of the username and password.
- Click on submit button and your CAT score card 2017 is displayed on screen.
Ques. Can you give the details of interview cut off percentile for the year 2016?
Ans.The cut off percentile for the year 2016 is as follows:
|Institute||Interview cut off percentile||Cut off percentile stated in admission criteria|
Ques. I am in my final year of Bachelor‘s Degree. What marks should I enter while filling CAT Application Form?
Ans. You have to mention the marks as per the last marksheet you have received from the University.
Ques. Is there any maximum age cap for CAT exam?
Ans. No, there not age limit criteria for appearing in CAT.
Ques. Can I appear for multiple slots for CAT?
Ans. No, a candidate can take exam only in one time slot.
Ques. I have done a dual degree programme i.e. B.Tech+M.Tech. I am confused about how to enter my marks under qualification column?
Ans. Mention your graduation marks in Bachelor’s degree column and Master’s marks in master degree’s column.
Ques. I did not have a graduation degree, However I have completed a professional degree, Can I apply for CAT?
Ans. No, only candidates who are graduate from a recognized University can apply for CAT. No, professional degree is accepted as a graduation degree.