CAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria

CAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria – The Common Admission test (CAT) is an All-India test that’s conducted via the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) as an entrance exam for admission to the Post Graduate and the various Fellow –Programs into the management courses of several management institutes panning accross India inclusive of the IIMs. The CAT score is used separately via each institute with the inclusion of various other parameters depending on the norms of the institute such as the candidates academic performance, work experience, group discussion as well as the written assessment and performance during the interview session in order for the selection of the candidates. The weightage that’s assigned to the CAT scores will differ from institute to institute thus the candidates are advised to read through the weightage, process and breakup for each institute on its respective website. The eligibility criteria for CAT 2015 is enlisted below.

Reservation of Seats for CAT 2017:

  • Reservation of seats for the person with disabilities: 3%
  • Reservation of seats for ST candidates: 7.5%
  • Reservation of seats for SC Candidates: 15%
  • Reservation of seats for OBC: 27%

CAT 2017 Eligibility Criteria

Those candidates who wish to give the CAT 2015 must ensure that they hold a Bachelors Degree scoring a minimum of 50% marks aggregate or an equivalent CGPA awarded via any of the universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India. Theres a relaxation of 5% for those candidates who belong to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Persons with Disability (PWD), Differently Abled (DA) category.

The percentage of marks that’s obtained via the candidates in the bachelors degree would be calculated on the basis of the practice that’s followed by the university/institution through which the candidate has obtained the degree. In the case of the candidates being awarded grades or CGPA instead of marks, the concersion of grades or CGPA into percentage of marks would be made on the basis of the procedure that’s certified via the university/institution from where they have obtained the bachelors degree. In case the university/institution does not have any scheme for the CGPA into equivalent marks , the equivalence would then be established via the division of the candidates CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and then multiplying the result with 100.

Those candidates who are currently appearing for the final year of bachelors degree or equivalent examination as well as those candidates who have completed their degree requirements and are currently awaiting the results of the same are also considered eligible to apply. If the candidate’s do get selected they will be allowed on the programme provisionally the condition being that the candidate submits a certificate issued from the Principal/ Registrar of his/her college stating that the said candidate has completed all the requirements necessary for obtaining the bachelors degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.

There is no such specified age limitation as per the eligibility criterion of CAT 2015. Most IIMs and other top B-schools do prefer students with significant work experience; it isn’t considered mandatory as far as eligibility is concerned.

List of equivalent qualifications for CAT 2017

  • Bachelor’s degree in Engineering/Technology (4 years after 10+2/Post B.Sc./Post Diploma ) or B.E/B.Tech equivalent examinations, of Professional Societies, recognised by MHRD/UPSC/AICTE (e.g. AMIE by Institution of Engineers -India, AMICE by the Institute of Civil Engineers India).

  • Any Qualification recognised by Association of Indian Universities New Delhi, which is equivalent to a Bachelor’s Degree awarded by UGC recognised university/institutions.
  • Cases not covered above equivalency certificate to be produced from Association of Indian Universities New Delhi.

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  1. I am a b.com final year student,i just gave my final exams in march/aril 2016.i will not clear a exam of final year,and will be able to clear in the supplementary exams conducted in september/october.am i eligible to write cat exam in november 2016?

    • Hi,
      It would be better to register the next year as you would need to provide the necessary of passing this year.

  2. Kindly clarify if being in the 3rd year engineering course, I would be eligible for IIM Ahmedabad in 2018 if I give the exam this year in 2017.

    • Hi,
      If you have already appeared for the exam and waiting for the results then you would be considered eligible.

  3. hii
    i am a 3rd year student in b.com nd want to appear fpr cat 2016. am i eligible for that….my all previous semesters results are above 60% nd assure you for future results too

  4. Hi!

    I have completed my Bsc. Biotechnology from Bangalore University (duration 3yrs/ 6 semesters). i am also working now (completed 1yr.) Am I eligible for appearing for the CAT exam?

  5. Hi

    I m recently doing my 12th but I wanted to ask whether I should take coaching for CAT 2017 exam now or not ? Or should I focus on it after 12th only ??

    • Hi,
      The CAT exam is normally conducted in Oct-Nov. So the best time to start preparing for it would be somewhere in March – June.

    • Hi,
      You need to have completed bachelors degree or its equivalent with a minimum of 50% marks or its equivalent CGPA in order to be eligible.

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