CAT 2016 Exam Pattern , eligibility ,Syllabus 2016-2017

Before applying for any exam, it is always important for the candidates to be familiar with its exam pattern , Eligibility , syllabus  and much more

Q.What is CAT ?

Common Admission Test (CAT) is national-level management entrance examination conducted by the  (IIM).

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) started this exam and use the test for selecting students for their business administration programs.


  • The candidate should be must  a complete  Bachelor’s Degree with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% for SC, ST and PWD/DA category).
  • The 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.


As per the Government of India requirements, 15% of the seats are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and 7.5% for Scheduled Tribe (ST) candidates. 27% of seats are reserved for Other Backward Classes candidates belonging to the “non – creamy” layer (NC – OBC)

Also 3% seats are reserved for Differently Abled (DA) candidates.(low vision blindness,hearing impairment &loco motor disability/cerebral palsy)

How to Apply :-

Users can register for CAT 2016 from the official CAT 2016 website, between August  and September, 2016.

Registration Process are as follows:-

Before you Registeration:-

  • Check your eligibility for CAT 2016
  • Please be sure  you have a valid  email address and mobile number.
  • All the information you will need for filling the form beforehand, such as:

-Users education history

-Mark sheets of  (10th /12th/ Degree/Diploma)

-Scanned images of your passport size photo and signature


The registration fee is Rs 1600 for General and NC-OBC candidates (Rs 800 for SC/ST/PWD (DA) categories)

Then :-

  1. Create a Profile on :-
  2. Log in with system generated User ID and Password(your User ID will be sent by email and the Password shall be sent to the registered mobile number)
  3. Login as an Existing User to fill out the Application form 
  4. Fill Application Form
  5. Enter your postal address details correctly
  6. Upload Documents.
  7. Enter Academics details such as (SSC/10th Std/Equivalent Details ,12th/Equivalent/Diploma Course Details ,Bachelor Degree Details
  8. Enter  Program Details
  9. You may select any number of Program Names in this section. Then, select the Interview City for interview as per the cities in the list.
  10. Enter Exam Centre City Preferences
  11. complete The payments
  12. Now downloads application form


cat transation fee


  • The CAT application data is treated as final and no change in it is permitted at a later stage. In case of detection of any variation in the data provided at any stage with the actual data your candidature may be nullified.
  • Originals of all mark sheets will be required at the time of interview
  • Afters a successful payments the amount will be not refund
  • If you facing any problems  Now you can call Candidate Help Desk a NO 1800 266 0207 (toll free ). Please have your User ID and/or Payment Transaction Number details at hand for reference


Admits cards :-

The date for downloading CAT 2016 admit cards will be announced later ON CAT website

Admit card is a mandatory document to be carried to the exam centre.

Examination pattern :-

CAT 2016 exam pattern will be announced later. as Same as 2015


Section Name No. of Questions that will be asked from each section Total Time that will be allotted to attempt each section
Quantitative Aptitude (QA)        34     60 minutes
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)      34    60 minutes
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)      32    60 minutes
Totals     100   180  minutes 



  • cat 2016 Entrance Test will have both, objective type questions and a few descriptive questions in each section.
  • Candidates will be required to type the answers of the descriptive questions using the keyboard and mark the options of the objective type questions using the mouse.
  • Each candidate will be awarded with 3 points for every correct answer.
  • 1 point will be deducted for each wrong answer marked by the candidate


CAT Syllabus 2016:-

1.Verbal & Reading Comprehension:-

This section will comprise of questions that will be based on Reading comprehension

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Sentence Correction
  • Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)
  • Cloze Passage
  • Meaning-Usage MatcH
  • Summary Questions
  • Facts / Inferences / Judgements
  • Reading Comprehension


2. Quantitative Aptitude

  1. Number Systems
  2. LCM and HCF
  3. Percentages
  4. Profit, Loss and Discount
  5. Interest (Simple and Compound)
  6. Speed, Time and Distance
  7. Time and Work
  8. Averages
  9. Ratio and Proportion
  10. Linear Equations
  11. Quadratic Equations
  12. Complex Numbers
  13. Logarithm
  14. Progressions (Sequences & Series)
  15. Binomial Theorem
  16. Surds and Indices
  17. Inequalities
  18. Permutation and Combination
  19. Probability
  20. Functions
  21. Set Theory
  22. Mixtures and Alligations
  23. Geometry
  24. Co-ordinate Geometry
  25. Trigonometry
  26. Mensuration


3. Data Interpretation

Data is given in form of tables, charts and graphs

  1. Tables
  2. Column Graphs
  3. Bar Graphs
  4. Line Charts
  5. Pie Chart
  6. Venn Diagrams
  7. Caselets


4.Logical Reasoning

  1. Number and Letter Series
  2. Calendars
  3. Clocks
  4. Cubes
  5. Venn Diagrams
  6. Binary Logic
  7. Seating Arrangement
  8. Logical Sequence
  9. Logical Matching
  10. Logical Connectives
  11. Syllogism
  12. Blood Relations

Here is list of IIM college

  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahmadabad 
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Bangalore 
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Calcutta 
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Lucknow 
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kozhikode 
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Indore 
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ranchi 
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Tiruchirappalli 
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Kashipur 
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), RohtakIndian
  • Institute of Management (IIM), Shillong 
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Udaipur 
  • Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Raipur

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