The Common Admission Test 2016 (CAT 2016) exam is all set to be held on 4 December, 2016. The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) released the official notification in newspapers across the country on Sunday, 31 July, 2016. Registration for the exam begins on 8 August and will continue till 22 September.
Candidates can download the CAT 2016 admit cards from 18 October, 2016, 1:00 pm onwards. CAT 2016 results will be declared in the second week of January 2017.
Here are 7 things you need to know for the CAT 2016 exam:
1. Like last year, CAT 2016 exam will have 100 questions to be answered in 180 minutes.
2. CAT exam will comprise three sections:
Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Section III: Quantitative Ability
3. 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.
4. The exam will comprise two types of questions:
Multiple-choice type questions
Direct answers to be typed on the screen.
5. Candidates can understand the CAT 2016 exam pattern from the tutorials, which will be available on the official website from 18 October. One can also use basic on-screen calculators for computation.
6. CAT 2016 aspirants will be able to choose four test city options, in an 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. 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 an alternate city. However, candidates will not be able to select the session because it will be assigned randomly," states the official website.
7. Candidates can pay the registration fee through online mode only, including Credit Card, Debit Card, and Net Banking. There's no option for payment via cash or demand draft. Application fee for General and NC-OBC candidates is Rs 1,700 while that of SC/ST/PWD candidates is Rs 850.