IIM Lucknow has released the CAT 2017 notification on July 29, 2017. The computer based test will be conducted on November 26 in a single day window over two slots. Incidentally, CAT 2017 exam date is clashing with IIFT 2018 exam date. CAT 2017 application process will commence from August 9 and the last date to apply is September 20. The official website for CAT 2017, iimcat.ac.in has also been made functional on July 29. There has been no change in the exam pattern. CAT will carry 100 questions from three sections, Verbal and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability. The following table brings to you the structure and pattern of CAT 2017.

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CAT 2017 Exam Pattern


Three –

Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

Quantitative Ability (QA)

Number of Questions


Verbal & Reading Comprehension

Quantitative Ability

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning


3:00 hours (180 minutes)

Sectional Duration

1 hour (60 minutes) for each section

Question Types

MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) and Non-MCQs

Calculator Usage

On Screen basic calculator will provide

Marking Scheme

For Non-MCQs(Multiple Choice Questions),

  • +3 marks for ‘correct answer’

  • Negative marks (or No marks) for ‘wrong or no attempt’.

The scoring scheme for MCQs (multiple choice questions) is:

  • +3 marks for correct answer

  • -1 marks for incorrect answer

  • No marks given or deducted for unattempted questions.

The schedule for CAT 2017 is as below:

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CAT 2017 Important Dates


Important Dates

Official Notification

July 29, 2017

Starting date of Online Registration

August 9, 2017

Last date of Application Form

September 20, 2017 (till 5 pm)

Issue of Admit Card

October 18, 2017 (from 1 pm)

Release of CAT 2016 exam pattern tutorial

October 18, 2017

Entrance Exam Date

November 26, 2017 (forenoon and afternoon slots)

Releasing date of Result

Second week of January, 2017

CAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria

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The other aspects of the exam have remained as it is. The eligibility criteria of CAT 2017 states that applicants should have a Bachelor’s Degree in any discipline from a recognised institute or university with minimum 50 per cent marks in aggregate for General category candidates and 45 per cent for Reserved category candidates. Final year graduation students are also eligible to apply provided they fulfill eligibility criteria within the stipulated date.


CAT 2017 Application Process


The application process for CAT 2017 is completely online, which will commence from August 9, 2017. CAT 2017 applicants have to logon to the official website and register themselves by filling up the registration form, which will generate the CAT ID and Password. Candidates have to login once again to continue the application process by filling mandatory details related to personal, educational and work experience. Along with that, applicants have to also select IIM programmes, exam centres and WAT-PI centres. The application fee has been increased from last year to Rs. 1800 for General and NC-OBC candidates and Rs. 900 for SC, ST and PWD candidates. Last year, the application fee for General/NC-OBC and Reserved category candidates was Rs. 1700 and Rs. 850 respectively.


CAT 2017 Exam Centres 


CAT 2017 test centres will be located in approximately 140 cities across India. Candidates will have to select four test cities in order of preference. The CAT 2017 notification states, "Test Cities and Centres will be assigned to the candidates only after the last date for CAT 2017 registration and hence candidates need not rush to block slots and cities in the initial days of registration."


IIM Programmes


There are 20 IIMs which will accept the scores of CAT 2017 for their flagship Post Graduate Management programmes. The following list brings to you the list of programmes offered by IIMs.


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PGPEM (Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management)


PGPBM (Post Graduate Programme in Business Management)


PGP (Post Graduate Programme)


PGPWE (Post Graduate Programme for Working Executive)


PGPPM (Post Graduate Progamme in Public Policy and Management)


EPGPM (Executive Post Graduate Programme)


PGPSM (Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets)


PGDHRM (Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management)


PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management)


PGPEX (Post Graduate Programme for Executives)


PGP-Mumbai (Post Graduate Programme at Mumbai)


PGP-ABM (Post Graduate Programme in Agri Business Management)


PGP-UAE (Post Graduate Programme at UAE)

CAT Registration Trends over the years


CAT 2016 had received the highest number of registrations and number of test takers in past seven years. As many as 2,32,434 candidates had applied for the test out of 1,95,000 appeared for CAT 2016. The following graph brings to you the year wise application vis a vis actual number of test takers.



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I have 76% in 10th, 88% in 12th and 80% in graduation. Addition to that i have a 2 years work experience. How MUCH percentile do i need to score in cat to get a call from IIM ABC ?

Harshita Sharan Srivastava Student Expert 30th Mar, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

As per the details provided, you have decent academic record and its really good that you have 2 years of work experience. It'll give you an edge in selection process. Also, if you belong to general category, then to get a call from IIM A,B,C you should focus on getting a minimum of 98 percentile in cat.

All the best


Hlo....mam or sir! Im Rajlaxmi frm Odisha.. How to preparation for CAT ... during bba 2nd yr... how to crack CATexam ..

Prateek Sinha 30th Mar, 2020

Prepare for the syllabus according to the weight age of each section.  Give mock tests and improve upon your timing skills. if you join a coaching class it would be good as you will get a clearer idea.


why these exams are conducting

Aniket Sharma 29th Mar, 2020

hi lramprasad,

CAT is commencing on 25th November in 2020. So it does not need to get postponed/cancel due to corona virus. The situation should get better till November. So, we can't argue why CAT is conducting.

Please elaborate your query and provide more details so that we can help you better!!



Can i apply for MBA at JK Lakhmipat University if i have not given CAT?

Megha 29th Mar, 2020

Hello Abhishek !

Yes ,you can apply at JK Lakhmipat University if you have not given CAT , because as per their eligibility criteria for getting admission their the candidates must have appeared in CAT/MAT/ATMA/XAT/CMAT or any other national level entrance test.

In case the candidate has not appeared for any of the mentioned tests, they will have to appear in the JKLU Management Entrance Test (MET) to qualify for the programme.

So, you can apply there by appearing in their Entrance test.

Hope it helps !


What is the CAT exam pattern ?

Aashima Puri 29th Mar, 2020

Hello aspirant, hope you are doing well!

CAT ( Common admission test) is a very reputed entrance exam conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) for admissions into various colleges for MBA. The duration of the exam is 3 hours for all the categories and 4 hours for the PwD category. The sectional duration for each section is 60 minutes each whereas it is 80 minutes for the candidates of the PwD category.

The total number of questions asked in the entrance exam are 100. It is a computer based examination.

Candidates lose 1 mark for each incorrect answer and gain 3 marks for every correct answer. No marks are deducted for the questions which the candidate didn't attempt.

The examination consists of 3 sections namely - Quantitative ability , Data interpretation & logical reasoning and Verbal ability and reading comprehension. These sections consists of 34,32 and 34 questions each respectively.

The candidates are not allowed to switch between the sections. He/she can move to the next section only after attempting the previous section which he/she was completing. Though, the candidates are allowed to switch between questions within the same section.

These were some of the main points to be kept in mind for the CAT exam.

Further you can go through this link to know everything about CAT exam. https://www.google.com/amp/s/bschool.careers360.com/articles/cat-exam-pattern/amp

Hope it helps! All the very best for your future endeavours!

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