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CAT 2017 : What to Expect

CAT (Common Admission Test) is one of the most prestigious examination in the nation with around 2,50,000 looking for an administration profession choosing to go through this exam every year. With less than 20,000 seats in the top-30 B-schools recognizing the scorecard of CAT, it is more a question of removal rather than choice.

CAT 2016 - Exam Pattern


Section Name


No. of questions

Marks per section

Time (in min)


Verbal Ability






Logical Reasoning and Data Interpretation






Quantitative Ability





Three marks are granted for each appropriate response and one mark is subtracted for each wrong MCQ response. No negative marking for unanswered questions.

You do not have the benefit to shift across segments as each area is independently timed.

You should be expecting the same design for CAT 2017 as CAT does not look to modify their design in successive years. There is a good venture that subjects or places that have not had much of a weight age in the past couple of years might make a return and capture the not really prepared ones abruptly. The actual structure of questions within the segments could be anything and can even differ across slots and therefore learners should get prepared for all types of opportunities.

Quantitative Aptitude:

  • Number System
  • Algebra
  • Arithmetic
  • Geometry
  • Modern Maths

Data Interpretation:

  • Tables
  • Pie Charts
  • Bar Graphs
  • Line Graphs
  • Data Sufficiency

Logical Reasoning:

  • Coding – Decoding, Number Series, Letter Series, Symbol Series
  • Symbol based Logic, Odd one out, Direction Sense
  • Blood Relations
  • Dice based problems, Cubes based problems, Matchstick / Coin picking based problems
  • Sequential Output
  • True / False statements
  • Linear Arrangement, Circular Arrangement, Matrix / Grid Arrangements
  • Games & Tournaments
  • Logical Conditions, Logical Grouping

Verbal Ability:

  • Verbal Reasoning / Critical Reasoning:
    • › Syllogism
    • › Logical Deduction
    • › Statements & Assumptions
    • › Strong & Weak Arguments,
    • › Parajumbles
    • › Paracompletion
    • › Fact Inference Judgement
  • Verbal Aptitude:
    • › Vocabulary
    • › Grammar
    • › Sentence Correction
    • › Confusing Words
    • › Fill in the Blanks
    • › Reading Comprehension


1. In CAT 2016, around 30-35 questions were present in which the applicants were needed to type the direct solutions instead of several option concerns. This significant modification was done to decrease the opportunity of anxiety, decrease the effect of "shortcuts" and removal procedure that the MCQs offer. Candidates were able to use the on-screen hand calculators for calculations in CAT 2016 as was the case in CAT 2015. This consequently reduces dependency on proficiency in Vedic maths.

2. The CAT 2017 applicants won't be having the accessibility to the laptop keyboard. Each answer needs to be input using the on-screen keyboard.

3. It has been verified that CAT direct solutions type questions won't be having negative marks.


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