CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017 – Common Admission Test Requirements

Common Admission Test which is also known as CAT has some requirements to be eligible for applying which is known as CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017.

CAT 2017 eligibility criteria are decided by the conducting authority which is IIM Lucknow this time. The official eligibility criteria are announced on 29th July along with the notification. The CAT eligibility criteria are same as the previous year and it has remained same over the years.

CAT Eligibility criteria vary according to the categories. All aspirants are advised to check all requirements of CAT 2017 before filling the CAT Application Form. In this article, we have provided the Eligibility Criteria of CAT 2017. Go through this article to get all the information about the same.

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CAT Eligibility Criteria 2017

  • The applicant must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State Legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India. For the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons With Disability (PWD) categories must score 45% in Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. However, if such candidates are selected then they have to submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate to join the programme provisionally.
  • Applying candidates must fulfill any one of the following conditions:
    1. Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage of marks.
    2. Completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with the required percentage.
    3. Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage.
  • The marks will be calculated on the basis of practice as followed by the respective University/ Institution. In the case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to the percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ Institution. If any University/ institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.

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Eligibility Criteria For Reserved Categories

  • According to the SAT Eligibility Criteria, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates and 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC).
  • 5% seats are reserved for the Persons With Disability (PWD) candidates. The categories of disability are:
    a) blindness and low vision.
    b) deaf and hard of hearing.
    c) locomotor disability including cerebral palsy, leprosy cured, dwarfism, acid attack victims and muscular dystrophy.
    d) autism, intellectual disability, specific learning disability and mental illness.
    e) multiple disabilities from amongst persons under clauses (a) to (d).

This provision is applicable if the candidate suffers from any of the listed disabilities to the extent of not less than 40 percent, as certified by a medical authority as prescribed and explained in the said PWD Act, 1995 (Section 39).

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Important Note For Reserved Category Candidates

  • If a candidate belongs to SC or ST categories then his/her caste/tribe must be listed in the Government of India schedule. The caste certificate that he/she submit to IIM should be in the Government approved format and should clearly state: (a) Name of your caste/tribe; (b) Whether you belong to Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe; (c) District and the State or Union Territory of your ordinary residence; and (d) the appropriate Government of India schedule under which your caste/tribe is approved by it as Scheduled Caste or Scheduled Tribe.
  • Candidates have to upload a copy of the SC / ST / NC-OB C / PWD certificate(s) at the time of registration. If a candidate fails to do so than his/her application form will be rejected.
  • The SC / ST / NC-OBC / PWD certificate must be shown and a photocopy should be submitted at the time of interview. Moreover, the certificate must be submitted at the time of joining the programs of any of the IIMs.

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