The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016 was conducted in two sessions on 4 December, 2016 Sunday in 138 cities across India. More than 2.5 lakh aspirants had registered for the exam. This year the 83.6% of the applicants took the test.

Like last year, this year, too, the exam had three sections - verbal ability and reading comprehension (34 questions), data interpretation and logical reasoning (32 questions) and quantitative ability (34 questions). The data interpretation and logical reasoning part was said to be the toughest section this year.

The order of questions and options for the questions was different for different students.

Exam Snapshot

Section Questions Non-MCQ Questions
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 34 10
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 8
Quantitative Ability 34 7
Total 100 25

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

The Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension section had 24 Reading Comprehension questions. There were total 5 passages - three passages of 450-600 words in length) and two passages of 300-400 words each. The three passages had 6 questions each and the other two had 3 questions each. The difficulty level of the passages varied from easy to moderate.

Verbal Ability section had 10 questions. There were 4 questions of Para-Jumble Type (5 Sentence Type). Three questions were on Summary - small paragraph of about 150 words followed by four options. Three questions were from Odd-Sentence Out - 5 sentence paragraphs and one was the odd sentence.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

There were 16 questions (4 sets with 4 questions each) on Data Interpretation and 16 questions (4 sets with 4 questions each) on Logical Reasoning. This section was on the higher difficult side this year.

Quantitative Ability

There were 34 questions of QA. There were 7 Questions of Non-MCQ type and the rest were MCQs. There were questions from topics like Algebra, Geometry, Modern Math, Arithmetic and Number Systems.