CAT Test duration and Exam pattern

CAT Test duration and Exam pattern

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The CAT 2013 will have only two sections. 


♦ Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation

♦  Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. 


These two sections will be implemented sequentially with separate time limits. The examination will be 140 minutes. Candidates will have 70 minutes to answer 30 questions within each section which will have an on-screen countdown timer. Within the 70 min provided for the section, candidates can review the answers. Once the time ends for the first section, they will move to the second section and will no longer be able to go back. The test is multiple-choice based 3 mark for each questions, with roughly one negative-mark penalties for wrong answers, and traditionally comprises three sections that span the domains of arithmetical problem solving, geometry, statistics, data interpretation, logical reasoning, puzzles, and English language skills.

A 15-minute tutorial will be provided before the start of the test, and candidates are advised to go through that carefully before starting the main examination. The total duration will be two hours and thirty five minutes including the tutorial.

At the test venue, each candidate will be seated at a desk with a computer terminal and he/she will be provided with a scratch paper for calculations. After the test, candidate must leave the scratch paper at the desk. Rough work cannot be done on any other paper/sheet, as nothing will be allowed inside the testing room. No breaks will be given during the test.


CAT 2013 Syllabus:-


Comprehension of passage, Verbal reasoning, Syllogisms, Contextual usage, Analogies, Anatomy, Fill in the blanks, Foreign language word used in English, Sentence completion, Sentence correction, Idioms, Errors in word choice, Mania & phobia, Incorrect words, Conditional & multiple usage, Punctuation, Proverbs, One word substitution, Different usage of same word, Phrasal verb, etc.

Quantitative Ability:-

• Geometry
• Ratio and Proportions, Ratios, Percentage, In equation
• Quadratic and linear equation
• Algebra
• Mensuration, Alligation & mixtures, Work, Pipes and Cisterns
• Installment payments, Partnership, Clocks
• Probability, Permutation & Combination
• Profit & Loss
• Averages, Percentages & Partnerships
• Time-Speed-Distance, Work and Time
• Number system


Date Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:-

• Date Interpretation based on text, Date Interpretation based on graphs and tables.
• Graphs can be column graphs, Graphs representing area, Bar graphs, Pie chart, Venn – diagram, etc.
• Critical reasoning, Visual reasoning, Assumption-Premise-Conclusion, statements and Conclusions, Cause and effects, Matrix arrangements, etc.