CAT 2015 Duration
The actual time duration of the test is 3 hours (180 minutes). Each section has a time limit of 60 minutes. You cannot switch over from one section to another section at any point. An on-screen timer is available for you to check how much time you have left.
Number of Sections and Questions
There are three sections within the test:
- Quantitative Ability (QA) with 34 Questions
- Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) with 32 questions
- Verbal & Reading Comprehension (VRC) with 34 questions
Three points are awarded for each correct answer, one point is deducted for each wrong answer. There is no penalty for questions that are left unanswered.
Type of Questions
For objective multiple-choice questions, every question has 4 options - A, B, C and D. Read the question on the screen and click on the circle next to your selected answer. You can change their answer simply by clicking on any other circle. If you’ve already selected an answer but later decide that you would prefer not to answer that question, all you need to do is click on the clicked circle again.
Direct Answer Type
Some questions in each section may not be of multiple choice type. Instead, direct answers are to be typed on the screen.
Marking Questions for Review
If you are unable to answer a particular question or unsure if your response is correct, you may ‘mark’ it and return to review it later. Simply click on the ‘Mark’ button on the bottom of the screen. Once clicked, the button changes to red so you know that it has been marked successfully. To unmark it, click the red ‘Marked’ button. Note that if you have selected an answer, it will be evaluated even if it remains ‘Marked’ when you end the test. The ‘Mark’ feature only serves as a reminder to you.
At any time during the test, you can go to the review screen to see which questions you have completed, marked, or are incomplete. Click on the ‘Review’ button on the bottom of any question screen to do so. The review screen shows a list of all the questions, along with a symbol next to it which indicates if it is marked, complete or incomplete. From here, you can double-click on a particular question to go directly to it, or select ‘Review Incomplete’ or ‘Review Marked’ from the bottom of the screen. Selecting ‘Review Incomplete’ or ‘Review Marked’ takes you to the first ‘Incomplete’ or ‘Marked’ question respectively.
The on-screen timer is found on the top right corner of every screen. For example, 00:35:48 means the time remaining is 35 minutes and 48 seconds to complete that section. Do check this timer regularly and allocate your time carefully to ensure you have sufficient time to attempt all the questions. Remember, once a section has ended, you will no longer be able to go back to it.