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CAT Exam Pattern 2018 for the academic year 2018-19 will not observe any change in its pattern. It will be same as that of last year. CAT is a Computer-based standardized test. Candidates are selected on the basis of their Quantitative Ability (QA), Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC), Data Interpretation (DI) and Logical Reasoning (LR).
This article will help candidates understand various important elements related to the exam pattern of CAT viz. nature of questions, marking scheme, subject-wise marks distribution, the total number of questions, etc. CAT 2018 will be held in December 2017.
Here are some quick facts about CAT Exam Pattern 2018:
Exam duration is 3 hours
Each Correct Answer will be awarded 3 marks
1 mark will be deducted for an incorrect answer
CAT 2018 is a computer-based test
Questions will be of objective and non-objective types
There are 100 questions in CAT 2018
The distribution of questions in CAT 2018 is given below:
|Section||Total No. of Questions|
|Verbal Ability||30 – 40|
|Quantitative Aptitude||30 – 35|
|Logical Reasoning||30 – 35|
Last year, Quantitative Ability section and Verbal section held 34 questions each, whereas the Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning section had 32 questions. Along with the objective type questions, there were some non-multiple choice questions in each section and it was to be answered in the space provided to them. Test takers cannot switch between the sections and have to attend the test in a particular order. The order of the sections is-
CAT 2018 will follow the previous year trends in terms of number of questions and total marks allotted to each section. The marking scheme of CAT 2018 will be done as mentioned below. Candidates scoring marks above than the mentioned cut off as per CAT 2018 Marking Scheme will be shortlisted for calls from management institutes.
Verbal Ability in CAT covers all the aspects of English aptitude and it examines candidates’ construction of ideas into words. A separate section is dedicated to Verbal Ability in CAT holding equal weightage of questions as other sections of Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Aptitude. The section aims at testing candidates’ knowledge of English as a second language. The questions in the section are in the form of MCQs and non-MCQs.
Here’s a quick look at the Exam Pattern of CAT Verbal Ability Section.
CAT Verbal Ability checks the capability of candidates in expressing ideas using words in a clearly understandable manner. Verbal Ability is a very important component of competitive examinations primarily management entrance exams such as Common Admission Test and other exams like MAT, XAT, SNAP, GRE and GMAT.
|Topics||Frequency of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Sentence Correction||Frequently Asked||Moderate|
|Para Jumble||Frequently Asked||Moderate|
|Fill in the Blanks||Frequently Asked||Low|
|Para Completion||Rarely Asked||High|
|Fact Inference Judgement||Rarely Asked||High|
|Word Usage||Frequently Asked||Very High|
Questions in Logical Reasoning are based on deductive and inductive approaches to Logical Reasoning. The section comprises around 30 questions. Similar to Verbal Ability and Quantitative Aptitude, the section holds equal importance and weightage of questions in CAT question paper. Questions in the section cover topics mentioned in the syllabus below. Meanwhile, here’s a quick look at the paper pattern of Logical Reasoning in CAT.
Logical Reasoning, also known as Critical Thinking or Analytic Reasoning, involves one's ability to isolate and identify the various components of any given argument. Logical Reasoning in CAT covers the verbal and non-verbal aspects of reasoning. Let’s enlighten ourselves with the syllabus of Logical Reasoning asked in CAT.
|Topics||Frequency of Questions||Level of Difficulty|
|Seating Arrangement||Rarely Asked||Moderate|
|Blood Relations||Rarely Asked||Moderate|
|Venn Diagram||Most Asked||High|
|Data Arrangement||Frequently Asked||High|
|Clocks and Calendars||Rarely Asked||Moderate|
Aptitude is considered as a competence to do a certain work, whereas Quantitative Aptitude is the competence to solve a complex problem numerically. The section of quantitative aptitude is considered to be the toughest section of all asked in CAT exam. Here’s a quick look at the exam pattern of Quantitative Aptitude:
Quantitative Aptitude is the most conceptual and the section where you don’t have the fear of being wrong once you have calculated the answer. The section comprises multiple choice question and one answer questions. Candidates should know the syllabus better to ace the section.
|Arithmetic||Number System, HCF, LCM, Ratio & Proportion, Simplification, Percentage, Average, Age Calculation, Time & Work, Distances, etc.|
|Algebra||Theory of Equations, Quadratic Equation, Permutation & Combination, Sequence & Series etc.|
|Geometry||Angles, Lines, Triangles, Circles, etc.|
|Mensuration||Areas and Volumes – Rectangles, Squares, Triangles, Circles, Cubes, Cones, Spheres, Pipes and Cistern, etc.|
|Calculus||Maxima and Minima, Function|
|Trigonometry||Trigonometric Ratios, Heights and Distances, etc.|
Candidates who fall under PwD (Persons with Disability) or DA (Differently Abled) category will be provided testing assistance at their respective CAT exam centers. Testing Assistive devices or TA devices are the technical aids which would help a person with disability to complete a task with ease. They will have to select the necessary option in their CAT Application Form.
Such candidates will be provided only wheelchair and a magnifying screen. The magnifying screen will be a system built feature. Other than these provisions, there are other approved devices which a candidate can bring to their CAT 2018 exam center. These devices are:
Note: Candidates who wish to bring a scribe or reader along do not need to fill a separate form. There are no eligibility criteria either for scribes.
Candidates appearing for CAT 2018 need to stay sharp, alert and always a step ahead of their competitors every time. CAT is somehow a game of timing and precision. You need not solve every question that comes your way but solve whatever you can. Here are some tips that will help you scale up your CAT preparation
Hence, with just a little extra attention to formulae and concept, you can ace the section like a boss.
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