How to manage time for CAT

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CAT is the most difficult exam in the country to get into the topmost prestigious colleges (IIMs and other colleges among the top 50) in the country. Every year, 2lac+ candidates take the exam to compete for 3200+ seats across all IIMs and other top-notch B-schools in India.

Being the most esteemed exam for MBA entrance, same is the level of preparation it demands. Not only the preparation of topics and concepts is required but also level of mental preparation must be to the required extent. Be calm and composed with 100% concentration on the exam is the mantra to ACE the CAT.

Paper pattern & time allowed

To solve CAT and know tricks to ace the exam, one first needs to know the paper pattern and time available & breakup of the questions.

CAT 2018 Exam Pattern

The CAT 2018 exam pattern will follow the CAT 2017, 2016, 2015 pattern. The test duration will be 180 minutes with 60 minutes allotted to each section. No movement will be allowed across sections. The order of sections will remain the same is Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC), Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR), and Quantitative Aptitude (QA). The use of the basic on-screen calculator is allowed.

CAT 2017 exam pattern is tabulated below for your ready reference:

Sr.No Section MCQs Non-MCQs Total Questions Total Marks Time allotted for each section (in minutes)
1 Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC) 24 10 34 102 60
2 Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DI & LR) 24 8 32 96 60
3 Quantitative Ability (QA) 27 7 34 102 60
Total 75 25 100 300 180

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