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CAT Exam Pattern 2021 – Check New Section Wise Pattern & Marking Scheme

The CAT Exam Pattern Will be released along with the CAT 2021 Notification, IIM CAT 2021 is scheduled to be conducted in the last week of November. The Exam Pattern of the CAT Exam has been changed many times in the last years. , but since 2015 the Pattern and the marking scheme is the same. The application process will begin in August 2021. Due to COVID-19 last year the CAT Exam Pattern and the total number of the question was revised. With the help of CAT Exam Pattern, candidates will get complete information about how much time they need to invest in a single topic. Candidates need to be aware of the CAT Exam Pattern, which includes CAT Marking Schemes, Exam Mode, etc. To get complete information about CAT Exam Pattern, Candidates need to go through the complete article.

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CAT Exam Pattern 2021

CAT Exam Pattern

CAT Exam 2021 HighlightsDetails
Exam ModeComputer Based Test (CBT)
Exam Duration180 minutes (3 hours)
Type of QuestionMultiple choice type and subjective type
No. of Questions76
Marking Schemethree marks will be awarded for each correct answer
Negative Markingone mark will be deducted for a wrong answer
Total Marks228
Section Names
  • Quantitative Aptitude
  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
  • Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

What is CAT Exam?

CAT (Common Admission Test) is one of the most popular exams for admission in the MBA Courses, the examination will be held every year once, and thousands of the aspirants appear in the exam. CAT 2021 exam will be conducted by the IIM Ahmedabad in the online mode.

Section Wise Weightage of Question:(Conformation yet to come)

SectionNo. of QuestionDurationTotal Marks
Quantitative Ability3440 Min102
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension3440 Min102
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning3240 Min96
Total100120 Min300

Section Wise Weightage of Question

CAT Marking Schemes

The total marks of the CAT Exam are 300 marks. all questions carry equal marks. There is a negative marking of 0.33 for every wrong answer, and three marks will be awarded for every correct answer.

Check the CAT Marking Scheme below:

QuestionMarks
Every single correct answer will getThree marks
Every single wrong answer result in the deduction of1 Mark
Deduction of marks for a wrong subjective answerNo Deduction
Deduction of marks for un-attempted questionsNo Deduction

CAT Exam Pattern – Total Number of MCQ Vs Non-MCQ Questions

Name of the sectionTotal number of questionsTotal Number of Multiple Choice QuestionsTotal Number of Non-Multiple Choice Questions
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)2422-248
Quantitative Ability (QA)3422-247-10
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)3424-2710-12

Changes in CAT Exam Pattern

YearSectionsMarking SchemeDurationTotal Number of QuestionsName of the exam conducting bodyOther Element
2018Quantitative Ability (QA) – 34

Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) – 34

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) – 32

  • +3 for the correct answer
  • -1 for the wrong answer
Three Hours100IIM Kolkata
2017Quantitative Ability (QA) – 34

Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) – 34

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) – 32

  • +3 for the correct answer
  • -1 for the wrong answer
  • No negative marking for Non-MCQs
Three Hours100IIM Lucknow
2016Quantitative Ability (QA) – 34

Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) – 34

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) – 32

  • +3 for the correct answer
  • -1 for the wrong answer
  • No negative marking for Non-MCQs
IIM Bangalore
2015Quantitative Ability (QA) – 34

Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) – 34

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) – 32

  • +3 for the correct answer
  • -1 for the wrong answer
  • No negative marking for Non-MCQs
IIM AhmedabadIntroduction of Calculator/ Induction of Non-MCQ
2014Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI) – 50

Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) – 50

  • +3 for the correct answer
  • -1 for the wrong answer
2.5 hoursIIM IndoreThe test was divided into two sections/Introduction of the two-day test window
2013Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI) – 30

Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) – 30

  • +3 for the correct answer
  • -1 for the wrong answer
2:20 hours60IIM IndoreSame as the previous year
2012Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI) – 30

Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) – 30

  • +3 for the correct answer
  • -1 for the wrong answer
2:20 hoursIIM Indore
2011Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI) – 30

Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) – 30

  • +3 for a correct answer
  • -1 for the wrong answer
2:20 hoursIIM Calcutta

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