CAT 2020 Exam Pattern (Changed), Syllabus, Marking Scheme & Mock Test

    Urvashi Singhal Urvashi Singhal
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    IIM Indore has brought changes in CAT 2020 exam pattern. The paper will now consist of total 100 MCQ and Non-MCQ type questions from 3 sections Verbal & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude that will have to be completed in 2 hours. Sectional duration in CAT has been reduced to 40 minutes from that of earlier 60 minutes. 

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    CAT 2020 will be conducted in online mode in three slots morning, afternoon, and evening in a single day on November 29, 2020 to abide by social distancing norms. Exam pattern of CAT has undergone changes over the years. Check CAT Syllabus 

    CAT 2020 Exam Pattern Features

    • CAT 2020 will be of 2 hour duration and each section will be alloted 40 minutes. Total 100 questions for 300 marks will be asked in exam.
    • Each section will contain Non-MCQ questions, that are to be directly typed on the screen.
    • Unlike GMAT, CAT doesn’t have a descriptive question for e.g. analytical writing assessment Check CAT vs GMAT
    • No option will be given to move between sections. A basic on-screen calculator will be provided for computation. 
    • CAT Mock Test facility will be provided by conducting body from October 16, 2020 in order to help candidates understand the examination pattern.
    ParticularsCAT Exam 2020CAT exam 2019
    CAT exam dateNovember 29, 2020November 24, 2019
    Number of Sessions32
    Morning CAT Session Timing8.30 AM to 10.30 AM9 AM to 12 Noon
    Afternoon CAT Session Time12.30 PM to 2.30 PM2.30 PM to 5.30 PM
    Evening CAT session Time4.30 PM to 6.30 PMNo third session

    In 2009, CAT became a computer-based test of 150 minutes. In 2015, for the first non-MCQs were included in the paper. Test takers were required to type in the answer in the box provided. Non- MCQs had no negative marking to them. The duration of the test was increased to 180 minutes with a sectional time limit of 60 minutes each. 

    The exam is a gateway to 20 IIMs and 100+ premier management institutes and is conducted annually by one of the older IIMs on a rotational basis. CAT Exam Pattern is segregated in a way so that it  judges a candidate’s ability through 3 sections - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. 

    CAT 2020 Exam Pattern Highlights

    Total Number of Questions100
    Total Marks300
    Number of Sections3 (Verbal & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude)
    Duration of Exam120 minutes (40 minutes per section)
    Medium of ExamEnglish
    Number of Answer Choices4
    Mode of ExamOnline
    CAT Marking Scheme+3 marks for the correct answer -1 mark for an incorrect answer
    Questions with Negative MarkingMCQs-70 to 75
    Questions without Negative MarkingNON-MCQs- 25 to 30

    CAT 2020 Exam Pattern Sectional Composition 

    SectionTotal questionsNumber of MCQ questionsNumber of Non-MCQ questions
    Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)34 (RC-24, VA-10)


    Quantitative Aptitude (Quant)3422-2410-12
    Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)32 (DI-16, LR-16)248

    CAT 2020 Marking Scheme

    CAT will have two types of questions– MCQs and Non-MCQs. Both the type of questions will carry equal marks. Here is the CAT Marking Scheme for your reference:

    • Total Questions- 100
    • Total Marks- 300
    • Marks for Each Correct Answer- +3 marks
    • Marks for Each Incorrect Answer- -1 score.
    • Negative Marking for Non-MCQs- No
    • Questions Left Blank- No mark

    The table given below provides a brief of the marking scheme, expected to be followed for CAT 2020.

    Type of QuestionCorrect AnswerIncorrect AnswerUn-attempted Question
    • Candidates get 40 minutes to complete each section.
    • Even if candidates complete a section before 60 minutes, they cannot switch/ start with the next section.
    • However, candidates can attempt any of the section first and can also answer the questions out of sequence.

    CAT 2020 Test Taking Instructions

    Detailed instructions are displayed on the screen beforethe exam commences, candidates are advised to follow the same throughout the exam. When candidates login into the sytems provided, aclock starts at the right hand side of the screen. This displays time remianing for each section that is 60 minutes. The moment time duration for a specific section is over candidates are automatically switched to further sections and wont be able to answer any more question from the previous section.  

    It is important to have a fair idea of the colour panel which is displayed on the computer screen of the candidate. This will guide them in attempting the questions on the basis of priority.

