Common Admission Test (CAT) Exam Pattern 2017

Published on:02/11/2017

Common Admission Test (CAT) 2017 is scheduled to be conducted on 26 November (Sunday). Indian Institute of Management Lucknow (IIM-L) will be conducting this year’s exam for MBA seats in IIMs. CAT exam is popular for changes in the exam pattern every year. However, the exam pattern has remained same in the previous two years and will be similar this year. In order to help students understand the exam structure, IIMs release mock tests before the main exams. Mock tests for CAT 2017 have been released by IIM Lucknow on 30 October 2017. Let’s have a look on the CAT Exam Pattern 2017.

CAT Exam Pattern 2017

CAT is a Computer Based Test (CBT) carrying 100 multiple choice questions from three sections. The duration for the exam is 3 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

60

2

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

32

96

60

3

Quantitative Ability

34

102

60

 

TOTAL

100

300

180

The sections appear in the same order as mentioned in 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 CAT 2016

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

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

Admit cards for CAT Exam 2017 has been released on 25 October. Candidates can download them from CAT official website.

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