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CAT Exam 2017

For those who are preparing for CAT 2017, Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based selection test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for their business administration programs. The CAT exam is an important prerequisite for admission into more than 100 management institutes across India which includes reputed institutions like Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Management Development Institute (Gurgoan), International Management Institute (IMI), National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Jamanlal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS) and many others.

This exam is conducted every year by IIM’s on rotational basis. CAT Exam Dates are generally declared in the month of August every year.


Details of CAT Exam 2017: 

CAT Online Registration Start09 August 2017
CAT Online Registration Close25th September 2017
Release of Admit Card25th October 2017
CAT Exam Date26th November 2017
Results DeclarationSecond week of January 2018

IIM B officially released the CAT 2016 results on January 9, 2017. Similarly, it can be expected that IIM L will release the CAT 2017 result by the first week of January, 2018.


The candidate must fulfill the below mentioned criteria’s: 

1. Hold a Bachelor’s Degree,with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)/Differently Able (DA) category)  

2. The degree should be awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, orpossess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. 

3. Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. If selected, such candidates will be allowed to join the program provisionally, only if she/he submits a certificate latest by June 30, 2017 from the Principal/Registrar of her/his College/Institute (issued on or before June 30, 2017) stating that the candidate has completed all the requirements for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.  

IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at the website www.iimcat.ac.in.


Please note that each IIM shortlisted candidates for second stage of selection which may be independent of each other.  

The process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Performance in CAT 2016 examination is an important component in the admission process.  

IIMs may use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. For more information you may refer the admissions policies on respective IIMs websites.  


If a candidate is short-listed for interviews by any IIM, he/she has to comply with the following eligibility verification:  

> Mark sheets and Degree Certificate

A candidate must show all the original mark sheets and submit attested copies to prove his/her eligibility at the time of interview. Further, if a candidate is selected for a programme, original degree certificate and mark sheets of all semesters/years along with their attested copies must be submitted for verification at the time of joining the programme  

> Reservation Category Requirements

If short-listed for interview SC, ST, NC-OBC and DA candidates must show their original caste/class and/or Disability certificate and submit a photocopy at the time of interview. Further, if a candidate is selected for a programme, original certificate of qualifying degree and attested copy of the same must be submitted for verification at the time of joining a programme.  

> Candidates in the Final Year of Graduation

If short-listed for interview, candidates appearing for the final bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification examination must show an original certificate from the Principal/Registrar/Director of the University/institution certifying that the candidate has obtained 50% marks or equivalent (45% in case of the candidates belonging to SC, ST, and DA category) based on latest available grades/marks. He/she must submit an attested copy of the original certificate at the time of interview. 

For the Post Graduate Programmes of IIMs, such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme PROVISIONALLY ONLY if they submit a certificate latest by June 30, 2017 from the Principal/Registrar of their college/institute (issued on or before June 30, 2017) stating that they have completed all the requirements including appearing for supplementary exams if any (the results may, however, be awaited) for obtaining the bachelor’s degree/ equivalent qualification on the date of issue of the certificate. They must obtain at least 50% marks or equivalent. They also must submit an attested copy of the mark sheets and qualifying degree certificate.  

The deadline for submission of the mark sheet and the certificate is December 31, 2017. NON FULFILLMENT OF THIS CONDITION WILL AUTOMATICALLY RESULT IN THE CANCELLATION OF THE PROVISIONAL ADMISSION. Provisional admission will also be cancelled if it is found that the certificate is found to be incorrect subsequently. IIMs would not allow any candidate to join their programme in case the candidate is unable to complete all the requirements for a bachelor degree on or before June 30, 2017. The IIMs would also not offer admission to any candidate after June 30, 2017.  


CAT Exam pattern changes every year. This year too the same pattern is said to be followed. The marks allotted for each section is given in the table below:  

The exam will have 3 sections : 

SectionsNo Of QuestionsSectional Duration
Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension3460 Minutes
Quantitative Aptitude3460 Minutes
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 3260 Minutes

Click here for the detailed syllabus and pattern for CAT 2017 exam. 

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