CAT Exam Pattern 2019: The official date for CAT 2019 has been released. The CAT 2019 exam will be conducted on 25 November 2019. The exam pattern for CAT (Common Admission Test) has been thoroughly revised in the past four years but the basic structure has remained the same. CAT 2019 exam pattern is expected to be similar to the past 3 year CAT exam patterns, although there could be some minor changes in the sectional composition or the number, type of questions. CAT Exam Pattern 2019 is explained here and students must refer CAT 2019 information brochure for new updates.
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CAT Exam Pattern 2019 Important Points
- CAT Exam 2019 is a computer-based test but not an online test i.e. candidate cannot use the internet while giving the exam.
- DURATION OF THE EXAM: 3 hours.
- CAT EXAM 2019 is divided into 3 sections of 60 minutes each. The 3 sections are as follows; VARC-Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, DILR-Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and QA-Quantitative Ability.
- Candidates cannot move from one section to another during the 1 hour assigned to the particular section.
- Candidates taking the CAT test could not leave their seats during the exam.
- MCQs in CAT 2019 exam pattern will require the candidate to pick out or choose 1 correct answer choice out of 4.
- Non-MCQs in CAT exam pattern will require the candidate to type-in the correct answer on the computer screen.
- There would be no answer choices for Non-MCQs according to the revised pattern of CAT 2019.
- Each correct answer in CAT exam pattern will be given 3 marks even if it is an MCQ or Non-MCQ.
- Each wrong answer for MCQ in CAT exam 2019 will be imposed a penalty of the 1/3rd negative mark (-1 mark)
- CAT exam pattern follows the pattern of CAT official Mock test released by IIMs a month before the CAT exam.
CAT Exam Pattern 2019
|Number of sections||03|
|Questions with negative marking (MCQs)||75|
|Questions without negative marking (Non-MCQs)||25|
|Score awarded for each correct answer||03|
|Negative marking (Applicable for wrong answers in MCQs)||-1|
|Individual time limit [Each Section]||1 hour|
CAT 2019: Sectional Exam Pattern
VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Composition)
|No. of MCQs||24 to 27|
|No. of non-MCQs||7 to 10|
|Total RC passages||05|
|RC based questions[all MCQs]||24|
|Verbal Ability Questions[ mix of MCQs and not- MCQs]||10|
|LOD||Moderate to difficult|
DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)
|Share of DI questions||16|
|Share of LR questions||16|
|LoD||Moderate to difficult|
QUANT: Quantitative Ability
|MCQs||23 To 27|
|Non-MCQs||7 To 11|
|LoD||Moderate to Difficult|
CAT 2019 Pattern: Sectional Composition
The CAT Exam Pattern 2019 contains sectional composition and list is given below.
|Section name||Total questions||Total MCQs [with negative marking]||Total MCQs [without negative marking]||Total maximum marks|
|VARC||34||24 to 27||7 to 10||102|
|Quant||34||23 to 27||7 to 11||102|
- VARC – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
- DILR – Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
- QUANT- Quantitative Ability
Responding to queries regarding the question of whether the CAT is an online test or not. IIMs reply that CAT is a computer-based test but not an online test. As they said in an official statement “CAT is not an online exam. It is a digital or Computer Based Test (CBT); not an Internet-Based Test (IBT); that is, a candidate will not take the exam on an internet site. Instead of reading the questions in a paper booklet and darkening the ovals on answer-sheet, a candidate will read the questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option”.
Download Paper Pattern from CAT official Website: www.iimcat.ac.in.
CAT PATTERN: Changes Since Computerization
|Year||Total No of Qs||VA||DI-LR||Quant||Difficulty level||Q break up|
|CAT 2017||100||VARC-34. RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (3 MCQs, 7 on-MCQs)||DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8||Total-34. MCQs 23, Non-MCQs-11||Moderate||CAT Pattern in the lines of last year with changes in non-MCQs in each section|
|CAT 2016||100||VARC-34, RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (All non-MCQs)||DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8||Quant-34, MCQ-27, Non-MCQs-7||Moderate to difficult||CAT exam pattern on the same lines as of CAT exam pattern 2015 Non-MCQs in Quant reduced.|
|CAT 2015||100||VARC -34, RC-24 (MCQs), Verbal-10 (Non-MCQs)||DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8||Quant-34, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-10||Moderate to difficult||Time limit increased to 180 minutes; Sectional time concentration of 1 hour re-introduced; Non-MCQs without negative marking penalty for the wrong answer No questions on error correction and vocabulary.|
|CAT 2014||100||50 VARC-34 LR-16||–||50 Quant-34 DI-16||Moderate to difficult||Test time increased to 170 minutes; Sectional time constraint removed; More questions on error correction; RC questions based on reasoning Overall moderate exam.|
|CAT 2013||60||30 10 verbal 10 RC 10 LR||30 DI-10||Moderate to difficult||On the same pattern as last year. No new surprise element.|
|CAT 2012||60||30 (LR 10) 10 verbal 10 RC 10 LR||–||30 (DI 10)||Moderate to difficult (Difficulty level was more or less maintained to the same level.||Error correction-1 to 2, para jumbles-2, Completion of the last sentence of paragraph-2, Out of context Sentence in jumbled paragraph -1 to 2, Fill in the blanks vocabulary words- 1 to 2, Words used in different ways-2, Reading comprehension – three passages with 3 to 4 questions each (Common question in almost all the sessions from 11th Oct.2012 to 6th Nov.2012 – Tone of the author-at least two questions in every session) New or surprise element – Two questions on ‘Out of context sentences in jumbled paragraph’ – Paragraph had to be placed in order and the out of context sentence had to be picked out. Permutations & Combinations, Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Number Systems, Modern Maths.|
|CAT 2011||60||30(LR 10)||–||30(DI10)||Moderate to difficult-LOD>2||Jumbled sentences, error correction, Vocabulary, RC, grammar Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Mensuration, Number Systems, Modern Maths|
|CAT 2010||60||20||20||20||Moderate to difficult-LOD>2||RC, Grammar, Para jumbles, sentence correction & completion,
Quant was tougher compared to CAT 2009. The areas were more calculation-intensive and needed conceptual understanding.
|Sentence rearrangement, Grammar, comprehension, correction of errors, sentence completion, Usage Vocabulary
Number System, Algebra, Mensuration, and Commercial Math.