CAT 2017 is the most coveted entrance exam for anyone aspiring to make a career in management. The exam opens one’s avenues to the top management colleges in the country, including the 19 IIMs and many other reputed colleges/institutes. For this reason, the exam always faces fierce competition.
To ace CAT 2017, first of all, you need to be cognizant of its application process, eligibility conditions, pattern, syllabus, etc.
Here is all you need to know about CAT 2017.
Candidates must have obtained a Bachelor’s degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of SC/ST/PWD candidates) from any recognized university.
The candidates who have appeared for the final year of graduation or are awaiting results can also apply for the exam. However, they’ll be eligible for provisional admission (after clearing the test), only if they furnish the mark sheet and other relevant certificates before the commencement of the session.
The official website of CAT exam will be updated in the month of July or August.
Once it is updated, candidates need to register themselves on the website.
They can afterwards login to the website and proceed to fill in the application form.
While filling the application form, you will need to attach requisite documents like scanned photograph and signature, etc. and select the course name.
You will also need to select four cities on the basis of your preference.
You can pay the application fee through Credit Card (Visa/Master), Debit Card (Visa/Master). Last year, the application fee was Rs. 1600 (Rs. 800 for reserved category candidates).
After the payment, you will receive a confirmation email. Now you can login to your account, download the filled in application form, and take its print out for future reference.
Reservation shall be as per Government of India norms. The rules applicable on the last date of registration shall be binding. No further amendments will be effective for CAT 2017.
Each IIM shall shortlist candidates for the next level of selection. The next level of selection will include a Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD), and Personal Interview (PI). The candidate’s performance in CAT 2016 shall also be considered. Other factors like academic performance and work experience may also be considered.
Also, the selection process across different IIMs may have certain differences. So, to get complete details, you are advised to visit the respective IIM’s website.
The exam will be a Computer Based Test (CBT). It will be divided into three sections, i.e.
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
Quantitative Ability (QA)
The duration of the exam will be 180 minutes, i.e. 3 hours. Each section has to be attempted within one hour. The first one hour will be allotted to VRC, the next to DL & IR, and the last to QA.
The total number of questions is likely to be 100. The number of questions per section cannot be specified, but it would be more or less the same. For updated information on CAT exam pattern, keep visiting this page.
No. of Questions
Marks per question
Verbal and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
One mark shall be deducted for every wrong answer.
Here is the section wise CAT exam syllabus:
Verbal and Reading Comprehension
- Reading Comprehension
-Fill in the blanks
-Permutation and Combination
-Time and Work
-Profit and Loss
-Quadratic and Linear Equations
-Interpretation and Analysis of texts, tables, graphs, charts, venn diagram, etc.
-Linear and Matrix Arrangement
The result for CAT 2017 is most likely to be announced in the 2nd week of January 2018. The result can be checked by visiting the official website of CAT 2017. The list of shortlisted candidates will be hosted on the respective IIM’s website. Each IIM shall send interview letters to the shortlisted candidates.
CAT 2017 Notification
In the month of July
CAT 2017 Registration
August, 2017 to September, 2017
Availability of Admit Cards
October, 2017 onwards
Second week of January, 2017
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Question: I can’t download my admit card, what should I do?
Answer: Candidates can download their admit cards from the official CAT 2017 website. If you face any difficulty downloading the admit cards, you can contact on:
Question: Who is eligible to appear for the exam?
Answer: Candidates having a bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks (45% in case of reserved category candidates) can apply for the exam. Candidates who are in the final year of graduation can also apply for the exam.
Question: Is there any age limit to appear in CAT exams?
Answer: There is no age limit for appearing in CAT 2017.
Question: What marks should I mention in the form if I am in the final year examination?
Answer: The average percentage up to the last mark sheet.
Question: How many times can I attempt CAT 2017?
Answer: There is no restrictions on the number of attempts.
Question: What are the best books for CAT 2017?
Answer: The difficulty level of CAT exams has always been high. You need to put in extra efforts to crack this exam in one go. To secure high percentile in CAT 2017, it is crucial that you refer to the best books. Here is a list of the best books for CAT 2017.