CAT 2016 – All you need to know

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Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016 for admission to the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs)

CAT 2016 is the pre-requisite for admissions to the IIMs at Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bangalore, Bodh Gaya, Calcutta, Indore, Jammu, Kashipur, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Nagpur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Sambalpur, Shillong, Sirmaur, Tiruchirappalli, Udaipur and Visakhapatnam for their Post-Graduate Programmes in Management and Fellow Programs in Management. A number of non-IIMs also consider CAT scores for selection.

Selection Process

  • Stage 1: CAT 2016 – Exam to be held on December 4, 2016 (Sunday) in two sessions.
  • Stage 2: Each IIM shortlists candidates independent of each other. Candidates may need to take up Written Ability Tests (WAT), Group Discussions (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI) as part of the selection process for each institute. The short-listing and selection criteria vary from IIM to IIM and can include previous academic performance, relevant work experience, etc.

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Eligibility Criteria

  • 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 incorporated / recognized by the Government of India / State Government.
  • The percentage of marks obtained by the candidate would be calculated based on the practice / procedure as followed by / prescribed by the respective University/Institution. In case there is no defined scheme, 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. Certain certificates from head of the current institution may be required for admission in these cases.


  • 15% seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) candidates
  • 7.5% seats for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates
  • 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “non-creamy” layer (NC-OBC)
  • 3% seats are reserved for Persons With Disability (PWD) candidates

Exam Format

  • The exam will be held in 138 cities. Candidates have to provide their choice of top 4 cities for appearing for the exam.
  • Duration of the exam: 180 minutes
    • Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension – 60 min
    • Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning – 60 min
    • Section III: Quantitative Ability – 60 min
  • Note – Candidates would have exactly 60 min per section, and cannot switch to other sections, while attempting a section.
  • A tutorial will be uploaded on on October 18, 2016 – for a demonstration of the exam interface. Students are advised to check this out and practise accordingly.

Exam Registration

Check out the Registration Guide here for details on how to register.

Fees: Rs. 1700 (General / NC-OBC); Rs. 850 (SC / ST / PWD)

Registration closes on September 22, 2016.


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