CAT 2016 Notification, Dates, Pattern, Eligibility Criteria, Application

CAT is the short form of Common Admission Test which is conducted by one of IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) every year. CAT is one of the toughest examinations and is mandatory for getting admission in prestigious B Schools. CAT is a computer based test conducted in multiple cities (138). CAT 2016 will be conducted on 4th December this year by IIM, Bangalore in coordination with TCS.

Summary of CAT Notification 2016

Organizing Institute: Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore

Exam Name: Common Admission Test

Official website

Exam Date: 04 December 2016

Click here for further details on CAT 2016 Notification.

CAT Pattern:

Pattern of CAT 2016 will remain same as of last year’s CAT.  There will be three sections:

Section I for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension;

Section II for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning; and

Section III for Quantitative Ability.

All the questions may not be of multiple choice types. For some questions answers are to be typed on the screen. The duration of the examination will be 180 minutes. Sixty minutes will be given for answering questions in each section and switching from one section to another while answering questions in a section will not be allowed.

CAT Score:

All questions will carry three (3) marks. There will be a negative mark of one (1) for an incorrect answer in Multiple-Choice Questions only. No marks are given or deducted for unattempted questions in Multiple-Choice Questions. For non-Multiple-Choice Questions, 3 marks are assigned for ‘correct answer’ and no marks for ‘incorrect answer or no attempt’.

For qualifying, candidates have to obtain a minimum mark for each section. The sectional cut-offs vary every year depending on how best the candidates perform that year. Besides, a minimum total mark too is required. Then, the candidate is called for further screening procedures like GD/PI by IIMs.

Click here to know about normalization of CAT Scores in 2016.

CAT 2016 Syllabus

There is no specific syllabus for CAT 2016. Tutorial to understand the format of the examination will be available on the CAT website from 18th October 2016. Candidates are advised to work on the tutorials, available on the website, well in advance.

CAT Mock Test:

Link for mock test:

CAT Important Dates 2016:

CAT Notification release Date: 31.07.2016

Registration window starts for CAT 2016 from: 08.08.2016 to 22.09.2016

CAT Admit Cards can be downloaded from: 18.10.2016

Common Admission Test date: 04.12.2016

Release of results: 2nd week of January 2017

Eligibility Criteria for CAT:

CAT Eligibility criteria 2016 are explained here. You should be a graduate in any discipline securing 50% (45% in case if you belong to reserved category or differently abled) marks or equivalent CGPA. You are also eligible to appear in CAT 2016 if pursuing final year of graduation.

Click here for further details on  CAT 2016 Eligibility Criteria

CAT 2016 Reservation:

Following % age of seats is reserved depending upon the category of candidate:

For SC Scheduled Caste: 15%

For ST Scheduled Tribe: 7.5%

For OBC Other Backward Classes: 27%

For the person with disabilities: 3%

Registration process for CAT 2016:

Candidates will be able to apply through online mode only through official website Registration window for CAT 2016 will begin on 8th August 2016 and close on 22nd September 2016. Candidates will be given the option to select 4 Test Cities in order of preference and hence need not rush to block slots and sites in the initial days of registration. Candidate can download their own admit card from the official site from 18 October 2016 till the exam date.

Details about how to fill up CAT 2016 Application Form will be made available soon.

Courses (programs) under CAT 2016

post graduate programes at IIMs


CAT 2016 Application fee

The registration fee is Rs.1700/ for general and NC/OBC category candidates. The application fee is Rs.850/ for the SC/ST/Person with disability.

CAT 2016 Admission Process:

CAT 2016 is a prerequisite to get admission in IIMs. After obtaining the cut off marks, the candidates are called in to take the Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion and Personal Interview. Upon short listing, candidates will might have to go through a background check, working background, academic performance and background and other inputs given by the candidate.





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