CAT-2017 Registration & Eligibility

Accepted For : MBA , PGDM

Exam Mode : Online

Registrations Date

09 Aug, 2017


Exam Date

26 Nov, 2017


CAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria

Candidates who wish to apply for CAT 2017 must fulfill the following conditions:

Academic Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognised University or educational institution with a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA for General and NC-OBC candidates. [For candidates belonging to SC/ST/PWD categories, the minimum is 45%]
  • Candidates taking the final year examination of their Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent qualification examination can apply.
  • Those who have completed degree requirements but are awaiting results are also eligible to apply for the exam.
  • However, such candidates, if shortlisted, will only be allowed to join the programme provisionally, if they submit a certificate from their University/institution stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.
  • Those who have completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with required percentage are also eligible to apply.

Also Read: Official CAT 2017 Question Paper with Answer Key

Reservation Policy

Candidates from the reserved categories must go through the eligibility requirements carefully before applying. The category wise reservation policies followed by IIMs are listed below: 

  • 15% of the seats are reserved for SC and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe ST candidates. 27% of seats are reserved for OBC candidates belonging to the “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC).
  • 3% seats are reserved for Persons with Benchmark Disabilities (PwD). 

It is important to note that being eligible for reservation under various categories does not guarantee admission at IIMs. Candidates are shortlisted if they fulfill the prescribed eligibility criteria, score the minimum required percentile in CAT 2017 and perform well in subsequent rounds of the admission process.

Check Out Seat Reservation Policy at IIMs in detail!


CAT 2017 Result has been announced today, 8th January, 2018. You may Download Your CAT 2017 Scorecard Now! CAT 2017 was successfully conducted across the country on 26th November, 2017. We have a Detailed Analysis of CAT 2017 Paper just for you to give you a sneak peek at the exam. For those who appeared for the exam, we had introduced CAT 2017 Percentile Predictor to help them know how they performed in the CAT 2017 paper. Stay tuned to get More Information on CAT 2017!


1. What is the eligibility to take the test under the PWD category?

The IIMs strictly follow the reservation norms of the Government of India. To be eligible to appear for the test under PWD category, the candidates should belong to any of the following listed categories of disabilities:

  • Low vision/Blindness
  • Hearing Impairment
  • Locomotive Disability/Cerebral Palsy The candidates must suffer from the above-mentioned disabilities, more than or equal to 40%, as certified by a competent medical authority.

2. I have completed my Bachelor’s Degree, do I need to give overall percentage of marks or as per my University standards? 

As per CAT eligibility criteria you have to give percentage according to your university norms.

3. 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 CAT eligibility criteria you have to give Aggregate percentage up to the last marks statement received from the University.

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

No, for applying CAT you should fulfill any one of the following conditions:

  • Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage.
  • Completed professional degree (For example, CA) with the required percentage.
  • Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage.
  • For SC/ST and PWD (DA), candidates should have minimum 45%. For General and NC-OBC candidates minimum is 50%.

5. 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? 

As you are not appearing/completed any Bachelor Degree or not completed any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc. you are not eligible to appear for CAT .

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

As per CAT Criteria you have to mention Aggregate percentage of marks for all subjects irrespective of your Board regulations.

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

No, this is not permitted.

8. Is there any age restriction for taking the CAT exam? 

No, there is no age restriction for taking the CAT exam.

9. Are there any special provisions for Differently Abled candidates?

Yes. Please refer to the FAQs for PWD/DA Candidates for more details.

10. 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? 

No, as per CAT eligibility, you should have obtained 50% or more in the Bachelor’s degree.