All you need to know about CAT 2017

CAT 2017 application process has been started on July 9. CAT (Common Admission Test) is conducted by Indian Institutes of Management every year. This year it will be conducted by IIM-Lucknow. The score of cat is just not considered in IIMs. But also in other reputed B-Schools of India. More than two lakh students appear in the exam each year and hence it is the biggest entrance exam in India for MBA. You will find all the details about the exam in this article.

Overview of CAT 2017

Overview of CAT 2017 is as follows:-

Conducting body        IIM Lucknow

Score card validity      1 year

Test pattern                 Non MCQ and MCQ

Mode of Conduct       Online (Computer based)

Time duration             3 hours

No. of questions          100

Courses offered in CAT 2017

Courses offered in CAT 2017 in various IMs are as follows:-


Institute Programme
IIM Indore PGP (Indore, Mumbai), EPGP, PGP-HRM
IIM Kozhikode PGP
IIM Nagpur PGP
IIM Udaipur PGP
IIM Visakhapatnam PGP
IIM Sambalpur PGP
IIM Sirmaur PGP
IIM Amritsar PGP
IIM Bodh Gaya PGP
IIM Kashipur PGP, EPGP



CAT 2017 Important Dates

CAT 2017 Important dates are as follows:-

Event                                                                           Important Date

Notification                                                                29 July 2017

Starting of Application                                               9 August 2017

Last date to apply                                                       20 September 2017 (Till 5 P.M.)

Admit cards can be downloaded on                           18 October 2017

Tutorial                                                                        18 October 2017

Exam Commencement Date                                       26 November 2017

Result Announcement                                                            January 2018 Second week


Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2017

The eligibility criteria for CAT 2017 is as follows:-

  • Candidates should possess a bachelor’s degree from a recognized university.
  • The minimum percentage required is 5.0 CGPA or 50% for general candidates and 4.0 CGPA or 40% for reserved categories.
  • The candidates who are in their final year of graduation are also applicable with the condition that they have to submit all the valid certificates under the given schedule provided by the IIMs.

Reservation Information:-

OBC Candidates        27%

PWD Candidates        3%

ST Candidates            7.50%

SC Candidates            15%

CAT 2017 Application Form

Candidates have to fill the CAT 2017 Application form online on the official website of CAT 2017. The online application form can be filled from 9 August onwards. Once all the registration process is finished, the login credentials will be sent by IIM through mail and sms. After the login credentials have been received the andidate has to login and fill the following details:-

  • Personal Details
  • Contact Details
  • Academic Details
  • Work Experience
  • Selecting IIMs to apply for
  • Selecting Test Centers and Interview Cities

The candidate should thoroughly check the details entered, as it is hard to change the details afterwards.

The candidates also have to upload a passport size photo and signature in order to complete the registration process.

Application Fee for CAT 2017

Application fee for CAT 2017 is as follows:-

  • General candidates have to pay a fee of Rs. 1800
  • Other reserved categories have to pay Rs. 900
  • The payment can be made though Credit/Debit Card or net-banking.

  Exam Pattern of CAT 2017 

The exam duration is 3 hours with 100 questions. There are MCQ and Non—MCQ questions present. The no. of questions in Logical reasoning and Data interpretation is 32 while the weightage of Reading comprehension and Verbal reasoning is 34. Each section has a time limit of 1 hour.


CAT Structure

S.No. Section No. of MCQs No. of Non-MCQs Questions from each section Time allotted to each section (minutes)
1 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC) 24 10 34 60
2 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) 24 8 32 60
3 Quantitative Ability (QA) 27 7 34 60
Total 75 25 100 180

The order of the section is as given above.

Marking Scheme

There are 3 marks for the right answer. Negative marking of 1 mark for the wrong answer and there is no negative marking in Non-MCQs. Or left question.

Syllabus of CAT 2017

Though there is no specific syllabus in CAT 2017 but still the syllabus can be divided in 3 parts as follows:-

  • Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability
  • Quantitative Ability
  • Logical reasoning and data interpretation

Syllabus of CAT 2017 is as follows:-

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Quantitative Ability
  • Caselets and Tables
  • Bar Graphs and Column Graphs
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Line Charts & Pie Chart
  • Combination of two or more types linked to each other
  • Number and Letter Series
  • Calendars, Cubes and Clocks
  • Binary Logic
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Syllogism
  • Logical
  • Matching
  • Logical Sequence
  • Logical
  • Connectives
  • Blood Relations
  • Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)
  • Grammar or English Usage
  • Correction in Sentence
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage
  • Analogies and Reverse Analogies
  • Meaning/Usage Match
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Summary Questions
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Facts Inferences Judgements

  • Number Systems
  • LCM & HCF
  • Profit, Loss & Discount
  • Percentages
  • Speed, Time & Distance
  • Time & Work
  • Simple & Compound Interest
  • Ratio & Proportion
  • Averages
  • Quadratic & Linear Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Sequences & Series
  • Surds & Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Probability, Permutation and Combination
  • Set Theory
  • Functions & Geometry
  • Mixtures & Alligations
  • Trigonometry
  • Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration

 Admit Card for CAT 2017

The admit card for cat 2017 can be download from 18 October 2017, it has following details on it:-

  • Exam Centre address and name
  • Name of the candidate
  • Instructions and exam date

Without the admit card the students would not be allowed to give the exam and the student must also take a photo identity with him.

CAT 2017 Result

The CAT result will be available on the official website in the second week of January. The candidate has to login with his credentials and download the scorecard. The score card will carry the section-wise marks and the overall percentile.

Selection procedure of CAT 2017

The candidate who has cleared the cut-off will go through the selection procedure of CAT 2017. The selection procedure is not specific but varies from institute to institute. WAT (Writing ability test) is conducted followed by group discussion and Personal interview. The old IIMs have their own selection process while most of the B-schools and new IIMs conduct the same. The past academic record and work experience is also considered.





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