CAT 2016 Question Paper: Analysis, Download PDF

By Shubhra Anand Jain|Updated : May 18th, 2022

CAT Question Paper 2016 was set by IIM Bangalore, and the exam was conducted on 4 December 2016. There were a total of 100 questions, including 34 questions in VARC, 32 questions in DILR, and 34 questions in QA. So, the aspirants winking of appearing for the upcoming CAT exam must download CAT 2016 Question Paper with Solutions and start preparation.

As per expert analysis, the VARC section in CAT Question Paper was the easiest of the other two sections. In comparison, the DILR section had easy-looking difficult questions, and quant threw high difficulty questions in front of the aspirants. Check the detailed analysis of the CAT 2016 Question Paper and be prepared for the upcoming exam.

Table of Content

Download CAT 2016 Question Paper PDF

The aspirants preparing for the upcoming exam can download CAT Question Paper with Solution PDF file and start their preparation. Apart from this, they can also attend BYJU’S Exam Prep Online Classes and attempt CAT Mock Tests to understand their preparation level. Click on the link below and download CAT 2016 Question Paper PDF with solutions.

The below-mentioned paper is a compilation of the CAT Exam 2016 computer-based test for practice and reference. 

Download CAT 2016 Question Paper PDF

CAT 2016 Question Paper- Number of Questions

There were 2 slots in the CAT Question Paper 2016, including 3 sections, such as VARC, DILR, and QA. The total number of questions in both slots was the same. Check the table below to analyze question numbers in CAT 2016 Exam. Know more about CAT Eligibility.

Exam Section

Number of Questions

Number of MCQs

Number of TITA Questions

Difficulty Level

Good Attempts

Verbal Ability and Reading comprehension

34

24

10

Easy

27-28

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

32

24

8

Moderate - Difficult

14-16

Quantitative Ability

34

27

7

Moderate - Difficult

22-25

Total Questions

100 

75

25

Moderate to Difficult

68-72

CAT Question Paper 2016- Slot 1 Analysis

As per expert analysis, the paper format was similar to the previous year. The Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section were easy enough with respect to DILR and QA. Both DILR and QA threw a difficult set of questions along with the topic distribution. Here is a detailed analysis of the slot 1 question paper of the CAT exam. 

CAT 2016 Question Paper- VARC Section Analysis

This section was a repetition of the previous year’s paper. Most of the questions in RC were from Economics and Environmental Studies. The questions were a little trickier, aimed for high accuracy, as the factual questions were asked in RCs. Check the table below and understand the VARC section of the CAT Question Paper 2016 (Slot 1).

Area

Chapters

Question Number

Details

Reading Comprehension

Reading Comprehension Passages

24

Total 5 Passages, including 3 passages (450-650 words) and 2 passages (300 words) in each

Difficulty levels varied from easy to moderate

Verbal Ability 

Para Jumble

4

5 Sentences types, including the ambiguous sentence too

Questions were extremely time-taking

Summary

3

Small paragraph of about 150 words followed by four options.

Para Jumble (Odd Sentence Out)

3

5 sentence paragraph.

Questions were a little tricky

CAT 2016 Question Paper- DILR Section Analysis

The questions from this section were little difficult as most of the DI sets had intensive calculations. Logical reasoning questions were moderate to difficult, and no DS questions were asked in CAT Question Paper 2016. Note the table below to get a detailed analysis of the DILR section of CAT 2016 slot 1 Question Paper. Go through the CAT Syllabus and understand the topics covered.

Area

Chapters

Question Number

Doable

Data Interpretation

Veg/Non-Veg - Moderate/Difficult

4

1-2

Train - Difficult

4

1-2

Movies - Easy

4

4

Pass percentage - Moderate 

4

2-3

Logical Reasoning

T-shirt - Easy

4

3

Folders - Easy

4

4

Venn Diagram (Laptop/Smartphone/Tablet)-Moderate

4

Marks - Easy 

4

4

CAT 2016 Question Paper- QA Section Analysis

The difficulty level was marginally higher as basic fundamentals were asked. There were some regular topics, including Geometry, Algebra, Arithmetic, Modern Math, and Number System. Note the below table for a detailed analysis of the QA part of the CAT Question Paper 2016.

Area

Chapters

Question Number

Doable

Quantitative Ability

Geometry and Mensuration

7-8

4-5

Arithmetic 

10

7-9 

Algebra

10-11

8-10

Modern Math

2

1

Number System 

4

3

(Note: Algebra questions were based on quadratic equations and inequalities. Arithmetic questions were asked from TSD and commercial math. One pyramid question was asked in Geometry)

CAT Question Paper Pattern 2016

There were 2 slots in the CAT Exam 2016 with total of 180 minutes time duration for each slot. Check the table below and get an idea of the CAT Exam Pattern 2016.

Key Highlights

Details

CAT Exam Sections

3 sections

VARC: 34 Questions, DILR: 32 Questions, QA: 34 Questions

Total Questions

100 Questions

Exam Duration 

180 Minutes (with 60 Minutes sectional time limit)

Number of Slots

2 Slots

Marking Scheme

+3 For Correct Answers

-1 For Incorrect Answers

No negative Marking For TITA Questions

No marking for unanswered questions

Comments

write a comment

CAT 2016 Question Paper FAQs

  • IIM Bangalore released CAT 2016 Question Paper, and the exam was held on 4 December 2016. There were a total of 100 questions, and the section-wise weightage was as follows:

    • VARC: 34 Questions
    • DILR: 32 Questions
    • QA: 34 Questions
  • The QA section was the most challenging as the questions were highly calculative. However, the DILR questions were also difficult in CAT Question Paper 2016. So, the aspirants can expect a high difficulty level questions paper in CAT Exam 2016. 

  • As per CAT Exam Analysis, there was a total of 25 TITA questions were asked in CAT 2016 Question Paper. Note the below guiding points to get an idea about the sectional weightage for TITA question in CAT exam 2016.

    • VARC: 10
    • DILR: 8
    • QA: 7
  • As per expert analysis, there was a total of 75 TITA questions were asked in CAT Question Paper 2016. Note the below guiding points to get an idea about the sectional weightage for TITA question in CAT Exam 2016.

    • VARC: 24
    • DILR: 24
    • QA: 27
  • As per expert analysis, only 1 pyramid question was asked in the QA part of the CAT 2016 question paper. There was a total of 34 questions in quants, in which quadratic equations and inequalities questions were asked in Algebra. Additionally, Arithmetic questions were asked from TSD and commercial math.

  • The candidates can download CAT 2016 Question Paper online and download it for practicing. It is very helpful to solve past year's questions to understand the depth and difficulty of the questions asked in the exam. Click here to download the question paper for free.

Follow us for latest updates