CAT 2017 To Clash With IIFT Test 2017

It is that time of the year. Notifications are out. CAT 2017 will be held on 26th November 2017. The admission to 20 IIMs (Old, New and Baby) and hundreds of public (schools like NITIE, SJMSoM etc.) and private business schools (SPJIMR, MDI etc.) will take through the scores of the Common Admission Test to be held on this Sunday in November.

It will be conducted by IIM Lucknow and Prof.Neeraj Dwivedi is the CAT Convenor. There is no change in the format of the test. However, we should wait for the release of the demo on the cat website.

Important dates :

Registration begins on 9th August 2017 – it can be done online on the CAT website. Since CAT 2014 registration has moved online and can now only be done online.

Registration closes on 20th September 2017 at 5 pm – We recommend that you get done with it as soon as possible. You want to avoid the last minute scampering for data to fill the the form. Finish your registration soon and get down to preparing hard for the test.

Admit Card download on 18th October 2017 – You will know your centre and slot. You must know that you get to select one of 4 preferred cities and it is possible you may have to travel to another city to take the test. For e.g. those in Mumbai have had to travel to other parts of Maharashtra to take the test. This is an important part of your mental preparation now. So be prepared to travel. Generally, we recommend people reaching on Friday for a Sunday test in case they need to go to another city.

CAT Test Day will be 26th November 2017

Results expected in the 2nd week of January 2018 – Too early to think about results. Right now the focus should only be on Preparation, Preparation, Preparation.

Which are the various programmes at the IIMs one needs to take the CAT for?

Apart from the flagship PGP or PGDM programmes, there are special programmes offered by various IIMs – PGP in Agri-Business Management, PGP in Human Resource Management (it seems IIM Indore is the latest entrant to this club – they are introducing a specialisation in HR), PGP in Sustainability Management (IIM Lucknow) and many old IIMs have a Fellowship Programme in Management (PhD equivalent)


PGP at the 20 IIMs


FPM at select IIMs

CAT Clash with IIFT Test

As of now it seems CAT 2017 will clash with IIFT Test. However, it seems very unlikely that IIFT will not change the date. Number of IIFT takers will go down by 80% at least if they don’t change the date. CAT is the bigger and more popular entrance exam and is accepted by a majority of schools in India. IIFT can only help you get into IIFT. It seems like a no-brainer to us. Expect a date change notification soon.

CAT Prep content on

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Apart from that, you will find stories from various top campuses in India. If you don’t find stories about a particular campus on, quite simply that campus doesn’t matter.

We also have some basic concepts that you can learn about especially in Quant and DI.

Here are some links to get you started –

  1. What Can You do if You Have a Gap Year?
  2. 4 Ways to Ace the VA Section
  3. How do 99%ilers Prepare for CAT – Part 1 – QA
  4. How do 99%ilers Prepare for CAT – Part 2 – VA and RC
  5. How do 99%ilers Prepare for CAT – Part 3 – DI and LR


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