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

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Test Duration and Pattern Common Admission Test (CAT)

  • Duration of the CAT examination 180 minutes .
  • There will be three sections in CAT Exam:
  • Section I : Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • Section II : Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • Section III : Quantitative Ability
  • Candidates will be allotted exactly 60 minutes for answering questions in each CAT section and they will not be allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.
  • Some questions in each CAT section may not be of multiple choice types. Instead, direct answers will have to be typed on the screen.
  • CAT allow use of a basic on-screen calculator for computation.
  • Tutorials to understand the format of the test will be available on the CAT website.

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The CAT examination does not have a defined syllabus for CAT preparation. However, you can attempt the mock test to understand the CAT pattern of examination and types of questions. Check the CAT website regularly for the announcement of the mock test.

All CAT questions carry equal marks.

  • For CAT questions other than MCQs, 3 marks are assigned for ‘correct answer’ and no marks for incorrect answer or no attempt.
  • Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks.
  • An incorrect answer fetches -1.
  • No marks are given or deducted for unattempted CAT questions.
  • There are no negative marks for non-MCQ type CAT questions.  

A Brief on Tentative CAT Exam Pattern is as under


Exam Type Online Computer Based Test (CBT)
Question Type


Subjects  No. of Questions  Marks
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 34 102
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 96
Quantitative Ability 34 102
Total Questions 100
Maximum Marks 300
Marks for each Correct Answer 3
Negative Marks for Incorrect Answer -1 (MCQ) & Nil (non-MCQ)
Marks for questions not attempted Nil
Total Time for Exam (in minutes) 180

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