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CAT 2017 registrations end; find out how many candidates you would be competing against

Sep 26, 2017 10:33 IST
    CAT 2017 Registration Ends
    CAT 2017 Registration Ends

    Finally the last date for the registration of CAT 2017 is over. The registrations were open till yesterday evening i.e. 25th September 2017 till 5:00p.m. For now, as per the data made available by the CAT Exam convener, the registration numbers for the CAT 2017 exam has closed at 2.31 lakh applicants. The aspirants will appear in the exam surfacing cut-throat to grab a seat in one of the 20 IIMs across the country. All the 20 IIMs offer around 4000 seats to the IIM aspirants, rendering this exam as one of the most sought after MBA exams in the country at present.

    Is CAT Exam still the ‘call of the duty’?

    Going by the statistics, last year the CAT registrations closed on September 27. In 2016,the number of applicants rose to 2,32,434. As per the current data, we can see that approximately 2.31 lakh candidates have registered for one of the toughest MBA entrance exam of India. With such soaring number, CAT exam is one of the biggest MBA entrance tests of India that grants admission to the premier MBA institutes to the aspiring youth.

    Prof Neeraj Dwivedi of IIM(L), the convener of the examination commented that “The exact number of applicants will be known on Tuesday. There is not significant change in the number of applicants as compared to what it was last year.”

    Benefit of Extending CAT Registration deadline

    CAT 2017 registration was supposed to get close on September 20. But due to a few glitches in registration during the last day, the registrations were extended till September 25 till 5:00p.m. According to Prof Dwivedi, during the extended 5 days, about 20000 candidates applied. Prof. Dwivedi commented that “We have a total of approximately 2.31 lakh registrations (Completed and fee paid).”

    What next?

    The CAT applicants will be permitted to download their admit card from October 18 onwards till the test date. In addition, Prof. Dwivedi also mentioned that a tutorial will be available on the CAT website from October 18 to help the CAT exam takers understand the format of the test.

    IIM Ahmedabad announces CAT 2017 Admissions Criteria

    CAT Exam: Inside View

    Prior to 2009, CAT was a paper based test which was conducted in a single day for all the eligible candidates. From 2009 onwards it became an online test. CAT Exam tests the skills of the MBA Aspirants in 180 minutes and holds 100 questions. The Exam aims to test the aptitude of the candidates in the given below format:

    CAT Paper Structure


    Section Name

    Number of Questions

    Time allotted to each Section


    Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension


    60 minutes


    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning


    60 minutes


    Quantitative Ability


    60 minutes




    180 minutes

    CAT 2017: Important Dates

    Here are the important dates that all the CAT aspirants must mark on their calendar to stay abreast with the developments in the domain of entering the management education. Highlight these days on your to-do list that will act as a constant reminder to speed up your preparation for the CAT 2017 exam.


    Date (Tentative)

    Release of CAT 2017 Notification

    30th July 2017

    Commencement of Online Registration for CAT

    9th August 2017

    Closing of Online Registration for CAT

    20th September 2017

    Admit Card Download Window

    18th October 2017

    Test Date

    26th November 2017


    January (2nd Week) 2017

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