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.