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.

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