CAT Exam Pattern 2017


CAT Exam Pattern 2017CAT exam pattern 2017: The exam pattern of CAT 2017 is same as previous year. As per CAT exam pattern 2017, the exam covers three sections – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). The question paper will carry 100 multiple choice and non-multiple choice questions and total marks of the exam is 300. The exam will be held in the computer-based mode for 3-hour duration in forenoon and afternoon session. CAT exam pattern 2017 provided here will give candidates information about the types of questions, the total number of questions and marks, exam duration, number of papers, distribution of questions and marking scheme. Read below to know more about CAT exam pattern 2017.


CAT Exam Pattern 2017 – Overview

The structure of CAT 2017 is given in the table below for candidates to get an idea of the number of sections, mode of exam, section timing, total marks, negative marks etc.

Features Details
CAT exam modeComputer-based test
CAT exam duration3 hours
Sectional timing60 minutes
SectionsThree (VARC, DILR and QA)
Number of questions100
Type of questionsMultiple choice questions (MCQ) and Non-MCQs
Total marks300
Online calculatorCandidates are allowed to use online calculator
Marks for correct answer3
Negative marks-1 for MCQs
SessionsForenoon and afternoon

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CAT Exam Pattern 2017  – In details

CAT is held in computer-based mode across 142 exam cities in forenoon and afternoon sessions.The exam carries 300 marks and comprises three sections – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). Each section of CAT 2017 will be held for 60 minutes duration. CAT question paper carries 100 MCQs and Non-MCQ type questions. Candidates can check below CAT 2017 paper pattern based on the previous year’s exam pattern.

CAT 2017 Exam Pattern

S. No.Name of the SectionNumber of QuestionsDurationMaximum Marks
1Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)3460102
2Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)326096
3Quantitative Ability (QA)3460102

CAT Exam Pattern 2017 – Section-wise

The section-wise exam pattern of CAT is explained below.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

VARC section tests a candidate’s understanding of the precise meaning of the words. This section carries total 34 questions of which 24 are MCQ and 10 are non MCQ type. To score well in this section candidates must have a strong command of English. This section carries total 102 marks and candidates have to attempt questions within 60 minutes.

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

DILR section carries 32 questions of which 24 questions will be MCQ and 8 will be non-MCQ based. There will be four set of questions in this section. The total marks allotted to DILR is 96. This section tests a candidate’s ability to interpret different patterns and number sequences. This section often included tables and charts. The candidates must be able to extract accurate data from graphs and tables.

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

QA section tests the analytical and problem-solving skills of the candidates. This section comprises of mathematical questions that must be solved within 60 minutes. There will be total 34 questions carrying 102 marks. Candidates who are good with numbers can score high marks in this section.

CAT exam pattern 2017 – Marking scheme

CAT marking scheme has been prescribed by the exam conducting authority, IIM Lucknow. As per CAT marking scheme 2017, for each questions other MCQs candidates will score 3 marks and no marks will be deducted for incorrect answer. For MCQs candidates will score 3 marks for correct answer and -1 will be deducted for wrong answers. The marking scheme is given below.

CAT marking scheme

Marks for correct answer33
Negative marks-1No negative
Marks for unattempted questionsNo marksNo marks

CAT Exam Pattern 2017 – MCQs Vs Non- MCQs

Before 2015, CAT exam comprised only Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). In the year 2015, Non-MCQs questions were introduced for the first time in CAT exam. Each section of CAT 2017 carries non-MCQ type questions and candidates have to type answers with help of mouse through vitual keypad. Take a look at the below table to know more about the number of MCQs and Non-MCQs in CAT exam based on previous year’s question paper.

Ratio of MCQs and non-MCQs

S. No.SectionMCQsNon-MCQsTotal No. Of Questions
 Total 7525100

What is CAT 2017 Vitual Calculator?

The virtual calculator has been introduced by IIMs in CAT to enable candidates to carry out basic computations as they are not allowed to carry calculators inside the examination hall. Virtual calculator will help candidates for solving questions in Data Interpretation as well as Quantitative Aptitude. Candidates have to use the mouse for calculation using a vitual calculator.

CAT Syllabus 2017

The exam conducting authority has not specified any syllabus for CAT entrance exam. Based on the previous years’ question paper, the following topics are important for CAT 2017.

CAT syllabus

Subjects Topics
VARCVocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms), Sentence Correction, Fill in the blanks and Grammar correction
DILRLine Charts, Binary Logic, Logical Sequence, Syllogism and Blood Relations
QANumber Systems, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Profit and Loss and Quadratic Equations

CAT 2017 mock test

IIM Lucknow will release CAT 2017 mock test in the third week of October. Candidates to take mock tests will have to enter their roll number and password. Attempting mock tests similar to the actual test will help in boosting the confidence level of the student. Apart from this, CAT 2017 mock test will also help candidates to get an idea of the test pattern.

About CAT 2017

CAT 2017 will be conducted by IIM Lucknow on November 26 in computer based mode across 142 cities. The exam is held to fill around 4000 seats in 20 IIMs and over 100 B-schools in the country. Over 2 lakh candidates are expected to appear in CAT 2017. 

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