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Know CAT Evolution Over the Years: Changes in CAT Exam Pattern in Past 10 Years

Know CAT Evolution Over the Years: Changes in CAT Exam Pattern in Past 10 Years

Edited By Team Careers360 | Updated on Mar 21, 2024 11:32 AM IST | #CAT

CAT evolution over the years in terms of mode of examination, number of questions, registered students, exam pattern, etc., can be seen. CAT is a widely accepted MBA entrance exam for admission to top B-schools and 1000+ colleges in India. Some of the prominent CAT changes over the years are, the number of exam slots increased from two to three and the questions were decreased to 66 from 76.

With different IIMs conducting CAT exam, there were major changes in the CAT pattern and difficulty levels as well. The distribution of questions in each section was different. It has been observed that IIMs over the past few years have introduced several changes, therefore Careers360 brings to you the CAT evolution over the years to keep candidates on track with the changes and changes that might appear in coming years. Let’s take a closer look.
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CAT Test Taking Window Over the Years

The table below states the number of slots and windows in which the CAT was held over the past few years. Since 2015, the CAT exam pattern has been upheld to a great extent. The exam is also now held in a single day in three slots i.e. Morning, noon and evening. Let us see what CAT now unveils.

Past Year Test Taking Window

Year

Test-taking window

Slots

20231 day3 slots
20221 day3 slots
2021
1 day
3 slots
20201 day3 slots

2019

1 day

2 slots

2018

1 day

2 slots

2017

1 day

2 slots

2016

1 day

2 slots

2015

1 day

2 slots

2014

2 days

4 slot

2009-13

20 days window

40 slots

CAT Registration trends over the past 13 years

Over the past 13 years, the year 2023 saw the highest number of registrations. Check the complete list of the total number of registrations every year in the table below:

Number of registrations over the years

Year

No. of Applications Registered

No. Of Applicants Appeared

20233.5 lakh2.88 lakh
20222.55 lakh2.22 lakh
20212.30 lakhs1,91,660
20202.3 Lakh (Approx)1.90 lakh

2019

2,44,169

2,09,926

2018

2,40,338

2,09,405

2017

2,31,000

1,99,632

2016

2,32,434

1,95,000

2015

2,18,664

1,79,602

2014

1,96,988

1,67,829

2013

1,94,516

1,73,714

2012

2,14,000

1,95,000

2011

2,05,000

1,86,000

2010

2,04,000

1,85,000

2009

2,41,000

2,30,000

2008

2,90,000

2,76,000

2007

2,50,000

2,30,000

CAT Evolution Over the Years

2009

  • Change from paper-based test to computer-based test

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It was in 2009 that for the first time, the CAT was held in computer-based mode or online mode. Getting acquainted with the online test, it was the biggest challenge for the test takers. Before 2009 the exam used to be conducted in a paper-based mode, wherein the students used to mark their answers on the OMR sheet.

  • Exam Duration

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Due to the shift in the examination mode, the exam duration also increased to 2 hours and 15 minutes. With the shift in the mode of exam and duration, the test takers witnessed many technical glitches which led to a re-test of CAT.

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2011

  • Reduction in the number of sections

In 2011, IIM Calcutta conducted CAT. The authorities deducted the number of sections in CAT from three to only two sections. The two sections were a combination of 2 subjects each:

  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation

  • Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability.

However, the number of questions remained the same that is 60. Each section consisted of 30 questions.

  • Sectional Time Limit

With the reduction in the number of sections, authorities imposed the section-time limit to attempt a particular section. The students welcomed this change as it helped them in effective decision-making and reduced the chances of wasting time on a particular question.

2014

  • Increase in the number of questions

This year saw a drastic change by the increase in the number of questions. Earlier there used to be 30 questions in each section, however, in 2014 it was increased by 20 questions each. Therefore, making it to 50 questions in each section.

2015

  • Introduction to on-screen calculators

With the introduction of on-screen calculators, it came as a relief to the candidates of CAT in solving Mathematical problems.

  • Change in the exam pattern

This year again saw a change in the completion of the exam pattern of CAT in the following ways:

  • The number of the section was again increased to three as it was till 2010.

  • Non-MCQ questions were introduced from 2015 onwards, wherein candidates have to type the answer in one-liners.

  • The duration of the exam was increased from 170 minutes to 180 minutes.

2016

  • Change in Schedule

CAT is usually held in the last week of November. However, in 2016 it was for the first time that CAT was held in the first week of December that is on December 4 in two slots.

2019

  • Application Form

In 2019 several changes were introduced in the application process of CAT:

  • The registration fee increased by Rs. 100, from Rs. 1800 to Rs. 1900 for general/NC-OBC categories. Also, it increased by Rs. 50 for SC/ST/PwD categories from Rs. 900 to Rs. 950.

  • New CAT exam centres were added.

