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CAT 2016 Result Date and Selection Process

Last Updated - September 12, 2017

According to IIM officials, CAT 2016 Result is expected to be declared in 2nd week of January, 2017 on the official website Based on the number of participants and average percentile score, IIMs determine their individual cutoff. Candidates clearing CAT cut off will be called for Group Discussion, Written Ability Test, and Personal Interview. Shortlisted candidates will get admitted in 20 different IIM institutes.    

IIM Bangalore is the conducting body of CAT 2016. CAT 2016 exam was conducted on December 4, 2016.  The exam was conducted in two separate sessions across the country and around 2 lac candidates appeared in the exam. CAT selection procedure will held from February to April 2017. The final result for admission in IIMs will be announced by May 2017. Read About CAT Results

How to Check CAT 2016 Result?

CAT result is expected to be declared on January 10, 2017. The percentile score secured by candidate will be sent via SMS on their registered mobile number. However, to check the complete CAT 2016 score and marks scored in each section, a candidate will have to log in at and download their score card.

The step-wise process to download result for CAT 2016 is given below:

  1. Visit official website of CAT-
  2. Click on Login Tab, at the bottom of the right-hand corner of the home page.
  3. Click on the Existing “User button”.
  4. You will be redirected to the login page.
  5. Enter your login id and password.
  6. You will be redirected to your candidate’s account page.
  7. Click on “Download Score card link” and download your score card.

Once the score card is downloaded, take a print out of CAT 2016 Score Card and keep it safe for CAT 2016 selection procedure.

CAT 2016 Score Calculation

CAT was conducted in 2 different shifts and each shift had a different set of question paper. The level of difficulty of CAT varied in different shifts. Hence, in order to ensure fairness and equity in the marking process, CAT authorities follow a normalization process where marks of each candidate is scaled.

CAT scores are sub-normalized on the basis of 3 sections- Quantitative Reasoning, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Verbal & Reading Comprehension. Candidates are awarded 3 marks each for correct answer. 1 mark is deducted for every wrong marked answer. No mark is deducted for an unanswered question.

CAT scores are valid for one year only. The CAT score helps in short-listing the eligible candidates for further rounds.

What After CAT 2016 Result?

After declaration of CAT 2016 Result, all the participating institutes will commence their admission process. Every IIM has their own selection criteria. The selection process usually consists of Group Discussion and Personal Interview rounds. There is no need to apply separately for IIMs but for other B-schools, candidates need to apply separately.

Check CAT 2016 Cut off

Getting a call from IIMs or other B school in India is entirely dependent on certain attributes-

  • CAT percentile score
  • CAT sectional cut off
  • Academic Records
  • Work Experience

The weightage for each component including CAT score for shortlisting of candidates is given below:

Aggregate CAT Score38
Graduation Marks3
SSC (12th) Marks2
Work Experience2
Diversity Factor: Gender2
Diversity Factor: Academic Discipline3

Documents Required for IIM Selection

In case the candidate gets a call from IIM, they will be required to furnish the following documents for the purpose of eligibility verification-

1. Original & Xerox copy of mark sheets and degree certificates.

2. Candidates still pursuing last year of graduation – need to submit an attested copy of the original certificate obtained from concerned authority specifying the fulfilment of required marks.

3. Reserved category candidates are required to submit the supporting certificates.



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