Common Admission Test 2016

Common Admission Test 2016

CAT 2016

The Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) conduct the most coveted management entrance exam in the country - the Common Admission Test (CAT). This year, the CAT - 2016 will be conducted by IIM - Bangalore in two sessions. This exam will be conducted by IIMs as a pre-requisite for admission to various management programmes of IIMs. This year, IIM Jammu has started functioning, increasing the total number of IIMs to 20 in India. These institutes will grant admission against 3750 seats, approximately. The examination, which is a gateway to admissions in 20 IIMs and 150 other institutes, is scheduled to be conducted on December 4, 2016.


AIMA–MAT 2016 Post Graduate Programmes in Management


Post Graduate Programmes in Management are available in the following IIM’s and as well as other top management institutes - Ahmedabad, Amritsar (NEW), Bangalore, Bodh Gaya, Calcutta, Indore, Jammu, Kashipur, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Nagpur, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Sambalpur, Shillong, Sirmaur, Tiruchirappalli, Udaipur, Visakhapatnam.  


AIMA–MAT 2016 Fellow Programmes in Management (FPM) [equivalent to Ph.D.]


Available at the following IIM’s - Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Calcutta, Indore, Kashipur, Kozhikode, Lucknow, Raipur, Ranchi, Rohtak, Shillong, Tiruchirappalli, Udaipur and EFPM programme of IIM Kashipur and IIM Raipur.


CAT 2016 Eligibility:

Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized Indian university, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA.
The Bachelor’s Degree or equivalent qualification must entail a minimum of three years of education after completing higher secondary schooling (10+2) or equivalent.
Candidates awaiting final year results can also apply.


Seats Distribution:

The IIMs follow the reservation policy as per the Government of India’s regulation. These institutes will grant admission against 3750 seats, approximately. The reservation structure of seats has been tabled below.


Category Reservation
 Other Backward Classes (Non- creamy layer OBC) 27%
 Schedule Caste (SC) 15%
 Schedule Tribes (ST) 7.5%
 Differently – Abled / PwD 3%


Admission Process:

A tutorial for clarity on the test pattern will be available on the official website on October 18, 2016.


Sr. No. Name of the sections No. of MCQs (Expected) No. of Non-MCQs (Expected) Total No. of Questions Duration
1  Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 24 10 34 60 minutes
2  Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) 24 10 34 60 minutes
3  Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 24 8 32 60 minutes
   Total 72 28 100 questions 180 minutes (03 hours)


Venue of the Exam: Across test centers in India.


Important! CAT scores are also considered by many non IIM institutes for admission to their courses.


Fee: The fee is Rs.1700 (General and NC-OBC candidates) and Rs.850 (SC/ST/PwD/DA) candidates.


How to Apply: The nation’s biggest MBA admission test begins applications on the 8th August 2016 and is available till 5.00 pm on September 22, 2016. The registration window will remain open for 50 days. Interested and eligible candidates can register for the exam, only in the online mode.


Important Dates:

Events Important Dates
 Online Registration commences  8th August 2016
 Last Date of Application  22nd September
 Download of Admit Cards  18th October 2016 – 4th December 2016
 CAT 2016 Exam Date  4th December, 2016
 Declaration of result  2nd Week of January, 2017




Ms Radhika Kulkarni
Counseling Psychologist