CAT Exam Pattern 2019
Richa Kapoor, 12 Nov 2019, #CAT
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CAT Exam Pattern 2019 - The Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Kozhikode, which will conduct the Common Admission Test released the mock test of CAT 2019 on October 16, 2019. The authorities have 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 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 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.
Latest: IIM Kozhikode has issued the Admit card for CAT 2019 on October 23, 2019. IIM Kozhikode releases CAT 2019 test workflow for candidates.

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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 is 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 can 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 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.

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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 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 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 which 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.


Note:

CAT mock test 2019 to be 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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if i not attempt any question in cat 19 then what percentile i will accept

Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 21st Nov, 2019

Yasir, we shall try answering as to how are percentiles calculated in CAT. Now CAT has 3 sections. The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark. There are also Non MCQs which do not have negative marking. This answer is being written by taking QA sections as an example.

  • Calculating the no.of Candidates who appeared for CAT
  • Assigning ranks based on the CAT score
  • For example if 2 people scored 20 marks and got the rank 120, the next Candidate will get the rank 122
  • Calculate the percentile using the formula:  P = (N−r)/N × 100
  • And the percentile is rounded off to the nearest number

Now because CAT is an online exam, you cannot submit an empty or unanswered question paper. But because you have to answer atleast one question to submit the exam, lets say you attempted a non MCQ and it turned out to be a wrong question, it doesn't make any difference. And that means 0 marks. Now the truth is most students fail to score positive marks. Which means their score might be like -20, -10 so on and so forth. When compared to these marks, 0 is a better number. Statistics state that atleast 40-50% of Candidates fail to score positive score which means even if you do not score anything, but because 0 is better than -10 or -20, you still manage to get 40-50 percentile as your score.

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Ashish pal Student Expert 21st Nov, 2019

Hello Komal.

If unfortunately your Neet score of 2019 was low . Then yes you can surely apply for neet exam this year again and study hard to get some good marks . Solve previous year question papers and sample papers join test serieses and study as much as you can. Have believe in yourself you will surely succeed.

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sir i have graduated fron kota open university, am i eligible for CAT exam

Tushar Sagar 21st Nov, 2019

Hello pintu yadav

Yes you are eligible for cat exam.

CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria

In order to give the CAT Exam, the candidates have to be eligible for it according to the CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria of 2019. While the official criteria will be released along with the CAT 2019 Notification, the CAT Exam Eligibility 2019 is not expected to change too much from the CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria of 2018 and CAT Exam Eligibility Criteria of 2018.

  • In order to be eligible for the CAT Exam, the candidate has to pass at least their Bachelor's degree with at least 50% (for General Category and for candidates from the NC-OBC caste). For SC/ST and Differently Abled (DA) candidates, the percentage required is 45%.
  • For the Degree to be counted, the University who has awarded the degree has to be recognized by the MHRD.
  • If the University awards grades or CGPA instead of marks, the conversion factor given by the University has to be used. If there is no conversion factor specified by the University, the CGPA has to be converted into percentage by direct conversion i.e. divide the CGPA received by the highest CGPA possible and multiply the result by 100.
  • Candidates who have completed their professional degrees with over 50% (45% for SC/ST/PwD) are also eligible for CAT.

Important points about the CAT exam pattern are as follows:

  • The paper is split between three sections
  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI-LR)
  3. Quantitative Ability (QA)
  • Total number of questions is 100 and these are in both MCQ and non-MCQ format
  • Time allotted is 180 minutes (3 hours) to answer these questions
  • There is a time limit of 60 minutes for each section
  • The exam is conducted in online mode


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Priyaanka Sarkar Student Expert 21st Nov, 2019

Aparna, CAT is an online examination of 3 hours duration.The questions in the exam will be of MCQ and TITA type totaling 100 questions. MCQ are multiple choice questions, for which candidates get multiple answer choices. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark. However Type in the Answer questions are exempted from Negative Marking.

CAT exam paper can be Categorised into 3 parts:

Quantitative Ability

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

There is no predefined syllabus for CAT. But based on the previous question papers, there is a fair idea of how the questions paper might be or what topics might be included. And go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections. Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months because even Rome wasnt built in a day

The Verbal Ability section and Reading Comprehension has 34 Questions, Data interpretation-Logical Reasoning section has 32 MCQ questions and Quantitative Ability has 34 MCQ questions totalling up to 100 questions. Each Question has 3 marks and a wrong answer takes away 1 mark.


NCERT books will sharpen your basics and you need strong basics for preparing for any entrance examination. Once your basics are in place, because the time period for preparation is quite less, your preparation should be extensive and thorough.

Quantitative Aptitude covers almost 30% of the CAT question paper. QA can be categorised into Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry and Advanced Mathematics. Practise chapter by chapter and develop mental calculations. Like practise more of basic summation, subtraction, fractions and tables. Numbers, Percentage, Profit and Loss, Simple and Compound Interest, Ratio, Proportionality, Time-Distance, Time-Work, Mixtures, Averages, Partnership, Permutation and Combinations, Probability, Set Theory, Progression and Series, Line, Angles, Triangles, Quadrilaterals, Polygon, Circles, Ares, Volume, Height and Distance, Coordinate Geometry, Basic Trigonometry are few important topics.

Preparation tips:

Because this section involves mathematics and takes most of your time, your focus should be on solving the problems efficiently in the beginning. Even if it takes time, practise upto perfection. Practise as many questions as you can in the conventional way. As and when you get a grip on the subject, you can go for short cuts. Memorise tables, square roots, cube roots, conversion from percent to fraction, etc. Solve sample papers on Mathematics. In the beginning, do not worry about the time it takes. As you practise, you will get the hang of the subject and it will be easier for you.

In Verbal Ability session, command on your English, Grammar, Vocabulary, Understanding of the given paragraph are of more importance. Reading English NewsPaper will also help you in your preparation.

Preparation tips:

Read articles from time to time. Follow newspapers, magazines, and watch the news channels and browse the internet to keep yourself updated. You will need a lot of reading to help you in the comprehension section. You will need speed to help you in this section and you can achieve that only by thorough practise and reading. Take time to understand the question because most answers are interlinked.

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning needs to be practised as much as possible. Comparison of data, Data Analysis, taking clues, interpreting missing data, coming to conclusions and making future projections will be covered under this Category. The questions here are interlinked and so if you get one formula correct, cracking the next few questions will be easy. So it's important to memorise and practise formulae. You should cover topics like Data tables, Data Charts, Bar Diagrams, Pie Charts, Graphs, Data Comparison and Analysis.

Preparation tips:

As this is the most tricky section, this needs a lot of practise. Solve as many sample papers as possible to get the hang of the section. Make notes when required. Regular practise can help you understand and solve the questions easily as time goes on.

Overall,once you know the syllabus, it's easier from there on.Go through the previous papers to analyse and prepare a comprehensive plan and set priorities according to the importance of different topics across sections. Customise your own study plan based on your strengths and weaknesses. Gauge your preparation from time to time by taking mock tests. Solve questions to check your levels of preparation but not to set any targets. Remember, its ok to have cheat days and relax. But make sure you have a plan and stick to it for the next few months

We can recommend a few books for you:

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