CAT Exam Pattern 2017


CAT Exam Pattern 2017CAT Exam Pattern 2017: The Exam Pattern of CAT 2017 is most likely to be same as it was last year. Being the most popular and sought after MBA Exam, CAT is conducted by IIM on a rotational basis. The CAT 2017 will be conducted on November 26, 2017, by IIM Lucknow. It is a computer based (offline) test with three hours duration. As far as the CAT Exam Pattern 2017 is concerned, there will three sections in the test consisting of 100 multiple questions. The candidates will have 60 minutes to attempt each section. In order to clear the CAT, one must be equipped with strong strategical skills which come with the appropriate knowledge of CAT Exam Pattern. The candidates are advised to go through the following article to get complete information on CAT Exam Pattern 2017.
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CAT Exam Pattern 2017 – At a Glance

  • The CAT Exam is a Computer-based test, in which a candidate is required to give the answer using mouse only.
  • The duration of the test will be 3 hours (180 minutes) and it can be given in English only.
  • An important aspect of CAT Exam Pattern 2017 is the sectional limit, which will be of one hour per section.
  • There will be a total of 100 questions, consisting of a majority of multiple choice questions. Besides, some non-multiple questions may also be asked.
  • There will be negative marking for every wrong answer, while every correct answer will fetch 3 marks.
  • The candidates will not be allowed to switch to another section until he/she finishes a particular section.
  • The table given below is based on the last year’s exam pattern. This year, the number of questions in individual sections may change. Non-MCQ which have been introduced by IIM since 2015 are those questions in which no option is given to the candidates.
  • An on-screen calculator for calculations can be used by the candidates in the exam.                         

CAT Exam Pattern 2017

The table given below provides an overview of the exam pattern of CAT 2017. The total duration of the exam will be 180 minutes (60 minutes per section). The table given below is based on the last year’s paper pattern. This year, the number of questions in individual sections may change.

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 – Sectional Details

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

VARC section tests a candidate’s understanding of the precise meaning of the words. To score well in this section, the candidates need a strong command of English. The candidates must be able to use accurate grammar and interpret written information. Here are some of the common types of questions asked in VARC section of CAT exam.

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

S.No.VARC Topics
1.Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)
2. Sentence Correction
3. Fill in the blanks
4. Grammar correction
5. Analogies or Reverse Analogies
6. Summary Questions
7. Facts / Inferences / Judgements

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

When it comes to understanding CAT 2017 exam pattern, DILR section cannot be ignored. 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. Here are some of the areas from which the questions are asked in DILR section –

S.No.DILR Topics
1.Line Charts
2.Column Graphs
3.Number and Letter Series
4.Binary Logic
5.Seating Arrangement
6.Logical Sequence
8.Blood Relations
9.Logical Connectives
10.Logical Matching

Note: For more details on these topics, check CAT Syllabus 2017

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 in a time bound manner. The candidates who are good with numbers can score high marks in this section. In QA section of CAT paper, the questions are mainly asked from the following topics –

S.No.Quantitative Aptitude (QA) Topics
1.Number Systems
2.LCM and HCF
4.Ratio and Proportion
5.Speed, Time and Distance
6.Profit and Loss
7.Interest (Simple and Compound)
8.Linear Equations
9.Quadratic Equations
10.Permutation and Combination
16.Surds and Indices

CAT Exam Pattern 2017 – Marking Scheme

In CAT entrance test, three marks are awarded to the candidates for every correct answer. There is negative marking for wrong answers. One mark is deducted for every incorrect answer. Here is everything you need to know about the marking scheme of CAT exam –

  • Maximum marks in the exam: 300
  • Every correct answer: 3 marks to be awarded
  • Negative marking in CAT: For each incorrect answer 1 mark to be deducted
  • No negative marking for non-MCQs
  • Question left blank – No Mark

CAT Exam Pattern 2017 – MCQs Vs Non- MCQs

Before 2015, CAT exam comprised only of Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs). In the year 2015, Non-MCQs questions were introduced for the first time in CAT exam. Each of the three sections contains Non-MCQs. Take a look at the below table to know more about the number of MCQs and Non-MCQs in CAT exam –

S. No.SectionMCQsNon-MCQsTotal No. Of Questions
1Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension241034
2Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning24832
3Quantitative Aptitude (QA)27734

CAT Exam Pattern 2017 – Things to Remember

  • CAT is a computer based test. It is not conducted in pen and paper mode.
  • In 2015, the duration of CAT exam was increased from 170 minutes to 180 minutes. In CAT 2017, the duration is likely to remain the same.
  • The candidates get 60 minutes to complete each section. Even if the candidates complete a section before 60 minutes, they cannot start with the next section.
  • Also, the candidates cannot switch between the two sections. They must answer and revise one section within 60 minutes. However, the candidates can attempt any of the section first and can also answer the questions out of sequence.
  • There is an on-screen timer on the computer screen that keeps showing the time left to complete a particular section.
  • As was the case last year, CAT 2017 exam is expected to contain 100 questions. However, the number may increase or decrease. Also, the number of MCQs and Non-MCQs may change.
  • The candidates are also allowed to use an on-screen calculator for calculations. However, it must be kept in mind that only on-screen calculator can be used in the exam. The candidates are not allowed to carry their own calculators inside the examination hall.

As CAT is one of the most difficult exams to crack, it is important for the candidates to start the preparations early. Understanding the CAT exam pattern 2017 is the first step that will help the candidates jump start their preparations. This will help the candidates prepare an exam strategy. It is important to focus on all the three sections of the exam. Moreover, the candidates must keep a track of all latest developments related to the CAT test pattern. All latest updates on the exam pattern of CAT 2017 will be updated on this page.

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