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Who is eligible to take the exam? A candidate: Holding Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA [ 45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste(SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Differently Abled (DA) categories], awarded by any of the Universities incorporated by an act of the central or state legislature in India or other educational institutions established by an act of Parliament declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956 Possessing an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India (including the Associate Membership Examination (AMICE) of the Institution of Civil Engineers (India) as an equivalent qualification). The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate in the bachelor’s degree would be calculated based on the practice followed by the university/institution from the candidate has obtained the degree. In case the candidates are awarded grades/CGPA instead of marks, the conversion of grades/CGPA to percentage of ma
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 2016 eligibility criteria you have to give percentage according to your university norms.
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 2016 eligibility criteria you have to give Aggregate percentage up to the last marks statement received from the University.
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 2016? 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 2016.
I have completed my 10th/12th standard from CBSE Board. Do I need to enter marks mentioned on Mark list? As per CAT 2016 Criteria you have to mention Aggregate percentage of marks for all subjects irrespective of your Board regulations.
Can I appear CAT for practice purpose, though I am aware that I am not eligible? No, this is not permitted.
Is there any age restriction for taking the CAT exam? No, there is no age restriction for taking the CAT exam.
What is the fee for the CAT exam? The fee is Rs.1600 for General and NC-OBC Candidates. However, if you belong to the SC/ST/PWD (DA) category the applicable fee is Rs.800.
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.
When and how do I register for CAT 2016? Online registration for CAT 2016 is between the period of Thursday, 8th August 2016 10:00AM and Sunday, 22nd September 2016 11:59PM. Additional instructions for the online registration and application process are available in the Registration Guide and Registration video published on the website: www.iimcat.ac.in
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 2016 and during the selection stage will be communicated using this email address.
When will CAT 2016 be held and can I choose an exam date? CAT will be held on Sunday, 4th December 2016 with two sessions (forenoon and afternoon): Based on your selection of preferred exam city, you will be allotted the session slot and exam center, subject to availability.
From where can I get the list of exam centers? List of exam centers will be available on the website www.iimcat.ac.in from second week of October 2016. This list will be updated as more exam centers are allocated for CAT 2016. Currently, you may view all the exam cities where CAT exam can be given.
When will I get my Admit Card? Admit card will be available for view and print from Thursday, 18th October 2016, 1:00PM 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.
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
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 2016 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.
Are there any special provisions for Differently Abled candidates? Yes. Please refer to the FAQs for PWD/DA Candidates for more details.
What are the time slots for CAT 2016 Exam? CAT 2016 will have 2 sessions, Forenoon and Afternoon, on Sunday, 27th November 2016. Candidates will be assigned to anyone of the two sessions, subject to availability and city preference.
Can I appear for more than one slot for CAT 2016? 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 2016. 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.
If I have made any mistake(s) while registering for CAT 2016, 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.
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 2016 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.
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
If I do not get my Admit Card, whom should I contact? The Admit Card needs to be directly printed from the CAT 2016 website using your User ID and Password. It will be available for printout from Thursday, 18th October 2016 1:00 PM onwards. The admit card will not be mailed to your postal address. If you are unable to view your Admit Card post log in, refer to the help desk details given below. Toll free: 1-800-266-0207 Email: email@example.com
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 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I have not completed any graduation course but I am in the final year of a professional course, am I eligible for CAT 2016? NO, for applying CAT 2016 you should full fill any one of the following conditions: Completed Bachelor’s degree with required percentage*. Completed professional degree (For example, CA) with required percentage*. Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s degree with required percentage*. *For SC/ST and PWD (DA) candidates should have minimum 45%. For General and NC-OBC candidates minimum is 50%.
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 2016? NO, as per CAT eligibility you should have obtained 50% or more in the Bachelor’s degree.
I have completed my Bachelor’s degree in May-June 2016 but have back log, am I eligible to apply for CAT 2016. Yes, as per CAT 2016 eligibility, candidates who are completing their degree by May 2017 are eligible. However, the candidate should select yes to the question “Are you in the final year of Bachelor Degree”.
I have done 5 years integrated course of Btech and MBA. As per my university norms first 3.5 years is considered to be B.tech 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).
I have completed 5 year dual degree course (Btech+Mtech, BS+MS, Btech+MSC 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.
I have SC/ST certificate in the format uploaded on the CAT 2016 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
Is there a validity for NC-OBC Certificate? Refer the Government of India website www.ncbc.nic.in for details.
Who is the authority that issues NC-OBC certificate? Refer the Government of India website www.ncbc.nic.in for details.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have done 10+2+2 degree, how should I enter my degree marks, since there is no provision for 2 years duration under bachelor degree? You may enter 10th /SSC and 12th /HSC marks in the respective fields. Enter the bachelor degree marks, under bachelor degree field with the duration as 3 years and select year of commencement and completion accordingly. Note: This pattern and degree should be recognised by UGC, AIU or equivalent bodies for eligibility to CAT 2016.
I have done 10+1+1+2 degree, how do I enter my degree marks, since there is no provision for 2 years duration under bachelor degree? You may enter 10th /SSC, then next 2 years’ marks under 12th/HSC. The remaining 2 years’ marks can be put under bachelor degree field mentioning the duration as 3 years, and select year of commencement and completion accordingly. Note: This pattern and degree should be recognised by UGC, AIU or equivalent bodies for eligibility to CAT 2016.
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 terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option.
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.
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 2016 Mock Test link shall be available by the end of October 2016.
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.
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.
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.
What is the duration of CAT 2016? CAT exam will be held for 180 minutes on 4 December 2016.The candidate will have three sections of 60 minutes each and they cannot shift from one section to another in each 60 minutes.
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.
Are there negative marks for questions other than MCQs? No, there are no negative marks for non-MCQ type questions.
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.
Does CAT 2016 have a syllabus for exam preparation? No, the 2016 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 2015.(https://www.collegedekho.com/articles/cat-2015-exam-analysis/)
What is the reporting time for CAT 2016? 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.
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.
What scores will be presented to me on results day? Since CAT 2016 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 https://www.collegedekho.com/exams/cat-2016/.
What is the process of Normalization? The process of Normalization is an established practice for comparing a candidate’s scores across multiple Forms and is similar to those being adopted in other large educational selection tests conducted in India, such as Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). For normalization across sections, the percentile equivalence will be used.
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.
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.(https://www.collegedekho.com/exams/cat-2016/)
Does CAT 2016 have a syllabus for exam preparation? No, the 2016 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 2016(https://www.collegedekho.com/articles/cat-2016-exam-analysis/ )
How is the CAT 2016 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.
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.