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Updated : Thursday, 24 March, 2016 03:35 PM
The Indian Institutes of Management will conduct Common Admission Test 2016 (CAT) will be a pre-requisite for admission to various management programmes of IIMs. 

CAT 2016 will be conducted in two sessions in one day. The exam will be in November 2016.

Duration of the examination has been increased to 180 minutes instead of 170.

There will be three sections

Quantitative Aptitude (QA), 34 Questions

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), 32 Questions

Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC), 34 Questions

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 change. Also,the use of basic on-screen calculator for computation will be allowed. The Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they cannot toggle from one section to other while answering in a section.


The Indian Institutes of Management will conduct Common Admission Test 2016 (CAT) as a pre-requisite for admission to various management programmes of IIMs.

  • IIM Ahmedabad – PGP and PGP-ABM
  • IIM Amritsar - PGP
  • IIM Bangalore – PGP, PGPEM and PGPPM
  • IIM Bodh Gaya - PGP
  • IIM Calcutta – PGP- PGDM
  • IIM Indore – PGP, PGP-Mumbai, PGP-UAE and EPGP
  • IIM Kashipur – PGP and EPGPM
  • IIM Kozhikode – PGP 
  • IIM Lucknow – PGP, PGP-ABM and PGPSM
  • IIM Raipur – PGP and PGPWE
  • IIM Ranchi – PGDM and PGDHRM
  • IIM Rohtak – PGP
  • IIM Sambalpur - PGP
  • RGIIM Shillong – PGP and PGPEX 
  • IIM Sirmaur - PGP
  • IIM Tiruchirapalli – PGP, PGPBM and PGPHRM
  • IIM Udaipur – PGP
  • IIM Visakhapatnam - PGP
A candidate must hold a bachelor’s degree, with at least 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% in case of SC, ST, PWD/DA)
Applicants should note that the mere fulfillment of minimum eligibility criteria will not ensure consideration for short listing by IIMs.
Prospective candidates must maintain a valid and unique email account and a phone number throughout the selection process.
Please note that a candidate needs to pay registration fee only once irrespective of the number of institutes he / she is applying for.
The registration window opens in August, 2016 and will close in September, 2016. The details about the registration process will be available on CAT 2016 website
At the time registration, a candidate has to select three test cities as per her / his preference. A candidate will be allotted a test site in one among the three of her/his preferred test cities in any one of the four sessions after the last date of registration.
The examination will be conducted in 650 test sites of 136 cities and the name of the test site will be indicated in admit card.
IIMs reserve the right to change or cancel any test site and / or change the test window time and dates at their own discretion.
CAT 2016 score card will be made available at CAT website and individual information will not be sent. The CAT results will be declared during 2nd week of January, 2016. List of shortlisted candidates for the next level of selection will be made available on the individual IIM websites. Each IIM will send interview letters to the short listed candidates directly. The criteria for short-listing vary from IIM to IIM.
Each IIM shortlists candidates for the second stage of selection which may be independent of each other. The process may include written ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) and Personal Interviews (PI). Performance in CAT 2016 examination is an important component in the admission process. IIMs may use previous academic performance of the candidates, relevant work experience and other similar inputs in short listing and ranking of the candidates at various stages of the admission process. The process, academic rating cut-offs and the weights allocated to the evaluation parameters may vary across IIMs.
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