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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.


?       Students with 50 % or above (or equivalent GPA) in bachelor degree can apply for CAT.

?       For SC, ST, PWD students the percentage can be from 45% or equivalent GPA.

?       Any students having degree equivalent to bachelor degree approved by govt can also apply for CAT.


You can apply for CAT in 3 simple steps

?       Generate ID and password in official site

?       Login with given ID and fill application form with correct details

?       Pay the amount fee for the test through online mode only

This year CAT is allowing students to edit the details but only before payment of application fee.

Fee for applying CAT 2016 is as follows

?       For general applicants- Rs 1700/-

?       For SC/ ST/ PWD applicants- Rs 850/-


Based on CAT score the applicants get admission into IIMs. The courses offered are given below

?       PGP ? Post Graduate Programme

?       PGP-FABM -Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agribusiness Management

?       PGPBM ? Post Graduate Programme in Business Management

?       PGP-UAE -Post Graduate Programme at UAE

?       PGPEM ? Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management

?       PGPWE ? PGP for Working Executive

?       PGDM ? Post Graduate Diploma in Management

?       PGPPM -Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management

?       PGPSM -Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets

?       EPGPM -Executive Post Graduate Programme

?       PGDHRM -Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management

?       PGPEX -Post Graduate Programme for Executives

?       PGPABM ? Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management


?       Like other national entrance tests there is no specified syllabus for CAT.

?       Along with total percentile, percentile for each section is also provided.

?       It is expected that through CAT 2016 the applicants with percentile between 96 to 99+ can get admission into IIMs.

?       After shortlisted there may be further rounds such as written test, group discussion and personal interview.

?       The academic fee for IIMs ranges approximately from 9 to 20 Lakhs.


?       Start preparing for test as early as possible

?       Take more mock tests before attending CAT 2016 so that one can improve time management skills

?       Giving a look to previous CAT papers is also beneficial

?       Give more practicing for your weaker section so that you can perform better in all sections.


Though there is no set syllabus for CAT, the following is a list of topics on which all the questions have been based on.

  1. Verbal Ability :
  • Questions Types you can expect: Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms); English Usage or Grammar; Sentence Correction; Fill in the blanks; Jumbled Paragraph; Cloze Passage; Analogies or Reverse Analogies; Meaning-Usage Match; Verbal Reasoning; Summary Questions; Reading Comprehension; Facts-Inferences-Judgements.
  • Vocabulary: Vocabulary questions test the candidate?s comprehension in English like primary meanings of words, idioms and phrases, secondary shades of meaning, usage, associated words, antonyms, etc.
  • Grammar: Grammar-based questions test the candidate?s capability to mark and correct grammatical errors. CAT generally tests knowledge of high school level grammar and includes areas like use of articles, prepositions use of modifiers, subject-verb agreement, parallel construction, phrasal verbs, redundancy etc.
  • Verbal Reasoning: Verbal reasoning questions are designed to test the candidate?s potential to identify relationships or patterns within sentences or groups of words.
  1. Quantitative Ability Syllabus:

Question types you can expect:
Number Systems; LCM and HCF; Profit, Loss and Discount; Percentages;Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Simple and Compound Interest ; Ratio and Proportion; Averages; Quadratic Equations; Linear Equations; Complex Numbers; Logarithm; Binomial Theorem; Sequences and Series; Surds and Indices; Inequalities; Probability; Permutation and Combination; Set Theory; Functions; Geometry; Mixtures and Alligations; Trigonometry; Coordinate Geometry; and Mensuration.

  1. Data Interpretation Syllabus

Data is given in form of tables, graphs, and charts. In this section it is tested that how a candidate interprets the given data and answers the questions based on it.

Question types you can expect: Caselets; Tables; Bar Graphs; Column Graphs; Line Charts; Venn Diagrams; Pie Chart; Combination of two or more types linked to each other.

  1. Logical Reasoning Syllabus

Question types you can expect: Number and Letter Series; Calendars; Cubes; Clocks; Venn Diagrams; Binary Logic; Seating Arrangement; Syllogism; Logical Matching; Logical Sequence; Logical Connectives; Blood Relations


Be calm and stay strong and attempt the exam and give your best.

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