CAT 2014 – Know everything about the management entrance exam


The CAT (Common Admission Test) is a CBT (Computer Based Test) held in India. The entrance test evaluates a candidate’s data interpretation, quantitative ability, logical reasoning and verbal ability, for pursuing management courses in reputed institutes like IIMs, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and other business schools in India. To study in a premier management institute in India, a good CAT score is a must!

CAT_Quick-facts1 (3)Why appear for CAT exam?

Students who are planning to pursue management programs after their graduation should take up the CAT exam. The CAT exam is one of the highly-competitive management entrance exams that help students to study management courses in reputed institutes like the IIMs and land their dream jobs. The better the CAT score, the higher the chances of getting into reputed management institutes in India. Also working professionals who are looking to enhance their skills and develop more management skills can appear for CAT, to study management programs in top institutions. An MBA degree from a reputed institute helps a student find better jobs with high pay scale and attractive benefits.

Eligibility Criteria:-

  • A bachelor’s degree with at least 50% aggregate marks from a recognized college/university
  • Candidates in their final year degree exam are also eligible to apply for the CAT exam
  • Candidates belonging to ST, SC or DA/PWD with at least 45% are eligible to apply for CAT

CAT Syllabus :-

The CAT exam consists of two sections:

  • Quantitative Ability and Data Interpretation
  • Verbal Ability and Logical Reasoning

CAT_Myths (3)Quantitative Ability:

  • Averages
  • Binomial Theorem
  • Complex Numbers
  • Co-ordinate Geometry
  • Functions
  • Geometry
  • Interest (Simple and Compound)
  • Inequalities
  • LCM and HCF
  • Linear Equations
  • Mixtures and Alligations
  • Mensuration
  • Number Systems
  • Percentages
  • Permutation and Combination
  • Profit, Loss and Discount
  • Progressions (Sequences & Series)
  • Probability
  • Quadratic Equations
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Set Theory
  • Speed, Time and Distance
  • Surds and Indices
  • Time and Work
  • Trigonometry

Data Interpretation:

  • Bar Graphs
  • Caselets
  • Column Graphs
  • Line Charts
  • Pie Chart
  • Tables
  • Venn Diagrams

Verbal Ability:

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

Logical Reasoning:

  • Binary Logic
  • Blood Relations
  • Calendars
  • Clocks
  • Cubes
  • Logical Sequence
  • Logical Matching
  • Logical Connectives
  • Number and Letter Series
  • Syllogism

Also Read : MAT : A Test For Admission in Management Degree

How to prepare for CAT 2014?

CAT is a very tough management entrance exam and aspiring candidates need in-depth preparation to successfully clear and get into top management schools. The following tips can help candidates who are preparing for CAT 2014 exam:

  • Clarity about concepts taught in IX to XII standards
  • Dedicated practice on a daily basis for all sections
  • Updated knowledge about major policy changes & decisions
  • Improve speed and take up mock tests on a regular basis
  • 100% accuracy to avoid negative marking
  • Time per question has reduced from 2.20 to 1.42 minutes, so effective time management will be crucial
  • Prepare for personal interviews highlighting your unique skills and traits

Under the CAT 2014 New Pattern:-

The new CAT pattern will have 50 questions for the Quantitative section and 50 questions for Verbal section. Under the pattern, candidates have full flexibility to go forth and back between the sections and attempt questions from any section anytime. The total time has been increased from 140 to 170 minutes. And there is no sectional time limit for the sections, so candidates may lose track of time and end up not finishing all the sections. Candidates need sectional and overall cut-off marks to secure admission in top management universities. So the key to successfully clearing 2014 CAT will depend on effective time management of the 170 minutes.

CAT Scoring:-

Three will be three scaled scores for each candidate:

  • An overall scaled score
  • Two separate scaled score for each section

Each of the sections evaluate different sets of knowledge and skills and scores do not correlate across sections. A high score in one section doesn’t ensure high score in the other section as well. Separate percentile rankings are provided for each individual section and overall exam score.

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