Common Admission Test or CAT exam is one of the toughest management exam for admission to Post Graduate Program (PGP) in management at the IIMs. The notification for Common Admission Test (CAT) is expected to be released by end of this week. CAT 2017 will be conducted by IIM Lucknow with TCS as the testing agency. It is expected that the application  process will commence on August 7, 2017. It is important to note that the candidates will need to register as per the dates mentioned on the official notification. For getting into the prestigious IIMs, the candidates will need to clear the CAT scores for preliminary screening.

After the selection process 20,000 students will be admitted to the various programs which have been offered at the 20 IIMs. An estimated 2 lakh students are expected to compete for those coveted 20,000 seats. Earlier the student intake at the IIMs was approximately 10,000. It is expected that there will be increase in the intake capacity to 20,000. It would be important for the CAT aspirants to go through the complete notification once it is released. Also Read: CAT 2017: Lower placements raise the questions on ROI on MBAs from IIMs, students feel the cost doesnt add up

It is important to note that there will be a sectional time limit and students will need to be able to complete the different sections. It is expected that there would be no increase in application fee. The application fee for CAT 2017 will remain Rs. 1700. This year it is also expected that the difficulty level of Quantitative Aptitude section will remain same. Since it is expected that there would be increase in number of candidates, the  number of exam centres may also increase. Also Read: IIM Lucknow expected to release CAT 2017 notification by end of July: Things to know about CAT 2017

In order to be eligible for CAT, the candidates would need to fulfill certain criteria.The candidates would need to have a graduate degree with no less than 50% or equal CGPA (45% if there should arise an occurrence of the aspirants having a place with Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)/Differently Able (DA) classification). The degree should be granted by any of the Universities consolidated by an act of the central or state statutory body in India or other instructive organizations built up by an act of Parliament or pronounced to be considered 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.