  • New payment partners were added:

    • PayU

    • BillDesk

    • Paytm

CAT 2020

  • The total number of questions was reduced to 76 from 100
  • The test slots were three instead of two
  • The test started with the Verbal Section (26 Qs - 18 RC and 8 VA.) The second section was the DI-LR with 24 Qs ( DI 18 + LR 6 questions). The third section was Quantitative Ability (26 Qs.) Each section was timed for 40 minutes. One could not go back and forth between sections. The marking scheme was +3 for every correct and -1 for incorrect. There was no negative marking for TITA Questions.

CAT 2021

  • The total number of questions was reduced to 66 from 76
  • The test slots were three instead of two

CAT 2022

  • The CAT exam fees increased this year.
  • The CAT test cities changed to 151.

CAT Pattern changes over the years

Year

Number of Questions

Sections

Marking Scheme

Duration

Conducting Body

Other Element

2023Total 66 questions (24 in VARC, 20 in DILR, 22 in QA)

Verbal & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude


3 positive marks for each correct answer and minus 1 mark for each wrong answer


2 hours
IIM Lucknow -
2022Total 66 questions (24 in VARC, 20 in DILR, 22 in QA)

Verbal & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude


3 positive marks for each correct answer and minus 1 mark for each wrong answer


2 hoursIIM Bangalore-
2021Total 66 questions (24 in VARC, 20 in DILR, 22 in QA)

Verbal & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude


3 positive marks for each correct answer and minus 1 mark for each wrong answer


120 minutesIIM Ahmedabad-
2020

Total 76 questions (24 in one section and 26 in the other two sections)

Verbal & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude

3 positive marks for each correct answer and minus 1 mark for each wrong answer

120 Minutes


IIM Indore

2019

Total 100 questions (32 in one section and 34 in the other two sections)

Verbal & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude

3 positive marks for each correct answer and minus 1 mark for each wrong answer

180 Minutes

IIM Kozhikode

-

2018

There were a total of 100 questions (32 in one section and 34 in the other two sections)

Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

+ 3 Marks for every correct answer and -1 for every incorrect answer (No negative marking for non-MCQs questions)

180 Minutes

IIM Calcutta

-

2017

Total number of questions were 100 (32 in one section and 34 in the other two sections)

Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

+ 3 Marks for every correct answer and -1 for every incorrect answer (No negative marking for non-MCQs questions)

180 Minutes

IIM Lucknow

-

2016

The number of questions was 100 divided into three sections (32 in one section and 34 in the other two sections)

Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

3 Marks for each correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for each incorrect answer (No negative marking for non-MCQs questions)

180 Minutes

IIM Bangalore


2015

Total number of questions were 100 (32 in one section and 34 in the other two sections)

Quantitative Ability, Verbal and Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

+ 3 Marks for every correct answer and -1 for every incorrect answer (No negative marking for non-MCQs questions)

180 Minutes

IIM Ahmedabad

Introduce On-Screen Calculator/ Induction of Non-MCQ

2014

Total 100 Questions (50 per sections)

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning (Not in order)

+ 3 Marks for every correct answer and -1 for every incorrect answer

170 Minutes

IIM Indore

The test was divided into two sections

2013

Total 60 Questions (30 per section)

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI), Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

3 Marks for each correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer

140 Minutes

IIM Indore

-

2012

Total 60 Questions (30 per section)

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI), Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

3 Marks for each correct answer and 1 mark will be deducted for every incorrect answer

140 Minutes

IIM Kozhikode

-

2011

Total 60 Questions (30 per section)

Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation (QA & DI), Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

+ 3 Marks for every correct answer and -1 for every incorrect answer

140 Minutes

IIM Calcutta

-

2007Total 75 questions (25 per section)

Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

3 Marks for every correct answer and -1 for every incorrect answer150 minutes--
2006Total 75 questions (25 per section)

Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

3 Marks for every correct answer and -1 for every incorrect answer150 minutes--
2005Total 75 questions (25 per section)

Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

3 Marks for every correct answer and -1 for every incorrect answer150 minutes--

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Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

1. Will there be any changes in the exam mode of CAT 2023 due to the pandemic?

Now, the test was conducted as a computer-based test only.

2. How many candidates appeared in CAT 2021?

Approximately 1.90 candidates appeared in CAT 2021 exam.

3. Will CAT pattern change in 2023?

No, it will be the same as CAT 2021. The exam pattern of CAT 2023 was altered with a total of 66 questions and the duration of the exam was reduced to 120 minutes, shortening the time duration to 40 minutes per section.

4. What score is 99 percentile in CAT?

The old score required for CAT 99 percentile is 155 to 165 while for two hours exam duration, the score is 115 to 120 for the 99 percentile in CAT.

5. Are there chances of CAT getting postponed?

There is no update regarding CAT getting postponed as the notification for CAT 2023 has not been released yet.

