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CAT Exam Pattern

CAT Exam Pattern 2018: CAT Exam Pattern remains same over the past two years but this year some changes are made by Indian Institute of Management to make CAT Exam a more dynamic test. So, all the candidates who are going to appear in Common Admission Test are advised to check the CAT Exam Duration, Marking Scheme, Pattern Highlights etc from this page. Common Admission Test is a competitive exam to get entry in Business Management Courses. It is compulsory to clear the CAT exam for taking admission into 19 IIMs and in several B-schools of the country. According to CAT Exam Pattern, Common Admission Test is a computer-based test of three hours duration and total 100 multiple choice objective type questions are included in all three sections.

Common Admission Test is commonly called as CAT which is the MBA entrance test organized by the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) on rotation basis. Exam Pattern of CAT includes the marking scheme of every section, mode of exam, time duration and all the information about questions that will be asked in the examination. Candidates who will able to clear the CAT entrance Exam will be able to appear in further selection process that is Group Discussion/Personal Interview round. Then you will get final admission in one of the best Management colleges. Further details about the CAT Exam Pattern 2018 and section marking scheme are provided below by the team of www.privatejobshub.in

CAT Exam Pattern

Candidates who are going to attend CAT 2018 Exam must be familiar with the CAT Test Pattern before starting preparation. In CAT Exam Pattern all the details are included such as number of sections in exam, number of question and marking scheme.
  • CAT Exam is the computer based test (CBT) which will be conducted in 650 test centres.
  • Total three sections are included in Common Admission Test/ CAT Pattern   i.e. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning & Quantitative Ability.
  • In CAT Question Paper both MCQ as well as non-MCQ type questions will be asked by candidates.
  • Total 100 questions will be asked in the CAT Exam.
  • CAT Exam Duration will be 180 minutes (3 hours); 60 minutes will be given for each section.
CAT Exam Pattern Highlights:

CAT Highlights
Details
Duration of the Test
3 hours
Total Number of Sections
3
Sectional Duration
1 hour
Total Number of Questions
100
Total Marks
300
Marks per question
3
Negative marking for wrong question
-1

CAT Paper Pattern:

Section
No. of Questions
Total Marks
Time Duration (in minutes)
Quantitative Ability
34
102
60
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
34
96
60
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
32
102
60
Total
100
300
180

CAT Exam Section (Quantitative Ability):

The Quantitative Ability section of CAT Exam will contain the highest no. of questions i.e. 34 as compared to other sections. In QA Section, questions related to Numbers Systems, Progressions, Percentages, Profit and Loss Interest, Coordinate Geometry, Algebra Functions, Quadratic and Other Equations etc. will be asked by candidates. Do written practice of every important topic to crack this section.

MCQs
27 questions
Non-MCQs
07 questions
Topics
Arithmetic – Percentage, Profit & Loss, Time & speed,
Work/days,
Compound interest
LOD
Moderate to Very difficult


VARC Paper Pattern

In Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension section, questions related to reading comprehension, fill in the blanks, Synonyms, Antonyms, Odd Man Out and Grammatical Errors in Sentence Correction etc. topics will be appear. This section contains 34 questions and the time will be given to attempt this section is 1 hour.

MCQs
24 questions
Non-MCQs
10 questions
Topics
Jumbled paragraph; Para summary;
picking the odd sentence out of the jumbled sentences
LOD
Moderate to Very difficult

DILR Paper Pattern

The Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section will be last long for 60 minutes and it will contains 32 questions of related topics like Tables, Bar Charts, X-Y Charts Involving Line Series, Pie Charts, CasesLogical Reasoning based on Rankings, Team Formations, Quantitative Reasoning, Puzzle, Syllogisms and Logical Deduction etc.

