CAT Exam - Common Admission Test

CAT Exam is the MBA entrance exam for IIM admission. CAT 2017 is the gateway for 20 IIMs in 2018. 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. However, since last 2 years CAT exam testing window has been shortened to one day only. Accordingly, CAT 2017 exam will also be held in one day. CAT exam information will be released on CAT 2017 official website in the last week of July 2017. CAT 2017 Notification containing CAT exam details, CAT exam format, CAT exam centres, is expected to be released in the last week of July 2017. Besides CAT 2017 exam details will be available on CAT 2017 website CAT 2017 registration and CAT exam 2017 application process will begin in the 1st week of August. CAT admit card for the CAT exam 2017 will be out in the last week of October 2017.

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Exam dates and schedule

  • Notification date: 23-07-2017 10:00 AM (Tentative)
    Registration – Online: 01-08-2017 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

CAT exam 2017 is proposed to be held on the 1st Sunday of December 2017. IIMs have shortened the CAT 2017 exam testing window to 1 day only.


It is expected that more than 2 lakhs candidates will appear in CAT 2017 exam since the number of candidates going for CAT 2017 registration are expected to increase again. Over the years the candidates applying for CAT aptitude test leading to IIM admission have been increasing year after year as the data for past CAT exam released by CAT convening IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Indore and other IIMs reveal this fact


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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.


Major tools that would help you in CAT preparation 2017 are-

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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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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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IIM Call 2017 Predictor


Making debut in IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Indore or Kozhikode who provide not only a great learning experience but also high placements and entrepreneurship opportunities, is the dream of all CAT 2016 aspirants. But it is very much important to know the parameters and corresponding weightage that IIMs would award to them at various stages to shortlist you and then to make final admission offer for PGP 2017-19.

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LIVE! CAT 2017 Mock Test

To know your accurate CAT 2017 percentile score, Check Answers & Solutions to Official Mock CAT released by IIMs. Prepared by India’s Top CAT Experts Exclusively on


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CAT 2016 Result Announcement: Check your CAT result

Your wait is finally over! IIM Bangalore has announced CAT 2016 results.

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You can also compare your CAT Percentile with IIM Cut offs for getting a IIM Interview Call.

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