CAT Exam Pattern 2020 Available, Download CAT Syllabus (Latest).

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CAT Exam Pattern: The Common Admission Test will be conducted in the coming November hence, the students should assess the CAT Exam Pattern. The students should go through the CAT Syllabus and the previous year’s papers of the CAT exam. In this article, we will discuss the CAT Exam Pattern and its syllabus in depth. The post also covers the CAT Counselling process in depth.

CAT Exam Pattern

The CAT Exam Pattern consists of three subjects viz Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning and Quantitative Ability. The questions asked in the examination are based on these subjects. The questions asked are divided into two parts viz the MCQ and the descriptive type. In the MCQ question, the students have to mark the correct answer out of the different options provided. While in the descriptive answer the students have to type in the answers on the computer. The students must go through the syllabus and the weightage mentioned in the post along with the CAT Exam Pattern.

Once, the students are done with the examination the authority releases the final score obtained by the students. The students can then approach and apply for the different colleges based on the scores obtained in the CAT exam. The counselling process is also a tiring process which is mentioned at the post below.

Summary of CAT Exam Pattern

Recruiting OrganisationIIM Indore for the year 2020.
Notified ExamCAT/ Common Admission Test
Notification Date27 July-28 July 2020
Online RegistrationAugust 2020
Application ProcessOnline
Latest Exam DatesComputer Based Test- 29 November 2020
Personal Interview- To be notified later
Total IIMs participating20 IIMs, and top B-schools in India
QualificationThe candidate needs to have completed his graduation in any of the disciplines as notified in the notification.
The candidate needs to possess work experience.
Selection processComputer Based Test
Group Discussion and Personal Interview
Official notificationTo be released in the last week of July 2020
Official WebsiteClick Here

CAT Exam Pattern

The CAT Exam Pattern is based on a written examination and a Personal Interview, the written exam will be a computer-based test. The students will be given 3 marks for each correct answer while 1 marks will be deducted for each wrong objective type questions. There will be no negative marking for Type In The Answer (non-MCQ) type questions. The CAT Exam Pattern and the written examination of the Common Admission Test will have the following CAT Exam Pattern:

SubjectNo of QuestionTotal MarksDuration
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)3410260 minutes
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR)329660 minutes
Quantitative Ability (QA)3410260 minutes
Total100300180 minutes

CAT Syllabus

Verbal Ability and Reading ComprehensionAlgebra, Geometry, Number System, Probability & Statistics, Sequence & Series, Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Simple & Compound Interest, Permutation & Combination, etc
Data Interpretation and Logical ReasoningVenn Diagram, Data Sufficiency, Coding & Decoding, Seating Arrangement, Syllogism, Puzzles, Blood Relations, Logical Sequence, Binary Logic, Graphs, Charts, Tables, etc
Quantitative AbilityAlgebra, Geometry, Number System, Probability & Statistics, Sequence & Series, Mensuration, Profit & Loss, Simple & Compound Interest, Permutation & Combination, etc
cat exam marks distribution

Section-wise weightage of topics

The CAT exam is divided into three sections namely Quantitative ability, DI and LR and Verbal Ability. Although, there is a fixed number of questions that are asked from the sections. However, there are some sections which are given more weightage in the past years. This important topics always carry a good number of questions.

Quantitative Ability

TopicTotal weightageObjective Question askedNon-objective question asked
Number System100
Modern Maths312

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension

TopicTotal weightageObjective Question askedNon-objective question asked
Odd Sentence303
Paragraph Summary303
Reading Comprehension24240
Para jumbles404

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning

TopicTotal weightageObjective Question askedNon-objective question asked
Pie chart532
Bar diagram & Charts853
Tables & Charts 1055
Statement based Reasoning404
Seating arrangement and reasoning523

CAT Counselling

Counselling process

The students who score good marks in the CAT exam can approach different colleges based on their overall score. For securing admission in any college the students have to go through the CAT Counselling process which is based on some factors. Let’s now check the counselling process step by step:

Common Admission Test 2020 score25
Written Ability Test (WAT)10
Personal Interview30
Class 10 Board Results10
Class 12 Board Results5
Undergraduate Programme Final Score10
Weighted Work Experience10

Common Admission Test 2020 score: As given on the above table, the first step is to appear for the CAT exam, the total score the students acquire get 25% weightage in the whole counselling process. So, if you have scored 240 marks then from that only 60 marks will be counted for the final selection.

Written Ability Test (WAT): The next is the WAT which means that whichever the college the students is applying he will have to appear for the WAT. The Written Ability Test mostly comprises of an essay test in which a burning and trending topic is given and students have to share their opinion on the given topics. The candidates are given around 30 minutes to complete the test. Its score accounts for 10% of the total weightage in the counselling process.

Personal Interview: This is the most crucial stage and it accounts for a whopping 30% of the total weightage which is more than all of the stages. Here, the personality of the student is assessed and his oratory skills are checked. The students have to perform exceptionally well in this stage.

The other stages accounts for 35% of the weighatge hence, they cannot be overlooked but it is totally based on past results.

Documents required for CAT

There is a prescribed list of documents that the students have to carry in the CAT Counselling process. The students who fail to carry any of these documents can lose their seats.

  • Class X mark sheet and Passing certificate
  • Class XII mark sheet and Passing certificate
  • ID proof such as Adhaar card or pan card
  • Graduation degree certificates
  • Work experience or internship certificate attended previously
  • Reservation category certificates (if applicable)
  • CAT Application form
  • Interview Letter
  • CAT Score Card

Previous year Cut-off of CAT

Top IIM CollegeCAT Cut-off
IIM Ahmedabad99
IIM Bengaluru99
IIM Delhi99
IIM Kolkata99
IIM Khojikode99
IIM, Bangalore90
IIM, Calcutta90
IIT, Roorkee90
IIM, Lucknow90
IIM, Kozhikode90
IIM, Indore90
IIM, Rohtak90
IIM, Raipur90
IIM, Ahmedabad80
IIM, Trichy90

CAT Admit Card 2020

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