CAT 2017 – Indian Institute of Management Lucknow is organizing CAT Exam 2017 on 26 November 2017. CAT Registration 2017 has started from 9 August 2017. Common Admission Test is India’s largest management entrance exam in terms of competition and number of institutes accepting its score. The exam will be held in 2 sessions; timing for session 1 and 2 will be given in admit card. Interested and eligible aspirants can apply online by filling details in online application form. Registration will end on October 18, 2017. Registration fee is Rs 900 for SC, ST, PwD candidates, and Rs 1800 for all others. A valid CAT score will be used for admission to management programs in IIMs and B Schools in India.

CAT 2017

All you need to know about CAT 2017: dates, application form / registration, syllabus, exam pattern, admit card, result, cut off, preparation.

Important Event Dates
Release of notification for CAT 2017 July 30, 2017
Commencement of registration August 9, 2017
CAT 2017 Last Date for Registration September 20, 2017
Availability of Admit Card October 18, 2017
CAT 2017 Exam Date November 26, 2017


CAT Registration 2017

Application Form of CAT 2017 is available from 9th August, in online mode, at CAT 2017 Official Website.

Fill and submit the online application form in order to appear in Common Admission Test 2017.

  • Application form of CAT 2017 has to be submitted in online mode.
  • Application process will start from 9th August 2017 and end on 20th September 2017.
  • All the applications shall be accepted through the online portal of CAT 2017 official website.
  • The first step in the application is the CAT 2017 Registration process.
  • Once, that has been covered applicant receives login credentials by SMS and email.
  • Using the credential details, aspirants will proceed to fill up the application form.

Application Form Correction in CAT 2017: Candidates will have to furnish the following particulars – Basic Details, Communication Details, Educational Details, Work Experience, Selection of IIMs to apply for, Selecting Test Centres and Interview Cities, Uploading scanned images of photograph and signature- as per specifications. You are strongly advised to look fill each and every entry carefully and verify it side by side. It is possible that you may not get the chance to rectify the errors later on.

Application Fee: Fee will be accepted only once in online mode.

Category Fee
General category Rs. 1800
Reserved category Rs. 900

Courses Offered in IIMs

IIM Courses Website
IIM Amritsar PGP
IIM Bodh Gaya PGP
IIM Kashipur PGP, EPGP, FPM and EFPM
IIM Kozhikode PGP, FPM
IIM Nagpur PGP
IIM Sambalpur PGP
IIM Sirmaur PGP
IIM Tiruchirapalli PGP, PGPBM, FPM
IIM Udaipur PGP, FPM
IIM Visakhapatnam PGP

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017

Eligible aspirants can submit appear in Common Admission Test.

  • Those in posession of Bachelors Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent in CGPA (45% for SC, ST, PwD) are eligible to appear in CAT 2017.
  • Degree needs to be from a University or educational institution incorporated by Act of Parliament or State Legislature or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of UGC Act 1956 or an equivalent qualification recognized by HRD.
  • Percentage marks calculation will be done on basis of marks practices of University / institution.
  • If University / institution does not have scheme for CGPA to marks conversion then CGPA will be converted to percentage by multiplying with 100.
  • Candidates appearing in final year of Bachelors degree and those who have appeared and waiting for result can also appear in CAT Exam 2017.
  • CA / CS / ICWA professional degree completed candidates with requisite percentage can also apply.


Category Reservation
SC 15%
ST 7.5%
OBC 27%

CAT Exam 2017 Syllabus

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

#1. 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.

#2. 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.

#3. 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 Exam Pattern

Common Admission Test is a 3 hour duration exam. It will have questions in three sections namely (1) Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, (2) Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning, (3) Quantitative Ability.
  • Mode of exam: Computer Based Test
  • Types of questions: Multiple choice questions, and TITA (type in the answer) type questions
  • Duration of exam: 3 hours
  • 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.

S.No Section Duration
1 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC) 60 minutes
2 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) 60 minutes
3 Quantitative Ability (QA) 60 minutes

CAT 2017 Admit Card

Those who submit application form and fees on time can download admit card from
  • IIM Lucknow will make link to download CAT 2017 admit card available from 18th October 2017 to exam date.
  • Candidates must read instructions in hall ticket to be aware of exam day procedure.
  • Photo ID proof along with admit card of CAT Exam must be taken to exam center.
  • The admit card will convey (i) Candidate name (ii) Exam date (iii) Exam venue and (iv) Important Instructions for exam day.

Exam Centres

Exam will be conducted in over 140 cities across India. CAT conducting authorities has added a few number of cities this year to accommodate all the applicants. It is expected that this way the applicants will increase by 03%. Candidates get 4 choices to indicate which city they want to elect as venue.

