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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

EXAM SYLLABUS

SUBJECT

TOPICS

QUANTITATIVE ABILITY

Number Systems

LCM and HCF

Averages

Profit, Loss and Discount

Interest (Simple and Compound)

Speed, Time and Distance

Complex numbers

Percentages

Ratio and Proportion

Linear Equations

Quadratic Equations

Time and Work

Logarithm

Progressions (Sequences & Series)

Binomial Theorem

Surds and Indices

Inequalities

Permutation and Combination

Probability

Mensuration

Set Theory

Mixtures and Alligations

Geometry

Co-ordinate Geometry

Trigonometry

Functions.

DATA INTERPRETATION

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.

Tables

Column Graphs

Bar Graphs

Line Charts

Pie Chart

Venn Diagrams

Caselets

Combination of two or more types linked to each other.

LOGICAL REASONING

Number and Letter Series

Calendars

Clocks

Cubes

Venn Diagrams

Binary Logic

Seating Arrangement

Logical Sequence

Logical Matching

Logical Connectives

Syllogism

Blood Relations

VERBAL ABILITY

Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)

English Usage or Grammar

Summary questions.

Fill in the blanks

Cloze Passage

Analogies or Reverse Analogies

Jumbled Paragraph

Meaning-Usage Match

Sentence correction

Verbal Reasoning

Facts / Inferences / Judgments

Reading Comprehension

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.

Duration : 180 Minutes

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