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CAT 2015 Exam Pattern - CAT or Common Admission Test 2015 held successfully in two sessions (forenoon and afternoon) on Sunday, November 29, 2015. This year IIM Ahmedabad was the conducting body for CAT. As per IIM Ahmedabad, the CAT 2015 exam pattern was entirely different. We bring to you the CAT 2015 Exam Pattern as announced by the officials in a notification on Sunday, July 26, 2015.
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Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Verbal and Reading Comprehension
Number of Questions
Quantitative Ability – 34
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning - 32
Verbal and Reading Comprehension – 34
1 hour for each section
Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), Non-MCQs
On Screen basic calculator will be provided
+3 marks for ‘correct answer’
No marks(or negative marks) for ‘wrong or no attempt’.
The scoring scheme for multiple-choice questions (MCQ's) is:
+3 for correct answer
-1 for incorrect answer
No marks are given or deducted for un-attempted questions.
As per the new CAT Exam Pattern 2015, the total duration of the exam was increased to 180 minutes or three hours, with total 100 questions to be answered. Last year, the total duration of the exam was 170 minutes. Also, candidates of CAT 2015 were not allowed to swtich into sections after completion of a particular section under the specified time limit of 60 minutes. Below are the changes that had been done in the Exam Pattern of CAT 2015,
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A few non-MCQs also appeared in the CAT 2015 paper. The answers to the non-MCQs was to be given by typing through the keyboard on the provided space.
The total duration of the exam was 180 minutes with exact 60 minutes to answer each section. CAT 2015 allowed a sectional time limit of 60 minutes. The total number of questions was 100, divided into three sections, namely, Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC). Candidates were not allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section.
QA and VRC had 34 questions each, and there were 32 questions in DI & LR section.
Candidates did not have the liberty to attempt any of the sections first, rather, they had to answer the sections in a pre-specified order, as per the officials, which was same for all the candidates.
The number of Non-MCQs in each section was different.
One of the major changes, and also a first time in the history of CAT, candidates were allowed to use a basic on-screen calculator for calculation. The tutorial, explaining the CAT 2015 Exam Pattern was launched on October 29, 2015, which helped aspirants to have a better understanding of the changed pattern, and the procedures to be followed at the time of CAT 2015 exam.
Now we will discuss in detail about the individual aspects of CAT 2015 Exam Pattern.
Duration – 60 minutes for each section
The duration of CAT 2015 was 180 minutes or 3 hours. Last year, the sections were not time bound and the candidates could select any section to attempt first. The exam was divided into two sections, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. This year, there were 3 sections to attempt. Candidates were not allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section. They were given exact 60 minutes to attempt each section. Unlike last year, the liberty to attempt any section in any order or switch between the sections was scrapped this year.
One of the major changes in the CAT 2015 Exam Pattern was an addition of one more section. This year the exam had three sections, namely, Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC). QA and VRC had 34 questions each, and DILR had 32 questions to be answered. Some questions in each section were not of multiple choice type, which candidates had to answer by direct tying on the screen.
Last year, the number of sections in the exam was 2, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. As mentioned before, there were no sectional time limits and each section consisted of 30 questions.
Each question was of 3 marks. For each wrongly answered MCQ, there was a negative marking of 1 marks and for the non-MCQs, there no provision for any negative marking. No marks allotted or deducted for the un-attempted questions.
Additions in the Mode of Exam
CAT is a computer based multiple choice objective type exam. This was the first time in the history of CAT that the candidates were allowed to use basic on-screen calculator for calculations. Also, candidates were not allowed to switch from one section to another while answering questions in a section. Some questions in each section were not multiple choice type, instead, candidate had to type direct answers on the screen.
Last year onwards, Tata Consultancy Services is conducting the computer based CAT as Prometric for the erstwhile agency completed the 5 year contract. The application process had started from August 6 and continued till September 25, which was extended from September 20. The number of registrations was increased by 11% compared to last year, which was 2,18,664. This year the exam was conducted in one-two in two sessions on November 29, across 136 Cities comprising of 650 Test Sites. The result has been declared on January 8, 2016.
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Dear Akshat, CAT is exclusively conducted by the IIMs. So the selection for admission to any of the 20 IIMs is through CAT exam. Unfortunately no other score except for CAT score is accepted for IIM Ahmedabad. You can check their selection process at:
Dear Sai, IIMs look for Diversity factor in Academics. They have a special rating scale for Professional courses like MBBS,BDS, CA, etc. We shall help you with the admission process of IIM Ahmedabad just as an example to show how does the selection process work. There are 3 sections in CAT: QA, DILR, VRC. IIM A has released its 2019 cut off percentiles. Only those Candidates who have scored this percentiles will be shortlisted for further rounds. The cut offs are as follows:
VRC DILR QA Overall
General 70 70 70 80
OBC-Transgender 65 65 65 75
SC 60 60 60 70
ST 50 50 50 60
PWD 60 60 60 70
PWD-ST 50 50 50 60
On an average IIMs need a cut off 90 percentile and more for admission to their colleges. You can check the complete selection process of IIM A at:
Now based on these cut offs top 5 percentile from each Category will be short listed for WAT and PI. So inorder to be able to score these cut offs, you need to know the exam pattern and marking scheme. CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.
NCERT books will sharpen your basics and you need strong basics for preparing for any entrance examination. Once your basics are in place, because the time period for preparation is quite less, your preparation should be extensive and thorough.
Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.
Because this section involves mathematics and takes most of your time, your focus should be on solving the problems efficiently in the beginning. Even if it takes time, practise upto perfection. Practise as many questions as you can in the conventional way. As and when you get a grip on the subject, you can go for short cuts. Memorise tables, square roots, cube roots, conversion from percent to fraction, etc. Solve sample papers on Mathematics. In the beginning, do not worry about the time it takes. As you practise, you will get the hang of the subject and it will be easier for you.
In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.
Read articles from time to time. Follow newspapers, magazines, and watch the news channels and browse the internet to keep yourself updated. You will need a lot of reading to help you in the comprehension section. You will need speed to help you in this section and you can achieve that only by thorough practise and reading. Take time to understand the question because most answers are interlinked.
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.
As this is the most tricky section, this needs a lot of practise. Solve as many sample papers as possible to get the hang of the section. Make notes when required. Regular practise can help you understand and solve the questions easily as time goes on.
Overall,once you know the syllabus, it's easier from there on.Go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections. Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months
We can recommend a few books for you:
NCERT books to cover the basics from 6th to 10th Class
Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Nishit Saxena
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum for CAT by Sarvesh Sharma
How to prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CAT by Arun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive Exams by Abhijit Guha
You can also download free downloadable e books at:
NIFT has nothing to do with CAT or GAT. Those are the exams for MBA. NIFT is for admission in fashion courses.
The eligibilitiy is just marks of your 10th and intermediate. The main point is the candidate must have qualified both from a recognised board and must be having PCM as the compulsory subject.
The exam has an age limit to be 23 and there is 5 years relaxation for category reserved candidates.
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