CAT 2017 Result

Result of CAT 2017 will be announced in January 2018 at official website of CAT. Shortlist for GD PI will be published by IIMs and other colleges on college websites.

The result of CAT 2017 might possibly be declared in the 01st week of January 2018. Test score cards are usually uploaded online by the authorised IIM. Candidate are the instructed to log in by filling their User ID and Password. The scorecard shall contain section wise score and overall scaled scores and percentiles.

Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) – List and Seats

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 expected intake for this year.

Institute Seat offered Institute Seat offered
IIM, Ahmedabad 385 IIM, Raipur 210
IIM, Amritsar 60 IIM, Ranchi 155
IIM, Bangalore 412 IIM, Rohtak 170-180
IIM, Bodh Gaya 60 IIM, Shillong 120
IIM, Calcutta 462 IIM, Trichy 120
IIM, Indore 550 IIM, Udaipur 180
IIM, Kashipur 210 IIM, Visakhapatnam 60
IIM, Kozhikode 353 IIM, Jammu 45
IIM, Lucknow 436 IIM, Sambalpur 140
IIM, Nagpur 60 IIM, Sirmaur 60

CAT Exam Preparation

Graduates who want to study management after graduation will appear in CAT 2017. Preparation begins at different times for different test takers. Know most important things about CAT 2017 here such as participating institutes, eligibility, registration, exam pattern, selection process, preparation strategy.

Last time, 20 students managed to secure a perfect 100 percentile in CAT, and you can do so as well.

  • First of all, know CAT 2017 syllabus.
  • Then distinguish your strong and weak section.
  • Then start preparing.

Focus: Initially, the candidate should start working on the weak areas but as the CAT will approach, the focus should be turned to making the strong sections, stronger.

Correct Book: Instead of studying from various books, the candidates are advised to stick to one book and cover it thoroughly.

Mock Test: Every expert advises that the performance of Mock Test is very important. The students should aggressively and constantly keep on taking CAT Mock Test. Then, after the evaluation of the performance in the test, the preparation should be accelerated. On the basis of score in the mock test, the experts are able to predict the percentile of the candidates. The score vs percentile analysis is as below:

  • Candidates securing 180 or more marks manage to achieve a percentile of more than 90.
  • If the mock test score of candidates is between 140 to 180, then the percentile rage will be 70 to 80.
  • Below 140 marks, the percentile will go below 70 which is an alarming situation and the candidates should work harder to succeed.

Increase Attempts, Increase Score:  Experts says that the students can increase their score by increasing the number of attempts. Those, who score 180+ in the mock test just need to ensure that they do not miss their change to crack the exam by missing the sectional cutoff. Candidates scoring 140+ in CAT mock test can secure 90 percentile by working on increasing correct attempt in each section by two. However, this will only work if te candidate will try and decrease their negative answers simultaneously.

Those, who are in the range of 100+ in mock test need work very hard. They need to ensure that they revise the topics and work in creasing, at least, 4 correct attempts. Stay Calm and Confident: It is very important to believe in oneself and their dreams. So, stay composed and confident and just work hard. The success will knock your door anyways.


It is always good to know your competition but not be overwhelmed by it. Every year, almost 2 lakh graduates apply for CAT. However, only 80-85% appear for the examination.


Number of CAT applicants last year increased by 6.29% over the year before that. There was a change of 1% in the percentage of applicants who appeared for the Common Admission Test.

There are many colleges that accept CAT scores for admission. You can see the complete list here. They release separate forms for admission. Apart from IIMs, other prestigious institutes which will take CAT score are FMS, SPJIMR, Xavier Institute of Management, Great Lakes Institute of Management. There are many B schools that will accept CAT 2017 scores.

Selection Process through CAT Percentile

The selection process of CAT is such that in CAT 2017 Result, instead of score, the percentile of the candidates is announced. A percentile is basically the position of candidates in the exam, among all the fellow entrants. So, if total 10 students gave an exam and your rank is 2nd, then there are 8 students who scored less than you. Hence, your percentile will be 80.

Getting Selected in IIMs – The cutoff for IIMs goes as high as 99.99 percentile. Some of the best IIMs like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Indore, etc usually do not settle for anything less than 97-98 percentile. However, there are other prestigious institutes which do grant admission on a little less percentile as well.

Selection Process of IIMs and other B-Schools: There will be no common CAT counselling 2017. Instead, each institute will call CAT qualifiers individually for admission. The colleges will shortlist candidates on the basis of CAT score and percentile and will call them for the interview and (or) GDPI round. Only those candidates will be shortlisted who will apply separately for the respective college.

The final selection will be done on the basis of CAT 2017, as well as performance in interview or GDPI round. Some of the IIMs and other colleges will also consider education qualification, work experience, etc as well during the final selection. The admission criteria for each IIM will be announced after the announcement of CAT 2017 result.

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