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CAT 2016 to take place on December 4, 2016 , Registration Process begins from August 8, 2016 till September 22, 2016

Last Updated - July 21, 2017

CAT 2016 Notification Out, Test is on December 04, Application fee Increased!

IIM Bangalore released the notification for the CAT 2016. The exam will be held on December 04 this year. Online registrations start on August 8 and will continue till September 22. CAT 2016 will be held in 2 sessions across 135 cities in India. Admit cards will be available tentatively from October. Results will be released tentatively in the second week of January 2017. There is no change in the pattern of the exam. Although, this year the registration fee has been increased by the IIMs. CAT 2016 application fee is Rs. 1700/- (earlier its was Rs.1600/-) for General and NC-OBC Candidates. However, for SC/ST/PWD (DA) category candidates the applicable fee is Rs.850. The fee will be paid in online mode only.

Read More About CAT 2016 Application Process

CAT is the most popular management entrance exam in India and almost 150 b schools of India consider its score for MBA admissions including 19 IIMs.


Following are some key points regarding CAT 2016:

  • CAT 2016 will be conducted in two sessions on 4th December, 2016 (Sunday). The exam will be conducted in 138 cities. Candidates will be given the option to select 4 Test Cities in order of preference.
  • Application fee has been increased. Candidates must pay the registration fee through online mode only, including Credit Card, Debit Card, and Net Banking.
  • The duration of the examination will be same as last year, i.e. 180 minutes. There will be three sections: Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Section III: Quantitative Ability
  • Candidates will be allotted 60 minutes for each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section. Although the number of questions per section and the overall number of questions has not been specified for this year.
  • Non-MCQ type questions will be there this year too. Also on-screen calculator will be available for computation.

Following are the important dates for CAT 2016

CAT Notification OutJuly 31, 2016
Registration for CAT 2016 will start fromAugust 08, 2016
Last Date for RegistrationSeptember 22, 2016 till 5:00 pm
CAT tutorial on official website will be available fromOctober 18, 2016
Admit Card Download WindowOctober 18, 2016 to December 04, 2016
CAT 2016 will be held onDecember 04, 2016
CAT 2016 Results2nd week of January 2017 (tentatively)

Candidates can fill the application form for CAT only in online mode on the official website of CAT, Candidates applying for CAT 2016 must hold a Bachelor’s degree with 50% marks or equivalent CGPA from a recognized university. However candidates belonging to SC, ST and PWD categories are required to have 45% aggregate marks or equivalent CGPA. Candidates who are appearing for their final year exam or awaiting their result can also apply. Candidates are advised to have a valid email and phone number before registering for the CAT as all the important information will be sent by email and SMS.


CAT 2016 scores will be valid till December 31, 2017 only. Apart from 19 IIMs, there are many other top B-schools like FMS Delhi, JBIMS Mumbai, MDI Gurgaon, NITIE, IMT Ghaziabad, SPJIMR Mumbai, TAPMI Chennai, XIMB who will also offer admission to MBA 2017-19 programs on the basis of CAT 2016 scores. The list of such non-IIM institutions that are participating in CAT 2016 is provided at CAT 2016 website. CAT 2016 Score is an important component in the admission process. But the IIMs also use previous academic performance, relevant work experience in short listing and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. Admission process, cutoff may vary from institute to institute.

CAT 2016 score will be accessible on the official website and it will also be sent by SMS on registered mobile number of candidates after the announcement of results in second week of January.


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