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:-
|IIM Ahmedabad||PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP|
|IIM Bangalore||PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM|
|IIM Indore||PGP (Indore, Mumbai), EPGP, PGP-HRM|
|IIM Lucknow||PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-SM|
|IIM Trichy||PGP, PGPBM|
|IIM Raipur||PGP, PGPWE|
|IIM Ranchi||PGDM, PGDHRM|
|IIM Rohtak||PGP, EPGP, EPGPX|
|RGIIM Shillong||PGP, PGPEX|
|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.
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.
|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|
The order of the section is as given above.
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|
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.