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    CAT 2016: Application, Dates, Eligibility

    CAT (Common Admission Test) is a national level examination conducted by
    the IIMs (Indian Institute of Management) based on the policy of rotation. This is a computer based
    test comprised in the quantitative ability, verbal ability, data interpretation and logical reasoning.
    The CAT score is being followed by the IIMs, IITs, NITs, Faculty of Management Study and Indian
    Institutes of Science.
    All those institutes offer the Postgraduate Business Administration Programme through the CAT
    examination. The CAT 2016 will be conducted during the November month of year 2016 but the
    notification of the examination and other essential details will be issued in the July 2016.
    Important Date for CAT 2016
    Releasing of notification for CAT 2016 – July end 2016
    Online registration of CAT – first week of August to last week of September 2016
    Admit card window – third week of October to third week of November 2016
    Test Date during – third week of November 2016
    Result releasing date – last week of December 2016
  • CAT 2016 Offered Courses
    PGP
    PGPEM
    PGP-ABM
    PGPPM
    PGP-Mumbai
    PGP-UAE
    EPGPM
    PGPSM
    PGPWE
    PGDM
    PGDHRM
    PGPEX
    PGPBM
    CAT 2016 Eligibility Criteria
    Before filling the online application form the candidates must have ensure the eligibility criteria as
    following:
    The candidates must have passed the graduation degree in any stream.
    The candidates must have secured the marks at least 50% or equivalent to CGPA (45% in
    case of SC/ST and Differently Abled).
    The candidates appearing graduation can also apply for the CAT 2016 but they must clear the
    graduation in same year with given qualifying criteria.
    Reservation of Seats
    As per the government rule of India, 15% seats will be reserved for the SC, 7.5% for the ST
    candidates, 27% seats will be reserved for the OBC under Non-Creamy Layer candidates and 3%
    seats will be reserved for the persons with disabilities. The above percentile criterion is a subject to
    change as per the year by the government. To claim the reservation the candidates must apply during
    the registration. After the registration the candidates cannot avail the chance of reservation or
  • cannot change the categories. A supportive document will be required for the evidence of their
    categories.
    Registration for CAT 2016
    The registration will be open for the CAT 2016 during the month of August 2016 through the online
    mode only on the official website of the CAT 2016 The official website is www.iimcat.ac.in on which
    the registration form will be announced. The registration will go on till the last week of September
    2016. At the time of registration the candidates must fill the required details in the form and select
    the three test cities from the drop down menu. The candidates will be allotted any one of their
    preferred centres after the last date of registration. The admit card will be issued through the official
    site and candidates may get their admit card from mid of October 2016 to till the date of
    examination.
    Payment of Registration Fee
    The registration fee is Rs.1600/- for the general and NC-OBC candidates and Rs.800/- for the
    SC/SC/Person with Disability. The candidates must remit their fee through the online mode only via
    the official site of the authority by using their debit or credit card or net banking. Registration fee
    once paid will not be refunded under any circumstances.
    Admission Procedure
    The admission will be done on the basis of personal score in CAT 2016 and the written ability test,
    group discussion and personal interview. In short listing and ranking the candidates the institution
    may consider the academic background, academic performance, working background and other
    similar inputs of the candidates.
    Exam Pattern
    The examination will be held in November 2016 and the official date will be announced during the
    announcement of registration. The duration of the single paper CAT 2016 exam will be of 2 hours
    and 50 minutes. The paper will comprise in 100 question basis on the quantitative ability & data
  • interpretation and verbal ability and logical reasoning. The examination will be held online only.
    Each correct answer will be rewarded with 3 marks, each incorrect answer will be punished with 1
    mark deduction and no mark will be provided to questions that are not answered.
    CAT 2016 Admit Card
    The CAT 2016 admit card for the registered candidates will be issued on the official website of the
    CAT conducting authority from the mid of October 2016 to till the date of examination. Candidates
    must check the particulars mentioned in the admit card before exam date and communicate with the
    council if found any error. There is no other (offline or by post) mode will be entertained to
    communicate with candidates regarding admit card.
    CAT 2016 Result
    The CLAT 2016 result will be announced in the last week of December 2016 through the official
    site/of the authority. The candidates may get their result by visiting the official site and by enter their
    roll number and name ion the prescribed space during the result date.
    New Exam Pattern
    The mode of CAT has changed from paper-pencil based test to computer based test. CAT
    has three sections:
    1. Quantitative Ability (QA)
    2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
    3. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC)
    QA and VRC comprises of 34 questions, whereas DILR section has 32 questions, making
    total of 100 questions in the paper. The duration of the exam is 180 minutes (3 hours).
    Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type. Instead, direct answers
    are to be typed on the screen. Basic on-screen calculator will be available for computation.
  • You will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and you
    cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.
    Marking: You will be awarded three marks for each correct answer. The test carries
    negative marking, one mark will be deducted for each wrong answer.