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 MBAUniverse.com 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 iimcat.ac.in. 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.