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CAT Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

  • There are three sections:
  1. Quantitative Ability (QA, 34 questions)
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR, 32 questions)
  3. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC, 34 questions).
  • There is no separate time limit on sections.

Total Duration - 180 Minutes

Total Marks - 300 Marks

Total Questions - 100

Marking System -

  • There will be negative marking, deduct one mark for wrong answer.
  • For correct answer 3 marks will be given.

How to prepare

CAT 2014 New Paper Pattern:  There are three sections: Quantitative Ability (QA, 34 questions), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR, 32 questions) and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC, 34 questions). The duration of the exam is 180 minutes. There is no separate time limit on sections. SCORING AND EQUATING PROCESS CAT 2014 shall be conducted in two sessions. Two different Test Forms shall be administered in two Test Sessions. In order to ensure fairness and equity in comparison of performances of the candidates across different test sessions, the scores of the candidates shall be subjected to a process of Normalization. The Normalization process to be implemented shall adjust for location and scale differences of score distributions across different forms. After normalization across different forms the scores shall be further normalized across different sections and the scaled scores obtained by this process shall be converted into percentiles for purposes of shortlisting. For purposes of reporting, Scaled Scores for each section (Section I: Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Section III: Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) and Total along with the Percentiles shall be published. The process of Normalization is an established practice for comparing candidate scores across multiple Forms and is similar to those being adopted in other large educational selection tests conducted in India such as Graduate Aptitude Test in Engineering (GATE). For normalization across sections we shall use a sort of percentile equivalence.

Duration : 120 Minutes

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