CAT 2017 Exam date: Know CAT registration dates, last date to apply; online application process

CAT 2017 Exam Date
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Saturday , July 15 2017 , 10:10 AM
CAT 2017 exam date, beginning of CAT online registration process and the last date to apply online for CAT exam will be officially made available with the release of CAT notification and launch of CAT website in the last week of July, IIMs will continue with the existing system of CAT online application process
Past trends reveal that CAT 2017 exam date is December 3 which will be announced on July 30 and the CAT registration window will begin from August 7

CAT 2017 exam date, beginning of CAT online registration process and the last date to apply online for CAT exam will be officially made available with the release of CAT notification and launch of CAT website in the last week of July. The rumours that CAT application process may also go offline this year have no substance as the IIMs will continue with the existing system of CAT online application process only.

Common Admission Test (CAT) in revised pattern is the gateway to flagship MBA/PGDM programmes conducted by 20 IIMs, FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, TAPMI Manipal, BIMTECH Greater Noida and hundreds of highly ranked MBA colleges in India.

Past trends reveal that CAT 2017 exam date is December 3 which will be announced on July 30 and the CAT registration window will begin from August 7 at 10AM. The CAT registration last date is expected to close in the third week of September around 17th of the month.

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IIM Lucknow is conducting CAT 2017 in partnership with testing agency TCS. Prof Neeraj Dwivedi, faculty and admission chair at IIM Lucknow is the CAT exam convener. The CAT notification according to CAT convener will be released in the last week of July.

CAT 2017 Exam date: December 3
It is proposed that CAT 2017 exam will be held on December 3, 2017, although the official confirmation is awaited with the release of CAT notification. Going by the past trends, CAT exam dates during last 3 years have gone from November to December.

CAT exam year CAT exam dates CAT exam sessions Testing duration
2014 November 16 & 22 2 days; 4 sessions 170 minutes (Less than 3 hours)
2015 November 29 1 day; 2 sessions 180 minutes (3 hours)
2016 December 4 1 day; 2 sessions 180 minutes (3 hours)
2017 (proposed) December 3 1 day; 2 sessions 180 minutes (3 hours)

However, there are chances that CAT 2017 may be held earlier than last year and in the month of November. But in this case CAT 2017 will need to be held before November 26 which is the proposed IIFT 2017 exam date.

Going by the increasing volume of registrations by candidates going up from 1.97 lakhs in 2014 to 2.19 lakhs in 2015 and 2.32 lakhs in 2016, it may be difficult to conduct the largest MBA entrance exam in a single day much earlier than last year as it needs more testing cities and test venues alongwith great volume of co-ordination, computer systems and arrangements as against the earlier CAT exams which were held prior to 2014 in 20 days testing window.

Besides, CAT has seen no-delay in result announcement even after it was conducted on December 4 last year. It is therefore, expected that CAT 2017 may be held on December 3. Despite releasing the CAT 2017 notification on July 30, IIM Lucknow may not prefer convening CAT 2017 earlier than December 3.

CAT 2017 Registration date : Starts Aug 7
CAT 2017 registration will not immediately start after release of CAT 2017 notification. IIM Lucknow will take a week’s time to begin the CAT 2017 registration process. Last year CAT notification was released on July 31 and CAT registration started on August 8.

Accordingly, if CAT 2017 notification is released on July 30, the CAT 2017 registration may open on August 7 as per the practice adopted by IIMs during past years.

CAT 2017 Registration Last date: September 3rd week
The CAT 2017 registration last date will be any day after lapse of 45 days as the CAT registration window remains open for a minimum period of 45 to 50 days.

Rely on CAT 2017 Website: Launch date July 30
CAT 2017 official website iimcat.ac.in, is proposed to be live with the release of CAT 2017 notification by IIM Lucknow with all the key information and guidelines on CAT 2017 eligibility criteria, CAT 2017 exam dates, CAT registration date and registration process, CAT 2017 exam pattern, CAT 2017 admit card download date, CAT exam result date, CAT scoring pattern and IIM Admission criteria among other key information items. CAT 2017 website will continue to be updated every now and then to include responses to important queries from CAT 2017 aspirants.   

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. Please go through the CAT 2017 notification published in the news papers and also CAT 2017 centre website. Please note there could be some printing mistake in the CAT 2017 notification printed in the news papers. It will be better to cross-check the same from CAT 2017 website as it goes on getting updated quickly.

CAT online Mock: Good Preparation strategy
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 exam last year had a minor changed face but year before last year, CAT exam pattern was totally revamped by IIM Ahmedabad. Sources say that CAT 2017 may again have a changed face. Since IIM Lucknow, the CAT 2017 convener, has its own reputation of not going by the past pattern, CAT 2017 aspirants should expect more changes in the exam.

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 is the mandatory exam for admission to flagship post graduate management programme in 20 IIMs and other top rated B schools for the academic session beginning 2018.

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