CAT Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

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Exam pattern

Section

Questions

Marks

Time

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

34

102

60 minutes

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

32

96

60 minutes

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

34

102

60 minutes

Total

100

300

180 minutes

You will have 180 minutes to answer the questions. Each section is allotted 60 minutes. You cannot choose any section to start with or switch from one section to another. The question paper must be followed chronologically, from section 1-3.

Use of basic onscreen calculator will be allowed for computation.

There has been a change in recent years from 2016, where IIM Ahmedabad introduced Non-MCQs for the first time ever in CAT examination. These questions were labelled as TITA Questions.

TITA = Type in The Answer

These questions accounted to 33% in CAT 2018 exam, which scores to 170 (out of 300). Needing to get 99% in CAT 2019, Another bonus which comes with these TITA questions is “NO Negative Marking”.

Number of TITA questions sectionally are listed below:

Section name

No. of Questions

No. of TITA Questions

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

34

15

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

32

8

Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning (VARC)

34

10

Total

100

33

 

Therefore, the absence of options has an unfavourable effect on the accuracy in the answers. While you may not be losing marks, however you lose out on time, which is equally precious in CAT! , a great performance is essential when dealing with TITA questions to get into your dream institutions!