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CAT 2017: 5 Important Points to Know about the Exam Format


CAT 2016 was a bit challenging as around 2 lakh candidates participated in the exam and the cutoff for all the IIMs was high, this year we can expect a good raise in the cutoff mark. People generalize CAT to be a tough exam but in reality, it is not difficult, it requires a planned and careful preparation.

This year the Indian Institutes of Manageme\nt Lucknow (IIM-L) will be conducting the CAT and it has released the CAT 2017 exam notifications for the entrance examination for 20 IIMs and more than 100 non-IIM management schools across the country.  To get into any of these colleges one has to devote his/her time properly for the preparation purpose.

Here are 5 important points that students should know about the exam:

1. Mock Test:

 Candidates should attempt the mock test to get a rough idea about the exam. The mock test is present on the official CAT website: www.iimcat.ac.in, a candidate may familiarize himself /herself with the navigation and functionality of the actual exam. The mock test link is expected to be available on the CAT official website by the end of October 2017.

2. Multiple Choice Questions:

There will be two types of questions in the CAT 2017 exam; they are Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) and non-Multiple Choice Questions (non-MCQs).

  • Non-MCQs: For this type of questions the advantage is, there is no negative marking. Each question will be of 3 marks. The number of question varies and organizers have denied disclosing the number of sessions in these. You will get 3 marks for every correct answer and no marks for every wrong or no attempt answer.
  • MCQs: There will be negative marking for this type of questions. You will get 3 marks for every correct answer, -1 for every wrong answer and no marks for every non attempted answer.

3. Computer Based Test:

The candidates no longer have to read the question from the question sheet and darken the ovals in the answer booklet. Now the exam will be computer based. CAT is not an online exam rather it is a computer based test, not an internet based test. Candidates don’t need an internet connection for the test. Now candidates will read the questions on a computer and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option.

4. Syllabus for Exam Preparation:

There is no proper syllabus for CAT exam but candidates can attempt the mock test to have an understanding of the type of questions and the CAT Exam pattern.

5. Sections:

There will be three sections in the question:

  • Section 1: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
  • Section 2: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • Section 3: Quantitative Ability


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