Getting Ready for CAT 2016

CAT, popularly known as Common Admission Test is a totally computer based examination conducted in India. This examination scores a candidate on the basis of Quantitative Aptitude, Verbal Ability, Reading Comprehension, Logical Reasoning, and Data Interpretation. The test is held to intake students in the top business schools of India including Indian Institutes of Management (IIMs). Scoring well in CAT examination ensures a bright career for student as he/she can then take admission in some of the top colleges of the country.

Getting Ready for CAT 2016

Last year IIM Ahmedabad conducted this examination in the month of November. CAT 2016 examination will be also take place in the month of November this year and will be conducted by IIM Bangalore. More than 2lakh students around the country give this test to reserve a seat in some of the top B-schools of the country.

Getting Ready for CAT 2016: Know More about the Examination

Here are some of the valuable details that every CAT exam aspirant should know. Have a look at these vital details, so you don’t miss out at any.

Exam Format

CAT examination is a large scale examination that involves two types of scores – the raw score and the scaled score. The raw score is calculated on the basis of each correct answer, incorrect answer, and the unattempted question. A candidate is given the score of 3 for each correct answer, 1 mark is deducted for wrong answer while no mark is given for un-attempted question. The raw scores ate adjusted through the process of equating. These equated raw scores are placed on a common metric for ensuring the proper interpretation of scores. These are called scaled scores.

CAT Exam Pattern & Duration

The exam pattern of CAT 2016 is expected to be similar than that of previous year. The examination will consist of 100 objective questions divided into three sections-

  • Quantitative Aptitude (34 Questions)
  • Verbal & Reading Comprehension (34 Questions)
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning (32 Questions)

A candidate is given 3 hours to complete the examination. Each section must be completed within 1 hour. The candidate is not allowed to switch between the sections and he/she must proceed in particular order that is-

  • Verbal & Reading Comprehension
  • Data Interpretation and Logical Reasoning
  • Quantitative Aptitude

You may find some descriptive questions in each section along with the objective-type questions. You must remember to complete each section within 1 hour as no extra time will be given later on. Each question carries 4 marks and 1 mark is deducted for the wrong answer. There is no negative marking for the descriptive type questions.

Tips to Follow to Crack CAT 2016 Examination

Here are some million dollars tips that every CAT exam aspirant should follow in order to crack the examination.

  • A student must start with topics that he/she is comfortable with. Firstly, focus on the topics that you have prepared the most and are easy for you to score well.
  • One must look at previous year question paper to understand the level of difficulty and the type of questions asked in previous year examination.
  • A CAT Exam aspirant must start preparing for the exam months before the registrations are opened officially.
  • The candidate must focus on vocabulary because the questions asked in the examination might become difficult to understand if your vocabulary is not good.
  • Giving mock tests before the examination can help the aspirants to improve their speed and check how they have to divide the time while attempting the questions.
  • Make sure you organize a proper schedule before start preparing for the examination and follow the regime strictly.
  • While giving the examination, the student must be calm and relax. If you are overstressed, it may harm your speed and reduce your power to think more.

Final Words

CAT is one of the toughest examinations conducted across the country to select the students in the top B-schools of the nation. One needs to prepare really very hard in order to crack the examination and get admission in some of the top management institutions of the country. So, if you are applying for CAT examination, make sure you stay focused and up to date with the syllabus of the examination.