CAT Exam Pattern 2024‣ CAT 2024 Number of Questions, Total Marks and Negative Marking Scheme

IIM or Indian Institute of Management determines the CAT 2024 exam pattern and number of questions in CAT exam. Students must know the CAT paper pattern 2024 to prepare well for exams. The exam pattern contains the CAT total marks 2024, CAT number of questions in total and section-wise along with other details.

CAT exam sections 2024 contains VARC, DILR and QA sections and CAT exam syllabus 2024 for all these section is available now. CAT exam duration or total time to solve paper is 2 hours. Each section will carry 40 minutes.

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CAT Exam Pattern 2024 in a Nutshell

Common Admission Test (CAT) is a computer-based national level online examination for MBA admission. In 2022, almost 2.31 lakh students appeared for the exams.

Based on previous details, the information regarding CAT Exam Pattern 2024 is provided below, however, the new CAT 2024 exam pattern is yet to be revealed:

Examination nameCommon Admission Test (CAT)
Conducted byIIM
Examination levelNational
Admission for coursesMBA / PDMS
Exam duration120 minutes
Sections-wise durationVerbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (40 minutes)
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (40 minutes)
Quantitative Aptitude (40 minutes)

53 Minutes 20 Seconds for PwD candidates for each section.
Total questions66
CAT Total Marks198 marks
Marks for right Question+3
Negative Marking -1 for every wrong answer in MCQ
CAT registration 2024 last dateSecond Week of September 2024
Examination dateNovember 24, 2024
CAT Result 2024 dateLast week of December 2024
Questions toughnessModerate

CAT total Questions 2024 and Marks allotment:

According to the last year’s CAT paper pattern 2024, the total number of questions given in paper has been 66. The pattern which was followed consist of MCQ and non-MCQ type questions, divided into three sections:

  1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension – They ask 24 questions (total 72 marks).
  2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning – They ask 20 questions. This slot has 5 sets of questions. (Total 60 marks)
  3. Quantitative Aptitude – They ask 22 questions, a total of 66 marks allotted.

Thus the total marks of the CAT exam are 198.

CAT Exam Pattern 2024: Section-wise Question Distribution

In all the 3 sections approximately 20 questions are MCQ type whereas in TITA types, VARC and QA sections have 4-5 questions and in DILR they give 2-3 non-MCQ questions. Only students who have got CAT 2024 admit card can appear for this examination.

Based on 2022, we have provided the expected section-wise CAT number of question below:

  • VARC Section:
    • 18 MCQ questions from 4 passages (4 questions in each passage)
    • VA 6 Non-MCQs are subdivided into Para Summaries, Para Jumbles, and Context Sentences.
  • DILR Section:
    • Data Interpretation: 14 Questions, Logical Reasoning: 10 Questions, All in Sets of 6 & 4 Questions
  • QA Section: Questions based on Geometry, Arithmetic, Log, Algebra, Roots, etc.

Latest Changes in CAT Question Pattern 2024

The latest CAT 2024 exam pattern had, section 1 (VARC) consists of 24 questions (18 MCQ and 6 non-MCQ types) – a total of 72 marks; section 2 (DI-LR) has 20 questions, 15 MCQ and 5 non-MCQ; section 3 (QA) has 22 questions 14 MCQ and 8 non-MCQ. Total 66 questions and maximum marks being 198. 

So it is hoped that the IIM CAT exam pattern 2024 would be similar.

CAT Marking Scheme 2024 for Online Exam

One of the most frequently asked questions by the candidates appearing for CAT exams is – “ is there any negative marking in cat ?” so, the marking scheme of CAT examinations is 

  • For every correct answer, you will be awarded +3 marks in both MCQ and non-MCQ type questions of CAT Mock test 2024 and final paper.
  • In case of each wrong answer in MCQ questions, there will be a deduction of 1 mark. 
  • But for TITA (non–MCQ ) questions there is no negative marking.

Students can use CAT 2024 answer key to calculate their probable scores and match it with cutoff to know the chances of selection.

Type of QuestionsCorrect AnswerIncorrect Answer
CAT Exam Marking Scheme 2024

CAT Cutoff 2024 or Good Score

Another commonly asked question is, “what CAT score is required for IIM?” Approximately,  A good score is considered as

  • 82 for General SC category students
  • 71 for SC category students
  • 75 for OBC category students
  • 71 for PWD category students
  • 61 for ST category students

Also know about CAT scaled score 2024.

SectionsNumber of QuestionsTypeDifficulty Level
VARC2418 RC questions, 6 VA questionsTough
DILR20Two DI sets ( 4 and 6 questions)
Two LR set ( 4 and 6 questions)
Moderate to Tough
QA22Dominated by Arithmetic (11 questions) and Algebra (5 questions)Moderate
CAT 2021 Exam Pattern

YearNumber of QuestionDifficulty LevelDuration
202266Moderate to High2 hours
202166Moderate to High2 hours
202076Moderate to High2 hours
2019100Moderate to High3 hours
2018100Moderate to High3 hours
2017100Moderate3 hours
Previous 5 Years’ CAT Paper Pattern 2024

FAQs related to CAT Exam 2024 Pattern

  1. What is the paper pattern of CAT?

    In 2021, the question paper for the CAT examination is divided into three separate segments, with a total of 66 questions of 198 marks. Three sections are
    A. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension(abbreviated as VARC)
    B. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (abbreviation- DILR)
    C. Quantitative Aptitude (QA).
    If same pattern is followed the CAT exam total marks 2024 might be 198 and CAT 2024 number of question can be 66 in total.

  2. What is the duration of the CAT 2024 Exam?

    According to previous years, the time allotted for the exam will be 3 hours (180mins). But currently, the total time duration has been changed for answering all questions is 120 minutes, divided as 40 minutes per section.

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