CAT 2016 to be held in December Check out detailed exam pattern here

30 Sep, 2016

The Common Entrance Test (CAT) is planned to be held on Sunday, December 4.

The Common Entrance Test (CAT) is scheduled to be conducted on Sunday, December 4 by the Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs).

    The examination is organized for admission in different management programmes.

    All of you those who have effectively cleared the selection procedure would get admitted in 20 different IIM institutes.

    List of courses offered:

    • Executive Post Graduate Programme in Management
    • Post Graduate Programme in Securities Markets
    • Post Graduate Programme in Public Policy and Management
    • Post Graduate Programme in Management
    • Post-Graduate Programme in Agribusiness Management

    Those all candidates who are interested in applying have to possess a Bachelor’s degree in any discipline from a recognised university/institute with not less than 50% or correspondent Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA).

    Systematic CAT preparation requires thorough knowledge of the exam pattern, as given below:

    Paper pattern:

    • This paper will consist of 100 questions in total.
    • Duration of the exam will be 3 hrs
    • The questions paper will be divided into 3 sections
    • you will have to complete each section in 1 hour
    • For every right answer, you will get 3 marks while there will be negative marking of 1 marks for every wrong answer
    • However, for Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) and Numerical Entry Questions (NE) there would be no negative marking

    Section break-up:

    Section Total Questions MCQ NE Sequence
    Verbal Ability (VA) 34 24 10 MCQ and then NE
    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR) 32 16-20 12-16 Mixed
    Quantitative Aptitude (QA) 34 19-22 12-15 Mixed

    Verbal Ability (VA):

    1)    MCQs:

    •  Only Reading Comprehension: It may be 4-5 sets with 3 or 6 questions per set.
    •  Inferential rather than factual questions.
    •  Contemporary issues like socio-cultural, environment, politics, economics issues than old favourites like arts, philosophy and literature.

    2)    NE:

    • Solve everything, except jumbled sentences, like normal MCQs i.e. identify the correct option and enter it in the box.
    • Jumbled sentences(standard/contextual odd sentence); Paragraph summary; paragraph completion; critical reasoning; errors in usage; word usage

    3)    Attempts: 3 out of 5 RCs and all NE questions

    Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR):

    1)    Data Interpretation (DI)(4 sets – 16 questions)

    • There would be tables; caselets; bar graph; pie chart; line; advanced graphs (radar, doughnut, X-Y scatter plot etc); venn diagrams.
    •  Logical and conceptual sets

    2)    Logical Reasoning (LR) (4 sets – 16 questions)

    •  Arrangements (circular, rectangular, square, linear, multiple row/column, complex or combination); numerical logic; logical conditions; venn diagrams; critical path; miscellaneous puzzles
    •  Somewhat easier compared to DI.

    Quantitative Aptitude (QA):

    1)    Arithmetic – 5-7 questions

    • Time and speed, percentages, Averages, ratios time and work and their applications.
    • Definitely practise and attempt.

    2)    Algebra – 10-12 questions

    • Numbers, surds and indices, logarithms, algebraic formulae, equations and inequalities.
    • Understand concepts in detail and focus on smart solutions.

    3)    Geometry- 9-11 questions

    • Circles, triangles, quadrilaterals, co-ordinate geometry, trigonometry and mensuration.
    • Understand definitions, concepts and applicability of formulae.

    4)    Modern Maths – 9-11 questions

    • Functions, sets, sequences and series, P & C and Probability.
    • Understand definitions, concepts and applicability of formulae.

    Since CAT doesn’t have syllabus, the given pattern is indicative. Hence, prepare all topics well.

    Further, you would be selected based on a written Ability Test (WAT), Group Discussion (GD) followed by Personal Interviews (PI) round.


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