CAT Exam

Common Admission Test Exam

CAT Examination Pattern

Indian Institute of Management Calcutta is all set to conduct the Common Admission Test (CAT) for the year 2021. Candidates must have to know the duration and pattern of the exam. CAT 2021 is conducted for admission to management programs in IIMs and top B-Schools across the nation.

CAT 2021 is a Computer Based Test (CBT). Therefore, candidates have to answer within 120 minutes (2 hours). It contains 3 sections with a total number of 100 questions. CAT 2021 exam pattern remains on the lines of CAT official Mock test released by IIMs a month before the CAT exam.

CAT 2021 Test Pattern:

The test comprises of three sections:

(a) Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension
(b) Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
(c) Quantitative Ability

Section Total Question Total MCQs with -Ve Marking Total MCQs without -Ve Marking Maximum Marks
Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension 34 24 to 27 7 to 10 102
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning 32 24 8 96
Quantitative Ability 34 23 to 27 7 to 10 102
  • Total No. Questions: 100
  • Number of sections: 3
  • Questions with negative marking (MCQs): 75
  • Questions without negative marking (Non-MCQs): 25
  • Score awarded for each correct answer: 3 Marks
  • Negative marking (Applicable for wrong answers in MCQs): -1 mark


Each section is time bound for one hour and candidates are not allowed to switch between any of the sections within this one-hour duration. However, candidates are free to answer any of the questions within a particular section. Candidates need to ensure high score in each of the 3 sections as there is also a sectional score cut off in IIM's for shortlisting.

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