Common Admission Test (CAT - 2016)

Online | National Level Exam
Application Fee - General - Rs.1600 | OBC / SC / ST - Rs.800

Q - What scores will be presented to me on results day?

A -

Since CAT will be conducted in two sessions, two different Test Forms shall be administered in both of the Sessions. In order to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances of the candidates across different test sessions, the scores of the candidates shall be subjected to a process of Normalization.For details, refer to the

Counselling Process

CAT Selection and Counselling Process
CAT Selection and Counselling Process
The Indian Institutes of Management or the IIMs shortlist candidates for their second stage of selection on the basis of certain parameters/processes. These include: Written Ability Tests or ...

How to Prepare

Aspirants should focus on core quant topics and theory.  Try and finish all the topics in the next two months. Thereafter, do not touch new topics or comfortable areas. The chief strategy should be to attempt familiar questions and leave non-familiar/non-comfortable questions. Candidates should be able to decide this within 10 seconds.

Speed will be also very critical in the exam. Apart question learning to select a question, candidates should also to reject a question in less than 10 seconds.

Expect some calculation-heavy problems in QA & DI section. These questions are meant to be left alone if you are not very thorough with the concept. Give them a try only if they are not very close.

So focus on the areas of the different sections in CAT exams.

Logical reasoning is comparatively more difficult to solve than Quant and Data Interpretation in the exam. We can expect a similar pattern in this setion of the exam. Questions in LR can range from Decision Making to Verbal Logic.

Verbal ability section usually consists of grammar, reading comprehension. There’s no different strategy for VA section. Focus on basic grammar rules that you learnt during your school days. Candidates need to focus on an overall strategy while preparing for verbal sections, because most competitive exams have similar syllabus. Do lot of reading from various sources. Candidates need to focus on an overall strategy for MBA exams while preparing for verbal sections, because all the exams have similar syllabus.

However, it would be advisable for a student to work on his/her speed the exam. Some of the questions under Data Interpretation tend to be calculation intensive.

CAT 2016 Question Paper Format

questions 100
of Questions
duration 3.0 Hr
online Online
Exam Type
marks 300
Total Marks

CAT 2016 News and Updates

Son of Autorickshaw Driver Secures Seat in IIM Rohtak after Clearing CAT Exam
July 26, 2017 04:03 PM

25-year-old Sukesh Kumar Thogaru from Warangal has overcome all hurdles in order to secure a seat in one of the top B-schools in India. He cleared CAT 2016 and took admission in IIM Rohtak’s PGP batch 2017-19. Sukesh is the son of an autorickshaw driver. His father suffered a huge loss ...Read more

No GD-PI for Admission to IIM Nagpur; CAT Scores to be the Deciding Factor
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FMS Delhi Offers Admission to 216 Candidates; Final Selection List 2017 Released
April 19, 2017 10:21 AM

The final list of shortlisted candidates has been released by Faculty of Management Studies, Delhi University. A total of 216 students have been selected for the MBA (Full Time) programme 2017-19. 477 additional candidates have also been mentioned in the waiting list. The admission status and ...Read more

Student Makes it to IIM Ahmedabad at 89.67 Percentile in CAT 2016
April 15, 2017 11:50 AM

23-year-old Vidit Garg was shocked when he found out that he has secured a seat in the prestigious IIM Ahmedabad. Vidit had secured a percentile of 89.67 in CAT 2016 and was half expecting that he will get a seat in India’s top b-school. This was Vidit’s third CAT attempt and he ...Read more

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CAT 2016

Common Admission Test (CAT) is one of the most popular MBA entrance exams in India. The exam is taken by lakhs of management aspirants in India every year for admission to flagship PGP programmes in the IIMs and other top B-schools of India. The notification for CAT has been released. As per the notification, the IIMs will conduct computer-based test on November 26th, in two sessions and the registration is scheduled to begin from August 9th . Details related to CAT  is available on the CAT website:

CAT 2016 Conducting Body

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) every year on a rotational basis. This year, Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Lucknow is the organizing authority of CAT. It will conduct the computer-based exam on November 26, 2017, for candidates seeking admission in 20 IIMs and more than 100 management schools across the country. IIM Lucknow is a popular business school, which is the fourth IIM family to be established in India after IIM Calcutta, IIM Ahmedabad, and IIM Bangalore. IIM Lucknow undertakes a diverse range of academic activities to ensure that its students understand the application management knowledge and practice. The aim of the institute is to transform its students into value driven leaders, managers, and global players.

