CAT 2017 Application Form, Exam Date, Eligibility Pattern

CAT is conducted every year for admission to 19 IIMs across the country. Besides, more than 100 other B-Schools use CAT score to shortlist students for admission to their MBA programs. Around 2.5 Lakh applicants fight it out for approximately 4000 seats in the IIMs. The exam is appeared by some of the best minds in the country, and is considered to be one of the most competitive exams in the world. However, contrarily to popular belief, any average student can get a good score and a seat in an IIM with consistent effort, planning and guidance.

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CAT 2017 Exam Dates

The official notification for CAT 2017 will be released in the month of July along with the exam dates. Candidates are given 1 month period to apply for CAT exam. Here is the  schedule for CAT 2017 application form availability, exam dates and announcement of results.

Notification release date30 July 2017
Registration commencement9 August 2017
Last date for Online Registration20 September 2017
Issue of Admit Card18 October 2017
CAT 2017 Exam date26 November 2017
Result AnnouncementJanuary 2018


CAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria

In order to be eligible for CAT 2017, 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. They should have also scored the required percentage in their graduation degree. The category-wise percentage requirement for CAT 2017 is explained in the table below:

Scheduled Caste45%
Scheduled Tribe45%
Persons with disabilities45%


CAT 2017 Application Process

CAT 2017 Application forms will be available in the month of August. Intersted candidates can apply online on  The application process is usually a four-step process.

  1. Registration on CAT 2017 official website.
  2. Filing up of Application form that includes entering personal details, contact information, academic details, work experience, program preference and exam center preference.
  3. Uploading scanned copies of documents such as Photograph, Signature, Category certificate and disability certificate.
  4. Payment of application fee:- CAT 2017 Application fee is Rs 1700/- for General category. It can be paid online via net banking/credit card/debit card. Mentioned below is the category wise application fee for CAT 2017
CategoryCAT 2017 Application Fee
General1700 INR

Last year, IIM Bangalore had also allowed candidates with backlog or supplementary to appear in the CAT 2016 exam.

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CAT Exam Pattern

CAT Exam pattern changes every year. This year too the same pattern is said to be followed. The marks allotted for each section is given in the table below:  

The exam will have 3 sections : 

 Sections No Of Questions  Sectional Duration 
 Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension3460 Minutes
 Quantitative Aptitude3460 Minutes
 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning3260 Minutes


CAT 2017 Participating Colleges 

CAT is conducted mainly for admission to MBA/PGDM programs offered at 20 IIMs. Apart from IIMs, other top management institutes like FMS, MDI, NTIE, SP Jain, Department of Management Studies at IITs, Manipal University, ITM Delhi, Chandigarh University and over 115 management B-schools also accept CAT score as a qualifying criteria for their management programs. The cut off percentile for IIMs and other top institutes may be above 90 percentile.

  • IIM Bangalore
  • IIM Ahmedabad
  • IIM Calcutta
  • Department of Management Studies, IIT Madras
  • IIM Lucknow
  • IIM Kozikhode
  • IIM Indore
  • Vinod Gupta school of Management, IIT Kharagpur
  • FMS Delhi

CAT Structure

The exam is extremely volatile and its pattern keeps on changing frequently. On a broad level, the overall syllabus can be divided in three sections: Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation and Quantitative Aptitude.


CAT 2016 Cut off

After the results are declared, each IIM will declare a separate cut off list for shortlisting candidates for the selection procedure. The cut off comprises of an overall cut off and asectional cut off. Sectional cut off is the percentile a candidate must score in eachsection of the test paper. The overall cut off for the IIMs generally, falls in the bracket of 90-99 percentile. Find College Wise CAT Cutoff

CAT 2017 Expected Cutoff for IIMs

IIMCut off in Percentile
IIM, Bangalore90
IIM, Ahmedabad90
IIM, Calcutta90
IIM, Lucknow90
IIM, Kozhikode90
IIT, Roorkee90
IIM, Indore90
IIM, Rohtak90
IIM, Raipur90
IIM, Trichy94


