CAT Application Form 2017: IIMs, the conducting body of Common Admission Test (CAT) are most likely to release the application form of CAT 2017 from first week of August. CAT 2017 application form will be available only in online mode. CAT application process is a three-step process that consists of – registration, submitting the filled in CAT application form 2017 and pay the fee. Candidates have to select four exam centres as per their preference while filling up CAT 2017 application form. Candidates will be allotted any one of their chosen exam centres after their registration. The test centre and schedule will be communicated to the candidates through the admit card. The session of CAT registration expires after 30 minutes, candidates are advised to complete registration process within prescribed time slot. CAT aspiring candidates are advised to save their login details for future use. Candidates can check all about CAT 2017 registration such as dates, how to fill, application fee and much more from below:
- Know your chances of getting a call from IIM & Non-IIMs
- Know how good is your academic profile for IIMs & Non-IIMs
- Know the required eligibility criteria
- Check the percentile required for IIMs & Non-IIMs
Last year, as many as 2,32,434 candidates had applied for the test. This year too, it is estimated that more than two lakh aspirants will fill the CAT application form 2017. The tentative schedule for CAT 2017 application form is given in the table below.
Important Dates for CAT Application Form 2017
CAT application 2017 starts
First week of August, 2017
Last date to apply
Third week of September, 2017
CAT application form correction
First week of October, 2017
CAT admit card 2017
Third week of October, 2017
First week of December 2017
Applicants should be graduates in any discipline from a recognised institute or university with minimum 50 per cent aggregate marks or equivalent CGPA. For SC, ST and PWD candidates, the percentage cutoff is 45 per cent.
Final year Bachelor’s Degree students are also eligible to apply provided they attain the degree with the requisite percentage within the stipulated schedule.
Documents to keep handy before applying for CAT 2017
Before approaching for completing the application form of CAT 2017, aspirants must keep the following documents ready:
Mark sheets of Class X, Class XII, Bachelor’s Degree and or higher education
Applicable certificates to upload
Scanned images of passport size photograph and signatures. The photo should not be more than six months old and should have a white background.
List of IIM programmes to apply for
The CAT application window will look like the image below. This will be replaced with the CAT 2017 application form window as and when the process starts.
Now we will bring to you the step by step procedure to apply for CAT 2017.
How to fill CAT Application Form 2017
The CAT 2017 application form filling procedure is divided into three steps. Let’s take a look at the steps in details.
Step 1 – Registration
The first step to CAT application process is to register at the official website in order to generate the login credentials. For this, you have to first visit the CAT 2017 website and follow the instructions given below:
i. Click on the Tab that reads ‘Register Now’
ii. Fill up the form with personal details like Name, Date of Birth, Email Address, Mobile Number in the fields provided. Ensure that you enter correct details, especially the contact details so that you do not face any hindrance in receiving information from IIMs regarding the test. To avoid entering erroneous information, follow the given instructions while filling up the fields on CAT 2017 registration form or application from:
Name – Your name must be the same as that appearing in 10th Standard or SSC Certificate. In case there is change of name due to marriage or any other reason, you have to submit valid document like court affidavits or marriage certificate
Date of birth – Use the virtual calendar to enter your date of birth. Ensure that you enter the correct date.
Email address -The email id should be valid and unique and must be functional. The CAT ID or username will be sent to this email address itself. For overseas candidates, both Username and Password will be sent through email.
Mobile number – The mobile number must be valid and unique as the password will be sent through SMS at this number itself. The number should be India based and of 10 digits. Other mobile numbers should be prefixed with area code. Special characters such as ‘0’ or ‘+’ are not allowed.
iii. Enter the Captcha or retype the special characters displayed on screen to verify and authenticate your registration.
You will receive your CAT 2017 login credentials through Email and SMS. Your CAT Serial Number or USER ID will be sent to you to the email address provided by you and the password will be sent as an SMS to your registered mobile number. Select the ‘I Agree’ checkbox to ensure successful submission of the registration form.
Step 2: Login to CAT Website
By using the system generated User ID & Password, candidates can login as “Existing User” on the website and fill CAT application form 2017. If candidates forget their password, they have to click on ‘Forgot Password’ tab on the ‘Existing User’ login window and new password will be sent to their registered email id.
