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Introduction - CAT

One of the best entrance exam for almost all aspiring students looking forward for MBA, PGDM and other Post Graduate Level Management Courses is CAT. CAT 2017 scheduled exam date is November 26 2017. CAT 2017 will be held in two sessions at 140 CAT exam centers. CAT is the only entrance exam for admission in MBA and PGDM programs in IIMs in India.

CAT Exam has always been a tough gamble and has always given surprises to all its aspirants. There have been multiple variations in CAT Exam pattern over the years including number of questions and duration. No change in CAT Exam Pattern 2017 is notified by IIM Lucknow as yet. However, it is expected that modification in the difficulty level might be seen.

CAT 2017 Exam Highlights

Conducting Authority Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIM Lucknow)
Mode of Exam Online
CAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria Graduation with 50%
CAT Exam Date 2017 26th Nov'17
CAT 2017 Exam Pattern 3 Hours (1 hour for each section)
CAT 2017 Syllabus Quantitative Aptitude, Data Interpretation, Data Sufficiency, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning and Analytical Reasoning
CAT 2017 Participating Institutes IIMs, IITs, FMS, ISB and Other Management Institutes
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Quick Recap - CAT

  • Admission into IIMs is based upon various factors: 10th Marks, 12th Marks, CAT Score Card, Group Discussion, Written Ability Test and Personal Interview round conducted at respective IIMs
  • The exam is open to all graduates with more than 50% marks in graduation
  • There is no bar on age and the number of attempts
  • Duration of the exam is 180 minutes and consists of 100 questions
  • 120+ management Institutes and 20 IIMs participate in this all India level examination

Key points - CAT 2017

  • CAT exam will be held in two sessions on November 26, 2017
  • After the exam, CAT Result will be announced in the second week of January 2018
  • Questions will be from 3 sections: Verbal Reasoning (34), Quantitative Ability (34) and Data Interpretation (32).
  • An estimate of 2 lakh+ candidates appears for this national level entrance test each year to secure one of the approx. 4,000 seats available in 20 IIMs

Expectations - CAT 2017

Every CAT Exam comes with its own surprises. CAT 2017 will be no different. Here is what CAT Exam 2017 will have in store for you:

  • Sectional time limit fixed and can’t flip between sections. Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes to attempt each section
  • Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type. Instead, direct answers will have to be typed on the screen
  • Use of basic onscreen calculator for computation will be provided
  • With an entry of more number of CAT test-takers, the testing window is expected to run for 2 days
  • In the year 2016, CAT was conducted in 136 cities. CAT 2017 will be conducted in 140 cities
  • Around 70% – 75% of questions are multiple choice questions whereas the remaining 25%- 30% are subjective
  • Every correct answer will attract +3 marks and -1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer


  • In order to be eligible for CAT Exam, an aspirant must be a graduate degree holder in any stream
  • Candidates appearing in the final year/semester of their degree program can also apply for CAT 2017
  • The percentage requirement for the exam is different for different categories. It is explained in the table below:
Category Percentage Required
General and OBC 50%
Scheduled Caste 45%
Scheduled Tribe 45%
Persons with Disabilities 45%

CAT 2017 Syllabus

CAT exam consists of 3 sections namely Verbal and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation, Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Ability. Each section is further divided into multitude of topics. The topics covered in each section for CAT exam is detailed below:

Topics Sub-topics
Verbal and Reading Comprehension Verbal reasoning, antonyms and synonyms, sentence correction, critical reasoning, fill in the blanks, syllogism, analogies, idioms
Data Interpretation Area graph, Line graph, Charts (Columns, Bar, Pie), Tables, Venn diagrams
Logical Reasoning Clocks and calendars, Directions, Binary Logic, Coding-decoding, Blood relations, Linear and matrix arrangement, Syllogism
Quantitative Ability Number system, Geometry, Simple and Compound Interest, Profit and Loss, Quadratic & Linear Equation, Algebra, Permutation and Combination, Ratio & Proportion, Time & Work, Trigonometry

CAT 2017 Exam Pattern

CAT exam pattern is quite random in nature and almost every year it undergoes some changes which are not even notified before the exam. It is expected that IIM Lucknow may introduce some changes in CAT Exam Pattern but as per the notification, no change is introduced. Last year (CAT 2016), no change in exam pattern was observed. However, modification in the level of difficulty of the exam is expected.

  • CAT is a computer-based test which consists of three sections, i.e. Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension, and Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • It is a 3-hour duration exam, where one hour is assigned for each section
  • The paper will have 100 questions of both MCQ and Non-MCQ nature
  • Around 70% – 75% of questions are multiple choice questions whereas the remaining 25%- 30% are non-MCQs
  • For every correct answer, a candidate will be awarded +3 marks and -1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer

Note: Apart from CAT Score Card students are required to go through group discussion and personal interview round at respective colleges to get into MBA at IIMs or other Non-IIMs and Top Management Colleges. Marks in Graduation and 10+2 are also considered as metrics for admission. Various IIMs and other top B-schools in India use CAT scores/grades for Management admissions. Validity of CAT score card is 1 year i.e. candidates can apply only for current academic session.

Post CAT Entrance Exam 2017, the qualified Candidates can use their CAT Score Card to apply for the selection process of various IIMs.

CAT 2017 Exam Centers

CAT 2017 will be conducted in exam centers spread across around 140 cities in India.

  • The time slot for CAT Examination is generally allocated randomly
  • Preferences for up to 4 test cities can be provided in the form and CAT Exam Centers will be allotted based on these preferences
  • Candidates are required to carry additional document i.e. a government-approved identification proof such as Pan Card, Voter ID, Aadhar Card etc. along with the admit card

2017 Results

  • CAT Result will be declared in the second week of January 2018
  • The result will be announced in the form of score card
  • Candidates can check their results on the official website of IIM CAT
  • The scorecard contains the sectional and overall score obtained by candidates in CAT Exam
  • Based on the number of participants and average percentile scored, IIMs determine their individual cutoff
  • On the basis of cut off, candidates will be called for Group Discussion and Personal Interview rounds

CAT 2017 CutOffs

Post the declaration of results each IIM will declare a separate cut off list for shortlisting candidates for the selection procedure. The overall cut off for the IIMs generally falls in the bracket of 90-99 percentile. The cut off comprises an overall cut off and a sectional cut off. Sectional cut off is the percentile score a candidate must score in each section to qualify the exam.



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