CAT 2016 Exam Format - FAQ - CAT Test 2016

CAT 2016 is going to have a similar pattern as 2015. Here is a brief summary of CAT 2016 exam:
  • Conducted in 2 sessions on 4th December 2016
  • Candidates will be given the option to select 4 Test Cities in order of preference.
  • Candidates are not allowed to select the session because it will be assigned randomly
  • Exam will have 3 Sections:

o   Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
o   Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
o   Section III: Quantitative Ability
  • Total allotted time 180 minutes
  • Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section
  • You cannot switch to other section if you finish early. Each section has been allotted fixed time of 60 minutes 
  • Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type. 
  • Instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen.  
  • Test would be held on single day - 4th December 2016
  • Total number of questions would not be declared & could vary
  • You would be given an on screen calculator 
  • The fees is Rs 1700 (General and NC-OBC candidates) and Rs 850 (SC/ST/PWD/DA) candidates.

Few Recommendations 


No Switching between Sections
Candidates would have no flexibility to switch between the sections. If a candidate finishes a section early then he cannot start attempting the next section. 60 minutes allotted for each section is meant to be spend on the same section. 
What should you do if you finish a section early? 
Tip : There is nothing more you can do except below 2 things.
1. You should make a habit of  reviewing your attempts so that any mistakes could be avoided.
2. If you are done reviewing all your attempts and you still have time, then relax yourself so that you can attempt the next section in a more composed way.


Usage of online Calculator
Online calculator is allowed in CAT. (Candidates would be given an onscreen calculator)
Tip : You must get familiar with usage of on screen calculator and learn to use it in speedy way to solve questions quickly. Furthermore you should be careful while using online calculator and avoid in mistakes while entering the digits or symbols. The details of exact calculator (whether it would be windows calculator or any other calculator app) is not yet known, the details of same would be made available on the blog as soon as it is known.

Direct Questions
Some of the questions in each section may not be multiple choice type question, instead it would be a direct question where you have to type the exact answer on to the screen.
Tip : To earn marks you should ensure you are not making any typing mistakes (typo errors) while entering answers for such questions.


Online Tutorial
Tutorial to understand the format of the examination will be available on the CAT website from 18th October 2016.
Tip : You are highly advised to work on the tutorials once it is available along with usage of onscreen calculator.




 
IMPORTANT DATES CAT 2016


Process/Event
Date
Registration Window
8th August 2016 to 22nd September 2016
Online Tutorial Availability
18th October 2016
Admit Card Download
18th October 2016
CAT Test Day
4th December 2016
CAT 2016 Results
2nd Week of January 2017











CAT 2016 Exam Format FAQ
Q1. Is CAT an online exam?
CAT is not an online exam. It is a digital or Computer Based Test (CBT); not an Internet-Based Test (IBT); that is, a candidate will not take the exam on an internet site. Instead of reading the questions in a paper booklet and darkening the ovals on the answer-sheet, a candidate will read the questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option.
Q2. How is the computer-based format different from the paper-based format?
In the computer-based format, the candidate reads a question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer. Additionally, the timer on the computer screen tells you the remaining time to complete the current section.In the paper-based format, the candidate reads a question on a paper booklet and uses a pencil to darken the ovals on an answer-sheet. Additionally, a timer will be displayed on the screen that tells you how many more minutes to complete the current section.
Q3. Can I take the exam from any computer?
A candidate must take the exam on a workstation assigned at the exam venue based on the city selected while registering for CAT. The venue details are printed on the Admit Card.
Q4. What does a CBT exam look like?
A practice test is available on the CAT website: www.iimcat.ac.in. You can familiarize yourself with the functionality and navigation of the actual exam. The CAT 2016 Mock Test link shall be available by the end of October 2016.
Q5. Where can I select my preference of shift and test date?
The exam shift (forenoon or afternoon) is allocated for each registered candidate based on the city preference made at the time of application. A candidate cannot select the shift.
Q6. How many sections are there in CAT 2016?
CAT 2016 will have three sections:
  • Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • Section III: Quantitative Ability
Q7. Can I bring a calculator to the testing centre?
Candidates are prohibited from bringing calculators to the testing centre. You may use the onscreen calculator that will be available throughout the exam.
Q8. Are there negative marks for questions other than MCQs?
No, there are no negative marks for non-MCQ type questions.
Q9. Do the non-MCQ type questions carry equal marks as MCQs?
Yes, all questions carry equal marks. However, for non-MCQ type questions, you must type the answer.
Q10. How many non-MCQs are there in each section?
The number of questions varies and cannot be disclosed.
Q11. Is there a specific order for answering sections? Can I attempt sections the way I want?
You must answer the sections in a pre-specified order and this order will remain same for all the candidates.
Q12. Does CAT 2016 have a syllabus for exam preparation?
No, the CAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for CAT preparation. However, you can attempt the mock test to understand the pattern of exam and types of questions. Check the CAT website regularly for the announcement of mock test.
Q13. What is the marking/grading scheme for CAT? Is there negative marking for a wrong answer?
For questions other than MCQs, 3 marks are assigned for ‘correct answer’ and no marks for ‘incorrect answer or no attempt'.
The scoring scheme for Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) is as follows:
  • Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks.
  • An incorrect answer fetches -1.
  • No marks are given or deducted for unattempted questions.



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