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CAT 2017: Common queries & FAQs

Mar 28, 2017 10:28 IST

Cracking CAT 2017 is the ultimate prize for MBA aspirants in India. This year, the mother of all MBA entrance exams is being organized in IIM Bangalore and is scheduled to take place in the month of December 2017. Although the official CAT 2017 Notification has not offered any clear insights into probable changes that aspirants should expect in this year test, some changes are likely. The CAT 2017 organizing committee has maintained eerie silence when it comes to answering queries and doubts of candidates with respect to the upcoming exam. With the CAT 2017 season already in full swing we have compiled some of the common queries and their answers below:

FAQs about CAT 2017


What is CAT?
Common Admission Test, which is popularly known as CAT 2017 is an annual MBA entrance examination for candidates seeking admission to MBA and PGP programmes in management colleges in India. The test is conducted by premier B-schools of India i.e., IIMs and tests data interpretation skills, qualitative skills, logical reasoning and verbal aptitude of candidates.

Why CAT 2017?
As stated above, CAT 2017 is one of the most prestigious MBA entrance examinations of the country. The CAT score / CAT Rank of the candidate is used by B-schools in India to shortlist candidates for admission to their flagship PGP programmes. In addition to IIMs, other popular B-schools of India like MDI, NITIE, IMT, FMS, SP Jain, JBIMS and others also consider CAT score for admitting students. Another significant factor that makes CAT 2017 important is due to its complex format, it also helps aspirants to prepare for other MBA entrance exams like XAT, SNAP, MAT and NMAT.

When is CAT 2017 Exam held?
Generally, CAT is held in November – December every year. This year, the test is schedule to take place in the month of December 2017. Other important dates related to CAT 2017 are listed below:

Event Dates
Release of Official Notification  July 2017
Start on Online Registration  August 2017
Last Date / Application Deadline  September 2017
Issue of Admit Card  October 2017
Release of CAT 2017 Tutorial  October 2017
CAT 2017 Exam Date  December 2017
CAT 2017 Result Date 2nd Week of Jan 2018 (tentative)

  FAQs for CAT 2017 Eligibility

Who is eligible to take the exam?

All candidates who fulfil the qualifying criteria mentioned below are eligible to apply for CAT 2017:

  • Graduate / Bachelor’s Degree minimum aggregate marks of 50% or equivalent CGPA (45% marks for reserved categories)
  • Final Year candidates are also eligible to apply for CAT 2017
  • Candidates holding valid degree equivalent to Bachelor’s degree recognized by MHRD

In addition to this, applying candidates must also have Email ID and a phone number to complete the registration process for CAT 2017.

I am not pursuing or completed my Bachelor’s degree or any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc., Am I eligible to appear for CAT 2017?

Any candidate who has not completed a Bachelor’s degree or any professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc is not eligible to apply for CAT 2017

Can I appear for CAT for practice purpose though I am aware that I am not eligible?

Candidates cannot appear for CAT 2017 for practice purpose, if they do not meet the eligibility criteria. Also, appearance in CAT for practice purpose would be counted as an attempt, which doesn’t work in your favour.

Is there any age restriction for taking the CAT exam?

No, there is no age restriction to take CAT 2017.

I have not completed any graduation course but I am in the final year of a professional course, am I eligible for CAT 2017?

No, only candidates who are in final year of their Bachelor’s degree are eligible to apply for CAT 2017. Candidates in the final year of their professional degree are not allowed to apply for CAT 2017. Moreover, any candidate applying for CAT 2017 also has to qualify the minimum percentage criteria for CAT 2017.

I am a General category candidate and got 49% in the Bachelor’s degree. I have also completed Master’s degree with 51%, am I eligible to apply for CAT 2017?

No. As per the CAT 2017 notification, candidates need minimum 50% marks in their Bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for CAT 2017.

I am a PWD category candidate with 44% in the Bachelor’s degree and 46% in the Master’s degree, am I eligible to apply for CAT 2017?

