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CAT 2015: Know everything about the Management Entrance Exam
Tuesday January 20, 2015 12:36 PM, ThinkVidya

About CAT Entrance Test
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. The exam is normally held in November and registeration starts in August - September. To study in a premier management institute in India, a good CAT score is a must!

Why appear for CAT exam?
CAT Myths 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

Quantitative Ability
 Binomial Theorem
Complex Numbers
Co-ordinate Geometry
Interest (Simple and Compound)
Linear Equations
Mixtures and Alligations
Number Systems
Permutation and Combination
Profit, Loss and Discount
Progressions (Sequences & Series)
Quadratic Equations
Ratio and Proportion
Set Theory
Speed, Time and Distance
Surds and Indices
Time and Work

Data Interpretation
Bar Graphs
Column Graphs
Line Charts
Pie Chart
Venn Diagrams

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

Logical Reasoning
Binary Logic
Blood Relations
Logical Sequence
Logical Matching
Logical Connectives
Number and Letter Series

How to prepare for CAT 2015?
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 2015 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 2015 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 2015 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. [Via]

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