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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, 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
Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Number of Questions
Verbal & Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
3:00 hours (180 minutes)
1 hour (60 minutes) for each section
MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions) and Non-MCQs
On Screen basic calculator will provide
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
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
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."
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.
Know CAT Evolution Over Years
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You have to score a minimum of 99 percentile to get at least one good IIM call as your academics are not good. You could get a call from new IIMs if you score 99 percentile as the top tier IIMs will not give you a chance due to your poor acads.
Colleges you could look for are like IIM Nagpur, Kashipur, Shillong, etc. These colleges if you study well will provide you with a good package of 10-12 lpa.
Hope this helps. Thank you.
You will not be able to get any good business school like top IIMs, MDI, IIFT, or FMS. However, you can still get a good MBA tier 3/4 college if you increase your percentile to 98 percentile.
However, according to your grads, you must not be disappointed if you don't get a call at 99 because your marks are not good.
Hope for the best. Thank you.
Eligibility for CAT is graduate in any discipline from a recognized university with 50% aggregate, for SC/ST/PwD it's 45%.
So, people from any background can apply for CAT, provided they have required aggregate at their graduation level against their category.
Now, coming to the syllabus for CAT, there's no specific syllabus for CAT, one needs to rely on past years sample papers to get a fair idea about the pattern and weightage given to each topic and section.In general, questions are mostly from middle school level English and Mathematics.
There are mainly three sections in CAT-
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation which includes topics such as Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets, Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism etc.
Quantitative Aptitude which includes topics such as Geometry, Algebra, Time and Work, Mensuration, Number System etc.
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension which includes topics such as Sentence completion, Questions based on reading comprehension, Para-jumbles & para-summar, inferences etc.
To know the detailed topics, kindly go through the following link-
Honestly there is a difference between just finishing the syllabus and preparing for selection in cat. See you can finish the syllabus if you'll work really hard in one month but trust me only unless you are extraordinary you won't be able to get selected for iims or other good colleges. But don't loose hope you should fight till last.
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