CAT 2017 Exam Pattern And Complete Syllabus
Updated on: 14,March , 2018 - Wed | 06:42:33pm

CAT 2017 Exam Pattern and complete syllabus


‘The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex, overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, then starting on the first one.’ - Mark Twain

The above lines are very important when taken in context with CAT 2017 preparations. The information below regarding exam pattern and syllabus of CAT 2017 will help you kickstart your preparations regarding CAT 2017.


Exam Pattern of CAT 2017

Common Admission Test or CAT is a computer based test of 180 minutes duration carrying 100 multiple choice objective type questions from three sections. There are Three sections in CAT 2017 exam :

  • Quantitative Ability (QA)
  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DA & LR)
  • Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC)


  1. Total Number of Questions in CAT 2017 exam paper is 100
    • Quantitative Ability (QA) – 34
    • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DA & LR) – 32
    • Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) – 34
  2. Sectional Duration i.e. time allotted for each section is 1 hour .
  3. Calculator Usage is restricted to On Screen basic calculator which will be provided with examination software.
  4. Time allotted for CAT 2017 is 180 minutes
  5. Question Types in CAT 2017 Exam Paper are of two types:
    • Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs)
    • Non-MCQs,
  6. Marking Scheme for CAT 2017 Exam is:
    • For Non-MCQs,
      • +3 marks for ‘correct answer’
      • No marks (or negative marks) for ‘wrong or no attempt’.
    • The scoring scheme for multiple-choice questions (MCQ's) is:
      • +3 for each correct answer
      • -1 for each incorrect answer
      • No marks are given or deducted for un-attempted questions.



CAT 2017 Examination Syllabus Structure


Quantitative Aptitude

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning

Verbal Reasoning

Number Systems Tables English Usage or Grammar
Profit, Loss and Discount Caselets Vocabulary Based (Synonyms/ Antonyms)
LCM and HCF Bar Graphs Fill in the blanks
Speed, Time and Distance Line Charts Sentence Correction
Percentages Column Graphs Cloze Passage
Time and Work Venn Diagrams Jumbled Paragraph
Ratio and Proportion Combination of two or more Meaning-Usage Match
Averages Pie Chart Analogies or Reverse Analogies
Quadratic Equations & Linear Equations Logical Reasoning Summary Questions
Complex Numbers Calendars Verbal Reasoning
Simple and Compound Interest Number and Letter Series Facts-Inferences-Judgments
Logarithm Clocks Reading Comprehension
Sequences and Series Venn Diagrams
Inequalities Cubes
Probability Seating Arrangement
Surds and Indices Binary Logic
Set Theory & Function Logical Matching
Permutation and Combination Logical Sequence
Mixtures and Alligations Syllogism
Trigonometry Logical Connectives
Coordinate Geometry Blood Relations

The above information is not final and it might change because IIM lucknow is conducting exam for CAT this year.


Stay Tuned for more news on CAT-2017 !!




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