CAT 2016 Paper Analysis: Straight from the Exam Center!

Dhanshri Sharma updated on : 07 Jul 2017

Following is a special coverage by on CAT 2016 Paper Analysis on the day of exam straight from the CAT exam Center.

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The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016 held on Sunday (Dec 4) was conducted smoothly across centres in 138 cities in the country. HTCampus caught up with some test takers freshly after the examination to get the CAT paper analysis 2016. 

CAT is a management admission test conducted every year by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for admission to their post-graduate courses. CAT 2016 was conducted by IIM Bangalore on December 4 all over the country.

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HTCampus managed to take CAT exam reviews on the exam day directly from the management aspirants appearing for CAT 2016. 

This year, Noida was an addition in the list of CAT exam centres, and we had the opportunity to visit and interact with some of the test takers to get insights into the CAT exam.

In a brief statement issued on Sunday (December 4) evening, Prof. Rajendra K. Bandi, Convener, CAT 2016, announced that 1.95 lakh candidates took the test. “While in 2015, 82% of the applicants took the test, this year the number swelled to 83.6%,” he said, adding that the test was conducted smoothly across centres in 138 cities in the country.

Students’ Reaction

We received a mixed reaction from candidates who appeared for CAT this year. While some found the paper easy, others thought the exam was difficult to some extent. Where, Naman Gupta, a test taker, said that the paper was doable and up to the expectations, Adil Akhtar found Quant section a bit lengthy. Yash Verma believed CAT 2016 was very much similar to CAT 2015 and the passages were short and easy to read. If compared to the expectations of CAT 2016, the paper was not that tough, but the Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section was as hard as  a rock.

Section-Wise Analysis

  • Quantitative Aptitude - Moderate
  • Verbal and Reading Comprehension - Easy
  • Data-Interpretation and Logical Reasoning - Very Difficult

CAT 2016 Changes

No major changes were noticed in CAT 2016 paper. The marking scheme and the number of questions were pretty much the same and according to the expectation. A single change was noticed in the number of options in each MCQ question, it was increased from four to five. 

CAT 2016 Exam Pattern


Number of Questions

Time Allotted

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)


60 minutes

Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)




60 minutes

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)




60 minutes


100 questions

180 minutes (three hours)

CAT 2016

CAT is a management entrance test conducted every year for admissions in the management programmes offered at 20 IIMs and around 100 B-schools across India. IIM Bangalore has conducted CAT 2016 exam and will be taking care of CAT results 2016. CAT exam 2016 was conducted in 135 cities all over the country for 232,434 applicants. This time, aspirants who want to make it to the Indian Institute of Management (IIMS) are highest in the last seven years. Candidates were given an option their test city according to the convenience while making CAT registration.

It was 180 minutes, i.e. three hours paper having a large number of descriptive type questions. A basic on-screen calculator was also provided for computation.

CAT 2016 Results

The CAT 2016 results will be declared in the first week of January 2017. Following the announcement of CAT results 2016, qualified candidates would be able to apply for admission in the popular management colleges of the country.

CAT 2016 Results have been announced. Check details here.

Read more to know more about CAT 2016 Results

Expected CAT 2016 Cut-offs

The increase in the number of IIMs in India has increased the number of seats and eventually the chances of qualified candidates securing a seat in IIMs. The CAT exam score, overall percentile, the sectional CAT cut-off along with WAT/PI performance play a major role for candidates seeking admission in various IIMs and other management institutes.

To get MBA admission in the IIMs, students have to keep in mind that a balanced CAT high percentile is required as the sectional CAT cutoff would also play a major role during the selection process.

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IIM Eligibility Criteria 2017 & Selection Procedure

Candidates, who aspire to get admission in IIMs after CAT qualification, are recommended to check the eligibility of every campus and selection procedure. Here we present the list of all the IIMs and their respective eligibilities and selection process.

IIM Calcutta

IIM Tiruchirappalli

IIM Ahmedabad

IIM Kashipur

IIM Bangalore

IIM Udaipur

IIM Lucknow

IIM Nagpur

IIM Kozhikode

IIM Vishakhapatnam

IIM Indore

IIM Bodh Gaya

IIM Shillong

IIM Amritsar

IIM Rohtak

IIM Sambalpur

IIM Ranchi

IIM Sirmaur

IIM Raipur


HTCampus wishes all the CAT 2016 test takers all the very best for CAT results!

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