CAT 2017

CATCAT 2017 - IIM Lucknow will conduct CAT 2017 on November 26, in a single day window in 2 sessions - forenoon and afternoon session. Common Admission Test (CAT) is the biggest national level MBA entrance test is taken by more than two lakh candidates every year. CAT is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) on a rotational basis. In terms of exam pattern, there has been no change introduced by IIM Lucknow. CAT 2017 will be 3 sections with a total of 100 questions to be answered within 3 hours. CAT 2017 scores will not only be accepted by the 20 IIMs in India but over 100 B-schools across the country like FMS, SPJIMR, MDI, NITIE, TAPMI, etc. Around 4,000 seats are offered through the 20 IIMs. CAT 2017 application process was available from August 9 to September 25. Approximately 2.31 lakh applications were received out of 2.80 lakh registrations. IIM Lucknow has released CAT 2017 admit card on October 25. The result of CAT 2017 will be announced in the 2nd week of January 2018. CAT 2017 score card will be valid only for one year until December 31, 2018. This article of Careers360 brings to you complete details of CAT 2017 such as eligibility criteria, registration, application procedure, important dates, exam pattern, admit card, result, cut off, participating institutes, etc.

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CAT 2017 Overview

Events

Overview

Name of Test

Common Admission Test

Purpose of Test

Qualifying Test for admission to 20 IIMs and 100+ B-schools

Conducted by

Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIM Lucknow)

Exam type

National Level

Periodicity

Once in a year

Score or Grade Validity

1 year

Annual Number of Test Takers

1,95,000 in 2016

Pattern of Test

MCQs and Non-MCQs

No. of Questions

100

Test Duration

3:00 hours

Negative Marking

Yes (1 mark for each wrong answer)

Syllabus

Questions are asked from VRC, QA, DI & LR

Mode of Conduct

Computer-based test (Online mode )

CAT 2017 Convenor

Professor Neeraj Dwivedi

Application Fees

Rs. 1800 for General/NC-OBC category and Rs. 900 for SC/ST/PWD/DA category

Reservation of seats in IIMs and B-schools

As per the Government of India regulations

 

CAT 2017 Important Dates

 

The timeline for CAT generally remains similar every year. The following table brings to you the important dates for CAT 2017.

 

CAT 2017 Important Dates

Events

Important Dates

CAT 2017 Notification Released

July 29, 2017

Application Commencement

August 9, 2017

Last date to apply

September 25, 2017 (till 5 PM)

CAT Application form edit

September 27 to 30, 2017

Admit Card Released

October 25, 2017 (12.30 PM onwards)

CAT Tutorial/Mock Test

October 30, 2017

CAT 2017 Exam

November 26, 2017

Announcement CAT 2017 Result

Second week of January 2018

CAT Admit Card 2017

 

The admit card of CAT 2017 is available for download from October 25, 2017. CAT 2017 admit card is available only in online mode which the candidates have to download by visiting the CAT 2017 official website and logging in with the given credentials. The CAT admit card 2017 will contain important information such as:

  • Candidate name

  • Exam date

  • Exam venue

  • Important Instructions for exam day

The admit card will be an important document for CAT 2017, without which the test takers will not be allowed to enter the exam hall. Along with the CAT 2017 admit card, candidates have to carry a photo identity card.

 

CAT 2017 Mock Test

 

In order to adapt CAT aspirants with the exam taking structure and navigation and sectional time limits, IIM Lucknow has released the CAT 2017 mock test on October 30, 2017. Candidates can access the CAT mock test by visiting the official website. In order to get prepared for the exam day, it is necessary to take the mock test of CAT 2017 and practice thoroughly.

 

CAT Syllabus 2017

 

Although there is no specific syllabus for CAT 2017 by IIMs, based on the past years’ pattern and analysis, we can assess the CAT 2017 syllabus. Although IIMs mention that the level of the questions is similar to that of Class VIII-Class X. However, the experts mention that some of the questions are of Class XII to graduation level. The syllabus of CAT is divided into 3 sections:

  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

  • Quantitative Ability

CAT Syllabus

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

Quantitative Ability

  • Caselets and Tables

  • Bar Graphs and Column Graphs

  • Venn Diagrams

  • Line Charts & Pie Chart

  • Combination of two or more types linked to each other

  • Number and Letter Series

  • Calendars, Cubes and Clocks

  • Binary Logic

  • Seating Arrangement

  • Syllogism

  • Logical

  • Matching

  • Logical Sequence

  • Logical

  • Connectives

  • Blood Relations

  • Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)

  • Grammar or English Usage

  • Correction in Sentence

  • Fill in the blanks

  • Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage

  • Analogies and Reverse Analogies

  • Meaning/Usage Match

  • Verbal Reasoning

  • Summary Questions

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Facts Inferences Judgements

 

