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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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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.”
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.
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.
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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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Dear Akshat, CAT is exclusively conducted by the IIMs. So the selection for admission to any of the 20 IIMs is through CAT exam. Unfortunately no other score except for CAT score is accepted for IIM Ahmedabad. You can check their selection process at:
Dear Sai, IIMs look for Diversity factor in Academics. They have a special rating scale for Professional courses like MBBS,BDS, CA, etc. We shall help you with the admission process of IIM Ahmedabad just as an example to show how does the selection process work. There are 3 sections in CAT: QA, DILR, VRC. IIM A has released its 2019 cut off percentiles. Only those Candidates who have scored this percentiles will be shortlisted for further rounds. The cut offs are as follows:
VRC DILR QA Overall
General 70 70 70 80
OBC-Transgender 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PWD 60 60 60 70
PWD-ST 50 50 50 60
On an average IIMs need a cut off 90 percentile and more for admission to their colleges. You can check the complete selection process of IIM A at:
Now based on these cut offs top 5 percentile from each Category will be short listed for WAT and PI. So inorder to be able to score these cut offs, you need to know the exam pattern and marking scheme. CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
NIFT has nothing to do with CAT or GAT. Those are the exams for MBA. NIFT is for admission in fashion courses.
The eligibilitiy is just marks of your 10th and intermediate. The main point is the candidate must have qualified both from a recognised board and must be having PCM as the compulsory subject.
The exam has an age limit to be 23 and there is 5 years relaxation for category reserved candidates.
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