CAT 2014 Exam Pattern
Sreetama Datta, 13 Oct 2014, #CAT
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CAT 2014 Exam Pattern- IIMs have announced the new exam pattern of CAT. Several changes have been made in the CAT 2014 Exam Pattern. The number of questions have been increased from 60 to 100. The duration has increased by 30 minutes and there is no sectional boundary as well unlike last year.

New : Candidates who wish to appear for CAT 2016 which will be conducted on November 29, 2016 (tentatively) can fill CAT 2016 Application form from first week of August.


Let us have a look at the New CAT 2014 Exam Pattern in detail.


CAT 2014 Mode of Conduct:


CAT 2014 will be conducted in computer based format. Though held in the traditional paper pencil based mode till 2008, 2009 onwards the mode of the test became computer based. Prometric India obtained the 5 year contract to conduct the computer based exam. From 2014 onwards, Tata Consultancy Service would be the online testing partner for the next 5 years. It must be noted that CAT is not an online test as the test taker’s computer system is not connected to internet. Neither do they receive their scores right after the exam is over.


CAT 2014 Duration:


The total duration of the exam is 170 minutes or 2 hours and 50 minutes. Last year, the duration was 140 minutes or 2 hours and 20 minuted. Hence the duration of CAT 2014 has been increased by half an hour. Unlike past years, the sections are no more time bound and the candidates can switch between the sections as well which was not possibl till las year. Till 2010, the duration of CAT was 2 hours and 15 minutes. In 2011, the CAT 2014 Exam Pattern changed and so did the duration.


CAT 2014 Sections:


There are 2 sections in CAT, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. Before CAT 2011, there were 3 sections, Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (not in exact order).  From 2011 onwards, when the CAT was conducted by IIM Calcutta, Convener Dr. Janakiraman Moorthy had announced the change in pattern. The 3 sections have been combined into 2 sections. Moreover, the sections also became time bound, 70 minutes for each section. The candidates no more had the option to start the exam with their preferred section. Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation is the compulsory first section of CAT followed by Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning after 70 minutes. At the end of the next 70 minutes, the test ends automatically. However from CAT 2014 onwards, though the number of sections would be 2, they would not be time bound. The candidates would also be able to switch between the sections which was not possible till last year.


CAT 2014 Number of Questions:


The total number of questions in CAT 2014 has increased from 60 to 100. Till last year, each section had 30 questions but from now on, there would be 50 questions in a section. Before CAT 2010 also the total number of questions was 60 but since the number of sections was 3, each section had 20 questions. All the questions are multiple choice and objective type in nature. Each question carries 4 options.


CAT 2014 Scoring System:


Each correct question in CAT 2014 is awarded 3 marks. Hence the total marks of CAT 2014 would be 180. There is 1/3 negative marking scheme. Hence for each wrong answer, 1 mark would be deducted from the obtained score. All the questions are not compulsory to attempt. For the unanswered questions, 0 marks would be given, i.e. there would not be any negative marking for unanswered questions. However, for CAT 2014, the scoring and equalization process has not been announced yet even after the launch of the official website on August 1, 2014.


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For any doubt and queries on CAT 2014, call the CAT Helpline Number 011-40-360-360.


There has been major change in terms of the testing window as well. Instead of a 20 day test window, CAT 2014 will be conducted in  a 2 day window on Sunday, November 16, 2014 and Saturday, November 22 2014 over 4 slots every day. The number of test cities has also increased from 45 to 99 this year. 


The application process will start from first Wednesday, August 6, to Tuesday, September 30, 2014 for the eligible candidates. The CAT 2014 admit card will be downloadable from the official website from Thursday, October 16, 2014 onwards till the exam day. The result will be declared on third week of December, 2014. The scores of CAT 2014 will be accepted by 13 IIMs offering 3,335 seats and over 150 B-schools across India.


Last year, 1.74 lakh candidates took the test last year out of 1.94 lakh registrations.


