CAT Exam Pattern 2019
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CAT Exam Pattern 2019 - The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode, which conducted the Common Admission Test released the mock test of CAT 2019 on October 16, 2019. The authorities 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 were able to assess how much time they need to devote to each section. Candidates also got 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 also got to know the weightage that is given to every section from which questions will be asked. CAT 2019 was 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.
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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.

Exam Pattern of CAT 2019

S. No

Particulars

Details

1

Duration of the CAT 2019 entrance exam

3 hours - Other Categories

4 hours- PwD Category

2Time for each section60 minutes
3Time for each section- PwD Category80 minutes

4

Mode of CAT 2019

Computer-based exam

5

Total Number of questions

100

6

Duration of each section of CAT 2019

1 hour

7

Negative marks for every wrong answer

-1

8

Marks for each question

3

CAT Exam Pattern of Previous Years

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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S.No

Section

Total number of questions asked in each section

Total marks

Duration

1

Quantitative Ability (QA)


34

102

60 minutes each for every section.


80 minutes for each section (only for PwD category)

2

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)


34

102

3

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

32

96

CAT Exam Pattern 2019: Overall and Sectional Duration

According to the exam pattern of CAT 2019, for each section, the allotted time was one hour. Whereas, time allotted to PwD candidates for each section is 20 minutes extra that is a total of 80 minutes oer section. PwD candidates could submit their answers for each section at any point of time after completion of 60 minutes. While answering questions in the CAT exam 2019, candidates must remember that they were not allowed to switch between sections. CAT exam pattern 2019 indicates that candidates were able to move to the next section only after they have completed the previous section. Candidates had the option to switch between questions with each section as per CAT 2019 exam pattern.

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CAT 2019 Exam Pattern- Non MCQs

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.

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

Name of the section

Total number of questions

Total Number of Multiple Choice Questions

Total Number of Non-Multiple Choice Questions

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

32

24

8

Quantitative Ability (QA)

34

27

7

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

34

24

10

Marking Scheme-

  • For every correct answer, 3 marks will be given
  • For every incorrect answer, 1 marks will be deducted
  • No marks will be given for the unattempted questions.

Important Points to Remember for CAT 2019

  • Screen will display the time remaining for each section. Candidates must devise their time for each question accordingly.
  • Once 60 minutes are completed the section will be locked. candidates will have to click on tab 'submit' and move to next section or the section will be auto-submitted on completion of 60 minutes.
  • PwD candidates are allowed to submit their responses for each section between 60 minutes to 80 minutes.
  • While answering questions students can use the following options:
    • Save and next: save response and move to next question
    • Clear response: clear the answer provided for the given question only
    • Mark for review and next: If the candidate is not sure to answer he/she can opt for this option and can put this question to view later and move to the next question.
  • Panel on the right-hand side will display status of the questions in four colors which signifies,
    • Green- answered and not marked for review
    • Red- question not marked for review neither answered
    • Grey- a question not viewed or visited
    • Violet- marked for review and not answered
    • Violet with a green tick- marked for review and answered

CAT Mock Test 2019

Ahead of the entrance exam, the IIM which was conducting the test issues CAT 2019 mock test so that candidates could 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.

Changes in Exam Pattern of CAT over the Years

Year

Sections

Marking Scheme

Duration

Total Number of Questions

Name of the exam conducting body

Other Element

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




No negative marking for Non-MCQs

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


CAT Syllabus 2019

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.

CAT 2019 Syllabus

Section

Topics

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

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.

Quantitative Ability (QA)


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

To know more, download CAT Syllabus 2020

CAT 2019 - What is Provided at the exam centre?

On-Screen Calculator- Candidates are provided with a non-scientific on-screen calculator that 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 Result 2019


CAT result is scheduled for release by IIM Kozhikode on January 6, 2020. The CAT result 2019 will be available on the official website of IIMCAT. Registered candidates can access their result and download the scorecard by using credentials. CAT 2019 result will include section wise score and percentile as well as with the help of CAT result candidates will also get to know the overall score.


Note:

CAT mock test 2019 released on October 16, 2019. Admit card released on October 23, 2019.

Frequently Asked Question (FAQs) - CAT Exam Pattern 2019

Question: Will there be a change in exam pattern of CAT 2019?

Answer:

 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.

Question: Since I am not very technology savvy, how can I practice for CAT 2019 since it is a computer-based exam?

Answer:

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.

Question: How many questions will be asked in CAT 2019?

Answer:

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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