    Colour on the PanelIndication
    RedQuestion not been answered nor marked for review
    GreenQuestions has been answeredbut not marked for review
    GreyQuestion neither viewed nor visited
    VioletQuestion marked for review but not answered
    Violet with Grey MarkQuestion is both answered and marked for review

    Q&A on CAT Exam Pattern

    Ques: CAT 2020 Computer Based or Online Based Test?

    Ans: IIMs have made it clear that CAT is essentially a cpmputer based test and not an online test. As exams which are conducted online are based on internet (IBT) thus no internet site is taken into use. It is a computer based test that is candidates read the question booklet on the computer screen and choose the answer on it only. There is a timer constantly ticking defining time duration for each particular section. CheckCAT Online Preparation

    CAT 2020 Exam Pattern for Quantitative Aptitude

    • This section focuses on numerical problems and will test a candidate’s mathematical knowledge.
    • It is a test of speed, accuracy, and precision.
    • There are 34 questions in this section. 
    • They will be further divided into 27 MCQ & 7 Non-MCQs.
    Sub SectionNumber of Questions
    Arithmetic14 questions
    Algebra9 questions
    Geometry7 questions
    Number System2 questions
    Modern Maths2 questions

    CAT Syllabus for Quantitative Aptitude 

    VariationTime and WorkTime, Speed and Distance
    Linear and Quadratics EquationsSurds and IndicesInequalities
    LogarithmsMensuration and GeometryTables and Case lets
    Probability/ Profit or LossCritical PathAverages and Partnerships
    Allegations and MixturesAlgebraPercentage

    Read CAT 2020 Quants Preparation Tips

    CAT 2019 Exam Pattern Analysis for Quantitative Aptitude

    The quantitative ability section of CAT 2019 was quite lengthy, but candidates with mathematics background did not face many difficulties in getting through with it. Geometry was given more weightage this year. The overall difficulty level of the exam was moderate.

    Following are the highlights of Cat 2019 QA section:

    • There were only 7 Non MCQ questions, nearly half than last year’s CAT exam
    • The square root symbol looked more like the pie symbol; this caused confusion.
    • Questions from the topics – Compound Interest, Coordinate Geometry, geometry, Mixture and Allegation, Permutation and Combination, Partnership, Mensuration, Logarithm, Quadric Equation, Proportion, and Ratio.
    • 7 questions were inclined on the tough side.

    Read CAT Paper Analysis for QA

    Important study material/ books for Quantitative

    CAT quants books
    Book NameAuthor Name/PublisherISBN Number
    How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CATArun Sharma9352602242
    Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission Tests for Admission into IIMsSarvesh K. Verma9311123870
    Quantitative Aptitude for the CATNishit K. Sinha9332570019

    Read Best Books for CAT Preparation 2020

    CAT 2020 Exam Pattern for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

    • This section will focus on two aspects- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.
    • Questions from Data Interpretation (DI) focus on a candidate’s ability to derive conclusions from a given set of data.
    • Logical Reasoning (LR) section tests a candidate’s logical thinking and its application to everyday problems.
    • There will be a total of 32 questions from this section.
    • They will be further divided into 24 MCQ & 8 Non-MCQs.
    Bar GraphCase lets
    Line GraphCombination of Graphs
    Pie ChartData Sufficiency
    TablesVenn Diagram
    Seating ArrangementBlood Relations
    SyllogismVenn Diagram
    PropositionsData Arrangement
    StatementsClocks and Calendars


    Read CAT 2020 DILR Preparation Tips

    CAT 2019 Exam Pattern Analysis for DI/LR

    • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) was the toughest section of CAT Exam
    • The overall difficulty level of this section was high.
    • Some candidates faced a problem in completing this section. The trick to scoring high in this section was only to identify the easier sets.
    • If candidates identified the easier set, the calculator would have proved useful, and thus an attempt of 10-12 questions will be enough to clear the sectional cutoff.
    • 4 sets of DILR questions were there, including MCQ and Non MCQ questions.
    • Questions were asked from the following topics: 
    1. Line Chart
    2. Table Chart
    3. Set Theory
    4. Arrangement
    5. Cube-Based Sets

    Read CAT Paper Analysis for DI

    CAT Books for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

    CAT reasoning books

    Books for CAT ExamAuthor Name/PublisherISBN Number
    CAT 2020 Data Interpretation & Logical ReasoningGautam Puri9386309475
    Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit K. Sinha933257121X
    Data Interpretation & Data SufficiencyAnanta Ashisha9352039246
    How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CATArun Sharma9352602250
    • This section will have questions from English language and grammar.
    • It tests a candidate’s language and comprehension skills.
    • The comprehension questions will test the ability to comprehend the meaning from a given passage.
    • Questions about language usage and their rules are also expected to appear in the exam. Testing the understanding of basic grammar is also a part of the exam.
    • A total of 34 questions will be asked from this section.
    • They will be further divided into 24 MCQ & 10 Non-MCQs. 

