CAT 2017: Registration, Application Form, Exam Dates, Pattern, Syllabus

CAT 2017Common Admission Test (CAT 2017) is one of the competitive entrance examinations for pursuing postgraduate programmes in Business Administration. It is the gateway for admission to 19 Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) and various B-schools located across the country. This national level examination is conducted by the IIMs on the rotation basis. For the year 2017, it will be conducted by IIM, Lucknow. Every year a large number of candidates appear in the CAT examination and the number is increasing year by year. The candidates are informed to appear CAT 2017 for admission in the academic year 2018-2019. This article familiarizes the candidate with all the necessary details and notifications about CAT 2017.

Application Form Exam Pattern Eligibility

Syllabus FAQs

NOTE: CAT 2018 Official Notification may be released on 30th July 2017, while registration may begin from 7th August 2017.

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Courses Offered Through CAT 2017

  • PGP
  • PGP-Mumbai
  • PGDM

CAT 2017 Exam Dates

Here, we are providing the tentative dates of CAT 2017:

EventsDates (Tentative)
Start Date of Online ApplicationAugust 2017
Last date to submit the application formSeptember 2017
Correction windowOctober 2017
Admit Card Download DateOctober 2017
CAT 2017 Exam DateDecember 2017
Result Announcement DateJanuary 2018

CAT Registration 2017

  • The candidates who are interested for CAT 2017 are required to apply online.
  • CAT 2017 Registration will be started in the month of August 2017.
  • Before applying for CAT 2017, check your eligibility by referring the eligibility document available on the official website of CAT 2017.
  • The registrations will be done till the month of September 2017. For payment purpose, net banking, credit card (Visa/Master/American Express)/ Debit card (Visa/Master) will be applicable.
  • The general candidates/NC-OBC has to pay Rs. 1700 while the candidates of reserved community (SC/ST ) will be charged Rs. 850. In addition to this payment, transaction processing fees will also be applicable separately.

Eligibility Criteria

The eligibility criteria for CAT 2017 are mentioned below:

  • The minimum qualification required is bachelor’s degree with 50% marks (45% for SC/ST/PWD). If the obtained marks are in the form of CGPA then it would be converted to percentage marks based on the procedure certified by the university/ institution from where the candidate has passed his/her bachelor degree.
  • The candidates appearing in the final year of bachelor’s degree and whose results are awaiting are also eligible to apply for CAT.

CAT Exam Pattern

It must be necessary for the candidates to have knowledge about the examination pattern that includes number of questions appear in the examination, number of sections, time duration, areas from where question paper will be made, etc. In this section we have provided the CAT 2017 exam pattern in detail.

  • Type: Computer based test (CBT).
  • Duration: The duration of the paper CAT 2017 exam will be of 180 minutes.
  • No. of Questions: 100 Objective type questions.
  • Syllabus Covered:  logical reasoning & data interpretation, verbal ability & Reading Comprehension and quantitative ability.
  • Marking Scheme: 3 marks for every correct answer.
  • Negative Marking: 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.
  • Time Limit per Section: Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section.
Quantitative Ability3410260 Min
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning329660 Min
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension3410260 Min
Total100300180 Min

The candidates are facilitated with on-screen calculator for calculation purpose. They need not to bring any physical calculator on the examination day.

Marking System:

The candidates are credited with 3 marks for every correct answer and minus 1 mark for each incorrect response. No marks will be provided or deducted for the un-attempted question.


As per the policy of Indian government, the seat reservation will be applicable for CAT and the seats are reserved as follows:

  • Schedule Caste (SC) – 15% seats
  • Schedule Tribe (ST) – 7.5% seats
  • Non Creamy – Other Backward Classes (NC-OBC) – 27% seats
  • PWD Differently Abled (DA) candidates – 3% seats

The candidates claiming reservation have to upload their supporting certificates at the time of application/registration. In case of failure of uploading such documents will result in the rejection of your application.

