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Earning an MBA degree that too from IIMs or any other reputed management institutes in India is considered as a golden pass to the international business world. Looking at this scenario, the Government of India emphasizes more on a complete and transparent selection criteria. In order to select superior talent, Ministry of HRD conceptualized the CAT exam. 

CAT stands for Common Admission Test. It is conducted by the six IIMs as a national level entrance test in selecting students for their business administration program at  the Masters level. Apart from IIMs, the exam doesn’t fail to have its influence on other reputed B- schools such as SP Jain, MICA, TA Pai and many more. With the help of this pre-requisite candidates are judged in five broad areas i.e. Verbal ability & reasoning, reading comprehension, quantitative skills, data interpretation and analytical & logical reasoning. CAT score is approved by almost top 50 B-schools across India.
CAT 2016 Eligibility:
The candidate must hold a Bachelor’s Degree, 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) categories], awarded by any University or educational institution as incorporated by an Act of the Parliament or State legislature in India or declared to be deemed as a University under Section 3 of the UGC Act, 1956, or possess an equivalent qualification recognized by the Ministry of HRD, Government of India, India.
The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice as followed by the respective University/Institution. In case of grades / CGPA, the conversion to percentage of marks would be based on the procedure as certified by the respective University/ institution. If any University/institution confirms that there is no scheme for converting CGPA into equivalent marks, the equivalence would be established by dividing the candidate’s CGPA by the 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. However, it may be noted that such candidates, if selected, will be allowed to join the programme provisionally, only if they submit a certificate from the Principal / Registrar of their University/institution (issued on or before the date as stipulated by the respective IIM) stating that they have completed all the requirements for obtaining the Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification on the date of the issue of the certificate.


CAT Registration / Application Form

CAT 2016 Application Form / Registration:-
Apply online at website:- https://iimcat.ac.in from 08th August 2016 to 22nd September 2016.

CAT Exam Dates

CAT 2016 Date:- 04th December 2016 (Sunday).

CAT Syllabus

CAT 2016 Syllabus:-

Quantitative Ability


  • Number Systems
  • LCM and HCF
  • Percentages
  • Profit, Loss and Discount
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Time and Work
  • Averages
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Linear Equations
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Complex Numbers
  • Logarithm
  • Progressions (Sequences & Series)
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Surds and Indices
  • Inequalities
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Probability
  • Functions
  • Set Theory
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Geometry
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration

Data Interpretation


  • Tables
  • Column Graphs
  • Bar Graphs
  • Line Charts
  • Pie Chart
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Caselets

Verbal Ability


  • Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)
  • English Usage or Grammar
  • Sentence Correction
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Cloze Passage
  • Analogies or Reverse Analogies
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Meaning-Usage Match
  • Summary Questions
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Facts / Inferences / Judgements
  • Reading Comprehension

Logical Reasoning


  • Number and Letter Series
  • Calendars
  • Clocks
  • Cubes
  • Venn Diagrams
  • Binary Logic
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Logical Sequence
  • Logical Matching
  • Logical Connectives
  • Syllogism
  • Blood Relations

Paper Pattern

CAT 2016 Pattern:-

Exam Mode:- Computer Based Test (CBT)
The duration of the examination will be 180 minutes. There will be three sections:
Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Section III: Quantitative Ability
For questions other than MCQs, 3 marks are assigned for ‘correct answer’ and no marks for ‘incorrect answer or no attempt'.
The scoring scheme for Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) is as follows:
Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks.
An incorrect answer fetches -1.
No marks are given or deducted for unattempted questions.
Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.

CAT Preparation

CAT is labeled among the toughest exams conducted in India. To crack the exam, one needs to put in a lot of hard work. But despite of striving a lot, even brilliant students get paused at tricky questions. To avoid this, it is advisable that aspirants should try to attempt sample papers and previous years’ papers in order to find the right way to prepare for the exam

CAT Preparation Tips

CAT Coaching Institutes

CAT Notification

CAT 2016 Notification:-
Release of Advertisement - 31st July 2016 (Sunday)
Apply online at website:- https://iimcat.ac.in from 08th August 2016 to 22nd September 2016.
Admit Card Download Window - 18th October 2016, 1:00 PM till Exam Date
CAT 2016 Date:- 04th December 2016 (Sunday)
Release of Results - 2nd week of January 2017 (Tentative)

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Comments (5)
i want to sample question paper of cat exam & notification of cat
Posted By : dheeraj mishra
Posted On : 30 July 2013
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date of exam
Posted By : Krushna ghodake
Posted On : 03 April 2016
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sir please tell me methods for preparation of cat..............please sir tell me some techniques to make my preparation easy....
Posted By : revathi
Posted On : 29 July 2013
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I interest to MBA marketing and business development .
Posted By : Ranjit Kumar dey
Posted On : 29 May 2016
please tell me methods for preparation of cat..............please sir tell me some techniques to make my preparation easy.
Posted By : Vishal
Posted On : 03 May 2015
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Sir i am not prepared for cat ex but now i was try to prepare for that ex bls say some ideas for me...
Posted By : manikandan
Posted On : 22 July 2013
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Dear sir please send cat exam date
Posted By : Nasir saifi
Posted On : 13 July 2013
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Dear sir, plz send cat intrence exam date in my email.
Posted By : chandra prakash mishra
Posted On : 11 July 2013
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I m still in my 2nd year of engineering, so i have 2nd year.... so how should i start preparing for cat
Posted By : Aadarsh Rathore
Posted On : 18 August 2015
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