  • Number Systems

  • LCM & HCF

  • Profit, Loss & Discount

  • Percentages

  • Speed, Time & Distance

  • Time & Work

  • Simple & Compound Interest

  • Ratio & Proportion

  • Averages

  • Quadratic & Linear Equations

  • Complex Numbers

  • Logarithm

  • Binomial Theorem

  • Sequences & Series

  • Surds & Indices

  • Inequalities

  • Probability, Permutation and Combination

  • Set Theory

  • Functions & Geometry

  • Mixtures & Alligations

  • Trigonometry

  • Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration

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CAT Exam Pattern 2017

 

The exam pattern of CAT 2017 will be on the similar lines as that of last year. CAT is a computer-based test of three hours duration carrying 100 objective type questions which were mixed with multiple choice questions (MCQ) and non-multiple choice questions (Non-MCQs) or TITA Question (‘Type in the Answer’ Questions without options). The number of questions in Verbal and Reading Comprehension and Quantitative Ability sections is same, i.e. 34, whereas the number of questions in Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section is 32.

 

Each section is time bound for one hour and can't switch from 1 section to another section. The total duration of the exam is three hours. Take a look at the overall structure of the test.

 

CAT Structure

S.No.

Section

No. of MCQs

No. of Non-MCQs

Questions from each section

Total Marks

Time allotted to each section (minutes)

1

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC)

24

10

34

102

60

2

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

24

8

32

96

60

3

Quantitative Ability (QA)

27

7

34

102

60

Total

75

25

100

300

180

The order of the section is same as given in the above table.

 

Marking Scheme: Each question carries three marks. For each wrong answer, there is a negative marking of 1 mark. There is no negative marking for non-MCQs or unattempted questions.

 

Check here to Know CAT Evolution Over the Years

 

CAT 2017 Exam Centres

 

CAT 2017 will be conducted in around 140 cities across India. Last year, the test was conducted in 136 cities. Each year, IIMs or the CAT conducting authorities add a number of cities where CAT is conducted to make it more convenient for test takers across India. During the application process, candidates have to select four test cities in the order of priority.

 

CAT Analysis 2017

 

After CAT 2017 is conducted on November 26, Careers360 will bring to you detailed slot wise analysis of CAT 2017 based on the student and expert feedback. The CAT 2017 analysis will include information on overall and sectional difficulty level, topics from which questions were asked, topic wise number of questions and the ratio between MCQs and non-MCQs (TITA) questions in each section. According to last year's CAT analysis, the overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate to tough. This year also, it is expected to follow similar trend in terms of difficulty level and other aspects. We will bring to you the detailed CAT analysis 2017 as and when the exam is conducted after each slot.

 

CAT Percentile Predictor 2017

 

Once CAT 2017 is conducted on November 26, test takers can calculate their estimated CAT 2017 score by using Careers360 CAT Percentile Predictor tool. It is a unique data-driven tool where test takers have to enter details of their performance such as difficulty level of CAT 2017, number of questions, accuracy level and other personal details such as exam slot. Note that the CAT Percentile Predictor will be activated once CAT 2017 is over. The CAT 2017 percentile, which the percentile predictor will estimate for you will also depend on the entries done by other CAT takers. 

 

CAT Cutoff 2017

 

The cutoff for CAT 2017 will depend on various factors such as:

  • Difficulty level of exam

  • Number of test takers

  • Number of seats

The CAT 2017 cutoff will be higher if the difficulty level of the test is low and vice versa. In other words, the higher the level of competition, lower would be the cutoff percentiles. IIMs have started declaring the CAT cutoff 2017 through the admission criteria. While IIMs declare their admission criteria including the screening cutoff for final selection rounds, a majority of the institutes do not declare the exact CAT cutoff in advance or after the result. The CAT 2017 cutoff for top 25 B-schools would be 90+ percentile. The cutoff of CAT 2017 for the old IIMs, namely IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Indore and Kozhikode will be over 95 percentile. According to the research by Careers360, there is a huge gap between the screening CAT cutoff and the actual call cutoff of CAT. The following table brings to you the category wise CAT 2017 cutoff released by IIMs.

 

CAT Cutoff for IIMs

IIM

Section

General

OBC-NC

SC

ST

PwD

IIM Ahmedabad

VRC

70

65

60

50

60

DI & LR

70

65

60

50

60

QA

70

65

60

50

60

Aggregate

80

75

70

60

70

IIM Bangalore

VRC

85

75

70

60

60

DI & LR

80

70

65

60

60

QA

80

70

65

60

60

Aggregate

90

80

75

75

75

IIM Calcutta

VRC

80

75

65

60

60

DI & LR

80

75

65

60

60

QA

80

75

65

60

60

Aggregate

90

85

70

70

70

IIM Lucknow

VRC

85

77

55

50

50

DI & LR

85

77

55

50

50

QA

85

77

55

50

50

Aggregate

90

82

70

65

65

IIM Indore

VRC

80

70

55

45

45

DI & LR

80

70

55

45

 

45

QA

80

 

70

55

45

45

Aggregate

90

80

60

50

50

IIM Kozhikode

VRC

80

70

60

40

40

DI & LR

80

70

60

40

40

QA

80

70

60

40

40

Aggregate

90

80

65

55

55

 

CAT Result 2017

 

The result of CAT 2017 will be declared in the second week of January 2018. Test takers can download their CAT 2017 result cum score cards online by logging into the official website through their CAT ID and password. The scorecard will bear test takers’ section-wise and overall scaled scores and percentiles. The CAT 2017 result will be available only in online mode and IIMs will not send the hard copy of the scorecards at the candidates’ address. IIMs and Top B-schools will release the shortlist status after the CAT result declaration. IIMs would notify CAT takers through SMS as and when the result is declared mentioning the overall percentile. 

