CAT Exam Pattern 2017

Nov. 26, 2017 anangsha

CAT Exam Pattern 2017CAT exam pattern 2017: The exam pattern of CAT give candidate an idea about the overall structure of the exam. As per the notification released by IIM Lucknow, CAT 2017 exam pattern is same as previous year. CAT 2017 will be conducted on November 26 in forenoon and afternoon session. The computer based test according to CAT exam pattern comprises three sections - Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). Though the examination authority has not revealed the number of questions, it is expected that the question paper will carry around 100 multiple choice (MCQ) and non-multiple choice questions. The marks allotted for the test is 300. According to marking scheme, candidates will score 3 marks for correct answer in MCQs and -1 for wrong answers. There is no negative marks for incorrect answers in Non-MCQs. IIM Lucknow has released CAT mock test on October 30, 2017 for candidates to gain familarity with the actual test. Candidates can check below for more details on CAT exam pattern.

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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 mode Computer-based test
CAT exam duration 3 hours
Sectional timing 60 minutes
Sections Three (VARC, DILR and QA)
Number of questions 100
Type of questions Multiple choice questions (MCQ) and Non-MCQs
Total marks 300
Online calculator Candidates are allowed to use online calculator
Marks for correct answer 3
Negative marks -1 for MCQs
Sessions Forenoon and afternoon

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CAT Exam Pattern 2017  - In details

CAT is held in computer-based mode across 140 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 CAT 2017 paper pattern based on the previous year’s exam pattern.

CAT 2017 Exam Pattern

S. No. Name of the Section Number of Questions Duration Maximum Marks
1 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 60 102
2 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 32 60 96
3 Quantitative Ability (QA) 34 60 102
  Total 100 180 300

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

Categories MCQ Non-MCQ
Marks for correct answer 3 3
Negative marks -1 No negative
Marks for unattempted questions No marks No 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 the 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.
Total No. Of Questions

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
VARC Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms), Sentence Correction, Fill in the blanks and Grammar correction
DILR Line Charts, Binary Logic, Logical Sequence, Syllogism and Blood Relations
QA Number Systems, Percentages, Ratio and Proportion, Profit and Loss and Quadratic Equations

CAT 2017 Mock Test

IIM Lucknow has released the CAT 2017 mock test on October 30. Candidates to take mock tests have to enter their roll number and password. Mock tests are like actual test and gives the candidate an idea of test pattern and the kind of questions to expect. Experts and toppers suggests that the candidate should devote time in attempting the mock tests during their last days of preparation.

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. The admit card of CAT has been released on October 25. 

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