CAT 2017: Application Form, Exam Dates, Eligibility, Pattern

CAT (Common Admission Test) 2017 is a national level management aptitude test conducted by IIMs primarily for admission to several management programmes offered by IIMs. CAT online registration starts in the month of August and exam gets organized in the month of November. The expected important dates for the CAT 2017 exam is listed below.

Application Form for CAT 2017

The application form of the CAT 2017 will be released in First Week of August 2017. The timeline given for the candidates to fill the form will be tentatively 45 days.

Application Form for CAT 2017: 1st Week of Aug’2017

Exam Date of CAT 2017

Expected date of Exam for CAT 2017 : 1st Week of Dec 2017

Events Dates
Notification Release Date End of July 2017
CAT Registration Starts From First week of August 2017
Closing date of online application form End of September 2017
Admit Card Availability Date End of October 2017 
Exam Date First week of December 2017
Result Declaration First week of January 2018


Major post graduate programmes offered by IIM’s are as follows:

IIM Name Courses Offered Official Website
IIM Visakhapatnam PGP
IIM Udaipur PGP
IIM Tiruchirappalli PGP and PGPBM
IIM Sirmaur PGP
RGIIM Shillong PGP and PGPEX
IIM Sambalpur PGP
IIM Rohtak PGP and EPGP
IIM Raipur PGP and PGPWE
IIM Nagpur PGP
IIM Kozhikode PGP
IIM Kashipur PGP and EPGPM
IIM Indore PGP and EPGP
IIM Bodh Gaya PGP
IIM Bangalore PGP, PGPEM and PGPPM
IIM Amritsar PGP
IIM Ahmedabad PGP and PGP-FABM

Along with that, FPM (Fellow Programmes in Management) programme is also offered IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Calcutta, IIM Bangalore, IIM lndore, IIM Kozhikode, IIM Kashipur, lIM Lucknow, IIM Ranchi, IIM Raipur, IIM Rohtak, IIM Tiruchirappalli, RGIIM Shillong, IIM Udaipur and EFPM programme by IIM Raipur and IIM Kashipur.


 The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India.

 Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.

 Candidates applying for CAT 2016 should fulfill any one of the following conditions: o Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks* o Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage*. o Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage*. * SC / ST / PWD candidates should have minimum 45%. For General and NC-OBC candidates, minimum is 50%.

 The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA, and multiplying the result with 100.

 IIMs may verify eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at the website Applicants should note that the mere fulfilment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for short listing by IIMs. Candidates must declare and maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process

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