Lucknow, Jan 8 : The Combined Admission Test (CAT) 2017 results were announced on Monday by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow, which conducted the exam for entry into top business schools and 20 IIMs this year.

As many as 20 candidates got 100 percentile marks in the exam. These 20 include three candidates with non-engineering background and two girls. Last year, the top 20 were all boys and all the candidates in the top slot were of engineering background, said an IIM official.

CAT-2017 Coordinator Neeraj Dwivedi, while declaring the results, said that the results can be seen on the website of IIM and added that all candidates have been apprised of their percentile marks through SMS.

Based of the CAT score, the students will now go through group discussion (GD) and personal interviews at these 20 IIMs and after being shortlisted will gain entry in these prestigious institutes.

The IIM-Lucknow would invite the students for personal interviews and writing eligibility test in February and the admission procedure will be completed by April.

The CAT exam was conducted in two sessions in 140 cities across the country on November 26, 2017. A total of 1,99,632 candidates had appeared for the exams, which was also the highest in the past three years.

Officials also said that apart from the IIMs, 100 other top management institutes give admissions to students based on their CAT scores.