CAT 2016: Latest Updates
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CAT 2016:
The Common Admission Test, known as CAT, is one of the most coveted management entrance tests in India. The test is a gateway for admissions to post graduate management programmes at 20 IIMs and over 100 other top B-schools. Each year the test is conducted by one of the IIMs, for which around 2 lacs candidates register. This year, CAT is conducted by IIM Bangalore and has been announced on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Careers360 brings CAT 2016 latest updates, to let aspirants keep a tab on all the happenings around the test.

Date: January 7 - CAT 2016 result to be announced on January 9

The official website of CAT 2016 mentions that the login window will be enabled on January 9, 2017, 10 AM onwards. This indicates that the CAT takers will be able to download their CAT 2016 result or score card on January 9. 


Date: December 4 - CAT 2016 Slot 2 questions leaked

While the test was on progress, a candidate took photograph of the computer screen displaying questions from DI & LR section of Slot 2 and posted on Facebook seeking answers. The post became viral in a while. While IIMs assure candidates that it won't compromise the integrity of the test, the candidates demand for retest.

Read more: CAT 2016 question paper leaked; questions appear on Facebook


Date: December 4- CAT 2016 Slot 2 test over- Overall Analysis


The slot 2 of CAT 2016 concluded at 5:30 pm with an overall difficulty level of moderate to difficult. The section wise difficulty level was similar to slot 1 test. 

Read more: CAT 2016 Slot 2 Analysis


Date: December 4- CAT 2016 Slot 1 test over- Overall Analysis


CAT slot 1 test gets over at 12 pm. On the basis of the student reactions at different test centres, overall the test was of moderate to difficult level. DI&LR was on higher side of difficulty level compared to Quantitative Ability. VRC was of easy level with lengthy comprehension passages.


Read more: CAT 2016 Slot 1 Analysis


Date: December 4, 2016- CAT 2016 test starts

CAT first slot test starts from 9 am, which will get over at 12 pm. Students at few of the test centres were nervous about their performance in CAT, while some were confident and curious about the test questions.

The entry at the centres closed at 8am sharp, and no late entries were allowed. Based on experts inputs, it is likely that the first slot test will be of moderate to difficult level, with DI&LR on the higher side of the difficulty. 


Read more: IIM Bangalore conducts CAT 2016 on December 4



CAT 2016 will be conducted under the Convenorship of IIM-B Prof. Rajendra K Bandi on December 4, 2016, in two slots.

Date: October 24, 2016 - CAT Admit Card download starts

The Admit Card for CAT 2016 is available for download from October 24, 2016, 1 PM onwards. Click here to download the admit card by logging through your registered credentials. 

Read more: CAT 2016 admit card download starts from October 24


Date: October 18, 2016 - CAT Admit Card download process postponed

IIM Bangalore has postponed the CAT 2016 Admit Card download process till October 24, 2016 (1 PM). The original date was October 18, which has been delayed by 6 days.  Although the CAT Tutorial was also scheduled to be available from October 18, there has been no mention about it in the official website. It is estimated that the tutorial will also be available from October 24, 2016.

Read more:  CAT 2016 admit card postponed; download starts from October 24


Date: October 1, 2016 - CAT Application correction process begins 

The CAT 2016 application correction process has started from October 1, 2016. The option to edit the application process will continue till October 5, 2016. CAT 2016 application form can be only edited by those candidates who have completed the application process by paying the requisite fee. Those who have only registered but did not pay the fee will not be able to edit or complete their application process in these 5 days.

Read more: CAT 2016 Application Correction process begins from October 1


Date: September 27, 2016- Total 2,32,434 applicants registered

CAT 2016 Registration closes. A total of 2,32,434 candidates registered for the test, until the extended date September 27, 2016. The CAT applicants number has increased from last year, and is highest in the past five years.

Read more: CAT 2016 registration number climbs to 2.32 lakh; highest in past 7 years

Date: September 22, 2016- CAT application deadline extended till September 27

IIM Bangalore extended the CAT application deadline by 5 days after the application process ended on September 22. With the extended deadline now, the last date to register for the national level MBA entrance exam is September 27, 2016 by 5:00 pm. 

Read more: IIM Bangalore extends CAT 2016 application deadline; last date to apply September 27

Date: September 15, 2016 - IIM Bangalore introduces application correction window

In a first, IIM Bangalore introduced the option to correct wrong information provided in the CAT 2016 application form pertaining percentage of academic records, work experience and IIM programmes selected. The application correction window will open from October 1 and will end on October 5, 2016.

Read more: IIM Bangalore introduces CAT 2016 Application Correction Option from October 1 to 5


Date: August 8, 2016- CAT 2016 Application begins

The Application process for the Common Admission Test- CAT 2016 started from August 8, 2016, and will continue till September 22, 5 pm. CAT 2016 registration is a 3 step process which is completely in an online mode. The officials increased the application fee to Rs. 1700 for general category, and Rs 850 for other category students.

