Edited on 31st July 2016
The CAT 16 Notification has been released on Sunday, 31st July 2016. Watch out for the notification in all leading newspapers. The official CAT website is also updated with all the announcements and changes with regards to the conduct of the CAT 2016 exam this year. There was a lot of speculation in the social media about the changes that are expected in the CAT this year. And it proved to be just that – SPECULATION! The CAT, in fact, contrary to speculation will happen in December instead of November – giving you additional time to prepare. There are NO changes in the CAT structure. In this post, I have listed all the important points that you should make note of : to fine-tune your MBA application strategy, your CAT preparation strategy and your CAT test-taking strategy. For your reference I have mentioned the corresponding details of CAT 2015 for each of these parameters.
A] CAT Registration Details
B] Test Structure and Pattern
|CAT 2015 Notification||CAT 2016 Notification|
|Number of Sections||3
Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension; Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning; Section III: Quantitative Ability
|Number of Questions per Section||
|Test Duration||180 minutes||No Change|
|Sectional Time Limits||60 minutes per section: Cannot Switch from 1 section to another||No Change|
|Question Types||Introduction of TITA Question (‘Type in The Answer’ Questions without options) in addition to the regular MCQs (Multiple Choice Questions)||TITA Questions to continue|
|Penalty for Incorrect Response||One Third for MCQs; ZERO for TITA Questions||No Change|
|Penalty for Skipped Questions||Zero||No Change|
|Other Significant Changes||On-screen Calculator introduced for the first time in the history of CAT||On-Screen Calculator to continue|
IMS will provide you with all the updates on CAT 2016 notification and other important announcements thereafter. For all the information about what changes are announced, important dates and events and more, log on to www.imsindia.com/CAT2016 . Also, watch out this space for the next steps for all CAT aspirants.