CAT 2016 – Common Admission Test


cat 2016CAT 2016   IIM Bangalore has announced the CAT 2016 result on January 9, 2017. The result is available online and the candidates can check the same here on this page. For checking the result and downloading the scorecard, the candidates are required to login using their CAT 2016 User Id and Password. The result furnishes the sectional and total scaled score and percentile. On the basis of CAT result, the candidates will be able to take admission into various post graduate management courses offered by 20 IIMs and other top B-schools of India. CAT 2016 was held on December 4, 2016. A total of 2,32,434 candidates registered for the Common Admission Test 2016 and more than 1.95 lakh candidates took the test. The exam was held across 138 cities. Read this article further for details on result, cutoff, normalisation, IIMs selection process, courses offered and more on CAT.

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Latest – The CAT 2016 result announced at 11.40 AM on January 9, 2017. The scorecard is now available. The candidates can now check their result by accessing the link given on this page above.

CAT Important Dates 2016 

The table below lists all the important dates and events related to result announcement of the test. The candidates who wrote CAT this year must keep a track of these, so that no deadline is missed. 

Event Date
CAT 2016 – Exam Date 4 December 2016 
Result announced on  January 09, 2017
Shortlist by IIMs to be issued by last week of January 2017

Click on the caption-head to obtain the complete schedule of CAT. 

CAT Result 2016

The CAT result 2016 has been announced on January 9, 2017. The scorecard is now available for the candidates to check and download the same. The wait for lakhs of candidates who gave the exam this year is now over. 

  • The result is available online and a link to access the same has been provided here on this page.
  • The candidates can check their result and download CAT 2016 Scorecard by logging in to their respective account using CAT 2016 User Id & Password.
  • The total percentile may be sent via SMS to the candidates on their registered mobile numbers.
  • The scorecard will not be individually sent via post or email to the candidates.
  • The declared result will furnish the total and sectional scaled score as well as the percentile obtained by the candidates. The raw score is converted into percentile by using normalization process.
  • The score of Common Admission Test remains valid for a year.

Past Year’s CAT Result Trends & Glitches

2015 2014
Number of Registrations 2,18,664 Number of Registrations 1,96,988
Number of candidates who took exam 1,79,602 Number of candidates who took exam 1,67,829
Score obtained Percentile it converted to Score obtained Percentile it converted to
254.61 – 249.9 100 268.700 – 261.740 100
242.33 99.99 245.92 99.97
235.33 99.98 227.65 99.87
215.54 – 215.43 99.89 178.02 98.07
180.02 99    

Last year, the result was declared on January 8, 2016. Using some source code, the candidates were able to check their CAT result in the morning. This technical glitch came to the notice of the IIMs when the candidates started posting their scores on various social platforms. Thereafter, the official website went into maintenance mode and within no time this glitch was resolved. In the evening, only the total percentile was sent via SMS to the candidates and later the scorecard was uploaded on the official website for the candidates to download. 

CAT Cutoff 2016 

The cutoff is the least percentile decided by the IIMs and other B-Schools, on the basis of which they shortlist the students and call them for further admission rounds such as GD/PI. A balanced high sectional and overall percentile ranging between 97 to 99 is required to get shortlisted for IIM admission, especially to the old IIMs.

  • IIMs never declare the cutoff officially but various experts and renowned coaching institutes did predicted the cutoff after the CAT exam was over.
  • This year, the difficulty level of the exam was a bit high as compared to last year. Due to which, the experts are of the view that the cutoff for IIMs and other B-schools may drop.
  • In the admission criteria of IIMs, the minimum CAT 2016 percentile is made available. This minimum percentile is often misunderstood as CAT cutoff, however it is just the qualifying score which every candidate who takes up CAT is required to obtain for preliminary shortlisting.
  • The actual cutoff decided by the IIMs differ from this minimum percentile and usually remains on the higher side. 

The table below provides the minimum CAT 2016 percentile of top 4 IIMs which has been extracted from the IIM admission criteria 2017-19.

