CAT 2016 Official Mock Tests and Exam Pattern

Vinod Sharma updated on : 08 Nov 2016

CAT 2016 mock test has been released on the official website. Know how to take the mock CAT 2016 test here.

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It’s less than a month for CAT 2016 exam to be held. After releasing the admit card on October 25, 2016, the official website of CAT exam has now released the CAT mock test.

Those of you out there who are burning the midnight oil preparing for the CAT 2016 exam can now take the CAT mock test on the official website. The official mock test simulates the actual CAT exam and puts the candidates in the real exam like environment.

Earlier, the official CAT 2016 mock test was scheduled to be released on October 18, 2016 but was delayed for a few days. Now the mock CAT test is live and candidates who have registered successfully can follow the steps mentioned here to take the test on the official website:

How to Take CAT 2016 Mock Test

  • Visit the official website
  • Click on the CAT 2016 Mock Test on the homepage of the website
  • A new window will open up where candidates need to log in with the username and password provided at the time of registration.
  • Now you can take the mock test.

What to Consider When Taking CAT 2016 Mock Test

  • When taking the CAT 2016 mock test on the official website, candidates need to take the following precautions.
  • Make sure you are free for the three hours.
  • Keep all the necessary paraphernalia like water etc. within the easy reach.
  • Make sure you have a spare and empty room away from any intervention to take the mock test so that you can concentrate.
  • Consider keeping your cell phone off during the entire duration. 

CAT 2016 Exam Pattern (as official mock tests indicate)

Since the day one IIM Bangalore released the CAT advertisement, the exam conducting body this year was mum on the exam pattern. It still is. However, the sample mock tests that IIM Bangalore released at the official website on October 25, 2016 give us a sneak peek into what the CAT 2016 exam pattern would be like. If we consider it as final, there would be little or no changes in the exam pattern. To know about type and number of MCQs and Non-MCQs that candidates can expect in CAT 2016 Exam on December 4, consider reading the following lines.

CAT 2016 Syllabus Pattern

The official mock test released on the CAT 2016 website has 100 questions in all divided into three sections: Quant (34 questions), DILR (32 questions) and VARC (34 questions). The DILR section has 8 non-MCQs that are divided equally into DI and LR subsections having 4 non-MCQs each, whereas the Quant and VARC sections have 10 non-MCQs each. On the other hand, CAT 2016 sample tests indicate that candidates should focus more on Reading Comprehension (RC) as it gets 70 percent weightage in VARC section.

CAT 2016 Syllabus Pattern, Time Duration and Constraints

The release of the official mock tests and 100 questions therein now give somewhat, if not clear, idea of what 100 questions on December 4 (CAT 2016 exam day) would appear like. The questions will be divided into three sections with time duration of 60 minutes each. Candidates won’t be able to freely flip the sections or choose any of the sections to start with and constraint of 60 minutes applies to each section.

CAT 2016 Exam Section Order

In CAT 2016 exam pattern, the order of sections is fixed in 1 to 3 non-changeable order. This time, VARC will be the first section replacing the Quant section which will now be the third and the last section. If the sample tests are to go by, all the three sections in CAT 2016 will have 8 to 10 Non-MCQs and expected to have not less than 8 non-MCQs. Each MCQ will carry 3 marks and one mark will be deducted for each wrong answer. There will be no negative marking for unattempted questions.  

For CAT 2016 aspirants, we, at HTCampus, have also launched a mock CAT 2016 test series. Designed by experts, our mock CAT 2016 series enables candidates to know their preparation level, weakness and strengths to plan their studies accordingly. Those who want to take the mock CAT test at, click here to reach the desired page.  

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