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CAT 2018 Mock Tests Released

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As IIM-Calcutta is conducting CAT 2018, it has released the first mock test for the same on its official website i.e. Usually, CAT mock tests used to get released post the commencement of admit card. But this year, CAT 2018 Mock Tests have been made available to the students prior to giving extra time. Thus, early access to the mock tests is available for the students, to avail.

Here we will talk about the changes brought in the exam along with the analysis of the released mock tests. We shall also talk about the way in which pattern of the exam has been changed in all these years. Lastly, we shall also discuss the overview of the mock test.


Mock Tests Are A Must, But Why?

The mock test provides an insight of the exam about the format, types of questions asked and pattern of the main exam. It gives an idea about the weightage of the topics in each subject. Hence students can thereby prioritize how to prepare and what to prepare. Candidates get an idea of the type of questions asked in non-MCQs or TITA which have considerable weightage in the exam.

Although students take mock tests from several test-centers and online portals, the importance of official mock test can still not be equated with it. Moreover, mock tests prepare students to assume the difficulty level of the main exam and show the path for preparation to them. Furthermore, mock tests depict the type of questions asked and the kinds of topics asked in them. Thus, they indicate the aspirant about the depth of the concepts they have to go through.

What are the Changes Brought in the Mock Test?

Having knowledge about the introduced changes will help in analyzing the mock test. Some of the major changes brought in the CAT mock test are as follows: –

The exam interface has been made friendlier, than before, for the visually impaired candidates. The mock tests consist of two separate links. One of the links is for candidates with normal vision. The other is for the candidates with visual impairment. The link for visually impaired candidates would facilitate them with an option to zoom in the section they are attempting. This facility may be used by clicking on the magnifying glass icon which will be present at the top of the screen. If a question from a section is zoomed, the entire section (being attempted) will be zoomed for the candidate.

Overview of CAT 2018 Mock Test

IIM-Calcutta released mock test which comprises of 100 questions same as in the main exam. The paper is divided into three sections as per the subjects.


The mock test provides a guide regarding the syllabus, the pattern of exam and about how to navigate among the sections or questions in the interface of the actual exam.

VARC section consists of 32 questions, DILR and Quantitative Aptitude sections consists of 34 questions each.

Talking about non-MCQ questions, VARC consists of 8 non-MCQs while Quantitative Aptitude consists of 7 non-MCQs and DILR consists of 6 non-MCQs, 3-3 divided in both Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning.


What are the Steps to Access CAT 2018 Mock Test?

  • Visit the official website and click on the Mock Test link.
  • Log in using your registration number and password.
  • After signing in successfully, press F11 button and read “General Instructions for Candidates”.
  • Click on the NEXT button to get started with the test.
  • Go through the page “Other Important Instructions for Candidate” at least once.
  • The last step is to click on “I am Ready to Begin”
  • The first question of the test will then appear on the screen and hence the exam will start.

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