What you need to know about CAT 2016 Tutorial
Urvashi Dalal, 02 Dec 2016, #CAT
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The CAT Tutorial or mock test is accessible to help CAT aspirants have a better understanding of the test and the technique required to be followed at the time of the test. The objective of the mock test is to make the candidates familiar about the test interface and the navigation system. It is important to know the key factors to focus on while taking the CAT Mock Test and device the actual test-taking strategy on the exam day. Careers360 brings forth everything that you need to know about taking CAT 2016 on the exam day.

The conducting body of CAT 2016, IIM Bangalore, released CAT tutorial on October 24. The tutorial explains the format of the test to the candidates for a better understanding of the examination process which will be conducted on December 4, 2016, across 135 centres. 


What CAT 2016 Tutorial contains

The CAT 2016 is of 3 hour duration and includes the following aspects:

  • General and other important Instructions

  • Mock questions of each section in the particular order

  • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and Non-MCQs

  • On Screen Calculator and Timer

  • Sectional question paper and marking scheme

  • Option for Marked for Review

The order of the sections on the exam day will be:

Let us start with the CAT 2016 test taking experience, where you can check the images and understand how the exam would be, and the factors upon which you must focus on.



After logging in to the CAT 2016 Test, the above screen will appear. This window will display your system name, number, subject, and photograph along with a log-in window. 



Instructions for the test


After you log-in to the test system, a new window containing the test taking instructions will open. The instructions here are about the overall and sectional duration, rules and regulations and the Question Palette. The keys which denote different colours explain the status for each question. Understand the colour scheme well. You will get the option to mark a question for review. After you answer the rest of the questions, you can revisit the marked question to review your answer. The legends provided along with the Question Palette help you identify the following:

1. Answered

2. Not Answered

3. Marked for Review

4. Answered and Marked for Review

5. Not Visited questions of the section.


Although you can revise a particular section after completing the questions, there is no scope for overall revision since the sections are time bound.



As you click Next, a screen like above will appear. This page contains ‘Other Important Instructions’ and indicates the duration of the exam, which is 180 minutes, marking scheme, order of the sections, and other instructions. Read instructions, select the ‘I agree’ button and click on the ‘I am ready to begin’.

ready to begun


Now, the actual test starts with the VARC section. One question at a time appears. You can read questions, answer, skip or mark for review, as you think is better and proceed with ‘Save & Next’ button for next question. You can visit a question back by clicking on the numbers under the question palette.  Now the important thing to look here is, at the time left for the test, the calculator icon, the options provided, and the colour panel reflecting the status of questions in the section.

As and when you will attempt the MCQs, all the Non-MCQs will appear (refer to the image below). You have to read the passage which has alternative summaries and then choose the best sequence fit for the question. Candidates can select the numbers from the virtual keyboard provided. After you answered all the questions, if you have time- review your marked questions and answers, revise the entire section or wait for 60 minutes to get over and next section to appear. If you think you have entered an incorrect answer, you can clear the same by visiting that question and clicking on the ‘Clear Response’ tab.

Clear Response


As you complete all the answers in one section, you will automatically be directed to the other sections, DILR and QA respectively.  Follow the same procedure for the rest of the sections and finally submit the complete test. You must take care of the duration of the test, as you will automatically be switched to another section once the 60 minutes are complete, and the test will be submitted once three hours are complete.

Question Paper: This is available at the top right side of the screen, allowing students to check the sectional questions all at once. Just besides this is an option for Instructions, which allows you to re-check CAT test instructions, in case it is required.



Calculator: The on-screen calculator is placed at the top right side of the screen, right below the on-screen timer. Along with the basic calculations, it also includes calculation options for Algebra and Trigonometry.


The on-screen timer will show you the countdown of 1 hour and right after 60 minutes, the section will automatically switch to the next one.



You must note that the purpose of CAT 2016 Mock Test is to give you the impression of the test and the difficulty level, question types, numbers of MCQ and Non-MCQ may vary in the actual test.


CAT 2016 will be conducted in a single-day window on Sunday, December 4, 2016, in two sessions (forenoon and afternoon slots), in 135 cities. The CAT 2016 admit card will be available for the candidates to download from the official website till the test day.

CAT is conducted for admissions to various management programmes across 20 IIMs and other top B-schools. Apart from the IIMs over 100 B-schools in India conduct their admission through CAT scores.


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