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CAT or the Common Admission Test is the most competitive MBA entrance exam of India taken by around 2 lakh candidates each year. Conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management, CAT is the most popular entrance exam for the admission to 20 IIMs and around 100 B-schools across India.

CAT 2016 Eligibility Criteria :

The CAT 2016 Eligibility Criteria requires minimum 50% aggregate mark in graduation in any discipline from a recognized institute. The candidates from SC, ST, OBC and DA category need an aggregate of 45% marks. Final year graduation students can also apply provided they can submit the graduation final marks to the institutes within the requisite schedule.

CAT 2016 Application Procedure :

Since last year the application process for CAT has become completely online. Candidates have to register at the official CAT 2016 website and login through the given credentials. Fill up the application form and PAY THE  application fee through Credit/Debit Card or Net Banking. The application cum registration window has started from 8 August , 2016 and will continue till 22 September , 2016.

At the time of registration,

the candidates have to select any four Test Cities as per their preference from the drop down menu. Candidates will be allotted one among the 4 preferred Cities in any 1 of the 2 sessions after the last date of registration.
CAT 2016 Admit Card:The Admit Card can be downloaded by the registered candidates from the given date and time in the official website of CAT 2016.

CAT 2016 Exam Pattern:

CAT is a computer based objective type test with multiple choice questions. The new CAT Exam Pattern is explained below, The total duration of the exam is 180 minutes with exact 60 minutes to answer each section. The total number of questions is 100, divided into three sections. The three sections will be, Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC), in that order. Candidates will not be allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section. QA and VRC will have 34 questions each, and DILR will have 32 questions. Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type, instead, candidates have to type direct answers on the screen.

CAT 2016 Selection Process

The candidates are first shortlisted by IIMs and other participating B-schools on the basis of CAT cut off scores, followed by Personal Interview (PI) and Written Ability Test (WAT)/GD. The B-schools conduct separate selection process,APART  from the 7 new IIMs. Since last 3 years, the 7 new IIMs- Kashipur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak,Jammu, Trichy and Udaipur are conducting Common Admission Process (CAP) for the final admission through WAT and PI. However, the final admission offers are made on the basis of the institute specific admission criteria.

CAT 2016 Important Dates:

The CAT 2016 dates are as follows

Notification of CAT

8 AUGUST 2016

Starting date for online registration:

8 AUGUST  2016

Closing date to apply online:


Issue of Admit Card:

18 OCTOBER 2016

Entrance exam date:


Publication of result:



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