CAT 2016 Notification : Exam Dates and Important Dates


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CAT 2016 Exam Date: December 4, 2016 has been declared leaving CAT aspirants enough time to prepare for their exams.


Below are the CAT 2016 Notification : Exam Dates and Important Dates

CAT 2016 Exam Date: December 4, 2016

CAT 2016 Exam Notification: Sunday, July 31, 2016
CAT 2016 Application Start Date: August 8, 2016
CAT 2016 Application End Date: September 22, 2016
CAT 2016 Admit Card Download starts: October 18, 2016
CAT 2016 Result Date: Second week of January, 2017

Official Media Release from the CAT IIM Website

You can download the Official CAT 2016 Media Release

Here are the steps to get the official notification:
Step 1: Go to the official website (
Step 2: Scroll down to look for the Press Release
Step 3: Clicking on Press Release will take you the Press Release of CAT 2015
Step 4: In the URL of the above, change 2015 to 2016 and voila – You would get the official release of CAT 2016

Salient Features of CAT 2016 Exam

1. CAT 2016 will be conducted in two sessions on one day. The exam will be held on 4th December, 2016 (Sunday).
2. The exam will be conducted in 138 cities.
3. Candidates will be given the option to select 4 Test Cities in order of preference. Test Cities and
Centers will be assigned to the candidates only after the last date for CAT 2016 registration and hence
candidates need not rush to block slots and sites in the initial days of registration.
4. We will try our best to assign candidates to their first preferred city. In case it is not possible, they
will be assigned a city following their given order of preference. In the rare case that a candidate is
not allotted any of the preferred cities, he/she will be allotted to an alternate city. However, candidates
will not be able to select the session because it will be assigned randomly.
5. Candidates must pay the registration fee through online mode only, including Credit Card, Debit
Card, and Net Banking.
6. After submission of Application, candidates will be permitted to download their Admit Card from
October 18, 2016 onwards, till the date of examination.
7. The duration of the examination will be 180 minutes. There will be three sections:
o Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
o Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
o Section III: Quantitative Ability
Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type. Instead, direct answers are to be
typed on the screen. The tutorials will clearly explain this. Also, we will allow use of basic on-screen
calculator for computation.
8. 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.
9. Tutorial to understand the format of the examination will be available on the CAT website from 18
October 2016. Candidates are advised to work on the tutorials, available on the website, well in

Important Details about Pattern of CAT 2016 Exam
1.The exam will have three sections of 1 hour each similar to CAT 2015 exam.

2. There won’t be a provision of moving between different sections (like CAT 2015)

3. Some questions will be non-MCQ (Type in the answer / Direct Answer). Those will not have any negative marking.

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