CAT 2016 Review - Marred with question leak controversies and glitches, IIM Bangalore delivers moderate to tough test
CAT 2016 paper concluded on December 4 with 1.95 lakh candidates appearing for the moderate to tough test. Some of the questions were leaked on social media platform Facebook while the test was still on for the second slot. While IIMs have admitted to the malpractice, they claim that this has not compromised the integrity of the test.
As per experts and test takers, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section was the toughest among all three followed by Quantitative Ability. Verbal and Reading Comprehension section was very easy. The CAT 2016 exam pattern was similar in both slots.
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CAT 2016 Glitches
Besides question paper leak, CAT 2016 takers pointed to multiple discrepancies during the test. The question snapshots taken by a mobile camera appeared on Facebook at around 3.09 PM, just half-an-hour after the exam started for the slot. Later it also appeared on WhatsApp and other platforms.
Moreover, technical and administrative glitches were reported by test takers across the country. In some of the centres, computers were shut down multiple times owing to power failures where the invigilators changed the seat or room of candidates which caused panic and confusion among them.
Sukriti Uniyal, a test taker who appeared from Uttaranchal University centre shares her experience. “From the starting of test there were multiple and frequent power failures and all the computers shut down twice due to limited power back up. Due to non-working systems our seating arrangement within the allocated rooms were changed many times, and then, ultimately, the rooms were changed.”
She also adds, “This entire scenario kept on repeating throughout the examination, thus creating a lot of panic. In addition to this, on my system, the timer for my examination was running even though the system was completely unusable, the cursor was not working, and I was neither able to mark the answers, nor could I switch between different questions. A total of two invigilators came to check the technical problem but they were unable to provide any solution.”
CAT 2016 Overall Analysis
Compared to last year, the number of non-MCQs have reduced in CAT 2016. While the total non-MCQs in 2015 was 32, this year it was 25. The following table brings to you the structure of CAT 2016 which was followed in both slots.
CAT 2016 Exam Pattern
Total No. of Questions
No. of MCQs
No. of Non-MCQs
DI & LR
In Slot 1, experts suggested a few questions were wrong and misleading. "There were at least two errors in the Quant section of the paper. One question on Time & Distance and one question on Progressions were clearly wrong and a student who is good in this area may have spent couple of minutes more than necessary and would have lost out on the same. In such cases, if the IIMs recognise their error, they may ignore such question(s) while marking," says Arks Srinivas, CEO, Vistamind.
In the section of Quantitative Ability, there was one question which was not properly legible. The symbol of square root was resembling that of Pi and candidates could not solve it. Vinayak Kudva, Chief Mentor of IMS Learning mentions, "The image of the Square Root sign in some of the questions resembled more like a PI - thereby creating some confusion. There was at least 1 question which had a typographical error and should be excluded from the final evaluation."
The topics and question types were also similar in both slots. While the Verbal and Reading Comprehension section had precedence of vocabulary, majority of the questions from Quantitative Ability section were from Arithmetic and Geometry. On the other hand, in the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section, which was the toughest of the three sections, had no questions from Pie Chart.
In terms of difficulty level, experts mention that the second slot was tougher than the first slot. As a result, the cutoff is expected to go down this year. Approximately a total score of 165 would be equivalent to secure 99 percentile.
Owing to the higher difficulty level, the CAT 2016 cutoff is expected to be lower this year. As per expert prediction, while last year a score of 185 was equivalent for securing 99 percentile, this year, approximately 160 score would be enough to secure 99 percentile or above. The table below brings to you the expected cutoff as suggested by experts from different coaching institute.
CAT 2016 Cutoff – Expected
Hit Bulls Eye
Out of 2,32,434 registered applicants, 1.95 lakh candidates had actually appeared for the test, Prof. Rajendra K. Bandi, Convener, CAT 2016, announced that 1.95 lakh candidates took the test. “While in 2015, 82 per cent of the applicants took the test, this year the number swelled to 83.6 per cent.”
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