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CAT 2018: Expected Exam Pattern; take Mock Test to prepare for the exam

Feb 13, 2018 15:16 IST
    CAT 2018 Exam Pattern
    CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

    The exam pattern of CAT 2018 exam was changed last year. In order to make the exam takers official mock test has been released. The CAT 2017 organizing institute i.e. IIM Lucknow has made available the official CAT Mock test for the upcoming MBA entrance exam. The Cat Mocktest 2017 was made available on the official website i.e. iimcat.ac.in late evening on 30th October. The CAT 2017 Mock Test has been released honouring the commitment given by CAT 2017 convenor Prof Neeraj Dwivedi who had assured MBA aspirants that the sample test would be out by October last week.

    Generally, the CAT Mocktest every year paves the way ahead for the upcoming MBA entrance exam, giving a glimpse of the exam pattern, format and style of questions that one would face. The recently released CAT 2017 mocktest has thrown up several surprises before the aspirants and with less than a month to go. Therefore, proper analysis of CAT Mock test 2017 is a must for serious MBA aspirants who are really keen to understand the exam pattern of the upcoming test. To help you out, we have given the detailed analysis of the CAT 2017 mock test along with the possible implications it can have on the D-day of 26th November. So, let’s dive into it.

    Changes in Exam Pattern

    The biggest and most surprising pattern that the CAT 2017 mock test has revealed is major overhaul in the CAT 2017 exam pattern and format. The first-hand analysis of CAT mock test suggests that the question composition for all the three sections i.e. DILR, Quant and VARC would continue to be the same. The details can be found in the table below:


    Total No of Questions

    No of MCQs

    No of Non-MCQs

















    Non-MCQs / TITA questions reduced

    One of the biggest changes as far as CAT 2017 exam format or pattern is concerned is the drastic reduction in the number of non-MCQs or TITA questions. The non-MCQs are the descriptive type questions that do not carry negative marking for a wrong answer. However, continuing the general trend of last two years, this year as well CAT 2017 mocktest has reduced the number of non-MCQs. The analysis for the same can be found in the table below:

    Exam Year




    Total Non-MCQs




    Non-MCQs from VARC




    Non-MCQs from DILR




    Non-MCQs from Quant




    As shown in the above table, the overall number of non-MCQs has reduced consistently over the years, the number stood at 28 has come down drastically to 19 this year. Even section-wise composition of non-MCQs has also seen drastic change except for VARC. Both Quant and DILR have seen almost 50% reduction in the number of non-MCQs as compared to 2015.

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    New Answer Options in MCQs

    Another alarming change that the CAT 2017 mock test has suggested for the upcoming MBA entrance exam is the increase in the number of options available for the MCQ type questions. While before, aspirants only had to deal with answer-specific options in CAT Exam, this year the CAT mock test is carrying MCQs that have non-answer specific options as well. These include options such as ‘Not applicable’, ‘Not determinable’ and ‘None of these’. Such options will often put CAT candidates in a fix by not giving any specific answer option for the multiple-choice questions. Apart from this, many question in the CAT 2017 mock test contained 5 answer options as opposed to the standard 4 option format.

    Different Scoring Pattern

    The last part which has undergone major change as far as CAT 2017 exam format is concerned is the scoring pattern. Last year, the MBA entrance exam followed a liner 1 mark per question format while this year, all MCQ and non-MCQ questions would carry 3 marks each. Similarly, the negative marking format for wrong answers for MCQs has also been changed from last year’s -1/3 to -1 mark.

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    Different Login for the Exam Day

    Apart from this, another change that has been notified through CAT 2017 mock test is that for the D-day of November 26th, candidates will be assigned new login id and password by the invigilator. Until last year, candidates could login to their exam systems directly using their CAT 2017 registration ID and password. But this practice has been done away with from this year.

    These are the key changes that have been reflected in the CAT 2017 mock test that has been released by IIM Lucknow. The mock test suggests a clear overhaul and the return of the dominance MCQs. Similarly, the diminishing numbers of non-MCQs in the CAT 2017 mock test will make things a bit trickier for the candidates. Now, aspirants will have to be more careful while planning the number of questions to be attempted to due to negative marking. Even the MCQs questions which now carry 5 options or non-answer specific options will also be a new challenge for the MBA aspirants and will demand a re-look at their preparation strategy.

    If you found the analysis of CAT 2017 mock test to be helpful, please share it among your fellow MBA aspirants and CAT 2017 candidates. You can also receive all the latest updates about MBA Test prep and CAT 2017 exam directly in your inbox by subscribing to our newsletter below.

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