CAT 2017 Registration Process

Dear CAT 2017 Aspirants,

The Online registration for CAT 2017 has begun from 9th August 2017.

As the CAT 2017 registration has begun, the information mentioned on this page shall help you to register and submit your application for CAT 2017. Students are requested to go through the guidelines and then submit the application form.

Student can click here and follow the below steps to Register and create a Profile.

The Registration process has been divided into 3 steps as given below:

  • Register to get User Id and Password.
  • Log in with system generated User ID and Password.
  • Submit Application after entering details and making online payment.

For registering, you will need to verify your mobile number through OTP which will be sent to your mobile number. Your User ID will be sent to email and the Password shall be sent to the registered mobile number only when you have verified the OTP (it is not applicable for overseas candidates). Overseas candidates receive both User ID & Password on the registered email address. Using these credentials, you can log in as an Existing User to fill out the Application form. You need not complete the application in a single session. You can login multiple times to complete. You cannot edit any details on the Application form after you have made the online payment. However, after you submit the application, there will be a limited time window during which you can modify very limited details like Percentage of Marks scored, Work Experience, and Programmes Selected etc.

You will not be able to modify any of the following: any details entered in the Personal Details section, any details entered in the Academics section except the percentage marks scored, Exam Centre City Preferences. You can only view and print after this. Details are available on the application submission page. The last date to complete the CAT 2017 registration form is 25th September 2017, up to 5pm.

To understand the registration procedure for CAT 2017, see the Registration Video on the CAT website.

Kindly follow the instructions below before you start registration for CAT 2017.

  1. Check your eligibility for CAT 2017 by referring to the Eligibility document on the website. Click here to check your eligibility.

  2. Ensure you have a valid and unique email address and mobile number.

  3. “*” (asterisk) indicates a mandatory field. The boxes marked with this symbol must be filled in or you will not be allowed to submit your application for CAT 2017.

  4. Gather all the information you will need for filling the form beforehand, such as:
    • Educational history
    • Mark sheets (10th /12th/ Degree/Diploma)
    • Work experience
    • Applicable Certificates to upload
    • Scanned images of your passport size photo and signature. (The photo should not be more than six months old and should have a white background)
    • List of the IIM programmes to which you are applying

The Registration process has been divided into 3 steps which is given below:

Step 1: Registration to receive User ID and Password

On the website, www.iimcat.ac.in, click the Registration for New User button to create your user profile.

The Registration form window will open in your browser.

CAT 2016 Registration

The registration form to create your User Profile appears as follows:

CAT 2016 Registration Form

Students needs to fill the below details accurately as per the guidelines given:

  • Name of Candidate: This should be the same as on your 12th/Diploma/Degree certificates.
  • Date of Birth: Use the calendar icon to select the correct date.
  • Email Address: Should be valid and unique. You will receive your User ID on this email address only. (Overseas candidates receive both User Id & Password on this email address only).
  • Mobile Number: Should be valid and unique. You will receive your Password as an SMS on this number only.
    1. India based mobile number should have 10 digits.
    2. Other mobile numbers should be prefixed with the area code. Special characters such as (0), +, - are not allowed.
  • OTP: Click on Generate OTP to send OTP on your mobile number once fill the captcha and submit it. To verify the mobile number, enter the OTP received and click on validate the OTP tab. After this you will be able to submit registration from and get the password on your mobile number and user id on your email address.

*The entries on this form cannot be changed once submitted, hence, ensure that you enter the required information correctly.*

Step 2: Captcha

The Captcha box (as displayed) is a special set of characters displayed on the screen. You will need to retype the characters in the box provided. This is a safety feature designed to ensure that a human is entering the details and not a computer programme. If you have trouble reading the characters, click the ‘Get new image’ link to refresh the letters.

CAT 2016 captcha box

Step 3: Declaration

CAT 2016 declaration

By selecting the ‘I Agree’ checkbox in the Declarationsection, you are committing to be honest and fair in all your actions and information provided in the CAT 2017 Registration Form. It is mandatory to agree to the contents in the Declaration to proceed to Submit the form.

Step 1: Confirmation of Registration

Within minutes of submitting the Registration Form, you will receive your User ID on the registered email address from the Administrator with the subject lineSuccessful Registration for CAT 2017”. Ensure that you check your mailbox immediately and that it is not considered as spam mail.

You will also receive the login Password as an SMS on the registered mobile number from sender AM-IIMCAT (Not applicable for overseas candidates). Using these credentials, you may proceed to complete your application for CAT 2017 by clicking on the link given in the email. You may also login from the CAT Website.

Step 2: Login to CAT Website

Using the system generated User ID and Password received, you can login as “Sign In for Existing User” on the website and fill the Application Form for CAT 2017.

In future, if you forget your password, click the Forgot Password button on the Existing User login window. The new password will be sent in an email, and not as an SMS.

CAT 2016 Registration

The next step is to fill in the Application Form for CAT 2017.

Step 3: Fill Application Form

Fill Application Form

Read the instructions at the start of the form before you begin filling the information. You can Logout and exit the form any number of times to edit and complete later or Save & Continue each sections till you submit the application. However, you will not be allowed to continue, if mandatory information is not entered or the required Certificates are not uploaded.

