CAT Exam Pattern Details 2012
CAT is a computer-based test (CBT) and not an Internet-based test (IBT) i.e. a candidate does not take the test 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. The format of the test is more or less the same except that a candidate reads a question on a computer terminal and clicks on the correct answer, instead of reading on a paper booklet and using a pencil to darken the ovals on an answer sheet. A CAT practice test is available on the website www.catiim.in for candidates to get familiarised with the functionality and navigation of the actual test. Candidates can check eligibility, Online Registration Fee, Registration Fee, Model and Previous Papers and Syllabus
|Test Dates & Centre||11 October – 6 November 2012||
A CAT practice test is available on the website www.catiim.in for candidates to get familiarised with the functionality and navigation of the actual test. There will be 30 questions in each section. Each of the sections will be 1 hour and 10 minutes (i.e. 70 minutes). Including a 15-minute tutorial before the start of the test which candidates are advised to go through, the total duration of the test will be 2 hours and 35 minutes.
There will be an on-screen timer counting down from 1 hour 10 mins (i.e. 70 minutes) once a section begins. When the time is up, that section will end and you will not be able to go back to it. The second section will then begin and the on-screen timer will start counting down from 1 hour 10 minutes again. Once the second section ends, the test will end.Each section will be timed separately. Once a section ends, candidates can no longer go back to it. Candidates will be presented with the section on Quantitative Ability & Data Interpretation first, followed by Verbal Ability & Logical Reasoning.
You will not have the ability to end the first section before the first 70 minutes are up. However, you will be given an option to end the second section, and therefore your test, before the second 70 minutes are up. If you choose to end your test before the full duration is up, you will be required to wait at your testing station until everyone is dismissed by the test administrator.
The Reporting Time for the cat exam is One and a half (1.5) hours prior to the test time. If the test begins at 10 AM, you must reach the test centre no later than 8:30 AM. If the test begins at 3:15 PM, you must reach the test centre no later than 1:45 PM.