CAT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 2017


CAT Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) 2017 - CAT 2017 application process has started and the answers you were waiting for has been responded by the officials of IIM Lucknow, conducting authority. CAT 2017 will be conducted on November 26 in two slots with a test pattern same as that of last year.  Although important information related to CAT has already been released in the official notification, Careers360 brings to you CAT FAQs or frequently asked questions to help clear your doubts.

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The CAT FAQs 2017 have been divided into four sections – Registrations, Category Selection, Exam Format and Person With Disability.

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CAT FAQs - Registration:


CAT 2017 application process had started from August 9 and ended on September 20, 2017. Below are the answers to CAT FAQs under this section.

Q. I have completed my Bachelor’s Degree. Do I need to submit the overall percentage of marks or as per my University standards?

A. As per CAT 2017 eligibility criteria, you must submit the percentage according to your university norms.

Q. I have not completed my Bachelor’s Degree/I am in final year of Bachelor’s degree. What marks do I need to enter in the Application form?

A. As per the CAT 2017 eligibility criteria, you must provide the Aggregate Percentage up to the last marks statement received from the University.
Q. I am not pursuing or completed my Bachelor’s degree or any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc., Am I eligible to appear for CAT 2017?
A. As you are not appearing/ completed any Bachelor Degree or not completed any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc., you are not eligible to appear for CAT 2017

Q. Is there any age restriction for taking the CAT exam?

A. No, there is no age restriction for taking the CAT exam.


Q. What is the fee for the CAT exam?

A. The fee is Rs. 1800 for General and NC-OBC Candidates. However, if you belong to the SC/ST/PWD category, the applicable fee is Rs. 900.


Q. Where can I pay the CAT exam fee?

A. You can pay the CAT exam fee during online registration. Use a valid credit card, debit card, or net banking facility.


Q. When and how do I register for CAT 2017?

A. Online registration for CAT 2016 had begun from Wednesday, August 9, 2017, 10:00 a.m. onwards and closed on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 05:00 p.m. Additional instructions for online registration and the application process are available in the Registration Guide and Registration video published on the website.


Q. Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address when registering for CAT?

A. No. You must provide a valid and unique email address. All correspondence pertaining to CAT 2017 and subsequent information during the selection stages of the respective IIMs will be communicated to the registered email address.


Q. I have done 5 years integrated course of B.Tech and MBA. As per my university norms first 3.5 years is considered to be B.Tech and remaining 1.5 years is considered to be MBA. How do I enter my marks?

A. As per your University norms, you will enter the aggregate percentage of first 3.5 years under Bachelor’s Degree and remaining 1.5 years under Master’s degree.


Q. I have completed 5 year dual degree course (BTech+MTech, BS+MS, BTech+MSc etc.)? How do I enter my marks for bachelor degree?

A. As per your university norms, you must enter the aggregate of marks that are equivalent to Bachelors’ Degree under the Bachelor’s Degree section and the equivalent Marks for the Masters’ degree under the Master Degree section.


Q. I have completed dual Bachelors’ degree courses (BCom+LLB, BPharm+BTech etc.). How do I enter my marks for two Bachelor degrees?

A. On the CAT application form, you must select the option indicating that you have dual Bachelors’ Degrees. You can then enter the details of both qualifications.


Q. When will CAT 2017 be held and can I choose an exam date?

A. The CAT exam will be held on Sunday, November 26, 2017, with two sessions (forenoon and afternoon). Based on your selection of preferred test city, you will be allotted the session slot, test city, and test centre, subject to availability.


Q. Can I appear for more than one slot for CAT 2017?

A. You cannot appear for more than one slot. It will be deemed as a fraudulent activity if you attempt to appear more than once for CAT 2017. To ensure that candidates have only one attempt, Admit Cards, photo IDs, candidate pictures, and biometric information will be verified. Candidates who attempt to take the test more than once will be eliminated anytime during the selection process.


Q. I have made mistake(s) while registering/entering the details in my CAT 2016 application. What should I do now?

A. You cannot edit certain personal details like Name, Date of Birth, email id, mobile number etc., at any stage in the application process (either before or after submitting the application). If you have made a mistake in these details, you must register again with a new email ID. Your CAT 2016 application will be considered for the latest registration and the Admit Card will be issued for the same. Please note that you will not receive a refund or Admit Card for your earlier registration. Failure to re-register in such circumstances may lead to the nullification of your candidature.


