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CAT 2021

CAT 2021 Examination Pattern and Details:

  • Convening IIM for CAT 2021 – IIM Indore
  • Every year more than 2,40,000 students from all disciplines including Engineering, Commerce, Humanities and even Law take CAT exam to get into  6,500 MBA seats in IIMs.

CAT 2021 Eligibility:  

  • Candidates having an graduation degree with an aggregate of 50% marks or equivalent CGPA (45% for reserved category) can apply for CAT 2021
  • Candidates who have completed professional degree (CA/CS/ICWA) with 50% marks or equivalent (45% for reserved category)
  • Candidates in their final year of graduation degree are also eligible for CAT 2021

CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

  • 180 Minutes Exam: CAT is a computer delivered test of 3 hours duration 
  • 100 Questions: CAT will have 100 questions divided in 3 sections of VARC, DILR and Quantitative Ability.
  • 25% No Penalty Questions: Out of 100 questions in CAT 2021, more than 25 questions will not have negative marking. CAT 2021 is divided into MCQ and Non-MCQ type of questions and the Non-MCQs do not carry negative marking. In case any non-MCQ has negative marking, a few MCQs are changed to no negative marking questions.
  • 70-75% CAT Questions with Negative Marking: More than 70% questions in CAT 2021 are of MCQ type and will carry penalty of 1/3 negative marking
  • Other Criteria with CAT score: Apart from High score in each of the 3 sections in CAT 2021 exam, you need to have good academic profile, diversity, to get into IIMs.

Last 5 Year Analysis

CAT Year & Number of Questions
VA-RC
DI-LR
Quant
Question Break up
CAT 2019- 100
VARC-34. RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Total-34. MCQs 23, Non-MCQs-11
Moderate difficulty CAT on last year pattern with changes in number of MCQs & non-MCQs in each section
CAT 2018-100
VARC-34. RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (2 MCQs, 7 non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Total-34. MCQs 22, Non-MCQs-12
CAT on last year pattern with changes in number of MCQs & non-MCQs in each section
CAT 2017-100
VARC-34. RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (3 MCQs, 7 non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Total-34. MCQs 23, Non-MCQs-11
CAT Pattern in the lines of last year with changes in non-MCQs in each section
CAT 2016-100
VARC-34, RC-24, (All MCQs), Verbal-10 (All non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Quant-34, MCQ-27, Non-MCQs-7
CAT exam pattern on the same lines as of CAT exam pattern 2015 Non-MCQs in Quant reduced.
CAT 2015-100
VARC -34, RC-24 (MCQs), Verbal-10 (Non MCQs)
DILR-32, DI-16, LR-16, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-8
Quant-34, MCQs-24, Non-MCQs-10
Time limit increased to 180 minutes; Sectional time of 1 hour; Non-MCQs without negative marking penalty for wrong answer. No questions on error correction and vocabulary.
*Based on data available online

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