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CAT 2022 Exam Pattern - Check Section Wise CAT Paper Pattern

Updated By Mahima Gupta on 20 May, 2022 17:11

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CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

CAT exam pattern 2022 will be notified by the conducting body on the official website. The exam pattern is expected to be similar to last year. CAT 2022 will be conducted in three shifts and will have a time duration of 120 minutes as compared to 180 minutes earlier. The number of test centres for CAT 2022 has been increased to 159. 

Applicants must be familiar with the CAT exam pattern as well as the CAT syllabus 2022 before beginning their preparation for the exam. In 2021, the CAT exam pattern 2022 was updated, and the series of questions was whittled down from 76 to 66. 

Highlights of CAT Exam Pattern 2022

Some of the major highlights of CAT exam pattern 2022 can be checked below

CAT Exam Pattern 2022 HighlightsDetails
CAT 2022 Test Duration120 minutes
Number of Sections in CAT 20223
Total number of expected questions in the CAT exam pattern66 Questions 
Each CAT 2022 question carries3 marks
Marks deducted for each incorrect answer in CAT 2022-1
CAT exam pattern 2022 Total Marks198

What's New in CAT Exam Pattern 2022

Check the important points about the revised CAT exam pattern 2022 given below.

Section Name as per the CAT exam pattern Total QuestionsTime Allotted
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)2040 minutes
Quantitative Ability (QA)2240 minutes
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)2440 minutes
Total66120 minutes

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CAT Exam Pattern 2022 - Overall and Sectional Time Limit

The table provided below will help you understand the number of questions asked in each section of the exam as well as the time allotted to each section.

Sections as per the CAT Exam Pattern 2022No. of QuestionsTime Duration
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension2440
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning2040
Quantitative Ability2240
Total66120

Candidates will get 40 minutes per section in the CAT 2022 exam. CAT does not allow you to switch sections in the middle of the question paper.

Number of MCQs & TITA Questions in CAT exam pattern2022

In order to attempt the CAT 2022 questions within the given time frame, it is important to know the number of questions that will be asked in each section of the CAT 2022 exam question paper.

Time management throughout the exam and maintaining a good solving speed is important to score well in the CAT exam pattern. A proctored mock test will help you in understanding the CAT exam pattern 2022 better. 

Points to Remember:

  • In each section, some questions may not be of multiple-choice type. Instead, direct answers will have to be typed on the screen. Also, the use of the basic onscreen calculator for computation is allowed. The calculator is provided on the screen of the exam window to ease up calculations during the exam. Computations can be done by scrawling the mouse on the screen on the computer.
  • Candidates will get exactly 40 minutes for answering questions in each section in the CAT exam pattern 2022.
  • As per the CAT exam pattern, switching from one section to another while answering questions in a section is not allowed.
  • To understand the format of the test, candidates are advised to work on tutorials, which will be available on the CAT 2022 website.

Section Wise CAT Exam Pattern 2022: Sections, Sub-sections, Expected difficulty level

The section-wise CAT exam pattern and expected difficulty level for each section of the CAT 2022 will be updated. CAT exam pattern 2022 can be checked below for reference.

Sections of the CAT exam patternTotal Questions  as per the CAT exam pattern 2022Level of DifficultySection Highlights
VARC24Difficult
  • No Vocabulary based or Grammar questions in CAT 2020
  • Verbal ability questions were asked from three topics namely Para summary; jumbled paragraph; picking the odd sentence out
DILR20Easy
  • DI questions are asked in a set of 4
  • Questions from this section are time-consuming. Time management skill is required to answer DI questions. 
QA22Easy
  • The majority of the questions are asked from Geometry and Number system
  • Algebra, Percentage, Profit & Loss, Work/days, and Compound interest are some important topics for this section

Marks Distribution in CAT exam pattern 2022 QA Section

Around 30% of the total questions from this section are expected to be asked from the arithmetic section. Candidates can check the expected marks distribution in the Quantitative Section of the CAT 2022 examination here.

CAT Exam Pattern: Number of questions in QA

Marks Distribution in CAT exam pattern 2022 VARC Section

70% of the questions from this section are from reading comprehension. All the RCs questions are asked in the set of 4. The graph provided below will allow you to know the marks distribution of the CAT exam pattern VARC section

CAT Exam Pattern: Number of questions in VARC

Marks Distribution of CAT 2022 DI LR Section

Questions for the DI LR section are not fixed in the CAT exam pattern. However, candidates can check the graph provided below to get an idea about the expected questions from the DI LR section.

