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How to answer NON MCQ Questions in CAT 2016

Last Updated - September 29, 2016

CAT 2016 aspirants may have to face plenty of Non-MCQ questions,which can add as an advantage or a disadvantage for them.28% score weightage is allotted to Non-MCQ's,which were included for the first time in CAT 2015. Though,there will be a relief of no negative marking for attempting Non-MCQ questions but,this will have its demerit too,as CAT 2016 aspirants will have to increase their preparation level by having a clear knowledge of the basic fundamentals,in order to correctly attempt MCQ Questions and Non MCQ questions.

What is NON-MCQ

Non-Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) are not followed by different answer choices.Basically,these questions have no answer options available against each question.The aspirant can attempt Non MCQ questions with an elaborative or brief answers.

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How to Solve Non MCQs?

A candidate while attempting Non-MCQ’s need to type the descriptive answer with his/her keyboard.So,it is advisable to solve the question on blank paper before writing it on the system.We will tell you the 4 easiest way to solve Non-MCQ’s for CAT 2016

  • Note down the relevant points of question on blank paper,first.This will give you an idea to expand your answer logically and that too in less time.
  • Make a list of findings if two questions are interrelated and solve them accordingly.
  • Frame the answer in a more comprehending way.
  • Type the answer on the system as fast as you can and last but not the least read the answer twice before submitting it.

How answering Non MCQ's will help CAT 2016 aspirants?

  1. It is quite evident from CAT 2015 that those candidates who attempted more Non-MCQs,last year scored higher but those who remained confine to answering MCQ questions,scored comparatively low percentile.This is solely because by attempting MCQ's,they scored negative marks,whereas Non MCQ's had no negative marking.
  2. The sole advantage of Non MCQ questions is that wrong answer will not land you in a trouble of negative marking.No matter how relevant is your answer to the question,you just need to attempt the question with the right fundamentals.
  3. Candidate for CAT 2016,while attempting for Non MCQ's will not be required to choose an option by clicking.He/she will be required to type the whole answerThis gives an advantage of revising the answer, you have typed.
  4. While attempting for MCQ's,candidate needs to make sure that he/she chooses the question of his/her areas of interest,whereas for attempting Non MCQ's candidate doesn’t need to follow such concept. He/she can answer Non-MCQ's indiscriminately. 
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Precaution with Non-MCQ's

Due to NO NEGATIVE MARKING in Non-MCQ's,CAT 2016 aspirant will get brownie points but, he/she needs to be careful while attempting Non-MCQs as proper knowledge and clarification of subjects is essential in order to score in Non-MCQ's.CAT 2016 Exam is expected to have 84 marks weightage of Non MCQs out of 300.Also, the aspirants should know about the Marking Scheme of CAT 2016 for better and smooth conduct of the exam.

CAT 2016

CAT 2016 or Common Admission Test is a doorway to various management courses in IIMs.It is the computer based exam in India for MBA admissions in 19 IIMs and over 150 B-schools.CAT exam is organized by 19 IIMs on a rotational basis.For this year,IIM Bangaloreis organizing the test.

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CAT 2016 Exam Pattern

CAT exam usually consists of three sections which covers topics like Mathematics,English and Logical reasoning.Over the years there has been some refined and some major changes in the pattern of CAT examination.Here we bring you the latest CAT 2016 Exam Pattern knowing which will help you prepare for the upcoming CAT examination.

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CAT 2016 will consist of three sections mentioned as following:

SectionNumber of Questions
Verbal Ability34
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation32
Quantitative Aptitude34

CAT 2016 Syllabus

Generally CAT 2016 Syllabus includes questions on Verbal ability (English),Data Interpretation (DI),Quantitative Ability (Mathematics) and Logical Reasoning (LR).

Distribution of Non MCQ's

  1. Verbal ability and Reasoning- Minimum 10 Non MCQ's
  2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning- 8 Non MCQ's
  3. Quantitative Ability-10 Non MCQ's
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