These 13 points one should know about CAT

This year CAT will be held on November 25. CAT 2018 will be held in over 130 cities. Students who are willing to take the test this year or in the near future should know these things:

Is CAT an online exam?

CAT is not an online exam. It is a digital or Computer Based Test (CBT); not an Internet-Based Test (IBT); that is, a candidate will not take the exam on an internet site. Instead of reading the questions in a paper booklet and darkening the ovals on the answer-sheet, a candidate will read the questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option.

Q2. How is the computer-based format different from the paper-based format?
In the computer-based format, the candidate reads a question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer from among the options given or types the answer in case of question where no options are given. Additionally, the timer on the computer screen tells you the remaining time to complete the current section.

In the paper-based format, the candidate reads a question on a paper booklet and uses a pencil to darken the ovals on an answer-sheet. Additionally, a timer will be displayed on the screen that tells you how many more minutes to complete the current section.

Q3. Can I take the exam from any computer?
A candidate must take the exam on a workstation assigned at the test centre based on the test cities selected while registering for CAT. The test centre details will be printed on the Admit Card.

Q4. What does a CBT exam look like?
A practice test will be available on the CAT website: You can familiarize yourself with the functionality and navigation of the actual exam. The CAT 2017 Mock Test link shall be available by the end of October 2017.

Q5. Where can I select my preference of shift and test date?
The exam shift (forenoon or afternoon) is allocated for each registered candidate based on the city preference made at the time of application. A candidate cannot select the shift.

Q6. How many sections are there in CAT 2017?
CAT 2017 will have three sections:
Section I: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Section II: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Section III: Quantitative Ability

Q7. Can I bring a calculator to the testing centre?
Candidates are prohibited from bringing calculators to the testing centre. You may use the onscreen calculator that will be available throughout the exam.

Q8. Are there negative marks for questions other than MCQs?
No, there are no negative marks for non-MCQ type questions.

Q9. Do the non-MCQ type questions carry equal marks as MCQs?
Yes, all questions carry equal marks. However, for non-MCQ type questions, you must type the answer.

Q10. How many non-MCQs are there in each section?
The number of questions varies and cannot be disclosed.

Q11. Is there a specific order for answering sections? Can I attempt sections the way I want?
You must answer the sections in a pre-specified order and this order will remain same for all the candidates.

Q12. Does CAT 2017 have a syllabus for exam preparation?
No, the CAT exam does not have a defined syllabus for CAT preparation. However, you can attempt the mock test to understand the pattern of exam and types of questions. Check the CAT website regularly for the announcement of mock test.

Q13. What is the marking/grading scheme for CAT? Is there negative marking for a wrong answer?
For questions other than MCQs, 3 marks are assigned for ‘correct answer’ and no marks for ‘incorrect answer or no attempt’.
The scoring scheme for Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) is as follows:
Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks.
An incorrect answer fetches -1.

No marks are given or deducted for unattempted questions.

(Disclaimer: These information are taken from the IIM CAT website for informational purpose)

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