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CAT Exam Pattern 2015

Last Updated - August 29, 2017

Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad (IIM-A) was the exam conducting authority for CAT 2015.Every year large number of students gave this exam to check their potential.The main motive here is to choose right aspects at right point of time.A student can also figure out the scenario of whole exam paper by:

  • Analyzing the prescribed exam pattern scheduled by exam authority.
  • Just go through previous year sample papers
  • Keep a check on diversity of questions
  • What are the new topics which have been added in past year.
  • Check for different type of questions,it will help you to understand what topics will be asked in future.
  • Classify each & every question accordingly in terms of its concept.

Know More About CAT 2016 Exam Pattern

For the academic session 2016-18 CAT is conducted by IIM Bangalore.Application Process for CAT 2016 will begin from August 6,2016 till August 29,2016.Similar to 2015,this year too CAT will be conducted in online mode comprising 3 sections namely Quantitative Aptitude,Data Interpretation and Logical Reasonig and Verbal Ability.

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Note: Go through CAT Exam syllabus first then observe it. It will ultimately help you to recognize from which topic the questions are asked.

CAT 2015 Syllabus

The exam syllabus was declared by IIM Ahmedabad.

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To analyze the exam pattern you need to know Exam syllabus first Sections from which most of the questions are asked:

SectionsTopics Covered
Quantitative AbilityNumber System, Geometry, Trigonometry, Probability, Algebra, Permutation-Combination, Mensuration, Time & Work, Ratios & Proportions, Averages, Area & Volumes, Quadratic Equations, Inequality, Boats & Streams, Problems on Train, Allegations & Mixtures, Simple & Compound Interest, HCF-LCM
Data Interpretation & Logical ReasoningDI: Interpretation & Analysis of data based on test, line graph, Bar graph, Pie chart, Venn diagram, Column charts LR: Seating Arrangement, Calendar, Cocks, Assumptions, Linear & matrix arrangement, Blood relations, Binary Logic, Odd man out series, Logical sequence, Coding-Decoding,
Verbal Ability & Reading ComprehensionVA: Antonym, Synonym, Idioms, Fill in the blanks, Syllogisms, Analogies, Verb, Noun, Proverb, Pronoun, Adjective, Sentence Correction, Narration RC: Summary Writing, Cloze Passage


New changes in CAT 2015

Following new changes have been observed in CAT 2015.

  • Quantitative Aptitude-34 (Number of Questions)

CAT Quantitative Aptitude

  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)-32 Questions (16+16)

CAT Verbal Ability

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  • Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC)-34 Questions

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Impact on different test components in CAT 2015 as compared to CAT 2014:

Students who are preparing are always interested to know about the latest pattern of the exam as it shows vulnerability every year.If mode of the question changes then in turn it also affects the whole paper pattern.The CAT pattern has been changed to offer equal opportunity to the students from different field,so that they can be judged on same scale.Changes in exam format may bring more heterogeneity in gender & academic background in words of Director of IIM-Rohtak.

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Certain changes have been made this year in CAT.We have presenting you certain interpretation regarding CAT 2015.Some students asked about the changes in test subjects which are added recently according to the new pattern.Exam authority has just classify the subjects in different sections which were two previously instead of three.They want to analyze a student in terms of language,Aptitude & soft skills.

  • Now there are three sections instead of two in 2014:

According to guidelines issued by IIM’s,students have to be equally competent in each & every aspect that is why extra section of reading comprehension is added.As experts says this is IIM’s requirement not CAT requirement.Now you will not be able to score well if you are weak in one particular section.You have to attempt all sections equally.It is not the case like earlier in 2014 entrance.

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Conclusion:Third section has been extracted from earlier two sections of CAT 2014.

  • Duration of Exam:

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In 2014 total time limit is 170 minutes,now it is 180minutes (3 hours) for 2015 entrance.According to experts it does not have any special impact because it is a marginal change of 10 minutes only.But a positive change is always serves better.

  • Section wise time limit:

Time limit for each section is 60minutes.You will get extra 10 minutes for each section.As expert says,this would be beneficial for those students who are not good at time management.In this way they can spend more time on the section they wishes to.

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This will serve more benefits to those students who are good at solving sections in fixed time limit,it will help them to use this time in other sections.

  • Direct answer type Questions:

These questions are defined as “Type In The Answer” (TITA) by CAT authority. Such questions require direct answer (subjective) from students.According to experts there should be around 5 to 10 questions in total in each section which is required to be answered directly.


Normal Quant,DI-LR,Jumbled paragraph,Fill in the blanks type questions may be asked in one word answer.

  • Virtual Calculator:

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On screen calculator will be provided to the students this year.According to professionals,this change is not too much helpful for calculation of quant part,definitely not for VA-RC part,but somewhere helps in questions of DI as it requires intensive calculations.

