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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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To know all the aspects of exam pattern of CAT 2020, candidates can go through the following table:
Duration of the exam
Three hours for all categories
Four hours for PwD Category
Sectional duration of the exam
Time allotted for candidates of PwD category
Total number of questions
Mode of CAT 2020
Computer based exam
3 marks for every correct answer
-1 for every wrong answer
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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Total Number of Questions
Total Number of TITA Questions
Total Number of MCQs
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
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.
Total Number of questions
During of Exam for all categories
Duration of Exam for PwD category
Quantitative Ability (QA)
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)
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
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.
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
Colour on the panel
What it indicates
Question has not been answered not has it been marked for review
Question has been answered and not marked for review
The question has not been viewed or visited
Question has been marked for review and not answered
Violet with green tick
Question has been marked for review and answered
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.
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.
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
Trigonometry, Mensuration, Algebra, Arithmetic, Higher Maths, Geometry, etc.
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.
Total Number of Questions
Name of the exam conducting body
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (34)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (32)
Quantitative Ability (34)
3 for correct answer
-1 for wrong answer
Quantitative Ability (QA) - 34
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) - 34
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) - 32
+3 for correct answer
No negative marking for Non-MCQs
Introduction of Calculator/ Induction of Non-MCQ
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI) - 50
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) - 50
-1 for wrong answer!
Test was divided into two sections/Introduction of two-day test window
Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI) - 30
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (VA & LR) - 30
Same as previous year
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.
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.
Till now the IIMs have not officially announced the syllabus of the Common Admission Test.
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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.
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.
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
SGT University etc...
All the universities have started with the admission process, please go through the websites and get all the details.
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-
You can reach out to us for more help.
Hope it helps
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