CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern- The exam pattern for CAT exam has not changed since 2015. The same pattern is being followed now every year. Those who are preparing for the CAT 2018 exam must be aware of its exam pattern and syllabus. Once the exam pattern is understood they can start strategizing their preparation plan. In the CAT 2018 exam pattern, you will know about the sections, distribution of the number of questions and the marking scheme. Check complete exam pattern for CAT 2018 from this page.

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CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

The CAT 2018 will be held on November 25, 2018. So, you have time to gear up your preparation. CAT 2018 is an online based national test and the duration of the exam is 180 minutes. For each section, the candidates will be given 60 minutes. It shall be conducted in two slots, forenoon and afternoon. The exam is divided into three sections, which are as follows:

The distribution of question in CAT 2018 exam is as follows:

Topic Number of questions
Verbal Ability 10
Reading Comprehension 24
Data Interpretation 16
Logical Reasoning 16
Quantitative Aptitude 34

Major Changes In CAT Exam Pattern

The CAT exam pattern has gone through various changes since 2014 not only in its structure but also in content. However, despite the fact that perceptible changes have been brought in the CAT exam pattern, the basics of the CAT exam have not changed. The major changes which have been brought in the CAT Exam Pattern are as follows:

Year Total Number of Questions Number of questions in VA Number of questions in DI-LR Number of questions in Quant Difficulty level
CAT 2017 100 VARC-34. RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (3 MCQs, 7 non-MCQs) DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8 MCQs 23, Non-MCQs-11 Moderate
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 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
CAT 2014 100 50 VARC-34 LR-16 50 Quant-34 DI-16 Moderate to difficult

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern Overview

It is expected that the official notification CAT 2018 will be released in July. Here we have summarised the complete exam pattern for CAT 2018.

Exam Window CAT exam will be held in two sessions on one day
Duration of the exam 180 Minutes (Three Hours) – 60 minutes in each section
Total Number of Sections
  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  3. Quantitative Ability (QA)
Total Marks 100
Marking Scheme for CAT exam Correct Answer: +3 marks
Wrong Answer: – 1 marks
There is no negative Marking for MCQs
There is no penalty for Unanswered Questions

CAT 2018 Syllabus

The important topics to study for CAT 2018 are as follows:

Verbal Ability Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Quantitative Ability
Reading Comprehension Interpretation and Analysis of Data Number systems
Verbal Reasoning Text Interpretation Geometry
Syllogisms Tables Trigonometry
Analogies Graphs (line, area) Probability
Antonyms and Synonyms Charts (column, bar, pie) Permutation combination
Fill in the blanks Venn Diagram Algebra
Sentence Corrections Calendars Mensuration
Idioms Clocks Time and work
Jumbled Passage Binary Logic LCM & HCF
Meaning-Usage Match Seating arrangement Averages
Summary Questions Blood Relations Percentages
Facts-Inferences-Judgments Coding & Decoding Profit and Loss
Logical sequence Quadratic and linear equations
Data structure
Linear and Matrix Arrangements

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