CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017- Get details of eligibility criteria for Common Entrance Test 2017 exam with major highlights

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017: Common Entrance Test, commonly referred to as CAT, stands at the top of the most competitive exams in management cadre. Students appear in CAT to get into IIM (Indian Institute of Management), which is the most prestigious B-school for management courses. As per the eligibility criteria of CAT, a candidate who has completed his/ her bachelor’s degree with minimum 50 percent aggregate is eligible to apply for the exam. The CAT official notification 2017 was officially released on July 29, 2017 and the eligibility criteria has been officially announced along with the notification. The eligibility criteria of CAT hasn’t changed much over years and is expected to be same for a few upcoming years.

The CAT eligibility criteria 2017 is different for various categories. Our sincere advice to all CAT & MBA aspirants is to cross verify the Common Entrance Test eligibility criteria properly before applying. This year, IIM Lucknow will be responsible for conduction of Common Entrance Test (CAT).

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Post the release of CAT notification 2017, the candidates need to start preparing as per the latest CAT exam pattern and syllabus. Along with preparation, the candidates also need to practice CAT mock tests and CAT sample papers to get accquainted with the exam pattern.

Highlights of CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017

  • The candidate should hold a Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA which will be awarded by a recognised university / educational institute as per Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. For candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD), the minimum percentage required in Bachelor’s Degree is 45 percent.
  • The Candidates who have appeared for the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and who have completed degree requirements and waiting for results can also apply. They will be given a provisional admission only till the time they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) which should state that they have completed all requirements to obtain Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on date of certificate issue.
  • A candidate needs to fulfill any of the three given conditions during time of application
  1. Completed Bachelor’s Degree with requisite percentage of marks
  2. Completed Professional Degree with requisite percentage of marks
  3. Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s Degree with requisite marks percentage
  • The marks calculation will be based on the practice followed by the respective University/Institute. In case the Institute/University offers grades/CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/Institution. If there is no such conversion scheme followed by the institute, equivalence will be calculated from division of CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA followed by multiplication of the result with 100.

CAT 2017 Eligibility – Reservation Criteria

 As per legal/ official requirements, IIMs and other government institutes have to follow the reservation criteria as given below:

  • 15 per cent of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC)
  • 5 per cent of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Tribe (ST)
  • 27 per cent seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes (OBC) belonging to non-creamy layers
  • Three per cent 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. This provision is applicable if the candidate suffers from any of the listed disabilities to the extent of not less than 40 per cent, as certified by a medical authority as prescribed and explained in the said PWD Act, 1995 (Section 39).
  • The candidates belonging to the reserved categories have to score minimum cut-off percentile in CAT 2017 along with the eligibility criteria in order to be shortlisted for the admission process.

Information for Reserved Category Candidates

  • The caste or tribe of candidates belonging to SC or ST categories have to be a part of Government of India schedule. The candidate will have to submit a caste certificate which should carry the following information-

(a) Name of caste or tribe

(b) If the candidate belongs to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe

(c) District and the State or Union Territory of original residence

(d) The appropriate Government of India schedule under which your caste/tribe is approved by it as Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.

  •  The reserved category candidates have to upload the SC / ST / NC-OBC / PWD certificate(s) during the application process. The application may be rejected by the IIMs in case the candidate fails to upload the documents.
  • At the time of selection process or interview rounds, candidates have to show the original documents and copies have to be submitted at IIMs during final admission process. In case they are unable to submit the documents, they may not be considered under reserved categories.

The CAT application process will begin from 9th of August 2017. In previous year, 2,34,434 candidates applied for the exam whereas 1,95,000 of them appeared for the test. The CAT scores will be considered and accepted by 20 IIMs along with over 100 B-schools across the country to fill around 4,000 seats. The CAT question paper will consist of MCQs (objective type) carrying 100 questions from sections of Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. There will also be some Non-MCQs which will not carry any option and the test takers have to type the answer with their mouse on the space provided.

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