CAT Contact Details

Address Indian Institute of Management Lucknow Noida Campus, B-1, Sector-62, Institutional Area, Noida 201 307 (UP) INDIA Phone: +91-120-6678481, 667850
Phone no 080-2699 3388
Type National
Mode Online


1) What is online CAT? What is the difference between CBT & IBT?

COMMON ADMISSION TEST (CAT) is a computer-based test (CBT) and not an Internet-based test (IBT). Instead of reading the questions in a paper booklet and darkening the ovals on the answer-sheet, a candidate will read the questions on a computer and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option.

2) How is CAT administered?

The test cannot be taken from just about any computer. A candidate will have to take the test on a pre-assigned workstation. Students will not have a choice to choose their workstation.

3) What does a CBT test look like?

To familiarize yourself, you should have a look at the practice test which is available on the official CAT website. You can familiarize yourself with the functionality and navigation of the actual exam. The CAT Mock Test link shall be available in the month of October.

4) When and how do I register for CAT?

Online registration for CAT is between the period of Thursday, 9th August 2017 10:00 AM and Sunday, 21st September 11:59 PM. Additional instructions for the online registration and application process are available in the Registration Guide and Registration video published on the website.

5) Where do I pay my fees?

The CAT exam fee is payable at the time of online registration via a valid credit, debit card or online net banking facility.

6) Can I use my coaching institute’s or a friend’s email address when registering for CAT?

No, you need to have a valid and unique email address. All correspondence until CAT and during the selection stage will be communicated using this email address.

7) Can I appear for more than one slot for CAT ?

No. You cannot appear for more than one slot. It will be deemed as a fraudulent activity if one attempts to appear more than once for CAT. To ensure this, Admit Cards, photo IDs, candidate pictures and biometric information will be checked. Candidates, who attempt to take the test more than once, will be eliminated anytime during the selection process.

8) When will I get my Admit Card?

Admit card will be available for view and print from Thursday,18th October, 2017 till 26th November, 2017 onwards. You will have to log onto the CAT website with your registered User ID. You will be eligible for an Admit Card only upon submission of online application form. You will receive an automated email confirmation upon successful submission.

9) What details will be mentioned in the Admit Card?

The admit card will contain the following details: Name of the candidate Test date Test City & Centre address User ID / Registration Number PWD/DA status .

10) Will the Admit Card be sent to me as a hard copy or by mail?

No. The admit card will be only available on the CAT Website when you log on using your CAT User ID. Note: Admit Card is a mandatory document required to take the exam. You must bring a print out of your Admit Card to the exam center.

11) If I have made any mistake(s) while registering for CAT , can I make changes later to rectify?

You may select “Existing User Login” on CAT website to make changes to your personal details, such as address, educational information or exam city preferences. For security reasons, editing of candidate’s full name, date of birth, email id, mobile no, State, and Country will not be allowed. However, if you have genuinely made a mistake in entering your Date of Birth, State, etc., you will have to show evidence of the correct data at the time of examination/interview/admission else your candidature will be nullified.

Note: The ability to edit application profile will be available only until you have not submitted the Application Form. Once you have submitted and made the exam fee payment, you will NOT be allowed to make any more changes. You may only view and print thereafter.

12) I have made mistake(s) in entering Percentage of Marks/Category/Gender/Work Experience/etc., what should I do now?

If you have made a mistake in filling out details for those fields which will affect selection process, such as Percentage of Marks, Category, Gender, Work Experience, etc. then you are advised to re-register with a new email ID. Your CAT application will be considered for the latest registration and Admit Card issued for the same.

Note: You will not receive a refund or Admit Card for your earlier registration. Failure to re-register in such circumstances may lead to nullification of your candidature.

13) If I do not get my Admit Card, whom should I contact?

The Admit Card needs to be directly printed from the CAT website using your User ID and Password. It will be available for printout from 18th October 2017 until 26th November 2017 onwards. The admit card will not be mailed to your postal address. If you are unable to view your Admit Card post login, refer to the help desk details given below.

Toll-free: 1-800-266-0207


14) In case the website does not work and I am unable to complete my application, what should I do?

