How would be the exam pattern for CAT 2018: learn here!

Last Modified: 20 Jan 2023

CAT is one of the prestigious entrance exams to get admission into IIMs and other management institutes of India. CAT 2018 is not an online exam, rather it is a digital or Computer Based Test (CBT). When you say a digital or Computer Based Test (CBT), it means that a candidate has to read the questions on a computer terminal and mark an answer by clicking on the correct option on that computer only. Your submission of correct answer will be in the digital format only.

This is different from the conventional exam, where candidates need to read the questions from a paper booklet and darkening the ovals on the answer-sheet for submission. This is also not an online or an Internet-Based Test (IBT) where candidates need to read the question online on the internet and answer them online directly for submission.

There will be a timer for you to keep reminding the remaining time to complete the current section. There is a specific time limit for each section and the number of questions in that particular section.

You can have a look at the different sections of your CAT 2018 exam as given here. This will be a MCQ or Multiple Choice Question based pattern, but there could be some non-MCQ question where you need to type/enter the answer accordingly.

Section I - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

  • No. of Questions - 34
  • Time - 60 Minutes

Section II - Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

  • No. of Questions - 32
  • Time - 60 Minutes

Section III - Quantitative Ability

  • No. of Questions - 34
  • Time - 60 Minutes

Appearing candidates will be allocated a test center based on the test cities preferences mentioned while registering for CAT 2018. Each candidate will get a workstation assigned at their respective test centers. The total time period will be 180 minutes to complete the test.

Here, you need to make sure that you are following the chronological order of your section as first, second and then third. Though, CAT doesn’t allow you to use an external calculator; you can take help from the on-screen calculators of your assigned workstation.

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