Wait For CAT 2016 Pattern Finally Over – IIMs Reveal Mock Test

The IIMs have finally come up with the CAT 2016 Mock Test and have put that up on their CAT website (iimcat.ac.in).

Also, the CAT admit cards have been put up on the website and students can download their admit cards with the help of their user ID (sent to their mails) and password (sent to the registered phone number).

The wait for the pattern for CAT 2016 is over. The speculation that the Verbal and Reading Comprehension section will have 44 questions or a different number from the one given in CAT 2015 had been doing rounds and leaving many a student with sleepless nights.

As we at VistaMind have always maintained, it is very unlikely that the pattern would change (given that the IIMs have already announced time limits for each section).

The number of MCQs and non-MCQs in each of the sections may slightly vary from the Mock Test given on the CAT website.

The CAT 2016 Pattern

Sno Section No of Questions MCQs/Non-MCQs Total Marks
1 Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 24/10 102
2 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) 32 24/8 96
3 Quantitative Ability (QA) 34 24/10* 102
100 300

*The number of Non-MCQs in QA may vary from 4 to 10 (as per CAT2015 and the model mock test)

Total Number of Sections: THREE

Marks for each correct answer: + 3

Marks for each wrong answer (only for MCQs): -1

Marks for NOT attempting a question: 0

Total Marks Awarded: 300

Individual Section Pattern

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

As was the case last year, it appears that all the questions of Reading Comprehension would be MCQs (attracting +3/-1 marking scheme) whereas the questions in Verbal Ability would all be Non-MCQs and hence would not attract negative marking.

The broad idea of the VARC section seems to be given under

Sno. Type of Question No of Questions MCQs/Non-MCQs
1 Reading Comprehension 3 passages 6 MCQs
2 Reading Comprehension 2 passages 3 MCQs
3 Para Jumbles 4 Non_MCQs
4 Essence of Passage /Summary of Passage 3 Non_MCQs
5 Odd Para Jumbles 3 Non_MCQs

As can be seen, the Verbal Ability Section seems to be devoid of Grammar or Critical Reasoning. Having said that, since this is only a Model Mock Test, it is very dangerous to go with the philosophy that they will not give any other type of question.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

The Mock Test given on the website, if true, would make a lot students unhappy! The test has 6 sets of DI with 4 questions each  AND only 2 sets of LR of 4 questions each.

Also, only 4 questions out of the 32 given seem to be non-MCQs.

The DI sets given are traditional DI sets including Tables, Bar Charts, Pie Charts and Line Graphs!

There is little that can be inferred. It is more likely that there would still be 4 sets of DI and 4 Sets of LR with 1 set each from both these having non-MCQs.

Quantitative Ability (QA)

There is no surprise in the quant section too. As is the wont, the CAT paper will have liberal doses of questions from Numbers, Geometry, Arithmetic and Algebra.

The number of non-MCQs may vary from 4 to 10 questions as they did in CAT 2015.


Now that the pattern has been unveiled, and that there is no change from all the Smart CATs that we at VistaMind have given, you can safely continue your preparation in the same mold and redouble (if possible) your efforts in these last 40 days.

To utilize these 40 days for improving your marks, you may refer to another article on VistaMind   https://insideiim.com/strategies-for-cat-2016-40-days-to-go/?src=paperpattrn

Wish you all the best!



About The Author:

ARKS Srinivas is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta and has been the All India CAT Director at TIME. He is currently the CEO of VistaMind Education. VistaMind is the only National Level Training institute, which prepares students for CAT through LIVE ONLINE CLASSES. For more information, write to info@vistamind.com OR Visit cat.vistamind.com

ARKS Srinivas

ARKS Srinivas is an alumnus of IIM Calcutta and has been the All India CAT Director at TIME. He is currently the National Head for MBA Prep at Career Launcher.