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Common Admission Test (CAT 2017) is one of the competitive entrance examinations for pursuing postgraduate programmes in Business Administration. It is the gateway for admission to 19 Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) and various B-schools located across the country. This national level examination is conducted by the IIMs on the rotation basis. Every year a large number of candidates appear in the CAT examination and the number is increasing year by year. The candidates are informed to appear CAT 2017 for admission in the academic year 2018-2019. 

Eligibilty Criteria

The eligibility criteria for CAT 2017 are mentioned below:

  • The minimum qualification required is bachelor’s degree with 50% marks (45% for SC/ST/PWD). If the obtained marks are in the form of CGPA then it would be converted to percentage marks based on the procedure certified by the university/ institution from where the candidate has passed his/her bachelor degree.

  • The candidates appearing in the final year of bachelor’s degree and whose results are awaiting are also eligible to apply for CAT.

CAT 2017 Age Limit

Applicants are required to be minimum 21 years or above to apply for CAT examination 2017.

Exam Pattern

It must be necessary for the candidates to have knowledge about the examination pattern that includes number of questions appear in the examination, number of sections, time duration, areas from where question paper will be made, etc. In this section we have provided the CAT 2017 exam pattern in detail.

Type: Computer based test (CBT).

Duration: The duration of the paper CAT 2017 exam will be of 180 minutes.

No. of Questions: 100 Objective type questions.

Syllabus Covered:  logical reasoning & data interpretation, verbal ability & Reading Comprehension and quantitative ability.

Marking Scheme: 3 marks for every correct answer.

Negative Marking: 1 mark will be deducted for every wrong answer.

Time Limit per Section: Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section.





Quantitative Ability



60 Min

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning



60 Min

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension



60 Min




180 Min

The candidates are facilitated with on-screen calculator for calculation purpose. They need not to bring any physical calculator on the examination day.


CAT 2017 online Registration Fee details

Type of category

Fee details

General and OBC applicants


SC or ST and PWD (DA) applicants