CAT Exam Pattern 2020 - Indian Institute of Management, which will conduct the Common Admission Test will prescribe the exam pattern of CAT 2020. Candidates who will appear for the exam can check the exam pattern of CAT 2020 which will indicate the total number of different sections and the questions that will be asked in each of them. By going through the CAT exam pattern 2020 candidates will also know the marking scheme, the subjects and the topics from which the questions will be asked. Under the exam pattern of CAT 2020 candidates will also know the mode of the exam as well as the duration of the test. CAT will be conducted in computer based in two slots tentatively in the last week of November. Read the full article to know all the details related to CAT 2020 exam pattern such as the total number of questions, marking scheme, duration of the exam and the mode in which it will be conducted.

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CAT Exam Pattern 2020

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern Overview

To know all the aspects of exam pattern of CAT 2020, candidates can go through the following table:

CAT Exam Pattern 2020

S. No

Particulars

Details

1

Duration of the exam

  • Three hours for all categories

  • Four hours for PwD Category

2

Sectional duration of the exam

60 minutes

3

Time allotted for candidates of PwD category

80 minutes

4

Total number of questions

100

5

Mode of CAT 2020

Computer based exam

6

Marking scheme

3 marks for every correct answer

-1 for every wrong answer

CAT Exam Pattern of 2020 - Number of MCQ Vs Non-MCQ Questions

Candidates who will be appearing for the entrance exam, they can get the expected overview of CAT 2020 exam pattern. This will include the total number of questions that are likely to be asked in CAT 2020 and the number of TITA questions. It was since 2015 that the IIMs introduced some change in the exam pattern of CAT 2020 wherein the candidates had to answer subjective questions. It is difficult to know the total number of non-MCQ questions that will be asked in the entrance exam.

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CAT 2020 Exam Pattern

S. No

Section Name

Total Number of Questions

Total Number of TITA Questions

Total Number of MCQs

1

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

34

7

27

2

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

8

24

3

Quantitative Ability



34

11

23

4

Total

100

74

26

CAT 2020 Exam Pattern - Overall and Sectional Duration

Candidates who will appear in the Common Admission Test (CAT) they can check the overall and the sectional duration under CAT exam pattern 2020. Each section will have to be completed in 60 minutes while PwD category candidates will get 80 minutes to complete each section. Candidates belonging to the PwD category have the option to submit the answer after completion of one hour. In CAT 2020, candidates will not be allowed to switch between the sections. They can move to the next section only after they have completed the first section. However, as per the CAT exam pattern 2020, candidates can switch between the questions within a section.

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Exam pattern of CAT 2020 - Overall and Sectional Duration

Section

Total Number of questions

During of Exam for all categories

Duration of Exam for PwD category

Quantitative Ability (QA)


34

60 minutes

80 minutes

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

34

60 minutes

80 minutes

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

32

60 minutes

80 minutes

CAT Exam Pattern 2020 - Marking Scheme

The marking scheme of CAT 2020 includes the marks which will be awarded for every correct answer as well as for wrong answers.

  • Candidates will lose 1 mark for every wrong answer

  • For every question answered correctly, candidates will be given three marks

  • If the candidate does not attempt any question, no marks will be awarded

How To Navigate between the sections while answering CAT 2020?

Candidates should follow the instructions that are given on the computer screen while answering the questions in CAT 2020. As per the CAT 2020 exam pattern, the important points which the candidates must keep in mind while answering the questions include are:

The moment the candidate login and starts answering the questions, the timer clock on the top right hand corner will start ticking. On completion of 60 minutes, the section will be locked and candidates will not be able to answer any more questions.

How to answer the questions in CAT 2020

Candidates will have to use exercise the following options while answering the questions:

Save and next: Candidates will have to choose the response, save it and then move on to the next one

Clear response : Candidates will have the option to clear the response for the question that they have answered

Mark for review and next: If the candidate is not sure about the response then in such a case they have the option to mark it as review and answer it later on and then move onto the next question

What each colour on the panel indicates?

