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CAT Exam 2021

Common Admission Test

Exam Level

Post Graduation

Exam Format


Conducted Body

Indian Institutes Of Management

Frequency of Exam

Once A Year

Exam Category

National Level Exam

Mode of Payment

Online & Offline

Mode of Exam




CAT Exam Pattern 2021

Conducting IIMs have been changed the pattern of the CAT exams several times over the years. It is extremely beneficial for the aspirants to know the CAT paper pattern as it helps in preparation and the aspirants can prepare according to the pattern and weightage of the topics.

Overview of the Exam Pattern of CAT 2021

Mode of the Exam

Online Only

Total number of Questions


Total Marks


Duration of the Examination

3 hours (180 minutes)

Sectional Division of the Paper

3 sections

Types of the Questions

Both MCQs and Non MCQs

Marking Scheme

For Correct Answers → +3 marks

For Incorrect Answers → -1 mark

For Unattempted Questions → No marks

Name of the Sections

1. Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension

2. Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation

3. Quantitative Aptitude


This Exam is conducted once in a year usually in the month of November on online mode and it is expected that this year this exam will held in the last week of November. The question paper contains 100 questions to be solved in 3 hours. 3 marks are assigned for correct answer and 1 mark is deducted for wrong answer in CAT Exam. English is the only medium of answering the questions. Each question consists of four choices from which only one is correct, candidates have to select the right answer from the given options.

CAT question paper consists of three sections divided as

  1. Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)
  2. Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)
  3. Quantitative Ability (QA).

Sectional Pattern of the CAT 2021 Exam

Section’s Name

Number of Questions

Duration (in mins)

Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VARC)



Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR)

VA → 10 Questions

RC → 24 Questions


Quantitative Ability (QA)

DI → 16 Questions

LR → 16 Questions




180 minutes (3hours)


Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension Section

This section is a combination of two sub-sections namely Verbal Ability (VA) and Reading Comprehension (RC). The main focus of this section is on the English language skills of the candidates and how they understand and elucidate the paragraphs and Passages. This section consists of 34 questions, 10 questions of Verbal Ability and 24 questions of Reading Comprehension. Verbal ability sub-section consists of questions related to Para-jumbles, Summary based questions, Sentence Correction and Completion. The other sub-section, Reading Comprehension is based on the questions related to Vocabulary, title etc.

Logical Reasoning & Data Interpretation Section

This section is also divided into two sub-sections, one is Logical Reasoning (LR) and other is Data Interpretation (DI). A total of 32 questions are asked in this section, 16 questions from both the sub-section. LR section contains solvable questions generally from the topics like inequalities, symbol operations, direction sense test etc. On the other hand DI section is a little difficult and time-consuming section as it consists of several confusing data case lets questions. This section contains tricky question and a little mistake in understanding the case lets can lead the candidates to attempt all the questions from a particular set incorrectly. 

Quantitative Aptitude Section

This section is a standalone section which comprises only numerical questions from different topics of Math. A total of 34 questions are asked in this section. This section contains questions based on Basic Arithmetic, Number System, Geometry, Algebra, Modern Math etc. The questions in this section ranges from easy to moderately high and can be answered easily with proper practice of the syllabus of Quantitative Aptitude.

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