CAT 2016 Pathfinder
Urvashi Dalal, 22 Sep 2016, #CAT
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CAT 2016 Pathfinder - A unique tool by Careers360, CAT 2016 Pathfinder lets CAT aspirants check top B-schools in which they can get admission based on their CAT percentile. As CAT result 2016 has declared, candidates can now find out the list of probable B-schools where they can get admission through this tool. The CAT 2016 Pathfinder is a data driven tool which guides the users on applying to those B-schools whose cutoff is one the same range as the score or percentile of the user.

Over 70,000 students used Careers360 CAT Pathfinder last year, out of which close to 57% found the tool to be accurate enough. With new technicalities and improvisations, Careers360 launches a revamped version of CAT 2016 Pathfinder. Here are all the details and guidance about the smarter, better, simpler and revamped CAT Pathfinder 2.0.


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What is in CAT Pathfinder 2.0


1. Dual purpose usage – Before attempting CAT, find out the score/percentile needed to get an IIM call, and after attempting CAT, find out which IIM or top B-school you can get admission to.

2. Simulation of real shortlisting criteria – The result calculation is based on simulation of the techniques used by every single institute. CAT 2016 Pathfinder has attempted to imitate the actual methods that IIMs use to shortlist.

3.  Easy filtration and detailed insights - Filter institutes as per your preferences and also check the reasons for institutes where you cannot take an admission.

4.  Personalized lists - It not only shows you the colleges that you may get a call from, but you can also search any college and find out if you will get a call from it or not.

5. Complete profile evaluation – Compare your profile and performance in the test with other aspirants to understand where you stand in the crowd.


Before you start using this unique tool, you must know how actually to use it. Though, it is not a complicated process at all, but, guidance with a few simple steps will give you best results.


How to Use CAT Pathfinder-

  • This tool is simple and easy to use. Visit the CAT 2016 Pathfinder tool page. To make the registration process simpler, sign-in either via Gmail or facebook account.

  • The next step is to enter your CAT actual or expected percentile and click on the button ‘Unlock Badge’ button. 

  • You will now be asked to enter a few details related to your educational qualification. Enter the details correctly and click ‘Submit’ button.

  • You can see a list of colleges along with their details and rankings in different top publication.


Diagrammatic Representation of CAT 2016 Pathfinder Steps-


Common Admission Test or CAT is the most competitive MBA entrance exam of India taken by around 2 lakh candidates each year. Conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management, CAT is the most popular entrance exam for the admission to 20 IIMs and around 100 B-schools across India. 

The total number of seats for the 20 IIMs is around 3700. The seats are expected to increase by the upcoming academic years as per the plans of MHRD. 


According to the CAT exam pattern there are three sections with a total of 100 questions to be answered within 180 minutes. Candidates are not allowed to switch from one section to another and they will be allowed exactly 60 minutes to attempt one section. 



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I want to know the Syallbus of cat exam

Yash Dev Student Expert 22nd Nov, 2019
Hello student I'll help you with the complete cat syllabus. The cat exam consists of 100 Questions spread across three sections:-
1)Verbal ability and reading comprehension (VARC)
Synonyms Antonyms (Vocabulary Based)

Grammar or English Usage

Correction in Sentence

Fill in the blanks

Jumbled Paragraph and Close Passage

Analogies and Reverse Analogies

Meaning/Usage Match

Verbal Reasoning

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Reading Comprehension
Facts Inferences Judgments
2)Data interpretation and logical reasoning (DILR)
3)Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
The cat is exam of 180minutes total 60 minutes each subject.
Students can't switch between sections like while answering VARC Student need to complete all questions of VARC First then he can move to DILR but he can jump on questions of same section.

is cat only for admission you management institutes ?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 22nd Nov, 2019
Nidhi, that's correct. CAT is the entrance examination for admission to Management programmes. The highest qualification one needs to have to appear for CAT is a Bachelor's degree in any discipline with a minimum aggregate of 50%. It is 50% for General Category and 45% for Reserved Categories. Now CAT is the brainchild.of IIMs. Every year an IIM conducts CAT. This year, it is IIM Kozhikhode. Along with the 20 IIMs, there are approximately 1000 Institutions that accept CAT score. And every Institution has its own selection criteria. For example, IIMs shortlist candidates for the interview stage based on their own criteria, which may be independent of each other. The process may include Written Ability Test, Group Discussion, and Personal Interviews. Performance in the CAT examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may additionally use other factors such as the previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience, gender and academic diversity and other similar inputs in shortlisting and ranking of candidates at various stages of the admission process. The processes, academic cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs. And other top B schools also follow the Group Discussion and Personal Interview format. Now, CAT is an online entrance examination. It is 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.


I am able to score in 60 65 in Time mock and in a dilema what will happen in CAT.