CAT Exam Pattern: Number of questions in DILR

Type of Questions in CAT 2022

CAT exam pattern 2022 comprises mainly two types of questions i.e. multiple-choice questions (MCQ) and non-MCQs.

MCQs – These types of questions will comprise the text that you have to read and find the answer to. You will be given four options from which you will have to choose the correct answer.

Non-MCQs – These will comprise question texts that you will have to read to understand the question, and type your answer in the box provided on the screen.

CAT 2022: Computer-Based Exam But Not Online Test

Is CAT an online test? Responding to this query regarding the CAT exam pattern, IIM said that the CAT is not an online test but it is a computer-based test.  Candidates will have to answer the questions of the CAT exam by clicking on the correct option provided on the computer screen, They will have to visit the exam centre to give the exam as it cannot be taken on an internet site. 

So the CAT exam despite being a computer-based (CBT) examination is not an online exam. A timer will be provided on the computer screen that will allow the candidates to check the time remaining for the exam. The computer screen will also show the status of all the questions and important instructions to answer the questions in the CAT exam.

How many Questions to Expect in CAT 2022?

The total number of questions as per the CAT exam pattern 2022 is 66. These would be divided into all three sections.

CAT exam pattern 2022 Marking Scheme

To attempt the most competitive management entrance exam, it is very important for the candidate to be aware of the marking scheme of CAT 2022 exam as given in the CAT exam pattern. Some of the important points that you should keep in mind are as follows:

  • Total marks out of which a student is evaluated is 198 marks.
  • Each question in CAT 2022 will carry three marks.
  • For every correct answer, the candidate will be awarded 3 marks.
  • For every incorrect answer, one mark will be deducted.
  • In case a student does not attempt a question, no marks will be deducted.
  • This marking scheme is applicable only for multiple choices questions.
  • For Non-MCQs, there is no negative marking and the marks allotted to every question is three.

Summary of Marking Scheme of CAT Exam Pattern 2022 

Type of QuestionCorrect AnswerIncorrect Answer
MCQ+3-1
Non-MCQ or TITA Questions+30

* On the basis of the understanding of the detailed CAT 2022 exam pattern, one can estimate the time required to prepare for CAT exam.

How To Navigate between the sections while answering CAT 2022?

Candidates should follow the instructions provided on the computer screen while answering the questions as per the CAT exam pattern. Candidates should note that the timer of the clock is provided on the upper right-hand side of the screen once the exam starts. They will not be allowed to switch between sections. There will be a sectional time limit of 40 minutes for all the sections. Once the 40 minutes for one section are complete in the CAT exam pattern, candidates will not be able to answer more questions from that section.

How to Answer Questions in CAT 2022

The computer screen of CAT 2022 will be provided with the following options. Candidates can access these options while answering the questions in the CAT exam pattern 2022.

Save and next: This option will allow the candidates to choose the correct answer and skip to the next question

Clear response: This option will allow the candidates to clear the response to the question that they have answered

Mark for review and next: This option will allow the candidates to mark the questions for which they are not sure about the response. Candidates can answer the questions marked as "Mark for review" after completing the rest of the questions

Candidates should note that they will not be allowed to use the keyboard while answering the questions in CAT. They can answer the questions using the mouse only.

What each colour on the palette indicates in CAT 2022?

Check the table provided below to know what colour on the panel indicates in the CAT exam pattern

IconColour on the panelWhat it indicates

Question Not Visited in CAT 2020

GreyThe question has not been viewed or visited

Question Visited But Not Answered in CAT 2020

RedQuestion has not been answered not has it been marked for review

Question Answered and Saved in CAT 2020

GreenQuestion has been answered and not marked for review

Question Marked for Review and Not Answered in CAT 2020

VioletQuestion has been marked for review and not answered

Question Answered and Marked for Review in CAT 2020

Violet with green tickQuestion has been marked for review and answered

How to Tackle TITA Questions in CAT 2022

TITA Questions or Type in The Answer Questions are non-MCQ type questions in which a candidate has to type in their answer using an on-screen keyboard in the CAT exam. TITA questions were first introduced by IIM Ahmedabad in 2015 as non-MCQs in which direct answers are to be typed in on the screen. TITA is not an official name for these questions and has only caught on as an acronym after their introduction.

Solving TITA Questions or non-MCQs in CAT requires a different mindset and strategy than MCQs. Previous test results have shown that the accuracy of candidates in the TITA questions in CAT is lower than that in MCQs. Hence, candidates have to approach these questions much more carefully. While there is no negative marking for TITA questions in CAT, they can be more time-consuming to solve and hence still cost you marks in the exam.