Minimum CAT 2016 Percentile – IIM Ahmedabad
Category General NC-OBC SC ST DA
VARC 70 65 60 50 60
DILR 70 65 60 50 60
QA 70 65 60 50 60
Aggregate 80 75 70 60 70
Minimum CAT 2016 Percentile – IIM Bangalore
Category General NC-OBC SC ST DA
VARC 85 75 70 60 60
DILR 80 70 65 60 60
QA 80 70 65 60 60
Aggregate 90 80 75 75 75
Minimum CAT 2016 Percentile – IIM Calcutta
Category General NC-OBC SC ST DA
VARC 85 77 55 50 55
DILR 85 77 55 50 55
QA 85 77 55 50 55
Aggregate 90 82 70 65 70
Minimum CAT 2016 Percentile – IIM Lucknow
Category General NC-OBC  SC ST DA
VARC ≥80 ≥75 ≥65 ≥60 ≥65
DILR ≥80 ≥75 ≥65 ≥60 ≥65
QA ≥80 ≥75 ≥65 ≥60 ≥65
Aggregate ≥90 ≥85 ≥70 ≥70 ≥70

CAT 2016 Cutoff by the Experts

As told above, IIMs don’t reveal the cutoff officially and the candidates majorly depend upon the cutoff predicted by the experts, having year’s of experience of MBA admission and CAT coaching. The table below provides the expected CAT 2016 cutoff by experts. 

Coaching VARC DI & LR QA Overall
IMS Learning 65 48 50 155-160
Career Launcher 75-81 46-48 66-70 155-160
Vistamind 70 57 60 168
T.I.M.E 65 46 57 155
Hit Bulls Eye 66-78 42-54 66-78 155+

IIM Selection Procedure 2017 – 19

After the declaration of CAT 2016 Result, each IIM will release the shortlist. The list of shortlisted candidates for GD/PI will be made available on the individual IIM websites. The percentile obtained by the candidates in the IIM entrance exam, admission criteria, past academic record and overall profile will be taken into consideration for the shortlisting procedure. The further selection process may include Written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI)

CAT Cutoff 2015 – Previous Year Cutoff

Analysing the previous year cutoff will help the CAT 2016 aspirants draw an idea about the score they must obtain in the test. According to the expert’s prediction, the previous year cutoff for all the old IIMs was in between the range of 96 to 99+ percentile. However, it varied for different categories. 

The candidates can click on the caption-head to obtain the previous year cutoff of IIMs and other top B-Schools accepting CAT score.   

Courses offered under CAT 2016

On the basis of this exam’s score, one can take admission to the following courses offered by 20 IIMs and other top management institutes in India

  1. PGP – Post Graduate Programme
  2. PGP-FABM -Post Graduate Programme in Food and Agribusiness Management
  3. PGPBM – Post Graduate Programme in Business Management
  4. PGP-UAE -Post Graduate Programme at UAE
  5. PGPEM – Post Graduate Programme in Enterprise Management
  6. PGPWE – PGP for Working Executive
  7. PGDM – Post Graduate Diploma in Management
  8. PGPPM -Post Graduate Progamme in Public Policy and Management
  9. PGPSM -Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets
  10. EPGPM -Executive Post Graduate Programme
  11. PGDHRM -Post Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
  12. PGPEX -Post Graduate Programme for Executives
  13. PGPABM – Post Graduate Programme in Agri-Business Management

CAT Statistics and Trends for the Previous Years

Year No. of candidates applying for the test No. of candidates actually taking the test
2016 232,434 1,95,000
 2015 218,664 1,79,602
2014 196,988 1,67,829
2013 194,516 1,73,714
2012 214,000 1,95,000
2011 205,000 1,86,000
2010 204,000 1,85,000
2009 241,000 2,30,000
2008 290,000 2,76,000
2007 250,000 2,30,000

Reservation Policy followed at IIMs

Certain percentage of seats are reserved at IIMs for various categories. IIMs follow the reservation policy as per the Government of India’s regulation. This year, IIM Jammu has started functioning, increasing the total number of IIMs to 20 in India. These institutes will grant admission against 4250 seats, approximately. Last year, the intake for IIMs altogether was around 4230. The reservation structure of seats has been tabled below.

Category Reservation
Other Backward Classes (Non- creamy layer OBC) 27%
Schedule Caste (SC) 15%
Schedule Tribes (ST) 7.5%
Differently – Abled / PwD 3%

CAT Participating Institutes 2016

Apart from IIMs, there are 100+ B-Schools in India which grant admission on the basis of CAT percentile. A few of such institutes are FMS, Department of Management Studies of IITs, MDI, IMT, FORE etc. List of all the 20 IIMs and their details is tabled below.

To obtain the complete list of CAT participating colleges 2016, the candidates can click on the header of this section.

