CAT 2017 Overview

Exam Type:
National Level
Format:
Online/CBT
Language:
English

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a national level management entrance exam held every year across major cities of the country. On the basis of CAT score and percentile, admissions are granted to the post graduate courses and fellow programmes in Management offered by IIMs and other Management Institutes of India. At present, 20 IIMs and over 100 Management Institutes accept the score of CAT exam for granting admission to various MBA, PGDM, Part-time MBA, Executive and Fellow Management Programs. This year, CAT is being conducted by IIM Lucknow after a gap of 7 years. One of the IIM is given the responsibility of conducting CAT exam every year, mostly the old IIMs are entrusted with this responsibility. 

CAT 2017 is scheduled to be held on November 26, 2017. This computer based test will be conducted on a single day in two sessions, forenoon and afternoon. CAT exam will be conducted this year across 140 cities and the candidates have the option of filling 4 preferred test cities in the CAT application form. The online CAT exam 2017 registration commenced form August 9 and it was supposed to end on September 20., 2017. However, the registration deadline extended by 5 days, till September 25, 2017. The last date to register for CAT exam is being extended from the past 4 years and since past years, the registration deadline gets extended by 5 days. The reason behin this extension has somewhat been the technical issues faced by the applicants but majorly, it is the IIMs belief that the registration count remains the highest during this extended tenure. Also, the CAT registration stats have favoured the believe of the IIMs till now.

CAT exam registration can be processed in online mode only. The form is available on CAT 2017 official website, www.iimcat.ac.in. Also, for hassle-free submission of CAT exam application form, the candidates can access the link given here below. Last year, more than 2.32 lakh candidates registered for this exam and out of it, around 1.98 lakh actually appeared. This year too, more than 2 lakh aspirants are expected to apply for IIM CAT exam.

CAT 2017 Registration Extended till September 25 - Apply Here

This year, CAT exam notification was released on July 29, 2017 and it carried no surprises. However, the only thing which was disturbing for the candidates was the CAT exam date, which was clashing with exam date of IIFT 2018 MBA (IB) entrance test. But on August 3, 2017, the IIFT 2018 and CAT 2017 exam date clash issue was resolved by IIFT as it decided to postpone the exam date to December 3 from November 26. The exam pattern of CAT has remained similar to that of last years, no changes in the registration or eligibility norms either. It is expected that CAT 2017 exam difficulty level will also remain similat to that of past 2 years CAT exam. 

 

All you need to know about CAT 2017

 

CAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria

The candidate must be a graduate, 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 Abled (DA) category).

The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated based on the practice followed by the university/institution from where the candidate has obtained the degree.

In the absence of any percentage conversion scheme, candidate’s CGPA will be divided by maximum possible CGPA and be multiplying the result with 100.

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.

Detailed Information about CAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria

CAT 2017 Application Details

CAT exam application form must be filled and submitted in one sitting having a duration of 30 minutes. Though, you can revisit CAT 2017 online registration portal several times but the login session expires in half an hour.

Follow the steps given below to access and fill the application form of CAT 2017 - 

1. Candidates can apply to CAT by clicking on the link given on this page. 

2. They will have to fill certain basic details in CAT registration form 2017 to create a profile. These details are Name, Mobile Number and Email ID. The candidates must note that these details cannot be edited later on so these must be filled very carefully.

4. On creating a profile, a system generated CAT 2017 User Id will be sent by email and the Password shall be sent to the registered mobile number of the applicants.

5. Using these login credentials, login as existing user to access the CAT application form.

6. Fill valid details in the application form correctly. The details requred to be filled are personal, educational, course to be pursued, exam cities, work experience, list of IIMs where you wish to apply and more. Verify the filled details and make changes if required.

7. Lastly, pay the requisite application fee using the available online payment gateways.

Candidates will not be able to make changes in the form once the application fee will be paid. However, the CAT 2017 exam conducting authority will provide the opportunity to make changes in some of the details of the form.

