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COMMON ADMISSION TESTfor IIMs (CAT) Exam Pattern

There is no fixed pattern for exam . The exam pattern keeps changing every year. 

Test Duration and Pattern CAT 2013

The duration of the test is 2 hours and 35 minutes including initial 15 minute tutorial. No breaks will be given during the test. The test consists of questions that evaluate a candidate’s quantitative, verbal, and logical & data interpretive abilities. Therefore, the examination will be for 140 minutes. Candidates will have 70minutes to answer 30 questions within each section which will have an on-screen count down timer.Once the time ends for the first section they will move to the second and will be  unable to go back.

Some Key Features of Test

Tutorial (optional): Duration - 15 minutes.
We suggest, you should go through the tutorial once, even if you have seen it before.

Test Duration:
The actual duration of the test is 2 hours and 20 minutes.

Sections covered:
Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning; not necessarily in that order.

Test Format and pattern:
As per the CAT website, there are a total of 60 questions with 2 sections.

Timer:
The timer is present on the screen at all time and shows the time remaining till the end of the test. Wrist watches are not allowed into the computer lab. At the end of the test, when your time runs out, you will be automatically logged out of the test and a screen with “You have run out of time” text will be visible.

Test Duration and Pattern CAT 2012

The duration of the test is 2 hours and 15 minutes including initial 15 minute tutorial. No breaks will be given during the test. The test consists of questions that evaluate a candidate’s quantitative, verbal, and logical & data interpretive abilities. Therefore, there are a total of three sections in the test. There will be about 60 questions in the test.

At the test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations. After the test, candidate must leave the scratch paper at the desk. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room.

Some Key Features of Test

Tutorial (optional): Duration - 15 minutes.
We suggest, you should go through the tutorial once, even if you have seen it before.

Test Duration:
The actual duration of the test is 2 hours and 15 minutes.

Sections covered:
Verbal Ability, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning; not necessarily in that order.

Test Format and pattern:
As per the CAT website, there are a total of 60 questions with 3 sections.

Negative Marking:
The raw scores will be calculated with +3 marks for every correct answer and –1 for every wrong answer. This is mentioned on the CAT website.

Highlighting Text:

You can highlight text in group questions like RCs. You can make multiple highlights in a particular screen, which gets deleted once you switch to the next screen.
 
Reviewing Questions:
You can mark a question to come back to it later. You can then Review either all the questions or review only the marked questions or review only the incomplete questions. The review shows a list of all the questions, but it will not directly give you a count of the questions attempted or to be attempted. You will need to manually count the number of questions for such data.

Items provided for rough work:
Pencils, eraser and a paper booklet of 8 A4 size papers will be provided. You will not be allowed to take your own stationary into the computer lab. In case of broken or blunt pencil points, your pencil will be replaced immediately.

Timer:
The timer is present on the screen at all time and shows the time remaining till the end of the test. Wrist watches are not allowed into the computer lab. At the end of the test, when your time runs out, you will be automatically logged out of the test and a screen with “You have run out of time” text will be visible.

 

 

 


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Exam Type CAT 2010 Pattern - Objective
Question Type

Multiple choice with five options. Choose one correct option

Subjects  No. of Questions  Marks
Quantitative Aptitude 20 Not Exactly Known - Should be 60 marks for each section
Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency 20
English 20
Total Questions 60
Maximum Marks 180
Marks for each Correct Answer 3
Negative Marks for Incorrect Answer -1
Marks for questions not attempted Nil
Total Time for Exam (in minutes) 135 minutes

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