CAT Syllabus

CAT Syllabus is divided into four sections: Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. Candidates preparing for the CAT exam, must be aware of the CAT 2017 syllabus. The syllabus comprises of  Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. Candidates have to master these topics in order to score well in the exam. It is a computer based test which contains multiple choice questions (MCQ). Some of the question will be of subjective types.

Preparation Tips

Planning is the initial step for every task and for exam preparation it works too. But how one should prepare for CAT? And the answer is pretty simple, plan your study hours as per the syllabus. Go through the latest syllabus and exam pattern before start preparation. Refer the right study material and books that also contain the previous years solved question papers. Allot some of your time for rest also and don’t avoid revision.

FAQ’s (Most Asked Questions)

Answer: CAT 2017 exam will be conducted by IIM Lucknow. The Exam will be a computer based test (CBT).
Answer: The application form will be available in the month of August 2017.
Answer: The Score of CAT 2017 will be valid till 31th December, 2018. 
Answer: Candidates with bachelors degree with Min. 50% (45% in case of SC/ST/DA/PWD). Final year appearing students are also eligible. Read more in the eligibility section.
Answer:  Check the exam pattern section given in the article above. 
Answer: CAT score will be considered by all IIM’s and various top B-school for admission to their management programs.
Answer: Though the scores varies every year, but generally your percentile must be above 96.
Answer: Each IIM shortlist candidates for their second stage of selection which might be different for different IIM’s and includes Written ability test (WAT), GD, PI, candidate’s work experience etc.  
Answer: The fee structure varies from IIM to IIM, generally it is more than 1 Lakh per term. 
Still any question, leave your comment.

CAT 2017 Admit Card

CAT 2017 admit card will be released by the exam conducting authority in the month of October 2017. The candidates have to furnish this document as the entry ticket at the examination centre.  In addition to this, a valid identity proof is also needed on the day of examination.

CAT 2017 Result

CAT 2017 result will be declared in the month of January 2018 tentatively. The candidates can check their result through the website by providing their valid user ID and password.  Also, the result intimation message will also be sent to the candidate’s registered phone number. The result contains the CAT percentile marks as well as sectional and total marks obtained by the candidate. After the announcement of result, the cut-off marks will be released by the IIMs.

CAT Score Card 2017

CAT 2017 score card contains all the details relevant to the performance of candidates in CAT 2017 exam. The candidates are able to access their score card on the same day of the result announcement. The score card of CAT will be valid for one year. The candidates have to login with their credentials to download the score card.

CAT 2018

CAT 2018 (Common Admission Test) will be regulated by the IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) on rotation basis. It is a national level entrance test conducts for admission to the postgraduate management programmes (MBA). CAT Registration 2018 will begin from the 2nd week of August 2017.

CAT Cut-Off Marks

The candidates who will cross the CAT cut-off criteria set by the IIMs will be eligible for admission in IIMs. Each Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) has released their own cut-off marks for admitting the students. Obtaining the cut-off marks will not guarantee your admission, your past academic record, work experience will also matters in providing admission to IIMs. The average cut-off marks for IIMs are mentioned below:

CategoryOverall Percentile
NC-OBCAbove 70
SCAbove 65
STAbove 60
DAAbove 55

Selection Process

On the basis of the CAT cut-off marks, IIMs and various b-schools shortlists the candidates. The shortlisted candidates are further called for Personal Interview (PI), Group Discussion (GD) and Written Ability Test (WAT). The CAT admission procedure will be done on the basis of the overall scores secured by the candidates in CAT score card, GD, PI and WAT. Apart from this, candidate’s academic performance and work experience will also be taken into consideration at the time of admission. The IIMs also releasse their own admission procedure and criteria for providing admission. The selection process varies B-school to B-schools.

If you have any doubt regarding CAT 2017, you may ask us by commenting below.

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  1. Akshat says:

    I have done my graduation through amity distance learning
    Am i be eligible for admission in iim or other a-class business schools


    Sir I am studying BBA 4th semester and I want to write cat exam
    So I want to know that how and when to fill the application for cat exam

  3. Arshitha says:

    Sir I am studying . I would like to apply for cat exam so I have a guidance and when cat exam conduct which month and date

  4. shaurya jain says:

    i am pursuing bcom part 2 . is am i eligible for cat exam?

