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IIM Lucknow to Conduct CAT 2017

Last Updated - September 12, 2017

CAT 2017- Common Admission Test is a national level entrance test held for admission to MBA and PGDM programs. Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow (IIML) will be conducting the Common Admission Test (CAT) this year. CAT Scores are taken into consideration for admission to 20 Indian Institutes of Managements (IIMs) and more than 100 other top notch B-schools in the country including IITs and IISc Bangalore.

Some salient features of CAT 2017 are highlighted below:

  • IIM Lucknow is conducting CAT 2017 for MBA aspirants after a gap of 7 years.
  • IIM Lucknow is expected to release the pertinent information such as exam pattern and timeline by the second week of July, 2017.
  • Prof Neeraj Dwivedi of IIML is the convener of the examination which will be conducted either in October or November.
  • IIM Lucknow will shortly release the official notification for CAT in last week of July 2017.
  • Candidates can start filling CAT Application Forms from the first week of August 2017 which will last up to September 2017.
  • CAT Admit Card will be released in the third week of October/November 2017.
  • CAT 2017 Result will be out in the first week of January 2018.

Conducting Agency of CAT Over The Years

CAT is conducted by IIMs every year on the policy of rotation. Given below is a tabular representation of various editions of CAT exam over the years, their conducting authorities and the testing agencies since it became online in 2009.

YearCAT Conducting IIMCAT Testing Agency
2017IIM LucknowTata Consultancy Services
2016IIM BangaloreTata Consultancy Services
2015IIM AhmedabadTata Consultancy Services
2014IIM IndoreTata Consultancy Services
2013IIM IndorePrometric
2012IIM KozhikodePrometric
2011IIM CalcuttaPrometric
2010IIM LucknowPrometric
2009IIM AhmedabadPrometric

Dr. Himanshu Rai was the CAT Convener of 2010 when IIM Lucknow conducted the exam. After the five-year contract with Prometric exhausted in 2013, Tata Consultancy Services was awarded the five-year contract and will be therefore the conducting agency for CAT 2017 too.

CAT 2017 Important Dates

All the MBA aspirants in the country must track the important events related to CAT. Although the official notification for CAT 2017 is yet to be published at, given below is the tentative schedule for the same based on previous years’ dates and recent developments in CAT 2017.

Official Notification for CAT by IIM LucknowLast Sunday of July, 2017
CAT 2017 application commencementFirst week of August, 2017
CAT 2017 last date of applicationLast week of September, 2017
CAT 2017 Admit CardThird week of October, 2017
CAT 2017 ExamFirst week of December, 2017
CAT 2017 ResultFirst week of January, 2018

It is expected that the exam pattern and timeline will remain unchanged from last year. However, the final decision regarding the changes in CAT Exam Pattern is based on the recommendations of CAT 2017 Convener and CAT Committee.

CAT 2017 Exam Pattern

CAT is a computer based exam of 3 hours duration. The exam would comprise 100 questions from three sections namely, Verbal and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability.

  • The objective type questions will have multiple choices and there will be around 20 to 25 per cent non-multiple-choice questions.
  • Each question carries three marks and there is negative marking scheme of one mark for each wrong answer.
  • Non-MCQs do not have negative marking scheme for wrong answers.

In the year 2016, registrations to IIMs for CAT and other leading B-schools rose up to the seven-year high, with 2,32,434 being the number applicants. Last year IIM Bangalore had conducted the exam.

Check Here Detailed CAT Exam Pattern



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