S. No. IIMs Number of Seats Academic fee
1 IIM Ahmedabad 385 Rs. 19.5 lakh
2 IIM Bangalore 412 Rs. 18.7 lakh
3 IIM Calcutta 462 Rs. 19 lakh
4 IIM Lucknow 436 Rs. 14 lakh
5 IIM Shillong 120 Rs. 12.68 lakh
6 IIM Kozhikode 353 Rs. 13.75 lakh
7 IIM Ranchi 155 Rs. 10.5 lakh
8 IIM Indore 550 Rs. 13 lakh
9 IIM Raipur 210 Rs. 10.26 lakh
10 IIM Kashipur 210 Rs. 10.50 lakh
11 IIM Trichy 120 Rs. 10 lakh
12 IIM Udaipur 180 Rs. 9.50 lakh
13 IIM Sambalpur 180 Rs. 10 lakh
14 IIM Rohtak 170-180 Rs. 10.5 lakh
15 IIM Bodh Gaya 60 Rs. 11 lakh
16 IIM Nagpur 60 Rs. 10 lakh
17 IIM Visakhapatnam 60 Rs. 10.50 lakh
18 IIM Jammu 60 Rs. 10 lakh
19 IIM Amritsar 60 Rs. 9 lakh
20 IIM Sirmaur 60 Rs. 9 lakh

CAT Exam Analysis 2016

The exam for both the slots was reported to be lengthy and difficult as compared to last year. A minor change has been made to the number of questions asked from each section this year. The Graph of Pie Chart was not given in the DILR section and this was the most unexpected change in the test. Majority of the students found the DILR section for both the slots, the toughest. The difficulty level of the VARC section was easy and that of QA was moderate to difficult, for both slots. Also, some of the students have reported of few questions being wrong in the Quantitative Ability of slot 1.

Access the caption-head to obtain a detailed exam analysis of both the slots of CAT. 

CAT Exam Pattern 2016 

The Common Admission Test for admission 2017-19 has concluded. The facets of the test pattern and marking scheme was as follow –

  • Total number of questions were 100, comprising of both MCQs and Non-MCQs. These were asked from 3 sections.
  • Duration of the exam was 180 minutes. However, 240 minutes were given to PwD candidates.
  • 60 minutes each were given to attempt a section. PwD candidates got 20 minutes extra for attempting each section.
  • 3 marks will be awarded for every correct answer. 
  • 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer.
  • There was no penalty for Non-MCQs.
  • No marks will be given for leaving a question blank.

The candidates check the table below for more clarity on the exam pattern. It must be noted that the sections and number of questions have been placed as they were asked in both the slots. 

S. No. Name of the sections No. of MCQs No. of Non-MCQs Marks Total questions which were asked each section Time that was allotted to attempt each section
1 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 24 10 102 34 60 minutes
2 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 24 8 96 32 60 minutes
3 Quantitative Ability (QA) 27 7 102 34 60 minutes
4. Total 75 25 300 Marks 100 questions 180 minutes

CAT Answer Key 2016

CAT is a computer-based test, therefore procuring answer key for it is practically not possible. After giving the exam, the students do search for the answer key in order to check how they performed in the exam and what score will they be able to obtain. However, doing this is not practically possible with CAT. 

Click on the caption-head here for all details on the answer key.

CAT Exam Day Guidelines 2016

To avoid the last minute chaos, the candidates must ensure that they follow the exam day instructions issued by IIM Bangalore. Below are some of the exam day guidelines –

S. No. CAT 2016 Exam Day Instructions
1 Download CAT 2016 admit card by logging in using the respective User ID and Password. It can be downloaded till the exam date, i.e. December 4, 2016.
2 Along with admit card, the candidates should carry one Photo ID proof (in original & copy) and scribe affidavit (as per prescribed format), if required.
3 Candidates reaching the test centre after 8.45 AM for forenoon session and after 2.15 PM for the afternoon session will not be allowed entry.
4 Left hand thumb impression and photograph will be captured first and thereafter, the candidates will be asked to sign the attendance sheet.
5 Rough sheet and pen/pencil will be provided inside the exam hall. The candidates should write their name and registration number on every rough sheet. Return the pen/pencil and all the rough sheets to the Invigilator once the test will be over.
6 Candidates must not wear shoes, closed footwear, socks, mehndi or other cosmetics on the exam day. It may create issues while verification.

CAT 2016 – Last Minute Preparation Tips and Exam Day Strategy

  • Focus on analyzing the already taken mock tests now, instead of writing new one.
  • Don’t forget to take the official CAT mock test, it will give you an exact idea of how the actual exam will be.
  • Revise the topics you have prepared all these months. Don’t start anything new at this moment.
  • Eat and sleep well. Take short breaks, go out for a walk, listen music for few minutes and get back to the preparation.
  • On the exam day, treat every section as a fresh start and forget about the previous one. Clearing the sectional cutoff is equally important as overall cutoff.
  • Scan the section well before choosing the questions to be attempted. Main speed but don’t forget accuracy.
  • Attempting 60 to 70% of the paper with accuracy will land you a 99+ percentile so don’t chase every question. Do the ones which won’t waste much of your time.
  • If you are not accustomed to using the virtual calculator then avoid using the same in the test as it will be time consuming.
  • Read the questions twice, if required. Be extra-careful towards words and phrases like at least, from/to /in between, and/or, not less than, distinct, some/all, integer, at most, positive/negative, not positive/not negative etc.

