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CAT Result 2017

CAT Result 2017 is expected to release in the second week of January 2018 by IIM Lucknow. Candidates can download CAT score card from by entering their User ID and Password.  These scores are accepted by top management institutions like IIMs, IITs, NITs, etc.

  • CAT scorecard contains overall and sectional marks/ percentiles scored by the candidates.
  • Please note that no score cards are sent via post.
  • Shortlisted candidates are then called for Group Discussion, Written Ability Test and Personal Interview.Check CAT Selection Procedure
  • Since the CAT Paper Analysis declares the high level of difficulty; the Cutoff is expected to be lower than the previous year.
  • However, the seven-year high registrations may cause CAT Cutoff to be a little higher than expected.
  • CAT Score is valid for one year only.
  • All CAT Participating Institutes will begin their counselling rounds from January 2018 onwards.
  • There is no need to apply separately for IIMs. 
  • Seats will be allotted on the basis of marks scores in CAT as well as the selection rounds.

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a national level entrance test for admission to MBA/PGDM programs offered by 20 IIMs and other top B-schools in the country. This year, Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIML) is conducting CAT 2017 after a gap of 7 years.

Highlights of CAT Result 2017

Result Highlights
CAT 2017 Result DateJanuary 9, 2018 (Tentative)
Mode of Availability Online
Login Credentials to Access CAT ResultUser Id and Password
Details on CAT Score CardOverall and Sectional Marks
Minimum Eligibility for SelectionCAT Score as per the CAT Cutoff
Validity of CAT Scorecard1 Year
Colleges Accepting CAT ScoreApprox. 1065
Commencement of CAT Selection ProcessJanuary 2018

CAT 2017 Result Date

While CAT 2017 will be held on November 26, IIM Lucknow is yet to declare the exact result date. However, the result for CAT 2017 is expected to come out in January 2018. Here are all the key result dates to know:

CAT 2017 exam dateNovember 26, 2017
Announcement of CAT result 2017Second week of January 2018
List of shortlisted candidates for WAT, GD and PI roundsLast week of January 2018

How to Check CAT 2017 Results?

The step-wise process to obtain CAT result is given below: 

  1. Visit the official website for CAT at
  2. Click on Download CAT Score Card.
  3. You will be redirected to the login page. 
  4. Enter your User Id and Password.
  5. You will be redirected to your candidate’s account page.
  6. Click on Download Score card link and download it for future correspondence.

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

How to Download CAT Score Card 2017?

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 2017 Score Card, CAT Result, CAT Result 2017

The scorecard obtained has 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 CAT Registration.

Category Details

Category details include information if the candidate is from General, NC-OBC, or SC/ST category. The CAT 2017 scorecard 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 the candidates. CAT exam is conducted in two shifts and the test paper is different for each shift so does the level of difficulty. 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 2017. 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.

How is CAT Result 2017 Calculated?

As per the exam pattern of CAT Exam, each question holds 3 marks. For marking a wrong answer, 1 mark is deducted as penalty. But no mark is deducted on marking the wrong option under non-MCQs section. Read About CAT Score Calculation

CAT 2017 Percentile

CAT Result is declared in the form of percentile score. The higher the percentile score, greater are the chances to get shortlisted for the admission procedure. These percentile scores are determined normalization of scores.

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 are scaled.

Example- 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 on the second shift. Also, the students from City B are from Hindi medium background but the question paper was in English. Now, the average score of students in the first shift is 110 and an average score of students in second shift is 100. Also, an average score of students in city A is 120 and city B is 100.

Read More 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:

  1. Highest score
  2. Lowest score
  3. Top 10 percentile scores
  4. Lowest 10 percentile scores
  5. Mean
  6. Median
  7. Other deviations (city, educational background etc.)
  • When CAT result is prepared, every candidate’soriginal 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 Result 2017?

  • After CAT Results are declared, all the participating institutes will start their admission process from January 2018 onwards.
  • Candidates need to apply for B-schools but no need to apply for IIMs separately.
  • 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.

Check Here CAT Selection Procedure

Verification of Documents

For the purpose of inspecting eligibility of a candidate, documents are verified at the time of IIM selection process. The authorities there verify the eligibility criteria of the waitlist candidates on the following guidelines:

  • Degree Certificates/Mark-sheets: Along with the original copies, the self-attested copies of the same will be reviewed at the time of reporting time for the interview. The percentage scored, marks obtained as per the required eligibility will also be checked.
  • Caste and PwD Certificate: The second check is the verification of category certificates and PwD status check. A copy of a self-attested certificate is also required to submit for future correspondence.
  • Passing Certificate of Final Year of Graduation/Qualifying Examination: Those candidates who appeared in CAT during final semester/year of their graduation, have to submit the proof of passing the graduation and submit a certificate issued by Principal/Registrar of the College/Institution latest by June 30, 2018. The certificate should state that the candidate has successfully completed the requirements of the course.

Expected CAT Cut off 2017

Each CAT Participating Institute releases its own cut off/ percentile. The shortlisted candidates then appear for GD/ PI/ WAT rounds. The below table represents the expected CAT Cut off for Top IIMs in India:

B-SchoolsCut off in Percentile
IIM Bangalore99.5+
IIM Ahmedabad99.6+
IIM Calcutta99.5+
IIM Lucknow99.5+
IIM Kozhikode96.3+
IIT Roorkee94.6+
IIM Indore94.7+
IIM Rohtak97.11+
IIM Raipur90.0+
IIM Trichy94.0+

Check  CAT Cutoff

CAT Selection Criteria 2017

  • After CAT Result is declared, shortlisted candidates appear in the admission rounds.
  • The selection process at IIMs is defined/held separately by each of the IIMs.
  • The selection criteria of new IIMs (IIM Nagpur, IIM Sambalpur, IIM Visakhapatnam, IIM Sirmaur, IIM Amritsar, IIM Bodhgaya and IIM Jammu.) are administered by the old IIMs.
  • The selection process of IIM may consist of a Group Discussion/Written Ability Test and Personal Interview.
  • The final selection of a candidate is based on their performance in CAT Exam and the subsequent rounds held as a part of CAT Selection Procedure.
  • Here are the selection criteria for top IIMs:
B-SchoolsAdmission ProcedureAvailable Seats
IIM BangaloreClick Here412
IIM CalcuttaClick Here462
IIM LucknowClick Here436
IIM KozhikodeClick Here353
IIM IndoreClick Here550
IIM RohtakClick Here170-180
IIM TrichyClick Here180
IIM ShillongClick Here120

CAT 2017 Reservation

IIMs and other b-schools follow the reservation policy governed by the Government of India. Following is the definition of disability as described in Section 39 of PWD Act of 1995:

  1. Candidates with Low-Vision Blindness
  2. Candidates with Hearing Impairment
  3. Candidates with Loco-Motor Disability/ Cerebral Palsy

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 which is provided below-

CategorySeats 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%

CAT 2017 Answer Key

  • Since the year 2009, when for the first time CAT Exam 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 2018.

CAT Result Trends

Lakhs of CAT aspirants try their luck each year. But only a handful manage to clear the exam. The below table gives you past year CAT Result Trends (2014, 2015), so that you get a clearer picture for this year. Have a look:

cat result trend (2014, 2015)

CAT Result Trends
YearNo. of candidates appearedScores obtainedConversion into percentile
CAT 2014167829268.700 – 261.740100
CAT 2015179602254.61 – 249.9100
215.54 – 215.4399.89


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