CAT 2016 - Common Admission Test
CAT 2016 or Common Admission Test is the main entrance exam for MBA aspirants to get admission in top B-schools of India like IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta amongst many others. CAT 2016 will be conducted by IIM Ahmedabad.
Apart from the 20 Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) located at Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Lucknow, Indore, Kozhikode, Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Shillong, Tiruchirapalli, Udaipur, Visakhapatnam, Bodh Gaya, Sirmaur, Amritsar, Sambalpur, Jammu and Nagpur, CAT 2016 is also a mandatory entrance examination for several other leading management institutes in India.
Around 2.1 lakh candidates had registered for CAT 2015 (the highest number in the last 6 years.) The competition among CAT aspirants is very tough for IIMs and the other reputed institutes.
Since CAT 2014, the IIMs have a new testing partner, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) for the next 5 years. Prior to this, Prometric used to be conduct CAT for the IIMs.
CAT aspirants often start preparing for CAT almost one year in advance and prepare themselves by joining various specialized coaching institutes like Career Launcher, TIME, IMS etc.
CAT 2016 again sees a major change. Read on to know more:
CAT 2016 Exam Dates
The dates of the Common Admission Test (CAT 2016) have been released by IIM Bangalore on 31 July, 2016. The test would be conducted only on ONE day: 4 December, 2016 (Sunday). The significant change this year from last year's exam is that CAT 2016 will be conducted in two slots on the same day.
Here are the important dates for CAT 2016:
Register online for CAT 2016: 8 August - 22 September 27 September, 2016 (till 5 pm)
Download admit card: From 1 pm, 18 October till day of exam
CAT 2016 testing day: 4 December, 2016 (Sunday)
CAT 2016 result declaration: 2nd week of January, 2017
A CAT 2016 aspirant must hold a bachelor's degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC) / Scheduled Tribe (ST) or Persons with Disability (PWD) category) from any recognized University of India. If the aspirant is in the final year of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification and have completed degree requirement and are awaiting results, he/she can also apply.
For some programmes offered by IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore and some other premier management institutes, the eligibility criteria is different. Complete information on CAT 2016 eligibility criteria is available here.
Test Pattern & Duration
Common Admission Test (CAT 2016) will have 3 sections this year. The no. of questions have not been mentioned in CAT 2016 notification. The following numbers are as per last year's exam pattern:
- Quantitative Ability (QA) - 34 questions
- Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)- 32 questions
- Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC) - 34 questions
CAT 2016 exam duration has been increased to 180 minutes from the previous 170 minutes.
You can spend exactly 1 hour (60 minutes) on each of the section and then move on to the next section. You cannot switch between the different sections during the exam.
All questions will not be multiple choice (MCQ) type. There will be some descriptive answers which you will have to type out on the screen.
No tutorial will be provided before the start of the test, and candidates are advised to go through the tutorials carefully from the official website which will be available by 18 Oct, 2016.
The total duration of CAT 2016 will be three hours and total number of questions is expected to be around 100.
Click here to access a practice test that has been provided to offer the candidates a feel of the timed sections, as well as navigation and functionality of the actual test. You are advised to go through this practice test carefully to familiarize yourself with the screens, layout, and navigation of CAT 2016.
At the test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations. After the test, candidate must leave the scratch paper at the desk. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. No breaks will be given during the test.
You have to make the registration fee payment through online modes only by Credit Card, Debit Card or through Net Banking.
You must log on to the website iimcat.ac.in to register for CAT 2016. You can register for CAT 2016 from 8 August - 22 September, 2016.
How to register for CAT 2016
3 simple steps:
- Login to the official website and create your profile
- You'll get a user ID and password
- Fill in all your personal/ academic/ work details
- Make online payment to register for CAT 2016
The CAT 2016 test fees is Rs.1700 for general candidates & OBC candidates and Rs.850 for SC/ ST/ PWD candidates.
CAT 2016 will be held across 136 cities in India with a total of 650 test centres.
Some cities will have more than 1 test centres. You can choose 4 test cities in order of your preference. Click here for the list of CAT 2016 test centres.
CAT 2016 Results
CAT 2016 results will be published by the 2nd week of January, 2016. The link to CAT 2016 results will be available on www.examresults.net
IIMs in India
Click on each institute to know more about it:
6 new IIMs functioning since 2015 -2016 session:
IIM Bodh Gaya
Cat 2016 Sample Papers with Solutions Download CAT Papers
Here is the list of some exclusive CAT sample papers with solutions and CAT past year papers with solutions which will help you prepare for CAT 2016.
CAT Previous Year Papers with Solutions
List of popular books for CAT 2016 Preparation
- Oswaal Chapter-Wise Solutions of CAT (1993 - Nov.2008) Solved Paper By Panel of Experts
- Arihant Quantum CAT For Admission into IIMs By Sarvesh Kumar Verma
- How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT By Arun Sharma
- The Complete CAT Digest By Arun Sharma
- How to Prepare for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning for the CAT B By Arun Sharma
- How to Prepare for the Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT By Arun Sharma & Meenakshi Upadhyay