CAT 2013 Exam Pattern: CAT 2013, the MBA entrance exam for the 13 IIMs and over 150 B-schools in India will be held between October 16 and November 11. This article will discuss the CAT 2013 exam pattern in detail.

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The CAT exam pattern undergoes change almost every year. However, CAT 2013 Convener, Prof. Rohit Kapoor of IIM Indore has mentioned that the CAT 2013 exam pattern will not undergo any changes this year. In an exclusive interview with Careers360, Prof. Kapoor said, “There will be no major change as such in the CAT 2013 exam pattern.”


Let us have a look at the CAT 2013 exam pattern in details.

Mode of CAT 2013 exam

CAT 2013 will be a computer based test, conducted by Prometric. Prometric is the agency which is responsible for all the functionalities of CAT 2013 computer based exam. Prometric has been conducting the computer based CAT since its inception in 2009.

CAT 2013 Sections

There are two sections, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.

Till 2011, the CAT test pattern saw 3 sections in total, Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. Since CAT 2011, the exam pattern underwent a major change. The number of sections was reduced to 2, where the Quantitative Ability was merged with Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability section was merged with Logical Reasoning. The DI & LR section ceased to exist.


The duration of the exam is 140 minutes, or 2 hours 20 minutes. The total number of questions is 120.

The duration of the two sections is divided equally with 70 minutes each. The sections are timed and their appearances on screen are also controlled. The first section which you will have to solve is Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation. After exactly 70 minutes, the section will be switched to Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.

This timed section pattern was also a part of the major change of the CAT exam pattern in the year 2011. Earlier, the sections were not time bound and candidates were able to start with any of the 3 sections of their choice.

Number of Questions

Each section of CAT 2013 will have 60 questions. The two areas of a section, Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation in Section 1 and Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning areas of Section 2 will have 30 questions each.

Amidst the sections, Quantitative Ability area will have 20 questions and Data Interpretation part will have 10 questions. The second section will have 20 questions in Verbal Ability part and 10 questions in the Logical Reasoning area.

Marking scheme

The CAT 2013 scoring process mentions that for each correct answer, there are 3 marks and for each wrong answer, there will be a negative marking of 1 mark. Hence, you should be very careful while answering. A wrong answer can result in deduction of 1 mark.

In the computer based CAT 2013 exam pattern, you will be able to Mark and Review your questions before you end the test to ensure that you submit the most accurate exam.

For all related queries visit our official CAT 2013 Discussion. 

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if i obtain 80 marks in quantitative aptitude 80 marks in data interpection and 80 marks in verbal reasoning what is my total percentile of cat because my 10th and 12 marks is low ?

Ankit Dahiya Student Expert 6th Apr, 2020
Your CAT percentile has nothing to do with class X and XII marks.
The percentile indicates your performance relative to the other candidates. For example if you get 80 percentile it means your score is more than 80% of the appearing students.
The percentipe is calculated as:
P=(R/N) 100
where R=Rank of student and N=Number of students who appeared.

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I have 96% in 10th 94 %in 12th and 7 3 cgpa in btech and around 18 months of work much do I need to score in CAT 2020 to get a call from IIMA/B /C or FMS ?

Prakarsh Kaushik 5th Apr, 2020


For getting in top B-schools of India like IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C, FMS Delhi etc. you need good marks not only in in CAT but also in Class 10th, 12th and your graduation. If you have some work experience then it gives you more advantages.

There is no specific cutoff of percentile on which you can get into top IIMs. Since your marks in 10th, 12th is above 90% and in graduation above 7 CGPA with work experience, you can expect a call from IIM-A, IIM-B, IIM-C if you have at least 99 percentile in CAT .

For FMS also you should aim for 99+ percentile in CAT and also keep in mind that if you score 95+ percentile in VARC Section it will increase your chances of getting in.

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which is the best book for cat self study to crack cat examination

KUNAL LANJEWAR 5th Apr, 2020


Given below are the best books to refer for preparing for CAT examination:

1. For Quantitative Aptitude:

  • How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Quantitative Aptitude for the CAT by Nishit K Sinha
  • Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT 2019 by Sarvesh K Sharma

2. For Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation :

  • How to Prepare for Data Interpretation for CAT by Arun Sharma
  • Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for CAT by Nishit K Sinha

3. For Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension :

  • Word Power made easy by Norman Lewis
  • Mastering the Verbal Ability for CAT by Ajay Singh
  • How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for the CAT by Arun Sharma and Meenakshi Upadhyay

Best Wishes.


how should I crack cat examination

sushmitha M 5th Apr, 2020


Preparing in the right direction is very important for any competetive exams and mainly inportant for CAT. Firstly you need to know the syllabus for CAT and practice the topics that you are not unsure about and put more strss on them and then solve as many mock papers as possible and also go through the previous years papers of CAT and prepare in the right direction.

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How much percentile would be good in CAT to get admission in MBA from IIT Delhi for a general category participant?

anurag khanna 5th Apr, 2020

Hello Aspirant,

Till now IIT Delhi has not released its cut-off for CAT for admission to MBA courses. According to last year's trend you should score more than 90 percentile if you belongs to general category and want to pursue MBA from IIT Delhi.

For more details about cut-off for MBA program in IIT Delhi you should read this article .

I hope this answer helps you.

Good Luck!!

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