CAT 2017: Answer Key, Solution, Analysis and Cutoff of CAT Exam

CAT 2017 Comprehensive Analysis

Overall paper pattern similar to CAT 2016. Verbal similar to last year with 28 – 30+ a good attempt. Quant similar-to last year, marginally easier with 27 as good attempt. DI-LR more difficult in comparison to last year with 12+ good attempt.

CAT-2017 First Slot Analysis

IIT Lucknow conducted the first session of CAT 2017 online exam today in various centres across the country. The CAT 2017 slot 2 is going on right now. CAT is a digital or Computer Based Test (CBT) being held for the admission to various masters programmes in Business schools across India. Overall, according to Career Launcher, CAT 2017 exam was slightly easier than its 2016 edition. It also said the level of difficulty is also same as last year.

CAT 2017 exam had three sections:

Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Section III: Quantitative Ability

According to Career Launcher, this year, data interpretation and logical reasoning section was more difficult. It also said the total difficulty level of quantitative ability this year is similar to CAT 2015.

The scoring scheme for Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) is as follows:
Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks.
An incorrect answer fetches -1.
No marks are given or deducted for unattempted questions.

According to the official CAT 2017 notification, the results of this exam is expected to be released by January second week next year.

Final year electronic engineering student of NIT Jaipur, Nitesh Sethia found it very difficult to solve questions in DILR.

“Despite going through an online coaching and mock tests before the examination, I found the DILR section pretty tricky and too tough to handle. Although, I would say the overall paper was moderate to easy. With a decent preparation anyone can attempt around 25 questions each in Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Quantitative Aptitude (QA),” said Sethia. Compared to the last year paper, Sethia found this year’s paper to be tougher because a majority of the questions were time-consuming.

B.Tech Civil final year student from Lucknow Animesh Jain also found the DILR questions a little over the top.

 “Last year there were quite a few questions from LR, but this time almost 90% of the questions are from DI in this particular section. I could only solve around 13-14 questions because I found them to be very lengthy and solving took a lot of time,” said Jain. Fond of photography and a district level II champion in Taikwando, Jain is expecting around 80 percentile in CAT 2017 after today’s exam.

Suraj Tiwary from Kolkata, working as an engineer in TCS, was taking CAT for the second time this year.

“I solved mock every week on Sundays but couldn’t analyze them, because of my work pressure. I think because of this I messed up with DILR today. I was stuck with one particular question, which took almost 30 minutes of my time and I ended up solving only 9 questions in the section,” said Tiwary. He is hopeful of converting, banking on his performance in Quant and English sections.

CAT-2017 Second Slot Analysis

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

  • This section had 24 Qs in RCs and 10 Qs in Verbal
  •  Aspirants would have been delighted by the RCs as they were easy to read both in terms of language and the ‘subject’ area
  • There were three passages with 6 Qs each and two, with 3 Qs each
  • The relative ease of reading the passages was compensated by the increased level of difficulty in the ‘choices’
  • A relatively high proportion of questions from this area were inference-based, requiring good critical reasoning skills
  •  The options in most questions were similar and would have required involved reading and sometimes, multiple reading of the relevant portions of the passage. This would have taken up time and would have left test-takers with niggling doubts in their minds as to whether they had marked the ‘right’ option
  • The ten questions on verbal ability were of moderate level of difficulty, overall. However, with seven of these ten being non-MCQ type questions, the effective level of difficulty would appear to be higher by a notch or two

Expected section cut-off: The cut-off in this section is expected to be slightly lower than that in CAT2016.

Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation

“What more can I do?””I had burned more midnight oil on this section than any other!!”  “The difficulty level was beyond what I had anticipated.”

