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CAT 2018: Expected Exam Pattern

Oct 17, 2018 18:01 IST
    CAT Exam Pattern
    CAT Exam Pattern

    The exam pattern of CAT 2018 exam will be prescribed by IIM Calcutta this year. As per the CAT exam pattern, the exam will have three sections namely Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) and Quantitative Ability (QA). To make aspirants familiar with the exam pattern, IIM Calcutta will release the CAT mock test in end of October.

    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 mock test had 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

    Changes in CAT 2017 Exam Pattern

    Last year the biggest and most surprising pattern that the CAT 2017 mock test revealed was major overhaul in the CAT 2017 exam pattern and format. The first-hand analysis of CAT mock test suggested 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 suggested for the upcoming MBA entrance exam was 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, last year the CAT mock test had MCQs that have non-answer specific options as well. These included options such as ‘Not applicable’, ‘Not determinable’ and ‘None of these’. Such options 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 had undergone major change as far as CAT 2017 exam format is concerned was 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 had 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 was notified through CAT 2017 mock test was that for the D-day of November 26th, candidates were 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 2017.

    In case there are any changes in the CAT 2018 exam pattern, we shall update it here. Also the changes in the mock test will be updated here.

    You can receive all the latest updates about MBA Test prep and CAT 2018 exam  On our website www.jagranjosh.com

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