Types of questions asked in CAT examination



CAT 2019 exam, scheduled for the 24th of November will be conducted by IIT, Kozhikode. The paper pattern has more or less remained the same since the year 2015, with slight changes here and there.  A similar trend is expected for the coming CAT exam. 

Drawing from the papers of the last five years, one can observe certain kinds of CAT questions that have made their way in a manner or another in almost every year’s paper. To facilitate the process of preparation for this considerably tough examination, acknowledging this pattern and preparing accordingly is mandatory. 

To begin with, the first thing is to understand in what manner are the questions put forth. This will be beneficial in equipping an aspirant for approaching the answer correctly. The two methods in which CAT questions are asked are- 

1)    Multiple Choice Questions- This scoring section requires the candidate to select the correct option from the given five options. While 3 marks are awarded for every correct choice, 1 mark is deducted for the wrong one. 

2)    Type in the Answer- This second method of questioning the candidates requires them to fill in the answer in the given space. No option is provided to choose from. The marking scheme remains the same as in the multiple-choice questions. 

The ratio of multiple-choice questions to type in the answer questions in the CAT paper is approximately 7:3. 

After having a clear idea of the methodology of asking questions, it’s important to know the commonly asked questions in each section as per the CAT paper pattern


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•    Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension:

This section tests your proficiency in the English language by putting your reading and grammatical abilities to test by asking 34 questions. As the title of the section suggests, reading comprehension passages are always given and questions based on the passage are asked. Furthermore, synonyms, antonyms and the basics of grammar are tested. 

Method of preparation: 

To excel in this section, one must be a well-read person which will help you understand the meanings of words better.

In the case of reading comprehension, the speed with which effective reading takes place matters. To elevate the style of reading effectively in less time, it’s mandatory to be a regular reader. Reading the editorial page of the newspaper or any similar script in a comprehensible manner helps boost the speed.  As far as grammar is concerned, do brush up the basics before appearing for the test. You can take mock tests as well on Eduwhere.in to know your current state of preparation. 

•    Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning:

A total of 32 questions are put forth from this section. For assessing the interpretation of the data, graphs are given to analyze, based on which the candidate is questioned. The graphs can range from bar to pie, or even data can be encapsulated in a tabular format. Generally, the questions based on these graphs involve complex calculations.

Furthermore, Logical Reasoning encompasses topics like number/alphabet series, blood relation, syllogism, seating arrangement, calendar, Venn diagrams, etc. These types have been asked over the years and the same is expected in CAT 2019

Method of preparation: 

Data Interpretation requires the faculty of speed maths. You should be able to break down complex mathematical operations and perform them in seconds. This objective can be achieved only through the tireless practicing of the calculations and also the correct way of analyzing data presented in a graphical form. 

Logical Reasoning can be approached differently from the perspective of each candidate. Some tend to go strictly by rules written in books and some just rely on common sense to derive a conclusion. Whatever approach one wishes to follow, there is no substitution of practicing the questions of this section. This will help you get familiar with the types of questions, thereby helping you take the right path when the problem appears in the CAT paper. To condition your mind with the kind of questions asked, take mock tests on Eduwhere.in.

•    Quantitative Ability-

Deemed as the toughest section in the exam, this features 34 questions. The CAT questions from this part specifically can prove troublesome if the preparation isn’t directed in the right path. The generally asked questions revolve around topics such as trigonometry, algebra, mensuration, geometry, high order maths, etc. 

Method of preparation:

 The key to performing satisfactorily in this section is, to begin with, the basics of maths. Having a very clear concept of the basics is vital for understanding the higher-order maths. Once the base is perfectly laid, the complex problems can be addressed easily. Since people are prone to making mistakes while calculations, rigorous exercising of mathematical operations comes in handy. The more you solve the problem from this section, the more confidently you’ll begin approaching problems in a certain time. 


If you’re willing to appear for the upcoming CAT paper, then strictly follow the CAT paper pattern and adopt the mechanism of evaluation and re-evaluation. Monitor your progress and formulate and mould the strategy accordingly to receive an optimum result.