CAT 2021 Paper Pattern (Released) – Know Expected Paper Pattern, Last Year Paper Pattern

CAT 2021 Paper Pattern – CAT 2021 for slot 1 is ended now. The total number of questions in CAT 2021 slot 1 is 66. The sectional bifurcation of questions is – 24 (VARC), 20 (DILR), 22 (Quant). Knowing the paper pattern of CAT 2021 is important as it gives an idea to the candidate to see how many questions will be asked in each section and what should be their strategy for each section. The official common admission test (CAT) paper pattern is not yet released but it has been announced by IIM Ahmedabad that the number of questions will be reduced in all 3 sections. In this article, the candidates can find the expected CAT 2021 paper pattern, last year’s paper pattern.

CAT 2021 Paper Pattern

CAT 2021 AnalysisClick here for a detailed exam analysis of CAT 2021.

Duration of the exam: 120 minutes

Time allotted for each section: 40 minutes

Type of questions: MCQs and Non-MCQs

Total questions: 66

Marks for correct answers: 3 marks

Negative Marking: -1 for the incorrect answer to MCQs, no negative marking for non-MCQs.

SectionsNo. of MCQsNo. of non-MCQs/TITANo. of questions
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension19524
Quantitative Aptitude14822
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning15520
Total481866

Expected CAT 2021 Paper Pattern

In the history of the CAT exam, the paper pattern is never released before the exam day. This trend is continued by IIM Ahmedabad as they have not released the CAT 2021 paper pattern. Since IIM Ahmedabad has already announced the reduction of questions this year, so the paper pattern could be different from the last year. But by analyzing previous year papers we have predicted the expected CAT 2021 paper pattern. Except for the number of questions the exam pattern and exam format will be the same as last year. The same paper pattern will be followed in all 3 CAT exam slots.

CAT 2021 Last Year Paper Pattern

Candidates can refer to the following information for the CAT paper pattern of last year. The same paper pattern and format were followed in all 3 slots.

Duration of the exam: 120 minutes

Time allotted for each section: 40 minutes

Type of questions: MCQs and non-MCQs

Total questions: 76 questions

Maximum marks: 228 marks

Marks for correct answers: 3 marks

Negative marking: -1 for wrong answers to MCQs but no negative marking for non-MCQs.

Level of paper: Moderate to difficult.

SectionsMCQsTITATotal Questions
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension18826
Quantitative Aptitude 18826
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning18624
Total542276

Candidates can refer to the following information for topics asked from each section in CAT last year’s paper.

VARC

Reading comprehensionPara jumbles
Odd-sentence outVerbal ability – summary

DILR

People and areaGrid-based filling
Venn diagramArrangement
Vials & PeopleDrivers and ratings
HI-LOStudents and exams
OrdersSet on patients
VotersInstitutes vendors
Revenue and CostSet on musicians
Parking Caselet

Quant

Number systemAlgebra
ArithmeticGeometry and mensuration
Modern mathCoordinate geometry

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