CAT 2017: Exam date clashes with IIFT 2018
In what comes as a major source of dismay for B-School aspirants this year, the exam dates for two of the most sought after national-level postgraduate management examinations, the Common Admission Test (CAT) and the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade (IIFT) Test, are set to clash. As per the notification released by IIM Lucknow on July 29, one day before the previously expected date of July 30, the exam date of CAT 2017 has been fixed as November 26, 2017, which is incidentally the same date on which IIFT 2018 is scheduled to be held. It should be noted that the Indian Institute of Foreign Trade had released the notification for IIFT 2018 much earlier, on July 25, 2017. This marks the first ever instance where the CAT exam date is clashing with that of IIFT.
Latest Update: IIFT notifies on its official website that the issue is being resolved by the Institute. "The issue related to clashing of date of MBA(IB) Entrance Exam with CAT, is being resolved. You will be updated soon on the issue," reads the official notification.
Based on last year’s CAT schedule, it was expected that CAT 2017 would be held in the first week of December. However, in being scheduled for the last week of November, it has reverted to the schedule most commonly followed for CAT before 2016.
Assuming the fact that the CAT 2017 date had been decided a long time prior to the IIFT 2018 notification, it can be seen that IIM Lucknow did not make any plans for changing the exam date at the last moment. IIFT Delhi, on the other hand, is known to conduct its entrance exam on the last Sunday of November every year.
Both CAT and IIFT entrances are two of the most sought after MBA entrance exams. Last year, around 1,95,000 candidates had appeared for CAT out of 2,32,434 applicants, whereas approximately 40,000 test takers appeared for IIFT. Although there is a huge gap in the number of test takers for each exam, there is always a core set of aspirants planning to appear for both and these will be the ones most affected.
While CAT is conducted by the IIMs for admission to 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools, the IIFT entrance test is held for admissions to the MBA in International Business programme offered at the institute campuses in Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada (Andhra Pradesh).
The following table brings to you an overall comparative analysis of CAT and IIFT exams.
CAT Vs IIFT– An Analysis
Approximate number of test takers
Number of participating institutes
20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools across India
IIFT campuses in Delhi, Kolkata and Kakinada
Number of slots and timings
Forenoon and afternoon slots – 10 AM to 1 PM and 2.30 PM to 5.30 PM
10 AM to 12 noon
Mode of test
Paper pencil based
August 9 to September 20
July 25 to September 8
Second week of January 2018
Third week of December 2017
Careers360 has approached the exam conducting authorities, IIM Lucknow and IIFT but they are yet to respond to the matter (Update: Check IIFT statement above). Since IIFT had announced the exam date earlier than CAT, ideally it should be the IIMs who change the test date to safeguard the interests of MBA aspirants. A large number of test takers who will be appearing for CAT, will also be preparing to take the IIFT entrance test, and such a sitatuion will create a strong clash of interest. On the other hand, since the number of applicants and test cities for IIFT is much lesser, operationally it would be more convenient for IIFT to change the test schedule.
What if nothing gets changed?
Incase both IIM Lucknow and IIFT decide on sticking to November 26 for conducting their respective entrances, MBA aspirants will have to take a call. In this case, it is likely that CAT will be chosen by more aspirants given the better chance of admission and more number of seats offered in IIMs and other top B-schools. Harshil, an MBA aspirant shares, “I have planned to appear for both CAT and IIFT but in case the dates are not changed, I will obviously go for CAT.”
Aspirants who are serious about pursuing the specialisation of International Business should go for the IIFT entrance test.
Careers360 will keep you updated in case either of these test dates are changed by the authorities.
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I got 406 marks in neet and my cat is st and cat rank is 2900 do I have any chance to get medical college through state quota or all India quota or do I have any chance to get pvt college through all India quota.
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CAT ( common admission test ) exam is National level exam and conducted once a year. This year it is going to conduct on 29 November in three slots by IIM Indore. If you're appearing in that exam to pursue your higher studies in top management colleges. You can go through the below link to get the previous year papers of CAT.
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i got 369 marks in neet 2020 (sc) candidate from telangana is there any chance for me to get A cat medical seat in govt or pvt college ??? should i apply for councelling or is it a waste of time for me
At first lots of congratulations for your result and wishes for your future life. I am afraid to inform you that with your score your chances in All India counselling are almost negative for the 15% seats . However judging from trends of previous years you can get some of good medical colleges in telengana by state counselling 85 % . Some of those colleges are
BHASKAR MEDICAL COLLEGE, MOINABAD, R.R.(DST)
C ANANDA RAO INST. OF MED. SCI., KARIMNAGARDR PATNAM MAHENDER REDDY INST OF MED SCI, CHEVELLAGOVT MEDICAL COLLEGE,
NALGONDAGOVT MEDICAL COLLEGE, SURYAPEKAMINENI INSTITUTE OF MED. SCI., NARKETPALLYMAMATA ACADEMY OF MED SCI, BACHUPALLYMEDICITI INSTITUTE OF MEDICAL SCIENCES
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S.V.S. MEDICAL COLLEGE,
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1. What are the documents required for management seat Cat B for MBBS admission in Telengana for other state students? 2. Do I need to get study certificate from class 6 to 12? If yes, What is the format of that document? 3. Is residency certificate only for claiming local reservation ?
Dear Aspirants ,
MBBS admission through management quota documents required
Scorecard of NEET
Candidate’s DoB or equivalent certificate, issued by the competent authority.
10+2 passing certificate
Application fee receipt
For more information you can go through the below mentioned link .
im from andhra and have a score of 91 percentile in mains paper 2 . i belong to sc and have a cat rank of 640 . is there a chanch of me getting an nit for b arch
First of all congratulations on securing 640 rank in jee mains paper 2 from sc category.
You rank is good and definitely you can get nits, even if you belong from andhra pradesh.
Now as per seeing the last year cutoff trends for jee mains paper 2, with your sc category rank you can get b.arch in :-
- NIT RAIPUR
- VNIT NAGPUR.
Because, Last year the highest cutoff closing rank for nit raipur for other State sc candidates was - 686. And for vnit nagpur it was - 684.
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