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

CAT 2017CAT 2017 Registration Last Date has been extended till 25th September 2017. Common 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

CAT 2017 Notification – Registration Last Date Extended till 25th Sep

newiconCAT 2017 Registration Last Date has been extended till 25th September 2017. Click here to view registration details.

Get latest news & updates of CAT 2017 through SMS or e-mail, by entering your details below:
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Note: Candidates who indicate their interest for IIM Indore PGP while applying for CAT 2017 will be considered for PGP (both Indore & Mumbai campus) of IIM Indore. Final selection will be as per the admission procedure for the respective programme.

CAT 2017 Official Notification has been released now. Click here to view notification.

Courses Offered Through CAT 2017

  • PGP
  • PGP-Mumbai
  • PGDM

CAT 2017 Exam Dates

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

Latest Application Forms Available

  1. Apply Online for SNAP Test, Symbiosis University. Click Here
  2. Apply Online for NMAT by GMAC 2018. Click Here
  3. Apply Online for MBA from NMIMS University. Click Here
  4. Apply for PG Program in Business Leadership from SOIL. Click Here
Notification Releasing Date30th July 2017
Start Date of Online Application9th August 2017
Last date to submit the application form25th September 2017 (Extended)
Correction windowOctober 2017
Admit Card Download Date18th October – 26th November 2017
CAT 2017 Exam Date26th November 2017
Result Announcement Date2nd week of January 2018

CAT Registration 2017

  • The candidates who are interested for CAT 2017 are required to apply online.
  • CAT 2017 Registration has been started from 9th August 2017.
  • Before applying for CAT 2017, check your eligibility by referring the eligibility document available on the official website of CAT 2017.
  • Last date for registration has been extended till 25th September 2017.
  • For payment purpose, net banking, credit card (Visa/Master/American Express)/ Debit card (Visa/Master) is applicable.
  • The authority may also provide the correction facility in CAT Application Form.
  • The general candidates/NC-OBC has to pay Rs. 1800 while the candidates of reserved community (SC/ST ) will be charged Rs. 900. 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 CAT 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 is available from 9th 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 from 18th 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.

Share on social media:
Displaying 171 Comments
  1. keshav sharma says:

    I am in final year of raj.uni. so I can apiay cat form in naharastra state

  2. Arpita sen says:

    Hlw ,My nsme is Arpita sen pursuing B.E final year(7th sem).If I score above 85 cut-off marks and get select in all GD, PI,WAT then without work experience am I eligible to get admission in IIM ?

  3. G S DIVAKAR says:

    l am from ap my son’s gp is 9.3 .how to calculate percentage.where to up load final year certificate n candidate identification affidavit in application (cat2017)

  4. Shubham Gupta says:

    sir,I passed my 10th standard in 2013 with 8.6 cgpa. so, in registration form do I need to convert it into percentages or just entering my score in cgpa format would be eligible?

  5. Sipana Harikeshava rao says:

    How many times notification release in a year?
    Kindly answer my question.

  6. RONAK says:


  7. vignesh says:

    i have wrongly uploaded my obc certificate and i have submitted the form.what should i do now ? should i apply again for cat 2017?

  8. Shivani says:

    Sir in 10th i scored 6.8cgpa and in 12th 5.8cgp rio now i am persuing bba (final year) and i scored in 1st sem 72% 2nd sem 68% 3r sem 68%… can i be eligible cat exam.. plz suggest

    • Sarvgyan Team says:

      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.

  9. Amulya says:

    Sir, Other than attempting CAT exam,Is there any way to do MBA?

  10. Sechi says:

    How does a middle​ class​ student can cope up with that much iim fee structure​ ?

  11. shivani nawab says:

    sir my acadmic performance in 10th is 60%
    12th is 68%
    graduation 1st sem 68% 2nd sem 74% 3rd sem 71% 4th sem 72% and now i m in final year
    nd i m in general category
    can i be eligible for the cat..???

    please answer my questions

  12. shree says:

    sir my acadmic performance in 10th is 70%
    12th is 65%
    but in graduation its very low 45%
    can i be eligible for the cat or any mba entrance exam.
    please answer my questions

  13. srishtigupta says:

    2 yr result are declared but i want to improve my result ..after improvement will cat registration form will accepted?

  14. Akshita patel says:

    Can a student who has just entered final year I.e he / she is now in 7th semester can attempt CAT exam?

  15. Rishabh Mishra says:

    sir, my academic records are
    10th 75.5%
    12 77.2% 65%(till 3rd year)
    can I get into iims,nitie,iitd,mdi etc if I score above 98 percentile in cat.

  16. megha patel says:

    hello sir! i am an engineer. i passout my bachelor degree in 2016. now can i apply for cat in 2018-19. it takes two year gap in study? so can i? or not?

  17. Arjun says:

    Sir i am accouting hns student in 2017.i get 56%marks in hns paper but i have 2back in pass paper. Can i apply for the cat exam???

  18. Harshita krishnani says:

    Sir m student of class 9th nd m very much interested in giving the examination can I also apply…..

  19. saurabh says:

    sir iit ya iim me entry ke liye approx kitne marks score krne hote he means approx kitne question attempt krne hone

  20. Vikas says:

    I have 12 pass can i give cat exam

  21. Bharath chowdary says:

    I have completed my intermediate can I eligible for this test

  22. Shibani gogoi says:

    Sir i have apply 4 obc nc certificate but jst receive the aknowledgement receipt bt not receive the certificate can I apply for cat



Leave a comment

Like us on Facebook