CAT 2017 Notification Released - Key Features you must know
Updated on Jul 29, 2017 - 11:19 p.m. IST by Sreetama Datta
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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, 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.


List of IIM Programmes




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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Hi, can you suggest me the best colleges at 84.58 percentile in CAT. Im a female, non engineer, general category aspirant. My score in 10th/12th/Grad : 8.2 CGPA/89%/7.2 CGPA

Sampriti Student Expert 22nd Jan, 2020
You have a pretty decent CAT percentile and hence you should check out these colleges.
  • LBSIM Delhi
  • LIBA Chennai
  • BIM Trichy
  • BIMTECH Noida
  • XISS Ranchi
  • XIME Bangalore
  • KMT Nagpur and Hyderabad campuses

They are very good colleges with good placements and great ROI.You can easily get an average compensation package of 7-8 lakhs.

Good Luck

when can we give CAT exams?? when should we start preparations for CAT exams??

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 21st Jan, 2020
Arpita, CAT exam is usually held every year tentatively in the month of November and the results are announced in the month of January. With all the 20 IIMs conducting their admissions based on CAT score, no time is early for CAT preparation. Unless you score 95 percentile and above, it is difficult for admission in IIMs. CAT is an online examination of 3 hours duration.The questions in the exam will be of MCQ and TITA type totaling 100 questions. MCQ are multiple choice questions, for which candidates get multiple answer choices. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark. However Type in the Answer questions are exempted from Negative Marking.

CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:

Quantitative Ability
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.

which mba colleges are best suited for 84 percentile in cat 2019?

Sampriti Student Expert 21st Jan, 2020
You have a pretty good CAT percentile and you can easily get a call from some of the best B schools in the country like
  • LIBA Chennai
  • BIM Trichy
  • XISS Ranchi
  • XIME Bangalore
  • BIMTECH Noida
  • IMT Nagpur and Hyderabad campuses
  • ICFAI Business School Hyderabad and other campuses
  • IFMR Chennai and other colleges

All these colleges are equally good in terms of industry reputation and placements. But if you're interested in marketing or finance you should go for BIMTECH, ICFAI and IMT campuses and BIM. They are the best in this list. But if you're planning to study Human Resource then XISS and LIBA would be the best option. All the colleges provide good ROI and you can easily get an average compensation package of 7-8 lakhs from these colleges.

Good Luck

sir my jee main percentile in jan exam is 85.4059364. can I get admission in NIT. I m in Gen cat

Sunil Kumar singh 21st Jan, 2020

Hi dear,

You have got 85.4059364 percentile in JEE main that means your rank should be 126875. This rank can increase in number of student in april month will increase. You can also calculate your rank as

Rank=(100-your percentile)×869010÷100

With this rank you have very low chance to get any NITs as you belong from general category. You can predict your college here

Hope it helps


Which is the best academy to take cat coaching in India, both online and offline...

Sampriti Student Expert 21st Jan, 2020
You can join either TIME or Carrer Launcher. Both of them are equally good in terms of faculty and study materials. IMS is also pretty good and comes right after these two. All of them have good success rate. All of them usually charge above 40000 as the course fee.

But if you don't want to invest such a huge amount of money you can study from various books available in market like Arun Sharma and Sarvesh Verma for quantitative aptitude and magazines like The Economist and TIME and TOI newspaper for the English portion. Along with that do buy the mock test series from the above Institutes which will give you a good knowledge of all the kinds of questions generally asked in CAT,XAT or other exams.

All the very best
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