CAT Exam Pattern

Exam Pattern

The exam pattern for the CAT exam changes every year. In 2018, a mock test was conducted. This computer-based exam has three sections which are Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning(DI & LR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). During the previous years, VARC and Quantitative Ability consisted of 34 questions each. Meanwhile, DI & LR have 32 questions. There are a total of 100 questions combining all sections. In VARC, 24 questions belong to reading comprehension and ten questions of verbal ability. 

The Common Admission Test uses multiple forms and versions. There are two types of scores which are a raw score and a scaled score. The raw score is calculated based on the number of questions answered correctly, incorrectly, or left unanswered. Three positive marks are given for a correct answer, and one negative point is awarded for an incorrect answer. No points are given for unanswered questions. A process called equating is done to adjust the raw scores. To ensure that scores are interpreted correctly, these equated raw scores are placed on a metric. This process is known as scaling. 

For the current year, 2021, there are 76 questions, 26 questions belonging to quantitative aptitude and VARC. Data interpretation and Logical reasoning consist of 24 questions. The exam is held for 2 hours. A candidate gets 40 minutes to attend each section.