After you complete the last section, i.e. Payment, your application for CAT 2017 will be considered complete and you will receive a confirmation mail. After this, changes to any information provided on the application form are not possible. You can only print or save the form from the website. However, after you submit the application, there will be a limited time window during which can you modify very limited details like Percentage of Marks scored, Work Experience, Programmes Selected etc. You will not be able to modify any of the following: any details entered in the Personal Details section, any details entered in the Academics section except the percentage marks scored, Exam Centre City Preferences. You can only view and print after this. Details are available on the application submission page.

The Application Form is categorised into the following five sections:

1. Personal details

Candidate Name and Date of Birth fields will be populated automatically based on the information provided at the time of registering your profile.

  • Enter Father’s/Husband’s/Guardian’s Name and Gender, as applicable.
  • Select the Category under which you are applying. If not General, then enter the additional details such as Serial Number of Caste/Tribe, State/Union Territory of Caste/Tribe, and Caste/Tribe Name. For details of the Caste/Tribe name applicable to you, see the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) Click here. You may also click the icon on the form to open the National Commission for Backward Classes (NCBC) website. Additionally, download the NC-OBC, SC/ST Certificates from the CAT website, enter the required information and attest signatures from the appropriate authorities, self-attest, and scan as PDF documents to upload the certificates on the CAT website.
  • Select your Nationality from the dropdown, else select Others.
  • Select Yes if you are a Person with disability (PWD). Additionally, select details under PWD Category of disability, Disability Percentage, Wheelchair Support and Scribe requirement. Download the Person with Disability (PwD) Certificate from the CAT website, enter the required information and attest signatures from the appropriate authorities, self-attest, and scan as PDF document to upload the certificates on the CAT website.

Points to remember

Communication Address

Enter your postal address details correctly as it will be used for communication from CAT Centre 2017. You may also provide an alternate Email Address and Mobile Number here.

You will require the same photograph uploaded here, to be affixed on the admit card on the day of the test (26th November 2017)

Upload Documents

In this section, you must upload all the mandatory documents as per your selections in the earlier sections.

  • Passport Size Photograph and Signature: Upload the scanned image of your passport photo within the dimensions of 30mm X 45mm. Also, upload the scanned image of your signature within the dimensions of 80mm X 35mm. The documents file format should be a .jpg or .jpeg and the file size should not be more than 80KB each. The image should be clear with a minimum resolution of 150px/inch. The photo should not be more than six months old and should have a white background.

  • NC-OBC/SC/ST Certificate: Click here to Download the Certificate as given on the CAT Website, enter the required information and attest signatures from the appropriate authorities, self-attest, and scan as PDF document to upload.

  • PWD/DA Certificate: Download the Certificate as given on the CAT Website, enter the required information and attest signatures from the appropriate authorities, self-attest and scan as PDF document to upload.

Click on Save & Continue to proceed to the next section.

2. Academics

In this section, you must enter your education details. Enter the details in all sections that are applicable to you.

The sections are as follows:

  • SSC/10th Std/Equivalent Details
  • 12th/Equivalent/Diploma Course Details
  • Bachelor Degree Details
  • Master Degree Details
  • Other Professional Degree Details

Points to remember

  • For computing percentages of marks obtained in SSC or equivalent and HSC or equivalent examination, the aggregate marks of all subjects that appear in the mark sheet/grade sheet would be considered.
  • Select Course Type as 12th Std/Equivalent if you followed the HSC or school structure of two year education post 10th standard, else select Diploma. Enter all the relevant details. Again For computing percentages of marks obtained in 12th / Equivalent / Diploma examination, the aggregate marks of all subjects that appear in the mark sheet/grade sheet would be considered irrespective of the Boards regulation.
  • Enter the details based on whether you are currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree or have completed your Bachelor’s degree. This section would also apply to those who have an Honours Bachelor’s degree too.  If you selected Yesfor Are you in the final year of Bachelor Degree?,enter the current year and semester of education. Enter the percentage of marks obtained for the years/semesters of the degree course completed to date.
  • If you hold a Bachelor’s Degree, compute the percentage of marks obtained as per the norms of the University/Board. If no norms exist, enter the percentage of marks obtained for all years/semesters of the degree course.
  • If you have more than one Bachelor’s degree (for example BCom + LLB or BE + BPharm) then, Select the check box “Click here if you have more than one Bachelor's Degree” & fill the details for both the bachelor’s degrees. Note: If you have a dual degree with both a Bachelor's and a Master's (BTech + MTech or BTech + MSc) enter the appropriate details in both the Bachelor's and Master's degree sections.
  • If you have a dual degree with both a Bachelor's and a Master's (BTech + MTech or BTech + MSc) enter the appropriate details in both the Bachelor's and Master's degree sections.
  • If you have a professional degree such as CA, ICWA, CS, then select all that apply. However, enter marks only for the degree you have scored the most. Note: If you have not undergone any Bachelor Degree, then one of the professional degrees is mandatory.