Step 3 – Filling up CAT Application Form 2017
Upon receiving the login credentials, the next step of filling up the application form of CAT 2017 begins. The procedure to fill up CAT 2017 application form is as follows:
Visit the CAT 2017 official website
Click on the tab ‘Existing User’
Login by entering the given credentials
The CAT application form 2017 is divided into five sections:
a. Personal Details
c. Work Experience
Instructions to fill CAT Application Form 2017
According to the exam officials, the below given instructions must be followed in order to apply successfully:
All the fields ‘*’ marked fields are mandatory to fill
Candidates have to fill all the required information and upload scanned copes of requisite documents
Before proceeding to the next section, click on ‘Save & Continue’
Candidates must use Mouse to move to the next field instead of using the ‘Tab’ key
Applicants may complete the application process in multiple sessions by logging in for the next session. All they have to ensure is that they have properly saved the application form fields before logging out during the previous sessions
After the payment of application fee, candidates would not be allowed to make any changes in the information or documents submitted
After the submission of the CAT 2017 application form, the authorities may introduce limited window to correct your application form on select fields like percentage of marks, work experience and programmes selected. Information like personal details, academic details (apart from percentage of marks), exam city preference etc. cannot be edited.
Candidates have to carefully read all the instructions before filling the information in CAT application form 2017.
Father’s/Husband’s/Guardian’s Name and Mother’s Name and Gender
Category – Candidates who do not belong to the General category have to select the applicable category among Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), Serial Number, State or Union Territory and Name of Caste and Tribe.
Select your Nationality from the Drop Down menu
Click on Yes or No for Person With Disability (PWD) field. In order to apply under the PWD category, the Disability Percentage should be equal to or more than 40 per cent.
Communication address – Enter full postal address along with alternate email and mobile number which will be used for further communication by IIMs
Within this section, candidates have to upload the following documents in support of the information provided.
Passport size photograph and signature: Applicants have to upload scanned image of passport size photograph whose dimension should not be more than that stated by exam authorities. Refer to the below table for photograph and signature dimensions. The photograph and signature should be clearly visible and legible.
Dimensions for Photo and Signature for CAT 2017 Application Form
Not exceed than 80 KB
30 mm (width) x 45 mm (height)
150 px/inch (min)
80 mm (width) x 35 mm (height)
NC-OBC/SC/ST Certificate: Applicants belonging to reserved categories have to download the category certificates from the CAT website and enter the required information and get them attested by appropriate authorities, self-attest, scan and upload.
Applicants have to enter their past academic records in this section under the following sections:
Class X/SSC/Equivalent Exam Scores
Class XII/HSC/Equivalent Exam Scores
Bachelor’s Degree Details
Master’s Degree Details
Professional Course Details
Under each section, candidates have to enter the Board, Subjects, Aggregate marks or CGPA.
If the applicants have prior work experience or are working professionals, they have to enter the work experience in number of months completed as on July 31, 2017. Candidates have to also enter the industry type. Only full time work experience pursued after the completion of Graduation will be applicable. Internship, part time job, article ship, pre-graduation experience should not be entered.
In this section of CAT application form 2017, candidates have to select the IIMs and the full time management programmes where they want to apply for. They have to also select the interview city from the drop down menu provided under this section.
Candidates applying for PGP or PGDM programmes at the below given IIMs are requested to choose the same interview city for all the selections:
Exam Centre City
Candidates will be allowed to select any four cities where CAT 2017 will be conducted from the drop down menu. After the completion of the CAT 2017 application process, candidates will be allotted test centre in one of the four preferred cities. Applicants will not be allowed to select the same city more than once.
CAT 2017 Application Fee Payment
The application fee can be paid in online mode only, through Credit/Debit Card and Net Banking methods. It is mandatory to click on the box corresponding to the statement ‘I have previewed the Application Form by clicking on the Preview Application Button and confirm that all the data reflecting in the Preview are correct”, and “I Agree” in the Declaration section before you click the Submit and Pay button and proceed to the payment gateway. The following table brings to you the CAT 2017 application form fee according to candidate categories.
CAT Application Fee 2017
General and NC-OBC
SC, ST and PWD
Along with the above mentioned application fee, candidates have to also pay the online transaction charges, which will vary according to the mode of payment.
CAT 2017 Application Transaction Fee
Rs. 20 per transaction
Credit Card (Visa/Master)
1.20 per cent of the transaction amount and subject to minimum of Rs. 5
Credit Card (American Express)
2.85 per cent of the transaction amount and subject to minimum of Rs. 5
Debit Card (Visa/Master)
0.75 per cent of Transaction amount for value up to Rs. 2000 and subject to minimum of Rs. 5
1.00% of Transaction amount for value
Before proceeding towards payment, candidates must preview the entire application form and the information provided and cross check with official documents in order to avoid erroneous application which may not be rectified later.
Application Confirmation Email
After payment of application fee, candidates will receive an application confirmation email at the registered email id. The email will also contain information about communication and CAT admit card 2017 details.
Applicants may also view the application summary or download the application form, however, it cannot be edited unless the CAT authorities enable application correction window.
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The CAT 2017 admit card is expected to be available for download from the fourth week of September. CAT 2017 is likely to be conducted on the first Sunday of December, 2017. CAT 2017 scores will be accepted by 20 IIMs offering round 4,000 more than 100 non-IIM B-schools in India.
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