CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern – Candidates planning to appear for the national level exam must start their preparation with correct CAT Exam Pattern 2019. It is necessary that you are well updated with the latest pattern and syllabus of CAT to keep your preparation on the tracks. CAT 2019 Exam Pattern consists of the mode of examination, the total number of questions, section, marking scheme, duration, etc. After getting the gist of it, look at the exam syllabus to kick start the preparation. In the article below, read complete the CAT 2019 Exam Pattern in Detail, changes in the pattern over the years, syllabus, etc.


CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

Last year, there was no major change in the exam pattern of CAT. Although the ratio of MCQ and Non- MCQ questions were changed. Any major change this year will be notified by the exam conducting body. Until then, prepare of CAT 2019 as per the exam pattern given below.

CAT 2019 Exam Pattern

(A) Common Admission Test is a Computer-Based Examination

It means candidates have to reach at a particular centre in order to take the test. All the candidates have to take the exam in allotted time period only. All the test system will be connected to the main server.

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(B) There is Sectional Limit in the Exam

Overall, the duration of the exam is 180 minutes or 3 hours. Also, there is a sectional limit of 60 minutes for each of the three sections.

CAT Exam Pattern 2019 Specification
Mode of Examination Computer Based
Duration 3 Hours with 60 minutes for each section
Total Marks 300

(C) Maximum Marks is 300

From the last five years, there have been 100 questions in the exam of 3 marks each. Thus, making a total of 300 Marks. The total marks of each section changes as per the number of questions in them.

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(D) Number of Sections in Exam are three

There are three sections in the exam. Preparing for each section equally can help you get good percentile.

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)
  • Quantitative Ability (QA)

(E) Types of Questions in CAT 2019

There are two types of questions that appear in CAT exam. These are Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Type in Answer Type (TITA) or Non-MCQ.

  • MCQ – In the MCQ type problems, you have to choose one correct option out of four total choices.
  • Non-MCQ – In TITA or Non-MCQ, you have to type an answer from the on-screen keyboard.
Questions MCQ, Non-MCQ Questions
VARC (27,7) [24 in Rc and 10 in VARC]
DILR (24,8)
QA (22,12)
Total (73,17)

(F) CAT 2019 Marking Scheme

As per the CAT 2019 Exam Pattern, there is negative marking of 1 mark for each incorrect answers. There is no negative marking in case of incorrect Non-MCQ questions.

Types of Questions Marking Scheme
Correct MCQ or Non-MCQ +3
Incorrect MCQ -1
Incorrect Non-MCQ 0

CAT 2019 Syllabus

The syllabus of CAT 2019 is not fixed. There are some common topics which appear in the exam every year. The list of important topics is as follows. Click Here to download CAT 2019 Syllabus PDF.

Reading Comprehension and Verbal Ability Syllabus
Para Formation Verbal Reasoning
Summary Facts, Assumptions, Judgements
Analogies/ Reverse Analogies Para Odd Man Out
Jumbled Paragraph Word Meaning Based Questions
Jumbles Sentences Cloze Passage
Sentence Correction Fill in the Blanks
Reading Comprehension Antonyms/ Synonyms
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning Syllabus
Tables Column Graphs
Pie-Chart Line Charts
Matrix Arrangements Venn Diagrams
Pipes and Cisterns Data Sufficiency
Caselets Calendars
Bar Graphs Cubes
Number and Letter Series Seating Arrangement
Binary Logic Logical Sequence
Syllogism Logical Connectives
Blood Relations Clocks
Quantitative Ability Syllabus
Mensuration Coordinate Geometry
Number System Geometry
Statistics Simple Equation
Trigonometry Operations-Based questions
Time and Distance Time and Work
Ratio, Proportion, and Variations Simple and Compound Interest
Quadratic Equations Inequalities and Modulus
Averages-Mixtures-Alligations Special Equations
Probability Quantitative Reasoning
Functions  and Graphs Indices and Surds
Logarithm Permutations and Combination
Data Sufficiency

Frequently Asked question

Q. What is a CAT Examination and its eligibility?

A. The CAT is a national level exam for admission to management courses. It is conducted by IIMs in the month of November/ December. In order to appear for this exam, candidates must have a graduation degree with 50% marks. Reserved category students must have at least 45% in graduation. There is no age limit in CAT Exam.

Q. What type of Questions are asked in CAT Exam? 

A. Questions are asked to test candidates’ aptitude, reasoning skills, and decision making. Around 70% of questions have choices in the paper. The paper is overall divided into three sections ie English,  logical, and Mathematics.

Q. Is there negative marking in for Non-MCQ Type Questions?

A. No, there is no negative marking for such questions. One mark gets deduct for incorrect MCQ type question only.

Changes in CAT Exam Pattern 2015-2018

With every subsequent year, there have been some changes in the CAT Exam Pattern. Let’s analyze the pattern from the previous year.

# 2018

There was no change in the exam pattern this year. Apart from the change in the ratio of MCQ and Non-MCQ Questions.

  • VARC – There were 24 Questions in RC all MCQ. In VA, there were 7 Non- MCQ and 3 MCQ.
  • DILR – Equal distribution of questions in DI & LR with 24 MCQ and 8 Non-MCQ.
  • QA – 22 MCQ and 12 Non-MCQ

# 2017

This year also, there was only a change in the number of Non-MCQ.

  • VARC – A total of 24 questions in RC in MCQ only. In VA, there were 7 Non- MCQ and 3 MCQ. >>
  • DILR – Equal distribution of questions in DI & LR with 24 MCQ and 8 Non-MCQ.
  • QA – 23 MCQ and 11 Non-MCQ

# 2016

In this year, the number of questions in QA was decreased.

  • VARC – 24 questions in RC in MCQ only. In VA, there were all 10 Non- MCQ questions.
  • DILR – Equal number of questions in DI & LR with 24 MCQ and 8 Non-MCQ.
  • QA – 27 MCQ and 7 Non-MCQ

# 2015

This year, there were many changes were introduced in CAT.

  • It was the first time when the time limit of the exam was increased by 10 mins. That means time limit extended to 180 minutes from 170 minutes.
  • Sectional Limit again imposed.
  • Non-MCQ type questions introduced for the first time.

About Common Admission Test

The examination takes place at the national level for admission to MBA/ PGDM courses. It is a gateway to take admission in top b-schools in India. It is only the first level to participate in the selection process. After the written round, there are more selection rounds which consist of Group Discussion, Personal Interview, Essay Writing, etc.

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