CAT 2017: Registrations have started, to close on Sept 20

CAT 2017 registrations are spread over 40 days, giving candidates enough time to apply for India’s biggest MBA entrance test.

education Updated: Aug 09, 2017 12:55 IST
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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.(Getty Images)

Lucknow: The registration for Common Admission Test 2017 — India’s biggest MBA entrance test for admissions to the Indian Institutes of Management and other top B-schools — opened on Wednesday (August 9), a little while ago. It will close on September 20.

“There is no need to rush on day one itself. The registration is spread over a good 40 days. Candidates have enough time to apply for registration,” said Prof Neeraj Dwivedi, convener, CAT 2017 of IIM Lucknow. The institute will conduct the test this year.

Interested candidates should carefully get their documents ready on desktop, they must read all instructions carefully when they apply. “There’s lot of time to apply and there’s nothing to panic about,” he said.

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

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

CAT 2017 will be held on November 26 (Sunday) this year in two sessions.

IIM-L released the test notification last month. CAT scores are accepted by the 20 IIMs and more than a 100 B-schools across the country.

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.

More than two lakh candidates are expected to appear in the examination. 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.

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.

About the test

“The duration of the test will be 180 minutes,” he said. 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,” Prof Dwivedi added.

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.

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.

First Published: Aug 09, 2017 12:54 IST