CAT 2016: Latest Updates
Urvashi Dalal, 04 Dec 2016, #CAT
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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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Expert take on CAT

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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