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CAT Exam


The Indian Institutes of Management will conduct a computer-based Common Admission Test 2024 (CAT 2024) on November in three sessions. Detailed information on CAT 2024 may be obtained from the CAT website. CAT 2024 is a prerequisite for admission to various Post Graduate and Fellow/Doctorate programmes of IIMs. CAT 2024 scores are allowed to be used by listed non-IIM member institutions. A list of such institutions is provided on the CAT website. IIMs have no role in the selection process of non-IIM institutions.


CAT 2024 Exam Pattern

The initial stage before starting preparation for an exam is to know about the CAT exam syllabus. The CAT exam schedule contains three sections. These sections are QA, VARC, and DILR. QR stands for quantitative aptitude that section includes grade tenth-level mathematics.

VARC stands for verbal ability & reading comprehension. That section includes grammar and comprehensive type questions. DILR means data interpretation & logical reasoning. That includes analysis of puzzles and pie charts. 


 Mode of CAT exam

 Computer Based Test 

 Time Duration 

  • 120 minutes 

  • 40 minutes per section

 Exam slots

  • Morning: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM

  • Afternoon: 12:30 PM to 2:30 PM

  • Evening: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

 Number of questions


 Total marks


 Language of question paper


 Number of options


 Question Type

 MCQ and non-MCQ

 Marking Pattern

  • For every right answer: +3 will be awarded

  • For every wrong answer: -1 will be deducted

  • No negative marks for Non-MCQs based questions


Sections Questions Time (in mins)
Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC) 24 40
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) 20 40
Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 22 40
Total 66 120


Section-wise CATExpected Exam Pattern 2024


Sections Total Qs MCQs Non-MCQs Max Marks
VARC 24 21 5 78
DILR 20 18 6 72
QA 22 18 8 78
Total 66 57 19 228