The CAT 2023 Exam structure
The exam comprises a total of 66 questions.Each correct answer earns 3 marks, but there’s a penalty of -1 mark for each incorrect answer. Type-in-the-answer (TITA) questions carry +3 marks for a correct response, with no negative marking for incorrect answers. Unattempted questions do not receive any marks.
While the CAT exam is widely recognised to be challenging, it is not impossible to crack.
Understanding the key topics within each of the three sections of the CAT exam is one of the most basic and necessary step towards CAT preparation. We have listed important topics from each of the three sections for CAT aspirants to consider.
The VARC section – Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Reading comprehension (RC) is the main focus of the VARC section of the CAT exam, and strong verbal abilities are necessary for high scores. Grow more proficient at reading if you want to score high in this section. While preparing, it is recommended that you read editorials, articles, newspapers, and other relevant resources. Make sure you comprehend every word in an RC paragraph rather than merely skimming it. A common mistake made by many is to answer questions without fully understanding the chapter.
A vital component of VARC is the para summary. Gaining mastery over reading comprehension is essential in order to effectively manage queries using paraphrases.
It’s important for Para Jumbles & Odd one out to improve their reading abilities and have a varied viewpoint on subjects. Practise a lot of Reading Comprehension (RC) activities if you want to perform well in the verbal ability part.
The DILR section – Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
It’s important to concentrate on focusing into non-traditional sets because CAT has moved away from typical DILR questions. The sets we now see are less data-intensive and mostly based on logic. Aspirants should practise logical reasoning using puzzles and other non-traditional problem-solving activities in order to perform well in this segment. The secret to success is to practise a range of questions in order to become resilient and get over tiredness. Practise on the following subjects is essential for CAT 2023:
- Data Interpretation
- Pie Charts
- Linear Arrangements
- Line and Bar Graphs
- Games & Tournament
- Network Flow Diagram
- Quant Based Data Interpretation
- Binary Logics
- Linear and Circular arrangements
The QA section – Quantitative Aptitude
Quantitative Aptitude is an important section. Aspirants should have fundamental understanding of the topics, and practise regularly for efficiency and accuracy. Focus on these key topics:
- Ratio & Proportions
- Average & Percentages
- Simple & Compound Interest
- Time, Speed & Distance
- Time & Work
- Linear equations
- Quadratic equations
- Solids (cones, cylinders, spheres)
- 2D Geometry (triangles, circles, squares)
- Emphasise on understanding theorems