CAT 2017-18 Syllabus for MBA/IIM Preparation

CAT Qualitative Aptitude Syllabus 2017-18

The syllabus for Quant Section for CAT contains fragments of fundamental mathematics that one must have covered way before in 9th and 10th grade. Although the questions asked in this section are pretty much the basics, one must not take this section with ease as the questions asked in this section can be one of the trickiest in the entire CAT exam syllabus. However, in order to thoroughly go through this section one must practice problems related to the following topics:

ALGEBRABinomial Theorem
 Complex Numbers
 Higher Degree Equations
 Linear Equations
 Quadratic Equations
 Clocks & Calendars
 Simple Interest & Compound Interest
 Mixture & Alligations
 Profit, Loss and Discount
 Ratio & Proportion
 Speed, Time & Distance
 Time & Work
 Lines & Angles
 Co-ordinate Geometry
 Properties of Numbers
 Successive Division 
 Set Theory & Venn Diagram
SEQUENCE & SERIESArithmetic Progressions
 Harmonic Progressions
 Geometric Progressions

CAT DI & LR Syllabus 2017

The data interpretation section deals with questions which are asked on the basis of certain information that is provided. The data that needs to be interpreted and solved in these questions are usually given in the form of charts, tables, graphs, and paragraphs. These questions are aimed to test the ability of the student to solve them accurately. Logical Reasoning questions, on the contrary, checks the ability of the candidate to logically evaluate problem statements and then derive the solutions.

DATA INTERPRETATIONCharts (Column, Bar & Pie)
 Graphs (Line & Area)
 Venn Diagram 
 Data Sufficiency
 Clocks & Calendars
 Binary Logic
 Blood Relations
 Linear & Matrix Arrangement
 Seating Arrangement
 Coading & Decoding
 Statements & Assumptions
 Fact Inference Judgement
 Logical Deduction
 Statement & Assumption
 Strong & Weak Arguments


CAT Verbal Section Syllabus 2017

The verbal ability section of the CAT exams has a dynamic approach towards checking how good is the candidate with English as a language. Here, in this section one is bound to be tested on how well he/she can form sentences. Not only this, the sentence formation skills of the student is further used as a benchmark to create paragraphs and determine the correct usage in English. The following are the 9 question types that are asked in this section

 Error Spotting 
 Fill in the blanks 
 Sentence Correction
 Word Usage
 Paragraph Completion
 Paragraph Summary


CAT 2017 Selection Procedure

After the declaration of results and cut- offs, shortlisted candidates appear in the selection process which is held separately by each of the IIMs. The selection procedure through CAT EXAM may consist of a Group Discussion and/or Written Ability Test round and, Personal Interview. In recent years, IIMs have been known to prefer Written Ability Test over Group Discussion. Check GD/PI tips for CAT 2017

Personal Interview is also an important part of the selection procedure and can prove to be a decisive factor in selection to IIMs. The final selection is based on performance in CAT and selection procedure rounds.

Written Ability Test comprises of one or more topics on which a candidate is required to write a brief essay. The time duration assigned to write essay on the given topic varies from IIM to IIM and can be anywhere between 15 minutes to 45 minutes.

Group Discussion round is less preferred these days but it is wise to prepare for this round as well. In this round, a group of 8-10 candidates is given a topic to discuss. Through this round, a candidate’s performance and group dynamics are assessed.

Personal Interview round is the final round. In this round, a candidate has to appear before a panel of 4-8 interviewers who test the candidate on their academic background, work experience, hobbies, interests etc.


CAT 2016 Analysis

CAT 2016 was as difficult or as easy as any of the previous CAT papers. The exam was conducted on 4th December 2016 in two different sessions across the country and more than 2 lakh applicants appeared for the exam. The test was conducted by IIM Bangalore this year. The exam was conducted smoothly across centres as per students, albeit there were a few glitches faced by few students at some centres.

The test interface was provided on the official CAT website much before the exam.

Some points about CAT 2016 to note down:

  • VA RC section was broken in sub-sections of VA and RC. It comprised of 24 RC questions and 10 VA questions. The overall time available for this section was 1 hour.
  • LRDI section was also broken in sub sections of LR and DI. It comprised of 16 LR questions and 16 DI questions. The overall time available for this section was 1 hour.
  • QA section comprised of 34 questions and was to be attempted in the last one hour of the exam.
  • There was an on-screen calculator available for basic computation
  • A good number of questions in all three sections were non-MCQ. The students needed to type in the answers to these questions using the on-screen keyboard. These questions did not attract any negatives marks.

