CAT Exam - Common Admission Test

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 Exam for admission to flagship MBA/PGDM programmes starting in 2018 will be conducted by IIM Lucknow in all probability on Sunday, December 3, 2017  Professor Neeraj Dwivedi, Admission chair and faculty at IIM Lucknow is the convener for CAT 2017 exam. Going by the past application trends, it is expected that more than 2 lakh candidates will register and apply for CAT 2017. The CAT 2017 exam convener has confirmed to that the CAT exam notification is to be released in the last week of July. Since 2015 CAT has become a 180 minutes (3 hours) exam instead of earlier 140 minutes exam.


CAT is the MBA entrance exam for admission to all the 20 IIMs including IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Shillong, IIM Kashipur, IIM Ranchi, IIM Raipur, IIM Rohtak, IIM Tricuhirappali, IIM Udaipur and also the newest IIMs which started operation in 2015-16 and are mentored by older and top IIMs. The biggest benefit to study in newest IIMs is that the faculty of these IIMs is drawn from faculty of mentor IIMs. The 7 newest IIMs include - IIM Amritsar (mentored by IIM Kozhikode), IIM Bodgaya (Mentored by IIM Calcutta), IIM Jammu (Mentored by IIM Lucknow), IIM Nagpur (mentored by IIM Ahmedabad), IIM Sambalpur (Mentored by IIM Indore), IIM Sirmaur(Mentored by IIM Lucknow) and IIM Visakhapatnam Mentored by IIM Bangalore).   Your high overall and sectional scores in CAT 2017 will offer you an opportunity to get admission not only in these 20 IIMs in 2018 but also in other top Business schools of India like FMS Delhi, SPJIMR Mumb ai, MDI Gurgaon (Now Gurugram), IMI New Delhi, IMT Ghaziabad, NITIE Mumbai, JBIMS Mumbai, TAPMI Manipal, BIMTECH Greater Noida among others. 


CAT MBA entrance exam is considered as the mother of all MBA entrance exams. Common Admission Test – CAT 2017 is the largest MBA entrance test to pursue MBA/PGDM in IIMs and other top rated MBA colleges in India. CAT exam 2017 will be conducted by IIMs for admission to MBA/PGDM 2018-20 batch not only in 20 IIMs but also in other top MBA colleges in the academic year 2018-19.


CAT MBA entrance exam used to be held in 15 to 20 days testing window till 2013 by IIMs. In 2014 CAT testing window was shortened to 2 days 4 sessions. Since 2015 CAT exam testing window has been further shortened to one day only. Accordingly, CAT 2017 exam is proposed to be held in one day 2 sessions only. 


CAT exam Notification will be released by CAT convener IIM Lucknow on July 30 and CAT 2017 official website will also be launched with the release of CAT 2017 notification by IIMs. CAT convener Prof Neeraj Dwivedi, admission chair at IIM Lucknow has confirmed that the CAT 2017 notification will be released in the last week of July 2017. The past trends of CAT exam notification release also confirms this practice of releasing the CAT notification in the last week of July:


CAT exam year Date of CAT Notification Release in news papers Date of CAT Notification Press Release online (Not available for public view – for news papers only)
CAT 2017 July 30, 2017 (proposed) July 29, 2017 (proposed)
CAT 2016 July 31, 2016 July 30, 2016
CAT 2015 July 26, 2015 July 25, 2015
CAT 2014 July 27, 2014 July 26, 2014
CAT 2013 July 28, 2013 July 27, 2013

CAT 2017 Notification will be released in all the leading news papers.  The important information that CAT 2017 notification will contain would be - 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 among other key details. CAT 2017 exam details will be available on CAT 2017 website CAT 2017 registration and CAT exam 2017 application process will tentatively begin on August 7. CAT admit card for the CAT exam 2017 will be out in the last week of October 2017.


There will be many firsts in the CAT notification including:

  • CAT 2017 testing window-whether it will be a single day or multiple days exam with number of sessions
  • Key eligibility criteria to appear in the exam. Last year IIMs allowed the candidates with 2 years of university recognized graduate degree in old pattern as eligible to appear in the CAT exam. It is to be seen whether this eligibility criterion continues in CAT 2017.
  • Information about the number of test cities, option to choose the number of preferred test centres would be shared by IIM Lucknow in the CAT 2017 notification. 

