Last year, CAT 2020 was conducted in November 2020. The challenging entrance exam was conducted by IIM Indore last year and it has an element of surprise awaiting the test takers every year. The CAT exam pattern has changed thrice over the last few years. Here is an analysis of the changes in trend in the CAT pattern over the past few years.
|Year||Number of questions||Time duration (mins)||Seconds allocated per question||Number of sections||Sections||Set by|
|2010||60||150||150||3||QA, DI&LR, VA||IIM Lucknow|
|2011||60||140||140||2||QA&DI, LR&VA||IIM Calcutta|
|2012||60||140||140||2||QA&DI, LR&VA||IIM Kozhikode|
|2013||60||140||140||2||QA&DI, LR&VA||IIM Indore|
|2014||100||170||102||2||QA&DI, LR&VA||IIM Indore|
|2015||100||180||108||3||QA, DI&LR, VA||IIM Ahmedabad|
|2016||100||180||108||3||QA, DI&LR, VA||IIM Bangalore|
|2017||100||180||108||3||QA, DI&LR, VA||IIM Calcutta|
|2018||100||180||108||3||QA, DI&LR, VA||IIM Bangalore|
CAT 2017 Pattern
The CAT 2017 pattern did not see any changes in the pattern of the questions and was almost similar to the CAT 2016 pattern. Though the CAT 2017 varied from the no. of TITA questions and the difficulty of certain sections, the remaining things like total questions, duration, sectional marks, etc. remained same.
CAT 2016 Pattern:
The pattern for CAT 2016 was similar to the CAT 2015 with respect to the total questions and duration. Check the graph below to understand the change of pattern over the past years in detail.
The graph above shows the graph between the number of questions and the time duration of the exam over the past few years. The most alarming thing about the exam is the decreasing seconds allotted per question.
This only proves that speed and accuracy is the most important factor for the exam.
CAT 2015 Pattern:
The seventh edition of the computer-based CAT exam has taken everyone by storm. For the first time, candidates will be able to use the on-screen basic calculator for computation purpose.
There were 3 sections – Quantitative Ability, Verbal & Reading Comprehension and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning. The duration was increased to 180 minutes instead of 170 minutes, The sections are time bound with 60 minutes per section. The test takers cannot switch sections. Some questions will not have multiple choices and they have to directly write the answer in the space provided on the screen.
CAT 2014 Pattern:
In CAT 2014 jumping through sections was allowed that enabled students to focus on their strengths during the exams and then attempts the difficult questions. Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretations, Logic Reasoning and verbal ability were the two sections. The Paper was set by IIM Indore just like the previous year.
CAT 2013 Pattern:
The CAT 2013 was set by IIM Indore. The paper had two sections – Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretations, Logic Reasoning and Verbal ability. The time limit was 140 mins to solve the 60 questions. The paper was of moderate difficulty.
CAT 2012 Pattern:
This edition of CAT was set by IIM Kozhikode. The paper was of moderate difficulty and jumping sections was not allowed. The time limit was 140 mins to solve the 60 questions. The paper was of moderate difficulty.
CAT 2011 Pattern:
The third edition of the CAT exam was conducted by IIM Calcutta. This paper was different compared to the previous CAT examinations. The paper consisted of two sections instead of three – Quantitative Aptitude and Data Interpretations, Logic Reasoning and verbal ability. The time allocated was 140 mins instead of 150 mins to solve the 60 questions. The paper was of moderate difficulty.
The most important segments in the quants sections have always been Arithmetic, Numbers and Geometry from which 12-15 questions can be expected every year.
Whereas in the verbal segment it has been observed that the Reading Comprehension is the most important segment with 12-16 questions can be expected every year, 3-5 questions can be expected from para-jumbles and vocabulary based questions.
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