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Common Admission Test 2021

Form Date: 25 Jul - 07 Aug 2021 (Tentative)

Computer Based Test

Form Date: 25 Jul - 07 Aug 2021

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern - Pattern, Marks Distribution, Marking Scheme

Updated On - December 02 2020 by Sakshi Sharma

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern will be released by IIM on its official website. Common Admission Test 2021 (CAT 2021)  will be held by the last week of November 2021 in various cities all over the country. It is a computer-based entrance exam conducts to offer admission in various IIM(Indian Institute of Management), B-school, and other colleges who take admission on CAT scorecard in management programs. Students must be well aware of the CAT exam pattern so that they know the type of questions that will be asked in the exam and can cover every topic for the exam. Candidates must read the given article related to the Common Admission Test 2021 exam pattern.

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern Update

Updates related to Common Admission Test (CAT) is released on the official website of IIM. Some updates are given below:

  • There is no change in the CAT 2020 exam pattern.
  • Each section has some MCQ and Non MCQ questions.
  • Candidates cannot skip any section before completion.
  • Candidates will also provide an on-screen calculator
  • CAT 2021 entrance exam is held in 159 cities across the country.
  • CAT exam is held in three different sessions that are morning, afternoon, and evening.
  • IIM provides mock tests/tutorials for candidates on the third week of October 2021.

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern is given below which contains information like mode of examination, duration of the examination, a number of type of questions asked, the language in which the exam can be taken by the candidates, etc.

CAT Paper Pattern
Mode of Examination

Online (CBT)

Duration of Examination

120 minutes (2 hours)

No. of Questions asked


Type of Questions

MCQ (Objective) & Subjective

Marking Scheme

+3 for Correct and -1 for Incorrect, No negative marks for Non-MCQ question & No marks given or deducted for unattempted questions

Medium of examination


Total Marks




Below mentioned is the section-wise division of examination and the total number of marks they carry each:

Section-wise Distribution of Marks for CAT Exam
Time Allotted
Number of Questions
Total Marks

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

40 minutes



Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

40 minutes




Quantitative Ability

40 minutes





120 minutes
76 questions
228 marks

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern for Quantitative Aptitude

Check the question paper structure for the Quantitative Aptitude section given below:

TopicsNumber of Question 
Number System2
Modern Math2

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern for Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

  • Candidates have to attempt 10 to 12 questions from this section.
  • There are four sets of question papers which include MCQ and Non-MCQ.
  • Following are the topics for this section:
  • Line chart
  • Table chart
  • Set Theory
  • Arrangement
  • Cube based sets

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern for Verbal and Reading Comprehension

CAT question paper structure for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension section is given hereby:

Topics Number of Questions 
Reading Comprehension24
Sentence Correction3
Para Jumble4

CAT 2021 Syllabus

Candidates must check the given syllabus fo CAT 2021 for better preparation:

CAT Quantitative Aptitude Syllabus
  • Trigonometry
  • Arithmetic
  • Higher Math
  • Mensuration
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
CAT Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • Bar Graph
  • Line Graph
  • Pie chart
  • Tables
  • Seating Arrangments
  • Syllogism
  • Proposition 
  • Puzzles
  • Statements
  • Sets
  • Case lets
  • Combination of graphs
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Venn Diagram
  • Blood relation
  • Data Arrangments
  • Assumption
  • Clocks and Calendars
CAT Verbal and Reading Comprehension 
  • Sentence Correction
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Word Usage
  • Para completion
  • Analogies
  • Para Jumble
  • Fact inference Judgement
  • Idioms
  • Reading Comprehension



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Form Start Date:

25 Jul 2021

Form End Date:

07 Aug 2021

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