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 22nd Nov, 2019

To be honest, this is not the time for pondering what might happen. This is the time to give all your concentration in memorising what you have learnt. Remember that you cannot go to the future and make any changes. All you can do is make sure your present is good because it is in your hands. We understand that this is the exam that your future depends on. But also remember that this is just a Mock Test and not a real test. So keep that in mind and work hard for few more days. Who knows, you might surprise yourself with a better percentile? Just to let you know how CAT percentile is calculated.

Now CAT has 3 sections. 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. There are also Non MCQs which do not have negative marking. This answer is being written by taking QA sections as an example.

  • Calculating the no.of Candidates who appeared for CAT
  • Assigning ranks based on the CAT score
  • For example if 2 people scored 20 marks and got the rank 120, the next Candidate will get the rank 122
  • Calculate the percentile using the formula:  P = (N−r)/N × 100

Now the catch here is the no.of people appearing for the Test. In reality more people will appear for CAT rather than for Mock Test. And this way the chances of your percentile increasing are much better. Now that you are hardly left with a day or 2, try following these:

  • Do not learn anything new. Keep memorising all that you have learnt and praactised so far
  • Go through the Exam pattern and syllabus once
  • Focus on the topics that you have strong hold on. Practise them rather than learning something that you are finding difficult to crack
  • Sleep well the night before because the last thing you want to happen in the exam hall is to feel tired and sleepy.

And including your admit card, please carry along with you any one among your Voter Id, Aadhar Id, PAN Card, Passport, Driving License. For exam day guidelines, please visit our page at:


The photo on my cat admit card is too small. Will they allow me to sit in the exam?

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 22nd Nov, 2019

Once you download the admit card, doesn't it give you an option to affix a photograph on the admit card?  You need to affix a passport size photograph and not stamp size photograph. You do not want to be under the fear whether you will be allowed for the exam or not due to a photograph on the admit card. If you have pasted a stamp size photograph, please download the soft copy of the admit card again and affix a passport size photograph. Take atleast 2 prints of the same and keep them until the whole admission process is done with. And please carry along with you any one among your Voter Id, Aadhar Id, PAN Card, Passport, Driving License. For exam day guidelines, please visit our page at:


how much percentile needed for this college in cat agribusiness management in vamnicom college business managw

N S Sethumadhavan 22nd Nov, 2019

Dear Raghu,

I n the year of 1964 Vaikunth Mehta National Institute of Co-Operative Management, Pune was established . VAMNICOM Pune offers plethora of management programs like PGDCMB, PGDM-ABM, Diploma MCO and Executive PGDM.

  • VAMNICOM offers post graduate diploma in Co-Operative Management, Agri Business Management, Diploma in Management of Computer Operations and Post Graduate diploma (Executive) in Management.
  • The minimum eligibility to apply for PGD CBM is having a Bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 3 years of experience in a managerial capacity.
  • Shortlisting of candidates for PGDM-ABM will be done on the basis of CAT ) / MAT / XAT  / ATMA /CMAT / GMAT scores with minimum aggregate of 50% marks in graduation.
  • Graduate and professionals can join the DMCO program with a minimum of 3 years of experience in the IT field.
  • Candidates applying for Executive PGDM program must have a minimum of 5 years of experience and have either of CAT / MAT / XAT / ATMA / CMAT  / GMAT test score.
  • The final selection in each program will be based upon scores in the entrance, group discussion as well as personal interview.
  • The online application fee for the program(s) is INR 500.

The number of available seats are 120. The course fee is INR 7,20,000 and the placement average CTC offered is 4.5 LPA and highest CTC is 7 LPA.


NCUI Scholarship of Rs. 40,000/- per annum is provided to six students as per the rules and regulations of National Cooperative Union of India.

IFFCO Scholarship of Rs. 15,000/- per annum is given to Two SC and One ST students on merit basis.

CICTAB Meritorious Award is awarded for selected two students of India & two students of Foreign Nationals.

Govt. of India, Ministry of Social Welfare/ Tibal Affairs ,Post Matric Scholarships for SC/ST students.

As part of an MoU between VAMNICOM and National Institute of Cooperative Development (NICD), Sri Lanka, selected two of the PGDM (ABM) students will get  an opportunity to do their Summer Internship in Sri Lanka. Under this agreement, VAMNICOM will provide a one -way air travel expenditure from Mumbai or to and fro air travel expenditure from Chennai/Bangalore. Lodging & boarding facilities are provided by NICD, Sri Lanka.

The CAT cutoff is 50+ percentile, XAT cutoff is 50+ percentile and MAT is 50+ percentile.

I do hope this helps you in not only knowing what is the cutoff percentile but also for you to understand the process and procedure for youto apply for the same. The course fee and placement CTC will help you evaluate your ROI based on which you can also plan your admission. Also, do note that many IIMs provide MBA in Agri and you can try to utilize those opportunities too.

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