CAT Admit Card 2016

The admit card was available for downloading till December 4, 2016. All the candidates must download it online and carry the printout of it to the allotted test centre for verification. The hard copy of the admit card will not be sent individually to any of the candidates. 

  • Print the admit card on A4 size sheet using laser printer and affix photograph in the space provided there. Ensure that signature and all other details mentioned on it are legible printed and easily visible.
  • Along with admit card, the candidates should carry one Photo ID proof (in original & copy) and scribe affidavit (as per prescribed format), if required.
  • The admit card should be retained safely by the candidates till the admission process is completed. 

CAT Test Cities 2016

Last year, the exam was held in 136 cities and this year, it will be conducted across 138 cities of the country. Minor changes have been made to the list of CAT test cities. The candidates will be assigned the exam centre and city only after the last date for registration. They will be allotted the test city in the order of preference as provided in the application form. The complete details of the allocated test centre will be printed on admit card of the candidates. Last year, approx. 650 exam centres were set up and this year, it is expected that few more centres will be set up for the conduct of CAT 2016.

The candidates can click on the caption-head to check the list of test cities.  

CAT Syllabus 2016

For management entrance exams like Common Admission Test, MAT, XAT or CMAT, there is no predefined syllabus. However, on the basis of previous year’s exam analysis, a list of topics from which the questions are usually asked in the exam have been compiled here. The candidates can click on the caption-head to check the syllabus of CAT in detail. For effective preparation and to have an idea of the syllabus, the candidates can also refer to the previous year question papers and sample papers.

CAT Eligibility Criteria 2016

IIMs have not made any changes in the eligibility norms since years now and this year also they remain same. But, they do verify the eligibility of the candidate at various stages of the admission process. Before applying for the Common Admission test, ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria to appear for the exam. The eligibility criteria is stated below –

CAT 2016 Eligibility CriteriaNote –

  • The candidates awaiting for the result of their final year graduation exams will be granted provisional admission, subject to submission of passing proof on or before December 31, 2017. The candidate must reach out to the Principal/Registrar of their College/Institute from where they have pursued their Bachelor’s Degree for getting this requisite passing certificate. 
  • If at any stage it is found that the candidate does not fulfills the eligibility norms, his/her provisional admission will stand cancelled. 

CAT Application Form 2016

The application form was released on August 8 and the last date to register for the test was September 27, 2016. 

  • The applicants were required to register first by submitting a valid email ID and a mobile number along with their Name and other personal details.
  • On successful registration, a unique Common Admission Test 2016 User Id and Password was sent on the registered mobile number of the candidates.
  • Using this Id, the candidates were required to login and fill the CAT application form. Thereafter, they were required to fill details in 5 sections of the form. Also, upload their photograph, signature and other necessary documents as per the given specifications
  • The candidates were able to select 4 test cities in order of preference. However, the exam center will now be assigned to them as the registration process has ended.

Note –

  1. Browser and versions supported for CAT 2016 Registration were Internet Explorer (7 to 11), Mozilla Firefox (14 to 47) and Google Chrome (20 to 52).
  2. This year, the candidates were able to edit certain details in the application form like percentage of marks scored, work experience and programmes selected from October 1 to 5, 2016.  
  3. In case, any mistake is made by the applicants while filling the basic details such as Name, Date of Birth, email id, mobile number etc. in the form, they were required to register fresh with a new email id.

Corrections in the submitted CAT Application Form 

The last date to fill and submit the application form has ended on September 27, 2016 at 5.00 PM. However, this year, the candidates were able to edit certain details in the submitted form. The application correction window became operational on October 1 and the candidates were able to make corrections till October 5, 2016.

  • Fields which could be edited – Work experience details, Programmes selected, Percentage of marks scored.
  • Fields which cannot be edited – Academics section except the percentage marks scored, details entered in the personal details section, exam centre city preferences.

CAT Application Fee 2016 

To apply for the test, the applicants are required to pay a non-refundable application fee. This fee can only be paid in online mode using Credit/Debit card or Net Banking. The amount of application fee has increased this year and is as follow – 

  • For General/OBC applicants – Rs 1700/- 
  • For SC/ST/DA/PwD applicants – Rs 850/-   

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