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Date: August 2, 2016- Expert take on CAT announcement, similar pattern, and preparations

The CAT 2016 announcement was followed by queries and doubts in terms of the pros and cons of the pattern, test schedule and the preparation strategy to follow. The most important question to be answered for CAT 2016 test takers is whether to change their preparation strategy anticipating a change in the number of questions in each section. According to the experts, despite this slight ambiguity in the CAT 2016 exam pattern regarding the number of questions and marking scheme, aspirants should not change their preparation strategy as the overall paper and structure are same.

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Date: July 31, 2016- CAT 2016 announced

The conducting body, Indian Institute of Management Bangalore (IIM-B) released the notification for CAT 2016 on the official website and in national dailies on Sunday, July 31, 2016. Dismissing speculations about the changes in the pattern, IIM-B announced to follow the same test pattern as that of last years and conduct the test on Sunday, December 4, 2016.

The officials threw a surprise in terms of CAT schedule. CAT will be conducted on the first Sunday of December instead of November; which usually has been a trend over the past few years since the mode of CAT turned computer based.  Read more


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I want to know about CAT entrance exam syllabus

Prashant Singh 15th Dec, 2019

CAT is a 3-hour computer-based test consisting of 100 Multiple Choice Question (MCQ) and Non-MCQ type questions. There were three sections, namely Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR).

CAT has a vast syllabus, you can check all the detailed syllabus and important topics from the link given below -


I want to know about CAT entrance exam

Burhan Khan 15th Dec, 2019


CAT Exam (Common Admission Test) is a computer-based selection test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) as a prerequisite for admissions to their business administration programs. Apart from the IIMs, the CAT is also a prerequisite for admissions into numerous other prestigious management colleges across India which includes institutes like S.P Jain Institute of Management and Research (SPJIMR), Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Management Development Institute (Gurgaon), Institute of Management Technology (IMT), Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS), International Management Institute (IMI), National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE) and several others.

To be able to get eligible for CAT, candidates to fulfil the following criterion:

  • Should Hold a Bachelor’s Degree and have secured a minimum of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA from a recognized university.

All the best!

Hope this helps!


How I prepare for CAT Exam How many marks?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 15th Dec, 2019
CAT is an online examination of 3 hours duration.The questions in the exam will be of MCQ and TITA type totaling 100 questions. MCQ are multiple choice questions, for which candidates get multiple answer choices. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark. However Type in the Answer questions are exempted from Negative Marking.

CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:

Quantitative Ability
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.

First things first, know the syllabus. And go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections.Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months because even Rome wasnt built in a day.

NCERT books will sharpen your basics and you need strong basics for preparing for any entrance examination. Once your basics are in place, because the time period for preparation is quite less, your preparation should be extensive and thorough.

Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.

Preparation tips:

Because this section involves mathematics and takes most of your time, your focus should be on solving the problems efficiently in the beginning. Even if it takes time, practise upto perfection. Practise as many questions as you can in the conventional way. As and when you get a grip on the subject, you can go for short cuts. Memorise tables, square roots, cube roots, conversion from percent to fraction, etc. Solve sample papers on Mathematics. In the beginning, do not worry about the time it takes. As you practise, you will get the hang of the subject and it will be easier for you.

In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.

Preparation tips:

Read articles from time to time. Follow newspapers, magazines, and watch the news channels and browse the internet to keep yourself updated. You will need a lot of reading to help you in the comprehension section. You will need speed to help you in this section and you can achieve that only by thorough practise and reading. Take time to understand the question because most answers are interlinked.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.

Preparation tips:

As this is the most tricky section, this needs a lot of practise. Solve as many sample papers as possible to get the hang of the section. Make notes when required. Regular practise can help you understand and solve the questions easily as time goes on.

Overall,once you know the syllabus, it's easier from there on.Go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections. Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months

We can recommend a few books for you:

NCERT books to cover the basics from 6th to 10th Class

Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Saxena

Quantitative Aptitude Quantum for CAT by Sarvesh Sharma

How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma

Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by Abhijit Guha

You can also download free downloadable e books at:


About CAT exam How to prepare? All and all

prem meghani 15th Dec, 2019
DEAR Aspirant,

The common admission testis a computer based testfor admission in a graduate management program. The test scores a candidate on the bases of Quantitative Ability (QA) , Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR) . The Indian institute of Managements(IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs.

There preparation strategy should be as mentioned below-
As we know that cat Is a difficult exams as many aspirant give exam to take admission in you have to first know about exam pattern and Syllabus so you can work on the topic which are comfortable for you .Then you have to collect genuine study material Like sample paper ,Right books for preparation .You should also give online mock test so you can keep command on what you have studied .and the last thing is Stay motivated and Be confident during your preparation.

If you want to know how to prepare for Cat and want to score good marks without coaching then you can go through the link mentioned below.


All the very best


Pankhuri Kumari 14th Dec, 2019

Dear student!

CAT stand for common admission test.

XAT stands for Xaviers aptitude test

MAT stands for management aptitude test

ATMA stands for AIMS test for management admission.

TANCET stands for Tamilnadu commin entrance test.

All these are management related entrance examinations. For more details refer the link below -

Hope this helps.

Good luck!

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