CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017

Gareema Bali updated on : 30 Jul 2017
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CAT 2017 aspirants can check details on CAT eligibility criteria 2017 and IIM reservation policy here. Register for the test only after going through CAT 2017 eligibility norms.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017 – IIMs prescribe the eligibility criteria of CAT, which must be met by the candidates interested in taking this exam. Along with the notification, the CAT 2017 eligibility criteria to appear for the exam has also been released. No changes have been made the CAT eligibility criteria since years now and the same norms will be followed this year too. According to the CAT eligibility norms, candidates who have Bachelor’s degree, passed with minimum 50% marks can apply for the exam. Before filling the application form, the candidates must go through these norms in order to avoid rejection at later stages. The online CAT 2017 registration will be commenced from 09 August while CAT 2017 will be held on 26 November 2017.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017

The eligibility criteria of CAT gives you complete details about academic qualification, age requirement and other norms required to be fulfilled for appearing in the test. IIMs verify the eligibility of the candidate at various stages of the selection process, so it is necessary for the candidates to meet the prescribed eligibility conditions. Failure in not meeting the eligibility criteria of CAT 2017 will lead to disqualification of candidature at the time of admission. However, candidates should note that the mere fulfillment of CAT 2017 eligibility norms will not ensure consideration for short listing by IIMs.

The CAT eligibility criteria 2017 is as follow –

  1. The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree passed with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA. For the candidates belonging to SC, ST, PWD, DA category, the passing percentage in graduation is 45%. The Bachelor’s degree must be obtained 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.
  2. Candidates not possessing Bachelor’s degree must possess an equivalent qualification as recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.
  3. The candidates who will be appearing for their final year of their bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who would have completed the degree requirements, but are waiting for the declaration of the results can also apply.
  4. As per the CAT 2017 eligibility norms, there is no age bar to appear for CAT 2017.

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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017 - Equivalent Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2/Post B.Sc./Post Diploma ) or B.E/B.Tech equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognized by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers -India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers India).
  • Any Qualification recognized by Association of Indian Universities, New Delhi, equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree awarded by UGC recognized University/Institutions will be regarded as “Equivalent Qualification”.
  • In case the equivalent qualification possessed by the candidate is not covered in those mentioned above, then he/she will have to get an equivalence certificate from Association of Indian Universities New Delhi.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017 – Key Points to be kept in mind

  1. If candidates waiting for their final year result are selected, they will be granted provisional admission. Such permission will be given only if they will be able to submit a certificate on or before 30 June 2018 stating the fulfillment of all the requirements as required for obtaining their respective bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate. The candidate must reach out to the Principal/Registrar of their College/Institute from where they have pursued their Bachelor’s Degree for getting this requisite certificate.
  2. On getting provisionally admitted into IIM, such candidate will be required to submit original mark sheet & qualifying degree certificate of having passed Bachelor’s Degree before 31 December 2018 in order to confirm their admission. Failing to do so, the provisional admission will stand cancelled.  
  3. If the candidates are awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks in their Bachelor’s degree then such grades/CGPA will be converted to percentage of marks according to the procedure certified by the university/institution from where they would have obtained their bachelor’s degree.
  4. But in case, the university/ institution will not have any scheme/provision for conversion of the CGPA into equivalent marks, then such an equivalence will be determined by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.

CAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria – Reservation of Seats

Reservation in India has always been a topic of dissension. Every candidate who wishes to apply for admission under the reserved category must read the norms of eligibility. Following is the CAT reservation criteria and percentage distribution for each category -

  • SC candidates – 15%.
  • OBC-NCL candidates - 27%
  • ST candidates - 7.5%
  • PWD candidates - 3%

CAT Application Form 2017

The registration process of CAT 2017 is expected to start in first week of August 2017. The CAT 2017 application form will be released online on the official website of IIM CAT. The candidates interested in applying for this exam will be required to fill a registration form, followed by CAT application form. Using email Id and mobile number, the candidates will have to create their student login. Only after retrieving these login credentials, the candidates will be able to access the application form.

Personal, educational, work experience, exam cities, contact details etc. will be required to be filled in the CAT 2017 application form. The form will have 5 segregated sections, which must be filled carefully with valid and correct details. General category candidates will have to pay Rs. 1700 while reserved category candidates will be required to pay Rs. 850 for submitting the form and complete the application process.

To know how to fill CAT application form 2017, click on the subhead here. 

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