CAT 2016: Expert Analysis by IIM Graduates

The Common Entrance Test (CAT) has been conducted on December 4, 2016 by the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. This national level test is conducted for admissions to management programme of IIMs and other Top B-schools. The test was held in two slots in one day. We have brought CAT 2016 Analysis by IIM Graduates, which reflects the overall analysis of the test. In the article below, the pattern of the paper, common topics covered, and difficulty level of the question are being elaborated.

he first session of CAT 2016 was conducted from 9 AM to 12 noon. There were no major surprises in the exam pattern. The total number of questions in each section and the difficulty level of each of the section was similar to the one seen in 2015. The first slot was conducted in a mostly glitch- free manner. However, there were a few issues of students being logged out of the system, which was resolved quickly by the invigilators present there. There was no report of any time loss for the students.

The CAT paper comprised of three sections –

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA).

The LRDI section comprised of 32 sections, whereas QA and VARC section had 34 question each. Each section had a sectional limit of 60 questions. However, the LR and DI questions within the LRDI was not sub categorised. A brief summary of CAT 2016 Slot 1 is given below:

Sections Total number of Questions No. of MCQ Questions No. of non-MCQ Questions Difficulty Level
VARC 34 24 10 Moderate
DILR 32 24 8 Very Difficult
QA 34 19 15 Moderate
Total 100 67 33 Difficult


CAT Analysis 2016 Slot 2

In terms of section wise difficulty, Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) sections were on the tougher side. In comparison to these two sections, Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) was of easier difficulty level. The CAT 2016 exam pattern of the test was also same as previous slot. Careers360 brings to you the detailed CAT 2016 analysis of slot 2. Take a look at the structure of CAT 2016 second slot.

CAT 2016 Structure of Slot 2

Section Total Number of Questions Number of MCQs Number of Non-MCQ Difficulty Level
VARC 34 24 10 Moderate
DI & LR 32 24 8 Very Difficult
QA 34 27 7 Moderate
Total 100 75 25 Difficult
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