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CAT 2017- Exam Dates, Pattern, Registration, Syllabus, Eligibility

  • Jul 29th, 2017

About the CAT Examination

CAT 2017
  • CAT stands for 'Common Admission Test'. Each year CAT is conducted by Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). It is the most popular and prestigious exam throughout India, which serve as the eligibility criteria for major B-Schools. 
  • CAT 2017 notification was released on 29th July, 2017 by IIM Lucknow.
  • The raw score is calculated for each section based on the number of questions one answered correctly, incorrectly, or left unattempted. Candidates are given +3 points for each correct answer and -1 point for each incorrect answer. No points are given for questions that are not answered. 
  • CAT 2017 will be conducted in around 140 cities. Candidates are given the option to select 4 Test Cities in order of preference.
  • Official Website of CAT Examination: https://iimcat.ac.in

Important Dates: CAT 2017

Events  Important Dates
CAT 2017  Application Registration Starts  AUG 9, 2017, Wednesday
CAT 2017  Registration Ends  SEP 20, 2017, Wednesday at 05:00 PM
CAT 2017  Admit Card Download  OCT 18, 2017, Wednesday from 01:00 PM
CAT 2017  Examination Date  NOV 26, 2017, Sunday
CAT 2017  Result Declaration  Second week of January 2018

CAT Applicants Count

Year Total Applicants Female Applicants
CAT 2009 2,41,000 56,050
CAT 2010 2,04,000 53,732
CAT 2011 2,05,000 56,050
CAT 2012 2,15,000 60,876
CAT 2013 1,94,514 54,463
CAT 2014 1,89,759 51,234
CAT 2015 2,18,664 58,270
CAT 2016 2,32,434 76,000

Form Fee CAT 2016 : Paid Online

  • General- Rs. 1800
  • SC, ST, and PwD- Rs. 900

Eligiblity Criteria

  • Candidate should have a relevant bachelor’s degree from a recognized University with a minimum percentage of 50 for General category candidates and 45 for reserved category.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/institution(issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.

Exam Format
Computer based test

Test Subjects

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
CAT Exam Section Number of Topics Number of Questions Section Score
Quantitative Ability 5 34 102
Logical Reasoning And Data Interpretation


32 96
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 6 34 102

CAT Exam Pattern 2016

CAT 2016 exam was of 3 hours duration.

The exam Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016 was conducted by IIM Bangalore. It was an online computer based test.were sufficient number of Non-MCQs in each section of CAT 2016 exam. 
Apart from Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), theredivided in 3 sections of 60 minutes each. Candidates are not allowed to move between one section to other during the 1 hour assigned to the particular section. Test takers cannot leave their seats during the exam.was

  • Section: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

No of Questions: 34
No. of MCQs: 24
No. of Non-MCQs: 10
Time limit to solve: 1 hour

  • Section: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

No of Questions: 32
No. of MCQs: 24
No. of Non-MCQs: 8
Time limit to solve: 1 hour

  • Section: Quantitative Aptitude

No of Questions: 34
No. of MCQs: 24
No. of Non-MCQs: 10
Time limit to solve: 1 hour

*As per the marking scheme, each question carries 3 marks and there is negative marking of 1 mark for each wrong answer. There is no negative marking for the non-multiple choice questions.

Exam Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Number Systems Caselets and Tables Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)
LCM & HCF Bar Graphs and Column Graphs Grammar or English Usage
Profit, Loss & Discount Venn Diagrams Correction in Sentence
Percentages Line Charts & Pie Chart Fill in the blanks
Speed, Time & Distance Combination of two or more types linked to each other Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage
Time & Work Number and letter Series Analogies and Reverse Analogies
Simple & Compound Interest Calendars, Cubes and Clocks Meaning/Usage Match
Ratio & Proportion Binary Logic Verbal Reasoning
Averages Seating Arrangement Summary Questions
Quadratic & Linear Equations Syllogism Reading Comprehension
Complex Numbers Logical Facts Inferences Judgements
Logarithm Matching  
Binomial Theorem Logical Sequence  
Sequences & Series Logical  
Surds & Indices Connectives  
Inequalities Blood Relations  
Probability, Permutation, and Combination    
Set Theory    
Functions & Geometry    
Mixtures & Alligations    
Coordinate Geometry & Mensuration    


Minimum CutOff

As the exam CAT is mainly targeted to get into IIMs, the cutoff criteria is one of the main dilemma for aspirants. The cutoff percentile differs every year and the minimum cut off percentile is set determining many factors such as: 

  • Number of candidates' appeared for the exam
  • Number of candidates' passed the exam
  • Difficulty level of the question paper
  • Number of seats available

Shortlisted candidates from the above percentiles may go through for second stage of selection process like Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI).

Top B-schools accepting CAT Score

Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)
Indian Institute of Technology (IITs offering MBA courses)
FMS, Delhi
S.P. Jain, Mumbai
Management Development Institute, Gurgaon 

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