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CAT 2016 - All that you need to know

CAT 2016 - All that you need to know

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CAT- 2016

The Common Admission Test also known as CAT is an entrance test conducted in India for performing post graduation in management programs such as MBA and PGDM. It started in 1950 for getting admission into IIMs (Indian institute of management). Later on nearly 100 b-schools started admitting students based on CAT score. In 2011, IITs and IISc announced that they provide admission through CAT score into management program. At present CAT score plays key role for aspirants who want to get into top colleges in India. This article gives brief details regarding CAT 2016.

At present CAT is computer based test and the technical support required is provided by TCS Company. The IIMs in India take turns to conduct to conduct the test.


  • CAT 2016 is conducted by IIM Bangalore in two sessions on single day i.e., on December 04, 2016.
  • The test is held across 138 cities all over India.
  • The test pattern is similar to previous year test.
  • The number of questions in each session is not released till now


CAT 2016 notification released

 July 31, 2016

CAT 2016 can be registered from

 August 08, 2016

CAT 2016 registration ends at

September 27, 2016 (till 5:00 PM)

CAT 2016 Admit card can be downloaded from

October 18, 2016

CAT 2016 Date of exam

December 04, 2016

CAT 2016 Expected date of result

January 17, 2017



The test consists of 100 questions which are divided into 3 sections and the time allotted is 180 minutes. All 100 questions are objective type questions which include MCQ and non MCQs. The 3 sections are:

  1. Quantitative Aptitude (QA) [Number of Questions: 34]
  2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning  [Number of Questions: 32]
  3. Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) [Number of Questions: 34]

Time allotted for each section is 1 hour and you can't switch between sections. Marks awarded for each correct answer is 3 marks and deduction of 1 mark for every negative answer. There is no deduction for non MCQs and for the questions which are not attempted. You need to do well in each and every section because the score is normalised and you are given percentile based on 3 sections performance.



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