If the registration website is not accessible for any reason, please close your Internet browser and try again. Also, ensure you are using the correct version of the Internet browser recommended: Browser Versions Supported Internet Explorer 7, 8, 9 Mozilla Firefox 14 to 28 Google Chrome 20 to 33. The Registration/Application form is best viewed in Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome browsers. You may also refer to the help desk details given below for instructions:

Toll- free: 1-800-266-0207


15) What screen appears once a candidate logs into the website post registration?

Post successful registration, you will use the system generated User ID and Password to log into the website. Upon logging in, you will first see the Registration Summary page and then click on Go to Application Form. This will direct you to the application form page.

16) What should I do if I have not received the password or have lost the SMS?

In the event of not receiving or lost the system generated password SMS, simply click on Forgot Password on the Existing User login page. You will be prompted to enter a Captcha string and post which, new password will be sent to you on your registered email address. Please note, regenerated passwords will not be sent as an SMS.

17) I am unable to view my Application Summary or Download Application Form tabs.

You will see the two tabs, Application Summary and Download Application Form, only if your application has been submitted with successful online payment of examination fees. Else, upon login, you will continue to see the five tabs of the Application Form.

18) What is the eligibility to take the test under the PWD category?

  • The IIMs strictly follow the reservation norms of the Government of India.
  • To be eligible to appear for the test under PWD category, the candidates must suffer from the following listed disabilities –
    • Low vision/Blindness
    • Hearing Impairment
    • Locomotive Disability/Cerebral Palsy The candidates must suffer from the above-mentioned disabilities, more than or equal to 40%, as certified by a competent medical authority.

19) What are Testing Assistive devices?

The testing Assistive devices or TA devices are the technical aids designed to directly enabled candidates to successfully perform a particular task.

20) What is the reporting time for CAT ?

Students should reach their venue at least one and a half (1.5) hours prior to the test time. If the test begins at 10 AM, the students must reach the test centre no later than 8:30 AM. If the test begins at 3:15 PM, students must reach the test centre no later than 1:45 PM.

21) Does CAT have a syllabus for exam preparation?

No, the CAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for CAT preparation. However, you can attempt the mock test to understand the pattern of exam and types of questions. Check the CAT website regularly for the announcement of mock test. For your benefit, check topics covered in CAT( ) .

22) How is the CAT shift and test date decided?

The exam shift (forenoon or afternoon) is allocated for each registered candidate based on the city preference made at the time of application.

23) What are the permitted materials I can bring with me to the test centre?

None. You will not be permitted to bring any personal items to the test centre, including but not limited to wristwatch, pen, cellphones, calculators, etc.

24) What is the marking/ grading scheme for CAT? Is there negative marking for a wrong answer?

For questions other than MCQs, 3 marks are assigned for ‘correct answer’ and no marks for ‘incorrect answer or no attempt'.The scoring scheme for Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) is as follows:

  • Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks.
  • An incorrect answer fetches -1 .No marks are awarded or deducted for un-attempted questions.

25) I have completed my Bachelor’s Degree, do I need to give overall percentage of marks or as per my University standards?

As per CAT eligibility criteria you have to give percentage according to your university norms.

26) I have not completed my Bachelor’s Degree/I am in final year of Bachelor’s degree, what marks do I need to enter in the Application form?

As per CAT eligibility criteria you have to give Aggregate percentage up to the last marks statement received from the University.

27) I have not completed any graduation course but I am in the final year of a professional course, am I eligible for CAT?

NO, for applying CAT you should full fill any one of the following conditions:

  • Completed Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage.
  • Completed professional degree (For example, CA) with the required percentage.
  • Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with the required percentage.
  • For SC/ST and PWD (DA), candidates should have minimum 45%. For General and NC-OBC candidates minimum is 50%.

28) I am not pursuing or completed my Bachelor’s degree or any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc., am I eligible to appear for CAT ?

As you are not appearing/completed any Bachelor Degree or not completed any Professional degree like CA/CS/ICWA etc. you are not eligible to appear for CAT .

29) I have completed my 10th/12th standard from CBSE Board. Do I need to enter marks mentioned on Mark list?

As per CAT Criteria you have to mention Aggregate percentage of marks for all subjects irrespective of your Board regulations.

30) Can I appear CAT for practice purpose, though I am aware that I am not eligible?

No, this is not permitted.

31) Is there any age restriction for taking the CAT exam?

No, there is no age restriction for taking the CAT exam.

32) Are there any special provisions for Differently Abled candidates?

Yes. Please refer to the FAQs for PWD/DA Candidates for more details.

