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CAT 2016 Exam Pattern Prediction

Last Updated - November 03, 2016

IIM Bangalore released the mock test on 25th October for CAT aspirants. After looking at the mock test candidates are likely to realize that nothing out of league is going to come in their way. Mock test consists of 100 questions which are divided in 3 sections. Test begins with VARC which contains 34 questions, followed by DILR and QUANT having 32 and 34 questions respectively. DILR consists of 8 non m.c.qs which is further divided into DI and LR having 4 questions each. VARC and quant contain 10 non m.c.qs. each. Mock test does not reveal about the number of question and blend of questions which candidates look for with curiosity but there is nothing to worry about as it has been the case for years. Sample test has brought a real treat for the candidates who have been preparing vocabulary and error correction diligently as the test manifests that 70% of the questions focus on reading comprehension in VARC section.

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Major changes in Pattern

According to IIM Bangalore sample test was to be released on 18th October 2016 and later towards the end of the October but the date on which it was released turned out to be 25th October 2016.

Description of the mock test:-

The sample test released by the IIM Bangalore gives complete overview of test which candidates would get on 4th December 2016. Test manifests what has changed in the pattern and content for CAT 2016. Taking the mock test would be the best way to adjudge what is there in the paper, waiting for them to test their water on 4th December 2016.

Number of changes that have been made in the sample test guide the candidates what is going to be in the main CAT Sample Paper. The sample test provides a pathway for the candidates to construe the level of the exam. Sample test will continue to be there till the exam is over.

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100 questions could be there :-

IIM Bangalore hasn’t revealed anything about the total number of questions and the questions that will be asked in each section. Now following the mock test paper which consists of 100 questions it could be deduced that around same number of questions would be there in the main paper which is going to be held on 4th December 2016.

The paper would consist of 3 sections starting with verbal ability and reading comprehension having 34 questions followed by DILR and QUANT having 32 and 34 questions respectively. Maximum time alloted will be 180 minutes.

Something new might welcome the candidates:-

Instructions in the mock test admonish that number of questions and structure may vary in CAT 2016. But looking at the last 2 years paper, trend suggests that sample test and main test hardly vary in composition and structure. Hence by following the trend candidates can expect CAT 2016 to be almost similar to mock test paper.

Time alloted for each section:-

Time alloted for each section will be 60 minutes. Candidates will not be allowed to switch from one section to another section before completing the present section. Candidates will even not be allowed to start with their choice of section. CAT 2016 will contain 3 sections and candidates will have to move from 1 to 3 completing each section the prescribed order.

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Sections :-


It is the first section that will be asked in the paper. According to the earlier trend quant would be the first section but this year quant will be in the last section I.e, 3rd section. There will be 5 RC (Reading Comprehension) passages which will contain 24 questions out of total 34 questions. 6 questions will be asked in the 2RC passages and the remaining 18 questions in the RC section will be in the 3 passages. Rest of the 10 questions may be from jumbled paragraphs, picking odd sentence out of jumbled paragraph and para summary.

Non mcqs:-

It is expected that around 28 questions would be of non mcqs type. Each of the 3 sections may have 8-10 non mcqs type questions. Candidates are supposed to write the correct option in the given space in non mcqs type questions. There will be no negative marking for non mcqs questions. For the rest of the questions 3 marks will be awarded to the candidates and 1 mark will be deducted as penalty for every wrong answer.

PWD/DA Candidates:-

Test will be of 180 minutes but extra 20 minutes in each section is for the PWD/DA candidates. So a normal candidate will get 180 minutes for completing the test while a PWD/DA candidate will get 240 minutes to complete the test. No candidate will be allowed to leave the exam hall before the complete time i.e, 180 minutes for normal and 240 minutes for PWD/DA.

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