What is CAT Exam?


What is CAT Exam?

What is CAT Exam?

CAT: Common Admission Test is an exam which is conducted by the Indian Institutes of Managements. It is a fundamental entrance test for postgraduate and fellow programs in the fields of management within India. Common Admission Test(CAT) is being held just once in a year , the registration process starts by September and the exam takes place in the month of November end generally.


CAT 2017 Exam Pattern :

Quantitative Aptitude (QA) - 34 questions
Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) - 32 questions
Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) - 34 questions.

The total duration of the CAT exam is 3 Hours or 180 minutes. There will be a total of 100 questions. It is not possible to switch between sections, unlike previous year. First time in the history of CAT, applicants will be allowed to use basic on screen calculator. The registration fee for CAT Exam  Rs.1600/- for general category and for NC-OBC candidates is Rs.800/-: SC/SC/Person with Disability. There is no age limit to attempt CAT Exam.

CAT Exam Eligibility:

CAT Applicants should hold a Bachelor’s Degree with minimum 50 per cent marks or equivalent CGPA, awarded by a recognized university or educational institute. For those who come under reserved category candidates,  such as Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST) and Disability Persons (PWD), the minimum percentage should be 42% in Bachelor’s Degree.

Candidates who are appearing for the final year exams of Bachelor’s degree/equivalent qualification examination and who are awaiting results are also eligible to apply. For those who want to attempt CAT, those  candidates need to fulfill any one of the following conditions:

1. Completed Bachelor’s Degree with a requisite percentage.
2. Completed Professional Degree with requisite percentage of marks.
3. Should be in the final year of Bachelor’s Degree with a necessary percentage.

CAT Syllabus: 

Quantitative Aptitude (QA): 


Number Systems; LCM and HCF; profit, Loss;
Percentages; Speed, Time and Distance; Time and Work;
Simple and Compound Interest; Averages; Ratio and Proportion;  Binomial Theorem; Sequences and Series; Surds and Indices; Quadratic Equations; Linear Equations; Complex Numbers; Logarithm;  Inequalities; Probability; Permutation and Combination; Set Theory; Functions; Geometry; Mixtures and Alligations; Trigonometry; Coordinate Geometry; and Mensuration.

Verbal and Reading Comprehension (VRC) :

Reading Comprehension: Out of the 34 questions in the exam, 24 questions were from this area in the previous year CAT.
Paragraph Summary: This is another aspect which has gained prominence over the last couple of years.
Para-jumbles & Misfit Sentences: These two topics have become a regular in the exam in the last couple of years.

Remember, the syllabus for CAT is not set in stone and this means you should prepare for only mentioned topics, we have listed these topics by analyzing previous year topics. Some of   items that have appeared in the last few years are:

Critical Reasoning
Paragraph Completion
Grammar & Usage.
Vocabulary based questions (Fill in the blanks).
Vocabulary Topics: Synonym-Antonym based questions,
Verbal Reasoning: Fact-Inference-Judgement
Grammar: Sentence Correction

Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (DILR) :

 Pie Charts, Bar Graphs, Column Graphs, Line Charts, Venn Diagrams, Caselets, Tables,  Combination of two or more types linked to each other.
Games & Tournaments, Binary Logic, Number and Letter Series, Calendars; Cubes, Clocks,  Seating Arrangement; Syllogism; Logical Matching; Logical Sequence; Venn Diagrams, Logical Connectives; Blood Relations.

To crack the exam, you should have excellent reasoning skills, mathematical skills and should know about Quantitative analysis.

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