CAT 2021: IIM Ahmedabad makes no changes in pattern this year; know how to prepare

No changes in the CAT 2021 exam pattern, as per the notification released by IIMA. CAT exam to be held as a computer-based test for a duration of 2 hours.

CAT 2021: IIM Ahmedabad makes no changes in pattern this year; know how to prepare
Divyosha Banda | Aug 2, 2021 - 12:54 p.m. IST
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NEW DELHI: No changes have been made in the exam pattern of CAT 2021 by the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad. As per the notification, the MBA CAT 2021 exam date is November 28 and will be conducted for a duration of 2 hours. The CAT exam pattern 2021 is similar to last year. CAT syllabus 2021 will have questions from three CAT sections - verbal ability and reading comprehension; data interpretation and logical reasoning and quantitative aptitude.

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CAT Exam Pattern 2021


CAT Pattern 2021

CAT 2021 duration

2 Hours (120 Minutes)

Name of the CAT Sections

  • Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VARC)

  • Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)

  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)

Section-wise duration

60 minutes per section (Total 180 minutes)

  • 40 Minutes for Each Section (VARC, DILR, QA).

  • 53 Minutes 20 Seconds for PwD candidates for each section.

CAT 2021 slots

  • Slot 1: 8:30 am - 10:30 pm (Morning Session)

  • Slot 2: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm (Afternoon Session)

  • Slot 3: 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm (Evening Session)

Number of CAT 2021 questions

76 Questions (54 MCQs and 22 Non-MCQs)

CAT exam total marks

228 marks

Mode of the CAT 2021 exam

Computer-Based Mode (CBT)

Marking Scheme

  • For every right answer, +3 will be awarded

  • For every wrong answer in MCQs, -1 will be deducted

  • No negative marks for Non-MCQs

MBA CAT Test Pattern 2021: Section-wise details


Number of questions (Expected)

Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC)


  • MCQ - 18

  • TITA - 8

Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR)


  • MCQ - 18

  • TITA - 6

Quantitative Aptitude (QA)


  • MCQ - 18

  • TITA - 8

Total no. of questions


Syllabus of CAT 2021

CAT exam pattern and syllabus go hand in hand. It is important for candidates to know the CAT exam syllabus to prepare well for the exam and ace it with a good score. CAT 2021 syllabus comprises all the CAT important topics that one must prepare thoroughly for this MBA entrance exam.

Here is the section-wise syllabus for CAT 2021

  1. CAT Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension Syllabus:

  • Reading Comprehension

  • Paragraph Summary

  • Para-jumbles & Misfit Sentences

CAT Topics of VARC include -

  • Sentence Completion

  • Verbal Reasoning (Fact & Judgment)

  • Grammar & Usage (including questions based on common Grammar errors, Sentence Correction, Confusing Words, & Phrasal Verbs).

  • Vocabulary based questions (mainly Fill in the blanks, Synonym-Antonym based questions, Cloze Passage, Analogies, etc.).

  1. CAT Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning Syllabus:

DILR questions appear in CAT in the form of sets with 3-4 questions each. The topics are -

  • Caselets, Tables, Bar Graphs, Column Graphs, Line Charts, Venn Diagrams, Pie Charts, Combination of two or more types linked to each other Games & Tournaments, Number and Letter Series, Calendars; Cubes, Clocks, Venn Diagrams, Binary Logic, Seating Arrangement; Syllogism; Logical Sequence; Blood Relations.

  1. CAT Quantitative Ability Syllabus:

  • Number Systems; LCM and HCF; Profit, Loss and Discount; Percentages; Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work; Simple and Compound Interest; Ratio and Proportion; Averages; Quadratic Equations; Linear Equations; Complex Numbers; Logarithm; Binomial Theorem; Sequences and Series; Surds and Indices; Inequalities; Probability; Permutation and Combination; Set Theory; Functions; Geometry; Mixtures and Alligations; Trigonometry; Coordinate Geometry; and Menstruation.

CAT Exam Preparation

There is no substitute for CAT self-preparation. All you need to do is follow these quick CAT preparation tips 2021 to score well:

  • Join offline or online coaching or study groups across the internet such as iQuanta, Handa ka Funda and many more that can be found on Facebook, Quora, Telegram and Youtube to boost your CAT 2021 preparation.

  • Collect online CAT study material and subscribe to various online CAT mock test series. Practice mock tests of CAT to know your strengths and weaknesses and improvements.

  • Download MBA entrance exam preparation apps to prepare while you travel for work.

  • Buy best books for CAT 2021 preparation to prepare all the important CAT topics of VARC, DILR and QA.

  • Set the CAT 2021 preparation timetable to have a better schedule for preparation.

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