Common Admission Test [CAT]

CAT 2017 Eligibility

Exam Date : 26th November 2017 To 26th November 2017
Result Date : 15th January 2018

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Eligibility Criteria for CAT 2017

  • The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA and 45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD) categories],
  • 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.
  • The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In the case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to the 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 will verify the eligibility at various stages of the selection process, the details of which are provided at the website www.iimcat.ac.in. Applicants should note that the mere fulfillment 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.

 Reservation Scheme for CAT 2017:

The reservation scheme for CAT 2017 is given as follows:

  • As per the legal requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC).
  • 3% seats are reserved for Persons With Disability (PWD) candidates. The three categories of disability are: a) low vision blindness, b) hearing impairment and c) loco motor disability/cerebral palsy.
  • The candidates belonging to the reserved categories need to note the eligibility requirements carefully before applying. It should be noted that while it is the endeavor of IIMs that the candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD/NC-OBC categories join the Programme in proportions mandated by the law, they have to meet the minimum eligibility criteria and a certain minimum level of performance to be considered for the admission process.

Percentage Calculation for CAT 2017

  • Percentage obtained in bachelor’s degree is calculated on the basis of conversion schemes followed by the concerned university/institution.
  • In the case of grades/CGPA, the conversion would depend on the equivalent certificate awarded by the concerned university/institution
  • That score can be used to satisfy CAT eligibility.
  • In absence of any percentage conversion scheme, candidate’s CGPA is divided by maximum possible CGPA and the result is multiplied by 100 and that is used to check CAT eligibility.
  • Applicants appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to appear for CAT.

Discussion Forum View all 61 Questions

What is the eligibility criteria to attempt the CAT exam 2017?

Asked By: Ashok M,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The eligibility criteria to get enrolled in CAT 2017 are: 

  • To be eligible, the applicant must possess a Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised institution with minimum 50% marks or an equivalent CGPA (45% for SC, ST and PWD/DA category) in her/his bachelor's.
  • Students in the final year are eligible for CAT 2017, followed by some CAT Eligibility qualification criteria.
  • Percentage obtained in bachelor’s degree is calculated on the basis of conversion schemes followed by the concerned university/institution. In the case of grades/CGPA, the conversion would depend on the equivalent certificate awarded by the concerned university/institution and that score can be used to satisfy CAT eligibility.
  • In absence of any percentage conversion scheme, candidate’s CGPA is divided by maximum possible CGPA and the result is multiplied by 100 and that is used to check CAT eligibility.
  • Applicants appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to appear for CAT.

Only once the candidate has satisfied the CAT Eligibility will he/she be eligible to appear for CAT.

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QEligibity Criteria

Who is eligible to take the test?

Asked By: Arjun Kapoor,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

The candidate interested to take up CAT should,

  • hold a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 50% or equivalent CGPA
  • candidates belonging from SC or ST or OBC or any reserved category have 45% minimumum marks
  • candidates appearing for  final year of Bachelor's degree can also apply
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QAge limit for CAT Exam.

What is the age limit to appear for CAT Exam?

Asked By: Stanley Fernandez,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

There is no age-limit to take CAT Exam.

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Are there any reservations for Physically Challenged candidates in CAT?

Asked By: Vivek Ajith,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise

Yes, there is. The board has set apart 3% of the total qualified candidates to the Physically Challenged ones.

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I have not completed any graduation course but I am in the final year of a professional course, am I eligible for CAT 2016?

Asked By: Sushant Kumar,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise
  • Yes, you are. Just make sure you clear your final year with the required percentile to be eligible for admission.
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Is there any condition for scribe being used by a blind student?

Asked By: Sakshar Mathur,
A Answer By: GetmyuniEnterprise
  • There are no conditions for scribe being used by a blind student. The candidate must indicate the use of scribe/reader in the CAT application form. And the candidates are advised to arrange the scribe/ reader by themselves.
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