There are 60 questions in CAT 2012. Pattern is similar to CAT 2011. For students who’re going to take the exam, the biggest confusion they have in mind is how many questions should be answered so that they get the desired percentile. This question of how many questions to crack in CAT (or any other exam) depends upon three factors:

  1. Desired percentile level
  2. Difficulty level of paper
  3. Accuracy level

Before assuming how many questions need to be answered coorectly to get desired percentile, it is important to understand the pattern of the paper. The CAT 2012 exam paper consists of total 60 questions, 30 in each section. A successful attempt of about 45 questions with 90 percent accuracy for a moderate level paper can get a percentile of 95+. This converts to an attempt of around 20 question in each section correctly.

However, what is important that while keeping the number of questions in your mind you must answer these questions accurately. You will lose marks with every wrong question. As per CAT 2012 marking scheme, you will get three marks for every correct answer and one mark will be deducted for every wrong answer. Be warned that you select the right questions where you will not make any mistakes or are sure to attempt them correctly. Otherwise you will lose your marks due to negative marking.