CAT Exam Pattern 2016 CAT Question Paper Format, Marking Scheme


CAT Exam Pattern

CAT Exam Pattern 2016: Candidates who are preparing for CAT they need to check CAT Exam Pattern to prepare accordingly. You may also get latest information about CAT Exam Pattern 2016 from this page, so keep it touch with us. Before appear in examination candidates should have clear about CAT Question Paper Format, it’s marking scheme, duration, topics etc.

CAT Exam Pattern
CAT is a Common Admission Test which started by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs) for admission to various management programmes in IIMs and other prestigious MBA institutes in India. This document will highlight details regarding the test duration, format and associated guidelines so that you are prepared and aware of how to attempt the test.

 CAT Exam Pattern 

CAT Question Paper Format

The medium of test is English language for all candidates. The test has 100 multiple choice questions across two sections. The two sections are:

Sections covered
Total Questions
Time Duration
85 minutes
85 minutes
170 Minutes

Duration of Exam:

The duration of exam will be 2 hours 50 minutes or 170 minutes. In 2013, the sections were time bound for 70 minutes and the total time was 140 minutes. In 2014, the time increased by 30 minutes.
All candidates will start test at same time. Candidates are to remain at their seats for the entire duration of the test even if they complete their test early. The Submit button will be enabled only upon completion of test time.

 CAT Marking Scheme:

There is Negative Marking in Common Admission Test. Negative marking is a most important feature of CAT scoring process. Each & every question takes 3 marks. Every wrong answers, there is a fine of 1 mark & 1 mark will be deducted. There is no penalty for questions that are left unanswered.

For short: -

Right answer
3 marks
Wrong answer
1 marks (deducted)
Answer left (not attempt)
No penalty
Sections covered:
  • In this exam there are two sections such as Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability, Logical Reasoning. Each segment consists of 30 questions & there are no sectional time limits.
  • The Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation section questions will be on mathematics, arithmetic, geometry, mensuration etc.
  • Data Interpretation segment consists questions on Graphs, Charts etc. Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning questions are on English Language Skills and ability to understand.
Type of Examination:

Common Admission Test is totally a computer based multiple choice objective type paper. Every question includes 4 choices. Candidates have to choose right option among the 4.

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