CAT Exam Application Correction Details

Details which can be corrected

1.       Percentage of Marks scored
2.       Work Experience
3.       Programs Selected

Details which cannot be corrected(These details can only be viewed and printed)

1.       Personal Details section
2.       Academics section
3.       Exam Centre City Preference


 

 

Application fees detail

Category of Applicants

Amount of Application Fee

Mode of Payment
(Online Only)

General and NC-OBC

Rs. 1800

Credit Card / Debit Card / Internet Banking / Cash Card & Wallet

SC/ST/PWD

Rs. 950

 

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Exam Pattern & Analysis

CAT Exam Pattern & Analysis

Section I:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Section II:

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:

Section III:

Quantitative Ability:

CAT 2016 Analysis

The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016 held on Sunday (Dec 4) was a moderate – difficulty level of examination filled with few surprises. HTCampus caught up with some test takers freshly after the examination to get the CAT paper analysis 2016. 

 

Paper-Wise Analysis

  • Quantitative Aptitude - Moderate

  • Verbal and Reading Comprehension - Easy

  • Data-Interpretation and Logical Reasoning - Very Difficult

Not such major changes were noticed in CAT 2016 paper. The marking scheme and the number of questions were pretty much the same and according to the expectation. A single change was noticed in the number of options in each MCQ question, it was increased from four to five. 

 

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CAT 2017 Counselling/Interview

List of the candidates who qualify CAT 2017 result will be shortlisted for the next level of selection will be made available on the individual IIM websites. Each IIM will send out call letters to the shortlisted candidates directly. The admission criteria for different IIMs are different. Candidates should visit the official websites of IIMs for other updates.

Counselling procedure for other institutes accepting CAT 2017 score is different for each. Hence, candidates are requested to visit the official website of the college they are applying to.

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CAT Cut-off for Top Management Colleges

Colleges / Institutions General ST SC OBC

Jaipuria Institute of Management, Noida

User rating:
4.0/5

Good college... 2 Reviews

50.00

Army Institute of Management and Technology

50.00

Institute of Public Enterprise

User rating:
4.0/5

One of the best B-school in Hyderabad... 4 Reviews

50.00

Sri Krishna College of Engineering and Technology

User rating:
4.5/5

College environment and campus... 4 Reviews

57.77

Lingaya's Institute of Management and Technology(LIMAT), Faridabad

58.38

Rajagiri Business School

59.82

SSN School of Management

61.76

ITM School of Management, Gwalior

User rating:
4.0/5

Faculty is the best and is well experienced!... 16 Reviews

62.33

Great Lakes Institute Of Management, Chennai

User rating:
4.0/5

Excellent faculty and academics with aesthetic college campus.... 1 Reviews

63.51

Xavier Institute of Management and Entrepreneurship, Bangalore

64.30

Department of Business Administration, School of Management Sciences, Tezpur University, Assam

66.41

ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology & Management

User rating:
4.8/5

Reputed college and wonderful opportunities in the information technology field. Not good for core fields.... 9 Reviews

69.42

Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani

User rating:
5.0/5

Review of the entire campus ... 598 Reviews

70.00

Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management, Shillong

User rating:
4.1/5

Review for IIM Shillong... 12 Reviews

70.00 50.00 60.00

Vellore Institute of Technology

User rating:
4.1/5

Place to learn,chance to grow.... 924 Reviews

73.00

Thiagarajar School of Management

User rating:
4.0/5

Learned many things - best b school in TN... 1 Reviews

74.68

Indian Institute of Forest Management, Bhopal

80.00

Institute of Management, Nirma University, Gujarat

User rating:
4.6/5

Institute of Management Nirma University... 120 Reviews

80.00

Indian Institute of Management, Sirmaur

User rating:
5.0/5

Excellent overall learning experience for an MBA degree... 1 Reviews

80.00 65.00 70.00

Institute of Management Technology, Nagpur

User rating:
4.0/5

MBA is not just books and courses, it is a way of life if done from the right place... 6 Reviews

81.00

Fore School of Management

User rating:
4.0/5

Fore School of Management: One of the best Bschools in the country... 25 Reviews

85.00

Indian Institute of Management Rohtak (IIM Rohtak)

User rating:
4.9/5

IIM in NCR, new era in management... 35 Reviews

85.00 60.00

Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Management & Development Studies, Lucknow

85.00

TAPMI

86.00

International Management Institute, New Delhi

User rating:
2.5/5

About the college's environment and pedagogy... 25 Reviews

90.00

CAT 2017 Exam Syllabus

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:

Reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, syllogisms, analogies, antonyms, and synonyms, fill in the blanks, sentence correction, idioms, etc.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:

Data interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), venn diagram, clocks, calendars, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, assumption, premise, conclusion, linear and matrix arrangement, etc.