 

CAT 2017 Reservation Criteria

 

IIMs and other Government institutes follow the reservation criteria of candidates. The following table brings to you the category wise seat reservation percentage.

 

Category wise seat reservation

Category

Percentage

PWD

3%

ST

7.50%

SC

15%

OBC

27% 

Check here to know CAT Score Vs Percentile

 

CAT Normalization Process 2017

 

Since CAT 2017 will be conducted in two sessions, in forenoon and afternoon hours, IIM Lucknow has to ensure that the scores of both sessions' test takers are equated. To ensure this, IIMs normalize the CAT scores using a formula similar to that of GATE. At the time of result, scaled scores for each section along with percentiles will be announced. The officials also mention that for normalization across sections, percentile equivalence will be used. 

 

CAT 2017 Selection Procedure

 

The selection procedure for CAT varies from institute to institute. A majority of the institutes shortlist candidates based on their CAT cutoff and the shortlisted candidates have to appear for the Writing Ability Test (WAT) or Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interview (PI) rounds. The old IIMs conduct their CAT selection procedure separately. Some of the new IIMs conduct a Common Admission Process round where the shortlisted candidates have to appear for WAT and PI conducted by all new IIMs. Following which each participating IIM will release their own separate merit list. For non-IIM B-schools, the admission committees conduct either GD or WAT or at times both along with PI rounds. Some institutes also conduct Group Exercises along with PI. The parameters and weightages assigned to them are decided by the admission committee of B-schools. Majority of the B-schools consider candidate profile including past academic records, work experience etc. while generating the final merit list.

 

CAT 2017 Participating Institutes

 

As many as 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools across India accept the scores of CAT. As on August 9, as many as 82 B-schools across India have registered to accept CAT 2017 scores. For CAT 2017, the number of participating institutes will be similar or more. The following table brings to you the list of 20 IIMs and their intake, tuition fee and offered programme.

 

IIMs Seats and Fee

Note: The above-mentioned seats and fee are based on previous year’s information. The intake and fee may change for the admission to 2018-20 batches.

 

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017

 

The eligibility criteria of CAT has remained constant over the years.

  • Aspirants should have passed and obtained Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognised University or Institute.

  • The minimum percentage of aggregate marks or equivalent CGPA to be obtained or secured by the applicants is 50 for General category candidates and 45 for reserved category candidates.

  • Final year graduation students are also eligible to appear for the exam provided they fulfill the Bachelor’s degree cutoff and other factors within the stipulated schedule given by IIMs and other participating institutes.

CAT Application Form 2017

 

The option to edit select fields at CAT 2017 Application Form had opened on September 27 and ended on September 30, 2017. The application process had commenced from the August 9. The CAT 2017 application form filling procedure was completely online.  In order to apply for CAT, candidates had to visit the official website of CAT 2017 and register. Once the CAT registration process was over, the IIM will send the login credentials to the candidates via SMS and email. After receiving the login credentials, the candidates have to log into the application window and fill up the online application form of CAT 2017 which is divided into the following areas:

  • Personal Details

  • Contact Details

  • Academic Details

  • Work Experience

  • Selecting IIMs to apply for

  • Selecting Test Centres and Interview Cities

Candidates are instructed to check the information provided by them in each and every category and once the CAT application form 2017 is submitted.

 

Applicants have to also upload their photograph and signature in .jpeg format. The files should not exceed the stated file size. The photograph should be clear and the signature should be legible enough in order to be eligible.

 

Candidates applying for IIM Indore (PGP) would be by default considered for IIM Indore Mumbai campus as well. Final admission will depend upon the institute wise admission criteria. 

 

CAT 2017 Application Form Fee

  • The application fee is Rs. 1800 for General category candidates and Rs. 900 for reserved category candidates.

  • The mode of application fee payment is through Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking.

The application fee had increased from Rs. 1700 for General and NC-OBC candidates and Rs. 850 for SC, ST and PWD candidates.

 

This year approximately 2,30,000 CAT applications were received witnessing a slight dip in the numbers compared to the previous year with over 2,32,000 registrations. 

 

Application Trend in CAT

Year

No. of Registration

No. of Test Takers

2017

231,000

-

2016

2,32,434

1,95,000

2015

2,18,664

1,79,602

2014

1,96,988

1,67,829

2013

1,94,516

1,73,714

2012

2,14,000

1,95,000

2011

2,05,000

1,86,000

2010

2,04,000

1,85,000

2009

2,41,000

2,30,000

2008

2,90,000

2,76,000

2007

2,50,000

2,30,000

 

 

 

 

CAT 2017 Notification

 

 

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