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Exam dates and schedule

  • Notification date: 30-07-2017 10:00 AM (Tentative)
    Registration – Online: 07-08-2017 10:00 AM to 17-09-2017 05:00 AM (Tentative)
    Admit Card Release: 22-10-2017 10:00 AM (Tentative)
    Exam Date & Timings- Online: Sunday, December 3, 2017 - 10:00 (Tentative)
    Result: 07-01-2018 10:00 AM (Tentative)

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About CAT Exam

Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow will convene CAT 2017. Prof Neeraj Dwivedi, faculty and admission chair at IIM Lucknow is appointed as CAT convener. Last 2 CAT exams in 2015 and 2016 were convened by IIM Ahmedabad and IIM Bangalore respectively.  TCS the testing partner for CAT since 2014 remains unchanged. Common Admission Test (CAT), gateway to 20 IIMs and other top B-schools will be held in the similar format as that of CAT 2016 and CAT 2015. 


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CAT 2017 Registration & CAT 2017 Application Process

CAT 2017 registration is proposed to open in the 1st week of August 2017. After release of CAT notification, IIM CAT registration for CAT exam 2017 will be opened by CAT convening IIM and the testing agency TCS. CAT 2017 online registration form and CAT 2017 application form would be a single document divided in 5 pages.

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CAT Exam Eligibility

CAT exam eligibility is not proposed to be changed by IIMs in CAT 2017. Over the years the eligibility for CAT has more or less remained same although with some changes in CAT exam eligibility since 2014, IIMs MBA eligibility and CAT exam eligibility criteria have faced few clashing points.

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CAT Syllabus

CAT Exam Syllabus has never had any boundaries and this fact also applies to define the CAT 2017 exam syllabus. CAT Syllabus is based on past trend of CAT exams and the CAT exam syllabus is the outcome of the topics which have earlier appeared in CAT exam although the type of questions, their composition, format and number may change in each subsequent CAT exam.

The key point in syllabus for CAT exam is that there is no repetition of CAT questions in any CAT exam although difficulty level of the questions in CAT exam would not go out of CAT exam syllabus.

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CAT Exam Pattern

CAT Exam pattern over the past 7 years since it was computerised in 2009 has gone for perceptible changes. CAT paper pattern prior to 2009 was paper-pen based. CAT exam format was changed from paper based exam to CAT online computer based test in 2009. Even after that CAT paper pattern continued changing from 3 sections to 2 and then in CAT 2015 pattern changed to 3 sections. CAT 2017 format is expected to remain same as that of CAT exam 2016 pattern with 3 sections and 3 hours time.


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CAT Preparation

CAT Preparation strategy or the question how to prepare for CAT over the years is answered on the basis of 2 important things – CAT previous years test papers and the anticipated CAT pattern with expected changes in CAT. In every CAT exam, there are some changes. The CAT 2015 exam was different from CAT 2014 although CAT 2016 followed the CAT 2015 exam pattern. It is expected that CAT 2017 exam pattern will go again for slight changes.


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CAT Preparation for VARC

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension in CAT 2017 exam would be the 1st section. VARC is considered as the most tricky section as this section can get any composition of topics and different type of questions.

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CAT Preparation for Quant

Quantitative Aptitude in CAT 2017 carries a weightage of 34% in overall CAT 2017 exam. As per the trend in CAT exam during the past 2 years, Quant in CAT exam 2017 will occupy the 3rd and last section. Quant in CAT is considered as the very tricky section as this section can get any composition of topics and different type of questions in MCQ or Non-MCQ format.

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CAT DILR Preparation

Data Interpretation for CAT and Logical Reasoning for CAT are now clubbed together and form a new DILR section. DI questions for CAT with solutions are available online also. The data interpretation for CAT syllabus is also a little more defined than other CAT sections. The Data Interpretation Study material like Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma; The Pearson Guide for logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation are the few of the best books for CAT 2017 prepration.

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CAT Percentile Predictor

Before appearing in a revamped CAT 2017 exam to be conducted by IIMs in the 1st week of December, there would be authorised CAT Mock test published by IIMs to prepare you well. The answers to this Mock test are not available and if you can solve this Mock well with high score, your job of cracking CAT 2017 is half done. in partnership with CAT Toppers & India’s Top CAT Experts @ VistaMind will provide the answers and solutions to the full length Mock test and will make the CAT 2017 percentile predictor live a few weeks before the CAT exam.


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IIM Call 2017 Predictor


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CAT Exam Analysis

Common Admission Test (CAT) the largest MBA entrance exam gives surprises and twists every year even if there is no change in the exam pattern. CAT exam analysis reveals the fact that more and more candidates are taking CAT every year and the number of test takers has increased during the past 5 years substantially. CAT 2016 again proved this fact. Out of 2.32 lakh total registered candidates, 1.95 lakh test takers appeared in CAT 2016 exam on December 4, 2016.

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CAT 2017 Mock Test

To help CAT 2017 aspirants prepare better, experts at have prepared CAT Mock test based on the CAT previous years paper pattern & key changes in CAT exam pattern with answer keys and solutions.

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