  • Most conversations outside the exam venues were on the above lines. The LRDI section once again proved to be the nemesis of all aspirants
  • While the LRDI section of CAT2016 was considered by many to be the most difficult ever, CAT2017 exceeded even that high mark. The entire section comprised ‘difficult’ and ‘very difficult’ level questions
  • Several familiar models of questions in LR and DI were conspicuous by their absence and every set had ‘unfamiliar’ written all over it! Infact, the entire section can be termed to have DI based reasoning sets and Quant based reasoning sets, making it almost impossible to identify and classify the sets in DI and LR separately
  • While the data in some of the sets looked innocuous to begin with, enticing many an aspirant to attempt them, they would have soon realised that there was much more to the sets than what initially appeared, leading to a feeling that one was trapped in quicksand. Other sets were outright intimidating even at the first glance, given the volume of data and text given in them

Expected section cut-off: The cut-off in this section is expected to be slightly lower than that in CAT2016.

Quantitative Ability

  • Most aspirants would have perceived the quantitative ability section of this slot to be the easiest of the three sections, and rightly so
  • The relative absence of ‘Difficult’ and ‘Very Difficult’ questions and the corresponding increase in the number of questions on basic arithmetic concepts would have enabled a higher level of attempts in this section
  • Those students who had attended classes regularly and had worked extensively on the study material books would have found that their attempts are on the higher side compared to the other aspirants
  • Leaving out any time-consuming questions and maximizing the number of attempts would be the key to scoring high in this section

Expected section cut-off:  The cut-off in this section is expected to be higher than that in CAT2016.

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Answer Key and Solution of CAT 2017

Candidates who want to appear for CAT have to agree to a Non-Disclosure Agreement at the time of the test.”This means that if any of the person or organization tries to release the CAT Answer Key 2016, either officially or unofficially, will have to face legal consequences. Further, if anyone claims to share any such information regarding CAT 2016 Answer Key, immediately inform the CAT officials.

TO access the answer key and detailed solution, we have to wait for CAT Exam board, they will disclose the answer key after few weeks of the paper.

CAT Cutoff 2017: 

The cutoff of CAT 2017 refers to the minimum marks or percentile a test taker must obtain in order to qualify for the next round of selection process. CAT cutoff 2017 has been announced by few IIM’s including IIM Ahmedabad, Bangalore, IIM Calcutta and Kozhikode among others. The other top B-schools will also release their CAT 2017 cutoff after the announcement of result. While CAT is scheduled to be conducted by IIM Lucknow on November 26, 2017, the result is awaited in the second week of January 2018. IIMs and other top B-schools announce category wise and sectional CAT cutoff 2017. Candidates must clear the sectional as well as overall CAT cutoff scores or percentile in order to get shortlisted for next round of selection process – WAT-GD/PI rounds. This article brings to you the estimated CAT 2017 cutoff of the 20 IIMs and the other top B-schools.

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CAT Cutoff 2017 – Determining Factors

CAT 2017 cutoff will depend upon various factors. Some of the factors determining CAT cutoff can be mentioned as follows:

  • Difficulty level of exam
  • Number of test takers
  • Number of candidates qualifying in the exam
  • Number of seats
  • Institute repute or ranking

As per trends, if the difficulty level of CAT 2017 is high, the CAT cutoff will be low and vice versa. Generally the old IIMs and top B-schools such as FMS, University of Delhi, MDI Gurgaon etc. have CAT cutoff over 99 percentile. New IIMs and other top B-schools have cutoff ranging from 90 percentile or above. On the other hand, B-schools belonging to tier two to four can range from 80 to 50 percentile.


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CAT 2017 Cutoff for IIMs

IIM Ahmedabad is the first IIM which has announced its CAT cutoff 2017 and the admission criteria. IIM Ahmedabad’s CAT 2017 cutoff is given as below:


IIM Ahmedabad CAT Cutoff 2017

Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
General 70 70 70 80
NC-OBC cum Transgender 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PWD 60 60 60 70

The CAT cutoff 2017 for IIM Ahmedabad has not undergone any change as compared to last year.

Previous Year CAT Cutoff for IIMs

The following tables bring to you the previous year’s category wise and sectional cutoff for the 20 IIMs. On the basis of last year’s CAT cutoff, candidates will be able to assume cutoff for this year.


CAT Cutoff for IIM Shillong

Category VARC DI & LR QA Overall
General 70 70 70 70
SC 60 60 60 60
ST 50 50 50 50
NC-OBC 70 70 70 70
PWD 50 50 50 50

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