CAT 2016 Exam Notification and Important Dates

Sunday, July 31st, 2016

CAT 2016 Exam Notification Released Important Dates


The dates for the CAT 2016 exam have been declared. While there was speculation that the exam would be in October, but that has turned out to be false. The good news is that you have enough time to prepare for it and I suggest that you use the time well.

You have more than 4 months (125 Days) to prepare for CAT 2016

Parteeeeee?? – Well no! Start studying. Even these 4 months would go like so many other months have gone.

CAT 2016 Exam 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

Now if you are wondering, where did I get this from. Here are the steps:
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

This is directly copy pasted from the official media release.
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. From what we know, as of now, the exam will have three sections of 1 hour each. So it is going to be 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.

The official website is in the process of being updated. Last night when I went to sleep, the title of the page was CAT 2015. Today morning, the title of the page was changed to CAT 2016. I am sure they are making more updates and we will find out soon enough.

Official Website:
Official Helpline number: 1-800-266-3549 (Mon to Sat between 9am and 5.30pm)
Official Helpline ID: [email protected]

Frequently asked questions by CAT 2016 aspirants

Q1. Is four months enough for CAT 2016 preparation?
Ans. If you have taken CAT before and scored 80%ile plus, you will need to put in 2 hours a day from now on. If you are just starting, 3 hours a day should do the trick.

Q2. Are you starting a fresh batch for your online course for CAT 2016 exam?
Ans. Our course is primarily based on videos that are available to your 24×7 and hence there is no concepts of batches.

More Updates?

We will update this post as and when we find out more info. Please leave your contact details below and we will email you as and when we know more.

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