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.
The paper is divided in three sections,
- Quantitative Aptitude (QA)
- Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DI and LR)
- Verbal and Reading Comprehension
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
- 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.
|LCM and HCF|
|Mixtures and Alligations|
|Permutation and Combinations|
|Profit, Loss, Discount|
|Ratio and Proportion|
|Simple and Compound Interest|
|Speed, Time, and Distance|
|Surds and Indices|
|Time and Work|
- 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|
|Number and Letter series|
- 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|
|Meaning usage match|
|Synonyms and Antonyms|
|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.