How to apply for registration of IIMs Common Admission Test CAT-2017 for PG/Fellowship in Management

Want to build your career after completion of MBA? Want to take admission to Post Graduate Management courses or Ph.D equivalent Fellow Programmes in Management (FPM) in any Indian Institute of Management? IIMs has declared that computer based Common Admission Test 2017 will be held on 26th November 2017. This article tells about its eligibility criteria, various programs offered by Indian Institutes of Management all over India, application fees, online registration procedure, admission process etc.


Indian Institutes of Management's- premier B- Schools in India conduct computer-based Common Admission Test which is shortly known as CAT every year as a pre-requisite for admission to various Post Graduate Management programs or Ph.D equivalent Fellow Programs in Management known as FPM in short in its various institutes located all over the country and listed non-IIM member institutions. The CAT score is a milestone for those who want to build their career studying Management course in recognized institutes of India. Maintaining the same tradition Indian Institutes of Management has announced CAT 2017 registration, entrance exam and results dates for current year too.

Courses offered by various IIMs

Candidates are invited to appear in Common Admission Test 2017 to take admissions in the following courses offered by various IIMs:
  1. Post Graduate Programmes in Management
    1. PGP, PGP-FABM, ePGP offered by IIM Ahmedabad
    2. PGP offered by IIM Amritsar
    3. PGP, PGPEM, PGPPM offered by IIM Bangalore
    4. PGP offered by IIM Bodh Gaya
    5. PGP-PGDM offered by IIM Calcutta
    6. PGP (Indore, Mumbai), EPGP, PGP-HRM offered by IIM Indore
    7. PGP offered by IIM Jammu
    8. PGP, EPGP offered by IIM Kashipur
    9. PGP offered by IIM Kozhikode
    10. PGP, PGP-ABM, PGP-M offered by IIM Lucknow
    11. PGP offered by IIM Nagpur
    12. PGP, PGPWE offered by IIM Raipur
    13. PGDM, PGDHRM offered by IIM Ranchi
    14. PGP, EPGP, EPGPX offered by IIM Rohtak
    15. PGP offered by IIM Sambalpur
    16. PGP, PGPX offered by IIM Shillong
    17. PGP offered by IIM Sirmaur
    18. PGP, PGPBM offered by IIM Tiruchirapalli
    19. PGP offered by IIM Udaipur
    20. PGP offered by IIM Visakhapatnam
  2. Fellow Programmes in Management (FPM) (equivalent to Ph.D)
    1. FPM offered by IIM Ahmedabad
    2. FPM offered by IIM Bangalore
    3. FPM offered by IIM Calcutta
    4. FPM offered by IIM Indore
    5. FPM, EFPM offered by IIM Kashipur
    6. FPM offered by IIM Kozhikode
    7. FPM offered by IIM Lucknow
    8. FPM and EPM offered by IIM Raipur
    9. FPM offered by IIM Rohtak
    10. FPM offered by IIM Shillong
    11. FPM offered by IIM Tiruchirappalli
    12. FPM offered by IIM Udaipur

Eligibility Criteria

The candidates must have the following eligibility criteria to register for Common Admission Test conducted by IIMs in the year of 2017:
  1. Candidates should be a Bachelor degree holder with minimum 50% marks for General and NVC-OBC candidates whereas 45% for SC / ST / PWD candidates from any university or institution incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or deemed university under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 or any equivalent educational qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, GOI.
  2. Candidates who have appeared in the final year examination of Bachelor degree or equivalent examination and waiting for its results may also register for this examination.
  3. Candidates whpo have completed any professional degree such as CA / CS / ICWA with at least 50% marks for General and NVC-OBC candidates whereas 45% for SC / ST / PWD candidates.


Out of total seats 15%, 7.5%, 27% and 5% will be reserved for the candidates belong to SC, ST, OBC and PwD categories respectively.

Admission procedure

Each IIM has its own eligibility criteria for admission where CAT score 2017 will play an important role. However, each institute may also consider previous academic results, relevant working experience etc. to shortlist the candidates.

Registration procedure for CAT-2017

Candidates have to register themselves through online portal at at the scheduled time mentioned below. To know about more details of the registration process candidates should read registration guide available at the page age.

Candidates have to declare an e-mail id and a mobile number during registration process and the same needs to be maintained throughout the selection process.

Registration fee

Candidates under SC, ST and PwD categories have to pay a non-returnable amount of Rs. 900/- as registration fee whereas General and NC-OBC candidates will pay Rs. 1800/- once only for registration for C-2017 irrespective of numbers of institutes they are applying for.

Centres of CAT-2017

During the registration of online application process for CAT-2017 held by IIMs candidates have to select any four test cities out of 140 centres. Finally one out of four preferred cities will be allotted which will be mentioned in admit card. In case a candidate is not allotted any of his / her preferred cities, a nearby city will be allotted.

Important dates to remember

  • Online portal for registration for CAT-2017 will be opened on 9th August 2017.
  • Online portal for registration for CAT-2017 will remain open till 500 p.m. on 20th September 2017.
  • Admit cards may be downloaded from 18th October, 2017 to 26th November 2017.
  • Test will be held on 26th November 2017
  • Result of IIMs conducted CAT-2017 will be published in the second week of January 2018 tentatively.


Candidates should visit the official website and read all details of the programs and test to ensure all information of the programs, test, registration and admission before registration for CAT-2017. They should also watch CAT2017 registration video before applying for the test.

Candidates may also call help desk number 1-800-266-3549 for any assistance regarding IIMs CAT-2017.

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