CAT - Common Admission Test 2016

Conducted by : Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad

CAT 2016 Overview

  • Exam Type :
    National Level
  • Format : Online/CBT
  • Language : English

CAT 2016 is conducted by Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) for seeking admission to the prestigious management colleges in India. The candidates aspiring to get admission to IIMs and other leading management schools need to appear for the Common Admission Test.

Last year, CAT was conducted by Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) on November 29, 2015.

CAT is taken by candidates seeking admission in the Post-Graduate and Fellow Programmes in management courses of several management institutes in India including the IIMs. As of today, well over 100 B-Schools in India accept the CAT score.

CAT 2016 Important Dates (Tentative):



CAT 2016 Notification Announcement

Last week of July 2016

CAT 2016 Online Registration

First week of August 2016

Last Date CAT Registerations 

Last week of September 2016

Admit Card Download

Starting from the last week of October 2016

CAT 2016 Entrance Date 

Last week of November 2016

CAT 2016 Results

First week of January 2017



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CAT 2016 Eligibility Criteria

  • The candidate must be a graduate, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of the candidates belonging to Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Persons with Disability (PWD)/Differently Abled (DA) category)
  • 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 where the candidate has obtained the degree.
  • In absence of any percentage conversion scheme, candidate’s CGPA will be divided by maximum possible CGPA and multiplying the result with 100.
  • Candidates appearing for the final year of bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and those who have completed degree requirements and are awaiting results can also apply. 

CAT 2016 Application Details

Application & Examination fees

Last year, the CAT application fee was Rs. 1600/- for general category and NC-OBC candidates and Rs. 800/- for SC/ST/PH category. The amount stated included application screening and Entrance Test Fee. Additional charges were applicable on the final amount.

Application Procedure

  • Candidates can apply to CAT 2016 by logging on to the official CAT 2016 website. The application window will be opening from August - September 2016.
  • Candidates will have to follow the following steps to apply for CAT 2016:
  • Create a Profile
  • Log in with system generated User ID and Password
  • Submit Application after entering details and making online payment
  • On creating a profile, your User ID will be sent by email and the Password shall be sent to the registered mobile number.
  • Using these credentials, you can log in as an Existing User to fill out the Application form.
  • The application need not be completed in one sitting; you can revisit the form several times. However, you cannot edit any details on the Application form after you have made the online payment. To understand the registration procedure for CAT 2016, see the Registration Video on the CAT 2016 website.

CAT 2016 Exam Pattern

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CAT is an online exam and CAT aspirants will have to solve 100 questions in 180 minutes. It has three sections:

Quantitative aptitude (60 min)

Data interpretation and logical reasoning (60 min)

Verbal and reading comprehension (60 min)

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CAT 2016 Counselling/Interview

List of shortlisted candidates for the next level of selection will be made available on the individual IIM websites. Each IIM will send out call letters to the short listed candidates directly. The admission criteria for different IIMs are different. Candidates should visit the official websites of IIMs for other updates.

Counselling procedure for other institutes accepting CAT 2016 score is different for each. Hence, candidates are requested to visit the official website of the college they are applying to.

CAT 2016 Exam Centres













Greater Noida













Navi Mumbai

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CAT 2016 Exam Syllabus

CAT English/Verbal Ability:

Reading comprehension, verbal reasoning, syllogisms, analogies, antonyms and synonyms, fill in the blanks, sentence correction, idioms, etc.

CAT Maths/Quant Ability:

Number systems, geometry, trigonometry, probability, permutation combination, algebra, mensuration, time and work, averages, percentages, profit and loss, quadratic and linear equations, etc.

CAT Data Interpretation:

Interpretation and analysis of data based on text, tables, graphs (line, area), charts (column, bar, pie), venn diagram, etc.

CAT Logical Reasoning:

Clocks, calendars, binary logic, seating arrangement, blood relations, logical sequence, assumption, premise, conclusion, linear and matrix arrangement, etc.

CAT 2016 Contact Details

For all CAT related queries, please contact

Help Desk Number: 18002660207 (Monday to Saturday 09:00AM to 06:00PM; Not available on National/Public Holidays)


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Exam dates / Exam timeline

  • Online Registration for CAT 2015 start

    August 06, 2015 (Thursday)

  • Online Registration for CAT 2015 end

    September 25, 2015 (Friday)

  • CAT 2015 Admit Card Download Window start

    October 25, 2015 (Sunday)

  • CAT 2015 Admit Card Download Window end

    November 29, 2015 (Sunday)

  • Cat 2015 Test Date

    November 29, 2015 (Sunday)

  • CAT 2015 Results (Tentative)

    January 09, 2016 (Saturday)

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