CAT 2018/2019 Exam Pattern, Marking Scheme, Question Weightage – Check Here

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CAT 2018 exam pattern includes mode of exam, sbujects, marking scheme, etc. CAT abbreviation of 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 in the Management Institutes. Every year lakhs of students appear for the CAT exam. Clearing this exam with a good percentile will help them take admission in the Top most B-Schools or Business schools. The syllabus of CAT exam is unpredicted. 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 2018/2019 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 question and marking scheme. Candidates can check the exam pattern of CAT 2018/2019 from below:

  • Exam Mode: CAT is the computer-based test (CBT)  which will be conducted in 650 test centers.
  • Sections: 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 Weightage of Question:

Here we have mentioned the section wise weightage of questions of CAT 2017 examination:

SectionsNumber of QuestionsTotal MarksDuration
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension3410260
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning329660
Quantitative Ability3410260

The ratio of CAT MCQs & Non-MCQs Questions:

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

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SectionNo. of QuestionsNo. of Non-MCQs
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension3410
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning328
Quantitative Ability347

CAT 2018/2019 Marking Scheme

Below we have given the marking scheme of CAT 2017 examination:

  • Marking Scheme: Candidates will be awarded 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.

If you any query regarding CAT 2018/2019 Exam Pattern, you can ask your query leave comments below.

About the Author Sandeep

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