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CAT Exam Pattern 2019 - The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode, which will conduct the Common Admission Test released the mock test of CAT 2019 on October 16, 2019. The authorities have mentioned CAT 2019 exam pattern in the media release as well as on the official website. With the help of CAT exam pattern 2019, candidates will be able to assess how much time they need to devote to each section. Candidates would also get to know in CAT 2019 exam pattern about the marking scheme, duration of the exam, the total number of questions that will be asked and names of different sections. In CAT exam pattern, candidates would also get to know the weightage that is given to every section from which questions will be asked. CAT 2019 will be conducted in computer-based mode on November 24. To know all the information pertaining to the exam pattern of CAT 2019, go through the complete article. Now, let us have a look at the overall and sectional structure of the exam. First, check the sectional structure of the exam. According to the CAT 2019 exam pattern, the test has three sections carrying a total of 100 questions. The number of questions in each section is different and it may or may not change this year. Latest: CAT mock test 2019 has been released on October 16, 2019. Admit card for CAT 2019 to be available on October 23, 2019.
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CAT 2019 Exam Pattern
Candidates can check the table that is given below to know all the details about the CAT exam pattern 2019. Download CAT 2019 exam pattern E-book -Click Here.
Duration of the CAT 2019 entrance exam
Mode of CAT 2019
Total Number of questions
Duration of each section of CAT 2019
Negative marks for every wrong answer
Marks for each question
The exam pattern of previous years of CAT will help the candidates know how many questions are asked in different sections.
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Total number of questions asked in each section
Quantitative Ability (QA)
60 minutes each for every section
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
According to the exam pattern of CAT 2019, for each section, the allotted time is one hour. While answering questions in the CAT exam 2019, candidates must remember that they are not allowed to switch between sections. CAT exam pattern 2019 indicates that candidates will be able to move to the next section only after they have completed the previous section. Candidates have the option to switch between questions with each section as per CAT 2019 exam pattern.
Since 2015, IIMs have introduced subjective questions which the candidates have to answer at the space provided in the CAT entrance exam 2019. There are no options in non-multiple choice questions and there is no fixed number also. Depending on the previous year’s CAT exam pattern, candidates can check the table that is given below to know the total number of multiple and non-multiple choice questions that are asked.
Name of the section
Total number of questions
Total Number of Multiple Choice Questions
Total Number of Non-Multiple Choice Questions
Marking Scheme- According to the exam pattern of CAT 2019, candidates must be aware of the marking scheme which includes the marks that will be awarded to them for every correct answer. The marking scheme for CAT 2019 exam also mentions how many marks will be deducted if the candidates incorrectly answer the questions.
Ahead of the entrance exam, the IIM which is conducting the test issues CAT 2019 mock test so that candidates can practice on it and get an idea about the type of questions that are likely to be asked as well as how to go about navigating between each section.
Total Number of Questions
Name of the exam conducting body
Quantitative Ability (QA) - 34Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) - 34Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) - 32
+3 for correct answer-1 for wrong answer
No negative marking for Non-MCQs
Introduction of Calculator/ Induction of Non-MCQ
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI) - 50Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) - 50
+3 for correct answer
-1 for wrong answer
Test was divided into two sections/Introduction of two-day test window
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI) - 30Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) - 30
Same as previous year
The syllabus of CAT 2019 comprises the topics that are asked in each section. Candidates can go through the topics and accordingly draw a strategy to prepare for the CAT exam.
Bar Graphs, Caselets, Column Graphs, Tables, Blood Relations, Calendars, Cubes, Clocks, Number and Letter Series, Binary Logic, Seating Arrangement, Line Charts, Venn Diagrams, Pie Chart, Combination of two or more types linked to each other, Syllogism etc.
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
English Usage or Grammar, Jumbled Paragraph, Close Passage, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Synonyms Antonyms, Verbal Reasoning, Facts-Inferences-Judgements etc.
Trigonometry, Arithmetic, Higher Maths, Mensuration, Algebra, Geometry, etc.
On-Screen Calculator- Candidates are provided with a non-scientific on-screen calculator which they can use while appearing for CAT 2019. The objective is to aid the candidates with basic computations in the CAT exam.
Rough Sheet - At the CAT 2019 exam centre, candidates are provided with a rough sheet so that candidates can use it for any calculations which they wish to make.
CAT mock test 2019 to be released on October 16, 2019. Admit card to be available on October 23, 2019.
It is difficult to tell as of now if there will be a change in CAT 2019 exam pattern. IIM Kozhikode which will conduct the has not changed the CAT exam pattern 2019.
The authorities will release CAT 2019 mock test in online mode on October 16 and candidates can practice it and get the hang of how to navigate between different sections.
It is difficult to state the exact number of questions that will be asked in CAT 2019. Though for the past two years, 100 questions were asked in CAT.
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You have to score a minimum of 99 percentile to get at least one good IIM call as your academics are not good. You could get a call from new IIMs if you score 99 percentile as the top tier IIMs will not give you a chance due to your poor acads.
Colleges you could look for are like IIM Nagpur, Kashipur, Shillong, etc. These colleges if you study well will provide you with a good package of 10-12 lpa.
Hope this helps. Thank you.
You will not be able to get any good business school like top IIMs, MDI, IIFT, or FMS. However, you can still get a good MBA tier 3/4 college if you increase your percentile to 98 percentile.
However, according to your grads, you must not be disappointed if you don't get a call at 99 because your marks are not good.
Hope for the best. Thank you.
Eligibility for CAT is graduate in any discipline from a recognized university with 50% aggregate, for SC/ST/PwD it's 45%.
So, people from any background can apply for CAT, provided they have required aggregate at their graduation level against their category.
Now, coming to the syllabus for CAT, there's no specific syllabus for CAT, one needs to rely on past years sample papers to get a fair idea about the pattern and weightage given to each topic and section.In general, questions are mostly from middle school level English and Mathematics.
There are mainly three sections in CAT-
Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation which includes topics such as Tables, Graphs, Data Caselets, Seating Arrangement, Blood Relation, Syllogism etc.
Quantitative Aptitude which includes topics such as Geometry, Algebra, Time and Work, Mensuration, Number System etc.
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension which includes topics such as Sentence completion, Questions based on reading comprehension, Para-jumbles & para-summar, inferences etc.
To know the detailed topics, kindly go through the following link-
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