CAT 2017 Exam Pattern

CAT 2017 Exam Pattern

CAT aspirants should pull up their socks for the CAT 2017 Exam. This year IIM Lucknow is entrusted with responsibility to conduct the CAT exam in the month of December.

It is important that a CAT aspirant should get familiar with the question pattern of the CAT Exam. Although the exam conducting authority of CAT does not specify any fixed question pattern, but a student can derive an idea about the question pattern by analyzing previous year question papers.

The major contours of the question paper appear almost fixed every year.

The CAT question paper contains 100 questions of MCQ and non MCQ types. The question paper is divided into three sections namely, data interpretation and logical reasoning, quantitative ability and reading comprehension and verbal ability. The total time allotted for the question paper is 3 hours, 1 hour for every section. The exam follows scheme of negative marking, under which 3 marks are given for every correct response, whereas one mark is deducted for an incorrect answer.

Still then it is cautioned to students that CAT often surprise students with new changes in question paper. But such changes are not major revisions rather they are small changes in the question pattern.

Refer to the tables given below for detailed study of the question pattern of the CAT 2017 Exam.

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

About data interpretation and logical reasoning section

In this section questions are put from number sequences, graphs, charts and tables. A candidate is tested for his/her ability to see hidden patterns, make interpretations,analyze different patterns and read data accurately. Below we are mentioning sub topics that are asked from this section –

  • Line charts
  • Number and Letter series
  • Sitting arrangements
  • Syllogism
  • Logical connectives
  • Calendars
  • Clocks,
  • Logical matching
  • Blood relations
  • Logical sequence
  • Binary logic
  • Column graphs.

About Quantitative Aptitude Section

This section contains mathematical questions that test candidate’s smartness with numbers, his problem solving skills and analytical skills as well. To perform well in this section a student should also know shortcut methods as well to solve questions speedily and accurately.

Below we are mentioning sub topics that are asked in this section.

  • Percentages
  • Number systems
  • Speed, time and distance
  • Simple and compound interest
  • Profit and loss
  • Ratio and proportion
  • LCM and HCF
  • Linear Equations
  • Permutation and combination
  • Mensuration
  • Probability
  • Quadratic equations
  • Probability
  • Geometry progressions
  • Trigonometry
  • Mensuration functions
  • Surds and Indices

About Verbal ability and reading comprehension section

This section tests candidate’s linguistic skills and his command over English language. In order to perform well in this section a student should have excellent vocabulary, capacity to make fast interpretations from passages and draw conclusions from given sentences. Below we are mentioning sub topics from where questions are framed frequently in the exam.

  •  Sentence correction
  •  Grammar correction
  •  Fill in the blanks
  •  Summary questions
  •  Analogies and reverse analogies
  •  Vocabulary test synonyms and antonyms
  •  Judgement, facts and inferences.

Distribution of questions and marks in MCQ and non-MCQ questions

Name of Section Number of Non-MCQ questions Number of MCQ questions Total
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning 8 24 32
Verbal Ability and English Comprehension 10 24 34
Quantitative Ability 7 27 34

Marking Scheme For MCQ and Non-MCQ questions

Type of questions Marks for Correct Response Negative Mark Deduction for Incorrect Response
MCQ 3 marks 1 mark
Non-MCQ 3 marks No mark deducted
Non –Attempted Questions No mark given No mark deducted

With the help of the detailed analysis of the question pattern, given above, students will be able to prepare well for the CAT 2017 Exam .

Also Read : Preparation Tips for CAT 2017 Exam

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