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Latest changes expected in CAT 2016 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - September 30, 2016

According to the latest update on CAT 2016, it has been confirmed that all the official notifications regarding CAT 2016 will be released on July 31,2016.The aspiring candidates can access the CAT 2016 notifications on the official website as well as in all the leading sources of media.

Sunday morning will put an end to all the suspense and confusions hovering around amongst the aspirants of CAT 2016.As per the Convener Prof Rajendra K.Bandi, the candidates of CAT 2016 will witness vivid changes in the CAT 2016 Exam PatternIIM Bangalore might not follow the footsteps of IIM Ahmedabad while conducting CAT 2016 and hence the candidates must be ready to manage the last minute changes in the entrance.

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CAT 2016 Expected Changes

As per the recent news,this is a list of the anticipated changes in the CAT 2016:

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  1. CAT 2016 Exam Sessions: Instead of conducting the examination in a single day,the exam session might be conducted on two separate days.Following this change,the candidates must verify the exam date properly once the CAT 2016 Admit Card is released.They should make sure that no other examinations coincide with CAT 2016.
  2. CAT 2016 Exam Pattern: IIM Bangalore,which is the conducting body for CAT 2016 might bring about staggering changes in the CAT 2016 Exam Pattern.
  • The new CAT 2016 Exam Pattern is expected to scrape the sectional time limit imposed in the previous year’s entrance.The candidates of CAT 2016 could be benefited from this change as they can utilize the time otherwise imposed on the other sections in the sections of their choice.They will also enjoy the discretion of attempting the entire paper according to the way they have planned.
  • Besides the new CAT 2016 Exam Pattern is expected to remove the Non-MCQs introduced previously along with the MCQs.The detailed analysis will be obtained only when the official notification will be released.
  • The new CAT 2016 Exam Pattern might have 2 or 4 sections as compared to 3 sections in CAT 2015.Following this update the candidates can expect the below listed sectional changes:
  • Either Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability might be separated as individual sections OR
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning might also be separate sections OR
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning might be merged with their respective previous sections Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal Ability-Reading Comprehension.
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CAT 2016 Preparation Tips

As soon as the CAT 2016 Notification is released,the candidates should make a note of all the changes announced and accordingly prepare themselves during the last few remaining months.Any change in the CAT 2016 Exam Pattern could be tricky for the candidates and might turn into a major drawback for them.On the other hand,the same could be advantageous for many candidates.


Nevertheless,the candidates must try to get the upper-hand on the competition by accelerating their practice,enhancing their conceptual fundamentals and the solving speed.With repeated practice and by taking mocks persistently,the candidates can overcome any kind of changes in the CAT 2016 Exam Pattern.

Important things to be noted for CAT 2016

With the new expected changes in CAT 2016,the aspirants of CAT must keep in mind the various aspects of the examination.This list will act as a reminder to the candidates about the notable points of the new CAT 2016 notifications.

  1. Go through the notification in details and note the important points.
  2. Change the preparation for the upcoming months according to the released CAT 2016 Notification.
  3. Increase the practice of all the available sections.
  4. Take repeated Mocks and available online tests.Through this, the candidates will get used to sitting and solving the 3 hours long entrance paper.
  5. Persistent practice will aid the candidates in evaluating their weak points and confusions.
  6. This will equally enhance the rate of solving the questions which is an important aspect cracking the Common Aptitude Test.

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