The CAT 2016 notification has been released today. The key points from the notification/press release are as below.

    • CAT 2016 will be conducted in two sessions on one day. The exam will be held on 4th December, 2016 (Sunday).
    • The exam will be conducted in 138 cities.
    • Candidates will be given the option to select 4 Test Cities in order of preference. Test Cities and Centers will be assigned to the candidates only after the last date for CAT 2016 registration and hence candidates need not rush to block slots and sites in the initial days of registration.
    • Candidates must pay the registration fee through online mode only, including Credit Card, Debit Card, and Net Banking.
    • The duration of the examination will be 180 minutes. There will be three sections:
      • Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
      • Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
      • Section III: Quantitative Ability
    • Non-MCQs continue this year too. Distribution across sections has not been specified.
    • Basic on-screen calculator will be available for computation.
    • Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each section and they cannot switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.
    • The number of questions per section and the overall number of questions has not been specified. This detail was mentioned in the press release document for CAT 2015 and is missing in the document this year. We will have to wait and see if any clarity emerges on this matter.
      Important dates regarding the test/registration/results are as below
Registration for CAT 08th August 2016, 10:00 AM to 22nd September 2016, 05:00 PM
CAT Tutorial on From 18th Oct 2016
Admit Card Download Window 18th October 2016, 1:00 PM till Exam Day
Test Date 04th December 2016 (Sunday)
Release of Results 2nd week of January 2017 (Tentative)