CAT 2017, the entrance exam for admission to the 20 IIMs and numerous other top ranked B- schools in India will be conducted by IIM- Lucknow this year, in the month of either November or December. About 2 lakh candidates are expected to take the CAT exam this year. The official notification on the IIM- L website seeking tenders for advertisement services for CAT 2017 has confirmed that the baton to conduct the entrance exam has been successfully passed on by IIM- Bangalore to IIM – Lucknow.
The notice on the IIM-L website reads as follows, “Indian Institute of Management- Lucknow, the CAT Centre for CAT 2017, invites Bids in Two Bid System, from reputed vendors for providing Advertising Services for CAT 2017.” It is expected that IIM- L will release detailed information on CAT 2017 such as the name of the Convener, exam pattern and the final schedule of the CAT exam after the second week of July. CAT 2017 will be a computer based test with TCS as the testing partner. TCS has been the testing partner for conducting the CAT exam since 2014 and has safely retained its role even after the paper leak issue in 2016.
The CAT 2017 exam syllabus and timeframe are expected to be the same as that of the previous years but there is a widespread anticipation regarding the changes in exam structure of CAT 2017. The CAT 2017 Committee is likely to consider some changes in the structure of the exam for bringing down the difficulty of the Quantitative Ability section to allow students from non- engineering backgrounds to perform well in the exam. This anticipated change in CAT 2017 exam structure is seen as a factor likely to promote diversity on management campuses around the country.