CAT 2014 Exam Pattern
Updated on Oct 13, 2014 - 10:21 a.m. IST by Sreetama Datta
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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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