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CAT 2017 : Important Dates, Eligibility, Selection Procedure, Exam Pattern, Application Process, Syllabus

The Indian Institutes of Management ( IIMs )  conduct the Common Admission Test ( popularly known as CAT ) for admissions to their reputed MBA programme, every year. This year, i.e. CAT 2017, is being conducted by IIM Lucknow.

The CAT is one of the most competitive and challenging examinations in the country. The CAT score is not only accepted by the IIMs but also by other top management institutions in the country. Other top Indian B-schools accepting CAT are IITs, FMS, S P Jain, MDI, and NITIE. All those who aspire to build a rewarding corporate career must appear for the CAT.

CAT 2017 : Important Dates
Online Registrations ( Commencement ) Wednesday, 9th August 2017
 Online Registrations ( End )  Wednesday, 20th September 2017
Date of Examination

 Sunday, 26th November 2017

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CAT 2017 : Eligibility Criteria
  • Bachelor’s degree with minimum 50% marks from recognized University/ Institution.
  • Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD) categories must have at least 45% marks.
CAT 2017 : Selection Procedure

The CAT selection procedure consists of the following stages :-

I)   CAT Online Test

II)  WAT (Writing Ability Test) / Group Discussion by respective institutes

III) PI (Personal Interview) by respective institutes

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CAT 2017 : Exam Pattern

The CAT exam consists of the following 3 sections:-

I)   Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

II)  Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 

III) Quantitative Aptitude

Although, the number of questions have not been specified in this year’s notification, the following table gives an approximate based on the CAT 2016 exam.

Sections No. of Non- MCQ Questions No. of MCQ Questions Total Questions in each Section Total Time Allotted
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension    (VARC) 10 24 34 60
Quantitative Ability (QA) 7 27 34 60
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 8 24 32 60
Total 25 75 100 180

The exam has the following features:

  • Sectional time limits ( each section 60 minutes )
  • Total exam duration : 180 minutes
  • Question types : Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) & Type In The Answer Type (TITA)
  • Penalty : MCQ – 33%, TITA – 0%, Un-attempted – 0%
  • No provision of switching between sections
  • Online calculator will be available

CAT 2017 : Syllabus

Quantitative Aptitude

Number Systems, HCF/LCM, Averages, Percentages, Profit & Loss

Simple/Compound Interest, Equations, Inequalities, Complex numbers

Functions, Probability, Permutation & Combination, Mensuration, Geometry

Co-ordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Mixtures, Set Theory, Speed & Distance

Work & Time, Progressions, Surds & Indices, Logarithms, Ratio & Proportion

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Data Interpretation

Data Tables, Pie Charts, Line Graphs, Other Chart Types, Data Sufficiency, Bar Graphs

Verbal Ability

Reading Comprehension, Para-jumbles, Fill in the Blanks, Vocabulary Based, English Grammar

Sentence Correction, Analogies, Meaning-Usage Match, Verbal / Critical Reasoning

Logical Reasoning

Cubes & Dice, Blood Relations, Number & Letter Series, Seating Arrangement, Venn Diagrams

Clocks & Calendars, Analytical Reasoning, Syllogism

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CAT 2017 : Application Process

To register yourself for CAT 2017 follow the steps mentioned below:-

  • Log on to the official CAT website: www.iimcat.ac.in and create your user profile.
  • Once the registration is successful, your unique CAT 2017 user ID and password will be sent to the registered mobile number.
  • Using this ID, you can fill the CAT application form. You can pay using Net Banking/ Credit Card/ Debit Card.
  • You are also required to upload your photograph, signature and other necessary documents as per the given specifications.

Hope this helps.

All the best.


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