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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.

### Syllabus Summary

 No. Of Subject 3 4 62
Chapters
1.  Direction and Distance Test
2. Analogy test
3. Classification test
4. Number and Series Test
5. Statements Assumption
6. Statements Conclusion
7. Statements Arguments
8. Statements Action
9. Binary Logic
10. Blood Relation
11. Calender
12. Clock
13. Cubes
14. Logical Matching
15. Number and letter series
Chapters
1. Comprehension
Chapters
1. Grammar
2. Nouns
3. Pronouns
6. Prepositions
7. Conjunctions
8. Verbs
9. Modals
10. Articles
Chapters
1. Algebra and Functions
2. Geometry
3. Co-ordinate Geometry
4. Arithmetic sequence
5. Mixtures
6. Tables Chart
7. Multiple Graph
8. Profit, Loss and Discount
9. Statistics
10. Directions
11. Interest
12. Percentage
13. Trigonometry
14. Averages
15. Age
16. Speed and Distance
17. Time, Speed and Distance
18. Relative speed
19. Race and Game
20. Area Surface and Volume
21. Partnership
22. Stock and Share
23. Alligation and Mixture
24. Ratio and proportion
25. Problem on trains
26. Series Missing Numbers
27. Pipes and Cisterns
28. Simplification
29. Venn Diagram
30. Data Sufficiency
31. Charts

#### How to prepare

Preparation Strategy

Make a proper Time Table
It is very important that you make a time table and stick to it and you will have an exact idea of what you are required to study and the time required for it.
Concept clarity rather than rote learning
It is essential that you have a clear idea of the formulas and concepts rather than rote learning of things for the papers. While you might require it for memorizing formulas it is important that for other stuff you make sure you clear your basis and concepts before moving on.
Prepare Notes
It is very important make small notes or a comprehensive list of formulas on each covered topic and chapter which will come in handy at the time of revision. This will require you to be regular with your work but will surely make things easy at the time of revision.
Revision of Class XI and XII concepts
Make sure that you revise your concepts from the syllabus of these classes before starting anything new as most of the engineering exams will be for admission to undergraduate courses and so the syllabi from class XI and XII becomes the testing ground to check students.
Seek guidance
It is not possible for you to know everything in your syllabus, at least not at the time of preparation. Sooner or later you will run into a concept or so which will give you trouble and then it is best you seek guidance from an instructor or a teacher. It is necessary that you clear your doubts at regular intervals and don’t prolong things for long. Getting into a good coaching class is nothing to be ashamed off and if anything a regular coaching class will enable you to avoid roadblocks in your preparation.
Sample Papers
Even though there may be a complete change in the exam pattern or the expected questions altogether,it is important that you practice on the sample and previous years question papers available for the engineering exam you’d be attempting. You will know the existing pattern and have a fair idea of the type of questions to expect in the paper along with the time constraint.
Mock tests
The paper pattern, duration of the paper and the number of questions to be attempted in the given amount of time is not something you will be able to pick up on the day of the examination. A Mock Test tests a student’s abilities as it not only provides a similar feel of real exams but also helps in building speed and confident to face the exam. Furthermore, they can improve their performance to get an extra edge in actual exams.
Time management
Time management can be learnt through thorough practice and regular test taking. So it is important that you practice it and practice it well.

Duration : 180 Minutes

#### Important Instructions

1. The Admit Card would be submitted for verification at the time of the test. Candidates should carry at least one original and valid photo identification card such as College ID, Employer ID, Drviing Licence, Passport, PAN card, Voter ID, Aadhar card, etc.
2. Print the admit card on an A4 size paper using a laser printer. Admit card would be valid only if the candidate’s photograph and signature images are legibly printed.
3. The admit card would be valid only for the test date and session as specified in the admit card.
4. Candidates should report at 7:30 a.m. in the morning and at 1:00 p.m. for the afternoon session. Entry would be barred after 8:45 a.m. for the morning session and 2:15 for the afternoon session.
5. Candidates are not allowed to carry mobile phones or any other electronic gadgets such as watches, calculators and stationary items such as pen, pencil, paper, etc would not be allowed inside the exam hall. Candidates would be allowed only with their admit cards.