CAT Exam Pattern 2020 Procedure

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CAT Exam Pattern 2020

Welcome! Let’s help you understand the details of the CAT exam pattern 2020. CAT (Common Admission Test) exam is a life changing and challenging exam given by lakhs of MBA aspirants all over India.

Latest Update: CAT 2020 exam will be held on Sunday in November 2020. Registration starts in August 2020.

The exam pattern of CAT was changed to computer based test starting May 2009. Your score will help you get into one of the 20 IIM’s or 100’s of other B-schools in India. CAT Exam 2020 is expected to be held in the 4th week of November 2020 across 140 cities and 650 centers in India.

Grapevine says that VARC section will be one of the toughest in CAT 2020 and rightly so because students have become used to search engines to check their concerns on language hence, have become weaker than before. Although questions in this section might remain moderate but will look tougher because of wrong habits of students on language usages. Hopefully, focused aspirants like you will use the information given on preparation here on this portal and will that will yield you good result.

CAT Exam Pattern 2020

The CAT paper pattern was revamped completely in the year 2015 by IIM-Ahmadabad. CAT exam pattern 2020 consists of 100 questions divided into 3 sections. The exam pattern of CAT exam questions is Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Non Multiple Choice Questions (Non MCQs). There is negative marking. You cannot switch to next section unless you have finished one section. A detailed breakup of CAT exam pattern 2020 is as below:-

CAT Exam 2020 Sections No. of Questions CAT Exam 2020 Marking Scheme Duration (in minutes)
Marks per Correct Question Negative Marking* Maximum Marks
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 34 3 1 102 60
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) 32 3 1 96 60
Quantitative Ability (QA) 34 3 1 102 60
Total 100 300 180

*There is no negative marking for Non MCQ type questions

CAT Exam 2020 Section Details

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The CAT exam pattern 2020 consists of three main sections - Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension, Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability. The candidate(s) get 60 minutes to answer questions in each section. You cannot switch to next section unless you have finished one section.

The exam pattern of CAT exam 2020 section wise can be broken up into the following:-

CAT Exam 2020 Sections Sectional Breakup Question Type Section Highlights
VARC Total Questions 24-27 7-10

1. Since 2015 there were no questions on vocabulary or grammar

2. VA questions are based out of mostly 3 topics -Jumbled paragraph, Para summary, picking odd sentence out of jumbled sentences

3. There are 5 RC passages

Reading Comprehension 24-27 Nil
Verbal Ability 3-5 4-5
DILR Total Questions 24 8

1. All questions appear in a set of 4

2. Candidates face most time crunch 

3. Allowed to use on screen calculator

Data Interpretation 12 4
Logical Reasoning 12 4
QA Total Questions 23-27 11-7

1. Arithmetic - Percentage, Profit & Loss, Time & speed, Work/days, Compound interest are popular topics

2. Allowed to use on screen calculator

*Non MCQ type questions need to be typed directly on screen using a virtual keyboard. There is no negative marking for them.

The details of the 2020 CAT exam question pattern are as below:-

CAT Exam Pattern 2020

CAT Exam 2020 Quick Overview

Below is a quick overview of important dates and details regarding CAT exam 2020:-

CAT 2020 Exam Date November 2020
CAT 2020 Result Date Second Week of January 2020
CAT 2020 Exam Mode Computer Based Test
Types of Sections

3 sections

1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (34)

2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (32)

3. Quantitative Ability (34)

Types of Questions

1. MCQs (75)

2. Non MCQs (25)

Total No. of Questions 100
Exam Duration

180 minutes(60 minute for each section)

Marking Scheme

1. Correct Answer: +3

2. Incorrect Answer: -1 (no negative marking for Non MCQs)

3. Non Attempt: 0

All the best! To the candidates who will be writing the CAT Exam 2020.

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