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Wednesday 29 October 2014

CAT 2014

CAT 2014 Exam Pattern- IIMs have announced the new exam pattern of CAT 2014. Several changes have been made in the CAT 2014 Exam Pattern. The number of questions have been increased from 60 to 100. The duration has increased by 30 minutes and there is no sectional boundary as well unlike last year.

The total duration of the exam is 170 minutes or 2 hours and 50 minutes. Last year, the duration was 140 minutes or 2 hours and 20 minuted. Hence the duration of CAT 2014 has been increased by half an hour. Unlike past years, the sections are no more time bound and the candidates can switch between the sections as well which was not possibl till las year.

CAT 2014 Sections:

There are 2 sections in CAT, Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation and Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning. Before CAT 2011, there were 3 sections, Quantitative Ability, Verbal Ability and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (not in exact order).   CAT 2014 onwards, though the number of sections would be 2, they would not be time bound. The candidates would also be able to switch between the sections which was not possible till last year.

CAT 2014 Number of Questions:

The total number of questions in CAT 2014 has increased from 60 to 100. Till last year, each section had 30 questions but from now on, there would be 50 questions in a section. Before CAT 2010 also the total number of questions was 60 but since the number of sections was 3, each section had 20 questions. All the questions are multiple choice and objective type in nature. Each question carries 4 options.

CAT 2014 Scoring System:

Each correct question in CAT 2014 is awarded 3 marks. Hence the total marks of CAT 2014 would be 180. There is 1/3 negative marking scheme. Hence for each wrong answer, 1 mark would be deducted from the obtained score. All the questions are not compulsory to attempt. For the unanswered questions, 0 marks would be given, i.e. there would not be any negative marking for unanswered questions.

 The number of test cities has also increased from 45 to 99 this year.



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