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CAT 2017 dates out, exam to be held on November 26 (Sunday)

The Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM-L), which is conducting the test, will release the notification in newspapers across the country on July 30, 2017 (Sunday)

education Updated: Jul 30, 2017 13:12 IST
CAT  scores are accepted by the 20 IIMs and more than a 100 B-schools across the country. Around 4,000 seats are offered through IIMs.
CAT scores are accepted by the 20 IIMs and more than a 100 B-schools across the country. Around 4,000 seats are offered through IIMs.(Hindustan Times/For representation only)

Lucknow: India’s biggest MBA entrance test, the Common Admission Test 2017 (CAT 2017), will be held on November 26 (Sunday) this year in two sessions. The registration for CAT 2017 will open on August 9 and will close on September 20.

The Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIM-L), which is conducting the test, will release the notification in newspapers across the country on July 30, 2017 (Sunday).

“The duration of the test will be 180 minutes,” said Prof Neeraj Dwivedi, convener, CAT 2017, highlighting some of the salient features of CAT.

CAT scores are accepted by the 20 IIMs and more than a 100 B-schools across the country. Around 4,000 seats are offered through IIMs.

Three sections

The test has three sections. Section I will have verbal ability and reading comprehension; section II will have data interpretation and logical reasoning and section III will deal with quantitative ability, he said.

Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type. Instead, direct answers will have to be typed online. The tutorials will clearly explain this.

“Also, we will allow use of basic onscreen calculator for computation. Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section,” he said.

CAT 2017 will be conducted in test centres spread across approximately 140 test cities. Candidates will be given the option to select four test cities in order of preference.

Test cities and centres will be assigned to the candidates only after the last date for CAT 2017 registration and hence candidates do not have to rush to block slots and cities in the initial days of registration.

“We will try our best to assign candidates to their first preferred city. In case it is not possible, they will be assigned a city following their given order of preference. In the rare case that a candidate is not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted to an alternate city,” Prof Dwivedi added.

However, candidates will not be able to select the session because it will be assigned randomly. They will also have to pay the registration fee through online payment modes only with credit cards, debit cards and through net banking.

After submission of application, candidates will be permitted to download their admit card from October 18, 2017 onwards, till the test date.

A tutorial to understand the format of the test will be available on the CAT website from October 18, 2017. Candidates are advised to work on the tutorials, available on the website, well in advance.

Check the FAQs

The website contains a section on frequently asked questions (FAQ), which addresses candidates’ queries regarding CAT 2017. Candidates can also contact the CAT help desk over email or phone.

IIM-L is conducting the test after a gap of nearly seven years.

This year Professor Neeraj Dwivedi of IIM-L is the convener for CAT.

More than two lakh candidates are expected to appear in the examination. Experts sense that the CAT convener may bring in certain changes in rules to ensure more girl students and candidates from non-engineering backgrounds develop an interest in management studies.

Registrations for CAT shot up to a seven-year high in 2016, with 2,32,434 candidates applying for the entrance test to IIMs and other prominent B-schools. From CAT 2010 to CAT 2016, this was the highest number of applicants. Men comprised a majority of the candidates (67%), the percentage of female candidates marginally increased by 1% compared to 2015.

Important dates to remember

August 9: Registrations for CAT 2017 open

September 20: Registrations close .

October 18: Candidates will be permitted to download their admit card till the date of test.

November 26: Common Admission Test 2017 (CAT 2017) will be held in two sessions.