Every correct answer fetched 3 marks. A wrong answer in MCQ questions attracted a penalty of -1 mark, whereas wrong answer in non-MCQ questions did not attract any negative marks.

The exam was reported to be of almost same difficulty level as CAT 2015 paper.  A score of about 180 out of 300 fetched students around 99 percentile in the exam. A score of 150 out of 300 fetched around 97 percentile in the exam.


Section wise Analysis

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:

This section was very similar to the CAT 2015 paper. In verbal ability section, there were no questions from grammar and vocabulary. Reading comprehension had 3 passages of 6 questions each and 2 passages of 3 questions each. The passages were of moderate level and none of them were from abstract topics.

An attempt of 26 questions with 85% accuracy can be considered to be good in this section.


Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation:

This was the make-or-break section for most students in Cat 2016. The section can be categorized as difficult and time-taking. The logical reasoning sets were difficult to crack and needed lots of practice and speed to crack. Data Interpretations sets were calculation-intensive.

14-15 attempts with 85% accuracy can be considered to be good in this section. Many students found this section extremely taxing and tiring, and as a result, felt fatigued by the time this section got over. Ideal strategy for this section would have been to identify three crackable sets and get 12 questions correct, and then try to maximize the scores in the easier sections.


Quantitative Aptitude:

Just like Cat 2015, this section was of easy to moderate difficult level in Cat 2016 too. A good number of questions were short and direct , and a student with solid foundation could have found it easy to solve at least 18 questions in this section.

An attempt of 24 questions with 85% accuracy can be considered to be good in this section.

Overall, the paper was of moderate difficulty level, and a thorough preparation coupled with mock CAT test series appearance and analysis would have helped an average student score of 150 out of 300 in the paper, or close to 97 percentile.

Best Coaching Institute for CAT 2017 Exam


IBT Edge

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We are different from the conventional coaching centres.We don’t aim to create scholars! CAT has never been about solving extremely difficult questions and proving oneself to be a Maths genius! It only tests basic Maths, decision making ability and the ability to handle pressure. Most of our competitors pride themselves in giving extremely difficult questions to students in classes, study materials and Mocks. We hit the actual CAT level. Our only focus is to maximize your CAT score, not to make you a Maths genius or to project ourselves as a “Difficult” questions hub.


IBT CAT Classes

We offer CAT classroom courses of different durations depending on the requirements of the students. Apart from the regular classrooms and online mock tests, the course comprises of one-on-one checkpoints for every students. This is our unique innovation in which we provide students with personal targets and schedules every 15 days. Thorough mock analysis sessions, Group discussion sessions, Personal Interviews from the prospective of different MBA colleges and chapter wise work-shops are conducted regularly. The students are provided with the best quality CAT study material and an online account to practice questions on different topics as well as appear for Mock tests.

All our CAT trainers have taken the CAT several times and have scored in excess of 98 percentile. So, no random Maths graduate walks in to take your advanced quant classes; only a CAT qualified professional does!  No other coaching centre can claim this.

Experience Faculty Members

Experienced and expert faculty with 100 percentile score in their core subjects determine to guide students with dedication and by applying new strategies. At IBT faculty members come from top B-Schools backgrounds with vast experience in the field of entrance exam

Online Test Series

We offer a set of 20 online mock CATs that are closest to the actual CAT exams. In our country, we are obsessed with difficult questions, and it is reflected in the Mock CAT series provided by most of the players in the market. We keep our mocks to the actual CAT level. We believe that solving unnecessarily difficult questions is not going to help you much in cracking CAT. Developing a strong decision making ability, selecting the questions to attempt and the ones to leave and proper time management are the more important skills that we focus on. After all, these are the skills that the IIMs are looking for from budding managers. Remember, They are not looking for Maths geniuses!

Study Material

Our study material has been designed by group of experts who have taken CAT in the recent years and scored well. We keep the books and materials updated as per the requirements of the students and as per the changing patterns of the volatile exam. New relevant topics are added, and non-relevant topics omitted from our books every year.

The online account comprises of multiple questions for students of different difficulty levels, to get them prepared step-by-step to the challenge of CAT. These questions are also accessible from the IBT mobile app.




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