CAT 2016: Change in scoring pattern creates panic; Total marks 100 or 300, ask aspirants

The scoring pattern for CAT 2016 was changed in the final exam which was held on 4th December 2016; leading to panic and confusion among MBA aspirants.

Created On: Dec 5, 2016 14:44 IST
CAT 2016
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IIM Bangalore pulled a ‘rabbit out of hat’ during the CAT 2016 MBA entrance exam which was held on 4th December 2016. Apart from the several changes that were notified earlier, the CAT 2016 scoring pattern was changed last minute, which led to panic and chaos among the MBA aspirants taking up the test.

The biggest point of discussion among the MBA aspirants who appeared for the CAT 2016 test was the ‘undeclared’ change in the overall scoring pattern of the test. The official CAT 2016 notification, as well as the sample CAT mock test that was released earlier by IIM Bangalore to help candidates prepare for the MBA entrance exam, had overall marking scheme of 300. Even the CAT 2016 exam instruction provided to candidates prior to the beginning of MBA entrance exam also listed total marks as 300. Contrary to this, in the CAT 2016 exam paper, the overall marks were notified as 100.

CAT 2016: Exam Analysis Slot I

The CAT 2016 marking scheme as provided in the CAT mock test and notification was supposed to be:



Correct answer score


Wrong answer for MCQs negative score


CAT 2016 Total questions


CAT 2016 Total marks


But, CAT test takers were surprised to find the revised marking scheme as listed below:



Correct answer score


Wrong answer for MCQs negative score


Wrong answer for non-MCQs negative score


Despite the controversy raging around the move, it has not yet been clarified by IIM Bangalore, if this was a technical error or the scoring pattern for CAT 2016 changed last minute. The last-minute change left many CAT 2016 aspirants in confusion leading to chaos. However, as the ratio of CAT 2016 score has remained same under the new or erroneous marking scheme. Therefore, it will not have any impact on the final overall CAT 2016 score or the CAT 2016 percentile. 

CAT 2016: Exam Analysis Slot II

The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2016 – the most competitive MBA entrance exam in India was conducted on 4th December 2016, Sunday; at 138 cities across the country. Of the total 2.32 lakh registered candidates, 1.95 lakh candidates took the computer-based test for admission seeking admission to top MBA colleges in India, including the IIMs. But, despite the best efforts of the conducting body – IIM Bangalore; MBA aspirants encountered several errors and glitches during the exam even apart from the change or error in the overall marking scheme.

One such error that was pointed out in the quant section by the MBA aspirants was related to a ‘Pi’ symbol, which should have been a square-root. There was another question from QA section which was deemed wrong by several CAT aspirants and even teachers. However, due to the non-disclosure agreement signed by the aspirants, the details regarding the question were not disclosed by them. Such errors consume a lot of time of the aspirants during the examination and therefore it is will be interesting to see how IIM Bangalore addresses these concerns.

Important Dates for CAT 2016



Start of CAT 2016 Registration

8th August 2016

Last date of CAT 2016 registration

27th September 2016

CAT 2016 Application form changes

1st October 2016 – 5th October 2016

CAT 2016 Admit card download

24th October 2016 (1:00P.M. onwards)

CAT 2016 Online tutorial, sample test paper

Postponed (10-12 days)

CAT 2016 exam date

4th December 2016

CAT 2016  result

2nd week of January 2017

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