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CAT 2017, the admission gateway to 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools across India for the 2018-20 batch, will be announced soon. IIM Lucknow is slated to release the CAT 2017 notification on the last Sunday of July. Prof. Neeraj Dwivedi, the CAT 2017 Convenor, stated, “The official CAT notification is likely to be released in end July 2017”. Over two lakh MBA aspirants are waiting anxiously to know what’s in store for them in this year’s CAT and how to direct their preparations based on the new exam pattern. The CAT 2017 notification will be released in national dailies and the official CAT 2017 website will also be made functional. Last year, the CAT 2016 notification was released on Sunday, July 31.
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So far, the CAT 2017 Convenor from IIM Lucknow has not indicated any updates to the exam window, pattern or important dates. Owing to the dynamic nature of the exam however, aspirants can anticipate several changes. Almost every year, the CAT undergoes major changes. IIM Lucknow had last conducted CAT in the year 2010.
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Based on last year’s timeline, CAT 2017 is expected to be conducted in the first week of December. The window of CAT was also reduced last year from 20 days to single day two slots, held in forenoon and afternoon sessions, and the same pattern is expected to continue this year as well.
The CAT application form is likely to be available from August 7, 2017 in online mode only. The application fee will be Rs. 1700 for General and OBC category candidates and Rs. 850 for reserved category candidates. The following table brings to you the tentative important dates for CAT 2017.
CAT 2017 Important Dates
Official Notification for CAT by IIM Lucknow
Last Sunday of July 2017
CAT 2017 application commencement
First week of August 2017
CAT 2017 last date of application
Last week of September 2017
CAT 2017 Admit Card
Third week of October 2017
CAT 2017 Exam
First week of December 2017
CAT 2017 Result
First week of January 2018
The CAT exam pattern or structure of the test is given below:
CAT 2017 Exam Pattern
Duration of the Test
Total Number of Sections
Total Number of Questions
Marks per question
Negative marking for wrong question
Tata Consultancy Services will be the online testing partner for CAT 2017. Last year, as many as 2,32,434 candidates applied for the test out of which 1,95,000 test takers appeared for CAT 2016.
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