About CAT

The Common Admission Test (CAT) is an all-India test conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). It is a computer-based test, conducted in the online mode once every year.

Test Duration and Pattern

SectionsNumber of QuestionsDuration
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension3460 minutes
Data Interpolation & Logical Reasoning3260 minutes
Quantitative Ability3460 minutes

Information! Marking Scheme: +3 for every correct answer and -1 for every incorrect answer.


Verbal Ability: Para-jumbles, Summary questions, Picking the odd sentence out.

Reading comprehension: MCQs with few TITA (Type in the Answer) questions. There are usually 5 passages in this section (3 larger ones and 2 smaller ones)

Data Interpretation: Data Interpretation questions include Tables, Line Charts, Pie Charts, Bar Charts, Mixed Charts or any other unusual but structured representation of data. One more variety which has maintained its presence in CAT and other entrance tests is Caselets. These are sets of paragraphs which include numerical data in them which, generally, need to be put in a structure to be understood easily.

Logical Reasoning Section: Logical Reasoning includes puzzles which need basic common sense + practice of variety of questions. There are some standard types of questions in LR which are seen more often than others. Most important among them are the LR sets involving arrangement of data in a tabular structure. Other important question types of LR include problems related to Directions, Blood Relation, Decision Making, Series,  Coding – Decoding, Visual Reasoning, Cubes etc.

Quantitative Aptitude: Quantitative Aptitude section consists of Number Systems, HCF & LCM, Profit, Loss and Discount, Simple and Compound Interest, Percentages, Time & Distance, Time & Work, Ratio & Proportion, Averages, Quadratic Equations, Complex Numbers, Logarithm, Binomial Theorem, Sequence and Series, Surds & Indices, Probability and Permutation Combination, Set Theory, Functions, Geometry and Mensuruation, Mixtures and Allegations,Trigonometry.

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