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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 Highlights Details
Exam Mode Computer Based Test (CBT)
Exam Duration 180 minutes (3 hours)
Type of Question Multiple choice type and subjective type
No. of Questions 76
Marking Scheme three marks will be awarded for each correct answer
Negative Marking one mark will be deducted for a wrong answer
Total Marks 228
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)

Section No. of Question Duration Total Marks
Quantitative Ability 34 40 Min 102
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 34 40 Min 102
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 40 Min 96
Total 100 120 Min 300

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:

Question Marks
Every single correct answer will get Three marks
Every single wrong answer result in the deduction of 1 Mark
Deduction of marks for a wrong subjective answer No Deduction
Deduction of marks for un-attempted questions No Deduction

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

Name of the section Total number of questions Total Number of Multiple Choice Questions Total Number of Non-Multiple Choice Questions
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 24 22-24 8
Quantitative Ability (QA) 34 22-24 7-10
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 24-27 10-12

Changes in CAT Exam Pattern

Year Sections Marking Scheme Duration Total Number of Questions Name of the exam conducting body Other Element
2018 Quantitative 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 Hours 100 IIM Kolkata
2017 Quantitative 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 Hours 100 IIM Lucknow
2016 Quantitative 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
2015 Quantitative 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 Ahmedabad Introduction of Calculator/ Induction of Non-MCQ
2014 Quantitative 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 hours IIM Indore The test was divided into two sections/Introduction of the two-day test window
2013 Quantitative 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 hours 60 IIM Indore Same as the previous year
2012 Quantitative 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 hours IIM Indore
2011 Quantitative 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 hours IIM Calcutta

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