You can edit some personal details, such as Communication Address, gender, category, educational information, work experience, or exam city preferences etc. until you have not submitted the Application Form. To do so, click the Existing User Login option on the CAT website.


After you submit the application, there will be a limited time window during which can you modify very limited details like Percentage of Marks scored, Work Experience, Programmes Selected etc. You will not be able to modify any of the following: any details entered in the Personal Details section, any details entered in the Academics section except the percentage marks scored, Exam Centre City Preferences. You can only view and print after this. Details are available on the application submission page. You are strongly encouraged to preview your application before submission to ensure that all the details are correct.


Q. In case the website does not work and I am unable to complete my application, what should I do?

A. If the registration website is not accessible for any reason, please close the Internet browser (delete browsing history, cache & cookies of the web browser) and try again.


Q. I have an SC/ST certificate in the format uploaded on the CAT 2017 website. Can I use the same certificate or do I have to download the certificate template from the CAT website and fill it again?

A. If your certificate fulfils the following conditions; you can upload the same certificate:

  • The certificate should have been issued by a competent authority.
  • The name of the caste and caste number should appear in the certificate.
  • The Ministry's resolution/order number should be available.
  • The certificate should be in Hindi or English only.

Q. I have changed my name with due procedure after completing my degree. Should I enter my name as per the degree certificate or the changed name?

A. You must enter your changed name and provide the supporting documents for change of name at the time of examination, interview, and admission.


Q. Which screen appears after I log into the website post registration?

A. After successful registration, you can use the system generated User ID and Password to log in to the website. Upon logging in, you will first see the Registration Summary page. Click on Go to Application Form. This will direct you to the application form page.


Q.  If I do not get my Admit Card, whom should I contact?

A. The Admit Card needs to be directly printed from the CAT 2017 website using your User ID and Password. It will be available for printout from Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 1:00 p.m. onwards. The admit card will not be mailed to your postal address.

If you are unable to view your Admit Card after logging in, contact the CAT Helpdesk:

Q. I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in May-June 2017 but have backlogs, am I eligible to apply for CAT 2017?

A. Yes, as per the CAT 2017 eligibility norms, candidates who are completing their degree by May 2018 are eligible to appear for CAT. However, the candidate should select Yes to the question “Are you in the final year of Bachelor Degree”.


Q. What should I do if I have not received the password or have lost the SMS?

A. If you have not received the password or have lost the SMS, click the Forgot Password option on the Existing User login page. You will be prompted to enter a Captcha string. The new password will be sent to your registered email address.


Q. I have received multiple passwords. Which password should I enter to login?

A. You need to use the password contained in the most recent SMS you have received. In case you are not able to login, you can simply use your user id and click ‘forgot password’. You will receive a new password through email on your registered email id.
Q. My University name is not mentioned in the drop down list while filling the application form?
A. If your university’s name does not appear in the drop down, you may select the option as “Others” from the drop down.


CAT FAQs - Exam Pattern:


CAT 2017 exam pattern remains same as that of last year. The FAQs on CAT exam pattern are:


Q. How is the computer-based format different from the paper-based format?

A. In the computer-based format, the candidate reads a question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer from among the options given or types the answer in case of question where no options are given. Additionally, the timer on the computer screen tells you the remaining time to complete the current section.


In the paper-based format, the candidate reads a question on a paper booklet and uses a pencil to darken the ovals on an answer-sheet. Additionally, a timer will be displayed on the screen that tells you how many more minutes to complete the current section.


Q. Can I take the exam from any computer?

A. A candidate must take the exam on a workstation assigned at the exam venue based on the city selected while registering for CAT. The venue details are printed on the Admit Card.

Q. What does a CBT exam look like?

A. A practice test will be available on the CAT website: You can familiarise yourself with the functionality and navigation of the actual exam. The CAT 2017 Mock Test link shall be available by the end of October 2017.


Q. Where can I select my preference of shift and test date?

A. The exam shift (forenoon or afternoon) is allocated for each registered candidate based on the city preference made at the time of application. A candidate cannot select the shift.


Q. How many sections are there in CAT 2016?

A.CAT 2016 will have three sections:

  • Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

  • Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

  • Section III: Quantitative Ability

Q. Can I bring a calculator to the testing centre?

A. Candidates are prohibited from bringing calculators to the testing centre. You may use the onscreen calculator that will be available throughout the exam.


