CAT Exam Pattern 2018

CAT Exam PatternCAT Exam Pattern 2018 - Management studies aspirants planning to appear for Common Admission Test (CAT) this year must know the exam pattern of CAT 2018. IIM Calcutta, the conducting body of the exam, will prescribe the exam pattern of Common Admission Test (CAT). The CAT exam pattern has remained the same over the past two years and the CAT 2018 exam pattern is expected to be the same as last year. Knowing the exam pattern makes the candidates aware of the topics covered in the exam, marking scheme, weightage to each section etc. It certainly helps them prepare for the big exam. As per the CAT 2018 exam pattern or exam structure, it will be a computer-based test of three hours carrying 100 multiple choice questions (MCQs) divided into three sections - Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Ability (QA). In this article Careers360, brings to you the detailed CAT exam pattern 2018, syllabus, marking scheme and more.

 

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 2018 exam pattern, the test will have 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 Exam Pattern 2018

Section

No. of Questions

Total Marks

Duration

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

34

102

60 minutes

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

32

96

60 minutes

Quantitative Ability (QA)

34

102

60 minutes

Total

100

300

180

The sections are likely to appear in the same order as mentioned in the table above. Now, check the overall exam pattern of CAT 2018.

 

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern - Highlights

Exam Structure

Details

Duration of the Test

3 hours (180 minutes)

Total Number of Sections

3

Sectional Duration

1 hour (60 minutes)

Total Number of Questions

100

Total Marks

300

Marks per question

3

Negative marking for wrong answer

-1

Overall and Sectional Duration - Candidates need to know that apart from the complete test duration, CAT 2018 exam will also have sectional duration as well. Each section is time bound for one hour (60 minutes) and candidates are not allowed to switch between sections within this one-hour duration. However, applicants are free to answer any question within a particular section.

 

Non-MCQsIIMs have introduced subjective questions from 2015. In these questions, candidates have to type the answers in the space provided with the help of a mouse through a virtual keypad. These questions do not have options. Each section carries non-MCQs but the number is not fixed. Based on last year’s structure, the following table brings to you the ratio of MCQs and non-MCQs.

 

Number of MCQs & Non-MCQs in CAT

Section

No. of Questions

No. of Non-MCQs

MCQs

VARC

34

10

24

DI & LR

32

8

24

QA

34

7

27

Total

100

25

 

Marking Scheme – It is very important for the candidates to be aware of marking scheme of the CAT exam. Each correct answer will be awarded three marks and one mark would be deducted for each wrong answer. However, this marking scheme is applicable only for MCQs. For Non-MCQs, there is no negative marking.

 

Rough Sheet - The conducting authority of CAT provide pages for rough calculations; however, one needs to submit the same after completing the examination. Candidates are not allowed to carry anything inside the examination hall except their CAT Admit Card 2018.

 

On-screen Calculator – Last year, a non-scientific on-screen calculator was provided to the candidates to help them with the basic computations. IIMs are likely to keep this feature this year as well.

 

CAT 2018 Mock Test - IIMs provide online CAT mock test prior to the actual test to make the candidates familiar with the overall exam pattern and navigation. The mock tests are likely to be available from October 2018 on the official website of the exam.

 

CAT Syllabus 2018

 

IIMs have not prescribed any fixed syllabus for CAT. However, based on the past years’ question types and trends, the experts have listed a set of topics in each section. Let’s have a look at the syllabus of CAT based on last year’s exam. It is likely to be same more or less this year.

 

CAT 2018 Syllabus - Section-wise

Section

Topics

Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

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

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

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

Quantitative Ability (QA)

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

Around 2 lakh candidates appear for CAT every year. All the candidates who are planning to appear for the exam this year are suggested to check the CAT 2018 exam pattern in order to prepare for the big exam in a better way. The exam would be conducted on November 25, 2018 (Sunday) in online mode by IIM Calcutta. Prof. Sumanta Basu is the exam convener this year.

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