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Team Careers360 | June 21, 2024 | 12:51 PM IST

The CAT exam 2024 will follow the same exam pattern for admissions to the MBA/PGDM programs at IIMs and other CAT-accepting B schools. The CAT exam paper will be conducted in November. The CAT registration will commence in August (tentative). Every year over 2 lakh candidates appear for the CAT examination. This news article contains the CAT exam pattern, previous exam paper analysis, and quick preparation tips for acing the CAT 2024 exam.

CAT 2024 Exam: Paper Pattern

The CAT 2024 exam pattern consists of a total of 66 questions. The questions in the CAT 2024 exam will be of objective (MCQs) and descriptive (TITA) type. The time duration for the CAT exam will be 120 minutes (2 hours). Candidates will be given 40 minutes to attempt the questions of each CAT exam section. The CAT 2024 exam paper pattern is summarised in the table given below.

Total questions in the CAT 2024 exam

66

Total marks

198

Type of Questions

MCQs and TITA

Duration

120 minutes (2 hours)

CAT 2024 Exam Sections

3

  • VARC
  • DILR
  • QA

Marking Scheme

  • 3 marks for every correct answer.
  • -1 mark for every incorrect answer
  • No marks are deducted for unattempted questions.

CAT Previous year papers

Previous CAT exam papers are essential for robust preparation for the upcoming CAT exam. The link to download the previous year's CAT exam papers PDF is given below.

CAT Exam analysis for the last 3 years

The analysis for the last 3 years CAT exam can be understood briefly with the help of the CAT exam analysis table provided below.

Year

Number of MCQs

Number of TITAs

Good Number of Attempts

Difficulty Level

2023

VARC- 20

DILR- 12

QA- 14-15

VARC- 4

DILR- 8

QA- 7-8

VARC- 16-19

DILR- 9-12

QA- 9-11

VARC- Moderate

DILR- Easy to Moderate

QA- Moderate to Difficult

2022

VARC- 21

DILR- 14

QA- 14

VARC- 3

DILR- 6

QA- 8

VARC- 16-18

DILR- 10-12

QA- 13-15

VARC- Moderate

DILR- Easy to Moderate

QA- Easy to Moderate

2021

VARC- 19

DILR- 14

QA- 14

VARC- 5

DILR- 6

QA- 8

VARC- 15-17

DILR- 10-12

QA- 14-15

VARC- Moderate

DILR- Easy to Moderate

QA- Moderate to Difficult

CAT 2024 Preparation Tips

Quick CAT preparation tips for candidates to follow to maximize efficiency and improve performance are listed below.

  • Daily practice of important formulae.
  • Take CAT mock tests.
  • Read the daily newspaper.
  • Improve time management skills.

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