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What is the CAT Exam marking scheme?

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The CAT marking scheme is a system used in the Common Admission Test, which evaluates candidates' abilities for admission into prestigious institutions. In this scheme, candidates are assessed based on their performance relative to each other, creating a competitive environment.

The CAT exam marking scheme for 2024 is as follows:

  • Correct answers: +3 marks

  • Incorrect answers: -1 mark deducted

  • Unanswered questions: No marks deducted

  • Non-MCQs: No marks deducted 

A total 66 questions are asked in the CAT exam for 198 marks. 

What are the section-wise marks in the CAT exam?

The CAT exam is 120 minutes long, with 40 minutes for each section. The exam has three sections:

  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA): 22 questions

  • Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC): 24 questions

  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR): 20 questions 

Does CAT have a negative marking?

Yes, the Common Admission Test (CAT) in India has a negative marking system. For every incorrect answer, one mark is deducted. 

How long is the CAT exam?

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is a 120-minute (2-hour) exam. It includes three sections, with 40 minutes allotted for each section.

What is the total number of questions in CAT?

The CAT exam consists of 66 objective-type questions (MCQs and TITA) divided into three sections: VARC, QA, and DILR. Each section is allotted 40 minutes, making the entire exam 120 minutes long.

What are the marks per question in CAT?

In the 2024 CAT exam, each question is worth 3 marks, with a negative marking of -1 for every incorrect answer.

What is the CAT Exam pattern 2024? 

The CAT 2024 exam pattern given below has been prescribed by the IIMs. Here is a detailed breakdown of the pattern:

Section

Number of Questions

Weightage (Marks)

Time Allotted (Minutes)

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)

24

72

40

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)

20

60

40

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

22

66

40

Total

66

198

120

Key Points:

  • The CAT exam will have a total of 66 objective-type questions (MCQ and TITA).

  • The total duration of the exam is 120 minutes, divided into 40 minutes for each section.

  • The exam used to be 180 minutes long but has been 120 minutes since 2020.

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