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What is CAT entrance exam?

Common Admission Test (CAT) is an entrance exam held yearly , for admission to various management programs of IIMs, Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), Faculty of Management Studies (FMS) and Indian Institute of Science (IISc). Also there are non-IIM institutions that have registered to avail the CAT scores to be used in their admission process.
The CAT entrance exam tests the Quantitative Ability, Data Interpretation, Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning skills of the candidates appearing for the test.
CAT is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

What is CAT entrance exam pattern and test duration ?

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer based test. The test is held at various authorized centers. The CAT entrance test consists of 2 sections.
Quantitative Techniques & Data Interpretation 50 questions
Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning 50 questions
Total 100 questions and 170 minutes

Scoring in CAT exam

The CAT entrance exams, utilises multiple forms, or versions, of the test. Hence there are two types of scores involved viz. raw score and scaled score.
The raw score is calculated for each section based on the number of questions one answered correctly, incorrectly, or omitted. Candidates are given +3 points for each correct answer and -1 point for each incorrect answer. There are no points for questions that are not answered. The raw scores are then adjusted, as necessary, through a process called equating. Equated raw scores are then placed on a common scale or metric to ensure appropriate interpretation of the scores. This process is called scaling.
Three scaled scores will be presented for each candidate: an overall scaled score and two separate scaled scores for each section. As the two sections evaluate distinct sets of knowledge and skills, scores do not correlate across sections. A high score in one section does not guarantee a high score in another section. Percentile rankings are provided for each individual section as well as for the overall exam score.

What is the difference between CAT 2013 and CAT 2014 ?

CAT 2014
CAT 2013
Number of Questions
100 (50 in section 1 + 50 in section 2)
60 ( 30 in section 1 + 30 in section 2)
Test duration
170 min
140 min
Number of sections
Sectional timing
170 min for both sections. No separate time for each section. One can move between two sections.
Each section had separate timing of 70 min, one could not move between the sections.
Test slots
Test conducted for days

What is syllabus of CAT entrance exam?

Quantitative Aptitude
Data Interpretation
Verbal Ability
Logical Reasoning
Number Systems
Bar Graphs
Sentence Correction
Cubes & Dice
Data Tables
Blood Relations
Pie Charts
English Grammar
Number & Letter Series
Line Graphs
Vocabulary Based Questions
Seating Arrangement
Profit & Loss
Data Sufficiency
Fill in the Blanks
Venn Diagrams
Simple/Compound Interest
Other Chart Types
Synonyms and antonyms
Analytical Reasoning

Clocks & Calendars

Complex numbers



Permutation & Combination



Co-ordinate Geometry



Set Theory

Speed & Distance

Work & Time


Surds & Indices


Ratio & Proportion