The Common Admission Test (CAT) is the MBA entrance test conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) on rotation basis.  The scores of CAT is accepted by 20 IIMs as well as 100 B-schools of India. 

CAT Exam Pattern:

It is very important to familiar with the exam pattern before starting preparation. It include details about number of sections in exam, number of question and marking scheme.

Exam Mode:

CAT is the computer based test (CBT)  which will be conducted in 650 test centres.


The Common Admission Test will comprise of three sections, i.e. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning & Quantitative Ability.

Type of Questions:

The question paper contains both MCQ as well as non-MCQ type questions.

No. of Question: 

Total 100 questions will be asked in the exam.

Duration of Exam:

The exam duration will be 180 minutes (3 hours); 60 minutes will be given for each section.

Section wise Weight age of Question:

SectionsNumber of QuestionsNo. of Non-MCQ'sTotal MarksDuration
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension341010260
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning3289660
Quantitative Ability34710260

CAT Marking Scheme:

Marking Scheme:

Candidates will be awarded with 3 marks for each right answer. All the question (MCQ type and Non-MCQ type questions) contain equal marks.

Negative Marking:

For every wrong answer one marks will be deducted. However, there is no negative marking for Non-MCQ type questions.

CAT Syllabus:

The CAT Syllabus divided into four sections:

  • Quantitative Ability
  • Data Interpretation
  • Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.

This section consists of 10+2 difficulty level & Fundamental mathematics. The topics are:

  • Geometry
  • Number System
  • Interest
  • Quadratic & Linear Equations
  • Probability
  • Trigonometry
  • Time & Work
  • Percentages
  • Profit & Loss
  • Algebra
  • LCM & HCF
  • Averages
  • Permutation
  • Ratio & Proportions
  • Complex Numbers, etc.

In this section, student’s ability to solve problems accurately & understanding of the data are tested. Students can study the topic of:

  • graphs (line, area)
  • Interpretation and analysis of data based on text
  • Charts (Column, bar, pie)
  • Tables
  • Paragraph
  • venn diagram, etc.

This section contains the usage of Standard English grammar & questions on comprehension. The topics are:

  • Verbal reasoning
  • Antonyms and Synonyms
  • Sentence correction
  • fill in the blanks
  • Critical reasoning
  • Syllogisms
  • Analogies
  • idioms, etc.
  • Direction sense
  • clocks & calendars
  • puzzles
  • binary logic
  • seating arrangement
  • coding- decoding
  • blood relations
  • logical sequence
  • data structure
  • assumption
  • premise
  • conclusion
  • linear and matrix arrangement, etc.

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