CAT Exam Pattern

Every year, the computer based Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted by for short listing candidates for post graduate programs in elite business schools like IIMs. A seat in these institutions promises high pay-packages and a rewarding career in the corporate world. CAT is one of the most competitive examinations and attracts graduates from all streams. It is known to be an unpredictable paper and the exam pattern is changed almost every year to surprise the students.
The pattern of the exam is as follows:
Time allotted180 Minutes
Total no. of questions100
Number of choices4
Negative MarkingNegative Marking- 1 Mark
No negative marking for Non- MCQs
Given below is the overview of different sections that comprises of CAT 100 MCQs:
SectionsNo. of QuestionsTime Allotted
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehensions3460 Minutes
Quantitative Ability3460 Minutes
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning3260 Minutes
Comprehensive view of different sections:
  • Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning Section:
    This section aims to evaluate how well you understand the gradation of English language. In order to do well in this section, you are required to enhance the reading skills, develop an above-average vocabulary base and make all the basics of English Grammar clear. Some common question types are: reading comprehension, sentence completion, para-jumbles, jumbled paragraph, antonyms and synonyms, fill in the blanks, summary questions etc. Reading comprehension aims to establish your comprehension and reasoning abilities.
  • Quantitative Ability:
    In this section, your knowledge and understanding of basic mathematical concepts is tested. You should be proficient in calculations and develop your aptitude for using quick thinking to solve problems based on trigonometry, mensuration, number system, arithmetic etc.
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning:
    It is the combined section of two separate areas: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning. It probes questions based on various data forms, such as bar graphs, line graphs and pie charts. You are required to understand and interpret the data presented and answer the questions based on the same. Besides this, you need to think logically to analyze the given situation and make the correct deductions. The various topics included are: blood relations, calendars, clocks, cubes, seating arrangement, syllogism, logical connectives, logical matching and sequencing.
For more details, you can visit the official CAT website:
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