CAT Exam Pattern 2021, Paper Pattern, Marking Scheme – Check Here


CATCAT 2021 Exam Pattern includes the mode of exam, subjects, marking scheme, etc. CAT abbreviation of the Common Admission Test is held for taking admissions in all the B-Schools or the IIMs in India. It is one of the most competitive exams in our Country.

It attracts many graduates from all the streams. This exam helps them to take admission to the Management Institutes. Every year lakhs of students appear for the CAT 2021. Clearing this exam with a good percentile will help them take admission to the Topmost B-Schools or Business schools.

The syllabus of the CAT 2021 exam is unpredictable. Every year it keeps on changing. It is only through the past papers that the students have to prepare for the exams and build up a strategy.

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

It is very important to familiar with the exam pattern before starting preparation. It includes details about the number of sections in the exam, number of questions, and marking scheme. Candidates can check the exam pattern of CAT 2019/2021 from below:

  • Exam Mode: CAT is the computer-based test (CBT) that will be conducted in 650 test centers.
  • Sections: The Common Admission Test will comprise 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: A total of 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 Weightage of Question

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Here we have mentioned the section-wise weightage of questions of the CAT 2021 examination:

Sections Number of Questions Total Marks Duration
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 34 102 60
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 96 60
Quantitative Ability 34 102 60
Total 100 300 180

The ratio of CAT MCQs & Non-MCQs Questions

From the year 2015, non-MCQs questions were also included in the CAT 2021 exam. These questions come without answers options. Candidates have to type the answers with the help of a virtual keyboard.

Registration Fees

The fees are ₹ 1700 for General and NC and OBC candidates ₹ 850 for SC/ ST and PWD candidates.

Please note that a candidate needs to pay registration fees only once. Irrespective of the number of instituted he/ she is Appling for SC/ ST, and PWD candidates must upload a copy of their ST/ SC/ PWD Certificate at the time of registration. Fee once paid cannot be returned.

Section No. of Questions No. of Non-MCQs
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension 34 10
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 32 8
Quantitative Ability 34 7
Total 100 25

CAT 2021 Marking Scheme

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Below we have given the marking scheme of the CAT 2021 examination:

  • Marking Scheme: Candidates will be awarded 3 marks for each right answer. All the questions (MCQ type and Non-MCQ type questions) contain equal marks.
  • Negative Marking: For every wrong answer one mark will be deducted.  However, there is no negative marking for Non-MCQ-type questions.

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