Common Admission Test (CAT) is national-level management entrance examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). Apart from 20 IIMs, CAT scores are used for admission to various management institutes across the country.

Here are the eligibility criteria for CAT 2017:

  • The candidate must possess a Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% for SC, ST and PWD/DA category).
  • Percentage obtained in bachelor’s degree would be calculated on the basis of practice followed by the concerned university/institution. In case of grades/CGPA, the conversion would be based on the process defined by the concerned university/ institution.
  • In absence of any percentage conversion scheme, candidate’s CGPA will be divided by maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s
  • degree/equivalent qualification are also eligible to apply for CAT.

CAT 2017 Exam Analysis

The CAT 2017 is India’s top management entrance exam and it is a gateway to 20 IIMs and over 8000 other business schools in India.

The CAT 2017 exam was held in two sessions on Nov 26, 2017. The first session was held from 10 am to 1 pm and the second session will be held from 2 pm to 5 pm.

The question paper of CAT 2017 first slot consisted of 100 questions. There were 34 Quantitative Ability (QA) questions, 34 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) questions and 32 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning questions (DILR).

In the QA section of the first slot of CAT 2017, there were 11 MCQs with more arithmetic questions, while in DILR section was equally divided between DI and LR questions. 16 questions were on DI and 16 on LR. There were 8 MCQs out of 32 questions in this section. The difficultly level in DILR section was high while, in QA section it can be termed as easy.

The VARC section in the first slot of CAT 2017 was of moderate difficulty with 24 questions on RC (5 passages). 10 questions were from grammar out of which 7 were non-MCQs.

CAT 2017 slot 2 analysis

The second slot of CAT 2017 was easier than the first one. The questions focused more on basics and were on the same lines as slot one, i.e. same break up in terms of MCQs and non-MCQs.

DILR section in the second slot was slightly easier than the first slot but was lengthy and time taking. Difficulty level of QA and VARC section was same as slot 1.


There were total 34 questions out of which 24 were on RC (5 passages). Rest of the 10 questions were from VA, out of which 7 were non-MCQs. The para summary questions were MCQs with negative marking. In the VA section parajumbles were somewhat time consuming, while rest were doable.


Like the first slot, DI-LR in slot 2 had 32 questions as well. 16 questions were of DI and 16 of LR, with 12 MCQs and 4 non-MCQs in both sets. The difficulty level in this section was higher in slot 2 as compared to slot 1.


The Quantitative Ability section in slot 2 of CAT 2017 was of easy to moderate difficulty with more questions from Arithmetic. Out of 34 questions 11 were non-MCQs. The questions ranged from topics like Arithmetic, Geometry, Mensuration, Algebra to Series & Sequence, Modulus, Number System etc.