Colour on the panel

What it indicates

Red

Question has not been answered not has it been marked for review

Green

Question has been answered and not marked for review

Grey

The question has not been viewed or visited

Violet

Question has been marked for review and not answered

Violet with green tick

Question has been marked for review and answered

CAT Syllabus 2020

Indian Institute of Management which conducts the exam does not prescribe the syllabus for CAT 2020. However, based on past years question papers, candidates can check the topics from which the questions are asked.

CAT 2020 Syllabus

Section

Topics

Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)


English Usage or Grammar, Close Passage, Verbal Ability, Jumbled Paragraph, Reading Comprehension,Verbal Reasoning, Synonyms Antonyms, Facts-Inferences-Judgements etc.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

Bar Graphs, Column Graphs, Tables, Caselets, Blood Relations, Calendars, Cubes, Clocks, Number and Letter Series, Seating Arrangement,Binary Logic, Line Charts, Venn Diagrams, Pie Chart, Combination of two or more types linked to each other, Syllogism etc

Quantitative Ability (QA)


Trigonometry, Mensuration, Algebra, Arithmetic, Higher Maths, Geometry, etc.

CAT Mock Test 2020

The Indian Institute of Management which will conduct the exam will release the CAT 2020 mock test tentatively in the third week of October. Candidates will have to click on the link of the mock test of CAT 2020 which can be used to practice it and get an idea as to how to navigate between the different sections.

How has CAT Exam Pattern has evolved over the years?

Year

Sections

Marking Scheme

Duration

Total Number of Questions

Name of the exam conducting body

Other Element

2019

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (34)


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (32)


Quantitative Ability (34)




3 for correct answer


-1 for wrong answer

Three Hours

100

IIM Kozhikode


2018

Quantitative Ability (QA) - 34


Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) - 34


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) - 32

+3 for correct answer


-1 for wrong answer

Three Hours

100

IIM Kolkata


2017

Quantitative Ability (QA) - 34


Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) - 34


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) - 32

+3 for correct answer


-1 for wrong answer

Three Hours

100

IIM Lucknow


2016

Quantitative Ability (QA) - 34


Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) - 34


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) - 32

+3 for correct answer


-1 for wrong answer

No negative marking for Non-MCQs


IIM Bangalore


2015

Quantitative Ability (QA) - 34


Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) - 34


Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) - 32

+3 for correct answer


-1 for wrong answer





No negative marking for Non-MCQs



IIM Ahmedabad

Introduction of Calculator/ Induction of Non-MCQ

2014

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI) - 50


Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) - 50

+3 for correct answer



-1 for wrong answer!

2.5 hours

IIM Indore

Test was divided into two sections/Introduction of two-day test window

2013

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI) - 30


Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) - 30

+3 for correct answer


-1 for wrong answer

2:20 hours

60

IIM Indore

Same as previous year

2012

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI) - 30


Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) - 30

+3 for correct answer


-1 for wrong answer

2:20 hours

IIM Indore


2011

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI) - 30


Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) - 30

+3 for correct answer


-1 for wrong answer

2:20 hours

IIM Calcutta


Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CAT Exam Pattern 2020

Question: Are there prospects of the changes in the CAT 2020 exam pattern?

Answer:

It depends on the IIM which will conduct CAT if they want to bring about any major change in the exam pattern of CAT. However, if we see CAT 2019 then in the advertisement at least the exam conducting body had mentioned the total number of sections and the topics from which the questions will be asked.

Question: How many questions will be asked in CAT 2020

Answer:

If we check the past years question papers, then it is likely that there will be not much change in the total number of questions that are asked. Hence it is likely that 100 questions will be asked in CAT 2020.

Question: Will the CAT syllabus be officially declared?

Answer:

Till now the IIMs have not officially announced the syllabus of the Common Admission Test.