MCQs
24 questions
Non-MCQs
08 questions
Topics
Quantitative Reasoning, X-Y Charts Involving Line Series,
Tables, Bar Charts, Puzzle, Logical Deduction
LOD
Moderate to difficult

Get here in Detailed Way: CAT Syllabus

CAT Exam Duration:

As per latest CAT Exam Pattern, candidates will get total 3 hours or 180 minutes to complete CAT 2018. Aspirants will have to complete CAT Exam Section within 60 minutes. CAT Test Takers are free to attempt and answer any question within a particular section.
Ratio of CAT MCQs & Non-MCQs:

Section
No. of CAT Questions
No. of Non-MCQs
VARC
34
10
DI & LR
32
8
QA
34
7
Total
100
25

On-screen Calculator –
  • A non-scientific on-screen calculator will be provided to help candidates with basic solutions. CAT Exam Takers have to use the mouse to carry out basic solutions on the on-screen calculator.
  • Number of questions – 
  • Common Admission Test 2018 contains total 100 questions. In Verbal and Reading Comprehension and Quantitative Ability sections, total 34 questions will be available. However Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning section includes total 32 questions.


CAT Marking Scheme

According to latest CAT Exam Pattern, common entrance test will be of 300 marks and includes questions from three sections which are Quantitative Ability,Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning.
  • Aspirant will get 3 marks for every correct answer.
  • There will be deduction of 1 mark for every incorrect answer.
  • No marks will be given for un attempted question.
  • The test will be non MCQs type questions and a time limit of 60 minutes for every section will be given.
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No. of Sections
3
Sectional Detail
Verbal and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Quantitative Ability

Number of Questions
100
Section Wise Questions
Verbal and Reading Comprehension – 34
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning – 32
Quantitative Ability – 34
Total Duration
180 minutes
Sectional Duration
60 minutes for each section
Question Types
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Non-MCQs
Marking Scheme
+3 for right answer
-1 for wrong answer
No negative marking for non-MSQs

Solved Papers are available here: CAT Previous Year Papers with Solutions

Selection through CAT

The institutions first short-list the students for the GD round on the basis of the CAT merit list. Then qualified candidates will be called for personal interview round. This is the procedure adopts by committee to select the skilled aspirants.
  • Written Test
  • Group Discussion
  • Personal Interview
Download Free Papers From here: CAT Mock Test Online Test Series

List of CAT Exam Centers 2018

State/Union Territories
Exam Cities
West Bengal
Asansol, Burdwan, Bishnupur,Durgapur, Howrah, Kalyani, Hooghly,Kolkata, Siliguri
Uttarakhand
Dehradun, Roorkee
Uttar Pradesh
Agra, Ghaziabad, Gorakhpur, Allahabad, Bareilly, Greater Noida, Kanpur, Mathura, Meerut, Lucknow, Varanasi
Telangana
Hyderabad, Karim Nagar, Khammam
Tamil Nadu
Chennai, Thanjavur, Tiruchirappalli, Tirunelvelli, Coimbatore, Madurai, Namakkal
Rajasthan
Ajmer, Alwar, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Kota, Sikar, Udaipur
Punjab
Fatehgarh Sahib, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Mohali, Pathankot, Patiala, Ropar, Sangrur
Puducherry
Puducherry
Odisha
Balasore, Berhampur, Bhubaneswar, Cuttack, Rourkela, Sambalpur
Meghalaya
Shillong
Maharashtra
Ahmednagar, Amravati, Aurangabad, Jalgaon, Kolhapur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Nanded, Nashik, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Ratnagiri, Satara, Solapur, Thane
Madhya Pradesh
Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Jabalpur, Sagar
Kerala
Kasaragod, Kochi, Kollam, Kozhikode, Malappuram, Thrissur, Trivandrum
Karnataka
Kolar, Mandya, Mangalore, Mysore, Ramnagara, Shimoga, Tumkur, Udupi, Belgaum, Bengaluru, Bidar, Chikballapur, Davanagere, Hasan
Jharkhand
Dhanbad, Jamshedpur, Ranchi
Jammu & Kashmir
Jammu
Himachal Pradesh
Simla
Haryana
Gurgaon, Palwal, Panipath, Rohtak, Sonipath, Ambala, Bahadurgarh, Faridabad
Gujarat
Ahmedabad, Anand, Gandhinagar, Rajkot, Surat, Vadodara
Goa
Madgaon, Verna
Delhi
New Delhi
Chattisgarh
Raipur, Bhillai
Chandigarh
Chandigarh
Bihar
Aurangabad, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna, Purnea
Assam
Dibrugarh, Guwahati
Arunachal Pradesh
Itanagar
Andhra Pradesh
Chittoor, Kurnool, Nellore, Tirupati, Vijayawada, Visakhapatnam
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Port Blair

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Official Note:

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