Common Admission Test (CAT)
The CAT is India’s top management entrance exam and it is a gateway to 20 IIMs and over 8000 other business schools in India. Common Admission Test (CAT) is national-level management entrance examination conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIM). Apart from 20 IIMs, CAT scores are used for admission to various management institutes across the country.
CAT 2017 was conducted sucessfully on November 26, 2017 (Sunday). The exam was conducted by IIM Lucknow.
Going by the past trends, it is expected that more than 2 lakh candidates will register and apply for Common Admission Test (CAT) 2018.
CAT 2018 will be conducted by one of the top 6 IIMs namely – IIM Ahmedabad, IIM Bangalore, IIM Calcutta, IIM Lucknow, IIM Indore, IIM Kozhikode.
CAT 2018 will be a computer based exam of 3 hours duration with 100 questions divided in 3 sections and will be conducted in more than 140 test cities in India in two sessions – morning and afternoon, in the last week of November or first week of December 2018.
The question paper of CAT 2017 first slot consisted of 100 questions. There were 34 Quantitative Ability (QA) questions, 34 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) questions and 32 Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning questions (DILR).
CAT exam pattern 2018
- CAT 2018 exam is Computer based Test (CBT) of 3 hours duration.
- CAT exam is divided into 3 main sections of 60 minutes each
- The 3 sections in CAT exam 2018 pattern are – Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC); Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR); Quantitative Aptitute (QA)
- There will also be sub sections within the 3 sections in revised CAT exam 2018 pattern. For example, the revamped CAT exam pattern for VARC consists of Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension sub sections; DILR contains questions on Data Interpretation and Logical reasoning.
- Candidates are not allowed to move between one section to other during the 1 hour assigned to the particular section.
- The questions in CAT 2018 exam pattern will be divided into Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and the Non-MCQs where you have to type-in the correct answer on the computer screen. The Non-MCQs of CAT 2018 may or may not have answer choices.
- Each correct answer in CAT exam pattern will be awarded 3 marks whether it is MCQ or Non-MCQ and each wrong answer for MCQ in CAT exam 2017 will carry a negative marking of 1 mark fo MCQs only. The Non MCQs will not carry any negative marking.
CBT- CAT is meant to be a candidate-friendly test in terms of its flexibility in the selection of the test date, ease of registration process, better physical environment and test experience.
The CAT 2018 question paper will consist of the following sections:
|Quantitative Aptitude (QA)||34||60 minutes|
|Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)||32||60 minutes|
|Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC)||34||60 minutes|
Candidates will be given 180 minutes to answer the questions. Each section is allotted 60 minutes. The candidates cannot choose any section to start with or switch from one section to another. They will have to follow the question paper chronologically, from section 1-3.
Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type, thus the answers will have
to be typed on the screen. Use of basic onscreen calculator will be allowed for computation.
CAT, well known through the years, has been a tough test owing to its unpredictability and its emphasis on speed and accuracy.
True to its name, the CAT is to show all its whiskers yet.