CAT Exam Pattern
There are three sections:
- Quantitative Ability (QA, 34 questions)
- Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR, 32 questions)
- 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 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.
Total Duration - 180 Minutes
Maximum 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
LCM and HCF
Profit, Loss and Discount
Interest (Simple and Compound)
Speed, Time and Distance
Ratio and Proportion
Time and Work
Progressions (Sequences & Series)
Surds and Indices
Permutation and Combination
Mixtures and Alligations
Data is given in form of tables, charts and graphs. In this section it is tested that how can you interpret the given data and answer the questions based on it.
Combination of two or more types linked to each other.
Number and Letter Series
Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)
English Usage or Grammar
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Analogies or Reverse Analogies
Facts / Inferences / Judgments
Vocabulary: Vocabulary questions test the candidate’s knowledge of the primary meanings of words, secondary shades of meaning, usage, idioms and phrases, antonyms, related words, etc.
Grammar: Grammar-based questions test the candidate’s ability to spot and correct grammatical errors. CAT generally tests knowledge of high school level grammar and includes areas like subject-verb agreement, use of modifiers, parallel construction, redundancy, phrasal verbs, use of articles, prepositions, etc.
Verbal Reasoning: Verbal reasoning questions are designed to test the candidate’s ability to identify relationships or patterns within groups of words or sentences.