IIMs declare CAT 2017 Results; IIM Lucknow rejects objections raised on question paper and answer key
Sreetama Datta, 08 Jan 2018, #CAT
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Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) have announced results of CAT 2017 for all 1,99,632 candidates who had taken the test on November 26 across different cities in India. According to CAT officials, the IIMs have rejected all the objections raised by CAT test takers on CAT question paper and answer key.

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The CAT 2017 result announcement has been made as per the announced schedule of January 8. Simultaneously, the IIM officials also suggested that none of the objections filed on the CAT paper had merit. “The objections received against CAT 2017 questions were carefully examined by the expert panels of IIMs. There is no change in the answer key of any question subsequent to this,” the officials said.

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The objections were invited after the CAT question paper and answer key was released for the first time in the online testing history of CAT. IIM Lucknow, which has conducted CAT 2017 on behalf of all 20 IIMs, had constituted an expert panel to review the objections raised on CAT paper after they received multiple doubts on CAT questions.

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According to CAT convenor Prof. Neeraj Dwivedi, the result has only been published after the thorough examination of all the doubts that have been officially submitted to IIMs by the test takers. As per the process, the objections received against CAT 2017 questions were examined by an expert panel. Since none of the objection had merit, there was no change in the CAT answer key of any of the questions. IIMs had earlier suggested a remedial in the evaluation process if the objections are found valid by IIM expert panel.


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Till last year, CAT was marred in controversies owing to non-declaration of answer keys and question paper. Careers360 had been raising this issue over last three years and urging IIMs to release CAT Question Paper and Answer keys to bring transparency into the testing system.


Though IIM Lucknow has addressed the issue for the first time by releasing these key documents, the doubts on evaluation process still continue as the doubts raised by applicants and the logic for rejection are yet to be announced.


CAT 2017 was conducted on November 26 in 142 cities across India. As many as 1,99,632 candidates out of 2,31,067 registrations had appeared for the exam. On December 7, IIM Lucknow had released the CAT 2017 question paper and answer key and also invited objections.

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Nidhi, that's correct. CAT is the entrance examination for admission to Management programmes. The highest qualification one needs to have to appear for CAT is a Bachelor's degree in any discipline with a minimum aggregate of 50%. It is 50% for General Category and 45% for Reserved Categories. Now CAT is the brainchild.of IIMs. Every year an IIM conducts CAT. This year, it is IIM Kozhikhode. Along with the 20 IIMs, there are approximately 1000 Institutions that accept CAT score. And every Institution has its own selection criteria. For example, IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage based on their own criteria, which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interviews. Performance in the CAT examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors such as the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. And other top B schools also follow the Group Discussion and Personal Interview format. Now, CAT is an online entrance examination. It is 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.

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To be honest, this is not the time for pondering what might happen. This is the time to give all your concentration in memorising what you have learnt. Remember that you cannot go to the future and make any changes. All you can do is make sure your present is good because it is in your hands. We understand that this is the exam that your future depends on. But also remember that this is just a Mock Test and not a real test. So keep that in mind and work hard for few more days. Who knows, you might surprise yourself with a better percentile? Just to let you know how CAT percentile is calculated.

Now CAT has 3 sections. 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. There are also Non MCQs which do not have negative marking. This answer is being written by taking QA sections as an example.

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Dear Raghu,

I n the year of 1964 Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Co-Operative Management, Pune was established . VAMNICOM Pune offers plethora of management programs like PGDCMB, PGDM-ABM, Diploma MCO and Executive PGDM.

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The number of available seats are 120. The course fee is INR 7,20,000 and the placement average CTC offered is 4.5 LPA and highest CTC is 7 LPA.


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