  5. Sumit says:

    I am in my final year (5th sem) can i apply for CAT? What proof do I have to submit.How do I apply if I have backlogs?

  6. Preeti says:

    I’m in B.Com final year and I will pass out as graduate in June 2018… Am I eligible for CAT 2017

  7. Saranya Sankar Roy says:

    i got 35% aggregate marks in my graduation…will I still be eligible to seat for 2017 CAT Exam?

  8. Archita says:

    I am in my 3rd year of BA. Am I eligible for this exam?

  9. Yash says:

    I just graduated in the month of may and dont have my 7th and 8th sem marksheet
    Are those necessary for applying?
    I have the course completion certificate though.

  10. Aboli says:

    which institute is good for MBA in finance?

  11. Shaik abdul gaffar says:

    Student studying 3rd year btech this year is eligibe for 2017 cat exam. (Jntu kakinada) .

  12. Seemaidurai says:

    What can do exam?
    What CAT exam date?
    Entrance exam 2017 syllable

  13. Aditya says:

    Is CAT tough than JEE-Mains?

  14. P.kalyani nadar says:

    Iam studying ece final year.what are the records to be submitted during applying

  15. Sakshi shukla says:

    Want to know about month whn cat form

  16. Pranjali patil says:

    Is there any yearly fee for college for reserv category

  17. onkar says:

    I am a student of Ty can i apply for exam

  18. Dhaval Patel says:

    If i am shortlisted for an IIM than how is the fees payable to them fully at once, or they provide us some installments for fully payment of fees ?

  19. vartika tiwari says:

    I am a student of Ty can i apply for exam

  20. babita says:

    Who many terms are there n how much time it will take to complete?

  21. Scholorship says:

    Scholarship facilities

  22. Ayush Rikhari says:

    If someone get below 70% marks in CAT exam so where he will get the admission

  23. Saahil says:

    give me the websites name which gives me the complete course with last year exam papers and tricks for solving the questions in CAT exam

  24. monika says:

    Is it compulsory that we have to choose centres as a IIM becoz in amritsar where I am living right now IIM is far away from my house .??????????

    • Saahil says:

      you can choose your type of college in amritsar also according tou your percentiles but i don’t know the type of faculties there so Best of luck dear

  25. Avismaran says:

    How many times does one can appear for CAT exam ??

  26. Your Name... says:

    May i know which author’s book i should prefer for CAT to get best result

  27. Nadeem Akthar says:

    Is the CAT examination centre available in Andaman 7 Nicobar Islands

  28. Mahesh says:

    Sir is there any scholarship or reimbursement for iim joining through cat

  29. omkar says:

    Which type of work experience is required of iim’s

  30. gayathri says:

    I am pursing my bachelor degree 3rd year. Am i eligible for writing CAT exm

  31. Ranjitha says:

    Sir I m 2015 passed out I don’t have any backlogs I have 70percentage in all the subject. So now I m planning to take MBA. So I can also attached this CAT exams right?

  32. Sahil sharma says:

    Which type of work experience is required for IIM’s ?

  33. Kailash says:

    Wat is fee structure of All IIM for SC student in detail?

  34. Priya says:

    Is is compulsory to have a subject of computer conduct CAT exam

  35. shrikant boddula says:

    what can do for CAT exam ?
    How much age limit?
    what is date CAT 2017 exam ?

  36. shrikant boddula says:

    what can do for exam ?

  37. vikram says:

    Can u please give me the details of fee structure of all IIM’s (top business schoo)

  38. Anil kranthi says:

    How much percentile is required to get MBA Agribusiness in IIM’s.? And how many IIM’s offer Agribusiness out of 19? What’s the cut off and criteria for admission?

  39. Lekha says:

    Wht is the date of CAT 2017 exam??

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