CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Nupur KaushikUpdated On: 10 Jan, 2020 14:00 IST

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CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

CAT 2020 exam pattern is available now. The exam pattern of CAT 2020 helps the candidates to know what exactly has to be prepared for the entrance examination. CAT 2020 will have three sections - Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. Each section has to be answered within the time limit of 60 minutes while the total duration of the paper is 180 minutes. There is no flexibility to skip nor go back to a previous section during the paper.

Getting familiar with the exam pattern and increasing your efficiency is an important step in the exam preparation process. Following is the detailed pattern of CAT that will help you in your preparation. CAT is conducted in an online mode. The total number of questions asked in the exam is 100, which are divided into the following three sections:

SectionsNo. of QuestionsMarks AllocatedTime Duration
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension3410260
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning329660
Quantitative Ability3410260
Total100300180

Note: The sections will be displayed on your computer screen in the same order as given in the table.

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Highlights of CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

Some of the major highlights of CAT exam pattern 2020 can be checked below -

Highlights

Details

Test Duration

3 hours

Number of Sections

3

Total number of questions in the exam

100

Each question carries

3 marks

Marks deducted for each incorrect question

-1

CAT 2020 Type of Questions

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

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

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

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Expected Number of MCQs & Non-MCQs in CAT 2020

Name of the Section

Number of MCQs

Number of non-MCQs

Quantitative Ability

27

7

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

24

10

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

24

8

Total

75

25

Time management throughout the exam and maintaining a good solving speed is important to score well in CAT exam. Proctored mock test will help you in understanding the pattern 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 60 minutes for answering questions in each section.
  • 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 the tutorials, which will be available on the CAT 2019 website.

CAT 2020 Marking Scheme

Each question in CAT 2020 will carry three marks and one mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. 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.

* On the basis of the understanding of the detailed CAT 2020 exam pattern, one can estimate the time required to prepare for CAT exam.

CAT 2020 MCQ Vs Non-MCQ

The CAT 2020 exam pattern comprises of both MCQ and non-MCQ questions. Here is the detailed division of marks for MCQ and non-MCQ questions in CAT 2020.

Name of Section

Total number of Question

Total number of Multiple Choice Questions

Total Number of Non- Multiple Choice questions

Quantitative Aptitude

34

27

7

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 

32

24

8

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 

34

24 

10

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 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

Marking Scheme

Duration

Total Number of Questions in the question paper

Exam Conducting body that respective year

2013

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

 

Verbal and Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation 

3 mark for every correct answer

 

-1 mark for every wrong answer

2.20 hour

60

IIM Indore

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2014

Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

 

Verbal and Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation  

3 mark for every correct answer

 

-1 mark for every wrong answer

2.5

100

IIM Indore

[Two day Test window]

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

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

3 hours

100

IIM Kolkata

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FAQs about CAT Exam Pattern

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 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.

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.

In CAT, can I appear for multiple slots?

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

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.

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.

Will CAT be conducted in offline mode?

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

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.

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.

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.

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