33) I am a General category candidate and got 49% in the Bachelor’s degree. I have also completed Master’s degree with 51%, am I eligible to apply for CAT ?

NO, as per CAT eligibility you should have obtained 50% or more in the Bachelor’s degree.

34) I have done 5 years integrated course of and MBA. As per my university norms first 3.5 years is considered to be and remaining 1.5 years is considered to be MBA, how do I enter my marks?

As per your University norms, you will enter the aggregate percentage of first 3.5 years under Bachelor’s Degree and remaining 1.5 years under Master’s degree (if desired).

35) I have completed 5 year dual degree course (, BS+MS, etc.). How do I enter my marks for bachelor degree?

As per your university norms you have to enter the aggregate of marks which are equivalent to bachelor degree and if any marks are there for master degree you enter the same in master degree.

36) I have SC/ST certificate in the format uploaded on the CAT website, can I use this certificate or do I have to download certificate template from CAT website and fill again?

If your certificate fulfils the following conditions, then the same can be uploaded: The certificate should have been issued by competent authority. The name of the caste and caste number should appear in the certificate The Ministry's resolution/order number should be available The certificate should be in Hindi or English only .

37) Is there a validity for NC-OBC Certificate?

Refer the Government of India website for details.

38) Who is the authority that issues NC-OBC certificate?

Refer the Government of India website for details.

39) I have changed my name with due procedure after completing my degree, do I enter the name as per the degree certificate or the changed name?

You have to enter your changed name but you have to produce supporting documents for change of name at the time of examination, interview and admission.

40) Can I bring a calculator to the testing centre?

Candidates are prohibited from bringing calculators to the testing centre. You may use the onscreen calculator that will be available throughout the exam.

41) Can I move back and forth between the two sections?

No, each section will be timed separately. Once a section ends, candidates cannot go back to it.

42) Can I choose which section to attempt first?

No, candidates will be presented with the section on Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation first, followed by Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.

43) What is the concept of non-MCQ type questions?

CAT has some questions that are Non-MCQs (multiple choice questions) in which, a student has to respond on their own. Aspirants are suggested not to miss answering any of the non-MCQ, as there is no negative marking in it.

44) Does the non-MCQ type questions carry equal marks as MCQs?

Yes, all questions carry equal marks. However, for non-MCQ type questions, you must type the answer.

45) What scores will be presented to me on results day?

Since CAT will be conducted in two sessions, two different Test Forms shall be administered in both of the Sessions. In order to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances of the candidates across different test sessions, the scores of the candidates shall be subjected to a process of Normalization.For details, refer to the

46) What is Percentile Ranking?

A percentile rank is the percentage of scores that fall below a given score. For example: a 75 percentile would imply that your score is greater than or equal to 75% of the total CAT test-takers.

47) How will my initial raw scores be calculated?

Your raw scores will be calculated for each section based on the number of questions you have answered correctly, incorrectly, or omitted. You will be given +3 points for each correct answer and -1 point for each incorrect answer. There will be no points for questions that are not answered. This scoring methodology ensures that candidates are only awarded points for what they know. Get detailed information here.(

48) Who has a better chance of success at CAT/ Entrance exams – a fresher or a person with work-experience?

There is no factor that determines the success of either a fresher or a working professional. Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. A fresher is more in touch with the academic requirements and prepared for intense learning mode. Whereas, a working professional brings along the real world knowledge and reasoning that is a key requirement to succeed in the entrance exams.

49) What is a cut-off?

The cut-off is the minimum required marks that a student needs to score to secure a call for the second round of selection process.

50) Will I be required to clear the cut-offs in all the sections?

Yes. Every college releases its own cut-offs for individual sections as well as for the overall test. A student has to clear both the sectional as well as the overall cut-offs set by the Institutes to receive a call for the second round of selection. The cut-offs vary for every institute.

51) Do a different people have different cut-offs?

Yes. To maintain the academic as well as the professional environment of learning most institutions have a slight relaxation in cut-offs for Working professionals, women and other reservations. This is done to give the students a multi-level-knowledge and interactive learning environment.

52) What are the timings to contact the Candidate helpdesk?

The FAQs, online guides and videos are designed to enable self-service. You are requested to use these tools which can guide you through the entire process and help answer most of your queries. In case you are still facing issues, then CAT Candidate Helpdesk is available by phone, Monday to Saturday from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. CAT Candidate Helpdesk will be closed on Sundays and on National/Public holidays .