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All About Management: CAT 2017

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CAT is a national level management aptitude test conducted every year by the top management B-schools which are the IIMs primarily to screen, evaluate and shortlist the candidates for Post Graduate Management Programmes. It is an online exam for students who aspire to pursue their higher education and have an inclination towards Management.


CAT is an entrance examination to get into the most premier institutes, generally called Business Schools and enroll themselves into courses for pursuing PGDM (Post Graduate Diploma in Management) casually known as MBA(Master of Business Administration). The exam is conducted annually by any one IIM on a rotational basis. This year the CAT 2016 exam was conducted by IIM Bangalore on 4th December(Sunday). The exam was conducted in 138 cities covering 2,32,434 number of applicants. The For regular updates, you can visit


All About IIM


Indian Institute of Management is a group of 20 autonomous bodies of management education and research courses in India. IIMs are the premier most institutes. The IIMs were established by the joint decision of Planning Commission and Indian Government. It was initiated by Prime Minister Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru in the year 1961 with the foundation of the first IIM in Calcutta, popularly known as IIM Calicut.


IIMs are delivering courses in Post-Graduate, Doctoral, and executive programs. All programs are fully residential PGDM (Post-Graduate Diploma in Management) being the flagship course of the institutes.


Read more: PGDM VS MBA (

Below is the list of 20 IIM’s and their year of establishment:


Indian Institute of Management Calcutta– 1961

Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad– 1961

Indian Institute of Management Bangalore– 1973

Indian Institute of Management Lucknow– 1984

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode– 1976

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode– 1996

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode– 2007

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode– 2009

Indian Institute of Management Kozhikode– 2010

Indian Institute of Management Raipur– 2010

Indian Institute of Management Tiruchirappalli– 2011

Indian Institute of Management Kashipur-2011

Indian Institute of Management Udaipur– 2011

Indian Institute of Management Nagpur– 2015

Indian Institute of Management Visakhapatnam-2015

Indian Institute of Management Bodh Gaya-2015

Indian Institute of Management Amritsar– 2015

Indian Institute of Management, Sambalpur– 2015

Indian Institute of Management, Sirmaur– 2015

Indian Institute of Management, Jammu- 2016


CAT 2017 Schedule


Schedule of EventsImportant Dates
Commencement of online registrationAugust 2017
Last Date of online form submissionSeptember 2017
Admit Card DownloadsOctober 2017
Date of ExamNovember 29, 2017*(Tentative)
Announcement of Results2nd-3rd week of January 2017

CAT 2017 Eligibility


The eligibility criteria for the

The eligibility criteria for the aspirants for application in CAT 2017

  • The candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA
  • The candidate should be a citizen of India
  • Candidates applying should fulfill any one of the following conditions:
  • Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks
  • Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage
  • Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage
  • There is no upper/lower age limit for the aspirants of CAT


CAT 2017 Eligibility Verification


If a candidate is selected by IIMs for interviews, the below eligibility criteria has to     be fulfilled in that case:

  • Mark sheets and Degree certificates to be submitted along with attested copies to prove his/her eligibility at the time of the interview.
  • Reservation Category requires submitting their original caste/class certificate along with attested copies of the same
  • Candidates who are in final year of graduation are required to submit their original certificate from the Principal/ Registrar/ Director of the University/Institution that he/she has obtained 50% or equivalent marks.


The above points only reflect upon the eligibility to enter the gateway of selection. However, the selection process depends on the personal instincts of the candidate as there are certain rounds to get finally into an IIM.

CAT 2017 Application Process


To apply in CAT 2017 the online registration will start in the month of August for a month. Candidates who aspire to apply can visit the official website of CAT Candidates can apply by registering themselves on the website by entering the information and filling all the required fields. The application fee of INR 1600 only requires being submitted to complete the registration process.

Note: Application fee for SC/ST/PWD candidates is INR 800 only.

The candidates are required to upload the below important documents while application.

  • Scanned passport sized photograph with a memory size of less than 80 kb.
  • Scanned signature with a memory size of less than 80 kb.
  • Self Attested copies of certificates for NC-OBC/SC/ST /PWD/DA in pdf format

After completion of the registration process, candidates are not allowed to edit or change the fields in the form which will be subsequently assumed as the final application. Options are however given to edit/change/modify the information furnished in the application form before submitting the form. Candidates should make sure that the information they furnished is true and correct.

After registration, an application number will be generated which the candidates will save so that they can access the account later with the provided User Name and User ID.



CAT 2017 Admit Card


The admit card can be downloaded in the month of October 2017. The admit card can be downloaded from the official website of CAT. The admit card will not be sent to the candidate’s postal address. The Admit card should comprise the Candidates name, Date of the exam, Venue details of the test center, City, User ID, and roll no.


CAT 2017 Pattern


The sectional pattern of the paper is simple constituting 3 sections:

  • Section I: Verbal ability & Reading ability
  • Section II: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
  • Section III: Quantitative Ability

The duration of the paper is 180 minutes. The pattern is completely in the form of multiple choice questions and candidates will be allotted 60 minutes for each section individually. The important point to note is that candidates will not be able to switch the sections before completing all the questions of one section completely. The paper is conducted in 2 sessions on one day. The mock tests are available on the below link:


CAT Participating Institutes

Besides IIMs there are other top B-schools who also consider CAT score card and are rated on the basis of certain criteria like Faculty, Programmes offered, Ratio of students to staff, Diversity of students, Course content ratings, Geographic region,  and most importantly the placement program and the average salaries. However, personal preferences about cost, fee, location etc are the factors which are to be considered before making a selection of a Business School.


Below is the table presenting the rankings and participating institutes of CAT. The rankings are based on a recent survey of Economic Times India most Inc’s Preferred Business Schools.


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RankParticipating Institutes
1IIM Ahmadabad
2XLRI Jamshedpur
3IIM Bangalore
4SIBM Pune
5IIM Calcutta
6NMIMS Mumbai
7IMT Ghaziabad
8IIM Lucknow
9MDI Gurgaon
10JBIMS Mumbai
11IIM Kozhikode
12ISB Hyderabad
13SP Jain Mumbai
14Amity Business School, Noida
15Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi
16Welingkar Institute, Mumbai
17XIM, Bhubaneshwar
18IIM Indore
19TISS Mumbai
20IBS Hyderabad


To know more about the worldwide rankings you can click on the below link

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