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CAT exam pattern which carries slight changes for CAT, has gone with perceptible changes since 2014 not only in CAT structure but also in content. Going by the tradition in changes in different type of questions in CAT, you cannot rule out a different CAT 2019 Exam pattern.  However, despite number of changes brought about during last 4 years in CAT exam pattern, the basics of the CAT exam have not changed. CAT exam pattern since 2015 has remained on the same lines. CAT 2019 exam pattern is also expected to remain as per the last 4 years CAT pattern, although there could be some minor changes in number and type of questions and their sectional composition.  To make sure to bell the CAT 2019 with high score you need to begin your CAT exam preparation 2019 without waiting any longer.

 CAT Pattern 2019

Total Questions: 100

Number of sections: 3

Questions with negative marking (MCQs): 70 to 75

Questions without negative marking (Non-MCQs): 25 to 30

Score awarded for each correct answer: 3 marks

Negative marking (Applicable for  wrong answers in MCQs): -1 mark

CAT 2019 pattern: Sectional composition

VARC: Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

*DILR: Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

*Quant: Quantitative Ability

Is the CAT online test? Responding to this query IIMs, although accept that CAT paper pattern is computer based but whether CAT is online test, they say ‘No.’ Regarding the CAT exam pattern, IIMs say “CAT is not an online exam. It is a digital or Computer Based Test (CBT); not an Internet-Based Test (IBT); that is, a candidate will not take the exam on an internet site. Instead of reading the questions in a paper booklet and darkening the ovals on the answer-sheet, a candidate will read the questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option.”

So the CAT exam pattern 2019, despite being a computer based exam, will not be an online exam. Sharing the key difference and USPs of CAT exam pattern, IIMs further elaborate “In the computer-based format, the candidate reads a question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer. Additionally, the timer on the computer screen tells you the remaining time to complete the current section.”

CAT 2019 Exam pattern: Sections, sub-sections, Expected difficulty level

CAT exam pattern was totally revamped by IIM Ahmedabad in 2015 and since then CAT exam pattern has followed the same CAT pattern for all the 3 sections. The key features of CAT 2019 sectional exam pattern are:

VARC: 1st section

Total questions: 34

MCQs: 24 to 27

Non-MCQs: 7 to 10

RC passages: 5

RC Based questions (All MCQs): 24

VA questions (Mix of MCQs & non-MCQs): 10

LOD: Moderate to Very difficult

Section Highlights:

No Grammar or vocabulary based questions since 2015

Verbal Ability questions remain confined to 3 topics only – Jumbled paragraph; Para summary; picking the odd sentence out of the jumbled sentences

DILR: 2nd section

Total questions: 32

MCQs: 28

Non-MCQs: 8

Share of DI questions: 16

Share of LR questions: 16

LoD: Moderate to difficult

Section Highlights:

Questions appear in set of 4

Time crunch is faced by test takers as questions are more time consuming

Quant: 3rd section

Total questions: 34

MCQs: 23 to 27

Non-MCQs: 7 to 11

LoD: Moderate to difficult

Section Highlights:

More questions are on Arithmetic – Percentage, Profit & Loss, Time & speed, Work/days, Compound interest

CAT Exam Pattern 2019: Key facts

CAT 2019 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 2019 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 2019 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.

CAT Test takers cannot leave their seats during the exam.

MCQs in CAT 2019 exam pattern will need you to pick out 1 correct answer choice out of 4

Non-MCQs in CAT exam pattern will require you to type-in the correct answer on the computer screen.

There may not be any answer choices for Non-MCQs in revised pattern of CAT 2019.

Each correct answer in CAT exam pattern will be awarded 3 marks whether it is MCQ or Non-MCQ

Each wrong answer for MCQ in CAT exam 2019 will be imposed penalty of 1/3 negative mark (-1 mark)

There will be no penalty of negative marking on wrong answers to Non-MCQs in CAT 2019 exam pattern

CAT exam pattern remains on the lines of CAT official Mock test released by IIMs a month before the CAT exam