CAT 2017 was held on November 26, 2017, by IIM, Lucknow. IIM, Lucknow conducted Common Admission Test in two sessions, out of which, the assigned session was indicated in admit card. There are three sections in exam – VARC, DILR, QA. CAT 2017 Answer Key is now available. The candidate can cross-check their Answer and estimate their chances of qualifying the entrance exam with the help of the answer key. Soon the result for CAT 2017 will be declared. It is expected that the result shall be announced by the last week od December 2017 or by the 02nd week of January 2018. The result indicates percentile in each section as well as in overall. Based on the result of CAT 2017, and other factors, IIMs shortlist candidates for GD-PI; list of candidates shortlisted will be published on respective IIM website. The result for CAT 2017 will be valid only until December 31, 2018. Candidates who apply to institutes other than IIMs must check that college or university website for further instructions after the result.

Latest: Question Papers along with keys of CAT 2017 has been released. Candidate can check it through the link provided below.

CAT 2017

Performance in CAT 2017 is an important requirement to be considered for selection in various IIMs, however, some IIM may also consider the candidate’s previous academic performance relevant work experience and other selection criteria. As per newspaper reports, around 2,30,000 candidates have registered for IIM CAT 2017. Know important dates of CAT Exam 2017 here.

Important Event Dates
Release of notification for CAT 2017 30 Jul 2017
Commencement of registration 09 Aug 2017
CAT 2017 Last Date for Registration 25 Sep 2017
Start Date For Form Correction 27 Sep 2017
End Date For Form Correction 30 Sep 2017
Availability of Admit Card 25 Oct 2017
CAT 2017 Exam Date 26 Nov 2017
Result Announcement 02 week of Jan 2018

The responsibility of organizing institute, IIML, is only up until conduct of exam and declaration of its result. In order to get MBA admission 2018-2019 through CAT 2017, the candidate must apply separately to colleges.

IIM CAT 2017 Question Papers along with keys

IIM Lucknow has released Question Papers along with keys of CAT 2017 held on November 26, 2017 on the official website. Candidates can check the papers and also raise objections (if any) from the official website by login through their User Id & Password. The direct link to check the same has also been provided above.

IIM CAT 2017 Admit Card

  • IIM Lucknow has made available the link to download CAT 2017 admit card from 25th October 2017 to exam date.
  • The procedure to download admit card is to click on the admit card download link on the official website or on the link above, then enter user ID and password and click on login.
  • On logging in, e-admit card displays on the page. Printed it on a plain white sheet of paper to take on exam day.
  • Candidates must read instructions in hall ticket to be aware of exam day procedure.
  • Also take photo ID proof along with admit card of CAT Exam to exam center.
  • The admit card conveys candidate name, exam date and session, exam venue, important instructions for exam day.

CAT Exam Pattern 2017

Mode: IIM CAT is an online exam.

Sections: It has 3 sections of 1 hour each namely

  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  3. Quantitative Ability.

Types of questions: Multiple choice questions, and TITA (type in the answer) type questions

Note: While in one section, you must attempt questions of only that section. On screen calculator will be provided.

Official details of CAT 2017 shed some light on exam pattern. It states that there will be MCQs and non MCQs (type in the answer type) questions. Official CAT 2017 exam pattern is devoid of data on number of questions distribution.

The number of questions in VARC, DILR, QA will be revealed on the day of the test.

Last year’s CAT Exam Pattern

Section MCQs TITA Total
VARC 24 10 34
DILR 24 8 32
QA 27 7 34
Total 75 25 100
  • Marking scheme: For MCQs, correct answer fetched +1 mark, and incorrect answer led to deduction of 0.33 mark as negative marking. For TITA, correct answer fetched +1 mark, there was no negative marking.
  • Caveat: It was reported last time that while the instructions page of exam showed +3, -1 as marking scheme, the questions showed +1, -0.33 as marks against them. However as the ratio remained the same it was not a big concern.

CAT Syllabus 2017

IIM Lucknow has notified exam pattern only for CAT Exam 2017. Syllabus is inferred from past year papers and as per analysis by education experts.

It is hard to arrive at any specific syllabus for CAT, since the exam pattern suggests that the syllabus is nonstatic. However, CAT experts mention that some of the questions are from class 8th to graduation level. They have divided CAT syllabus into 3 sections

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Correction in Sentence, Grammar or English Usage, Synonyms, Antonyms, Fill in the blanks, Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage, Analogies and Reverse Analogies, Meaning/Usage Match, Verbal Reasoning, Summary Questions, Reading Comprehension and Facts Inferences Judgements.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Caselets and Tables, Bar Graphs and Column Graphs, Venn Diagrams,Number and letter Series,Line Charts & Pie Chart,Calendars, Cubes and Clocks, Binary Logic, Seating Arrangement, Syllogism, Logical, Matching, Logical Sequence, Logical, Connectives, and Blood Relations.

Quantitative Ability

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

CAT 2017 Result

Result of CAT 2017 will be announced in January 2018 at official website of CAT. IIMs will publish shortlist for GD PI on college websites.
  • Announcement of result of CAT 2017 is online.
  • Link to download score cards will be available at
  • CAT Result 2017 will indicate scaled scores percentile in each section (VARC, DILR, QA).


Category Reservation
SC 15%
ST 7.5%
OBC 27%

Seats in IIMs

As many as 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools across India accept the scores of CAT. For CAT 2017, the number of participating institutes will be similar or more. The following table shows the likely intake for this year.

S.No. Institute Seat offered
1 IIM, Ahmedabad 385
2 IIM, Amritsar 60
3 IIM, Bangalore 412
4 IIM, Bodh Gaya 60
5 IIM, Calcutta 462
6 IIM, Indore 550
7 IIM, Kashipur 210
8 IIM, Kozhikode 353
9 IIM, Lucknow 436
10 IIM, Nagpur 60
11 IIM, Raipur 210
12 IIM, Ranchi 155
13 IIM, Rohtak 170
14 IIM, Shillong 120
15 IIM, Trichy 120
16 IIM, Udaipur 180
17 IIM, Visakhapatnam 60
18 IIM, Jammu 45
19 IIM, Sambalpur 140
20 IIM, Sirmaur 60


More than 2 lakh register for CAT exam every year

S.No. Year Number of candidates registered Number of candidates appeared
1 2016 232434 195000
2 2015 218664 179602
3 2014 196988 167829
4 2013 194516 173714
5 2012 214000 195000
6 2011 205000 186000
7 2010 204000 185000
8 2009 241000 230000
9 2008 290000 276000
10 2007 250000 230000

The above figures are as per various sources.

Will I get a call from the IIMs?

You will get shortlisted for selection at IIMs if you get the minimum CAT score, and also other minimum marks in classes 10th, 12th, graduation as per that IIMs selection criteria.

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