    CAT 2020 Exam Pattern for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

    Sub SectionNumber of Questions
    Reading Comprehension24
    Sentence Correction3
    Para Jumble4

    ReadCAT 2020 VARC Preparation Tips

    Syllabus for Verbal and Reading Comprehension

    Sentence CorrectionWord usage
    Fill in the blanksPara Jumble
    Para completionFact Inference Judgement

    CAT 2019 Paper Analysis for VA/RC

    • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section consisted of 5 passages of 400-500 words each.
    • 3 passages had 6 questions each related to them, and 2 passages had 3 questions each.
    • +3 marks were given for each correct answer and -1 marks for each wrong answer.
    • The overall difficulty level of the exam was Moderate.
    • Along with this, there were Non-MCQ from the following topics:
    1. Jumbled paragraphs- 4 questions
    2. Out of context and paragraph summary- 3 questions
    3. Find odd sentences- 3 questions

    Preparation Books for Verbal and Reading Comprehension

    CAT verbal ability books
    Book NameAuthor Name/PublisherISBN Number
    How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CATArun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay/Arihant9352602269
    30 Days to a More Powerful Vocabulary Mass Market PaperbackWilfred Funk & Norman Lewis/ Simon & Schuster067174349X
    How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CATSharma and Upadhyay9339222695
    PSC for VA for CAT ExamNishit Sinha933257002

    Q&A on CAT Exam Pattern

    Ques: What is the difficulty level of CAT?

    Ans: Difficulty level in CAT varies from section to section. Going by the trend Verbal Reasoning and Reading Comprehension are easy to moderate, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning is on the tougher side whereas Quantitative Aptitude is moderate. The overall difficulty level of the exam is moderate. The amount of competition candidate faces in CAT makes it difficult to crack.

    Read Courses Offered by IIMs through CAT

    Changes in CAT Exam Pattern (2015-2018)

    Ever since the change of CAT exam mode from offline to online in 2009, the exam has seen several changes in its pattern. Given below is the trend analysis of the CAT paper pattern for the past three years. This will help you predict the expected CAT 2019 Question Paper:

    • In 2018 Non-MCQ questions in total increased to 27 as compared to 26 in 2017.
    • Reading Comprehension were reduced to 4 from 5, each passage having 5 questions.
    • Quant had a good number of 12 Non-MCQ’s. Arithmetic questions were given a good weightage.
    • Some of the Non-MCQ questions had options also, with space provided to write the correct option.

    With computer based test introduced in 2009. CAT exam pattern has undergone several changes. Prior to 2009 the exam was held in pen-paper mode. Since past 4 years the paper pattern has not gone under major alterations.

    Year of ExamNumber of QuestionsVARCDILRQuantLevel of DifficultyAnalysis
    CAT 2018100VARC-34 RC-24 (MCQs Only) VA-10 (2 MCQs and 7 NON-MCQs)DILR-32 DI-16 LR-16 MCQs-24 NON-MCQs-8Quant-34 MCQs-22 NON-MCQs-12Moderate to high

    Same pattern like last year.

    Changes in number of MCQ and NON-MCQ question in sections

    CAT 2017100VARC-34 RC-24 (All MCQs) VA-10 (3 MCQs and 7 non MCQs)DILR-32 DI-16 LR-16, MCQs-24 NON-MCQ-8Quant-34 MCQ-23 Non-MCQs-11Moderate

    Same pattern like last year.

    Changes in number of NON-MCQ questions

    CAT 2016100VARC-34 RC-24 (MCQ) VA-10 (NON-MCQs only )DILR-32 DI-16 LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8Quant-34 MCQ-27 Non-MCQs-7Moderate to difficult

    Same pattern like last year.

    NON-MCQ in quant reduced

    CAT 2015100VARC -34 RC-24 (MCQs) VA-10 (Non MCQs)DILR-32 DI-16 LR-16 MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8Quant-34, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-10Moderate to difficult

    Time limit increased to 180 minutes.

