CAT Format

CAT Exam Pattern:

While CAT is one of the most prestigious and hard tests, yearly millions of students appear for this coveted exam. This year the exam is held by IIM Ahmedabad, with a 180 min time limit with 100 questions.

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The paper is divided in three sections,

  • Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI and LR)
  • Verbal and Reading Comprehension


Eligibility Criteria:

The candidates with a bachelor degree or pursuing bachelor degree with an aggregate of 50% or equivalent CGPA in any field can apply for the CAT. The reserved categories are relaxed to a 45% aggregate or equivalent CGPA. The differently abled persons have relaxations up to 40% if they fulfill the criteria for reservations.

Syllabus for CAT

  1. Quantitative Aptitude: This section will consist of 34 questions that test the mathematical ability of a candidate. The trick in scoring good marks is that a candidate must have good preparation of basic mathematics and ability to solve QA questions in fastest time as possible.

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Quantitative Aptitude
Binomial Theorem
Complex numbers
Linear Equations
Mixtures and Alligations
Number Systems
Permutation and Combinations
Profit, Loss, Discount
Quadratic equations
Ratio and Proportion
Set Theory
Simple and Compound Interest
Speed, Time, and Distance
Surds and Indices
Time and Work

  1. Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning: A business professional is required to have adequate knowledge about data interpretation and reasoning. He/ she must be able to interpret logics from a data. The syllabus for this section is as following:
Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning
Binary Logic
Blood Relations
Logical sequence
Logical matching
Number and Letter series
Seating arrangement
Venn diagrams

  1. 3. Verbal and Reading comprehension: This section is involved to test the comprehension ability of a candidate. An aspirant has to be well versed with English and interpretation abilities. The syllabus for this section is:

Verbal and Reading Comprehension
Analogy or reverse analogies
Clause based questions
English usage based questions
Facts, Inferences, Judgements
Fill in the blanks
Grammar based questions
Jumbled paragraph
Meaning usage match
Reading comprehension
Summary questions
Synonyms and Antonyms
Verbal reasoning
Vocabulary based questions

A scaling process is applied to normalize the marking and cut off in each paper, overall scores, and sections. As seen in recent years, the cut offs are very high for IIM’s and the difficulty of question papers is increased annually. By sheer dedication and taking  mock tests, one can clear the CAT and join reputed B schools.

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