The pattern for the Common admission test (CAT) 2015 has been changed on order to provide a level playing field for students of divergent streams. The admission test which had only two sections earlier will now have a total of three sections.

The paper will comprise of three sections, Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC). The previous version had only two sections – quantitative aptitude and data interpretation, verbal ability and logical reasoning.

As per the new pattern, all questions will carry equal marks and no negative marking will be present for descriptive type questions. The introduction of descriptive type of questions will give non engineers a better chance at cracking the exams for admission into top B schools in the country. For several years, there has been a complaint that CAT mostly favors engineers. This change in pattern will definitely bring in diversity among students and will reduce the dominance of engineering graduates in the exam.


  • Three sections in the paper (Earlier it was two)
  • Exam duration increased to 180 minutes (Earlier it was 170 )
  • Students cannot switch between sections while answering
  • One Day exam

~ Career Launcher

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