CAT 2022 Exam Pattern – Sectional Distribution, Marking Scheme, PDFs of Previous Year Question Papers

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern – CAT 2022 Exam Pattern would consist of 3 sections, and a total of 66 questions to be attempted in 2 hours for a maximum of 198 marks. First section, VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension) will consists of 24 questions; second QA (Quantitative Aptitude) will have 22 questions; the last DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning) will have 20 questions. CAT 2022 would be an online computer based test (CBT), conducted in English, in which Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs), and Type In The Answer (TITA) questions will be asked. MQCs will have 4 or more option from which candidates has to select one option as their answer, whereas in CAT TITA type questions, the candidates has to type in their own answers. For each correct answer by the candidate, +3 marks would be granted; CAT 2022 would have negative marking of -1 Mark for each incorrect attempt (except TITA Questions). CAT Exam Pattern and its elements – Marking scheme, Sectional Distribution, Previous Year pattern, etc. have been discussed in detail in the article below.

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

Particulars Events
Duration of CAT exam 2 hours (120 minutes)
Name of the section1. VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension)
2. DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning)
3. QA (Quantitative Aptitude)
Section-wise duration 1. 40 minutes for each section (VARC, DILR, QA)
2. 53 minutes 20 seconds for PWD candidates for each section
Slot-wise sessionSlot 1: 8:30 am to 10:30 pm
Slot 2: 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm
Slot 3: 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Number of questions66 questions (MCQs and TITA)
Total CAT exam marks 198 marks
Mode of CAT exam 2022 CBT ( computer-based test)
Marking scheme 1. For every right answer, +3 will be awarded
2. For every wrong answer in MCQs, -1 will be deducted
3. No negative marks for TITA type questions

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern: Session Timing

CAT Exam is conducted in three sessions throughout the day. The following are the three sessions in which CAT 2022 will be held:

Morning session (8:30 am to 10:30 pm)Afternoon session (12:30 pm to 2:30 pm)Evening session (4:30 pm to 6:30 pm)

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern: Sectional Distribution of Questions.

CAT 2022 would consist of 3 sections – VARC (Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension), DILR (Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning), and QA (Quantitative Aptitude).

SectionQuestionsMarks Time Allotted
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension247240 Minute
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning206040 Minute
Quantitative Aptitude226640 Minute
Total66198120 Minute

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern: Marking Scheme

CAT 2022 will have negative marking for MCQ questions. The detailed CAT 2022 Marking Scheme is as follows.

AnswerCAT 2022 MCQ Type QuestionsCAT 2022 TITA Type Questions
Marks awarded for Correct Answer in CAT 2022+3+3
Penalty for Wrong Choice in CAT 2022-10 (No negative Marking)

CAT 2022 Exam Pattern: Sectional Time Limits

CAT 2022 will have sectional time limit for each section. The details of which are as follows.

Subject CAT Sectional time
VARC40 minutes
DILR40 minutes
QA40 minutes
Total120 minutes
Note: 53 minutes 20 seconds for PWD candidates for each section.

CAT Previous Year Exam Pattern

CAT exam pattern was revised significantly for 2020, and 2021 question papers. In CAT 2020, the number of questions was cut from 100 to 76, and in 2021, the number of questions was reduced from 76 to 66. The previous year trends for CAT Exam pattern are tabulated below.

ParametersCAT exam pattern 2021CAT exam pattern 2020CAT exam pattern 2019
ModeOnline Online Online
Number of shifts 3 shifts3 shifts 2 shifts
Duration 120 minutes120 minutes180 minutes
Sectional time40 minutes40 minutes60 minutes
Nature of questions Both MCQ and non-MCQ format Both MCQ and non-MCQ formatBoth MCQ and non-MCQ format
Total marks 198228300
Marks rewarded+3+3+3
Negative marking No negative marking in objective types and -1 in MCQNo negative marking in objective types and -1 in MCQNo negative marking in objective types and -1 in MCQ
Sections VARC, QA, DILRVARC, QA, DILRVARC, QA, DILR
Number of questions6666100
CAT 2021 Paper Pattern
SectionsTotal questionsMCQsNon-MCQsTotal marks
VARC24190572
DILR20150560
QA22150866
Total664818198

CAT Previous Year Question Papers

Solving CAT Previous Year Question papers is the shortest and most effect way to get familiarized with the exam pattern.

CAT 2021 Question Paper

CAT Question Paper 2021Download Link
CAT Question Paper 2021 – Slot 1Click here
CAT Question Paper 2021 – Slot 2Click here
CAT Question Paper 2021 – Slot 3Click here

CAT Previous Year Question Papers

YearQuestion Paper PDF
CAT 2020Check here
CAT 2019Check here
CAT 2018Check here
CAT 2017Check here

FAQs on CAT 2022 Exam Pattern

Q. How many questions will CAT 2022 exam have?

Ans. CAT 2022 is a computer-based test. It is likely to have 66 questions divided into 3 sections of VARC, DILR and QA.

Q. Is CAT an online examination?

Ans. CAT is not an online examination. It is a digital or computer-based test (CBT) not an internet-based test (IBT).

Q. what is CAT 2022 exam date?

Ans. CAT 2022 exam is expected in November 2022. The exam will be conduced in 3 slots morning, afternoon and evening.

Q. Can I bring a calculator to the CAT exam centre?


Ans. No, the candidates are prohibited from bringing calculators to the testing center. You may use the onscreen calculator that will be available throughout the exam.

Q. Do the non-MCQ type questions carry equal marks as MCQs in CAT 2022?

Ans. Yes, all questions carry equal marks (+3) in CAT 2022

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