    Sectional time restriction of 1 hour.

    NON-MCQs with no negative marking

    Q&A on CAT Exam Pattern

    Ques: Does CAT exam pattern vary from year to year?

    Ans: CAT exam pattern has changed over the years but since past 3 years it has been constant. CAT 2020 will have 3 sections Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC-34 questions), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR-32 questions), Quantitative Ability (QA-34 questions). Though the number of questions may slightly vary from year to year.

    Preparation Tips by CAT Toppers

    Swapnil Suman scored 100 percentile in CAT 2018. His section wise strategy is as follows:

    • VARC- He read fiction and non-fiction text to improve reading speed, vocabulary and grammar. He also went for reading The Hindu newspaper and watched video solutions by TIME mocks.
    • DILR- Swapnil says solving puzzles and regular practice will make this section interesting.
    • Quant- It was an easy section for him as he belonged to engineering background. He went for tricks and revised the concepts often.

    Manaswi Kumar scored 99.14 percentile in CAT 2018 . Here are some insights on his sectional preparation strategy:

    • VARC- He noted down 21 new words everyday, read newspapers and novels in addition. 
    • DILR- Mock test proved to be helpful to him for preparing this section. He constantly reviewed his preparation level through practice tests.
    • Quant- He went for doubt clearing sessions and consulted previous year question papers to master quants.

    CAT Mock Test 2020

    A month before the main Exam on Octover 16, 2020, IIM Indore which is conducting CAT 2020 will provide the facility of Mock Test in order to provide an idea to the candidates about to appear in the exam about the online exam pattern details and the way to answer in exam. CAT 2020 will be held on 29 November 2020. 

    It is advisable to practice Mock Test along with Previous Year Question Papers as much as possible. Most of CAT Coaching Centers also release their test papers or series for MBA aspirants. Practicing rigorously is the only key to crack CAT exam. Make sure you leave no stone unturned during your preparation strategy.


    CAT Vs XAT Exam Pattern Comparison

    ComponentXAT by XLRICAT by IIMs 
    Mode of ExamComputer Based TestComputer Based Test
    Number of Questions100 (60 earlier since 2014)100 (98 earlier till 2017)
    Total Time Duration180 minutes210 minutes
    Type of Questions72-75 MCQs, rest Non-MCQ99 MCQs and 1 Essay type question
    Number of Options45
    Marking Scheme

    +3 for Correct response

    1/3  nehative marking for MCQs 

    No negative marking for Non MCQs

    +1 for correct response

    ¼ negative marking for 74 MCQs

    No Negative marking for 25 MCQs and Essay Question

    Sectional Time Limit1 hour for each sectionNo restriction
    Number of Sections

    3 (DILR, VARC, Quants)

    5 (Decision Making, General Awareness, Essay Writing, Quants/DI,English Aptitude)

    CAT 2020 Exam Pattern FAQs

    Ques.: When will CAT 2020 take place?

    Ans. CAT 2020 will be conducted tentatively on November 29, 2020 by IIM Indore. The application process will commence in first week of of August, 2020. CheckCAT 2020 Application Process

    Ques.: Is CAT 2020 an online exam?

    Ans. CAT is not an online exam. It is a digital or Computer Based Test (CBT); not an Internet-Based Test (IBT), i.e., a candidate will not take the exam on an internet site.

    Ques.: Is there any change in CAT 2020 exam pattern?

    Ans. No major change is expected in CAT 2020 Exam Pattern and Syllabus. The pattern will be same as last year. The difficulty level and number of questions in each section may vary and not necessarily be the same as in previous years. Check

    Ques.: Can I take the exam from any computer?

    Ans. A candidate will take the exam on a workstation assigned at the test center. No candidate can take the exa on their personal laptop or computer system.

    Ques.: Are there negative marks for questions other than MCQs?

    Ans. No, there are no negative marks for non-MCQ type questions.

    Ques.: How many non-MCQs are there in each section?

    Ans. The number of questions as Non-MCQs may vary in each section. Generally- VARC has 7 Non-MCQs and 27 MCQs, DILR has 8 Non-MCQs and 24 MCQs whereas Quants ahs 12 Non-MCQs and 22 MCQs

    Ques.: Is there a specific order for answering sections?

    Ans. You must answer the sections in a pre-specified order, and this order will remain the same for all the candidates. The time duration is 180 minutes.

