Common Admission Test (CAT) Exam Pattern 2020

Published on : 29th October 2020    Author : Tanvi Mittal
CAT Exam

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2020 is scheduled to be conducted on 29th November (Sunday). Indian Institute of Management Indore (IIM-I) will be conducting this year’s exam for MBA seats in 20 IIMs across the country. CAT exam is popular for changes in the exam pattern every year. This year, the changes has been introduced in the duration of the exam. As per the new pattern, the exam will now be of 2 hours duration instead of three. In order to help students understand the exam structure, IIMs release mock tests before the main exams. Mock tests for the 2020 exam will be released in the last week of October. So, keep a check on the official website. Let’s have a look at the CAT Exam Pattern 2020.

Latest Update - CAT 2020 admit card has been released on the official website on 28th October 2020 (5:00 PM). Candidates can download the same using their login credentials.

CAT Exam Pattern 2020

CAT 2020 exam duration have been revised from three hours to two hours. The exam will now be conducted in the following three sessions:

  • Session I (Morning): 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
  • Session II (Afternoon): 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM
  • Session III (Evening): 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

CAT is a Computer Based Test (CBT) carrying 100 multiple choice questions from three sections. The duration of the exam is 2 hours. Here is the division of question and time for different sections:

S. No.

Section

Number of Questions

Total Marks

Duration in minutes

1

Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

34

102

40

2

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

96

40

3

Quantitative Ability

34

102

40

 

TOTAL

100

300

120

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The sections appear in the same order as mentioned above and each section is time-bound. Candidates cannot move between the sections before the time completes for each section. However, they are free to move to any question within the section.

A non-scientific on-screen calculator is provided to help students with basic calculations.

Non-MCQs Questions

Since 2015, non-MCQs have been introduced by the IIMs in CAT. Here the students have to type in the answers in the space provided with the help of a virtual keyboard and mouse. The number of non-objective type questions is not fixed but as per last year’s pattern, here is the ratio of MCQs and non-MCQs in CAT:

Ratio of MCQs & Non-MCQs in Previous CAT Examinations

Section

Total Questions

No. of MCQs

No. of Non-MCQs

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

34

24

10

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

24

8

Quantitative Ability

34

27

7

TOTAL

100

75

25

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Marking Scheme -

For MCQs: 3 marks are awarded for every correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for every incorrect answer.

For Non-MCQs: 3 marks are allotted for correct non-MCQs and no negative marking is followed with this type of questions.

Particulars

MCQs

Non-MCQs

Marks for correct answer

3

3

Marks deducted for incorrect answer

1

nil

Marks for un-attempted questions

nil

Nil

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Admit cards for CAT Exam 2020 has been released on 28 October. Candidates can download them from the official CAT website.


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