Here is a detailed description of the CAT 2017 examination format:
1. CAT 2017: Computer Based Test
CAT is not an online exam but it is a digital or Computer Based Test (CBT); not an Internet-Based Test (IBT); that is, a candidate will not take the exam on an internet site.
"Instead of reading the questions in a paper booklet and darkening the ovals on the answer-sheet, a candidate will read the questions on a computer terminal and choose an answer by clicking on the correct option," said the FAQ from the IIM CAT 2017 official website.
2. CAT 2017 Sections
CAT 2017 will have three sections:
Section 1: Verbal Ability and Reading Comprehension
Section 2: Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
Section 3: Quantitative Ability
3. CAT 2017: Multiple Choice Questions
CAT 2017 test will have Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and non-MCQ type questions. In CAT 2017, there will be no negative marks for non-MCQ type questions. All questions carry equal marks. However, for non-MCQ type questions, a candidate must type the answer. In non-MCQs, the number of questions varies and the organisors said the numbers of sessions in these cannot be disclosed.
For questions other than MCQs, 3 marks are assigned for 'correct answer' and no marks for 'incorrect answer or no attempt'.
The scoring scheme for Multiple-Choice Questions (MCQs) is as follows:
Each correct answer is awarded 3 marks.
An incorrect answer fetches -1.
No marks are given or deducted for unattempted questions.
4. CAT 2017: Syllabus for exam preparation
According to CAT organisors, the CAT exam does not have a defined official syllabus for CAT preparation. However, a candidate can attempt the mock test to understand the pattern of exam and types of questions. Check the CAT website regularly for the announcement of mock test.
5. CAT 2017: Mock Test
A practice test will be available on the CAT website: www.iimcat.ac.in. A candidate may familiarize himself / herself with the functionality and navigation of the actual exam. The CAT 2017 Mock Test link shall be available by the end of October 2017.
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