No. As per the CAT 2017 notification, CAT 2017 need minimum 45% marks in their Bachelor’s degree in order to be eligible to apply for CAT 2017.

I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in May-June 2017 but have a backlog, am I eligible to apply for CAT 2017?

Yes. Candidates who are expected to complete their Bachelor’s degree in 2018 are eligible to apply for CAT 2017. However, they have to select ‘Yes’ in their application form to the question “Are you in the final year of Bachelor Degree”.

  FAQs for CAT 2017 Registration Process

When and how do I register for CAT 2017?

As stated in the table above, the CAT registration process is already underway from the month of August 2017 and is expected to end in the month of September 2017. The CAT 2017 application process is completely online and needs to be completed on the official portal www.iimcat.ac.in. You can also find valuable help resources and video tutorials to help you along the way to complete your application process there.

How to Register for CAT 2017

Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address when registering for CAT?

No. All candidates have to provide their own personal and unique email address for CAT 2017 registration process. All communication with regards to CAT 2017 and other information will be shared with the candidates through their Email ID. Therefore, it is advised that candidates use their own personal Email ID to register for CAT 2017.

I have made a mistake(s) while registering / entering the details in my CAT 2017 application. What should I do now?

CAT 2017 registration process doesn’t allow changes in certain fields like Name, Date of Birth, email id, mobile number etc, at any stage of the registration process. In case you have made a mistake in these details, you are expected to register again for CAT 2017 using a new email ID. Your earlier registration will be cancelled and admit card will be issued only on the basis of the new registration information provided by you. However, in case you fail to re-register for CAT 2017 after cancelling the earlier registration, it may lead to the nullification of your candidature.

CAT 2017 allows changes in certain other fields like Communication Address, gender, category, educational information, work experience, or exam city preferences etc. However, these fields are open to changes only until the submission of the Application Form. You can edit these details by clicking on Existing User Login option on CAT website.

After the submission of the CAT 2017 application, candidates are provided limited time window to edit certain fields like Percentage of Marks scored, Work Experience, Programmes Selected etc. However, any personal details or academic details apart from percentage or marks scored will not be open to changes.

To avoid any mistakes during the registration process, candidates are advised preview their application form and ensure all entries are correct, before submitting the final form. 

In case the website does not work and I am unable to complete my application, what should I do?

Generally, you would not face any such problem. However, in case you encounter any technical glitch while accessing the CAT website, please close the browser (delete browsing history, cache & cookies of the web browser) and try again. In case the problem persists, you can call CAT Helpdesk at 18002663549 or email them at cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in.

Candidates must also ensure that they are using web browsers compatible with CAT 2017 registration website as listed below:

Browser

Supported Versions

Google Chrome

20 to 51

Internet Explorer

7 to 11

Mozilla Firefox

14 to 47

CAT 2017 online application form is best viewed on Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers.

  FAQs for CAT 2017 Exam Dates & Exam Time Slots

When will CAT 2017 be held and can I choose an exam date?

As mentioned in the schedule given above, the CAT 2017 exam would be held in the month of December 2017, Sunday in two sessions (forenoon and afternoon). As per the preference of test city given by you in the application form, you will be provided session slot, test city, and test centre, subject to availability.

From where can I get the list of exam centres?

The list of CAT 2017 exam centres will be available on the official website www.iimcat.ac.in from the third week of October 2017. Currently, candidates can see the test cities where CAT 2017 will take place.

What are the time slots for CAT 2017 exam?

As per the official notification, CAT 2017 will be held in two sessions or time slots. Candidates will be allotted a single session time slot depending on the availability of test centre and city of preference.

Can I appear for more than one slot for CAT 2017?

No, you cannot appear for more than one slot for CAT 2017. If any candidate attempts to appear for CAT 2017 in two different time slots, it would be considered as a fraudulent activity. In order to avoid any cheating on this front, CAT 2017 candidates will be subject to verification of Admit Cards, photo IDs, candidate pictures, and biometric information.