Also Read:

CAT 2016 Exam Pattern





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Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 21st Nov, 2019
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We shall give you the IIMs cut offs for a fair idea of how much you might have to score:

IIM Ahemdabad:


UR 70 70 70 80

NC-OBC/Trans 65 65 65 75

SC 60 60 60 70

ST 50 50 50 60

PWD 60 60 60 70

ST-PWD 50 50 50 60

Now this is sectional cut offs. The selection procedure is as follows:
10th Rating:

Percent score Rating Score

<= 55 1

> 55 and <= 60 2

> 60 and <= 70 3

> 70 and <= 80 5

> 80 and <= 90 8

> 90 10

The same rating score is used for 12th Science /Commerce Streams. For Arts/Humanities:

Percent score Rating Score

<= 45 1
> 45 and <= 50 2
> 50 and <= 60 3
> 60 and <= 70 5
> 70 and <= 85 8
> 85 10

From each Academic sectors top 5% from each stream and each Category will be short listed. It might look like:

Category Upper Limit

General 100

NC-OBC-cum-transgender 57

SC 32

ST 16

PwD 6

After shortlisting the Candidates, the selected Candidates will have to go through WAT and PI rounds. Selection at this stage will strictly be based on the shortlisting of the candidates done separately for each Category ) on the basis of their Final Composite Score. . The numbers selected in different reservation categories will be in proportions mandated by law.

Personal Interview Multiplication Factor (PIF) = 0.50

AWT Multiplication Factor (AWTF) = 0.10

CAT Score Multiplication Factor for Final Composite Score (CATF_FCS) = 0.25

Application Rating Multiplication Factor for Final Composite Score (ARF_FCS) = 0.15

After the AWT & PI round, admission offers are made by IIMA to successful candidates. The final selection is based on a diverse set of attributes which includes performance in CAT, performance in AWT & PI, academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular achievements, work experience, etc.

IIM Lucknow:


UR 85 85 85 90

NC-OBC 77 77 77 82

SC 55 55 55 70

ST 50 50 50 65

PWD 50 50 50 65

For being shortlisted for Written Ability Test and Personal Interview, the following chart is followed on a composite score of 100:
Scaled CAT Score: 60
12th marks: 10
Graduation: 10
Work Experience: 10
Diversity Factor for Academics: 5
Diversity Factor for Gender: 5
Method of scoring can be found on the official website. Those candidates who are eligible after these 2 rounds are called for Written Ability and Personal Interview Test. The final score is calculated based on this scale:
Common Admission Test: 30
Academic Performance (12th + Graduation): 5+5
Diversity Factor (DF academics +DF gender): 5
Work Experience: 5
Writing Ability Test: 10
Personal Interview: 40
Final Score: 100


i will clear my backlogs by february 2020,can i appear for cat,mat,icet 2020 exams

Niveditha 21st Nov, 2019


Yes you can apply for the exam even if you have the backlog. Candidates who are appearing for the supplementary re-exams are also eligible to apply for CAT,MAT or ICET exams.

While applying foe CAT exam you have to select the "yes" option for the question " Are you in final year of Bachelor degree?". Since your graduation is not complete you have to take the certificate from your college principal or registrar of the university mentioning that you are appearing for the supplementary exam.

The rule here is that finally when you complete your bachelor degree there must be minimum of 50 percent. For the reserved categories the minimum percentage for the bachelor degree must be 40 percent.

All the best


sir, Im a student of Calcutta university in 3rd semester and my semester exam is going to be held in January so Im little bit confused that if I will start my preparations of CAT by february then will it okay to crack CAT in November??

Bhaskar Nakkina Student Expert 20th Nov, 2019


CAT is a National level Common Admission Test to pursue MBA in IIM's and B schools. The Basic eligibility criteria is one must have passed graduation or final year students are allowed to write the exam. If you meet the above eligible criteria then you are allowed to write the exam. If you are worrying about the Time and how to prepare, if you really start your CAT preparation in February you will have more than 9 months to CAT exam which is far enough to crack CAT exam. So Don't worry 9 Months is a good period of time and start executing your plan.


Will we be allowed to carry our vehicle keys?

Arya 20th Nov, 2019

Hi Shrishti,

For the CAT examination, The list of prohibited thing is as follows:

Electronic gadgets including phones, watches, cameras, bluetooth devices etc.

Jewelry with metal in them.

Cholthing items with pockets.

Although it is not categorically mentioned, it is probably not a very good idea to carry metal keys inside the examination hall as the penalty for being caught with prohibited items inside the examination hall is direct disqualification. However, the center will not take responsibility for any item which is kept outside the examination hall. It is advised to take public transport or ask someone to drop you and pick you up  again.


which coleges shoud i apply in before cat 2019

Rehan Alam Student Expert 20th Nov, 2019

Dear Aspirant,

The most important college you should apply for is Faculty of management studies, Delhi or commonly known as FMS, Delhi.

It is one of the most premier B school and is at par with IIM-ABC. Moreover, FMS Delhi is the biggest ROI institute that is fees to placement ratio,.

last date to apply for FMS is 25 November. Hope this helps,


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