    Ques.: What is the difference between the Computer-Based test and Pen-paper Based Test?

    Ans. The Computer-based test is where the applicants read the questions on a computer terminal and click on the right answer. In the Pen-Paper based test, the applicants will be provided with a paper booklet, and they are needed to use a pencil or pen and darken the ovals against the right answers.

    Ques.: How to know more about the CBT?

    Ans. For more details on the CBT, check out the CAT 2020 Practice tests and the CAT 2020 Mock Test.

    Ques.: What are the sections in CAT 2020?

    Ans. There are three sections in the CAT 2020 question paper –

    Section I – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

    Section II – Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

    Section III – Quantitative Ability. CheckCAT Syllabus

    Ques.:  Can I Bring a calculator to the exam?

    Ans. No, the applicants are not allowed to bring in any electronic devices to the exam center. An on-screen calculator will be provided in the exam.

    Ques.:  How many MCQ and Non-MCQ in CAT? 

    Ans. There are 72 MCQ and 28 Non MCQ Questions.

    Verbal and Reading Comprehension241034
    Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning24832
    Quantitative Aptitude27734

    Ques.: Do the MCQs and non-MCQs carry equal scores?

    Ans. Yes, all the questions carry equal scores.

    Ques.: What is the syllabus for CAT? How should I prepare?

    Ans. There is no fixed syllabus for CAT. However, applicants can check the numerous tips provided by professionals or join a coaching Institute. Also, the applicants can also check the numerous CAT preparation tips accessible online.

    Ques.: What is the marking scheme for CAT? Is there any negative marking?

    Ans. For every right answer, the applicants will be awarded 3 marks. However, an insight answer will fetch -1 mark.

    Ques.: What is the weightage of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension?

    Ans. There are 34 questions for 102 marks for 60 minutes.

    Ques.: What is the Weightage of Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning?

    Ans. There are 32 questions for 96 marks for 60 minutes.

    Ques.: What is the Weightage of Quantitative Ability?

    Ans. There are 34 questions for 102 marks for 60 minutes.

    Ques.: What is the syllabus for Quantitative Ability?

    Ans. There are important topics for quantitative ability:

    Linear and Quadratics EquationsTime and WorkInequalities
    VariationMensuration and GeometryTime, Speed and Distance
    Probability/ Profit or LossSurds and IndicesTables and Case lets
    LogarithmsCritical PathAverages and Partnerships
    Allegations and MixturesAlgebraPercentage

    Ques.: What is the CAT Exam Pattern for Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning?

    Ans. These are the important topics to cover in Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning:

    Bar GraphCase letsSeating ArrangementBlood RelationsStatements
    Line GraphCombination of GraphsSyllogismVenn DiagramSets
    Pie ChartData SufficiencyPropositionsData ArrangementClocks and Calendars
    TablesVenn DiagramPuzzlesAssumptions-

    Ques.What is the CAT Exam Pattern for Verbal & Reading Comprehension?

    Ans. These are the major topics to cover in Verbal & Reading Comprehension:

    Sentence CorrectionWord usage
    Fill in the blanksPara Jumble
    Para completionFact Inference Judgement

    Ques.: Is there any help for computation in CAT Exam?

    Ans. To help applicants with general computations, a non-scientific on-screen calculator is offered. Candidates have to use the mouse to carry out calculations on the on-screen calculator.

    Ques.:  From where can I get the list of exam centers?

    Ans. The list of CAT 2019 exam centers will be accessible on the official website Currently, applicants can see the test cities where CAT 2019 will take place.

    Ques: What are TITA questions?

    Ans: TITA or “Type in the answer” type questions are those questions in which no options are provided. Candidates have to go through the questions and solve the same to type the answer in the text box provided. These are also referred to as Non-MCQs. 25-30% of the questions asked in the paper are non-MCQs. 

    Ques: Which among TITA and MCQs, help in gaining higher score in CAT?

    Ans: If we analyse CAT exam paper, the percentage of MCQs are more than that of non-MCQs. But there is a negative marking of -1 in MCQs for each correct answer while no negative marking in non-MCQs. Therefore, if the non-MCQs do not add one to your number, it won’t decrease your number as well. Therefore, candidates may get a good score if they answered each and every TITA questions correctly along with more than 60% right multiple-choice questions. 

    Ques: Which is more time consuming among CAT MCQs and TITA questions?

    Ans: TITA questions are more time consuming than that of traditional non- MCQs and there are chances that these questions do not give accurate answers.