Tips to Solve TITA Questions in CAT 2022

When solving TITA questions, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.

  • Always be aware of the time consumed when solving TITA questions. Keep a close look at the clock and make sure you don't get carried away and spend more time than necessary.
  • Guesswork is a bad idea when solving TITA questions. Even though it will not cost you any marks if you attempt incorrectly, it might waste your time. Work through the question and try arriving at the correct answer before you attempt.

  • Keep your concepts clear. Having clear concepts is important when attempting TITA questions as you have fewer shortcuts and tricks to solve them as compared to the MCQs.

  • Keep TITA questions for the last. Some TITA questions can be attempted along with the rest of the question paper but it is better to leave these questions for the end. This will help you in time management and prevent any unnecessary wastage of time.

CAT Preparation Strategy - What the Toppers Think

Candidates may check the preparation tips provided by the toppers after going through the CAT exam pattern. Some of the toppers tips for CAT 2020 are provided below.

  • Candidates should practise the maximum number of CAT mock test papers. This will allow them to practice more type of questions and get familiar with the exam structure
  • Some of the toppers also said that candidates should select the books for CAT exam wisely. They can choose the books that contain sample papers of CAT and some practise questions for each concept.
  • Candidates should plan a proper schedule for their preparation. This will allow them to dedicate enough time to all important sections of the CAT exam
  • The previous years' papers of CAT will allow the CAT aspirants to know what type of questions were asked in the CAT exam

CAT Vs Other Top MBA Entrance Exams: Comparative Analysis

The CAT exam pattern 2022 is different from all other MBA entrance exams. Candidates can check the comparison between all the major MBA entrance exams from the infographics provided below.

CAT 2020 Vs XAT 2022

Here is the comparison between CAT and XAT exam.

CAT vs XAT

CAT 2022 Vs NMAT 2022

Check the table below to know the difference between the exam pattern of IIM CAT and NMAT

CAT vs NMAT

CAT 2022 Vs SNAP 2022

Provided below is the comparison between SNAP and CAT exam pattern

CAT Vs SNAP

IIM CAT Vs MAT

Check the table provided below to know the difference between the exam pattern of MAT and CAT

CAT vs MAT

Also Read:CAT vs CMAT, NMAT, XAT, SNAP, IIFT & Other MBA Entrance Exams

Changes in CAT Exam Pattern Over the Years

The CAT exam pattern has changed several times over the years. Here are the changes which took place in the CAT exam pattern 2022 in the past ten years. Candidates can go through this table and find out the minute changes in the exam pattern which has been made in the past few years. 

Year of Examination

Section Details as per CAT exam pattern

Marking Scheme in  CAT exam pattern

Duration

Total Number of Questions in the  CAT exam pattern 2022

Exam Conducting body that respective year

2010

Quantitative Ability

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

Verbal and Reading Comprehension

3 marks for every correct answer

-1 mark for every wrong answer

2.5 hours
(150 minutes)

60IIM Lucknow
2011

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Logical Reasoning & Verbal and Reading Comprehension

3 marks for every correct answer

-1 mark for every wrong answer

2.20 hours 
(140 minutes)
60IIM Calcutta
2012

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Logical Reasoning & Verbal and Reading Comprehension

3 marks for every correct answer

-1 mark for every wrong answer

2.20 hours 
(140 minutes)
60IIM Kozhikode

2013

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Verbal and Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning

3 marks for every correct answer

-1 mark for every wrong answer

2.20 hours 
(140 minutes)

60

IIM Indore

[Two day Test window]

2014

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

Verbal and Reading Comprehension and Logical Reasoning  

3 mark for every correct answer

-1 mark for every wrong answer

2.70 hours (170 minutes)

100

IIM Indore

[Two day Test window]

2015

Quantitative Ability 

Verbal and Reading Comprehension 

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

3 mark for every correct answer


-1 mark for every wrong answer

No Negative marking for Non-MCQ

3 hours
(180 minutes)
100IIM Ahmedabad
2016

Quantitative Ability 

Verbal and Reading Comprehension 

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

3 mark for every correct answer


-1 mark for every wrong answer

No Negative marking for Non-MCQ

3 hours
(180 minutes)
100IIM Bangalore

2017

Quantitative Ability 

Verbal and Reading Comprehension 

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

3 mark for every correct answer


-1 mark for every wrong answer

No Negative marking for Non-MCQ

3 hours
(180 minutes)

