# CAT EXAM PATTERN 2023

##### CL Team April 16 2024

Every year in India, the Common Admission Test (CAT) emerges as a fiercely competitive examination. It welcomes graduates from diverse academic backgrounds, attracting ambitious MBA aspirants eager to secure coveted spots in prestigious institutions like IIM and other esteemed B-schools nationwide.

Understanding the CAT 2023 exam pattern holds paramount importance for aspirants aiming to excel in the test. With the official notification unveiled on July 30, 2023, prospective test-takers need to delve into the nuances of each section to craft a comprehensive strategy. By aligning their preparation with the CAT syllabus and dissecting the exam pattern, candidates can optimize their approach to achieve a percentile of 99 or above. This meticulous planning plays a pivotal role in charting a distinguished path in the domain of business education.

The CAT 2023 exam consists of three sections:

1. Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension (VARC): This section evaluates language proficiency and comprehension skills through passages and language usage tasks.

2. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR): It assesses analytical thinking and logical reasoning abilities with problems on data interpretation and logical deductions.

3. Quantitative Ability (QA): This section tests mathematical proficiency across various concepts, ranging from basic arithmetic to advanced mathematics.

In summary, CAT 2023 includes these three sections, each requiring distinct skills from test-takers.

 Sections No. of questions Time allotted VARC 24 40 minutes DILR 20 40 minutes QA 22 40 minutes

 Type of question Positive marking Negative marking Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) +3 -1 Type In The Answer (TITA) +3 0

The sectional arrangement for CAT 2023 is provided in the table below, which outlines the order of sections, the questions with or without negative marking, the number and type of questions in each section and highlights of each section:

 CAT Section Type of Question Total Questions MCQs Non-MCQs VARC 19 5 24 DILR 16 4 20 QA 16 6 22

CAT EXAM ANALYSIS 2023

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Check the highlights of CAT 2023 slot 1 paper below:

 CAT sections Number of questions Break up VARC 24 4 passages having 4 questions each, 2 parajumble qestions, 2 parasummary questions, 2 paracompletion questions and 2 odd one out questions DILR 20 4 sets of 5 questions each Quantitative Aptitude 22 7 Algebra questions,7  Arithmetic questions, 3 Geometry questions, 4 Number System questions, 1 Modern Maths questions

 CAT 2023 SLOT 1 SLOT 2 SLOT 3 Ø Return of wolves’ predation in a French region Ø Current economies of North and South Korea Ø Indian Ocean Literature Ø Modern materialism versus ancient societies Ø Second-hand Shopping and Fast Fashion Ø Translated Streaming on Netflix in Europe Ø Why Liberalism Failed (Book Review) Ø What is Historical Fact Ø Colonialism and Global Warming (The Nutmeg’s Curse) Ø Understanding Romantic Aesthetics Ø Cultural Patrimony Laws Ø Rationality by Steven Pinker

 DILR Area Set No. of Questions Question Type Data Interpretation (Reasoning based DI) Gig workers and Restaurants, Mathematical Reasoning Involved Measures of central tendency 5 5 (1 MCQ, 4 TITA) Logical Reasoning (Arrangements) Professors in departments 5 5 MCQ Data Interpretation Visa Office Special Equation handling 5 5 (3 MCQ, 2 TITA) Logical Reasoning Houses on sale 5 5 (3 MCQ, 2 TITA)