    Ques: Is there any specific section in which only MCQs are asked?

    Ans: No, CAT exam contain both MCQs and non-MCQs type questions in each and every section. 

    Ques.: What are the time slots for the CAT 2020?

    Ans. CAT 2020 will be conducted in two sessions or time slots. Applicants will be allotted a single session time slot based on the availability of test center and city of selection.

    Ques.: Can I appear for more than one slot for CAT 2020?

    Ans. No, you cannot appear for more than one slot for CAT 2020. If any applicant attempts to appear for CAT 2020 in two distinctive time slots, it would be considered as a fraudulent activity. To maintain the distance from any fraudulent activity on this front, CAT 2020 applicants will be subject to verification of Admit Cards, applicant pictures, photo IDs, and biometric verification.

    Ques.: Where can I select my preference for shift and test date?

    Ans. The examination shift (forenoon or afternoon) is distributed to each registered applicant based on the selection of the city, which made at the time of application. An applicant cannot select the shift.

    Ques.: What are the timings to contact the Applicant Helpdesk?

    Ans. CAT 2020 help desk is accessible to applicants via telephone from Monday to Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. CAT Applicant Helpdesk is shut on Sundays and National/Public holidays.

    *The article might have information for the previous academic years, which will be updated soon subject to the notification issued by the University/College


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    Deep Jyoti Das

    Which IIM has the highest cutoff?

    28 Oct, 2020 21:30

    Hi Deep, 

    According to the trends over the past few years, the CAT Cut Offs for top IIMs are:

    • IIM Ahmedabad - 99%ile.
    • IIM Bangalore - 99%ile.
    • IIM Calcutta - 99%ile.

    For more information, please refer to the following link, CAT Preparation Tips.

    28 Oct, 2020 23:21

    Does the CAT exam have negative marking?

    27 Oct, 2020 20:56

    Dear Vipasha

    Greetings from Collegedunia. Yes, CAT Exam has negative marking and 1 mark is deducted for each incorrect answer, and 3 marks are awarded for each correct answer. For more details, kindly go through this link – CAT Exam Pattern

    28 Oct, 2020 12:07
    Shreya Sarkar

    How much tough is the calculations? Do applicants from an engineering background have an edge over others?

    17 Oct, 2020 20:01

    Hi Shreya, The questions that you get in the CAT exam are based on fundamental concepts and are normally not very calculation intensive. The CAT can be cracked by anyone irrespective of his/her educational background. The CAT does not favour engineers. It checks quantitative aptitude based on mathematics of Class 6 to Class 10, which everyone has studied in school.

    18 Oct, 2020 19:38
    Shruti Verma

    How much weightage is given to class 10th, 12th marks in the CAT exam?

    15 Oct, 2020 18:37

    Hi Shruti, 

    The weightage given to 10th and 12th marks in the CAT exam ranges from 10%-50% depending upon the IIMs. 

    15 Oct, 2020 21:34
    Shruti Verma

    What is the syllabus for Data Interpretation?

    01 Oct, 2020 21:43

    Hi Shruti, Data Interpretation is the section which consists of charts and tables, myriad of graphs, from which candidates will have to analyze and glean data. For more information, please refer to the following link, CAT Syllabus.

    02 Oct, 2020 22:03
    Deep Jyoti Das

    Topic-wise question distribution is fixed or random in the CAT exam?

    21 Sep, 2020 10:54

    Hello Deep,

    The topic-wise distribution of the questions is random in the CAT exam. Though, there’s a prescribed range of questions that will be asked from a particular topic. For more details, visit: CAT Exam Pattern

    24 Sep, 2020 18:08

    Want to weightage of topics for quants in order to priortize my preparation.

    27 Aug, 2020 00:20

    Hello Shivam,

    Arithmetic and Algebra holds maximum weightage in the quants section. For a detailed analysis of the section, refer to this link: CAT Quantitative Aptitude Analysis

    03 Sep, 2020 13:55

    I am a teacher in a govt.sponsored school in Kolkata-119. But my dream is to crack CAT 2020 and become a man of holding MBA degree in FINANCE and to work in MNC.Can you tell me how to crack CAT 2020 and pursue MBA in FINANCE while contiuing my job or someone may tell me how to achieve my dream.

    18 May, 2020 00:20

    I have approx 4 years of experience. Am I eligible for cat?

    13 Apr, 2020 00:20


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