CAT- Common Admission Test

CAT – known as Common Admission Test is all-India national level computer based test conducted by IIMs (Indian Institutes of Management) as entrance exam for admission to management programmes. Based on CAT percentile score, candidates are called for next stage of selection rejection process which usually consists of Group Discussion, Essay and Personal Interview (GDPI). CAT is multiple-choice based test with penalties for wrong answers.

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CAT Syllabus

This is the most frequent question asked when one starts preparing for CAT. CAT is a test with no predefined syllabus, however past trends suggest that CAT tests in general aptitude including Verbal Ability (English), Quant Ability (Mathematics), Logical Reasoning (LR) and Data Interpretation (DI) skills.

Similar to CAT, there are other admission tests – MAT, XAT, CMAT and SNAP. There are some B-Schools (like IIFT and IRMA) which conduct their own exam. And there are state level entrance tests for admission to colleges in respective states.

Types of Questions

  • Vocabulary Based (Synonyms Antonyms)
  • English Usage or Grammar
  • Sentence Correction
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Cloze Passage
  • Analogies or Reverse Analogies
  • Jumbled Paragraph
  • Meaning-Usage Match
  • Summary Questions
  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Facts / Inferences / Judgements
  • Reading Comprehension

Vocabulary: Vocabulary questions test the candidate’s knowledge of the primary meanings of words, secondary shades of meaning, usage, idioms and phrases, antonyms, related words, etc.

Grammar: Grammar-based questions test the candidate’s ability to spot and correct grammatical errors. CAT generally tests knowledge of high school level grammar and includes areas like subject-verb agreement, use of modifiers, parellel construction, redundancy, phrasal verbs, use of articles, prepositions, etc.

Verbal Reasoning: Verbal reasoning questions are designed to test the candidate’s ability to identify relationships or patterns within groups of words or sentences.

Quantitative Ability  (CAT Syllabus)

  1. Number Systems
  2. LCM and HCF
  3. Percentages
  4. Profit, Loss and Discount
  5. Interest (Simple and Compound)
  6. Speed, Time and Distance
  7. Time and Work
  8. Averages
  9. Ratio and Proportion
  10. Linear Equations
  11. Quadratic Equations
  12. Complex Numbers
  13. Logarithm
  14. Progressions (Sequences & Series)
  15. Binomial Theorem
  16. Surds and Indices
  17. Inequalities
  18. Permutation and Combination
  19. Probability
  20. Functions
  21. Set Theory
  22. Mixtures and Alligations
  23. Geometry
  24. Co-ordinate Geometry
  25. Trigonometry
  26. Mensuration
 Data is given in form of tables, charts and graphs. In this section it is tested that how can you interpret the given data and answer the questions based on it.
  1. Tables
  2. Column Graphs
  3. Bar Graphs
  4. Line Charts
  5. Pie Chart
  6. Venn Diagrams
  7. Caselets

Combination of two or more types linked to each other.

  1. Number and Letter Series
  2. Calendars
  3. Clocks
  4. Cubes
  5. Venn Diagrams
  6. Binary Logic
  7. Seating Arrangement
  8. Logical Sequence
  9. Logical Matching
  10. Logical Connectives
  11. Syllogism
  12. Blood Relations

CAT 2015 New Paper Pattern

There are three sections: Quantitative Ability (QA, 34 questions), Data Interpretation & Logical Reasoning (DILR, 32 questions) and Verbal Ability & Reading Comprehension (VRC, 34 questions). The duration of the exam is 180 minutes. There is no separate time limit on sections.

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