Where can I select my preference of shift and test date?

The exam shift (forenoon or afternoon) is allocated for each registered candidate based on the city preference made at the time of application. A candidate cannot select the shift.

What are the timings to contact the Candidate Helpdesk?

CAT 2017 help desk is available to candidates through the phone from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The CAT Candidate Helpdesk is closed on Sundays and on National/Public holidays.

  FAQS for CAT 2017 Category Selection

Under which categories can I apply for CAT?

Candidates can apply for CAT 2017 under the following categories

  • General
  • Scheduled Caste (SC)
  • Scheduled Tribe (ST)
  • NC-OBC (Non-creamy layer OBC)

P.S: All candidates opting for OBC category will be treated as non-creamy layer OBC candidates. OBC candidates falling under creamy layer will fall under the general category.

Which documents must I submit if I belong to the SC/ST category?

Candidates applying under SC/ST category need to belong to caste/tribe that is listed in the Government of India schedule. All candidates applying under SC/ST category will need to upload caste/tribe certificate during the application process in the government prescribed format. A copy of government prescribed format for SC/ST certificate is also available on CAT website.

The SC/ST certificate uploaded on the website should clearly indicate the following:

  • Name of your caste/tribe.
  • Whether you belong to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.
  • District and the State or Union Territory of your ordinary residence
  • The appropriate Government of India schedule under which your caste/tribe is approved, whether Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.
  • Signatures of required authorities.

Do I belong to the NC-OBC category?

To know if you belong to the NC-OBC category, please visit http://www.ncbc.nic.in and refer to the updated list of state-wise OBCs eligible.

I have an SC/ST certificate in the format uploaded on the CAT 2017 website. Can I use the same certificate or do I have to download the certificate template from the CAT website and fill it again?

If your certificate fulfils the following conditions, you can upload the same certificate:

  • The certificate should have been issued by a competent authority.
  • The name of the caste and caste number should appear in the certificate.
  • The Ministry's resolution/order number should be available.
  • The certificate should be in Hindi or English only.

Is there a validity for NC-OBC Certificate?

Refer the Government of India website www.ncbc.nic.in for details.

Which authority issues the NC-OBC certificate?

Refer the Government of India website www.ncbc.nic.in for details.

  FAQs for Entering Marks in Application Form

I have completed my Bachelor’s Degree. Do I need to submit the overall percentage of marks or as per my University standards?

As per the CAT 2017 notification, all candidates are required to enter their marks or percentage in accordance with the norms followed by their university.

I have not completed my Bachelor’s Degree/I am in final year of Bachelor’s degree. What marks do I need to enter in the Application form?

As per the CAT 2017 notification, candidates who are in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree need to enter the aggregate percentage of marks from the last marks statement in the CAT 2017 application form.

I have completed my 10th/12th standard from CBSE Board. Do I need to enter the marks mentioned on the Mark list?

CAT 2017 notification suggests that candidates from CBSE Board use the conversion formula specified by CBSE for converting CGPA into percentage of marks. Candidates are required to submit the Aggregate Percentage of marks for all subjects in the CAT 2017 application form.

I have done 5 years integrated course of B.Tech and MBA. As per my university norms first 3.5 years is considered to be B.Tech and remaining 1.5 years is considered to be MBA. How do I enter my marks?

As per your University norms, you will enter the aggregate percentage of first 3.5 years under Bachelor’s Degree and remaining 1.5 years under Master’s degree.

I have completed 5 year dual degree course (BTech+MTech, BS+MS, BTech+MSc etc.). How do I enter my marks for bachelor degree?

As per your university norms, you must enter the aggregate of marks that are equivalent to Bachelors’Degree under the Bachelor’s Degree section and the equivalent Marks for the Masters’ degree under the Master Degree section.

I have completed dual Bachelors’ degree courses (BCom+LLB, BPharm+BTech etc.). How do I enter my marks for two Bachelor degrees?

