What were the big takeaways from CAT 2016?

There were a few major changes between the year 2015 and 2016. The Common Admission Test (CAT) made changes not only to the pattern of the paper but the syllabus, allotment of marks and the basic structure and functionality.  While you ponder, here’s what happened differently in 2016.



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The duration of CAT exam has been increased by 10 minutes, giving candidates180 mins instead of 170 minutes.

Other major change that has taken place is that you cannot switch between the sections during the test now. Once you have decided to get to the next section, you cannot switch back to the previous one.

Quantitative Ability (Mathematics): Quant, or Quantitative Analysis mostly contains questions on Number System, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Permutation & Combination/Probability Miscellaneous Topics that include Set Theory, Trigonometry and Logarithms. Although this a section that most CAT aspirants dread, it can be tackled fairly easily with a combination of determination, skill development, practice and strategy.

This section contains thirty-four questions with an allowed time span of sixty minutes.


Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC): Deals with vocabulary based questions, english usage, grammar, sentence correction, jumbled paragraph analogies or reverse analogies, verbal reasoning, summary, reading, comprehension etc. It contains thirty four questions with an allowed time span of sixty minutes.


Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR) skills: Contains thirty two questions with an allowed time span of sixty minutes.

Questions types in each section may vary. They may or may not be multiple choice questions. The candidates are supposed to directly input answers on to the screen. Basic on-screen calculator will be provided for computation purposes.


Negative marking is a thing you need to be careful about in CAT 2016. A wrong answer will cost you a mark, so guess with caution. Leaving it blank will get you no further but a wrong answer will take you back and nobody wants that.

Where one correct answer gives you three points, one wrong takes away one. So, it would be advisable to write what you know, what you are completely confident about. Do this and you will sail through.

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