Changes in CAT pattern 2015

Aug 2015

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The CAT Exam is all set to change again this year. CAT 2015 will be conducted on 29th November 2015 and results will be announced in the second week of January 2016. This year IIM Ahmedabad is the conducting body for CAT.

CAT has undergone various changes to provide an even field to all the candidates from the divergent streams as it has always been criticized for being skewed towards candidates from engineering background. Here is the glimpse of all the changes made in CAT 2015:

  • Duration:

The duration of the exam has been increased from 170 minutes to 180 minutes.


  • Sectional Change:

As against the two sections last year, there would be three sections namely Quantitative Aptitude (QA), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) and Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC). The total number of questions will be 100, Quantitative Aptitude and Verbal and Reading Comprehension will have 34 questions and Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning will have 32 questions.


  • Descriptive Questions:

These were a regular feature of GRE and SAT, will now be a part of CAT 2015. Some questions in each section may not be of traditional multiple choice types. Instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen. Some sigh of relief for the students as these descriptive questions will not carry negative marks if the answer is wrong.


  • Sectional time constraint:

The section switching flexibility which was made a part of CAT 2014, has been scrapped this year. Candidates cannot switch sections while answering the questions and will be allotted 60 minutes for each section.


  • Conducted in one day with more testing cities:

CAT 2015 will be conducted in two sessions in 1 day instead of 2 days in CAT 2014 or 20 days in CAT 2013. There will be 136 testing cities and 650 testing sites.


  • Choice of 4 test cities:

Candidates need not rush to block the slots as they will be given the option to select 4 test cities instead of 3.


  • Use of On-screen Calculator:

 For the first time ever, candidates will be allowed to use the on-screen calculator for calculations.


Note: The Tutorial explaining the format of the examination will be available on the CAT website from 15th October 2015. Candidates are advised to work on the tutorials well in advance.


Important dates:



Online Registration

6th Aug – 20th Sep 2015

Download of Admit Card

15th Oct 2015

Test Date

29 Nov 2015


Second week of January 2016.



Click here to Register for CAT 2015.

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