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CAT 2014 test day instructions on exam duration & pattern

Published On: 21 Oct 2014 | Last Updated On: 21 Oct 2014

The test day guide for the Common Admission Test 2014 (CAT 2014) has been released on the website, along with a video. These give a better understanding of the test day guidelines, login and answering procedures for the test to the candidates.

The guide provides comprehensive information on the duration and pattern of CAT 2014.

CAT 2014 will be held on Sunday, November 16 and Saturday, November 22, 2014. The forenoon session and afternoon sessions on both the days will be held from 9.30 am to 12.20 pm and from 3 pm to 5.50 pm respectively. The reporting times for the forenoon and afternoon sessions are 7.30 am and 1 pm respectively.

The test duration is for a total time of 2 hours and 50 minutes (170 minutes). Candidates under the Persons with Disabilities/Differently-abled (PwD/DA) categories with scribe requirements will be allowed an extra hour. All candidates will start the test at the same time when the invigilator signals to start. Candidates are to remain at their seats for the entire duration of the test even if they complete their test early. The Submit button will be enabled only upon completion of test time.

The medium of the test is English for all the candidates. The test has 100 multiple choice questions (MCQs) across two sections. The two sections are - Quantitative Ability (QA) and Data Interpretation (DI) as well as Verbal Ability (VA) and Logical Reasoning (LR). There will be 50 questions in each section. Candidates may attempt any section first. Candidates have the flexibility to devote more or less time to each section according to their ability and they can switch over from one section to another for the duration of the examination. An on-screen timer will mark the remaining minutes for the test. Details on negative marking and penalty for unanswered questions will be shared closer to the test day.

The Question Palette panel on the right side will display the status of the questions in four colors that indicate the following:

  • Green - Answered question
  • Red - Unanswered question
  • White - Question not viewed
  • Violet - Question marked for review

For more instructions regarding the actual process of the examination and other examination day related details, please click here.

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