*Note: In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective board/ University/ institution. If any board/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. Originals of all mark sheets will be required at the time of interview.*

Click on Save & Continue to proceed to the next section.

3. Work Experience

If you are a candidate with work experience, enter your experience in completed months until 31st July 2017. Check all the Working Areas applicable to you, with Work Experience in months for each area.  Only full time experience after the graduation must be entered.  Part time / project / Internship / article ship / pre-graduation work experience should not be entered and will not be counted as work experience. Work experience refers to any paid and fulltime work done post completing your Bachelor’s degree.

Work Experience

Click on Save & Continue to proceed to the next section.

4. Programmes

You may select any number of Programme Names in this section. Then, select the Interview City for interview as per the cities in the respective drop down list.

*Note: Candidates applying for PGP/PGDM courses at the following IIMs are requested to select the same interview city for all the selections.*

For example, if you have selected the PGDM course at IIM Ranchi and the PGP course at IIM Kashipur, your interview city should be the same, say Chennai, from the given choices (Chennai, Bangalore, Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai) for both the courses.

Exam Centre City Preferences

You may select up to four cities as your choices for taking the CAT 2017 exam. After the last date of registration, you will be allotted one among the 4 preferred cities and either of the two sessions. In the rare case that you cannot be not allotted to any of the preferred cities, you will be allotted to a nearby city. This information will be communicated to you on your Admit Card.

*Note: You will not be allowed to select the same city for more than one preference.*

Click on Save & Continue to proceed to the final section.

5. Payment

After a candidate has filled the CAT 2017 application form and before proceeding towards payment, the candidate is advised to check the information submitted once and rectify the errors if any. After you complete the last section, i.e. Payment, your application for CAT 2017 will be considered complete and you will receive a confirmation mail. After this, a change to any information provided on the application form is not possible. You can only print or save the form from the website. Check complete details below.

Step 1: Payment

A General / NC-OBC candidate will be charged Rs.1,800 while an SC/ST /PWD (DA) candidate will be charged Rs.900 to take the CAT 2017 examination. The final amount will also include applicable additional charges as per the table below.

Additional charges
Service Charges Transaction Processing fees
Credit Card (Visa/Master) 1.20% of the value of the transaction
Credit Card (Amex/Diners Club) 2.85% of the value of the transaction
Debit Card (Visa/Master/Rupay) 0.75% of the value of the transaction for amount up to Rs. 2000.00 and 1.00% for value more than Rs. 2000
ATM-cum-Debit Cards 0.75% of the value of the transaction for amount up to Rs. 2000.00 and 1.00% for value more than Rs. 2000
Net Banking Rs 18.00 per transaction for HDFC, ICICI AXIS and SBI
Rs 15.00 per transaction for rest of the banks
Cash Card & Wallet 1.75% of the value of the transaction

Step 2: Captcha

The Captcha box (as displayed) is a special set of characters displayed on the screen. You will need to retype the characters in the box provided. This is a safety feature designed to ensure that a human is entering the details and not a computer programme. If you have trouble reading the characters, click the ‘Get a new image’ link to refresh the letters as displayed.

CAT 2016 captcha box

Step 3: Declaration

It is mandatory to select the check boxes: “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.

Payment Declaration

It is important that you preview the application form, using the Preview Application button to check for accuracy and completeness of all the data you have entered, before proceeding with the payment. You can preview your application at any stage and any number of times before submitting your application. It is also important to read the complete Declaration before you select the I Agree check box.

The CAT 2017 payment partner, BillDesk, will be displayed as in the image below. On this page, you have various options to make the payment for the examination.

Payment Gateway

After successful transaction of your payment, a Payment Successful message will be displayed on the screen along with the Payment Transaction Number. You will then be redirected to the CAT 2017 website.

Step 4: Application Confirmation Email

You will also receive a confirmation email stating the successful submission of your CAT 2017 Application within a few minutes. The email will also contain communication on additional details such as Admit Card download window.

Step 5: Application Summary

Whenever you log in to the CAT website as an Existing User, you will see the Application Summary window with two tabs:

  • Application Summary: Read-only view of the details you have entered.
  • Download Application Form: Download the Application summary to save or print.

Candidate Help Desk

In the event you do not receive a Confirmation email or have any query or concern, you can connect with the Candidate Help Desk at 1-800-266-3549 (Monday to Saturday 9:00AM to 5:30PM) or write to them at cathelpdesk@iimcat.ac.in . Please have your User ID and/or Payment Transaction Number details at hand for reference. The CAT Candidate Helpdesk is closed on Sundays and on National/Public holidays.

You may also refer the FAQs to answer your queries regarding CAT 2017.

  • For Registration Related CAT 17 FAQs, click here
  • For Eligibility Related - CAT 17 FAQs, click here
  • For Category Related CAT 17 FAQs, click here
  • For Admit Card Related CAT 17 FAQs, click here

The information on this page is as per official IIM CAT website. For any other query you can get in touch with IMS team by writing to us at ims@imsindia.com. You can also call us at 1800-1234-467(Toll free)

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