CAT Exam Pattern And Syllabus 2019 You Might Want to Kow About

CAT Exam Pattern And Syllabus 2019:

The Common Admission Test or CAT as it commonly referred to is the gateway to the country’s premier management institutes. The CAT exam is conducted by the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) and the exam scores are accepted universally across various management colleges in India and abroad. The year 2019 saw a series of changes being introduced in the CAT exam. The CAT exam pattern and syllabus 2019 will help interested candidates prepare methodically for the exam.

Here are the details of the CAT exam pattern and syllabus 2019:

The CAT exam schedule is announced in July each year along with the exam conducting body which includes the IIM’s. The CAT exam is held in November each year.

The CAT exam pattern is as follows:

  • The CAT exam is a computer-based online exam.
  • The CAT exam comprises a series of multiple-choice objective questions and non-MCQ’s as well.
  • The exam has a total of 100 questions. 
  • The answers have to be marked on the screen.
  • The exam has 3 sections, these include the following:

Verbal ability and reading comprehension

Data interpretation and logical reasoning

Quantitative ability

  •  The duration of the CAT exam is 3 hours and each section is allotted an hour each to attempt.
  • The answers have to be typed directly.
  • The questions carry a total of 300 marks.
  • CAT does not have descriptive questions.
  • Candidates must answer each section one by one. There is no option of moving between sections.
  • Physical calculators are not allowed, only onscreen calculator is allowed.
Pattern Detail
Total Number of Questions 100
Total Marks 300
Number of Sections 3 (Verbal & Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning, and Quantitative Aptitude)
Duration of Exam 180 minutes (60 minutes per section)
Medium of Exam English
Number of Answer Choices 4
Mode of Exam Online
CAT Marking Scheme +3 marks for the correct answer -1 mark for an incorrect answer
Questions with Negative Marking MCQs-70 to 75
Questions without Negative Marking NON-MCQs- 25 to 30

Breakdown of questions asked in each section:

Section Total questions Number of MCQ questions Number of Non-MCQ questions
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 (RC-24, VA-10) 24-27 7-10
Quantitative Aptitude (Quant) 34 22-24 10-12
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) 32 (DI-16, LR-16) 24 8
Total 100 75 25

CAT syllabus:

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

  • Fill in the blanks
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Sentence completion
  • Grammar
  • Syllogisms
  • Jumbled paragraphs
  • Para Completion and inference
  • Contextual usage
  • Foreign language words used in English
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Analogies
  • Sentence correction
  • Verbal Logic
  • Different usage of same word
  • Idioms
  • Parajumbles
  • Antonyms
  • One word substitution

Data interpretation and Logical reasoning

  • Blood Relations
  • Series
  • Proposition
  • Direction Sense
  • Coding-Decoding
  • Assumptions
  • Puzzles
  • Clocks and Calendars
  • Statements
  • Data Arrangement
  • Family Tree
  • Binary Logic
  • Seating Arrangement
  • Venn Diagram
  • Sets
  • Data Structures
  • Syllogism
  • Caselets
  • Tables
  • Pie Charts
  • Data Sufficiency
  • Bars
  • Line Graphs

Quantitative Ability

  • Geometry
  • HCF & LCM
  • Averages
  • Trigonometry
  • Algebra
  • Partnership (Accounts)
  • Mensuration
  • Profit & Loss
  • Time-Speed-Distance
  • Ratios and Proportion
  • In-equations Quadratic and linear equations
  • Surds and Indices
  • Number system
  • Geometric Progression
  • Inequalities
  • Work and time
  • Percentages
  • Logarithms

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