100

IIM Lucknow

2018

Quantitative Ability 

Verbal and Reading Comprehension 

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

3 mark for every correct answer


-1 mark for every wrong answer

No Negative marking for Non-MCQ

3 hours
(180 minutes)

100

IIM Kolkata

2019

Quantitative Ability 

Verbal and Reading Comprehension 

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

3 mark for every correct answer


-1 mark for every wrong answer

No Negative marking for Non-MCQ

3 hours
(180 minutes)
100IIM Kozhikode
2020

Quantitative Ability 

Verbal and Reading Comprehension 

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

3 mark for every correct answer


-1 mark for every wrong answer

No Negative marking for Non-MCQ

2 hours
(120 minutes)
100IIM Indore
2021

Quantitative Ability

Verbal and Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

1 mark for every wrong answer

No Negative marking for Non-MCQ

2 hours(120 minutes)66IIM Ahmedabad

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FAQs about CAT Exam Pattern

What is the maximum limit to appear for CAT?

There is no limit as such. You can appear for CAT any number of times.

What is the marking scheme of CAT?

Candidates will be awarded three marks for each correct answer and one mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer. The marking scheme is prepared by the conducting body.

How can I answer the questions of CAT?

You can answer the questions of CAT in any order. However, you can not move ahead to the other sections before 60 minutes. Link for all questions will be available on the right side of your screen. You can click on the box to skip a particular question.

What is the sectional time limit in CAT exam?

Maximum time limit for each section is 60 minutes.

How many non-MCQs will be covered in CAT?

Around 25 questions will be non-MCQs. There will no negative marking for these type of questions.

Is there any negative marking in CAT?

Yes, 1 mark will be deducted from the scores of the candidate in case of any incorrect answer. However, no mark will be deducted if the question remains unanswered.

What is the total duration of CAT?

Total duration of CAT is 180 minutes. Candidates will have to complete the exam within the stipulated time.

How many questions will be asked in the Quantitative Aptitude (QA) section of CAT?

Quantitative Aptitude (QA) of CAT will cover 34 questions. Besides this, Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation (LRDI) will cover 32 questions and Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) will cover 34 questions.

What type of questions will be asked in CAT?

The question paper of CAT will cover multiple-choice questions. Candidates will have to select one option from the four choices available. Besides this, there will be some non-mcq questions also.

What is the exam pattern of CAT?

CAT will be divided into three sections namely Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) and Quantitative Ability (QA). Each section will cover different type of questions.

Is VARC section of CAT going to be tougher this year?

The difficulty level of the VARC section of CAT 2020 is expected to be difficult like last year. However, a good practice of mock test/ practice tests and revision of vocabulary helps to achieve a better score.

Should I answer all the questions in CAT?

It is always better and advisable to answer all the questions in the CAT exam. Firstly, try to answer all the known questions in a specific section, and then proceed with tougher questions. But in case, you are completely unsure of the answer, do not attempt the question to avoid negative marking.

Which section is going to be tougher in CAT 2020?

Going by CAT 2019, VARC may be relatively tougher than any other section in the CAT exam.

Will CAT be conducted in offline mode?

CAT exam is conducted in online mode only as per the directives issued by the authorities.

On the day of CAT exam, what items are to be carried by the candidates?

A candidate needs to carry CAT admit card, along with a valid photo ID proof.

In CAT exam, what is the marking scheme defined for MCQ type questions?

3 marks are awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for every wrong answer as per the marking scheme of CAT exam.

In CAT, can I appear for multiple slots?

No, a candidate can take the CAT exam only in one-time slot.

Is calculator allowed in CAT exam hall?

The calculator is not allowed in the CAT exam hall. The candidates will be able to see an on-screen calculator on the screen, which can be used for attempting numerical-type questions.

What does a CAT CBT test look like?

To get some familiarity, candidates should have a look at the practice test, which is available on the official CAT website. They can familiarise themselves with the functionality and navigation of the actual exam.

What should be the preparation strategy few days before the CAT exam?

Candidates should look at taking a decent number of mock tests. Practicing using the mock tests and analysing the results will help them identify their strong and weak areas. In the last few days, candidates can focus on working on their weak points to boost their chances of performing well on the day of the exam. Another suggestion that candidates must consider is taking the mock tests at the time of the actual exam slot. This way, one can get an understanding of how the body clock and body cycle respond at a given time. Adding these minute details to the preparation plan can be very effective in bringing favourable results.

What is the mode of CAT?

CAT is a Computer-Based Test or a CBT exam.

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