On the CAT application form, you must select the option indicating that you have dual Bachelors’ Degrees. You can then enter the details of both qualifications.

  FAQs for CAT 2017 Admit Card

When will I get my Admit Card?

CAT 2017 admit card will be available to candidates for view and print from the month of October 2017. Admit cards will be issued only to the candidates who have successfully completed the CAT 2017 online application process.

Candidate will have to log into the CAT website using their registered User ID in order to view and print CAT 2017 admit card.

What details will be mentioned in the Admit Card?

The CAT 2017 admit card would contain the following details:

  • Candidate’s name
  • Test Date
  • User ID / Registration Number
  • PWD Status

Will the Admit Card be sent to me as a hard copy or by mail?

CAT 2017 Admit card will be available only on the CAT website. Candidates will have to log into their CAT account using their User ID to download and print the admit card.

If I do not get my Admit Card, whom should I contact?

CAT 2017 Admit card will be available to the candidates to view or download on the official CAT website in the month of October 2017 (2nd week tentatively). Candidates have to print the CAT admit card directly from there.

If you are unable to view your CAT Admit card on the website, please contact the CAT helpdesk:

  • Toll free: 18002663549
  • Email: cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in

  FAQs for CAT 2017 Fee

What is the fee for the CAT exam?

The exam fees for CAT 2017 is expected to be approximately Rss 1700/-. For the general and NC-OCB category candidates and SC/ST/PwD category the CAT fee will be somewhere around Rs.850/-. Changes can be expected in the fee amount as per the discreetion of the exam conducting body.

Where can I pay the CAT exam fee?

The entire CAT application process is online including the payment of fees. Candidates can pay the CAT 2017 Fee online using debit / credit cards or netbanking facility.

  FAQs for CAT 2017 Exam Format

Is CAT an online exam?

No, CAT 2017 is not an online exam; it is a computer-based test (CBT). In simple words, the CAT 2017 question paper will not be internet connectivity.

Like all other CBT exams, CAT 2017 will require candidates to read questions on the computer screen and answer them by clicking on the right option displayed on the screen.

CAT 2017 Exam Pattern: Detailed Analysis

Can I take the exam from any computer?

No, candidates must take the CAT 2017 exam on the workstation assigned to them at their designated test centre.

How many sections are there in CAT 2017?

CAT 2017 exam is divided into three main sections as listed below:

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

Can I bring a calculator to the testing centre?

No, candidates appearing for CAT 2017 are not allowed to carry any electronic gadgets including calculators and mobile phones into the test centre. For the benefit of candidates, an onscreen calculator is available to them throughout the exam.

Are there negative marks for questions other than MCQs?

No, non-MCQs do not attract any negative marking

Do the non-MCQ type questions carry equal marks as MCQs?

Yes, all questions in CAT 2017 exam will carry equal marks. However, non-MCQs require candidates to input their answers using the keyboard.

CAT 2017 Syllabus: A Detailed Review of all the Sections

How many non-MCQs are there in each section?

The official notification of CAT 2017 has not clarified on the sectional composition of test. However, you can find more information about it here.

Is there a specific order for answering sections? Can I attempt sections the way I want?

All questions in CAT 2017 test need to be answered in the pre-specified format.

Does CAT 2017 have a syllabus for exam preparation?

There is no prescribed syllabus for CAT 2017, but you can refer to our MBA section to find out more about the type and style of questions that are likely to be asked in CAT 2017.

What is the marking/grading scheme for CAT? Is there negative marking for a wrong answer?

CAT 2017 will contain both MCQs and non-MCQs.

  • For non-MCQs, each question would carry 3 marks and there would no negative marking for incorrect answer.
  • For MCQs, all questions would carry 3 marks and there would negative marking of 1 mark for each incorrect answer. In case you skip an MCQ, no marks will be added or deducted from the final tally.

Stay tuned to MBA Section of jagranjosh.com for more updates on CAT 2017 Exam!

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