  • Negative Marking:

Duration of exam is 180minutes,earlier it was 170 minutes.Some subjective type questions are added to test the language skills of students.Negative (Penalty) marking is same as was in previous years i.e. three marks will be awarded for each correct answer & there will be deduction of one mark for each wrong answer.The subjective section will not be judged on the basis of negative marking.

In Conclusion,we can say that the plan to take the test has changed but the core areas which are to be tested & topics remains the same.Transparency of the exam will not be disrupted at any cost.

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Cutoff Prediction with respect to latest exam pattern

As direct answer type questions are added this time so it will increase the number of questions to be attempted by a student.It will also reduce the difficulty level.Automatically it will lead to rise in cutoffs this year.As extra 10 minutes are available to each student this year,so there are more chances of errors because extra time will prompt them to opt false answers.

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Briefing of whole CAT Exam Pattern

The total number of tests you have to appear for before getting admission in prestigious IIM’s & Top B-Schools.

  1. Initially you have to appear for CAT Entrance Test.
  2. If you got your selection according to merit list the,,
  3. You will be called for GD/WAT (If Applicable) in respective institutes
  4. If you got selected in GD/WAT,then,
  5. You have to appear for Personal Interview (PI) in respective B-School,(subject to admission guidelines)


Frequently Asked Questions

QUES. Is it possible to compare CAT 2015 with CAT 2014?

ANS. According to the new pattern there will be questions of both Objective & subjective type (direct answer).But there is no clarification about how many questions will be asked from subjective & objective.

ParticularsCAT 2014CAT 2015
Total Sections23
Classification of SectionsQuant-50 Verbal-50Quant-34 DI-LR-32 Verbal-34
Questions Asked100100
Time Duration170 minutes180 minutes
Time Duration to perform Particular sectionThere is no sectional time limit60 minutes for each section
Toggling between SectionsYesNo
Penalty for not Attempting QuestionsNoNo
Penalty for Attempting Wrong AnswersYesYes
Objective QuestionsYesYes
Subjective QuestionsNoYes
Availability of Virtual CalculatorNoYes
Requirement to attempt all section with good scoreFor IIM;s & Top B-Schools-Yes For Other Management Institutes-NoFor IIM;s & Top B-Schools-Yes For Other Management Institutes-No

QUES. Is there any Tutorial available for students who are preparing?

ANS. Right now no tutorial is available.It will be available soon on CAT website From October 15th, 2015.You will be informed & allowed to prepare from tutorials in advance.

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QUES. What are the salient features that are important for a CAT aspirant?

ANS. CAT exam will be conducted in two sessions in one day.The exam will be conducted at 136 cities in 630 test centre

QUES. Is toggling (Switching) in sections is allowed in CAT 2015?

ANS. No, toggling is not allowed.ccording to new pattern you can not switch between the sections.Each section is allotted with time limit of 60 minutes.You can choose which section you want to perform first.Once you have selected a particular section,in that case you have to attempt that section only in the allotted time,

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QUES. Is IIM has violates its rule of ‘Performing Well’ in all sections with reference to CAT 2015?

ANS. No,all IIM’s are strictly abide by their rules.You have to be equally competent in all sections.Number of sections have changed to test your skills in each & every aspect.

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QUES. What is the logic behind asking questions from DI section?

ANS. Being a student and a competitor this time,your question is quite obvious.You are a MBA aspirant you have to understand how to manage everything from banks to companies.

Data Interpretation section is added to analyze your ability,how you extract or interpret meaningful information from vast pool of unordered data.

QUES. I am a Arts stream student. Is it possible for me to crack this test, as it seems like biased towards engineering students in terms of questions asked?

ANS. The latest CAT exam pattern is criticized but the exam conducting authority has provided assurance that it will offer even chance to each & every student.You have to prepare well & practice a lot.It is not the case that always a engineering student will grab the gold,you can also hit the target.It is about practicing in right direction not stream.

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QUES. How is computer based Test (CBT) is different from the paper based format?

ANS. CBT is the advance way to take test virtually.You are in front of computer screen & gave responses just by clicking on.There are no any chances of duplicity as this process is more transparent.Students have to prepare through mock tests on computer to perform well in entrance.

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Paper based test is completely different from CBT as it requires all information to be filled manually whether it is answers or candidate’s information.Ratio of human prone errors is more here.

QUES. What is the marking scheme in CAT 2015?

ANS. You have to compete for total 300 marks.Three marks will be awarded for each correct answer & one nark will be deducted for wrong answer.

One word (Subjective) answers will not be judged on the basis of negative marking.If you are not attempting any question no marks will be deducted.

QUES. Is there a specific order for answering sections? Can I attempt sections the way I want?

ANS. You must answer the sections in a pre-specified order.You will get to know about order of section at the time when you will be in the exam centre.May be you will be offered with same order of sections as other candidates.



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