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Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based selection test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for their business administration programs. The CAT exam is an important prerequisite for admission into more than 100 management institutes across India. The test is conducted every year by one of the IIM's based on a policy of rotation.


1. Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

  • 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.

  • Candidates applying for CAT 2017 should fulfill any one of the following conditions:

    • Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks*

    • Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage*.

    • Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage*.

    • * SC / ST / PWD candidates should have minimum 45%. For General and NC-OBC candidates, minimum is 50%


2. CAT Registration Fee

  • For General And NC- OBC candidates - Rs. 1700

  • For SC/ST/PWD candidates - Rs. 850

* Please note that a candidate needs to pay registration fee only once, irrespective of the number of institutes he/she is applying for.

For complete information please refer to the Knowledge Hub section.

The CAT exam consists of three sections:

  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) - Consists of Questions on Reading comprehension, Grammar, Para Jumbles, Vocabulary, etc.

  2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) - Questions on Analogies, Similarities, Decision Making, Problem-Solving, Series, Arithmetical Reasoning etc.

  3. Quantitative Ability (QA) - Topics included are Number systems, Linear equations, Venn Diagrams, Geometry, etc.

CAT 2017 examination will be held online. 

Name of Test No. of Questions Marks Duration(in mins)
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 34 102 60
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 96 60
Quantitative Ability 34 102 60
Total 100 300 180

* Please note the pattern shown above is CAT 2016 emam's pattern.

In case a change is introduced in CAT 2017 exam pattern or exam syllabus then candidates will be intimated in advance by placing a notice on the Knowledge Hub.

S.No. Notifications Dates
1 Online registration for CAT Exam August 09, 2017, 10:00 AM to September 20, 2017, 5:00 PM
2 Download Call-letter for CAT Exam October 18, 2017, 1:00 PM till Exam Day
3 Test Date  November 26, 2017 (Sunday)
4 Declaration of Results To be announced soon


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