CAT Exam Pattern

Every year, the computer-based Common Admission Test (CAT) is conducted for postgraduate 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 toughest competitive exams in India. It attracts graduates almost from all the 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 allotted 180 Minutes
Total no. of questions 100
Sections 3
Number of choices 4
Negative Marking Negative Marking- 1 Mark
No negative marking for Non- MCQs
Given below is the overview of different sections that comprises of CAT 100 MCQs:
Sections No. of Questions Time Allotted
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehensions 34 60 Minutes
Quantitative Ability 34 60 Minutes
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 60 Minutes
Comprehensive view of different sections:
  • Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning Section:
    This section aims to evaluate how well you understand the gradation of the 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: iimcat.ac.in