6. Will CAT be held online?

CAT exam 2023 will be conducted in online mode at multiple exam centres in 151 cities across India. 

7. Who is CAT 2023 conducting body?

CAT 2023 conducting body is yet to be announced.

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Hello aspirant,
The CAT exam syllabus is not officially prescribed, but it generally includes topics from the following sections:

1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
2. Data interpretation and logical reasoning
3. Quantitative ability

  • Arithmetic

  • Algebra

  • Geometry and Mensuration

  • Number System

  • Modern Math

It seems unlikely that you would be able to get admission in the BTech CS branch at BIT Sindri or Mesra with a CML rank of 2058 and category rank of 433.

Key points:

1. The search results indicate that a CML (Common Merit List) rank of 2058 is quite low for admission to premier engineering colleges like BIT Sindri or NIT Mesra.

2. The cutoff ranks for BTech CS branch at these institutes are usually much higher, often in the range of 1000-2000 for the general category.

3. With a category rank of 433, you may have a better chance of getting admission in the reserved category quota, but the competition is still quite high.

4. The search results do not provide specific cutoff details for BIT Sindri or NIT Mesra, but the general trend suggests your current ranks may not be sufficient for the CS branch in these institutes.

My advice would be to:

1. Check the latest cutoff ranks and admission criteria on the official websites of BIT Sindri and NIT Mesra.

2. Explore other options like state-level engineering colleges or NITs where your current ranks may have a better chance of securing admission.

3. Consider improving your performance in the next attempt of the entrance exam to increase your chances of getting into your desired BTech program.



For VARC, read daily from diverse sources (newspapers, novels, journals) to improve comprehension and vocabulary. Practice RC passages and verbal ability questions regularly. For DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) and QA (Quantitative Aptitude), solve previous years' papers and take mock tests to identify weak areas. Join a coaching institute or online courses for guidance and stay consistent with your study schedule. Review and analyze your performance in mocks to understand mistakes and improve. Maintain a positive mindset and stay disciplined in your preparation.

Hello aspirant,

Every year, IIMs conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT), a national MBA entrance exam, in rotation. For admission to over 1,200 institutions and premier B-schools in India, as well as PGDM, Executive MBA, PhD, and FPM programmes, the IIM CAT exam is regarded as one of the most difficult MBA entrance exams to pass. One of the best MBA schools in India, IIMs offers PGDM and MBA programmes for students who pass the CAT exam with scores in the 82nd to 99th percentiles.

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1-radian measures 600. (True/False)

Option: 1

True


Option: 2

False


$111111^2$ = 

Option: 1

123456654321


Option: 2

123454321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


1111112 =___________ 

Option: 1

 123456654321


Option: 2

1234554321


Option: 3

123454321


Option: 4

12345654321


159702 is divisible by

Option: 1

7


Option: 2

9


Option: 3

11


Option: 4

6


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What best can be said about the number of satellites serving C? 

Option: 1

Must be between 450 and 725 

 


Option: 2

Cannot be more than 800 
 


Option: 3

Must be between 400 and 800 

 


Option: 4

Must be at least 100 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

What is the minimum possible number of satellites serving B exclusively? 

Option: 1

100


Option: 2

200


Option: 3

500


Option: 4

250


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

If at least 100 of the 1600 satellites were serving O, what can be said about the number of satellites serving S? 

Option: 1

At most 475 

 


Option: 2

Exactly 475 
 


Option: 3

At least 475 

 


Option: 4

No conclusion is possible based on the given information 


1600 satellites were sent up by a country for several purposes. The purposes are classified as broadcasting (B), communication (C), surveillance (S), and others (O). A satellite can serve multiple purposes; however a satellite serving either B, or C, or S does not serve O. 

The following facts are known about the satellites: 

1. The numbers of satellites serving B, C, and S (though may be not exclusively) are in the ratio 2: 1:1. 

2. The number of satellites serving all three of B, C, and S is 100. 

3. The number of satellites exclusively serving C is the same as the number of satellites exclusively serving S. This number is 30% of the number of satellites exclusively serving B. 

4. The number of satellites serving O is the same as the number of satellites serving both C and S but not B. 

Question:

 If the number of satellites serving at least two among B, C, and S is 1200, which of the following MUST be FALSE? 

Option: 1

The number of satellites serving C cannot be uniquely determined 

 


Option: 2

The number of satellites serving B is more than 1000 
 


Option: 3

All 1600 satellites serve B or C or S 

 


Option: 4

The number of satellites serving B exclusively is exactly 250 


2839155 is divisible by

Option: 1

2


Option: 2

7


Option: 3

55


Option: 4

None of the above


'a' for which x^{2}-ax+9= 0 can be written as square of a linear factor is

Option: 1

6


Option: 2

-6,6


Option: 3

\left ( 6,\infty \right )


Option: 4

\left ( -\infty,-6 \right )


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