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I have 72% in 10th, 64% in 12 and 60% in BTech with 98 percentile in the cat will I get a seat in any of iits or iims

Shiksha 9th Apr, 2020

Hello!

Your academic profile is average but your cat percentile is good. It will definitely fetch you calls for IIMs and top IITs as well (those who provide mba for non-engineering students too).

It is difficult to get into IIMs at look at your overall profile for admission, but the new IIMs and baby IIMs will give you calls. Not only just IIMs/IITs, you have good chances to get calls from mdi gurgaon, fms delhi (as your percentile is just on edge being a non-engineer), sp jain mumbai, etc

I hope this helps.


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I have 87.4% in 10th and 73.8% in 12th and 67.4% in graduation ,can I get a call from iim if I score 99 percentile in cat exam

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 9th Apr, 2020

Hii,

You have a pretty average academic score and Some B-schools consider your academics but still Yes you can get into top b-schools, provided you have a  percentile in the common admissions test(CAT) too a cat percentile of 98+ for mediocre IIMs and 99+ for the top ones. But you can absolutely forget IIMs-  Ahmedabad , Bangalore,v Calcutta,Indore as they focus on acads and you have a very average profile as of now but still there are lots of other factors which govern whether you'll be gettin a call from the top IIMs or not like which company did you work for, if the company is one in which the selection rate is less or the selection criteria is hard, which college you did your undergraduate degree from, which course did you pursue, many other factors which play a role. But it depends also on what course you prusue in your graduation considering you are a student from the commerce/business stream.

Please focus on your undergraduation marks too and do a lot of Internships to improve your profile and hence increase the chances of getting a call.

You can reach out to us for more information regarding admissions entrance tests etc.

Hope it helps.

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is it neccesary to give CAT exam for pursuing In MBA?

Preeti Makhija 9th Apr, 2020

Dear Student,

CAT is the entrance exam for Top B-Schools in India. But  now there are other entrance exams as well like MAT,CMAT,XAT,etc for good MBA Colleges.

In Delhi/NCR there are many colleges who take MAT , CMAT score for admissions. some of them are:

IILM UNiversity Gurugram

Appejay school of Management

Amity University

SGT University etc...

All the universities have started with the admission process, please go through the websites and get all the details.



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atleast how much percentile should i need in CAT exam to get admission in college which gives me package of mininum 7lakh..in MBA finance after completion of course.?help me plzz

Deepshikha Student Expert 9th Apr, 2020
Hey,
College does not have a big role to play when it comes to placement. It's only a gateway for you to participate in the campus selection process. Colleges like Indian Institute of Management across India, TISS etcetra provide you with great opportunities. Big companies come here to hire students. So,you should try to score above 95-96 percentile to get into such colleges,after that your hardwork and dedication will help you get a good job.
Hope this helps.
Good luck.
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Im a commerce student without maths can I clear the CAT exam .

ADIL KHAN Student Expert 8th Apr, 2020

Hii Abhinav,

Yes you for sure can but the amount of hard work you will have to put in will be more. The maths/quants part is pretty basic but is very tricky so it is tricks which you need to understand and apply.

CAT is an exam which tests your practicality and not how much you can learn by rote learning. You can start off by appearing for a mock test conducted free online and assess your performance that'll help you see and judge the areas you need improvement in and then decide if you need coaching or you can go on by yourself. You can either go for self study or Prepare with a tutor. For english prep. You can start off with Word Power Made easy, do this book twice, don't rush but read it and learn for 30-45 mins everyday. For Quants and LR-Di Arun sharma. Giving a mock a week and analyzing your strengths and weakness in terms of topics, score, percentile score and the time you are spending per question is really important.

Do take mocks religiously and you'll see how much it can affect your preparation in a positive manner.

You can read more about cat prep here- https://bschool.careers360.com/exams/cat

https://bschool.careers360.com/download/ebooks/all-about-cat

You can reach out to us for more help.

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