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CAT 2016: All You Need to Know About the CAT exam

Last Updated - August 13, 2016

IIM Bangalore, the conducting authority of CAT 2016 released an advertisement recently announcing the important dates and important changes in the exam pattern of CAT 2016. The major changes that have been made to the exam pattern include the increase in the time duration of the examination. Candidates will be given 10 extra minutes to attempt the exam. The other change that has been announced is that CAT 2016 will be held on a single day, Sunday, December 4, 2016 in two slots.

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Along with this, the exam will be a combination of bothMultiple Choice Questions and Non-Multiple Choice Questions. The candidates will be able to fill in the answers directly for Non-Multiple Choice Question.

Other aspects and parameters for the test essentially remain the same.

Common Admission Test (CAT) is the most sought after management entrance examination conducted for admission into post graduate management programmes to Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)located all over India and other institutes as well. The exam assesses candidates on the basis of following sections

Started in 1950 by Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs), it is regarded as the one of the toughest exams to crack. According to the reports, over 218,664 candidates appeared for CAT 2015 and only 3.75% of the total candidates could make the cut. The total number of seats available in IIMs are around 4300, which is even less than 2% of the total test takers.

So you feel the heat!

Important dates to keep in mind

Important Dates To Keep In Mind
Commencement of the  CAT 2016 Registration ProcessMonday, 8th August 2016, 10:00 a.m.
Last date for registrationThursday, 22nd September 2016, 05:00 p.m.
Downloading the CAT 2016 Admit CardTuesday, 18th October 2016, 1:00 p.m. till the Exam Day
CAT 2016 Exam dateSunday, 4th December 2016
CAT 2016 Result DeclarationTentatively, second week of January 2017
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Expected CAT 2016 Exam Pattern?

With all the changes included and the level of questions considered, the Exam Pattern of CAT 2016 will be as mentioned below. There should be no room for confusion or doubts when it comes to the paper pattern.


The exam will have three sections, namely, Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC). QA and VRC will consist of 34 questions each, and DILR will consist of 32 questions. 

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Test Duration

The duration of the examination has been increased by 10 minutes, from 170 minutes to 180 minutes.

Section wise Time Duration– 60 minutes

The duration of the exam will be 180 minutes or 3 hours. There will be 3 sections to be attempted. Examinees will not be allowed to shift from one section to another while attempting questions of a particular section. Students will be given exact 60 minutes to attempt each section. 

Type of Questions

There will be 100 questions in total. Few questions in each section (Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Verbal and Reading Comprehension) will not be objective (Multiple Choice Questions). Few questions are to be filled with direct answers which will be typed on the screen. Also, use of basic on-screen calculator will be permitted for computation.

Marking Scheme

Each question carries 3 marks. 1 mark will be deducted for each MCQ that is wrong whereas there will be no negative marking for the non-MCQs. In case of unanswered questions, no marks will be rewarded or deducted from the score. Even though CAT Notification 2016 is out, there are doubts associated with the exact number of questions and marking scheme. All these queries will be answered after the test taking tutorial will be released on 18th October, 2016.

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With the dates out and changes in the exam, the pressure on students is building day by day. They now need to pull their socks up and press the accelerator at full speed. Another important thing to keep in mind is the fact that any candidate must not let this pressure get to them and still have the confidence to ace the paper.

Good luck for CAT 2016!

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