CAT 2017 Official website: What information to expect on, when launched

CAT 2017
Thursday, July 13 2017, 01:25 PM
IIM Lucknow will make live the CAT 2017 official website, in the last week of July. The CAT website contains all the information on CAT exam, CAT syllabus, scoring pattern, IIM Admission criteria in detail while the CAT notification is an advertisement with information in short.
Immediately after the release of notification the CAT website will be enabled by IIM Lucknow with all the key information and guidelines for CAT 2017 exam

CAT 2017 official website, is proposed to be live with the release of CAT 2017 notification. According to Prof Neeraj Dwivedi, Convener CAT 2017 and admission chair and faculty at IIM Lucknow, “CAT-2017 notification is likely to appear in newspapers towards end of July.” Immediately after the release of notification the CAT website will be enabled by IIM Lucknow with all the key information and guidelines for CAT 2017 exam.

CAT website: Key information points
It is the CAT website which contains all the information on CAT exam in detail while the CAT notification is an advertisement with information in short.

The CAT notification will be released in the newspapers before the CAT website is made live by IIM Lucknow. The CAT 2017 notification will contain limited information on opening and closing of CAT 2017 registration date, CAT eligibility, date of release of CAT 2017 admit card, CAT application fee, CAT 2017 exam dates, CAT test centres, CAT 2017 result date, various management programmes in IIMs, IIM admission process as below:

Information on CAT website
IIM Lucknow proposes to publish following detailed information on CAT website which is supposed to be made live on the last day of July 2017

CAT 2017 Syllabus
The CAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for CAT preparation.  However, going by the past CAT exam pattern and topics on which questions are asked in CAT exam every year, a candidate can take the clue to prepare for CAT 2017 exam which will be somewhat amount to preparing as per CAT syllabus.

Syllabus of CAT exam 2017 is based on the mentioned guidelines and current structure of CAT exam. Past tendencies reflect that CAT exam syllabus and pattern overall tests the candidate on Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension; Quantitative Aptitude; Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. CAT exam Syllabus covers all the major topics on these test sections..

CAT 2017 Exam schedule
All the dates related to CAT 2017 exam schedule are available on CAT website in regard to dates for CAT registration commencement and close, CAT registration process, fee, CAT exam eligibility

CAT 2017: Revised exam pattern
Details about revised exam pattern of CAT 2017, its sections, number of questions, type of questions are shared only on CAT website and not in CAT notification. Since the CAT exam pattern is reviewed every year by IIMs, there could be major or minor changes in CAT 2017 exam pattern which could be understood after going through the CAT website.

CAT 2017 Mock: Major source to understand Syllabus & exam pattern
Official CAT mock tests are the key source to understand the CAT exam pattern and CAT exam syllabus. The more you practice and study according to this structure and content, the better will be your CAT preparation. The official CAT Mock and other sectional quizzes can be practiced now.  IIM Lucknow proposes to enable next official mock test for CAT 2017 around October 2017 on CAT website.

CAT registration guide and video
CAT registration guide and registration video will be launched only on CAT website by IIM Lucknow to help IIM aspirants a few days before the commencement of CAT 2017 registration window. CAT 2017 registration is proposed to begin a week after the release of CAT notification in the news papers.

Important Instructions & CAT Admit Card
All the key instructions in regard to your CAT 2017 admit card, exam day instructions, what to carry and what not to carry are contained on the CAT website. All the CAT aspirants who have registered and wish to appear in CAT 2017 should meticulously follow these important instructions. 

Changes in CAT 2017Testing window
In case there are any changes in CAT testing window, CAT 2017 website will contain the detailed information on it. Last year CAT  was a single day 2 sessions exam on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

CAT 2017 aspirants have requested the CAT convening IIM Lucknow to provide 2 days testing window.  Read more at CAT 2017: 5 changes aspirants seek from IIM Lucknow in CAT exam structure, IIM admission criteria

Updates on IIMs and their programmes

The CAT 2017 website will display number of different management programmes offered by the 20 IIMs. You will need to choose the preferred IIM and preferred programme while finalizing the CAT 2017 registration.

Candidates will be shortlisted for all the programmes on the basis of CAT 2017 scores. So, before you apply for CAT 2017, you must visit the websites and/or read programme advertisements of the concerned IIM and specific programmes to ensure which programmes you want to apply for, eligibility requirements and admission processes. This will help you to finalise your registration process as you need to choose and fill up the names of IIMs and their programmes in order of preference so that you may be considered by respective IIM as per your choice, if you are shortlisted.

Details of Participating non-IIMs
CAT website will have state wise information of the B-schools who have enrolled with IIMs to accept CAT 2017 scores for admission to their flagship MBA/PGDM programmes. Some of the top B-schools in Non-IIM category who accept CAT scores every year are FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, TAPMI Manipal, BIMTECH Greater Noida, NITIE Mumbai, JBIMS Mumbai, all the IITs who run the MBA programmes and many others. 

Changes in Test cities
Year after year the test cities for CAT exam are changed. This information is made available on CAT website only. For example in 2015 IIM Ahmedabad discontinued Noida as one of the test centres, but in 2016, IIM Bangalore again included Noida as one of the CAT test centres.

CAT 2015 had 136 test cities, CAT 2016 had 138 test cities across the country. These test cities may increase further in 2017.  The move will increase accessibility and will help CAT 2017 aspirants to save time on commuting.

Changes in CAT Scoring pattern & IIM Admission Criteria
To keep the academic diversity and more representation of different education domain in IIMs on increasing trend, in case there is any change in the scoring pattern of CAT 2017 it will be available only on CAT website.  

CAT 2017, the largest MBA entrance test is expected to bring more changes on the line and pattern, it has adopted during past 3 years. Experts also expect a few more surprises in the exam. 

TCS will remain the testing partner for CAT 2017. The exam is proposed to be conducted in the month of December this year. High sectional and overall percentile in CAT 2017 will provide admission opportunity in 20 IIMs and other highly ranked B-schools in the country.

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