CAT Exam Pattern 2019
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CAT Exam Pattern 2019- The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) which will conduct the Common Admission Test will inform the candidates about CAT 2019 exam pattern. 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 tentatively in the last week of November. 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: 

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Exam Pattern of CAT 2019

S. No

Particulars 

Details 

1

Duration of the CAT 2019 

3 hours 

2

Mode of CAT 2019

Computer-based exam 

3

Total Number of questions 

100

4

Duration of each section of CAT 2019 

1 hour 

5

Negative marks for every wrong answer 

-1

6

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. 

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 

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 is one hour. While answering CAT 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. 

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern- Non MCQs

Since 2015, IIMs have introduced subjective questions which the candidates have to answer at the space provided. 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

CAT Exam Pattern 2019

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 also mentions how many marks will be deducted if the candidates incorrectly answer the questions. 

CAT Mock Test 2019

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. 

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 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.

CAT 2019 - What is Provided at the exam centre?

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. 

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. 

FAQs on 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. The IIM which will conduct the exam may or may not change the CAT exam pattern 2019.
Question: Since I am not very technology savy, 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 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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