CAT Exam Introduction and Useful Resources

An Introduction to the CAT Exam and Useful Resources for the same

The Common Admission Test aka the CAT exam is conducted online once every year, in October/November period. The students qualifying the same reach the second stage of the road which leads to admission in the coveted IIMs and  various other management colleges in India.

About the CAT Exam

It contains two sections

  1. Quantitative Aptitute (Quant – i.e. Mathematics) and Data Interpretation
  2. Logical Reasoning and Verbal Ability
A synopsis of the details regarding the exam is given below
  • The Time period is equal for each of these sections and students are not allowed to hop from one section to the other.
  •  It is 140 minutes, 70 minutes for each section.
  • Each section has 30 questions each.
  • A fifteen minute tutorial precedes the exam.
  • 4 Choices for each question.
  • +3 for each right answer, -1 for each wrong answer.
  • Candidates need to do well in both the section as most colleges have sectional cut offs.
More Details With respect to the exam 
 One fact that students need to keep in mind is that CAT is more about diligence than intelligence. One needs to be consistent no matter when you start. The syllabus is not huge, it has the same mix and is easily doable in 3-4 months if you put your heart at its. One of my friends ( MDI alumni now) cracked CAT by preparing for just 2 months (2008). His grad percentage was less than 70, so was 10nth and 12th.

Another question that is normally asked by students is which books should one study. It is also a good question and a careful one too that needs to be tackled if student want to perform to their ability in the right manner. Not only is it important to study, but its very important to study the right thing for the exam.

If you want some details on Books for CAT, then you can refer the link over here.  One of the best resources which gives a holistic view on preparation for CAT is Test Funda, which is definitely the best foot forward if you are looking for a complete solution in terms of books you should study.

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