Quantitative Ability:

Number systems, geometry, trigonometry, probability, permutation combination, algebra, mensuration, time and work, averages, percentages, profit and loss, quadratic and linear equations, etc.

CAT 2017 Syllabus

Reference Books

Best Books for Verbal and Reading Comprehension

Nishit Sinha’s The Pearson Guide to Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

Word Power Made Easy by Norman Lewis

Barron’s Pocket Guide to Vocabulary

Best Books for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Arun Sharma’s How to Prepare for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for CAT

Trishna's Verbal Ability And Logical Reasoning For The CAT And Other MBA

Best books for Quantitatve Ability

Arun Sharma’s ‘How to prepare for Quantitative Ability for CAT Published by Tata McGraw Hill.

Arun Sharma’s The Complete CAT Digest, by Tata McGraw-Hill.

How to Prepare for the CAT Common Admissions Test by Muhamed Muneer, published by Om Books.

How to Prepare for the CAT Common Admissions Test by Muhamed Muneer, published by Om Books.

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Examinations by Abhijit Guha and Published by Tata McGraw-Hill

CAT 2017 Exam Centres

Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Faridabad

Aurangabad

Udaipur

Port Blair

Gurgaon

Jalgaon

Tamil Nadu

Andhra Pradesh

Palwal

Kolhapur

Chennai

Chittoor

Panipath

Mumbai(Mumbai,Navi Mumbai,Thane)

Coimbatore

Kurnool

Rohtak

Nagpur

Madurai

Nellore

Sonipath

Nanded

Namakkal

Tirupati

Himachal Pradesh

Nashik

Thanjavur

Vijayawada

Shimla

Pune

Tiruchirappalli

Visakhapatnam

Jammu and Kashmir

Ratnagiri

Tirunelvelli

Arunachal Pradesh

Jammu

Satara

Telangana

Itanagar

Jharkhand

Solapur

Hyderabad

Assam

Dhanbad

Meghalaya

Karim Nagar

Dibrugarh

Jamshedpur

Shillong

Khammam

Guwahati

Ranchi

Odisha

Uttar Pradesh

Silchar

Karnataka

Balasore

Agra

Bihar

Banglore

Berhampur

Allahabad

Aurangabad

Belgaum

Bhubaneswar

Bareilly

Gaya

Bidar

Cuttack

Ghaziabad

Muzaffarpur

Chikballapur

Sambalpur

Gorakhpur

Patna

Davanagere

Rourkela

Greater Noida

Chandigarh

Hassan

Puducherry

Kanpur

Chandigarh

Kolar

Puducherry

Lucknow

Chhattisgarh

Mandya

Punjab

Mathura

Bhilai

Mangalore

Fatehgarh Sahib

Meerut

Raipur

Mysore

Jalandhar

Noida

Delhi

Ramnagara

Khanna

Varanasi

New Delhi

Shimoga

Ludhiana

Uttarakhand

Goa

Tumkur

Mohali

Dehradun

Madgaon

Udupi

Pathankot

Roorkee

Verna

Kerala

Patiala

West Bengal

Gujarat

Cochin

Phagwara

Asansol

Ahmedabad

Kasaragod

Ropar

Burdwan

Anand

Kollam

Sangrur

Durgapur

Gandhinagar

Kozhikode

Rajasthan

Hooghly

Rajkot

Malappuram

Ajmer

Howrah

Surat

Thrissur

Alwar

Kalyani

Vadodara

Trivandrum

Jaipur

Kolkata

Haryana

Maharashtra

Jodhpur

Siliguri

Ambala

Ahmednagar

Kota

 

Bahadurgarh

Amravati

Sikar

 

 

CAT 2017 Contact Details

For all CAT related queries, please contact:

Help Desk Number: 18002660207 (Monday to Saturday 09:00 AM to 06:00 PM;
Not available on National/Public Holidays).

 

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