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SRMCAT 2018 Exam Pattern

Last Updated - May 30, 2017

SRMCAT 2018 exam is conducted in an online mode (Computer Based Test) every year. The type of question paper is objective type of 300 marks. The total number of questions in SRMCAT 2018 Exam is 100 to be done in 150 minutes.

  • Question paper will only appear in English language only.
  • Every correct answer is awarded 3 marks.
  • Wrong answer leads to the deduction of 1 mark.
  • Exam consists of 5 section having questions of general knowledge, quantitative, logical reasoning, English and data interpretation.

SRMCAT 2018 is conducted by SRM University every year for the aspirants seeking admission in Master of Business Program.

SRMCAT 2018 Exam Pattern Highlights Table

Given below are the important highlights of exam pattern of SRMCAT 2018. The question paper will be conducted in English language in online mode only.

Exam ModeComputer based Test (Online)
Number of papers 1
Number of questions 100 questions
Number of partsFive
Question Paper Type Multiple Choice Questions
NIMCET Total marks300
Exam duration150 minutes
Exam language English
Marking Scheme3 marks per question
Negative Marking1 mark

SRMCAT 2018 Exam Pattern

SRMCAT is conducted in online mode. There are a total number of 100 questions to be done in 150 minutes. The type of the question paper is objective type. The question paper will only available in English language. Every correct answer is awarded 3 marks. There is also a negative marking of 1/3rd i.e. every wrong answer will result in the deduction of 1 mark.

SRMCAT 2018 Exam consist of five parts having questions on different subjects. The questions were based on data interpretation, quantitative, reasoning, GK/ CA/ BA and English. There are a total number of 20 questions in each part. The complete paper is of 300 marks.

SubjectsNumber of QuestionsNumber of Marks
Data Interpretation2060
GK/ CA/ BA2060

Marking scheme

SRMCAT 2018 Exam consist of 300 marks. Each question carries equal marks in question paper. For every correct answer candidates will be awarded 3 marks. There is one third negative marking in the question paper. There is a deduction of 1 mark for every wrong answer.

Given below is the marking scheme of SRMCAT 2018:

Every single correct answer will get3 marks
Every single wrong answer result in deduction of1 mark

SRMCAT 2018 Syllabus

For the candidates, to score well in the exam it is important to know the SRMCAT 2018 syllabus. The detailed section-wise syllabus for SRMCAT 2018 is given below:

Data Interpretation

The section of data interpretation checks the candidate’s ability to pick out critically the data and apply the data to business decisions from given typical business situations. Given below is the syllabus for Data Interpretation candidates should check for the better understanding of the subject.

  1. Data Interpretation based on text
  2. Data Interpretation based on graphs and tables
  • Graphs can be Column graphs, Bar Graphs, Line charts, Pie chart, Graphs representing Area, Venn diagram, etc.

Quantitative Section

This section of quantitative checks the candidate’s skill in solving mathematical problems of graduate level, plus two or equivalent level. Given below is the syllabus for quantitative candidates should check for the ample knowledge and to score well in exam.

Ratios and Proportion
 In – equations
Algebra and Profit & Loss
 Partnership & Time – Speed – Distance
 Work and time
 Permutations & Combinations

Reasoning Section

This section of reasoning checks the candidate’s skill on solving logical reasoning. Given below is the syllabus for reasoning:

PuzzlesIdentifying valid inferences
SyllogismsIdentifying Strong arguments and Weak arguments
 FunctionsStatements and Conclusions
 Family tree – identifying relationship among group of peopleCause and Effect
Symbol Based problemsIdentifying Probably true
Coding and decodingProbably false
SequencingDefinitely true
Identifying next number in seriesDefinitely false kind of statement
Critical reasoningLinear arrangements
Visual reasoningMatrix arrangements
Assumption – Premise – ConclusionStatements and assumptions
Assertion and reasons--

English Section

The section of English checks the candidates understanding of English language and grammar. Given below is the syllabus of English candidates should check.

Comprehension of passage
Verbal Reasoning
Fill in the Blanks
Jumbled paragraphs with 4 or 5 sentences
Sentence Correction
Sentence completion
Sentence Correction
Odd man out
One word substitution
 Different usage of same word etc.

GK/ CA/ BA Section

This section checks the candidate’s knowledge on Business Affairs, current affairs and General knowledge. Candidates can check the syllabus given below for GK.

Current Affairs
Punch line of companies
Top officials of big companies
Major corporate events
Famous award and prizes
International organizations
Social issues

Books play an important part in the life of candidates preparing for entrance exam. Given below are some of the important books which would be helpful in the preparation of SRMCAT 2018 exam.

Quantitative Section

Book NameAuthor
Quantitative Aptitude for Competitive ExaminationsR.S. Aggarwal
How to Prepare for Quantitative Aptitude for CATArun Sharma
Quantitative Aptitude Quantum CAT Common Admission TestsSarvesh K. Verma

Data Interpretation

Book NameAuthor
How to prepare for data interpretationArun Sharma
CAT 2017 Data Interpretation Gautam Puri
Data Interpretation and Data Sufficiency for CAT Dinesh K Sinha


Book NameAuthor
CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Gautam Puri
Objective General EnglishS.P. Bakshi
How to Prepare for Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension for CATArun Sharma

Reasoning Section

Book NameAuthor
How to Prepare for Logical Reasoning for the CATArun Sharma
Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation for the CATNishit K Sinha
A Modern Approach to Verbal & Non-Verbal ReasoningR.S Aggarwal

GK/ CA / BA Section

Book NameAuthor
Current Affairs & General Knowledge for Competitive ExamsDisha Experts

SRMCAT 2018 Exam Day Instructions

Given below are the important instructions for SRMCAT 2018 candidates should follow:

  • Candidate should reach the exam center 1 hour prior than the exam.
  • It is compulsory to bring admit card, without the admit card entry would be prohibited.
  • No electronic item is allowed in the examination hall which is considered as the subject of cheating.
  • Failure to follow instruction written in the examination will lead to disqualification. 



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