Q. How many non-MCQs are there in each section?

A. The number of questions varies and cannot be disclosed.


Q. Are there negative marks for questions other than MCQs?

A. No, there are no negative marks for non-MCQ type questions.


Q. Is there a specific order for answering sections? Can I attempt sections the way I want?

A. You must answer the sections in a pre-specified order and this order will remain same for all the candidates.


Q. What is the marking/grading scheme for CAT? Is there negative marking for a wrong answer?

A. For questions other than MCQs, 3 marks are assigned for ‘correct answer’ and no marks for ‘incorrect answer or no attempt'.


The scoring scheme for Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) is as follows:

  • Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks.

  • An incorrect answer fetches -1.

  • No marks are given or deducted for unattempted questions.

Q. Does CAT 2017 have a syllabus for exam preparation?

A. No, the CAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for CAT preparation. However, you can attempt the mock test to understand the pattern of exam and types of questions. Check the CAT website regularly for the announcement of mock test.


CAT 2017 FAQs - Category Selection


The questions in this section are:

Q. Under which categories can I apply for CAT?

A. You can apply under the following categories:

  • General

  • Scheduled Caste (SC)

  • Scheduled Tribe (ST)

  • Non Creamy Other Backward Class (NC-OBC)

Q. Which documents must I submit if I belong to the SC/ST category?

A. If you belong to the SC or ST category, your caste/tribe must be listed in the Government of India schedule. For more information, refer the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment website and the Ministry of Tribal Affairs website ( The caste certificate that you upload in the Application Form should be in the Government approved format. The certificate format is also available on the CAT website under the Certificates section. Download and print the certificate, and clearly state the following:

  • Name of your caste/tribe.

  • Whether you belong to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.

  • District and the State or Union Territory of your ordinary residence

  • The appropriate Government of India schedule under which your caste/tribe is approved, whether Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.

  • Signatures of required authorities.

Q. Do I belong to the NC-OBC category?

A. To know whether you belong to the NC-OBC category, see the following website: Refer the updated list of state-wise OBCs eligible for availing the benefit of reservation and information in respect of the creamy layer.


CAT 2017 FAQs - Persons with Disability related


Q. Who is eligible to take the test under the PWD category?

A. As per the “Persons with Disability Act, 1995”, a candidate qualifies to be a PWD candidate if he/she suffers from any of the listed disabilities to the extent of not less than 40 per cent as certified by a competent medical authority in the prescribed format. The certificate format is available on under the section Certificates. The following categories are defined by IIMs for PWD candidates:

  • Low Vision/Blindness

  • Hearing Impairment

  • Locomotive Disability/ Cerebral Palsy

Q. Which are the acceptable testing devices that I can use/bring to the test centre?

A. The approved means of testing assistance are:


Testing assistance devices

Testing Assistance

Applicable for

Arranged by

Abacus (without calculator)

Visually Impaired


Hearing Aid

Hearing Impairment


Wheel Chair

Locomotive Disability/ Cerebral Palsy

Test Center, on request in Application Form

Magnifying Screen

Visually Impaired

Test Centre on request(System In built feature)


Visually Impaired/ Cerebral Palsy


Q. Will the means of testing assistance be provided to me directly at the test centre?

A. Based on your request in the Application Form, only a magnifying screen (System Built feature) and a wheel chair will be arranged by the test centre. All other approved means of testing assistance including Abacus, hearing aids, wheelchair, Scribe/reader need to be arranged by you.


Q.  I am a PWD candidate with Blindness or low vision/cerebral palsy. What privileges will I receive on the test day?

A. PWD candidates suffering from low vision/blindness/cerebral palsy will be allowed to bring a scribe. Such candidates will also receive a time extension during the examination.


Q. What will be the time extension given to a PWD candidate?

A. PWD candidates with or without Scribe requirement will be given a time extension of 20 minutes per section, which comes to a total extension of one hour for the full test.


Q. Will the extra one hour be distributed among three sections?

A. Yes. For PWD candidates, the extra one hour will be distributed into 20 minutes for each section. That is, PWD candidates will have 80 minutes to attempt each section, while the other candidates will have 60 minutes per section.

CAT 2017 is scheduled to be held in two slots on November 26, 2017. The CAT admit card will be released on October 18 along with a tutorial. The result of CAT 2017 is expected to be declared on the second week of January 2018.

Also Read:

How to fill CAT 2017 Application Form - Step by Step Guide  

CAT Topper Interviews

CAT Preparations


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First Published On : 30 Aug 2016 12:12 PM IST

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