CAT 2017 – Application Form, Exam Dates and Eligibility Criteria

CAT 2017

One can sustain in this competitive world when they are well-prepared. They can face any kind of challenges that come across them. Now coming to field education one has to appear for various competitive exams to get admissions for various universities and other jobs. Some include CAT, UPSC, JEE, IPS< IAS and others. Let’s have a look at CAT – The Common admission test, its procedure, exam pattern and eligibility criteria.

It is a computer-based test that is conducted nationwide. It is mainly conducted by IIMS for admissions to various management services offered by IIMS. The test is conducted on the basis of logical reasoning, verbal ability, quantitative ability and data interpretation.

Eligibility Criteria

There are certain eligibility criteria that are required for appearing for the test. The aspirants should possess a Bachelor’s degree and equivalent to it. It has to be recognized by Government of India or Ministry of HRD. Minimum 50% of marks is required or CGPA equivalent to it. The candidates who are pursuing their final year examination or who are awaiting results are also eligible to apply. But candidates as to submit the required document by 30th June 2017 at the earliest. Please make a double verification regarding eligibility before applying as further it would be verified by IIMS during several stages of selection process.

Exam Pattern

Now coming to marking scheme they are two types of scores in CAT exam. They are scaled score and raw score. Depending upon the number of questions answered in each section by a candidate raw scores are allocated either it is left unattended or incorrect or whether it is a right answer. There will be a negative marking for each wrong answer that is -1 will be allocated to an incorrect answer. The right answer will be allocated with +3 points. But no points will be allocated for the questions that are left unanswered.

Through the equating process, the marks are adjusted. Then the scaling process is carried out wherein the equated raw scores are placed on a metric for appropriate appreciation of scores. It illustrates the various types of test that are conducted online.

Number of Questions

  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation – Thirty Two Questions.
  • Quantitative aptitude – Thirty Four Questions.
  • Reading and Verbal Comprehension – Thirty Four Questions.

Time Duration 

  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation – 60 Minutes.
  • Quantitative aptitude – 60 Minutes
  • Reading and Verbal Comprehension- 60 Minutes.

Exam Dates

Respective Exam Dates Events
Results are announced Second Week of 2017 January
Date of Examination 2017 November
Admit Cards will be available for downloading 2017 October
Online Registration can be done From 2017 August to 2017 September

Registration Procedure – Application Form

  • The online website for registration forCAT 2017 includes
  • Aspirants can apply through this website.
  • User ID and password will be obtained once the initial process of the registration process is completed. It may include an email address, date of birth and mobile number.
  • By making use of these login credentials one can log in to CAT official website.
  • Get access to application form by clicking the relevant link.
  • Fill in the required details in the form.
  • Upload the required documents. It may include passport size photograph, signature, and necessity certificates (NC-OBC/SC/ST and NC-OBC).
  • Choose program names.
  • Select exam city preference. Aspirants can only select maximum four cities only.
  • Do the Payment. Examination fees can be paid using credit and debit cards. Application fees for SC/ST /PWD (DA) category are eight hundred rupees (Rs.800/-) and for General / NC-OBC is one thousand six hundred rupees (Rs.1600/-).
  • Once you did with the payment a confirmation mail will be sent.
  • Then login to your account to download the filled application form.
  • Take a printout of an application form for future reference.

Admit Cards

The candidates who have successfully complete the registration process will be provided with the admit card. It will be released in the month of October 2017.  CAT 2017 results can be expected either in the month of January or December 2018. Marks Card will be available on the official website of CAT that has been mentioned earlier.

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