CAT 2017: Know The Exam Format

By | August 17, 2017

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Known for being one of the toughest exams in the country, the CAT exam has always been a dynamic paper to befit the candidates from diverse academic and social backgrounds. The exam is conducted by the Indian Institute of Managements (IIMs) every year on a rotational basis.


The IIM Lucknow has released the CAT 2017 Notification and the registration for the same has already started on August 9, 2017. Though the CAT exam syllabus and pattern does not have a pre-defined format, it can be derived from the previous year exams. The CAT exam pattern has remained unaltered since 2015 and is expected to remain same in 2017 also.


Here is the detailed CAT exam format that the candidates need to check so as to prepare for CAT 2017 exam accordingly.


  1. Mode of the Exam

Since 2009, the CAT exams have become a Computer Based Test where the candidates are required to read the questions and select the options on their computer screens. TCS will be the testing partner for CAT 2017.


  1. Timing and Sections

The exam has undergone various amendments in the pattern and sections of the paper. The sectional timings have been continued since 2015 and will continue in 2017 too. Here are the duration and sectional details of the exam:


Section Name Expected Number of Questions Duration
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 60
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 32 60
Quantitative Ability (QA) 34 60
Total 100 180


  1. Marking Scheme

The marking scheme of the exam has been consistent over the past few years. With a total of 100 questions, the total marks of the exam will be 300. The marking scheme is as follows:


Correct Answer +3
In-Correct Answer -1
Unattempted No Marks awarded or deducted


  1. Questions Format

Initially, the CAT exam had only Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) with the same marking scheme as mentioned. In 2015, IIM Ahmedabad, for the first time introduced the Non-MCQ or “Type in the Answer” (TITA) questions where the candidates are required to type the correct answer in the provided space.


It should be noted that while the MCQs have the negative marking, the NON-MCQ or TITA type questions have no such constraints and the candidates are free to answer the related questions.


  1. Additional Facilities

The IIMs always provide additional assistance for the benefit of the candidates. From providing On-Screen Calculators to additional assistance (like wheel chair in test venues) to the PWD category candidates, the CAT exam has much more to make the test takers feel comfortable. The candidates from PWD category are suggested to go through the official website and know the detailed facilities that the IIMs provide.


The CAT exam is taken by almost 2.5 lakh MBA aspirants every year from all across the nation which makes it one of the most competitive exams in the country. So, the candidates are required to properly analyze the CAT syllabus and strategize their preparation beforehand. It is also suggested to take various CAT mock tests to get acquainted with the questions and know the preparation level to improve accordingly.


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