Common Admission Test or CAT is a Computer based entrance Exam for admissions into management courses in Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) and other top B-schools of the country. The regulating body/exam authority is the IIM and every year different IIMs conduct the CAT exam on a rotational basis.
Though CAT is considered to be a tough entrance exam, the key to succeeding it, is with time management and learning the tricks and shortcut techniques which help to ace the exam.
|Name of the exam||CAT – Common Entrance Test|
|Conducting body||IIM – Indian Institute of Management|
|Exam type||National Level|
|Purpose||Entrance Exam for Post Graduation Programs for Management Courses (MBA)|
A notification will be released which contains all the necessary information regarding CAT 2017 like,
- Eligibility Criteria
- Reservation of Seats
- Application Form
- Application Fees
- Important Dates
Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2017
IIM has set the minimum eligibility criteria for candidates who appear for CAT 2017.
- Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification (recognized by HRD Ministry, Government of India) with a minimum of 50%. For candidates belonging to SC/ST/PwD category, the minimum score is 45%)
- Candidates appearing for final exams in 2017 are also eligible to take up CAT. But the necessary documents have to be submitted before June 30, 2017.
- IIM has a strict verification process, hence check all the documents carefully before submitting them
Reservation of Seats in CAT Exam for SC/ST/PwD candidates
|ST (Scheduled Tribes)||7.5%|
|SC (Scheduled Castes)||15%|
|OBC (Other Backward Class)||27%|
|PwD (Physically Abled)||3%|
Application Form for Common Admission Test 2017
The application for CAT 2017 will be released on the official website. The candidates have fill in the needed information and upload the scanned copies of required documents in the mentioned format. The application fees have to be paid for the further processing.
CAT 2017 – Application Fees
The application fees for CAT 2017 is
Important Dates for CAT 2017
Like every year, CAT 2017 will be conducted in the month of December. Below mentioned are the tentative dates for CAT 2017
|Availability of Online Application Forms||August 2017|
|Last Date to Apply for CAT 2017||September 2017|
|Admit Card Available to Download||November 2017|
|CAT 2017||December 2017|
How to Apply for CAT 2017
- Visit the official website wwwiimcat.ac.in
- Click on CAT 2017 notification
- Click on “Apply for CAT”
- Fill up the information on application form
- Upload the required scanned documents
- Submit the application form
- Take a print out of the application form
CAT 2017 – Exam Pattern
CAT exam is conducted in an online mode, i.e., computer-based. The duration of CAT 2017 is 3 hours (180 minutes)
A total of 100 questions are asked from 3 sections viz,
- Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
- Quantitative Ability
- Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning||32||96||60 minutes|
|Quantitative Ability||34||102||60 minutes|
|Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension||34||102||60 minues|
|Marking Scheme||Correct Answer: +4
Incorrect Answer: -1
The syllabus of CAT is extensive. The syllabus for 3 sections for CAT 2017 is listed below
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning||Quantitative Ability||Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
· Bar Graphs
· Column Graphs
· Line Charts
· Venn Diagrams
· Pie Chart
· The combination of two or more types linked to each other.
· Number and Letter Series
· Venn Diagrams
· Binary Logic
· Seating Arrangement
· Logical Matching
· Logical Sequence
· Logical Connectives
· Blood Relations
|· Number Systems
· LCM and HCF
· Profit,Loss, and Discount
· Speed, Time and Distance
· Time and Work
· Simple and Compound Interest
· Ratio and Proportion
· Quadratic Equations
· Linear Equations
· Complex Numbers
· Binomial Theorem
· Sequences and Series
· Surds and Indices
· Permutation and Combination
· Set Theory
· Mixtures and Alligations
· Coordinate Geometry
|· Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)
· English Usage or Grammar
· Sentence Correction
· Fill in the blanks
· Jumbled Paragraph
· Close Passage
· Analogies or Reverse Analogies
· Meaning-Usage Match
· Verbal Reasoning
· Summary Questions
· Reading Comprehension
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Can I take CAT 2017?
Any conscientious person periodically reaches a stage in his/her life where they ask themselves the questions like: What next? What more should I do to move ahead in life and inch closer to my dream?
Higher education, and especially MBA as an option is one of the first things to come to mind. If you have set your sights on pursuing an MBA and from an elite business school, CAT is your first step of the journey. Contemplating whether to appear for CAT 2017 or maybe give it another time?
Although the idea of “next time” seems more appealing and at times “logical”, considering reasons such as lack of time, the truth is: There is no better time than NOW. Each time you decide to talk yourself out of an opportunity, you move further away from your dreams.
If you are peering into your current situation and are unresolved, let us state how attempting CAT in 2017 IS what you must do:
- PRE-FINAL YEAR STUDENTS
If you are in your pre-final year of graduation, this happens to be the first time you are eligible to attempt CAT. You have the least amount of stress on your head and more than ample time to prepare for the examination. You don’t have the added pressure of necessarily succeeding in the attempt. All of these factors contribute to you having a clear head and an edge over the candidates appearing for the test. Simultaneously, your preparation for all of your placement processes is furnished well. Even if you don’t get your desired percentile, use it as a learning platform and do better on your next attempt.
- FINAL YEAR
You are young, less experienced and in turn hungry to learn more. A lot of recruiters may prefer you because of these factors after you have completed your MBA. It is easier to mould you to learn the tricks of the trade. Also, your next best chance at attempting CAT will have to be with about 2 years of working experience. Currently, you have no such burdens of finances or household responsibilities looming over you. This tips the scales in your favour and might get you an admit into a B-school of your dreams.
- EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONAL
If you have been stuck at the same level for a while now, with a decent couple of years in your pocket, as mid level professional you are probably looking to forward your career and are vying for that guaranteed hike in pay check. Maybe an MBA could provide you with the necessary confidence and knowledge to venture out on your own! B-school helps you meet a variety of people, hailing from different backgrounds in turn helping you widen your business network, which you could even tap into later. With exposure to newer and fresher views to solving management-related problems, your real world experience will give you edge over inexperienced at B-school as you can apply the theoretical concepts talked about in B-school better.
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