The Common Admission Test (CAT) 2013 started on 16 October, 2013 (Wednesday) and was conducted over a 20 day period till Monday, 11 November, 2013, in 40 cities in India. It had 2 sections, in order - Quantitative Ability (QA) & Data Interpretation (DI) and Verbal Ability (VA) & Logical Reasoning (LR). There was no change is test pattern from the previous year.

A total of 1.95 lakh candidates registered for CAT 2013 to compete for around 4,000 seats in 13 IIMs and another 10,000 seats in top 50 management institutes in India. Students across the test centres in India reported technically smooth and glitch ­free testing experience. Students were given 8 blank rough sheets for practice and 2 pencils. When username and password are entered by the Examination Invigilator, students see two buttons - one for “15 minutes Exam Tutorial” and another for “Start Test”.

CAT 2013 Snapshot
Number of Questions 60 (30 per section)
Duration of Time  140 minutes 
Number of Sections  2
Sectional Time Limit  Yes
Negative Marking  Yes
Number of Options 4

As per many students who took the test, the Quant section is relatively more difficult as compared to last year's difficulty level. Verbal including reading comprehension section is at easy to moderate level.

Approximate Number of Questions

Topic Questions
Quant 21
DI (3 Sets) 9
LR (3 caselets) 9
RC (3 passages) 9-10
EU 10-11

Section I - Quantitative Ability (QA) & Data Interpretation (DI)

Data Interpretation: There were 9 question in three sets. The sets were of line graph, bar graph, pie chart and venn diagram.

Quant Ability: The questions were from various topics like Trigonometry, Geometry & Mensuration, Algebra, Number Systems, Functions, Venn Diagrams, Speed & Time, Interests, P&C, Logarithm, Maxima & Minima, etc. it was being observed that at least 3 to 4 questions from each slot were very easy. Rest of the questions were from moderate to tough.

Section II - Verbal Ability (VA) & Logical Reasoning (LR)

Questions from Verbal section include Para Jumbles, Sentence Correction, Fill in the Blanks, Usage of Words, Paragraph Completion, etc. Question sets on Logical Reasoning are based on Calculation and Arrangements, which were analytical in nature.